Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final – Limerick 1-24 Waterford 0-19

Limerick defeated Waterford by 1-24 to 0-19 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday March 31st at Croke Park.


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Allianz HL Final: Impressive Limerick triumph

LIMERICK 1-24 WATERFORD 0-19

Report By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for GAA.ie

Limerick have acquired a valuable habit of winning important games under John Kiely’s shrewd stewardship.

This Allianz League success at GAA headquarters illustrated why Limerick will enter an eagerly anticipated summer as the most respected and in form team in the land.

Buoyed up by their daring and delightful 2018 adventure Limerick have tried to use the spring wisely on their much touted return to Division 1A action.

The first half supplied plenty of evidence of Limerick’s ability to marry graft with craft, especially in attack where turnovers were forced and scores taken.

From 23 attempts before the break Limerick registered 1-12 compared to Waterford’s conversion rate of 0-10 from 17 efforts.

Interesting duels were being played out throughout the field with the Noel Connors versus Aaron Gillane match-up particularly fascinating.

Gillane had the skill and strength to execute a delicious flick resulting in a 27th minute goal just as Waterford were beginning to cause Limerick serious problems.

It had all started so well for Limerick, who thundered into a 0-8 to 0-2 advantage and Waterford were fortunate not to be further behind because Stephen O’Keeffe reacted smartly to make a fine save from Gillane in the seventh minute.

Still Paraic Fanning’s charges did summon a defiant burst which yielded six of the next seven points reducing the deficit to the minimum.

Inevitably Stephen Bennett was prominent drilling scores from play and frees, but Gillane’s goal carried importance.

Tom Morrissey’s delivery located Gillane inside and the prolific Patrickswell attacker was sufficiently skillful to steer the sliotar beyond O’Keeffe.

Michael Walsh and Pauric Mahony replied for Waterford, but Limerick finished the opening period strongly as Gillane, Tom Morrissey, and Graeme Mulcahy all rifled points to steer them five clear.

When the action recommenced Waterford required an injection of momentum and confidence, but they were repeatedly frustrated.

Only four points were struck from 10 attempts in the third quarter, while at the opposite end Limerick nailed six out of eight opportunities.

That is precisely the time that Limerick starting to move into the distance with Declan Hannon’s decorative 44th minute point guiding the standard bearers 1-16 to 0-11 ahead.

There was little wrong with Waterford’s attitude or application showcased by another three point rally which included an Austin Gleeson sideline cut.

Limerick, though, were unperturbed as Gillane drilled two points from play ensuring Waterford remained in considerable distress.

From then until the end all that needed to be determined was the margin of Limerick’s victory with substitutes Seamus Flanagan and Shane Dowling contributing classy points. It was that type of satisfying afternoon for Limerick at the Jones Road venue.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 1-9 (4fs), Peter Casey and Gearoid Hegarty 0-3 each, Cian Lynch and Shane Dowling (1f) 0-2 each,, Seamus Flanagan, Declan Hannon, Tom Morrissey, Graeme Mulcahy, and Darragh O’Donovan (sideline) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett 0-9 (6fs), Pauric Mahony 0-5 (4fs), Austin Gleeson 0-2 (1 sideline), Kevin Moran, Philip Mahony, and Michael Walsh 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Tom Condon, Sean Finn, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Cian Lynch, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Mike Casey for Condon (HT), Seamus Flanagan for Mulcahy (56), Barry Murphy for Gillane (64), Shane Dowling for T Morrissey (64), Paddy O’Loughlin for Hannon (69).

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Calum Lyons, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Tadhg de Burca, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Michael Walsh; Austin Gleeson, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.
Subs: Jack Prendergast for Walsh (HT), Tommy Ryan for Shane Bennett (47), Conor Prunty for Lyons (48), Patrick Curran for Hogan (56), Stephen Roche for Kearney (60).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)


Aaron Gillane Goal



Fixture Details

Sunday March 31
Allianz Hurling League Division One Final
Limerick v Waterford, Croke Park, 2pm
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
(E.T. if Necessary & Result on the Day)


Team News

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid (Effin); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Darragh O’Donovan (Doon); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Tom Morrissey (Ahane); Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)
Subs: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock), Mike Casey (Na Piarsaigh), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), Barry Murphy (Doon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), William O’Meara (Askeaton), Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Callum Lyons, Noel Connors; Philip Mahony, Tadhg De Búrca, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Austin Gleeson; Mikey Kearney, Michael Walsh, Pauric Mahony; Peter Hogan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final – Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-16

Limerick defeated Dublin by 1-19 to 1-16 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Semi-Final on Sunday March 24th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Waterford 0-31 Clare 1-14

Waterford defeated Clare by 0-31 to 1-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final on Saturday March 16th at Walsh Park Waterford.


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Match Day Information


Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Cathal Malone; Shane Golden, Colm Gavin; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, Aidan McCarthy; Gary Cooney, Aron Shanagher, Podge Collins.

Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Philip Mahony, Noel Connors; Callum Lyons, Kevin Moran, Austin Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Colm Roche; Jack Prendergast, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Tommy Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Waterford 1-18 Galway 2-13

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-18 to 2-13 in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday March 10th at Walsh Park Waterford.


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Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-29 Cork 1-16

Tipperary defeated Cork by 1-29 to 1-16 in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday March 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final – Limerick 2-22 Laois 0-11

Limerick defeated Laois by 2-22 to 0-11 in the Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final on Saturday March 9th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


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Team News

LIMERICK: Barry Hennessy (Kilmallock); Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), William O’Meara (Askeaton); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Declan Hannon (Adare), Barry Nash (South Liberties); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock); Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Barry Murphy (Doon)
Subs: Nickie Quaid (Effin), Aaron Costello (Kilmallock), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Richie English (Doon), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca).

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed

Munster GAA Press Release

Munster Senior Hurling Championship Details Confirmed.


At a meeting of the Munster CCC on Thursday March 7th, the dates, times and ticket arrangements for the 2019 Munster GAA Hurling Championship were confirmed.

Opening Weekend

The first round of fixtures will take place on Sunday May 12th. Walsh Park Waterford will be the venue for the throw-in of the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship with Clare playing the hosts Waterford at 2pm while at 4pm, defending Munster champions Cork take on old rivals Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Championship games between the same counties will serve as the curtain-raiser to both fixtures.

Hurling Championship Round-Robin extended by 1 week

The 2019 Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Championships Round-Robin series will be run over six-week period rather than five weeks as was the case in 2018. This will eliminate the scenario of counties playing on four consecutive weekends.  While two counties (Limerick and Clare) will play on three consecutive weekends, the schedule has been configured to ensure those counties finish their programme with these 3 games, all taking place in June.

The alternative system, which sees all counties play 2 weekends in a row, would have seen one county starting the campaign with 2 away games and one county finishing with 2 away games. It was decided to remain with the system agreed prior to the start of the new format, which ensures a home/away/home/away or away/home/away/home sequence. Counties also decided against starting on May 5th in order to give maximum time for club games in April.

Ticket Prices

Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game with prices being consistent for all venues. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day.

Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship games are scheduled to go on public sale via tickets.ie and Centra / Supervalu outlets from Wednesday April 24th. Due to the restricted capacity at Walsh Park Waterford, tickets for both Munster Hurling Championship games scheduled for the Waterford city venue will not go on public sale and will be made available via the participating counties and clubs only.


Fixture Details

2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures

2019 Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Fixtures

Walsh Park confirmed as venue for Munster SHC 2019

Press Release – Walsh Park confirmed as venue for Munster SHC 2019

The CCC of the Munster Council has (today) confirmed that both Waterford’s home games in the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship (on May 12th v Clare & June 2nd v Limerick), will take place at Walsh Park in Waterford.

Earlier today, officers of the Munster Council and Waterford County Board met to discuss the use of the venue, following confirmation by GAA Health and Safety Consultants that the capacity for both games will be set at 11,000.

Munster Council Chairman, Liam Lenihan said “I am pleased to confirm that Waterford will play their two home games in Walsh Park on May 12th and June 2nd. Today’s decision confirms that all of the competing counties in the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship will have two home games. We look forward to working with Waterford County Board to ensure the smooth running of both fixtures scheduled at the Waterford City venue”.

Waterford County Board Chairman, Paddy Joe Ryan said “We are delighted to be playing our home games in Walsh Park on May 12th and June 2nd. Due to a structural issue at the ground in 2018, which significantly reduced the capacity, we didn’t play Senior Hurling Championship games at the ground. However, this issue has since been resolved and the capacity set at 11,000. These games will be a big boost for the county and local businesses and we look forward to welcoming the supporters of Clare and Limerick to Waterford City. We are embarking on a redevelopment of the ground, which will bring the capacity to 15,500, including 9,000 seats.”


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Limerick 2-18 Kilkenny 0-15

Limerick defeated Kilkenny by 2-18 to 0-15 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 17th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.




Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Wexford 1-15 Tipperary 1-14

Wexford defeated Tipperary by 1-15 to 1-14 in Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 17th at Innovate Wexford Park.