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The Irish Examiner Confirmed as Title Sponsor of Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup

Launch of the O’Connor Cup

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association today announced that the Irish Examiner will become title sponsors for the O’Connor Cup and the O’Connor Cup weekend which will now be known as ‘The Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup.’ The tournament is the biggest competition in Third Level Ladies Football and features the culmination of the four colleges competition which will take place over two days.


The Donaghy Cup, Lagan Cup, Giles Cup and O’Connor Cups will take place across the two days of competition in the Cork Institute of Technology. The semi finals of the Lagan, Giles and O’Connor Cups will take place on Friday with the finals, along with that of the Donaghy Cup will take place on Saturday March 21st.


The University of Limerick will defend their Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup title when they meet NUI Galway on Friday at 3:30pm and the winner will go on to face the winner of the earlier semi final between the University College Cork and Dublin City University. All 4 teams will feature some very big name players with the likes of Sarah Rowe, Laura McEnaney, Olivia Divilly, Niamh O’Dea, Tracey Leonard, Roisin Phelan and Orlagh Farmer competing for their colleges. There will also be deferred coverage of the Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup final on TG4 from 7:15pm.


In the Giles Cup the defending champions St. Patrick’s College will get the defence of their title underway when they meet the Athlone Institute of Technology in the semi final whilst IT Tralee will meet TCD in the other semi final. There will be loads of local interest in the Lynch Cup as host college, Cork Institute of Technology meet DCU in their semi final with DIT and WIT meeting in the earlier semi final.


The Lynch Cup final will get the action underway on Saturday at 11:45pm and will be followed by the Giles Cup Final at 1:45pm with the big one, the Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup final throwing in at 3:45pm.


Speaking about the Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup weekend LGFA president Marie Hickey said ‘The Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup is one of the biggest days of the Ladies Football Calendar and winning this competition would finish second only to winning the TG4 All Ireland Final. It is a hugely positive step forward to be in a position to welcome the Irish Examiner on board as sponsors of the O’Connor Cup weekend, the paper is a great advocate of our sport and women’s sport in general and I am sure they will be superb partners. I would like to wish all of the competitors the very best of luck at the weekend and I look forward to some brilliant football in the days ahead.’




Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup Fixtures

Giles Cup

Friday March 20th


IT Tralee v TCD, Cork IT, 11:30am

AIT v St. Pat’s, Cork IT, 3:00pm


Final: Saturday, March 21st 1:45pm


Lynch Cup

Friday March 20th


DIT v Waterford IT, Cork IT. 11:00am

Cork IT v DCU, Cork IT, 2:20pm


Final: Saturday, March 21st, 11:45am


Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup


UCC v DCU, Cork IT, 12:00pm

NUI Galway v UL, Cork IT, 3:30pm


Final: Saturday, 3:45pm (Deferred TV coverage from 7:30pm on TG4)

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