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Interpro Football Semi-Final – Munster 1-16 Leinster 1-13

Munster only winners as fans stay away

Leinster 1-13 Munster 1-16

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A decent contest of football deservedly won by Munster was overshadowed by the paltry crowd at yesterday’s M Donnelly Interprovincial semi-final at Parnell Park. A crowd of between 600 and 800 patrons attended a game which saw the visitors hold off Leinster to keep their chances of retaining the competition alive.

Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan was genuinely surprised by how big the attendance was, given he felt there was little marketing done for the game. “That’s actually more than I expected to see there, to be honest. In any business, and the GAA is a business, you must market.” He added: “Somebody only told me today that if you brought along two kids an adult would get in free, I didn’t even know that.”

O’Sullivan would like to see the pre-season competitions condensed to allow the Interprovincial semi-finals be played in late January with a final around St Patrick’s Day. On the matter of the crowd, his Leinster equivalent Sean Boylan had a blast at GAA officials for talking down the competition. “Would I have liked to have seen more people? I would, yeah. Has there been a lot of negative talk about it? Yeah, there’s been quite a lot of negative talk about it, particularly from people from within our own association, people who would have had a lot of prominence in the association over the years. “But I think sometimes when we get certain positions we forget about the lads who play the game. We asked 25 lads, every single one of those wanted to play for Leinster.”

Those players only met up for the first time as a group yesterday morning and while they had impressive returns from Paddy Keenan and Bernard Brogan, they were struggling from the start when they went eight points down in the 15th minute. Munster had played a Cork selection in Mallow on Wednesday and most of the players stayed up in Dublin on Saturday, O’Sullivan praising the Munster Council for taking the team’s preparations seriously. The seven Division 4 players in the starting team didn’t look out of place alongside their more illustrious Cork and Kerry teammates like Paddy Kelly and Tomás Ó Sé who had fine games.

Waterford’s Gary Hurney was a threat at full-forward in the first-half, scoring his side’s goal, while Clare’s Gary Brennan at midfield and David Tubridy, who kicked six points, put in noteworthy displays. “Great credit to the so-called weaker counties, Waterford, Clare, Limerick guys,” said O’Sullivan. “They are all playing Division 4, but they showed there that they would get on any inter-county team.” Tubridy bagged two of Munster’s first three scores before Hurney gave Kevin Reilly the slip to beat Stephen Cluxton. Leinster didn’t score until the 17th minute via a Bernard Brogan free but by that stage Munster had 1-5 to their account. A Cahir Healy goal in the 27th minute after Mikey Conway had seen his shot parried by Alan Quirke followed by Keenan and Diarmuid Connolly scores narrowed the gap to four. Connolly then shot into the side-netting and it proved a costly miss as Paudie Kissane and Ian Ryan tagged on points to push Munster ahead 1-10 to 1-4 at the break.

Four scores in as many minutes from Brogan and the impressive Keenan into the new half brought Leinster back into the game but the next five white flags were raised for Munster. Hurney added a brace and Limerick’s Stephen Lavin registered the score of the game when he intercepted a ball in defence and raced up the field to offer himself as an option to finish the move. It was then Leinster’s turn to find the posts and Keenan and Brogan were again obliging to narrow the deficit to two but Tubridy accepted a pass from Ó Sé to successfully send over. O’Sullivan revealed afterwards he will have more Kerry players — possibly four — available for next weekend’s final against Ulster.

Scorers for Munster: D Tubridy 0-6 (0-3 f); G Hurney 1-2 (0-1 free); I Ryan 0-2; P Kelly, T Ó Sé, J Cooke, P Kissane, S Lavin, M Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Leinster: B Brogan (five frees), P Keenan 0-6 each; C Healy 1-0; D Connolly, S Cluxton (free) 0-1 each.

MUNSTER: A Quirke (Cork); A O’Mahony (Kerry), J McCarthy, S Lavin (both Limerick); T Ó Sé (Kerry); G Canty, P Kissane (both Cork); G Brennan (Clare), S Scanlon (Kerry); P Kelly, P Kerrigan (both Cork), J Cooke (Limerick); D Tubridy (Clare), G Hurney (Waterford), I Ryan (Limerick).

Subs for Munster: M Collins (Cork) for Kerrigan (45); S Briggs (Waterford) for Cooke (57).

LEINSTER: S Cluxton (Dublin); G Molloy (Wexford), K Reilly (Meath), C Healy (Laois); E Bolton (Kildare), S McAnarney (Meath), L Glynn (Wicklow); MD Macauley (Dublin), P Keenan (Louth); M Conway (Kildare), A Brogan (Dublin), B Quigley (Laois); B Brogan, D Connolly, K McManamon (all Dublin).

Subs for Leinster: K Nolan (Dublin) for Bolton (13); B Murphy (Carlow) for Macauley (49); K Lillis (Laois) for Conway (h-t); J Doyle (Kildare) for McManamon (53); S McCormack (Longford) for Glynn (55).

Referee: Martin Higgins (Fermanagh)


Inter-pros deserve a fair go — O’Sullivan


THE sick patient of Gaelic games won’t have drawn much oxygen from Parnell Park in Dublin yesterday as Munster steered a neat course into the M Donnelly inter-provincial football final at Leinster’s expense. With six of Dublin’s All-Ireland-winning team, Alan Brogan as captain and the province’s most celebrated manager of the last three decades in charge, it looked like a sufficient cocktail to at least get the patient sitting up in the bed again from Leinster’s point of view. But there were no more than 700 spectators scattered around the ground for a Sunday afternoon fixture that just didn’t spark into life.


It was a nice game of football surely — Sean Boylan recounted afterwards that the medical staff weren’t required once — and a perfect environment for players from the less successful counties to showcase their talents. A Clare, Waterford and Limerick full-forward line — David Tubridy, Gary Hurney and Ian Ryan — supplied 1-10 of Munster’s 1-16, while a Louth midfielder, Paddy Keenan, fired over five points for the home side. But, unfortunately for the inter-pros, footfall on the terraces and in the stands is the relevant detail, and again the crowds just didn’t turn out.


Inevitably, those closest to the action raise questions about the marketing strategy deployed and muse about the best time of the year to play it. Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan, a devotee of the competition who was left without Tipperary players and several Kerry players for the fixture, says the competition must be given time. “In any business — and the GAA is a business — you must market. I saw the amount of marketing that went into the International Rules a few years ago, and it brought huge crowds out,” he said. “I said it before, you must get the like-minded people, people who are interested in this competition, and sit down. “We have to give it three years, give it marketing and pick the right time of the year for it. Give it a fair go rather than just signing a death warrant,” added O’Sullivan, who expects to have more Kerry players back for next weekend’s final against Ulster.


O’Sullivan admits he is not a fan of the pre-season provincial competitions and sees a slot for the inter-pros there. Alternatively, the finals, he argues, could be played before the club finals on St Patrick’s Day. “Give the first round of the inter-provincials a weekend towards the end of January and try to get a date around St Patrick’s Day for the final, when you have the excitement of the All-Ireland club finals. “I’d love to think that you could play the football as a curtain-raiser for the football (club final) and the same with the hurling. I know you can’t play them both on St Patrick’s Day, but maybe you could switch one to the Sunday before or the Sunday after every second year.”


Boylan longed for the opportunity to be able to interchange players so as not to leave them on the bench, and perhaps the competition should be the experimental vehicle for the games in the future. Could interchange not be tried here? Or the ‘tap and go’ free? What about 13-a-side with interchange for some novelty to stir the imagination? Quite likely, the fixture would have drawn a bigger crowd on a Saturday evening, but apparently Munster weren’t aware of Leinster’s desire to do so. Boylan is adamant the show must go on because the players want it. “Has there been a lot of negative talk about it? Yes there has, from people within our association. People who would have had a lot of prominence in the association over the years,” he said.


“I think sometimes when you get into certain positions, you forget about the lads who play the game. I know we asked 25 lads. Every single one of those wanted to play for Leinster. “Not one said they didn’t want it. They were all up for it.” Boylan was full of praise for the performance of Clare midfielder Gary Brennan, who really caught the eye, while that full-forward line were instrumental as Munster built an early 1-8 to 1-2 lead with Hurney getting the goal.


Laois’ Cahir Healy got forward to respond for Leinster on 26 minutes and Munster led by 1-10 to 1-4 at the break. But four unanswered points — two each from Bernard Brogan (one free) and Keenan — took Leinster to within two points. But Munster were better prepared and responded to lead by seven again at one stage, with Boylan accepting afterwards that the decision not to call his players together for a training session may have given the visitors a slight advantage on the day.


SCORERS — Munster: D Tubridy 0-6 (3f), G Hurney 1-2 (1f), I Ryan 0-2, J Cooke, P Kelly, T O Se, P Kissane, M Collins, S Lavin 0-1 each. Leinster: B Brogan 0-6 (5f), P Keenan 0-5, C Healy 1-0, S Cluxton (1f), D Connolly 0-1 each.


MUNSTER — A Quirke (Cork); A O’Mahony (Kerry), J McCarthy (Limerick), S Lavin (Limerick); T O Se (Kerry), G Canty (Cork), P Kissane (Cork); G Brennan (Clare), S Scanlon (Kerry); P Kelly (Cork), P Kerrigan (Cork), J Cooke (Limerick); D Tubridy (Clare), G Hurney (Waterford), I Ryan (Limerick). Subs: M Collins (Cork) for Kerrigan (45), S Briggs for Cooke (57).


LEINSTER — S Cluxton (Dublin); G Molloy (Wexford), K Reilly (Meath), C Healy (Laois); E Bolton (Kildare), S McAnarney (Meath), L Glynn (Wicklow); P Keenan (Louth), MD MacAuley; M Conway (Kildare), A Brogan (Dublin), B Quigley (Laois); B Brogan, D Connolly, K McManamon (all Dublin). Subs: K Nolan (Dublin) for Bolton (12), K Lillis (Laois) for Conway (ht), B Murphy (Carlow) for MacAuley (49), J Doyle (Kildare) for McManamon (52), S McCormack (Longford) for Glynn (54).


REF — M Higgins (Fermanagh).



Tubridy guides Munster footballers over the line

From the web site

M. Donnelly Interprovincial GAA Football Championship Semi-Final: Leinster 1-13 Munster 1-16

Munster are through to the final of the 2012 M. Donnelly GAA Football Interprovincial Series final after a three-point defeat of Leinster at Parnell Park on Sunday. Taking to the field with seven players who are playing in Division IV of the Allianz Football League, Munster showed a far greater appetite for the game, in the first half especially, and were deserving winners, although they did have to overcome a late wobble when they appeared to be cruising into the final. Victory looked all but in the bag when Munster led by seven points in the 50th minute, but credit to Seán Boylan’s Leinster side, with Paddy Keenan, who scored six points from play, in superb form, they came charging back in the closing stages.

Indeed, Munster’s lead was down to just two points with a minute left on the clock, but Clare’s David Tubridy, who finished with 0-6, floated over a fine late score to seal the win for the visiting side. Munster’s goal arrived after just six minutes. Paddy Kelly, the architect of much that was good in Munster’s play in the first half, switched play and found full-forward Gary Hurney, who engineered some space, and after a fine run, sent a low shot past Stephen Cluxton, the Leinster goalkeeper. That goal gave O’Sullivan’s side a 1-3 to 0-0 lead, with Tubridy, excellent in the first half, having scored twice in the first four minutes.

Munster’s dominance stemmed from their ability to control the middle third, where Seamus Scanlon and Gary Brennan won plenty of clean ball to supply to a lively attack. By the 15th minute, the visitors had extended their lead to 1-5 to 0-0, before Leinster finally got off the mark, when Dublin’s Bernard Brogan hit the target from a free on 17 minutes. Boylan’s men finally crackled into life when Bernard Brogan played a long ball into the path of Mikey Conway. When the Kildare playmaker’s shot from a tight angle was palmed away by Alan Quirke, the ball fell kindly for Cahir Healy, who tapped into an empty net.

Keenan and Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly notched quick-fire scores from play to reduce the deficit to four points. Munster, however, reasserted their dominance with a pair of scores on the stroke of half-time, Paudie Kissane and Ian Ryan on target to leave them 1-10 to 1-4 ahead. Keenan and Bernard Brogan scored two points apiece on the resumption of play to leave just two between the sides. Again, though, Munster hit four without reply, as the excellent Hurney further enhanced his reputation with two more and substitute Mark Collins also got in on the act, leaving his side 1-15 to 1-8 and apparently cruising into the final.

But Bernard Brogan and Cluxton started Leinster’s comeback with well-taken frees and when Keenan brought his tally for the day to six with two more from play, suddenly the home crowd came to life. However, Munster captain Tomás Ó Sé surged forward in the last minute and found Tubridy, who lofted over a fine point to seal the win.

Leinster Scorers: Cluxton 0-1 (0-1f), Healy 1-0, Keenan 0-6, Connolly 0-1, B Brogan 0-5 (0-4f).

Munster Scorers: Lavin 0-1, Kissane 0-1, Kelly 0-2, Cooke 0-1, Tubridy 0-6 (0-3f), Hurney 1-2, Ryan 0-2, Collins 0-1.

Leinster: S Cluxton; C Healy, G Molloy, S McAnarney; E Bolton, K Reilly, B Quigley; M Macauley, P Keenan; D Connolly, A Brogan, L Glynn; B Brogan, M Conway, K McManamon. Subs: K Nolan for E Bolton (13’), K Lillis for M Conway (HT), B Murphy for Macauley (50’), J Doyle for McManamon (53’), S McCormack for Glynn (56’).

Munster: A Quirke; A O’Mahony, J McCarthy, S Lavin; T Ó Sé, G Canty, P Kissane; G Brennan, S Scanlon; P Kelly, P Kerrigan, J Cooke; D Tubridy, G Hurney, I Ryan. Subs: M Collins for Kerrigan (45’), S Briggs for Cooke (58’).

Referee: M Higgins (Fermanagh)


Match Preview

M. Donnelly GAA Football Interprovincial Championship semi-final

Leinster v Munster, Parnell Park, 2.00pm

From the web site

After a two-year absence, the M. Donnelly Interprovincial Series returns this weekend, with the meeting of Munster and Leinster in the football competition at Parnell Park arguably the pick of the four games on offer. Leinster, managed by Seán Boylan, have no fewer than 10 of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning squad from last September on show, with the inclusion of the Brogan brothers, Alan and Bernard, sure to add an extra element of excitement to proceedings.

Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan’s pick has been curtailed somewhat due to injury and a lack of availability of players and yet four Kerrymen and six members of the Cork squad have been included in his 24-man panel. The remainder come from Waterford, Clare and Limerick, three teams playing in Division IV of the Allianz Football League this year. Leinster are second in the Interprovincial roll of honour with 28 titles, while Munster are back in third with 15, although that figure is slightly skewed given they did not win a single series between 1950 and ’71. Since 2000, Munster have played in 13 games and only won four, while Leinster have a far better record, winning 14 of the 18 games they have contested.

Munster’s last title was in 2008, when Cork’s Nicholas Murphy captained a side also managed by O’Sullivan to victory over Connacht. The last meeting between the two teams at this stage of the competition was in 2007, when goals by Cork pair John Miskella and Pearse O’Neill helped the Munster men to a 2-11 to 0-12 victory. “Looking at the Leinster panel, it’s going to be tough,” Munster manager O’Sullivan said to “They are very strong. On paper our squad is not as strong. I was thinking this morning that half our panel will be Division IV players, from Limerick, Clare and Waterford. But they are still excellent players and I know it is a great honour for those. They had no hesitation at all. They love the competition.”

Rarely will Gaelic football supporters get the chance to see so many luminaries of the game on show on the same pitch, and although the intensity may not be the same as a mid-summer championship game, Sunday’s Parnell Park clash looks like an ideal offering for those looking for their fix of football action this weekend. Admission for children Under 16 is free and a further concession has also been announced. Adults will be admitted free to the stand if accompanied by two children. The General Admission price is Adults €10 and Students/OAPs €5.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record


Munster Leinster
Team Manager Ger O’Sullivan (Cork) Sean Boylan (Meath)
Team Captain Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry) Alan Brogan (Dublin)
2009 Performance (last year this competition was played) Defeated Connacht by 1-16 to 1-13 in the Semi-Final before losing to Ulster in the final by 0-15 to 1-8 Lost to Ulster in the Semi-Final
Number of Football titles 15 28
Last Football Title 2008 2006
Inter Provincial Football Record since 2000 Played – 13
Won – 4
Lost – 9
Drawn – 0
Played – 18
Won – 14
Lost – 4
Drawn – 0

2012 M Donnelly Inter Provincial Football Fixtures

Semi-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th

@ Parnell Park Dublin                      Munster v Leinster                                        @ 2:00pm
@ Markevicz Park Sligo                  Connacht v Ulster                                          @ 2:00pm


Final (Extra time)

Sunday February 26th

Inter Provincial Football – A look back

Munster have won 15 Inter-Provincial Football titles. The breakdown by county of winning Munster Football captains is as follows – Kerry (11), Cork (4)

John O’Keeffe (Kerry) is the only player to captain Munster to Inter-Provincial Football success on two occasions, winning in 1977 and 1978 while playing at full-back.

Munster did not win an Inter Provincial Football title from 1950 through 1971.

After winning the 1999 title (captained by Seamus Moynihan of Kerry), Munster lost in the semi-final for the next 7 consecutive years. During those barren years, Nicholas Murphy (Cork) played in 6 of the 7 games, missing out only in 2004 before getting his just rewards as winning Munster captain in 2008.

Munster captured 4 Inter Provincial Football titles in a row from 1975 to 1978. Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork), Dave McCarthy (Cork), John O’Keeffe (Kerry), Ger Power (Kerry) and John Egan (Kerry) won medals in all four years.

Munster captured the first ever Inter Provincial Football competition in 1927 with victories over Ulster and Connacht.  John Joe Sheehy of Kerry was the winning captain.

Connacht were the defeated finalists in the last 4 Munster Inter Provincial Football title wins in 1981, 1982, 1999 and 2008.

Last Munster Appearance in the Competition

2009 Final – Ulster 0-15 Munster 1-8 – Ruislip on November 8th

Munster Football Team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford), Michael Shields (Cork); Pa Ranahan (Limerick); Nicholas Murphy (Cork), Pierce O’Neill (Cork); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donncha O’Connor (Cork – Captain), Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Gary Hurney (Waterford), Daniel Goulding (Cork), Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford)

Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Maurice O’Gorman, James Ryan (Limerick) for Paul Kerrigan, Seamus Scanlon (Kerry) for Pierce O’Neill, Aidan Walsh (Cork) for Liam Ó Lionáin. Joe Hayes (Clare). Alan O’Connor (Cork), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Shane Walsh (Waterford), Ger Quinlan (Clare) played in the semi-final.

Most Recent meeting – Leinster v Munster

October 13th 2007 at Fermoy – Munster 2-11 Leinster 0-12 (Semi-Final)

Munster: Alan Quirke (Cork); Thomas O’Gorman (Waterford), Graham Canty (Cork), Tom O’Sullivan (Kerry); Kieran O’Connor (Cork), Ger Spillane (Cork, 0-1), Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry); Seamus Scanlon (Kerry), Mick Aherne (Waterford); Fintan Gould (Cork, 0-3, 0-1 45), Pierce O’Neill (Cork, 1-0), John Miskella (Cork, 1-1); Liam O Lionáin (Waterford), Tommy Walsh (Kerry), Conor McCarthy (Cork, 0-5, 0-3 frees)

Subs: Colm O’Neill (Cork) for Ó Lionáin, David Moran (Kerry, 0-1) for Aherne, Eoin Sexton (Cork) for O’Neill

Leinster: D Sheridan (Longford), D Henry (Dublin), C Evans (Offaly), D Reilly (Longford); P Casey (Dublin), C Moran (Dublin), C King (Meath); S Ryan (Dublin), R Sweeney (Kildare); M Carpenter (Carlow, 0-1), P Barden (Longford, 0-2), G Geraghty (Meath, 0-2); B Kavanagh (Longford), D Dolan (Westmeath, 0-5, 0-4 frees), J Doyle (Kildare).

Subs: N McNamee (Offaly, 0-1) for Evans, B Brogan (Dublin, 0-1) for C Moran (blood 12-18); Brogan for B Kavanagh (blood 29-35); B Brogan for Sweeney and G Dolan (Westmeath) for Barden

Referee: G Ó Conámha (Galway)

Last Inter Provincial Football Title for Munster

2008: Final – Munster 1-9 Connacht 0-7

Munster team: Paul Fitzgerald (Tipperary); Diarmuid Duggan (Cork), Johnny McCarthy (Limerick), Padraig Reidy (Kerry); Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Steven Lavin (Limerick), Tomas O’Gorman (Waterford); John Galvin (Limerick), Nicholas Murphy (Cork – Captain); Patrick Kelly (Cork), Donnacha O’Connor (Cork), Maurice O’Gorman (Waterford); Daniel Goulding (Cork), Alan O’Connor (Cork), Ian Ryan (Limerick)

Subs: Robbie Costigan (Tipperary) for Tomas O’Gorman, John Hayes (Cork) for Alan O’Connor, Steven O’Donoghue (Cork) for Patrick Kelly, Eddie Rockett (Waterford) for Maurice O’Gorman, Michael Crowley (Limerick) for Ian Ryan. Joe Hayes (Clare). Michael Cussen (Cork) and Liam Ó Lionáin (Waterford) played in the semi-final.

Inter Provincial Football Roll Of Honour

Ulster (29) – 1942, 1943, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009

Leinster (28) – 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006

Munster (15) – 1927, 1931, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1999, 2008

Connacht (9) – 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1969

List of Munster Inter Provincial Football Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site at to view the list of all the teams to represent Munster in the Inter Provincial Football competition

Martin Donnelly Interprovincial Series Leinster Football Team Announcement

M. Donnelly Interprovincial Leinster Football Team

Stephen Cluxton, Dublin, Garry Connaghton, Westmeath, Rory O’ Carroll, Dublin, Kevin Reilly, Meath, Ger Brennan, Dublin, Kevin Nolan, Dublin, Kieran Lillis, Laois, Emmett Bolton, Kildare, Cahir Healy, Laois, Shane McAnarney, Meath, Graham Molloy, Wexford, Michael Darragh McCauley, Dublin, Paddy Keenan, Louth, Brendan Quigley, Laois, Brendan Murphy, Carlow, Alan Brogan, Dublin, Bernard Brogan, Dublin, Leighton Glynn, Wicklow, Kevin McManamon, Dublin, Sean McCormack, Longford, Michael Conway, Kildare, Joe Sheridan, Meath, Brian Cullen, Dublin, Johnny Doyle, Kildare, Dermot Connolly, Dublin.

Selectors: Ciaran Whelan and Ciaran McManus

The M. Donnelly Interprovincial Football Semi Finals will take place on Sunday next, February 19th with Leinster V Munster taking place in Parnell Park at 2.00pm and Ulster V Connacht taking place at Markievz Park at 2.00pm.

Interpro Hurling Semi Final – Leinster 3-14 Munster 1-16

Early Leinster damage decisive

Leinster 3-14 Munster 1-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

The powerbases of hurling in Leinster and Munster was reflected in the starting sides chosen by the respective managers Joe Dooley and Liam Sheedy for this Martin Donnelly Interprovincial Championship hurling semi-final in Nowlan Park yesterday. All-Ireland champions Kilkenny supplied 11 for Leinster (all six backs, both midfielders, three forwards), while Tipperary — beaten All-Ireland finalists last year and champions of 2010 — had three of the Munster defence, one midfielder and two forwards while a seventh, Conor O’Mahony, missed out through illness.

On the evidence of the display on the field the centre of power hasn’t changed since that All-Ireland final with Leinster powering to a three-goal half-time lead (3-8 to 0-8) then holding on reasonably comfortably to record a four-point win. But it wasn’t an all Kilkenny show by any means with Offaly forwards Joe Bergin (1-1) and the manager’s son Shane Dooley (0-5) contributing 1-6 between them. Leinster began well, midfielder Michael Fennelly having the ball in Donal Og Cusack’s net in just the second minute after a surging run down the middle, and with points from Brian Hogan, Dooley (2), Richie Power and Bergin, against points from Shane McGrath and Pa Cronin, they led by six after seven minutes (1-5 to 0-2). That lead was extended to nine in the 26th minute (2-8 to 0-5), Joe Bergin with the second Leinster goal, set up by Richie Hogan after a short Cusack puck-out went awry.

Munster hit back with three points before the break, Clare youngster John Conlon (a late call-up) was in fine form, but the third Leinster goal, a rifle-shot penalty to the net by Richie Power, enabled Leinster to keep that three-goal cushion at the break. Munster were far more organised at the back in the second-half, Michael Cahill, Paul Curran and Tom Condon (especially) really upping their game, and they began to eat into the Leinster lead. John Conlon began the fightback with a first-time goal in the 39th minute after fine setup work by Horgan, Brick Walsh and Brendan Maher, and the points followed. John Gardiner hit his third long-range point from placed balls, Conlon himself, his Clare teammate Patrick Donnellan, Horgan, Brick Walsh and another Waterford sub, Pauric Mahony, all got on the scoreboard and with less than five minutes on the clock the deficit was down to 3-11 to 1-15.

Then came the game’s defining moment. Pauric Mahony was fouled in the square, but Patrick Horgan’s penalty was saved and from the resultant clearance the ball was worked downfield for Richie Power to point. Munster kept up the fight but Leinster finished strong, a huge point from halfway by Colin Fennelly making it all secure. Overall it was an entertaining game, all the stars on the Leinster team especially doing themselves justice (none more so than Tommy Walsh, let it be noted), a game deserving of a bigger audience than the 1500 estimated attendance, reckoned Joe Dooley.

“It’s a pity this game wasn’t televised live, every hurling man and woman in the country would have been watching it if it was. It’s a disgrace. It was very competitive but I knew from early in the week that Leinster were up for it and I knew Liam Sheedy’s Munster would be up for it as well. It wasn’t going to be an exhibition game.” Munster counterpart Sheedy, was of like mind. “People would be of the opinion that it (the interpro series) doesn’t matter but I thought it was a fine game. If that’s a taste of things to come in the National Leagues — I thought there were some fabulous passages of play. The Leinster lads got the run on us in the first-half, got the goals and a cushion. We were ten points down at one stage and brought it back to one. The lads tried their best.” It wasn’t championship fare, nor anything like it, but as stated by both managers it was certainly quality hurling from quality players.

Scorers for Leinster: R Power 1-5 (1-0p, 0-3f); S Dooley 0-5 (0-1f); J Bergin 1-1; M Fennelly 1-0; B Hogan, E Larkin, C Fennelly, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Munster: J Conlon 1-3; P Horgan 0-3; J Gardiner 0-3 (0-2f, 0-1 65); P Mahony 0-2 (0-2f); M Walsh, P Cronin, S McGrath, P Donnellan, E Kelly (free), 0-1 each.

LEINSTER: G Maguire (Dublin); P Murphy (Kilkenny), N Hickey (Kilkenny), J Tyrell (Kilkenny, capt.); T Walsh (Kilkenny), B Hogan (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny); M Fennelly (Kilkenny), M Rice (Kilkenny); R O’Dwyer (Dublin), R Power (Kilkenny), E Larkin (Kilkenny); S Dooley (Offaly), J Bergin (Offaly), R Hogan (Kilkenny).

Subs: W Hyland (Laois, R Hogan inj. 35); D Stamp (Wexford, B Hogan inj. 35); C Fennelly (Kilkenny, O’Dwyer 54); R Hanniffy (Offaly, Bergin 61); R Jacob (Wexford, Rice 66).

MUNSTER: D Óg Cusack (Cork); M Cahill (Tipperary), P Curran (Tipperary), T Condon (Limerick); J Gardiner (Cork), P Maher (Tipperary), P Donnellan (Clare); S O’Sullivan (Waterford), S McGrath (Tipperary); P Cronin (Cork), M Walsh (Waterford), B Maher (Tipperary); J Conlon (Clare), E Kelly (Tipperary, capt.), P Horgan (Cork).

Subs: D O’Grady (Limerick, McGrath inj. 39); S Molumphy (Waterford, Cronin 44); G Ryan (Tipperary, Kelly 58); K Moran (Waterford, Donnellan 67).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)


Team News

The Munster Hurling panel for the M Donnelly Interprovincial Semi-Final against Leinster on Sunday next is as follows –

John Conlon (Clare), Cian Dillon (Clare), Pat Donnellan (Clare); Patrick Cronin (Cork), Donal Og Cusack (Cork), John Gardiner (Cork), Patrick Horgan (Cork); Tom Murnane (Kerry), Shane Nolan (Kerry); Tom Condon (Limerick), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Nicky Quaid (Limerick); Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Paul Curran (Tipperary), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary), Gearoid Ryan (Tipperary); Liam Lawlor (Waterford), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford), Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Match Preview

M. Donnelly GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship semi-final

Leinster v Munster, Nowlan, 2.00pm

From the web site

Defending champions Leinster face Munster at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny in what promises to be a thrilling and extremely close encounter if previous meetings between the provinces are anything to go by. The sides last met in the 2008 final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, where Leinster emerged 1-15 to 1-12 winners, with two men on show once again today, Kilkenny’s Richie Power and Richie Hogan, lead the way with 0-9 (0-6f) and 1-1 respectively.

That was Leinster’s last title win in the series, while Munster won the competition a year earlier, when they beat Connacht by 2-22 to 2-19 in a final played at Croke Park, with Waterford’s John Mullane captaining the side. Munster lead the way in the roll of honour with a massive 44 titles, with Leinster in second place on 27.

Leinster manager Joe Dooley has included 13 members of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning squad from last year in his selection, showing just how keen he is to put on a good showing for the Nowlan Park crowd.

Munster boss Liam Sheedy, who is aided by Stephen Frampton, Jamesie O’Connor and Eamon O’Shea, has called on nine of the players from his native county, Tipperary. Sheedy said: “Some of the best hurlers in Ireland will be on show in Nowlan Park on Sunday next and that should be very much welcomed. It would be a shame for the players in particular if this competition was not in the calendar. With the cooperation of the counties involved, we have had 3 training sessions and a challenge game and look forward to the semi-final with Leinster”.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Munster Leinster
Team Manager Liam Sheedy (Tipperary) Joe Dooley (Offaly)
Team Captain Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny)
2009 Performance (last year this competition was played) Lost to Connacht by 2-20 to 2-18 in the Semi-Final Defeated Ulster and Connacht to win the title
Number of Hurling titles 44 27
Last Hurling Title 2007 2009
Inter Provincial Hurling Record since 2000 Played – 16
Won – 10
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 12
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0

2012 M Donnelly Inter Provincial Hurling Fixtures

Semi-Finals (Extra time)

Sunday February 19th

@ Nowlan Park Kilkenny                  Munster v Leinster                                        @ 2:00pm
@ Ballinasloe                                    Connacht v Ulster                                          @ 2:00pm

Final (Extra time)

Sunday March 4th

Inter Provincial Hurling – A look back

Munster have 44 Inter-Provincial Hurling titles. The breakdown by county of winning Munster Hurling captains is as follows – Cork (17), Tipperary (15), Waterford (5), Limerick (5) and Clare (2).

Sean Og Murphy (Cork), Christy Ring (Cork), Pat Stakelum (Tipperary), Tony Wall (Tipperary) and Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary) all captained Munster to win the Inter-Provincial Hurling title on 2 occasions.

On 2 separate occasions, Munster failed to win the Inter-Provincial competition on 5 consecutive years (1971 to 1975 and 1986 to 1991).

Munster captured 6 Inter Provincial Hurling titles from 1948 to 1953.

3 of the last 7 Inter-Provincial Hurling Finals were played outside of Ireland – 2003 (Rome), 2005 (Boston) and 2009 (Abu Dhabi).

Leinster’s last 7 victories in this competition dating back to 1993 have been captained by Kilkenny players. 1993 (John Power), 1998 (Willie O’Connor), 2002 (Andy Comerford), 2003 (Michael Kavanagh), 2006 (Eddie Brennan), 2008 (Tommy Walsh) and 2009 (JJ Delaney). The last non-Kilkenny captain of a winning Leinster hurling team was Aidan Fogarty (Offaly) in a 1988 victory over Connacht at Casement Park.

Since the competition began in 1927, only three Inter-Provincial Hurling Finals failed to produce a goal (1954, 1968 and 1997).

The competition was not played in 1990, 2010 and 2011.

Cork legend Christy Ring played for Munster for 23 consecutive seasons from 1941 to 1963, winning a total of 18 medals. John Doyle (Tipperary) won 8 Inter-Provincial medals

Last Munster Appearance in the Competition

2009 Semi-Final – Connacht 2-20 Munster 2-18 – Pearse Stadium Galway on February 21st

Munster Hurling Team: Brendan Cummins (Tipperary); Conor O’Brien (Tipperary), Declan Prendergast (Waterford), Eoin Murphy (Waterford); Benny Dunne (Tipperary), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Seamus Hickey (Limerick); Shane McGrath (Tipperary, 0-1), Donal O’Grady (Limerick); Seamus Prendergast (Waterford, 0-3), Ken McGrath (Waterford, 1-1), Tony Griffin (Clare, 0-3); Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Limerick, 0-6 frees), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford, 0-1), Paul Kelly (Tipperary, 1-2)

Subs: Diarmaid Fitzgerald (Tipperary) for Murphy (27), James Woodlock (Tipperary) for O’ Grady (h/t), Jonathan Clancy (Clare, 0-1) for Kelly (49), Shane O’ Sullivan (Waterford) for McGrath (53)

Most Recent meeting – Leinster v Munster

November 1st 2008 at O’Moore Park Portlaoise – Leinster 1-15 Munster 1-12 (Final)

Leinster: PJ Ryan (Kilkenny); John Dalton (Kilkenny), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), David Franks (Offaly); Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), R Fallon (Dublin) , J O’Connor (Wexford, 0-1); Rory Hanniffy (Offaly), E Coady (Carlow); Michael Rice (Kilkenny, 0-1), B Murtagh (Westmeath), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny, 0-1); Eddie Brennan (Kilkenny, 0-1), Richie Power (Kilkenny, 0-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 penalty, 0-1 65), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny, 1-1)

Subs: Brian Hogan (Kilkenny) for Coady, Aidan Fogarty (Kilkenny, 0-1) for Murtagh, D Horan (Offaly) for Dalton, T Fitzgerald (Laois) for Larkin 60

Munster: Brendan Cummins (Tipperary – Captain); Conor O’Brien (Tipperary), Paul Curran (Tipperary), Seamus Hickey (Limerick); John Gardiner (Cork, 0-1 free), Gerry Quinn (Clare), Sean Óg Ó hAilpín (Cork); Tom Kenny (Cork), Brian O’Connell (Clare); Paul Kelly (Tipperary, 0-1), Tony Carmody (Clare), Ben O’Connor (Cork, 0-2); Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Limerick, 1-0), Eoin Kelly (Waterford, 0-7, 0-6 frees), Niall Gilligan (Clare, 0-1)

Subs: Donal Óg Cusack (Cork) for Cummins, Lar Corbett (Tipperary) for Carmody, Declan Fanning (Tipperary) for Quinn, Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) for O’Shaughnessy, Eoin Cadogan (Cork), Pat Donnellan (Clare). Cathal Naughton (Cork), Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Brendan Bugler (Clare) and Brian Corry (Cork) played in the semi-final.

Referee: P Greene (Galway)

Last Inter Provincial Hurling Title for Munster

2007: Final – Munster 2-22 Connacht 2-19 played at Croke Park

Munster Team: Brian Murray (Limerick); Eoin Murphy (Murphy), Declan Fanning (Tipperary), Gerry Quinn (Clare); John Gardiner (Cork), Tony Browne (Waterford), Seamus Hickey (Limerick); Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Brian O’Connell (Clare); Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Ollie Moran (Limerick), Eoin Kelly (Waterford); John Mullane (Waterford, Captain), Dan Shanahan (Waterford), Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Subs: Sean Óg Ó hAilpín (Cork) for O’Connell (Blood sub 20th minute to 49th minute); Niall Gilligan (Clare) for McGrath; Gerry O’Grady (Clare) for Murphy; Sean Óg Ó hAilpín for Quinn); Niall Moran for Ollie Moran); Mike O’Brien (Limerick) for Shanahan (Blood sub 58th minute to 64th minute). Gerry Kennedy (Tipperary), Sean O’Connor (Limerick), Michael Fitzgerald (Limerick), Jonothan Clancy (Clare). Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary), Michael Walsh (Waterford) and Timmy McCarthy (Cork) played in the semi-final.

Inter Provincial Hurling Roll Of Honour

Munster (44) – 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007

Leinster (27) – 1927, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1954, 1956, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009

Connacht (11) – 1947, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2004

Ulster (0)

List of Munster Inter Provincial Hurling Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site at to view the list of all the teams to represent Munster in the Inter Provincial Hurling competition.

Martin Donnelly Interprovincial Series Leinster Hurling Team Announcement

The Leinster Hurling Manager has been confirmed as Joe Dooley, Offaly and the Football Manager as Sean Boylan, Meath. The teams are as follows;

M. Donnelly Interprovincial Leinster Hurling Team

Gary Maguire, Dublin, Niall Cororan, Dublin, Shane Durkin, Dublin, Ryan O’ Dwyer, Dublin, Paul Ryan, Dublin, Liam Rushe, Dublin, David Herity, Kilkenny, Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, Noel Hickey, Kilkenny, Jackie Tyrell (Captain) Kilkenny, Tommy Walsh, Kilkenny, Brian Hogan, Kilkenny, JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny, Michael Rice, Kilkenny, Richie Power, Kilkenny, Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny, Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny, Richie Hogan, Kilkenny, Willie Hyland, Laois, Rory Hanniffy, Offaly, Shane Dooley, Offaly, Joe Bergin, Offaly, Brendan Murtagh, Westmeath, Darren Stamp, Wexford, Rory Jacob, Wexford.

Selectors: John Conran and Derek Lyng

M Donnelly Inter-Provincial Semi-Finals – Munster v Leinster

M Donnelly InterPro Results

M Donnelly Inter Provincial Football Semi-Final – Munster 1-16 Leinster 1-13

(Munster v Ulster in Football Final on Sunday next February 26th)

Munster GAA is delighted to confirm Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) and Tomás Ó Sé (Kerry) as the captains of the Munster Interprovincial Hurling and Football teams respectively.

Eoin Kelly from the Mullinahone club will be making his 5th appearance for Munster in this competition and won an Interprovincial medal in 2001. The 6 time All-Star has won 2 All-Ireland Senior titles with Tipperary and is his county’s all-time leading scorer in Senior Hurling Championship history with 21 goals and 356 points during an illustrious career at the top level.

Tomás Ó Sé hails from the An Ghaeltacht club and will make his 4th appearance for Munster on Sunday. Tomás won an Inter-Provincial medal in 2008 to add to his vast array of personal achievements which includes 5 All-Ireland Senior titles, 5 All-Star awards and 2 Texaco player of the year awards during a 15 year inter-county career with Kerry.

The Munster Hurlers will play the defending champions Leinster in Nowlan Park Kilkenny at 2:00pm on Sunday in what is sure to be a close game based on recent meetings during the last decade. Munster have won the title on 44 occasions, most recently in 2007 when captained by John Mullane (Waterford). The 2012 Munster management team is Liam Sheedy (Tipperary – Manager), Stephen Frampton (Waterford – Selector) and James O’Connor (Clare – Selector) aided by Coach Eamon O’Shea (Tipperary).

Munster Hurling manager Liam Sheedy believes this competition is very important– “Some of the best hurlers in Ireland will be on show in Nowlan Park on Sunday next and that should be very much welcomed. It would be a shame for the players in particular if this competition was not in the calendar. With the cooperation of the counties involved, we have had 3 training sessions and a challenge game and look forward to the semi-final with Leinster”.

Corn Phádraig SH B Final – Doon CBS 2-6 Dungarvan CBS 0-11

Quirke delivers winner for dogged Doon

Doon CBS (Limerick) 2-06 Dungarvan CBS 0-11

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Shattered Dungarvan CBS players must rouse themselves quickly for Sunday’s Dr Harty Cup final after a number of them suffered a heartbreaking defeat in Saturday’s Munster Schools SBHC decider. Ten players who featured for Coláiste na nDéise in the Harty semi-final victory over De La Salle started for Dungarvan CBS on Saturday, but they finished as Corn Phádraig runners-up against a dogged Doon outfit who thoroughly deserved their win. Doon’s first victory in this competition since 1998 was secured by full-forward Russell Quirke six minutes from time, when the Cappawhite youngster took advantage of a defensive mix-up to smash home a cracking goal. Quirke’s strike handed Doon a 2-6 to 0-10 lead and while Dungarvan’s top scorer, Cathal Curran, cut the gap to the minimum in stoppage time, time ran out on the Waterford boys.

Doon selector Diarmuid Carr said: “The school is closed in two years time so we feel this is our last chance to win something before we go into an amalgamation. It’s massive for the lads and they deserve it. Heart and determination won it on the day for us.” The Limerick outfit inflicted a second successive Corn Phádraig defeat on a talented Dungarvan side and goals at crucial times were the difference. Tony Berkery crashed home a stunning goal in the 24th minute after his first shot was blocked and that handed Doon a 1-2 to 0-4 advantage, after they had fallen 0-1 to 0-4 behind with just 11 minutes gone.

Dungarvan endured a 21-minute barren spell on the scoreboard in the first half but trailing by 0-5 to 1-4 at half-time, they would have been content enough having played against the breeze in the first half. And having moved two points clear, 0-10 to 1-5, with less than a quarter of an hour remaining, Dungarvan were firm favourites to claim silverware. But Doon, inspired by Tom Fox at wing-forward, stormed back into contention and ultimately, Quirke’s clinical strike proved decisive. Doon will play St Mary’s of Belfast in the All-Ireland semi-final on March 3.

Scorers for Doon CBS: T Berkery 1-2, R Quirke 1-1 (0-1f), T Fox 0-2, M Dee 0-1.

Scorers for Dungarvan CBS: C Curran 0-6 (5f), C Dunford, C Curran, M Harney, M Kiely and P Curran 0-1 each.

DOON CBS: D Stapleton; C Berkery, R English, J Hayes; Stephen Ryan, Sean Ryan, P Roche; D O’Donovan, T Fox; P Ryan, T Berkery, M Dee; D Coleman, R Quirke, K Stapleton.

Sub: S O’Connell for Stapleton (60+1).

DUNGARVAN CBS: E Kearns; K Looby, T Tobin, S Hyslop; S Hally, C Dunford, K Healy; K Power, Cormac Curran; Cathal Curran, M Harney, M Shine; M Kiely, R Donnelly, P Curran.

Sub: J O’Donnell for Shine (40).

Referee: W Barrett (Tipperary)

Boherbue (Cork) – All-Ireland Scór na nÓg Champions

Boherbue brought All-Ireland Scor na nOg glory to Cork for the second time in three years when they claimed the set dancing crown in Castlebar last weekend.

Dancing to the ‘Cavan Reel’, the Boherbue group of Amee McCarthy, Evie Casey, Louise Fitzgerald, Amanda O’Sullivan, Daniel Murphy, Jimmy Herlihy, Timothy Murphy and Eddie Kiely (Hannah O’Sullivan and Michael Daly were able substitutes) produced a flawless display to see off the challenges of Abbeyknockmoy (Galway), St. Joseph’s (Westmeath) and Crosserlough (Cavan).

A delighted Boherbue mentor Marie Casey said: “All involved made me so proud. Two years ago, there was some controversy but there was no denying us on this occasion.

“The dancers were true professionals, enjoying themselves and knocking sparks off the stage. And the future looks bright too, given the talent, that’s emerging at Scor na bPaisti level.”

Back Row (L-R): Des Maguire (Cathaoirleach, Coiste Scor), Timothy Murphy, Michael Daly, Eddie Kiely, Jimmy Herlihy, Daniel Murphy, Paddy Naughton (Cathaoirleach, Comhairle Connacht).

Front Row (L-R): Louise Fitzgerald, Amee McCarthy, Evie Casey, Amanda O’€™Sullivan, Hannah O’Sullivan.

Photo: Alison Laredo

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final – Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 3-8 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-8

Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) defeated Dr. Crokes (Kerry) by 3-8 to 2-8 in the AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

Report from the web site

Dr Crokes (Kerry) 2-8 Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh) 3-8

Reigning champions Crossmaglen Rangers demonstrated once again why they are the biggest force in club football by overturning a seven-point first half deficit and overcoming the second half dismissal of Stephen Kernan to beat Dr Crokes at Portlaoise. With Eoin Brosnan in imperious form at centre-back for the Kerry champions, Crossmaglen looked to be in serious trouble when a Daithí Casey goal on 21 minutes gave Crokes a 1-5 to 0-1 lead. Cross hit back almost immediately when Michael McNamee hit the back of the net and had the gap down to just two points – 1-6 to 1-4 – at the break thanks to injury time frees from Aaron Kernan and Oisín McConville.

The Ulster kingpins were ahead within minutes of the resumption, when Stephen Kernan dummied past three men and steered a shot in off a post. Cross’ moved four points clear and appeared to be in control until goalscorer Stephen Kernan was shown a straight red card by referee David Coldrick. In keeping with the tone of a dramatic game, Crokes were level within minutes, as substitute Chris Brady fired home the rebound after the ball had come back to him off a post. With just six minutes left and Cross’ seemingly in trouble again, Aaron Kernan showed great composure to slip home the goal that ultimately decided the game. A superb Aaron Cunningham point was the score that ensured Crossmaglen are back in Croke Park on March 17 to defend their title.

Match Preview

Dr Crokes v Crossmaglen Rangers, Portlaoise, 2.00pmFriday, February 17, 2012

From the web site

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final

Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Crossmaglen Rangers (Armagh), Portlaoise, 2.00pm

With the mild winter just passed, there has been much comment about the early arrival of spring such as the flowering of daffodils or the birth of lambs, but perhaps another sign of the coming of the season is Crossmaglen Rangers featuring in another AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Club semi-final.

For the fifth time in six years the Orchard County kingpins have made it to the last four. Indeed, since they made their penultimate debut back in 1997, Crossmaglen have featured at the business end of the championship on eight occasions, only failing twice to make it to Croke Park in that period. Nemo Rangers, with five semi-final outings over the same time span, are the closest challengers to Cross’.

So, do those daunting statistics make Dr Crokes ‘David’ to Crossmaglen’s ‘Goliath’ this afternoon? Anything but, for the Kingdom side have a bit of form when it comes to last four appearances themselves having won two of the three they have featured in since their debut in 1991 – a 2-6 to 3-9 loss to Salthill of Galway. Twelve months later Crokes returned to gain revenge over the Corribsiders’ new champions Corofin, while five years ago Dr Crokes defeated Moorefield of Kildare to qualify for a second final.

In the final on that occasion the Kerry title-holders met today’s opponents and appeared on course for victory when they led by three points with nine minutes remaining at GAA Headquarters but Crossmaglen clawed their way back to parity by the close of the hour. Having notched the last three points of the drawn encounter, the Armagh side hit the final five in the replay at O’Moore Park for victory.

With that history don’t rule out extra-time.

Senior All-Ireland Inter-County Football Vocational Schools Semi-Final – Cork 1-13 Donegal 0-8

Cork turn it around to claim final spot

Cork 1-13 Donegal 0-08

By Rory Delaney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A dominant second half display in Portarlington on Saturday saw Cork book their place in All-Ireland Vocational Schools SAFC final. The Rebels held Donegal scoreless for the second half, as they turned around a three point half-time deficit to run out eight point winners . The win sets up a final date with Kildare next weekend. Donegal had the benefit of a strong breeze in the opening period and took early control through senior inter-county star Paddy McBrearty. He hit two points from frees in the opening seven minutes before Cork hit back to draw level. McBrearty was the star man and tagged on another four points from frees, along with a superb point from play, as Donegal led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.

With the wind picking up, the second half was mostly one-way traffic as Cork took control of the game. Midfielder Gary Farrell slotted over two early frees before points from Gearoid Finn and Daniel O’Connor put them in front. As Donegal struggled to breach the Cork half-back line, the ball kept coming back at them quicker and quicker. The gap between the teams eventually crept up to four points as the final whistle approached, and wing-back Daniel Nyhan put the seal on the victory when he got on the end of a well-worked team move before rounding Donegal keeper Shaun McCafferty for the game’s only goal.

Scorers for Cork: D Nyhan 1-1, G Finn 0-4 (4f), G Farrell (2f), D O’Connor 0-2 each, K Crowley, M Quinn, G Barry, R Cahalane 0-1 each;

Scorers for Donegal: P McBrearty 0-7 (6f), O McHugh 0-1

CORK: D Casey; K Dennehy, J Lynch, D Canty; K Crowley, C Hyde, D Nyhan; M Murphy, G Farrell; G O’Shea, D O’Connor, S O’Sullivan; M Quinn, G Barry, G Finn.

Subs: R Cahalane for Barry (41 – inj), J Casey for O’Shea (57), M McNamara for Quinn (60)

DONEGAL: S McCaffery; O Porter, J Coyle, C Cunningham; D Mulgrew, J Doherty, K Herron; R McNamee, H McFadden; C McGettigan, P McBrearty, O McHugh; B McLaughlin, K McNern, W Gillespie.

Subs: J Fitzgerald for Gillespie (4 – inj), C Thompson for McGettigan (39), S Houghton for McLaughlin (48)

Referee: D Brazil (Offaly)

Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final Replay – Nenagh CBS 1-11 Ardscoil Rís 0-13

Flying Forde inspires Nenagh

Nenagh CBS 1-11 Ardscoil Rís 0-13

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

THE sparkling skills of Jason Forde inspired a dramatic victory for Nenagh CBS in yesterday’s Dr Harty Cup semi-final replay in Tipperary Town as the Silvermines youngster propelled his school into their first decider since 1997 with a late scoring salvo. Forde, captain of the Tipp minors last summer, has established himself as the talisman of this Nenagh CBS side and he delivered once more here with a staggering haul of 1-10. It was his solitary goal and final point that transpired to be the crucial scores. In the 57th minute he wiped out the two-point lead that Ardscoil Rís possessed when taking a pass from Tadhg Gallagher before racing through the defence, shortening his grip to avoid a hook from Stephen Fitzgerald, and flicking the ball to the net.

Ardscoil Rís responded and levelled the game in the 61st minute when the nerveless Jamie Shanahan, under immense pressure near the sideline, fired over a long-rang free. Yet Forde had the final say, collecting the ball in the middle third, scything through the Ardscoil Rís rearguard and lofting over a marvellous winning point. It was a heartbreaking defeat for Ardscoil Rís and was the first loss the school have suffered in this competition since their 2009 Dr Harty Cup semi-final loss to St Caimin’s (Shannon). They came close to maintaining their three-in-a-row ambitions here with David Dempsey, PJ Hall, Ronan Lynch and Shanahan all making excellent contributions.

Nenagh CBS now face a novel final against Coláiste na Déise on Sunday week, with two schools who have never won this competition set to battle for honours. Forde has amassed 2-31 in his last four games, yet was keen to apportion the praise elsewhere. “It’s a team effort. They’re all a great bunch of lads who have worked hard all year. The Harty wasn’t taken that seriously in the school for the last number of years. But Donagh O’Donnell and Niall Quigley have come in and done a tremendous job. I can’t thank them enough, if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here. “Jason led by example and is a great character,” said Nenagh CBS manager Donagh O’Donnell afterwards. “For a fella who didn’t hit a ball from play last week, to come back and put up a score like that again was phenomenal.”

Nenagh CBS had made the early running, assisted by the wind, to lead 0-3 to 0-0 after only six minutes. By the 20th minute they were still in the ascendancy by 0-5 to 0-3 yet Forde was their only scorer in the first-half and Ardscoil Rís gradually worked their way back into contention as they played intelligent hurling. Shanahan, who started at full-forward, was withdrawn to midfield midway through the half where he was influential while Dempsey produced a splendid block to deny Jack Loughnane a goal in the 12th minute. Ardscoil Rís, who chalked up 12 wides in total, saw some shots from placed balls drift wide of the post but their accuracy improved to draw level at 0-7 apiece at the interval.

The reigning champions gained the initiative early in the second-half and held it for long stages. Ronan Lynch fired over a few points from frees while Barry O’Connell nullified Forde’s threat for a spell. Nenagh CBS struggled to make headway up front, with a fine point by Stephen O’Brien their only score in the first 20 minutes of the second-half, but the superb defending of Jack Peters and Donncha Quinn helped keep Ardscoil Rís at bay. The action became more frenetic nearing the finish as a pair of Forde frees tied the game at 0-10 apiece with eight minutes to go. Impressive scores by William O’Donoghue and Jack Kelleher swung the pendulum back in the favour of Ardscoil Rís but it was Forde who came to the fore when his team’s need was greatest at the death.

Scorers for Nenagh CBS: J Forde 1-10 (0-6f), S O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: R Lynch (0-5f), J Shanahan (0-4f) 0-5 each, W O’Donoghue, J Kelleher, C Lynch 0-1 each.

NENAGH CBS: W Power (Silvermines); D Quinn (Éire Óg Nenagh), K Gubbins (Éire Óg Nenagh), S Cleary (Kilruane McDonaghs); E Hynes (Templederry), J Peters (Kilruane McDonaghs), J Flaherty (Burgess); J Loughnane (Kildangan), T Gallagher (Kildangan); C Delaney (Toomevara), J Forde (Silvermines), S O’Brien (Ballina); J Mackey (Éire Óg Nenagh), P Shanahan (Toomevara), P Fogarty (Silvermines).

Subs: S Geaney (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Shanahan (half-time), K Gleeson (Éire Óg Nenagh) for Mackey (54).

ARDSCOIL RÍS: D Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); R Kirby (Mungret), PJ Hall (Adare), K McNamara (Na Piarsaigh); E Fitzgerald (Claughaun), B O’Connell (Kildimo), S Fitzgerald (Claughaun); J Hannon (Adare), R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh); C Lynch (Patrickswell), K O’Brien (Patrickswell), J Kelleher (Patrickswell); M O’Loughlin (Clonlara), J Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), L O’Brien (Adare).

Subs: W O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh) for L O’Brien (half-time), M Foley (Na Piarsaigh) for K O’Brien (35), C O’Brien (Mungret) for O’Loughlin (42).

Referee: Pat Casey (Waterford


Ardscoil Ris lose out in Harty Cup thriller

Report from the Limerick Leader newspaper

Published on Tuesday 14 February 2012 19:33

ARDSCOIL Ris’ dream of claiming a hat-trick of Dr Harty Cup titles were shattered in the dramatic closing stages of their semi-final replay clash with Nenagh CBS at Tipperary Town on Wednesday afternoon as they went down on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-13. Three-in-a-row seeking Ardscoil looked a good bet to reach another Harty final when edging into a two-point lead with a little over five minutes remaining.

However, Nenagh CBS’ outstanding performer, Jason Forde, helped the Tipperary side regain the lead with a splendid solo goal after he raced through the Ardscoil defence to score four minutes from time. Nenagh CBS now led by a point, but, to their credit, Ardscoil showed admirable resolve to respond and a pointed free from midfielder Jamie Shanahan as the game ticked into injury time, looked set to send the game to extra time. However, the drama wasn’t done yet and in a grandstand finish, Tipp minor star Forde ended Ardscoil Ris’ 18-game unbeaten run at Harty Cup level when he landed the winning point in the third minute of stoppage time. The final whistle brought heartache and bitter disappointment for an Ardscoil Ris side which had showed indomitable spirit to eek out the final two points in the drawn game and force the semi-final to a replay.

Replays generally tend not to follow the same pattern as drawn games, but this semi-final tie was an exception to that old adage. The game was again highly competitive from the outset, with the sides going tit-for-that on the scoreboard and the outcome only decided deep in injury time. Ardscoil Ris will rue their inability to close the game out. Backed by a stiff breeze, their two-point advantage in a game where the sides had been level on four occasions to that point, should have proved the launch pad for another notable success in Munster Colleges’ premier hurling competition. The North Circular Road side were also left to regret some wayward shooting during both half, with the holders amassing up to a dozen wides over the hour.

Ardscoil Ris’ defeat was their first suffered by the Limerick city side in Dr Harty Cup in three years. The school has built a reputation as a fine hurling nursery, but the challenge facing Ardscoil Ris will be one of maintaining those high standards in the years to come. This replay was a fine advertisement for the colleges’ game. The hurling, produced by both sides, was of a high quality with the continuity of the game helped by the remarkably dry underfoot conditions. The players’ first touch was assured and the ball-striking crisp. But teams had a real purpose about them and while the stakes were high, neither set of players allowed the occasion get the better of them.

Nenagh CBS made good use of the elements in the opening half, racing into an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead. Their inspirational centre half-back, Jason Forde, who operated in a more advanced position as the game wore on scored all three points, two from play. Slowly Ardscoil Ris began to settle and by the 20th minute Nenagh’s advantage was reduced to two points, 0-5 to 0-3. The Lynch’s, Ronan with two frees, and Cian, from play, bagged the Limerick side’s points. With Ardscoil’s survivors from last year’s final, including captain PJ Hall, Barry O’Connell and Jamie Shanahan doing well, ably assisted by the likes of Ronan Lynch, the holders remained well in the contest.

Within five minutes of half-time, Ardscoil were level, thanks to three fine points from Sixmilebridge’s Jamie Shanahan, including one smashing effort from play. Ardscoil did have to survive a few hairy moments in defence and netminder David Dempsey produced two terrific saves to deny Nenagh’s Jack Loughnane and Podge Shanahan scoring the game’s opening goal. The sides remained deadlocked, 0-7 each, at half-time.  Little separated the sides during a highly competitive second half. The sides were tied three times during that period, but the game’s outstanding perfomer, Forde proved his side’s hero with that late winning point which helped Nenagh CBS reach their first final in 15 years.

SCORERS – Nenagh CBS – Jason Forde 1-10 (0-4 frees), Stephen O’Brien 0-1; Ardscoil Ris – Ronan Lynch 0-5 (all frees), Jamie Shanahan 0-5 (four frees), Cian Lynch, William O’Donoghue and Jack Kelleher 0-1 each.

NENAGH CBS – Will Power; Stephen Cleary, Kevin Gubbins, Donnacha Quinn; Eddie Hynes, Jason Forde, Jack Peters; Jack Loughnane, Jack Flaherty; Tadhg Gallagher, Conor Delaney, Stephen O’Brien; Podge Shanahan, Paudie Fogarty, James Mackey. Subs: Sean Geaney for Shanahan (half-time), Killian Gleeson for Mackey (51 mins).

ARDSCOIL RIS – David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Ronan Kirby (Mungret), PJ Hall (Adare), Kevin McNamara (Na Piarsaigh), Evan Fitzgerald (Claughaun), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo), Stephen Fitzgerald (Claughaun); Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge), Jody Hannon (Adare); Michael O’Loughlin (Clonlara), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Jack Kelleher (Patrickswell); Lukas O’Brien (Adare), Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell). Subs: William O’Donoghue (Na Piarsaigh) for Lukas O’Brien (half-time), Michael Foley (Na Piarsaigh) for Kevin O’Brien (35 mins), Cian O’Brien (Mungret) for O’Loughlin (41 mins).

REFEREE – Pat Casey (Waterford)

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Semi-Finals

Tipperary 0-26 Cork 1-19 AET

Clare 3-17 Waterford 4-9


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Finals

Tipperary 2-11 University of Limerick 0-12

Cork 5-18 Kerry 1-14

Limerick 1-15 Clare 0-18 AET


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Final

Waterford 3-19 University College Cork 1-19


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Quarter-Final Replay

Clare 2-13 Limerick 1-15