As the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Championships get underway, Electric Ireland has joined forces with four inter-county GAA stars to preview the 2022 Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon, Sigerson and Higher Education GAA Championships.

Electric Ireland’s #FirstClassRivals campaign celebrates unexpected alliances formed by County rivals coming together in pursuit of a common goal to win some of the most coveted titles in the GAA.

Although bound to their county through a traditional allegiance, intercounty hurlers Robert Downey (UCC and Cork) and Iarlaith Daly (UCC and Waterford) and intercounty footballers, Ray Connellan (UCD and Westmeath) and Brian McLoughlin (UCD and Kildare) will put their county rivalries aside as they battle it out for the prestigious Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cup titles in 2022 with their colleges.

UCC begin their quest for a third consecutive Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup title on 19 January against Mary Immaculate College Limerick while UCD began their Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup campaign on 12 January with a 5 point loss against MTU Kerry Campus. The Dublin University will now play UCC on 18 January as they bid to win the competition for the first time since 2018.

Over 7,000 students take part in the Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Leagues and Championships that commence in November and culminate in the Electric Ireland Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup Finals on 16 February and on 19 February respectively.

The draw for the competitions took place on 14 December 2021 and the full schedule of fixtures can be viewed here.

Electric Ireland will once again live stream a selection of games in 2022 following the success of live streaming the competitions in previous years.

“After an absence in 2021, I am delighted to see the return of the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Championships in 2022 and I am looking forward to watching the matches over the coming weeks,” said GAA President Larry McCarthy.

“With the exceptional talent on show, as well as the high standard of play, these competitions are always a great way to begin the year. I wish all the colleges the very best of luck.”

“We are thrilled to welcome back the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Championships in 2022 as Electric Ireland continues its commitment to young GAA players and their communities,” added Sarah Sharkey, Brand, PR and Sponsorship Manager at Electric Ireland.

“It’s has been a pleasure to be able to support these players as they combine their studies with life on and off the pitch over the past number of years. 2022 promises to be a thrilling season celebrating the unexpected bonds created by intercounty rivals as they come together as teammates in the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon and Sigerson Cups.”

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