The UCD team celebrate their Sigerson Cup triumph.

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SOME OF THE leading GAA players in the country discovered their early season assignments in 2017 when the draws for next year’s Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup took place.

Footballers like Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey (UCD), Donegal’s Ryan McHugh (UUJ) and Galway’s Damien Comer (NUI Galway) will be involved in the Sigerson this year while hurlers involved include Dublin’s Cian O’Callaghan (UCD) and Limerick’s Richie English (Mary Immaculate).

Reigning Sigerson Cup champions UCD were drawn to face IT Sligo or GMIT at the last sixteen stage. Last year’s beaten finalists DCU will take on Queen’s University.

The Mary Immaculate College team celebrate their Fitzgibbon Cup win

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In the Fitzgibbon Cup, reigning champions Mary Immaculate will be in a group with IT Carlow, Dublin IT and GMIT.

Here’s the draws in full.

Sigerson Cup

(First team named at home)

Preliminary Round – 25/26 January

NUI Galway v Trinity College
Garda College v Cork IT
GMIT v IT Sligo

Round Two – 25/26/31 January

A. UL v Maynooth University
B. Athlone IT v Dublin IT
C. Garda College/Cork IT v UUJ
D. GMIT/IT Sligo v UCD
E. Queen’s University v DCU
F. NUIG/Trinity College v St Mary’s
G. IT Carlow v IT Tralee
H. St Pat’s Drumcondra v UCC

Quarter-Finals – 8 February
Semi-Finals – 17 February – Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan
Final – 18 February – Connacht GAA Centre, Bekan

Ryan McHugh will be part of the UUJ setup this year

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Fitzgibbon Cup

Group A: IT Carlow, Mary I, GMIT, DIT
Group B: UL, NUIG, DCU St Patrick’s, CIT
Group C: DCU, LIT, Trinity, WIT
Group D: UCD, UCC, University Ulster, Maynooth University

Round 1 – Tuesday 24 January
Round 2 – Thursday 2 February
Round 3 – Tuesday 7 January

Quarter-Finals – 14 February
Semi-Finals – 24 February – NUI Galway
Final – 25 February – NUI Galway

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