David Garland chosen as the Player of the Sigerson Cup as TOY revealed

April 02, 2020

DCU's David Garland with Martin O'Connor of UCD. ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

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, Offaly

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