Munster SFC Q-Final – Tipperary 1-24 Waterford 0-5

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 1-24 to 0-5 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 31st at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SFC: Tipperary crush Waterford


By Jackie Cahill for

Peter Creedon’s Tipperary crushed Waterford by 22 points in this afternoon’s Munster Senior Football Championship quarter-final. The Premier County were in devastating scoring form as they set up a provincial semi-final clash with Munster and All-Ireland champions Kerry in a fortnight.

Tipp had ten different scorers on the day but the only black spot on a productive afternoon was the sight of 2014 All Star nominee Colin O’Riordan hobbling off with a hip injury in the second half. Tipp will hope that their inspirational U21 captain will be ready in two weeks as the hosts will harbour genuine hopes of rattling Kerry.

Despite playing against the breeze in the first half, Tipp led by 1-13 to 0-3 at the break, with six different players contributing to the scoresheet. Steven O’Brien was immense at midfield, clipping over three points in each half, but he wasn’t alone as the hosts swamped outclassed Waterford with hard running from all areas of the pitch.

Tipp’s goal was scored by Michael Quinlivan in the 25th minute, as the Commercials forward fisted home from close range after Conor Sweeney’s attempted point from a free struck the upright. As Tipp ran riot, Waterford managed just three points in the first half, two from Michael O’Halloran and a JJ Hutchinson free.

Tipp led by six points before Waterford managed their first score, popped over by O’Halloran in the 13th minute. But Tipp’s goal increased the daylight between the teams and Creedon’s slick charges could have one or two more. In front of 1,641 spectators, Tipp picked up where they had left off after half-time, registering the first five scores of the second half.

Peter Acheson, O’Brien, Austin, Séamus Kennedy and George Hannigan were all on target before Waterford stalwart Shane Briggs, beginning his 14th championship campaign, opened Waterford’s second half account in the 51st minute. But Tom McGlinchey’s Waterford managed just one more point for the remainder of the game, a Hutchinson free, as Tipp piled on the misery.
Scorers for Tipperary: M Quinlivan 1-3 (0-1f), S O’Brien 0-6, B Fox, P Austin & C Sweeney (2f) 0-3 each, G Hannigan 0-2, S Kennedy, P Acheson, G Mulhaire & J Lonergan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: M O’Halloran & JJ Hutchinson (2f), 0-2 each, S Briggs 0-1.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; P Codd, C McDonald, R Kiely; A Campbell, P Acheson, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; G Mulhaire, C O’Riordan, P Austin; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Fox
Subs: J Lonergan for O’Riordan (42), B Grogan for Quinlivan (44), L Casey for Sweeney (58), B Mulvihill for Fox (58), A Morrissey for Acheson (64), S Flynn for Mulhaire (66).

WATERFORD: S Barron; T Ó hUallacháin, T O’Gorman; M O’Gorman; D Crowley, S Briggs, L Lawlor; P Hurney, T Prendergast; M Ferncombe, M O’Halloran, JJ Hutchinson; M Curry, P Whyte, J Veale
Subs: L Ó’Lonáin for Curry (h.t.), C O’Keeffe for Hurney (49), S Prendergast for Ferncombe (51), R O’Ceallaigh for Whyte (59).

Referee: R Hickey (Clare)

Fixture Details

Tipperary v Waterford
Tiobraid Árann v Portláirge
Venue: Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3.30pm
Referee: Rory Hickey (An Clár)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Football starting 15 to contest their opening Munster Championship Quarter-Final at 3.30pm on Sunday next May 31st against Waterford in Semple Stadium, Thurles has been announced.

There is a senior championship start for Evan Comerford as he makes up 3 of the recent U21 All-Ireland finalists in the starting 15. Also making his championship debut is Seamus Kennedy while there is a welcome boost with the return to action of Ciarán McDonald who missed the league campaign through injury as manager Peter Creedon and his fellow selectors plot the Tipperary route in the Munster Championship.

New to the Championship bench for Sunday also are U21 All Ireland finalists Kevin O’Halloran, Liam Casey and Jason Lonergan.

The team then is as follows;

Evan Comerford (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Paddy Codd Capt. (Killenaule), Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow), Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers), Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers), Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers), Steven O’Brien (Ballina), George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Colin O’Riordan (J K Brackens), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Ger Mulhaire (Arravale Rovers), Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen), Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

1. Sean Barron Ardmore
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Thomas O’Gorman (Captain) Nire
4. Shane Briggs Ballinacourty
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Liam Lawlor Nire
7. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
8. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
9. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
12. Paul Whyte Kilrossanty
13. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty
14. JJ Hutchinson Gaultier
15. Joey Veale Kilrossanty


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Match Programme


Next Round – the winners play Kerry in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 14th at 3.30pm at Semple Stadium Thurles or Fraher Field Dungarvan.

For the Record

  Tipperary Waterford
2015 Team Manager Peter Creedon Tom McGlinchey
2014 Championship Performance Won Munster quarter-final against Limerick by 2-14 to 1-11.

Lost Munster semi-final to Cork by 0-16 to 1-11.

Defeated Longford by 2-17 to 0-6 in Qualifiers Round 2.

Defeated Laois by 3-17 to 4-9 in Qualifiers Round 3.

Lost Qualifiers Round 4 game to Galway by 4-17 to 4-12.

Drew Munster quarter-final with Clare 2-8 each.

Lost replay to Clare by 3-11 to 0-12.

Lost Qualifiers Round 1 game to Carlow by 0-17 to 1-13.

Number of Munster Senior Football titles 9 1
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1935 1898
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 3
Lost – 15
Drawn – 2
Played – 18
Won – 2
Lost – 15
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 25th 2003 at Walsh Park (Munster Quarter Final) –
Tipperary 0-18 Limerick 1-12

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2015


Saturday May 23rd

@ Cusack Park Ennis – Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13

Sunday May 31st

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles                Tipperary v Waterford @ 3.30pm


Sunday June 14th

@ Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork – Cork v Clare @ 3.30pm

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles or Tipperary or Waterford v Kerry @ 3.30pm
Fraher Field, Dungarvan


Sunday July 5th
2pm throw-in

Useful Information

The average number of scores per game in the Munster Senior Football championship since 2008:

2008 – 21 scores per game; 2009 – 24; 2010 – 28; 2011 – 33; 2012 – 27; 2013 – 30.8, 2014 – 28.6, 2015 (so far) – 28

It’s been 12 years since Tipperary and Waterford last met in the Munster championship. Tipperary’s victory by 0-18 to 1-12 was their last victory in the Munster championship until last year’s victory over Limerick.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship as they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 5 defeats in 38 matches played.

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.

Waterford manager, Tom McGlinchey, is a native of Cork and is a previous Tipperary senior football manager and Limerick minor football manager.

Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 1-9

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 1-12 to 1-9 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 31st at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Fixture Details

Tipperary v Waterford
Tiobraid Árann v Portláirge
Venue: Semple Stadium, Thurles, 1.30pm
Referee: Richard Moloney (Luimneach)
Extra time if necessary

Team News

Waterford Junior Football Team

1. David Whitty Gaultier
2. Peter Crowley St. Saviours
3. Shane Lannon Stradbally
18. Mark Cummins Brickey Rangers
5. Conor Hennessy Kill
6. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore
7. James McGrath Nire
8. Craig Guiry Nire
9. John Hurney Ballinacourty
10. Darren Guiry Nire
11. Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers
12. David Power Kilrossanty
13. Jason Curry Rathgormack
14. Gary Hurney (Captain) Ballinacourty
15. Séan Fleming Clashmore Kinsalebeg

Tipperary Junior Football Team

The Tipperary Junior Football starting 15 for their opening Muster Championship Quarter-Final fixture also against Waterford at 1.30pm in Semple Stadium, on Sunday next lines out as follows;

Gearóid Slattery (Cashel), Ger Hally (Cahir), Daragh Kearney (Clonmel Óg), Donal Lynch Capt. (Clonmel Commercials), Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers), Donough Leahy (Arravale Rovers), Aldo Matassa (Clonmel Commercials), Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers), Dean McEnroe (JK Brackens), Niall McKenna (Cahir), Shane Leahy (Arravale Rovers), Alan O’Riordan (JK Brackens), Dean Lonergan (Cahir), Kevin Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

Christy Ring Cup Hurling Semi-Final – Kerry 6-27 Kildare 0-9

Kerry defeated Kildare by 6-27 to 0-9 in the Christy Ring Cup Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday May 30th at Newbridge.

Kerry annihilate Kildare in semi-final

By Robbie J Dunne for

Kildare 0-09 Kerry 6-27

Kildare’s bid to retain the Christy Ring Cup was ended by a ruthless Kerry side in Newbridge on Saturday afternoon on a scoreline of 6-27 to 0-09. Kerry return to the final, which is their third in a row and fifth in six years, thanks to their 36-point defeat of Kildare.

Mikey Boyle was Kerry’s hero on the day as he notched up four goals and one point before being substituted to a hero’s applause in St Conleth’s Park. He had a hat-trick in the first half before Kildare substitute Mark Grace was sent off just three minutes after coming on and it was all downhill for the Lilywhites after that.

Kerry will play Derry, who overcame Down in the other semi-final, and will be aiming for the round-robin stage of the Liam MacCarthy cup when it kicks off next year. Kerry led 2-09 to 0-03 after 25 minutes thanks to two goals from Boyle and some sharp shooting from placed balls by Shane Nolan.

At this point, Kildare substitute Grace was sent off for an incident off the ball and Kildare found themselves in serious trouble. Matters would only worsen for Kildare when Boyle secured his hat-trick just minutes later and sent Kerry on the road to victory.

Further points from Padraig Boyle, Michael O’Leary and Shane Nolan would push Kerry’s lead out to 19 at half time as they lead 3-13 to 0-03 at the break. Michael O’Leary and Eanna O’Neill would trade points to begin the second half but Kerry would go on to land 2-08 without reply to really bury any chance of a Kildare comeback with 20 minutes still to play. Another goal from Colum Harty really left the scoreline looking disastrous for Kildare as Kerry continued to compound their misery on home soil.

Despite the heavy deficit Kildare would finish strongest with scores from Dinny Stapleton, Gerry Keegan, Martin Fitzgerald and Niall O’Muineachain. It was too little too late for Kildare at that stage as the game petered out in the dying stages. Boyle finished with 4-01 before being substituted to the applause of the travelling Kerry support.

Kildare: P Dermody; N O’Muineachain (0-01), F O’Muineachain, J Doran; D Stapleton (0-01), M Moloney, E O’Neill (0-01); M Fitzgerald (0-02), P Divilly (0-01f); B Deay, E Dempsey, W Greene; G Keegan (0-01), D Flaherty (0-01), M Delaney (0-01f)
Subs: M Grace for J Doran (25), L Quinn for M Delaney(ht), J Byrne for W Green (HT), K Whelan for M Moloney (45), N Kenny for P Divilly (63),

Kerry: S Murphy; R Horgan, P Costelloe, B Murphy; D Collins (0-01), D Dineen, K Carmody (0-01); J Griffin (0-02), J Egan (0-02); M O’Leary (0-04), S Nolan (1-07, 0-05f, 0-02’65), C Harty (1-01); M Boyle (4-01), P Boyle (0-05), D Butler
Subs: J O’Neill (0-01) for D Butler (ht), J Flaherty (0-01) for M O’Leary (56), S Weir for M Boyle (56), T Casey for S Nolan (56), B O’Leary (0-01) for J Egan (56)

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

30.05.2015 (Sat)
Christy Ring Cup Semi Final
Newbridge 14:00
Cill Dara v Ciarraí
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Kerry team lines out as follows:

1 Stephen Murphy Causeway
2 Rory Horgan St Brendans
3 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff
4 Bryan Murphy Causeway
5 Daniel Collins Kilmoyley
6 Darren Dineen St Brendans
7 Keith Carmody Causeway
8 John Griffin (c) Lixnaw
9 John Egan St Brendans
10 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
11 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
12 Colum Harty Causeway
13 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff
14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff
15 David Butler Knockavilla Kickhams

16 James Logue Ballingarry
17 Tommy Casey Causeway
18 Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley
19 James Flaherty Lixnaw
20 Philip Lucid Ballyheigue
21 John O’Neill Clonoulty-Rossmore
22 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney
23 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley
24 Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw
25 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills
26 Giles O’Grady Ballyduff

Munster SHC Quarter-Final – Limerick 1-19 Clare 2-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-19 to 2-15 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SHC: Limerick beat Clare in thriller


By Brian Murphy at Semple Stadium, Thurles for

Limerick moved into the semi-finals of the Munster Championship and a meeting with Tipperary on June 21 after a heart-stopping one-point win over Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Sub John Fitzgibbon hit the winner for Limerick in the 68th minute, sealing a superb win for Shannonsiders, who were six points clear at the three-quarter mark but found themselves in real trouble when Aaron Cunningham sparked a brave Clare comeback with two superb goals in the closing stages.

After a poor and largely uneventful first half, the game crackled into life at the start of the second half, Clare having lost joint captain Patrick Donnellan to a red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Donal O’Grady which sparked a melee just before the break. That incident added the necessary spice to a game that was memorable to that point only for the performance of Limerick’s precocious attacker Cian Lynch, who hit three points from play on a debut brimful of promise. Cunningham stole his thunder, though, scoring 2-1 for Clare after coming off the bench in the 48th minute.

Limerick, however, looked on course to win comfortably at that point, and were six ahead, 1-16 to 0-13, when Graeme Mulcahy pounced for a goal after 52 minutes. Cunningham responded with a goal almost immediately for Clare, showing the kind of direct running and killer instinct Clare had lacked in support of the brilliant lone front man Shane O’Donnell.

Limerick were then reduced to 14 men when Seánie Tobin was given his marching orders for a shoulder charge within seconds of coming on, and suddenly Clare had all the momentum. When Cunningham knifed through the Limerick defence and hammered home a second goal in the 64th minute, and O’Donnell got off the mark having toiled manfully after a super battle with Richie McCarthy, Clare were level with four minutes to go. However, Limerick dug deep and found a winner in the end, Fitzgibbon striking a fine shot from play over the bar to settle a hugely enjoyable tussle.

As expected, Conor McGrath was not fit to start and was replaced in the Clare line-up by Gearóid O’Connell from Ballyea, who started in midfield, allowing O’Donnell and David Reidy to form a two-man inside forward line. Limerick lined out as selected earlier in the week, Barry Hennessy, Seánie O’Brien and Lynch making their championship debuts.

Clare were short four of their eight All Stars from 2013 – Podge Collins, Conor McGrath, Colm Galvin and the suspended Brendan Bugler – and started like a team still getting to know each other, although neither side had in fact been in competitive action since late March, when their respective Allianz League campaigns ended in disappointment.

Shane Dowling, whose contribution of 0-11 from placed balls was ultimately the difference between the sides, was causing Clare all sorts of problems in the opening quarter, his physical presence on the edge of the square giving his team-mates a target they looked to at every opportunity.

It was the skill levels of and youthful audacity of Lynch, though, that lit up an untidy opening to the game – last year’s minor captain marking his senior championship debut with a superb score on 12 minutes. By the time Lynch had snapped his second of the game stylishly over the bar, Limerick were 0-7 to 0-4 up and must have been very happy with their first 20 minutes’ work.

Slowly, though, Clare worked their way back into the game, perhaps affronted when Lynch audaciously flipped the slither over Domhnall O’Donovan’s head and collected it at speed in another wonderful cameo from the precocious Patrickswell man, who has pedigree running through his bloodlines.

O’Donnell’s movement and willingness to battle up front on his own was giving McCarthy the jitters, while Limerick never seemed quite at ease with having a spare man at the back. When McCarthy fouled O’Donnell in the 25th minute, Clare had the gap back to one, with Colin Ryan firing over his fifth score of the half from a free.

If Limerick had a ‘spare’ man at the back in the first half, they had two when Donnellan was given his marching orders for felling Donal O’Grady with a stray hurl as the sides went in at the break, sparking a melee which just about summed up an untidy an error-strewn first half.

Clare seemed to gain strength from being a man down and led for the first time six minutes into the second half when John Conlon fired over three scores from play in a spell of dominance. Limerick hit back, and when Shane Dowling found his rhythm with a series of placed balls and then Mulcahy pounced for a 52nd minute goal, hitting a ground stroke past Patrick Kelly with the glee of a real poacher, Limerick were six clear, a man up, and seemingly on their way to a comfortable win.

It wasn’t until Cunningham came on to join him at the apex of the attack that Clare really reached the pitch of the game. Cunningham had hit a superb point within seconds of coming in for David Reidy to show he meant business and his two brilliantly-taken goals had Limerick in all sorts of trouble before they helf their nerve to win it through Fitzgibbon at the death.
Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-11 (0-10f, 0-1 65), Graeme Mulcahy 1-1, Cian Lynch 0-3, Paudie O’Brien 0-1, Seánie O’Brien 0-1, Tom Condon 0-1, John Fitzgibbon 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: Aaron Cunningham 2-1, Colin Ryan 0-6 (0-5f), John Conlon 0-3, Tony Kelly 0-2, Shane Golden 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Shane O’Donnell 0-1.

CLARE: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Jack Browne, Conor Ryan, Pat O’Connor; Patrick Donnellan, Shane Golden; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Gearóid O’Connell, Shane O’Donnell, David Reidy
Subs: Aaron Cunningham for David Reidy (48), Seadna Morey for Domhnall O’Donovan (55), Bobby Duggan for Gearóid O’Connell (58), Darach Honan for Shane Golden (67), Nicky O’Connell for Tony Kelly (69).

LIMERICK: Barry Hennessy; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Tom Condon, Gavin O’Mahony, Seánie O’Brien; Paudie O’Brien, James Ryan; Paul Browne, Declan Hannon, Donal O’Grady; Cian Lynch, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Seánie Tobin for Donal O’Grady (55), Dan Morrissey for Stephen Walsh (63), Wayne McNamare for Seamus Hickey, John Fitzgibbon for James Ryan (both 66), Kevin Downes for Paul Browne (71).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Attendance: 21,493



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Adult Uncovered Stand: €20
Adult Terrace: €15
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Team News

Clare SH team – 1.PKelly 2.DODonovan 3.CDillon 4.DMcInerney 5.PDonnellan 6.CRyan 7.JBrowne 8.POConnor 9.GOConnell 10.SGolden 11.TKelly 12.ColinRyan 13.JConlon 14.SODonnell 15.DReidy

List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Clare

SuperValu Killaloe Clare
SuperValu Tulla Clare
SuperValu Ennistymon Clare
SuperValu Kilrush Clare
SuperValu Miltown Malbay Clare
Centra Scariff Clare
Centra Ennis – Ryan’s Clare
Centra Ennis – Lynch’s Clare
Centra Ennis – Donnellan’s Clare
Centra Kilmihil Clare
Centra Sixmilebridge Clare

List of Centra / Supervalu outlets in Limerick

Centra Ennis Rd – Rodahan’s Limerick
Centra Drumcollogher Limerick
Centra Kilfinnane Limerick
Centra Hospital Limerick
Centra Raheen Limerick
Centra Bruff Limerick
SuperValu Abbeyfeale Limerick
SuperValu Castleconnell Limerick
SuperValu Corbally Limerick
SuperValu Kilmallock Limerick
SuperValu NewcastleWest – Dooley’s Limerick
SuperValu NewcastleWest – Garvey’s Limerick
SuperValu Askeaton Limerick
Centra Patrickswell – Hodkinson’s Limerick
Centra Dooradoyle Limerick
Centra Castletroy Limerick
Centra Clarina Limerick
Centra Pallas Green Limerick

Clare and Limerick meet for the 53rd time in the championship, with Limerick leading 34-17 (one game was drawn) from their previous 52 clashes.

This will be their first meeting in the Munster championship since 2008 when Clare won by 4-12 to 1-16 in the semi-final in Thurles. They met again in the 2012 All-Ireland qualifiers, when Limerick won, but it was Clare’s turn a year later when they won the All-Ireland semi-final by seven points.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2013: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006: Clare 2-21 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Limerick are seeking to win their first Munster championship game of the season for a third successive year, having beaten Tipperary in 2013 and 2014. Clare lost to Cork in their opening game last year and beat Waterford a year earlier.

Davy Fitzgerald played against Limerick in the championship on seven occasions, winning three (1993-95-2006) and losing four (1990-1991-94-96). TJ Ryan played against Clare in three championship games, winning in 1994 and 1996 and losing in 1995.

Clare have won only one competitive game since the beginning of April last year. It came against Dublin in this year’s League. Otherwise they lost to Tipperary (twice), Cork (twice), Kilkenny (twice), Wexford (once), Galway (once) in League and Championship. They also drew with Wexford in last year’s All-Ireland qualifiers.

Clare were eliminated from last year’s All-Ireland race after losing a Round 1 qualifier replay against Wexford, having earlier lost the Munster semi-final to Cork. Limerick beat Tipperary and lost to Cork in Munster before beating Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final. They lost the All-Ireland semi-final to Kilkenny by two points.

Clare were relegated from Division 1A this year after losing a play-off with Kilkenny. They had earlier lost four of five games.

Limerick finished second in Division 1B this year (three wins, one defeat, one draw) before losing the quarter-final to Dublin by 12 points.

Next Sunday’s winners will play Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 21.

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 3-14 to 2-15 in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday May 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Willie Griffin plays captain’s part as Limerick march on

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15: Willie Griffin played a captain’s part in Thurles as Limerick’s intermediate hurlers got a memorable day off to a winning start.

Adare clubman Griffin hit 2-6 as his side saw off a youthful Clare outfit in the Munster intermediate hurling championship quarter-final, to set up a Munster semi-final with Tipperary on June 21.

Limerick were six points behind in the first half but a deadly two-goal blast midway through the second half provided a winning platform.

Mike Fitzgerald was on the pitch less than four minutes when he blasted home Limerick’s second goal before Griffin struck a beauty. The quickfire strikes handed Limerick a 2-13 to 2-9 lead . The sides were level twice in the early stages, and again after half-time, but Limerick were full value for the win.

At half-time, Limerick were 0-9 to 1-8 behind as Ian Galvin’s sixth minute goal effectively separated the sides.

And Clare bagged a second goal in the 38th minute, with opposite corner forward Ryan Taylor on target. That prompted a response from Limerick and the introduction of Fitzgerald was a masterstroke from boss Don Flynn.

He cracked home the goal that renewed the Limerick challenge before Griffin netted twice in five minutes. 2007 All-Star goalkeeper Brian Murray also played his part for Limerick between the sticks, with crucial saves.

Galvin hit 1-5 for Clare but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat for the team managed by Donal Moloney, one half of Clare’s former U21 management team. David Conroy also impressed with four points from play, including three in the first half, for Clare.

Limerick were wasteful before the break, registering eight wides, but when goal chances presented themselves, they were clinically taken. Limerick haven’t won the Munster intermediate hurling title since 2008 but victory over Tipp next month would put them within an hour of provincial glory.

For Clare, the dream of a first Munster crown since 2011 came to an abrupt end, despite an encouraging first half.

Scorers for Limerick: W Griffin 2-6 (0-3f), M Fitzgerald 1-0, D Byrnes 0-3 (2f, 1 65), W Hickey & M Carmody 0-2 each, K O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: I Galvin 1-5 (0-4f), D Conroy 0-4, R Taylor 1-0, M O’Malley 0-3 (1f), S McGrath, S Ward & D Moloney 0-1 each.

CLARE: E Quilligan; A McGuane, E Quirke, L Corry; D Fitzgerald, B O’Gorman, B Carey; S McGrath, D Conroy; M O’Malley, S Ward, S Taylor; I Galvin, D Moloney, R Taylor.
Subs: B Corry for Moloney (37), R Hayes for O’Gorman (47), K Hehir for Carey (49), C Moloney for Taylor (52), C Fennessy for L Corry (58).

LIMERICK: B Murray; S Finn, B O’Connell, M Reidy; D Moloney, D Byrnes, B Lynch; R O’Donnell, A Brennan; K O’Brien, W Hickey, M Carmody; W Griffin, M Fitzgibbon, M Ryan.
Subs: D O’Donovan for O’Donnell (28), M Fitzgerald for Hickey (41), C Ryan for Fitzgibbon (56), G Murphy for Brennan (60+1).

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick Intermediate Hurling team v Clare – 1.Brian Murray (Patrickswell), 2. Seán Finn (Bruff), 3. Barry O’Connell (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 4. Mike Reidy (Dromin/Athlacca), 5. Denis Moloney (Doon), 6. Diarmuid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 7. Barry Lynch (Feohanagh/Castlemahon), 8. Robert O’Donnell (Pallasgreen), 9.Andrew Brennan (Caherline), 10. Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), 11. William Hickey (South Liberties), 12. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), 13. Willie Griffin (Adare)(Captain), 14. Mike Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh/Castlemahon) and 15. Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher).
16. David McCarthy (Glenroe), 17. Tommy Quaid (Effin), 18. Cathal McNamara (Doon), 19. Mike Fitzgerald (Doon), 20. John Ryan (Cappamore), 21. Richie English (Doon), 22. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), 23. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen) & 24. Gary Murphy (Caherline)

Munster SFC Q-Final – Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-15 to 0-13 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 23rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Munster SFC: Clare hang on to beat Limerick


Clare edged into a Munster Football Championship semi-final meeting with Cork next month after suffering a real scare against neighbours Limerick at Cusack Park.

The hosts looked to be cruising at half-time with a 0-9 to 0-4 lead until Limerick brought a real fight to the contest after the restart spearheaded by Ian Ryan and Peter Nash.

But two late scores from Clare substitute Cathal McInerney proved the difference to send his side into the last four and dispatch Limerick to the qualifiers.

In the opening half Clare started brightest with skipper Gary Brennan embarking on a solo run and fisting over inside the opening 20 seconds.

Robert Browne got Limerick off the mark at the other end before Clare’s best goal chance of the half arrived when Shane Brennan’s low drive was well saved by Brian Scanlan.

Ian Ryan then gave Limerick the lead as Clare’s Eoin Cleary, Pádraic Collins and Shane Brennan were all guilty of kicking wides; but they got away with it as the Banner still managed five scores on the trot.

Eoin Cleary fisted over before Shane and Gary Brennan stretched Clare’s lead, with Limerick starting to give the ball away very cheaply.
Cathal O’Connor’s pointed 45 was followed by Pádraic Collins’ first point of the evening which received a huge roar from the Clare faithful inside Cusack Park.

Limerick finally ended a 20-minute scoring drought when goalkeeper Scanlon dispatched a free but Clare responded with three more unanswered points through Cleary and a double from skipper Brennan to bring his personal tally to 0-4.
Scanlan fired over a 45 for John Brudair’s charges in stoppage time at the end of the half to make it 0-9 to 0-4, with the hosts in firm control of the contest.

But Limerick greatly improved after the restart and despite falling six behind when Jamie Malone scored early on, they would manage to get within a point of their neighbours.

Peter Nash, Stephen Cahill, Ian Ryan and Iain Corbett and Cian Sheehan all contributed to Limerick’s fine revival as Clare were suddenly on the ropes and badly needed a score.

That score eventually came from Rory Donnelly before Ryan kept Limerick just a point behind once more, and David McInerney and Scanlan swapped scores from placed balls to set up a tense finish.

As Limerick fought bravely for a leveller, McInerney popped up again at the death to dispel any chances of a replay by firing over and dragging his side over the line and end a cracking second half of football.

Scorers for Clare: Gary Brennan 0-4, Eoin Cleary, Rory Donnelly and Cathal McInerney (0-1f) 0-2 each, Jamie Malone, Paraic Collins, Cathal O’Connor (0-1 45), Shane Brennan and Sean Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-4 (0-2f), Brian Scanlan 0-3 (0-1f, 0-2 45), Peter Nash 0-2, Iain Corbett, Robert Browne, Stephen Cahill and Cian Sheehan 0-1 each.

CLARE: J Hayes; C Russell, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Hickey, G Kelly, D Ryan; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, J Malone, S Brennan; E Cleary, P Collins, P Burke
Subs: S Collins for Hickey (36), R Donnelly for Brennan (40), D O’Halloran for Malone (Black card, 47), C McInerney for Cleary (58), C Dunning for S Collins (66), K Sexton for Burke (70).

LIMERICK: B Scanlan; S O’Dea, J McCarthy, R Browne; I Corbett, C Fahy, S Cahill; T Lee, G Hegarty; J Riordan, P Ranahan, D Tracey; P Nash, S Buckley, I Ryan
Subs: D Neville for Lee (35), C Sheehan for Riordan (36), K Moore for Ranahan (56), G Noonan for Browne (62), C Phair for Nash (Black card, 70)
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)
Report: Jason Byrne for


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The Limerick senior football manager John Brudair has named his team to start the Munster senior football championship match against Clare in Ennis on next Saturday 23rd at 7pm. Four players are making their Munster championship debut, Robert Browne at corner back, Cillian Fahy at centre back, Stephen Cahill at wing back and Peter Nash at corner forward.

Limerick senior football team will line out as follows, 1. Brian Scanlan (Gerald Griffin’s), 2. Sean O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St.Kieran’s), 4. Robert Browne (Fr. Casey’s), 5. Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest), 6. Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), 7. Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins), 8. Thomas Lee (Ballylanders), 9. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s), 10. John Riordan (Fr Casey’s), 11. Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen), 12. Darragh Tracey (St. Kieran’s), 13. Peter Nash (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 14. Seanie Buckley (Captain)(Dromcollogher/Broadford) & 15. Ian Ryan (St. Senan’s)

Clare Senior Football team to play Limerick –

1. Joe Hayes (Lissycasey)
2. Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg Ennis)
3. Kevin Hartnett (Meelick)
4. Martin McMahon (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
5. Shane Hickey (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)
6. Gordon Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay
7. Dean Ryan (Éire Óg)
8. Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen)
9. Gary Brennan (Clondegad)
10. Shane Brennan (Clondegad)
11. Jamie Malone (Corofin
12. Sean Collins (Cratloe)
13. Eoin Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay)
14. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
15. Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin)
16. Pierce Deloughrey (Cratloe)
17. Stephen Collins (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
18. Rory Donnelly (Cooraclare)
19. Chris Dunning (Wolfe Tones)
20. Sean Haugh (O’Curry’s)
21. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
22. Cian O’Dea (Kilfenora)
23. Davy O’Halloran (Éire Óg)
24. Martin O’Leary (Kilmihil)
25. Alan O’Neill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield)
26. Keelan Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane)

Ticket Information

Adult: €15
Student’s/OAP: Purchase Adult tickets and receive a €5 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry
Under 16’s are FREE and do not require a ticket

This is an unreserved fixture

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Munster GAA Championship – Dual Package (Limerick v Clare)

This ticket includes admission to both the football and hurling fixtures, details below:

Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter Final
Saturday 23rd May 2015
Cusack Park Ennis
An Clar v Luimneach 7pm
Junior Game 5pm

*This is an unreserved fixture

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Sunday 24th May 2015
Semple Stadium
An Clar v Luimneach 4pm
*This is a reserved seating fixture

Please retain ticket for both fixtures, no re-prints

Dual Package Ticket Information

Adult Covered Stand (for Semple Stadium) + General Admission for Cusack Park : €30
Adult Terrace (for Semple Stadium) + General Admission for Cusack Park: €20
Juvenile Covered Stand (for Semple Stadium) + General Admission for Cusack Park : €5

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Clare and Limerick last met in the championship in 2012 when Clare won a Munster semi-final by a point. However, their most recent clash was in this season’s Allianz Football League when Limerick won by 2-10 to 1-5 in a Division 2 tie at Newcastlewest. It was level at 1-5 each early in the second half before Limerick took control to run out eight-point winners.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2012: Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)
2009: Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
2006: Limerick 2-5 Clare 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)
2003: Limerick 2-14 Clare 0-12 (Munster semi-final)
1988: Limerick 2-4 Clare 0-5 (Munster quarter-final)

Both Clare and Limerick won three and lost four of their seven Division 3 League games this year.

Clare drew with Waterford in the Munster first round last year before winning the replay. They lost the semi-final to Kerry by 1-17 to 1-13 before beating Carlow (4-26 to 2-13) in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers. They lost the third round to Kildare by 0-13 to 0-12.

Limerick lost to Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-11 in the Munster first round last year. They later beat London (1-16 to 1-13) and Antrim (3-11 to 0-15) in the qualifiers before losing to Sligo (0-12 to 0-10) in Round 3.

Next Saturday’s winners will play Cork in the Munster semi-final on June 14.

Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Limerick 1-15 Clare 3-7

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-15 to 3-7 in the Munster Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday May 23rd at Cusack Park Ennis.

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LIMERICK: James O’Mara (Fr Caseys); Kevin Brosnan (Monagea), Mike Sheehan (Fr Caseys), Bryan Hannigan (Feenagh-Kilmeedy), Sean Barrett (Bruff), Mark Phelan (St Patricks), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry); Tommy Butler (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), David Ward (Fr Caseys); Jimmy Barry Murphy (Ballylanders), Killian Ryan (Mungret), Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh); Thomas Quilligan (Newcastle West), Eoin Hogan (Na Piarsiagh), Jason Mullins (St Patricks). Subs: Maurice Kelly (Ballylanders), Wayne Cronin (St Patricks), Derry O’Connor (Fr Caseys), James O’Meara (Askeaton Ballysteen), Kevin Barry (Pallasgreen), Tony McMahon (Pallasgreen), Eoin Fitzgibbon (Oola), Michael O’Donovan (Galbally), Bill Creamer (Cappamore).

Play Munster GAA Fantasy Pick 5

Munster GAA is giving fans the chance to test their fantasy GAA skills and add to their match day experience during the 2015 Munster Championship. Fans can play the Munster GAA Fantasy Game for all of the 2015 Senior Hurling Munster Championship and the 2015 Senior Football Championship Final. Playing is easy and FREE.

Simply log onto the Munster Fantasy GAA website ( or download our app from iTunes or Google Play, select a game and then select the 5 players you think will have the biggest impact on the game.


Points are earned for goals, points, cards, appearances and clean sheets not to mention in a first for Munster GAA, points for assists for goals and points from play will also be included. All done in real-time.

Leader-boards will be updated in real time* and each game will have a dedicated chat zone so you can chat with other fans, a social hub so you can see the best of the Munster GAA tweets and for those not at the ground, a live commentary zone.

NOTE: While the game is updated in real-time, results will be finalised one hour after the game, this is to allow time to validate all the scores. In the event of a tie the person who registers first will be the winner so get in quick.

Entries close 30 minutes before throw-in.

The winner in each game will receive a prize of a pair of tickets for the next round of the Munster Senior Championship up to the finals in July.

How to play Munster GAA Fantasy Game

The Sportego System allows fans, who enjoy adding to their match-day experience, the opportunity to play a unique Pick-5 Fantasy Game for each Munster Senior Hurling Championship match. All you have to do is simply choose the FIVE players you think will have the biggest impact on the game!

Log onto the Munster Fantasy GAA website (, fill in your details, and then choose your selection of FIVE players across both teams.

You earn points from your players when they score a goal or a point, but they will lose points if they pick up a yellow, black or red card. We are now including points for scores from play and score assists for the Championship: Assist is the legitimate pass from either: the hand, foot or hurley to scorer from a team member. There must be clear evidence to prove that the assist was given by a fellow team member as outlined above. This eliminates flick ons that are unclear and 50/50 breaks. Munster GAA Fantasy Game reserve the right to call the assist and if there is any doubt the assist is not given.

The scoring is greater for backs/goalkeepers than it is for forwards and backs/goalkeepers can also pick up additional points if no goals are conceded. Teams/Players for selection will be posted on the website once they are available (normally 48 hours before throw in) and will be announced on Munster GAA twitter and Facebook.

NOTE: It is important to register early, as in the event of a tie, the person who registers first will be the winner. (If a player changes their selection, the time of the registered change applies) Munster GAA will continue to post updates via the website and on Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag is #MunsterGAA15

Westcourt Cup Under 14 Hurling Final

Cashel Community School defeated Abbey CBS Tipperary Town by 3-5 to 2-3 in the Westcourt Cup Under 14 Hurling Final on Monday May 18th in Dundrum.

Cashel last won this competition in 1997 while Abbey CBS last success came in 2013.

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Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final Replay – Cork 0-14 Galway 1-10

Cork defeated Galway by 0-14 to 1-10 in the Tesco Homegrown National Ladies Football League Division 1 Final Replay on Saturday May 16th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

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