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Carrigaline's David Griffin at the heart of UCC's success

University College Cork retained the Fitzgibbon Cup in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night with a one point win over IT Carlow in Dublin.

The Cork college won 0-18 IT Carlow 2-11 after trailing by five points going into the final fifteen minutes.

At the heart of this victory, was Carrigaline's own David Griffin, who played the full sixty minutes in Dublin.

Griffin has been a rising talent both locally and nationally with his exploits for club and county.

The left wing back first played for Cork at minor level in 2015, before making the jump to the under-21s in 2016.

The following year he won a Munster medal in Cork's 2-23 to 1-13 defeat of Tipperary. That season, the Premier County cost him an All Ireland medal, when they saw off the Rebels 3-13 to 1-16 in the final.

Griffin was called up to the Cork senior panel in October 2016 and made his debut in that winter's Munster Senior Hurling League.

He would later replace Damien Cahalane in the National League in January 2017, before earning his first senior Cork start against Clare the following month.

He won his first Munster Senior Hurling medal in July 2017, in Cork's 1-25 to 1-20 defeat of Clare. He claimed his second medal in 2018, when Cork once again defeated the Banner County, this time 2-24 to 3-19.

Griffin is also a talented footballer here in Carrigaline. In 2014, he helped the club to the Cork Premier 1 Minor Football Championship before going on to lift the Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship title in 2015.

He has also represented St. Francis College Rochestown in both hurling and football, where he reached the finals of the Harty Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí in 2015.

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