Munster GAA Activity Days – Limerick

Munster GAA Hurling Activity Days 2012

Páirc na nGael, Limerick

The Munster GAA Hurling Activity Days held in Páirc na nGael, Limerick on July 31st and August 1st brought Under 12 hurling teams together from clubs in all counties in Munster. Each team got to play several matches against teams from different counties on the hallowed turf in the Gaelic Grounds. Afterwards Hurling stars James Ryan (Limerick) and Brendan Bugler (Clare) brought the players and their mentors and supporters on a tour of the stadium and recounted some of the memorable moments that they were part of in their sporting careers.

The clubs that provided teams over the 2 days included Ballingarry, Knockainey, Drom and Inch, Patrickswell, Kilmoyley, Kilmallock, Golden Kilfeakle, St Josephs Doora Barefield, Ballyheigue, Crotta O’Neills, Clooney-Quinn, Naomh Bríd (Waterford), Granard Gaels, Cappoquin, Ennistymon, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Cahir, Ballinahassig, Inagh-Kilnamona, St Marys (Waterford), Claughaun, Sliabh Rua, Kilmaley, Na Piarsaigh (Cork), Na Piarsaigh (Limerick), Ballinahinch, St Marks and Arravale Rovers.

Click here to view photos from the event on Munster GAA Facebook

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

Henry Shefflin gets Cats back in the groove

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

BUSINESS as usual — Kilkenny are Croke Park-bound in August for a 16th successive year. Galway raised doubts about their well-being in the Leinster final, presenting Limerick with a template to maximise their prospects of reaching the All-Ireland semi-final but after matching Kilkenny for 45 minutes, they couldn’t quicken with the black and amber’s sudden burst of acceleration. Kilkenny outscored Limerick by 2-5 to 0-0 between the 43rd and 56th minutes, effectively killing off a contest that never reached the excitement levels of the opening quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Ultimately, it was a case of Kilkenny gradually winding up for the big press before squeezing the resistance from a Limerick team that learned an awful lot in a progressive season.

Limerick aren’t quite top-four material as yet but are making advances under John Allen. It was their bad luck that the quarter-final draw paired them with a Kilkenny team on a pride-retrieval mission after their worst Leinster final defeat for 17 years. Still, it also presented Limerick with an opportunity to make a bold statement about themselves, a possibility that looked within their range when they headed into the second half only a point behind (2-7 to 1-9) after playing against the wind. However, it all went wrong for Limerick in the third quarter as Kilkenny asserted themselves across every line, setting Limerick an unreachable target. Kilkenny had to play out the final 12 minutes with 14 men after Richie Hogan was sent off by referee Michael Wadding on a straight red card for pulling across Sean Tobin in a clash near the sideline. It may have looked more serious than it actually was but, after consulting with his linesman, Wadding flashed red.

In terms of yesterday’s game it carried no great significance as Kilkenny led by 10 points at the time and were well capable of defending it with depleted forces but it could prove costly next month as Hogan is automatically ruled out of the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary on August 19. Kilkenny have concerns too over Richie Power, who was forced off after taking a thumping tackle as he galloped at the heart of the Limerick defence just before half-time. It was certainly a day he won’t remember with any great fondness as he had struggled earlier with his free-taking, driving three wide. Remarkably, the umpires deemed his third effort a point before having their minds changed by the timely intervention of a linesman.

Shefflin took over the free-taking duties but missed two before finally finding his range. He got into his rhythm from open play much quicker, poaching 2-2 off the Limerick defence in the opening 20 minutes. It was a crucial contribution as he was the only Kilkenny forward going really well at that stage, although Aidan Fogarty, Colin Fennelly and substitute TJ Reid would later play their way into the game to good effect. Shefflin’s first goal, scored in the 16th minute, cancelled out David Breen’s goal for Limerick four minutes earlier, while his second, in the 20th minute, put Kilkenny a point clear. Still, Limerick would have been quite pleased with their first-half performance, which stretched the Kilkenny defence right to the limits.

Quick deliveries into attacking channels brought Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy and Declan Hannon into play quite regularly and if the passing had been a little more accurate Limerick might well have got in for a few more goals. However, it was all very different in the second half as Kilkenny secured the approach routes, with Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney and Kieran Joyce especially effective. They had conceded a rather needless point late in the first half when goal-keeper David Herity was penalised for being outside the small square with a puck-out and, from the resulting throw-in, Hannon pointed. At the time it looked quite significant, suggesting that it could turn out to be one of those days when the vital breaks went against them. Kilkenny must have harboured concerns at half-time because they hadn’t really hurled with anything like the fluency one would have expected as they sought to put the memory of the Leinster final defeat behind them.

Their fans had travelled in large numbers to support them in the championship re-launch but it was their Limerick counterparts who felt happier at the break. Eoin Larkin put Kilkenny two points clear on the re-start but David Breen and Tobin fired over excellent points to bring the side level. It was at that stage that Kilkenny’s vast experience and craft made a decisive intervention. Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice asserted themselves around midfield; the half-back line closed down their opponents and when the ball was worked forward, Shefflin and Co had the measure of the Limerick defence.

Kilkenny scored four points before killing off the game with goals from Fogarty and Colin Fennelly in the 54th and 56th minutes respectively. Limerick’s challenge had been squashed and not even the bonus of an extra man could inspire them on the run-in. They won plenty of possession but couldn’t manoeuvre their way close enough to get strikes at Herity in the Kilkenny goal. So then, Kilkenny’s re-organisation is going to plan but they will know that a much-improved performance will be required if they are to beat Tipperary. However, that’s for another day while yesterday was all about re-establishing a rhythm after being blown well off course by Galway.

Shefflin continues to come ever closer to the imperious presence he can be at his very best; Walsh had his most effective game of the season while Michael Fennelly, Rice and Delaney will benefit from the outing as they play their way back after injuries. In a sense then it was a workmanlike performance by Kilkenny, one that will definitely stand to them. Their supporters would have liked a more coherent structure in the first half but with Limerick unloading so much energy into their game in that period it was never going to be easy for Kilkenny. However, they kept their patience and when the opportunities arose in the second half, they finished them with aplomb. Kilkenny have taken a different route than usual to the semi-final but that’s no concern now. They’re back on track and looking very much like a side who will improve. That’s ominous for the other three contenders as Croke Park in August beckons.

Scorers — Kilkenny: H Shefflin 2-6 (4f), C Fennelly, A Fogarty 1-2 each, R Power 0-2 (1 ’65’ 1f), T Walsh, R Hogan, M Fennelly, E Larkin 0-1 each. Limerick: S Dowling (3f), D Hannon (2f) 0-4 each, G Mulcahy 0-2, D Breen 1-1, N Moran, P O’Brien, S Tobin, K Downes, T Quaid 0-1 each.

Kilkenny — D Herity 7; P Murphy 7, JJ Delaney 8, J Tyrrell 7; T Walsh 8, K Joyce 7, R Doyle 7; M Fennelly 7, M Rice 7; R Hogan 6, R Power 7, A Fogarty 8; C Fennelly 8, E Larkin 6, H Shefflin 9. Subs: TJ Reid 7 for Power (35+3), M Ruth for Fogarty (66), C Buckley for Larkin (66).

Limerick — N Quaid 7; S Walsh 6, R McCarthy 8, T Condon 7; W McNamara 7, D O’Grady 6, G O’Mahony 6; J Ryan 6, P O’Brien 7; D Hannon 7, S Dowling 7, D Breen 6; G Mulcahy 7, N Moran 6, S Tobin 6. Subs: S Hickey 7 for Condon (37), K Downes 7 for Breen (56), P Browne 6 for Dowling (60), T Quaid for Tobin (64).

Ref — M Wadding (Waterford)


Limerick melt in 12-minute maelstrom

Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

At half-time in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final in showery Semple Stadium, a shock looked like a very real possibility, Limerick belying their massive underdog tag with a first-half display of poise and class, trailing at the break by just a single point (2-7 to 1-9). They’d played into a stiff breeze to boot. Even seven minutes into the second half, that shock still looked likely, Limerick easily containing the anticipated Kilkenny backlash after Brian Cody’s half-time tongue-lashing. Points from team captain David Breen and corner-forward Seanie Tobin in reply to a point gifted to Kilkenny captain Eoin Larkin, had the teams level in the 42nd minute, Limerick poised to drive on.

Then it happened, the maelstrom. Twelve minutes of mayhem, 12 minutes during which Limerick lost their way in Semple Stadium, 12 minutes during which Kilkenny found their true selves and just like that, 2-8 to 1-11 became 4-13 to 1-11, Kilkenny notching 2-5 without reply. Game lost, game won, game over. Limerick continued to battle, and a straight red card for Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan for an out-of-character pull across Seanie Tobin in the 56th minute gave them hope. They managed a series of points but goals were what was required and against a defence in which Tommy Walsh was masterful at wing-back, JJ Delaney suffocating at full-forward, and yet another veteran, Jackie Tyrrell, was back to his bone-crunching best, those goals were never going to come.

Having mentioned the old guard, one must single out the three younger guys in that Kilkenny defence also for praise. Paul Murphy has blossomed into one of the best corner-backs in the land, wing-back Richie Doyle becomes more impressive with every game, while centre-back Kieran Joyce, thrown in at the deep end here after a late injury to Brian Hogan, did a great job, well on top, in the second half especially. Limerick had looked so good in that first half. Shane Dowling opened the scoring inside a minute with a pointed free, David Breen goaled spectacularly with an angled drive in the 12th minute, following good work by Graeme Mulcahy, and they were full value for their one-goal lead (1-3 to 0-3) in the 16th minute, Kilkenny looking very much at odds with themselves as they struggled to come to terms with the ferocity of Limerick’s play, full-back Richie McCarthy typifying their effort with a mighty display.

Not for the first time in his 14-season career it fell to Henry Shefflin to relieve the pressure. Two goals and two points Shefflin scored in that first half, and chart-topper though he is in all-time championship scoring, that 2-2 (the second goal truly magical, a soft screw-shot from an acute angle spinning into the net) is probably the most valuable he has ever scored in any one game. It gave Kilkenny a lifeline, helped them to that slim one-point half-time lead, their hopes still very much alive. That second half was all about those 12 minutes. It started with an Aidan Fogarty point, though there should in fact have been a free out for Limerick following a foul by Shefflin. Next up was a Colin Fennelly point, two frees pointed by Shefflin (Richie Power had been taken off just before half-time, victim of a perfectly legitimate but crunching shoulder from Wayne McNamara), another Fogarty point, before the double-whammy.

Two goals in just over a minute, two goals in which the last line of Limerick’s defence was left cruelly exposed. First it was Michael Fennelly finding Fogarty with a terrific long-range pass, no-one to beat but Nicky Quaid, Aidan with time to move into the 13m line totally unopposed and pick his spot. That was the 54th minute, made the score 3-13 to 1-11; a minute later, the second goal, again the inside line caught napping, Eoin Larkin throwing out a lovely handpass to the flying Colin Fennelly, his rocket giving Quaid absolutely no chance. Such a pity it ended as it did for Limerick but that’s Kilkenny, that’s what they’re capable of doing to any team that loses its concentration for even a few minutes. Limerick will be back, Kilkenny are back and even with the two Richies (Power and Hogan) now set to miss the All-Ireland semi-final, nobody in Tipperary should be counting any chickens yet.

Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin 2-6 (four frees); C Fennelly 1-2; A Fogarty 1-2; R Power 0-2 (1f, 1 65); T Walsh, M Fennelly, E Larkin, R Hogan, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D Breen 1-1; D Hannon 0-4 (2f); S Dowling 0-4 (3f); G Mulcahy 0-2; P O’Brien, N Moran, S Tobin, K Downes, T Quaid, 0-1 each.

Subs for Kilkenny: TJ Reid (Power inj. 35+1); C Buckley (Fogarty 66); M Ruth (Larkin inj. 66).

Subs for Limerick: S Hickey (Condon inj. 37); K Downes (Breen 56); P Browne (Dowling 60); T Quaid (Tobin 64).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)


Kilkenny 4-16 Limerick 1-16

Report from the web site

Kilkenny survived a Semple Stadium battle with Limerick to progress to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-16. David Breen drilled in a first-half Limerick goal, but Henry Shefflin responded with two Kilkenny goals in the space of three minutes. The Cats led by 2-07 to 0-09 at half-time, and added further goals through Aidan Fogarty and Colin Fennelly. Kilkenny had Richie Hogan sent off, but staged a dominant finish.

This was not vintage Kilkenny, but with a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Tipperary to look forward to, Brian Cody’s men appear to be the team to beat. In front of a bumper crowd of 38,116, Shefflin swept over two early wind-assisted points from play, and Aidan Fogarty smashed a shot against the crossbar, but Limerick remained on level terms with points from Shane Dowling and Niall Moran. And the Shannonsiders stunned the All-Ireland champions with a 12th-minute goal. It was Graeme Mulcahy who carved the opening for David Breen to give David Herity no chance with an angled finish.

But that man Shefflin responded with two Kilkenny goals. In the 17th minute, he pounced to drill the ball to the net after goalkeeper Nickie Quaid had failed to gather. Three minutes later, Colin Fennelly created the opening for Shefflin to spin a delicate shot past Quaid for a one-point lead. Limerick responded with scores from Dowling and Mulcahy to bring the sides level for the fourth time, and they denied the Cats with some excellent defending from Stephen Walsh and Richie McCarthy. Breen’s shot was stopped by Herity but was adjudged by an umpire to have gone over the bar for another leveller, but Kilkenny, with Tommy Walsh lifting his game, went in at the break with a slender 2-07 to 0-09 lead.

They had lost Richie Power to injury just before the interval, but Eoin Larkin, Aidan Fogarty and Colin Fennelly added their names to the scoresheet, while Shefflin was denied his hat-trick by Quaid’s excellent stop. Walsh was now in defiant form at the back for the Cats, and Limerick, with the wind now in their backs, were struggling to get through a tenacious Kilkenny defence which had tightened up significantly. The Cats opened up an 11-point lead by the 55th minute with two quick-fire goals. Michael Fennelly found Fogarty in acres of space and he blasted in his side’s third goal. And less than a minute later, Colin Fennelly, a star performer in the second half, smashed home a magnificent goal, leaving no way back for John Allen’s side.

Richie Hogan received a straight red card in the 57th minute for a wild swing across Sean Tobin, and Limerick responded with a run of scores, three of them from Declan Hannon. But the Kilkenny defence closed up again, and they finished the job off with Shefflin bringing his personal tally to 2-06 with an injury-time free.

Kilkenny scorers: H Shefflin 2-06 (0-04f), C Fennelly, A Fogarty 1-02 each, R Power 0-02 (2f), R Hogan, E Larkin, M Fennelly, T Walsh 0-01 each.

Limerick scorers: D Breen 1-03, S Dowling 0-04 (3f), D Hannon 0-03 (2f), G Mulcahy 0-02, S Tobin, N Moran, K Downes, T Quaid 0-01 each.

Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrell; T Walsh, K Joyce, R Doyle; M Fennelly, M Rice; E Larkin, R Power, H Shefflin; C Fennelly, R Hogan, A Fogarty.

Subs used: TJ Reid for Power, C Buckley for Fogarty, M Ruth for Larkin.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P O’Brien; S Dowling, D Breen , D Hannon; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin.

Subs used: S Hickey for Condon, K Downes for Breen, P Browne for Dowling, T Quaid for Tobin.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)

Match Preview


Kilkenny are back in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 (provincial champions played quarter-finals back then). Their last appearance in the quarter-finals, having been beaten in Leinster, was in 2004 when they beat Clare in a replay. Limerick are appearing in the quarter-finals for the seventh time, having won two of their six outings. Limerick have scored the remarkable total of 18-84 in their four championship games to date. They played Kilkenny in the 2005 quarter-final, losing by five points. Their last championship clash with Kilkenny was in the 2007 All-Ireland final when they lost by seven points. Kilkenny have never lost in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

How they got here


Kilkenny 2-21 Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)

Galway 2-21 Kilkenny 2-11 (Leinster final)

Average For: 2-16 Average Against 1-15

Top Scorers

Henry Shefflin ….1-18 (0-16 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)

Richie Power…….1-5

TJ Reid…………….1-2

R Hogan…………..1-2


Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster quarter-final)

Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11 (Qualifier)

Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15 (Qualifier)

Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (Qualifier)

Average For: 4-23 Average Against: 1-17

Top Scorers

Shane Dowling……4-33 (0-23 frees, 0-2 ‘65’s)

Niall Moran………..5-6

Graeme Mulcahy…3-12

Last Five Championship Clashes

2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15 (All-Ireland final)

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1974: Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13 (All-Ireland final)

1973: Limerick 1-21 Kilkenny 1-14 (All-Ireland final)

1940: Limerick 3-7 Kilkenny 1-7 (All-Ireland final)

How they fared in quarter-finals


2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18

2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (replay)

2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (draw)

1997: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16

Played 5, Won 5, Drew 1.


2011: Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Played 6, Won 2, Lost 4

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

Report from the web site

Cork finished strongly to deny Waterford 1-19 to 0-19 at Semple Stadium and claim a place in the All-Ireland SHC semi-finals. The Rebels’ strength in depth was crucial as they outscored the Decies by seven points to one in the final five minutes, with vital scores from sub Cathal Naughton and Pat Horgan. Waterford looked set to make it through when they led by three points going into the closing stages, but it was the Rebels who had the men in reserve able to make a difference, with Naughton and youngster Darren Sweetnam helping turn a thriller in their favour.

Cork had early goal chances, with Luke O’Farrell smashing a shot against the crossbar and Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor making an important intervention. Maurice Shanahan had just put Waterford in front in the eighth minute when Cork stepped on the gas with a string of scores, through Pat Horgan, Cian McCarthy, Pa Cronin and Jamie Coughlin. And it was Coughlan, a late pre-match replacement for Conor Lehane, who got in for a 16th minute goal, blasting past Stephen O’Keefe after Cronin had gathered at midfield and released Luke O’Farrell.

But Waterford suddenly imposed themselves on the game, and outscored their opponents by nine points to four in the second quarter. Kevin Moran switched to midfield and made a huge impact in curbing the influence of Daniel Kearney and Pa Cronin, while John Mullane took up a deeper role and set up a string of scores. Maurice Shanahan steered over five from frees and play, with Pauric Mahony and Stephen Molumphy also claiming eye-catching points. It was Molumphy who edged the Decies back in front in the 32nd minute, but the Rebels finished strongly, with Cian McCarthy and Pat Horgan giving them a narrow 1-9 to 0-11 lead at the break.

Shanahan brought the sides level for the fifth time, but Cork were able to get their noses back in front, with Horgan hitting his fourth point of the afternoon. It was Michael Ryan’s side which was now getting on top in vital areas, and they were back in front when Shane Walsh swept over a wonderful score. Level for the seventh time with Cork responding through Paudie O’Sullivan, the excitement was building in front of the huge Semple Stadium crowd going as the game entered the final quarter.

But once again Waterford stepped up the tempo, with Mullane striking over his shoulder for a gem, easing his side into a three-points lead after Shanahan had hit the target for the eighth time. Jimmy Barry-Murphy emptied the bench, with John Gardiner making his first championship appearance of the season, and Cathal Naughton and Darren Sweetnam both making valuable contributions. It all came good for them in the closing stages, with young Sweetnam getting heavily involved in the central area, displaying his creative qualities to set up the leveller for O’Farrell. Cork tails were up, and they finished in style, with Naughton, Horgan and veteran Sean Og O hAilipin all floating over scores.

Cork scorers: J Coughlan 1-1, P Horgan 0-7 (4f), C McCarthy 0-3, P Cronin, P O’Sullivan, C Naughton 0-2 each, L O’Farrell, S Og O hAilipin 0-1 each

Waterford scorers: M Shanahan 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65), Pauric Mahony 0-3, S Walsh, J Mullane 0-2 each, S Molumphy, S Prendergast, T Browne (f) 0-1 each.

Cork team: A Nash, S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy, T Kenny, E Cadogan, S Óg Ó hAilpín, D Kearney, P Cronin, J Coughlan, C McCarthy, N McCarthy, P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan.

Subs: D Sweetnam for Kearney, C Naughton for N McCarthy, J Gardiner for Cadogan, S Moylan for Coughlan, L McLoughlin for C McCarthy

Waterford team: S O’Keeffe, S Daniels, L Lawlor, N Connors, T Browne, M Walsh, K Moran, S Molumphy, Philip Mahony, Pauric Mahony, S Prendergast, M Shanahan, J Mullane, S Walsh, T Ryan.

Subs: E McGrath for Ryan, S Casey for S Walsh, R Foley for Browne

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)


Resilient Rebels get the timing spot on

Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A game which began and ended with the ball crashing off the woodwork saw Cork take this All-Ireland quarter-final with a driving finish and a late flurry of points. Waterford almost snatched a draw when a late, late 65 struck the post and bounced invitingly in the Cork square before being cleared. “At three points down in the 60th minute it didn’t look great for us,” said Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy after the game. “I didn’t think we played particularly well today at times, we started well but went out of the game for long periods. We couldn’t get on the ball enough to get it into our hands and get it into our inside forward line, who looked very dangerous. “Waterford upped the ante in the second-half and played magnificent hurling to get ahead of us, so we’re pleased with the win but not overly excited by the performance.”

The performance began well for Cork — Luke O’Farrell hitting the post in the opening seconds, but the pyrotechnics ended there for quite a while. Waterford took some time to get their bearings after Patrick Horgan and John Mullane swapped points early on, and Cork’s touch and interplay was noticeably sharper in the first quarter. Horgan, Patrick Cronin and Jamie Coughlan all added points before Cork struck for the game’s only goal on 15 minutes – a good Cian McCarthy crossfield ball was won by Paudie O’Sullivan, whose perfect handpass opened up the space for Coughlan to goal emphatically.

By then it was all Cork, 1-5 to 0-2, with new man Daniel Kearney showing up well in midfield. But Waterford rallied, with John Mullane dominating affairs from wing-forward. The De La Salle man is usually stationed near goal with green flags a priority, but he won several puck-outs in the second quarter yesterday and was instrumental in Waterford’s recovery.

Frees from Tony Browne and Maurice Shanahan gave them a foothold and then a fine run of points brought them level – Shanahan (two), Padraic Mahony (two), Seamus Prendergast and Stephen Molumphy, before Shanahan’s 33-rd-minute free edged the Déise ahead. Cork managed points from Cian McCarthy and Horgan (free) but Waterford certainly had the initiative when Barry Kelly blew for the break. Cian McCarthy nudged Cork two ahead on the resumption, but Waterford, driven on by Stephen Molumphy, Kevin Moran and Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, took over.

With Maurice Shanahan maintaining his accuracy with two points (one free and one 65), Shane Walsh also came into the game with two points. Cork were struggling to make headway on their own puck-outs – eventually replacing their entire half-forward line – and Waterford edged ahead going into the third quarter. An inspirational Mullane point made it 1-15 to 0-18 on 55 minutes and Waterford looked set fair. However, Cork came with one last surge, with substitutes John Gardiner and Darren Sweetnam thundering into the game alongside Tom Kenny. They hit a purple patch from the 63rd minute with points from Horgan (two, one a free), O’Farrell, Naughton, and a long-range effort from Sean Óg Ó hAilpín which raised the roof. There was still time for that late Waterford 65 to hit the post and bounce in front of goal, but when Cork repelled a resultant sideline, a place in Croke Park was theirs.

“We’re a bit disappointed,” said Waterford boss Michael Ryan. “There were two decisive stages in the game. Just before half-time we’d come back to go a point up and conceded two points in a minute, and so they went in ahead. Then we were three points up in the second-half, had a couple of good chances, didn’t take them. “They had a very strong bench and were playing with the wind. It’s about momentum really – they hit the front at exactly the right stage in the game. Even after we had a couple of chances and we hit the post. They hit the front with four of five minutes to go after going behind and it’s very hard to reel somebody in at that stage.”

Cork now advance to face Galway, and they’ll be heartened by the recovery of Stephen McDonnell’s form, for instance, at full-back. However, they needed John Gardiner to shore up the middle against Seamus Prendergast and as noted above, the entire half-forward line was called ashore. Against that, they head to Croke Park as underdogs against a county not noted for their consistency. Jimmy Barry-Murphy has stressed that Cork are still developing and learning, but the sharp end of the All-Ireland series is where some significant lessons can be learned.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan 0-7 (0-4 fs); J. Coughlan 1-1; C. McCarthy 0-3; P. Cronin, P. O’Sullivan, C. Naughton 0-2 each; S. Óg Ó hAilpín, L. O’Farrell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M. Shanahan 0-9 (0-6 fs, 0-1 65); P. Mahony 0-3; S. Walsh, J. Mullane 0-2 each; S. Prendergast, T. Browne (f) and S. Molumphy 0-1 each.

Cork subs: D. Sweetnam for Kearney (HT); C. Naughton for N. McCarthy (44); J. Gardiner for E. Cadogan (50); S. Moylan for Coughlan (55); L. McLoughlin for C. McCarthy (59).

Waterford subs: E. McGrath for Ryan (42); S. Casey for S. Walsh (50); R. Foley for Browne (68)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in Sunday’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final at 2pm in Thurles will line out as follows:

1. Anthony Nash

2. Shane O Neill 3. Stephen Mc Donnell 4. Brian Murphy

5. Tom Kenny 6. Eoin Cadogan 7. Sean Óg Ó hAilpin

8. Daniel Kearney 9. Pa Cronin

10. Conor Lehane 11. Cian McCarthy 12. Niall McCarthy

13. Paudie O’Sullivan 14. Luke O’Farrell 15. Patrick Horgan


16. Darren McCarthy Ballymartle

17. Conor O’Sullivan Sarsfields

18. Damien Cahalane St. Finbarr’s

19. Kilian Murphy Erin’s Own

20. William Egan Kilbrin

21. John Gardiner Na Piarsaigh

22. Lorcan McLoughlin Kanturk

23. Cathal Naughton Newtownshandrum

24. Darren Sweetnam Dohenys

25. Jamie Coughlan Newtownshandrum

26. Stephen Moylan Douglas

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have made three changes for the clash with Waterford, with Stephen McDonnell returning to the full-back slot for his first championship start of the 2012 season. Seán Óg O hAilpín also returns to the side, coming in at wing-back in place of William Egan, while there is a first start for Daniel Kearney at mid-field, having featured as a sub in recent games. Damien Cahalane and Lorcán McLoughlin are named in the substitutes.

Match Preview


Cork arrive at this stage as qualifier winners, beating Offaly and Wexford while Waterford were beaten by Tipperary in the Munster final, after eliminating Clare in the semi-final. Both Cork and Waterford have a good record in quarter-finals, having lost just one each. Cork’s only defeat was, ironically, against Waterford in 2007 when they lost a replay in Croke Park. Equally ironically, Waterford’s sole quarterfinal defeat came against Cork in 2005. Cork’s last appearance in the semi-final was in 2010 when they beat Antrim while Waterford’s last quarter-final outing was against Galway in 2011 when they won by ten points. Cork and Waterford last met in the championship in 2010 when Waterford won the Munster final after extra-time in a replay.

How they got here:


Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final)

Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16 (Qualifier)

Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17 (Qualifier)

Average For: 2-23; Average Against: 2-18

Cork’s Top Scorers

Patrick Horgan…….1-28

Luke Farrell………..2-2

Conor Lehane………0-7


Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-17; Average Against: 1-19

Waterford’s Top Scorers

Maurice Shanahan…0-15 (0-10 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)

John Mullane……………………………0-6

Shane Walsh…………………………….1-3

Last Five Championship Clashes

2010 – Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Munster final replay) after extra-time

2010 – Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15 (Munster final)

2007 – Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay

2007 – Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw

2007 – Waterford 5-15 Cork 3-18 (Munster semi-final)

How they fared in quarter-finals


2010: Cork 1-25 Antrim 0-19

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

2004: Cork 2-26 Antrim 0-10

Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1,


2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

Played 8, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 1


Tickets for the above games are now available online and at selected Centra/SuperValu stores – see list below.


Stand: €30

Terrace: €20

U16s: €5

Usual concessions apply on production of valid ID at selected stiles.

*With Cork now qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals in both Hurling and Football, fans might wish to check out the GAA’s ticket package selection at

Centra/SuperValu Ticket Outlets

Collins’ SuperValu, Carrigaline, Co Cork
Scally’s SuperValu, Blackrock, Co Cork
Dano’s SuperValu, Mallow, Co Cork
Caulfield’s SuperValu, Merchants Quay, Cork City
Hurley’s SuperValu, Midleton, Co Cork
Riordan’s SuperValu, Fermoy, Co Cork
Caulfield’s SuperValu, Bandon, Co Cork
Down’s SuperValu, Ballincollig, Co Cork
Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Quish’s SuperValu, Ballincollig, Co Cork
Dick’s SuperValu, Charleville, Co Cork
Garvey’s SuperValu, Cobh, Co Cork
Biggs SuperValu, Bantry, Co Cork
Reidy’s SuperValu, Michelstown, Co Cork
Ryan’s SuperValu, Grange, Co Cork
Brooke’s SuperValu, Youghal, Co Cork
Ahern’s Centra, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
O’Leary’s Centra, Tower, Co Cork

The Season So Far and More!


Cork Waterford
2012 Team Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy  

Michael Ryan

2011 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary in the first round in Munster. Defeated Laois and Offaly in the Qualifiers before losing to Galway by 2-23 to 1-14. Defeated Limerick in the Munster semi-final before losing to Tipperary in the Munster Final. Defeated Galway by 2-23 to 2-13 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles 30 2
Last All-Ireland Senior Hurling Title 2005 1959
Last All-Ireland Final Appearance 2006 2008
Last Munster Title 2006 2010








Last Championship Meeting

17th July 2010: Munster Senior Hurling Final Replay  @ Thurles, Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (after extra time)

The drawn game on July 11th had finished 2-15 apiece.

Scorers: Waterford: E Kelly 0-8 (6f); J Mullane 0-3; D Shanahan 1-0; R Foley (lineball); B O’Halloran, S Walsh, K Moran, T Browne (1f) 0-1 each. Cork: B O’Connor 1-5 (1-5f); P O’Sullivan, C Naughton, J Gardiner (0-1 ’65′; 0-1 pen) 0-2 each; M Cussen, W Egan 0-1 each.

Waterford: C Hennessy; E Murphy, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, R Foley; S Molumphy, K Moran, E Kelly; S Prendergast, J Mullane, S Walsh. Subs: B O’Halloran for Prendergast (48); M Shanahan for Walsh (60); J Nagle for Lawlor (67); D Shanahan for Mullane (inj 70); E McGrath for O’Halloran (80); K McGrath for Moran (83); S Casey for M Shanahan (91).

Cork: D Óg Cusack; S Murphy, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S O’Neill; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, M Cussen, N McCarthy; K Murphy, A Ó hAilpín, P Horgan. Subs: R Ryan for O’Neill (36); P O’Sullivan for Horgan (h/t); L O’Farrell for Murphy (65); W Egan for Curran (70);

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

For reports on the game, see

Games Played to date in 2012 Championship


June 24th: Munster SHC Semi-Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24

Cork: P Horgan 0-11 (0-09f), J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan 0-03 each, C Lehane 0-02, D Sweetnam, C Naughton, P Cronin, D Kearney 0-01 each
Tipperary: P Bourke 0-12 (0-07f, 0-02 ‘65′), N McGrath 1-04, B O’Meara, B Maher 0-02 each, G Ryan, Padraic Maher 0-01 each
Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan; Tom Kenny, Eoin Cadogan, William Egan; Darren Sweetnam, Lorcan McLoughlin; Conor Lehane, Pa Cronin, Cathal Naughton; Jamie Coughlan, Paudie O’Sullivan, Patrick Horgan.
Subs used: Cian McCarthy for Naughton (47 mins), Daniel Kearney for Sweetnam (51), Luke O’Farrell for Lehane (63).
Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Conor O’Brien, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Thomas Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, Pa Bourke; Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien, Noel McGrath.
Subs used: Lar Corbett for Ryan (34 mins), Shane Bourke for O’Meara (55), James Woodlock for B Maher (57), Eoin Kelly for P Bourke (67), Donagh Maher for Stapleton (70).
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).

Click here for full report.

July 7th: All-Ireland SHC Qualifiers Phase II @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16

Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-10 (0-07f), Cian McCarthy 0-05 (0-03 ‘65, 0-01f), Conor Lehane 0-03, Anthony Nash (0-02f), Stephen Moylan 0-02 each, Pa Cronin, Lorcán McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney, Cathal Naughton 0-01 each.
Offaly: S Dooley 1-06 (1-03f, 0-01 ’65), C Egan 1-00, J Bergin 0-03, D Morkan 0-02, B Murphy, S Ryan, B Carroll, D Molloy, C Mahon 0-01 each.
Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Brian Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan; Tom Kenny, Christopher Joyce, William Egan; Darren Sweetnam, Lorcan McLoughlin; Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy, Pa Cronin; Jamie Coughlan, Paudie O’Sullivan, Pat Horgan (capt).
Subs used: Daniel Kearney for Sweetnam, Luke O’Farrell for Coughlan, Cathal Naughton for McLoughlin, Stephen Moylan for O’Sullivan, Niall McCarthy for Cronin.
Offaly: Eoin Kelly; Conor Hernon, David Kenny (capt), James Rigney; Derek Morkan, Rory Hanniffy, Diarmuid Horan; Kevin Brady, Sean Ryan; Colin Egan, Conor Mahon, Brendan Murphy; Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Brian Carroll.
Subs used: David Franks for Hernon, Cathal Parlon for Carroll, Derek Molloy for Murphy, Dermot Mooney for Brady.

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford).

Click here for report.

July 14th: All-Ireland SHC Phase III @ Semple Stadium, Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17

Cork Scorers: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-5f), Cpnor Lehane 0-2, Luke O’Farrell 2-2, Niall McCarthy 0-4, Anthony Nash 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Lorcán McLoughlin 0-1, Paudie O’Sullivan 0-2, Pa Cronin 0-2, Cathal Naughton 0-1, Jamie Coughlan 0-2 (0-1f),
Wexford Scorers: R Jacob 0-3, D Redmond 0-1, D Lyng 1-3 (0-1 sl, 0-1f), H Kehoe 0-2, J Guiney 0-5 (0-3f), G Sinnott 1-2.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Brian Murphy; Tom Kenny, Eoin Cadogan, William Egan; Lorcán McLoughlin, Pa Cronin; Conor Lehane, Cian McCarthy, Niall McCarthy; Paudie O’Sullivan, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan. Subs: Darren Sweetnam, Cathal Naughton, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Stephen Moylan.

Wexford: E Martin; E Moore, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, C Kenny, D Stamp; D Redmond, D Lyng; J Guiney, G Sinnott, H Kehoe; P Morris, E Quigley, R Jacob. Subs: L Óg McGovern, S Murphy, S Banville.

Click here for report.


June 17th: Munster SHC Semi-Final @ Semple Stadium Thurles, Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; A Kearney, L Lawlor, S Daniels; R Foley, M Walsh, K Moran; P Mahony, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, D Prendergast, E Kelly; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien
Subs: N Connors for Kearney (h.t.), P O’Brien for G O’Brien (49), T Ryan for S Walsh (59), D Twomey for Foley (61), M O’Neill for Kelly (68).

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, J McInerney, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, N O’Connell; J Conlon, J Clancy E Barrett; P Collins, C Ryan, C McGrath
Subs: L Markham for McInerney (45), F Lynch for Barrett (54), S Morey for O’Connor (59), D Honan for Collins (60), A Cunningham for Ryan (65).

Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)

July 15th: Munster SHC Final @ Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16


Tipperary: J O’Brien 1-03, S Bourke 1-01, N McGrath, E Kelly (0-02f) 0-03 each, B O’Meara, P Bourke (0-02f) 0-02 each, Padraic Maher, S McGrath, M Cahill 0-01 each
Waterford: M Shanahan 0-08 (0-05f, 0-01 ‘65′), J Mullane 0-03, S Walsh 0-02, P Mahony, S Molumphy, E Kelly (0-01f) 0-01 each
TIPPERARY: Brendan Cummins; Conor O’Brien, Paul Curran (capt), Michael Cahill; Thomas Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Pa Bourke, Patrick Maher, Lar Corbett; Brian O’Meara, John O’Brien, Noel McGrath.
Subs used: Eoin Kelly, Shane Bourke, Donagh Maher, Seamus Callanan.
WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Noel Connors, Liam Lawlor, Stephen Daniels; Tony Browne, Michael Walsh (capt), Kevin Moran; Stephen Molumphy, Philip Mahony; Pauric Mahony, Seamus Prendergast, Maurice Shanahan; John Mullane, Shane Walsh, Gavin O’Brien.
Subs used: Eoin Kelly, Paul O’Brien, Martin O’Neill, Jamie Nagle.


Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

About the Manager: Jimmy Barry-Murphy

A former Cork dual star, Jimmy Barry-Murphy was born in 1954 and played hurling and Gaelic football with his local club St. Finbarr’s, based in Togher, for many years. He was a member of the Cork Senior inter-county teams in both codes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has an impressive management record at Inter-County level, managing the All-Ireland winning Minor Hurling team in 1995 and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling team in 1999.

Management Record

All-Ireland Senior Hurling: 1999

Munster Senior Hurling:  1999, 2000

All-Ireland Minor Hurling: 1995

Munster Minor Hurling: 1994, 1995

As a player, Jimmy Barry-Murphy won a raft of honours at club, county and provincial level, including the three-in-a-row All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles from 1976-1978, to which he added two further titles in 1984 and 1986, in addition to an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medal in 1973, making him one of that elite group of players to have won All-Ireland titles in both hurling and football.

Playing Honours


Competition No. Years

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986
Munster Senior Hurling Championships 10 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
National Hurling Leagues 2 1980, 1981
All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championships (St. Finbarr’s) 1 1974, 1977
All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championships 1 1973
All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championships 1 1971
Railway Cups 1 1981
Hurling All-Star Awards 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1986

All-Ireland Senior Football Championships 1 1973
Munster Senior Football Championships 2 1973, 1974
National Football Leagues 1 1980
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships (St. Finbarr’s) 1 1979, 1980
All-Ireland Minor Football Championships 1 1972
Railway Cups 4 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
Football All-Star Awards 2 1973, 1974

2012 is the first year of his second term as Cork manager.

Did you Know?

  • Waterford beat Cork in the 2004 Munster Final on a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-21. However, Cork won the All-Ireland by beating Kilkenny having qualified for the final via the backdoor system which allowed the Munster and Leinster runner-up to stay in the Championship
  • When Cork beat Waterford in the 1982 and 1983 Munster Finals, manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy captained the Cork side, which also included selectors Ger Cunningham and Johnny Crowley
  • Cork’s last All-Ireland Final appearance was in 2006, when they were beaten by Kilkenny 1-16 to 1-13. Waterford’s only Final appearance since 1963 was in 2008, when Kilkenny beat them 3-30 to 1-13.
All-Ireland SHC Roll of Honour

Kilkenny – 33

1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1922, 1932, 1933,

1935, 1939, 1947, 1957, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975,

1979, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007,

2008, 2009, 2011

Cork – 30

1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1902, 1903, 1919, 1926, 1928, 1929,

1931, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1966,

1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1999, 2004, 2005

Tipperary – 26

1887, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1916, 1925,

1930, 1937, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964,

1965, 1971, 1989, 1991, 2001, 2010

Limerick – 7

1897, 1918, 1921, 1934, 1936, 1940, 1973

Wexford – 6

1910, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1996

Dublin – 6

1889, 1917, 1920, 1924, 1927, 1938

Offaly – 4

1981, 1985, 1994, 1998

Galway – 4

1923, 1980, 1987, 1988

Clare – 3

1914, 1995, 1997

Waterford – 2

1948, 1959

Laois – 1


London – 1


Kerry – 1



No Championship played in 1888 due to US Tour


GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4 – Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6

Kerry torpedo Clare, dodge Galvin bullet

Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-06

By Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A mismatch of some scale this, so does that excuse the Kerry management for falling asleep like the rest of us early in the second half? With Paul Galvin booked and on the edge, logic and reason suggested that when Jack O’Connor and his selectors came to make his first two attacking substitutions, they’d be calling the Finuge man ashore for his own good — and for the good of Kerry’s All-Ireland quarter-final chances next weekend against Donegal. Instead, and inexcusably, Kerry let Galvin, red mist and all, play on and minutes later, he was off for a second yellow card after a high tackle on Clare’s John Hayes — yes, the same Hayes from 2008, Paddy Russell and all that. It was only a yellow, yes, but with Galvin in such a confrontational mindset, it was asking for needless trouble not to yank him after the first yellow card.

O’Connor wasn’t inclined to explore the issue in any detail afterwards and perhaps he’s right. It was a momentary blemish on an otherwise impressively ruthless Kerry display that sees the Kingdom head for their favourite field in fine fettle. Importantly too, the likes of Kieran Donaghy, Aidan O’Mahony, Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan and Donnchadh Walsh are bringing some form with them. “(Taking Galvin off) was in our thoughts alright, but both yellow cards were harmless enough. Paul is playing great stuff at the moment, we just wanted him to keep the momentum going. Players will tackle, and it looked like he mistimed it, that’s all.” Tomás Ó Sé duly set his record for the most Championship appearances ever by a footballer (82) and Colm Cooper sailed past Mikey Sheehy’s Championship scoring record, his 1-4 moving him to 19-240 in 70 Championship games. But again, wasn’t there a case for replacing them early in the second period for safety sake, and not the likes of Killian Young or James O’Donoghue? A moot point, I guess, even if Ó Sé did appear to tweak a troublesome back late on.

Galvin’s double-yellow dismissal was as mystifying as it was ludicrous. For three-quarters of an hour, he was the best player Kerry had in terms of ball-winning around midfield, quality distribution to his forwards, and hound-like grafting to dispossess Clare ball. He may have exaggerated a couple of half-hearted third-man tackles, but in terms of provocation, this was nothing like the examination of his temperament he passed with flying colours last week against Tyrone. After that game he seemed on the verge of tears as he defended those “great men” in the Kerry dressing room. One wonders what they’d have thought of him had he earned a straight red on Saturday with Kerry leading Clare by 18 points?

The Wayne Rooney defence — that Kerry and Galvin “lose” something if he’s not pumped to the max — is ridiculous. If that is the case, he is a liability. Galvin, in this form, is so good, so important to Kerry, his absence against a side like Donegal could be the difference between winning and losing. With Galvin in tow, and three Championship outings in as many weeks in their legs, Kerry will fancy their chances against anyone in Croke Park, but Donegal was the draw they wanted least. The Ulster champions’ intensity will test some of those high mileage limbs more than Dublin did last September.

Therefore, Kerry could have done with another rigorous test of their well-being in the final round of qualifiers. But as soon as Clare saw the green and gold jerseys coming out to meet them at the Gaelic Grounds, their shoulders sagged just a little. Whatever chance Micheal McDermott’s side had, it was to get into Kerry’s face early and often. They erected a doomed-to-fail defensive structure in the early exchanges, but they were confronted with a Kerry side with momentum from the week before — and damned determined to hold onto it.

Jack O’Connor had drawn a line all the way back to the start of this year’s national league for his team-talk, urging the players not to follow the high of victory against Dublin with the low of a home loss to Armagh at the beginning of February. Saturday was competitive for around 20 minutes, with Ger Quinlan’s point keeping Clare on Kerry coat-tails at 0-4 to 0-3. It would be more than half an hour before Clare would score again, and in the meantime Kerry made half-time 0-12 to 0-3 to the good.

The early stages of the second half had a sense of Kerry moving seamlessly into top gear. Galvin pointed off his left, Sheehan landed a free from 50-odd metres, and they transferred the ball with pace and precision from end to end for James O’Donoghue to pass to the net for their first goal on 41 minutes. When the Legion man — Kieran O’Leary’s impressive second half appearance will keep O’Donoghue on his toes — quickly added another point, there was a sense of the 1979 Milltown massacre amongst the crowd of 7,388. That day Kerry put 9-21 on the bewildered Banner. Kerry thought about declaring at that stage, perhaps prompted by Galvin’s departure, but with 10 minutes left, Cooper bagged a tap-in to rub salt in the wounds.

Kerry scorers: C Cooper (1-4), J. O’Donoghue (1-3); B Sheehan (0-4, frees); K. Donaghy (0-3); Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary (0-2 each); M Ó Sé, A Maher, P Galvin, D Walsh (0-1 each).

Clare scorers: D Russell (1-1), D Tubridy (0-3, frees), G Quinlan (0-2).

Subs for Kerry: K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan for Walsh (both 49); J Buckley for Maher (53); J Lyne for Young; BJ Keane for O’Donoghue (both 59).

Subs for Clare: G Kelly for McGrath (33); N Browne for O’Shea (half time); D Russell for Clohessy (50); C Talty for Kelly (53).

Referee: M. Deegan (Laois)


Superb Kerry March On

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 4: Clare 1-6 Kerry 2-22

Kerry showed all their class on Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds as they crushed Clare in Round 4 of the Qualifiers and marched into the last eight of the championship. Kerry led 0-12 to 0-3 at half-time after hitting eight points without reply in the final fifteen minutes of the half, and they resumed where they left off after the restart, hitting three more quick points. They moved fifteen points clear when James O’Donoghue found the net on 42 minutes, and that ended the game as a contest, if that was not already the case.

Colm Cooper struck a second Kerry goal before the end, and with that score he surpassed Mikey Sheehy in the Kingdom’s scoring charts to become his county’s top championship scorer of all time. It was a fitting note to end a remarkably dominant day for Kerry, who had 19 points to spare by the finish.

Kerry’s nine-point half-time lead was established in a golden period of dominance in the final 15 minutes of the first half. Clare had lived with Kerry for the first quarter of the game, and trailed by just one point at 0-4 to 0-3 after 18 minutes, with Ger Quinlan kicking two early scores for them. But when a well-taken point from Cooper put Kerry 0-5 to 0-3 ahead, it kickstarted a run from the Kingdom which left Clare a long way behind. Donnacha Walsh gave Kerry a three point lead after 25 minutes, and Jack O’Connor’s men then kicked six points in the final 10 minutes of the half to firmly put their dominance on the board, and leave Clare with an impossible task for the second half. James O’Donoghue (2), Kieran Donaghy (2), Sheehan and Anthony Maher all fired over in that period, with a few of the scores superbly worked team efforts.

Three quick points after the restart pushed Kerry even further clear, one of them a typically massive kick from Sheehan, and then O’Donoghue found the net to put Kerry fifteen points ahead with close to half an hour left in the game. Kerry continued to sail over scores, but Clare gave their supporters something to cheer about when David Russell grabbed a goal to make it 1-18 to 1-4 after 56 minutes. Unfortunately for the Banner men, that wasn’t the start of a period of mercy from Kerry, and they outscored Clare by 1-4 to 0-2 in the final 15 minutes. Cooper got their second goal, and it was one for the history books as he became his county’s top championship scorer in the process. One note of disappointment for Kerry was the dismissal of Paul Galvin before the end, but it didn’t take much away from what was a very impressive show of strength from the rapidly improving Kingdom.

Team News

Clare (SF v Kerry): J Hayes: K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; E Coughlan, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.

The Kerry Senior Football team to play Clare on Saturday July 28th

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

3. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

4. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

7. Killian Young (Renard)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. Bryan Sheehan (St Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

12. Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

14. Colm Cooper (Captain) (Dr Crokes

15. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

18. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

19. Peter Crowley (Laune Rgs)

20. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

21. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

22. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

23. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

24. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

25. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

27. Michael Geaney (Daingean Uí Chuis)

Match Preview


They meet in the championship for the first time since the 2008 Munster semifinal when Kerry won by 1-14 to 0-5 in Killarney. Clare’s last win over Kerry in the championship was in 1992 when they won the Munster final. Kerry’s win over Tyrone on Saturday maintained their 100 per cent record in the qualifiers and kept them in line to qualify for the All-Ireland quarter-finals for a 12th successive year. Clare are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since the championship system was changed in 2001.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)

2004: Kerry 2-10 Clare 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)

2000: Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8 (Munster final)

1999: Kerry 3-17 Clare 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

1997: Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11 (Munster final)

Championship 2012:

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10; Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final); Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12; Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6 (Qualifier Round 3).

Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15; Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13 (Munster final)

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 4 – Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

Down end Tipperary’s fairytale run

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 Qualifier: Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

Down sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship with a five-point defeat of Tipperary at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday. Down led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break after Benny Coulter bundled home a crucial goal just on the stoke of half-time. Coulter was the Mourne County’s hero, scoring 1-2 from play, while Mark Poland pitched in with four points. Ambrose Rogers was superb in midfield for James McCartan’s side, who bounced back brilliantly from their big defeat to Donegal in last Sunday’s Ulster final.

Tipperary’s 2012 adventure under Peter Creedon came to a disappointing end, but they gave another heroic display and had the gap down to three points at one stage in the second half, but ultimately could not find the goal they needed. Two early Poland points, as well as efforts from Dan Gordon and Rogers, gave Down a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after 21 minutes, before Michael Quinlivan eventually got the Premier Men off the mark on 23 minutes. Poland then missed a great goal chance before Quinlivan and Tipp wing-back Brian Fox cut the gap to two points in first half added time. But the drama did not end there, as Kevin Duffin struck a post with a long-range effort and in the ensuing scrum Coulter poked the ball home to give his side a 1-6 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Philip Austin hit back early in the second half for Tipp, before Rogers, Coulter and Duffin all pointed as Down moved into a 1-9 to 0-5 lead. Again, Tipperary hit back in the final quarter with a pair of points from Maloney reducing the gap to three, 1-11 to 0-11, with five minutes left. However, Down showed their experience in the closing stages and Poland and Rogers sealed the win with late scores.

Down Scorers: B Coulter 1-2, M Poland, A Rogers 0-4 (0-1f) each, D Gordon, K Duffin (0-1f), B McArdle 0-1 each.

Tipperary Scorers: M Quinlivan 0-3 (0-2f), A Maloney 0-3 (0-1f), P Austin 0-2, B Mulvihill, P Acheson, B Fox 0-1 each.

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald: A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; R Ryan, P Austin, D Leahy; A Maloney, P Acheson, M Quinlivan.

Down: B McVeigh, D O’Hagan, D Gordon, C Garvey; A Brannigan, B McArdle, A Carr; A Rogers, K King; K Duffin, M Poland, C Maginn; E McCartan, C Laverty, B Coulter.


Coulter delivers as Down make little bit of history

Down 1-13 Tipperary 0-11

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

DOWN may have made history on Saturday, but manager James McCartan still believes the sooner the dreaded six-day turnaround is put out to grass the better – and fairer – it will be for losing provincial finalists. No team had ever managed to claim a qualifier win within six days of defeat in one of the four provincial finals, but the 2010 All-Ireland finalists managed it with a little bit to spare against Tipperary on Saturday. “The sooner it is gone the better,” said the winning coach.  “It is always going to be hard. We tried to chat to the guys Sunday night and Monday and let them home lunchtime to cocoon them away from the scribes that would be criticising them. We talked to them about the game (later in the week). “We showed them a lot of clips of things that they done well and we showed them the chances that, had they taken — I know I am talking about the wrong game here but even the first ten minutes we had four wides – but we didn’t want that to be the legacy of this team. “I have been in a lot of Down dressing rooms where we have been beaten in far off fields in the back door and so has Benny and Doyler and Big Dan, those guys. “We didn’t want this to be the place that we were put out of the championship.”

Down travelled to Mullingar a tad fragile after their loss to Donegal, with Danny Hughes unavailable through injury, Benny Coulter at less than 100% fitness and facing a side seeking to breach the last eight for the first time after three straight victories. It was, clearly, a date fraught with pitfalls but they made life easier for themselves by playing with the aid of a strong wind at their backs and duly amassed five unanswered points in the opening 23 minutes. At that stage, it looked every bit like a game between sides that had played Division One and Three football last spring, but the gap narrowed to six points to four before the game’s defining score was landed against the Munster side on the stroke of half-time. Kevin Duffin seemed to have misjudged the strength of the breeze when he launched in a long ball that bounced up and off one of the Tipp posts and back down into the danger area before Coulter applied the last touch amidst a confusing muddle.

Suddenly, a two-point deficit stood at five and, with the elements playing less of a role in the second period, Tipp failed to make a charge until the last dozen or so minutes when a seven-point deficit was cut briefly to three. That was as close as they would get. Down had done enough if not a lot more but McCartan was glad simply to tick the one box that mattered and return home in time for the quarter-final draw and start building towards Croke Park next week.

“Relief, mixed with being glad that the boys showed a wee bit of pride,” he said. “Everybody was tipping this as the shock of the weekend. We were determined that wasn’t going to be the case even if it wasn’t pretty at times. “We said going into this game that it was all going to be about character and mental strength and the goal at half-time turned it in our favour and gave us that wee bit of a leg up that we needed. Playing well wasn’t really part of the occasion. “We obviously shipped a lot of criticism last week. “We felt for three-quarters of the game that we got a whole lot right but they got no credit for that. “It is the last quarter that everybody remembers and rightly so. We have another opportunity to put that right again next week (against Mayo). We’ll obviously be underdogs but we will go in and have a puncher’s chance.” They would have a better shot if Hughes were fit but McCartan claimed that was a “long shot” given he aggravated his injury when brought on against Donegal in the Ulster final.

Scorers for Down: B Coulter (1-2); M Poland (0-4, 1 free); A Rogers (0-4, 1 free); D Gordon (0-1); B McArdle (0-1); K Duffin (0-1 free).

Scorers for Tipperary: A Maloney (0-3, 2 frees); M Quinlivan (0-3, 2 frees); P Austin (0-2); B Fox (0-1); P Acheson (0-1); B Mulvihill (0-1).

Subs for Down: K McKernan for Carr (48); L Doyle for McParland (52); D O’Hare for McCartan (56); A Brannigan for Duffin (60).

Subs for Tipperary: B O’Brien for Ryan (35); B Mulvihill for Austin (54); R Costigan for Hannigan (54); M Dunne for Coghlan (62); J O’Callaghan for Kiely (62).

Referee: C Reilly (Meath)

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Down in the GAA football championship round 4 at Mullingar on Saturday shows no changes in personnel from the team which started against Antrim last Saturday. The team is

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard) Pól MacGearailt
2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers) Andreis O Moiriosa
3. Paddy Codd (Killeneule) Padraig O Coda
4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow) Ciarán MacDomhnaill
5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty) Briain Ó Sionnaigh
6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers) Roibeard Ó Cadhla
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers) Ailin Mac Cathmhaoil
8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers) Seoirse Ó hAnnagáin
9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois) Aodh Ó Cochláin
10. Richie Ryan (Eire Og Annacarty) Ristread O Riain
11. Philip Austin (Borrisokane) CAPTAIN Pilib MacAbhistín
12. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers) Donacha O Laocha
13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers) Alein O Maoldomhnaigh
14. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers) Peadar Acheson
15. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) Micheál Ó Caoindealbháin


Match Preview


They meet for the first time in the championship after Down lost last Sunday’s Ulster final to Donegal while Tipperary won their third qualifier, beating Antrim by two points. Tipperary will be attempting to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time while Down’s last appearance in the quarterfinal was in 2010.

Down and Tipperary met three times in the Allianz Football League in 2009/2010. In 2009, Down beat Tipperary by 0-18 to 1-9 in Thurles in a Division 3 group game but after both won promotion, Tipperary turned the tables on Down in the final, winning by 0-18 to 1-14 after extra-time in Pearse Park. The sides drew in Newry (Down 0-14 Tipperary 1-11) in the 2010 Division 2 campaign.

2012 Championship

Down 2-10 Fermanagh 1-8; Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13; Donegal 2-18 Down 0-13 (Ulster final).

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final); Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 0-10; Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15; Tipperary 0-10 Antrim 0-8 (Qualifier Round 3).

Ticket Type Price Comment
Stand €20 Concession details below.
Terrace €15 No concessions on terrace.
Juvenile Stand €5
Juvenile Terrace €0 Juveniles free
Senior Citizens €15 On day or in advance: concession rebates in all venues on full price stand tickets
Student €15 On day or in advance: concession rebates in all venues on full price stand tickets
Wheelchair & Attendant Passes €0 No charge



All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final Qualifers – Clare 1-19 Tipperary 1-7

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-19 to 1-7 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final Qualifers on Saturday at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Clare 3-19 Down 0-5

Deadly Duggan and Deasy on fire as Clare run wild

Clare 3-19 Down 0-05

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare manager Eamon Fennessy admitted considerable improvement is needed ahead of next month’s semi-final showdown with Leinster champions Dublin. Clare put their Munster final heartache behind them to advance to a third successive All-Ireland semi-final as Ulster champions Down provided feeble resistance at Cusack Park last Saturday. Down arrived in the midlands in buoyant mood, having captured the Ulster minor title for the first time since 1994, but were crushed in the first-ever meeting between the counties in this grade.

And now Clare face Dublin in a meeting between the 2010 and 2011 All-Ireland final losers. The prize is a crack at Tipperary or Galway in the final and Clare have the firepower to trouble any of the teams remaining in the competition. Bobby Duggan and Niall Deasy were in free-scoring form as the pair finished with a combined total of 2-12. Duggan had all but one point of his 1-7 haul posted by half-time, while Deasy bagged 0-3 in the first-half and 1-2 in the second period. And it was Duggan’s goal in the second minute that sent Clare on their way to a facile 23-point win.

At half-time, wind-assisted Clare led 2-11 to 0-3 as Shane O’Donnell banged home a fine solo goal ten minutes before the break. And the rout was capped by Deasy’s 35th minute goal, batted home from close range after Down goalkeeper Seán Savage had brilliantly saved Jamie Malone’s blistering drive. Down battled gamely to the finish in unpredictable weather conditions but mustered just three points from play. “It was always going to be a banana skin for us but we came up and treated Down with respect,” reflected Fennessy. “We have work to do, there’s no doubt about it. That’s a good way to be going into a semi-final, knowing that you have work to do.”

Down boss Fergus Cooper appeared to call time on his three seasons in charge afterwards: “What I hope for next year and whoever comes in to work with them is that we develop and move on, that we set the bar high and we’re competitive. “We’re obviously disappointed but they put in an absolutely fantastic season. We’ve been at this since June last year. And this year, nobody gave us a chance in hell.”

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 1-7 (0-5fs), N Deasy 1-5, S O’Donnell 1-0, S Gleeson 0-2, A O’Gorman, J Shanahan, J Malone, C Deasy, M O’Leary 0-1 each.

Scorers for Down: C Bailie 0-3 (2fs), G Lynch, E Sands 0-1 each.

CLARE: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A O’Gorman; N Deasy, J Malone, J Shanahan; B Duggan, S Taylor, S O’Donnell.

Subs: C Deasy for Taylor (15), M O’Leary for O’Gorman (ht), S Gleeson for O’Donnell (36), N Bolton for Quirke (40), E Tuohy for Cleary (48).

DOWN: S Savage; C Costello, J McGrath, C Taggart; R Brannigan, G O’Neill, J McManus; L McMullan, C Egan; R Burns, C O’Neill, C Bailie; G Lynch, M Nicholson, E Sands.

Subs: S Mageen for Lynch (21), C Fitzsimmons for G O’Neill (41), S O’Callaghan for Mageen (41), P Óg McCrickard for Burns (54), B Byers for Costello (55).

Ref: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Launch of Tralee Parnells Hurling Club

Well over a 100 people attended the launch of the Tralee Parnells Hurling Club in the Kerry County Board Offices in Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Friday July 20th. Speakers included Hurling Officer Joe Walsh, Club Chairperson Mark Ryall, County Board Chairperson Patrick O Sullivan and the Mayor of Tralee Johnny Wall. The Clubs Sponsor ProPlan (Property Management) were also introduced and Rory Kerin’s support so far has been invaluable.

Each player received a new kit and they played Kilmoyley after in a league game. Later in the evening our Special Guest Sean Og O Hailpin spoke to all the players and parents and went down very well.

It was a great start to the new hurling club in Tralee, numbers have grown and people are talking about it which is a good sign, lets see what the future holds.


Munster Intermediate Hurling Final – Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-17

More glory for Tipp as Clare rue missed chances

Tipperary 1-18 Clare 0-17

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The Tipperary 2012 glory story continued in McDonagh Park, Nenagh last night, the third leg of the Munster Grand Slam completed with this win over Clare in the Munster intermediate hurling championship final, adding to the senior/minor double won in Cork a couple of weeks ago. All that remains now for a Tipp provincial clean sweep is to win the U-21 final in two weeks in Limerick, again against Clare.

None of the Tipp team that played here will be involved in that match, an internal county board ruling confining selection on the intermediate panel to those aged between 21 and 27. In stark contrast, 10 of those who started for Clare last night are still U-21 with another three (Conor Ryan, Niall Arthur and Mikey O’Neill) making an appearance off the subs’ bench. It told too, that difference in age, not so much physically as mentally. Clare were flying, well up to the physical battle, and did more than enough to win this title. Their decision-making with posts in sight was poor, however, their shooting in the second-half especially, when the game was there to be won, very much astray. Five wides to start the half, four more before the final whistle — oh how they’ll rue those missed opportunities!

Played in front of a small but vocal crowd of 2,236, near-perfect conditions, the opening five minutes were even-steven, two points apiece when the feeling-out process was over. Tellingly, it was corner-forwards David Butler (from play) and Kieran Morris (free) with the Tipp points and these two would go on to dominate the scoreboard for the home side, while midfielder Pa Sheehan (play) and centre-forward Cathal O’Connell (65) replied for Clare, again the two who would go on to top-score for the visitors.

Tipp then went on a bit of a gallop, four straight points in three minutes, but Clare had it back level by the 21st minute at 0-7 each, Morris and Butler continuing to do all the scoring for Tipperary, wing-forward Cathal Malone, Fergal Kennedy and Davy O’Halloran joining O’Connell on the mark for Clare. It remained tight to the break, only a goal in it (1-10 to 0-10), that goal coming in the 29th minute, powered over by the giant Butler after Clare keeper Niall Woods had come under pressure from a long James Barry delivery.

Clare took a long time to reappear for the second-half but when they did they were instantly on the attack. Instantly astray also, two wides and an underhit free that fell short, three more wides to follow; Tipperary meanwhile were all efficiency, two softly conceded pointed frees by the deadly accurate Kieran Morris and a lovely combination point from play (keeper James Logan to midfielder Michael Gleeson to Mikey Heffernan) helping them to extend their lead to six points by the 42nd minute (1-13 to 0-10).

Eventually — after yet another wide — Clare did find the range, Pa Sheehan pointing the way, followed by an inspirational long-range score from centre-back Cillian Duggan, and suddenly they were back in the game. Two more from the new settled O’Connell, another from rangy wing-forward Peter Duggan, and with five minutes to go it was back to a two-point game, 1-14 to 0-15.

Former senior midfielder Michael Gleeson had been showing touches of class all through, however, and in those final five minutes he was the main man for Tipperary. Wing-forward Sean Carey was another who showed up at this vital stage, two scoring passes to Gleeson and Heffernan, freetaker Morris with the final say. A deserved win for Tipp, their first intermediate title since 2002, straight through now to an All-Ireland final meeting on September 1st against either Kilkenny or Galway. For Clare, some wounds to heal before that U-21 final in two weeks.

Scorers for Tipperary: K Morris 0-8 (8f); D Butler 1-4; M Heffernan 0-2; D O’Brien 0-2; M Gleeson, P White, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-7 (5f, 1 65); P Sheehan 0-3; P Duggan 0-2; C Malone 0-2; C Duggan, F Kennedy, D O’Halloran, 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J Logue; C Coughlan, K O’Gorman, G Walsh; J Barry, E Connolly, R Sherlock; M Gleeson, P White; M Heffernan, J Gallagher, S Carey; K Morris, D O’Brien, D Butler.

Subs: E Sweeney (Gallagher 36); R Ruth (White 51); N Teehan (Barry 61).

CLARE: N Woods; P Flanagan, D McInerney, C O’Doherty (c); S O’Halloran, C Duggan, C Chaplin; J Colleran, P Sheehan; C Malone, C O’Connell, P Duggan; F Kennedy, A Lynch, D

Subs: N Arthur (Lynch 43); C Ryan (Malone 51); M O’Neill (D O’Halloran 54); B Donnellan (Colleran 59).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Team News

There are 6 Changes on the Clare Team from the side that defeated Waterford in the Munster Semi Final , for the Munster Intermediate Hurling Final Clash with Tipperary this evening. A number of positional switches as well, as Clare defend their Munster and All Ireland Titles, that they won for the first time in the Counties history last year.

1. Niall Woods Newmarket

2. Paul Flanagan Ballyea

3. David McInerney Tulla

4. Ciaran O Doherty Crusheen ( C )

5. Stephan O Halloran Clarecastle

6. Cillian Duggan Clooney/Quin

7. Cathal Chaplin Broadford

8. Pa Sheehan Sixmilebridge

9. Jarleth Colleran St Josephs Doora/ Barefield

10. Peter Duggan Clooney/ Quin

11. Cathal O Connell Clonlara

12. Cathal Malone Ennistymon

13. Fergus Kennedy Crusheen

14. Aidan Lynch Ruan

15. David O Halloran Eire Og Ennis


The Tipperary intermediate hurling team to play Clare in Wednesday evening’s Munster final at MacDonagh Park Nenagh is unchanged from the team which started in the semi-final against Cork. The team is:

1. James Logue (Ballingarry)

2. Gerry Walsh (Carrick Swan)

3. Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields)

4. Christy Coughlan (Templederry Kenyons)

5. James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane)

6. Eddie Connolly (Loughmore Castleiney) CAPT

7. Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines)

8. Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields)

9. Paudie White (Clonoulty Rossmore)

10. Seán Carey (Moyle Rovers)

11. Joe Gallagher (Kildangan)

12. Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)

13. Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris)

14. Damien O’Brien (Burgess)

15. David Butler (Drom and Inch)

For the Record

Tipperary Clare
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Cork by 2-16 to 2-12 in the Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles. Defeated Cork by 2-19 to 0-15 in the Semi-Final before securing a 2-15 to 2-13 victory over Limerick in the Munster Final played at Limerick. Clare went on to win the All-Ireland title with a 2-13 to 2-11 victory over Kilkenny at Thurles.
Number of Munster Intermediate Hurling titles 7 1
Last Munster Intermediate Hurling Title 2002 2011
Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 15
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 6
Lost – 11
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Tipperary 0-17 Clare 1-12 – June 5th 2005 (Munster Semi-Final) at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Tipperary’s last Munster Intermediate Hurling title Tipperary 4-8 Waterford 2-7 – July 17th 2002 (Munster Final) at Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Clare’s last Munster Intermediate Hurling title Clare 2-15 Limerick 2-13 – July 13th 2011 (Munster Final) at Cusack Park Ennis

2012 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-11 – May 26th @ MacDonagh Park Nenagh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: J Logue; Gerry Walsh, K O’Gorman, C Coughan; J Gallagher, E Connolly (capt), R Sherlock; M Heffernan, P White; S Carey, D O’Brien, J Ryan; K Morris, E Sweeney, D Butler.
Subs: R Ruth for Sweeney (ht), N Teehan for O’Brien (45), J Sheedy for White (50), D O’Connor for Butler (55), P O’Dwyer for Gallagher (61).

Limerick: G Glynn; S O’Reilly, D Morrissey, C Noonan; E Gleeson, K Loftus, A Dempsey; J Hayes, S Herlihy; E Ryan, D Moloney (capt), C Kearney; M Kiely, R O’Donnell, M Ryan.
Subs: J Fitzgibbon for Herlihy (33), J Malone for Kearney (40), T O’Callaghan for Noonan (51), M Deegan for Loftus (52), W Griffin for Kiely (53).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Clare 1-19 Waterford 3-9 – June 17th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; E Boyce, C Duggan, C O’Doherty; P Sheahan, C Ryan; F Kennedy, C O’Connell, C Chaplin; C Malone, T Kelly, D O’Halloran.
Subs: P Duggan for Chaplin (45), B Donnellan for Sheahan (48), M O’Neill for O’Connell (49), H Vaughan for O’Doherty (55), A Lynch for Kennedy (58).

Waterford: R Roche; M Kearney, S O’Keeffe, M Wyse; S Hannon, E Madigan, W Henley; J Prendergast, S Lawlor; J Dillon, B O’Halloran, P Nevin; F Murray, G Crotty, E Murphy.
Subs: R Barry for Henley (20), S Roche for Lawlor (h-t.), S Power for Prendergast (44), P Power for Dillon (44), I Galgey for Nevin (53).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)

Tipperary 3-18 Cork 2-16 – June 24th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)

Tipperary: J Logue; G Walsh, K O’Gorman, C Coughlan; J Barry, E Connolly, R Sherlock; M Gleeson, P White; M Heffernan, D O’Brien, S Carey; K Morris, J Gallagher, D Butler.
Subs: C Dillon for O’Brien (29-30, blood), R Ruth for O’Brien (40), J Sheedy for Gallagher (53), C Haugh for Sherlock (55), Dillon for Ruth (57), N Teehan for Barry (60).

Cork: S Nyhan; B Withers, D Rodgers, B O’Sullivan; J Jordan, V Hurley, S White; Michael O’Sullivan, B Lawton; O Kelleher, M Sugrue, A Mannix; C Casey, S Harnedy, D Drake.
Subs: Maurice O’Sullivan for Kelleher (23), C O’Driscoll for Withers, T Healy for Jordan, J Budds for Sugrue (all half-time), B Coleman for Hurley (52).

Referee: D O’Driscoll (Limerick)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship

Sean Carey (Tipperary) – 2-6
Kieran Morris (Tipperary) – 0-11 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65)
David Butler (Tipperary) – 2-4
Adrian Mannix (Cork) – 0-9 (0-2 frees)
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 1-3 (1-1 frees)
D O’Halloran (Clare) – 0-6 (0-1 free)
Seamus Harnedy (Cork) – 1-2
Richie Ruth (Tipperary) – 0-4
Michael Heffernan (Tipperary) – 0-4
C O’Connell (Clare) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
G Crotty (Waterford) – 1-1
F Murray (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Colm Casey (Cork) – 1-1
Joe Gallagher (Tipperary) – 1-0
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 1-0
E Murphy (Waterford) – 1-0
John Fitzgibbon (Limerick) – 0-3
E Gleeson (Limerick) – 1-0
Paudie White (Tipperary) – 0-2
Damian O’Brien (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Gleeson (Tipperary) – 0-2
C O’Doherty (Clare) – 0-2 (0-1 free, 0-1 65)
E Ryan (Limerick) – 0-2
R O’Donnell (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
M Ryan (Limerick) – 0-2
Michael O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-2

Evan Sweeney (Tipperary), Johnny Ryan (Tipperary), John Sheedy (Tipperary), C Malone (Clare), C Ryan (Clare), F Kennedy (Clare), M O’Neill (Clare), M Deegan (Limerick), W Griffin (Limerick), J Prendergast (Waterford), S Lawlor (Waterford), B O’Halloran (Waterford), R Barry (Waterford), David Drake (Cork), O Kelleher (Cork) – 0-1 each

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (13) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Tipperary (7) – 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971, 1972, 2000, 2002

Limerick (3) – 1968, 1998, 2008

Clare (1) – 2011

Waterford (1) – 2007

Kerry (1) – 1970

Galway (1) – 1962

Munster GAA HURLING Intermediate 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 Intermediate HURLING Cup

The Sweet Afton Cup presented by Mr. Jerry Shelly of Tipperary in 1961.

All Ireland GAA HURLING Intermediate Championship

In the Intermediate Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork lead the way with 7 titles followed by Tipperary with 5. Wexford (4), Kilkenny (3), London (2), Galway (2) and Clare (1) are the only other counties to have won an All-Ireland title in this grade.

Useful Information

Clare’s 3 victories in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship in the last 2 seasons match their total number of wins in this competition between 2002 and 2010.

Prior to the 2012 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship, Tipperary had won just 1 of their 6 matches played between 2007 and 2011.

Since 2000, Tipperary have the same number of victories in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship (17) as Clare (7), Waterford (6) and Limerick (4) combined. Cork have recorded 16 victories in that span.

Cork holds the record for the longest streak of success in finals. They won four championships in-a-row between 2003 and 2006.

Tipperary holds the record for the longest streak of defeats in finals. They lost three championship deciders in-a-row between 2004 and 2006.

Cork holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in Munster finals. They played in four-in-a-row on two separate occasions, firstly between 1967 and 1970, and most recently between 2003 and 2006.

Three counties have completed the Munster Intermediate and Senior double in the same year:

Cork in 1969, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary in 1961, 1971

Waterford in 2007


Cork is the only county to have completed the Munster Minor, Under-21, Intermediate and Senior ‘grand slam’ in the same year. This was achieved in 1969 and again in 2005.

Only one player has captained his county to Munster titles in both the intermediate and senior grades:

Pat Mulcahy captained Cork to the intermediate title in 1997 and the senior title in 2006.

Notable Intermediate Hurling Championship Matches in the recent past

2005 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 0-17 Clare 1-12

Tipperary: A. Cooney; J. Moran, B. Lawlor, M. Phelan; C. O’Brien, JB McCarthy, C. Everard; S. McGrath, T. Slevin; S. Stapleton, A. Fitzgerald, W. Keogh; S. Everard, P. Lawlor, R. O’Brien.

Subs. E. Ryan for McCarthy; B. Hogan for Slevin; T. Connors for Keogh; G. McMahon for Colm Everard.

Clare: S. Hawes; B. Duggan, R. O’Looney, C. McMahon; P. Vaughan, C. Dillon, P. Moroney; H. Hayes, D. Shannon; A. O’Brien, F. Lynch, B. McMahon; Clive Earlie, C. Egan, Cathal Earlie.

Subs: S. Arthur for Conor Earlie; J. Bugler for C. McMahon.

Scorers Tipperary: C. O’Brien 0-4 (frees); S. McGrath, S. Everard, P. Lawlor (0-2 frees) 0-3 each; S. Stapleton 0-2; W. Keogh, T. Connors 0-1 each.

Clare: P. Vaughan 0-4 (frees); C. Earlie 0-3 (0-2 frees); C. Egan 1-0; B. McMahon 0-2; H. Hayes, A. O’Brien, F. Lynch 0-1 each.

Referee: M. Wadding (Waterford)


2002 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 4-8 Waterford 2-7

Tipperary: F. Horgan, B. Gaynor, M. Peters, G. Griffin, K. Hogan, C. Morrissey, C. Everard, S. Maher, J. Teehan, B. Hogan, B. Stritch, P. Buckley, G. Maguire, D. Hackett, S. Everard. Subs. P. Morrissey for Hogan, M. Keeshan for C. Everard.

Waterford: P. Flynn, N. O’Donnell, Alan Kirwin, M. O’Sullivan, S. Frampton, S. Prendergast, V. O’Shea, Andrew Kirwin, C. Watt, P. Prendergast, M. Molumphy, N. Power, B. O’Sullivan, D. Howard, P. Fitzgerald. Subs. B. Phelan for O’Shea, S. Ryan for Howard, M. Walsh for Power, D. Prendergast for S. Prendergast.

Scorers, Tipperary: G. Maguire 1 2, S. Everard 1-1, J. Teehan 1-1, D. Hackett 1-0, B. Hogan 0-3 (all frees), S. Maher 0-1.

Waterford: M. Molumphy 2-0, B. Phelan 0-3, P. Fitzgerald 0-2 (0-1 free), A. Kirwan, M. Walsh 0-1 each.

Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork)


2011 Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Clare 2-15 Limerick 2-13

Clare: A Fahy, M O’Regan, P Kelly, A Brigdale, J Fennessy, M Hawes, K Moynihan, R Keane, S Golden, D Keane, K Dileen, T Carmody (capt), M Duggan, D O’Rourke N Gilligan.

Subs: M Earley for O’Regan (21), P Hickey for Duggan (36), J O’Connor for Dileen (50).

Limerick: B Hennessy, S Browne, J Dillon (capt), D Moloney, N Maher, P Begley, T O’Callaghan, C Allis, D Hanley, D Ahearne, S Madden, S O’Brien, M Ryan, D O’Connor, T Quaid.

Subs: N Kennedy for Madden (37), S Dowling for Hanley (45), E Gleeson for Ahearne (57),

Scorers for Clare: N Gilligan 0-6 (4f); R Keane, D Keane 1-2 each; D O’Rourke, P Hickey 0-2 each, T Carmody 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: M Ryan, N Maher 1-1 each; C Allis 0-4 (2 65); S O’Brien, D O’Connor 0-2 each; S Madden, T Quaid, N Kennedy 0-1 each.

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

All Ireland Football Quarter Final Preview

Ahead of the final round of football qualifiers this weekend, Ireland’s four provincial senior football champions are readying their Quarter Final game-plans. Cork, Mayo, Donegal and Dublin will know their last eight opponents in the coming days. Dublin’s Paul Flynn says his team are aware that they have work to do and is at pains to point out the panel are not dwelling on last September’s success. As the chasing pack focus on dethroning the Dubs, Mayo’s Andy Moran believes the Connacht champions are stronger than 12 months ago while Cork midfielder Alan O’Connor says the Rebels want to establish themselves as a dominant force in the modern game.