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UCC celebrates a stellar year in sport

From silverware to the launch of the Sports Strategy, UCC has enjoyed a spectacular year in sport

30 May 2019
Photos: Diane Cusack

To say that 2018-2019 was a great year for sport at UCC would be an understatement. Indeed, with a treasure-trove of silverware on display, along with the launch of the Sports Strategy, this year could only be described as spectacular.

And on May 14, at a special reception in the Mardyke Pavillion, President Patrick O’Shea acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the club members, coaches and staff who made this year so memorable for the UCC community and beyond.

Below are some of the highlights from a stellar year in sport at UCC.

The dream treble

It was a particularly special year for men’s GAA and soccer at UCC, with the senior teams claiming victory in the Sigerson Cup, Fitzgibbon Cup and Collingwood Cup.

A dream season was completed by the women’s soccer team, who won the Kelly Cup. Captain Ciara McNamara, who recently made her 100th appearance for Cork City FC, is also celebrating being selected for the World Student Games.

UCC's triumphant soccer teams pose together with their silverware

Net result

UCC’s Volleyball Club dominated in this year’s competitions, with both the men’s and women’s teams winning the Intervarsities. Both teams also claimed victory at the Munster Cup and Beach Volleyball Intervarsities, with the women’s team going on to win the bronze at the British Universities Intervarsities.

Higher and higher

UCC’s Trampoline Club enjoyed a very successful year, winning all three major competitions they entered: the Intervarsities, the Munster Cup, and the Irish Student Trampoline Open. Several of the club’s members claimed gold, silver and bronze in individual categories.

Members of the Trampoline Club show off their silverware with President O'Shea

Ultimate success

UCC’s Ultimate Frisbee Club can look back on this year with pride, with both the men’s and women’s teams claiming gold, silver and bronze medals at the Intervarsities; and coming in second and third, respectively, at the Trinity Tea Party.

Several players were acknowledged at the Annual IFDA Awards, including Kate Crowley, who was named Female College Player of the Year. 

Champion crew

The Rowing Club enjoyed success upon success this year, across regional and national tournaments. The men’s teams claimed first place in a series of events in the Cork Regatta, going on to win four golds in the National Rowing Championships.

Both the men’s and women’s teams dominated in the Home International Regatta, with UCC also winning Best Club at the National Indoor Rowing Championship.


Triple gold

Quercus Scholar Mary Fitzgerald put in a phenomenal performance at the IWAS Games 2019, winning gold in her category for discus, javelin, and shot-put, setting a new Irish record in the latter.

En garde!

UCC’s Fencing Club put in stellar performances once again this year, with Kevin MacSweeney and Lillias Healy claiming third as part of the Irish team competing at the Four Nations Tournament.

Club members claimed a slew of gold, silver and bronze medals at competitions throughout the year, including the Irish Open and the Intermediate Championships, as well as the Intervarsities.

Winning kicks

The Tae Kwon Do Club certainly left their mark on the sport over 2018-2019. The club’s teams claimed 28 medals in the Mixed Martial Arts Intervarsities, including gold in the team event. They earned a further 30 medals – including the gold in team sparring, and the silver in team pattern – at the Tae Kwon Do Intervarsity Championship.

Club members Anya Curran and Emer Curran also placed third in sparring, in the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships.


A special congratulations to the players, coaches and staff members from each and every club.


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