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21 Laois lads set to represent their colleges as Sigerson Cup gets underway

The 2019 Sigerson Cup gets underway this week and there will be considerable Laois representation on the 16 teams.

21 players from Laois clubs will play for seven colleges – DIT, Garda College, IT Carlow, IT Tralee, Maynooth, University of Limerick and holders UCD.

2018 victors UCD had two Laois lads in their winning team last year – Crettyard’s Evan O’Carroll and Killeshin’s Eoin Lowry.

Lowry has graduated but O’Carroll remains and he has been joined by Emo’s Finbarr Crowley, Graiguecullen’s Brian Byrne and Ballylinan’s Gary Walsh.

They face Cork IT on Thursday in Belfield at 2pm in Round 1.

Meanwhile, the college with the most Laois representatives is IT Carlow (8) and they take on DCU in Dublin at 7.30pm on Friday.

There is one clash involving Laois players on both sides and that sees DIT face UL this evening at 7.30pm.

Laois U-20 manager Billy O’Loughlin will work as a selector with DIT under manager Brian Flanagan.

Check out all the Laois players and the schedule of games below:

Shane Bolger (Killeshin)
Jason Campion (St Joseph’s)

Garda College
Shane Nerney (O’Dempsey’s)
Luke Doyle (Courtwood)

IT Carlow
Trevor Collins (Graiguecullen)
Richie Hitchcock (Park-Ratheniska)
Eoin Buggie (Stradbally)
Conor Brennan (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Benny Carroll (Portlaoise)
Diarmuid Whelan (Ballyroan-Abbey)
Alan Kinsella (Courtwood)
Evan Lowry (Killeshin)

IT Tralee
Jake Foster (Portarlington)

Liam Knowles (Stradbally)
Aaron Cooney (St Joseph’s)
James Kelly (St Joseph’s)

Brian Byrne (Graiguecullen)
Gary Walsh (Ballylinan)
Evan O’Carroll (Crettyard)
Finbarr Crowley (Emo)

University of Limerick
Frank Flanagan (Portlaoise)

Sigerson Cup Schedule 
Round 1 – 16/20 January

DCU DE v IT Carlow – Friday Jan 18 7.30pm
Queens UB v Maynooth University – Sunday Jan 20 2pm
IT Tralee v University Ulster – Sunday Jan 20 1pm
UCC v Athlone IT
UCD v Cork IT – Thursday Jan 17 2pm
NUI Galway v St Mary’s
Garda College v IT Sligo – Thursday Jan 17 2.15pm
Dublin IT v UL – Wednesday Jan 16 7.30pm

Quarter-Finals – Wednesday 6 February
Semi-Finals — Saturday 16 February
Final — Wednesday 20 February

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.