Welcome to UCD GAA
One of the most popular clubs for men and women with a rich tradition at Belfield, GAA continues to thrive by attracting players of all levels. With 5 sports; Men's & Ladies Football, Hurling, Camogie and Handball, UCD GAA proudly has one of the largest membership numbers and a very active social scene! As well fielding some of the most talented players in the country through the Ad Astra and Sports Scholarship programmes, the club places great emphasis on incoming students in terms of advancement of skills and above all enjoyment of the game.
It has been a phenomenal year for UCD GAA!
Starting off with UCD’s Sigerson Captain, Jack McCaffrey being named Footballer of the Year and was named as one of the seven Dublin All Stars at this year’s GAA-GPA football All Stars Awards at the Convention Centre. Jack McCaffrey was named Young Footballer of the Year in 2013 and at the barely credible age of 22, one would expect the Dublin man to take home an armful of similar accolades in the future. UCD were well represented on the night at the All Star Awards as Sigerson Vice-Captain, Monaghans Ryan Wylie was nominated for Young Player of the Year. Unfortunately the award went to Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor. All Stars were also in abundance for UCD as in addition to Jack McCaffrey, Rory O’Carroll, Brian Fenton, Cian O’Sullivan (all Dublin Football) and Cillian Buckley (Kilkenny Hurling) all received All Star Awards. Laois’ Donie Kingston was also nominated for an All Star but missed out on the night.
Probably the biggest achievement and talking point for the club came on the football field as after 20 years since their last win, and an amazing 13 years since they last appeared in a final, UCD Senior Footballers claimed the prestigious Sigerson Cup in Jordanstown after a nervewrecking final against holders DCU. UCD delivered their first Sigerson Cup title since 1996 with a 0-10 to 2-02 win over title holders DCU in Jordanstown.
Fittingly, former Galway All-Ireland winner Divilly was part of the UCD team that last won the competition in 1996 and today tasted success as a manager. There was added poignancy to UCD’s victory following the death last April of the Belfield outfit’s long-serving GAA officer Dave Billings.
This was the clubs 33rd success in the competition and secured an elusive double by winning the Ryan Cup with again a victory were over rivals DCU.
There was further outstanding success across the club as the Intermediate Footballers also won their Higher Education Football Championship beating UCC in the final.
The Senior Ladies team won the O’Connor Cup for the first time in 10 years following their victory over reigning champions UL in the final hosted by I.T. Tralee.
It was also a great year for hurling in UCD with the Fitzgibbon Cup team reaching the finals weekend and the Junior & Intermediate hurlers winning their respective All Ireland Championships.
Finally at the Independent.ie Football Rising Stars Awards at Croke Park UCD dominated the night with seven winners named on the team namely Paul Mannion, Ryan Wylie, Davey Byrne, Michael Fitzsimons, UCD Captain Jack McCaffrey, Liam Casey and John Heslin.
We now look forward to next year with many of our students returning but also a great new bunch of students coming in to join the UCD GAA family. Have a great Summer and we'll see you all in September!