2017 Munster GAA Master Fixture Schedule

The dates, times and venues for the 2017 Munster GAA Championship fixtures have been announced.

Senior Hurling
In Senior Hurling, the defending Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary will begin their campaign on Sunday May 21st as they host old rivals Cork in a repeat of last year’s Quarter-Final clash at Semple Stadium Thurles. Waterford will await the winners on Sunday June 18th in the semi-final. Limerick and Clare, both under new management will play their semi-final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium. The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling Final will take place on Sunday July 9th.

2017 Munster GAA Senior Hurling Fixtures

Senior Football
The defending Munster Senior Football finalists Kerry and Tipperary have a bye to the semi-finals. The defending champions Kerry will await the winners of the Quarter-Final meeting of Limerick and Clare while Tipperary will play either Cork or Waterford. The Quarter-Finals are fixed for the weekend of May 27/28 while the Semi-Finals will take place on June 10/11. The 2017 Munster Senior Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

2017 Munster GAA Senior Football Fixtures

Under 21 Hurling
The defending Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling champions Waterford will begin the defence of their titles with a home semi-final versus Cork on Thursday July 13th. The other side of the draw will see Limerick playing Tipperary for the third year in succession in this grade with the winners playing Clare. The Munster Under 21 Hurling Final is fixed for Wednesday July 26th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Fixtures

Under 21 Football

Cork will open the defence of their Munster Under 21 Football title with a home semi-final versus either Tipperary or Limerick on Wednesday March 15th. Kerry will take on Clare for the right to play Waterford in the other side of the draw. The Munster Under 21 Football Final is fixed for Wednesday March 29th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 21 Football Fixtures

Minor Hurling
The opening game in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship will see a repeat of the 2016 Munster Final and All-Ireland Final when the defending champions Tipperary play Limerick at Semple Stadium Thurles on Wednesday April 5th. Waterford play Clare in the other opening round fixture with the loser set to play Cork. The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling Final will take place on Sunday July 9th.

2017 Munster GAA Minor Hurling Fixtures

Minor Football
Kerry will begin their quest for their fifth Munster Minor Football title in a row with a home game versus Clare on Wednesday April 12th. Tipperary will host Cork while Limerick have home advantage versus Waterford in the other opening round fixtures on April 12th. The 2017 Munster Minor Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

2017 Munster GAA Minor Football Fixtures

Under 17 Hurling
From January 1st 2018, inter-county minor competitions in football and hurling will be played at Under 17 rather than Under 18 level. These competitions will be run in the summer months and played alongside the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and Football championships (as currently). To accommodate players who are currently playing at Under 16 level (2016) and who would be overage for the new minor competitions in 2018 (and would therefore miss out on the opportunity to play “Minor” for their county), Central Council had previously decided to play Under 17 Championships in Football and Hurling in 2017, alongside the inter-county Minor championships.

In the Munster Under 17 Hurling Championship, Clare will host Kerry while Limerick have home advantage versus Cork in the Quarter-Finals scheduled for Tuesday April 11th. In the semi-finals a week later on April 18th, Tipperary will travel to play the winner of Cork and Limerick while Waterford will travel to play the winner of Clare and Kerry. The Munster Under 17 Hurling Championship Final is fixed for Tuesday April 25th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 17 Hurling Fixtures

Under 17 Football
In the Munster Under 17 Football Championship, Tipperary will host Clare on Tuesday April 4th while on the same date, Waterford host Cork. In the semi-finals on Tuesday May 2nd, Kerry will have home advantage versus the winner of Tipperary or Clare while Limerick will travel to play the winner of Waterford and Cork. The Munster Under 17 Football Championship Final is fixed for Tuesday May 16th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 17 Football Fixtures

Munster Senior Hurling League
The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling League is due to commence on Sunday January 8th with the final fixed for Sunday January 29th. The draws for this competition will be made in the coming weeks.

Munster McGrath Cup Football
The McGrath Cup Football competition will be played off in a similar format to 2016 with two groups of three teams. The top team in each group will content the final. Defending McGrath Cup champions Cork have been paired with Kerry and Tipperary in Group A while in Group B, Limerick, Clare and Waterford will fight it out for a place in the final. The competition will begin on Sunday January 8th with fixtures on January 11th and 15th ahead of the 2017 McGrath Cup Final on Sunday January 22nd.

2017 Munster GAA McGrath Cup Football Fixtures

Master Fixture Schedule to Download

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2015 Waterford Crystal Cup & McGrath Cup Draws

The draws for the 2015 Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Cup & McGrath Cup competitions took place on Thursday evening November 27th at a meeting of the Munster CCC in the Munster GAA offices in Limerick.

McGrath Cup Football

The Munster GAA McGrath Cup Football competition sees 10 teams taking part with the first games taking place on Sunday January 4th with victories for Cork and Waterford over Mary I and UL respectively.

The teams taking part are Cork (holders), Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, UL, IT Tralee, UCC, Mary I and CIT.

The final is fixed for the weekend of January 25th 2015.

2015 McGrath Cup Football Fixtures

Waterford Crystal Cup

The Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling competition sees 11 teams taking part with the first game scheduled for Friday January 9th with Tipperary playing Mary I in Dr. Morris Park Thurles at 7:30pm.

The teams taking part are Tipperary (holders), Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, UL, LIT, UCC, Mary I and CIT.

The final is fixed for the weekend of February 1st 2015.

2015 Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Fixtures

2015 Munster GAA Minor & Under 21 Championship Draws

The draws for the 2015 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Hurling and Minor Football Championships, the 2015 Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship and the 2015 Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship were made at a meeting of the Munster GAA CCC on Tuesday October 21st.

2015 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Hurling Championship

2015 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship

2015 Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Championship

2015 Munster GAA Under 21 Football Championship


Cadbury Munster U21 Football Championship Launch 2010

The 2010 Cadbury Munster Under 21 Football Championship was launched on Monday March 1st at the Mallow GAA Complex.

Munster Under 21 Football Finals

1962 @ Kenmare Kerry 2-7 Cork 1-4

1963 @ Clonakilty Cork 2-3 Kerry 1-4

1964 @ Kilmallock Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-

1965 @ Castletownroche Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-6

1966 @ Cork Ath. Grounds Kerry 3-8 Cork 0-14

1967 @ Listowel Kerry 2-12 Clare 1-7

1968 @ Kilrush Kerry 5-7 Clare 2-9

1969 @ Killarney Cork 1-14 Kerry 1-11

1970 @ Buttevant Cork 5-12 Clare 1-7

1971 @ Fermoy Cork 1-10 Waterford 2-5

1972 @ Killarney Kerry 1-11 Cork 2-7

1973 @ Skibbereen Kerry 2-12 Cork 1-12

1974 @ Cahirciveen Cork 3-5 Kerry 1-10

1975 @ Killorglin Kerry 0-17 Waterford 1-5

1976 @ Dingle Kerry 2-16 Cork 1-6

1977 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 2-8 Cork 0-8

1978 @ Killarney Kerry 0-14 Cork 0-9

1979 @ Limerick Cork 1-11 Clare 1-9

1980 @ Bruff Cork 3-15 Clare 0-4

1981 @ Tralee Cork 0-11 Kerry 0-5

1982 @ P.Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Kerry 0-4

1983 @ Castleisland Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-12

1984 @ Askeaton Cork 1-18 Limerick 0-4

1985 @ Tralee Cork 1-18 Clare 1-7

1986 @ Clonmel Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

1987 @ Tralee Kerry 0-7 Tipperary 0-7 Draw

@ Clonmel Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 1-11 Replay

1988 @ Cooraclare Kerry 0-14 Clare 2-6

1989 @ Limerick Cork 3-15 Clare 1-7

1990 @ Tralee Kerry 2-9 Cork 0-9

1991 @ P. Ui Chaoimh Kerry 1-8 Cork 0-10

1992 @ Tralee Kerry 3-12 Cork 1-8

1993 @ Waterford Kerry 1-21 Waterford 3-5

1994 @ Dungarvan Cork 2-11 Waterford 0-4

1995 @ Killarney Kerry 1-21 Waterford 2-5

1996 @ Tralee Kerry 3-14 Clare 0-6

1997 @ Tralee Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8 Draw

@ Pairc Ui Rinn Kerry 0-12 Cork 1-7 Replay

1998 @ Tralee Kerry 3-10 Tipperary 1-11

1999 @ Tralee Kerry 1-10 Cork 0-7

2000 @ Dungarvan Limerick 0-7 Waterford 0-4

2001 @ Kilmallock Cork 1-12 Limerick 0-8

2002 @ Ennis Kerry 3-15 Clare 2-11

2003 @ Waterford Waterford 2-8 Kerry 1-9

2004 @ Tralee Cork 0-13 Kerry 0-12

2005 @ Limerick Cork 1-14 Limerick 1-11

2006 @ Pairc Ui Rinn Cork 4-14 Waterford 1-6

2007 @ Limerick Cork 3-19 Tipperary 3-12

2008 @ Ardfinnan Kerry 0-15 Tipperary 2-7

2009 @ Thurles Cork 1-9 Tipperary 2-5


• Kerry (25)

1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

• Cork (21)

1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994,

2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

• Waterford (1)


• Limerick (1)



Click here to view the list of Munster Under 21 Football Championship winning teams since 1962


Quarter Finals

Wednesday March 10th.

@ Pairc na nGael, Limerick Limerick v Clare 7.30pm

Reiteoir – Pat O’Sullivan (Ciarraí)

Saturday March 13th.

@ Austin Stack Park, Tralee Kerry v Cork 2.00pm

Reiteoir – Rory Hickey (An Clar)


Thursday March 18th.

@ Semple Stadium, Thurles Tipperary v Limerick/Clare 7.30pm

Reiteoir – Michael Collins (Corcaigh)

Saturday March 20th.

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan Waterford v Cork/Kerry 2.00pm

Reiteoir – Michael Meade (Luimneach)




• Kerry and Cork have dominated this competition and only once in the history of the championship were one or both counties not involved in the final. That was in 2000 when Limerick played Waterford in the Final in Dungarvan with Limerick lifting the crown for the first and only time on a 0-7 to 0-4 scoreline.

• For the record Cork have appeared in 34 finals: Kerry in 32 finals: Tipperary in 9 finals: Clare in 10 finals:

Waterford in 7 finals and Limerick in 4 finals

• Only 2 Finals have been drawn. The 1987 final between Kerry and Tipperary played in Tralee finished level, 0-7 each and in the replay in Clonmel victory went to Kerry on a 0-15 to 1-11 scoreline. The 1997 final between Cork and Kerry also finished all square, Kerry 2-11 Cork 3-8, in Tralee with victory going to the Kerry side in the replay at Pairc Ui Rinn on a 0-12 to 1-7 scoreline

• Munster Under 21 Football Cup –  Corn na Cásca presented by the Munster Council in 1966 to commemorate the jubilee of the 1916 Rising.

• In Under 21 Football All Ireland Roll of Honour Cork have won 11 Titles and Kerry have 10 Titles to their credit.

Cork were All Ireland Under 21 Champions in 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007, 2009.

Kerry titles were won in 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

Cadburys Sponsorship

Cadbury have sponsored the championship since 2005 and are delighted to announce a number of new initiatives aimed at further rewarding GAA players and supporters across the island of Ireland.

“Shout For Your County”:

Earlier this month Cadbury launched its first in-store activity to support the sponsorship with their “Shout for Your County” promotion asking the Irish public to show their support for their county to be in with a chance to win €1000 or a top class training session for their county team. There’s €1000 up for grabs in each of the 32 counties across the island of Ireland meaning a total of €32,000 will be given out by the end of the promotion. The promotion is supported by a large scale media campaign and experiential activity.

Online interaction

This season Cadbury has introduced a greater level of on-line interactivity for the U21 Championship which will allow fans and media to keep up to date with the latest news, fixtures and results.

To mark the 2010 season Cadbury are asking fans who they think have been the best U21 players of the past five years. Fans can simply log on to www.cadburygaau21.com and vote for their players to make up the Cadbury 15. At the end of this year’s Championship Cadbury will reveal the 15 players who receive the most votes and make the cut to be on the Cadbury 15!’

Additional elements have been added to the website, www.cadburygaau21.com, include an enhanced video and photo gallery section. Fans can contribute their own comments and add their own content via the website, through the championship Twitter channel, http://twitter.com/CadburyU21 and or by becoming a fan through the Facebook fan page. A Flickr page, www.flickr.com/photos/cadburyu21football, has also been created which allows fans to view a selection of photos from the previous seasons.

Cadbury Hero of the Future Awards

The Cadbury Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on www.cadburygaau21.com and adjudication from Kildare Senior Footballer Dermot Earley, former Dublin Manager Paul Caffrey and TG4 journalist Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Hero’s of the Match a training kit for their club.


2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo

2007: Fintan Goold from Cork

2008: Killian Young from Kerry

2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork

Munster Club Championship Fixtures

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2010 Munster GAA Senior Championship Draws

SHC Draws: Tipp begin against Rebels in Munster

From the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland runners-up Tipperary will face perennial foes Cork in their Munster Senior Hurling Championship opener after all the hurling provincial draws for the 2009 Championship were made on Thursday evening. The draws were conducted at Croke Park and broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, as well as being available live worldwide on RTÉ.ie. Munster champions Tipp came so close to winning Liam McCarthy in 2009 but will have to start from scratch again, and the ganme drawn to be their first Championship outing was arguably the tie of the hurling draw as they face up to a Cork team keen to bounce back under Denis Walsh after a disappointing 2009 campaign. The winners of that mouthwatering clash will face Limerick in the Munster semi-final with the other pairing seeing Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald facing the side he kept goal for for so often as the Deise were drawn out against Clare.

Meanwhile in Leinster, All-Ireland champions for the last four seasons Kilkenny will sit back and wait for the other seven counties participating in the province to get things going until they face either Carlow, Laois or Dublin in their semi-final. Carlow, playing in the Liam McCarthy Cup as a result of their success in the Christy Ring Cup, will play in a Preliminary Round against Laois with the winners drawn to face last year’s Leinster runners-up, Anthony Daly’s Dublin, in the quarter-finals. The winners of that then go on to face Kilkenny, who received a bye to the last four. The other side of the draw sees Wexford drawn to face Galway and Antrim taking on Offaly with the winners of those two games to meet in the provincial last four.

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Provincial Draws:

Munster SHC:


Tipperary v Cork


Clare v Waterford

Limerick v Tipperary OR Cork
Leinster SHC:

Preliminary Round:

Carlow v Laois


A. Dublin v Carlow OR Laois

B. Wexford v Galway

C. Antrim v Offaly


Winners Quarter-Final A v Kilkenny

Winners Quarter-Final B v Winners Quarter-Final C


SFC Draws: Kerry could face Cork early

From the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland champions Kerry will have to beat Cork once again if they want to reclaim the Munster SFC crown after all four provincial draws for the 2009 Championship were made on Thursday evening. The draws were conducted at Croke Park and broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, as well as being available live worldwide on RTÉ.ie. Jack O’Connor’s Sam Maguire holders begin next year’s provincial campaign at the quarter-final stage against John Evans’ Tipperary, a side who made very decent strides in 2009. The reward for the winners – if that is the right word – is a clash with Munster champions Cork in the provincial semi-final where Conor Counihan’s charges will no doubt want to hit the ground running after performing so magnificently this year only to fall at the final hurdle. They defeated Kerry after a replay in last year’s Munster semi-final and last month’s loss at Croke Park only adds another motive to their desire to want to repeat that. The other side of the draw sees Clare and Waterford paired off in a quarter-final with last year’s unfortunate Munster runners-up Limerick awaiting the victors of that contest in the last four.

In Leinster, Wexford will provide the first opposition for a Dublin side gunning for a sixth successive provincial crown. Those teams meet in a quarter-final and should the Dubs progress they could once again meet old foes Meath en route to the decider. That pairing would need the right results though with the Royals drawn to play in the Preliminary Round against Offaly. The winners of that then go on to face Laois in the quarter-final and whoever emerges victorious there will face Wexford or Dublin. On the other side of the draw Mick O’Dwyer’s Wicklow take on Carlow with the winners meeting Westmeath, while the other quarter-final sees Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare – Leinster runners-up last year – lying in store for either Louth or Longford.

The Ulster Championship begins with a cracking-looking Preliminary Round encounter between Derry and Armagh and a further intriguing fixture awaits the winners who will take on Monaghan, while Cavan will begin their campaign against Fermanagh also on that side of the draw. Ulster champions Tyrone – who lost their All-Ireland crown when ousted at the semi-final stage by Cork in 2009 – start with a repeat of last year’s provincial decider when they face Antrim, with the winners in line to take on the victors of an attractive looking quarter-final pairing between Donegal and Down. Finally, 2009 runners-up Galway and winners Mayo have been paired on the same side of the Connacht draw. Galway and Roscommon were already aware that they faced Quarter-Final trips to New York and London respectively, the Tribesmen just recently having won the 2009 FBD League in the Big Apple. The third quarter-final sees a very exciting looking clash between Sligo and Mayo. The winners of that then face either New York or Galway with Leitrim already in a semi-final where they await London or Roscommon.

2010 All-Ireland Football Championship Provincial Draws:

Munster SFC:


A: Clare v Waterford

B: Kerry v Tipperary


Limerick v Winner Quarter-Final A

Cork v Winners Quarter-Final B

Leinster SFC:

Preliminary Round:

1: Louth v Longford

2: Wicklow v Carlow

3: Meath v Offaly


A. Winner Game 1 v Kildare

B. Winner Game 2 v Westmeath

C: Winner Game 3 v Laois

D: Wexford v Dublin


Winners Quarter-Final A v Winners Quarter-Final B

Winners Quarter-Final C v Winners Quarter-Final D

Ulster SFC:

Preliminary Round:

Derry v Armagh


A: Antrim v Tyrone

B: Donegal v Down

C: Cavan v Fermanagh

D: Monaghan v Derry OR Armagh


Winners Quarter-Final A v Winners Quarter-Final B

Winners Quarter-Final C v Winners Quarter-Final D

Connacht SFC:


A: New York v Galway

B; London v Roscommon

C: Sligo v Mayo


Winner Quarter-Final C v Winner Quarter-Final A

Leitrim v Winner Quarter-Final B

All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Championship

The following were the results of the Tipperary Supporters Club Under 16 hurling tournament finals played at Semple Stadium on Sunday:

Shield Final – Clare 1-11 Westmeath 1-9

Final – Tipperary 2-21 Galway 2-13

The following are the results of the Group rounds and semi finals of Tipperary Supporters Club Under 16 Hurling Tournament played on Saturday:

Group 1: Limerick 1-9 Wexford 1-6; Limerick 0-15 Offaly 1-5; Wexford 1-10 Offaly 1-9

Group 2: Waterford 3-8 Cork 1-12; Galway 3-14 Waterford 0-7; Galway 3-7 Cork 1-10

Group 3: Kilkenny 2-9 Westmeath 0-13; Dublin 2-7 Kilkenny 0-7; Westmeath 2-12 Dublin 2-9

Group 4: Tipperary 4-9 Clare 0-6; Tipperary 4-23 Antrim 0-4; Clare 5-16 Antrim 0-1

Shield Semi Finals:

Clare 1-14 Wexford 1-9; Westmeath 4-9 Waterford 2-8

Cup Semi Finals:

Tipperary 2-15 Limerick 1-12; Galway 0-14 Dublin 0-12


The launch of this year’s Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 hurling championship was presided over by Christy Cooney, Uachtarán, Cumann Lúthchleas Gael at the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum on Friday night May 15th. This annual inter-county festival of hurling is in its 22nd year and twelve counties will be taking part on the weekend of 29th and 30th August.

The competition is organised by Tipperary GAA Bord na nÓg and is kindly sponsored by the Tipperary Supporters Club.

Tipperary tops the roll of honour for this competition with nine titles. Galway are next with seven titles. Kilkenny with three titles and Clare and Wexford with one are the only other counties on the roll of honour. Wexford are the reigning champions having defeated Kilkenny in last year’s decider to claim their first title.

As well as Christy Cooney the attendance at the launch included Barry O’Brien, County Senior Board Chairman; Seán Creamer, County Bord na nÓg Chairman and John Tierney, Chairman of Tipperary Supporters Club.

Representatives from a number of the competing counties were also in attendance.

The complete draw is as follows:


Venue: Kilsheelan

A. Wexford

B. Limerick

C. Offaly


Venue: Clonmel Sports field

St. Marys’ Pitch

A. Cork

B. Waterford

C. Galway


Venue: Ardfinnan

A. Westmeath

B. Kilkenny

C. Dublin


Venue: Monroe

Moyle Rovers Pitch

A. Clare

B. Tipperary

C. Antrim


Group 3 -V- Group 2

Group 4 -V- Group 1

Cup semi-finals: Group 1 winner V Group 4 winner in Monroe

Group 2-winner V Group 3 winner in Clonmel Sportsfield

Shield semi-finals Group 1 runners up V Group 4 runner up in Kilsheelan

Group 2 runners up V Group 3 runner up in Ardfinnan

• Top team in each group qualifies for Cup semi finals.

• Second placed team in each group qualifies for Shield semi finals.

• If teams tie on equal points scoring difference will apply.

• Group matches – 20 minutes-a-side.

• Semi Finals – 25 minutes-a-side.

• Finals – 30 minutes-a-side.

• In the event of a draw in the semi finals and finals extra time to be played.

The group rounds and the semi finals will be played on Saturday 29th August. The top team in each group will qualify for the Tipperary Supporters Club semi finals and the second placed team in each group will qualify for the Shield semi finals. Both finals will be played on Sunday 30th August. The venues for the group stages will be in South Tipperary clubs and the finals are scheduled for Semple Stadium.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 – Clare v Donegal

Donegal defeated Clare by 0-13 to 1-7 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Ballybofey.

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2
Saturday July 11th
Ballybofey 7.00pm
Dún na nGall v An Clár
Referee: Martin Higgins (Fear Manach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Donegal (SFC v Clare): P Durcan; F Mc Glynn, N McGee, K Lacey; B Dunnion, E Mc Gee, M Maguire; C Toye, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh (capt), L McLoone, D Walsh; C Dunne, M Murphy, S Griffin.

Clare (SFC v Donegal): TBC

Match Preview

Donegal got their season back on track last Saturday when they beat Carlow in the qualifiers and will again have home advantage against Clare who lost the Munster semi-final to Limerick.

2009 Championship

Antrim 1-10 Donegal 0-12
Donegal 2-13 Carlow 1-6

Limerick 1-13 Clare 1-9

Last Championship Clash: None

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 – Longford v Kerry

Kerry defeated Longford by 1-12 to 0-11 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Pearse Park Longford.

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

From the GAA.ie web site

Kerry stuttered to a less than convincing four-point win over Longford at rain-lashed Pearse Park on Saturday evening. The Kingdom led by 1-10 to 0-4 at the break, and with Kieran Donaghy in imperious form at full forward, they looked to be cruising to a comfortable win.

However, the game changed utterly in the 46th minute when the ‘Star’ was forced off with what looked like a nasty knee injury. Thereafter, Kerry looked bereft of imagination and scored just two points in the entire second half. In the end, Jack O’Connor’s side were lucky that Longford did not have the forwards to punish their increasingly ragged play in the final minutes of an entertaining second half.

The Barden brothers, Paul and David, hit 0-7 between them, but had they been given more support in the final ten minutes, Glenn Ryan’s charges could have pulled off a massive shock. David Barden, in particular, was in fine form, scoring 0-3 after replacing the ineffective Brian Kavanagh in the first half.

It all looked so simple for Kerry in the early stages, especially when Tommy Walsh pounced for an 11th minute goal after he had beaten his man to a deflected ball and finished neatly past Diarmuid Sheridan. Kerry’s tactic of playing long, diagonal balls into Donaghy on the edge of the square was paying off handsomely, with Colm Cooper and Donncha Walsh benefiting from the basketball star’s dexterity. Remarkable, Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-2 after just 27 minutes.

However, Longford struck the final two scores of the half to reduce the gap somehwhat, with Cian Mimnagh and David Barden giving the home side some hope.

The Barden brothers both struck for points on the resumption of play, as did Kevin Smith, but Tommy Walsh hit back with a pair for the Kingdom. Donaghy’s exit then changed the game. Jack O’Connor made a number of changes and Kerry seemed to lose their shape and the stranglehold they had enjoyed in midfield. The deficit was reduced to just five points with ten minutes left on the clock.

However, with Kerry looking completely incapable of adding to their total, Longford added just one more score and were left to rue an opportunity missed.

Agony for ‘Star’ as Kerry limp on

Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11

By Liam Kelly for the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday July 13 2009

THE sight of a distraught Kieran Donaghy limping out of Pearse Park, Longford on crutches was one to chill the heart of any Kerry follower. Donaghy’s return from a broken metatarsal bone provided both encouragement and focus to a Kerry side which came to Longford on Saturday night seeking to find their form after defeat to Cork in Munster. The big man was playing well within his comfort zone but proved highly effective as Kerry surged into an 11-point lead with less than half an hour played in the game. But a jump for a high ball followed by an awkward landing after 45 minutes left him writhing in pain and though he limped on for a couple of minutes, he had to be helped off the pitch.

Today, ‘Star’ Donaghy goes for a scan on the foot but initial examinations suggest he has again broken the metatarsal. If that is confirmed, then he faces at least another two months out. Kerry manager Jack O’Connor now faces a huge challenge to get this team back on track, but first, credit must be given to Longford. They went into half-time trailing by nine points on a 1-10 to 0-4 scoreline and displayed huge courage and commitment to haul themselves to within four points by the final whistle. Could they have won? Certainly, considering that they restricted Kerry to only two points in the second half and bombarded the Kerry posts with a barrage of shots.

The problem was that though Longford scored seven points in the 37 minutes the second half lasted, they shot 11 wides, and you can’t do that and expect to be giant killers. Longford manager Glen Ryan’s personal competitiveness showed clearly as he spoke of how gutted he felt at the missed opportunity. “At the moment I feel sick that we didn’t win the game and that’s the over riding factor,” he said. “We showed great heart and great spirit which is what you expect from fellas but certainly it was one that got away.” Driving rain made the pitch slippery and a strong breeze favoured Kerry in the first half, which was notable for Longford’s over-use of hand passing and two key incidents around each goal mouth.

Sean O’Sullivan had taken the first score of the game from a free to give Kerry a second-minute lead, and Tommy Walsh’s opportunism stretched that to four points when he snatched an eighth-minute goal. Donaghy was twice involved in the move, first palming a high ball down to O’Sullivan, then taking it from Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper to pass for Killian Young. Young kicked the ball hard and low towards the Longford goal, and Paul Barden dived to try and block it. Unfortunately for the Longford player, the ball squirted across to Walsh who shrugged off Noel Farrell’s challenge, bent down to flick it on to his foot before calmly slotting the ball into the net. Longford claimed he had touched the ball on the ground illegally, but Walsh was adamant that he didn’t. Most important, neither the umpires nor the referee found any fault with his score. The next key goal incident came after 33 minutes. Kerry led by 1-10 to 0-3 when Barden broke through with only the ‘keeper to beat. Goalie Diarmuid Murphy dived to block the initial shot and Barden had another go from the rebound, only to see Murphy parry it for a ’45.

The Gooch, though not on his best form, claimed five points, two from frees in that first half, feeding nicely off the ability of Donaghy, who ate up the high balls. At half-time, with Kerry leading 1-10 to 0-4, the game looked over as a contest, but Longford came out fighting. David Barden had come on as a first-half sub, and scored a point. He got two more in the second half, while brother Paul got four in all. Big Paddy Dowd made his appearance as sub for midfielder Ger Dennigan after 32 minutes and helped Longford gain an edge in that area during the second half. The problem was that though they took some fine scores, every Longford forward was guilty of some bad shooting, with too many balls dropping short into the Kerry goal area or finishing wide of the posts. Longford were gallant losers, but losers. Kerry unimpressive winners, but winners, and as O’Connor said: “We’re just glad to get out of here with a win.”

Scorers — Kerry: T Walsh 1-2, C Cooper 0-5 (2f), S O’Sullivan 0-2 (2f), T O Se, D Walsh, D O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Longford: P Barden 0-4 (1f), D Barden 0-3, K Smith 0-2 (2f), F McGee (1f), C Mimnagh 0-1 each.

Kerry — D Murphy 7; K Young 7, T Griffin 7, T O’Sullivan 7; T O Se 7, M O Se 6, A O’Shea 6; D O Se 6, S Scanlon 6; D Walsh 6, D O’Sullivan 7, S O’Sullivan 7; C Cooper 7, K Donaghy 7, T Walsh 7. Subs: Darran O’Sullivan 6 for Declan O’Sullivan (45), BJ Walsh 6 for Donaghy (47), M Quirke 6 for Scanlon (59), D Moran 6 S O’Sullivan (59); B Sheehan 6 for D O’Se (64).

Longford — D Sheridan 7; D Reilly 7, B Gilleran 6, D Brady 7; D Masterson 7, E Williams 7, N Farrell 7; G Dennigan 6, K Smith 7; P Berry 8, F McGee 7, S Mulligan 7; P Barden 8, C Mimnagh 7, B Kavanagh 6. Subs: D Barden 7 for Cavanaugh (24); P Dowd 7 for Dennigan (32); P Foy 7 for Farrell (44); K Mulligan 6 for Mimnagh (64); P Reynolds for Smith (70).

Ref — G O’Conamha (Galway)

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2
Longfort 5.00pm
Longfort v Ciarraí
Referee: Gearóid Ó Conamha (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Preview

Kerry and Longford meet for the second time in three years in the qualifiers. Eoin Brosnan scored 3-0 and Colm Cooper 1-3 as Kerry beat Longford by three goals in the 2006 qualifiers in Killarney.

2009 Championship

Wicklow 2-12 Longford 1-13

Longford 0-13 Leitrim 0-10

Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (draw)

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (replay)

Last Championship Clash: Kerry 4-11 Longford 1-11 (2006 All-Ireland qualifiers – Round 4)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3

TV3 have confirmed its first pick choice from the GAA Football Championship Second Round qualifiers, with the meeting of Longford and Kerry scheduled to be broadcast on Saturday 11 July from 4.30pm. (Throw-in time of 5pm). Matt Cooper will be live at Pearse Park in Longford with Peter Canavan and Senan Connell.

Kerry last met Longford in the qualifiers in 2006, in a game best remembered for the conversion of Kieran Donaghy from midfielder to full forward. The Kingdom went on to lift Sam Maguire for the 35th time that year.

TV3 Sports Editor Kieran Holden said “This is the most intriguing fixture from Sunday’s second round draw with many GAA fans keen to see if Kerry can bounce back from their disappointment in the Munster Football Championship. We are looking to another double weekend of games on TV3, with Dublin and Kildare contesting the Leinster Senior Football Final on Sunday. Last weekend’s ‘Silverware Sunday’ attracted a peak audience of 422,000 viewers and we are sure that our live matches this weekend will prove equally attractive”.


Team News

The Kerry team to play Longford on Saturday 11th July 09 is as follows:

(1) Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle)

(2) Killian Young (Renard)

(3) Tommy Griffin (Dingle)

(4) Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore)

(5) Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(6) Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(7) Aidan O’Shea (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

(8) Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

(9) Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

(10) Donnacha Walsh (Cromane) (Captain)

(11) Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

(12) Seán O’Sullivan (Cromane)

(13) Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes)

(14) Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

(15) Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly)


(16) Ger Reidy Castleisland Desmonds)

(17) Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

(18) Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

(19) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin)

(20) Micheal Quirke (Kerins O’Rahillys)

(21) Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

(22) David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

(23) Mike McCarthy (Kilcummin)

(24) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

(25) Paul O’Connor (Kenmare)

(26) Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys)

(27) Kieran Quirke (Duagh)

(28) Maurice Corridan (Finuge)

(29) Rónán Ó Flatharta (An Ghaeltacht)

(30) Anthony Maher (Duagh)

Bainsteoir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) Eamon Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

LONGFORD (SF v Kerry): Damien Sheridan; Declan Reilly, Barry Gilleran, Dermot Brady; Diarmuid Masterson, Enda Williams, Noel Farrell; Ger Dennigan, Kevin Smyth; Shane Mulligan, Francis McGee, Padraig Berry; Paul Barden, Cian Mimnagh, Brian Kavanagh.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 – Tipperary v Sligo

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifiers Round 2 sponsored by Vodafone, Ulster Bank and Toyota

Sligo defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 1-12 in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Tracker

For more details on how the game went, check out the Live Match Tracker on the Tipperary GAA web site,

Match Reports

Sligo survive Tipp fightback


By JACKIE CAHILL at Semple Stadium for the Irish Independent newspaper

Sunday July 12 2009


SLIGO bounced back from their Connacht championship heartbreak as they edged past Tipperary in yesterday’s All-Ireland SFC Round 2 Qualifier at Semple Stadium. The Yeats County lost by four points to Galway at Markievicz Park a fortnight ago but Kevin Walsh’s outfit extended their championship interest by at least another week with this one-point victory against hosts Tipp. Sligo were left hanging on at the finish, having led by nine points early in the second half. With 44 minutes on the watch, Sligo looked home and hosed as they led by 1-11 to 0-5, but a spirited Tipp revival fell just short.

The home side outscored their opponents 1-8 to 1-3 in the second half but they couldn’t get level as Damian O’Brien fluffed a glorious late chance to tie the game. Tipp, winners of Division 3 this year, found themselves 0-10 to 0-4 behind against Division 4 kingpins Sligo at half-time as corner-forwards Adrian Marren and David Kelly ran riot for the visitors. Marren hit four points and Kelly added two as Sligo used the first-half wind advantage to good effect, with Tipp restricted to four Barry Grogan points.

Slippy ground conditions favoured forward players and Kelly turned provider two minutes after the restart for Stephen Coen, a late call-up to the side, who netted at the Town End for Sligo. As rain fell incessantly, Tipp looked down and out, but they hung in there and outscored Sligo by 1-6 to 0-1 in a real purple patch from the 46th to the 64th minutes. Brian Mulvihill’s goal 13 minutes from time breathed fresh life into Tipp’s challenge before Hugh Coghlan’s point cut the gap back to the bare minimum, 1-12 to 1-11, with six minutes remaining.

Sub O’Brien had a glorious chance to level matters four minutes from the end but, caught in two minds as he wondered whether to shoot or pass, his effort dropped short. Michael McNamara then bombed forward for a 68th-minute score as Sligo ended a 15-minute scoreless spell with a crucial point. Coghlan responded again but the clock ran out on Tipperary, who will nevertheless take great heart from a year which saw them gain promotion to Division 2.

Sligo, who boast a decent Qualifier record in recent years, march on and find themselves in the hat for tonight’s Round 3 draw after bouncing back from that Connacht semi-final reverse to Galway.

Scorers — Sligo: A Marren 0-5 (1f), S Coen 1-1, D Kelly, M Breheny (1f) 0-2 each, M McNamara, T Taylor, A Costello 0-1 each. Tipperary: B Grogan 0-6 (4f), B Mulvihill 1-1, H Coghlan 0-2, B Coen, D O’Brien, A Fitzgerald 0-1 each

Sligo: P Greene; P McGovern, N McGuire, N Ewing; M McNamara, R Donovan, J Davey; E Mullen, T Taylor; M Breheny, A Costello, S Coen; D Kelly, E O’Hara, A Marren. Subs: D Davey for Costello (53), G Gaughan for Ewing (69), B Kivlehan for McNamara (69)

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; P Codd, C McDonald, C Higgins; C Aylward, H Coghlan, R Costigan; G Hannigan, K Mulryan; S Carey, P Austin, B Mulvihill; B Fox, B Coen, B Grogan. Subs: D O’Brien for Carey (45), A Fitzgerald for Aylward (48), B Jones for Mulryan (56), J Cagney for Austin (68)

Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

Tipperary 1-12 Sligo 1-13

From the GAA.ie web site

Kevin Walsh’s Sligo are in the draw for Round Two of the Qualifiers after a narrow win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Saturday. The Yeats men were in complete control in the first-half and led by 0-10 to 0-4 at the break having played the first 35 minutes with the wind at their backs. Adrian Marren scored four points for Sligo in the opening half, while David Kelly chipped in with two.

Sligo extended their lead on the resumption of play when Stephen Coen stole in for a goal. The inevitable comeback did arrive from Johnny Evans’ side, with a succession of points followed by a Brian Mulvihill goal. Mulvihill then added another point and the Premier men were just a point in arrears. However, Michael McNamara managed to steal up from defence and he put daylight between the sides at the death. Hugh Coghlan pulled one back for Tipp but it was too late.
Tipperary fightback comes too late against Sligo

Tipperary 1-12 Sligo 1-13

From the Breaking News.ie web site

Sligo showed their mettle today as they staved off a spirited comeback from Tipperary to advance in the All-Ireland football qualifiers. Sligo had the elements behind them early on at a wet and windy Semple Stadium and built a 0-10 to 0-4 half-time lead – with Adrian Marren and David Kelly leading the scoring. Tipp fell nine points behind courtesy of a Stephen Coen goal, only to rally with a flood of points and a well-taken goal from Brian Mulvihill. In the end, a late Michael McNamara point was the difference for Sligo. This clash of the reigning NFL Division 3 and 4 champions was the counties’ first ever Championship, and Tipperary’s higher divisional status had little sway as Sligo used the elements to build some match-winning momentum.

The Yeats men were without their captain Charlie Harrison due to a shoulder injury and brought Stephen Coen in as a late replacement for Sean Davey. Tipp lined out as selected during the week, with goalkeeper Paul Fitzgerald returning to the side after his involvement in last weekend’s win over Louth. Brian Mulvihill and Brian Fox swapped positions in attack. But Mulvihill and Fox had little influence on the play in the opening half as the Premier side stuttered in possession, gave away turnover after turnover and Sligo muscled their way into the lead. Barry Grogan hit two early points for the hosts and he proved to be Tipp’s only scorer in the first half. The sides were level on three occasions before Sligo hit six points in a row.

Tony Taylor, Adrian Marren (0-3), Coen and David Kelly were all on target during that purple patch for Kevin Walsh’s men. Sligo were grafting for their scores and that hard-working attitude helped them slip through for an early goal on the restart. Tipperary centre-back Hugh Coghlan was caught in possession and a swift delivery in towards the square saw Kelly feed Coen for a smart finish. Tipp were hoping to secure back-to-back Championship wins for the first time since 1998 and the concession of that goal sparked a revival from the home side. Points from Grogan, Damien O’Brien, Brian Coen and Aidan Fitzgerald were followed by an excellent 56th-minute goal from Mulvihill. He found the net after linking with Grogan who went on a mazy run in the build-up. Subsequent points from Mulvihill and Coghlan reduced the arrears to a single point and the tie was swinging in Tipp’s favour.

However, Damien O’Brien botched a two-on-one situation when a goal looked on and Sligo regrouped with McNamara foraging forward for a vital point. Coghlan made it a one-point game once again, in injury-time, but time ran out on Tipperary and Sligo, thanks largely to their first half efforts, will feature in tomorrow’s third round draw.

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Sligo in the second round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Semple Stadium next Saturday (Throw in 3.00pm) shows one change in personnel and one positional change plus a change in the substitutes list from the team that defeated Louth last Saturday evening.

Paul Fitzgerald returns to the goalkeeping potion in place of Matthew O’Donnell. Fitzgerald originally lost his place to O’Donnell for the Louth game but made a sensational return when O’Donnell was red carded for a foul after forty minutes. Fitzgerald’s return gives Ciaran Kendrick the chance to sit on the bench as substitute keeper.

Elsewhere Brian Mulvihill and Brian Fox switch places with Mulvihill now at left wing forward and Fox top of the right.

TIPPERARY (SF v Sligo) – Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard); Paddy Codd (Killenaule), Ciaran McDonald (Aherlow), Christopher Higgins (Galtee Rovers); Christopher Aylward (Clonmel Og), Hugh Coghlan (St. Vincents), Robbie Costigan (Cahir); George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers), Kevin Mulryan (J. K. Brackens); Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers), Philip Austin (Borrisokane), Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers); Brian Fox (Eire Og Annacarty), Brian Coen (Fethard), Barry Grogan (Aherlow)

SLIGO (SF v Tipperary) – P Greene; P McGovern, N McGuire, N Ewing; M McNamara, R Donavan, J Davey; E Mullen, T Taylor; M Breheny, A Costello, S Davey; D Kelly, E O’Hara, A Marren.

Fixture Details

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier Round 2
Saturday July 11th
Thurles 3.00pm
Tiobraid Árann v Sligeach
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Preview

This is a novel championship pairing as Sligo, this year’s Division 4 League winners, take on Tipperary, who won Division 3.

2009 Championship

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 1-9
Tipperary 2-10 Louth 1-12

Galway 1-13 Sligo 0-12