Munster MFC – Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford defeated Clare by 2-7 to 1-9 in Round 3 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 24th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Waterford storm back to claim stirring victory

Report By Tomas McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 2-7 Clare 1-9

Waterford won their first Munster MFC game in five years as they stormed back from six points down to surprise Clare in Dungarvan tonight.

Midfielder DJ Melia netted two late goals to give Tom Guiry’s men a morale-boosting victory. The players celebrated the landmark result in the post-match huddle as family and friends joined them on the field.

It wasn’t enough to seal a place in the Phase 1 final, however, as Clare will meet Tipperary in a fortnight.

Tomás Meenahan bagged a first half goal and captain Shane Meehan scored three points as they led 1-7 to 0-4 after 48 minutes. Those two Melia majors and three Tom Dalton points from play turned the game on its head.

The game was overshadowed by a facial injury to Clare defender Matthew Reidy which led to an hour delay as an ambulance arrived in the centre of the field to bring the Shannon Gaels man to hospital. In first half injury time, two Clare players, Reidy and Meenahan, collided accidently with Waterford corner back Archie Walsh as they contested for a ball in front of the stand.

Reidy suffered a nasty facial gash and lost a tooth in the incident. He was assisted back to the Clare dugout by the medical staff.

The teams re-emerged for the second half but Reidy remained in the dugout and Limerick referee Jonathan Hayes informed both camps that an ambulance was called. The players soon returned to the dressing rooms. Reidy was able to walk into the ambulance when it parked outside the dugout.

Before a small crowd of 210, Meehan kicked the opener from a free before Sean Walsh levelled in the fifth minute. Clare then shot three wides in a row. Waterford also wasted three opportunities including two frees.

In the 20th minute, Liam Murphy hand passed across goal to Meenahan who palmed the ball into the net. Sub Tadgh Lillis, who replaced midfielder Cillian McGroary early on, added a point off the next attack (1-2 to 0-1). Tom O’Connell converted a free at the other end after 22 minutes.

Lillis landed the point of the game with the outside of his right. Waterford had a lucky escape as Liam Murphy saw a shot come back off the metalwork and Taidgh Murray saved the rebound from Meenahan. Aaron Ryan nailed a free for the hosts on 28 minutes. 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

When the match resumed, after 60 minutes of inactivity, Eoin Rouine extended the Clare lead to four. Tom Dalton replied for Waterford. O’Connell was then denied by a diving save from Thomas Collins. The magical Meehan, with the yellow boots, added two frees to the Clare total before he struck the post on 40 minutes. A Jamie Stack 45 widened the gap to six.

Ryan and Dalton fired quickfire points for the home side. With seven minutes left, midfielder DJ Melia rifled a shot to the roof of the net (1-8 to 1-6). A thumping goal. Dalton then kicked his third from play. A late Liam Murphy point put Clare two up. In the last minute, Ryan was fouled by Lillis for a penalty and the Clare man got his marching orders. Melia duly slotted the spot kick. A shot in the arm for Waterford football.

Scorers for Waterford: DJ Melia 2-0, T Dalton 0-3, A Ryan 0-2 (1f), S Walsh, T O’Connell (1f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Meenahan 1-0, S Meehan 0-3 (3fs), T Lillis 0-2, J Stack (45), E Rouine, E Talty, L Murphy 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: T Murray (Dungarvan); B O’Brien (Stradbally), S Boyce (The Nire), K Taylor (St Saviours); M Dalton (Shamrocks), C Foley (Ballinacourty), A Walsh (Portlaw); S Walsh (The Nire), DJ Melia (Brickey Rangers); T Dalton (Shamrocks), C Scanlon (Kill), A Ryan (The Nire); M Mullaney (Stradbally), C Rooney (Portlaw), T O’ Connell (Brickey Rangers).
Subs: P Skehan (Stradbally) for S Walsh (46), C O Dalaigh (Ballyduff Lower) for O’Connell (46).

CLARE: T Collins (Lissycasey); F Kelliher (St. Josephs Doora/Barefield), M Garry (Cooraclare), C McMahon (Ennistymon); E Walshe (The Banner), F Guinnane (Kildysart), M Reidy (Shannon Gaels); E Rouine (Ennistymon), C McGroary (Corofin); S Casey (Clondegad), T Meenaghan (The Banner). K Crowley (Kilrush Shamrocks); L Murphy (Wolfe Tones), S Meehan (The Banner), E Talty (St Josephs Doora Barefield).
Subs: T Lillis (Doonbeg) for McGroary (5), S Browne (O’Currys) for Meenahan (35), C Hassett (Kildysart) for Reidy (35), J Stack (St Breckans) for Crowley (36), S McNamara (Michael Cusacks) for Casey (45), C Killeen (Doonbeg) for Meehan (49), M Comber (Kilmurry Ibrickane) for Walshe (54), D Whelan (Newmarket on Fergus) for Kelliher (54).

Referee: J Hayes (Limerick)


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 24th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 3
Waterford v Clare
Venue: Fraher Field Dungarvan @ 7pm
Referee: Jonathan Hayes (Limerick)


Team News

Munster MFC – Clare 1-10 Tipperary 0-6

Clare defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 0-6 in Round 2 of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 on Wednesday April 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.



Impressive Banner see off Premier in cagey affair

Report by Páraic McMahon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-10 – 0-6 Tipperary

It is expected that these sides will meet again before the championship is out should Tipperary overcome Limerick in their final round-robin meeting, so it comes as no great shock that this 60 minutes resembled a game of cat and mouse, with neither side keen to go at full tilt.

On the back of scoring 3-15 and 4-13, respectively, Clare and Tipperary were at least expected to keep the scoreboard ticking in this contest, but Seamus Mulvihill’s umpires had little stretching to do when it came to reaching for flags of either colour.

A brilliant Ben Comerford run set up Kyle Shelly for the first score of the evening, 20 minutes in. Shelly was fouled minutes later by Micheal Garry, with the resulting free calmly slotted over by Thurles Sarsfields’ Paddy Creedon. The subsequent restart was won by the Tipp attack, with the menacing Liam McCormack offloading to Creedon who doubled his tally.

Clare’s first score, an Eoin Talty goal, came courtesy of a misplaced Tipperary kickout, which ended up in the hands of danger man Shane Meehan, who ducked and dodged past oncoming defenders before offloading to Talty, who fired past James Griffin. White flags from Meehan and Conor Hassett would see Dermot Coughlan’s side surprisingly lead by two points at the break.

Having had to wait 20 minutes for a score in the first half, the 1,268 strong attendance had no such complaints in the second, as Creedon was on target 20 seconds into the restart. Clare improved as the game developed, dominating the second half and outscoring their opponents eight points to three. Captain Shane Meehan was the common denominator for the increase in Banner scores for the second half. As the mastermind behind several moves, he would finish the hour with five points to his name. Kyle Shelly fired over the final score from the Premier County on 55 minutes in what was a below-par outing from the visitors.

If this wasn’t an example of shadow boxing, Kerry will be licking their lips as their attempt to win seven provincial titles in succession will be much easier.

Meehan was the maestro for the winners and was ably assisted by Michael Garry, Brendan Rouine and Ciaran McMahon. For Tipperary, Christy McDonagh impressed, along with Paddy Creedon, Ben Comeford and the ever-troubling Kyle Shelly.

Both sides are back in action next week, with Clare already guaranteed a place in the phase-one final on May 7, but Tipp will have it all to do when they host Limerick.

Scorers for Clare: S Meehan (0-05 1f), E Talty (1-01), J Stack (0-02 2f), C Hassett (0-01), S Casey (0-01)
Scorers for Tipperary: P Creedon (0-03 1f), K Shelly (0-02 1f), C Shanahan (0-01).

CLARE: O O’Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; C Hassett, D Fahy, D Nagle; E Talty, S Meehan, J Stack.
Subs: E Walshe for Hassett (57), S Casey for Nagle (61)

TIPPERARY: J Griffin; T Condon, C McDonagh, E Butler; J Armstrong, D Hickey, C Shanahan; P Creedon, T Tobin; L Seacy, B Comerford, D King; L McCormack, K Shelly, E McCarthy.
Subs: L King for D King (37), M O’Connor for McCormack (37), C Cadell for McCarthy (46), L Kennedy for Seacy (51), D McCahey for McDonagh (57) (Inj)

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)


Match Preview


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 17th
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2
Clare v Tipperary
Venue: Cusack Park Ennis @ 6:45pm
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)


Admission Details

Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 16s – Free


Team News

The Tipperary team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Phase 1 Round 2 fixture in Cusack Park, Ennis this Wednesday evening, April 17th at 6:45pm has been announced by manager Matt O’Doherty and lines out as follows;

1. James Griffin – Upperchurch-Drombane
2. Christy McDonagh – Cahir
3. Tadhg Condon – Clonmel Commercials
4. Emmet Butler – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
5. James Armstrong – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Donagh Hickey – Arravale Rovers
7. Conor Shanahan – Inane Rovers
8. Paddy Creedon (Vice-Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
9. Tom Tobin – Rosegreen
10. Luke Seacy – Inane Rovers
11. Ben Comerford – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
12. Dara King – Ballina
13. Liam McCormack – Durlas Óg
14. Kyle Shelly (Capt.) – Moycarkey-Borris
15. Eoin McCarthy – Clonmel Commercials

16. Cian O’Mahony – Ardfinnan
17. Darragh McCahey – Loughmore-Castleiney
18. Liam King – Ballinahinch
19. Edward Meagher – Loughmore-Castleiney,
20. James Corcoran – JK Brackens
21. Leon Kennedy – Grangemockler-Ballyneale
22. Jack Lillis – Drom-Inch,
23. Mark O’Connor – Clonmel Commercials
24. Conor Cadell – JK Brackens


Match Programme

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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.


Match Highlights


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.

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

Munster Scor Sinsear Final 2019


Munster Scór Sinsir Torthai


Exciting fare emerged at the 50th Munster Scór Sinsir Finals hosted in Cork City Hall with GAA clubs displaying their cultural talents much to the enjoying of an appreciative attendance.

An occasion to remember for Cork and Tipperary, a hat trick of wins for both the Rebel and Premier counties. Kanturk’s Muireann Vaughan retained her title, Kilshannig and St. James added breakthrough wins much to the delight of their supporters.

Newcastle enjoyed a double for Tipp with Newport adding a popular win at Leiriú., Elsewhere Lissycasey Set Dancers gave Clare a lone victory.

Fear An Tí for the prestigious occasion was former Munster Council Chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan with present Chairman Liam Lenihan on hand to present the prizes.


Click to view photos of the winners


List of Winners

Rince Foirne: Newcastle – Tipperary
Amhránaíocht Aonar: Muireann Vaughan- Kanturk – Cork
Aithriseoireacht: Treasa McGrath- Newcastle-Tipperary
Bailéad Ghrúpa: St. James – Cork
Leiriú: Newport-Tipperary
Ceoil Uirlise: Kilshannig – Cork
Rince Seit: Lissycasey – Clare


Corn Ui Mhuiri Under 19 A Football Final Replay – P.S Chorca Dhuibhne 3-11 St. Brendan’s Killarney 0-16

P.S Chorca Dhuibhne defeated St. Brendan’s Killarney by 3-11 to 0-16 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Under 19 A Football Final Replay on Saturday March 2nd at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Full Match Coverage


Storming finish sees Chorca Dhuibhne claim a sixth Corn Uí Mhuirí title

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 3-11 – 0-16 St Brendan’s College, Killarney

A stunning last 11 minutes powered Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne to a sixth Corn Uí Mhuirí title.

Trailing by the minimum with 12 minutes remaining, the Dingle college kicked the last five scores of this replay to retain the Munster crown.

Somewhat ironically, Dingle’s superb finish directly followed the sending to the stand of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and selector Tommy Griffin. Both mentors were dismissed to the terrace at the same time by referee James Bermingham.

Having notched 1-2 without reply at the beginning of the second-half to establish a 3-5 to 0-11 lead, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, with the wind at their backs, looked a safe bet for victory. But credit to St Brendan’s who kicked five of the game’s next six scores to move back in front. The Sem, however, had no answer to their opponents’ finishing burst, as Cathal Ó Beaglaoich and four from the outstanding Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich sealed the verdict.

St Brendan’s enjoyed the backing of a near gale in the opening period but didn’t make half enough use of the elements and were only two clear at the break, 0-11 to 2-3.

As was the case in the drawn game, St Brendans’ shooting was terribly erratic, with the Killarney college finishing the first-half with eight wides. The other problem for St Brendan’s was Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich, the Dingle corner-forward kicking his team’s entire first-half total of 2-3.

His first goal arrived a minute and a half after throw-in. Ó Beaglaoich’s second on 12 minutes, mind you, was arguably more important as it followed a run of four St Brendan’s points and even though the Sem would add another four without reply after the concession of that second green flag, they were still just one in front.

That first-half effort, against the elements, would prove crucial in delivering the Dingle nursery their sixth Munster senior crown since 2012.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: R Ó Beaglaoich (2-7, 0-4 frees); J Aghas (1-0); C Ó Failbhe, D Ó Geibheannaigh, C Ó Beaglaoich, M Ó Mainín (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Brendan’s: R O’Grady (0-6, 0-5 frees); E O’Shea (0-4, 0-3 frees); P D’Arcy (0-3); P O’Shea (0-2); M Kelliher (0-1, 0-1 ‘45)’.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: D Uosis (Daingean Uí Chúis); C Ó Flannúra (Daingean Uí Chúis), T Ó Dubháin (Daingean Uí Chúis), S Ó Loingsigh (An Ghaeltacht); P Ó Cathalláin (An Ghaeltacht), G Ó Leidhinn (Abhainn an Scáil), S Óg Ó Moráin (Daingean Uí Chúis); J Aghas (Abhainn an Scáil), C Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht); S Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht), Colm Ó Muircheartaigh (Abhainn an Scáil), Colin Ó Muircheartaigh (Daingean Uí Chúis); D Ó Geibheannaigh (Daingean Uí Chúis), C Ó Failbhe (Abhainn an Scáil), R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht).
Subs: M Ó Mainín (Lios Póil) for Colin Ó Muircheartaigh (45 mins); C Ó Catháin (Daingean Uí Chúis) for Ó Conchúir (52).

St Brendan’s College: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); P O’Sullivan (Legion), G Vaughan (Spa), M Cooper (Dr Crokes); E Looney (Dr Crokes), K O’Donoghue (Legion), E Smith (Legion); M Lenihan (Dr Crokes), D Lyne (Lyne); E O’Sullivan (Legion), P O’Shea (Kilcummin), E Finnan (Glenflesk); R O’Grady (Legion), E O’Shea (Fossa), P D’Arcy (Glenflesk).
Subs: N O’Shea (Dr Crokes) for Smith (HT); D Donoghue (Firies) for O’Grady (60); T Sparling (Dr Crokes) for Looney (60).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork).


Drawn Game – St. Brendan’s Killarney 1-9 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-12

Watch the Drawn game in full


Fixture Details

Saturday March 2nd @ 4pm
St. Brendan’s Killarney v P.S Chorca Dhuibhne
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)
Extra Time if Necessary (Result on the Day)


Paths to the Final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne
Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 1-9 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-12
Semi-Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-13 St. Francis College Rochestown 2-6
Quarter-Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-5 St. Flannans 1-3
Round 3 – Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 4-8 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-10
Round 2 – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 5-17 De La Salle College Macroom 1-4
Round 1 – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-18 Skibbereen Community School 1-7

Totals – For 10-75 (105) Against 10-37 (67)

St. Brendan’s Killarney
Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 1-9 Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-12
Semi-Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 2-11 Clonakilty Community College 0-8
Quarter-Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 2-17 Tralee CBS 3-9
Round 3 – St. Brendan’s Killarney 4-4 Mercy Mounthawk 1-8
Round 2 – St. Brendan’s Killarney 4-16 Clonakilty Community College 0-5
Round 1 – St. Brendan’s Killarney 2-10 I.S. Killorglin 0-7

Totals – For 15-67 (112) Against 4-49 (61)


Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student / OAPS – €5
Under 14s – Free


Roll of Honour

Dr. Harty Cup Final – Midleton CBS 2-12 CBC Cork 0-14

Midleton CBS defeated CBC Cork by 2-12 to 0-14 in the Dr. Harty Cup Under 19 A Hurling Final on Saturday February 16th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


Full Match Coverage with Commentary


Stack goal sees Midleton bridge 13-year gap to claim Harty Cup title

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Midleton CBS 2-12 – 0-14 CBC

A Joe Stack goal on 53 minutes was the crucial score in delivering Midleton CBS their fourth Harty Cup crown.

Stack’s goal arrived after Midleton had struck five consecutive wides and were failing to in anyway capitalise on this spell of dominance. Stack’s initial effort was superbly smothered, but he followed up and buried the sliotar to the Christians net to move the East Cork College into a 2-10 to 0-13 lead.



A Padraig Power free subsequently cut the gap to two, but Power sent another placed effort thereafter left and wide and no closer would Christians come of their opponents.

Two Ross O’Regan frees completed the scoring for Midleton CBS to leave them celebrating a first Harty success in 13 years, a victory which played out in front of a 7,089 strong crowd. For five of the Midleton starting team, there was sweet atonement having been part of the side which lost the 2018 final to Ardscoil Rís.

Christians, bidding to secure a first ever Harty crown, will rue a number of goal chances which they failed to put away. A measly total of five points from play, also, is a stat which they’ll be disappointed with. On 44 minutes, Padraig Power could – and probably should – have had a Christians goal. Midleton ‘keeper Jack McGann and defender Cormac O’Brien kept the sliotar out, play was worked down the other end with Ross O’Regan earning a free which Ryan McCarthy converted to edge Midleton into a 1-10 to 0-12 lead.



The sides were level at 1-7 to 0-10 at the end of a tentative first-half which failed to catch fire. Both sides created ample goal chances, but a lack of composure in pulling the trigger, along with two excellent blocks, one by Christians goalkeeper Cian Long and the other by his teammate Cillian O’Donovan, meant Jason Hankard’s third-minute major – the Fr O’Neill’s forward touched Ryan McCarthy’s free to the net – was the sole green flag of the half.

A Ross O’Regan point followed the goal to put Midleton four ahead, an ideal start which lay in stark contrast to their poor opening 12 months ago. That said, Christians soon arrived at the pace of proceedings and clipped seven of the next eight scores. Padraig Power was responsible for three of these, with his Blarney clubmate Declan Hanlon sniping a pair of points.

Midleton’s tactic at the other end of the field was to pump high ball in on top of Hankard and they were experiencing some joy in this regard. Two Ryan McCarthy placed ball efforts – the second stemming from a brilliant Cian Long save to deny Joe Stack – had the East Cork college back level, 1-4 to 0-7, on 22 minutes. It was tit for tat from there to the break, Cathal Hickey and Shane Barrett throwing over fine points for their respective sides.

In the end, it was the two goals which proved the difference.



Scorers for MIdleton CBS: R McCarthy (0-6, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65); R O’Regan (0-4, 0-2 frees); J Stack (1-1); J Hankard (1-0); C Hickey (0-1 each).

Scorers for CBC: P Power (0-10, 0-8 frees, 0-1 ‘65); D Hanlon (0-2); S Barrett, O McCarthy (0-1 each).

Midleton CBS: J McGann (Kiltha Óg); D Moran (Kiltha Óg), D Hogan (Killeagh), C O’Brien (Midleton); R Landers (Killeagh), C Joyce (Kiltha Óg), D Healy (Kiltha Óg); S Quirke (Midleton), R McCarthy (Killeagh); C Hickey (Lisgoold), G Carroll (Midleton), R O’Regan (Midleton); J Hankard (Fr O’Neill’s), J Stack (Kiltha Óg), K Farmer (Midleton).
Subs: O Broderick (Killeagh) for Landers (35 mins); A Nganou for Quirke (50); P Hassett (Fr O’Neill’s) for Hickey (59).

CBC: C Long (Glen Rovers); D Barry (Sarsfields), P Hennessy (Mallow), C O’Donovan (Douglas); C Daly (Lismore), I Daly (Lismore), G Mulcahy (Glen Rovers); D Hanlon (Blarney), K Finn (Midleton); O McCarty (Inniscarra), N Hartnett (Douglas), S Barrett (Blarney); J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), J O’Kelly (St Finbarr’s), P Power (Blarney).
Subs: J Scally (Bishopstown) for McCarthy (50); R Cotter (Blackrock) for O’Kelly (59).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick).




Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Student / OAPS – €5
Under 14s – Free


Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 44 page souvenir match programme for the Harty Cup and Tom Collum Cup Final double-header for 3 euro.


Paths to the Final – Harty Cup Final

Christian Brothers College, Cork
Semi-Final – Christian Brothers College, Cork 2-12 Thurles CBS 0-13
Quarter-Final – Christian Brothers College, Cork 2-14 Nenagh CBS 2-12
Round 3 – Christian Brothers College, Cork 4-19 Thurles CBS 1-13
Round 2 – BYE
Round 1 – Christian Brothers College, Cork 6-19 Castletroy College 0-10

Midleton CBS
Semi-Final – Midleton CBS 1-11 De La Salle College Waterford 0-12
Quarter-Final – Midleton CBS 7-15 Our Ladys Templemore 0-19
Round 3 – Midleton CBS 2-19 St. Flannans Ennis 1-10
Round 2 – Midleton CBS 1-13 De La Salle College Waterford 2-10
Round 1 – BYE

Paths to the Final – Tom Collum Cup Final

St. Francis College Rochestown
Semi-Final – St. Francis College Rochestown 2-12 Scoil Na mBraithre` Rathluirc 1-11
Quarter-Final – St. Francis College Rochestown 1-14 Abbey CBS 0-5
Last 16 – St. Francis College Rochestown 2-18 Kinsale Community School 2-9
Round 1 – St. Francis College Rochestown 1-16 Rice College Ennis 0-11

Hamilton High School Bandon
Semi-Final – Hamilton High School Bandon 1-13 Cashel C.S. 0-14
Quarter-Final – Hamilton High School Bandon 2-14 Scoil Na Trioniode Doon 1-11
Last 16 – Hamilton High School Bandon 3-22 Glanmire Community College 0-8
Round 3 – Hamilton High School Bandon 0-21 Pobail Scoil Na Trionide, Youghal 1-13
Round 2 – Hamilton High School Bandon 3-26 Scoil Phobal Roscrea 1-12
Round 1 – BYE


Munster Hurling League Final – Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-18

Clare defeated Tipperary by 4-19 to 1-18 in the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final on Sunday January 13th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.



Superior goalscoring helps Clare claim early silverware with win over Tipp

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 4-19 – 1-18 Tipperary

Early silverware to Clare, who picked up the Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL trophy yesterday in the Gaelic Grounds before 4,531 spectators. The Banner’s goalscoring ability proved crucial in an entertaining game.

Tipperary started with the breeze, and a sideline cut pointed by Jason Forde, while Clare hit early wides before Colin Guilfoyle tied the game up. A Seamus Callanan 65 was the other score in a low-key opening ten minutes.

Callanan (free), Alan Flynn and Jason Forde pushed Tipp’s lead to 0-4 to 0-1 when Clare struck on 17 minutes – a long delivery spilled to Cathal McInerney near the square, and he buried a goal: 1-1 to 0-5.

The game picked up in intensity. Diarmuid Ryan levelled for Clare and they goaled again, a sweet passing move involving Michael O’Neill and Cathal McInerney ended with Tony Kelly batting to the net. Forde pointed on the puck-out and Callanan added a free: 2-2 to 0-7 on 25 minutes.

Ryan and Niall Deasy (free) pushed Clare three ahead by the half-hour, but Forde, Flynn and Mark Kehoe levelled with three on the spin. There was time for Ryan Taylor and Forde to swap points, leaving it 0-11 to 2-5 at the break.

Clare resumed with a Shane Golden point and a Colin Guilfoyle goal from close range after a good run, with Callanan pointing a free in reply. A Kelly point and it was 3-7 to 0-12 on 40 minutes.

Clare were now on top – a long-range effort from Kelly went all the way to the net on 44 minutes and Ryan, Deasy, Taylor and Guilfoyle points pushed them to 4-13; all Tipperary had in response was a Mark Kehoe point, making it 4-13 to 0-13 at the three quarter stage.

The Banner duly pushed on for the win, despite a late goal by Tipp sub Dan McCormack.


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Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (2-3)(1 free); C. Guilfoyle (1-3); C. McInerney (1-2); N. Deasy (2 frees), D. Ryan (0-3 each); S. Golden, R. Taylor (0-2 each); M. O’Malley (0-1).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-8)(6 frees, 1 65); J. Forde (0-5)(1 sideline, 1 free); D. McCormack (1-0); A. Flynn, M. Kehoe (0-2 each); N. McGrath (0-1).

CLARE: D. Tuohy, J. McCarthy, D. McInerney, R. Hayes, A. McCarthy, C. Cleary, C. Malone, S. Golden, T. Kelly (c), D. Ryan, N. Deasy, R. Taylor, C. Guilfoyle, C. McInerney, M. O’Neill.
Subs: P. Collins for O’Neill (53); D. Conroy for Ryan (55); M. O’Malley for A. McCarthy (58); G. Cooney for C. McInerney (65); J. Browne for Hayes (67).

TIPPERARY: B. Hogan, C. Barrett, Padraic Maher, D. Maher, A. Flynn, S. Kennedy, J. O’Dwyer, W. Connors, M. Breen, J. Forde, Patrick Maher, C. English, M. Kehoe, S. Callanan, J. Morris.
Subs: R. Maher for Connors (HT); N. McGrath for Morris (44); D. McCormack for Kehoe (48); K. O’Dwyer for Barrett (57); R. Byrne for Kennedy (inj, 57).

Referee: T. Walsh (Waterford).



Fixture Details

Sunday January 13th
2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final
Clare v Tipperary
Venue: Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2pm
Referee: TBC
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)


Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10
U-16’s Free
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Team News

As Tipperary prepare to meet Clare in the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next, January 13th, at 2pm, manager Liam Sheedy has announced his side to contest this final and it is as follows;
1 Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
2 Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3 Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
4 Donagh Maher – Burgess
5 Alan Flynn – Kiladangan
6 Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
7 Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
8 Willie Connors – Kiladangan
9 Michael Breen – Ballina
10 Jason Forde – Silvermines
11 Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12 Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
13 Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
14 Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15 Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
16 Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
17 Robert Byrne – Portroe
18 Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
19 Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
20 Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
21 Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
22 Mark McCarthy – Toomevara
23 Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
24 Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
25 Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
26 David Sweeney – Kiladangan

Clare
1. Donal Tuohy

2. Jason McCarthy
3. David McInerney
4. Rory Hayes

5. Aidan McCarthy
6. Conor Cleary
7. Cathal Malone

8. Shane Golden
9. Tony Kelly

10. Diarmuid Ryan
11. Niall Deasy
12. Ryan Taylor

13. Colin Guilfoyle
14. Cathal McInerney
15. Michael O’Neill

Substitutes

16. Keith Hogan
17. Gary Cooney
18. Michael O’Malley
19. Brian Corry
20. Jack Browne
21. Colm Galvin
22. Ian Galvin
23. David Conroy
24. Rian Considine
25. Podge Collins
26. Jamie Shanahan


McGrath Cup Football Final – Clare 1-9 Cork 0-9

Clare defeated Cork by 1-9 to 0-9 in the 2019 McGrath Cup Football Final on Saturday January 12th at Hennessy Memorial Park Miltown Malbay.


Late rally sees Clare claim first McGrath Cup since 2008

Clare 1-9 – 0-9 Cork

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A flurry of late points saw Clare crowned McGrath Cup football champions for the first time in 11 years.

With the sides deadlocked at 1-6 to 0-9 entering the final 10 minutes, it was the home outfit who made the decisive burst as back-to-back Keelan Sexton points were followed by a game-clinching score from half-back Dean Ryan in the second minute of stoppages.

Cork required a goal to force extra-time at Miltown-Malbay, but it was Clare who engineered a green flag opening in injury-time, Cork ‘keeper Chris Kelly expertly tipping Sexton’s drive around the post.

The three-point win represented Clare’s first McGrath Cup success since 2008 and will have them in confident mood ahead of the visit of Donegal to Ennis, for the first round of the Allianz league, in a fortnight.

The pick-up in intensity in the second period, as well as the mildly entertaining conclusion, stood in stark contrast to a pretty dire first-half of football which saw Clare lead 1-3 to 0-3 at the break.

Spectators at Miltown-Malbay were treated to just seven scores during the opening 35 minutes of football, only three of which arrived from open play. The score which separated the sides at the break was Gordon Kelly’s eighth-minute goal, his speculative effort from out the field deceiving newcomer Kelly between the Cork sticks.

With Gary Brennan at full-forward, Clare had thrice gone long in the opening minutes in a bid to exploit the offensive mark, but with no success enjoyed, it was a ploy that was largely abandoned for the remainder of the half. Brennan, with a fine kick, was responsible for Clare’s sole first-half point from play.

Down the other end of the field, Cian Kiely’s 5th-minute effort was Cork’s sole first-half score from play. Two Stephen Sherlock frees completed their measly 0-3 total.

The introduction of Keelan Sexton at half-time gave Clare a second forward target to aim at, the Kilmurry Ibrickane sharpshooter and Gary Brennan extending the Banner’s lead at a wet and windy Miltown-Malbay to five points.

Cork finally shook themselves into action thereafter. Two apiece from Mark Collins and Damien Gore, along with a Peter Kelleher white flag, had the visitors back on level terms. This five-in-a-row was by some distance their most productive spell of the game. Crucially, though, they never snuck their noses in front, with Clare landing the vital scores as the finishing line came into view.

Scorers for Clare: K Sexton (0-4, 0-3 frees); G Kelly (1-0); C O’Connor (0-2 frees), G Brennan (0-2); D Ryan (0-1).

Scorers for Cork: S Sherlock (0-2 frees), M Collins (0-2, 0-1 free), D Gore (0-2, 0-1 free); E McSweeney, C Kiely, P Kelleher (0-1 each).

Clare: E Tubridy; G Kelly, C Brennan, K Harnett; D Ryan, A Fitzgerald, E Collins; D Bohannon, C O’Connor; C O’Dea, D O’Halloran, D Coughlan; G Cooney, G Brennan, K Malone.
Subs: K Sexton for O’Halloran, S O’Donoghue for Gooney (both HT); G O’Brien for Malone (47 mins); D Tubridy for Bohannon (55); S Collins for Coughlan (57).

Cork: C Kelly; S Ryan, P Murphy, A Browne; L O’Donovan, T Clancy, S Cronin; J Fitzpatrick, R O’Toole; J O’Rourke, E McSweeney, C Kiely; M Collins, P Kelleher, S Sherlock.
Subs: D Gore for Sherlock (43 mins); N Walsh for Ryan, K O’Donovan for O’Rourke (both 51); T Corkery for Kiely (60); for B Murphy for Cronin (66).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)


Fixture Details

Saturday January 12th
2019 McGrath Cup Football Final
Clare v Cork
Venue: Miltown-Malbay @ 2pm
Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary (Result on the Day)


Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s Free
Students/Seniors will receive €5 concession on full priced tickets with valid ID prior to entry.

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Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-14 Kerry 0-11

Limerick defeated Kerry by 4-14 to 0-11 in Round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Thursday December 20th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Slick Limerick’s class proves too much for gutsy Kingdom

Report By Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 4-14 – 0-11 Kerry

All-Ireland champions Limerick proved too strong for a young Kerry side in this Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A, Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park last night.

Played in difficult conditions, Limerick manager John Kiely made seven changes to the side that lost to Tipperary in round one just six days ago. But it mattered little as they excelled in front of 800 hardy spectators.

Robbie Hanley from Kilmallock put in a strong claim to be part of the league squad at a minimum while his club mate Barry Hennessy got a start in goal. Diarmaid Byrnes was the winner’s most impressive defender while Barry Murphy caught the eye up front.

Limerick made an explosive start with two goals inside the opening three minutes with David Reidy hitting the back of the Kerry net after 18 seconds and two minutes later Oisin O’Reilly intercepted a poor Kerry clearance and shot low to the corner of the net. When Barry Murphy added a point, Kerry looked in deep trouble but they rallied and fired over four unanswered points from Michael O’Leary (two), Shane Conway, and Jordan Conway.

Limerick finally ended a 12-minute wait drought that included four wides when Tom Morrissey fired over from an acute angle but the Kerry defence — particularly Sean Weir, Jason Diggins, and Mikey Boyle — were making life were uncomfortable for the Limerick attack. Conditions made even holding the hurley difficult as Limerick added a free from Colin Ryan and a beauty from play by Barry Murphy. But Kerry hit back with two Shane Conway points, one from play and the other a free as Kerry retired happy at the interval trailing by just four, 2-4 to 0-6.

The Limerick full-back line had repelled a number of dangerous Kerry attacks with Sean Finn and Byrnes outstanding but they lost centre forward David Reidy with a shoulder injury. However within 13 seconds of the restart Limerick struck for a killer goal when Graeme Mulcahy slipped in for a third goal. Limerick dominated the rest of the game with Barry Murphy impressing with some fine points, while Diarmuid Byrnes came up from wing back to make it 3-9 to 0-7 with 20 minutes remaining.

Kerry wing-back Jason Diggins scored possibly the point of the game from in front of the stand in the 65th minute which drew applause from supporters who enjoyed the physical nature of the contest.

Though Kerry put it up to Limerick in the opening half, class won out in the second, though Pádraig Boyle came on for Kerry and scored a nice three-point cameo, it was the All-Ireland champions who finished in style with Barry Murphy lobbing Kerry keeper Martin Stackpoole for goal number four while Oisin O’Reilly added a point as Limerick eased to a comfortable 15-point win.

Scorers: Limerick; B Murphy (1-6, 3 frees), O O‘Reilly (1-1), D Reidy and G Mulcahy (1-0 each), G Hegarty (0-3, 1 s/l), C Ryan (0-2, 1 free), D Byrnes and T Morrissey (0-1 each)
Kerry: S Conway (0-4, 3 frees), P Boyle (0-3, 2 frees), M O’Leary (0-2), J Diggins and J Conway (0-1 each)

Teams:

LIMERICK: B Hennessy ; W O’Meara, S Finn, L Lyons; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, P O’Loughlin ; R Hanley, C Ryan ; G Hegarty, D Reidy , T Morrissey ; B Murphy , S Flanagan, O O’Reilly.
Subs: G Mulcahy for D Reidy (35), A Costello for L Lyons (48), R Connolly (Adare) for W O’Meara (53),

KERRY: M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, E Leen; J Diggins, M Boyle, P Kelly ; D Griffin, B Barrett; J Conway, M O Leary , M Leane; J Goulding, S Conway, D Goggin
Subs: J O’Connor for E Leen (h/t), Pádraig Boyle Ballyduff for D Goggin (48), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney) for P Kelly (48), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney) for D Griffin (54), E Murphy for M Leen (66)

Referee: C Lyons( Cork)


Fixture Details

Thursday December 20th
2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A Round 2
Kerry v Limerick
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7:30pm
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance via participating Centra and Supervalu outlets


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