GAA PRESS RELEASE
Ulster Bank Higher Education GAA Championship Officially Launched
The 2011 Ulster Bank Higher Education GAA Championships were officially launched by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana at Croke Park today.
The draws for the Higher Education GAA championships took place last December in UCD which hosts this year's Ulster Bank Sigerson Cup in what is the 100th anniversary of the competition. This year's Ulster Bank Fitzgibbon Cup will see hosts Waterford IT attempting to navigate their way out of a group containing UCD and Limerick IT to make it to the quarter-final stages.
Speaking at the event the GAA President said: "The Ulster Bank Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups are amongst the most keenly contested competitions in the GAA calendar and boast a proud history to rival any of our competitions. In recent years, the numbers of established County players participating with the various Colleges has grown exponentially and of course the competition also remains as a vital breeding ground for the stars of the future".
"The dedication and commitment of players participating in the various competitions should also be acknowledged and it is heartening to note that the competitions continue to grow from strength to strength".
"I also want to thank Ulster Bank for their continued support of the GAA at various levels and I have no doubt that their involvement with our third level competitions will continue to prove rewarding for both the GAA and the Bank themselves".
Speaking at the launch, Ulster Bank's Sean Martyn said: "Another series of Ulster Bank Higher Education GAA Championships are upon us and we are greatly anticipating the 2011 finals weekends in UCD and Waterford IT, which will see the top college teams battle it out for the showpiece trophies, the Ulster Bank Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups. Ulster Bank is very proud of its association with these great competitions and, indeed, Higher Education Gaelic Games."
For a full list of all Championship draws please visit: http://www.he.gaa.ie.