Three Laois men have been nominated for the presitgious Fitzgibbon Cup Team of the Century, after the full list of candidates was revealed last week as part of the Centenary celebrations of the competition.
Current county senior player Willie Hyland, as well as former players John Walsh and Cyril Duggan are the three Laois man chosen, with Limerick IT, Dublin IT and Trinity College all nominating them.
All third level institutions which took part in the competition over the last 100 year were invited to nominate their best or most influential players, and all three Laois men have made the grade.
That Hyland was chosen as one of only five LIT players nominated is a testament to his recent record in the competition. He has played a pivotal role in helping to establish the college as one of the most feared on the Sigerson circuit, and played both in defence and attack during his time there.
He is certainly in exhalted company amongst the LIT nominees, with Jackie Tyrell, Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) and Joe Canning amongst the other LIT nominees.
For both Walsh and Duggan, they represent the only nominations from both DIT and Trinity College. Walsh had been involved with the Laois seniors in recent years, but is now focussing on a music career with his band ‘Na Fianna’.
Duggan forged a successful intercounty career for himself after his time in Trinity, and is currently the principal in Emo NS, where Cumann na mBunscol success in hurling and camogie has started to take root.
The announcement comes as part of the Centenary Celebrations of the famed competition, with the 100th staging of the competition finals set to take place in UCC on March 2 and 3.
An initial list of 75 names has been released, and the final lucky 15 will be revealed at the end of January.