2013 Fetac Certs Presentation by Munster Council

At a function in Mallow GAA Complex on Thursday January 31st, Munster Council Chairman Sean Walsh presented recipients with Fetac Level 5 Certificates in Sports stadium Stewarding.

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Allianz Football League Division 1 – Dublin 1-18 Cork 2-9

Winning start for Dublin in Division I

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Dublin 1-18 Cork 2-9

New Dublin manager Jim Gavin had plenty of things to be encouraged about after his side recorded a very convincing six-point win over Cork in their Allianz Football League clash at Croke Park on Saturday night. Dublin were the better side throughout, and had a number of stellar performances from the likes of centre-half-forward Paddy Andrews, Bernard Brogan and young wing-back Jack McCaffrey.

Connolly’s second half penalty put Dublin in firm control of the game, giving them a lead of six points early in the second half. Cork got a penalty of their own shortly afterwards, and Donncha O’Connor was equally clinical with his strike, finishing to Stephen Cluxton’s left-hand side. The Cork comeback never really materialised though, and Dublin performed well in the closing stages, and finished the game with an impressive tally of 1-18. Bernard Brogan hit 0-6 for them, while all five of Andrews’ points came from play, a very impressive return to action for the St. Brigid’s man.

Dublin had led 0-4 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, but Aidan Walsh’s goal brought Cork, who had been lacklustre to that point, level. The Kanturk man finished sharply after finding himself clean through on goal. However, Dublin were 0-11 to 1-4 ahead at half-time, and Connolly’s penalty shortly after the restart gave them a lead they were never likely to relinquish.

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (0-3f), D Connolly 1-2 (1-0 pen), P Andrews 0-5, MD Macauley 0-1, P Ryan 0-1, J McCaffrey 0-2, Cian O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Cork: A Walsh 1-0, J O’Rourke 0-4, P Kerrigan 0-2, F Goold 0-1, P O’Neill 0-1, D O’Connor 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-2f).

Dublin: S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O’Carroll, K O’Brien; D Daly, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; M D Macauley, P Mannion; P Flynn, P Andrews, P Quinn; E Ó Conghaile, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: P Ryan for P Mannion (30), Cian O’Sullivan for MD Macauley (46), C Redddin for P Quinn (54), D Nelson for D Daly (63), S Carthy for E Ó Conghaile (67).

Cork: K O’Halloran; E Cadogan, M Shields, J O’Sullivan; P Kissane, T Clancy, D Cahalane; A O’Sullivan, A Walsh; F Goold, P O’Neill, C Sheehan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan. Subs: C Sheehan for P O’Neill, G Canty for D Cahillane (both 50), A O’Connor for F Goold (55), B O’Driscoll for A Walsh (63).

Attendance: 28,693

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)


Determined Dubs quick off the mark

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dublin 1-18 Cork 2-09

Out of interest, we went back two years ago this month to reminds ourselves of what Conor Counihan said the last time Dublin handed Cork a defeat. Almost identical to Saturday’s one, Cork had fallen by six points in Croke Park and the manager was naturally disappointed when his team had the chances to make a better fist of it. He said at the time: “We created quite a few opportunities, but we didn’t take them and clearly Dublin were the hungrier team.”

Two years on and not much has changed. After this latest seven-point defeat to Dublin, he was preaching a similar message, having seen his side denied a couple of goals by Stephen Cluxton’s agility. In general play though, had John O’Rourke and Colm O’Neill found the net either side of the half, the scoreline would have belied the stark differences between the teams. As Counihan stated plainly: “Our performance wasn’t good enough. There was no doubting Dublin were a far superior team. First half, we had a lot of chances and we probably didn’t take them. “They controlled their kick-outs very well for a period of the first half, got it up fast, got the scores inside and every time we seemed to come back and get within striking distance, they seemed to push on.”

Cork did manage to exact revenge on Dublin in the Division 1 final a couple of months later but clearly a better pre-season campaign has stood to Dublin. In a game bereft of bite in front of a largely unexcited 28,693 Croke Park crowd, the home team never went behind in the game, from the time Bernard Brogan pointed after just 23 seconds. It was the first of six points for the 2011 footballer of the year and Paddy Andrews stuck over five points as Dublin’s midfield dominated both their own kick-out and Cork’s. An Aidan Walsh goal in the 12th minute followed by a couple of Kerrigan points woke Cork up but they went into the break deservedly four points behind, 0-11 to 1-4.

They narrowed the gap to three on two occasions early in the second half but even when Donncha O’Connor matched Diarmuid Connolly with a penalty goal in the 52nd minute, it only brought them to within four of Dublin. It was the closest they got to Dublin from here-on, though Cluxton had to be level to an O’Neill shot five minutes from time, which would have cut the gap to two. Even if his team did kick 12 wides, Counihan could glean some highlights from the night. Eoin Cadogan, for one, coped admirably on Andrews initially and then Brogan for the majority of the game after Jamie O’Sullivan struggled on him in the early stages.

With Michael Shields not available due to an infection and Graham Canty kept on the bench, the Thomas Clancys were drafted into the defence. Andrew O’Sullivan started in place of Alan O’Connor, who was ill during the week, at midfield and O’Rourke, who pointed thrice, replaced the named Ciarán Sheehan at half-forward. “I think most of the young fellas we brought in would have done reasonably well at different stages, but we certainly have a lot of work to do based on that tonight,” said Counihan.

The same could not be said for the likes of Pearse O’Neill and Fintan Goold, who would have been too quiet for Counihan’s liking. He insisted Cork had come to Dublin aiming to put in a performance but then the hosts had much to say in depriving them of that. They were simply more alert and Jack McCaffrey turned out a display that more than suggested he will be vying for a spot in the Dublin half-back line come the summer. Jim Gavin felt his team could have won by more.

“If you are asking me about the performances, it wasn’t consistent enough for me. Cork’s two goals [chances] and the penalty that led to the second goal, that wouldn’t be good enough. “So we are going to have to have a harsh look at that. A lot of frees given away, they got lots of scoring opportunities, we could have been more clinical with ours and we have a lot of work to do around the middle of the field. “So yes, we won and we are glad to win, but there is a lot of work to do over the next few weeks.” Gavin also reported Paul Mannion’s injury, which held up the game for several minutes in the first half, was not thought to be serious, although he did suffer concussion.

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (3fs), P Andrews 0-5, D Connolly 1-2 (1-0 pen), J McCaffrey 0-2, MD Macauley, P Ryan, C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: D O’Connor 1-2 (1-0 pen, 2fs), A Walsh 1-1, J O’Rourke 0-3, P Kerrigan 0-2, F Goold 0-1.

Subs for Dublin: P Ryan for Mannion (inj 28), C O’Sullivan for Macauley (46), C Reddin for Quinn (54), D Nelson for Cooper (63), S Carthy for Ó Conghaile (67).

Subs for Cork: C Sheehan for O’Neill, G Canty for Cahalane (inj) (both 50), A O’Connor for Goold (56), B O’Driscoll for Walsh (63).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Team News

Conor Counihan has handed a first League start to Damien Cahalane, who is joined on the panel by fellow U21s Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty), and John O’Rourke. Also new to this year’s League panel are Thomas Clancy (Fermoy) and John McLoughlin, brother of Cork Senior hurler Lorcán. All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Alan Quirke will miss the League campaign due to an overseas assignment with the Army, while Patrick Kelly and Daniel Goulding are injured.

The Cork Senior Football team to play Dublin in Saturday night’s Allianz League Division 1 game at 7pm in Croke Park will line out as follows –

1. Ken O Halloran

2. Eoin Cadogan 3. Michael Shields 4. Jamie O’Sullivan

5. Paudie Kissane 6. Graham Canty 7. Damien Cahalane

8. Alan O’Connor 9. Aidan Walsh

10. Fintan Goold 11. Pearse O’Neill 12. Ciarán Sheehan

13. Colm O’Neill 14. Donncha O’Connor 15. Paul Kerrigan


16. David Lordan Ballincollig

17. John McLoughlin Kanturk

18. Eoin O’Mahony Macroom

19. Noel O’Leary Cill na Martra

20. Thomas Clancy Clonakilty

21. Denis O’Sullivan Ballinascarthy

22. Thomas Clancy Fermoy

23. Andrew O’Sullivan Castletownbere

24. John O’Rourke Carbery Rangers

25. Barry O’Driscoll Nemo Rangers

26. Mark Collins Castlehaven

Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final – Dungarvan Colleges 1-12 Thurles CBS 0-12

Dungarvan Colleges defeated Thurles CBS by 1-12 to 0-12 in the Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final on Saturday in Fermoy.

Match Preview

When the quarter final draw was made the anticipation was that these two sides would advance and set up this truly mouth-watering clash, that will see some of the best young hurlers in the province battle it out. Dungarvan Colleges continued their impressive form in overcoming close rivals Blackwater CS in the last round. On a day that was not conducive to fast and flowing hurling, those in attendance were impressed by their battling qualities and ability to take scores at decisive times. The performance of Patrick Curran was central to Dungarvan Colleges victory as he notched an impressive tally of 0-8.

To date Thurles CBS have progressed in a straight forward manner with the minimum of fuss. They have been the most consistent team in the competition and continued in this manner with a complete display of hurling against Castletroy College in the quarter final. Thurles had their own scoring ace in Conor Lanigan who accounted for 0-9 of his sides’ 2-23 total. This fixture promises to be a truly titanic struggle between two teams that are considered joint favorites to lift the Harty Cup, a game that will match any fixture in any code over the weekend.

Thurles CBS results to date

Thurles CBS 1-16 Nenagh CBS 1-9

Thurles CBS 0-13 Midleton CBS 2-3

Thurles CBS 1-11 Col. Chríost Rí Cork 0-13

Thurles CBS 3-26 Bandon H.S. 0-11

Thurles CBS 2-23 Castletroy College Limerick 2-12

Dungarvan Colleges results to date

Dungarvan Colleges 3-13 Doon CBS 1-13

St. Flannan’s Ennis 0-16 Dungarvan Colleges 2-9

Dungarvan Colleges 3-12 St. Caimin’s Shannon 0-11

Dungarvan Colleges 5-18 Gaelcholáiste Mhuire A.G. 2-8

Dungarvan Colleges 0-14 Blackwater C.S. 0-10

Thurles CBS Panel

Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy)

Brian Troy (Emeralds)

Kieran O Dwyer (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Robert Larkin  (Moyne-Templetuohy)

Jack Lineen (Thurles Sarsfields)

Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Rory O Regan (Moycarkey-Borris)

Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields – Captain)

Shane Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Sean Ryan (Sean Treacy’s)

Sean Nally (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Kevin Dunne (Thurles Sarsfields)

Conor Lanigan (Thurles Sarsfields)

Eoin Moriarty (Emeralds)

Jamie Woods  (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Gavin Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)

Padraic Russell (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris)

Caley Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Seamus Healy (Moycarkey-Borris)

Aidan Ryan (Thurles Sarsfields)

Graham Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Lorcan Egan (Loughmore-Castleiney)

Ray Nally (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Damien Larkin (Drom-Inch)

Brendan Larkin (Drom-Inch)

Ronan Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore)

Paul Sammon (Thurles Sarsfields)

Tom Skehan (Thurles Sarsfields)

Niall Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris)

Michael Connors (Drom-Inch)

Eric Fanning (Moycarkey-Borris)

Ruairi Dwan (Thurles Sarsfields)

Stephen Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris)

Martin Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney)

Shane Fitzgerald (Emeralds)

Cathal Ryan (Drom & Inch)

Mark Dunne (Moyne-Templetuohy)

Aidan Maher (Moycarkey-Borris)

Ciaran Maher (Moycarkey-Borris)

Liam Moloney (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Matthew Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris)

Mark Conway (Thurles Sarsfields)

David Ryan (Moycarkey-Borris)

Matthew Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Ronan Teehan (Gortnahooe-Glengoole)

Dungarvan Colleges Panel

Laurence Power – Abbeyside

Kealan Looby – St Olivers/Ballinameela

Brian Looby – Abbeyside

Jack Mullanney – Stradbally

Tagdh Bourke – Clashmore

Kevin Daly – Dungarvan

Tom Devine – Modeligo (Captain)

Cormac Curran – Brickey Rangers

Colin Dunford – Colligan Emmets

Ryan Donnelly – Dungarvan

Michael Harney – Ballydurn

Eamon Crotty – Abbeyside

Darragh Lyons – Dungarvan

Seamus Keating – Ardmore

Patrick Curran – Dungarvan

Gavin Power – Dungarvan

Christy Breathnach – An Rinn

David Gartland – Ardmore

Michael Cronin – Ardmore

Sean Daly – Abbeyside

Kieran Barron – St Marys Touraneena

Aaron Donnelly – Dungarvan

Jack O’Donnell – Brickey Rangers

Michael Shine – St Olivers/Ballinameela

Conor Prunty – Abbeyside

Cian Culloo – St Olivers/ Ballinameela

Carthach Barry – Brickey Rangers

Cormac O’Grady – Brickey Rangers

Conor Tobin – St Marys Touraneena

Ross Browne – Colligan Emmets

Jack Morrissey – Dungarvan

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi-Final Replay – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-21 Castleknock (Dublin) 1-18

Supporters lick lips at thought of third helping

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Castleknock 1-18 Kenmare 0-21 (AET)

If you were there, lucky you. If you weren’t, make it your business to get along to next weekend’s second replay between Castleknock and Kenmare Shamrocks. The way this All-Ireland junior club football semi-final is headed, it’ll need a movie script. The Inseparables, perhaps. At Leahy Park in Cashel on Saturday, a crowd of around 1,000 witnessed a classic. And after 160 minutes of football, the sides remain deadlocked.

At various stages, it was gone from Castleknock. At other times, Kenmare looked spent. And Ballinasloe, confirmed All-Ireland finalists, must wait. The final had been fixed for Croke Park on Saturday. Castleknock manager Tom McCormack said: “Unbelievable stuff. I thought last week couldn’t be surpassed but that was incredible.” Castleknock’s remarkable talent Ciarán Kilkenny, the man who turned his back on the AFL, scored 10 points, a tally matched by Kenmare’s former Kerry panellist Paul O’Connor. Rory Corcoran was the other Castleknock forward to shine as all six Kenmare attackers got on the scoresheet.

When Des Carlos netted for Castleknock in the 38th minute and Kilkenny tagged on a point almost immediately, the Dubliners were 1-10 to 0-8 clear. Kenmare responded with seven unanswered points and it was Castleknock who needed a couple of late scores to take the game into extra-time. Corcoran could have snatched it with a late free that drifted wide and on we went. In extra-time, Castleknock moved three clear again. Back came Kenmare and, at the death, it was Tom Shields who lifted the siege for Castleknock, firing over an equaliser. More of the same next weekend, please.

Scorers for Castleknock: C Kilkenny 0-10 (6f), R Corcoran 1-6 (0-2f), T Shields & M Brady 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kenmare: P O’Connor 0-10 (6f), M Crowley 0-3, DJ Brennan (2f) & K O’Sullivan 0-2 each, S O’Leary, J Wharton, S Duncan & A O’Leary 0-1 each.

CASTLEKNOCK: A Griffith; J King, G Hannigan, T Quinn; C Neville, C Prunty, V Turner; S Lynch, S Boland; D Curran, C Kilkenny, J Tunney; T Corcoran, R Corcoran, D Carlos.

Subs: T Shields for King (24), K Kindlon for Curran (h-t.), E O’Brien for Quinn (45), E Quinn for Carlos (49), M Brady for Lynch (69), T Quinn for Turner (79).

KENMARE: H Murphy; D Crowley, T O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; A O’Callaghan, S O’Leary, A Crowley; S Dalton, J Wharton; R O’Sullivan, M Crowley, A O’Leary; DJ Brennan, P O’Connor, K O’Sullivan.

Subs: S Duncan for Brennan (41), P O’Dwyer for Dalton (70).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Semi-Final – St. Joseph’s Tulla 4-9 PS. na Tráonóide Youghal 1-12

St. Joseph’s Tulla defeated PS. na Tráonóide Youghal by 4-9 to 1-12 in the Corn Phádraig Senior B Hurling Semi-Final on Saturday at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town.

Munster GAA Club Forum – “2020 Vision” Our Club

Venue: INEC Killarney

Date: Saturday February 2nd

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Munster GAA as part of its ongoing commitment to providing ongoing support and backup for the clubs of the province are holding a ‘Club Conference and Information Seminar’ titled ‘2020 Vision, Our Club’ in the INEC Centre, Killarney on Saturday February 2nd.

The conference targets in excess of 300 clubs who are actively involved in two major initiatives currently being delivered by the province, namely the ‘Club Child Development Programme’ and ‘Club Planning Programme’

In addition to receiving some valuable information on selected topics and challenges, in excess of 500 volunteers will have an open forum and opportunity to voice their opinions through a series of facilitated discussions.

This event is a ‘must’ for all progressive clubs and volunteers in Munster. For details contact : clubforum.munster@gaa.ie

“An Opportunity Not to be Missed”

“2020 Vision” Our Club -Agenda

9:30 am Club Registration

9:45 am Opening welcome – Sean Walsh, Cathaoirleach, Comhairle na Mumhan CLG

9:55am Key Note Speaker – Denis “Ogie” Moran “The Importance of the Club”

10:15am Workshop 1

(a) Increasing and maintaining participation through Go Games/Super Touch

(b) I.T. and its use in marketing/fundraising

11:00am Workshop 2

(a) Devising a ‘yearly club coaching and games plan’

(b) Financial Excellence – How to cut costs and raise money

11:45am Inclusion – Kevin Smith Child Management – Bernie Reen

12:05am Trade Stand Viewing and Lunch

1:40pm Key Note Speaker – Liam Sheedy “Retaining & Recruiting Volunteers”

2:00pm Workshop 3

(a) Rural depopulation – a new approach

(b) Recruiting & retaining volunteers

2:45pm Workshop 4

(a) Developing our ‘better’ club players

(b) Club Planning – The next steps/teamwork at club executive level

3.30pm Open Forum

3:45pm Cathaoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan CLG Sean Walsh Closes Forum