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Three UCD students named on All-Star football team of the year

Posted November 06, 2017

  • Con O’Callaghan also named Young Player of the Year
  • In camogie, Rena Buckley named Players’ Player of the Year

Three UCD students have been included in the 2017 PwC GAA/GPA All-Star Awards football team of the year. The awards recognise the best player in each position from the 2017 All-Ireland football championship.

The UCD students on the team were Jack McCaffrey (Medicine, stage 5), Michael Fitzsimons (Medicine, stage 3) and Con O’Callaghan (Commerce, stage 3).

McCaffrey was named at left half-back, O’Callaghan at left half-forward and Fitzsimons at centre back.

Right, pints.

A post shared by Jack McCaffrey (@jackmc1993) on Nov 5, 2017 at 6:13am PST

Two University College Dublin graduates were also named on the All-Star football panel. Paul Mannion (MSc Digital Innovation, 2017) and Cian O’Sullivan (Master of Accounting, 2011) gave UCD five of the fifteen available spots.

Each of the five All-Stars from UCD was a member of this year’s Dublin senior football team that beat Mayo to claim its third consecutive All-Ireland title. It was the third time O’Sullivan and second time McCaffrey received the honour.

Cherry on top :)

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Commerce student O’Callaghan was also named 2017 Young Player of the Year. In 2017, the dual player won the senior and U21 All-Ireland football championships with Dublin and senior hurling club title with Cuala.

Pictured below (l-r): Aoife Lane, Chairperson WGPA; Rena Buckley, camogie Players’ Player of the Year;
Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association; Deirdre Ashe, Liberty Insurance.

Rena Buckley, who is the most decorated player in All-Ireland history with 18 titles, won her fifth All-Star and was named Players’ Player of the Year in camogie. A graduate of UCD’s MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, she is the only woman to captain her county to football and camogie titles.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations