M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals 2010


Last Saturday’s Finals were a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of “An Poc Fada” which began in 1960, a special presentation was made to Damien Callan the first ever winner of the event on the Annaverna Mountain by Bernard Dunne (representing the sponsor M Donnelly & Co.) and Seamus Howlin Chairman of the Leinster GAA Council.

For more information on the history of the event go to www.anpocfada.net.

Down’s Graham Clarke was King of the Mountain for the first time after claiming the overall title in the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada competition in dry but windy conditions at the Annaverna Mountain in Cooley, Co. Louth yesterday.

In the best weather conditions witnessed at the venue in many years, Clarke took honours ahead of Clare’s Brendan McNamara, finishing the five kilometre course in 51 pocs.

Just half a puck separated the pair entering the final straight, but the Down Senior goalkeeper drove some spectacular shots towards the end to see him with four pucks to spare at the finish.

Clarke, a regular competitor in this event; had double cause for celebration, on a day which saw Down footballers upset the odds against Kerry at Croke Park.

However, the ‘Comortais Beirte’ title failed to go the Down custodian’s way, as Clarke and Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly had to be content with second spot in the pairs event.

Last year’s overall winner Gerry Fallon claimed a stake in the pairs title for the second year-in-a-row, as the Roscommon Senior hurling captain teamed up with Galway’s James Skehill to claim the title with 113 pucks, with only 65 metres to spare over second placed Clarke and Kelly.

Meanwhile, Waterford’s Patricia Jackman won the Senior Camogie title in 28 pucks.

Jackman, in her fifth year in the competition again proved impressive; finishing inside the top two for the fifth time; as she claimed back-to-back honours.

Down’s Fionnuala Carr, daughter of former Senior football manager Ross; claimed second spot with 29 pucks.

Galway’s Owen Treacy was the Under 16 boys winner, after he claimed the title in 26 pucks; two ahead of Munster Champion, and Lismore, Waterford clubman Sean Barry.

(Message from the Secretary of An Poc Fada National Committee Pat Hamilton)

Many thanks to the Club members in Louth & Armagh who assisted as scorekeepers & flag-bearers at Annaverna and a sincere thank you to the all Committee members who also helped to make the 2010 M.Donnelly Poc Fada Finals such a great day. Your hard work is deeply appreciated.

Congratulations also to all the Contestants who competed especially our Winners Patricia Jackman (Waterford) 2010 Camogie Poc Fada Champion & 2009 Winner.

Owen Tracy (Galway) Boys U16 Champion.

Pairs Winners Gerry Fallon (Roscommon) + James Skehill (Galway).

2010 M.Donnelly Poc Fada Champion Graham Clarke (Down).

The M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Finals will take place on Annaverna Mountain Ravensdale this coming Saturday (31st). The unique sporting and cultural GAA event which is this year once again sponsored by Martin Donnelly (MD) will also see the All Ireland Camogie and Under 16 Poc Fada contests.

2009 Champion Roscommon’s Gerry Fallon will be there to defend his title.

He faces stiff competition from Ulster Poc Fada Champion Ruairi Convery (Derry), Leinster Champion Eoin Reilly (Laois) Seamus Coffey (Cork) the Munster Poc Fada Provincial winner and James Skehill (Galway) the Connacht Champion. Kilkenny All Ireland winning goalkeeper James McGarry, Wexford’s all Ireland and all star Damien Fitzhenry and Down’s Graham Clarke will also participate in this years Poc Fada which is over a challenging mountain 5km course. Karol Keating (Down), Brendan McNamara (Clare) and Donal O Brien (Mayo) will also be attempting to win the prestigious all Ireland medal for this event. Meaths Neil Hackett is also participating this year.

Waterford’s Patricia Jackman will be back on the famous mountain course to defend her Camogie All Ireland title against the challenges of Connaught Champion – Stephanie Gannon (Athenry, Galway) , Leinster Champion – Voureen Quigley (Kilkerley, Louth), Munster Champion – Jacqui O’Connor (St Ibarrs Shelmeliers, Wexford) ,Ulster Champion – Fionnuala Carr (Down), Armagh Champion – Bernie Murray (Cullyhanna) and Louth Champion – Catriona Cantwell (St. Annes).

The hurlers in this year’s Under 16 Poc Fada are Patrick Nugent Antrim, Sean Barry Waterford, Owen Tracey Galway and Dónall Connolly (Jnr) Louth Chairperson of the national Coiste of An Poc Fada, Donie Nealon said that a great days completion was expected. “This is a very unique sporting event. We can expect a close contest” said the former Tipperary star hurler and Munster Council secretary. Louth’s Pat Hamilton who serves as secretary of the National Poc Fada Committee reminded all those intending to attend the event that they should come prepared for the rugged mountain course. He also appealed to any local GAA Hurling, Camogie and Football Clubs wishing to assist at the event to contact him.

The full line out will be announced and draws for the Comortas Beirte (Pairs) contest will take place on Wednesday next 28th July at the M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada launch in Croke Park.

This year once again an appeal is being made by the organisers to all clubs and individuals with an interest in this unique sporting event to come along on the day and help out with the days. Anyone wishing to take on a role should contact Josie Maguire ( josiemaguire@hotmail.com ) 0871329120 or Pat Mc Ginn ( patmcginn@hotmail.com ) 02830839134.

All involved should ensure that they are on the mountain by 12noon.

The Camogie and Under 16 Competitions start at 12.30pm with the senior Poc Fada commencing at 1pm

More information available from www.anpocfada.net

Finalists’ Profiles


•     Graham Clarke: The Down goalkeeper who plays his hurling with the Ballygalget Club is back on the mountain for this year’s event. Graham has given great service and commitment to hurling and the Poc Fada contest here on Annaverna.

•     Gerry Fallon: The 2009 Champion who plays his hurling with Roscommon Club Oran is expected to put up a strong challenge to retain his title.

•     Eoin Reilly: The Leinster Poc Fada Champion from Laois is a member of the Portlaoise Club. He visits the 5km mountain course for the first time and is hopeful that he will make a strong challenge.

•     Donall O Brien: The Connacht representative is from Mayo and plays his hurling with Ballyhaunis. He faces the 5km Poc Fada mountain course for the first time

•     Brendan Mc Namara: The Scariff hurler from County Clare returns to the mountain and would be expected to be challenging for the all Ireland title.

•     Seamus Coffey: The Cork hurler is currently the Munster Poc Fada Champion. He is a member of the University College Cork Hurling Club and visits the mountain for the first time

•     Ruairi Convery: The Ulster Poc Fada Champion who is a member of the Swatragh Club inDerry returns to the mountain for the second time. Ruairi is hopeful that he can go one better than his second place of two years ago this year.

•     Karol Keating: The Portaferry hurler from County Down competes in his first Poc Fada and the Ulster Poc Fada runner up hopes to give a good account of himself over the 5km mountain course. Goes out sixth in this year’s field.

•     James McGarry: Back to the mountain for a second time the highly accomplished and respected Kilkenny hurler who plays with his local club Bennettsbridge, will no doubt be determined to make a strong showing.

•     Damien Fitzhenry: The Wexford and Duffry Rovers hurler makes a welcome return to the moutain and he is expected to make a strong bid to capture the All Ireland Poc Fada title. Damien has been a great supporter of this All  Ireland event for many years

•     James Skehill: The Connacht Poc Fada 2010 Champion is from the Cappataggle Club. He makes a welcome return to the Annaverna mountain and is expected to make a strong showing.

•     Neil Hackett: The Meath hurler plays with the St Peter’s Dunboyne Club, takes on the 5km all Ireland Poc Fada course for the very first time. Neill would hope to put up a strong challenge to lift the all Ireland title at his first attempt.


•     Patricia Jackman: The Gaultier & Waterford star is the current champion and Munster Poc Fada winner and All Ireland runner-up from 2006 to 2008. Patricia will be looking to retain the Camogie Poc Fada Cup for another year on this her 5th visit to the mountain.

•     Stephanie Gannon: The Connaught champion from Athenry, Galway was the winner of the inaugural All Ireland Camogie Poc Fada in 2004 at the age of 16. Winner of an All Ireland minor title and the camogie young player of the year award also in 2004. Stephanie will be hoping to take the cup home for a second time.

•     Voureen Quigley: The Leinster Champion and runner up in 2005, the Kilkerley camogie and Louth Ladies Football star is competing for the 4th time and will undoubtedly be looking to keep the All Ireland Camogie Poc Fada Championship title in Louth this year to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Poc Fada in 1960.

•     Jacqui O’Connor: The Muster Champion plays her club Camogie with St Ibarrs Shelmeliers, Wexford, runner up in the All Ireland in 2008 and finishing 3rd in last year’s final. Jacqui who captains the 2010 Tipperary Intermediate Team will be looking to ensure that her county continues to dominate the Annaverna mountain by taking another All Ireland Poc Fada title back to Tipperary.

•     Fionnuala Carr: The Ulster Champion from the Clonduff Camogie club in Co.Down and is a Down Dual-Star. Runner up in final of 2007 Fionnuala will be a strong competitor for the other finalists.  Ulster’s final was held on Divis Mountain in Belfast, no better preparation for Fionnuala’s quest for All Ireland Honours.

•     Bernie Murray: Armagh’s champion is a member of the County Armagh Senior team for the last 6 years and current captain. Bernie who plays her Camogie with Cullyhanna will be eager to add a national title to Armagh’s collection this year after the Hurlers’ Nicky Rackard Cup win.

•     Catriona Cantwell: Louth’s champion is a native of Tipperary and plays for St. Annes, in Blackrock, Co. Louth. Catriona who has achieved county honours in both league and championship for both Camogie and Football in Tipperary will be carrying the banner for Louth and aiming to do the Wee County proud on the 50th Anniversary of the first Poc Fada also.

Boys Under 16

•     Patrick Nugent: The Ulster Champion hails from the Naomh Eoin club in Belfast and will be well used to the mountainous terrain having won his title on Divas Mountain just on his doorstep.

•     Sean Barry: The Munster Champion hails from Lismore in Waterford and will be looking to bring the National title home to The Deise when he visits the Annaverna course

•     Owen Tracey: The Connaught Champion is from the Portumna club in Galway and will definitely be fuelled by the epic deeds of The Tribesmen v Tipperary in what may have been the best game of Hurling this year. Galway will be looking to Owen to bring home an All Ireland Title.

•     Dónall Connolly Jr.: The Louth champion and Leinster representative is 15 year old Dónall Connolly Jr. who was Louth’s U14 goalkeeper last year. Dónall is no stranger to the Annaverna course as he has for the last couple of years helped out as a Gasóg.

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10

Down defeated Kerry by 1-16 to 1-10 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday in Croke Park.

Down shock Kerry at Croke Park

Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10 
From the RTE.ie web site

The Kingdom were flattered by the extent of this six-point defeat, with their goal coming deep into stoppage time from a penalty. The Mourne men, who plotted an impressive course through the qualifiers, displayed passion and skill from start to finish, and in Martin Clarke they had a player of vision and creativity who played an immense role in this massive victory. Clarke controlled the game for long stretches, contributing to many of his side’s scores and posting a 0-04 tally himself. Down, now with five wins from five Championship meetings with Kerry, never showed any fear of their opponents, who looked disjointed and lacking in leadership. Down stunned the Sam Maguire Cup holders with a goal after just 52 seconds.  Mícheál Quirke was caught in possession, Paul McComiskey slipped the ball quickly to Mark Poland, and the centre-forward gave Brendan Kealy no chance with a rasping drive.

The Mourne men maintained that dazzling offensive, adding points through Benny Coulter, Ambrose Rogers (a ’45) and McComiskey to lead a shell-shocked Kerry side by 1-03 to 00-00 after just 10 minutes. Bryan Sheehan eventually got Kerry’s first score in the 14th minute, and they steadied the ship, winning breaking ball around midfield to set up three further scoring chances which Colm Cooper executed. And they had the ball in the net in the 23rd minute when Cooper and Donnacha Walsh combined to send Killian Young in to blast past Brendan McVeigh. Walsh, however, was penalised by referee Joe McQuillan for an illegal hand-pass. Down went 17 minutes without scoring, but with Clarke orchestrating things, they played their way back into the game and banged over four points, two each from Clarke and Poland. And former Aussie Rules star Clarke inspired his colleagues by drifting back to make a superb interception as Walsh tried to release Cooper. Down led by 1-07 to 0-04 at the break.

Kieran Donaghy moved to midfield for the second half with Declan O’Sullivan, but Down pair Ambrose Rogers and Kalum King continued to dominate in that sector. Cooper and Sheehan pulled back points for Kerry as they cut the deficit to four, but they had a let-off when Down had a McComiskey goal disallowed. The Kingdom were reduced to 14 men in the 45th minute when Donnacha Walsh picked up a second yellow card, but nevertheless crafted a couple of goal chances, only to see Brendan McVeigh pull off two stunning saves from Donaghy. Down grew in confidence once more, and a volley of superb points from Benny Coulter and Ronan Murtagh saw them kill the game off. Kerry pulled back a late goal when David Moran netted a penalty after Donaghy had been fouled.

Down: B McVeigh, D McCartan, D Gordon, D Rafferty, D Rooney, K McKernan, C Garvey, A Rodgers (0-2, 1 ’45), K King, D Hughes, M Poland (1-2, 0-1f), P McComiskey (0-2), B Coulter (0-3), J Clarke, M Clarke (0-4, 2f, 1 ’45).
Subs: C Maginn (0-1) for J Clarke, R Murtagh (0-1) for McComiskey, B McArdle for Rooney, P Fitzpatrick (0-1) for King, R Sexton for Poland

Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan, A O’Mahony, M McCarthy, K Young, S Scanlon, M Quirke, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh, C Cooper (0-7 (5f), K Donaghy, B Sheehan (0-3, 1f, 1 ’45).
Subs: D Moran (1-0, pen) for Quirke, BJ Keane for Scanlon, K O’Leary for Darran O’Sullivan, A O’Connell for O’Mahony, D Bohan for Young, A Maher for Sheehan

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Down in ALL Ireland Quarter Final Saturday 31st July.

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

3. Tommy Griffin Dingle

4. Tom O’ Sullivan Rathmore

5. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

6. Mike McCarthy Kilcummin

7. Killian Young Renard

8. Seamus Scanlon Currow

9. Micheál Quirke Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Darran O’ Sullivan Glenbeigh /Glencar

11. Declan O’ Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada

12. Donnacha Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes

14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks

15. Bryan Sheehan (Captain) St. Mary’s

16 David Hennessey Kerins O’Rahillys

17. Anthony Maher Duagh

18 Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

19. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys

20. Daniel Bohan Austin Stacks

21. Kieran O’Leary Dr. Crokes

22. Adrian O’Connell St Michael’s Foilmore

23. Niall O’Mahony Spa

24. Jonathan Lyne. Legion

25. Johnny Buckley Dr. Crokes

26. Brendan Guiney Listowel Emmett’s

27. David O’Callaghan St. Pat’s Blennerville

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 0-9

Tyrone defeated Kerry by 2-12 to 0-9 in the ESB GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday in Croke Park.

Tyrone minors maul Kerry to reach semis

By CIARÁN DALY at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

All-Ireland MFC Quarter-final – Tyrone 2-12 Kerry 0-09: Tyrone minors emphatically ended Kerry’s 100 per cent success rate at the quarter-final stage of the Championship. Before today, Kerry minors had played eight quarter-finals without tasting defeat but were completely outclassed by a ruthless Tyrone outfit.

Goals from Harry Óg Conlon and Michael Donaghy were enough to give Tyrone a comfortable 2-06 to 0-04 half-time lead, with the decisive scores coming on 20 and 23 minutes respectively They were blows from which Kerry were never able to fully recover. Mark Reen battled well for the Kingdom in the second half and substitute Gavan O’Grady proved a handful for the Red Hand defence when introduced, but Tyrone were always comfortable. Five Ronan O’Neill points, two of which were from open play, meant that Tyrone’s passage to the semi-final was a relatively straightforward one.

Team News

The Kerry Minor team to play Tyrone on Saturday next at 12.00pm in Croke Park is as follows:

1. Damien Horgan St.Marys Caherciveen

2. Fearghal McNamara Austin Stacks 3. David Culhane Ballylongford 4. Andrew Thompson Kerins O’Rahillys

5. Chris O’Leary Kilcummin 6. Laurance Bastible John Mitchels 7.Jason Hickson Annascaul

8. James Walsh (Capt) Knocknagoshel 9. Shaun Keane Legion

10. Gary O’Leary Kilcummin 11. Marcus Mangan Milltown/Castlemaine 12. Tadhg Morley Templenoe

13. John Moynihan Rathmore 14 Mark Reen Rathmore 15. Eanna O’Connor St Michaels Foilmore

The substitutes are: 16 Padraic McCarthy Rathmore 17. Damien Somers St Senans 18. Thomas Hickey Desmonds 19. Gavan O’Grady Glenbeigh/Glencar 20. Eamonn Kiely Brosna 21. Sean McCarthy Legion 22. Barry Dwyer Waterville 23. Conor Cox Listowel Emmets 24. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff






All data on the changes to Minor teams can be checked by clicking on www.kerrygaa.ie (front Page)

Munster U21HC Final – Tipperary 1-22 Clare 1-17

Tipperary defeated Clare by 1-22 to 1-17 in the Bord Gais Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Wednesday July 28th at Semple Stadium Thurles. 

Tipp take another step forward 

Tipperary 1-22 Clare 1-17By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper 

Thursday, July 29, 2010 

THE winning momentum generated by their senior side’s pulsating success last Sunday was maintained by the Tipperary U21 hurlers in Semple Stadium last night as they swept to victory over last year’s All-Ireland champions Clare in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21HC final.  The result did not create the ebullient post-match scenes that had greeted Clare’s momentous triumph in last year’s final but it represented an important step forward by Tipperary in front of a crowd of 11,450. 

Clare rocketed out of the traps at the start of the game and only required 200 seconds to construct a formidable 1-3 to 0-0 advantage. That opening spell was characterised by some dazzling play by Clare and Tipperary were rocked by the ferocity of the early Banner challenge. John Conlon lofted over a classy point after only 30 seconds and that set the tone for a scoring burst, the centrepiece of which came from Conor McGrath in the 3rd minute as he availed of indecision on the part of Tipperary goalkeeper James Logue to bundle the ball to the net. 

But they struggled to maintain the early standards of that play and in retrospect it was a cause for regret that they failed to increase that lead with a flurry of attacking activity in the 8th minute providing them with clear opportunities. Firstly Darach Honan smashed a fierce shot against the body of Tipperary goalkeeper James Logue and although Honan collected the rebound, he was wrestled to the ground by Tipperary full-back John Coghlan. The resultant penalty provided no joy for Clare either with Logue again proving equal to John Conlon’s drive. The Ballingarry netminder atoned for his earlier error decisively during this time and all over the pitch Tipperary regained composure after an opening which had been fraught with nerves. 

They never looked back thereafter. Pádraic Maher went on to exert an enormous influence on proceedings at the heart of the Tipperary backline but it was not a night when their marquee names were to the fore as previously peripheral figures occupied the limelight. Injuries have stalled Brian O’Meara’s development since he was parachuted into the senior line-up back in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in May but the Kilruane McDonagh’s man offered a timely reminder of his abilities here.  He inflicted terror on the Clare defence and his final return of a single point masked a display where his aerial prowess was key to creating several scores. Outside him Paddy Murphy was outstanding at centre-forward, proving equally proficient at claiming possession in the air and rifling over five points. That scoring spree included four inside the closing seven minutes as he ensured Tipperary powered for the finishing line. 

A six-point deficit after only three minutes would have spooked plenty teams but Tipperary remained calm and trusted the abilities they had to offer. It was critical in the overall context of the game that they had regained equality on the scoreboard by the 21st minute. Attackers Michael Heffernan, Sean Carey and John O’Dwyer buzzed with intent, as Tipperary’s marksmanship was sublime. Their hopes soared in the 25th minute when, despite the suspicion of a throw ball by O’Meara in the build-up, Heffernan struck a fabulous shot in the air for a vital Tipperary goal. Despite suffering a myriad of blows, Clare stayed in the hunt as the magnificent freetaking of Conor McGrath enabled them to only trail 1-12 to 1-9 at the break. 

Clare emerged in the second-half to produce another strong start to the action that yielded stylish points by Honan and Sean Collins. But as Clare moved to be only one adrift, Tipperary upped the ante. Noel McGrath, Hennessy, O’Dwyer and Carey all split the posts with points and their lead could have been swelled further when Hennessy lined up a 39th minute penalty, only for his blistering shot to be tipped over by Cathal Chaplin.  Being in arrears by 1-16 to 1-11, the match threatened to move completely away from Clare. But their spirit and resilience never allowed that prospect to materialise. Liam Markham swept up plenty ball in defence while Honan and the excellent Eoin Hayes had their eye in when it came to converting chances. Clare got within three points of Tipperary on a couple of occasions but Murphy’s storming finish saw Tipperary pull clear by five. 

Scorers for Tipperary: M Heffernan 1-3, S Hennessy (two frees, one ‘65, one pen), P Murphy 0-5 each, J O’Dwyer, S Carey 0-3 each, N McGrath 0-2, B O’Meara 0-1. 

Clare: C McGrath 1-8 (0-7f), E Hayes, D Honan 0-3 each, J Conlon, S Collins, F Kennedy 0-1 each. 

TIPPERARY: J Logue; M Cahill, J Coghlan, K O’Gorman; J Barry, Padraig Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, Patrick Maher, P Murphy; J O’Dwyer, B O’Meara, M Heffernan. Sub: K Morris for O’Dwyer (60) 

CLARE: D Tuohy; D Nash, C Chaplin, J Gunning; P O’Connor, C Morey, L Markham; N O’Connell, S Collins; P Vaughan, J Conlon, E Hayes; F Kennedy, D Honan, C McGrath.
Subs: D O’Halloran for Vaughan (half-time), S Golden for Collins (54) 

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)  

Murphy’s late flurry guides Tipp over the lineTIPPERARY 1-22 CLARE 1-17  

Munster U-21 hurling final 

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper 

Thursday July 29 2010 

TIPPERARY recovered from a dreadful start to claim a 20th provincial U-21 crown at Semple Stadium last night. The Premier County dethroned 2009 provincial and All-Ireland champions Clare to land Munster silverware for the first time since defeating the same opposition in a stormy Cusack Park decider two years ago. There was none of the late drama that marred the 2008 final as Tipp finished with a flurry of scores from Paddy Murphy to set up an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Antrim on August 21. 

A crowd of 11,450 spectators was present in Thurles last night as Tipp, who started with five of the players who lined out in last Sunday’s gripping All-Ireland senior quarter-final win against Galway, capped a most satisfying few days for the county. Clare put up a stern challenge but, ultimately, Tipp had too much firepower as they landed 1-18 of their match-winning total from play, with five of Tipp’s starting forwards and both midfielders on target. Clare, boasting 10 players who featured in last year’s All-Ireland U-21 final, arrived in confident mood and were looking to create history by claiming Munster minor and U-21 titles in the same season for the first time. 

And they opened in style, leading by 1-3 to 0-0 within three minutes, before Tipp hit back to claim a 1-12 to 1-9 half-time advantage. Clare narrowed the gap back to a point in the early stages of the second half, but Tipp reasserted their authority and were never really troubled from there until the finish. Tipp could even afford the luxury of a second-half penalty miss as Seamus Hennessy’s 38th-minute drive was flicked over the bar by Cathal Chaplin, who had hauled down the rampaging Brian O’Meara.Michael Heffernan was the star of the first half for Tipp with 1-3 from play, but towards the finish his Nenagh Eire Og clubmate Murphy was superb at centre-forward as he contributed four points in the last seven minutes of playing time. 

Clare’s start was blistering as skipper John Conlon pointed with just 25 seconds on the watch. Conor McGrath, who hit 1-5 in the first half, converted his first free of a flawless evening from placed balls soon after before McGrath supplied Clare’s goal in the third minute. Patrick O’Connor was the inadvertent supplier as the wing-back’s lengthy delivery was missed by Tipp goalkeeper James Logue and McGrath pounced for a simple close-range finish.  Former minor All-Ireland medallist Logue performed heroics in the eighth minute to redeem himself — denying Darach Honan from point-blank range — before saving a penalty. 

Honan was fouled by Tipp full-back John Coghlan in the scramble which followed the forward’s initial effort but Logue saved the Premier County’s bacon with a good save from Conlon’s penalty.  Tipp drew level by the 20th minute — 0-9 to 1-6 — as they found scores much easier to come by after finding a rhythm. Two minutes later, Tipp moved ahead for the first time in the game and after gaining the whip hand, they pressed on the gas and scored a wonder goal four minutes before half-time. Seamus Hennessy drilled the ball towards O’Meara on the edge of the Clare square and the menacing full-forward’s dinked handpass set up Michael Heffernan for a superb first-time finish. 

Scorers — Tipperary: M Heffernan 1-3, P Murphy, S Hennessy (0-1 pen, 0-2f, 0-1 ’65’) 0-5 each, J O’Dwyer, S Carey 0-3 each, N McGrath 0-2, B O’Meara 0-1. Clare: C McGrath 1-8 (0-7f), E Hayes 0-4, D Honan 0-3, J Conlon, F Kennedy 0-1 each. 

TIPPERARY — J Logue; M Cahill, J Coghlan, K O’Gorman; J Barry, Padraic Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy, N McGrath; S Carey, Patrick Maher, P Murphy; M Heffernan, B O’Meara, J O’Dwyer. Subs: K Morris for O’Dwyer (60). 

CLARE — D Tuohy; D Nash, C Chaplin, J Gunning; P O’Connor, C Morey, L Markham; N O’Connell, S Collins; P Vaughan, J Conlon, E Hayes; F Kennedy, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: D O’Halloran for Vaughan (h-t), S Golden for Collins (55). 

Ref — C McAllister (Cork) 

Tipperary settle after early Clare blitz and finish strongly 

From the Irish Times newspaper 

UNDER-21 HURLING MUNSTER FINAL: TIPPERARY RECOVERED from a disastrous start to topple All-Ireland champions Clare in a thrilling provincial decider at Semple Stadium yesterday. The 11,450 fans were treated to a spectacular contest as Clare blitzed Tipperary in the opening four minutes, hitting 1-3 without reply. Conor McGrath got the goal in the second minute, punishing a slip by James Logue. But the Tipp goalkeeper redeemed himself minutes later with a brilliant stop off a Darach Honan effort and saved a John Conlon penalty as Clare threatened to run riot. Tipp settled and a string of points by Séamus Hennessy, Michael Heffernan and John O’Dwyer saw them level after 20 minutes. They nudged ahead through Hennessy a minute later, and got a great boost when Heffernan netted in the 25th minute after Brian O’Meara created the chance. 

At the break Tipp were 1-12 to 1-9 ahead, and with the breeze to favour them in the second half looked poised for victory. In a cracking second half, Clare kept coming at Tipperary, but, the opening minutes apart, when Clare cut the lead to a point, Tipperary maintained a three- to four-point advantage. Four points from Paddy Murphy in the closing seven minutes set the seal on a great Tipperary win. Though he scored only one point, senior star O’Meara, back after injury, was an inspirational figure in the Tipp attack. Clare will be bitterly disappointed to lose their title after such a bright start. 

TIPPERARY: J Logue; M Cahill, J Coghlan, K O’Gorman; J Barry, Padraic Maher, B Maher; S Hennessy (0-5, four frees), N McGrath (0-2); S Carey (0-3), Patrick Maher, P Murphy (0-5); J O’Dwyer (0-3), B O’Meara (0-1), M Heffernan (1-3). Sub: K Morris for O’Dwyer. 

CLARE: D Touhy; D Nash, C Chaplin, J Gunning; P O’Connor, C Morey, L Markham; N O’Connell, S Collins; P Vaughan, J Conlon (0-1), E Hayes (0-4); F Kennedy (0-1), D Honan (0-3), C McGrath (1-8, seven frees). Subs: D O’Halloran for Vaughan; S Golden for Collins. 

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


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Fixture Details 


Bórd Gáis Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship Final 


At Semple Stadium, Thurles 

At 7.30pm 

Reiteoir – Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh) 

Admission Prices 

Adult Stand €15 

OAP/Student Stand €10 

Adult Terrace €10 

Under 16’s – Free 

Team News 

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Clare in the Munster final on Wednesday evening at Semple Stadium shows 2 changes from the team which defeated Cork in the semi-final. Sean Carey and Brian O’Meara, both of whom came on as subs against Cork start in place of Adrian Ryan and the injured Denis Maher. The team is: 

1. James Logue (Ballingarry) 

2. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields) 

3. John Coghlan (Moyne-Templetuohy) 

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) 

5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane) 

6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) Captain 

7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh) 

8. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 

9. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) 

10. Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers) 

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha) 

12. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) 

13. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) 

14. Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) 

15. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) 



Wednesday June 3rd. at Pairc Ui Chaoimh 

Cork 1-16 Waterford 1-3 

Cork scorers 

R. Clifford 0-6: M. O’Sullivan 1-0: C. McCarthy 0-2: S. O’Farrell 0-2: L. Farrell 0-2: M. Bowles 0-1: M. Collins 0-1: J. Nagle 0-1: P. Gould 0-1 

Waterford scorers 

B. O’Sullivan 1-0: M. Shanahan 0-2: S. Kearney 0-1 


Wednesday July 14th. 

At Pairc na nGael, Limerick 

Clare 1-15 Limerick 1-12 

Clare scorers 

C. McGrath 0-9: D. Honan 1-3: P. Vaughan 0-1: E. Hayes 0-1: N. O’Connell 0-1 

Limerick scorers 

T. O’Brien 0-5: P. Browne 0-2: S. Tobin 0-2: D. Hannon 0-1: M. Kiely 0-1: K. Owens 0-1 D. Owens 1-0 

At Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork 

Tipperary 2-17 Cork 0-21 (aet) 

Tipperary scorers 

N. McGrath 0-6: S. Hennessy 1-3: M. Heffernan 1-2: S. Casey 0-2: P. Maher 0-1: P. Murphy 0-1: J. O’Dwyer 0-1: B. Maher 0-1 

Cork scorers 

R. Clifford 0-9: M. Bowles 0-3: W. Egan 0-2: L.O’Farrell 0-2: D. Kearney 0-2: R. White 0-1: R. O’Driscoll 0-1 


R. Clifford (Cork) 0-15 

C. McGrath (Clare) 0-9 

D. Honan (Clare) 1-3 

N. McGrath (Tipperary) 0-6 

Match Coverage 

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All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-17 to 3-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Corbett’s last coup closes out an epic

TOM HUMPHRIES At Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper

ALL-IRELAND SHC QUARTER-FINAL Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16: STRANGE HOW gingerly some counties approach each other and how wanton other encounters are. Galway and Tipp hurl without fear of each other and in the time of their modern rivalry they seldom disappoint. In Croke Park yesterday they produced a magnificent match, the game this hurling season has been parched for. Tipperary advance by the width of a late point to an All-Ireland semi-final with Waterford. Galway finish another season with their hearts ripped out. Going into the home stretch this was a game they should have finished out. Tipp got the final three scores of the game, however, and for that feat of sang froid alone they were probably worth their victory. It is customary for us to round on referees these days for supposedly engineering draws in big games. If anything yesterday, James Owens’ refusal in the last seconds to manufacture a draw or grant us the benison of extra-time was the only unsatisfactory element of a thrilling afternoon.

A long free from Ger Farragher dropped into the Tipp square. A Galway hand (Niall Healy’s) rose as if to claim Excalibur. And promptly disappeared beneath a churning lake of blue and gold. A penalty looked a possibility. A free looked a likelihood. The referee seemed by his body language (a half-hearted spreading of the arms) to be opting for the penalty. A second or two of scrummaging ensued as we awaited the decision. Anti-climactically, the game was blown up. Anybody inclined to criticism of the referee, though, should filter their words through his contribution to a game that was passionate and intense and refereed shrewdly enough for its fluidity to be undiminished. A pity because as a tactical battle and an exhibition of hurling the game was unsurpassed this season. Galway, without Cyril Donnellan, started with Kevin Hayes in the forward line, while Tipp dropped Eoin Kelly out to centre forward, with Patrick Maher moving to the wing and Lar Corbett roving.

Early on it looked as if Tipp would overwhelm Galway. They began in the spirit they had finished in Croke Park last September, with Patrick Maher bursting through, hopping off a challenge from Tony Óg Regan and scoring a fine point. A minute later Corbett, 70 yards out on the right sideline, sent over a wonderful score. Galway were in trouble, we thought. But at four points to one down they got their first break. The puck out from an Eoin Kelly score broke through to Éanna Ryan, who pounced like a wolf after a meatball. Pádraig Maher was flailing behind but Ryan struck a lovely goal to the corner of Brendan Cummins’ net. The sides were level for the first time in play. They would be level nine more times before the end.

When Galway look back on this latest heartbreak they will perhaps compare Eoin Kelly’s blossoming season with that of Joe Canning. Zestless all summer, Canning was held scoreless from play yesterday and looks like a man in need of time and space to sort his injuries out and recover his appetite and sharpness. Club and county will surely encourage him to take the time necessary. By comparison, the graph of Eoin Kelly’s season makes happier reading and the first of his critical interventions came on 18 minutes yesterday with a goal in the style of Galway’s first. A long puck-out came to Patrick Maher, who wisely and speedily handpassed into Kelly’s path. Bang. Tipp were suddenly three points clear again. That provoked Galway’s best period. They got on top in midfield and registered six points without reply, starting with an uplifting Canning sideline and finishing with a wonder score from Iarla Tannian.

Three minutes from half-time and they led by three points. They went into the tunnel two down. Points from Brendan Maher and Kelly again were followed just at the death by a breakthrough in the tactic of putting long, high balls into Noel McGrath. He had batted one effort just wide some minutes earlier but this time moved the ball through into the Tipp square where Séamus Callanan, a newly-installed sub, stood as isolated as a lighthouse. He netted efficiently: 2-8 to 1-9 at the break. Callanan’s introduction strengthened Tipp in that Shane McGrath moved to midfield in place of David Young and Tipp got on top there gradually while their half-back line continued to shade things.

The evidence of all this would come later, however. Eoin Kelly pointed a free but then Paul Curran had to endure the humiliation of a double error which let Damien Hayes in for Galway’s second goal. Level again. Afterwards when Brendan Cummins noted “Galway got goal chances and took them . . . maybe our own fault. But with forwards like they have, they will always take them” He was speaking diplomatically about the second in particular. Six minutes after that, though, more redemption. Gearóid Ryan was put through at the other end. Bang. Tipp’s third goal. Duly they pulled away, only to be hauled back when Pádraig Maher was adjudged to have chopped at Joe Canning and a penalty was awarded.

Joe may not have been at his best but he didn’t refuse the gift. Galway clawed back to a point behind before Damien Hayes brought them level. And so it ebbed and flowed till Aonghus Callanan put Galway two points up with a couple of minutes of ordinary time remaining. Tipp had to mine their resources. They did. Substitute John O’Brien and Ryan scored points and then Pa Bourke shifted a pass to Corbett, who scored the winner with the coolness of a man practising after training.

TIPPERARY : B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, P Maher; B Maher (0-2) , D Young; G Ryan (1-2), P Maher (0-1) , S McGrath; N McGrath (0-1), L Corbett (0-3), E Kelly (1-7, 6 frees). Subs: S Callanan (1-0) for Young (30 mins), J O’Brien (0-1) for N McGrath (53 mins), C O’Brien for Fanning (62 mins), P Bourke for P Maher (65 mins).

GALWAY : C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Barry, T Óg Regan, D Collins; G Farragher (0-2), D Burke (0-1); E Ryan (1-1) , K Hayes, A Smith; D Hayes (1-3), J Canning (1-5, 1-0 pen, three frees, 65, one lineball), I Tannian (0-1). Subs: K Hynes (0-2) for K Hayes (51 mins), A Callanan (0-1) for Ryan (53 mins), J Lee for O Canning (67 mins), N Healy for Smith (69 mins)

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Croker magic as Tipp top the Tribe

Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 26, 2010

ONE point, one solitary, glorious point, that was all that separated these two marvellous teams at the end of this magical, mesmerising All-Ireland SHC quarter-final in Croke Park yesterday. One point, from the ice-cool stick of Tipperary’s Lar Corbett in the first minute of injury-time was the difference between life – advancing to an All-Ireland semi-final with Waterford – and sporting death, the end of your inter-county hurling season. That two teams should play so well, should combine to offer us all one of the great games of one of the great sports, it seems unfair that one reaps all the reward, the other suffers all the agony.

“There’s a very thin line between winning and losing,” said a shattered John McIntyre, Tipperary in his soul but now, as manager and long-time resident, Galway in his heart. “And there is often then a presumption that on the losing team, either the management or the players were off the pace, but Tipp got the breaks in the final minutes – ah, this is tough…” Tough indeed, and very tough, that on the day the Tribesmen produced their best and most sustained 70-plus minutes of hurling for several years, their hopes should be shattered by a side which, in the end, was just that shade better.

But that’s sport, the cruelty, the glory; it’s those very vagaries that keep us all so in thrall, it’s why we come back again and again, even those who – like Galway yesterday, players, management and supporters – suffer the most. Let no-one criticise this Galway effort yesterday, let no-one question why Tipperary, and not Galway, advance. Galway gave their all, but they met a superior force – it is that simple. Oh, we had so hoped for a game like this, for a match of real quality in a season of so much disappointment. From the opening whistle the standard was set with four quality points for Tipperary (Patrick Maher and Lar Corbett with the openers, then two from Eoin Kelly), against a magnificent strike by Eanna Ryan (0-4 to 0-1).

Then came the first goal of the game, Ryan again (doing unto Tipp what his uncle of the same name had done so many times in the past) bursting onto the break of a huge Colm Callanan puckout, soloing through, and giving Brendan Cummins no chance to draw them level, (1-1 to 0-4). Soon, however, Tipperary would have a goal of their own, and it was almost a mirror image – a huge Cummins puckout, caught by the impressive Patrick Maher who parted to Eoin Kelly and again there was no chance for the keeper. A mere 19 minutes gone but at 1-6 to 1-3, the tone was set. Galway did then go on a bit of a run, probably the most dominant period for any one team in the match, hitting six points in the next 10 minutes to lead by three (1-9 to 1-6) as half-time approached. Significantly, however, they couldn’t hold that lead, and points from Kelly and midfielder Brendan Maher (brilliant again), then another goal (sub Seamus Callanan ghosting in behind the Galway defence), saw the pendulum swing back to Tipp who led by two points at the break (2-8 to 1-9). It was a fine first half, but even better was to come.

Within three minutes of the restart they were level again, the ever-alert and ever-dangerous Damien Hayes doing what he has been doing all season, making a nuisance of himself in around the danger area, forcing an error from the otherwise outstanding Paul Curran at full-back, and pouncing, to goal, tennis-style (a forehand smash) from point-blank range past the hapless and helpless Cummins. The sides were locked at 2-9 apiece. To and fro it swung for the next 30 minutes, each side adding a third goal. Gearoid Ryan had a cracker for Tipp, screaming onto a stray Patrick Maher pass before firing a pile-driver past Callanan in the 43rd minute. At the other end Joe Canning converted a penalty with a low bullet, after he had been pulled down by Padraig Maher in the 52nd minute. All the while the points continuing to flow. Three times they were level, 2-10 apiece (40th minute), 3-13 (54th), 3-14 (58th), two teams locked in mortal combat.

The reserves were called in, and as the game headed into the final 10 minutes, subs Kevin Hynes and Aongus Callanan each scored for Galway to give the men from the west a two-point advantage. As at the end of the first half, however, as in too many games over the past two barren decades, Galway couldn’t close the deal. A fine point from Tipperary sub John O’Brien, another from the flying Gearoid Ryan, and as the game went into injury-time it was all tied up once again, 3-16 apiece. Now was the moment and here the game was decided. Another Tipp sub, Pa Bourke, produced a defence-splitting run before parting to Lar Corbett, who turned, paused and drained the winner. Hero, heartbreaker. Whatever your stance, it was a privilege to witness.

Tipperary: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill, D Fanning, C O’Mahony, P Maher, B Maher (0-2), D Young, G Ryan (1-2), P Maher (0-1), S McGrath, N McGrath (0-1), L Corbett (0-3), E Kelly (1-7 (0-6f).

Subs: S Callanan (1-0) for Young, J O’Brien (0-1) for N McGrath, C O’Brien for Fanning, P Bourke for P Maher

Galway: C Callanan, D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning, D Barry, T Og Regan, D Collins, G Farragher (0-2), D Burke (0-1), E Ryan (1-1), K Hayes, A Smith, D Hayes (1-3), J Canning (1-5, 1-0 pen, 3f, 1s/l, 1 ’65), I Tannian (0-1).

Subs: K Hynes (0-2) for K Hayes, A Callanan (0-1) for Ryan, J Lee for O Canning.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Maher dictates another tale of woe for galway

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 26 2010

LIAM Sheedy wore the look of a man who just had his shoulders relieved of the heavy load which had stubbornly sat there since the last Sunday in May. That was the day that Tipperary’s carefully constructed championship plans were swamped by a Leeside flood as Cork opened the sluice gates and swept all before them. It left Tipperary with the sizeable challenge of sifting through the wreckage, salvaging what they could and rebuilding their All-Ireland dreams on new foundations. The success of that operation became apparent in Croke Park as Tipperary held their nerve over the closing minutes and hit Galway for three points to secure a semi-final clash with Waterford on August 15. Tipperary’s win may have been achieved by the bare minimum but, in many ways, that made it all the more satisfactory as it proved that their resolve was very much intact. “You want to be in Croke Park in mid-August,” said Sheedy. “It looked a long way off for us at the end of May but thankfully we’ll be there now.”

It was another heartbreaking afternoon for Galway as their run without a win in Croke Park extended to five years. For the second successive year, Galway had lost a quarter-final by a point after putting themselves in a winning position. But similar to the footballers, who blew two-point leads against Sligo and Wexford, the hurlers tensed up on home stretch, failing to score from the 61st minute when sub Aongus Callanan put them two points clear. Tipperary didn’t score again until the 68th minute but when sub John O’Brien pointed, it gave them a new impetus and Ger Ryan and Lar Corbett landed two more in stoppage time to edge them in front. Galway had one late stab at salvation when Ger Farragher’s long-range free dropped in front of the Tipperary goal but the ensuing stalemate was all to Tipperary’s advantage before referee James Owens blew the final whistle.

Galway manager John McIntyre claimed afterwards that Niall Healy had received a bang, which left him with a bloodied mouth as he became involved in a desperate tussle for the ball. Galway felt he should have got a free in but the referee saw it differently, much to Tipperary’s relief. They had prevailed in a massively entertaining game which was level on no fewer than 10 occasions. The closeness of the scoring, and the manner in which the lead changed hands, provided a fascinating spectacle and while the error rate was high on both sides, it was more than compensated for by the sheer drama. The perfect conditions provided the backdrop for a high-octane encounter between two teams who tend to put up big scores against each other. And so it was again yesterday with Tipperary finally nudging home by a single score from a combined total of 39.

It left Galway with a horrible empty feeling, one which won’t be helped by the evidence from the post-mortem which will inevitably take place. They restricted Tipperary to a single point between the 49th and 68th minutes, during which they helped they helped themselves to 1-4, yet failed to see the job through to a successful conclusion. The goal came in the 51st minute when Joe Canning, who was adjudged to have been held as he bore down on the Tipp goal, smacked a penalty to the net. Two points from impressive sub Kevin Hynes and one each from Damien Hayes and Aongus Callanan steered Galway into what looked to be winning territory only to lose their way on the run-in. Of course there was more to it than that. Tipperary’s dogged persistence in the closing minutes prised the initiative away from Galway who made a number of mistakes which cost them dearly.

But then both defences conceded scores which they would have expected to avoid. Seamus Callanan scored a simple goal before half-time when a flick by Noel McGrath split the Galway defence and, two minutes into the second half, Damien Hayes capitalised on an error by Paul Curran to whip the ball home. It was an uncharacteristic mistake by Curran who did well in his battle with Joe Canning. Restored to free-taking duties, Canning was Galway’s top scorer on 1-5, all of which came from placed balls. Once again the deliveries in his direction lacked accuracy but he also found Curran a very difficult opponent who will have been delighted to keep his vaunted opponent scoreless from play.

Damien Hayes and Eanna Ryan provided Galway’s main scoring threat from open play, making and exploiting openings as they notched a total of 2-4 between them. Sub Kevin Hayes did well too. Galway lined out without injured centre-forward Cyril Donnellan whose ability to break up play was badly missed. At the other end, Ger Ryan had a very productive afternoon while Lar Corbett, Eoin Kelly and subs Seamus Callanan and John O’Brien also contributed handsomely to the victory. Shane McGrath, who started at centre-forward, moved to midfield when Callanan replaced David Young in the 31st minute and made a big impact. However, it was Tipperary’s No 8 Brendan Maher who did best of all. His energy and workrate, allied to his fetching and delivering, made him a hugely significant figure and he also chipped in with a crucial point in either half.

Eanna Ryan’s goal in the 10th minute was cancelled out by an Eoin Kelly strike in the 19th minute before Galway scored six unanswered points to lead by three after 32 minutes. But Tipp pared two back before Callanan pounced for their second goal just before half-time to leave them 2-8 to 1-9 ahead at the break. Ger Ryan’s 43rd-minute goal came in the middle of a fertile spell for Tipperary which took them four points clear (3-13 to 2-12) after 49 minutes. Then it was Galway’s turn to enjoy a period of dominance which left them well placed to claim a semi-final slot as the game ticked towards the end of normal time. When the pressure was at its most intense in the final few minutes, it was Tipperary who had the composure to score three points which sunk Galway and re-awakened their own All-Ireland ambitions in a very meaningful way.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 1-7 (0-6f), G Ryan 1-2, S Callanan 1-0, L Corbett 0-3, B Maher 0-2, Patrick Maher, N McGrath, J O’Brien 0-1 each. Galway: J Canning 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1 ’65’, 0-1 line ball), D Hayes 1-3, E Ryan 1-1, G Farragher, K Hynes 0-2 each, I Tannian, D Burke, A Callanan 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 7; P Stapleton 7, P Curran 8, M Cahill 7; D Fanning 7, C O’Mahony 8, Padraic Maher 7; Brendan Maher 9, D Young 5; G Ryan 8, Patrick Maher 6, S McGrath 7; N McGrath 5, L Corbett 7, E Kelly 7. Subs: S Callanan 7 for Young (31), J O’Brien 7 for N McGrath (54), C O’Brien for Fanning (63), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (66).

Galway — C Callanan 7; D Joyce 7, S Kavanagh 7, O Canning 7; D Barry 7, T Og Regan 8, D Collins 6; G Farragher 7, D Burke 6; E Ryan 7, K Hayes 5, A Smith 6; D Hayes 8, J Canning 6, I Tannian 5. Subs: K Hynes 8 for K Hayes (51), A Callanan 7 for Ryan (54), J Lee for O Canning (68), N Healy for Smith (69).

REF — J Owens (Wexford)

Tipperary come good at the death

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tipperary are through to the semi-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship after hitting the last three points of the game to beat Galway by 3-17 to 3-16 in a cracking encounter at Croke Park on Sunday. Tipperary trailed by two points in the 69th minute, but points from John O’Brien and Gearóid Ryan levelled the game, before Lar Corbett hit the winner a minute into stoppage time. Galway had a late chance to force a replay when they were awarded a free inside their own half three minutes into stoppage time. Ger Farragher delivered a long ball into the area and Niall Healy won possession, but he was surrounded by blue and gold jerseys and flopped on the ground, unable to get his shot away and referee James Owens blew for full time.

It was cruel luck on the Tribesmen who had contributed so much to a superb game of hurling. Having been hit by a sucker punch just before the break – Seamus Callinan netted for Tipp on the stroke of half-time – Galway showed great resolve to come back thanks to goals from Damien Hayes and a Joe Canning penalty to lead in the final quarter. However, the Premier men came back from the death late in the game to claim their place in the semi-finals, where they will play Waterford. After a tight first half which saw Tipperary lead at the break by 2-8 to 1-9 thanks to Callanan’s late goal, the second half developed into a a real shootout between two heavyweights.

Tipperary opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the eight minute, but Galway hit back with the first of the game’s six goals when Eanna Ryan won a puck out and raced through on goal before unleashing a rocket past Brendan Cummins. Eoin Kelly, who would finish with 1-7 for Tipp, was the next to hit the back of the net, slicing through the Galway defence. His shot was low and hard, but Colm Callanan, the Galway goalkeeper, should have kept the ball out. Galway’s reaction was instant. Joe Canning sent a sideline cut over the bar and five more points in a row, including efforts from Damien Hayes, Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian, gave the men from the west a 1-9 to 1-6 lead. Tipperary’s goal was a bolt from the blue. Ollie Canning had done a brilliant job shepherding Noel McGrath in the first half, but the youngster beat his opponent to a high ball, pulling first time to send Seamus Callanan clear on goal and the substitute, who came on for David Young seven minutes earlier, finished neatly. Having trailed for much of the half, Tipperary went into the half-time break two points to the good, 2-8 to 1-9.

Eoin Kelly extended their lead to three with a free just after the break, but it would not last long. Galway’s second came about after a series of mistakes from Tipperary full-back Paul Curran. The Mullinahone man miscontrolled the ball when came out to make a clearance and then inadvertently played it into the path of Damien Hayes when he stubbed his hurley into the ground while attempting to clear his lines the second time. Hayes, presented with a gift, gratefully accepted. The sides were level; 2-9 apiece. The early glut of scores set the tone for an entertaining second half. In keeping with the pattern of the game, Tipperary responded with a goal of their own. Patrick Maher won the ball in the Tipperary half-back line and shoveled it through to Gearóid Ryan, whose pace took him clear of the Galway defence and his shot beat Callanan. Tipperary had purposely moved Eoin Kelly out the field to make space in the full-forward line after Galway full-back Shane Kavanagh had controlled that are in the first half. The gambit had paid off.

Following a David Burke point for Galway, Tipp made a surge for the line, with Brendan Maher, Gearóid Ryan and Corbett all landing points from play to leave them 3-13 to 2-12 clear. It looked like the winning play. However, goals were never too far away in this game and the sixth of the afternoon arrived at just the right time for Galway. Padraic Maher was tackled by Joe Canning and spilled possession before he was adjudged to have – harshly it seems – fouled the Portumna man and the referee awarded the penalty. Joe Canning’s shot from was unstoppable. Kevin Hayes snapped over a point in the next play and Galway had turned the game on its head to lead by one.

Eoin Kelly levelled the game in the 58th minute from a placed ball, but it was Galway who looked the more likely winners and further scores from Kevin Hynes and Damien Hayes left them two clear with nine minutes to play. The momentum was with the Tribesmen and a place in the last four of the Championship for the first time since 2005 beckoned. The history of hurling in the west is littered with tales of heartache and near misses, and another chapter was added on Sunday, as Tipperary hit the last three points of the game to steal the victory at the death. John O’Brien and Gearóid Ryan did the initial bodywork with point from play, before Corbett delivered the knockout blow a minute into injury time.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, P Maher 0-2; B Maher, D Young; G Ryan 1-3, P Maher 0-1, S McGrath; N McGrath 0-1, L Corbett 0-3, E Kelly 1-7 (0-6f).

Tipperary Subs: S Callanan 1-0 for Young ’31, J O’Brien 0-1 for McGrath ’54, C O’Brien for Fanning ’62, P Bourke for Patrick Maher ’66.

Galway: C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Barry, T Og Regan, D Collins; G Farragher 0-2, D Burke 0-1; E Ryan 1-1, K Hayes, A Smith; D Hayes 1-3, J Canning 0-5 (0-4f), I Tannian 0-1.

Galway Subs: K Hynes 0-2 for K Hayes ’52, A Callanan 0-1 for E Ryan ’55, J Lee for O Canning ’68, N Healy for A Smith ’70,

Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Attendance: 27,864

Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16

From the RTE.ie web site

Sunday, 25 July 2010 19:34

Lar Corbett’s stoppage time winner gave Tipp victory in an epic All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Croke Park. A thrilling contest ebbed and flowed from start to finish, propelled by the passion and skill of two totally committed sides. The scores were level on nine occasions before Liam Sheedy’s men pushed on in the closing stages to take the win and set up a semi-final clash with Waterford. A crowd of 27,864 was transported on a roller-coaster of twists and turns which produced half a dozen goals and heroism in spades. Eanna Ryan gave the Tribesmen a massive boost in the tenth minute when he burst through a gap in the Tipp defence to fire home a goal.

It was a much-needed score, given what had gone before, with the Munster men easing ahead with points from Patrick Maher, Lar Corbett and two from Eoin Kelly. Damien Hayes gave Galway the lead for the first time on 13 minutes, but Tipperary succeeded in keeping Joe Canning quiet, the cover provided by corner backs Paddy Stapleton and Michael Cahill largely responsible for the Portumna ace’s failure to score from play in the first half. Canning did bring the sides level for the third time from a 65 midway through the first half, but Tipperary immediately struck for a goal, Kelly drilling past Colm Callinan from Maher’s knock-down.

However, it was Galway who gained a fresh impetus from that score, scoring the next six points to go three clear. Canning arrowed over a superb sideline cut, and tagged on a couple of frees, with Damien Hayes, Iarla Tannion and Ger Farragher, with a huge effort, also on target. Excellent defending from Tony Óg Regan, Shane Kavanagh and David Collins kept Tipp scoreless for 16 minutes, but they finished the half with a 1-02 salvo to take a four-point advantage into the break. Kelly and Brendan Maher knocked over points, before Noel McGrath’s flick sent substitute Seamus Callanan through for a stoppage time goal and a 2-08 to 1-09 lead.

Galway hit the front again with a sensational start to the second half. Damien Hayes took advantage of a rare Paul Curran error to get in for a goal, and points from Farragher and Canning made it 2-11 to 2-10. A remarkable tie quickly took yet another twist, with Gearoid Ryan showing lightning pace to dart through for Tipp’s third goal on 43 minutes. Corbett gave them the relative comfort of a four-point lead, but inevitably there was to be yet another goal. Joe Canning was fouled and smashed home the penalty himself, and when Damien Hayes and Kevin Hynes tagged on points, the Connacht men were back in front. Hynes and fellow sub Aengus Callanan added further points, but Tipperary refused to surrender, and late scores from John O’Brien, Ryan and Corbett saw them win a classic contest.

Tipperary: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill, D Fanning, C O’Mahony, P Maher, B Maher (0-2), D Young, G Ryan (1-2), P Maher (0-1), S McGrath, N McGrath (0-1), L Corbett (0-3), E Kelly (1-7).

Subs: S Callanan (1-0) for Young, J O’Brien (0-1) for N McGrath, C O’Brien for Fanning, P Bourke for P Maher

Galway: C Callanan, D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning, D Barry, T Og Regan, D Collins, G Farragher (0-2), D Burke (0-1), E Ryan (1-1), K Hayes, A Smith, D Hayes (1-3), J Canning (1-5), I Tannian (0-1).

Subs: K Hynes (0-2) for K Hayes, A Callanan (0-1) for Ryan, J Lee for O Canning.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford)

Team News

Tipperary have named the same 15 which started in last Sunday’s victory over Offaly for Sunday’s GAA Hurling Senior Championship quarter final against Galway. There is one positional switch – Shane McGrath is named at left half forward and Patrick “Bonner” Maher at centre forward.

The team is

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

9. David Young (Toomevara)

10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

12. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

14. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

15. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

GALWAY (SHC v Tipperary): C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Barry, T g Regan, D Collins; G Farragher, D Burke; A Smyth, C Donnellan, E Ryan; D Hayes, J Canning, I Tannian

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE Television

Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel 2010 All-Ireland SH Championship Quarter Final

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday July 22nd. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after 9pm.

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – http://tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their third season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy, who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.


Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

SHC 2010

Tipperary 0-21 Offaly 1-12 O’Moore Park Portlaoise SHC Qualifier 18/7/10

Tipperary 3-24 Wexford 0-19 Semple Stadium SHC Qualifier 3/7/10

Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Munster SHC Q/f 30/5/10

Tipperary Team v Offaly 18/7/10

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (0-1f), Padraic Maher; B Maher (0-2), D Young; G Ryan (0-3), S McGrath (0-1), Patrick Maher; N McGrath (0-1), L Corbett (0-2), E Kelly (0-11, 8f, 2 65s)

Subs used: S Callanan for Patrick Maher (56 mins), S Hennessy for Young (61), P Bourke for N McGrath (62), C O’Brien for B Maher (67), J O’Brien for S McGrath (69).

Tipperary Team v Wexford 3/7/10

B Cummins; M Cahill, D Fanning, C O’Brien; D Young (0-3), C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; G Ryan (0-4), S Callanan (0-1), Patrick Maher (0-2); N McGrath (0-3, 1f), L Corbett (2-3), E Kelly (0-8, 3f, 2 65s).

Subs: P Curran for Fanning (inj, 2 – blood sub), J O’Brien for Callanan (50), S Hennessy for Kelly (58), D Egan (1-0) for S McGrath (64), S Maher for B Maher (68), M Heffernan for Ryan (70).

Tipperary Team v Cork 30/5/10

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Maher, P Curran; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, M Cahill; B Maher (0-1), S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan (0-1), J O’Brien (0-2); E Kelly (0-7, 0-5f, 0-2 ’65), L Corbett (0-2).

Subs: S Hennessy for O’Meara ’43, G Ryan for C O’Mahony ’57, T Hammersley (0-1) for N McGrath ’62, J Brennan for J O’Brien ’66, C O’Brien for McGrath ’68.


26 players lined out for Tipperary during the 3 matches


12 players have scored to date in the championship led by Eoin Kelly (0-26), Lar Corbett (2-6), and Gearóid Ryan (0-7)

NHL 2010


Sunday February 28th in Dublin Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-12

Sunday March 7th in Thurles Tipperary 1-14 Kilkenny 0-13

Sunday March 14th in Thurles Tipperary 2-17 Galway 0-14

Sunday March 21st in Limerick Tipperary 2-23 Limerick 0-8

Sunday March 28th in Thurles Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16

Sunday April 4th in Cork Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-15

Sunday April 18th in Tullamore Tipperary 1-18 Offaly 2-14


32 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches


20 players scored during the NHL led by Eoin Kelly (2-35), Timmy Hammersley (1-12), Lar Corbett (0-11), Seamus Callanan (1-8)

Previous Meetings between Tipperary and Galway

Championship – 24 meetings, Tipperary won 18, Galway won 6, 0 draws.

League – 65 meetings, Tipp won 42, Galway won 18, 5 draws.

Championship Meetings

1/1/1888 All Irl Final (1887) Birr Tipperary 1-1 Galway 0-0

17/12/1899 All Irl S/F (1898) Athenry Tipperary 3-14 Galway 1-3

21/9/1902 All Irl Final (1900) Terenure Tipperary 6-13 Galway 1-5

8/9/1907 All Irl S/F (1906) Limerick Tipperary 7-14 Galway 0-2

14/2/1909 All Irl S/F (1908) Limerick Tipperary 5-15 Galway 1-0

17/10/1909 All Irl S/F Limerick Tipperary 6-7 Galway 5-7

22/10/1916 All Irl S/F AthloneT Tipp 8-1 Galway 0-0 (Unfinished – Galway refused to return for the 2nd half).

26/8/1923 All Irl S/F (1922) Galway Tipperary 3-2 Galway 1-3

23/11/1924 All Irl S/F Croke Park Galway 3-1 Tipperary 2-3

6/9/1925 All Irl Final Croke Park Tipperary 5-6 Galway 1-5

17/8/1930 All Irl S/F Birr Tipperary 6-8 Galway 2-4

13/8/1950 All Irl S/F Tuam Tipperary 4-7 Galway 2-6

7/9/1958 All Irl Final Croke Park Tipperary 4-9 Galway 2-5

2/7/1961 Munster SHC S/F Ennis Tipperary 7-12 Galway 5-6

15/8/1971 All Ireland S/F Birr Tipperary 3-26 Galway 6-8

9/8/1987 All Irl S/F Croke Park Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17

4/9/1988 All Irl Final Croke Park Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14

6/8/1989 All Irl S/F Croke Park Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11

4/8/1991 All Irl S/F Croke Park Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9

8/8/1993 All Irl S/F Croke Park Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14

23/7/2000 All Irl Q/F Croke Park Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15

9/9/2001 All Irl Final Croke Park Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15

13/7/2003 All Irl Qualifier Pearse Stadium Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17

31/7/2005 All Irl Q/F Croke Park Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18.

Tipperary’s top scorers in last ten championship meetings with Galway-

1971 Michael ‘Babs’ Keating 2-12

1987 Pat Fox 2-1

1988 Nicky English 0-6

1989 Nicky English 0-8

1991 Michael Cleary 1-9

1993 Michael Cleary 0-8

2000 John Leahy 0-4

2001 Mark O’ Leary 2-1 and Eoin Kelly 0-7

2003 Benny Dunne 1-1 and Lar Corbett 0-4

2005 Eoin Kelly 1-9


Liam Sheedy v Galway

Tipperary’s Manager Liam Sheedy won a National League medal, at left corner back ,on the team which beat Galway, in the 1999 final at Ennis.

Michael Ryan v Galway

Current Selector, Michael Ryan, who also lined out in the number four jersey, was a winner in the 1993/94 success over the Westerners, at the Gaelic Grounds

Eamon O’Shea v Galway

Present Coach, Eamon O’Shea was right half forward on the team which beat Galway in the 1978/79 league final, also at Limerick. Eamon resides in Galway.

John McIntyre

Galway’s Manager, John McIntyre from Lorrha, was a Tipperary star in the 1980s and his Centenary Year Munster final performance, against Cork in Semple Stadium, is still recalled when that game is discussed. John made his championship debut for Tipperary against Clare in 1983 and was first choice centre back for the championships of 1983 ,’84 and ‘85. He made his eighth and final championship appearance, as a substitute, in the 1986 Munster semi final loss to Clare at Ennis. His goalkeeper, in the Munster campaigns of 1983 to 1985 was John Sheedy, a brother of current Tipp manager, Liam. Prior to his appointment in the West, John McIntyre had been Offaly Senior Hurling Manager on 2 separate occasions.

Lar Corbett

Lar played against Galway twice in the championship, winning in 2001 (scored 0-2) and 2003 (scored 0-4). He didn’t play in the All Ireland Quarter Final of 2005 due to injury.

Lar has played against eleven of the twelve teams which participated with Tipperary in this year’s Mac Carthy Cup. The only county he has not played championship hurling against is Carlow. His most frequent opponents have been Limerick – 8 meetings , followed by Clare and Cork 6 each, Waterford 5, Wexford 4, Kilkenny and Offaly 3 each, Galway 2, Antrim, Dublin and Laois 1 each.

Lar has finished best against Limerick (4-9 in total) and only failed to score in eight of his 40 championship appearances. He has scored in each of his last 15 games.

Championship appearances – Played 40, Won 24, Drew 4, Lost 12. Scored 15-53. Average – 2.45 points per game. Started 32 games, came on as a substitute 8 times

Tony Reddin

Famed former Tipperary goalkeeper, Tony Reddin, regarded as hurling’s best ever ‘keeper, is a native of Mullagh, County Galway. Now 91 years old, Tony played for his native club and the Lorrha Dorrha club in Tipperary. In a 10 year career with Tipperary he won 3 All Ireland medals in 1949, 1950 and 1951.

Seamus Shinners

Seamus Shinners from Newport moved in the opposite direction to Tony Reddin – he played in goals for Galway in their 1979 All Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny.

3 Tipp Managers in Croke Park

3 of the teams in Sunday’s quarter finals will be Tipperary men – Liam Sheedy (Tipp), John McIntyre (Galway) and Dinny Cahill (Antrim)

Tipp in Croke Park

2010 will be the 6th successive year that Tipperary will play championship hurling in Croke Park and it will be the 10th year of the last 11 that they have done so. 2004 was the only year the missed out having lost to Cork in Killarney in the qualifiers.

Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy

Liam Sheedy has given 15 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Timmy Hammersley, Michael Heffernan, Seamus Hennessy, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Brian O’Meara, Gearóid Ryan, Paddy Stapleton and David Young. 6 of them made their debuts in 2010 – Hammersley, Heffernan, Hennessy, Patrick Maher, O’Meara and Young.

Padraic Maher – The 700 Minute Man

All Star full back and captain of the Tipperary U-21 team, Padraic Maher, is the only player to have played for all 70 minutes in each of Tipp’s 10 games in League and Championship this year. He is also the only player to have played in all 10 games. Mullinahone clubmates, Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran have each played in 9 games. Kelly missed the League game v Waterford while Curran missed the League game against Cork. That was the only League or championship game Curran missed in 2009 and 2010.

Twice in Quarter Finals

Tipp and Galway have met twice in quarter finals, 2000 and 2005 with Galway winning on both occasions. Their 2010 meeting is again after a 5 year interval.

Tipp in All Ireland SHC Qualifiers, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals 1997 to 2010

Played 27: Won 16 Drew 1 Lost 10


July 26: Clones Quarter Final Tipperary 3-24 Down 3-8

Aug 17: Croke Park Semi Final Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15

Sep 14: Croke Park Final Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13






July 23: Croke Park Quarter Final Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15


Aug 12: Croke Park Semi Final Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (Draw)

Aug 18: Croke Park Replay Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10

Sep 9: Croke Park Final Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15


July 13: Portlaoise Qualifier Tipperary 2-19 Offaly 1-9

July 28: Croke Park Quarter Final Tipperary 1-25 Antrim 2-12

Aug 18: Croke Park Semi Final Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16


Jun 14: Portlaoise Qualifier Rd 1 Tipperary 3-28 Laois 0-13

July 13: Galway Qualifier Rd 2 Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17

July 27: Croke Park- Quarter Final Tipperary 2-16 Offaly 2-11

Aug 17: Croke Park- Semi Final Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15


Jun 26: Limerick Qualifier Rd 1 Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 2-12

July 10: Killarney Qualifier Rd 2 Cork 0-18 Tipperary 1-9


July 31: Croke Park Quarter Final Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18


July 23: Croke Park- Quarter Final Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13


Jun 30: Semple Stad. Round 1 Tipperary 2-17 Offaly 2-13

July 7: Parnell Park Round 2 Tipperary 1-20 Dublin 1-11

July 14: Semple Stad. Round 3 Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18

July 28: Croke Park Quarter Final Wexford 3-10 Tipperary 1-14


Aug 18: Croke Park Semi Final Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18


Aug 16: Croke Park Semi Final Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

Sep 6: Croke Park Final Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23


July 3: Semple Stad Qualifier Rd 1 Tipperary 3-24 Wexford 0-19

July 18: Portlaoise Qualifier Rd 3 Tipperary 0-21 Offaly 1-12

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate. My thanks to Seamus O’Doherty and Liam Hogan for their assistance in preparing this Press Pack.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19

Cork defeated Antrim by 1-25 to 0-19 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Cats await as Cork brush Antrim aside

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Sunday, July 25, 2010 – 03:32 PM

Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19

Cork will face Kilkenny in the semi-final of the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Senior Championship after they enjoyed a routine victory over Antrim at Croke Park this afternoon. While the scoreline may indicate that Cork did not have things all their own way, they were always in control in a contest which seemed to lack some intensity. Denis Walsh’s side did not hit top gear, but in truth they didn’t need to as they were efficient enough to take the scoring opportunities that came their way, while not letting Antrim in with a real chance of causing an upset. The Ulster side will take plenty of positives from this game though, and they were in no way disgraced by the defeat.

At times though, their lack of experience at this level cost them and a scoring burst of 1-2 in first-half injury time was crucial in ensuring Cork won with ease. For most of the first half, Antrim did well to keep in touch with Cork. Four points was the most common gap between the sides, that amount separating them on seven different occasions. From the off, Cork threatened to run away with, Paudie O’Sullivan setting the tone with a point inside 25 seconds and after seven minutes it was 0-4 to nil, Antrim struggling to find their feet. Two Neil McManus frees helped the Saffrons to get back into the game though and once they settled they were more competitive, with full-forward Liam Watson recovering from an early booking for hitting Eoin Cadogan to convert four points.

Cork were that bit sharper though, with captain Kieran Murphy doing well at centre-forward having been moved there prior to throw-in and O’Sullivan and Tom Kenny were also on form, as well as Niall McCarthy. Antrim full-back Cormack Donnelly was keeping Aisake O’hAilpín under wraps for the most part, and with McManus continuing to send over the frees they were not letting Cork get away. McManus’s fifth free, coming after the second of Kieran Murphy’s points, cut the lead to three points, 0-14 to 0-11, with half-time approaching, but in injury time Cork did much to lay the foundations for the win. First, McCarthy found the net with a clever batted finish from a tight angle after O’hAilpín set him up, and two Ben O’Connor frees left eight points in it at the break, 1-16 to 0-11.

Points from their standard-bearers, Watson and McManus, at the start of the second half ensured that Antrim would not let Cork pull away, but Cork always looked capable of taking points when they needed to and in the 45th minute Tom Kenny did well to stop a Liam Watson 20m free when a goal would have cut the gap to just three points. John Gardiner’s long-range frees, and efforts from closer in by Ben O’Connor, were helping Cork and goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack, while underworked, was still alert enough to deny Karl Stewart a goal chance on 53. Another Watson 20m free was blocked by Brian Murphy for a 65 with six minutes left and that proved to be Watson’s last activity, as he was shown a second yellow card following a scuffle.

Though McManus sent over the free that Antrim had been awarded before that melee, Antrim were never going to pull it back and Cork advanced, Cathal Naughton rounding off the win with a fine individual point while sub William Egan also got in on the act. They will know, however, that a much sterner test awaits in three weeks’ time.

Cork: D. Og Cusack; S. Murphy, E. Cadogan, B. Murphy; J.Gardiner (0-3), R.Curran, R. Ryan; T. Kenny (0-3), C. Naughton (0-2); B. O’Connor (0-6), M. Cussen, N. McCarthy (1-2); P. O’Sullivan (0-3), A.

O’hAilpin (0-1), K. Murphy (0-4).

Subs: P. Horgan for O’hAilpin, P. Cronin for Cussen, W. Egan (0-1) for McCarthy

Antrim: C. O’Connell; K. McGourty, C. Donnelly, S. Delargey; P. Shiels, J. Campbell (0-1), C. Herron; S. McNaughton (0-1), K. Stewart; S. McCrory, N. McManus (0-9), T. McCann; P. J. O’Connell, L. Watson (0-6), K. McKeegan (0-1).

Subs: J. McKeague for Shiels, B. McFall for McCann, M. Herron (0-1) for McKeigue, D.Hamill for P. J. O’Connell, E. McCloskey for McNaughton.

Ref: M. Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

Cork (SHC): D Og Cusack; S Murphy, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, R Ryan; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, M Cussen, N McCarthy; P O’Sullivan, A Ó hAilpín, K Murphy.

Antrim (SHC): C O’Connell, Kieran McGourty, C Donnelly, S Delargy, P Shiels, J Campbell, C Herron, K Stewart, S McNaughton, S McCrory, N McManus, T McCann, PJ O’Connell, L Watson, K McKeegan

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE television.

Match Preview

Antrim are back in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior championship quarterfinal for the first time since 2004 after their great qualifier win over Dublin and, as six years ago, they face Cork who easily beat them on that occasion. Cork later went on to win the All-Ireland title. It will be Cork’s fifth match of the campaign, having played Waterford (twice), Limerick and Tipperary.

2010 Championship


Antrim 2-18 Carlow 3-12

Antrim 1-17 Dublin 0-19

(Antrim also won the Ulster title, beating Down by 4-22 to 1-12 but it’s not part of the All-Ireland series)


Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14

Cork 2-19 Limerick 0-12

Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15

Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final) After extra-time.


This will be the 8th championship meeting between the counties with Cork having won the previous seven.

2004 – Cork 2-26 Antrim 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1990 – Cork 2-20 Antrim 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1986 – Cork 7-11 Antrim 1-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1984 – Cork 3-26 Antrim 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1947 – Cork 7-10 Antrim 0-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1943 – Cork 5-16 Antrim 0-4 (All-Ireland final)

1904 – Cork 4-18 Antrim 2-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)

ESB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Q-Final – Galway 1-15 Waterford 2-8

Galway defeated Waterford by 1-15 to 2-8 in the ESB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 4 – Cork 0-16 Limerick 1-11

Cork defeated Limerick by 0-16 to 1-11 after extra time in Round 4 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Cork prevail against Limerick after extra time

Frmo the GAA.ie web site

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cork are in the All-Ireland quarter-finals after a 0-16 to 1-11 extra-time victory against Limerick at Páirc na nGael on Saturday night. They had to dig deep to reach a sixth consecutive last eight however as Limerick showed great character to get themselves back into the game, but overall Cork were the better side. The sides were level at half-time, 0-5 each, though Limerick could, and should, have had a comfortable lead by that stage. They played most of the football in the opening half, and could have had a commanding lead by the 13th minute, with Cork still scoreless. Only for ill-luck, the Shannonsiders’ advantage would have been bigger at that point as, in the space of a minute, the frame of the goal denied them twice.

First, James Ryan gave a lovely lay-off to put Seanie Buckley in but his shot crashed back off the crossbar and seconds later Ian Ryan, who was otherwise kept under Michael Shields’ shackles in the half, saw a point effort come back off the post. Limerick were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal when a Derek Kavanagh point and a Daniel Goulding free left just a point in it by the 16th minute, though Stephen Lavin did restore some breathing space after his fine effort. Even though they were in touch, Cork were struggling and Limerick’s James O’Donovan and John Galvin were getting the better of the midfield exchanges but on 24 Cork could have gained the lead, Kerrigan finding Colm O’Neill with a lovely pass but Brian Scanlon produced a fine save to tip the ball over.

Goulding levelled soon and though Stephen Kelly restored the Limerick lead, Colm O’Neill ensured parity at half-time after a fisted point. By the third minute of the second half though, Cork were two points clear, Aidan Walsh and Goulding on target, though Cork were suffering from Patrick Kelly’s inaccuracy from placed balls. Lavin cut the gap to just a point with his second and then James Ryan was on target to tie it again by 47, but the momentum was with Cork, however, as two more converted frees from Goulding indicated, while being able to bring Nicholas Murphy and Donncha O’Connor off the bench was a luxury that Limerick did not have.Further points, from Goulding and Sheehan, followed to open up the game’s biggest lead, 0-12 to 0-7, with Cork now dominant around the middle from kickouts as Limerick’s time without a score continued to mount up.

In the end, that counter was allowed to run to the 22-minute mark, Collins adding his fourth point, but by that stage, the score only seemed to serve to cut the gap from five to four. In injury time though, under a dropping ball Alan O’Connor fouled John Galvin and Collins nailed the penalty before sub Conor Fitzgerald tied the game to force the additional 20 minutes. During the first period of the extra time, the play was littered with elementary mistakes on both sides, most notably Collins shooting wide after a mix-up in the Cork defence allowed him a clear run from 40 metres, and with Cork misfiring too, Donncha O’Connor’s two points were the only scores before the turnaround. Despite having had three weeks off since the Kerry game while Cork had two games behind them, it was actually Limerick who began to look the more tired in the second period, and the feeling persisted that they needed another goal. A booming free from the 45 by goalkeeper Brian Scanlon was morale-lifting, but Cork had the upper hand, and a beautiful Kelly point settled them before Ian Ryan’s late point made things tight but Goulding’s free clinched it.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, P Kissane; D Kavanagh (0-1), A Walsh (0-1); C Sheehan (0-1), P Kelly (0-1), P O’Neill; C O’Neill (0-2), P Kerrigan, D Goulding (0-7, 0-5f).

Subs: N Murphy for Walsh, D O’Connor (0-2, 0-1f) for Kerrigan (both 49), A O’Connor (0-1) for Kavanagh (58), F Goold for Kelly (70), Kelly for Goold (start of extra time), E Cotter for Shields (75, injured), Kerrigan for Sheehan (87, injured), Goold for A O’Connor (90).

LIMERICK: B Scanlon (0-1f); M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, A Lane; S Lucey, S Lavin (0-2), P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, I Ryan (0-1f), S Buckley; G Collins (1-4, 1-0 penalty, 0-2f), S Kelly (0-1), J Ryan (0-1).

Subs: S Gallagher for McCarthy (blood, 23-25), C Mullane for O’Riordan (41), E Joy for Browne (43), C Fitzgerald (0-1) for Buckley (52), Gallagher for Lucey (62, injured), E O’Connor for I Ryan (66), J Mullane for O’Donovan (blood, 68-69), Browne for Ranahan (start of extra time), Buckley for Joy (74), I Ryan for O’Connor (80), J Mullane for Collins (84).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)
Mickey Ned blasts ref’s ‘poor’ call as Cork edge Limerick

By Liam Kelly for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 26 2010

LIMERICK manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan has called for action from the GAA to ensure referees make the right decision in game-changing incidents. O’Sullivan couldn’t hide the frustration he felt at Limerick being denied a fourth-minute penalty by Armagh referee Padraig Hughes. Limerick were a point up when John Galvin was tumbled close to the Cork goal. It looked a clear penalty, but the ref awarded a free out for over-carrying. Hughes later gave Limerick a last-minute penalty when Galvin was shoved by Cork’s Alan O’Connor in the dying moments of the match, but we’ll never know how the fourth-minute incident might have changed the game. “We’re disappointed. The better team won on the day. We don’t have any grudges about Cork, but we do feel that the GAA will have to get the decision-makers making right decisions,” O’Sullivan said. “I don’t have a persecution complex, but this is the third year in a row that poor decision making has cost us a game. That’s the reality.”

Emotions ran high after passion, fire and fury in an absorbing extra-time period brought Saturday night fever to the Gaelic Grounds just when the music seemed to have died for Limerick. A hard-fought, but turgid game of football was ebbing towards the inevitable conclusion of mission accomplished for favourites Cork. The Rebels, leading by five points with four minutes of normal time left, had just about shaken off O’Sullivan’s try-hards — when suddenly the Limerick side turned into real die-hards. Biff! It’s the 69th minute, Limerick are throwing everything they can at Cork in a last-ditch, seemingly hopeless effort, and Ger Collins scores a point from an awkward angle. Bang! There’s three minutes of time added on for injuries and in the 71st minute Cork’s Alan O’Connor has a rush of blood to the head when he barges Galvin in the back as a high ball drops into the Rebels danger area. It’s a penalty. A sensational penalty — and up steps Collins to blast the ball low and hard into the net. Wallop! Goalie Alan Quirke commits hara-kiri with less than 60 seconds left. His kick-out could go anywhere. Row Z would be ideal compared to where the ball lands — into Galvin’s hands. Galvin races forward and just as he’s being tackled gets the ball out to sub Conor Fitzgerald, who slots it over. Level match! A few brief flurries, and ref Padraig Hughes blows the whistle signalling 20 minutes of extra-time.

And then it became a case of which side could keep the mistakes to a minimum, because, for a while in the first period of extra-time, it was a game nobody seemed to want to win. Daniel Goulding, Cork’s leading scorer with 0-7 on the night, missed two good chances, one from a free in the first six minutes. Then Limerick’s top scorer, Collins, fired wide a minute later. Time for someone to step up, and Cork’s Donnacha O’Connor duly obliged, with a deadlock-breaking point after 79 minutes. Once he tapped the ball over the bar again from a free in the 81st minute, Cork had gained some vital breathing space. As for the second period of extra-time, all that needs to be said is that Limerick died with their boots on, fighting to the last breath in vain.

And then the inquests. Cork manager Conor Counihan had this message for his troops at the end of normal time. “I felt we were the better team for the 70 minutes and we were dominating in the second half, so I said ‘lads, you’ve proven it for 70, let’s take this 10 minutes at a time and I’ve no doubt we’re capable of grinding this out.'” Counihan was right, but reel it back to the early part of the game and Limerick will feel it could all have been so different. The home side started fast and better than Cork and Collins opened the scoring with a first-minute point. Three minutes later came the Galvin penalty controversy, and two minutes later, Collins added a second point.

But between that and his next score from a free after 14 minutes, the woodwork twice denied the home team, with a Seanie Buckley goal-bound shot hitting the crossbar and Ian Ryan’s attempt for a point hitting an upright. Cork were struggling to get a grip on the game at that stage and when they did get sight of goal, they missed the target until Derek Kavanagh got their first score almost immediately after Ryan’s rebound at the other end. By half-time the teams were level at 0-5 each. The second half was a war of attrition as Cork finally got a grip on midfield. Aidan Walsh nicked a point just after the interval and Goulding (four, three from frees), Ciaran Sheehan and Alan O’Connor pointed in 30 minutes to bring Cork to 0-12 by the 66th minute. Limerick’s only scorers in that period were from Stephen Lavin and James Ryan. Not enough, but then came the epic last few minutes of normal time. Referee Hughes showed the yellow card 17 times, including twice to Stephen Lavin — who was sent off in the last minute of extra-time — which illustrated the often untidy and grinding nature of the match in normal time.

Scorers — Cork: D Goulding 0-7 (0-5f), C O’Neill, D O’Connor (0-1f) 0-2 each, A Walsh, D Kavanagh, C Sheehan, A O’Connor, P Kelly 0-1 each. Limerick: G Collins 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), S Lavin 0-2, S Kelly, J Ryan, B Scanlon (0-1f), I Ryan (0-1f), C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

Cork — A Quirke 7; R Carey 7, M Shields 7, J O’Sullivan 7; N O’Leary 7, G Canty 7, P Kissane 7; D Kavanagh 8, A Walsh 7; P Kerrigan 7, P O’Neill 7, P Kelly 7; D Goulding 8, C Sheehan 7, C O’Neill 7. Subs: N Murphy 6 for A Walsh (49), D O’Connor 6 for P Kerrigan (49), A O’Connor 6 for D Kavanagh (58), F Goold for P Kelly (70), P Kelly for F Goold (71), E Cotter 6 for M Shields (75), P Kerrigan for C Sheehan (87), F Goold for A O’Connor (91).

Limerick — B Scanlon 7; M O’Riordan 7, J McCarthy 7, A Lane 7 S Lavin 7, S Lucey 7, P Ranahan 7; J O’Donovan 7, J Galvin 7; P Browne 7, J Ryan 7, S Buckley 7; G Collins 7, I Ryan 7, S Kelly 7. Subs: C Mullane 6 for M O’Riordan (41), E Joy 6 for P Browne (43), C Fitzgerald 7 for S Buckley (51), S Gallagher 6 for S Lucey (62), E O’Connor 6 for I Ryan (66), P Browne 6 for P Ranahan (70), S Buckley for E Joy (74), I Ryan for E O’Connor (80), J Mullane 6 for G Collins (83).

Ref — P Hughes (Armagh)

Match Preview

They meet for the fifth successive year in the championship with the previous four all being in the Munster championship. Cork won all four, leaving Limerick seeking their first win over the Leesiders since 2003 when they had ten points to spare in a Munster quarter-final clash. They met in last year’s Munster final with Cork winning by a single point (2-6 to 0-11) in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Daniel Goulding scored 1-3 for the winners while Donncha O’Connor landed 1-1. Ian Ryan (0-4) and Seanie Ryan (0-3) were top scores for Limerick. Limerick are seeking to reach the quarter-final for the first time while Cork are bidding to reach the last eight for a sixth successive season. Both Cork and Limerick have already played Kerry with the former losing by a point in a replay which went to extra-time while the latter lost the Munster final by three points.

2010 Championship


Cork 0-15 Kerry 0-15

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-14 (Replay – after extra-time)

Cork 1-19 Cavan 0-4

Cork 0-12 Wexford 0-5


Limerick 1-17 Waterford 1-9

Kerry 1-17 Limerick 1-14 (Munster final)

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009: Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final)

2008: Cork 2-9 Limerick 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

2007: Cork 2-14 Limerick 0-7 (Munster quarter-final)

2006: Cork 0-9 Limerick 0-5 (Munster semi-final)

2003: Limerick 0-16 Cork 0-6 (Munster quarter-final)

Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-13

Cork defeated Waterford by 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Thursday in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

O’Sullivan to fore for Cork

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Cork 0-15 Waterford 0-13

Friday July 23 2010

Cork won the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship for the second year in succession when they produced a superb performance to beat Waterford in a tight encounter in Dungarvan last night. Indiscipline cost the Cork defence dear in the first half as Waterford corner-forward Mark Gorman scored four points from frees. Waterford started off the second half well and opened up a five-point lead. However, Cork, with Michael O’Sullivan and Mark Harrington to the fore, got back on level terms by the 57th minute. Points from Billy Cooper and John Halbert were enough to see the Rebels lift the cup.

Scorers — Cork: E Conway 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 ’65’), B Cooper, M O’Sullivan, D O’Callaghan(0-1f) 0-2 each, B Lawton, B Fitzgerald, M Harrington, J Halbert 0-1 each. Waterford: M Gorman 0-5 (0-5f), J Kearney, N Jacob 0-2 each, P Hurney, T Connors, B Phelan, T Ryan 0-1 each.

Cork — D McCarthy; M Walsh, C Fogarty, B Coleman; D Lucey, K Hartnett, M Ellis; D O’Callaghan, B Fitzgerald; E Conway, B Cooper, C Casey; M Harrington, B Corry, M O’Sullivan. Subs: S Corry for Lucey, B Lawton for Casey, J Halbert for Conway.

Waterford — A Power; S Kearney (Dungarvan), J O’Leary, S Kearney (Lismore); J Coffey, P Murray, J Hurney; B Phelan, N O’Murcadha; P Hurney, T Connors, J Kearney; M Gorman, N Jacob, D Murphy. Subs: S Fives for Hurney, T Ryan for Murphy, C O’Gorman for Gorman, C Carey for Hurney, P Mahony for Coffey.

Ref — M O’Connor (Limerick)

Team News

The Cork Intermediate team for Thursday’s Munster Final v Waterford (at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 7.30pm) will line out as follows:

1. Declan McCarthy (Ballymartle)

2. Michael Walsh (Kildorrery)

3. Cian Fogarty (Killeagh)

4. Brendan Coleman (Ballinhassig)

5. Tadhg Healy (Buttevant)

6. Kevin Hartnett (Russell Rovers)

7. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)

8. Danny O’Callaghan (Ballinhassig)

9. Barry Fitzgerald (Douglas)

10. Eoin Conway (Fr. O’Neill’s)

11. Bill Cooper (Youghal)

12. Colm Casey (Inniscarra)

13. Mark Harrington (Douglas – Capt)

14. Brian Corry (Ballymartle)

15. Michael O’Sullivan (Tracton)




At Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Cork 1-18 Tipperary 1-12

Cork scorers