Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Tipperary 3-10 Clare 0-7

Tipperary defeated Clare by 3-10 to 0-7 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Friday at Dr. Morris Park Thurles.

Tipperary led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to a goal by centre-back Colin O’Riordan. Tipperary full-forward Tom Kirwan added another goal early in the second half but three quick points by Clare left just a goal between the sides midway through the second half. However, a third Tipperary goal by wing-forward Michael O’Connor secured the victory for Tipperary as Clare were held scoreless in the final quarter.
Tipperary now go on to play Limerick in the Daryl Darcy Cup Final on the Bank Holiday Monday October 29th.

Tipperary: Tezi Opala (Cahir); Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle), James Bergin (JK Brackens), Pierce Murphy (Ballylooby-Castlegrace); David Hayes (Fethard), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens, 1-0), Michael Meagher (Grangemockler-Ballyneale, 0-2 frees); Jerry Cronin (Ardfinnan, 0-1), Liam Casey (Cahir, 0-1); Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane, 0-1), Michael O’Connor (Cahir, 1-0); Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle, 0-1), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan, 1-3), Keelan Hickey (Cahir, 0-1)

Clare: Eoin O’Kelly (Cratloe); Conor Crosby (Cratloe), Eoin Clancy (Corofin), Jack Browne (Kilrush Shamrocks); Conor McNelis (Clondegad, 0-1), Conor O’Flaherty (Kilmihill), David Coughlan (Kilmihill); Kieran Malone (St. Joseph’s Miltown-Malbay), James Woods (Eire Og Ennis); Ian Slobody (Kildysart), Joe Downes (Cooraclare, 0-1 free), Aidan Davidson (St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna); Eimhin Courtney (Eire Og Ennis, 0-3), Conor Deasy (Sixmilebridge), Liam Madigan (Kilrush Shamrocks, 0-2 frees)

Limerick Senior Football Championship Final Replay – Drom-Broadford 0-12 Newcastlewest 0-10

Reidy swoops to clinch title glory for Drom

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Drom-Broadford 0-12 Newcastle West 0-10

(Limerick SFC final replay; after extra-time)

Michael Reidy was the hero as his two late points in the second period of extra-time gave Drom-Broadford their sixth Limerick football title after a gripping replay against Newcastle West at the Gaelic Grounds. The sides were level at 0-7 each at the end of normal time and it was 0-9 each at the end of the first half of extra-time. Newcastle West edged in front in the second period until Reidy struck in the final moments of the game, which concluded with Stephen Nix of Newcastle West being show a second yellow card 10 seconds from the end.

In a remarkably low-scoring first half Drom-Broadford had the opening points from Pat Donnelly, a free after four minutes, and Reidy after 13. A superb point from centre-back Stephen Nix and a free by Mike Quilligan had Newcastle West level after 20 minutes before Derry McCarthy nudged Drom-Broadford back in front. Thomas Quilligan (free) and Ian Corbett had points inside the last minute and a half to give Newcastle West a single point lead at the interval, 0-4 to 0-3.

Newcastle West had five wides in the opening half compared to one for Drom-Broadford. Stephen Kelly put two between them straight from the restart but frees by Reidy and Donnelly made it five points each and they were level again at six apiece. Two minutes from the end Jamie Lee looked to have won it for Newcastle West but in the final seconds a superb point from 45 yards by Garrett Noonan brought the game into extra-time. Reidy had a point inside 30 seconds in extra-time but Paul Hannon and a free by Thomas Quilligan had Newcastle West out in front once more, before a Donnelly free tied it all up again.

Scorers — Drom-Broadford: M Reidy 0-6 (2f), P Donnelly 0-3 (3f), G Noonan (f), M Brosnan, D McCarthy 0-1 each. Newcastle West: T Quilligan 0-3 (3f), P Hannon, S Nix, I Corbett, S Kelly, M Quilligan (f), J Lee, G Cremin 0-1 each.

Drom-Broadford — K Noonan; D O’Leary, T McLoughlin, C Fahy; G Noonan, E Barry, M Boyce; S Buckley, J Stokes; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, G Egan, M Reidy. Sub: B Noonan for Buckley (29).

Newcastle West — JJ Sheehy; M O’Keeffe, D Woods, M Dowling; S Browne, S Nix, S McAuliffe; I Corbett, M McMahon; Stephen Kelly, S Lyons, M Quilligan; T Quilligan, J Kelly, J Lee. Subs: Shane Kelly for Lyons (45), G Cremin for J Kelly (50), P Hannon for Dowling (52), B O’Doherty for McAuliffe (55), J Kelly for Cremin (e-t), Lyons for McMahon (e-t), J Kelly for Stephen Kelly (e-t).

Ref — M Meade (Ballylanders)

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2012 GAA GPA All Stars sponsored by Opel

The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to announce the 2012 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars sponsored by Opel.

2012 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars sponsored by Opel


1. Anthony Nash (Cork)

Full back line

2. Paul Murphy (Kilkenny)

3. JJ Delaney (Kilkenny)

4. Fergal Moore (Galway)

Half back line

5. Brendan Bugler (Clare)

6. Brian Hogan (Kilkenny)

7. David Collins (Galway)


8. Iarla Tannian (Galway)

9. Kevin Moran (Waterford)

Half forward line

10. TJ Reid (Kilkenny)

11. Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)

12. Damien Hayes (Galway)

Full forward line

13. John Mullane (Waterford)

14. Joe Canning (Galway)

15. David Burke (Galway)

Beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway have secured six places on the 2012 GAA GPA All-Stars Hurling team sponsored by Opel.

2012 All-Ireland champions Kilkenny have received five positions with Henry Shefflin landing his 11th award having been named at centre forward.

Galway’s haul sees them represented in every line of the field bar goalkeeper, a slot occupied by Cork’s Anthony Nash.

Only two other counties are included in the line-up with Clare represented at right half back by Brendan Bugler and Waterford occupying one of the two midfield berths through Kevin Moran and a corner forward position through John Mullane.

In total there are eight first time winners. They are Anthony Nash, Fergal Moore, Brendan Bugler, David Collins, Iarla Tannian, Kevin Moran, TJ Reid and David Burke.

The individual awards for 2012 were also presented at this evening’s banquet at the Convention Centre in Dublin. They were as follows:

Footballer of the Year – Karl Lacey, Donegal

Young Footballer of the Year – Cillian O’Connor – Mayo

Hurler of the Year- Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny

Young Hurler of the Year – Johnny Coen, Galway

The final awards of the evening were presented to the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher hurlers.

The three champions teams are listed below.

Christy Ring Champion 15 Award Recipients

London – Brian Costello, Jonathan Maher, Eddie Walsh, Ger Fennelly

Wicklow – Eamonn Kearns, Jonathan O’Neill, Ronan Keddy

Down – Paul Braniff, Conor Woods

Meath – Willie Mahady, Steven Clynch

Kildare – Mark Moloney

Derry – Alan Grant

Mayo – Donal O’Brien

Kerry – Paud Costello

Nicky Rackard Champion 15 Award Recipients

Armagh – Paul Gaffney, Kieran McKernan, Conor Corvan, Ciaran Clifford

Louth – Shane Fennell, Brian Corcoran, Donagh O’Sullivan

Donegal – Ardal McDermott, Lee Henderson

Roscommon – Sean Melia, Brian Donnelly

Monaghan – Brian McGuigan,  Trevor Hilliard

Sligo – Damien Burke, Jamie Kenny

Lory Meagher Champion 15 Awards

Tyrone – Justin Kelly, John Devlin, Sean Óg Grogan, Conor Grogan

Fermanagh – Ryan Bogue, John Duffy, Sean Corrigan

Leitrim – Clement Cunniffe, Kevin McGrath, Patrick McManus

Warwickshire – David Neylon, Mike Ivors, Kieran Courtney

Longford – John Newman, Ciarán Finucane

The player of the year awards for these competitions were as follows:

Christy Ring Brian Costello (London)

Nicky Rackard Paul Gaffney (Armagh)

Lory Meagher Sean Óg Grogan (Tyrone)

All of these awards were presented this evening at the annual All-Star banquet.


The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to announce the 2012 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel.

2012 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel


1. Paul Durcan (Donegal)

Full back line

2. Neil McGee (Donegal)

3. Ger Cafferkey (Mayo)

4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)

Half back line

5. Lee Keegan (Mayo)

6. Karl Lacey (Donegal)

7. Frank McGlynn (Donegal)


8. Neil Gallagher (Donegal)

9. Aidan Walsh (Cork)

Half forward line

10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)

11. Alan Dillon (Mayo)

12. Mark McHugh (Donegal)

Full forward line

13. Colm O’Neill (Cork)

14. Michael Murphy (Donegal)

15. Colm McFadden (Donegal)

2012 All-Ireland champions Donegal lead the way with eight awards on this year’s GAA GPA All-Stars awards, sponsored by Opel. The county’s outstanding campaign sees them represented in every line of the field. Beaten All-Ireland finalists Mayo have been awarded four and there are also positions for Cork (2), and Dublin (1). There are 10 first time winners in this year’s selection as Paul Durcan, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Frank McGlynn, Neil Gallagher, Mark McHugh, Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden and Colm O’Neill are all included.

Donegal’s haul sees them beat their previous best of seven back in 1992 when the father and uncle of Mark McHugh, Martin and James, were both selected. The McHugh father and son combination sees the family join an illustrious band of father/son recipients which includes Liam/Kevin O’Neill, Pat/Paddy Reynolds, Dermot/Dermot Earley, Frank/Brian McGuigan, Bernard/Alan and Bernard Brogan, Tim/Tadhg Kennelly. Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill lauded the efforts of those who made the final cut and congratulated them on the achievement. He said: “After the honour of winning an All-Ireland medal I know how much store our players place on winning these awards. They acknowledge individual excellence and are accolades that are cherished long after playing days end. “I heartily congratulate those who have made the selection and I hope it inspires them to challenge for future honours both as individuals but also as team players. “A special word of thanks is also due to Dessie Farrell and the GPA as this joint scheme in its second year continues to go from strength to strength.  “Thanks also to Opel and their Ireland MD Dave Sheeran and our selection panels which is comprised of journalists.”

GPA Chief Executive Officer Dessie Farrell added: “Congratulations to the 15 footballers chosen on this year’s GAA GPA All-Star team sponsored by Opel. “While players understand the importance of the collective effort of a team it is nonetheless a very prestigious honour for the individual footballer to be recognised for his consistent contribution to that effort during the season. Unsurprisingly the selection is dominated by Donegal after their extraordinary year which yielded the county’s second All-Ireland in most impressive fashion. “I’d like to thank our sponsors Opel and in particular MD of Opel Ireland, Dave Sheeran, for his generous support of the awards scheme. Thanks also to Liam Ó Néill, Páraic Duffy and the GAA for their efforts in ensuring the continued success of the GAA GPA All-Stars. “Also thanks to the committee of journalists for carrying out the difficult work of selecting the 2012 Football Team and for putting forward the nominees for the Player of the Year awards which will be chosen by the players and announced on tomorrow night’s (Friday) live broadcast on RTÉ television.”

Dave Sheeran MD Opel Ireland said: “We in Opel are very proud of our association with Gaelic games and we are absolutely delighted to honour the 2012 GAA GPA All-Star Football All-Stars, sponsored by Opel. “Congratulations to all 15 footballers on their outstanding performances during the season and for winning this highly valued accolade. We look forward to meeting the team and announcing the All-Star Footballer of the Year at the Awards Gala Night in the Convention Centre Dublin, tomorrow night (Friday).”


The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to name the following 45 players as nominees for 2012 GAA GPA All-Star Football Awards sponsored by Opel.

Nominees 2012 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeepers: David Clarke (Mayo); Stephen Cluxton (Dublin); Paul Durcan (Donegal).

Full Backs: Eoin Cadogan (Cork); Ger Cafferkey (Mayo); Keith Higgins (Mayo); Donal Keogan (Meath); Eamon McGee (Donegal); Neil McGee (Donegal); Paddy McGrath (Donegal); Rory O’Carroll (Dublin); Michael Shields (Cork).

Half backs: Emmet Bolton (Kildare); Colm Boyle (Mayo); Adrian Flynn (Wexford); Lee Keegan (Mayo); Karl Lacey (Donegal); Frank McGlynn (Donegal); Kevin Nolan (Dublin); Michael Quinn (Longford); Anthony Thompson (Donegal).

Midfielders: Neil Gallagher (Donegal); Rory Kavanagh (Donegal); Barry Moran (Mayo); Aidan O’Shea (Mayo); Brendan Quigley (Laois); Aidan Walsh (Cork).

Half Forwards: Paul Barden (Longford); Alan Dillon (Mayo); Paul Flynn (Dublin); Paul Kerrigan (Cork); Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin); Mark McHugh (Donegal); Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo); Graham Reilly (Meath); Ciarán Sheehan (Cork).

Full forwards: Bernard Brogan (Dublin); Jamie Clarke (Armagh); Colm Cooper (Kerry); Conor Laverty (Down); Colm McFadden (Donegal); Andy Moran (Mayo); Michael Murphy (Donegal); Donncha O’Connor (Cork); Colm O’Neill (Cork).

The county by county breakdown is as follows: Donegal (12), Mayo (10), Cork (7), Dublin (6), Meath (2), Longford (2), Armagh (1), Down (1), Kildare (1), Kerry (1), Laois (1), Wexford (1).

The final team of 15 players will be selected on Wednesday, October 24.

Nominations for Footballer of the Year

Karl Lacey (Donegal)

Colm McFadden (Donegal)

Frank McGlynn (Donegal)

Nominations for Young Footballer of the Year

Donal Keogan (Meath)

Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)

Note: The Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year will be selected by the inter-county playing body.

Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Ó Dufaigh said: “I am delighted to congratulate the 45 players named today as nominees for the GAA GPA Football All-Stars 2012 sponsored by Opel. Each one deserves his place recognising the excellent campaigns they had and the contribution they made to our action packed championship this year. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Opel, the GPA, players and the support of the media for their respective roles in the process.”

GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell added: “I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in this year’s outstanding football championship. Competition continues to intensify reflecting the enormous dedication of our players. We’re once again looking forward to seeing the final GAA GPA Football All-Stars team selection. I’d like to thank the selection committee and wish them luck with their deliberations and wish all the nominees the very best.”

Dave Sheeran MD Opel Ireland said: “Opel are very proud to be associated with Gaelic Games and the All Stars Awards. We are also proud to support the games at a grass roots level through our Opel Kit for Clubs programme which supports clubs across the country helping to be the stars of tomorrow, today! I’d like to congratulate all those shortlisted for an All Star in 2012 and look forward to seeing the final 15 later this month.”

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Limerick 2-10 Tipperary 0-6

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-10 to 0-6 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Monday at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Munster Under 17 Football Competition – Clare 1-19 Waterford 1-3

Clare defeated Waterford by 1-19 to 1-3 in the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Monday at Dr. Morris Park Thurles.

Clare raced in to 1-5 to 0-0 lead after 18 minutes before Waterford scored a goal.  Clare regained their composure to finish the first half strongly and led by 1-8 to 1-0 at the interval.  The third quarter was the most competitive of the game with Waterford adding 3 points to Clare’s 5 in this period. However, Clare finished the stronger to round off a comprehensive victory by a 16 point margin.

Limerick Senior Football Championship Final – Drom Broadford 0-13 Newcastlewest 2-7

Violent row tarnishes thrilling Limerick showpiece

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Drom-Broadford 0-13 Newcastle West 2-7

An investigation is likely to be held into an incident at the finish of a rip-roaring final at the Gaelic Grounds after Michael Reidy, with a point in stoppage-time, earned a draw for Drom-Broadford. There was also a mini-fracas involving several players after referee Richard Moloney blew for half-time and there were unsavoury scenes at the end, too, when a spectator is alleged to have run onto the field to remonstrate with Newcastle West’s James Kelly who had been sent off for a second yellow card just before full-time.

When these two sides last met in the final eight years ago it also finished in a draw. James Kelly was the Newcastle West hero, scoring 2-2 of their tally. He was also the central figure in the absorbing contest. Two minutes before the interval Newcastle West claimed a penalty as Kelly raced through but play was waved on and that led to the half-time protests, as a result of which Kelly was one of two players shown yellow cards. Then two minutes into stoppage-time at the end of the match Kelly was shown a second yellow. He seemed to be injured en route to leaving the field, which sparked more heated scenes after five minutes of stoppage-time had been played.

There was never much between the sides and they were level three times in the first half, at the end of which favourites Drom-Broadford led by a point, 0-8 to 1-4. Kelly’s goal came after 16 minutes to put his side 1-4 to 0-4 in front. It took 12 minutes before Garrett Noonan got Drom-Broadford’s first point of the second half, by which stage Mike Quilligan had three points for Newcastle West. Drom-Broadford had a brace from Derry McCarthy to edge a point in front until Kelly had his second goal five minutes from the end. At least seven players were involved in the build-up.

Scorers — Drom-Broadford: M Reidy 0-5 (2f), D McCarthy 0-4 (1f), M Brosnan 0-2, G Noonan, S Buckley 0-1 each. Newcastle West: J Kelly 2-2, M Quilligan 0-4 (3f 1’451), T Quilligan 0-1.

Drom-Broadford — K Noonan; D O’Leary, T McLoughlin, C Fahy; G Noonan, E Barry, M Boyce; S Buckley, J Stokes; M Brosnan, P Donnelly, D McCarthy; R Lynch, G Egan, M Reidy Sub: B Noonan for O’Leary (23).

Newcastle West — JJ Sheehy; M O’Keeffe, D Woods, M Dowling; S Browne, S Nix, M McMahon; I Corbett, S Lyons; S McAuliffe, T Quilligan, J Lee; M Quilligan, Stephen Kelly, J Kelly. Subs: B O’Doherty for McAuliffe (27), B O’Sullivan for Dowling (52), P Hannon for Lyons (52), Shane Kelly for Browne (60).

Ref — R Moloney (Bruff)


Tension greets final whistle in Limerick

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dromcollogher-Broadford 0-13 Newcastle West 2-07

The post-match hair-dryer treatment is a phrase usually used in reference to the aspect of Alex Ferguson’s role as manager of Manchester United after his side puts in what he considers a less-than-acceptable performance. If Newcastle West manager Mikey Quilligan is anything like the Scot, then one would love to have been a fly on the wall in their dressing-room yesterday. But, away from the game as a sports contest for a second and what will surely dictate most talk this morning were the unsavoury scenes in the aftermath. Limerick GAA chiefs will meet in the next 48 hours to discuss what sanctions will arise from such a shocking incident.

Newcastle West came into this game as underdogs against their neighbours from Dromcollogher-Broadford, the powerhouse club of Limerick senior football since the turn of this century. Playing with power, pace and no little precision, however, the underdogs were a goal ahead after 16 minutes, and full value for that lead. Full-forward James Kelly had the Drom-Broadford rearguard in complete disarray, notched 1-2, and Kelly was ably abetted by young Michael Quilligan, while the third inside forward, Thomas Quilligan, roamed the plains to excellent effect. Wing-forward and Shannon rugby player Stephen Kelly was also causing Drom-Broadford major problems with his pace and intelligent distribution. And then, for no apparent reason, Newcastlewest seemed to sit back. Four consecutive points Newcastle West conceded before the break (Micheál Reidy with three, two of those from soft frees) and they trailed at the break 0-8 to 1-4.

Into the second-half and again Newcastle West started well, three Michael Quilligan points in the first nine minutes regaining the initiative, Drom-Broadford again struggling to contain the youthful zest of their big-town rivals. Again, however, Newcastle West seemed to turn off the tap and had the Drom attack brought their shooting boots, the next 10 minutes would have seen the game well and truly over. Three points Drom scored, the first an absolute cracker from wing-back Gareth Noonan, the impressive Derry McCarthy and captain Patrick Donnelly with the others; five wides though, one worse than the next, which meant this was still anyone’s game.

In the 54th minute, and for the third time, the pendulum again swung the way of Newcastle West, and again it was the burly James Kelly doing the damage, on the end of a fine move involving James Lee and Thomas Quilligan to finish with another powerful blast to the roof of the net – at 2-7 to 0-11, just over five minutes remaining, Newcastle West’s first title since 1992 was within their grasp. Derry McCarthy narrowed the margin to just a point in the 58th minute with his third point but then, in injury-time, the golden opportunity came for Newcastle West — an inviting cross-cum-lob by James Kelly for sub Paul Hannon to simply fist to the net. However, Hannon hesitated, tried to control, Drom keeper Keith Noonan was across like a shot, chance gone, the subsequent 45’ also missed.

A minute later James Kelly picked up a second yellow card for a needless foul and before he had even left the field Drom took a quick free, ball ended in the hands of the deadly Micheál Reidy – game-tying point from distance. And what of Quilligan’s assessment of his side’s performance? “You’re always disappointed when you draw but ultimately we didn’t play well enough to win that game – I thought we were absolutely atrocious. We played for about 20 minutes, for 40 minutes we were atrocious and there’s no point trying to hide that. I thought we played absolute rubbish, I think we were very lucky to get a draw.”

He continued: “We started well but our forward line is like any other forward line, if they get good ball they will hurt you. They were doing piles of damage but for some reason we stopped kicking them the ball – it beggars belief but these things happen. We’ll have to come back here four or five steps higher the next day.” And Drom-Broadford manager Mikey Fahy’s reaction? “We missed a lot of chances, in the second-half especially, playing with the wind we should have been more efficient.”

Scorers for Drom-Broadford: M Reidy 0-5 (2f); D McCarthy 0-3; M Brosnan 0-2; G Noonan, S Buckley, P Donnelly (f), 0-1 each.

Scorers for Newcastle West: J Kelly 2-2; M Quilligan 0-4 (2f); T Quilligan 0-1.

Sub for Dromcollogher-Broadford: B Noonan (O’Leary 23).

Subs for Newcastle West: B O’Doherty (McAuliffe 27); P Hannon (Lyons 52); B O’Sullivan (Dowling 52); S Kelly (Browne 60); G Reidy (Hannon inj. 60+2).

Referee: R Moloney (Bruff)

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Champions in 2008 and 2009, Drom-Broadford are back contesting a senior football decider in Limerick. They got the better of Fr Casey’s in their semi-final tie with Ray Lynch grabbing the crucial goal while the experience of Seanie Buckley, Jason Stokes and Micheál Reidy will be central to their hopes of success. James Kelly struck the crucial goal for Newcastlewest in their semi-final win over Ballysteen with Iain Corbett, Thomas Quilligan and Stephen Kelly other important figures in their side. They are searching for their first title since 1992 here.

Paths to Final

Group 2: Drom-Broadford 0-8 Newcastlewest 1-10; Drom-Broadford 1-10 Ballylanders 0-7, Newcastlewest 1-5 St Senan’s 0-7; Drom-Broadford 2-8 Monaleen 0-6, Newcastlewest 3-8 Ballysteen 1-7; Drom-Broadford 0-13 Ballysteen 0-6, Newcastlewest 0-9 Ballylanders 2-14; Drom-Broadford 0-15 St Senan’s 1-8, Newcastlewest 0-10 Monaleen 0-8.

Quarter-final: Drom-Broadford 2-13 Galbally 1-11.

Semi-finals: Drom-Broadford 1-10 Fr Casey’s 0-9; Newcastlewest 1-8 Ballysteen 0-9

Clare Senior Football Championship Final – Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-10 St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 0-4

Hickey sets the tone for Kilmurry men to retain title

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-10 St Joseph’s 0-4

Kilmurry-Ibrickane proved that they are modern-day kingpins of Clare football when they claimed a second senior title in a row and a fourth in five seasons in Ennis. In a repeat of last year’s final, the holders built up a winning lead early on and enjoyed 0-8 to 0-1 lead at half-time. Similar to 12 months ago, Kilmurry’s greater experience was vital. Man of the Match Niall Hickey kicked their opening score, with two further points by wing-back Thomas O’Connor and midfielder Peter O’Dwyer inside 10 minutes. St Joseph’s scoring chances in the opening half, though few, were snuffed out by a combination of bad finishing and strong play by the Kilmurry backs. With O’Dwyer and Ian McInerney dominant in the centre of the park, the champions controlled matters.

Joseph’s had to wait until injury-time to open their account when Cathal O’Sullivan pointed from distance. The winners were well prepared by former Kerry star John Kennedy and even though they only registered two scores in the second period, their intelligent passing game served them well throughout. Early second-half scores by Niall Hickey and a free from Ian McInerney were replied to by three from Cathal Duggan for St Joseph’s, who had Greg Lyons sent off with eight minutes remaining on a second yellow card. Kilmurry, who won their 13th title, introduced 37-year-old Odran O’Dwyer in the second half to claim his seventh medal since 1993.

Scorers — Kilmurry: N Hickey, I McInerney (3f) 0-3 each, T O’Connor, P O’Dwyer, N Downes, J Daly (f) 0-1 each. St Joseph’s: C Duggan 0-3 (2f), C O’Sullivan 0-1.

Kilmurry-ibrickane — P O’Dwyer; M McMahon (capt), D Hickey, S Hickey; T O’Connor, P O’Connor, D Callinan; P O’Dwyer, I McInerney; N Hickey, M O’Dwyer, E Talty; E Coughlan, J Daly, N Downes

Subs: S Murrihy for Talty (49), O O’Dwyer for Daly (50), M McCarthy for P O’Dwyer (58), C Morrissey for McInerney (60).

St Joseph’s — D O’Keeffe; P Nugent, S Collins, M Brooks; S Flynn (capt), K Dilleen, D Malone; A O’Neill, M Hallinan; G Lyons, C O’Sullivan, P Dullaghan; D O’Brien, I Whyte, C Duggan

Subs: E Lyons for Malone (22), B Clancy for O’Brien (42), C O’Brien for Hallinan (49), L Brannock for Dullaghan (50), E Clohessy for O’Sullivan (59).

Ref — M Rock (Ennistymon)


Kilmurry Ibrickane’s guile sees them home

By Terry Reilly for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-10 St Joseph’s Doora Barefield 0-04

The form guide told us we were in for a ground-breaking day. Not since 1898 had a Doora name been etched into a Clare SFC cup. There were tales of an ageing Kilmurry side that didn’t have the same hunger. And there were the final records. Last year, Kilmurry blitzed Doora Barefield 0-17 to 0-5 in the final. This year they added the O’Gorman final by four points and the Cusack Cup by three, each at Doora’s expense. The gap was narrowing. Maybe it would be a historic day.

And in those first few moments it all looked to be coming together for the underdogs. Kilmurry struggled with the pace of the game and early chances were falling Doora Barefield’s way. By the eight minute, though, they hadn’t taken any of those chances. And for the following 22 minutes of the half, Kilmurry-Ibrickane turned on the style. “We had a couple of chances for two or three frees and I thought we might have had them but it didn’t go our way,” said Tyrone native and St Joseph’s Doora Barefield manager, Mark Rafferty. “The next thing they go down and get a couple of soft frees and a couple of scores and tack on a few from play and they got a bit of a run on us.”

That run started with a flash. Niall Hickey, Thomas O’Connor and Peter O’Dwyer all fired over scores from long range within 90 seconds of each other. Panic grew within the St Joseph’s camp. They pulled Kevin Dilleen from his sweeper role to pick up Johnny Daly who had been free to operate in a playmaker’s role. Run of the mill hand-passes became ordeals and their kick passing game ceased. Alan O’Neill, the late replacement picked for his physique on the edge of the square, was pulled out the field. But their biggest regret will be their shooting. It was deplorable.

The failure of those basics encouraged Kilmurry to play to their strengths. They opened up their foes for the second year running to exploit them. Points by Ian McInerney (two), Noel Downes, Johnny Daly and Hickey again gave them a seven-point lead going in at the break. “I don’t think we deserved to be 0-8 to 0-1 down at half-time because we had played pretty well. We needed to score earlier in the first half than we did,” admitted Rafferty. “They should have probably carried the ball in that little bit further because it wasn’t easy to score into that end.”

The sole St Joseph’s score came in the final seconds of first-half injury time from Cathal O’Sullivan. If he hadn’t raised the white flag, it would have matched the scoreline from last year’s rout. In the second half they showed glimpses of the team they can be and gave Kilmurry captain Martin McMahon reason — in his victory speech — to suggest they are the up and coming team of Clare football. Long balls into O’Neill reaped two scores for Cathal Duggan. The defence shut down Kilmurry’s attack and they won the half 0-3 to 0-2. But it mattered little. “There was a period where we had a couple of bad wides and turned over the ball in their 21-yard line and that was four or five scores and would have brought it back to a two or three-point game,” said Rafferty. “It was game on then but we missed those chances and the game petered out after that. They got a score after that and that was the difference.”

Scorers for Kilmurry-Ibrickane: N Hickey, I McInerney (3fs), 0-3 each, T O’Connor, P O’Dwyer, N Downes, J Daly (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Doora Barefield: C O’Sullivan 0-3 (2fs), C Duggan 0-1 each.

Subs for Kilmurry-Ibrickane: S Murrihy for Talty (49), O O’Dwyer for Daly (50), M McCarthy for P O’Dwyer (58), C Morrissey for McInerney (60).

Subs for Doora Barefield: E Lyons for Malone (23), B Clancy for O’Brien (42), C O’Brien for Hallinan (47), L Brannock for Dullaghan (50), E Clohessy for O’Sullivan (60).

Referee: M Rock (Ennistymon)

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Kilmurry-Ibrickane are the kingpins in Clare with three title wins in the last four years. In contrast their oppnents St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield last year featured in their first decider in 113 years at this grade. It was not a pleasant experience twelve months ago either as they were flattened by 0-17 to 0-5 by Kilmurry-Ibrickane. The champions needed all their resolve to better Kilrush Shamrocks after a replay last week with just a point to spare and they will hope Martin McMahon, Ian McInerney and Enda Coughlan can shine here. Ivor Whyte, Cathal Duggan, Kevin Dilleen and Greg Lyons are the key men in the St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield ranks.

Paths to Final

First round: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-15 Cratloe 1-12; St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 1-3 Cooraclare 0-11.

First round replay: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-17 Cratloe 0-9.

Second round: St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 0-12 St Senan’s Kilkee 0-8.

Third round: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 2-6 Éire Óg Ennis 0-6; St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 0-8 Clondegad 0-6.

Quarter-finals: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 1-15 Cratloe 0-3; St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 1-12 Cooraclare 0-6.

Semi-finals: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-9 Kilrush Shamrocks 1-6; St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield 0-7 Doonbeg 0-6.

Semi-final replay: Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-11 Kilrush Shamrocks 3-1

Hurling/Shinty International Senior Series 1st leg – Ireland 3-10 (25) Scotland 2-9 (19)

Ireland defeated Scotland by 3-10 (25) to 2-9 (19) in the first leg of the annual Hurling/Shinty International Senior Series.

Hurling/Shinty International Series First Test: Ireland 3-10 (25) Scotland 2-9 (19)

Ireland will take a six-point lead into next week’s Hurling/Shinty International Series second Test in Ennis, but the visitors’ advantage would have been far greater had it not been for a dramatic comeback from the Scots in a hectic finish to Saturday’s clash in Bught Park, Inverness.

Inspired by an incredible performance from Cork’s Patrick Horgan – the Glen Rovers man hit a superb hat-trick and registered 3-8 of his side’s total – Ireland were 16 points clear with minutes remaining when they were hit by two late goals having coped admirably in defence for most of the 80 minutes.

Horgan, whose two early goals helped Ireland into a comfortable 2-6 to 0-6 half-time lead, completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes with a brilliant finish from a tight angle and the visitors appeared to be cruising to a big win.

However, Drew McNeill’s side hit back with an unexpected late surge, Kevin Bartlett smashing a goal past Bernard Rochford in the 80th minute, and then Neil MacDonald adding a second five-pointer direct from a long-range free in added time to stun the Irish.

Ireland made the best possible start, Cork forward Horgan finding the back of the hosts’ net (a goal is worth five points under the new rules) after just four minutes with a smart flicked finish.

Scotland struggled in the opening stages and racked up a string of wides, although Bartlett did get them off the mark with a score from a placed ball (worth two points when struck off the ground).

However, it was one-way traffic for most of the first half, as Horgan continued to cause chaos, and it was little surprise when the Glen Rovers clubman grabbed a second five-pointer on 16 minutes, leaving his side 2-3 to 0-2 ahead.

Scotland had hit five poor wides in the opening quarter hour, while Irish goalkeeper Bernard Rochford (Kerry) was forced into action just once, making a fine save from Keith MacRae.

McNeill’s charges eventually found their range in the 23rd minute, Bartlett clipping over a second free before Steven MacDonald added his name to the scoresheet, leaving just seven points (2-3 to 0-6) in it.

Eventually, Shane Dooley got in on the scoring act for the Irish, his free ensuring the livewire Horgan, who hit 2-5 (15) in the opening 40 minutes, wasn’t the only green and white-clad player to score in the first half. Dooley’s 35th minute free gave John Meyler and Michael Walsh’s side a deserved 2-6 (16) to 0-6 (6) lead at the change of ends.

Scotland tightened up in defence after the break and Ireland were denied the space they had been afforded in the first 40 minutes. However, the hosts continued to miss chances, with Keith MacRae blasting a shot wide, while Shaun Nicolson and MacRae forced further fine saves from Rochford just after the hour mark.

Twelve second half minutes elapsed before Bartlett found the target for the Scots, while Ireland had to wait 20 full minutes before adding to their tally, Horgan increasing his haul with another free.

Scotland’s first score from play all afternoon came in the 64th minute, when Niall McPhee struck a fine shot over the bar to cut Ireland’s lead to 2-7 to 0-9. As a unit, though, the Irish defence performed excellently, with captain Eoin Price, Tommy Walsh and Neil McManus all putting in excellent shifts.

Two quickfire scores from McManus and Horgan inched the visitors further ahead, before Horgan added a third goal with five minutes remaining, his drop-shot from a tight angle after great link-up play Price nestling in the top corner.

Ireland were 16 clear and free-wheeling towards the line when they were hit by a late sucker-punch, Bartlett robbing Tommy Walsh of the ball and hammering past Rochford. A minute later, Rochford was again reaching into the back of the net when he misjudged Steven MacDonald’s long-range free.

It was a disappointing end to the game for the Irish, but captain Price nevertheless collected the Marine Harvest trophy after the game. He and joint managers Meyler and Walsh will be looking for far greater reward in Cusack Park next week.

Ireland Scorers: P Horgan 3-8 (23), S Dooley 0-1 (1), N McManus 0-1 (1).

Scotland Scorers: K Bartlett 1-6 (11), N MacDonald 1-0 (5), S McDonald 0-1 (2), N MacPhee 0-1 (1).

Ireland: Bernard Rochford (Kerry), Joseph Clarke (Westmeath), Ciarán Clifford (Armagh), Steven Clynch (Meath), Shane Dooley (Offaly), Cormac Donnelly (Antrim), Shane Fennell (Louth), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Neil McManus (Antrim), Barry McFall (Antrim), Tom Murnane (Kerry), Brendan Murtagh (Westmeath), Darragh O’Connell (Kerry), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Eoin Price (captain, Westmeath), Paudie Reidy (Kildare), Des Shaw (Carlow), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny).

Scotland: Kevin Bartlett (Caberfeidh), Niall MacPhee (Fort William), John Barr (Glenurquhart), Stuart MacKintosh (Glenurquhart), David Smart (Glenurquhart), Louis Munro (Kingussie), Mark MacDonald (Kinlochshiel), Finlay MacRae (Kinlochshiel), Keith MacRae (Kinlochshiel), Donald Irvine (Kyles Athletic), Neil MacDonald (Lochaber), Shaun Nicolson (Lochaber), Callum Cruden (Lovat), Drew Howie (Lovat), Stuart MacDonald (Lovat), Norman Campbell (Newtonmore), Steven MacDonald (Newtonmore), John Stewart (Kilmallie) and Daniel Cameron (Oban Camanachd).

Referee: Billy Wotherspoon (Scotland)


The Irish Hurling/Shinty Senior Team is managed by John Meyler (Cork) and Michael Walshe (Kilkenny) with Gregory O’Kane (Antrim) and Jeffrey Lynskey (Galway) looking after the U.21 team.

Teams are selected on the basis of two trial games and every effort is made to provide representation to the developing Counties while also providing these players with the opportunity to play alongside a small coherent of players drawn from Tier 1 Counties.

Match Preview

Both Senior Games will be transmitted live by TG4 at the following times

October 20th – 1.15pm

October 27th – 2.05p.m.

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Player County

Bernard Rochford Kerry

Joseph Clarke Westmeath

Ciarán Clifford Armagh

Steven Clynch Meath

Shane Dooley Offaly

Cormac Donnelly Antrim

Shane Fennell Louth

Patrick Horgan Cork

Neil McManus Antrim

Barry McFall Antrim

Tom Murnane Kerry

Brendan Murtagh Westmeath

Darragh O’Connell Kerry

Shane O’Neill Cork

Eoin Price (Captain) Westmeath

Paudie Reidy Kildare

Des Shaw Carlow

Tommy Walsh Kilkenny

Tipperary County Board Press Release – Appointment of Tipperary Senior Hurling Management Team

Tipperary County Board Press Release – Appointment of Tipperary Senior Hurling Management Team

Tipperary County Board is pleased to announce that the County Management Committee has tonight agreed to nominate for approval by County Board the appointment of Michael Ryan and Paudie O’Neill to join Manager, Eamon O’Shea, on the senior hurling management team. Michael Ryan will take on the role of Assistant Manager, while Paudie O’Neill will have responsibility for coaching the team.

Michael Ryan from the Upperchurch Drombane club played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999. He played for the Upperchurch Drombane club at all levels. Michael was previously a member of the Tipperary senior hurling management team from 2008 to 2010 during which time Tipperary won the All Ireland senior hurling championship in 2010, the Munster senior hurling championship in 2008 and 2009 and the Allianz Hurling League title in 2008.

Paudie O’Neill is a native of Clonmel and now resides in Dublin. He played hurling with St. Mary’s and football with Commercials in Clonmel and represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 level in hurling and at all levels in football. He also played senior hurling for Dublin. He has been heavily involved in the coaching of hurling at his school and with his club Ballyboden St. Enda’s; he has also coached and managed Dublin under 21 and minor hurling teams. Paudie played a leading role in the development and delivery of the GAA Coach Education Programme at national level and he has managed Irish teams in the annual Shinty/Hurling internationals.

Both Michael and Paudie bring great experience and ability to the Tipperary senior hurling management team and with Eamon O’Shea, they will provide strong leadership to the Tipperary senior hurlers. Tipperary County Board is delighted that they have made themselves available to take on these important and voluntary roles and we wish them every success.