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DIT's History-Making 2013 Sigerson Cup Team: Where Are They Now?

23 February 2013; Dublin Institute of Technology captain Colin Walshe lifts the Sigerson Cup as his team-mates celebrate. Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
By PJ Browne Updated
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It's nearly 10 years since DIT (now part of TU Dublin) won its maiden Electric Ireland Sigerson Cup. A side filled with familiar faces emerged victorious - 3-8 to 0-7 - against UCC in what was just DIT's second ever final in the top tier of third level football.

We've taken a look at where those players are now in their lives and Gaelic football careers.

Robert Lambert (Aughrim, Wicklow)

14 December 2019; Robert Lambert of Wicklow is tackled by Daniel Flynn of Kildare during the 2020 O'Byrne Cup Round 2 match between Wicklow and Kildare at Joule Park in Aughrim, Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Lambert has been back up to regular Wicklow number one Mark Jackson in recent years. Though, he is yet to feature this year under new manager Oisín McConville.

In 2022, he captained Aughrim to the Wicklow Junior A hurling title, scoring a hat-trick of goals in the final against St Patrick's.

Kevin O’Brien (Naomh Mearnóg, Dublin)

A multiple All-Ireland winner with Dublin. He played with the capital between 2012 and 2016.

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He works as an account executive with Salesforce.

3 April 2016; Cathal Cregg, Roscommon, in action against Brian Fenton, left, and Kevin O'Brien, Dublin. Allianz Football League Division 1, Round 7, Roscommon v Dublin. Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Bryan Menton (Donaghmore-Ashbourne, Meath)

The long-serving Meath midfielder unofficially retired from inter-county football last year. Though, new manager Colm O'Rourke said the Donaghmore-Ashbourne would be welcome back.

"He’s considering his options,” O'Rourke told the Irish Independent following Meath's draw with Longford in the O'Byrne Cup.

"Last year, I think he had made it clear to everybody that he intended to go out, but the door will be open to him and he’ll be very welcome if he changes his mind.

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"Again, a great servant for Meath – and I think he has a lot to offer still."

Menton works as an architectural technologist.

Gary O’Hare (Na Piarsaigh, Louth)

22 February 2013; Gary O'Hare, Dublin Institute of Technology, celebrates at the final whistle. Sigerson Cup Semi-Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v Dublin City University, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

The corner-back played with Louth up to the 2014 season.

He now works in the UK as an outage planning manager with the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

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Ross Sheridan (Killygarry, Cavan)

16 October 2022; Ross Sheridan of Killygarry in action against Ryan Brady, left, and Robbie Fitzpatrick of Gowna during the Cavan County Senior Club Football Championship Final between Gowna and Killygarry at Kingspan Breffni in Cavan. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

The first of two Killygarry players on that DIT team. Both Sheridan, and Martin Reilly, were part of the Killygarry team which reached last year's Cavan SFC final, their first since 1971, where they lost to Gowna.

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He works as a sales executive with Energia.

Nicky Devereaux (Ballinteer St John’s, Dublin)

Devereaux was part of the Dublin panel which won the 2015 All-Ireland title. In 2021, he switch county allegiance to Wicklow, joining his brother David on the panel. The Ballinteer St John’s clubmen were allowed switch as their father is a Wicklow native. Nicky lined out for Wicklow in last year's league and championship campaigns.

He works as a supply chain manager for John West Foods.

Colin Walshe (Doohamlet, Monaghan)

Walshe, the DIT captain in 2013, confirmed his retirement from inter-county footballer in early January. He had spent 13 seasons playing for Monaghan, making more than 100 senior appearances and winning two Ulster titles. Walshe was named at corner-back in the 2013 All-Star team.

He works for the ESB.

23 February 2013; Colin Walshe, Dublin Institute of Technology, in action against Peter Crowley, University College Cork. Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, Mayo)

One of the GAA's most high profile players over the last decade. O'Shea has played in eight All-Ireland finals, including replays. 2023 will be the Breaffy man's 15th season playing with Mayo.

He works as a planning, distribution, and exports manager with biopharmaceutical company AbbVie.

13 February 2013; Aidan O'Shea, DIT, in action against Tommy Moolick, NUIM. Sigerson Cup, Quarter-Final, DIT v NUIM, Bray Emmet's 3G pitch, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

David Givney (Mountnugent, Cavan)

Scored 1-2 from midfield in the final against UCC.

The Cavan man's inter-county career finished at the conclusion of the 2016 season while still in his mid-20s. He subsequently moved to London where he lined out with Fulham Irish. Givney returned home during the Covid-19 pandemic to line out with his home club Mountnugent.

He now works in the construction industry in London.

23 February 2013; David Givney, Dublin Institute of Technology. Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Martin Reilly (Killygarry, Cavan)

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Reilly, with 162 (according to the Anglo Celt), has the most senior inter-county appearances of any player currently on the Cavan panel. He was part of the side which won the 2020 Ulster title, Cavan's first provincial crown since 1997.

9 July 2022; Martin Reilly of Cavan in action against Ronan Wallace, left, and Jonathan Lynam of Westmeath during the Tailteann Cup Final match between Cavan and Westmeath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Mark Collins (Castlehaven, Cork)

The Castlehaven forward stepped away from inter-county football in 2022 after 11 seasons playing with Cork. Then Rebels manager Keith Ricken said he expected Collins to make maves in management at some stage.

"In time, I think he'll be very good in management," Ricken told the Irish Examiner.

"I want to wish him the very best as he steps away from Cork football for now. I can see him back in again in some other guise in some other time. I couldn't speak more highly of him. He owes nothing to Cork."

29 August 2021; Jack Horgan of Nemo Rangers in action against Mark Collins of Castlehaven during the 2020 Cork County Senior Club Football Championship Final match between between Castlehaven and Nemo Rangers at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar, Kerry)

The four-time Kerry All-Ireland winner retired from inter-county football in 2018. He still plays club football with Glenbeigh/Glencar.

The 2011 All-Star works in the media and runs Rosspoint, a bar and restaurant near Rossbeigh Strand just outside the village of Glenbeigh.

13 February 2013; Darran O'Sullivan, DIT, in action against Tommy Moolick, right, and James Calliff, NUIM. Sigerson Cup, Quarter-Final, DIT v NUIM, Bray Emmet's 3G pitch, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Ciaran Reddin (St. Maurs, Dublin)

Scored 1-1 for DIT in the final.

Reddin was a fringe player on the Dublin panel for the best part of the 2010s. He was part of the St Maurs team which reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 Dublin Senior 2 Football Championship.

He works for Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance as head of professional indemnity and cyber.

2 December 2017; Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail presents Ciarán Reddin with his medal during the Dublin All-Ireland medal presentations at the InterContinental Dublin in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Tomás O’Connor (Clane, Kildare)

The full-forward quit the Kildare panel in 2015 following the conclusion of a National League campaign which saw the county relegated to Division 3.

His father, also named Tomás, played at midfield in Offaly's famous 1982 All-Ireland final victory against Kerry.

13 February 2013; Tomas O'Connor, DIT, in action against Alan MccCarrick, NUIM. Sigerson Cup, Quarter-Final, DIT v NUIM, Bray Emmet's 3G pitch, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Jason Doherty (Burrishoole, Mayo)

Scored 1-2 for DIT in the final.

It was confirmed earlier this month that Doherty has committed to the Mayo panel for the 2023 season under new manager Kevin McStay. He returned to inter-county football last season following a two-and-a-half-year absence due to knee injuries.

He works as a programme manager with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

24 April 2022; Jason Doherty of Mayo in action against Paul Conroy of Galway during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Mayo and Galway at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Bernard Allen (Tubber, Offaly)

The 31-year-old, known as Panda, is in his 13th season playing for Offaly. He came off the bench for Offaly in both of their O'Byrne Cup games this year.

Allen was part of the Tubber side which reached the semi-final stage of the 2022 Offaly Senior B Football Championship.

He works as a sales executive with Molloy Precast & Environmental Systems.

22 February 2013; Bernard Allen, Dublin Institute of Technology, celebrates scoring the only goal of the game. Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup Semi-Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v Dublin City University, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Alan Nestor (Blackhall Gaels, Meath)

A year after winning the Sigerson Cup, the Meathman man was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After getting the all clear in December 2014, he immediately returned to playing with his club.

Last year, Nestor served as a selector for Tara in Meath's new Regional Football Championship.

He works as a supply chain manager with Bausch Health.

23 February 2013; Ciaran Reddin, left, and Alan Nestor, Dublin Institute of Technology, celebrate after the final whistle. Sigerson Cup Final, Dublin Institute of Technology v University College Cork, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

John McGrath (Baltinglass, Wicklow)

9 October 2022; John McGrath of Baltinglass celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Wicklow County Senior Football Championship Final match between Baltinglass and St Patrick's at the County Grounds in Aughrim, Wicklow. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Alan Nestor is not the only cancer survivor from that DIT panel. Two years before winning the Sigerson Cup in 2013, Wicklow footballer John McGrath was diagnosed with leukemia aged 24. After undergoing three months of intensive treatment, he returned to playing football in the latter part of 2011, and for Wicklow the following year.

McGrath retired from inter-county football in 2018. He still plays for his club Baltinglass and lined out in the 2022 Wicklow SFC final defeat to St Patricks.

See Also: 11 Players To Watch Out For In The 2023 Sigerson Cup

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