Double winners University College Cork dominated both selections on Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA’s Rising Stars end-of-year teams.
The Fitzgibbon Cup champions had eight representatives on the hurling team while the Sigerscon Cup winners had six on the football selection.
Despite UCC’s dominance there are five colleges represented on each panel with established inter-county senior players such as Aaron Gillane and Sean O’Shea shining alongside up-and-comers James Bergin and Jarlath Óg Burns.
In hurling Mary Immaculate College had three, DCU two, and there were one each for NUI Galway and GMIT. In football there were four awards for beaten finalist St Mary’s two each for NUI Galway and UCD and one for LYIT
Also named this year were the Electric Ireland Hurler of the Year, Shane Conway from UCC and the Electric Ireland Footballer of the Year, Seán O’Shea also from UCC.
2019 Rising Stars Football: Mark Reid (St Mary’s); Brian O Beaglaoích (UCC), Kevin McDonnell (NUIG), Graham O’Sullivan (UCC); Cian Kiely (UCC), Daniel O’Brien (UCC), Cillian O’Shea (UCD); Jarlath Óg Burns (St Mary’s), Padraig Lucey (UCC); Michael Langan (LYIT), Seán O’Shea (UCC), Peter Cooke (NUIG); Stephen McConville (St Mary’s), Evan O’Carroll (UCD), Shane McGuigan (St Mary’s).
2019 Rising Stars Hurling: Eoghan Cahill (Mary I); Niall O’Leary (UCC), Eddie Gunning (UCC), Thomas Grimes (Mary I); Chris O’Leary (UCC), Paddy O’Loughlin (UCC) Chris Crummy (DCU); Conor Browne (UCC), Jarlath Mannion (GMIT); Shane Kingson (UCC), Aaron Gillane (Mary I), James Bergin (DCU); Evan Niland (NUIG), Shane Conway (UCC), Mark Kehoe (UCC).