Bord Gáis Energy Ladies NFL Division 1 Final – Monaghan 1-13 Cork 2-7

Monaghan 1-13 Cork 2-7


Monaghan denied Cork the five-in-a-row with an outstanding second-half display in the Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 Ladies Football final at Parnell Park yesterday (SUN). Claiming their first league title since 1999, Monaghan dominated Cork throughout the second period but were kept on the edge of their seats when Nollaig Cleary found the net for Cork with ten minutes remaining.The worry was doubled four minutes later when Valerie Mulcahy  stroked home a penalty after a foul on Juliet Murphy to reduce the deficit to three points, but the superb Cathriona McConnell step up with the late point to seal the win.

Entering the tie as underdogs, Monaghan tore into the Leesiders from the first whistle with their high intensity play and tenacious tackling upsetting the Rebelettes. Making a switch from the off that saw Laura McEnaney start in the half-forward line brought immediate dividends for Monaghan as Niamh Kindlon slotted an early free that McEaney earned. That lead was soon two points when Cathriona McConnell pointed after a quick free unlocked the Cork  defence nine minutes in.

The intensity that Monaghan was showing at the back was a feature of the early exchanges, but 11 minutes in Nollaig Cleary finally made the Cork breakthrough with a well-taken point. But that score proved a brief interlude as Monaghan pushed on with their best spell of the half that produced three points in five minutes. The first arrived from McEnaney – daughter of Meath manager Seamus – after the ball broke kindly off full-forward Kindlon in the 11th minute. Kindlon added two more in quick succession, including an excellent point from more than 30 metres after McConnell battled well to gain possession to push the lead out to four points.

However, slowly but surely Cork began to pull themselves back into the game and they could have pulled within one point, but Monaghan goalkeeper Linda Martin pulled off a splendid save to deny Rhona Ni Bhuchalla a certain goal. Juliet Murphy gained some consolation for Cork from the quickly-taken ensuing 45 and after McEnaney kicked her second point in reply for Monaghan, Cork took control. Orlagh Farmer started the good run for Cork with a point to cap a fine run from Ciara O’Sullivan and further scores from Cleary and Murphy ensured that Monaghan led by just 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time.

Kindlon carried on where she left off after the restart with a well worked score to push Monaghan two points clear, but the key score arrived in the 37th minute when Cathriona McConnell goaled for Monaghan. Cork keeper Elaine Harte did well to deny McConnell with her first effort, but after she regained possession, her rebound was deemed to have crossed the line after rattling the underside of the crossbar.

The goal swelled the Monaghan belief and a run of points from the outstanding McConnell pushed them into a 1-12 to 0-6 lead. But it was never going to be easy for Monaghan and when Cleary’s goal was quickly followed by Valerie Mulcahy’s penalty the lead was whittled down to three points. But McConnell stepped forward again and her fourth point of the day sealed Monaghan’s first division 1 title for 13 years.


Monaghan: C McConnell (1-4); N Kindlon (0-4, 1f); C Mohan (0-3); L McEnaney (0-2)

Cork: V Mulcahy (1-1, 1-0pen, 1f); N Cleary (1-2); J Murphy (0-3, 2fs); O Farmer (0-1)

Monaghan: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; T McNally, N Fahy, A McAnespie; A Casey, I Kierans; C McAnespie, L McEnaney, C Courtney; C McConnell, N Kindlon, C Mohan.

Subs: E McElroy for Kierans, h-t; E McCarron for McEnaney, 56; L Connolly for Fahy, 58.

Cork: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, D O’Reilly, R Buckley; B Corkery, B Stack, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan; G Kearney, N Cleary, R Buckley.

Subs: V Mulcahy for Kearney, 40; L McMahon for A Walsh, 40; D O’Sullivan for Farmer, 45; A Sheehan for AM Walsh, 58.

Referee: Gavin Corrigan (Down)

Match Preview

Cork, who have won six of the last seven All-Ireland titles, are going for a fifth consecutive league win, and Elaine Harte says that the desire for success remains as strong as ever.

“It’s never tough to motivate yourself for a league final,” the goalkeeper says, “especially against a team as good as Monaghan. There has never been much between the sides, including in last year’s All-Ireland.

“It looks like the hunger is still there, training is going well, we’re trying to up the ante now and this will be a great match for us to make sure that we’re still there or thereabouts.”

Based in north Tipperary, Harte faces a journey for every match and training session, but does not find it too taxing.

“It’s not too bad, an hour and 20 minutes or whatever. Geraldine O’Flynn comes from Portlaoise so we meet up and go down together. You wouldn’t call it a struggle.”

Aiming to deny Cork are the Farney County, whose only league loss was to the Rebels, but their captain Sharon Courtney maintains that revenge for that defeat or the All-Ireland is not an issue.

“I don’t think it is,” she says. “Yeah, grand, Cork beat us last year, but we’ve put in work this year and done well and the final is the reward, the focus is all on this year.

“We’re still in the league and you don’t get properly ticking over until the championship, but girls are either playing the same as they are last year or better. We’re definitely not playing well.”


Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 National League Final

4.45pm, Saturday 12th May. Parnell Park

DESPITE scoring 1-8 against Laois in last year’s decider, Cork forward Valerie Mulcahy must be content with a place on the bench for Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 final showdown with Monaghan.

Mulcahy is expected to feature at some point at Parnell Park, however, having come off the bench to score Cork’s third goal in their semi-final victory over Meath.

Cork have made one change in personnel from the team that started against the Royal County, with Annie Walsh replacing Laura McMahon at wing-forward.

Monaghan, appearing in a first Division 1 final since 2001, are unchanged from the team that beat Dublin in their semi-final.

Cork are chasing a seventh Division 1 title in eight seasons and if they win, the All-Ireland champions will become the first team since Kerry (1987-91) to complete five-in-a-row Division 1 crowns.

Monaghan would dearly love to stop them in their tracks in what is a repeat of last year’s TG4 All-Ireland senior final, won by Cork at Croke Park.

Cork’s starting line-up features ten survivors from the team that started last October, with Monaghan going three better.

Cork will start as favourites but can expect stiff opposition from free-scoring Monaghan, who were impressive 2-9 to 0-7 winners against Dublin in the last four.

Monaghan’s starting full-forward line – Catriona McConnell, Niamh Kindlon and Caoimhe Mohan – scored all but one point of that semi-final tally, with McConnell and Mohan bagging 1-3 apiece.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, D O’Reilly, R Buckley; B Corkery, B Stack, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, N Kelly; A Walsh, C O’Sullivan; G Kearney, N Cleary, R Buckley.

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; L McEnaney, N Fahy, A McAnespie; A Casey, I Kierans; T McNally, C Courtney, C McAnespie; C McConnell, N Kindlon, C Mohan.

Verdict: Cork

Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Round 2 – Kildare 2-21 Kerry 1-16

Meyler quits post as Kerry hurling boss

By Murt Murphy and Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry manager John Meyler sensationally resigned his post after the Christy Ring champions crashed out of the competition with defeat to Kildare in Newbridge on Saturday (2-21 to 1-16). Meyler, in his third spell as Kingdom boss, said he had given the role “100%” but admitted: “What I wanted and what I got is not enough for me.” Kerry struggled to match their 2011 form and were fortunate to maintain their Allianz League Division 2A status after losing their first two games. Saturday’s defeat, in the wake of an away loss to Wicklow, ended their Christy Ring title defence and Meyler’s time at the helm.

Meyler said: “I felt we were flat. That’s our eighth away Christy Ring Cup game in ten that I have been involved in. So it’s too long and too hard and that’s not making excuses. Perhaps the hunger was not there. “I don’t know. I have to accept responsibility for that and I am doing that. I have given the best part of three years to it and that’s it. I have given it 100% and have no more to give. I have done my time – I can’t get anymore out of them.” He added: “What I want and what I got is not enough for me.”

Meyler felt Kerry needed a new challenge to bring them up another rung on the hurling ladder. He explained: “I was hoping to drive it on but it was not to be. I felt we needed a new impetus. At the end of last year I felt that we should have gone into the Munster Championship. It would have given us a new impetus – it would have given us a lift. I always wanted to play in Munster Championship and win a Munster Championship match and that is no disrespect to anyone.”

An emotional Meyler called for a review of hurling in Kingdom: “The structure is not there and it’s difficult geographically. Clubs are playing in other counties like in Leinster and there is a buzz about. That is not there in Kerry and it bothers me. On the field, Mark Moloney scored 2-3 from midfield for the hosts while Martin Fitzgerald contributed six points just a day after his grandfather’s funeral.

Former Tipperary hurler Johnny Enright also played an influential role when withdrawn to a deeper role in the second-half. Ex-Kilkenny player, Willie O’Dwyer led the Kerry charge with four points from play and Shane Brick was unerring from placed balls, racking up 1-8. But there was no denying Kildare, who will now play Meath in the quarter-final in a repeat of the Allianz Hurling League Division 2B final, which Kildare won.

Scorers for Kildare: M Moloney 2-3; M Fitzgerald 0-6; P Divilly 0-5(3fs); C Kenny 0-2; D Butler, T Murphy, G Keegan, D Harney, J Enright (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: S Brick 1-8(0-7fs, 1-0pe); W O’Dwyer 0-4; M Boyle 0-2(1f); D Dineen, D O’Connell (f) 0-1 each

KILDARE: P Dermody; P Reidy, , F Ó Muineacháin, J Doran; P Curtin, R Hoban, N Ó Muineacháin; M Moloney, D Butler; C Kenny, P Divilly, D Harney; J Enright, T Murphy, M Fitzgerald.

Subs: G Keegan for Harney (65); L Quinn for Fitzgerald (70).

KERRY: B Rochford; J Godley, P Costello, R Horgan; A O’Connor, J Casey, T Murnane; D Dineen, L Boyle; W O’Dwyer, M Boyle, D O’Connell; S Brick, A Boyle, S Nolan.

Subs: J Griffin for Costello (31-35); Griffin for Casey (49); P Boyle for O’Connor (56); J Fitzgerald for Godley (62); J Flaherty for Dineen (62); G O’Brien for Nolan (70).

Referee: T Carroll (Offaly)

Team News

Kerry Senior Hurling Team

Senior Team Vs Kildare Christy Ring Cup Second Round,

Newbridge, Saturday 12th of May 2012 @ 2.30pm

1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork

2 James Godley Kilmoyley

3 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

4 Rory Horgan St Brendans

5 Ally O Connor Ballyduff

6 Liam Boyle, Captain Ballyduff

7 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

8 Darren Dinneen St Brendans

9 Willie O Dwyer Mullinavat, Kilkenny

10 Michael Boyle Ballyduff

11 Mike Lynch Crotta O’Neills

12 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney

13 Shane Brick Kilmoyley

14 Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16 PJ Gorman Ballyduff

17 John Fitzgerald Causeway

18 James O Connor Abbeydorney

19 Anthony Fealy Causeway

20 Thomas Maloney St Brendans

21 James Flaherty Lixnaw

22 John Griffin Lixnaw

23 Gary O Brien Ballyduff

24 Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

25 Jason Casey Ballyheigue

26 Diarmuid Walsh Ballyheigue

27 Darren Wallace St Brendans

28 Eoin Kelly Duagh

29 Padraigh Boyle Ballyduff

30 Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork


Team Management

Bainisteoir John Meyler

Coach Eddie Murphy

Selector John Hennessey

Selector Christy Walsh

Physiotherapist Paudie Whelan

Logistics Seamus Regan

Statistics Liam Bergin

Electric Ireland Munster MHC – Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9

Cork hit brick wall as Clare step on gas in second half

Clare 0-18 Cork 1-9

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare’s ambitions to claim a third consecutive Munster minor hurling crown remain intact after they swept past Cork in last night’s play-off tie in Ennis to set up a semi-final date with Limerick on June 29. A powerful second-half display by Clare ensured they recovered successfully from last week’s opening round reversal against Waterford. The match may have been delicately poised at the interval, with the teams locked at 0-7 apiece, but Clare took over in the third quarter to register nine consecutive points that killed this game as a contest. Indeed, Clare’s dominance was all the more noteworthy considering they had trailed 0-4 to 0-0 after 14 minutes. But they turned the game around in staggering fashion thereafter as they outscored their opponents by 0-16 to 0-3 over the next 31 minutes.

Star of the show for Clare was corner-forward Bobby Duggan, who amassed 0-10. The Clarecastle player remarkably struck the first eight points of the second half and his marksmanship from placed balls was flawless. Centre-back Conor Cleary was immense for Clare, while captain Shane O’Brien, midfielder Alex Morey and wing-forward Shane Taylor were also highly influential. It was a dejecting experience for Cork as they exited the provincial championship at an early stage. They had begun the game extremely brightly, with Paul Fitzgerald and Kevin O’Neill to the fore as they raced ahead. But Clare quickly got into their stride and after drawing level at 0-5 apiece by the 25th minute, they were firmly back in the hunt.

From there Clare took over, boosted by the introduction of fit again Jamie Shanahan. Cork got off the mark for the first time in the second half courtesy of a Pa O’Callaghan free in the 46th minute. But they only managed one score from play after half-time, with O’Callaghan rifling to the net in the 55th minute after good work by Michael Cahalane. Yet Clare still ran out comfortable winners with a late Niall Deasy point underlining their class.

Scorers for Clare: B Duggan 0-10 (7f, 1 65), S Taylor 0-3, A Morey (0-1 sl), N Deasy 0-2 each, C Deasy 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: P O’Callaghan 1-6 (0-5f), M Cahalane 0-2 (1 65), J O’Brien 0-1.

CLARE: E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; S Taylor, N Deasy, S Ward; S O’Donnell, C Deasy, B Duggan.

Subs: J Shanahan for Ward (h-t), S Gleeson for Conroy (50), B Corry for O’Donnell (61).

CORK: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan; B O’Connell, K O’Neill; J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane; J O’Brien, P O’Callaghan, A Spillane.

Subs: R Cahalane for Cashman (39), T Horgan for O’Brien (39), A Sheehan for O’Connell (52)

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)

Team News

The Cork Minor Hurling team to play Clare in Thursday night’s Electric Ireland Munster MHC second semi-final play-off at 7pm in Ennis will line out as follows:

1. Patrick Collins

2. Stephen Murphy 3. Killian O’Connor 4. Alan Dennehy

5. Killian McIntyre 6. Paul Fitzgerald 7. Daniel Mangan

8. Barra O’Connell 9. Kevin O’Neill

10. John Cashman 11. Dillon Cahill 12. Michael Cahalane

13. Anthony Spillane 14. Pa O’Callaghan 15. James O’Brien

Captain: Stephen Murphy

16 James McSweeney Bandon

17 James McCarthy Kiltha Og

18 Ciarán O’Brien Killeagh/Ita’s

19 Conor Twomey Newtownshandrum

20 Cathal Cormack Blackrock

21 Rickard Cahalane Sliabh Rua

22 Aaron Sheehan Mallow

23 Trevor Horgan Newcestown

24 Shane Hegarty Kiltha Óg

Captain Stephen Murphy returns to the side following an injury sustained in the defeat to Limerick, as does Barra O’Connell, at the expense of James McCarthy and Conor Twomey, who are named on the bench for this crunch clash with Clare.

Extended Panel

Darragh O’Callaghan Watergrasshill

David Geary Fermoy

David Cahill Killeagh/Ita’s

Peter Kelleher Kilmichael

Ryan Dineen Blackrock

For the Record

Cork Clare
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick in the first round before rebounding with a victory over Kerry. Cork bowed out with a 2-16 to 1-9 defeat at the hands of Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Defeated Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford to win the Munster title before losing to Galway after extra time in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Minor Hurling titles 32 4
Last Munster Minor Hurling Title 2008 2011
Munster Minor Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 39
Won – 25
Lost – 11
Drawn – 3
Played – 34
Won – 16
Lost – 17
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship April 30th 2008 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Clare 2-17 Cork 2-16 (Munster First Round) – Daragh Honan’s scored 2-2 while Conor McGrath scored his fifth point a minute from the end of normal time to help Clare to a one point victory over Cork.


First Round

Wednesday May 2nd

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh             Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday May 5th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Thursday May 10th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare v Cork                                      @ 7:00pm


Friday June 29th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Waterford                       @ 7:30pm

Limerick v Clare or Cork

(See venue permutations below)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Limerick v Cork                                 @ 7:30pm

(met in 2012 first round in Pairc Ui Chaoimh)

@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Limerick v Clare                                @ 7:30pm

(met in 2010 Semi-Final in Gaelic Grounds Limerick)


Sunday July 15th

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – Useful Information

Cork have won 2 of their last 7 matches played in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship. Both victories came at the expense of Kerry.

In the last 3 seasons, neither Clare or Waterford have lost any matches to Cork, Tipperary, Limerick or Kerry – their only defeats coming in direct clashes against each other.

Clare are the defending Munster Minor Hurling Champions following a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Waterford have lost just 2 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship, both losses coming to Clare in the 2010 and 2011 Munster Finals.

2012 Munster Minor Hurling Championship Matches played

Tipperary 6-21 Kerry 0-11 – May 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary: P Maher; L Mullally, M Breen, J Peters; R Maher, T Hamill, T Kirwan; B Maher, S Nally; D Fitzelle, J Shelly, S Cahill; M McCarthy, J McGrath, K Slattery
Subs: S O’Brien for J Shelly, T Gallagher for M McCarthy, J Loughnane for T Hamill, J Lonergan for B Maher, S Ryan for J McGrath

Kerry: J Wallice; F Horgan, K Skinner, K Carmody; T McElligott, D Fitzell, T Casey; D Collins, B O’Leary; M O’Leary, T Casey, K Fitzgerald; P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey
Subs: K Hanafin for F Horgan, S Leahy for T Casey

Referee: Jason O’Mahony (Limerick)

Limerick 0-16 Cork 1-12 – May 2nd @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: D Stapleton; S Irwin, R English, J Carrig; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, E Fitzgerald; B Finn, K Cleary; R Lynch, D Condron, E O’Farrell; K O’Brien, B Griffin, C Lynch.
Subs: D Donovan for Fitzgerald (ht), A La Touche Cosgrave for O’Farrell (36), D Dee for Cleary (38), P Ryan for B Griffin (55), L O’Sullivan for O’Brien (58, inj).

Cork: P Collins; S Murphy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy; K McIntyre, M Cahalane, P Fitzgerald; C Twomey, B O’Connell; J Cashman, D Cahill, K O’Neill; A Sheehan, P O’Callaghan, R Cahalane
Subs: D Mangan for Twomey, J O’Brien for R Cahalane (both ht), J McCarthy for Murphy (43, inj), A Spillane for Sheehan (48), T Horgan for Cashman (60).

Referee: Damien Fox (Clare)

Waterford 1-20 Clare 3-13 (after extra time) – May 2nd @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Quarter-Final)

Waterford — S Barry; K Bennett, T Bourke, Shane Bennett; K Power, S McNulty, T Devine; C Sheahan, C Leamy; D Foran, M Harney, A O’Sullivan; Stephen Bennett, D Flynn, C Curran
Subs: J Roche for K Bennett (h-t), A Gleeson for O’Sullivan (45), MJ Kearney for Curran (48), T Tobin for Sheahan (64), C Curran for Flynn (66), J Welch for Leamy (70), W Hallisey for S Bennett (78).

Clare — E Quilligan; S O’Brien, B Carey, G Ryan; A McGuane, C Cleary, E Quirke; D Conroy, A Morey; B Corry, S Liddy, S Taylor; B Duggan, C Deasy, S O’Donnell
Subs: N Deasy for Liddy (12), S Gleeson for N Deasy (38), S Ward for Corry (43), A O’Gorman for Cleary (68), M McGuane for Quirke (66), C Cleary for Gleeson (70).

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Cork 6-22 Kerry 1-4 – May 5th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

Cork: P Collins, J McCarthy, K O’Connor, A Dennehy, C Twomey, P Fitzgerald, D Mangan, K McIntyre, K O’Neill, J Cashman, D Cahill, M Cahalane, A Spillane, P O’Callaghan, J O’Brien
Subs: T Horgan for J Cashman (h/t), C Cormack for K McIntyre (40), C O’Brien for K O’Connor (48), S Hegarty for D Cahill (55).

Kerry: J Wallace, T B McElligott, C Savage, Tommy Casey, D Goulding, D Fitzelle, K Carmody, K Fitzgerald, B O’Leary, M O’Leary, D Collins, Thomas Casey, P McGrath, R Heffernan, C Hussey.
Subs: P Lucid for C Hussey (28), P O’Connor for P McGrath (48), F Horgan for D Goulding (55).

Referee: Anthony Sherlock (Tipperary)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Hurling Championship

Pa O’Callaghan (Cork) – 0-14 (0-7 frees)
Anthony Spillane (Cork) – 4-2
Bobby Duggan (Clare) – 1-8 (0-8 frees)
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-4 frees, 0-1 65, 1 sideline cutl)
Ronan Lynch (Limerick) – 0-11 (0-8 frees, 0-1 sideline cut, 0-1 65)
James O’Brien (Cork) – 1-7
Mark McCarthy (Tipperary) – 3-1 (0-1 sideline cut)
Dillon Cahill (Cork) – 1-5
Ricky Heffernan (Kerry) – 1-5 (0-3 frees)
Stephen Bennett (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-1 free)
Kevin Slattery (Tipperary) – 1-4 (0-2 frees)
Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 2-0
Michael O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-5
Darragh Flynn (Waterford) – 1-2 (0-1 free)
Michael Cahalane (Cork) – 1-1
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 1-1
Michael Harney (Waterford) – 0-4
Stephen Cahill (Tipperary) – 0-3
Brendan O’Leary (Kerry) – 0-3
Jack Shelly (Tipperary) – 0-2
Cathal Curran (Waterford) – 0-2
Conor Deasy (Clare) 0-2
Alex Morey (Clare) – 0-2
John Cashman (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Collins (Kerry) – 0-2

Conor Twomey (Cork), Kevin O’Neill (Cork), Barry O’Connell (Cork), Shane Taylor (Clare), Dylan Fitzelle (Tipperary), Jack Loughnane (Tipperary), Kieran Power (Waterford), Shane McNulty (Waterford) (0-1 free), Darren Foran (Waterford), Adam O’Sullivan (Waterford), A Gleeson (Waterford), Kevin O’Brien (Limerick), Bryan Griffin (Limerick) (0-1 free), Brian Finn (Limerick), Cian Lynch (Limerick), Liam O’Sullivan (Limerick) 0-1 each

Munster Minor Hurling Championship Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (36) – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007

Cork (32) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998 , 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

Limerick (5) – 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984

Waterford (4) – 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009

Clare (4) – 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011

Munster Minor Hurling Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1928 –

Munster Minor Hurling Cup

There is no name on the Munster Minor Hurling Cup. The cup itself was presented by T.W.A. Shannon Airport in 1946.

All Ireland Minor Hurling Championship

In the Minor Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Tipperary and Cork are tied for second in the charts with 18 titles each behind Kilkenny’s 20 titles. Limerick have 3 titles (1940, 1958, 1984), Waterford have won 2 titles (1929, 1948) while Clare’s only title to date came in 1997.

Of the last 13 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Finals played, the Irish Press Cup has only returned to Munster on 3 occasions – Cork (2001) and Tipperary (2006 and 2007). Of the other 10 titles since 1999, Galway have 6 and Kilkenny have captured 4.

Tipperary were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1996, 2006, 2007

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Hurling Champions in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2001

Launch of The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games 2012

Visit Munster GAA Facebook to view more photos from the launch

As the calendar reaches the month of May, we know that summer cannot be far away. In schools throughout Munster, boys and girls are eagerly awaiting the advent of the Munster hurling and football Championships for May also heralds the start of the Primary Go Games series. The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games will once again follow the highly successful and popular Go Games format. Championship day in Munster, hurling or football, would not be complete without the exhibition games provided by boys and girls from the competing counties. Two games with eleven players per team, one for boys and one for girls will take place on the day of each Munster Senior Championship clash. Games will be played at half-time during the senior match.

This year’s Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games will see over 400 boys and girls from all the counties of Munster line out in their county colours at Semple Stadium, Páirc Uí  Chaoimh, Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds and other venues throughout the province.

Played at half-time during Munster Championship games, The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games give sports-mad boys and girls the opportunity to wear their county jersey on Big Match Day, sharing the spotlight with their heroes on their “Field of Dreams” in front of huge crowds of supporters.

Many children who made their inter-county bow in the Primary Game have gone on to greater things: Limerick footballers Ger Collins and Johnny McCarthy  and camogie stars Niamh and Judith Mulcahy are among many Limerick players to have a Primary Game jersey stashed away carefully at home.

Pat Horgan and Pa Cronin have been outstanding in the Cork hurling ranks this season but they were first spotted in the Primary game team

Declan O Sullivan who led the Kingdom to claim the Sam Maguire in 2006 and 2007 made his inter-county bow in the Primary Game while a recent Kerry minor football team could boast as many as a dozen players with Primary Game experience.

“The emphasis in Go Games is on participation, enjoyment and developing skill,” says Robert Frost, Vice Chairman of the Munster Council.

Joe Lyons, PRO of Munster Cumann na mBunscol emphasised the importance of the games: “This year’s The Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games promises to be very exciting for all the children. Innovative ideas such as this are the lifeblood of our games.”

The launch of the 2012 The  Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games takes place at Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction on Tuesday May 8th. at 6.30 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Limerick hurler Declan Hannon, who played in the Primary Game in 2005 and Kerry footballer Anthony Maher, another Primary Game graduate, will attend.

Further details:

Joe Lyons, P.R.O. Cumann na mBunscol (086) 8113284.


Brother James Dormer, Rúnaí, Cumann na mBunscol. 061 380239 or 086 8625218

Enda Mc Guane, Deputy CEO Munster Council GAA,

Mobile  +353 86 0449281

Phone   +353 61 493060




Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Semi-Final – Carberry 3-5 West Tipperary 1-5

Carberry defeated West Tipperary by 3-5 to 1-5 in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Semi-Final on Monday at Charleville.

Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Final – Carbery 2-12 South Tipperary 0-7

Carbery defeated South Tipperary by 2-12 to 0-7 in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Final in Charleville.

Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Semi-Final – South Tipperary 0-9 Imokilly B 1-5

South Tipperary defeated Imokilly B by 0-9 to 1-5 in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional B Hurling Semi-Final on Monday in Charleville.

Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional A Hurling Final – North Tipperary 6-5 City/West Limerick 0-8

North Tipperary defeated City/West Limerick by 6-5 to 0-8 in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional A Hurling Final on Monday at Mallow GAA Complex.

Click here to view North Tipperary captain Andrew Coffey accepting the trophy from Munster GAA Vice-Chairman Robert Frost

Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional Championship Round-up





City/West Limerick .1-8 v East Clare .0-8

Mid Tipperary .0-11 v Avondu .1-7

East Clare .5-5 v Mid Tipperary .2-11

City/West Limerick .2-13 v Avondu .0-10

Avondu .2-10 v East Clare .2-9

City/West Limerick .3-13 v Mid Tipperary .0-9


North Tipperary .1-10 v West Waterford .0-12

Seandun .1-8 v Mid Clare .1-6

North Tipperary .2-14 v Mid Clare .0-5

West Waterford .0-19 v Seandún .2-12

North Tipperary .3-11 v Seandun .2-3

West Waterford .3-9 v Mid Clare .2-11


Imokilly .2-7 v Muskerry .1-2

South/East/Limerick .1-7 v East Waterford .0-5

Imokilly .2-8 v East Waterford .2-3

South/East Limerick .2-9 v Muskerry .2-8

Imokilly .2-8 v South/East Limerick .0-3

East Waterford .3-12 v Muskerry .2-6


City/West Limerick .2-5 v Imokilly .2-3 Semi Final

North Tipperary .2-9 v South/East Limerick .0-9 Semi Final

South/East Limerick .2-4 v Imokilly .1-3 Plate Final

North Tipperary 6-5 v City/West Limerick 0-8 Final

Photo of Presentation by Munster GAA Vice Chairman Robert Frost to
Andrew Coffey, Nenagh Eire Og, captain of North Tipperary team – winners of A Championship





South Tipperary .3-6 v Limerick B .2-2

Carberry .3-12 v Seandun B .2-5

Limerick B .3-4 v Seandun B .1-7

Carberry .1-9 v South Tipperary .1-6

Carberry .1-13 v Limerick B .0-5

South Tipperary .4-17 v Seandun B .0-16


West Tipperary .3-10 v Duhallow .0-5

Imokilly B .2-9 v North Kerry .0-4

West Tipperary .3-12 v North Kerry .1-7

Imokilly B .2-10 v Duhallow .3-9

Imokilly B .3-5 v West Tipperary .1-8

North Kerry .3-9 v Duhallow .4-3


South Tipperary .0-9 v Imokilly B .1-5 Semi Final

Carberry .3-5 v West Tipperary .1-5 Semi Final

West Tipperary .3-8 v Imokilly B .2-8 Plate Final

Carberry .2-12 v South Tipperary .0-7 Final

Photo of Presentation by Joey Carton (Munster GAA) to
Murt Kennelly, Newcestown, captain of Carberry team – winners of B Championship

Photo of Presentation by Nicholas Moroney to
Ronan Heffernan, Clonoulty-Rossmore , captain of West Tipperary – winners of B Plate

Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional A Hurling Semi-Final – City/West Limerick defeated Imokilly

City/West Limerick defeated Imokilly in the Munster Under 16 Inter Divisional A Hurling Semi-Final on Monday at Mallow GAA Complex.