Monaghan native and DCU corner-forward David Garland has been announced as the 2020 Electric Ireland GAA Sigerson Cup Player of the tournament, following his teams Sigerson Cup triumph last February.
The Monaghan man was outstanding throughout DCU’s successful Sigerson Cup campaign and was delighted with the award. “It was some happy and welcomed news during these tough and worrying times, so any positive news is always great,” Garland said.
Garland was part of a quality group of players and management which he believes made the award possible to achieve. The Donaghmoyne player was a key figure in leading DCU to Sigerson Cup glory in the final against IT Carlow scoring four points as well as clinching the man of the match award on top of it.
His magnificent efforts this season put Garland as one of the six DCU players selected for The Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Star Football Team of the Year, alongside teammates Evan Comerford, Brendan McCole, Shane Carthy, Michael Bannigan and Jordan Morrissey. Garland has also recently joined Monaghan Senior Football panel.
“There are some really talented players on the rising stars team and to be in amongst them is a great feeling,” he said.
Garland praised Electric Ireland for making these awards happen and promoting the competition which “sometimes does not get the recognition it deserves in the GAA calendar.”
This was DCU’s fifth Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup title and their first since 2015. The Electric Ireland GAA Higher Education Rising Stars Awards Ceremony which recognises the achievements of GAA players, has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. President of the GAA, John Horan, paid tribute to the DCU student.
“I would especially like to congratulate David Garland and Shane Kingston who have been named Football Player of the Year and Hurling Player of the Year respectively. It is a tremendous honour to be recognised for your achievements on the pitch and many of these men are the rising stars of our great games,” the Na Fianna club-person said.
Garland missed the start of the University league campaign due to injury but got the all clear in late November to start his competitive journey which went from strength to strength.
“The Management team also have to take huge credit for the success of this season. They ensured training was really enjoyable through skills and game-based scenarios and kept every player feeling fit and happy,“ he said.
The Sigerson Cup campaign as a whole is a standout memory for the third year Arts student who will look back on it fondly down the line with great pride and memories.
“We had a good team spirit and bond which laid down the foundations for a successful year,” Garland added.
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