THE Fitzgibbon Cup might be in UCC's possession for a record 39th time but it just about made it back from Kerry for the launch of the College's Sports Strategy 2019-2022.
That's because Gaelic Games Development Officer John Grainger led the charge over the county bounds earlier this week as the team and mentors visited Lixnaw with the Fitz.
They love their hurling in north Kerry but Shane Conway was the first man from the club that shone on the big stage for UCC.
"I met Paul Galvin’s father down there and he was so proud that it was the first Fitzgibbon Cup medal down there," explained Fitzgibbon Cup winning coach Dr Wesley O'Brien. "Shane is very humble. He didn’t want all the fuss but Lixnaw club was absolutely thrilled.
"He’s a second-year Arts student. He’s a quiet guy but when he graces the field he represents what UCC is all about."
He's wristy and clever.
"I always say that anytime he has the ball in hand you’re smiling quietly because he nearly always does something positive, whether that was scoring or off-loading the ball at the right time. His decision-making and skill mark him out as a quality hurler."
Conway was electric in the Fitz but he'd ripped it up last summer too when UCC reached the Cork County Championship semi-final, especially when they knocked out Sars.
"UCC has a rich tradition in the Fitzgibbon, it’s synonymous with hurling, and a six-year gap was a long one. It was a fantastic occasion to see the cup go over the border to Kerry and back to Lixnaw, Shane Conway’s home club. All the player from all the counties, Wexford, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford, all making the effort. It was special."