president confirmed for cfai umbro cup final attendance

05 March 2013

PRESIDENT of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has confirmed his attendance at the CFAI Umbro Cup Final at Tallaght Stadium this Wednesday, March 6 (3pm).

President Higgins has a long association with football in Ireland and third level football in particular. He was previously President of Galway United FC.

"It is a great honour for the CFAI to have the President of Ireland in attendance at our most important game and we are delighted to welcome him to Tallaght Stadium," said CFAI Chairman Padraig Carney.

The Colleges FAI cup finals return to Dublin for the first time in 16 years when ITT Dublin hosts the CFAI Umbro Cup, CFAI Umbro Plate, CFAI B Teams Cup and Bob Eustace Cup Finals this week.

ITT Dublin, working with local football clubs and organisations, will host the prestigious college finals for the second time in its history as the Tallaght college ends its 20th anniversary celebrations. Under its previous guise as Tallaght RTC, the finals last took place in the south Co Dublin venue in 1997.

The highlight of the event will be the final of the CFAI Umbro Cup and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 6, at Tallaght Stadium (3pm).

The games kick off on campus with an Umbro Cup Semi Final on Tuesday, March 5, with Ned Kelly Park, Kilnamanagh, hosting the other. Both games will kick-off at 1pm. That evening Peamount United will see the first silverware of the event decided with the Plate Final taking place at 7pm.

Wednesday, March 6, sees both Umbro Cup Semi Final venues host the Bob Eustace Cup Final and the B Teams Cup Final respectively while the showcase Umbro Cup Final will take place in Tallaght Stadium at 3pm.

CFAI Chairman Padraig Carney: "The CFAI Cup finals are the highlight of our calendar and we are delighted to be playing the Umbro Cup Final in Tallaght Stadium. It is fantastic to be in south Dublin again and we are thankful to ITT Dublin for their organisation this week. We are hopeful that the local community comes out in force to support the games."

ITT Dublin Sports and Recreation Officer Tim O'Connor is delighted to host the CFAI Umbro Cup Finals: "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to host this year's finals and to bring a major student sporting event back to Dublin and the Tallaght area which was a logistical challenge in itself.

"Many thanks to the organising committee of John McGuinness (FAI Facilitator), Matthew Farrell our Students Union Clubs and Societies Officer, Gerry Anderson (GAA Officer) and of course to the many volunteers who are working with us without whose help the event staging would not be possible. Over 40 Colleges are members of the CFAI, with over 50 teams split into three different Divisions that will culminate over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday in ITT Dublin and South County Dublin.

"The time, resources, effort and energy put into Colleges Teams over the last twelve months is often only appreciated by those directly involved and we hope to show due recognition to the finalists in the only way we know how by putting on a professional and well run event that is a good experience for the students involved during the short time they spend representing their Colleges at the highest level available to them."

FIXTURES

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
CFAI Umbro Cup Semi-finals
Colaiste Ide v IT Carlow, Venue: Kilnamanagh AFC (1.00pm);
Waterford IT v Letterkenny IT, Venue: ITT Dublin (1.00pm).

CFAI Plate Final
Sallynoggin College of FE v National College of Ireland, Venue: Peamount Utd (7.00pm).

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
CFAI Umbro Cup Final Wednesday 6th of March 2013
Colaiste Ide or IT Carlow v Waterford IT or Letterkenny IT, Venue: Tallaght Stadium (3.00pm).

CFAI Bob Eustace Cup Final
Athlone IT C v Carlow IT C, Venue: ITT Dublin (12pm)

CFAI B Team Cup Final Wednesday 6th of March
Carlow IT B V Colaiste Ide B, Venue: Kilnamanagh AFC (12.30pm).

If there further enquires contact CFAI chairman Padraig Carney0872204804

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