On Wednesday April 27th 2011 at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel in Limerick, Munster GAA signed a contract with Griffin Brothers Contracting Limited to build a new Headquarters to house the officers and staff of Munster GAA at Castletroy, Limerick. The purpose built 10,000 square foot facility once opened in the summer of 2012 will provide a home for all GAA activities in the province of Munster. In addition to the Coaching and Administration staff of Munster GAA, office space will be provided for other GAA affiliated bodies including Handball, Ladies Football and Camogie.
The construction phase will also provide employment for 15 workers at its peak. This follows on from the contribution that the GAA has made to the construction industry in Munster in 2009 and 2010 which is valued at €33 million. In addition Munster GAA matches in 2010 were worth up to €15 million to the local economy.
Munster GAA Chairman Sean Walsh speaking at the signing said “Today’s event comes at the end of the comprehensive tendering process. We are delighted to officially begin the task of constructing what will be an iconic building to serve the needs of Munster GAA in to the future.”
Ger Griffin, Managing Director of Griffin Brothers Contracting Ltd said that he was delighted to be associated with this prestigious and distinctive project. He went on to say that the company were glad to be renewing their association with the GAA, having previously completed the re-development of Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney in 2009.
Munster GAA PRO
Sean Walsh, Chairman of the Munster Council GAA and Gerard Griffin, M.D. Griffin Brothers, Contracting Ltd, signing the contract for the new Munster Council GAA Head Quarters for Castletroy, Limerick
Picture by Dave Gaynor
Gathered at the Kilmurry Lodge for the signing of a contract for the new Munster Council GAA Head Quarters for Castletroy, Limerick, were, front row from left; Robert Frost, vice chairman of the Munster Council GAA, Sean Walsh, chairman of the Munster Council GAA, Gerard Griffin, M.D. Griffin Brothers Contracting Ltd and Patrick J. Leyden, Leyden Hassett and Associates, Architects, Civil Engineers and Project Managers. Back row from left; Enda McGuane, Deputy CEO, Munster Council GAA, Mike Fitzgerald, Treasurer of the Munster Counciul GAA, Ed Donnelly, PRO of the Munster Council GAA, Pat Fitzgerald, Secretary of the Munster Council GAA, Andrew Thompson and Pierce Stakelum, Davis Langdon, Quantity Surveyors, Kevin Donnellan, Don O’ Malley and Partners, and John Griffin and Tim Murphy, Griffin Brothers, Contracting Ltd
Picture by Dave Gaynor
Sean Walsh, Chairman of the Munster Council GAA, turns a sod at the site for the new Munster Council GAA Headquarters at Castletroy, Limerick, in the presence of Pat Fitzgerald, Secretary of the Munster Council GAA and Gerard Griffin, M.D. Griffin Brothers, Contracting Ltd
Picture by Dave Gaynor
Clare defeated Kilkenny by 2-13 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Clare Intermediate Hurling Team v Kilkenny :All Ireland Final
Semple Stadium Thurles , Saturday 27th of August 2011.
1. Andrew Fahy A.O.Fathaigh ( Whitegate)
2. Mark Earley M.O.Mochoir ( Tubber)
3. Patrick Kelly P.O.Ceallaigh ( Clarecastle)
4. Alan Brigdale A.O.Brigdale ( Crusheen)
5. Kevin Moynihan K.O.Muineachain ( Eire Og Ennis
6. Michael Hawes M.O.hEachach ( Cratloe)
7. John Fennesey S.O.Fionnasa (Sixmilebridge)
8. Ronan Keane R.O.Cein ( Eire Og Ennis)
9. Shane Golden S.O.Goilin ( Sixmilebridge)
10. Martin Duggan M.O.Duagain (Clooney/Quin)
11. Tony Carmody A.O.Ceamada ( Sixmilebridge) Capt
12. Kevin Dilleen K.O.Duillin (St Josephs D/B)
13. Joe O Connor S.O.Conchuir ( Parteen)
14. Niall Gilligan N. MacGiollagain ( Sixmilebridge )
15. Padraig Hickey P.O.hIci ( Broadford)
16. Derek Fahy D.O Fathaigh ( Sixmilebridge)
17. Paul Lynch P.O.Lionsigh ( Tulla)
18. Paudie Fitzpatrick P.MacGiollapadraig ( Sixmilebridge)
19. Marty O Regan M.O.Riagain (St Josephs Doora/Barefield)
20. Sean Chaplin S.O.Seiplin (Cratloe)
21. Clive Earley C.O.Mochoir (Tubber)
22. Declan O Rourke D.O.Ruairc Wolfe Tones na Sionna
23. Conor Earley C.O.Mochoir (Tubber)
24. Conor Tierney C.O.Tiarnaigh ( Inagh/Kilnamona
25. Alan McNamara A.MacConamara (Killanena
26. Ivor Whyte I.O.deFaoite (St Josephs Doora/Barefield
27. Daire Keane D.O.Cein Kilmaley
28. Niall Arthur N.MacArtuir (Inagh/Kilnamona .
29. Aidan Lynch ( Tulla).
30. Eoin Ruane (Tubber)
31. Enda Harrisson (Clooney/Quin)
32. Tadgh Keogh ( Sixmilebridge)
33. Daire Keane Kilmaley
34. David Ryan Cratloe
35. Francie O Grady Feakle
Manager : Kevin Kennedy ( St Josephs D/B) : Selectors. Niall Romer ( Kilmaley) Tommy O Donoghue (Tubber)
Medical : Dr Padraic Quinn M.D.
Kit Man : Sean Conroy
TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football semi-final match report
Cork 4-10 Laois 1-6
By Jackie Cahill at Leahy Park, Cashel
CAPTAIN Amy O’Shea scored a hat-trick of second half goals against Laois on Saturday evening as Cork cruised into the final of the 2011 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship. O’Shea struck a killer brace within a minute shortly after half-time, to knock the stuffing out of a Laois side that had been level at the break, 1-3 apiece. And from there, it was routine stuff for the Leesiders, who repeated their Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 1 final victory against the same opposition, but with a much greater degree of ease on this occasion.
The scoreline could have been much worse from a Laois perspective but for goalkeeper Ciamh Dollard, who saved two second half penalties before denying Nollaig Cleary with a point blank save towards the end. Level at the break, having played against the breeze in the opening half, Cork fancied themselves to come through and set up a final meeting with Monaghan or Kerry on September 25 at Croke Park. But the Rebelettes had to recover from a sluggish start as Laois were 1-3 to 0-0 ahead with just 12 minutes on the watch.
But the Leinster champions, conquerors of last year’s beaten finalists Tyrone in the quarter-finals, would not score again before half-time. And they were outscored by 0-3 to 3-7 in the second half as Cork, five-in-a-row All-Ireland champions from 2005-09, turned up heat. Cork suffered a shock quarter-final defeat against Tyrone in last year’s quarter-final but have roared back into contention with a stunning run of summer form, kickstarted by that League success.
And now former champions are just 60 minutes away from winning the Brendan Martin Cup for the sixth time in seven seasons. Cork were rocked in the third minute when goalkeeper Elaine Harte made an uncharacteristic error, allowing a speculative long rang effort from Laois forward Martina Dunne through her grasp and into the net. Scores from Tracey Lawlor (two frees) and Dunne sent Laois into a six-point lead before player of the match and midfielder Juliet Murphy opened Cork’s account with a 16th minute free.
And Cork were level by the 29th minute when full-forward Rhona Ni Bhuachalla crashed a stunning shot into the top corner for her team’s first goal. Cork could have gone in ahead at half-time but after a foul on Ni Bhuachalla, the normally lethal Valerie Mulcahy saw her penalty saved by Dollard. In a remarkable sequence of events, Mulcahy missed the follow-up while O’Shea was also off-target as the Laois goal led a charmed existence. Ní Bhuachalla missed another decent opportunity early in the second half before O’Shea scored two goals in the 34th minute of actual playing time.
Those strikes knocked the stuffing out of Laois and it was routine stuff for Cork until the finish. O’Shea completed her hat-trick in the 48th minute before Dollard stopped a Ní Bhuachalla penalty in the 61st minute, after the goalkeeper had fouled marauding wing-back Briege Corkery. There was still time for Cork to threaten the Laois goal again but Cleary’s shot was brilliantly tipped over by Dollard.
Scorers for Cork: A O’Shea 3-0, R Ni Bhuachalla 1-1, J Murphy 0-4 (3f), N Cleary 0-3, M Kelly & G Kearney 0-1 each.
Scorers for Laois: M Dunne 1-1, T Lawlor 0-3 (2f), Mary Kirwan (f) & G Weston 0-1 each.
CORK: E Harte; AM Walsh, A Walsh, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, B Stack, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, R Buckley; N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney; V Mulcahy, R Ni Bhuachalla, A O’Shea.
Subs: N Kelly for Buckley (53), L McMahon for Kelly (58), A Sheehan for Kearney (60), O Farmer for O’Shea (60).
LAOIS: C Dollard; L Hyland, G Dunne, E Healy; A Taylor, J Moore, M McEvoy; A Casey, T Lawlor; Mary Kirwan, A Moore, M Dunne; P Fogarty, S Doogue, G Weston.
Subs: Martha Kirwan for Dunne (59), O Farrell for Casey (59).
Referee: G Corrigan (Down)
The Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament Final will take place on Sunday August 28th at Semple Stadium Thurles.
The Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament will take place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th.
Launch of Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament
Brendan Maher, Young Hurler of the Year, launched and conducted the draw for this year’s Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament at the Dundrum House Hotel Golf and Country Club, on Friday evening. Brendan spoke of the importance of the competition for young hurlers and his memories of competing in it less than five years ago. This annual inter-county festival of hurling is in its 24rd year and twelve counties will be taking part on the weekend of 27th and 28th August.
The competition is organised by Tipperary GAA Bord na nÓg and is sponsored by the Tipperary Supporters Club.
Tipperary tops the roll of honour for this competition with eleven titles. Galway are next with seven titles. Kilkenny with three titles and Clare and Wexford with one are the only other counties on the roll of honour. Tipperary are the reigning champions having defeated Galway in last year’s decider.
As well as Brendan Maher the attendance at the launch included Barry O’Brien, County Senior Board Chairman; Seán Creamer, County Bord na nÓg Chairman and John Tierney, Chairman of Tipperary Supporters Club. Representatives from a number of the competing counties were also in attendance. Players from the local Clonoulty-Rossmore and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clubs took part in the launch in the colours of the 12 competing counties.
The complete draw is as follows:
Group 1 – Offaly, Antrim, Limerick,
Group 2 – Clare, Dublin, Tipperary,
Group 3 – Kilkenny, Laois, Waterford,
Group 4 – Wexford, Galway, Cork
The group rounds and the semi finals will be played on Saturday 27th August. The top team in each group will qualify for the Tipperary Supporters Club semi finals and the second placed team in each group will qualify for the Shield semi finals. In the semi-finals groups 1 and 3 will play and groups 2 and 4 will play. Both finals will be played on Sunday 28th August. The venues for the group stages will be in Mid Tipperary clubs and the finals are scheduled for Semple Stadium.
The launch of Premier Plan, the strategic plan for Tipperary GAA will be launched tonight in the Dome adjacent to Semple Stadium Thurles at 9pm.
Cooper guides Kerry back into All-Ireland final
From the GAA.ie web site
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11
After a one-year hiatus, Kerry are back in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship final for the seventh time in eight seasons after a nine-point defeat of Mayo in Croke Park on Sunday. Colm Cooper kicked 1-7 for the Munster champions, including a vital goal in the 54th minute, two minutes after Cillian O’Connor had dragged Mayo back into the game with a fine strike. Kerry led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break after kicking five of the last six points of the first half, before taking control of the game at the start of the second half.
Kerry’s second half dominance coincided with the introduction of Paul Galvin on 43 minutes, the former Footballer of the Year playing a vital role in solidifying the Kingdom midfield as well as kicking two points. Galvin popped over a score from play within seconds of his introduction and Jack O’Connor’s side stitched six points together in a nine-minute period to lead by 0-16 to 0-8. However, Mayo were thrown a lifeline when Andy Moran’s shot was well saved by Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy and Cillian O’Connor swept home the rebound with a superb, driven shot from a tight angle. Kerry and Cooper delivered the perfect riposte. A long ball into the Kerry full-forward line was not dealt with by Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly and his punched clearance was pounced on by Cooper, who jinked past his marker and slammed the ball to the roof of the net.
Although Mayo had a string of goal chances – Moran in particular caused problems for the Kerry full-back line – but they failed to find the goal that would have made the last 10 minutes interesting, with Donal Vaughan, Aidan O’Shea and Moran all missing opportunities in that period. Kerry, though, showed why they will now go into the All-Ireland final as favourites by hitting four unanswered points in the dying minutes to register a nine-point win that probably flattered their overall dominance. It was a dispiriting end to Mayo’s adventure under James Horan this year, but there is a real sense that the Mayo manager is building something special, as Vaughan – who finished with 0-3 – full-back Ger Cafferkey and the livewire Moran all gave superb performances.
It looked like it might be another black day at GAA Headquarters for Mayo when Kerry sliced through their attack with the very first move of the game. A brilliant exchange of passes saw Cooper play Darran O’Sullivan in on goal, but the Glenbeigh-Glencar man’s chipped shot drifted just wide. After a hectic opening, seven minutes elapsed before the opening score of the game, Enda Varley kicking the Westerners into the lead with a free. Amazingly, Darran O’Sullivan had a second goal chance in the eighth minute, again after Kerry had ripped through the heart of the Mayo defence, but this time it was Hennelly who blocked the Kerry forward’s stinging shot.
Kerry were wasteful in the opening 15 minutes, racking up four wides and a shot off the post, with Tomás Ó Sé the only player to score in that period. Meanwhile, a pair of frees from Varley and Cillian O’Connor had sent Mayo into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. However, that advantage could have been far greater had Moran not missed a superb goal chance. Moran shimmied past his marker, Marc Ó Sé, and unleashed a shot that was well palmed away by Brendan Kealy, the Kerry goalkeeper. Although Moran only had two points to show at the end of the game, he caused Ó Sé serious problems with his movement off the ball and trickery when in possession. Kerry’s chief tactic was to hit direct ball into Kieran Donaghy at full-forward, but the giant Austin Stacks man was well marked by Cafferkey and any high ball into the Mayo attack came back out the field just as quick.
When Donaghy did finally evade the close attention of Cafferkey, he drove over a fine point from play, levelling the match at 0-5 to 0-5 after 28 minutes. Donaghy eventually moved out to midfield just before the break, with Declan O’Sullivan moving into full-forward, after struggling to make much of an impact under the high ball. After struggling in the opening quarter, Kerry finally found their rhythm and finished the half by kicking five unanswered points, Cooper hitting a brace to add to further scores from Eoin Brosnan and Sheehan.
But just when it appeared that Mayo had drifted out of the game, Moran sent over an inspirational point – his side’s first in 14 minutes – from way out under the Cusack Stand to leave just two between the teams at the interval. Kerry’s lead was out to four when Kieran O’Leary and Sheehan hit scores on the restart, but Vaughan and Moran hit right back to leave things as they were at the break. It was then that O’Connor decided to unleash Galvin and his impact was immediate. As he so often does, Galvin won plenty of breaking ball and within nine minutes, the Kingdom had scored nine points without reply, Cooper hitting another two from play and Donaghy grabbing his second with a punched effort.
That purple patch was ended fairly abruptly when Moran again beat Ó Sé and forced Kealy into a fine save, but O’Connor was quickest to the rebound and slammed the ball to the top corner. Kerry’s response was awesome, as Cooper hit back within a minute to break the Westerners’ hearts. The inspirational Vaughan had just about the best of Mayo’s goal chances, but the Ballinrobe man slammed the ball over the bar when he probably should have found the net. Aidan O’Shea had a shot blocked by Brosnan and Moran struck the outside of the post. It just wasn’t to be for Mayo. With time running out, Kerry added four late points to add a coat of gloss to the scoreline, Cooper bringing his tally to 1-7, while Galvin had the last say of the afternoon to give the Kingdom a nine-point win.
Kerry Scorers: C Cooper 1-7 (0-4f), B Sheehan 0-3 (0-3f), K O’Leary 0-2, K Donaghy 0-2, P Galvin 0-2, Darran O’Sullivan, E Brosnan, T Ó Sé, S Scanlon, all 0-1.
Mayo Scorers: C O’Connor 1-3 (0-3f), D Vaughan 0-3, E Varley 0-2 (0-1f), A Moran 0-2, L Keegan 0-1.
Kerry: Brendan Kealy, Killian Young, Marc O Se, Tom O’Sullivan; Tomas O Se, Eoin Brosnan, Aidan O’Mahony; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, Donnchadh Walsh; Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Kieran O’Leary. Subs: P Galvin for D Walsh (43), J O’Donoghue for Darran O’Sullivan (62), D Bohan for T Ó Sé (66), S Scanlon for B Sheehan (68), BJ Keane for Declan O’Sullivan (71).
Mayo: Robert Hennelly; Tom Cunniffe, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Richie Feeney, Donal Vaughan, Trevor Mortimer; Aidan O’Shea, Seamus O’Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Alan Dillon, Andy Moran; Enda Varley, Alan Freeman, Cillian O’Connor. Subs: R McGarrity for S O’Shea (48), L Keegan for R Feeney (48), A Campbell for A Freeman (54), J Doherty for E Varley (58).
Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)
Attendance: 50, 643
The Kerry Team to play Mayo in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Sunday August 21st is as follows –
1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin 2. Killian Young Renard 3. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 4. Tom O’Sullivan Rathmore 5. Tomas Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 6. Eoin Brosnan Dr Crokes 7. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore 8. Anthony Maher Duagh 9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys 10. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar 11. Declan O’Sullivan Dromid Pearses 12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane 13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks 15. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes
Subs – Tomas Mac a’tSaoir, An Ghaeltacht; Shane Enright, Tarbert; Paul Galvin, Finuge; Daniel Bohane, Austin Stacks; James O’Donoghue, Legion; Seamus Scanlon, Currow; Barry John Keane, Kerins O’Rahillys; Padraig Reidy, Scartaglin; Tommy Griffin, Dingle; Johnny Buckley, Dr Crokes; Peter Crowley, Laune Rangers; Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmets; Daithí Geaney, Dingle; Niall O’Mahony, Spa; Adrian O’Connell, St Michaels/Foilmore; Daithí Casey, Dr Crokes.
Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada) Physical Coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)
Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)
Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean)
Mayo (SF v Kerry): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; A O’Shea, S O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; E Varley, A Freeman, C O’Connor.
Tipp through to first Minor final since 1984
From the GAA.ie web site
GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
Tipperary 1-11 Roscommon 0-12
Fourteen-man Tipperary hung on against a resilient Roscommon side to make it to their first Minor Football All-Ireland final in 27 years. Michael Quinlivan’s goal just moments after the restart proved costly for Roscommon and Ross Shannon’s men were unable to claw their way back. The Rossies did look out of contention until 10 minutes to go when Tipperary’s midfield stalwart Ian Fahey was given his second yellow of the game following a clash with Roscommon’s Shane Carty. But following some late pressure from Roscommon, Tipp managed to hang on for the win.
Tipperary started the brighter of the two teams and raced into an early three-point lead. Points from TJ Ryan and two from midfielder Fahey gave the Premier County a great start. The Rossies managed to muster up a response and got off the mark through Donie Smith and Liam Conlon with 12 minutes gone. But the scoreboard could have looked a lot better for Roscommon moments later. Lively full-forward Kevin Finn was sent in on goal but Tipperary ‘keeper Evan Comerford stood tall and kept his goal intact. That save seemed to have rallied the Tipperary troops and David Power’s men grew in stature. Fahey and Stephen O’Brien at centrefield were more than holding their own while the two man full-forward line of Ryan and Quinlivan started to use the space at their disposal.
Wing-back Colin O’Riordan also began to show his skills in front of the posts and slotted over a fine score which was followed up by a point from the Clonmel Commercials man Quinlivan. The midfield pairing of Fahey and O’Brien were really pulling the strings for Tipp and it showed when they combined for one of the scores of the game, O’Brien finishing off a well-worked move. The Munster men looked to be steadily pulling away until Thomas Corcoran slotted over a ‘45’ for the Rossies’ first score in 16 minutes. It looked to get even better before the break for Shannon’s men when Enda Smith left three between the sides. But wing-back O’Riordan got his second point of the game and left it at double scores at the interval, 0-8 to 0-4.
The game looked all but over as a contest a minute after the restart when Quinlivan strolled in for the only goal of the game. Fahey forced his way through the Roscommon defence, fist-passed it to Quinlivan and he directed his shot low across the ground and into the net. The game struggled to flow following the goal and it was not until 10 minutes later when Conor Daly and Fintan Kelly responded for Roscommon. These scores seemed to spur on the Roscommon players and further points from Conlon and a free from Smith narrowed Tipp’s lead to just four points. Things got better after the dismissal of Fahey with ten minutes remaining when two more scores from Smith, with his first point from play, and Conlon got his second to narrow the gap to just two points. Tipp second half sub Colman Kennedy managed to ease some of the pressure with his first touch of the game with five minutes to go and restore the goal lead. Michael Gunning brought it back to just a two point game for Roscommon but Tipp managed to hang on to reach their first Minor final since 1984.
Tipperary Scorers: M Quinlivan 1-1, I Fahey 0-3 (0-1f), C O’Riordan 0-2, S O’Brien 0-1, TJ Ryan 0-1,G Henry 0-1, L McGrath 0-1, C Kennedy 0-1.
Roscommon Scorers: L Conlon 0-3, D Smith 0-3 (0-2f), C Daly 0-2, T Corcoran 0-1, F Kelly, E Smith 0-1, M Gunning 0-1.
Tipperary: E Comerford; N O’Sullivan, J Meagher, C O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan. Subs: J McGrath for P Quirke(37), A McGuire for D Fitzelle (45), J Lonergan for G Henry (52) C Kennedy for TJ Ryan (54), T Kirwan for S O’Brien (62).
Roscommon: C Lavin; D Murray, R Timothy, S Carty; M Connaughton, J McManus, C Daly; F Kelly, T Corcoran; L Conlon, M Healy; E Smith; D Smith, K Finn, S Jordan. Subs: F Sweeney for S Jordan (37), D Brandon for F Kelly (51), M Gunning for K Finn (62).
Referee: Damien Brazil (Offaly)
The Tipperary minor football team to play Roscommon in the All Ireland minor semi- final at Croke Park on Sunday August 21 at 1.30pm is:
Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)
Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris)
John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
Stephen O’Brien (Ballina)
Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
Greg Henry (Killenaule)
Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain
Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
TJ Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)
Burke puts Galway on redemption trail
From the Irish Independent web site
Galway 0-22 Limerick 2-14
Monday August 22 2011
GALWAY returned to the scene of one of their greatest hurling humiliations on Saturday and emerged with a shot at redemption. A two-point victory against a fancied Limerick team has set up a final shootout with Dublin on September 10. It was the first time that Galway’s U-21s had played a championship game at Semple Stadium since last September’s 25-point mauling by Tipperary in the 2010 final. And manager Anthony Cunningham, devastated by the manner of that emphatic defeat, was in ebullient form after watching his side claim a merited success against the Munster champions.
Galway arrived into the championship as an unknown quantity but produced a clinical display with seven-point hero Niall Burke, full-back Niall Donoghue and captain Barry Daly to the fore. Cunningham nodded: “Niall had a super game, Barry worked extremely hard and showed great energy while Niall had a super game. We had good patches and poor for some of the players but we’ll kick on from that, no doubt.” Galway’s surge to minor and U-21 hurling finals, following another disappointing season in the senior ranks, follows a very definite trend in recent times. But Cunningham warned of the danger posed by Dublin in both finals, adding: “We’re up against a Dublin set-up on the crest of a wave. They will be two extremely hard matches but the bottom line is that we have to improve. “And we hope they come on after a match like that — it’s as good as a month’s training.”
Galway, reduced to 14 men when wing-back Rory Foy received a second yellow card and subsequent red with five minutes remaining, were rocked by Limerick goals in either half but dug in to claim a gritty win. Burke, Man of the Match in the 2009 All-Ireland minor final, was the undoubted star with seven points from play, including five in the first half, while five of Tadhg Haran’s seven points were converted from placed balls. Teenager Shane Dowling managed 2-5 for Limerick, including a second-half penalty goal which put his side a point up, but the Shannonsiders could not build on that platform. And approaching half-time they lost captain Kevin Downes through injury — the senior star had carried a broken bone in his hand into the game.
Limerick boss Leo O’Connor, who watched his side claim provincial glory following an extra-time epic against Cork, reflected: “It’s disappointing. Things happened tonight that went well for us against Cork.” O’Connor insisted that the immediate aftermath of a championship defeat was not the time to begin speculating about his future at the helm. But the future is bright for this Limerick team, with all but four starters — Pat Begley, Cian Hayes, James O’Brien and Conor Allis — eligible again for this grade next year.
Scorers — Galway: N Burke, T Haran (5f) 0-7 each, B Daly 0-3, D Burke, C Cooney, J Regan, D Glennon and B Burke 0-1 each. Limerick: S Dowling 2-5 (1-0 pen, 5f), D Hannon 0-4 (1 sl), C Allis, S O’Brien, N Kennedy, G Mulcahy, K O’Donnell 0-1 each.
GALWAY — J Ryan; D Connolly, N Donoghue, G O’Halloran; R Foy, P Gordan, J Grealish; J Coen, D Burke; C Cooney, N Burke, T Haran; J Regan, B Daly, D Glennon. Subs: B Burke for Cooney (46), D Fox for Haran (58).
LIMERICK — A Murphy; A Dempsey, P Begley, S O’Reilly; J O’Brien, C Hayes, T O’Callaghan; C Allis , S O’Brien; S Dowling, N Kennedy, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, M Ryan. Subs: M Carmody for Downes (29), K O’Donnell for Kennedy (49), W Griffin for Ryan (50), B O’Connell for Dempsey (50).
Ref — A Stapleton (Laois)
Galway return to U21 final after Thurles thriller
From the GAA.ie web site
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship semi-final
Galway 0-22 Limerick 2-14
Galway qualified for the final of the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship with a two-point defeat of Limerick in an exciting game at Thurles on Saturday evening. Reduced to 14 men in the closing stages following the dismissal of Rory Fox in the 55th minute, Galway showed great character to hold on for the win in what was their first Championship outing of the year. With man-of-the-match Barry Daly in inspirational form, the Tribesmen overcame the concession of goals nine minutes into each half to book their place in the final against Dublin on September 10.
Galway led 0-14 to 1-9 at the break, with Shane Dowling grabbing the first of his two goals after nine minutes to give Limerick the early initiative. Dowling scored a second from the penalty spot on 39 minutes, but Galway, led brilliantly by Daly and the excellent David Burke, secured their place in the All-Ireland final for the second successive year. Limerick were handed a major boost when Senior star Kevin Downes was deemed fit to start despite suffering a cracked bone his hand two weeks ago. Burke and Daly were both on target in the opening quarter to give Galway an early 0-5 to 0-2 lead, but Dowling then hit the back of the net for the first time, before Graeme Mulcahy and Niall Kennedy had the Treaty men three clear after 18 minutes.
However, Downes soon succumbed to injury and was forced off, as Galway took control and led by two points – 0-14 to 1-9 – at the break. Limerick made a fine start to the second half when they were awarded a penalty by referee Anthony Stapleton, Dowling finishing smartly after he had been fouled. In an excellent game of hurling, however, it was the Tribesmen who took control, Kenneth Burke and Daly grabbing scores to put them four clear. With five minutes left, Galway were reduced to 14 men when Fox was shown a second yellow card for hauling down Declan Hannon, with Dowling tapping over the free to leave two between the sides. Burke and Dowling traded scores in the closing minutes, but when Limerick were awarded a late free Dowling’s effort was blocked and Galway held on for a two-point win.
Cork claim 16th All-Ireland Junior title
From the GAA.ie web site
GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship Final
Cork 1-12 Kildare 0-13 (aet)
Cork claimed their 16th GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Championship title following a 1-12 to 0-13 defeat of Kildare after extra-time in Thurles on Saturday afternoon. The Lilywhites led by 0-7 to 1-3 at the break, with Andrew O’Brien scoring Cork’s goal after 28 minutes. O’Brien’s goal came after Kildare had built up a 0-7 to 0-2 lead.
Kildare started the second half well and established a three-point lead five minutes after the restart, but Cork came back and levelled the game at 1-9 to 0-12 at the full-time whistle to force extra-time. The first additional 10-minute period produced just a single point apiece, before the Rebels kicked two vital scores in the second half of extra-time, Kevin Hallissey with the first and then Liam Shorten with the final score of the game, to claim the All-Ireland crown. Éire Óg clubman Hallissey was the star man for the champions, kicking 0-5, while Shorten also pitched in with an impressive tally of 0-4.