Sports Capital Programme

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport launched The Sports Capital Programme on Wednesday March 28th. The Irish Sports Council are responsible for the administration of the Grants Scheme for National Governing Bodies of Sport

This Sports Capital Programme aims to foster an integrated and planned approach to developing sports and physical recreation facilities throughout the country. In particular, its objectives are to:

  • assist voluntary and community organisations, national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport, local authorities and in some cases VECs and schools to develop high quality, safe, well-designed, sustainable facilities in appropriate locations and to provide appropriate equipment to help maximise participation in sport and physical recreation
  • prioritise the needs of disadvantaged areas in the provision of sports facilities
  • encourage the multi-purpose use of local, regional and national sports facilities by clubs, community organisations and national governing bodies of sport

Click here for more details and how to apply

Corn na Phairsaigh Under 15 B Hurling Final – Nenagh CBS 3-12 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-16

Nenagh CBS defeated Our Lady’s Templemore by 3-12 to 1-16 in the Corn na Phairsaigh Under 15 B Hurling Final at Templederry on Monday afternoon.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-14 Galway 0-16

Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-14

Report from the web site

Waterford finally secured the first points of their 2012 Allianz League campaign with a dramatic last gasp victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. Shane Walsh was the Déise hero, landing a superb point four minutes into added time to snatch a win that gives Michael Ryan’s side hope – provided they beat Dublin in their final game and other results go their way – of avoiding a relegation play-off with the Dubs to save their top flight status.

Walsh, who had scored Waterford’s goal in the 41st minute, dramatically changed the course of a game that was flowing very much in Galway’s favour, as the home side had hit six points without reply in the closing stages to level the game at 0-16 to 1-13. But if Waterford were going to stop the rot on any day, it was with John Mullane, who provided the pass for Walsh’s goal, back in the forward line, new selector Ken McGrath prowling the sidelines and Eoin Kelly coming on late on to round off a perfect day for manager Ryan and his Déise team.

It all started promisingly, too, as they raced into an early 0-5 to 0-1 lead, before Galway hit back and closed the gap with three points in a row. Waterford’s hopes took a turn for the worse when Shane O’Sullivan was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Barry Daly, but Galway were also reduced to 14 men as Declan Connolly was shown the line for a second cautionable offence. Waterford had hit seven first half wides but they still managed to lead by 0-8 to 0-5 at half-time, with Pauric Mahony leading the way with five points. Mahony continued in that vein after the break and, thanks to Walsh’s goal six minutes into the second half, Waterford were comfortably in control, leading by 1-13 to 0-10 with 12 minutes to go.

However, Galway were far from finished, and points from Barry Daly, Niall Burke (0-2) and David Burke left a point between the sides, before substitute Brian Flaherty looked to have secured a draw for his side when landing a fine score after a Fergal Moore pass. That was far from the end of the drama, though, as just when the sands of time looked to have run out, Walsh drove over a monster point in the 74th minute.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Cork 0-14 Mayo 0-13

Allianz Football League Division I: Mayo 0-13 Cork 0-14

Two late points from Paul Kerrigan and Donncha O’Connor completed a remarkable turnaround for Cork as they beat Mayo by a point in a thrilling encounter in McHale Park. The result all but assures Cork of a place in the semi-finals of Division I of the Allianz Football League but the Rebels’ late rally means Mayo are up against it in their quest to preserve their top flight status. James Horan’s men now sit joint bottom on four points alongside Donegal and Laois but given that the Westerners have to play Kerry and Dublin in their last two games, it will be a big ask for them to avoid being in the bottom two come the close of the competition.

Mayo had led for almost the entire game, and they profited from the first-half sending off of Cork’s Mark Collins. The game was a low-scoring affair for much of the first half, with Mayo 0-4 to 0-2 ahead after 20 minutes, Donal Vaughan’s fine effort the pick of their early scores. Cork got within one through Paddy Kelly before efforts from the on-form Michael Conroy, substitute Conor Mortimer and Alan Dillon left the home side 0-7 to 0-3 ahead at the break. Collins was dismissed shortly before the sides went in at the break after an entanglement with Vaughan.

The breeze had favoured Mayo in the first half but they stayed in control for much of the second period, and were 0-10 to 0-5 up after 45 minutes. Mortimer had kicked a few more points, while Andy Moran was also showing well. However, it was when Mayo went five clear that Cork brought the required urgency to their game, and they almost goaled on 51 minutes when Donncha O’Connor’s fine shot was blocked by Ger Cafferkey. Mayo were still looking solid though and were able to maintain a three or four point buffer up until Barry O’Driscoll’s booming effort from distance made it 0-12 to 0-10 with nine minutes left on the clock.

Jason Doherty looked to have secured the points for Mayo when he responded shortly after to put a goal between them again but it was all Cork from there, and their cause was helped when Dillon was sent off with a few minutes to go after picking up his second yellow. With time running out, Mayo remained one point ahead but Cork showed far greater determination in the crucial final moments, and Kerrigan’s equaliser was quickly followed up by O’Connor’s smart finish to stun Mayo.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 0-20 Laois 1-13

Kerry 0-20 Laois 1-13

Kerry produced a classy performance to overcome Laois in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, assuring themselves of a place in the Allianz Football League Division I semi-finals in the process. The Kingdom made light of the early dismissal of Tomás Ó Sé to win by four points in the end, although they didn’t have it all their own way as Colm Begley’s second half goal for Laois looked like it might spark the O’Moore County towards a remarkable upset. However, Kerry showed courage and quality in the final 15 minutes to ease home, making it five wins out of six in the top tier so far.

Kerry had started well, getting the first two points of the game through Darran O’Sullivan and the impressive Patrick Curtin. However, the sending off of Ó Sé after just a couple of minutes upset their progress for a while and Laois went 0-3 to 0-2 ahead. After 22 minutes, Jack O’Connor’s side were back in front at 0-7 to 0-5, but Laois were battling gamely and Gary Walsh, Ross Munnelly, John O’Loughlin and Begley were all on the scoresheet as they kept things close.

Curtin fired over his third of the day from play to put three between them, and when Barry John Keane and Declan O’Sullivan slotted over points before the interval to make it 0-11 to 0-7, it meant that all six of the Kerry forwards had scored. Declan O’Sullivan extended the lead shortly after the restart but Begley’s goal soon afterwards, alongside points from Munnelly and Walsh, edged Laois in front. However, getting the goal seemed to slow Laois down rather than inspire them, and Kerry went on a run of five unanswered points which ultimately won them the game.

Bryan Sheehan did a lot of the scoring once again for the Kingdom, his eminence from placed balls giving him a tally for the day of 0-6, while Anthony Maher also pumped one over for Kerry in their decisive purple patch. Laois never gave up and battled to the finish, but Kerry were good value for their four-point win in the end. Laois entertain Down in their final game in two weeks time, knowing that only a win will give them a chance of beating the drop. Kerry can now relax in the knowledge that they are the first team into the last four.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Clare 0-17 London 0-12

Clare defeated London by 0-17 to 0-12 in round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday in Ruislip.


Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15

Allianz Hurling League Division IA: Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15

Report from the web site

Cork took a major step in their bid to claim a semi-final spot in this year’s Allianz Hurling League by beating old rivals Kilkenny in a gripping game on Sunday. It was a first competitive defeat in 2012 for Brian Cody’s Kilkenny, who looked to be in control of the game when they led by 1-10 to 1-8 at the break and then built on their advantage at the start of the second half. However, Cork showed great character and battling qualities to fight back, and when the prolific Patrick Horgan sent over a free in the 56th minute, the home side had levelled the game at 1-13 apiece.

The final quarter was a thrilling spectacle which was hugely appreciated by the 7,864 supporters at sun-drenched Pairc Uí Chaoimh, and was a real throw-back to the halcyon days of the Cork-Kilkenny rivalry. Horgan nudged Cork clear for the first time since the opening minute on 63 minutes, while Richie Power, who finished with a remarkable haul of 1-11, responded for the Cats. It was all to play for in the closing stages, but Kilkenny’s cause was not helped when Power was shown a straight red card. Cork didn’t need a second invitation and they scored the final two points of the game, with Horgan sealing the victory with his seventh of the game in added time.

Kilkenny dominated the early stages, with Power showing great poise to hit five of Kilkenny’s first six scores as the Cats raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead. Horgan, who scored Cork’s first three points, kept the Rebels in contact as they cut the gap to 0-8 to 0-7, before Kilkenny were given a gilt-edged chance for an opening goal on 29 minutes, as Power converted from the penalty spot after he had been fouled.

Cork responded three minutes later, Paudie O’Sulivan hitting the back of the net after a fine ball from Lorcán McLoughlin, making up for en effort Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity had saved earlier. Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side trailed by two at the break and the gap was back to the minimum when Conor Lehane opened the second half scoring. It was then that Kilkenny took control, but Cork fought back with points from Jamie Coughlan and William Egan, before stealing the win in a grandstand finish that leaves them just ahead of the Cats at the top of the table.


Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 3-16 Wexford 0-18

Allianz Hurling League Division IB: Wexford 0-18 Clare 3-16

Report from the web site

Clare maintained their flawless record in Division 1B with a seven-point defeat of Wexford at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday afternoon. The Banner can’t be caught at the top of the table following their fourth successive League win under Davy Fitzgerald, while Wexford look destined for a relegation play-off with Laois, who they play in their final game in Wexford Park next Sunday. Clare powered into a 0-6 to 0-0 lead after 17 minutes, with Conor McGrath chipping in with three of their points, while Wexford did not register a score until the 19th minute, when Diarmuid O’Keeffe finally hit the target. Clare re-asserted their dominance when John Conlon got their first goal after 20 minutes.

Jack Guiney responded with the first of his seven first half points for Wexford, but Seán Collins hit the back of the net for the second week in a row on 28 minutes, helping his side to a 2-8 to 0-9 lead at the break. The game was over as a contest when Conor McGrath struck for a fine goal six minutes after the restart. Wexford’s cause was not helped when Matthew O’Hanlon was sent off. Guiney kept Wexford in touch, while McGrath took his total for the day to 1-7 and Nicky O’Connell registered a point as Clare led by 3-12 to 0-12 after 53 minutes. Wexford had the better of the final quarter, but the Banner were always in control and march into the Division IB final on April 8.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Waterford 1-18 Limerick 1-14

Late Déise burst proves decisive

Limerick 1-14 Waterford 1-18

By Jerome O’Connell for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A final quarter burst that yielded six unanswered points kept Waterford footballers’ slim hopes of an immediate return to Division Three alive as they recorded an emphatic victory over Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. Despite trailing at half-time and being hit with a Séamus O’Carroll goal immediately on the restart, the visitors packed too much punch up the middle and too many options up front against opponents who depended heavily on Ian Ryan’s frees to stay in contention. Although Limerick built up a three point lead by the 15th minute, they needed two Ryan strikes to put them ahead 0-9 to 0-8 at the break. Waterford’s revival started with Mark Ferncombe’s equalising goal and, with Gary Hurney leading from the front, the visitors took control after Stephen Kelly was sent off for a second yellow card.

WATERFORD: S Enright; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; T Grey, É Walsh, W Hennessy (0-1); S Ahearne (0-3, 2f), S O’Hare (0-1, f); A Brophy, P Hurney (0-3), C O’Keeffe; M Ferncombe (1-2), G Hurney (0-7, 3f), J Veale (0-1).

Subs: C Phelan for É Walsh (17), T Ó hÚllacháin for K Connery (ht), S Dempsey for S Ahearne (46), S Fleming for A Brophy (49).

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; C Coady, S Lavin, D Quaid; J Riordan, P Browne, P Ranahan; P Kinnerk, J Galvin; E O’Connor, S Kelly, E Barry (0-1); Ger Collins (0-3), S O’Carroll (1-0), Ian Ryan (0-10, 7f).

Subs: B Fitzpatrick for C Coady (41), J Cooke for E Barry (54) , J Mullane for S O’Carroll (66), J O’Meara for P Kinnerk (66).

Referee: M Rock (Clare)

Team News

Waterford Team to play Limerick in Allianz Football League – Div. 4. Gaelic Grounds Limerick, Sat 24th March at 5.15pm

1. Kieran Cotter Geraldines

2. Maurice O’Gorman Nire

3. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

4. Kieran Connery Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

5. Tony Grey Stradbally

6. Eamonn Walsh Ballinameela

7. Wayne Hennessy Ardmore

8. Shane Ahearne Stradbally

9. Sean O’Hare Ballinacourty

10. Conor McGrath Brickey Rangers

11. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty

12. Cillian O’Keeffe Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

13. Mark Ferncombe Abbeyside

14. Gary Hurney Ballinacourty

15. Sean Fleming Clashmore/Kinsalebeg


Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 2-16 Offaly 4-10

Offaly clinch draw in most dramatic of endings

From the web site

Limerick 2-16 Offaly 4-10

Shane Dooley’s stoppage-time penalty rescued a crucial draw for Offaly at the Gaelic Grounds tonight. Dooley stepped forward in the third minute of injury-time to ensure that this Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B fixture ended in stalemate. The quality of hurling on show was generally poor and scrappy but there was a lively finish for 2274 punters as Offaly came from six points down with 13 minutes left to draw. Dooley was the hero with a scoring haul of 2-5 but the Tullamore man missed a 42nd-minute penalty and for a while, it looked like that would prove costly.

But when a second chance presented itself, Dooley showed no fear and secured what could be a priceless draw for the Faithful County in the hunt for a final place. The visitors trailed by two points at half-time, however, as Niall Moran and Sean Tobin netted for Limerick before the break. The hosts led by 2-6 to 1-7 at the midway point and were six points clear, 2-12 to 1-9, with 13 minutes remaining. But Offaly dug in and hit three goals down the home straight as Limerick lost corner back Tom Condon to a second yellow card after Offaly sub Sean Ryan was fouled for the late penalty. Conor Mahon gave Offaly hope with a 58th minute goal before sub Ger Healion, who had created Mahon’s goal, netted himself in the 65th minute.

Limerick rallied again, however, to lead by three points in stoppage time before Dooley’s late, late intervention. Both teams had come into this tussle level on four points in Division 1B – having both collected two wins from their opening three matches. Limerick’s campaign had started in nightmare fashion with a heavy home defeat against Clare but they have improved since then and would have fancied their chances before throw-in last night. The first half was generally poor and error-ridden but still yielded three goals – two of them for the home side.

But Offaly struck first in the 13th minute when Derek Morkan’s long delivery into the Limerick full-back line broke nicely for Dooley, who lashed the loose ball past Nickie Quaid. That goal effectively separated the sides for the next 15 minutes before Limerick hit two before half-time to open up a 2-6 to 1-7 interval lead. Conor Allis knifed through the heart of the Offaly defence in the 28th minute with a surging run before placing Niall Moran for a neat improvised finish, as the full-forward batted the sliotar two-handed past James Dempsey. On the stroke of half-time, Dempsey was picking the ball out of his net again, this time from Limerick sub Sean Tobin, who was on the pitch less than ten minutes before shooting across the boughs of the Kinnitty netminder. Offaly also had a first half goal ruled out, when Colin Egan was adjudged to have been in the square when he bundled the sliotar home after Brendan Murphy’s shot was well-saved by Nickie Quaid.

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahoney; P Browne 0-1, J Ryan; N Maher 0-1, D Breen 0-2, C Allis 0-4 (2f, 1 65); G Mulcahy 0-2, N Moran 1-0, T Quaid 0-3.

Subs: S Tobin 1-2 for Maher (27), K Downes for Moran (57), S O’Brien 0-1 for Breen (63), M Ryan for T Quaid (70+3).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; C McDonald, D Kenny, S Wynne; D Morkan, R Hanniffy, D Franks; D Horan 0-1, J Rigney 0-2; J Bergin, C Mahon 1-0, B Murphy 0-2; S Dooley 2-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3f, 0-1 65, 0-1 sl), C Egan, J Mulrooney.

Subs: G Healion 1-0 for Egan (h.t.), S Coughlan for Wynne (h.t.), T Carroll for Mulrooney (49), S Ryan for Rigney (57), E Murphy for Hanniffy (70).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)