2018 Munster GAA Awards

The 2018 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 8th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.

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The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2018 are as follows:

Sean Hayes (Minor Hurling)
Paul Walsh (Minor Football)
Aoife Murray (Camogie)
Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Football)
Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Football)
Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurling)
Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service)
Ballygunner (Club)
Kavan O’Keeffe (Handball)
Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)
Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football)
Sean O’Shea (Senior Football)
Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurling)
John Kiely (Manager)

Munster GAA Award Winners 2018
Back row (left to right) – Kieran Leddy (Munster GAA CEO), Anthony Walsh (Munster GAA PRO), Gerry Cullinan (Ballygunner – Club of the Year), Sean O’Shea (Senior Footballer of the Year), Sean Hayes (Minor Hurler of the Year), Kavan O’Keeffe (Handballer of the Year), Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurler of the Year), Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Footballer of the Year), Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurler of the Year), John Brennan (Munster GAA Operations Manager), Pearse Murphy (Munster GAA Treasurer)
Front row (left to right) – Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service Award), Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football), Paul Walsh (Minor Footballer of the Year), Liam Lenihan (Munster GAA Vice-Chairman), Jerry O’Sullivan (Munster GAA Chairman), Aoife Murray (Camogie Player of the Year), John Kiely (Manager of the Year), Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Footballer of the Year), Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)

2017 Munster GAA Convention

The Munster GAA annual Provincial Convention took place at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary, on Saturday, 28th January 2017.

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Address to Munster Convention by Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan

Outgoing Munster GAA Treasurer Anthony Walsh (Waterford) and Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan (Tipperary) both stepped down following the completion of their three year terms.

Anthony Walsh was duly elected unopposed to the role of Munster GAA PRO.

Anthony Walsh

Meanwhile, Pearse Murphy (Cork) was elected as Munster GAA Treasurer following a contest with three others – details as follows –

  • 1st count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 17, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9, Eamon Buckley (Tipperary) 9 (Buckley eliminated)
  • 2nd count in Munster Treasurer election – Pearse Murphy (Cork) 26, John O’Sullivan (Clare) 16, Donal Morrissey (Limerick) 9. Pearse Murphy elected

    Pearse Murphy

    Attached please find the Convention Booklet which includes:
    1. Agenda for Convention
    2. Annual Report on Activities 2016
    3. Audited Accounts for Year Ended 31/10/2016
    4. Nominations and Motion

    2017 Munster GAA Convention Booklet – PDF Format

    Munster GAA Chairmen – 1901 to 2016

  • National Student Bursaries Scheme 2016/2017

    The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2016/2017 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its tenth year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested close to €2million in the eight years that its Bursary Schemes have been in existence.

    The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.

    Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC).

    Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from www.gaa.ie, the various GAA Provincial Council websites (see below) and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website http://he.gaa.ie/. Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club.

    All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications is Friday October 7th.

    Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2016 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at www.gaelicplayers.com.

    Munster GAA Third Level Student Bursaries Scheme – Terms and Conditions

    Munster GAA will yet again reiterate its commitment to the educational development of players in the province through the provision of 93 bursaries for students at various third level colleges throughout the province.

    The following are the terms and conditions of the bursary scheme:

    1. The application is open to members of the Association (be they male or female) who are attending a full time Higher Education course and who are active participants in their Higher Education GAA Club
    2. Munster GAA has allocated a fixed number of bursaries to each college in the province (based on size and playing population). A small number will also be set aside for students who are in colleges located outside of Munster.
    3. Completed application forms are to be returned to Munster GAA, Áras Mumhan, Newcastle, Castletroy, Co Limerick not later than Friday 7th October 2016
    4. The bursary is valued at €750 which will be paid in two equal installments of €375. The first payment will be made before December with the second installment being paid towards the end of the Third Level playing season (on confirmation from the Higher Education GAA Club that the recipient contributed to the club and also fulfilled the necessary criteria of a full time academic student)
    5. A condition of receiving the bursary is the demonstration of a commitment to the Higher Education GAA Club either as a player or administrator. Munster GAA will set aside a minimum of 20% of the bursaries in each college for either coaching and administration.
    6. Those who receive College GAA or GPA scholarships/bursaries are not eligible
    7. Players who were on Senior Inter County panels in 2016 will be dealt with under the GPA’s scheme only and will therefore not be considered for Munster GAA Bursaries.
    8. Bursaries may be awarded in successive years; to a maximum of 2 years in total.

    Download 2016 / 2017 Munster GAA Bursary Form

    Any queries contact your Third Level GAA Development Officer OR Munster Games Managers:
    Pat O’Shea (087–6157317) or Joey Carton (087–9215541)


    Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry

    (M) 086 4014295 (E) gaa.officer@staff.ittralee.ie


    C.I.T., Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

    (P) 021-4545343 (E) keith.ricken@cit.ie


    U.C.C., The Mardyke Arena, Mardyke, Cork

    (P) 021-4276871 (Ext. 2738) (E) j.grainger@ucc.ie


    W.I.T., Cork Rd, Waterford

    (P) 051-302239 (E) cphelan@wit.ie


    Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Rd, Limerick

    (P) 061-774705 (E) joe.redington@mic.ul.ie


    Room PG-001, PESS Building, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick

    (P) 061-202854 (E) deirdre.m.murphy@ul.ie


    L.I.T., Moylish, Limerick

    (P) 061-208203 (E) paul.browne@lit.ie


    Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

    (E) paul.browne@lit.ie


    Thurles, Co. Tipperary

    (M) 086-2425425 (E) tomfogarty@stpats.ie


    2016 Munster GAA Convention

    The 2016 Munster GAA Annual Convention took place on Friday January 29th at the Rochestown Park Hotel in County Cork.

    Outgoing Chairman Robert Frost (Clare) stepped down following the completion of his 3 year term and was succeeded by Jerry O’Sullivan (Cork). Liam Lenihan (Limerick) was elected as the new Munster Vice-Chairman.


    Munster GAA Officers for 2016
    Back row (left to right) – Frank Murphy (President, Cork), Kieran Leddy (Operations Manager, Cork), Simon Moroney (CEO, Clare)
    Front row (left to right) – Anthony Walsh (Treasurer, Waterford), Jerry O’Sullivan (Chairman, Cork), Liam Lenihan (Vice-Chairman, Limerick), Ger Ryan (PRO, Tipperary)

    Click to view photos from Convention

    2015 Munster GAA Convention Booklet – PDF Format

    Click to view the 2015 Munster GAA Secretary’s Report by CEO Simon Moroney – PDF format

    Click to view the Munster GAA Financial Statements for 2015 – PDF Format

    Click to view the Nominations and Motions for consideration at Munster GAA Convention – PDF Format

    Munster GAA Chairmen – 1901 to 2016


    2015 Munster GAA Awards Night

    The 2015 Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner took place on Saturday, December 12th in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.

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    The full list of 2015 Munster GAA Award winners for 2015 are as follows:

    Minor Hurling – Lyndon Fairbrother (Tipperary)
    Minor Football – Mark O’Connor (Kerry)
    Under 21 Hurling – Cian Lynch (Limerick)
    Under 21 Football – Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)
    Intermediate Hurling – Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)
    Junior Football – Conor Cox (Kerry)
    Camogie Award – Cáit Devane (Tipperary)
    Ladies Football – Bernie Breen (Kerry)
    Handballer of Year – Dominick Lynch (Kerry)
    Service to Refereeing – Michael Wadding (Waterford)
    Service to Education – Jimmy Browne (LIT and Clare)
    Media Award – Paul Collins (Tipperary)
    Special Merit Award – Michael Ryan (Waterford)
    Hall of Fame Football – Ray Cummins (Cork)
    Hall of Fame Hurling – Ger Loughnane (Clare)
    Club of Year – Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary)
    Senior Hurler of Year – John O’Dwyer (Tipperary)
    Senior Footballer of Year – David Moran (Kerry)
    Manager of Year – John Kiely (Limerick)

    2014 Munster GAA Awards Night

    2013 Munster GAA Awards Night

    2012 Munster GAA Awards Night

    2011 Munster GAA Awards Night

    2010 Munster GAA Awards Night

    2009 Munster GAA Awards Night

    Handball – All-Ireland Doubles Finals – Live Streaming

    A hugely exciting season finale to the O’Neill’s All-Ireland Championships takes place on Saturday in St Coman’s, Roscommon with the Men’s & Ladies Senior Doubles Finals down for decision.

    Click to view live streaming of these games from 2:30pm on Saturday April 5th

    Top billing is the eagerly anticipated Men’s final between reigning champions Paul Brady & Michael Finnegan of Cavan, and Meath’s Brian Carroll & Tom Sheridan. Both pairings have shown their class en route to the final, not dropping a game along the way. Brady & Finnegan enter as favourites, and rightly so as they have dominated the 40×20 doubles scene in recent years. They have appeared in the last twelve consecutive finals, winning nine, and now aiming for an incredible 10th title. Brady may have missed the Senior Singles championship, but he has showed in the last two US Pro-Stops that he is still the top dog in world Handball. And he will know that by his side on Saturday he will have one of the best right-sided doubles players of all time. Finnegan has the know how to win big games, and as well as the All-Ireland titles, he has appeared in the last four World Doubles Finals, winning three, two with Brady & one with Dublin’s Eoin Kennedy.

    Their opponents from the Kells club however are no slouches themselves. The reigning, and four time, 60×30 champions are proven quality in the 40×20 court as well, and pushed Brady & Finnegan to a 21-20 tiebreaker in an epic 2012 40×20 final. An astonishing fact does exist involving Sheridan that many people are perhaps unaware of, or have forgotten, because it is not just the Cavan duo that are bidding for a 10th title. Ironically, Sheridan’s last title came against Brady & Finnegan in the 2002 decider, and on Saturday he will be aiming for number ten with a fourth different partner in Brian Carroll. Carroll is a dream man to cover the frontcourt; his retrieval skills are often beyond belief, as witnessed during an enthralling Singles SF with Diarmuid Nash last month. This combined with Sheridan’s craft, and the fact that Sheridan is a lefty, gives them an excellent chance to upset the reigning champs. It all leads to another classic.

    Preceding the Men’s final is another fantastic showdown as Kerry’s Maria Daly & Ashley Prendiville look to retain their 2013 title they won against Cork’s Catriona Casey & Aishling O’Keefe. This year, they have the same opponents who will be aiming to go one better than last years tiebreaker defeat to win their maiden title. They do have an up hill battle against the experienced three time champions, but the Cork duo have developed into an excellent pairing in recent years and know that they have the game to win. Having lost out in the Singles final a few weeks ago, Casey will be keen to end the season on a high and add the Senior title to the Intermediate title the duo won in 2012. The experienced Kerry girls will be up for this though and won’t relinquish their title without a battle.

    First game on the bill is the Minor Doubles at 2.30pm. Like the singles final, it is Tyrone v Clare as Johnny Woods aims for the double. Woods teams up with Ryan Mullan, and having won last years U16 Doubles title, will know each other’s game well. Fergal Coughlan will be out for some revenge against Woods after the singles final, and alongside Jacob Loughnane, the Clare men will be very difficult to beat.

    GAA Handball O’Neills All Ireland 40×20 Championships Doubles Finals
    5th April in St Comans Roscommon @ 2.30pm

    Minor Doubles Final:
    Tyrone (Johnny Woods/Ryan Mullan) v Clare (Fergal Coughlan/Jacob Loughnane)

    Ladies Senior Doubles Final:
    Kerry (Maria Daly/Ashley Prendiville v Cork (Catriona Casey/Aishling O’Keefe)

    Mens Senior Doubles Final:
    Cavan (Paul Brady/Michael Finnegan) v Meath (Tom Sheridan/Brian Carroll)

    Click to view live streaming of these games

    Handball – All-Ireland Senior Singles Finals Streamed Live

    Kingscourt programme to be streamed live!

    GAA Handball are delighted to announce that the 40×20 Finals Programme in Kingscourt will be streamed live on www.gaahandball.ie in what is a massive step forward in the promotion of the national game. The programme will be available at the link below on Saturday, as people throughout Ireland and indeed the world will have free access to live Irish Handball on the Internet.

    The highlight of the streaming will be the meeting of Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy and Clare’s Diarmaid Nash who face off in the Mens Senior Singles Final in what is sure to be an epic contest between two outstanding players. If the semi finals are an indicator Saturdays showdown will be an intriguing battle that could go to the wire. also on the programme is the titanic battle between reigning champion Cork’s Catriona Casey and Antrim’s Aisling Reilly current Irish number one seed in the Ladies Senior Singles final in a game that promises to be fiercely contested between the top two players in Ladies Handball at present. Preceding the Ladies final is a mouthwatering Minor Final between Tyrone’s Johnny Woods and Clare’s Fergal Coughlan.

    Anyone who cannot get to the Cavan venue can now watch the action unfold in the comfort of their own living room with insights and tips offered by full commentary of the game. Action commences at 1pm.

    Click here to watch the finals live from 1pm

    O’Neills GAA Handball All-Ireland Senior Semi-Finals

    Sensational, emotional, and utter brilliance! There is no other way to describe what unfolded today in Kingscourt HC during the O’Neills GAA Handball All-Ireland Senior Semi-Finals. To any GAA playing member, the Championship is the pinnacle, the one tournament that you desire more than the rest, and today a group of players laid all their cards on the table, leaving nothing in the tank. The action was enthralling, as good a sporting spectacle as one could wish for. It was exhausting, not only for the players, but also for the supporters who went through a rollercoaster of emotion in matches that’s lasted up to two and a half hours.

    Robbie McCarthy, the top seed, arguably the most naturally skillful player in the game took on Killian Carroll in the first semi-final. Carroll is a relative novice in the senior ranks, at only 20 years of age, but today he displayed that he has the game to compete, and win the top honors. McCarthy rightly so entered as favourite, but it was Carroll who started the best. His playing style is jaw dropping to watch, so committed, so quick, speed of feet not to be matched. Throughout the first game, Cork man Carroll always held a 2/3 point lead over Mullingar’s McCarthy. Both men are very attack minded, rolling balls for fun from range, but it was Carroll who saw out a relatively comfortable 21-14 win in game one.

    McCarthy had not settled, maybe he wasn’t allowed the opportunity by Carroll, but one got the impression that he had a lot more to offer this match. Questions were asked by the young speedster Carroll, and they were duly answered by the silky McCarthy in game two, storming to a 21-2 win in emphatic fashion. Had Carroll peaked too soon, was he not ready for the challenge of competing at senior level? No, is the short answer! Momentum swung again in the tiebreaker with Carroll racing to a 5-0 lead. However never player was letting this game slip away from them that easy, McCarthy fighting back to level the scores at 6-6, 8-8 & 13-13. The crowd were loving the action. McCarthy made the first notable break, charging to hold a 20-16 lead, and a chance to serve for the match, but Carroll nailed a 35ft kill to gain the serve. Then came two further epic kill shots to close the lead to 18-20. The Cork supporters were on the edge of their seats, McCarthy looked anxious that his lead was slipping. But he was not to be denied, and broke Carroll’s serve before killing the ball in the right corner to seal the match amid a large burst of joy, relief and emotion! The top seed was through to his 3rd consecutive final, still looking for his maiden win.

    After the first match, most in the large crowd almost expected the second semi-final to be a lesser affair. Oh how they were wrong! Clare’s Diarmuid Nash and Meath’s Brian Carroll were aiming for their first final appearance, and both men served up a mammoth two and a half hour thriller. Nash is tactically excellent, a cool and calm player that no one enjoys playing. Brian Carroll is a real warrior who will run every ball down until he simply cannot run any more. Maybe it is something to do with the name Carroll, as like his namesake Killian, his retrieval skills are simply a joy to behold. The first game led a similar path to the firt semi-final, with scores level at 9, 11 and 13, before Nash made the break to seal the first game 21-17.

    Game two was tense to say the least, with neither player gaining more than a two point lead over one another. Carroll’s unorthodox style is something else, his ability to kill the ball stone dead of the back wall with his left hand (his non-dominant hand at that) is nothing short of remarkable. It was this attacking weapon that saw Carroll make the pivotal move, when after being tied at 17-17, reeled of a series of points to force the tiebreaker, winning 21-17.

    For either player to lose this game was gut wrenching. They both put so much into what had developed into a classic. Level at 18-18 in the tiebreaker, who was going to take their chance? Carroll moved to 19-18, but Nash responded to level at 19-19. The tension in the complex brought goose bumps to the fans.No one deserved to lose, but it was Nash who sealed victory with two long rallies, and end Carroll’s dream for another year, winning 21-19. The Nash family have suffered a tragic loss this year, but today was a great day in Diarmuid’s rise up the ranks. No sooner had the final point been won had Diarmuid’s father raced into the court to embrace his son, a touching moment that empitomised just how emotional and important this match had developed into. Carroll dropped to his knees, devastated to have lost in such fashion. The crowd acknowledged what they had just witnessed with a spine tingling standing ovation for both players. This was one of the best! Nash advanced to next weekends final against McCarthy. Ireland’s number one v Ireland’s number two. The crowds would be foolish to miss it based on today’s action.

    In the Ladies semi-finals, Antrim’s Aisling Reilly was already through to the final after her opponent Kerry’s Ashley Prendiville had to unfortunately pull out late on due to injury. The other semi-final saw Cork’s Catriona Casey face off with old foe Kerry’s Maria Daly. Casey is the reigning champ, at the tender age of twenty. An incredibly composed and classy player given her age. Daly is a former 4 time champion herself, with two of the most natural hands in the ladies game. Casey had won the previous few meetings, and was expected to pull through again. But Daly showed aggression, a desire to change the script. She attacked the ball, shooting with both hands, flying at every opportunity. The match was tight right up to 12-12 in the first. Casey made the first move, executing sublime left corner kills at ease. She had found her groove, and raced to win the first 21-14, although the game was closer than the score line suggests. Daly was up against it now, a game down against Casey was a daunting position to be in. Game two started in much the same fashion, a tight affair up to 9-9. But the hand errors started to creep into Daly’s game, and the clinical Casey capitalized on this to quickly see out the second game 21-9 to set up a show down with Aisling Reilly next Saturday.

    Like the Men’s grade, the Ladies final will see Ireland’s one and two face off. Reilly and Casey are without question the top players in world Handball right now, and they have formed an exciting rivalry. Four times they have met in the last year, Reilly winning two, Casey winning two. Saturday’s final will be the next chapter in the rivalry, one not to be missed!

    O’Neill’s GAA Handball All-Ireland SF Results:


    Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) dft Cork (Killian Carroll) 14-21, 21-2, 21-18

    Clare (Diarmuid Nash) dft Meath (Brian Carroll) 21-17, 17-21, 21-19


    Cork (Catriona Casey) dft Kerry (Maria Daly)

    Antrim (Aisling Reilly) w/o Kerry Ashley Prendville Inj