Announcing “36 and Counting…Kerry’s Football Story” by Niall Flynn

Weeshie Fogarty says: No County has a publication that even comes close to the level of detail presented in Niall Flynn’s “36 and Counting…Kerry’s Football Story to 2009”

It’s amazing despite being the most successful football county in Ireland that some scribe has not put pen to paper earlier and record for posterity the names and achievements of the long list of Kerry men who have worn the green and gold with such distinction. This book rights a terrible wrong; that of not remembering our past as it should be. This magnificent publication is a tribute to all those great men who donned the green and gold for their county through the decades.

Between the covers of this book are the names and achievements, not alone of the Kerry players who have won the coveted Celtic cross on All Ireland final day in Croke Park, but also, and for me more importantly, the names of the unknown and almost-forgotten men who gave their all for the sake of their county without achieving the glory of an All Ireland medal.

The teams, the names, the facts, the figures, the scorers, the opponents, the dates are all brought together here for you in one superb publication for the very first time. What Niall has published is one of the greatest contributions to the story of Kerry football since The Kerryman’s legendary GAA reporter, Paddy Foley, published his history of Kerry football in 1944. That work was entitled simply “Kerry’s Football Story”. Niall includes the same words here as a small tribute to PF’s account.

Niall’s addition of a short summary of news events, both at home and abroad, for each year adds a touch that will educate, recall, and enlighten all of his readers to events long since forgotten. This section of the publication is fascinating in its own right. I am fully convinced that a copy of this publication will in time rest in every GAA home in Kerry and beyond. On this score it is a must. It will settle many an argument and browsing through its 400 pages or so will pass many an idle hour during those long winter evenings.

Most importantly of all, Niall has now assured that those men who donned the jersey even once with their beloved county have not been forgotten or erased from history’s pages but thankfully have been written into the pages of Kerry’s amazing football story.

Statistics on Players are from 1928-2009, while County Statistics go from 1884-2009:

Top 20 Scorers (goals and points combined); Top Goal Scorers; Top Points-only scorers; Top Average per Game Scorers (20 game minimum); Top Scorers in an Individual Game; Most Goals-only in One Game; Most Points-only in One Game; Top Appearances from 1928-2009 – the 36 with 40; Darragh Ó’Sé – Details of an Ironman All the Goalkeepers 1928-2009; Top 6 Family Names.

Kerry’s Record when scoring x (goals and points combined) expressed as a percentage.

Kerry’s Record when Scoring Goals; Kerry’s Record when Conceding Goals; Goal Scoring Differential Analysis; Kerry’s Record Points-only; Replay Records; Kerry’s Biggest Winning Margins; Kerry’s Greatest Losing Margins County by County and Province by Province Records 1884-2009;

Instead of an index, the book has a Register of Players, which reads as a players CV, for example, the 5 players with last name starting with A that played Championship Football for Kerry since 1928 are:

Aherne, Darren; 1995; (1-1) in 1 appearance Aherne, Pat; 1963; 1 appearance

Aherne, Roger; 1928; 1 appearance Ashe, Mickey; 1959; 1 appearance

Ashe, Tom; 1949-1953; (4-9) in 9 appearances

EACH DECADE STARTS LIKE THIS:

1970 – 1979 Summary of the Decade

Kerry played 35 games, scoring 84-531, conceding 34-353.

Munster Championship titles: 7 (1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) All Ireland titles: 4 (1970, 1975, 1978, 1979)

National League titles: 5 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977)

U-21 titles: 4 (1973, 1975, 1976, 1977) Minor titles: 1 (1975)

Top Scorers: Mike Sheehy (17-88), Pat Spillane (12-48), Mick O’Dwyer (2-78)

Top Points-only scorers: Mike Sheehy (88), Mick O’Dwyer (78)

Top Goals-only scorers: Mike Sheehy (17), Pat Spillane (12)

Most Appearances: John O’Keeffe (34), Paudie Lynch (27)

1970

Kerry 2-19 Limerick 2-5;

Munster Final: Kerry 2-22 Cork 2-9;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 0-23 Derry 0-10; All-Ireland Final: Kerry 2-19 Meath 0-18.

1971

Kerry 1-14 Tipperary 1-7;

Munster Final: Cork 0-25 Kerry 0-14.

1972

Kerry 1-12 Tipperary 0-9;

Munster Final: Kerry 2-21 Cork 2-15;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 1-22 Roscommon 1-12; All-Ireland Final: Kerry 1-13 Offaly 1-13;

Replay: Offaly 1-19 Kerry 0-13.

1973

Kerry 3-11 Tipperary 0-5;

Munster Final: Cork 5-12 Kerry 1-15.

1974

Kerry 7-16 Waterford 0-8;

Munster Final: Cork 1-11 Kerry 0-7.

1975

Kerry 3-13 Tipperary 0-9;

Munster Final: Kerry 1-14 Cork 0-7;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 3-13 Sligo 0-5; All-Ireland Final: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11.

1976

Kerry 3-17 Waterford 0-6;

Munster Final: Kerry 0-10 Cork 0-10;

Replay: Kerry 3-20 Cork 2-19;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 5-14 Derry 1-10; All-Ireland Final: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10.

1977

Kerry 3-14 Tipperary 0-9;

Munster Final: Kerry 3-15 Cork 0-9;

All-Ireland semi-final: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13.

1978

Kerry 4-27 Waterford 2-8;

Munster Final: Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-7;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 3-11 Roscommon 0-8; All-Ireland Final: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9.

1979

Kerry 9-21 Clare 1-9;

Munster Final: Kerry 2-14 Cork 2-4;

All-Ireland semi-final: Kerry 5-14 Monaghan 0-7; All-Ireland Final: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8.

A TYPICAL YEAR: 1971

Summary: Played two championship games, lost Munster Final.

Game 1 – versus Tipperary in Killarney on June 13. Final Score: Kerry 1-14; Tipperary 1-7.

Johnny Culloty

Donie O’Sullivan Paud O’Donoghue Derry Crowley

Tom Prendergast John O’Keeffe (0-1) Micheál Ó’Sé

Mick O’Connell DJ Crowley (0-1)

Brendan Lynch (0-4) Pat Griffin (0-1) Eamon O’Donoghue

Mick Gleeson (0-1) Liam Higgins Mick O’Dwyer (1-6)

No substitutes used.

Game 2 – Munster Final versus Cork in Cork on July 18. Final Score: Cork 0-25; Kerry 0-14.

Johnny Culloty

Donie O’Sullivan Paud O’Donoghue Seamus MacGearailt

Tom Prendergast John O’Keeffe Micheál Ó’Sé

Mick O’Connell (0-2) DJ Crowley

Brendan Lynch (0-2) Pat Griffin Eamon O’Donoghue (0-1)

Mick Gleeson (0-2) Liam Higgins Mick O’Dwyer (0-7)

Substitutes: Paudie Lynch for Pat Griffin, Mickey O’Sullivan for Eamon O’Donoghue, Donal Kavanagh for Brendan Lynch.

Scorers for the Year: Mick O’Dwyer (1-13), Brendan Lynch (0-6), Mick Gleeson (0-3), Mick O’Connell (0-2), John O’Keeffe (0-1), DJ Crowley (0-1), Pat Griffin (0-1), Eamon O’Donoghue (0-1).

Total Scored: 1-28

Appearances:

2 – Johnny Culloty, Donie O’Sullivan, Paud O’Donoghue, Tom Prendergast, John O’Keeffe, Micheál Ó’Sé, Mick O’Connell, DJ Crowley, Brendan Lynch, Pat Griffin, Eamon O’Donoghue, Mick Gleeson, Liam Higgins, Mick O’Dwyer.

1 – Derry Crowley, Seamus MacGearailt, Paudie Lynch, Mickey O’Sullivan, Donal Kavanagh.

1971 – GAA Winners:

All-Irelands: Senior Football: Offaly Minor Football: Mayo Under-21 Football: Cork

National Leagues: Football: Kerry Hurling: Limerick

Senior Hurling: Tipperary

Kerry Co. Champions: Football: Mid-Kerry Hurling: Kilmoyley

1971 Football All-Stars:

P.J.Smyth (Galway), Johnny Carey (Mayo), Jack Cosgrove (Galway), Donie O’Sullivan (Kerry), Eugene Mulligan (Offaly), Nicholas Clavin (Offaly), Pat Reynolds (Meath), Liam Sammon (Galway), Willie Bryan (Offaly), Tony McTague (Offaly), Ray Cummins (Cork), Mickey Kearns (Sligo), Andy McCallin (Antrim), Sean O’Neill (Down), Seamus Leydon (Galway).

1971 – In The News:

• The Eurovision Song Contest is held in Dublin. Presented by Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir, it is the first colour broadcast by RTÉ.

• The GAA votes to lift its ban on members participating in “foreign games” such as soccer, rugby and cricket.

• Seán Lemass, Taoiseach from 1959 to 1966, dies in Dublin aged 71. He was active during the 1916 Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War.

• Members of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement return to Dublin by train from Belfast bringing contraceptives as a protest against the law banning their importation.

• The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) announces that it is withdrawing from Stormont.

• Internment without trial is introduced in Northern Ireland. Over 300 republicans are “lifted” in pre-dawn raids. Some Loyalists are later arrested.

• British troops begin clearing operations in Belfast following the worst rioting in years in August. Taoiseach Jack Lynch calls for an end to the Stormont administration.

• A rally takes place in Dublin in September in support of a campaign of civil disobedience in Northern Ireland.

• The government defeats a motion of no confidence in Minister for Defence, Jim Gibbons.

• Neil Blaney and Paudge Brennan are expelled from the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.

• Taoiseach Jack Lynch has talks with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in Dublin in November.

• A bomb in McGurk’s Bar in Belfast kills 15 people on December 4.

AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship S-Final – Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) v Stradbally (Waterford)

Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) defeated Stradbally (Waterford) by 0-9 to 0-6 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Munster Club SFC S-Final – Kerins O’Rahilly’s v Moyle Rovers

Kerins O’Rahillys (Kerry) defeated Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) by 1-9 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

Quill right on cue for O’Rahillys

Kerins O’Rahillys 1-8 Moyle Rovers 0-9

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 23, 2009

THERE was a serious question mark hanging over Kerins O’Rahillys ability to win in Austin Stack Park yesterday until Declan Quill inspired them with a 53rd-minute goal. Coming immediately after a hard-earned Barry John Walsh point restored their lead, following an admirable third quarter recovery from a brave Moyle Rovers side, its timing as much as its execution was decisive in earning them a place in the AIB Munster club SFC final for the first time in their history. And, they were also grateful for the save made by their goalkeeper David Hennessy less than half a minute after the start of the second half, when his alertness – and positioning – denied Brian Mulvihill a goal which could have produced a different result.

A relieved Strand Road manager Mark Fitzgerald emphasised the importance of the block, commenting: “If it had gone it would have been all over. We only got two scores in the second half. The goal was the difference.’’ Moyle Rovers coach Jim Cahill was bitterly disappointed. “Second best is no good to us. When it was seven points each we needed a fillip to drive us on. Goals win matches. Unfortunately we couldn’t get one. “If we got the goal we could have gone on – and their goal came when it was too late for us to turn around again.’’

While the pitch was in good condition, the combination of a strong wind and driving rain made it very difficult for both sides. The hosts enjoyed wind advantage in the opening half – Timmy O’Sullivan kicked the first point after three minutes, before Barry John Walsh set up Declan Quill for one and then scored himself. And, after the first of only three Moyle Rovers points from a Declan Browne free in the 10th minute, O’Rahilly’s had five points to their credit in a two-minute period. So far so good for the Kerry club champions, with Quill quick to make an impression at right corner-forward, Barry John Keane eager at centre-forward and Barry John Walsh threatening in the left corner.

With Fitzgerald acknowledging that the presence of Australian-based Tommy Walsh and David Moran would have given them ‘extra physicality’ in conditions where strength and mobility were invaluable, it was noteworthy that things didn’t run smoothly for them in the 15-minute period before the break. Yes their finishing deteriorated but credit also the Tipperary champions. The tenacity of their defensive play, allied to their ability to work the ball upfield with a short passing style, gradually brought them into contention. They managed that with strong play at midfield, mainly through Paul Johnson, whose high work-rate brought him a better return than Micheal Quirke, who wasn’t to produce his best football until the second half.

And, selected half-back Peter Acheson (at left half-forward) was one of the players who impressed most, with Browne giving the expected leadership when he was given the right ball. At the break, it was 0-7 to 0-3 in favour of the hosts. Fitzgerald admitted the management were ‘a little unhappy’ at that stage, saying: “we felt we weren’t playing particularly well, that four points of a lead wasn’t going to be enough. There were five or six guys who could have upped it a bit more. The conditions and the fact that Rovers came at us forced a lot of guys into working harder.’’ However, it wasn’t until much later in the game that the necessary improvement was forthcoming, with Quirke influential and Brian Moran forceful at half-back.

Moyle Rovers were in control, overcoming the disappointment of not getting their goal on the resumption. Browne kicked over three frees, one a brilliant score from far out on the left wing, and continuous pressure had them level at 0-7 each in the 44th minute. Crucially, when it needed something special to decide the game, it was Quill who was in position to oblige. This was after Barry John Keane had tried for a score from out near the right corner and the wind pushed the ball away from the posts – into Quill’s hands. He explained: “I saw one in the first half when they had a kick and it went like that. I thought the wind was going to take it out, so I positioned myself under it. I thought I lost control of the ball and just threw my right leg at it. When I saw it going into the right corner I couldn’t believe it!’’

Scorers for Kerins O’Rahillys: D. Quill 1-2; B.J. Walsh and B.J. Keane 0-2 each; T. O’Sullivan and J. O’Connor (free) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Moyle Rovers: D. Browne 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘45); S. Keating, S. Carey, P. Acheson and J. Williams 0-1 each.

KERINS O’RAHILLYS: D. Hennessy; B. O’Shea, M. O’Shea, P. Begley; R. O’Callaghan, B. Moran, J. Kelly; M. Quirke (capt.), G. Duffy; J. O’Connor, B.J. Keane, R. Molloy; D. Quill, T. O’Sullivan, B.J. Walsh.

Subs: B. Quill for Molloy (46th minute); Molloy for Moran (injured, 56th).

MOYLE ROVERS: G. Kenrick; L. Cronin (capt.), R. Power, R. Desmond; P. Acheson, N. Fitzgerald, D. Dwyer; M. Dunne, P. Johnson; B. Mulvihill, P. Foley, S. Keating; S. Carey, D. Browne, D. Foley.

Subs: J. Shanahan for P. Foley; J. Williams for Keating (53rd); D. Lyne for Acheson (60th).

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Final – Douglas (Cork) v South Liberties (Limerick)

South Liberties (Limerick) defeated Douglas (Cork) by 2-10 to 1-12 n the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Club Championship Final on Sunday at Mallow.

Liberties turn it around

South Liberties (Limerick) 2-10 Douglas (Cork) 1-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, November 23, 2009

A TRANSFORMATION bordering on the miraculous by South Liberties in the second half of an exciting Munster Club IHC final at the Mallow GAA complex yesterday powered them past Cork champions Douglas. Though playing with a huge gale at their backs in the opening half, the Limerick champions had been completely outplayed by Douglas, who looked a class apart in building up a 0-7 to 0-5 lead. During that period, the Cork men were completely dominant, starting in defence where Alan Barry and Eoin Cadogan were imperious down the centre, continuing in midfield where Colin O’Mahony and the strong-running Barry Fitzgerald were on top, and on to a hard-working forward sextet, five of whom got on the scoresheet, with the sixth, towering wing-forward Marc Collins, doing some superb setup work.

That two-point lead should have been much more had Douglas converted any of the several clear goal-chances they created, brothers Stephen and James Moylan denied only through desperate last-ditch tackling, while the former also opted for a point from close range when a goal was on. Nevertheless, as the teams headed for the sanctuary of the dressing-room it was set up for Douglas and even the most fervent of the huge South Liberties following, among whom were such luminaries as former Liberties stars Pat Hartigan, Joe McKenna and Eamonn Grimes, must have feared for what was to come. “It didn’t look good,” admitted winning captain Shane O’Neill. “Two points down, facing a strong wind, people might have thought that we were going to get slaughtered, but we knew, if put our heads down, worked hard, we’d get back into it. We’ve hurled better against the wind all year; the wind holds the ball up and we have small corner-forwards, that gives them more time to get onto the ball. We never let them get away from us, and that was the main thing.”

Indeed it was. Having won the toss and opted to play into the wind, the first part of the Douglas plan – containment – had borne fruit. Now it was time for phase two – capitalise. It was vital for the Liberties, then, that they wouldn’t allow this happen. They did concede the first point of the second half, Marc Collins converting a superb crossfield ball from Richard Murphy, but they didn’t concede again til the 14th minute. It was heroic defence by South Liberties, Shane himself playing his part on the wing, with full-back Niall Shanahan doing a superb marking job on Douglas dangerman Mark Harrington, Shane Geary also prominent, with former Limerick U-21 scoring star Mark Keane delivering some good ball from centre-back. More importantly, however, during this period South Liberties also scored two points, one each from substitute Derek Grimes and free-taker Keane, to bring the deficit back to just one point (0-8 to 0-7), only quarter of an hour left for play.

Douglas did manage the next two points, from Harrington and Murphy, but the destructive seeds of doubt which had already been sown in the minds of the increasingly desperate Douglas players became full-blown and full-grown in the 49th minute with the first goal of the game. Fine solo from defender Shane Geary, fine finish from corner-forward Davy O’Neill – brother of captain Shane – which gave keeper Brian Boyle little chance. That goal tied it up, and now, wind or no wind, it was game on. Two points each the teams exchanged over the next ten minutes, the title very much in the balance, until, in the last minute of normal time, the Liberties got their noses in front with a superbly struck point into the wind from wing-forward Brian Slattery.

Two minutes later, they looked to have really locked up the win when the same player pounced on a loose ball and tapped home from close range for second South Liberties major. Back came Douglas, a goal of their own when Marc Collins got on the end of a huge Eoin Cadogan delivery. Seconds remaining, however, it was just too late, and against all the half-time odds, South Liberties had done just enough. “You can see (from the fan reaction) what this means to South Liberties,” said a delighted Shane O’Neill. “We’ve had a lot of pain over the last few years, lost a lot of county finals, but we always wondered how far we’d go in Munster if we finally got out of Limerick. We have a great tradition in this club, lost two senior Munster finals, to Mount Sion and Glen Rovers, but we have a fabulous setup now; it’s great to finally come out with a win.”

Scorers for South Liberties: B. Slattery 1-3 (0-2 frees); M. Keane 0-4 (all frees); D. O’Neill 1-0; A. Owens 0-2; D. Grimes 0-1.

Douglas: M. Collins 1-1; M. Harrington 0-4 (0-1 pen); R. Murphy 0-4 (0-3 frees); O. Mulrooney, S. Moylan, J. Moylan, 0-1 each.

SOUTH LIBERTIES: A. Shanahan; S. Garry, N. Shanahan, T. Carroll; T. Ryan, Mark Keane, S. O’Neill (c); W. Hickey, Mike Keane; B. Slattery, A. Owens, R. O’Neill; C. Godfrey, C. Carbery, D. O’Neill.

Subs: E. O’Connell (Hickey 30); D. Grimes (Godfrey 30); M. Moynihan (Carbery 48).

DOUGLAS: B. Boyle; D. McSweeney, A. Barry, F. Tobin (c); C. Dineen, E. Cadogan, R. Keating; C. O’Mahony, B. Fitzgerald; M. Collins, O. Mulrooney, S. Moylan; R. Murphy, M. Harrington, J. Moylan.

Subs: T. Cullinane (Mulrooney 55); C. Lucey (Fitzgerald 59).

Referee: S. Roche (Tipperary)

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter Final – Mountcollins (Limerick) v Knockavilla Kickhams (Tipperary)

Mountcollins  (Limerick) defeated Knockavilla Kickhams (Tipperary) by 1-9 to 1-8 after extra time in the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Quarter Final on Sunday at Newcastlewest.

AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final – Cratloe (Clare) v Valley Rovers (Cork)

Cratloe (Clare) defeated Valley Rovers (Cork) by 3-4 to 0-5 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Cusack Park Ennis.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Semi Final – Kilgarvan (Kerry) v Fermoy (Cork)

Fermoy (Cork) defeated Kilgarvan (Kerry) by 1-12 to 1-8 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Semi Final on Sunday at Kilgarvan.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Semi Final – Blackrock (Limerick) v Aherlow (Tipperary)

Blackrock (Limerick) defeated Aherlow (Tipperary) by 0-11 to 0-9 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Semi Final in Kilmallock on Sunday.

Mass for Nell McCarthy – former President of the Camogie Association

Mass for Nell McCarthy

A remembrance mass will take place for Nell McCarthy, former President of the Camogie Association, on Saturday November 21st in Croke Park at 6pm. It is hoped that those who knew Nell, friends, former players, administrators will attend to celebrate the life of a unique woman who touched the sporting lives of many.

Entry via St. Joseph’s Avenue off Clonliffe Road following the signs for the Museum. Go to the Corporate entrance turn right for the lift. Inside the lift a notice will indicate the floor to go to.

For further information see www.camogie.ie

All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie S-Final – Cashel (Tipperary) v Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford)

Cashel (Tipperary) defeated Oulart the Ballagh (Wexford) by 1-14 to 2-7 in the All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championshop Semi-Final on Sunday  in Oulart the Ballagh.

ATHENRY set up an All Ireland senior club camogie final to savour with Cashel in two weeks time following their respective semi-final victories yesterday. It is over 30 years since the Galway club claimed the Bill Carroll trophy, and this is a decider the westerners will very much look forward to, when they meet a Tipperary outfit who picked up their only All Ireland in 2007.

The Galway girls had little difficulty overcoming Loughgiel in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe (1-15 to 0-3) as captain Therese Maher grabbed 1-3. There was never any question of victory going elsewhere with Brenda Kerins, Laura Linnane and Noreen Coen adding to the tally. It was always going to be a tough ask for a young Loughgiel team, who made the Antrim championship their main aim. They failed to emulate their conquerors in that decider, O’Donovan Rossa, who are the reigning All Ireland club titleholders.

Meanwhile, following an incredible battle in Oulart-the-Ballagh, Cashel had to come from behind before pulling off a memorable 1-14 to 2-7 win over first time semi-finalists Oulart, The Slaneysiders got off to a great start with goals from Una Leacy and Diane Ryan to give them an interval lead of 2-5 to 0-9. But, a Cashel goal inside 10 minutes of the restart from Mairead Morrissey let them back in. They hit a purple patch after that confining the Wexford side to just two second half points. The prolific Claire Grogan, Cora Hennessy and Morrissey fired some excellent points for the Munster girls to run out victors by four points. Elsewhere, in another thrilling encounter St Anne’s Dunhill, Waterford caused the shock of the day when they qualified for their first All Ireland junior final after ousting The Harps 3-10 to 0-16 at O’Moore Park Portlaoise. The Laois girls were seeking their fourth title in succession. First half goals from Zoe O’Donoghue and Karen Kelly yielded a 2-5 to 0-9 advantage at the break, with a second major from O’Donoghue proving decisive. Their opponents will be Lavey from Derry who firmly put the disappointment of last year’s defeat behind them when they outclassed Four Roads of Roscommon, 3-12 to 0-2. Green flags from the in-form Mary McKane (2-4) and Paula McCloy was the main difference in this tie.

From Máire Uí Scolaí:

ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS:

ATHENRY, Galway, 1-15,, T Maher 1-3, B Kerins 0-4, L Linnane 0-3 (0-2’45),N Coen 0-2, K O’Dwyer, K Nally,N Jordan 0-1 each.

LOUGHGIEL, Antrim 0-3, N Connolly, E Mc Mullan 0-1 each, R Mc Carry 0-1f.

CASHEL, Tipperary 1-14,M Morrissey 1-3,C Grogan 0-7, (0-1f),C Hennessey 0-3,L Grogan 0-1.

OULART- THE – BALLAGH, Wexford 2-7,U Leacy 1-2 (0-1f), D Ryan 1-0, U Jacob 0-5 (0-3f)

ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS:

ST.ANNE’S Waterford, 3-10, Z O’Donoghue 2-0, K Kelly 1-6 (0-3f),J Simpson 0-2, N Rockett, M Murphy 0-1 each HARPS, Laois 0-16, L Mahony 0-12, (0-5f, 0-1’45,A Mahony 0-4 (0-2f)

LAVEY, Derry 3-12, M O’Kane 2-2, P Mc Cloy 1-3, A Mc Peake 0-6 (0-5f, 0-1’45), D Mc Shane 0-1 FOUR ROADS, Roscommon 0-2, C Kenny 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1’45)

Therese O’Callaghan,

Camogie Association PR and Media