Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final – Lixnaw 1-16 Kilmoyley 2-11

Lixnaw defeated Kilmoyley by 1-16 to 2-11 in the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday August 26th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final – Tipperary 3-13 Cork 1-16

Tipperary defeated Cork by 3-13 to 1-16 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final on Sunday August 26th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Tipperary stun Cork in dramatic BGE Under 21 decider

Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final


Report By Cian O’Connell for

Another gripping game was added to the 2018 hurling collection as Tipperary delivered when it truly counted to defeat Cork.

Thumped in the Munster decider by 13 points this was a remarkable turnaround from Tipperary with substitute Conor Stakelum supplying the decisive goal deep into stoppage time.

Craving success and an injection of hope following a harrowing campaign in the senior ranks Tipperary received both at the Gaelic Grounds as Liam Cahill’s outfit prevailed. That was the crucial blow as Tipperary’s heart and honesty was rewarded with Cork left reflecting on what might have been.

With 16,173 spectators watching on the underdogs snapped into the contest and when Jake Morris made the Cork net dance from a 15th minute penalty Tipperary led by 1-5 to 0-1.

It was a significant early statement from Tipperary, but Cork’s response illustrated why they are such a highly regarded outfit down by the banks of the Lee. For all Cork’s class the key first half ingredients demonstrated by the favourites were character and composure to respond following a gritty Tipperary start.

In a glorious eight minute spell Cork reeled off 1-6 without reply to alter the complexion of the game in dramatic fashion. Robbie O’Flynn’s speed and Conor Cahalane’s industry were instrumental as Denis Ring’s team came thundering back impressively.

Cahalane struck two sweet points from play, while Declan Dalton (free), Jack O’Connor, O’Flynn, and captain Shane Kingston all raised white flags narrowing the gap to one. Then Cahalane dashed through the heart of the Tipperary defence to score a brilliant goal and Cork were suddenly loaded with belief again.

By the time the interval rolled around Cork were content to be 1-9 to 1-7 ahead considering how plucky and purposeful Tipperary had been initially. That Tipperary passion was evident immediately after the restart once more as sharp points from Colin English, Morris (free), and Cian Darcy edged them back in front.

Dalton and Ger Browne traded scores ensuring Tipperary surprisingly led at the three quarter mark by 1-11 to 1-10 with the issue delicately poised.

There was no shortage of drams as a Morris free put Tipp two clear, but Cork were back on terms by the 50th minute following points from Darragh Fitzgibbon and Cahalane. Tipperary’s defiance, though, remained a critical part of this tale with Stephen Nolan blasting a goal when a Colin English attempt fell short.

Under serious duress Cork did clip four points on the spin courtesy of Dalton (2), replacement Brian Turnbull, and Tim O’Mahony to hit the front two minutes into additional time.

Admirably Tipperary stayed composed with Stakelum’s major briskly followed by a David Gleeson point and Cahill punched the Limerick air gleefully at the end to salute a stirring Tipperary performance.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jake Morris 1-4 (3fs), Stephen Nolan and Conor Stakelum 1-0 each, Jerome Cahill 0-3, Cian Darcy 0-2, Colin English, Ger Browne, David Gleeson, and Paudie Feehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Cahalane 1-3, Declan Dalton 0-5 (5fs), Robbie O’Flynn 0-3, Tim O’Mahony, Shane Kingston, Brian Turnbull, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Jack O’Connor 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: Barry Hogan; Eoghan Connolly, Brian McGrath, Killian O’Dwyer; Podge Campion, Robert Byrne, Dillon Quirke; Stephen Nolan, Ger Browne; Colin English, Jerome Cahill, Paudie Feehan; Jake Morris, Mark Kehoe, Cian Darcy.
Subs: Conor Stakelum for Feehan (29), David Gleeson for Darcy (41), Craig Morgan for O’Dwyer (49), Paddy Caddell for Campion (52), Lyndon Fairbrother for English (60+1).

CORK: Ger Collins; David Lowney, David Griffin, Niall O’Leary; Billy Hennessy, Mark Coleman, Eoghan Murphy; Conor Cahalane, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Robbie O’Flynn, Declan Dalton, Shane Kingston; Liam Healy, Tim O’Mahony, Jack O’Connor.
Subs: Brian Turnbull for Healy (38), Ger Mellerick for O’Connor (57).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Fixture Details

26.08.2018 (Sun)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 17:30
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)

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M Donnelly Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League

Round Three of the M Donnelly Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League 2018 will be hosted by Munster at the St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield GAA Club, Gurteen, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday August 25th at 11am.

Round Three – Clár an Lae

Match 1 Munster V Leinster 11.00am 11.25am
Match 2 Connacht V Ulster 11.30am 11.55am
Match 3 Munster V Ulster 12.05pm 12.30pm
Match 4 Leinster V Connacht 12.35pm 13.00pm
Match 5 Leinster V Ulster 13.10pm 13.35pm
Match 6 Munster V Connacht 13.40pm 14.05pm

Table (after Round Two)

Table P W D L For Against Diff Total
Leinster 6 5 1 0 12 3 9 28
Ulster 6 2 2 2 4 14 -10 18
Connacht 6 2 0 4 14 13 1 14
Munster 6 1 1 4 6 6 0 12

Leading Goal Scorers (After Round Two)

Name Goals Team
S. Melville 8 Connacht
A. Hennebry 5 Leinster
L. Madden 3 Leinster
A. Hynes 3 Connacht
M. Noonan 3 Munster

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi-Final – Cork 2-11 Donegal 0-11

Cork defeated Donegal by 2-11 to 0-11 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 25th at Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon.

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TG4 All Ireland Senior Semi-Final – ET if necessary, Live TG4, Live RTÉ Radio 1

Cork v Donegal, 2.45pm, Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon

The four provincial winners made it safely through to the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland championship – and the scene is now set for two mouth-watering shoot-outs in Roscommon.
Cork and Donegal meet in a fixture that will revive memories of their classic Lidl NFL Division 1 final at Parnell Park last year.
Donegal will take heart from an impressive 4-11 to 2-3 victory over Cork in the group stages of this year’s League campaign but Cork were already through to the knockout stages by then.
From the outside looking in, Donegal appeared to have tailed off slightly following their impressive cruise to the TG4 Ulster championship.
They had to work hard to achieve qualifier victories over Kerry and Tipperary and were run to three points by Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Manager Maxi Curran is an astute character, however, and will aim for his team to peak for the business end of the campaign, as Donegal prepare for the county’s very first All-Ireland senior semi-final appearance.

Cork have been hugely impressive to date and have bagged 23 goals in just five championship outings, including six for Ciara O’Sullivan and five for teen sensation Saoirse Noonan, who’s made big impacts off the bench.
The quarter-final victory over Westmeath, when Cork scored 8-18, was a statement performance from the Rebelettes.
Manager Ephie Fitzgerald has made one change to his starting line-up from that game, with fit-again Hannah Looney coming at midfield to replace Daire Kiely, who was a late replacement last time out.
Skipper Karen Guthrie, who was carrying a knock, returns to the Donegal starting team after she came off the bench against Armagh.
Anna Maria McGlynn switches to wing-back and Emer Gallagher drops to the bench in the only change in personnel.
Donegal’s Geradline McLaughlin is the current senior championship top scorer, with a running total of 4-34.

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Cork: M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, M Duggan; M O’Callaghan, S Kelly, E Spillane; A Hutchings, H Looney; C O’Sullivan, L Coppinger, E Scally; Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn.

Donegal: L Gallagher; T Doherty, N McLaughlin, D Foley; T McCafferty, C Hegarty, A.M. McGlynn; K Herron, A McDonnell; K Guthrie, N Hegarty, S.J. McDonald; G McLaughlin, Y Bonner, E Ward.

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-21 Tipperary 0-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 0-21 to 0-9 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 18th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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CORK (v Tipperary): A Murray, L O’Sullivan, L Treacy, P Mackey, L Coppinger, G O’Connor, C Sigerson, J White, A Thompson, A O’Connor, O Cronin, L Collins, K Mackey, N McCarthy, H Looney
Subs: A Lee, A Sheehan, L Homan, S Hutchinson, L Hayes, S McCarthy, N O’Callaghan, O Cotter, S Beausang, B Corkery

TIPPERARY (v Cork): C Bourke, J A Bourke, G Grace, C Quirke, C Mullaney, K Kennedy, Mary Ryan, L Loughnan, E Fryday, Ciarda Maher, Caoimhe Maher, O O’Dwyer, G O’Brien, C Devane, R Cahill
Subs: S Quigley, S Fryday, E Loughman, C Walsh, Megan Ryan, M Campion, J Kelly, A McGrath, E McDonnell, C Hennessy

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Limerick 3-16 Galway 2-18

Limerick defeated Galway by 3-16 to 2-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday August 19th at Croke Park.

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Limerick win first All-Ireland SHC title since ’73

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


By John Harrington for

Limerick’s long wait is finally over.

45 years of hurt were washed away when Declan Hannon became the first Treaty County captain since 1973 to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup to the skies after a heart-stopping All-Ireland Final.

It looked like the Shannonsiders were coasting towards a comfortable win when Shane Dowling’s 68th minute goal gave them an eight-point lead.

But the hurling gods simply refused to let arguably the greatest hurling championship of all time end with anything other than a cymbal crashing crescendo.

In the ten minutes of injury-time played Galway summoned an almighty late charge that saw them score 2-2 and win a last-gasp free that gave Joe Canning a chance to level it at the death.

It was just outside his range though, and when the ball dropped into a forest of hurleys and hands it was Limerick’s Tom Condon who won it.

He managed to wriggle clear from the pack and hand-passed it out to Tom Morrisssey on the wing as James Owens blew the final whistle to send every Limerick person in the stadium to seventh heaven.

Maybe doing it the hard way will have made it feel all the more special for Limerick, but for a long time it looked like they were going to win this match with surprising ease.

Galway have made a habit of starting quickly in matches this year, but right from the start they were very much on the back-foot in this match.

Limerick’s industry without the ball was hugely impressive, and it meant Galway men had barely a second to get their head up before being engulfed in green.

The Limerick forwards were setting the tone in this regard, harrying and hassling for all their worth, and the sight of a Galway ball-carrier being set upon by packs of hungry tacklers was quickly becoming commonplace.

Limerick betrayed their nerves with some poor shooting, but overall the way they settled into the match was hugely impressive as they quickly raced into a three-point lead.

Aaron Gillane, who was being picked up by Daithi Burke, opened the scoring, and then Kyle Hayes and Graeme Mulcahy followed up with two more points.

The Hayes point summed up Limerick’s attitude in the opening exchanges. He burst a gut to intercept an Adrian Tuohey short pass from defence, and then lanced the ball confidently over the bar.

There was more method to Limerick’s attacking play than Galway’s. The Tribesmen were lumping the ball long into Jonathan Glynn and hoping for the best, but Limerick full-back Mike Casey was sticking doggedly to his task despite a big disadvantage in height and weight.

A Joe Canning ’65 and a nice point from David Burke got Galway off the mark, and by the 15th minute they had drawn level on five points apiece.

They briefly moved into the lead when Joe Cooney pointed, but then Limerick landed the heaviest blow of the match yet when they scored a scrappy goal. Hayes did brilliantly to pick out Mulcahy with a cross-field ball but as the corner-forward bore down on goal he was stripped of possession.

He managed to scuff the ball on the ground in front of him and then got a lucky break when James Skehill’s attempt to smother it seemed to ricochet of McInerney and back into Mulcahy’s path which allowed him to scuff it over the line from close range.

By the 28th minute Limerick were 1-8 to 0-6 ahead thanks to a Tom Morrissey point and two inspirational long-rangers from their increasingly influential captain Declan Hannon.

They really should have been even more than five points ahead by now though, because they’d also hit 10 wides, many of them of the poor variety.

Galway were just about hanging in there, and three points in a row from Burke, Canning (f) and Joseph Cooney had the gap down to three as the first-half bled into injury-time.

There was one last Limerick flourish before half-time though, as a Gillane free and a classy Seamus Flanagan gave them a four point lead going to the dressing-room that probably didn’t fully reflect how dominant they had been.

They weren’t as profligate in the second-half though, and before long their dominance was being reflected in a more substantial manner on the score-board.

Centre-forward Kyle Hayes was starting it lord it over Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney, and three points from him had helped Limerick into a 1-15 to 0-10 lead by the 44th minute.

Galway were looking like a tired team now as they struggle to cope with the pace a faster, hungrier Limerick side were setting. One man in maroon simply refused to give in though – Joe Canning.

The greatest hurler of his generation further gilded that status by playing some incredible hurling in the final 30 minutes of the match.

His initial surge saw him score two classy points from play, but Galway were back on life-support when Tom Morrissey then struck for Limerick’s second goal.

He did brilliantly to dispossess McInerney and go around Adrian Tuohey before controlling the ball with great skill one-handed on his hurley and then lashing it to the back of the net.

Back came Canning with three more points for Galway to reduce the gap to a manageable five before Dowling floored the Tribesmen again with Limerick’s third goal.

Once more, the work ethic of the Limerick forwards played a crucial part in the score as Peter Casey blocked Tuohey’s attempted clearance and then played in Dowling who finished emphatically to the right-corner.

You figured that had to be that, but Galway were resuscitated when Conor Whelan escaped Richie English for the first time in the match to score a life-line of a goal.

Five minutes later Canning lashed a 21 yard free to the back of the net, and suddenly there were only two points between the teams, Limerick leading by 3-15 to 2-16.

Limerick supporters must surely have been thinking this could be ’94 all over again, especially when Niall Burke intercepted a miscued Graeme Mulcahy pass and pointed to reduce the gap to just one.

But Mulcahy atoned for that sin by then scoring a brilliant point to edge Limerick two ahead once more.

There was time for even more late drama though as Canning nervelessly nailed a ’65 in the eight minute of injury-time, presumably after being told there would be time for one more passage of play after the resulting puck-out.

He couldn’t produce any more heroics though as his last-gasp free from around 90 yards fell short, and Limerick cleared their lines to send their supporters delirious.

Scorers for Limerick: Graeme Mulcahy 1-2, Tom Morrissey 1-1, Kyle Hayes 0-4, Shane Dowling 1-0, Aaron Gillane 0-3 (2f), Declan Hannon 0-2, Seamus Flanagan 0-1, Cian Lynch 0-1, Darragh O’Donovan 0-1, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-10 (1-5f), Conor Whelan 1-0, Joseph Cooney 0-3, David Burke 0-3, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Michael Casey, Richie English; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrisey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Richie McCarthy for Mike Casey (50), Shane Dowling for Gearoid Hegarty (56), Peter Casey for Seamus Flanagan (64), William O’Donoghue for Darragh O’Donovan (67), Tom Condon for Richie English (72)

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (46), Paul Killeen for John Hanbury (57), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (58), Sean Loftus for Johnny Coen (60), Fearghal Flannery for James Skehill (61)

Ref: James Owens (Wexford)

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GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joesph Cooney, Joe Canning, Johnny Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes; Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 3-19 Kerry 1-17

Dublin defeated Kerry by 3-19 to 1-7 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday August 12th at Dr. Hyde Park Roscommon.

Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Monaghan 2-11

Kerry defeated Monaghan by 1-16 to 2-11 in the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 12th at Croke Park.

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Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-17 Galway 1-17

Tipperary defeated Galway by 3-17 to 1-17 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday August 8th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Interview with Tipperary Manager Liam Cahill

Mark Kehoe goal for Tipperary

Jake Morris goal for Tipperary

Ger Browne goal for Tipperary

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Galway (All-Ireland U21 HC semi-final V Tipperary): Eanna Murphy; Shane Bannon, Jack Fitzpatrick, Ian O’Shea; Fintan Burke (captain), Andrew Greaney, Jack Grealish; Sean Loftus, Thomas Monaghan; Cianan Fahy, Patrick Foley, Brian Concannon; Kevin Cooney, Sean Bleahane, Evan Niland.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 8-18 Westmeath 1-6

Cork defeated Westmeath by 8-18 to 1-6 in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final on Monday August 6th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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