Munster Under 21 Hurling Q-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11

Tipp overcome Limerick in Munster U21 HC quarter-final

Report from Jackie Cahill for

Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 2-11

KEN HOGAN’S TIPPERARY romped into the semi-finals of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship with a surprisingly comfortable seven-point victory over Limerick in Thurles this evening. The Shannonsiders arrived with high hopes of scoring a first victory over Tipp in this grade since 2002 but were sent packing by Jason Forde. The former Tipp minor captain and current senior panellist hit 1-8 as the hosts set up a semi-final showdown with Cork on July 17.

Forde, from the Silvermines club, was in imperious form and it was his 52nd minute goal that ended a Limerick revival that had brought them to within five points. Boosted by that Forde strike, after Liam McGrath had provided the pass, Tipp moved ten points clear before Shane Kenny’s cracking late goal added some respectability to the scoreboard from a Limerick perspective. But the writing was on the wall from an early stage as Tipp moved 0-8 to 0-2 clear by the 21st minute.

And by then, Tipp had missed a penalty as Forde, at the heart of everything good that the home side did, blazed a 17th minute effort over the crossbar after industrious Dan McCormack was hauled down by Alan Dempsey. But a killer goal did come for Tipp before half-time, when Forde set up Aidan McCormack for a clinical finish at the Killinan End. Limerick had offered little in the way of resistance although Andrew Ryan did brilliantly to hook William Hickey as the Treaty centre forward looked to get a shot away as early as the tenth minute. That was as close as Limerick got to Tipp’s goal in the first half but sub Michael Ryan netted in the 33rd minute as the visitors went in search of pride.

It was an evening when Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling had been earmarked to provide real spark for Limerick but the senior players never lived up to that billing. Instead, it was Forde who showed how good a player he already is, and can become, with a performance laced with maturity belying his age. Tipp, despite playing against the breeze, led by 1-11 to 0-4 at half-time.

Limerick, however, snapped away at Tipp’s heels during the second half, as 2519 spectators looked on. Four unanswered points – including three from Dowling – reduced the deficit to five points, 1-10 to 1-15, by the 49th minute. But Forde banged home the insurance goal at the Killinan End and that was that as Tipp repeated last year’s victory over the same opposition.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-5 (3f), Shane Kenny 1-1, Michael Ryan 1-0, Declan Hannon 0-2, Kevin O’Donnell 0-2 (1f), David Reidy 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 1-8 (0-4f, 0-1 pen), Aidan McCormack 1-3, Dan McCormack & Brian Stapleton 0-2 each, Niall O’Meara, Bill Walsh & Liam McGrath 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Owen Webb O’Rourke (Kilmallock); Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Mark O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), Mark Carmody (Patrickswell); Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), Kevin O’Donnell (Kilmallock); Thomas Ryan (South Liberties), Shane Kenny (Ballybrown); Declan Hannon (Adare), William Hickey (South Liberties), David Reidy (Dromin/Atlacca); John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh).

Subs: Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell) for Hickey (25), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh/Castlemahon) for O’Connell (h.t.), Michael Ryan (Murroe/Boher) for Fitzgibbon (h.t.), Robbie Egan (Kilmallock) for Reidy (45).

TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Michael Breen (Ballina), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara); Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Tomás Hamill (Killea), Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s, Clonmel); Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh’s); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Dan McCormack (Borrisoleigh), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons); Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney).

Subs: Conor Kenny (Borrisoleigh) for Walsh (46), Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) for O’Dwyer (51), Tommy Heffernan (Éire Óg Nenagh) for McCormack (55), John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney) for Barrett (60+1)

Team News

The Tipperary under 21 hurling team to play Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster championship quarter final on Friday night is:

1. Darragh Mooney (Eire Og Annacarty)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill)

3. Michael Breen (Ballina)

4. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

6. Tomás Hamill (Killea)

7. Seamus Kennedy (St. Marys Clonmel)

8. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) Captain

9. Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

11. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

12. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

13. Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields)

14. Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan)

15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

The Limerick Under 21 management team of TJ Ryan (Garryspillane), Clem Smith (Ahane) and Peter Finn (Bruree) has announced their team and panel for the Munster Under 21 hurling championship against Tipperary in Semple Stadium on this Friday evening –

1 Owen Webb O Rourke (Kilmallock),

2 Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh),

3 Mark O Loughlin (Kilmallock)

4 Mark Carmody (Patrickswell)

5 Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

6 Barry O Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)

7 Kevin O Donnell (Kilmallock)

8 Thomas Ryan (South Liberties)

9 Shane Kenny (Ballybrown)

10 Declan Hannon (Adare) (Capt)

11 William Hickey (South Liberties)

12 David Reidy (Dromin/Atlacca)

13 John Fitzgibbon (Adare)

14 Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh)

15 Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh)

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Limerick Tipperary
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 1-16 to 1-11 in the Munster Semi-Final at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Defeated Waterford and Limerick to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Clare in the final by 1-16 to 1-14 at Cusack Park Ennis.
Number of Munster Under 21 Hurling titles 6 20
Last Munster Under 21 Hurling  Title 2011 2010
Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship Record since 2000 Played – 24
Won – 13
Lost – 9
Drawn – 2
Played – 28
Won – 18
Lost – 8
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Under 21 Hurling  Championship July 18th 2012 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final) – Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 1-11 – Denis Maher scored 1-3 and John O’Dwyer added 9 points to ensure a five point victory over Limerick.
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2010 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Round-up

Defeated Kerry by 2-13 to 1-13 before losing to Clare in the Munster Semi-Final by 1-17 to 2-12 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Lost to Cork by 2-31 to 4-22 after extra time in the first round before losing to Clare by 0-17 to 1-13 in the Losers Group Playoff at Cusack Park Ennis.



Friday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Tipperary v Limerick                                                @ 7:30pm


Wednesday July 17th

@ Tipperary or Cork venue            Cork v Tipperary or Limerick                                  @ 7:30pm

Thursday July 18th

@ Waterford venue                         Waterford v Clare                                                     @ 7:30pm

Wednesday August 7th

Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (20) – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Cork (18) – 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007

Limerick (6) – 1986, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2011

Waterford (3) – 1974, 1992, 1994

Clare (2) – 2009, 2012

Munster Under 21 Hurling 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 in1964 –

Munster Under 21 Hurling Cup

Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship

In the Under 21 Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts along with Kilkenny with 11 titles.

Galway have 10 titles followed by Tipperary with 9. Limerick have won 4 All-Ireland titles in this grade. Clare have won 2 titles (both in the last 4 years) while Waterford have 1 title.

Useful Information

Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 11 of the last 12 seasons (2007 being the exception thanks to a 1-14 to 2-10 defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the first round),

Since 2007, 4 of the 5 counties in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship have won the title – Cork (2007), Tipperary (2008 and 2010), Clare (2009 and 2012) and Limerick (2011).

Limerick have lost their first match in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship in 5 of the last 7 seasons.

The Munster Under 21 Hurling champions have captured the All-Ireland crown on just three occasions since 2003 – Clare (2009 and 2012) and Tipperary (2010).

Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Official Launch of Comórtas Peile 2013 Rinn Ó gCuanach

Some 5,000 people expected to come to Gaeltacht na nDéise for this major national Festival of Football & Entertainment over the June Bank Holiday weekend

Click to view photos from the launch

Waterford inter-county footballers from Gaeltacht na nDéise were in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan on Thursday, 9 May 2013 for the official launch of this year’s Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, which will take place in the Co Waterford Gaeltacht from the 31 May to the 3 June. Waterford inter-county footballer Liam Ó Lonáin from An Rinn performed the official opening, with the help of other local An Rinn inter-county footballers, Tadhg Ó hUallacháin and Jamie de Barún (Waterford County Minors).

Local GAA Club, Rinn ó gCuanach are hosting this year’s national Gaeltacht footballing competition, with the support of Gaeltacht neighbours, Club CLG an tSean Phobail. Some 5,000 visitors are expected to visit West Waterford over the June Bank Holiday weekend, for the weekend festival of sport, fun, games and celebration that is Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. In addition to the full programme of football games (24 of them, including Peil na mBan) that will take place over the weekend, the local committee is organising an ancillary programme of cultural events to entertain the crowds in various venues throughout the two parishes, as well as in ‘An Bansa’, the festival marquee, which will be erected close to Páirc Uí Shíothcháin in An Rinn for the weekend.

Speaking at the launch, Liam Ó Lonáin stressed the importance of the Comórtas Peile for the Gaeltacht community, not only in terms of the huge boost it gives to the local economy of the host club each year, but because it is an annual festival that gives a sense of pride and place and increases the morale of Gaeltacht people throughout the country. “The Comórtas Peile is a celebration of Gaeltacht culture – be it sport, language, music or dance. It showcases our heritage and culture and we should be proud of it. It is a wonderful opportunity for a small Gaeltacht such as ourselves to host such a festival and I am sure that we will have a hugely successful Comórtas here in the south-east, organised very ably by our local Club.”

The Chairman of Club CLG na Rinne, Noel Ó Murchadha, said that the club was honoured to host this year’s Comórtas Peile and he welcomed the festival back to An Rinn after a gap of 14 years. He urged the people of West Waterford in general to come along and savour the fantastic atmosphere of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, “you will be assured a ‘céad míle fáilte’ and there will be plenty of sporting and other cultural entertainment for everyone. Every member of the Club is working flat out to ensure that we will have a fantastic Comórtas here in the Déise and I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work. I would also like to thank our neighbours in An Sean Phobal for their support and assistance in organising this year’s Comórtas. Thanks also to our sponsors – especially our main sponsors TG4, as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta and Raidió na Gaeltachta – without your generosity we could not organise such a huge event.”

Matches will take place in both the An Rinn and An Sean Phobal GAA pitches during the course of the weekend. For those that can’t travel, most of the matches will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and the semi-finals on Sunday, as well as the Finals on the Bank Holiday Monday, will be broadcast live on TG4 and on-line throughout the world. The majority of the competing teams from the various Gaeltachtaí – both men and women – have now been confirmed following local qualifying rounds. Teams will also be travelling from Belfast and Dublin and the people of Gaeltacht na nDéise are looking forward to welcoming them all to the Sunny South East in just three weeks time.

Further information on Comórtas Peile Rinn Ó gCuanach 2013 can be found at, on Twitter @ComortasPeile13 or on Facebook – CLG na Rinne.

Further Information: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach (087) 2484 632


Comórtas Peile 2013 Rinn Ó gCuanach Seolta go hOifigiúil

Suas le 5,000 duine le triail ar Ghaeltacht na nDéise

Bhí peileadóirí idir-chontae Ghaeltacht na nDéise i láthair in Óstán Lálor, i nDún Garbhán tráthnóna inniu do sheoladh oifigiúil Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta na bliana seo, a bheidh ar siúl i gContae Phort Láirge ón 31ú Bealtaine go dtí an 3ú Meitheamh. B’é peileadóir na Rinne agus peileadóir idir-chontae do Phort Láirge, Liam Ó Lonáin a dhein an seoladh oifigiúil, le cabhair ó pheileadóirí eile idir-chontae ón nGaeltacht – Tadhg Ó hUallacháin agus Jamie de Barún (foireann mionúir Phort Láirge).

Sé Club CLG Rinn ó gCuanach a bheidh mar óstach do Chomórtas Peile na bliana seo, le tacaíocht óna gcomharsain, Club CLG an tSean Phobail. Táthar ag súil le suas le 5,000 cuairteoir in iarthar na nDéise le linn dheireadh seachtaine saoire bainc an Mheithimh, d’fhéile mhór spóirt, scléip agus siamsaíochta an Chomórtas Peile. Chomh maith leis na cluichí peile éagsúla (24 cinn acu – Peil na mBan san áireamh) a bheidh á n-imirt sa dúiche thar an deireadh seachtaine, tá clár iomlán d’imeachtaí chultúrtha eagraithe ag an gCoiste áitiúil chomh maith, in ionaid éagsúla ar fud an dá pharóiste, agus i gceanncheathrú na scléipe,

An Bansa, marquee na féile, a bheidh lonnaithe gar do Pháirc Uí Shíothcháin sa Rinn.

Ag labhairt dó ag seoladh an Chomórtais, dúirt Liam Ó Lonáin go raibh tábhacht nach beag ag baint leis an gComórtas Peile do mhuintir na Gaeltachta, ní hamháin de bharr an buntáiste eacnamaíoch a thugann sé don gceantar ina bhfuil sé ar siúl, ach de bharr gur ócáid é a thugann ardú meanma agus mórtas cine is ceantair do phobal na Gaeltachta ar fud na tíre. “Is ceiliúradh é an Comórtas Peile de chultúr na Gaeltachta – idir spórt, teanga, ceol agus rince. Sárthaispeántas is ea é dár n-oidhreacht agus dár gcultúr agus ba cheart go mbeimís bródúil as. Is iontach an deis é do Ghaeltacht bheag ar nós Ghaeltacht na nDéise seans a bheith againn féile dá leithéad a chur ar bun agus tá mé cinnte go mbeidh Comórtas den scoth againn anseo san oir-dheisceart, eagraithe go snasta ag Club CLG Rinn Ó gCuanach.”

Dúirt Cathaoirleach Chlub CLG na Rinne, Noel Ó Murchadha, gur ábhar bhróid agus mhórtais don gClub an Comórtas Peile a bheith ar ais sa Rinn tar éis 14 bliain. “Tá gach ball den gClub ag obair ar a míle dhícheall chun a chinntiú go mbeidh Comórtas iontach againn anseo sna Déise agus gabhaim buíochas le gach éinne as a gcuid dúthrachta. Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil chomh maith lenár gcomharsain sa Sean Phobal as ucht a gcuid tacaíochta agus chúnaimh le heagrú an Chomórtais i mbliana. Buíochas chomh maith lenár n-urraitheoirí ar fad – príomh-urraitheoirí TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta agus Raidió na Gaeltachta ach go háirithe – ní bhfaighfimis féile dá leithéad seo a eagrú gan a dtacaíocht fhlaithiúil siúd.”

Beidh cluichí ar siúl i bpáirceanna peile na Rinne agus an tSean Phobail thar an deireadh seachtaine. Craolfar formhór na gcluichí ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, agus beidh na cluichí leathcheannais ar an Domhnach, chomh maith leis na cluichí ceannais ar an Luan Saoire Bainc, á craoladh beo ar TG4 agus ar-líne ar chraoladh gréasáin ar fud an domhain. Tá beagnach gach foireann a bheidh in iomaíocht ó na contaetha éagsúla Gaeltachta – idir fhir agus mhná – beagnach deimhnithe anois. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh foirne ag teacht ó Bhaile Átha Cliath agus ó Bhéal Feirste agus tá muintir Ghaeltacht na nDéise ag súil le céad míle fáilte a chur rompu ar fad go dtí’s na Déise i gceann thrí sheachtaine.

Is féidir a thuilleadh eolais maidir le Comórtas Peile Rinn Ó gCuanach 2013 a fháil ar, nó ar Twitter @ComortasPeile13 nó Facebook– CLG na Rinne.

Tuilleadh eolais: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach (087) 2484 632

Munster Championship is “Special” – Ryan

Ahead of Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare locking horns against Michael Ryan’s Waterford in Sunday’s Munster Hurling Championship quarter final at 4pm, The Déise manager laid out his belief about how important it is to preserve the provincial championship.

Waterford had two points to spare when the pair met at the semi final stage last year on their way to a fourth successive Munster final and Ryan is looking a repeat.

Mulqueen admits Clare have questions to answer ahead of Waterford clash

Clare hurling selector Louis Mulqueen is expecting a serious battle when Clare and

Waterford go head to head on Sunday in Semple Stadium in the Munster Hurling Championship quarter final at 4pm.

The Banner County have reached just one provincial decider since the turn of the century and with Waterford first up and then Cork awaiting the winners, they won’t get anything easy but Mulqueen insists that any team can beat another on any given day in the Munster Championship.

Barrett looking to avenge last year’s defeat as Clare prepare to face Waterford

Forward Enda Barrett wants Clare to use the pain of last year’s Munster Semi final loss to Waterford to spur them onto victory when the pair meet once again in Sunday’s Munster Championship quarter final at 4pm.

Meanwhile, Kevin Moran, who was rewarded with an All-Star for his displays in 2012, is predicting that some of the new players on the Waterford panel are capable of bringing an unpredictability to their attack.

Waterford renew acquaintances with Davy Fitz.


Waterford and Clare face off in the Munster senior hurling championship quarter final this weekend.



Grey hoping influx of young players points to bright future for Waterford footballers

It’s all change for Waterford as Niall Carew prepares to make his managerial championship debut when they face Kerry on Saturday evening in the Munster Football Championship semi final at 7pm.

Wing back Tony Grey feels that their Division 4 league campaign was a positive one and is now hoping to spring a shock against The Kingdom.

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-6

Cotter points the way for Cork

By Fiona Casey for the Irish Examiner web site

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-6

Orla Cotter inspired Cork’s senior camogie side to a Munster title and a spot of revenge over holders Tipperary. Cork started well and opened the scoring after 15 seconds with a point from Cotter. Briege Corkery was her usual busy self and contributed a point soon after. Tipperary relied on All Star Jill Horan at midfield to pull the strings, but Milford’s Aisling Thompson lorded it all evening there and snuffed out the threat. By half time, following a Katrina Mackey goal, Cork led 1-7 to 0-3.

Tipperary came out fighting in the second half with goals from Brid Quinn and Nicole Walsh and when Jill Horan sent over a cracker from play it was game on. However Cork didn’t panic and Cotter slotted over four points to keep them in front. Again Jill Horan was tormenting the Cork backline, and when Nicole Walsh pointed in the 56th minute, only three separated the sides. But time ran out for the Premier County.

CORK: A Murray; P Mackey, R Buckley, J O’Callaghan; D Cronin, A Geary, C Sugrue; O Cotter (0-8, 3 45s), A Thompson, J O’Leary (0-3, 0-1f), B Corkery (0-1), E O’Sullivan (0-1), K Mackey (1-1), S Burns, D O’Callaghan.

Subs: J Kavanagh, E White, A Walsh, L Weste, L O’Connell, M Walsh, J White.

TIPPERARY: R Burke; T Ryan, J Kirwan, L McLoughlin; J McGrath, G Grace, S Larkin; M Teehan, J Horan (0-2); N Walsh (1-2, 0-1f), B Quinn (1-1), N Flanagan; A Fogarty, C Kennedy (0-1), T Kennedy.

Subs: C Holohan, A Kennedy, C Kennedy, N Harrington, S O’Neill, J Burke, C Johnston, S McGrath, A McLoughney, A McGrath, C Kennedy, A Kennedy, A Ryan, M Graham, C Devane.

Munster Junior Camogie Championship Final – Limerick 2-10 Cork 1-10

Limerick defeated Cork by 2-10 to 1-10 in the Munster Junior Camogie Championship Final on Sunday May 26th at Ballygiblin.

Munster Senior Football Quarter Final – Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8

Kerry crush Tipperary to cruise into Munster semis

Report from the web site

Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter-Final: Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8

Kerry matched the weekend performance of their great rivals Cork on Sunday, by hammering Tipperary and cruising into the Munster Championship semi-finals. Cork were 18-point winners over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening, and Kerry were equally dominant against Tipperary, cruising to a 17-point win at a sedate Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Kerry led by seven at the break, and following James O’Donoghue’s superb goal 30 seconds after the restart, the lead was 10. The sending-off of Tipperary forward Barry Grogan in the second half opened the door for further Kerry supremacy, and they racked up an impressive final tally of 2-19. Kerry will now play Waterford in the Munster semi-final next Saturday evening.

Kerry led 0-11 to 0-4 at half-time, and thoroughly deserved the seven-point lead after a very dominant opening 35 minutes. They powered out of the blocks, and had four points on the board within eight minutes. Colm Cooper, who was very influential throughout from the forty, got the first, and it was followed by efforts from Johnny Buckley (free), O’Donoghue and Donnacha Walsh. Kerry eased off a tad in the middle third of the first half, and Tipperary were closer to them on the scoreboard than they should have been after 25 minutes, trailing 0-6 to 0-3, with all three of the Tipperary points coming from placed balls from Barry Grogan. Once Kerry realised that complacency had set in a bit, they upped their game significantly for the remainder of the half, and crucially made it count on the scoreboard.

They kicked five points in an eight minute spell towards the end of the half, and what was most encouraging for manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice was the way the scoring was spread throughout their team, and almost exclusively from play. Anthony Maher, Kieran Donaghy, Tomás Ó Sé and Paul Galvin (2) all got in on the scoring act before the break, and all of those points were well-taken efforts efficiently finished at the end of intelligent Kerry moves. Tipperary failed to score from play in the first half, a fitting reflection of the evident gulf in class between the two teams, one who played in Division I this year, and the other in Division IV.

Any prospect of a Tipperary comeback, faint at best, was instantly extinguished after the restart by a brilliant Kerry goal. It started with a superb pass from Walsh to Cooper, who fed the ball inside to O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue, who was excellent in the first half, showed how sharp he was by turning his marker and storming in on goal. He then finished beautifully to the net past Paul Fitzgerald in the Tipperary goal, placing the ball expertly in the top right hand corner of the net.

That made it 1-11 to 0-4, but Tipperary finally got their first scores from play shortly after this, with points from Philip Austin and Ciarán McDonald following a free from Conor Sweeney to make it 1-11 to 0-7. Those scores gave Tipperary some momentum, but it was shattered on 48 minutes when Grogan was sent off after picking up his second yellow. He had been one of Tipperary’s most important players, and Kerry resumed domination in his absence, with a wonderful individual score from Cooper ending the Premier County’s scoring run. Kerry emptied their bench, Darran O’Sullivan and Bryan Sheehan among those coming on, and the Kingdom continued to exploit the increasing amounts of space, with Cooper their tormentor-in-chief. The seven-time All Star kicked some beautiful points from play in the closing stages, including one excellent score with his right foot after a trademark sidestep. Donaghy had been kept relatively quiet throughout, but he had one significant final say, flicking a long ball into the path of substitute Darran O’Sullivan, who palmed to the net for Kerry’s second goal.

Scorers for Kerry: J O’Donoghue 1-3, C Cooper 0-5 (1f), J Buckley 0-3 (2f), Darran O’Sullivan 1-0, P Galvin 0-2, D Walsh 0-1, A Maher 0-1, K Donaghy 0-1, T Ó Sé 0-1, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (1 45′)

Scorers for Tipperary: B Grogan 0-3 (2f, 1 45′), C Sweeney 0-3 (3f), P Austin 0-1, C McDonald 0-1

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue.

Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (50), B Sheehan for P Galvin (56), M Griffin for M Ó Sé (60), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (62), B Maguire for T Ó Sé (63).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; R Kiely, D Leahy, A Campbell; G Hannigan, R Costigan; C Sweeney, I Fahey, P Acheson; A Maloney, B Grogan, P Austin.

Subs: Shane Leahy for Alan Campbell (35), Brian Mulvihill for Robbie Kiely (HT), Aldo Matassa for Alan Maloney (HT), L Egan for G Hannigan (59), H Coghlan for I Fahey (63).

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)


Next Round – the winners play Waterford in the Munster Semi-Final on Saturday June 1st at 7:00pm.

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Kerry in the Munster quarter-final at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney on Sunday is as follows:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)
2. John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule) Captain
4. Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow)
5. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)
6. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)
7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)
8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)
9. Robbie Costigan (Cahir)
10. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
11. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
12. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)
13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)
14. Barry Grogan (Aherlow)
15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane)

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Tipperary in the Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next at 2pm will see Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes make his Championship debut. The team, captained by Colm Cooper, features 12 of the side defeated by Donegal in Kerry’s last championship outing in 2012.

The team will lineout as follows:

1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2.Marc Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

3.Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

4.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

5.Tomás Ó Sé (An Gaeltacht)

6.Killian Young (Renard)

7.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

10.Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)(Capt)

12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

14.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

15.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

16.Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

17.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

18.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

19.Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

20.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

21.Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

22.Michael Geaney (Dingle)

23.Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

24.James Walsh (Knocknagoshel)

25.Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

The following players are unavailable for Selection due to injury:

Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion), Shane Enright (Tarbert), Michael O’Donoghue (Spa), Jack Sherwood (Firies), David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), Paul Geaney (Dingle)

Additional Information

•The team features 12 of the side that took the field in Kerry’s last Championship match, the All Ireland Qtr Final against Donegal (1-12 to 1-10) last August while Johnny Buckley was introduced as a sub. Shane Enright, Eoin Brosnan (both injured) and Bryan Sheehan (sub) are the absent trio.

•Fionn Fitzgerald of the Dr Crokes Club in Killarney makes his Championship debut having made his full Allianz Football League debut earlier in the year against Down in Tralee. Fionn, a Munster Minor medallist in 2008, has 3 County Senior Championship medals, and 2 Munster Club medals to his credit and is a nephew of former Kerry Goalkeeper, Eamonn Fitzgerald who won 2 NFL medals with Kerry in 1972 and 1973.

•The evergreen Tomás Ó Sé starts his 16th Championship season on Sunday when he will make his 84th appearance in the Green and Gold. He has scored 3 – 32 in Championship games.


For the Record

Tipperary Kerry
2013 Team Manager Peter Creedon Eamonn Fitzmaurice
2013 Team Captain Paddy Codd Eoin Brosnan
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Kerry in the first round of the Munster Championship by 0-16 to 0-10. Defeated Offaly, Wexford and Antrim in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Down by 1-13 to 0-11. Defeated Tipperary in the first round of the Munster Championship before losing to Cork by 0-17 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Westmeath, Tyrone and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Donegal by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 9 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1935 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 17
Won – 2
Lost – 13
Drawn – 2
Played – 34
Won – 25
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 27th 2012 at Semple Stadium Thurles
(Munster Quarter-Final) – Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 –
Bryan Sheehan (6) and Colm Cooper (4) combined for 10 points to help Kerry to a 6 point victory over Tipperary. 

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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2013


Saturday May 25th

@ Pairc na nGael                            Cork v Limerick @ 7:00pm

Sunday May 26th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry v Tipperary @ 2:00pm

Saturday June 1st

@ Semple Stadium Thurles or      Waterford v Tipperary or Kerry @ 7:00pm

Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney

Sunday June 16th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Cork or Limerick @ 3:30pm


Sunday July 7th

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 35 matches.
played.Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 9 seasons. Tipperary’s last Munster SFC victory came in the first round in 2003 when helped by 11 points by Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork native Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.

Kerry had the worst scoring record in the Allianz Football League Division 1, racking up an aggregate of 72 points (average of just over 10 per game). This compares to an aggregate of 97 points for Cork and 129 points for Division 1 champions Dublin.

Limerick topped the Allianz Football League Division 4 table despite scoring just 78 points during their 7 games (11 points per match). Only London (75 points) scored less. Limerick’s success was based on their stingy defending with a concession of 71 points. Tipperary were the top scorers in the division with 106 points on aggregate (15+ per game) but conceded 90 points. Waterford (For 90, Against 96) and Clare (For 96, Against 86) were the other Munster counties in Division 4.

There was an 18% decrease in the number of scores in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship as compared to 2011 (33 scores per game versus 27) but overall the trend is up over recent years – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game), 2012 (27 scores per game).

Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (10) than Tipperary (2), Clare (6) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 3 of those 10 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7), versus Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8) and against Waterford in 2012 (2-12 to 0-7). Limerick have a home tie with Cork in the 2013 first round on May 25th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.

Limerick’s Ian Ryan was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship with 1-17 (0-11 frees) in two matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) with 0-9 (0-5 frees) and Colm O’Neill with 0-9 (0-3 frees) finished joint second.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Cork (37) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL 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 FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.