All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-13 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 31st at Croke Park.

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All Ireland SFC Q-F: Terrific Tipperary triumph

Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-10

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Tipperary’s All-Ireland title dream remains alive after a famous quarter-final success, their first ever, secured thanks to a couple of thrilling cameo performances from Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney.

Quinlivan’s first-half goal got Tipp on their way and Sweeney weighed in with two more after the break to ensure a remarkable win over the Connacht champions.

Tipp are through now to the All-Ireland semi-finals and will meet Tyrone or Mayo on August 21, a game they will feel they can win to secure a quite incredible final place against Dublin or Kerry.

Amazingly, a repeat of the Munster final between Tipp and Kerry could even occur next month with the southern duo still standing in the Championship.

Tipp’s progression also means that they are the only county with teams still involved in both the senior football and hurling championships.

It was a terrific performance from Tipp who defended in stout fashion and provided a platform for their forwards to attack menacingly, something Galway were no match for.

It’s the end of the line for Galway now though they have their provincial title at least and, in time, will regard the summer as a success.

Tipp took no negative vibes into the contest despite watching fellow first time quarter-finalists Clare receive a sound beating from Kerry in the earlier game.

Their heads still didn’t drop after falling 0-4 to 0-1 down after 15 minutes either following Galway points from Danny Cummins, Shane Walsh and Eamon Brannigan.

In fact, it only seemed to spur them into action and they opened up with some exciting attacking football that displayed their full range of skills from there on.

In all, Tipp hit with 1-6 without reply between the 15th and 33rd minutes as the Galway defence found itself under siege.

It was thrilling from Tipp and Quinlivan in particular whose 17th minute goal when he palmed in from close range after good work by Robbie Kiely and George Hannigan was the spark. Quinlivan added two points before free-taker Kevin O’Halloran opened his account and Sweeney then got in on the act.

Tipp led 1-7 to 0-4 approaching the break though Galway hauled themselves back into the contest with a brilliant Damien Comer goal. He raced onto Paul Conroy’s pass and powered past Alan Campbell before blasting to the net, leaving Tipp just 1-8 to 1-5 up the interval.

Galway’s defence was always vulnerable though and Tipp exposed it time and again in the second-half as they soared to a famous win. Quinlivan and Philip Austin both had goal chances though Sweeney wasn’t to be denied and netted in the 38th and 47th minutes to put the Premier into a spectacular 10-point lead.

Bill Maher did the spade work for the first goal, playing in Sweeney after a solo run through the middle and Sweeney got his fist to Jimmy Feehan’s long ball for the second. Leading by 3-11 to 1-7, double scores, Tipp could afford to drop the intensity a notch for the closing 20 minutes or so and still win with plenty to spare.

Galway tried for goals, but couldn’t get another and managed just two points from open play in the entire second-half, from Cummins and sub Paul Varley.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Sweeney 2-2, M Quinlivan 1-4 (1f), K O’Halloran 0-4 (2fs, 145), B Fox 0-1, R Kiely 0-1, P Acheson 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: S Walsh 0-4 (4fs), D Comer 1-0, D Cummins 0-3, E Brannigan 0-1, P Conroy 0-1, P Varley 0-1.

Tipperary: E Comerford; C McDonald, A Campbell, C O’Shaughnessy; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; P Acheson, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran, B Fox; P Austin, M Quinlivan, C Sweeney
Subs: A Moloney for Keane (65), S Leahy for Maher (69), M Dunne for Hannigan (73), M Hanley for Quinlivan (75).

Galway: B Power; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; L Silke, G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw; P Conroy, T Flynn; G Sice, J Heaney, E Brannigan; D Cummins, S Walsh, D Comer
Subs: A Varley for Sice (48), P Varley for Heaney (50), E Tierney for Brannigan (52), P Sweeney for A Varley (61), P Cooke for Walsh (63), E Hoare for Conroy (69 BC).

Referee: C Lane (Cork).

Fixture Details

31.07.2016 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Conor Lane (Corcaigh)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in tomorrow’s All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final in Croke Park has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. There are no changes as expected with Liam naming the same starting fifteen that lined out against Derry last weekend.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows-

1. Evan Comerford – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Colm O’Shaughnessy – Ardfinnan
3. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
4. Ciarán Mc Donald – Aherlow
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Peter Acheson (Capt.) – Moyle Rovers
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
12. Brian Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
13. Philip Austin – Borrisokane
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen

GALWAY (SF v Tipperary): B Power; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; L Silke, G O’Donnell, G Bradshaw; P Conroy, T Flynn; G Sice, D Comer, J Heaney; E Brannigan, S Walsh, D Cummins.

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They meet in the championship for the fourth time, with two of the clashes coming in the qualifiers in the last three years. Galway won both games in 2013 and 2014 meetings. The 2014 clash produced a total of 8-29, with Galway winning by 4-17 to 4-12.

Galway last reached the quarter-final in 2014 when they lost to Kerry. Their last win in the quarter-final was in 2001 when they beat Roscommon and later went on to win the All-Ireland title.

Galway 1-12 Mayo 0-12 (Connacht semi-final)
Galway 0-13 Roscommon 1-10 (Connacht final)
Galway 3-16 Roscommon 0-14 (Connacht final) Replay

Top Scorers
Danny Cummins…….2-5
Gary Sice……………….1-8 (0-7 frees)
Eamonn Brannigan…0-5
Damien Comer………..0-5
Tipperary 1-15 Waterford 1- 7 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 1-21 Derry 2-17 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)

Top Scorers
Kevin O’Halloran……..1-19 (0-12 frees, 0-4 ‘45s)
Michael Quinlivan…….1-17 (0-8 frees)
Conor Sweeney………….1-5

2014: Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 4)
2013: Galway 1-12 Tipperary 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 1)
1904: Tipperary 2-5 Galway 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1902: Tipperary 2-17 Galway 0-1 (All-Ireland ‘Home’ Final)

2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11
2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-11 (replay)
2003: Galway 1-11 Donegal 0-14 (draw)
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Galway 0-14 Roscommon 1-5
Played 7, Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 5.

Tipperary are in their first quarter-final

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-24 Derry 2-10

Kerry defeated Derry by 1-24 to 2-10 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 31st at Croke Park.

Electric Ireland MFC Q-F: Impressive Kerry march on

Kerry 1-24 Derry 2-10

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park for

Peter Keane’s Kerry scored all bar one point of this afternoon’s winning tally from play as they cruised into the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football championship semi-finals.

Ten players got on the scoresheet as the Kingdom saw off Derry by 11 points at Croke Park to set up a semi-final against Kildare or Mayo on August 28. This was excellent stuff from treble-chasing Kerry, who had a haul of 1-6 from inspirational captain Seán O’Shea, a member of last year’s All-Ireland winning team.

O’Shea was aided and abetted by the scoring exploits of the Davids, Shaw and Clifford, who split 10 points from play between them. Shaw bagged four points in a row between the 38th and 45th minutes as Kerry, who outscored their opponents by 1-12 to 0-4 in the second half, stepped on the gas.

Derry got in for two crucial first half goals and had parity at the interval – 2-6 to 0-12 – but Kerry had the greater firepower as O’Shea, Shaw, and Clifford called the tune. O’Shea was exceptional in that opening half, kicking five of his six points from play, while the Kingdom targeted Derry goalkeeper Ben McKinless and his kick-outs, profiting on a number of occasions.

The sides were level three times within the opening 16 minutes before a run of four unanswered points opened up a four-point lead for Kerry. McKinless then came forward for a 20m free which he dragged dreadfully wide at the Hill 16 end but Derry had their opening goal in the 24th minute as Patrick Quigg scrambled the ball home at the second attempt, after his initial effort was saved by Billy Courtney.

The Oak Leafers were now very much back in the hunt, trailing by 1-4 to 0-8, but Kerry stepped on the gas to open up a five-point lead by the 28th minute. As Hogan Cup final hero Clifford picked off a couple of points, one from another loose McKinless kick-out, Kerry moved 0-12 to 1-4 in front.

But Derry were resilient and after Feargal Higgins somehow wriggled his way through for a 30th-minute goal, points from impressive midfielder Patrick Coney and wing-back Pádraig McGrogan levelled matters at the interval.

But Kerry opened the second half with intent, Daniel O’Brien fisting a point before O’Shea banged home a 33rd minute goal off the post. Brian Friel added to Kerry’s lead and while Caolan Devlin opened Derry’s second half account, with a free, Shaw opened up with that quartet of quickfire scores to send his team into an eight-point lead – 1-18 to 2-7. The margin stretched to 11 by full-time as Kerry won pulling up.

Scorers for Kerry: S O’Shea 1-6 (1f), D Clifford and D Shaw 0-5 each, D O’Brien 0-2, M Potts, M Breen, M Ryan, D Moynihan, B Friel and C Teahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Derry: F Higgins 1-2 (1f), P Quigg 1-0, P Coney 0-3, C Devlin 0-3 (3fs), P McGrogan and S Higgins 0-1 each.

Kerry: B Courtney; D Naughton, G O’Sullivan, N Collins; M Potts, D O’Brien, M Foley; M Breen, M Ryan; B Sweeney, S O’Shea, D Moynihan; F O’Brien, D Shaw, D Clifford
Subs: B Friel for O’Brien (h.t.), C Teahan for Sweeney (44), S Okunbar for Ryan (55), K Dwyer for Potts (56), C Linnane for Moynihan (59), T O’Connor for Clifford (60+2).

Derry: B McKinless; C McCluskey, G McLaughlin, A Bradley; S McErlain, E Concannon, P McGrogan; P Coney, C Doherty; S Higgins, C Devlin, P Quigg; S Downey, F Higgins, E Bradley
Subs: O McKeever for Concannon (34), O McWilliams for Downey (37), S Mortimer for McLaughlin (44), R Young for Doherty (45), L Kielt for Bradley (51), J.P. Devlin for McCluskey (55).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)

Team News

The Kerry Minor Football Team to play Derry in the Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor Football Quarter Final at Croke Park on Sunday next (12 noon) is unchanged from the side that defeated Cork in the Munster Final.

The team, captained by Sean O’Shea is as follows:
1. Billy Courtney Dr. Crokes
2. Micheál Reidy Ballymacelligott
3. Niall Collins Listowel Emmets
4. Graham O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses
5. Michael Potts Dr. Crokes
6. Daniel O’Brien Glenflesk
7. Micheál Foley Ballydonoghue
8. Mike Breen Beaufort
9. Mark Ryan Rathmore
10. Dara Moynihan Spa
11. Sean O’Shea Kenmare
12. Diarmuid O’Connor Na Gaeil
13. David Clifford Fossa
14. Bryan Sweeney Listowel Emmets
15. Brian Friel Rathmore
Fir Ionaid:
16. Sean Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
17. David Naughton Dr. Crokes
18. Ferdia O’Brien Austin Stacks
19. David Shaw Dr. Crokes
20. Kieran Dwyer St. Pats
21. Caolim Teahan Glenbeigh-Glencar
22. Stefan Okunbar Na Gaeil
23. Niall Donohue Firies
24. Cormac Linnane Beale

Bainisteoir: Peter Keane (St Marys)
Treanalaí: Chris Flannery and Padraig Murphy
Roghnoirí: Tommy Griffin (Dingle), James Foley (Kilcummin)

Liaison Officer: Christy Killeen

Additional Players on the Kerry Minor Panel
Tomás O’Connor Ballymacelligott
Cormac Leane Milltown Castlemaine
Darren Casey St. Mary’s
Dean Fitzgerald Rathmore
Fionán Mackessy Ardfert
Karl Mullins Kerins O’Rahillys
Chris O’Donoghue Glenflesk
Ryan O’Neill Na Gaeil
Cian Gammell Killarney Legion
Cian O’Callaghan Firies

The team contains three of the starting fifteen from last year’s All Ireland final win over Tipperary – Billy Courtney, Sean O’Shea and Bryan Sweeney while three others who played in that final – Daniel O’Brien, Mike Breen and Graham O’Sullivan also make the starting fifteen. Five of the St Brendans Killarney Hogan Cup winning team are included, Billy Courtney, Daniel O’Brien, Michael Potts, Dara Moynihan and David Clifford.

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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11

Kerry defeated Clare by 2-16 to 0-11 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 31st at Croke Park.

All Ireland SFC Q-F: Kerry register convincing win

Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-11

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

All-Ireland title hopefuls Kerry left neighbours Clare with a depressingly familiar feeling as the Kingdom cruised through to the last four of the Championship. Goals from Donnchadh Walsh and Darran O’Sullivan did the trick at Croke Park as Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men repeated their big win over Clare in the Munster championship on the national stage.

Their reward is an August 28 semi-final clash with Dublin or Donegal, a tie that is sure to excite regardless of the opposition. James O’Donoghue and Paul Geaney also contributed 0-8 between them while Barry John Keane made a pressing case for inclusion the next day with three points from the bench. For first-time quarter-finalists Clare, the dream is over though it has been a famous summer and they weren’t disgraced by any means.

It was looking good for Clare initially and the teams were tied at 0-3 to 0-3 after 20 minutes. All of Clare’s points came from placed balls with David Tubridy converting two frees and Eoin Cleary notching the other. But Kerry’s opening goal in the 21st minute put clear daylight between them for the first time and was a dagger through Clare’s outside hopes of progressing.

It was a bizarre strike and hugely unfortunate for Clare as Paul Murphy’s attempted hop bounced off his heel and into the path of Walsh to volley in from close range. It began a burst of Kerry scoring that saw them hit 1-4 without reply, allowing them to take firm control of the game.

O’Donoghue hit a lovely point from the left wing while O’Sullivan kicked two in this period as Clare were pinned back. Kerry got plenty of joy from high, diagonal ball into their forward line and to Paul Geaney in particular. Pearse Lillis scored Clare’s first point in 18 minutes approaching half-time but Kerry responded with O’Donoghue’s third point to lead convincingly at the break, 1-8 to 0-4.

Clare were unfortunate not to grab at least a goal themselves in the second-half, hitting the post with one effort and having an effort cleared off the line by Kerry sub Aidan O’Mahony. But the 2014 All-Ireland winners were always in control and O’Sullivan’s goal in the 41st minute, a left foot rocket to the top right corner, put them in a commanding position with a 2-8 to 0-5 lead.

Fitzmaurice introduced six subs throughout the second-half and Bryan Sheehan was among the scorers after coming on as they made light of Clare’s challenge and settled for an 11-point win.

Scorers for Kerry: D O’Sullivan 1-2, J O’Donoghue 0-5 (3fs), BJ Keane 0-3, P Geaney 0-3 (0-1f), D Walsh 1-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (0-1f), S O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: D Tubridy 0-4 (2fs, 145), E Cleary 0-4 (4fs), P Lillis 0-1, J Malone 0-1, P Burke 0-1.

Kerry: B Kelly; T Morley, M Griffin, B O Beaglaoich; S Enright, K Young, P Crowley; K Donaghy, D Moran; D Walsh, D O’Sullivan, P Murphy; J O’Donoghue, P Geaney, S O’Brien
Subs: A O’Mahony for Morley (45, BC), BJ Keane for Walsh (45), A Maher for Donaghy (48), B Sheehan for Moran (53), M O Se for Crowley (53), T Brosnan for O’Donoghue (66).

Clare: J Hayes; S Hickey, K Harnett, D Ryan; M McMahon, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor; S Collins, P Collins, E Cleary; J Malone, D Tubridy, P Lillis
Subs: S McGrath for Tubridy (47), E Coughlan for O’Connor (50), P Burke for Hickey (58), S Malone for Kelly (64).

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Clare in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter Final in Croke Park on Sunday at 2pm shows three changes in personnel from the side that defeated Tipperary in the Munster Final; Peter Crowley comes into the half back line in place of Aidan O’Mahony who was a late replacement for the injured Laune Rangers man last day out; David Moran starts in midfield instead of Bryan Sheehan and up front, James O’Donoghue returns for his first start since last year’s All Ireland final in place of the injured Colm Cooper.

The substitutes list is notable for the fact that three of this year’s Under 21 side, Tom O’Sullivan, Barry O’Sullivan and Tony Brosnan, make the championship match day squad for the first time.

Michael Geaney, who replaced Colm Cooper in the course of the Munster Final, misses the game through injury as do Cooper and Johnny Buckley.

The team, captained by Killian Young is as follows:
1. Brian Kelly Killarney Legion
2. Shane Enright Tarbert
3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore
4. Killian Young (C) Renard
5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich An Ghaeltacht
6. Peter Crowley Laune Rangers
7. Tadhg Morley Templenoe
8. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks
9. David Moran Kerins O’Rahillys
10. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare
11. Paul Murphy Rathmore
12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane
13. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh-Glencar
14. Paul Geaney Dingle
15. James O’Donoghue Killarney Legion
Fir Ionaid:
16. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin
17. Bryan Sheehan St Marys
18. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore
19. Anthony Maher Duagh
20. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys
21. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht
22. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion
23. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes
24. Tom O’Sullivan Dingle
25. Barry O’Sullivan Dingle
26. Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)
Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks), Padraig Corcoran (Dingle), Liam Hassett (Laune Rangers).

Additional Info:
Brian Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht) – Made his Championship debut against Clare in the Munster semi final having made his League debut against Dublin in the AFL Round 1 earlier in the year. He also played in the McGrath Cup in January. Brian won an All Ireland Minor medal with Kerry in 2014 in the full back position and has 2 Hogan Cup (2014 & 2015) and 3 Munster Colleges (Corn Uí Mhuirí) medals being joint Captain with Mark O’Connor for Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne last year.

Tadhg Morley (Templenoe) – A Primary Teacher who made his Championship debut against Clare in the Munster semi final, Tadhg played Minor for Kerry in 2010 and 2011 and Under 21 for the county in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was centre back on the Kerry team that won the All Ireland Junior title last year. He captained Templenoe to County, Munster and All Ireland Junior Club titles 2015/16.

James O’Donoghue – Who made his Championship debut against Cork in 2011 is starting his first full game for Kerry since last years All Ireland Final and made his 25th Championship appearance for Kerry when introduced as a sub in the Munster Final. Scorer of 9-65 in those 25 games.

Munster Semi Final – The Kerry team shows two changes in personnel from the side that defeated Clare by 2-23 to 0-17 in the Munster semi final back on June 12th. (David Moran and James O’Donoghue for Bryan Sheehan and Colm Cooper).

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They meet for the second time in six weeks, with Kerry having won the Munster semi-final by 2-23 to 0-17 in Killarney in mid-June. Early goals by Colm Cooper and Stephen O’Brien set Kerry on their way to a 2-10 to 0-9 interval lead, leaving the second half little more than a formality for Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s men.

However, Clare have made a brave comeback in the qualifiers, beating Laois, Sligo and Roscommon to book a Croke Park date for the second time this year, having beaten Kildare at HQ in the Allianz League Division 3 final in April.
Clare are seeking their first championship win over Kerry since the 1992 Munster final. Prior to that, they hadn’t beaten Kerry in the championship since 1949.

Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Clare 2-17 Sligo 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Clare 2-12 Roscommon 1-9 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 4)

Clare’s Top Scorers
David Tubridy…….2-16 (0-9 frees, 1-0pen, 0-2 ‘45s)
Eoin Cleary…………0-14 (0-7 frees, 0-1 line ball)
Gary Brennan……..1-6 (0-1f)
Jamie Malone………1-6

Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 3-17 Tipperary 2-10 (Munster final)

Paul Geaney….. ……2-8 (0-1free)
Stephen O’Brien…..1-6
Colm Cooper………..1-3 (0-1 free)
Bryan Sheehan………0-6 (0-6 frees)

2015: Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
2012: Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2008: Kerry 1-14 Clare 0-5 (Munster semi-final)
2004: Kerry 2-10 Clare 0-9 (Munster quarter-final)

Kerry have qualified for the quarter-finals for a 16th successive season, winning 13, drawing one and losing two (Donegal in 2012 and Down in 2010) of their previous sixteen games.
2015: Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10
2014: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10
2013: Kerry 0-15 Cavan 0-9
2012: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10
2011: Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10
2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10
2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7
2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16
2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11
2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13
2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18
2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8
2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10
2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12
2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)
2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

Clare are in the quarter-finals for the first time


All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers – Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

Donegal defeated Cork by 0-21 to 1-15 in Round 4B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday July 30th at Croke Park.

Round 4B Qualifier: Late Donegal burst decisive

Donegal 0-21 Cork 1-15

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Paddy McBrearty’s 11-point haul proved crucial as Donegal bounced back from their Ulster final heartache to set up a mouthwatering All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Dublin.

Rory Gallagher’s side had to dig deep, though, as underdogs Cork conjured a strong display after a difficult season that yielded Allianz league relegation and a shock Munster championship defeat to Tipperary. The Rebels were right in late on and led by two with 17 minutes remaining, but had no answer to Donegal’s strong finish.

A six-in-a-row of Donegal points including three from the excellent McBrearty ultimately eased the 2012 All-Ireland winners through to the last eight. Aside from McBrearty, Ryan McHugh was excellent with three points while another McHugh, Eoin, scored two important points. Donegal will need a significant improvement to overcome the Dubs though they’re still alive at least.

Cork have now missed out on an All-Ireland quarter-final spot for the second year running having contested one in each of the previous 10 seasons. Donegal set up in traditional defensive fashion and got 14 men behind the ball from the off when defending, leaving McBrearty alone up front.

Yet it opened out into a surprisingly attacking and exciting affair with both sides profiting from counter attacking movements. Cork dominated the first quarter and led 1-6 to 0-4 after 18 minutes. Peadar Healy’s side shook off a patchy season so far with some of their best football in this period.

Defenders Tom Clancy (Fermoy) and Sean Powter bombed forward for Cork points and Paul Kerrigan curled in a beautiful goal. The vastly experienced Nemo Rangers man took on Clancy’s pass, cut inside Neil McGee and curled a right footed shot beyond Mark Anthony McGinley to the right corner. It was reminiscent of Cork’s excellent start against Dublin here in the Allianz league though Donegal came roaring back into the game in the next 15 minutes or so.

Eoin McHugh began a blitz of points that ended with Donegal outscoring Cork by 0-7 to 0-1 between the 21st and 32nd minutes. It was superb football as Donegal attacked at pace, weaving some spectacular passing moves and, for the most, finding McBrearty at the end of those moves to take scores.

Donegal led 0-11 to 1-7 after 32 minutes but Cork finished the half strong with Clancy’s second point and one from Donncha O’Connor to lead 1-9 to 0-11 at the break. Aidan Walsh came on for Cork late in the first-half, replacing the injured Alan O’Connor. It was Walsh’s first football action in exactly two years having joined the hurling setup for 2015.

The sides were level on a number of occasions in the third quarter as both sides did their best to move clear. McBrearty and Ryan McHugh scored some excellent points for Donegal while Walsh hit a score for Cork who led 1-14 to 0-15 after 53 minutes. But Donegal showed their hunger for progression with those six points on the trot to advance impressively. McBrearty picked up a black card in the 76th minute for a drag down, but was afforded a huge ovation as he walked off.

Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty 0-11 (4fs), R McHugh 0-3, E McHugh 0-2, M Murphy 0-2 (1f), K Lacey 0-1, F McGlynn 0-1, O MacNiallais 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P Kerrigan 1-1, D O’Connor 0-2, K O’Driscoll 0-2, T Clancy (Clonakilty) 0-2, C O’Driscoll 0-2, C O’Neill 0-2 (1f), S Powter 0-1, M Collins 0-1, T Clancy (Fermoy) 0-1, A Walsh 0-1.

Donegal: MA McGinley; P McGrath, E McGee, N McGee; K Lacey, M O’Reilly, F McGlynn; O MacNiallais, M Murphy; A Thompson, M McElhinney, E McHugh; R Kavanagh, P McBrearty, R McHugh
Subs: C Gillespie for E McGee (43), L McLoone for Kavanagh (46), C Toye for Thompson (55), M McHugh for McGlynn (61), E Doherty for N McGee (68), H McFadden for MacNiallais (71). McBrearty BC 76, not replaced.

Cork: R Price; S Cronin, E Cadogan, T Clancy (Clonakilty); C O’Driscoll, S Powter, T Clancy (Fermoy); A O’Connor, I Maguire; K O’Driscoll, M Collins, M Hurley; D O’Connor, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan
Subs: A Walsh for A O’Connor (35+1), P Kelly for Kelleher (42), C O’Neill for D O’Connor (47), B O’Driscoll for Clancy (Clonakilty) (48), J O’Rourke for K O’Driscoll (62), A Cadogan for Powter (68).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Cork senior Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifier Round 4B v Donegal in Croke Park has been announced as follows

Cork Senior Football Team
1. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
2. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomás Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
7. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
8. Alan O Connor (St Colum’s)
9. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
10. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
11. Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig)
12. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)
16. Micheal A Martin (Nemo Rangers)
17. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
18. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
19. Niall Coakley (St Jude’s)
20. Kieran Histon (Cobh)
21. Conor Dorman (Bishopstown)
22. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
23. Donncha O Connor (Ballydesmond)
24. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
25. Sean Powter (Douglas)
26. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

Donegal: Mark Anthony McGinley, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Ciaran Gillespie, Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn, Rory Kavanagh, Martin McElhinney, Anthony Thompson, Odhrán MacNiallais, Eoin McHugh, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy, Martin O’Reilly

They meet in the championship for the fourth time with Cork winning two of the previous three meetings while Donegal won one. Donegal’s success came in the 2012 semi-final, winning 0-16 t0 1-11 while Cork’s victories were both in quarter-finals. In 2009, they won by 1-27 to 2-10 and by 1-11 to 1-10 in 2006.

The last competitive clash between the counties was in Round 2 of the Allianz League last February when Donegal won by 2-14 to 1-7 in Ballyshannon.

Donegal are bidding to reach the quarter-final for a sixth successive year. Cork missed out last year, losing to Kildare in a Round 4 qualifier, having qualified for the quarter-final in each of the previous ten seasons.

Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 2-12 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
Cork 2-9 Longford 1-6 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 3)
Donegal 2-12 Fermanagh 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final)
Monaghan 0-14 Donegal 1-11 (Ulster semi-final)
Donegal 0-17 Monaghan 2-10 (Ulster semi-final) Replay
Tyrone 0-13 Donegal 0-11 (Ulster final)


Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final – Kerry 2-20 Kildare 2-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 2-20 to 2-10 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday July 30th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Team News

The Kerry Minor Hurling Team to play Kildare in the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling B Championship Quarter Final at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on this Saturday at 2:30pm is as follows:

1 Adam O’Sullivan Crotta O’Neills
2 Philip Maunsell Kilmoyley
3 Liam Mullins Lixnaw
4 Evan Murphy Causeway
5 Darragh Behan Crotta O’Neills
6 Conor O’Keeffe Lixnaw
7 Gearoíd Fennessy Kilgarvan
8 Shane Conway (C) Lixnaw
9 Conor Galwey Ballyheigue
10 Coilin Sheehy Lixnaw
11 Eric Leen St Brendans
12 Padraig O’Mahony St Brendans
13 Micheál McCarthy Kenmare
14 Barry O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
15 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley
Fir Ionaid:
16 Robert Silles Lixnaw
17 Thomas Quinlan Crotta O’Neills
18 Darragh Goulding Ballyduff
19 Shane O’Mahony St Brendans
20 Jeaic McKenna Crotta O’Neills
21 Gary Carey Causeway
22 Ciarán Breen Tralee Parnells
23 Adrian Nolan St Brendans
24 Gerard Leen Causeway

Additional Panel Members:
25 Brandon Conway Crotta O’Neills
26 Jack O’Sullivan Ballyduff
27 Chris Creedon Kilgarvan
28 Sean O’Donoghue Crotta O’Neills
29 Geroid O’Mahony Causeway
30 Nial O’Mahony Abbeydorney
31 Bryan McAuliffe Lixnaw
32 Fionán Mackessy St Brendans

Bainisteoir: John Hennessy (Ballyduff)
Róghnoirí: Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta O’Neills), Eamonn Fitzgearld (Causeway), John Healy (Ballyheigue).
Treánalaí: John Barry (St Senans)

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final – Donegal 2-13 Cork 0-13

Donegal defeated Cork by 2-13 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday July 30th at Croke Park.

Electric Ireland MFC Q-F: Donegal finish strongly

Donegal 2-13 Cork 0-13

By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

They lived dangerously initially, but Donegal eventually came good at Croke Park with a storming second-half display to secure their Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football semi-final spot.

The Ulster champions were fortunate to be just four down after a poor first-half, but blitzed the Rebels after the break to march confidently through to next month’s semi-final. The 2014 All-Ireland finalists outscored Cork by 1-10 to 0-3 in the second-half to comfortably secure a clash with Galway.

Jason McGee’s first-half goal kept Donegal in it when they were struggling and sub Shane McGrath’s goal in the 57th minute ultimately secured the win. Niall O’Donnell’s five point haul was significant also while Cork finished with 14 men following the second yellow card picked up by corner-back Alan McCarthy in the 52nd minute.

Donegal will hope for a more rounded performance next time out because they survived on scraps early on and were grateful for McGee’s 27th minute goal. The north westerners fell 0-5 to 0-1 down and didn’t score their first point from open play until first-half injury-time.

But McGee’s excellent goal when he punished Cork on the counter attack with a penetrating burst through the middle and rifled shot to the left corner hauled them right back. O’Donnell added a point from a free shortly after Donegal trailed by just one at 0-6 to 1-2.

Cork finished the half with a burst though and four points on the trot, two of those from the excellent Mark Buckley, left clear daylight between them again. Cork were 0-10 to 1-3 up at the break though surprisingly added just three more points in the game, two of those from frees.

Donegal restarted with three points in a row and drew level in the 42nd minute when Enda McCormick scored his first of two points. Donegal led by a point with 10 minutes to go, but finished strongly, capitalising on the Cork dismissal to reel off 1-2 without reply in the final seven minutes or so.

Scorers for Donegal: N O’Donnell 0-5 (4fs), J McGee 1-0, S McGrath 1-0, P Mogan 0-3 (3fs), A McLaughlin 0-2, E McCormick 0-2, E McGettigan 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: M Buckley 0-5 (1 45), D Gore 0-4 (3fs), T Corkery 0-1, C Maguire 0-1, C O’Callaghan 0-1, C O’Mahony 0-1 (f).

Donegal: G Mulreany; S Ferry, A McCrea, M Curran; O Shiels, JD Boyle, A McLaughlin; J McGee, K Gallagher; P Mogan, N Boyle, E McCormick; O McFadden-Ferry, N O’Donnell, E McGettigan
Subs: A Deeney for McCrea (35+2), S McGrath for Shiels (h/t), B O’Donnell for Boyle (54), G Molloy for McFadden-Ferry (64).

Cork: ​M White; A McCarthy, N Walsh, T Corkery; A Browne, R O’Driscoll, L O’Donovan; S Minihane, C Foley; S O’Sullivan, M Buckley, C Maguire; D Gore, C O’Callaghan, C Og Jones
Subs: K McMahon for White (12), S Ryan for Minihane (h/t), C O’Mahony for Maguire (44), J Twomey for O’Driscoll (46), R Fowley for O’Sullivan (50), L Fahy for Jones (54).

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Team News

The Cork Minor Football team for tomorrow All-Ireland Football Championship Quarter-Final v Donegal in Croke Park has been announced as follows

1) Mark White (Clonakilty)
2) Alan McCarthy (St Finbarrs)
3) Aidan Browne (Newmarket)
4) Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)
5) Sean Minehane (Ilen Rovers)
6) Nathan Walsh (Douglas)
7) Rory O Driscoll (Garnish)
8) Cathal Foley (Kilmichael)
9) Tadgh Corkery (Cill Na Martra)
10) Chris Og Jones (Iveleary)
11) Colm O Callaghan (Eire Og)
12) Cathal Maguire (Castlehaven)
13) Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
14) Mark Buckley (Dohenys)
15) Sean O Sullivan (Mitchelstown)

Postponed – National Pitch Maintenance Day Thurles

Please note that the Grounds Maintenance Day scheduled for this Sat July 30th has been postponed until further notice.

National Pitch Maintenance Day – Saturday July 30th in Dr. Morris Park Thurles

This is a highly informative day on Pitch Maintenance

Prior Registration vital: – or (Mobile 0879316687)

Sign in 9 am to 10 am with refreshments.

Lectures with on site demonstrations commence at 10 am sharp on the following: –

  • Aeration & Plant Nutrition.
  • Weed Identification and Control.
  • Mowing – Machinery Maintenance & Selection.
  • Pitch Line Marking Techniques.

    Break for lunchtime and complete at 4 pm

    Fee: – €80 per person.

  • This includes membership of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland.
  • Receipt GCSAI Magazine for 12 months.
  • Access to GCSAI Website with Pitch Maintenance Guidelines & Information
  • Avail of GCSAI Continuous Professional Development Programme (This CPD Programme will ensure a more efficient, confident and professional Groundsman).

    Further details below


  • Munster U21 Hurling Final – Waterford 2-19 Tipperary 0-15

    Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-19 to 0-15 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 21 Championship Final on Wednesday July 27th at Walsh Park Waterford.

    Waterford surge wins Munster U-21 Hurling Final

    Munster U-21 Hurling Final


    By Tomás McCarthy at Walsh Park for

    Austin Gleeson produced an outrageous second half display as Waterford collected their first Munster under 21 title in 22 years at Walsh Park. The Mount Sion centre back blazed over five points (four from open play) and delivered an exhibition of high fielding to inspire his colleagues to a fourth provincial triumph.

    The sides were level entering the last quarter but the hosts overpowered Tipperary by 1-8 to 0-1 across the closing fifteen minutes. Substitute Peter Hogan netted the decisive three pointer on 50 minutes while Stephen Bennett’s opportunistic first half strike also proved significant for Sean Power’s team. Joint captains Patrick Curran and Adam Farrell accepted the cup as the jubilant white and blue supporters swarmed the pitch afterwards.

    Aside from man of the match Gleeson, the reliable Curran drilled over 0-8 during the sixty minutes. Shane Bennett showed tremendous energy at midfield and Tom Devine powered into the game during the second thirty. Conor Gleeson and Darragh Lyons were solid performers at the back.

    Before an attendance of 8,843, Waterford reeled off the first four points. Patrick Curran converted three placed balls (two frees and a 65) before DJ Foran’s shot clipped in off the upright. Andrew Coffey opened Tipp’s account after the 12 minutes.

    William Maher’s side settled into the contest and used the direct route into the full forward line. Points by Stephen Quirke, Coffey and Conor Lanigan levelled matters on 16 minutes. Mark O’Brien regained the Déise lead with a fine effort from midfield. With the next play, Coffey responded with his third point of the evening.

    Josh Keane nudged Tipp in front for the first time on 21 minutes from a free. At the other end, DJ Foran burst through and passed inside to Patrick Curran but he was crowded out. Referee Johnny Murphy whistled a free and Curran obliged to leave it 0-6 each.

    Determined play by Shane Bennett forced Barry Heffernan into over carrying and Murphy awarded another free in. Curran got a poor connection but Stephen Bennett pounced to rustle the back of the Tipp net (1-6 to 0-6). Keane had the last word of the first half with an injury time free as they trailed by two.

    On the restart, Austin Gleeson lifted the home crowd with two long distance scorchers. Tipperary substitute Ronan Teehan pegged one back. Tom Devine and Curran opened a five point lead on 36 minutes (1-10 to 0-8).

    Tipp stuck to their task. Coffey landed his fourth to start a mini-fightback. Two dazzling points by number fourteen Stephen Quirke and another Keane free whittled it down to a single. Colm Roche disrupted that momentum but a pair of Keane points equalised this contest for a fourth time approaching the last quarter (1-11 to 0-14).

    Gleeson leaped to Waterford’s rescue again. Mark O’Brien and Stephen Bennett combined for Gleeson to wallop his third of the second period. Curran extended to two. With ten minutes left on the watch, Stephen Bennett’s astounding overhead pass put Peter Hogan in the clear. The substitute collected and unleashed a rasper to the bottom corner. Game, set and match.

    The hosts cut loose during the closing stages. Devine, Curran and Stephen Bennett all tagged on late points. Fittingly, hero of the hour Gleeson closed it out with an injury time free. The newly crowned Munster champions progress to meet Ulster winners Antrim in the All Ireland semi final on August 20 at Semple Stadium.

    Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-8, (0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65); Stephen Bennett 1-1; A Gleeson 0-5, (0-1 free), P Hogan 1-0, T Devine 0-2; DJ Foran, M O’Brien, C Roche all 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: J Keane 0-6, 0-5 frees, A Coffey 0-4, S Quirke 0-3; C Lanigan, R Teehan 0-1 each.

    WATERFORD: J Henley; D Lyons, C Gleeson, W Hahessy; M Harney, A Gleeson, C Prunty; C Roche, Shane Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine, DJ Foran; M Kearney, Stephen Bennett, P Curran
    Subs: P Hogan for C Roche (42 mins); J Fagan for M Kearney (57); D Ryan for D Lyons (60); B Whelan (Tramore) for W Hahessy (61); N Fives for DJ Foran (62).

    TIPPERARY: B Hogan; T Fox, D Sweeney, P Maher; S Ryan, R Maher, B Heffernan; J Ryan, W Connors; B McCarthy, S Quirke, A Coffey; C Lanigan, M Russell, J Keane
    Subs: R Teehan for Ryan (HT); P Ryan for Lanigan (52); M McCarthy for Coffey (57); T Nolana for B McCarthy (60).

    Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

    Fixture Details

    Bord Gais Energy Munster U/21 Hurling Championship Final:
    Date: Wednesday 27th July
    Teams: Tiobraid Árann v Portláirge
    Time: 7.00pm
    Extra Time if necessary i.e. 2 x 10 minute periods only
    Venue: Walsh Park, Waterford
    Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

    Ticket Information

    This is an all-ticket game

    Adult: €20.00
    Juvenile: €5.00

    Adult: €15.00
    Juvenile: €5.00

    Concession (Student/OAP): A rebate of €5.00 is available on full-priced ADULT tickets at the designated stile with valid ID PRIOR to entry

    Click here to purchase tickets in advance

    Team News

    The Tipperary team to face Waterford in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Hurling U21 Championship Final, tomorrow night, Wednesday July 27th in Walsh Park at 7pm has been announced by manager William Maher.

    Forced to make one change due to injury of Jack Shelly (Mullinahone), Jason Ryan (Toomevara) is called into the starting line-up as Tipperary go in search of its first provincial title at the grade since 2010.

    The Tipperary team lines out as follows –

    1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
    2. Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
    3. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty
    4. David Sweeney – Kiladangan
    5. Jason Ryan – Toomevara
    6. Ronan Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Sean Ryan – Sean Treacys
    8. Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
    9. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
    10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
    11. Mark Russell – Lattin Cullen
    12. Andrew Coffey – Nenagh Éire Óg
    13. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
    14. Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
    15. Conor Lanigan – Thurles Sarsfields

    The Waterford Under 21 Hurling team to face Tipperary has been named. Throw in on Wednesday evening in Walsh Park is at 7pm! Come on out and support our lads in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Final! #DeiseAbú

    1. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
    2. William Hahessy (Clonea)
    3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
    4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
    5. Míchéal Harney (Bunmahon)
    6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
    7. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
    8. Mark O’Brien (Ferrybank)
    9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
    10. DJ Foran (Portlaw)
    11. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
    12. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
    13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan) – (Jt Capt.)
    14. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
    15. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)




    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015

    Munster Council GAA commissioned W2 Consulting to undertake an analysis on the return on coaching investment across the province. The review of 2015 coaching investment is a follow up study to the research undertaken in 2011.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Return on Coaching Investment

  • €26.3 million = total value of coaching (increase of 33% on 2011).
  • €1.72 investment by Croke Park / Munster GAA.
  • €15.27 = return on every €1 invested (increase of 27% on 2011).
  • €4.163m = value of coaching generated in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Activity

  • 2.25 million hours of GAA underage activity (increase of 16.5% on 2011).
  • 2,854 weekly underage training sessions held across Munster.
  • 674,840 player contact hours in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 84,355 participants in Munster Schools Programmes.
  • 1.48 million = the number of payer hours generated in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 32,544 participants on 373 Cúl Camps in Munster (increase of 22% on 2011). 32% of total National figure.

    Social Benefits

  • Health Benefits and Social Skills are the two most important benefits of children’s GAA involvement according to parents.
  • €9.15 return for parents on every €1 spent on underage GAA membership.
  • €3,542.96 is the lifetime value a GAA player receives from underage GAA activity.
  • €6.17 is the value parents place on one hours GAA training.
  • €4.84 is the value underage players (14 to minor) place on one hour of GAA activity.

    Additional Points

  • 79 Coach Education Tutors in Munster.
  • 10,849 coaches and mentors involved with clubs.
  • 826 Primary and Secondary Schools receiving Go Games Coaching programmes.
  • 46% of clubs with growing playing numbers.
  • Over 46% of clubs experience above average difficulty attracting mentors.

    The report can be downloaded via the link below.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Reproduction of any of the data or information contained within the report must acknowledge Munster Council GAA as the originators of the report

    See below a link to the first survey commissioned by Munster GAA on Munster GAA Return on Coaching Investment back in 2011.

    2011 Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study

  • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17

    Galway defeated Clare by 2-17 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday July 24th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

    Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare fail to get past Galway

    By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17

    Galway’s first-half dominance was the making of this quarter-final win as they sealed a second successive All-Ireland semi-final date with Tipperary. Joe Canning was flawless from eight placed balls and his goal within seconds of the resumption of play gave Galway a foothold they never looked like losing against a Clare side that rarely threatened Colm Callanan’s goal.

    The closest Clare got was four points on the hour mark but scores from Cathal Mannion and Canning gave Galway the necessary cushion to see out the win as the team then exchanged a brace of scores. John Conlon and Tony Kelly had half-goal chances in the dying stages but Galway coped admirably.

    The resilience of Daithí Burke, Aidan Harte and Johnny Hanbury played such an integral part in this Galway victory as they protected the parallelogram with zeal. Their work was evident in the half-time lead, curbing Clare to six points as opposed to their side’s 1-10 tally.

    Clare opened the first-half scoring when Kelly punished a foul on Aaron Shanagher but wind-assisted Galway settled quickest with the next three points. Joseph Cooney’s first point, Galway’s second, came as a result of Galway forcing Clare to go long on their puck-out, a constant problem for Clare in the opening half.

    Clare were back on level terms by the 10th minute but a Canning free was followed by Conor Cooney’s goal, beating Andrew Fahy on his near side after Canning had found him from Galway gathering another Clare puck-out.

    Kelly may have had 1-1 in the space of two minutes but for missing an easy free then being brilliantly hooked as he was about to unload on Callanan’s net from close range.

    Let off, Galway fired over another from David Burke, which pushed them into a six-point lead. A Kelly free ended 13 minutes without a Clare score but Canning flew over the next three points, all from placed balls. Some skill from Kelly provided him with his first point from play in injury time but Clare had it all to do eight points down.

    Scorers for Galway: J. Canning (1-8, 0-6 frees, 2 65s); C. Cooney (1-0); J. Cooney, David Burke (0-2 each); J. Coen, P. Mannion, C. Donnellan, C. Mannion, A. Harte (0-1 each).

    Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-7, 6 frees); C. Galvin (0-5); C. McGrath, C. Ryan (frees) (0-2 each); D. McInerney (0-1).

    GALWAY: C. Callanan; Daithí Burke, J. Hanbury; A. Harte; A. Tuohy, P. Mannion, G. McInerney; J. Coen, David Burke (c); J. Flynn, J. Canning, C. Cooney; C. Mannion, J. Cooney, C. Whelan
    Subs for Galway: C. Donnellan for C. Cooney (47); D. Glennon for J. Flynn (53); F. Moore for J. Coen (60); A. Smith for C. Whelan (67); S. Maloney for J. Cooney (70+3).

    CLARE: A. Fahy; O. O’Brien, D. McInerney, P. O’Connor; C. Dillon (jc); B. Bugler, C. Cleary, J. Browne; C. Galvin, D. Reidy; J. Conlon, T. Kelly (jc), P. Collins; S. O’Donnell, A. Shanagher
    Subs for Clare: D. Fitzgerald for B. Bugler (41); C. McGrath for P. Collins (49); A. Cunningham for A. Shanagher (52); C. Ryan for D. Reidy (54).

    Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly)

    Ticket Information
    Reserved Seating in both stands:
    Adults: €30
    Juveniles: €5

    Adults: €20
    Juveniles: €5

    Click to purchase tickets in advance

    Team News

    The counties have clashed 14 times in the championship with Clare holding a 9-4 lead while there was one draw. It will be the fifth All-Ireland quarter-final clash between them, with Clare winning in 2013-2002-1999 while the sides also drew in 1999.

    The last championship clash between the counties was in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, which Clare won by 1-23 to 2-14 in Ennis. Their last competitive clash was in the 2015 Allianz League when Galway won by 2-15 to 1-17 in Pearse Stadium.

    Galway are bidding to reach the All-Ireland semi-finals for a second successive year while Clare were last there in 2013.

    Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
    Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 1)
    Clare 0-19 Limerick 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier – Round 2)
    Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)
    Galway 2-19 Offaly 2-9 (Leinster semi-final)
    Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)

    CLARE 1-23 GALWAY 2-14 (2013 All-Ireland quarter-final)
    Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnaill O’Donovan, Cian Dillon, David McInerney; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan, Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Colin Ryan; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Conor Ryan; Conor McGrath, Darach Honan, Podge Collins.
    Subs: Fergal Lynch for Conlon; Nicky O’Connell for Kelly; Shane O’Donnell for Honan; Cathal McInerney for McGrath; Seadna Morey for Galvin.
    Galway: Colm Callanan; Kevin Hynes, Fergal Moore, Jason Grealish; Johnny Coen, David Collins, Shane Kavanagh; Aidan Harte, Andy Smith; David Burke, Jonathon Glynn, Conor Cooney; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Damien Hayes.
    Subs: Joseph Cooney for Coen, Davy Glennon for Cooney, Iarla Tannian for Smith, Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke, Niall Healy for Harte.

    2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    2011: Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2009: Galway 2-18 Clare 1-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2007: Clare 2-10 Galway 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2003: Galway 1-15 Clare 2-11 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
    2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
    1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
    1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw
    1995: Clare 3-12 Galway 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1967: Clare 4-12 Galway 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
    1965: Clare 4-8 Galway 3-10 (Munster quarter-final)
    1961: Galway 2-13 Clare 0-7 (Munster quarter-final)
    1932: Clare 9-4 Galway 4-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
    1915: Clare 2-1 Galway 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

    2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
    2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17
    2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16
    2006: Clare 1-27 Wexford 1-15
    2005: Clare 1-20 Wexford 0-12
    2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (Replay)
    2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (Draw)
    2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
    1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
    1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)
    Played 10; Won 5, Drew 2, Lost 3

    2015: Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22
    2013: Clare 1-23 Galway 2-14
    2011: Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13
    2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16
    2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18
    2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18
    2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14
    2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18
    2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17
    2001: Galway 4-23 Derry 1-11
    2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15
    1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)
    1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)
    1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10
    1997*: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16
    1996: Galway 4-22 New York 0-8
    1994: Galway 2-21 Roscommon 2-6
    1992: Galway 4-19 Carlow 3-9
    1990: Galway 1-23 London 2-11
    1988: Galway 4-30 London 2-8
    1986: Galway 4-24 Kerry 1-3
    1984: Galway 2-17 Westmeath 2-8
    1983: Galway 3-22 Antrim 2-5
    1982: Galway 6-19 Antrim 3-12
    1981: Galway 6-23 Antrim 3-11
    1980: Galway 5-15 Kildare 1-11
    1979: Galway 1-23 Laois 3-10
    1978: Galway 4-19 Antrim 3-10
    1976: Galway 3-12 Kerry 3-9
    1975: Galway 6-14 Westmeath 1-8
    1974: Galway 3-13 London 0-6
    1973: London 4-7 Galway 3-5
    1972: Galway 7-16 Antrim 4-7
    1971: Galway 7-24 Antrim 1-8
    Played 34, Won 22, Lost 11, Drew 1.
    *Beaten Leinster and Munster finalists admitted to All-Ireland quarter-finals for the first time.