Munster GAA SHC – Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-22 to 0-23 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Report

Goals win it for Tipp in Munster classic

From the web site

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

Tipperary gained a measure of revenge for last year’s Munster GAA Hurling Championship defeat to Cork with a 3-22 to 0-23 win over the Rebels in a pulsating clash in Thurles on Sunday afternoon. Leading by 2-11 to 0-10 at the break thanks to a pair of goals from Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly in the space of two first half minutes, Cork came back strongly in the second half and were level with 14 minutes left to play. Patrick Horgan’s free, Cork’s sixth point in a row, levelled the game at 2-15 to 0-21, before Tipperary’s big names, Corbett, Kelly and Noel McGrath, all chipped in with crucial points as the All-Ireland champions regained control of the game.

The game, however, was ended as a contest when Benny Dunne took advantage of Eoin Cadogan’s mistake in the Cork defence to drive home Tipp’s third goal of the game on 66 minutes. Although Patrick Horgan responded for the Rebels with his 13th and final point of the afternoon, Noel McGrath’s second pointed sideline was the insurance score the Premier County needed. Seamus Callanan and James Woodlock added scores for the home side, who sealed a deserved eight-point win and a place in the Munster GAA Hurling Championship semi-final against Clare on Sunday, June 19.

Cork, beaten Munster finalists last year after trouncing Tipperary in their Munster opener, will go down the GAA All-Ireland Qualifier route with their reputation neither enhanced nor significantly dented by this performance. They competed well for long periods but failed to cope with a Tipperary attack that has learned the art of scoring killer goals at crucial times. At two vital junctures of the game, Declan Ryan’s side stamped out mini-revivals from the Rebels with well-worked goals. Cork actually led by 0-7 to 0-6, having at one stage reeled off four points without reply, when Corbett, the man whose hat-trick helped Tipperary to All-Ireland success last September, struck in the 28th minute. As is his wont, Corbett finished expertly after a great run and inside pass from Patrick Maher. Kelly, the All-Ireland winning captain, delivered another blow two minutes later, with Shane McGrath the architect on this occasion. From a position of ascendancy, Cork found themselves 2-6 to 0-7 down. Two Patrick Horgan frees and a point from play from Paudie O’Sullivan narrowed the gap, but a sideline cut from Noel McGrath and Kelly’s fifth point gave Tipperary a 2-11 to 0-10 half-time lead.

The sides traded scores over the first 10 minutes of the second half, John Gardiner’s from a tight angle the pick of the bunch, before Cork hit the after burners for a nine-minute spell from the 47th minute. The excellent Niall McCarthy started a purple patch that would yield six points in succession. Horgan hit another four points, while Ben O’Connor also chipped in with a beauty from play. The comeback was completed and the Leesiders had levelled the game on 56 minutes, when Horgan’s free left the scores at 2-15 to 0-21. Tipperary immediately hit back with scores from their deadly attacking trio of Corbett, Kelly and Noel McGrath before Dunne hammered home the final nail in the coffin with four minutes left. Cadogan appeared to be in control of a long ball into the Cork defence, but the Douglas man was stripped of possession when he was breaking clear and Dunne took full advantage to drill home the all-important third goal. Tipperary finished with a flourish to add a coat of gloss to the scoreline. Noel McGrath’s second pointed sideline and further points from Callanan and Woodlock sealed an ultimately comprehensive win.

Tipperary Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.

Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-13 (0-10f), N McCarthy 0-3, B O’Connor 0-3, J Gardiner, P Cronin, C McCarthy and P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ‘40, C O’Mahony for Young ‘59, B Dunne for O’Brien ‘62, P Bourke for Ryan ‘66.

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan. Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy ‘45, J Nagle for O’Neill ‘45, T Kenny for McLoughlin ‘51, C Naughton for Horgan ‘70, K Murphy for O’Sullivan ‘70.

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).


Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23

From the RTE web site

All-Ireland champions Tipperary survived a high-scoring thriller against ancient rivals Cork this afternoon to set up a Munster SHC semi-final showdown with Clare on 19 June. Tipp made up for last year’s ten-point championship defeat against Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with an eight-point success against the visitors in a gripping encounter. Tipp had to show true grit in the second half to close the game out after Cork came from eight points down to draw level with 14 minutes of normal time remaining. Denis Walsh’s team seemed dead and buried but launched a stunning revival which tied the scores at 0-21 to 2-15 by the 56th minute.

But Tipp responded to secure victory win as Benny Dunne’s goal four minutes from time finally put paid to a dogged Cork resistance. A crowd of 31,231 were royally entertained from start to finish and it was Tipp that sprung to life before half-time to secure a 2-11 to 0-10 interval lead. A run of 2-3 without reply in a devastating seven-minute spell turned a 0-6 to 0-7 deficit into a 2-9 to 0-8 lead. And it was two long-serving stalwarts who did the trick on an afternoon when Seamus Callanan claimed the man-of-the-match award on his first competitive start of the year for Tipperary. Callanan had missed the entire Allianz Hurling League campaign through injury but timed his recovery to perfection and slotted over five points from play. But it was captain Eoin Kelly and 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett who provided the two Tipp goals before half-time.

Cork had missed two early goal chances in the opening minutes as Paudie O’Sullivan saw his effort saved by Brendan Cummins before Pat Horgan whistled a shot inches wide. But wind-assisted Tipperary were far more clinical with the opportunities that came their way as first Corbett and then Kelly bagged superb goals. Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher did brilliantly to place Corbett for his 20th championship goal in the 28th minute before Kelly grabbed Shane McGrath’s long delivery three minutes later, dodged past two defenders and drilled a low shot past Donal Óg Cusack in the Cork goal.

After half-time, Tipp kept enough breathing space between themselves and Cork, who were heavily reliant on the free-taking skills of Pat Horgan, who scored 0-13, to keep in touch. But the Rebels hung in and a run of seven unanswered points from the 46th to the 56th minutes hauled them level. But within a minute, Corbett popped up with an inspirational score to restore Tipperary’s advantage. Kelly, who hit 1-7, added a free before Noel McGrath pushed Tipp 2-18 to 0-21 clear. Horgan responded with a free before Dunne sealed the deal to hand three-time All-Ireland SHC medallist Declan Ryan a winning championship debut as Tipperary manager. In the closing minutes, Ryan’s side turned on the style and closed the game out with the game’s four remaining scores, including two from the mercurial Callanan.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Padraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.

Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath (inj, 40), C O’Mahony for Young (59), B Dunne for O’Brien (62), P Bourke for Ryan (66).

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly 1-07 (0-05f), L Corbett 1-02, S Callanan 0-05, N McGrath 0-04 (2 sls), B Dunne 1-00, J O’Brien 0-02, Patrick Maher & J Woodlock 0-01 each.

CORK: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy (45), J Nagle for O’Neill (45), T Kenny for McLoughlin (51), C Naughton for Horgan (70), K Murphy for O’Sullivan (70).

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-13 (10f), N McCarthy & B O’Connor 0-03 each, J Gardiner, P Cronin, C McCarthy & P O’Sullivan 0-01 each.

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Ticketing Update

Munster GAA wishes to apologise to any patrons who experienced delays when attempting to purchase tickets at today’s Munster Hurling ¼ final between Tipperary and Cork. These difficulties were caused by circumstances outside our control and related to the GAA’s ticketing system. We appreciate the great efforts that patrons make to attend our fixtures and understand that people may have been frustrated by the delays at the ticket booths. We are working with all parties involved to ensure that these delays are not repeated during the remainder on the Munster Championships.

Videos / Podcasts

Check out for video previews of the Tipp v Cork  match including Denis Walsh (Cork manager), Michael Gleeson (Tipperary selector) and Tipperary players Brendan Cummins and Noel McGrath.

Click here to listen to a podcast produced by the Irish Examiner newspaper ahead of the Tipp v Cork match featuring Tony Considine, Diarmuid O’Flynn and Colm O’Connor


Fixture Details

When – Sunday May 29th at 4:00pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Stand By Referee – Anthony Stapleton (Laois)
Linesman – Jason O’Mahoney (Luimneach)
Sideline Official – Declan O’Driscoll (Luimneach)

Extra time
– (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Replay date – Sunday June 5th at 6:00pm in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Next Round – the winners play Clare in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 19th at 4:00pm in Semple Stadium Thurles or the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Cork on Sunday in the Munster Senior Hurling championship has one championship debutant, John O’Keeffe of Clonoulty Rossmore at left half back. 12 of the team which started last year’s All Ireland senior hurling final start with the other 3 being O’Keeffe, right half back David Young and right half forward Seamus Callanan.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. David Young (Toomevara)

6. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
Cork SHC team to play Tipperary

1. Donal Og Cusack- Cloyne

2. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers

3. Eoin Cadogan Douglas

4. Shane O Neill – Bishopstiwn (Captain)

5. John Gardiner – Na Piarsaigh

6. William Egan – Kilbrin

7. Brian Murphy –Bride Rovers

8. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk

9. Pa Cronin Bishopstown

10. Ben O Connor- Newtonshandrum.

11. Cian McCarthy – Sarsfields

12. Niall Mccarthy- Carrigtwohil

13. Luke O Farrell – Midleton

14. Paudie O Sullivan – Cloyne

15. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers

16. Martin Coleman – Ballinhassig

17. Eoin Dillon – Milford

18. Conor O Sullivan – Sarsfields

19. Jamie Nagle- Midleton

20. Tom Kenny – Grenagh

21. Jerry O Connor – Newtownshandrum

22. Cathal Naughton – NewtownShandrum

23. Kieran Murphy Sarsfields-

24. Michael Cussen – Sarsfields

25. Jamie Coughlan – Newtownshandrum

26. Bill Cooper – Youghal

Admission Prices / Ticket Details
Covered Stand – €30
Uncovered Stand – €25
Terrace – €15
Family – Adult €30 / €25 – Juveniles €5
Student/OAP – Concession on Stand Tickets only – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of I.D.)
Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Group Stand tickets available for this game – €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Orders through clubs only in the participating counties.
Adult Group Stand Tickets – Tickets at the end of both stands – €25 per person ordered only through clubs – minimum order per Club is 10.
Group Terrace Tickets – €10 each with a minimum order of 20 tickets per Club

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information


For the Record

Cork Tipperary
2011 Team Management Denis Walsh (St. Catherine’s – Coach), Pa Finn (St. Finbarr’s), Pat Buckley (Milford), Gerry Ryan (Ballinascarthy) Declan Ryan (Clonoulty-Rossmore – Manager), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara – Coach), Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields – Selector)
2011 Team Captain Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown – Captain); Eoin Cadogan (Douglas – Vice-Captain) Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone – Captain), Conor O’Mahony (Newport – Vice-Captain)
2010 Championship Performance Cork defeated Tipperary and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final where they lost to Waterford in a replay which went to extra time. Cork defeated Antrim in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Tipperary lost to Cork in the Munster Quarter-Final. Victories over Wexford, Offaly, Galway and Waterford ensured an All-Ireland Final place against Kilkenny where Tipperary proved successful, winning by 4-17 to 1-18.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 50 38
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 2006 2009
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 22
Won – 14
Lost – 7
Drawn – 1
Played – 26
Won – 15
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship May 30th 2010 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14 – Goals by Pat Horgan (2) and Aisake Ó hAilpín proved too much for Tipperary
Winning Streaks Since the 1991 Munster Final victory, Tipperary’s only victories over Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship came in 2008 and 2009. During the last 20 seasons, Cork recorded victories over Tipperary in the Munster Senior Hurling Championships of 1992 (Semi-Final), 2000 (Final), 2005 (Final), 2006 (Final), 2010 (First Round)

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2011

Quarter-Final (Extra time)

Sunday May 29th (Replay date – TBC)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Cork 4:00pm

Sunday June 12th (Replay date – June 18th)


@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Limerick v Waterford 4:00pm

Sunday June 19th (Replay date – June 26th)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles or
Gaelic Grounds Limerick                Clare v Tipperary or Cork 4:00pm


Sunday July 10th (Replay date – July 17th)

4:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

Cork and Tipperary proved to have the meanest defenses in the 2011 Allianz Hurling League, conceding 5 goals each. Limerick conceded 6 goals and Waterford 7 goals putting those 4 Munster counties at the top of the charts when it comes to the least concession of goals in Divisions 1 and 2. Oddly, Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions Dublin conceded 14 goals during their campaign, an amount exceeded by only Down and Kerry in the top 2 divisions of the Allianz Hurling League.

The improvement in the defences of Munster counties can be attributed to the decline in the average scores per match in the last 3 seasons in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship –  2008 (40 scores per match), 2009 (36 scores per match), 2010 (34 scores per match).

Over the last 2 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 7 of the 10 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 2 matches while Pairc nan Gael in Limerick hosted 1 game.

Cork lost their 3 away matches in the Allianz Hurling League to Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. Since Cork’s 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final victory over Clare in Thurles, Cork’s Senior Hurling Championship record in matches played outside of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is Played 8, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 5. The two victories came against Antrim (2010) and Offaly (2009).

Cork and Tipperary have met on 80 occasions in the Championship. Cork have won 37, Tipperary 35 and there have been 7 draws. 1 match was abandoned.

Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 2 Munster Senior Hurling Championships.

Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007. Only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004) have managed to go 3 consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.

Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 6 of the last 7 seasons.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 15 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from the Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Since Dan Shanahan’s 69th minute goal in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Final, Waterford have gone 141 minutes without scoring a goal against Limerick in the Munster Championship.

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2010 Provincial and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships, scoring 3-43. Cork’s Ben O’Connor was 3rd with 2-31 while Eoin Kelly of Waterford was 5th with a tally of 1-27.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006


Tipperary (38) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009


Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996


Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010


Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998
Kerry (1) – 1891


Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams


Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –


Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 2 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles and are the defending champions. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday May 26th. 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 –

New Players on panel for 2011:

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) – forward

Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers) – forward

Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) – defender

John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy) – defender

Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) – defender

Lee Mackey (Carrick Davins) – defender

Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward

John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore) – defender

John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward


Injured Players

Brendan Maher – recovering from fractured fibula – out for game v Cork

Seamus Hennessy – cartilage damage to left knee – out for game v Cork

Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.


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 in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

Allianz Hurling League 2011


Saturday February 12th at Semple Stadium                      Kilkenny 1-17    Tipperary 1-10

Saturday February 19th at Croke Park                              Dublin 1-16       Tipperary 1-15

Saturday March 5th at Semple Stadium                           Tipperary 1-20   Waterford 0-18

Sunday March 13th at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh             Tipperary 1-20   Offaly 1-10

Sunday March 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh                           Tipperary 1-14   Cork 1-14

Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium, Galway                    Tipperary 4-22   Galway 1-14

Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium                             Tipperary 0-17   Wexford 1-14


35 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches compared with 32 in 2009.


22 players scored during the AHL led by Pa Bourke (0-42) and followed by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-14), Gearoid Ryan (2-5), Benny Dunne (1-7) and John O’Brien (1-6).

League Debuts

10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.



There are 34 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 20 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields, county champions in 2009 and 2010, have most representatives with 6, followed by Toomevara with 3 and Borris-Ileigh, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Loughmore Castleiney, Mullinahone and Nenagh Eire Og with 2 each. 11 clubs have 1 reprsentative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, Carrick Davins, JK Brackens, Killenaule, Lorrha and Dorrha, Moyle Rovers, Moyne Templetuohy, Newport, Portroe and Templederry Kenyons,

Tipperary V Cork: Previous Championship Meetings

Total Times Played:       80   Cork won 37, Tipp won 35, Draws 7, Abandoned 1

Last 20 meetings:          Cork won 12, Tipp won 6, Draws 2

03/06/1979        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-10

22/06/1980        Munster S/F at Semple Stadium             Cork 2-17 Tipperary 1-12.

30/05/1982        Munster Q/Fat Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Cork 1-19 Tipperary 2-8

15/07/1984        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 4-15 Tipperary 3-14

07/07/1985        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Cork 4-17 Tipperary 4-11

12/07/1987        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Tipperary 1-18 Cork 1-18


19/07/1987        Munster Final at Killarney                       Tipperary 4-22 Cork 1-22

(Replay aet)

17/07/1988        Munster Final at Limerick                       Tipperary 2-19 Cork 1-13

15/07/1990        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 4-16 Tipperary 2-14

070/7/1991        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Tipperary 2-16 Cork 4-10 (Draw)

21/07/1991        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Tipperary 4-19 Cork 4-15 (Replay)

07/06/1992        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 2-12 Tipperary 1-12

02/07/2000        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 0-23 Tipperary 3-12

17/07/2004        All Ireland Qualifier at Killarney               Cork 2-19 Tipperary 1-16

26/06/2005        Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh          Cork 1-21 Tipperary 1-16

25/06/2006        Munster Final at Semple Stadium           Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14

14/07/2007        All Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium   Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18

08/06/2008        Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Tipperary 1-19 Cork 1-13

31/05/2009        Munster Q/F at Semple Stadium             Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

30/05/2010        Munster Q/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 30/5/10:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Paul Curran; Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett.

Subs: Seamus Hennessy for O’Meara (43 mins), Gearoid Ryan for C O’Mahony (57 mins), Timmy Hammersley for N McGrath (62 mins), Jody Brennan for J O’Brien (66 mins), Conor O’Brien for S McGrath (68 mins).

Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly (0-7, 0-5f, 0-2 ’65), L Corbett (0-2), J O’Brien (0-2), S Callanan (0-1), B Maher (0-1), T Hammersley (0-1)

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 31/5/09:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton,  Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Declan Fanning, Padriac Maher, Conor O’Mahony (capt);  James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Noel McGrath, Micheál Webster,  Eoin Kelly.

Subs: Pat Kerwick for Webster (51 mins), Brendan Maher for O’Mahony (54 mins), Gearoid Ryan for N McGrath (63 mins), Benny Dunne for Woodlock (65 mins), Paul Kelly for Callanan (67 mins).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-3; E. Kelly 0-5 (0-4 frees); L. Corbett 0-3; N. McGrath 0-3; S. McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sideline); B. Dunne 0-2; J. O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 8/6/08:

Brendan Cummins; Eamonn Buckley, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor  O’Mahony, Shane Maher; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Seamus Butler, Seamus  Callanan, Ryan O’Dwyer; Eoin Kelly (capt), Lar Corbett, Willie Ryan.

Subs: Pat Kerwick for O’Dwyer (32nd minute); Benny Dunne for Woodlock (45th); Micheál Webster for Butler (46th); John O’Brien for Ryan (54th); Darragh Egan for Callanan (73rd).

Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 1-7 (0-5 frees); L. Corbett 0-4; S. Callanan 0-3; E. Corcoran, S. McGrath, W. Ryan, P. Kerwick and M. Webster 0-1 each.

Previous Munster Championship Round 1 (Quarter Final) meetings:

27/05/1888 at Buttevant                         Tipperary 2-1 Cork 0-0

04/11/1901 at Dungarvan                       Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9 (1900 Championship)

10/10/1904 at The Markets Field, Limk    Cork 4-6 Tipperary 1-10 (1903 Championship).

20/06/1915 at Dungarvan                       Cork 4-0 Tipperary 3-1

02/06/1918 at Thurles                             Tipperary 7-3 Cork 6-1

10/06/1934 at Waterford                         Cork 7-5 Tipp 5-6

02/06/1940 at Thurles                             Cork 6-3 Tipp 2-6

29/05/1949 at Limerick                           Tipperary 3-10 Cork 3-10 (Draw)

26/06/1949 at Limerick                           Tipperary 2-8 Cork 1-9 (Replay)

30/05/1982 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-19 Tipp 2-8

31/05/2009 at Semple Stadium               Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

30/05/2010 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 3-15 Tipperary 1-14


8 in a row

2011 will be the 8th year in a row that Tipperary and Cork will meet in the Senior Hurling Championship.  The 2000 Munster Final was their previous meeting before 2004 and prior to 2000 their last meeting was in 1992.

Hurling League rivalry

Tipperary and Cork have played 54 times in the National Hurling League. Cork have 27 wins to 23 for Tipp and 4 Draws.

2010 21s on Panel

There are 12 players from last year’s under 21 All Ireland winning panel on the Tipp SH panel: Michael Cahill, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Michael Heffernan, Seamus Hennessy, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Paddy Murphy, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.

Oldest and Youngest

Brendan Cummins, who was born on May 11th 1975, is the oldest player on the Tipperary SH panel while Noel McGrath, who was born on the December 17th 1990, is the youngest.


Paul Curran’s brother Niall is on the senior football panel and their brother Sean is on the under 21 hurling panel. John Coghlan’s brother Hugh is on the senior football panel. Noel McGrath’s brother John is on the minor hurling panel. Mikey Heffernan’s brother Barry is on the minor hurling panel. Coach Tommy Dunne and senior hurling panellist Benny are brothers.

Long wait for Eoin

Tipperary’s captain Eoin Kelly made his senior championship debut, as a substitute in the 2000 All Ireland quarter final loss to Galway at Croke Park. He didn’t face Cork in the Championship until his 20th – the 2004 qualifier meeting at Killarney. To date Eoin has played against Cork in the championship on 6 occasions and recorded a total of 1-41, for a splendid match average of 7.34 points per game. Eoin’s overall championship record claims 49 appearances and a return of 17-326, for an impressive average of 7.69 points per game.

Tommy Dunne – the link between scoring and winning

Tommy Dunne only failed to score on 8 occasions in 44 championship appearances for Tipperary. On three of those occasions he was selected at centre back and twice he was at midfield. The three games that he didn’t score in, when selected in the attack, were v. Clare 1994, Munster 1st Round; v. Limerick 1995, Munster Semi Final; and v Galway, 2000 All Ireland Quarter Final. Coincidentally Tipperary lost all three games.

Dateline May 21st 1995.

Tommy Dunne celebrated his 21st birthday on the day that Brendan Cummins made his championship debut for Tipp, against Waterford, in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipp won by 4-23 to 1-11 and Tommy, who was making his third championship appearance, lined out at right half forward and scored 0-3.

Pat Fox – The Equaliser

Pat Fox has the distinction of levelling the scores in two Munster Hurling Finals, between Tipperary and Cork. In 1987 his late free into the Killinan end, at Semple Stadium, levelled the game at 1-18 each. Tipp went on to win the replay after extra time, (4-22 to 1-22) in Killarney and lift the Munster title, for the first time since 1971. Pat scored 0-11 in that game to exceed his 0-9 in the drawn encounter. In 1991 Pat again brought joy to many people when he fired over a late point from play at the City end of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to level an enthralling final in which Tipp twice trailed by eight points. Tipp won the replay two weeks later in Semple Stadium, where, despite being without the injured Nicky English, they scored 4-19 to Cork’s 4-15 to win the day, having been nine points down twelve minutes into the second half. Pat contributed 1-3 in the drawn match and 1-5 in the replay.


Tipperary’s top scorers in their last 20 championship meetings with Cork were;

2010     Eoin Kelly 0-7

2009     Seamus Callanan 1-3

2008     Eoin Kelly 1-7

2007     Willie Ryan 2-3

2006     Eoin Kelly 0-7

2005     Paul Kelly 0-7

2004     Eoin Kelly 0-9

2000     Eugene O’ Neill 1-5

1992     Declan Ryan 1-1

1991     Michael Cleary 1-7 (Replay)

1991     Michael Cleary 0-8 (Draw)

1990     Michael Cleary 1-5

1988     Nicky English 0-9

1987     Pat Fox 0-11 (Replay)

1987     Pat Fox 0-9   (Draw)

1985     Nicky English 2-3

1984     Seamus Power 1-6

1982     Noel O’ Dwyer 1-1

1980     Tommy Butler 1-4

1979     Pat O’ Neill 1-2

Changing times

Forty one years ago, a new arrangement was introduced for Provincial finals, All Ireland Semi finals and All Ireland finals. In 1970 those fixtures at senior inter county level were played over eighty minutes, while all other senior inter county games remained at sixty minutes. So when Tipp and Cork met in that year’s Munster final, there was an expectation of high scoring. Various factors combined to ensure that wasn’t the case and Cork eventually won, by 3-10 to 3-8. If John Flanagan’s late ground shot had been slightly to his left, the result may have been different! That scoring return was not the highest in championship meetings between the counties but it was the only time that they played a championship game over eighty minutes. The 70 minutes playing time, for all senior championship games was introduced in 1975 and has remained in place ever since.

Top scoring games:

Over 60 minutes: 1960 Munster Final at Thurles Sportsfield, Tipp 4-13 Cork 4-11.

Over 70 minutes: 1991 Munster Final replay, at Semple Stadium, Tipp 4-19 Cork 4-15.

Drawing the crowds

People talk of Tipp v. Cork Munster championship games with a great sense of expectation. This has resulted from their intense rivalry and the great players who have been involved in the many legendary epics, throughout the decades. It is only to be expected that this traditional pairing, which tops the Munster Final clashes with 33 meetings at that stage, has held its position as the biggest championship fixture in Hurling. Not surprisingly the crowds have followed their meetings with great loyalty, producing an official attendance record (62,175) for the 1961 Munster final, at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. However, it is also acknowledged that several thousand more gained free entry, on a day when many left the venue to escape from the oppressive heat. The smallest attendance, in the modern era, was an official 12,902 for the Qualifier clash, at Semple Stadium on July 14th 2007. However, there was a feeling at full time that the crowd had swelled during the second half, as news of the Premier’s rally reached the town and locals made their way to the open gates at the Field of Legends to witness Tipp’s first Championship win over Cork since 1991.


Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship – Cork 2-16 Tipperary 2-12

O’Sullivan and Sexton lead Rebels’ second-half surge

Cork 2-16 Tipperary 2-12

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 30, 2011

CORK’S production line at intermediate hurling level continues to be in fine working order as evidenced by this victory over Tipperary in yesterday at Semple Stadium. Cork were All-Ireland champions two years ago and it was only at the final stage that they came unstuck against Kilkenny last season. Their aspirations of an extended run this year received an early boost as they clinically dispatched a Tipperary team who failed to benefit from a new ruling that allowed them to draw on players from senior clubs. Pat Kenneally’s Cork team performed impressively in the second-half as they took control of a game that had been delicately balanced at the interval when Tipperary lead 1-8 to 1-7. Indeed but for a late Tipperary rally that saw substitute Liam Dwan strike a goal and Johnny Ryan rifle over a free, Cork’s ultimate winning margin would have been greater.

The visitors starting 15 was sprinkled with players from recent U21 teams and the youthful streak through their side was reflected in their dynamic second-half play. The half-forward line of David Drake, Michael O’Sullivan and Colm Casey always posed a danger and contributed a combined total of 2-7. In defence captain Ross Cashman gave a dominant display while midfielder Maurice Sexton was heavily involved throughout. Cork started brightly and raised the game’s opening green flag in the ninth minute when O’Sullivan bundled home after an incisive run by Jamie Wall. That left Cork ahead by 1-2 to 0-2 and the relentless accuracy of Sexton from placed balls ensured Cork lead 1-5 to 0-5 by the 20th minute.

However Tipperary enjoyed their best spell of the match before the interval. Joey McLoughney and Johnny Ryan started to dictate matters in their sectors and up front the Tipperary attack began to cut open the Cork rearguard. Their efforts were rewarded in the 27th minute when Phillip Austin surged through, offloaded to Phillip Ivors who booted to the net. An excellent point by Johnny Ryan capped Tipperary’s comeback as they overhauled Cork to lead 1-8 to 1-7 at the break. Indeed Tipperary’s position could have been embellished further had they not been wasteful in front of goal in the closing stages of the half with Daragh Hickey and Austin both spurning opportunities to grab valuable goals.

In the second-half Cork upped the tempo. Drake, O’Sullivan and Brian Corry snapped over quick points and their fortunes improved significantly when Seamus Corry floated in a ball that broke kindly for Casey whose drive into the far corner of the net propelled Cork ahead by 2-10 to 1-8. Tipperary’s response was points by substitute Brian Fox and Ivors. That would prove to be as close as they got to Cork though. Tony Murphy, Sexton, Drake and Casey all helped Cork string together a superb run of points and by the 55th minute they were 2-16 to 1-11 to the good. Tipperary’s late scoring spree proved immaterial as Cork advanced to a semi-final meeting with Clare.

Scorers for Cork: M O’Sullivan 1-2, M Sexton 0-5 (4f), C Casey 1-1, D Drake 0-4 (0-1 sideline), T Murphy 0-2, J Wall, B Corry 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Ivors 1-2, L Dwan 1-0, R McLoughney (2f), J Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, J McLoughney, T Stapleton (f), P O’Dwyer, D Hickey, E Sweeney, B Fox 0-1 each.

CORK: D McCarthy; J Carey, R Cashman, S White; T Healy, M Ellis, S Corry; B Corry, M Sexton; D Drake, M O’Sullivan, C Casey; J Wall, T Murphy, B Lawton.

Subs: B Withers for White (half-time), E Conway for O’Sullivan (60).

TIPPERARY: J Logue; A Byrnes, G Hannigan, K Maher; J Moloughney, T Stapleton, R Sherlock; J Ryan, P O’Dwyer; D Hickey, W O’Dwyer, P Austin; E Sweeney, P Ivors, R McLoughney.

Subs: B Fox for P O’Dwyer (27), D O’Brien for Austin (40), D O’Brien for W O’Dwyer (47), L Dwan for R McLoughney (50), T Dalton for Ivors (55).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)


CORK…………………………2-16 TIPPERARY………………… 2-12

By Noel Horgan at Semple Stadium, Thurles for the Corkman newspaper

A WHIRLWIND start to the second half did much to pave the way for Cork’s victory over Tipperary in the opening round of the Munster intermediate hurling championship at Thurles last Sunday. Although they appeared to be in a good position at the interval, trailing by just a point after playing into a strong wind, Cork must have been a little concerned at the manner in which Tipp transformed a four-point deficit into a one-point lead towards the end of the opening period. It suggested that the Premier County men were beginning to build up a bit of steam, and that Cork might have their work cut out to regain the initiative on the turnover.But the Rebels hit the ground running after the break, knocking over three delightful points before an opportunist goal from Colm Casey put them firmly back in the driving seat where they remained until the finish.

In the end, they weren’t flattered to run out winners by four points, and their victory was all the more creditable considering Tipp were allowed to call upon players from senior clubs this year. Afterwards elated coach Pat Kenneally described it as a remarkable victory over what amounted to Tipp’s second-string senior side, adding that it was more satisfying than anything achieved last year when Cork lifted the Munster title during his first season at the helm. ” We were effectively playing Tipp’s ‘B’ senior team, and just to compete with them was a thrill for our lads. In fairness, they rose to the occasion in great style, and what pleased me most was that the vast majority of them performed to their potential.” Kenneally said the key factor in Cork’s highly impressive display was that they played a very direct brand of hurling. ” You don’t have the opportunity to get the players together as often as you would like at this level which makes it difficult to develop a gameplan built on fancy teamwork. “So, it was just a case of keeping it simple, letting the ball do the work, and it brought results today, especially when we had the wind to our backs in the second half,” he remarked.

Cork settled quickly, drawing first blood courtesy of a point from full forward Tony Murphy within seconds of the throw-in, and they received a major boost when centre forward Michael O’Sullivan finished a cross from corner forward Jamie Wall to the net in the 9th. minute. That made it 1-2 to 0-2, and Cork were still a goal to the good after 24 minutes, with excellent ‘keeper Darren McCarthy saving well from Tipp centre forward Willie O’Dwyer at that juncture. It was 1-7 to 0-6 after Jamie Wall tacked on a point a minute later, but Tipp, with Eoin Sweeney shaping up well at cornerforward, and Thomas Stapleton stamping his authority at centre back, raised the tempo before half-time. It took an expert bit of hooking on the part of Cork corner-back Stephen White to prevent Tipp midfielder Paudie O’Dwyer from getting in a shot at goal in the 26th minute, and two minutes later Darren McCarthy proved his worth again to deny wing forward Darragh Hickey.

In between, however, McCarthy could do nothing to prevent Tipp’s Philip Ivors from rattling the net after the intervention of wing forward Philip Austin had foiled an attempt by Cork’s Stephen White to clear the ball out of the danger-zone. Add in the fact that Tipp had accumulated eight wides, seven more than Cork, in the first half, and it would be fair to say they were full value for a 1-8 to 1-7 lead at the break. Still, Cork had looked the more convincing side during the opening 20 minutes when Maurice Sexton gave them an edge at midfield, and Seamus Corry stood out on the left flank of a defence in which Mark Ellis and especially Ross Cashman were others to impress at centre back and full-back respectively.

With Sexton continuing to show up well and Brian Corry thundering into the picture, Cork gained a firm grip at midfield on the resumption, and a spell of fairly persistent pressure yielded a hattrick of sublime points shared by David Drake, Michael O’Sullivan and Corry inside 37 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Corry-taking a pass from his brother Seamus, who was my man-of-thematch – delivered a long ball in around the square where Colm Casey, having ghosted behind the Tipp cover, was on hand to finish it to the net from close range. Casey’s strike made it 212 to 1-10, and, while Tipp quickly replied with a quick brace of points, Cork never really looked back in the wake of it. As John Carey, moved on to Evan Sweeney before halftime, put the shackles on Tipp’s chief danger-man, the Cork rearguard grew in stature, while the decision to move Colm Casey to the ‘ 40 also brought results as he kept Thomas Stapleton fully occupied in the second half. With David Drake to the fore too at wing-forward, Cork turned on the power to build up a seemingly unassailable 2-16 to 1-11 lead by the 55th minute. Tipp’s hopes were rekindled by a goal from substitute Liam Dwan two minutes later, but the Cork defence stood firm, conceding just one more point in an exciting finish.

Scorers CORK: M O’Sullivan 1-2, M Sexton 0-5, 0-4 frees, C Casey 1-1, D Drake 0-4, 0-1 sideline), T Murphy 0-2, J Wall and B Corry 0-1 each

TIPPERARY: L Dwan 1-0, P Ivors 0-3, R McLoughney 0-2 frees, D Hickey, T Stapleton, free, P O’Dwyer, E Sweeney, B Fox, J McLoughney and J Ryan 0-1 each

CORK: D McCarthy (Ballymartle), J Carey ( Dripsey), R Cashman (Kilbrittain), S White (Ballygarvan), T Healy (Buttevant), M Ellis (Millstreet), S Corry (Ballymartle), B Corry(do.), M Sexton (Kilbrittain), D Drake (Carrigaline), M O’Sullivan (Tracton), C Casey (Inniscarra), J Wall (Kilbrittain), T Murphy (Carrigaline), B Lawton (Castlemartyr). Subs: B Withers ( Banteer) for White, E Conway (Fr O’Neill’s) for O’Sullivan

TIPPERARY: J Logue, A Byrnes, G Hannigan, K Maher, J McLoughney, T Stapleton, R Sherlock, J Ryan, P O’Dwyer, D Hickey, W O’Dwyer, P Austin, E Sweeney, P Ivors, R McLoughney. Subs: B Fox for P O’Dwyer, R Ruth for Austin, D O’Brien for W O’Dwyer, L Dwan for R McLoughney, T Dalton for Ivors

REFEREE: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

Team News

The Tipperary Intermediate hurling team to play Cork on Sunday at 1.45pm in Semple Stadium includes George Hannigan and Philip Austin, both of whom played against Kerry in the Munster senior football championship last weekend, former senior hurling panellists Alan Byrnes, Thomas Stapleton, Daragh Hickey and Evan Sweeney, and goalkeeper from last year’s All Ireland under-21 winning team, James Logue. The team is captained by 2006 All Ireland minor winning captain, Joey McLoughney from Toomevara.

1. James Logue (Ballingarry)

2. Alan Byrnes (Shannon Rovers)

3. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

4. Kevin Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

5. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara) Captain

6. Tomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

7. Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines)

8. Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch)

9. Paudie O’Dwyer ( Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill)

10. Daragh Hickey (Boherlahan Dualla)

11. Willie O’Dwyer (Carrick Davins)

12. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

13. Evan Sweeney (Loughmore-Castleiney)

14. Philip Ivors (Ballingarry)

15. Ray McLoughney (Kilruane MacDonaghs)


The Cork Intermediate Hurling team to play Tipperary on today at 1.45pm in Thurles will line out as follows:

1. Darren McCarthy


2. John Carey 3. Ross Cashman 4. Stephen White

Dripsey Kilbrittain Ballygarvan

5. Tadhg Healy 6. Mark Ellis 7. Seamus Corry

Buttevant Millstreet Ballymartle

8. Brian Corry 9. Maurice Sexton

Ballymartle Kilbrittain

10. David Drake 11. Michael O’Sullivan 12. Colm Casey

Carrigaline Tracton Inniscarra

13. Jamie Wall 14. Tony Murphy 15. Brian Lawton

Kilbrittain Carrigaline Castlemartyr

Captain: Ross Cashman


16. Ciaran Cronin Lisgoold

17. Eoin Conway Fr O’Neills

18. Eamon Brosnan Meelin

19. Maurice O’Sullivan Ballyhea

20. Seamus Harnedy St Itas

21. Barry Coleman Ballyhea

22. Brendan Withers Banteer

23. Chris O’Donovan Valley Rovers

24. Dessie Fitzgerald Charleville


Scoláireachtaí Gaeilge Comhairle na Mumhan

Inniu anseo i Staid Semple seolfaidh Cathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mumhan, Seán Breathnach, Scéim Scoláireachtaí Gaeilge na Comhairle.  Tá an scéim seo i gcomhpháirtíocht leis na Boird Chontaetha agus na Coláistí Gaeilge.

Bronnfar scoláireachtaí ar dhéagóirí, idir bhuachaillí agus chailíní, chun freastal ar chúrsaí Gaeilge trí seachtaine sa Ghaeltacht ina gcuirtear béim ar scileanna peile is iománaíochta.  Bíonn na cúrsaí seo á reáchtáil ag Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne i gCiarraí Thiar, Coláiste na Rinne i gContae Phort Láirge agus Coláiste na Mumhan i mBéal Átha an Ghaoraidh i gCorcaigh.

Thug an Chomhairle 415 scoláireacht do bhuachaillí agus do chailíní chun freastal ar na cúrsaí seo anuraidh agus bhí Comhairle na Mumhan thar a bheith sásta leis an slí a reáchtáladh na cúrsaí agus bhí breis forbartha ar na cluichí.  Thar ceann Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne thug Marc Ó Sé cabhair le scileanna peile agus Shane Broic cabhair le scileanna iománaíochta a fhorbairt.  Bhí searmanas chun an fáinne agus teastas a bhronnadh ar na mic léinn a d’fhreastal ar chúrsa speisialta i gColáistí Chorca Dhuibhne i mí Lúnasa.  I láthair don ócáid bhí Cathaoirleach agus Leas Chathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mumhan, Bainisteoir Cultúrtha Pháirc an Chrócaigh chomh maith le Oifigeach Bhord an Chontae i gCiarraí agus Luimneach, Cigirí ón Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta, Cigirí ón Roinn Oideachais agus foireann Choláistí Chorca Dhuibhne.

Tá Coiste Cultúrtha Chomhairle na Mumhan i bhfeighil na scéime seo agus tá dlúth cheangal ag an gCoiste Cultúrtha leis na Coláistí.  Meabhraíonn sé dúinn an tábhacht atá leis an nGaeilge mar theanga labhartha i measc na ndaoine.  Tá na daoine óga seo chun tréimhse a chaitheamh i measc na ndaoine arb’ í an Ghaeilge a ngnáth meán cumarsáide laethúil; uaireanta déanaimid dearmad go bhfuil saibhreas agus oidhreacht chultúrtha mar seo i mbéal dorais againn.  Is í an aos óg a chinnteoidh go mbeidh ár dteanga féin slán agus is trí chomhoibriú agus trí chomhar i measc eagrais mar Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, an Stát, múinteoirí scoileanna, na meáin, coláistí Samhraidh agus an pobal i gcoitinne a thabharfar an spreagadh seo dóibh in úsáid a dteanga féin.  Gura fada buan í inár measc.

Tá breis eolais maidir leis na scoláireachtaí seo le fáil ó Oifig Chomhairle na Mumhan nó na Boird Chontaetha.

Diarmuid Ó Murchú


Munster Camogie Club Forum

Munster Chairman Eamonn Browne was delighted to have as special guest Joan O’Flynn, President of the Camogie Association in Mallow where Munster Camogie is held a hugely successful Club Forum over the weekend.   David Fitzgerald, current Waterford Senior Hurling Manager and winner of 2 Senior All Ireland Medals and 3 All Star Awards with Clare who also Coached Clare Minor Camogie Team to win the Munster Championship & contest the All Ireland Final in 2008, was on hand on the night to deliver practical skills session focused on increasing the skill level of young players.  This was enthuastically received by the players and coaches and seen as a great opportunity.  While it also brought the experience of Joe O’Connor who dealt with physical fitness for camogie players of different ages and what is required at the different stages, Joe is current physical trainer to the Waterford Senior hurlers and Kerry Senior Footballers. Mary O’Connor National Director of Camogie and winner of 7 Senior All Ireland medals & 3 All stars with Cork dealt with some burning issues in camogie, such as holding onto the teenage player, while Paudie Butler National Director of Hurling looked at the GAA and Camogie working together to benefit all.  This was further strengthened by the presence of Munster GAA vice Chairman Robert Frost who addressed the forum on how we need to work together. Munster Camogie Chairman, Eamonn Browne, was delighted with the attendance and with the level of support for the venture, He was delighted with what the event has produced and looks forward to the ‘further development of the game of Camogie within the province’. The Chairman was enthused for his work as ‘150 people attended the Forum with clubs from all over Munster in attendance and obviously working hard on the game, this can only be good so we look forward to the years ahead’.

By Orla Considine
Munster Camogie PRO

Munster Camogie Club Forum


Mallow GAA Club

Friday May 27th 2011

Time: 6.30pm-10.00pm

Guest of Honour

Joan O Flynn

President of the Camogie Association

Practical Skills Session

Drills to increase the skill level of young players, Integrating ballwork as part of a physical session

David Fitzgerald

Waterford Senior Hurling Manager and winner of 2 Senior All Ireland Medals and 3 All Star Awards with Clare

Coached Clare Minor Camogie Team to win Munster Championship & Contest All Ireland Final in 2008

Physical Fitness and the Camogie Player

Appropriate levels of physical training for camogie players at varying age groups

Joe O’Connor

Physical trainer to both Waterford Senior Hurlers and Kerry Senior Gaelic Footballers

Teenage Turnaround

Retaining the Teenage Player in your Club

Mary O Connor

National Director of Camogie and winner of 7 Senior All Ireland medals & 3 All stars with Cork

Camogie & the GAA – Working Together to Benefit All

Paudie Butler

National Director of Hurling

Other topics include:

Recruiting Volunteers, Practical tips for Fundraising, Burning Issues in Camogie

All Munster Camogie Clubs invited to send 4 representatives (After May 15th if sufficient places remain, your club may book additional members)

To book places for your club, text Marian Graham : 087 2764856

Closing Date: Monday May 23rd 2011

Cost of Forum: €10 per person

MMI Group Interprovincial ladies football championship

Ladies football round-up

By Jackie Cahill

MUNSTER, managed by Cork’s Noel O’Connor, regained the MMI Group Interprovincial ladies football championship with victory over Ulster at Páirc Chiaráin, Athlone, on Saturday. Munster’s first title since 2009 was their 18th since the competition’s inception in 1976 as Ulster, winners last year, relinquished their grip on the Mick Talbot Cup. The competition was packed with drama as a penalty shoot-out was required to determine the identity of the finalists after Leinster, Ulster and Munster were tied on two wins each following the group stages of the competition.

Ulster and Munster emerged to contest the interprovincial final and the southern province emerged victorious in a low-scoring encounter by 2-2 to 1-3. First half goals from Cork pair Áine Sheehan and Valerie Mulcahy handed Munster the initiative as Clare’s Niamh O’Dea added a point. In response, Monaghan ace Ciara McAnespie netted to leave Ulster trailing by 1-0 to 2-1 at half-time. Mulcahy tacked on Munster’s solitary second half score but it proved enough as Ulster hit three points, including two from Tyrone’s Joline Donnelly and the other from McAnespie. Connacht, meanwhile, defeated Leinster by 3-8 to 1-11 to win the Shield competition for the second time. And Cork’s Briege Corkery received the MMI Group LGFA Interprovincial Championship Player of the tournament award.

MMI Group LGFA Interprovincial Championship


Leinster 1-4 Munster 1-9

Connacht 2-2 Ulster 5-7

Leinster 1-8 Ulster 0-8

Connacht 5-5 Munster 5-6

Leinster 2-13 Connacht 1-7

Ulster 4-8 Munster 1-4

MMI Group LGFA Interprovincial Championship shield final

Leinster 1-11 Connacht 3-8

MMI Group LGFA Interprovincial Championship final

Munster 2-2 Ulster 1-3

Munster SFC Q-Final – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

Rebels’ handy opening battle

Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 23, 2011

THE usual cliché after a game like yesterday’s Munster SFC tie in Páirc Uí Chaoimh is tougher tests ahead, so we’ll take it off the leash here for a run around. Cork were far too strong for Clare in this game, pulling away in the second-half to win by 15 and never looking troubled by their opponents. The game ended on a sour note, when Clare’s Graham Kelly got involved with Cork’s John Miskella. Both were yellow-carded and as it was Kelly’s second, he saw red — literally, as it turned out, because once referee Eddie Kinsella pointed to the sideline Kelly felled Miskella in front of the official. Kelly endeared himself to the home support even more with a farewell wave as he went down the tunnel, but Miskella had the last laugh with a late point which was cheered to the echo by the Cork followers.

It wasn’t in keeping with the rest of the game, which saw Clare start well in front of 4,186 spectators before Cork eventually found their feet. The game was over as a contest well before half-time when Donncha O’Connor got the only goal of the game, and though Clare rallied briefly early in the second-half, Cork pulled further away as the game wore on. Cork got into their formidable stride around the middle of the field early on and kept the Clare defence under pressure. It was one-way traffic as the Leesiders’ much-vaunted middle eight players exerted control. Aidan Walsh and Alan O’Connor dominated midfield proper whileGraham Canty and Noel O’Leary drove forward.

The key man was Ciarán Sheehan however — named at corner-forward but lining out at right-half forward, he caused havoc in the Clare half,carrying the ball well. Ahead of him Donncha O’Connor was a focal point for attack and the full-forward involved his colleagues with some clever lay-offs. The sides swapped points early on, but Cork took over with the score 0-2 to 0-2 on eight minutes: Sheehan (two), Daniel Goulding (free) and Donncha O’Connor gave the home side some breathing space. At 0-6 to 0-2 Cork were comfortable and then came the goal on 22 minutes which meant they were cruising. Patrick Kelly made the incision, gliding through the middle of the Clare defence, and he placed O’Connor unselfishly to flick home from near the small square. It might have been worse for Clare – Cork could have had five goals in the first-half: a Sheehan run ended with Donncha O’Connor punching just over, rather than under, the bar, Donncha Goulding put a shot six inches past the upright, O’Connor hit the bar with another punch and Sheehan put the ball down Clare ‘keeper Joe Hayes’ throat when clean through on goal.

As it was, by the break Cork were ahead 1-9 to 0-4, thanks to further points from Goulding (two) and Aidan Walsh. After the break Clare threw the kitchen sink at Cork, aided by the wind, and rattled off three points from Alan Clohessy, Rory Donnelly – their best forward all through – and David Tubridy but Donncha O’Connor steadied the ship for Cork. The full-forward had two points (one free) and it deflated the Clare challenge entirely. From there until the end it was a procession of scores for the home side, with several players chipping in. Fittingly man of the match Ciarán Sheehan popped over the final score, giving Cork a final tally of 1-23.

There were plenty of positives for Cork to take from the game – Graham Canty, out injured for so long, came through the 70 minutes unharmed, and moved from half-back to full-back at the break. Michael Shields showed up well when he swapped with Canty andexcelled at centre-back, scoring a point. Debutant Denis O’Sullivan was a calm presence on the wing, while 24 scores over 70 minutes was a fine return for manager Conor Counihan. However, as the Cork boss acknowledged after the game, his side had those first-half goal chances that they didn’t put away. “We’re doing that with a while,” said Counihan. He’s right — a conversion rate of one in five or six chances will have to be improved as Cork progress deeper into the summer. Then again, the accompanying cliche to ‘tougher tests ahead’ is‘plenty there to work on’. Counihan didn’t really need to say that out loud yesterday, but he obliged. Cliché or not, he’ll know it was true all the same.

Subs for Cork: P Kerrigan for Goold (47), P Kissane for Shields (63), F Lynch for Kelly (63), N Murphy for A Walsh (65), J Miskella for D O’Sullivan (66).

Subs for Clare: Ger Quinlan for Browne (28), S Brennan for C O’Connor (ht), S McNeiles for John Hayes (ht).

Scorers for Cork: D Goulding 0-8 (6f), D O’Connor 1-4 (2f), C Sheehan 0-4, P O’Neill 0-2, M Shields, A O’Connor, P Kerrigan, D Goold and J Miskella 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: R Donnelly 0-5, D Tubridy 0-3 (1f), G Brennan 0-2, A. Clohessy 0-1.

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)


Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11

Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:43

From the RTE web site

All-Ireland and Allianz Football League champions Cork proved too strong for Clare in today’s Munster SFC opener at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Conor Counihan’s men moved 1-09 to 0-04 ahead before half-time, aided by Donncha O’Connor’s punched goal in the 22nd minute. Paddy Kelly burst through the Clare defence and laid the ball off for O’Connor to finish it to the net. Gary Brennan had a late goal-scoring chance for Clare which he blasted over the crossbar. Clare’s excellent corner forward Rory Donnelly kicked two points from play in the first half and finished with five in all.

Into the second half, an in-form Daniel Goulding (0-08) kept the hosts on track. David Tubridy and Alan Clohessy also got on the scoresheet for the Banner men, who had Graham Kelly sent-off in the closing minutes. Centre-back Kelly earned his second yellow card for an incident involving Cork substitute John Miskella. Worse followed when a clearly frustrated Kelly launched a headbutt at Miskella, ensuring the game ended on a sour note. The result will see Cork take on Waterford at the semi-final stage of the provincial Championship on Sunday, 5 June.

David Goold was added to the Cork attack as a replacement for late withdrawal Paul Kerrigan, but they still lined out with 11 players from last September’s All-Ireland final win over Down. Clare did not take long to settle. They leaked two early points to Goulding, but a fisted effort from Brennan and Donnelly’s first of the afternoon got them off the mark. But gradually the difference between the sides started to show. Cork’s physicality and greater ability to create and finish scores helped them move ahead on the scoreboard. With the wind advantage, Goulding (0-03) and Ciaran Sheehan (0-02) had some neatly-struck points and O’Connor’s goal put them in command at 1-06 to 0-03.

Clare struggled at times and midfielder Brennan and Donnelly were their only scorers over the opening 35 minutes. The strong work ethic of Michael McDermott’s side could not be questioned though and they were unfortunate when Brennan’s failed to press goalkeeper Alan Quirke into action. Cork might also have been further ahead at the interval. O’Connor hit the woodwork with a shot and Goulding did have the odd miss, and Clare were still very much in the hunt when they blasted out of the blocks in the second half. They had successive points from Clohessy, Donnelly and Tubridy, before O’Connor pointed from play and added a successful free to Cork’s total.

Cork extended their lead as the half wore on with substitute Kerrigan getting in on the scoring act and full-back Michael Shields racing up from the back to land the point of the day. But it was Messrs. Goulding, O’Connor (1-04) and Sheehan (0-04) who had the biggest say as the recently-crowned Allianz Football League champions made a satisfying start to their summer campaign. Of course, the sight of captain Graham Canty returning in red will offer the Rebels further encouragement.

CORK: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields (0-01), J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor (0-01), A Walsh (0-01); C Sheehan (0-04), P Kelly, P O’Neill (0-01); D Goulding (0-08, 0-06f), D O’Connor (1-04, 0-02f), D Goold.

Subs used: P Kerrigan (0-01) for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella (0-01) for O’Sullivan (66).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan (0-02); G Kelly, D Tubridy (0-03, 0-01f), C O’Connor; A Clohessy (0-01), D O’Neill, R Donnelly (0-05).

Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

Clare Senior Football team to play Cork

Gordon Kelly from St Josephs Miltown will once again Caption the side from centre back, as Clare take on the All -Ireland Champions.

Michael McDermot : “When you go into the Championship football its all about winning. We are going down to Cork with the intention of winning the game, we are not going down for moral a moral victory, we are not going down to keep within a few points of Cork, this Clare Team is not like that”

1. Joe Hayes S. Ó hAodha Lissycasey

2. Kevin Hartnett C. Ó hAirtnéada Meelick

3. Barry Duggan B. Ó Dúgáin Cratloe

4. Laurence Healy L. Ó hÉalaithe Ennistymon

5. John Hayes S. Ó hAodha Kilrush Shamrocks

6. Gordon Kelly (Capt) G. Ó Ceallaigh St Josephs Miltown

7. Martin McMahon M. Mac Mathúna Kilmurry Ibrickane

8. Niall Browne N. De Brún Two Mile House Kildare

9. Gary Brennan G. Ó Braonán Clondegad

10. Graham Kelly G. Ó Ceallaigh St Josephs Miltown

11. David Tubridy D. Tiobraide Doonbeg

12. Cathal O’Connor C. Ó Conchúir Coolmeen

13. Rory Donnelly R. Ó Donghaile Cooraclare

14. Darren O’Neill D. Ó Néill Eire Og Ennis

15. Alan Clohessy A. Ó Clothasaigh Liscannor


Keith Ryan C. Ó Riain Shannon Gaels

Mark Tubridy M. Ó Tiobraide Cooraclare

Ger Quinlan G. Ó Caoinnealáin O Currys

Shane Brennan S. Ó Braonán Clondegad

Joe Dowling S. Ó Dúllaing Ennistymon

Shane McNeiles S. Mac Niallais Kildysert

Barry Harnett B.Ó hAirtnéada Meelick

Michael Foran M. Ó Fuaráin O Currys

David O’Connor D. Ó Conchúir St Bridgets Dublin

Dara Blake D. De Bláca Liscannor

Conor Ryan C. Ó Riain Cratloe

Manager : Michael McDermot Selectors : James Foran Liam McHale


CORK (SFC v Clare): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; D O’Sullivan, N O’Leary, G Canty; A O’Connor, A Walsh; P Kerrigan, P Kelly, P O’Neill; D Goulding, D O’Connor, C Sheehan.

Munster SFC Q-Final – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

Ó Sé dismissal sours Kingdom success

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 23, 2011

SUMMER may have begunpositively on the scoreboard forthe Kerry footballers yesterday, yet another disciplinary storm diminished their enjoyment of this Munster SFC quarter-final success. Swatting aside the challenge of Tipperary was a pleasing start to the championship for Jack O’Connor’s men. Kerry withstood feisty resistance from their opponents and upped their performance considerably in the second-half to triumph. But the victory came at a cost. The sight of Tomás Ó Sé trooping off in the 33rd minute when referee Maurice Condon brandished a red card after an off-the-ball incident which left Tipperary’s Hugh Coghlan on the ground, was not what the Kingdom faithful wanted to witness on their opening day out.

Ó Sé found himself in hot water against Limerick after last July’s provincial decider in Fitzgerald Stadium. After his first championship outing at the venue since that game, the Gaeltacht man is again facing the prospect of a spell on the sidelines as this was his second offence within a 48-week timeframe. Being robbed of the services of such a proficient defender until July 16th was not what O’Connor wanted to be contemplating as he plots an assault on provincial and national crowns. The loss of O’Sé left Kerry with plenty to mull over at the interval as they sought to protect a 0-9 to 0-5 lead. O’Connor conceded afterwards there were deficiencies in their first-half play but the heartening aspect for Kerry was how they rectified those shortcomings after the break. Their midfield play had been a source of discontent in the opening period. Flu victim Anthony Maher was unable to line out from the start and his replacement Seamus Scanlon was forced off with a head wound in the 26th minute.

Scanlon’s replacement Micheal Quirke brought assurance to a sector where Tipperary duo George Hannigan and Brian Jones had been enjoying prosperous afternoons. Kieran Donaghy shuttled successfully between the edge of the square and the middle of the pitch in the second-half, and that enabled Kerry to gain a grip on the game. Kerry’s second-half superiority resulted in Tipperary experiencing that familiar sensation of an early season provincial exit. This was the fourth successive season the Premier were defeated in a Munster quarter-final but there was evidence that they continue to make progress. The 11-point margin separating the teams at the final whistle flattered Kerry and concealed how hard Tipperary had pushed them. Midfielders Hannigan and Jones provided plenty of vim and vigour while Brian Fox and Philip Austin made a plethora of surging runs from the half-forward line. In defence Paddy Codd managed to keep Kieran Donaghy scoreless from play, even if the Stacks’ man was grounded for the penalty which Bryan Sheehan converted in the 38th minute, while Matthew O’Donnell impressed in goal and with his kick-out strategy.

However, in attack, Tipp came up short. Marc Ó Sé was dispatched to follow Barry Grogan and the Aherlow danger man only managed to escape from his tight clutches for a single point from play, a classy effort in the 16th minute. In the second-half as Kerry pulled clear, Tipperary required a goal to revive their efforts. Grogan thought he had delivered when fisting home in the 60th minute but was adjudged to have encroached into the square. 60 seconds later Austin flashed the ball past Brendan Kealy yet saw it strike the butt of the upright. It kind of summed up their afternoon.

For the Kingdom, Eoin Brosnan returned to intercounty championship action with the minimum of fuss while Declan and Darran O’Sullivan rampaged from their half-forward positions. Kerry pieced together moves in the first-half that cut open the Tipperary rearguard, but the opportunities went abegging. Tipp keeper O’Donnell blocked two efforts from Declan O’Sullivan in quick succession, while the same player saw a chipped effort just drop over the bar. Darran O’Sullivan crashed two shots over the bar while Brosnan powered forward for another point that just missed the top corner of the net. In the second-half, 14-man Kerry displayed a more clinical edge. Colm Cooper kept the scoreboard ticking over with points while it fell to Sheehan to supply the goal-scoring touch. In the corresponding fixture last year in Thurles, the St Mary’s man grabbed his first two senior championship goals for Kerry with a converted penalty and a strike from play. He replicated that haul here as he fired a left-foot shot home in injury-time after wonderful play by Cooper and O’Sullivan.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f); C Cooper 0-5 (0-2f); Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-3 each; E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh, K O’Leary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-3 (0-2f); P Austin, C Sweeney (0-1f) 0-2 each; B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: M Quirke for Scanlon (blood) (26); P Galvin for O’Leary (54); Scanlon for Quirke (60); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohane for O’Mahony (63); S Enright for O’Mahony (63); A O’Connell for Brosnan (68).

Subs for Tipperary: B Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for Sweeney (56); J Cagney for Jones (inj) (65); S Hahessy for Austin (70).

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford).


Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

Sunday, 22 May 2011 22:25

Report from the web site

Kerry, without ever hitting top gear, chiselled out a flattering eleven-point win over a Tipperary side who did not enjoy the best of fortune in an ill-tempered Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final, played at a blustery Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Sunday afternoon. The game contained a number of talking points, but the main one occurred when Tomas O’Se was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Hugh Coghlan from Tipperary in front of the stand in the 33rd minute. The linesman is alleged to have seen O’Se strike Coghlan, leaving match official Maurice Condon with no option but to red card O’Se.

Since this is the second such offence for O’Se – though his first offence against Limerick’s Stephen Kelly’s was dealt with post-match in 2010 – he is facing the prospect of an eight-week ban which will mean O’Se missing the rest of Kerry’s Munster Championship campaign. In the second half, with Tipperary having the extra man and Kerry leading 0-09 to 0-05, Kerry were awarded a crucial penalty when Kieran Donaghy was dragged down in the square. Bryan Sheehan neatly tucked the spot-kick away. Sheehan followed with a long-range free within two minutes and Kerry had moved 1-10 to 0-5 in front.

Following that a Darran O’Sullivan dipping effort, that went just over the top, appeared to have Tipperary in a hopeless position. However, two pointed frees from Barry Grogan and points from Conor Sweeney and Brian Mulvihill closed the gap to 1-13 to 0-10 with fifteen minutes left. In the 57th minute, Barry Grogan had the ball in the Kerry net, but the referee ruled he was in the square. Tipperary’s luck was clearly out as in the 63rd minute Philip Austin struck the foot of the Kerry post with a goal on. If either had gone in, then it would have made for a very nervous finish, but with Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan steadying the Kerry ship and Donnacha Walsh giving a man-of-the-match display, it was left to Bryan Sheehan to score his second goal in injury time. Kerry advance to play Limerick on 4 June in the Munster Championship semi-finals.


Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (2f), B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, K O’Leary, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Grogan (2f) 0-3, C Sweeney (1f), P Austin 0-2 each, B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.

Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.

Subs: P Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford)



Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11

By Murt Murphy for

Kerry without ever hitting top gear chiselled out a flattering eleven point win over a Tipperary side who did not enjoy the best of fortune in an ill tempered Munster Senior Football Championship quarterfinal, played at a blustery Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney this afternoon. The game contained a number of talking points but there was doubting but that Tomas O’Se was involved in an off the ball incident with Hugh Coghlan from Tipperary in front of the stand in the 33rd minute which the linesman clearly saw and this left the match official Maurice Condon, with no option but to issue a red card to O’Se and since this is the second such offence ( though his first offence against Limerick’s Stephen Kelly’s was dealt retrospectively in 2010), he is looking down the barrel of an eight week ban, which will mean the influential O’Se missing the rest of Kerry’s Munster Championship campaign.

Kerry boss Jack O’Connor was not all that amused “Obviously there was a bit of needle there between the two of them. I didn’t see it but the linesman did see something. He said it to the referee and that’s the end of it. All I asked the referee at half-time was what had Tomas done as I hadn’t seen it. I think it’s the within the time scale of 48 weeks and there’s a good chance he’ll be out now for two months. That’s very disappointing.” Kerry were far from fluent in the opening half with Tipperary winning the midfield exchanges early on as Kerry found it difficult to get scores despite playing with a strong wind. The sides were deadlocked on 0-4 apiece after twenty minutes with Declan O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Mahony, Colm Cooper and Darran O’Sullivan on the mark for Kerry but they missed at least six goal scoring opportunities with Tipperary keeper Matthew O’Donnell making a brilliant double save to deny Declan O’Sullivan in the 11th minute. However once Micheal Quirke came in as a blood sub for Seamus Scanlon Kerry started to win ball at midfield and Cooper was at his brilliant best as Kerry moved 0-9 to 0-5 in front before the O’Se incident.

O’Connor was not happy with the first half ” “I was pleased with the second-half definitely but not the first. We were lethargic in the first-half and allowed Tipperary play a lot of football. We looked in big trouble at half-time, playing against a strong wind and with a man down. But we regrouped and showed real spirit to tear into it. Tipperary were just showing more aggression in the first-half on breaking ball from kickouts. A lot of fellas stood up in the second-half which was encouraging. The most important thing is that we showed a bit of heart in the second-half.”

Then in the second half with Tipperary having the extra man and Kerry leading 0-9 to 0-5, Kerry were awarded a crucial penalty when Kieran Donaghy was dragged down in the square and Bryan Sheehan, neatly tucked the spot kick away. When Sheehan followed with a long range free within two minutes Kerry had moved 1-10 to 0-5 in front and a Darran O’Sullivan dipping effort that went just over the top, appeared to have Tipperary in a hopeless position. However two pointed frees from Barry Grogan and points from Conor Sweeney and Brian Mulvihill closed the gap to 1-13 to 0-10 with fifteen minutes left. Then 57th minute Barry Grogan had the ball in the Kerry net but the referee ruled he was in the square and then in the 63rd minute Philip Austin struck the foot of the Kerry post with goal on. If either had gone in, then it would have made for a very nervous finish but with Colm Cooper and Declan O’Sullivan steadying the Kerry ship and Donnacha Walsh giving a man of the match display, it was left to Bryan Sheehan to score his second goal in injury time as Kerry advance to play Limerick on June 4th.

Kerry boss Jack O’Connor felt that Kerry are a work in progress around the middle of the field “”We need to get to grips with kickouts. I don’t have the stats in front of me but I’d safely say on the Tipperary kickouts, we were well beaten in the first-half. Mike Quirke settled that when he came on and obviously Donaghy did very well when he came out there against the wind as well. We’re a work in progress” Kerry also had a bit of a flu bug in the camp “”Anthony (Maher) had the flu. It was going around the camp. Padraig Reidy was also out with it. Seamus got a very bad cut as well, there was a lot of blood came out. But sometimes these things work in your favour, Mike Quirke was able to come on and get some badly needed game time. Paul came on as well to get some game time which he badly needed” So it on now to Limerick on June 4th and Kerry will doubtless take heart from the spirit they showed in the second half with a man less.


Kerry: C Cooper 0-5 (2f), B Sheehan 2-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan 0-3 each, K O’Leary, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony, D Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Grogan (2f) 0-3, C Sweeney (1f), P Austin 0-2 each, B Fox, G Hannigan, B Mulvihill, P Acheson 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.

Subs: M Quirke for S Scanlon (26); P Galvin for K O’Leary (53); BJ Keane for Darran O’Sullivan (60); D Bohan for A O’Mahony (63); S Enright for T O’Sullivan (63); A O’Connell for E Brosnan (69)

Tipperary: M O’Donnell; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; C Dillon, L Egan, C Aylward; G Hannigan, B Jones; B Fox, P Austen, H Coghlan; C Sweeney, S Grogan, B Grogan.

Subs: P Mulvihill for S Grogan (43); P Acheson for C Sweeney (56); J Cagney for B Jones (66); S Hahessy for P Austin (70);

Referee: Maurice Condon (Waterford).

Attendance: 9500



1st half 2nd half Total

Goals 0 2 2

Points 9 7 16

Wides 2 2 4

Frees Awarded 13 12 25

45s awarded 0 0 0

Yellow Cards 3 1 4

Red Cards 1 0 1



1st half 2nd half Total

Goals 0 0 0

Points 5 6 11

Wides 5 2 7

Frees Awarded 12 11 23

45s awarded 0 0 0

Yellow Cards 2 1 3

Red Cards 0 0 0

Team News

The Kerry team to play Tipperary on Sunday at 3.30pm in Fitzgerald Stadium is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy, (Kilcummin)

2.Killian Young (Renard) 3 Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) . 4 Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

5 Tomas Ó Sé, (An Ghaeltacht ) 6 Eoin Brosnan (Dr. Crokes) 7. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

8 Anthony Maher (Duagh) 9.Bryan Sheenan (St. Mary’s )

10. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 11. Declan O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) 12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane),

13. Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes)14 Kieran Donaghy(Austin Stacks) 15.Kieran O’Leary (Dr. Crokes)

Subs: 16.Tomás Mac a t’Saoir (An Ghaeltacht) 17. Seamus Scanlon (Currow) 18. Paul Galvin (Finuge) 19. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 20. Michéal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 21. Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) 22. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) 23. Shane Enright (Tarbert) 24. David Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis) 25.Adrian O’Connell (St Michaels Foilmore) 26.Niall O’Mahony (Spa)


The Tipperary Senior Football team to play Kerry on Sunday next, May 22 at Fitzgerald Stadium in the Munster Football championship quarter-final is

1. Matthew O’Donnell (Killeneule)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)

4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Cathal Dillon (Aherlow)

6. Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens)

7. Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Brian Jones (Arravale Rovers)

10. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

11. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

12. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)

14. Seamus Grogan (Aherlow)

15. Barry Grogan (Aherlow) CAPTAIN

Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6

Cork go up a gear after sluggish start

Cork 2-14 Clare 0-6

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 23, 2011

AN IMPRESSIVE Cork cruised past Clare in this Munster JFC clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. The hosts, backboned by players with senior, U21 and minor experience, started poorly but finished the game as a contest with a deadly second quarter surge. Aided by the strong wind, Clare raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after five minutes with Mark McCarthy claiming all their scores. However, Cork showed their potential with Mark Cronin’s rasping shot after a great passing movement, coming back off a post. Thereafter the Clare challenge collapsed as the hosts, led by the industrious Andrew O’Sullivan at midfield and Kevin O’Driscoll at centre forward, took control.

Such was Cork’s dominance in defence where Owen O’Mahony and Kevin Harrington excelled, Clare went 17 minutes without a score. Cork’s total control was illustrated by a brilliant goal when Kevin O’Driscoll put Cathrach Keane in for an easy finish. Cork landed four points in a row and led 1-7 to 0-4 at the break. Clare introduced three substitutions for the second-half but all to no avail and this excellent Cork side, now playing with the elements, tacked on four more points without reply.

The Banner went in search of a goal but Cork ‘keeper Tom O’Connor denied Mark McCarthy with an excellent save. It was as close as Cork allowed their opponents to get as Cork cruised home with Keane slipping home a second goal just before the final whistle.

Scorers for Cork: C. Keane 2-1; C. O’Driscoll 0-4 (1f); M. Cronin (1f) 0-3; K. O’Driscoll 0-2; D. O’Donovan, S. O’Sullivan, A. O’Sullivan, A. O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: M. McCarthy 0-5 (2f); P. McMahon 0-1.

CORK: T. O’Connor; R. Buckley, O. O’Mahony, K. Harrington; S. Kiely, R. O’Sullivan, B. Daly; A. O’Sullivan, S. O’Sullivan; D. O’Donovan, K. O’Driscoll, C. O’Driscoll; M. Cronin, A. O’Brien, C. Keane.

Subs: AJ O’Connor for Daly (45); T. Clancy for S. O’Sullivan (50); M. Dilworth, for O’Donovan (55); P. Gayer for R. O’Sullivan (55); B. Coughlan for A. O’Sullivan (55).

CLARE: T. Burke; C. Marrinan, D. Hickey, Dean Ryan; S. Tierney, P. O’Connor, C. O’Brien; T. Ryan, S. Crotty; E. Lyons, S. Collins, P. Clancy; P. McMahon, David Ryan, M. McCarthy.

Subs: M. O’Loughlin for Merrinan (ht); P. Collins for E. Lyons (ht); G. Lyons for C. O’Brien (ht); m. Malone for D. Ryan (35); A. Considine for S. Crotty (50).

Referee: B. Tyrell (Tipperary)

Team News

Clare Junior Football team to play Cork announced

Peil Sóisear —-Junior Football

1) Tony Burke – Kilrush                            A. De Búrca

2) Conor Marrinan – Cooraclare                  C. Ó Marranáin

3) Darren Hickey – Kilmurray Ilbrickane          D. Ó hIcí

4) Dean Ryan – Eire Og                          D. Ó Riain

5) Thomas Donnellan – Cooraclare                T. Ó Dónalláin

6) Paul O’Connor – Kilmurray Ilbrickane          P. Ó Conchúir

7) Con O’Brien – Kilrush                           C. Ó Briain

8. Timmy Ryan – Kilmihil – CAPTAIN     T. Ó Riain

9) Sean Crotty – Eire Og                         S. Ó Crotaigh

10) Enda Lyons – Doorabarefield                   É Ó Liatháin

11) Sean Collins – Cratloe                        S. Ó Coileán

12) Paddy Clancy – Kilrush                    P.Mac Lannchaidh

13) Podge McMahon – Clondegad                 P. Mac Mathúna

14) David Ryan – Kilmihil                     D. Ó Riain

15) Mark McCarthy – Kilmurray Ilbrickane     M. Mac Cárthaigh

16) Pierce DeLoughrey – Cratloe            P. De Luachra

17) Wesley DeLoughrey – Cratloe            L. De Luachra

18) Padraic Collins – Cratloe              P. Ó Coileán

19) Aaron Considine – Clarecastle          A. Mac Consaidín

20) Stephen Tierney – St Breckans          S. Ó Tiarnaigh

21) Michael Malone – Miltown Malbay        M. Ó Maoileoin

22) Stephen Collins – Doorabarefiled       S. Ó Coileán

23) Keith O’Connor – Kildysart             C. Ó Conchúir

24) Shane Hickey – Kilmurray Ilbrickane    S. Ó hIcí

Management team – Michael Considine, Peter O’Connell, Colm Collins

Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8

Kerry find shooting boots in second-half

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8

By Kieran McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, May 23, 2011

KERRY cruised into a Munster JFC semi-final after a fine second-half display against Tipperary at Fitzgerald Stadium yesterday. The sides were level at the break (1-7 apiece) but the hosts were transformed on the restart, rattling off 1-8 without reply in a devastating third-quarter. The impressive Gary Sayers kicked Kerry into the lead inside the opening minute of the second period before the floodgates opened. The clinical Alan Fitzgerald hit 1-2, punching home a Gavin O’Grady centre, while further points flowed from Sayers, James Walsh, Brendan Poff and Brian Costello, as Kerry surged 2-15 to 1-7 ahead by the 44th minute.

Tipperary, who impressed in the opening half, managed just one score in the second-half, with Gavin Ryan landing a point three minutes remaining. But it was fitting that Kerry’s man-of-the-match Brian McGuire had the final say, lofting over a late point to complete the rout. It was only when the Listowel man was shifted to centre-back midway through the first-half that Kerry began to find their feet after Tipperary raced 1-4 to 0-1 clear, thanks in the main to the efforts of centre-forward Alan Moloney.

But with Moloney’s influence curtailed by McGuire, Kerry began to take charge. Andrew Garnett and Brian Costello took control in midfield while JB Spillane, Michael Murphy and Gary Sayers began to reap the rewards in attack. Fitzgerald shone from placed balls and open play while Gavin O’Grady — he scored an excellent first half goal, with his sharp turn particularly memorable — looks a real prospect.

Scorers for Kerry: A Fitzgerald (2f) 1-4, G O’Grady 1-1 (1f), G Sayers 0-4, B Poff 0-2, E Hickson, JB Spillane, J Walsh, B Costello, B Maguire 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: A Moloney 1-3 (2f), G Ryan 0-3, J Egan, D Butler 0-1 each.

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciardubháin; K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire; E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh; A Garnett, B Costello; G Sayers, M Murphy, JB Spillane; G O’Grady, B Poff, A Fitzgerald.

Subs: F Courtney for B Costello (48); M Brennan for A Greaney (48); T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald (53); P Kennelly for G O’Grady (53); P Kilkenny for J Walsh (57).

TIPPERARY: J English; D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely; D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan; D Heffernan, E Kendrick; B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan; J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh.

Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan (24); T Hanley for D Heffernan (40); G Quinn for M O’Sullivan (50); S O’Connor for D Butler (50); A Hannigan for B Hewitt (57).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)



Munster Junior Football – quarterfinal

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 1-8

By Murt Murphy for

A tremendous second half performance by a superior Kerry side blitzed Tipperary in this Munster Junior Football Championship quarterfinal, played at a windswept Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney this afternoon. It was a game that looked in the balance in the first half but Kerry took over completely in the second half, with defenders Brian Maguire, Shane Brosnan and Kevin O’Dwyer outstanding, the Kerry attack inspired by tricky corner forwards Gavin O’Grady and Alan Fitzgerald blew Tipperary out of the water.

Tipperary had the strong wind in the opening half and appeared to hold the upper hand thanks to some inspired play from centre forward Alan Moloney who found the Kerry net in the 8th minute as Tipperary raced 1-4 to 0-1 after ten minutes. Kerry thanks some sterling defensive work by Brian Maguire and Kevin Dwyer soon got to grips with the rampant visitors and four unanswered points from Alan Fitzgerald (2), Brendan Poff and Garry Sayers saw Kerry fight back and were on level terms by the 23rd minute when corner forward Gavin O’Grady ghosted his way through to plant the ball in the Tipperary net. Both sides swapped scores as they retired on level terms, on 1-7 apiece at the interval.

However Kerry were far superior in the second period as they moved the ball quickly through the Tipperary defence and with Garry Sayers, Alan Fitzgerald Brendan Poff and JB Spillane all scoring at will, the game was over when Gavin O’Grady’s clever cross was fisted to the net by Fitzgerald and the rest of the game was purely academic. Tipperary’s plight was best summed up by the fact that their solitary second half score did not come until two minutes from time, a Gavin Ryan point as Kerry cruised to a double margin victory.



A Fitzgerald 1-4 ( 0-2frees), G O’Grady 1-1( 0-1free), G Sayers 0-4, B Poff 0-2, B Maguire, E Hickson, J Walsh, B Costello, and J Spillane 0-1 each


A Moloney 1-3 ( 0-2 frees), G Ryan 0-3, J Egan and D Butler 0-1 each



S Og O’Ciardubhain, K O’Dwyer, S Brosnan, B Maguire , E Hickson, A Greaney, J Walsh, A Garnett , B Costello, G Sayers, M Murphy, J B Spillane, G O’Grady, B Goff, A Fitzgerald

Subs: M Brennan for A Greaney ( 49), F Courtney for B Costello ( 49), T McGoldrick for A Fitzgerald ( 54), P Kennelly for G O’Grady ( 54), P Kilkenny for J Walsh ( 56)


J English, D O’Sullivan, D Lynch, R Kiely, D Leahy, J O’Callaghan, M O’Sullivan, D Heffernan, E Kendrick, B Hewitt, A Moloney, G Ryan, J Egan, D Butler, A Walsh

Subs: M O’Dwyer for J O’Callaghan ( 24), T Hanley for D Heffernan ( 40), G Quinn for M O’Sullivan ( 50), S O’Connor for D Butler ( 50), A Hannigan for B Hewitt ( 57)

Referee Conor Lane (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary Junior Football team on play Kerry on Sunday May 22 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney is:

1. Jack English (Ballyporeen)

2. Diarmuid O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan)

3. Donal Lynch (Clonmel Commercials)

4. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

5. Donnagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

6. John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen)

7. Michael O’Sullivan (Ardfinnan)

8. Donnagh Heffernan (Cappawhite)

9. Eddie Kendrick (Cahir)

10. Billy Hewitt (Ardfinnan)

11. Alan Moloney (Rockwell Rovers)

12. Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)

13. James Egan (Loughmore Castliney)

14. David Butler (Drom & Inch)

15. Adrian Walsh (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

Christy Ring Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Kerry 1-18 Down 1-17


Christy Ring Cup semi Final Kerry 1-18 Down 1-17

By Murt Murphy for

The legendry Babe Ruth summed it up “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Kerry travelled to Newry today Saturday, probably feeling that they were playing against a stacked deck when the rules had been changed for these years Christy Ring Cup semi-finals and with six minutes to go, when they were reduced to thirteen men, they must have felt that they had upset the Hurling Gods. However Kerry proved that there is no substitute for guts as they fought like tigers. In those final nerve wracking minutes and they had their four points lead wiped out as the game headed into three minutes of injury time. However, while adversity causes some men to break and others to break records, Shane Nolan was entrusted with the task of taking a free, which if converted might well see Kerry reach the Christy Ring Cup final.

Nolan stepped into the breach because Darragh O’Connell was on the bench at this stage, so was James Flaherty and so was Mike Conway. Everything was left to Phil Taylor of the team (Shane can hit the bull in the kitchen from his garden shed. As an All-Ireland Darts Champion) to hold his nerve. He struck the ball high towards the posts – it seemed to swirl and drop like a scud missile. But had it gone over? One umpire retrieving his head from the skies pointed to the other umpire as the Kerry players, management and supporters held their collective breaths, the white flag was raised and Kerry were a point in front.

However Down had one last attack from puck out but when the ball dropped in the Kerry danger zone, another Crotta man Andrew Keane cleared the danger and that was it. Kerry had fashioned a famous win from a game that was full of incident. Kerry started poorly and was 1-3 to 0-3 behind after ten minutes but soon levelled the contest before pulling 1-12 to 1-6 clear by half time. Kerry dominated the third quarter and were in cruise control, leading 1-17 to 1-9 but then Gary O’Brien received a second yellow and Kerry began to falter. They still had a six point lead when they lost the outstanding Tom Murnane to a second yellow ( or possibly worse) and then Down took over and five points in a row from Paul from Paul Braniff had the sides level as Kerry faced to the prospect of an injury time loss.

But then came that Shane Nolan free and Kerry had crossed the Rubicon and now the Promised Land awaits- Croke Park on June 4th and a meeting with Wicklow. It was a superb team display with John Griffin and Andrew Keane vying for Man of the Match.

Kerry: Bernard Rochford, James Godley, Tom Murnane, Eamon Fitzgerald, Colin Harris, Jason Casey, Andrew Keane, Darran Dineen (0-1), John Griffin, Darragh O’Connell (0-7,7f), Mikey Boyle (0-4), Gary O’Brien, James Flaherty, Shane Nolan (0-4,1f), John Egan (0-1) Subs: Michael Conway (1-1) for Flaherty, Padraig Boyle for Conway, Liam Boyle for O’Connell

Down: Graham Clarke, Michael Morris, Fintan Conway, Sean Ennis, Kevin McGarry, Connor Woods, Michael Ennis, Andy Savage (0-2,1f), Eoin Clarke, Stephen Clarke (0-1), Gareth Johnson (0-3,3f), Conor O’Prey, James Coyle, Paul Braniff (0-7,4f), Brendan Ennis (1-2) Subs: Ciarán Coulter for McGarry, Scott Nicholson (0-2) for C O’Prey, Aidan Clarke for Coyle

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team Vs Down , Christy Ring Cup, Semi Final is as follows:

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork

2 James Godley Kilmoyley 3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley 4 Eamon Fitzgerald Causeway 5.Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork 6. Jason Casey Ballyheigue 7 Andrew Keane Crotta O’Neills

8 Darren Dinneen St Brendans 9 John Griffin Lixnaw

10 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney 11. Michael Boyle, Captain Ballyduff 12. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

13 James Flaherty Lixnaw 14 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills 15 John Egan St. Brendan’s

Subs as follows: 16 John Brendan O’Halloran Kilmoyley 17 John Fitzgerald Causeway 18 Adrian Royle Kilmoyle 19 Mike Conway Lixnaw 20. Padraig O’Grady Ballyduff 21. Liam Boyle Ballyduff 22. Brian Murphy Causeway 23 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff 24 Colm Harty Causeway 25. Padraig Boyle, Ballyduff 26. Padraigh Monson Glen Rovers, Co Cork

Manager: John Meyler

Selectors: John Hennessey & Sean O’Shea

Coach/trainer: Joe O’Connor

Match Preview



Christy Ring Cup semi final – preview


By Murt Murphy for

It may not be very fair but at this stage there is no good in complaining about having to make the long trip to Down for the Christy Ring Cup semi final on this Saturday, it’s the reality of the situation so Kerry must just get on and try and win the game. There is little doubt but that Down are the strongest of the three teams left in the competition along with Kerry so the Kingdom have really drawn the short straw. In fact Down should be in the other semi final but they were caught without a number of key players in their Christy Ring opener against Derry so had to come the back door route to the semis. Kerry on the other hand won their opening two Christy Ring Cup games, away to Kildare and then at home to Meath but did not play as well as they can but manager John Meyler has always maintained that its about getting through to the next round and so far Kerry have managed that.

The Kerry boss is also on record as saying that Kerry’s primary objective this season was to maintain their Division 2 status and this they have done with a bit in hand so winning the Christy Ring Cup would be a bonus. Remember the heartbreak last year in Croke Park when Kerry were caught by an injury time sucker punch against Westmeath- it would be nice to get back to Croke Park ( or wherever) this year and make up for last years agonizing loss. Make no mistake about it, the winners of this Down/Kerry clash will be warm favourites to win it out though Wicklow cannot be underestimated. Kerry and Down both played in Division 2 of the NHL and when they met in Killarney earlier in the year, Kerry chiselled out a narrow win, that was too close for comfort.

I wrote in my report on that game as follows “Kerry had to withstand a tremendous second half fight back from fourteen man Down , before they claimed their first brace of Allianz league points in this amazing Division 2 contest, played at the Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Sunday afternoon winning on a 2-23 to 3-17 scoreline. Kerry revelled in the wide expanses of the Killarney venue, in the opening half as they racked up 2-16 to Down’s 1-5, with Darragh O’Connell contributing 0-7, while Aidan Boyle and John Egan found the Down net, in the 19th and 21st minutes.

Down’s main threat in that opening half was big full-forward Gareth Johnson, who scored 1-3, including a 27th minute penalty after he had been fouled himself. However Kerry lost their way completely in the second half as Down resumed with three quick points, from James Coyles and two frees from Gareth Johnson but then Johnson was red carded in the 46th minute for a dangerous pull on Tom Murnane. It looked curtains for Down, but Kerry were outscored 2-12 to 0-7 in the second period. with Down’s two goals coming in the 67th minute as the took advantage of some shocking Kerry defending.

In fact it took a late point from Kerry’s man of the match Liam Boyle to ensure victory and a brace of league points” So that should remind all Kerry players and followers of the task this Kerry side faces on Saturday. The Kerry team on Saturday welcomes back three key players from injury in the case of Colin Harris and John Griffin and Andrew Keane comes back after suspension. There will be four changes from the team that beat Down back in February, with Adrian Royle, Padraig O’Grady, Aidan and Liam Boyle missing out while into the side comes, Eamon Fitzgerald, Jason Casey, Gary O’Brien, and James Flaherty come back in.

Down have been most impressive since their loss to Derry, they have beaten Armagh by 17 points and then beat Meath in the quarterfinal by 11 points and remember we only managed to beat the same Meath team by three points a week earlier. Down also won three games in Division 2 of the NHL despite losing to Kerry and that puts the challenge on Saturday into perspective. Kerry boss John Meyler is aware of the extent of the challenge that faces his young side “I would not look at travelling to Newry to play Down as being a negative. We travelled there last year and beat them, though they were without “Magic Johnson, it will help to focus the players as they will see this as a major challenge. If we are harbour realistic ambitions of competing at Munster Championship level in two or three years then a game like this will do us the world of good.”

John Meyler is refusing to be negative about the game or Kerry’s chances “Look while the focus is now on the Christy Ring Cup, we have look at the bigger picture. This is only year two of a plan to improve Kerry hurling. The reason that I keep going on about developing younger players is that we are looking two or three years down the road. We have a superb group of young hurlers who will only get better with time.” Meyler is aware of how tough it’s going to be against Down “When we met Down in Killarney, their backroom team said, we will meet ye later on in the year and they were right. They are a very good side and won three games in Division 2 of the League. They have two of the best forwards in the competition in Paul Branniff and Johnson. All the teams left in the Cup have made great strides.

We are always confident that we can do well and I would like to think that there is new dawn coming to Kerry Hurling and we are looking to take Kerry hurling to another level. This is one of the toughest challenges that we are going to face but might just bring the best out of us on the day” So it’s a big day for Kerry hurling, but the players have shown that when the chips are down and they face their biggest challenge that they rise to the occasion in true Kerry fashion. They will have to put in a might seventy minutes to win this one but maybe they will do the business in Newry. Let’s wish the team, John Meyler and his management team the best of luck!