Laois footballer Evan O’Carroll has been included in the Sigerson Cup team of the season, having been named at full-forward on the star-studded Electric Ireland Rising Stars selection which was announced today.
O’Carroll won a Sigerson Cup medal in 2018 with UCD and was a central player again this year as they made it to the semi-finals.
The Crettyard clubman – who also impressed hugely for Laois during their run to the Allianz Football League Division 3 final – was in red hot form for the Dublin college.
He scored 1-3 in the opening round win over CIT, 1-4 against DIT, 1-8 against DCU in the quarter-final and then 0-4 in their surprise semi-final defeat to St Mary’s from Belfast.
O’Carroll is one of two UCD players named on the team – the other being Dublin’s Cillian O’Shea at wing-back. O’Shea was on the Kilmacud Crokes team that beat Portlaoise in last year’s Leinster Club SFC semi-final.
Champions UCC have six players included – with Kerry star Sean O’Shea chosen at centre-forward and as the outright player of the tournament.
Defeated finalists St Mary’s had four on the team while NUI Galway had two and Trench Cup side Letterkenny IT had one.
Congratulating the winners, GAA President John Horan said: “Over the last number of years it has become a real statement of intent from young players involved at third level football and hurling championships that the form they show here is a sign of things to come at inter-county level.
“Indeed, many of those chosen here have already embarked on senior inter-county careers and are making headlines. I’ve no doubt more of these names will follow them in the years to come.
“We are delighted that our third-level institutions, which are rated so highly all over the world for the calibre of young people they help to mould, are so committed to the promotion and playing of our Games and we appreciate that support.”
The team in full is: Mark Reid (St Mary’s/Down); Brian O Beaglaoich (UCC/Kerry), Kevin McDonnell (NUI Galway/Sligo), Graham O’Sullivan (UCC/Kerry); Cian Kiely (UCC/Cork), Daniel O’Brien (UCC/Kerry), Cillian O’Shea (UCD/Dublin); Jarlath Og Burns (Armagh/St Mary’s), Padraig Lucey (UCC/Kerry); Michael Langan (Letterkenny IT/Donegal), Sean O’Shea (UCC/Kerry), Peter Cooke (NUI Galway/Galway); Stephen McConville (St Mary’s/Down); Evan O’Carroll (UCD/Laois), Shane McGuigan (St Mary’s/Derry)