Monaghan's David Garland has been announced as the Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars Football Player of the Year. The DCU DÉ forward is also joined by five of his teammates on the Football Team of the Year.
As announced earlier this week, due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, Electric Ireland, together with the GAA Higher Education Committee have cancelled the 2020 Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Stars Awards Ceremony and will not bring players, coaches and their families together to celebrate this achievement. However, despite the current climate, both organisations are committed to recognising the most consistent performers from this year’s competitions.
Garland was outstanding throughout DCU DÉ’s journey to Sigerson Cup glory in 2020. The Donaghmoyne forward scored a total of 1-14 across all games, finishing off with four magnificent points from play and a man of the match performance as he led hi side to victory in this year’s final over IT Carlow.
In this year’s Football Team of the Year, DCU DÉ lead the way with six Rising Stars while beaten finalists IT Carlow have four representatives on the team. Letterkenny Institute of Technology, who reached the Sigerson Cup Semi-Final for the first time, and UCD have two representatives each. There is also one representative from Trench Cup Champions, CIT.
Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Stars 2020 Football Team of the Year
Evan Comerford - DCU DÉ, Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin
Brendan McCole - DCU DÉ, Naomh Naille, Donegal
Mike Breen - UCD, Beaufort, Kerry
Niall Hughes - IT Carlow, Kilanerin - Ballyfad, Wexford
Ray Connellan - UCD, Athlone, Westmeath
Jordan Morrissey - DCU DÉ, Éire Óg, Carlow
Trevor Collins - IT Carlow, Graiguecullen, Laois
Shane Carthy - DCU DÉ, Naomh Mearnóg, Dublin
Michael Langan - LYIT, Naomh Mícheál, Donegal
Padraig O’Toole - IT Carlow, Kiltegan, Wicklow
Mícheál Bannigan - DCU DÉ, Aughnamullen, Monaghan
Peadar Morgan - LYIT, Naomh Naille, Donegal
David Garland - DCU DÉ, Donaghmoyne Fotenoys, Monaghan
Gavin O’Brien - CIT, Kerins O’Rahillys, Kerry
Cian Farrell - IT Carlow, Edenderry, OffalyTweet