- Higher Education GAA
Higher Education GAA is the governing body for the Gaelic Games of
Hurling, Camogieand Gaelic footballfor third level institutions. The body coordinates competitions in both Ireland and Britain. It is a part of the parent organisation: the Gaelic Athletic Association. The main competitions are the Fitzgibbon Cup for hurling and Sigerson Cup for football.
Fitzgibbon Cupis named after Dr. Edwin Fitzgibbon, a Capuchin friarand, from 1911 to 1936, a professor of philosophyat University College Cork.
In 1912 Dr. Fitzgibbon donated most of his annual salary to purchase the trophy. For the first 30 years, the cup was dominated by UCC and UCD, with UCG winning occasionally.
Queen's University Belfastfirst took part in 1946, and won their only title in 1953.
The popularity of the championship grew, and, in the 60s and 70s three more colleges entered:
Trinity College, Dublin, UU Coleraine and NUI Maynooth. In the late 80s, all teams in Division One of the Higher Education League were admitted. Since the event went open, in the 1990s, several newer third level institutions from Limerick and Waterford entered and quickly dominated the competition. Waterford ITwon the title four times in six years, but UCC are the leaders in the roll of honour, with 39 titles, the last in 1998.
In 1911, the
Sigerson Cupwas first presented by Dr. George Sigerson to foster unity amongst the constituent colleges of the National Universities of Ireland, which was won for the first time by UCD. The competition has since broadend its membership with teams representing a wider variety of Universities and College.
Gaelic Games in British Universities
Gaelic football is organised at about 40 different universities in Britain from the strongest teams - JMU and St. Mary's - down to newer and weaker teams such as Worcester and Lincoln. The ancient universities of Cambridge and Oxford also compete in an annual Varsity Match. Since 2003 the main competition - the University Championships - have been recognised by the
British Universities Sports Association. For more information about the annual championships see British University Gaelic football Championship.
Hurling - although at a smaller level - is also growing the the UK. Nine teams took part in the most recent
British University Hurling Championship. A select team play annually against the Scottish Universities Shinty team.
Ladies' Gaelic football
A championship also exists for Ladies' Gaelic football - the
British University Ladies' Gaelic football Championship. The current holders are Liverpool Hope University College.
Gaelic Athletic Association
British University Gaelic football Championship
British University Hurling Championship
* [http://www.hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&id=7594&viewstory=yes Higher Education Draws for 2007]
* [http://www.sigerson2006.com/competitions.php Sigerson Cup (football)]
* [http://cao.gaa.ie/fitzgibbon.html Fitzgibbon Cup (hurling)]
* [http://britishuniversities.he.gaa.ie/index.html BU GAA Website]
* [http://www.gaelicsurvival.com Gaelic Survival - Player Profiles Every Inter County Hurler and Footballer, Fantasy GAA Game]
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