The GAA – A People’s History book launched

GAA Press Release

14 October 2009

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen has helped the GAA to officially launch its special 125 Publication ‘The GAA; A People’s History’ as part of the Association’s ongoing celebrations. With the assistance of launch partners ESB, the publication was unveiled at Croke Park on Tuesday night and the GAA will take the book on the road with further launch events planned for Cork (October 20), Newry (November 4) and Galway (November 11) in the coming weeks. The book is part of the Oral History Project commissioned by the Association as part of the 125 Celebrations and the project was undertaken by Boston College. The Social History, authored by Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse, includes a vast array of photographs and copies of official documentation and correspondence spanning the quarter and a century that the Association has been in existence.

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Críostóir Ó Cuana welcomed the publication of the new book and lauded those involved in the project. He said: “I say without hesitation that the full spectrum of the association’s wide and divergent activities are represented in what I personally believe is a superb production, one worthy of adding further allure to our 125th year. “It’s all here and the chapter headings delve into the varied and wide reaching activities that fall under the GAA’s wide and all encompassing banner. This is a Social History and to that end Games, Travel, Politics, Media, Community, Religion and the role of Women, Culture and Music in the Association, all feature. “If there is a more comprehensive study of this side of the Association I am not aware of it. The quality and diversity of the pictures and the reproduction of correspondence from different eras spanning the history of the Association has ensured that for the first time copies of rare and vital GAA artifacts have been collated between two covers enabling access to these items to all of our members who are lucky enough to place their hands on this book. “While I have my own opinions and views on a book that will occupy a special place in my own personal collection, I have every confidence that those fortunate enough to come into contact with the book will derive as much satisfaction from it as I do. “No collection should be without it.”

Priced at €30 and published by Collins Press, the book is now available in all reputable book stores across the country.

Camogie – Soaring Star awards announced

CAMOGIE SOARING STAR AWARDS ANNOUNCED

All Ireland Camogie champions Offaly have secured six awards in the inaugural year of the Soaring Star Camogie Awards, an awards scheme introduced to recognise players from the All Ireland junior camogie championship grades.

The awards will be presented at the All Star award ceremony in association with O’Neills in the CityWest Hotel on November 7th.

In the New Ireland Cup, Faithful County top scorer Elaine Darmody from Drumcullen leads the way with club mate Fiona Stephens being selected at corner back. Joining them is goalkeeper Audrey Kennedy and Karen Brady both of whom were part of a very solid Offaly defensive unit, which also includes Michaela Morkan at centre back. The sixth Offaly award goes to ace attacker Arlene Watkins.

Beaten finalists Waterford have forward duo Karen Kelly and Áine Lyng among the winners. Kelly was also prominent at the weekend leading St Anne’s to the Munster junior camogie club championship final.

Laois and Down also have two representatives, while Meath have one.

Niamh Coyle helped Roscommon achieve a historic victory in the Nancy Murray Cup coming from five points down to defeat Armagh in the final by three. She is Roscommon’s representative at number nine. Kildare’s Susie O’Carroll has been rewarded in the half forward line following a prolific season with the Lilywhites.

Speaking at the announcement today, President Joan O’Flynn said, “The inaugural Soaring Stars Camogie Awards recognises the various strands of the All Ireland championship. It rewards individual player excellence in the second tier national Camogie All Ireland championships.

“I am particularly delighted that the achievements of Offaly and Roscommon, both of whom won their first All Irelands in 2009 are recognised along with Waterford who reached their first All Ireland final this year. Congratulations to all 15 players who are wonderful exponents of our game and demonstrated leadership, skill and commitment this season”.

The 2009 Soaring Star Camogie Awards:

GOALKEEPER:

Audrey Kennedy (Offaly)

BACKS:

Fiona Stephens (Offaly)

Eimear Moynan (Laois)

Karen Brady (Offaly)

Karen Tinelly (Down)

Michaela Morkan (Offaly)

Louise Donoghue (Meath)

MIDFIELD:

Louise Mahony (Laois)

Niamh Coyle (Roscommon)

FORWARDS:

Arlene Watkins (Offaly)

Catherine McGourty (Down)

Áine Lyng (Waterford)

Susie O’Carroll (Kildare)

Karen Kelly (Waterford)

Elaine Darmody (Offaly)

Limerick SHC Final – Adare v Na Piarsaigh

Adare won the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship title thanks to a 1-17 to 0-3 victory over Na Piarsaigh on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Foley leads way as Adare romp to historic hat-trick

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday October 19 2009

Former Clare star Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin guided Adare to a first ever three-in-a-row Limerick hurling championship titles. Mark Foley won his fifth medal and he marked the occasion with two superb points from frees inside his own half. It a was a fifth win in this decade for a side which totally dominated one of the most one-sided finals for many years. Foley inspired the other players from the start and none of the other wins came as easily as this one as Na Piarsaigh played like a team happy to have reached the first final in club history.

The losers failed to score from play until the 53rd minute, when Kevin Downes managed to elude the outstanding Adare defence. By that stage the game was well out of their reach as Adare led by 1-14 to 0-3. Na Piarsaigh managed only a single point in the first half, and that was from a fifth-minute free by Downes, who was his side’s only scorer all afternoon. Declan Hannon and Brian Foley had points to put Adare into a lead they never relinquished after 11 minutes.

And the game was as good as over after 15 minutes, when a powerful clearance by Mark Foley found Diarmuid Sexton unmarked and he slammed in a goal that signaled the intent of his side, who went on to build up a 1-7 to 0-1 half-time lead. Adare might also have had a penalty in that first half and such was their dominance that they could afford to hit seven wides — the same number as Na Piarsaigh, who squandered two great goal-scoring chances in the final minute of the half. The second half was just as one-sided as the Adare defence held firm, with goalkeeper Timmy Houlihan making two fine saves as Na Piarsaigh went in search of goals rather than points.

Scorers — Adare: D Sexton 1-3, D Sheehan 0-4, D Hannon 0-3 (1f), M Foley 0-2 (2f), B Foley, L Costello, W McNamara, J Fitzgibbon, A O’Connell 0-1 each. Na Piarsaigh: K Downes 0-3 (2f).

Adare — T Houlihan; S O’Connell, JP Healy, S Lavin; R Kennedy, M Foley, P Keane; W McNamara, A O’Rahilly; D Hannon, B Foley, D Sexton; L Costello, A O’Connell, D Sheehan. Subs: C Fitzgerald for McNamara (inj), N Mulvihill for O’Connell (41), M Clifford for O’Rahilly (42).

Na Piarsaigh — P Kennedy, P Guinane, B Hartnett, K Bermingham; A Hennessy, P McNamara, N O’Gorman; D Lynch, K Breen; F McNamara, D Breen, J O’Brien; K Downes, S O’Neill, K Ryan. Subs: C King for O’Gorman (24), R Sheehan for McNamara (h-t) M Broughan for Lynch (40), J Madden for Downes (56).

Ref — P Coffey (Cappamore)

Tipperary SHC Final – Drom & Inch v Thurles Sarsfields

Thurles Sarsfields defeated Drom & Inch by 0-14 to 0-5 in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Visit the Tipperary GAA web site for a Live Match Tracker on the game

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Woodlock injury mars Sars triumph

Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

By Diamuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 19, 2009

THE Tipperary senior hurling championship final ended on a sour note in Semple Stadium yesterday when Drom & Inch and Tipperary midfielder James Woodlock was stretchered off the field deep into injury time with a suspected fractured ankle. Woodlock became entangled with Sars full-back and inter-county team-mate Pádraic Maher, went down very heavily, and the seriousness of his injury was immediately obvious when players from both teams began calling to the sideline for the stretcher. “James clashed with my leg – it was a horrific injury,” said an upset Maher. “I feel so sorry for him – hopefully he’ll be okay. It’s not a nice thing to see.”

It was a terrible end to what had been a terrible game, most especially for Drom & Inch. All last week, and even from several galaxies away, the tactic to beat this Drom & Inch team was obvious – hold Seamus Callanan and you deprive them of their scoring lifeline. Callanan was the main man for Drom in the semi-final win over championship favourites Toomevara, scoring 12 of his side’s 19 points and weighing in with 1-9 in the quarter-final win against Borris-Ileigh. Hold Callanan, and where were the Drom & Inch scores going to come from? Easier said than done. What do you do, then, double-team him? Bring recently crowned All Star full-back Pádraic Maher from the edge of the square to do a man-marking job on his inter-county colleague, and risk disrupting your stability inside? Neither of the above option were used. Instead the man delegated to shadow Seamus was another youngster, 20-year-old Mickey Cahill, and it worked a treat. Two points was all Callanan managed, one of those from a free, and other than that, barely a sniff of the posts. “Mickey did a great job on him,” said Maher, “He stuck to him like glue and didn’t give him an inch.”

Look at the final scoreline above: two points from one man, three from the rest combined – how do you win any match, but especially a senior hurling final in Tipperary with that kind of return? Mind you, with their own total of just 14 points against a badly-beaten team, Sarsfields didn’t exactly set the world on fire either. Okay, and though we didn’t really know it at the time, the match was more or less over as a contest as early as the 12th minute, at which stage Sars already led by five points (0-5 to 0-0). Drom & Inch made something of a ‘fightback’ before the break, if you could thus term three points in 18 minutes, but Thurles had four themselves, to lead by six at half-time (0-9 to 0-3) free-taker Pa Bourke and captain Johnny Enright hitting three apiece for Sars.

Bad as that was, however, the second half was even worse; five points Thurles added, former captain Ger ‘Redser’ O’Grady with two of those, enthusiastically celebrated, captain Enright with two more after Pa Bourke’s free-taking radar went on the blink; two points was all Drom & Inch managed, and both of those came from frees as the well-disciplined Mickey Cahill and his Thurles team-mates kept their tight grip on Callanan and thus, on the game.

Winning captain Johnny Enright had no argument about it being a poor final, but there was no apology either. He said: “It was, but I still felt our work-rate was phenomenal, we closed them down. We missed chances, they missed chances, but it’s all about getting that cup and taking the next step forward. We lost enough good finals – I remember one that finished 3-19 to 3-16, played great and lost. You win whatever way you can, and I thought our attitude and our work-rate was fantastic today. We felt if we could match them on work-rate we had the hurlers to come through, and that’s how it turned out. This one was huge for Thurles; everyone was talking about Drom & Inch having lost in 05 and 07, no title won yet, but we lost six finals this decade, four-in-a-row early on and then last year again, so this was as important to us as it was to them, though I know the pain they’re feeling now.”

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: J. Enright 0-5 (0-1 free); P. Bourke 0-4 (0-2 frees); G. O’Grady 0-2; R. Ruth, D. Maher, M. Gleeson, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Drom & Inch: S. Callanan 0-2 (0-1 free); Johnny Ryan 0-2 (0-1 free); J. Kennedy 0-1.

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P. McCormack; K. O’Gorman, P. Maher, B. O’Dwyer; S. Lillis, L. Cahill, M. Cahill; M. Gleeson, A. Kennedy; P. Bourke, L. Corbett, D. Maher; R. Ruth, J. Enright (c), S. Ryan.

Subs: D. Kennedy (Ryan inj. 17); G. O’Grady (Ruth 48); J. Lawlor (L. Cahill 60+2, also blood sub for A. Kennedy 54/55); D. O’Dwyer (A. Kennedy 60+2); M. Collins (O’Gorman 60+2).

DROM & INCH: D. Young; Martin Butler, E. Costello, M. Costello; D. Kennedy, P. Stapleton, Micheál Butler; S. Butler, J. Woodlock (c); S. Callanan, E. Woodlock, J. Kennedy; D. Butler, M. Long, Johnny Ryan.

Subs: E. Buckley (Stapleton 28); D. Ryan (Long 30); M. Ryan (E. Woodlock 44); D. Collins (D. Ryan 54); James Ryan (J. Woodlock inj. 60+6).

Referee: S. Bradshaw (Knockavilla Kickhams).

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Sar’s bag title number 30

From the Breaking News web site

Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

Thurles Sarsfields bagged their 30th Tipperary SHC title thanks to a comprehensive 0-14 to 0-5 win over Drom & Inch before an attendance of 9,967 spectators at Semple Stadium. In a repeat of 2005 final pairing, Sarsfields may have amassed 12 wides over the course of the hour but they were relatively untroubled by a Drom & Inch side that only scored two second half points. Sarsfields blazed a trail in the opening quarter as two points each from Johnny Enright and Pa Bourke along with an Alan Kennedy score saw them race into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 11th minute. The Thurles outfit were hugely dominant in the opening stages with as many wides as scores, as Drom & Inch really struggled to make an impression. It was always going to be a huge task for the side captained by county star James Woodlock to claim their first ever SHC title, but they eventually opened their account in the 13th minute thanks to a Johnny Ryan effort. Sarsfields kept up the momentum by scoring three of the next five points to hold a fully deserved 0-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Drom & Inch struggled for possession with Tipperary senior ace Seamus Callanan kept reasonably quiet. Callanan and his charges did begin the second half brightly as he linked with Woodlock for a 32nd minute point, but Drom & Inch flattered to deceive as Sarsfields once again found their groove. Pa Bourke continued to be deadly accurate from open play along with Enright, while substitute ‘Redser’ O’Grady also made a major impact. Sarsfields, last winners in 2005, showed greater hunger throughout and although the gap was cut to six points with five minutes remaining Drom & Inch were unable to find the necessary goals required. After the game, a delighted Thurles Sarsfields captain Johnny Enright accepted the Dan Breen Cup from Tipperary GAA Chairman Barry O’Brien, with full-back Padraic Maher confirmed as the man-of-the-match. Thurles will go on to face Cork champions Newtownshandrum in the Munster Club SHC quarter-final on November 1. Notably, Semple Stadium will play host to a number of celebrations to mark the GAA’s 125th anniversary on that day.

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack; M Cahill, P Maher, K O’Gorman; B O’Dwyer, L Cahill, S Lillis; A Kennedy (0-2), M Gleeson; P Bourke (0-4, 0-2f), S Ryan, D Maher; R Ruth (0-1), L Corbett, J Enright (0-5, 0-1f).

Subs used: D Kennedy for Ryan (16 mins), R O’Grady (0-2) for Ruth (47), J Lawlor for L Cahill (60), D O’Dwyer for A Kennedy (62), M Collins for O’Gorman (63).

Drom & Inch: D Young; Martin Butler; E Costello, M Costello; D Kennedy, P Stapleton, Michael Butler; J Woodlock, S Butler; E Woodlock, S Callanan (0-2, 0-1f), J Kennedy (0-1); D Butler, M Long, Johnny Ryan (0-2, 0-1f).

Subs used: E Buckley for Stapleton (27 mins), D Ryan for Long (31), M Ryan for E Woodlock (44), D Collins for D Ryan (53), James Ryan for J Woodlock (65).

Referee: Sean Bradshaw

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ARRANGEMENTS AT SEMPLE STADIUM FOR COUNTY FINALS

The entry fee to the County Final is €20 for Adults, €10 for Students and OAPs, and Under 16s are free (Valid photographic I.D. required). Both stands will be open at 12.30pm. Groups will be accommodated at stile 50 in Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand). Stile 1 in the Kinnane Stand (Old Stand) and Stiles 41 and 54 in New Stand are for county board pass holders, 5 year term passes and voluntary stewards’ passes. It is important to note that children will not be allowed out of the Stadium during matches unless accompanied by an adult. We thank our patrons in advance for their co-operation with these arrangements.

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COUNTY SENIOR AND INTERMEDIATE HURLING FINALS

The club hurling scene in Tipperary reaches its climax this weekend with the County Senior Hurling final between Drom and Inch and Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday October 18th at 3.30pm in Semple Stadium. It will be preceded by the County Intermediate Hurling final between Arravale Rovers and Carrick Davins at 1.30pm. We wish all 4 clubs good luck for their big day.

Thurles Sarsfields will be seeking their 30th county senior hurling title while Mid Division rivals Drom and Inch will be seeking their first. Sarsfields will also be seeking to become the second club, joining Toomevara, which has won all 3 Dan Breen Cups. The original Dan Breen Cup was first presented in 1931 and was replaced in 1972 and it in turn was replaced in 2006.

Interestingly, it has always been a team from the Mid division that has won the County Senior Hurling title in a major anniversary year of the GAA. Thurles Sarsfields won it in 1909 and 1959, while Moycarkey Borris won it in 1934 and 1984. The 50 year trend suggests a Thurles win but Drom and Inch will surely have different ideas.

In the Intermediate Final, Carrick Davins will be seeking their first victory at this grade but of course they have a famous history at senior level having won county senior titles in 1966 and 1967. Arravale Rovers will be seeking their 2nd title having previously won in 1997. Neither finalist won their divisional title this year but both have peaked at the right time and we can look forward to a keen contest for the Jacksie Ryan Cup.

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HONOURING TEAMS OF THE PAST

The Borris-Ileigh teams which won the County Senior Hurling Championships in 1981, 1983 and 1986 will be honoured in Semple Stadium on Sunday between the Intermediate final and the Senior final. In the 1981 final Borris defeated Roscrea by 1-14 to 0-12 with Noel O’Dwyer scoring 0-8 and receiving the Man of the Match award. Timmy Stapleton was captain. Noel O’Dwyer was again Man of the Match in 1983 when Francis Spillane captained the team in their 0-17 to 1-11 victory over Loughmore Castleiney. In 1986 they defeated defending county and All Ireland club champions Kilruane MacDonaghs by 0-14 to 0-7 with Michael Ryan captaining the team and Philip Kenny earning the Man of the Match award having scored 0-6. That team of course went on to win the All Ireland club championship on March 17th 1987 when they defeated Rathnure of Wexford by 2-9 to 0-9 in Croke Park. Later that year, Richard Stakelum captained Tipperary to their first Munster Senior Hurling championship victory in 16 years and famously proclaimed an end to “the famine” in his victory speech in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

We are grateful to the Tipperary Star and Younges of the Ragg for sponsoring this event which adds greatly to the atmosphere of county final day. We also would like to thank Seamus J. King, Pat Carey and John Costigan for their efforts in organising the event, Siobhan Mackey in the GAA office for her administrative support and the Borris-Ileigh club for their assistance and co-operation.

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Juvenile Groups: Special Offer to Tipperary Co. Finals

Tipperary Juvenile Clubs and Primary Schools are invited to bring Juvenile Groups to either/and;

• The Co S.H. Final on Sun Oct 18th in Semple Stadium

or

• The Co S.F. Final on Sun Oct 25th in Semple Stadium

This special offer package includes a Kids Party in the Dome at Semple Stadium after the game with;

• A Snack Meal (Chips and Sausages)

• Kids Disco

• Members of Co Senior Panel will be present

To cover the Snack Meal a nominal subsidised fee (max €2.50 per head) will be charged in advance for each juvenile in the group.

Groups are confined to Under 12 and one supervising adult will be admitted free of charge to the County Final with every ten juveniles in the group.

To apply for a Group application form, send a request email to secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie

Completed Application Forms must be with the undersigned by Thurs Oct 15th for the Co S.H. final and Thurs Oct 22nd for the Co S.F. Final.

Sar’s bag title number 30

http://www.breakingnews.ie/sport/sars-bag-title-number-30-430722.html#ixzz0UKG52k9B

Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

Thurles Sarsfields bagged their 30th Tipperary SHC title thanks to a comprehensive 0-14 to 0-5 win over Drom & Inch before an attendance of 9,967 spectators at Semple Stadium. In a repeat of 2005 final pairing, Sarsfields may have amassed 12 wides over the course of the hour but they were relatively untroubled by a Drom & Inch side that only scored two second half points. Sarsfields blazed a trail in the opening quarter as two points each from Johnny Enright and Pa Bourke along with an Alan Kennedy score saw them race into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 11th minute. The Thurles outfit were hugely dominant in the opening stages with as many wides as scores, as Drom & Inch really struggled to make an impression. It was always going to be a huge task for the side captained by county star James Woodlock to claim their first ever SHC title, but they eventually opened their account in the 13th minute thanks to a Johnny Ryan effort. Sarsfields kept up the momentum by scoring three of the next five points to hold a fully deserved 0-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Drom & Inch struggled for possession with Tipperary senior ace Seamus Callanan kept reasonably quiet. Callanan and his charges did begin the second half brightly as he linked with Woodlock for a 32nd minute point, but Drom & Inch flattered to deceive as Sarsfields once again found their groove. Pa Bourke continued to be deadly accurate from open play along with Enright, while substitute ‘Redser’ O’Grady also made a major impact. Sarsfields, last winners in 2005, showed greater hunger throughout and although the gap was cut to six points with five minutes remaining Drom & Inch were unable to find the necessary goals required. After the game, a delighted Thurles Sarsfields captain Johnny Enright accepted the Dan Breen Cup from Tipperary GAA Chairman Barry O’Brien, with full-back Padraic Maher confirmed as the man-of-the-match. Thurles will go on to face Cork champions Newtownshandrum in the Munster Club SHC quarter-final on November 1. Notably, Semple Stadium will play host to a number of celebrations to mark the GAA’s 125th anniversary on that day.

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack; M Cahill, P Maher, K O’Gorman; B O’Dwyer, L Cahill, S Lillis; A Kennedy (0-2), M Gleeson; P Bourke (0-4, 0-2f), S Ryan, D Maher; R Ruth (0-1), L Corbett, J Enright (0-5, 0-1f).

Subs used: D Kennedy for Ryan (16 mins), R O’Grady (0-2) for Ruth (47), J Lawlor for L Cahill (60), D O’Dwyer for A Kennedy (62), M Collins for O’Gorman (63).

Drom & Inch: D Young; Martin Butler; E Costello, M Costello; D Kennedy, P Stapleton, Michael Butler; J Woodlock, S Butler; E Woodlock, S Callanan (0-2, 0-1f), J Kennedy (0-1); D Butler, M Long, Johnny Ryan (0-2, 0-1f).

Subs used: E Buckley for Stapleton (27 mins), D Ryan for Long (31), M Ryan for E Woodlock (44), D Collins for D Ryan (53), James Ryan for J Woodlock (65).

Referee: Sean Bradshaw

Limerick SFC Final – Fr Caseys v Dromcollogher/Broadford

Dromcollogher/Broadford defeated Fr Caseys by 0-9 to 0-7 in the Limerick Senior Football Championship Final on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Waterford SHC Final – Ballygunner v Lismore

Ballygunner defeated Lismore by 1-17 to 0-19 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final on Saturday October 17th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Flynn fires Gunners to glory

Ballygunner 1-17 Lismore 0-19

Waterford SHC Final Replay

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

AFTER coming from 10 points down to seal an unlikely draw six days earlier, Ballygunner made no mistake at the second time of asking to secure their first county senior title since 2005. Ballygunner got off to a flying start when Brian O’Sullivan struck for the game’s only goal in the 13th minute, opening up a six-point lead, 1-5 to 0-2. But Lismore rallied and by the half-time whistle they were back on level terms, 0-11 to 1-8. When Lismore’s Maurice Shanahan opened the second-half scoring with two pointed frees, his side led for the first time since the fourth minute of the first period. Further Lismore points from Dave Bennett and John Prendergast, in reply to another from Andy Moloney, then sent them into a three-point.

As always seems to be the case, however, the Gunners saved their best form ’til late. A Stephen Power point with his first touch after coming on as a sub was followed by a points from Andy Moloney and the evergreen Paul Flynn to bring the Gunners back to within a point with eight minutes left. And then came the scoring sequence that sealed the game for Ballygunner. A wonderful long-range point from Paudie Prendergast restored Lismore’s two-point advantage but then two excellent efforts from man of the match, Andy Moloney, Paudie Mahony and a nerveless free by Flynn sent the Gunners two clear. There was still time for Lismore response in the shape of a James Shanahan point but it was a case of too little too late.

Scorers — Ballygunner: P Flynn 0-8 (8f), A Moloney 0-5, B O’Sullivan 1-1, S O’Sullivan, S Power, P Mahony 0-1 each.

Lismore: M Shanahan 0-10 (9f), D Bennett 0-3, P Prendergast 0-2, D Shanahan, C O’Gorman, J Prendergast, J Shanahan 0-1 each.

Ballygunner: S O’Keeffe; T Power, A Kirwan, R O’Sullivan; P Mahony, F Hartley, W Hutchinson; C Kehoe, S Walsh; P Mahony, A Moloney, S O’Sullivan; G O’Connor, P Flynn, B O’Sullivan Subs: V Molloy for R O’Sullivan, S Power for Kehoe.

Lismore: B Landers; E Bennett, J O’Connor, S Bennett; D O’Gorman, S Kearney, P Fennessy; J Prendergast, D Howard; M Shanahan, S O’Keeffe, D Shanahan; C O’Gorman, D Bennett, P Prendergast Sub: J Shanahan for O’Keeffe.

Ref — P Casey (Cappoquin)

Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final – Cashel (Tipperary) v Kileedy (Limerick)

As Cashel cruised into the Munster senior camogie club championship final on Saturday defeating Limerick champions Killeedy by 0-26 to 0-2, Sinead Millea was forced to watch from the sideline. It was exactly five weeks since she broke her ankle while helping the Tipperary side to their first Kilmacud All Ireland 7’s title last month. The former Kilkenny inter-county star plays her club camogie in Tipperary, and is hopeful should Cashel get to the final at the end of November, she might be ready to play some role.

“If we progress I would love to be able to make an impact, maybe for 10 minutes,” she said. “I know the leg will need a lot of work, but I have been lucky that I broke the ankle as a result of a direct blow and not by going over on it. I was told that the rehab will be more straightforward as there is not as much ligament damage.

“Of course, I am not being too presumptuous either. Cashel are not looking too far ahead, they are taking one match at a time. The Munster final is in Mallow on Sunday week against the Cork/Clare champions. Even if we do move on to the All Ireland series, it is going to be difficult to win back my place. Looking at them today, there was no weak link, all 15 played so well.”

Cashel won their only All Ireland club title in 2007 but failed to emerge from the Tipperary championship last year. It was Drom & Inch who reached the All Ireland decider only to be denied by Belfast’s O’Donovan Rossa.

John Grogan is manager of Cashel and his daughters Claire and Linda are on the team. Claire who was nominated for an All Star last week notched seven points. Fellow county players Emily Hayden and Cora Hennessy rowed in with 11 points between them.

Millea, a teacher in Tipperary, says Cashel would love to regain the trophy they claimed two years ago. It will be a long road, as they found out in the Tipperary championship. They had to survive an epic battle with Burgess/Duharra in the county final, that wasn’t decided until extra time.

Cashel, Tipperary 0-26, C Grogan 0-7 (0-3f),E Hayden 0-6, C Hennessy 0-5, A Lonergan 0-3, C O’Dwyer 0-2, S Hayes, M Morrissey, J Horan 0-1 each.

Killeedy, Limerick 0-2, O Curtin, M Carey 0-1 each.

Therese O’Callaghan,
Camogie Association PR and Media

2009 Football All-Stars announced

Kingdom claim magnificent seven All Stars

From the GAA.ie web site

The recipients of the awards were announced at Friday evening’s All Star banquet at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel, with All-Ireland runners-up Cork having five players named among the honoured fifteen. One player each from Donegal, Kildare and Tyrone completed the selection.

Kerry are represented in every positional line in the All Star fifteen with Footballer of the Year Paul Galvin one of two Kingdom players named in the half forward line, along with Tadhg Kennelly who completed his first year of Championship football by follwing in his father Tim’s footsteps and adding an All Star to his Celtic cross.

Elsewhere from Kerry, goalkeeper Diarmuid Murphy was joined among those selected by All-Ireland final man-of-the-match Tom O’Sullivan and the regularly lauded Tomas O Sé, who was also a Footballer of the Year nominee.

Midfielder Seamus Scanlon and inspirational front man Declan O’Sullivan make up the Kingdom contingent.

The third Footballer of the Year contender Graham Canty leads the Cork quintet named, with fellow defenders Michael Shields and John Miskella also receiving All Stars.

Burly centre forward Pearse O’Neil and prolific scorer Daniel Goulding also make the cut for Cork.

Donegal’s Karl Lacey, meanwhile, earned his second All Star as did Kildare veteran Dermot Earley, 11 years after winning his first.

The team was completed at the top of the left by long-serving Tyrone ace Stephen O’Neill, with Young Footballer of the Year, Michael Murphy of Donegal, just missing out on a place in the full forward line.

The 2009 Vodafone Football All-Stars are:

Goalkeeper:

Diarmuid Murphy (Kerry)

Full-Backs:

Karl Lacey (Donegal)

Michael Shields (Cork)

Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Half-Backs:

Tomás O Sé (Kerry)

Graham Canty (Cork)

John Miskella (Cork)

Midfield:

Dermot Earley (Kildare)

Seamus Scanlon (Kerry)

Half-Forwards:

Paul Galvin (Kerry)

Pearse O’Neill (Cork)

Tadhg Kennelly (Kerry)

Full-Forwards:

Daniel Goulding (Cork)

Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry)

Stephen O’Neill (Tyrone)

2009 GAA Hurling All-Stars announced

Six Cats in All Star team

From the GAA.ie web site

Oct 15, 2009

Six of the Kilkenny players who helped their county to a fourth successive All-Ireland hurling title in 2009 have been rewarded with All Stars. Runners-up Tipperary had more nominations than the Cats with 13 to 12 but they have come out short in the final cut with four Premier County men receiving All Stars, while Galway and Waterford have picked up two each and Dublin one. Henry Shefflin, who played a starring role in the All-Ireland final between Kilkenny and Tipperary, picks up his ninth All Star, joining fellow Cats legend DJ Carey and great Kerry footballer Pat Spillane at the top of the All Star tree with nine awards. Meanwhile, Tommy Walsh – who many expect to be named Hurler of the Year at Friday evening’s All Star banquet – now has seven.

Kilkenny men Jackie Tyrrell, Michael Rice and Eoin Larkin have all also earned All Stars, while another final day hero, goalkeeper PJ Ryan, becomes the first Cats’ player from between the posts to pick up one of these awards for 16 years. Another of the Hurler of the Year candidates, Tipperary’s Lar Corbett, leads the Munster champions’ representation. Half forward Corbett is joined in the team by defender Conor O’Mahony and Young Hurler of the Year nominees Padraic Maher and Noel McGrath. The third Hurler of the Year candidate, John Mullane, picks up his second All Star, along with towering Waterford team-mate Michael Walsh, while Galway are represented by the Canning brothers Ollie and Joe, the latter of which is the final Young Hurler of the Year nominee.

Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe, who was the pick of a fine effort by his side under Anthony Daly in 2009, completes the All Star 15. Six of the team are picking up their first awards with Ryan, Maher, Rice, McCrabbe, Corbett and McGrath having that honour.

The 2009 Vodafone Hurling All-Stars are:

Goalkeeper:

PJ Ryan (Kilkenny)

Full-Backs:

Ollie Canning (Galway)

Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny)

Half-Backs:

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary)

Midfield:

Michael Rice (Kilkenny)

Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)

Half-Forwards:

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Full-Forwards:

Noel McGrath (Tipperary)

Joe Canning (Galway)

John Mullane (Waterford)

Camogie All-Star Nominations announced

CAMOGIE ALL STAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

The nominations for the 2009 Camogie All Stars in association with O’Neill’s were announced today with All-Ireland champions Cork being rewarded with 12 nominations and defeated finalists Kilkenny receiving 11 nominations. Galway are next with nine while National League champions Wexford have five. Tipperary get three nominations and Clare two. Derry, Limerick and Dublin make up the rest of the 45 nominations.

The winners will be announced at a gala banquet in the Citywest Hotel on Saturday, 7th November.

Cork’s Gemma O’Connor is in line for an incredible sixth consecutive All Star, while Rebel full forward Emer O’Farrell is looking to secure her first. Their team mates Aoife Murray, Cathriona Foley, Briege Corkery and leading championship scorer Rachel Moloney are amongst those seeking back-to-back awards.

Kilkenny, who contested their first final since 2001, have players nominated in all but four positions including Aoife Neary who was the Cats’ sole recipient in 2008. Other nominees include captain Ann Dalton, her midfield partner Collette Dormer, Elaine Aylward and Katie Power.

Beaten semi-finalists Galway look to Aislinn Connolly, Therese Maher and the Kilkenny sisters, Orla and Niamh.

18-year-old Katrina Parrock is rewarded for the first time following an exceptional season with Wexford. The National League champions also have Rose Marie Breen among their nominations. Tipperary’s early season form when qualifying for the league final sees Cait Devane, Claire Grogan and Joanne Ryan in contention.

Clare have two nominations in Chloe Morey and Deirdre Murphy, while Grainne McGoldrick is seeking to join Derry’s only other recipient Aisling Diamond who was an All Star in 2007. Dublin and Limerick also have one each. In all, nine counties are represented.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Joan O’Flynn, President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael said, “This year’s Gala All Ireland senior and intermediate championships have been of very high quality. The championship season produced exciting games, close finishes and great skill with Cork and Galway respectively claiming the senior and intermediate titles.

“I am delighted that 45 players from nine counties receive national recognition as All Star nominees. During the season these players’ excellence stood out. We are looking forward to the announcement of the winners on November 7.”

NOMINATIONS

GOALKEEPER

Susan Earner (Galway)

Aoife Murray (Cork)

Catriona Ryan (Kilkenny)

FULL BACKS

Rena Buckley (Cork)

Deirdre Codd (Wexford)

Catherine Doherty (Kilkenny)

Leann Fennelly (Kilkenny)

Cathriona Foley (Cork)

Jacqui Frisby (Kilkenny)

Regina Glynn (Galway)

Catherine O’Loughlin (Wexford)

Joanne O’Callaghan (Cork)

HALF BACKS

Elaine Aylward (Kilkenny)

Sinead Cahalan (Galway)

Ann Marie Hayes (Galway)

Sara Hayes (Cork)

Niamh Kilkenny (Galway)

Lizzie Lyng (Kilkenny)

Chloe Morey (Clare)

Mary O’Connor (Cork)

Louise O’Hara (Dublin)

CENTREFIELD

Briege Corkery (Cork)

Orla Cotter (Cork)

Anne Dalton (Kilkenny)

Collette Dormer (Kilkenny)

Kate Kelly (Wexford)

Deirdre Murphy (Clare)

HALF FORWARDS

Cait Devane (Tipperary)

Brenda Hanney (Galway)

Edwina Keane (Kilkenny)

Therese Maher (Galway)

Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick)

Gemma O’Connor (Cork)

Katrina Parrock (Wexford)

Katie Power (Kilkenny)

Joanne Ryan (Tipperary)

FULL FORWARDS

Rose Marie Breen (Wexford)

Sile Burns (Cork)

Aislinn Connolly (Galway)

Claire Grogan (Tipperary)

Orla Kilkenny (Galway)

Grainne McGoldrick (Derry)

Rachel Moloney (Cork)

Aoife Neary (Kilkenny)

Emer O’Farrell (Cork)