Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry w/o Tyrone scr.

Kerry have received a walkover from Tyrone in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Semi-Final scheduled for Saturday August 24th.

Lá Gaeilge CLG sa Rinn

Lá Gaeilge CLG sa Rinn will take place on August 21st at Colaiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co. Port Lairge.

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Lá Gaeilge CLG i gColáiste na Rinne

Is áil le Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan CLG a fhógairt go mbeidh Lá Gaeilge CLG á reachtáil i gColáiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge ar an gCéadaoin 21 Lúnasa. Seo an dara bliain don teacht le chéile seo i nGaeltacht na nDéise agus tá clár suimiúil curtha le chéile don ócáid.

Tugann an teacht le chéile seo deis do dhaoine blaiseadh den Ghaeilge agus den Ghaeltacht a fháil i slí atá taitneamhach agus spéisiúil. Tá sé mar aidhm ag an CLG an Ghaeilge agus ár gcultúr a chur chun cinn i measc na mball agus is ag tógaint ar an mbunús sin a eagraítear an lá seo.

Cuirfear tús le himeachtaí an lae le cur i láthair ó Choiste na Gaeilge de chuid CLG ag díriú ar an obair atá idir lámha acu. Ina dhiaidh sin, tabharfaidh Dónal Ó Gráda caint ar a fhís don iománaíocht, ag tarraingt ar an taithí atá aige mar imreoir, mar bhainisteoir agus mar anailísí thar na blianta. Beidh Eoin Breathnach i gceannas ar shaotharlann a dhíreoidh ar thodhchaí an chlub agus tar éis lón, cuirfidh Cathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mumhan, Roibeárd an tSeaca fáilte go hoifigiúil roimh gach éinne.

Labhróidh iar-Uachtarán ar Chúige Uladh, Aogán Ó Fearghaíl sa tráthnóna agus críochnóidh an lá le cuairt go dtí an stiúdió teilifíse atá ag Nemeton, comhlacht a chuireann cluichí ar fáil beo do TG4 i rith na bliana. Tá an cúrsa seo á eagrú taobh le Daonscoil na Mumhan.

Press Release

GAA Lá Gaeilge in Coláiste na Rinne

Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan is pleased to announce that it will be organising an Irish language day in Coláiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co Waterford on Wednesday, 21 August. This is the second year of the event which is hoped to attract people with an interest in GAA and an Ghaeilge in particular from the provinces of Munster and Leinster.

The aim of the course is to promote our language and culture among members of the Association.

The day will include talks, workshops and discussions of topical matters in the GAA world. There will be numerous guest speakers on the day, all having strong GAA connections, including former Cork All Ireland winning player and manager Dónal O’Grady and Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, former Ulster GAA President. There will be a specific workshop focusing on the future of the club with the association, as well as a visit to the local tv studios of Nemeton TV, who are behind the live GAA action on TG4.


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Míchéal Ó Drisleáin

An Rinn


The Black And Amber Army Ready To Rock Their Heart Health

Over forty Rockie members of the Austin Stacks GAA club in Tralee laid down their footballs and hurleys as they put their hearts to the test. The football and hurling club was selected as one of the winning clubs to undergo vital and potentially life-saving heart screenings as part of ‘The Big Screen’ with laya healthcare. At the weekend, members of the club, both male and female, aged from 12 upwards attended this screening.

Catherine Ryan, Austin Stacks Club Secretary, spoke on the club’s behalf of their delight at being chosen for the Big Screen; “Austin Stacks are honored, privileged and delighted to be associated with laya healthcare and their cardiac screening initiative. The club understands the importance of this screening and we hope that this cardiac screening process will give our players peace of mind”.

Austin Stacks is a well-known and honored club with more All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals (88) and GAA All-Stars than any other GAA club in Ireland. They have many notable players at the top of the Rock such as Kieran DonaghyJoe BarrettMikey SheehyGer PowerJohn O’KeeffeDinny Long, Pa Laide,William Kirby, and Daniel Bohan. Austin Stacks GAA is the only club in Kerry to have won Senior County Championships in both hurling and football. The club has a dedicated core of coaches and mentors at all levels, juvenile and senior, hurling and football, ladies and men’s’ and these have contributed to numerous successes in recent years.

Anne Moynihan, a parent at Austin Stacks GAA spoke about her reasons for nominating the club for the Big Screen; “All of my children play football for Austin Stacks GAA Club, and so I had no hesitation in nominating the club for this heart screening initiative. I think it is vital to undergo cardiac screen as I recently read that young adults are among the highest risk category for death from SADS. As a parent of three, this is a scary statistic. I believe that cardiac screening will help to alleviate fears parents may have regarding their children’s heart health. I was delighted to hear that the club had been chosen for this free cardiac screening and I would like to thank laya healthcare for this opportunity.”

Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of laya healthcare says, “About 100 young people under 35 years die in Ireland from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) each year[1]. That’s 100 people too many in our view. It can strike without warning and affect super-fit athletes as well as ordinary young people. At laya healthcare we are investing close to €1million to help increase public awareness of SADS and make a difference by providing free screenings to our 475,000 members. Now there’s also the chance for sports and social clubs across Ireland, no matter how big or small, to nominate themselves for screenings. The good news is that most of the conditions that cause SADS can be treated so if we save even one life with our Big Screen campaign, then it will all have been worth it.”

Cardiac screening involves an ECG carried out by a medical doctor, along with a thorough clinical examination. The results of the test are reviewed and reported by a consultant Cardiologist.  The laya healthcare Big Screen campaign is open to all types of sports and social clubs, no matter how big or small, or what level of skill or fitness is involved. Whether you are a rugby club, swimming group, dance troop, hill walking societies, karate club, GAA club or more, laya healthcare is calling on you today to get involved! To nominate your club for free heart screenings please visit, click ‘like’ to find out more and nominate your club.


Limerick CLG Press Release – Appeal

To Whom it may concern,

I wish to release a brief statement from Limerick CLG.

Luimneach CLG can confirm that we will be lodging an appeal with the CCCC based on the failure of the Hawk Eye Score Detection System during the All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday August 18th.

In the interests of fairness to all involved we will be not be making any further comment until the full process has been determined.

Mise le meas

Eamon Ó Faoláin

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18

Clare defeated Limerick by 1-22 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 18th at Croke Park.

Davy driving Clare close to perfection

Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Perfection in team sport is well-nigh impossible to attain; with this display in Croke Park yesterday in the second All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final, Clare came as close as any team has so far this year. On the field and off every battle was won and it started before a ball was hit. Tactically it was well flagged that Clare would again play the sweeper system they’ve been working with all year and the word coming out of Limerick was that they were all set to neutralise that plan — they weren’t.

Patrick Donnellan is the Clare captain and regular centre-back; yesterday his position in the half-back line was taken by Conor Ryan and Patrick dropped back into the ‘hole’ between the two defensive lines. What did Limerick do to counteract that? Nothing that anyone in the 62,962 attendance could see; instead they played right into Clare’s hands, into Donnellan’s hands more specifically — he had a field day. Not that anyone in a dominant Clare defence looked as though they needed assistance anyway. Not a single Limerick forward won his individual battle, speedy corner-forward Graeme Mulcahy looking the most threatening, but even he was well marked by the increasingly impressive youngster, David McInerney.

Mulcahy did have one run on goal, brought a good save from Patrick Kelly, but even then he was put under pressure by the fast-closing Donnellan. Midfield was also an area won by Clare, despite the best efforts of Paul Browne, one of Limerick’s best on the day. Here Tony Kelly was especially impressive, finished with four points from play, but Colm Galvin also contributed a beauty.

One had to feel sorry for an overworked Limerick defence and Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy and Tom Condon in the full-back line lost any caste, nor did Paudie O’Brien nor Gavin O’Mahony on the flanks. They too had an extra man and Tom Condon cleaned up a lot of ball, but the five Clare forwards played like men possessed, relentless pressure put on every Limerick defender as they attempted to work the ball clear. It all added up to a superb team performance by Clare, 23 scores (1-22) from just 28 shots, a mere three points conceded to the starting forwards at the other, three more to the subs who came in.

Does this mean Clare have hit their pinnacle, have hit the pinnacle of team play in hurling? Not a bit of it, not even close. With an average age of 23 this is a Clare side on a learning curve; in every championship game so far this year they’ve improved, they’ll surely improve again for the All-Ireland final. But it was impressive, very impressive. From the start Limerick were in trouble, looking nervy and out of sorts after the five-week break from the Munster final. It began with a missed free by the normally deadly Declan Hannon, continued in those opening 15 minutes as Clare raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, full-forward Darach Honan using his long leg to boot home a scrappy but ultimately golden goal in the 12th minute. In that period Limerick shot five wides and would shoot five more before the break, the unfortunate Hannon with four of those.

Should Limerick have made a change of free-taker? In hindsight, definitely, especially given sub Shane Dowling’s eventual return of six from six. Even with all those wides Limerick trailed by just seven points at the break, 1-10 to 0-6. Limerick needed a good start to the second half ! and they duly delivered, Dowling with three points from frees (one inside his own half) to bring the deficit back to four. That’s as close as it would get, however.

As they had done in both their games in Munster, Limerick brought in the 7th Cavalry; Niall Moran, Kevin Downes and Thomas Ryan all joining Dowling on the field, the latter two getting on the scoresheet. Made no difference. This was Clare’s day, their near-perfect day. With Kelly and Galvin shredding Limerick in midfield, Colin Ryan continuing to punish defensive infractions, Clare finished with aplomb.

A September date now with Cork, their conquerors in Munster, it’s going to be one hell of an All-Ireland final!

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-11 (9f); T Kelly 0-4; P Collins 0-3; D Honan 1-0; P Donnellan, P O’Connor, C Galvin, C McInerney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-6 (5f, 1 65); P Browne 0-2; G O’Mahony 0-2, (1 s/l); D Hannon 0-2 (2f); D Breen, J Ryan, G Mulcahy, C Allis, K Downes, T Ryan 0-1 each.

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; T Kelly, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Collins, Colin Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, P Donnellan (c).

Subs for Clare: F Lynch for Conlon (44); C McInerney for Honan (64); N O’Connell for Galvin (67); S O’Donnell for McGrath (70+1).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady (c); D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs for Limerick: C Allis for Hickey (inj. 15); S Dowling for Tobin (32); N Moran for Hannon (50); T Ryan for Allis (56); K Downes for Breen (63).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).


Brilliant Clare surge into All-Ireland final

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18

Clare will play Cork in the All-Ireland hurling final on September 8 after the Banner County produced a highly assured performance to defeat Limerick in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday. Clare lead from start to finish, and in truth, Limerick were never really in the game apart from a very brief period at the start of the second half when a flurry of points saw them get within four of the Clare lead. Davy Fitzgerald’s side weathered that storm comfortably enough though, and they pulled away on the scoreboard in the second half. Colin Ryan was outstanding from frees for Clare and he finished with 0-11, while teenage sensation Tony Kelly gave a masterclass display, finishing with 0-4 from play and inspiring his team to victory.

Limerick appeared to be nervous, particularly in the first half, and the occasion may well have gotten to some of their players. They struggled to gain any rhythm or fluency in the game, and Clare overwhelmed them in almost every sector of the field. Clare were particularly outstanding in the first half, and they lead 1-10 to 0-6 after a dominant opening 35 minutes. Limerick didn’t settle into the game at all, struggling to string passes together, and losing out in most of the 50:50 battles with the Clare players. Declan Hannon in particular struggled in the first half, and he missed four very scoreable placed balls.

Points from Patrick Donnellan, Patrick O’Connor and Kelly put Clare 0-3 to 0-1 in front early on and then on 14 minutes, they pounced for a goal to go five ahead. A long ball was pumped towards the Limerick goal, and after Podge Collins contested it and broke it, Darach Honan used his strength to bundle the ball over the line, his helmet getting the final touch. Ryan’s accuracy from frees further boosted the Clare lead in the second quarter, and although Limerick kept in touch with points from Gavin O’Mahony and Paul Browne, Clare were beginning to take control and they were fully deserving of their 1-10 to 0-6 interval advantage. After Hannon had evidently struggled with the frees in the first half, Shane Dowling was given the job for the second half, and he made an immediate difference, hitting three early points from placed balls to give Limerick a fighting chance at the start of the second period.

However, while Limerick managed to get within four points, Clare always seemed able to find the extra gear required to pull away from them again. Kelly swung over one of his gems to re-establish the five-point advantage, and that score was followed by points from Colm Galvin, Ryan and Podge Collins to leave Clare 1-15 to 0-11 ahead heading into the final quarter. Limerick weren’t really able to get close again. Ryan continued his nerveless display from placed balls, and his final tally of 0-11 was remarkable, given the pressure he was under for each strike. Kelly too shone until the finish, and his fourth point, which put Clare eight ahead, was probably the pick of the bunch.

Frees from Dowling and a point from Limerick substitute Kevin Downes had the Munster champions within five with three minutes of normal time remaining, but Ryan completed the scoring for Clare with another excellent effort, and in the end, they advanced serenely. The pairing of Cork and Clare in the All-Ireland showpiece in three weeks’ time means the decider will be contested by two Munster sides, neither of which won this year’s Munster championship.

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-11 (9f), T Kelly 0-4, D Honan 1-0, P Collins 0-3, P Donnellan 0-1, P O’Connor 0-1, C Galvin 0-1, C McInerney 0-1

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-6 (6f), Hannon 0-2 (2f), P Browne 0-2, G O’Mahony 0-2 (1 sl), C Allis 0-1, J Ryan 0-1, G Mulcahy 0-1, D Breen 0-1, T Ryan 0-1, K Downes 0-1

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, C Ryan; J Conlon, T Kelly, C Ryan; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: F Lynch for J Conlon (44), C McInerney for D Honan (63), N O’Connell for C Galvin (67), S O’Donnell for C McGrath (71).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin. Subs: C Allis for S Hickey (inj, 15), S Dowling for S Tobin (32), N Moran for D Hannon (51), T Ryan for C Allis (56), K Downes for D Breen (63).

Attendance: 62,962

Clare brush aside nervy Limerick

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare will meet Cork in the first all-Munster All-Ireland final since 1997 after a comfortable 1-22 to 0-18 win over a jittery Limerick in Croke Park today Limerick looked very nervous in the opening half and their play was littered with defensive errors and poor free-raking from Declan Hannon. Clare were much more assured in what they were trying to do with the likes of Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan and Podge Collins in rude health and deservedly led by 1-10 to 0-6 at the interval.

Limerick began the second half brightly but really needed a goal to get back in the game and it never arrived with Colin Ryan’s 11-point haul crucial to the Banner mens victory. They will now get a chance to avenge their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork on the second Sunday in September. Superb vision from Colin Ryan helped Pat Donnellan come forward to open the scoring and his half-back partner Pat O’Connor was next on the scoresheet.

Limerick almost responded in great fashion but Graeme Mulcahy was denied a goal by a superb save from Patrick Kelly. It took eight minutes for Limerick to open their account after a nervous opening through a Declan Hannon free. Tony Kelly scored a fine point before Clare struck for a rare goal when Limerick failed to deal with a high ball and the sliotar somehow found it’s way to the net through either Podge Collins or Darach Honan. Colin Ryan and substitute Conor Aliss, who replaced the injured Seamus Hickey, exchanged points and Clare led by 1-4 to 0-2 after 18 minutes.

Hannon put three very poor misses behind him to slot a free for Limerick and the deficit was cut to four points. The wily Podge Collins snapped up a loose ball and pointed for Clare before James Ryan and Colin Ryan exchanged points. James Ryan’s point was initially waved wide but the decision was overruled despite the fact that Hawkeye was out of commision.

Limerick midfielder Paul Browne seized on a poor clearance from Pat Donnellan to beat a man and score a brilliant point. Colin Ryan raised another white flag and the dimunitive Podge Collins grabbed his second point to put Clare six ahead with six minutes to go to the break. Tony Kelly and Gavin O’Mahony traded scores before Colin Ryan landed a huge score from a free and Clare led by 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.

Limerick were in dire need of a good start in the second period and three frees from Shane Dowling cut the deficit to four points. Colin Ryan responded with a free of his own in the 40th minute but that effort was cancelled out by Graeme Mulcahy’s point. Limerick were exerting pressure but Tony Kelly was unperturbed and struck over his third point to make it 1-12 to 0-10 with 25 minutes to go. Colin Ryan and Paul Browne traded scores before Colm Galvin landed a massive point for the Banner.

Limerick were in desparate need of a goal but were struggling and Podge Collins reaffirmed Clare’s dominance with a point and a free from Colin Ryan made it 1-16 to 0-11 after 52 minutes. David Breen and Tony Kelly swapped points before Dowling added another free for Limerick. Limerick substitute Niall Moran was very fortunate that his swing of the hurl to the helmet of Tony Kelly was missed by the match officials.

Colin Ryan’s flawless free-taking was continuing and he made it an eight-point game with 13 minutes to go. Gavin O’Mahony and Ryan swapped points before points from Dowling and Tom Ryan gave Limerick some hope. Substitutes Cathal McInerney and Kevin Downes scored points for both sides but Clare still led by six with five minutes remaining. Shane Dowling had a goalbound free superbly saved by Patrick Kelly but pucked the resulting 65 but Colin Ryan’s 10th point cancelled that out. Ryan capped a massive performance with the final point of the game as Clare ran out seven point winners.

Fixture Details

18.08.2013 (Sun)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

Páirc an Chrócaigh 15.30 Luimneach v An Clár

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)

Team News

The Limerick senior hurling management of John Allen, John Kiely, Eamon Mescall and Donnach O Donnell has announced their team and panel for this weekend’s All Ireland senior hurling championship semi final against Clare in the Croke Park at 3.30pm.

The team and panel is as follows – 1 Nickie Quaid (Effin), 2 Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), 3 Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4 Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 5 Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock), 6 Wayne McNamara (Adare), 7 Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 8 Paul Browne (Bruff), 9 Dónal O Grady (Capt)(Granagh/Ballingarry), 10 David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), 11 James Ryan (Garryspillane), 12 Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 13 Graham Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14 Declan Hannon (Adare) and 15 Seanie Tobin (Murroe/Boher)

Panel members 16 Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown), 17 Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), 18 Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh) 19 Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 20 Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 21 Conor Allis (Croom), 22 Niall Moran (Ahane), 23 Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), 24 Paudie Aherne (Kilteely/Dromkeen), 25 Tommy Quaid (Effin) and 26 Thomas Ryan (South Liberties)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE 2


With Cork through to the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final on September 8, the battle to join them will take place in Croke Park next Sunday when Clare face Limerick in the second semi-final (3.30). It will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Galway and Limerick (1.30).

While Clare and Limerick have a long history of championship clashes, this will be the first time they have met in the All-Ireland semi-final. Limerick arrive there as Munster champions, having beaten Tipperary and Cork while Clare beat Waterford and lost to Cork in Munster before beating Laois and Wexford in the All-Ireland qualifiers and Galway in the quarter-final.

Clare are bidding to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time since 2002 (they lost to Kilkenny) while Limerick last appeared in the final in 2007 (they also lost to Kilkenny)

Paths to the semi-final


Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 (Munster quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers), Ennis.

Clare 3-24 Wexford 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers – after extra-time) Thurles

Clare 1-23 Galway 2-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Average For: 2-21; Average Against: 1-17

Clare scorers

Colin Ryan……………………….0-40 (0-29 frees, 0-6 ‘65s’)

Tony Kelly……………………….0-12 (0-1 pen)

Conor McGrath………………..2-7

Padraic Collins………………..0-12

Shane O’Donnell……………..3-2

Darach Honan…………………..0-9

John Conlon……………………..0-8

Cathal McInerney………… 2-1

Colm Galvin…………………..0-5

Peter Duggan………………….0-4

Brendan Bugler………………0-3

Fergal Lynch…………………..0-2

Patrick O’Connor………..0-2

Patrick Donnellan……………0-1

Liam Markham………………0-1

David McInerney………….0-1

Cian Dillon………………….0-1

Seadna Morey……………..0-1

Aaron Cunningham………0-1

Nicky O’Connell…………0-1


Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15 (Munster semi-final), Gaelic Grounds

Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15 (Munster final), Gaelic Grounds

Average For: 0-23; Average Against: 0-17


Declan Hannon………0-17 (0-11 frees, 1 ‘65’, 1 sideline)

Sean Tobin……………1-3

Shane Dowling……..0-5 (0-1 free)

James Ryan………….0-4

Donal O’Grady……..0-3

Graeme Mulcahy….0-2

Kevin Downes…….0-2

Niall Moran………..0-2

David Breen………..0-1

Paudie O’Brien……0-1

Paul Browne………0-1

Seamus Hickey…..0-1

Last Five Championship Clashes

2012: Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006: Clare 2-21 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1996: Limerick 1-13 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

Limerick 3 Clare 2

Last Five All-Ireland semi-finals


2006: Kilkenny 2-21 Clare 1-16

2005: Cork 0-16 Clare 0-15

2002: Clare 1-16 Waterford 1-13

1999: Kilkenny 2-14 Clare 1-13

1998: Offaly 0-16 Clare 0-13 (third game)


2009: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

2007: Limerick 5-11 Waterford 2-15

1996: Limerick 1-17 Antrim 0-13

1994: Limerick 2-23 Antrim 0-11

1981: Galway 4-16 Limerick 2-17 (replay)

Last Championship clash…

Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20 (2012 All-Ireland qualifiers)

Goals by Wayne McNamara and Sean Tobin helped Limerick to an interval lead of 2-9 to 0-14 and they went on to out-score Clare by 1-9 to 1-6 in the second half.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara (1-0), D O’Grady, G O’Mahony 0-1 (0-1 free); P O’Brien, J Ryan; S Dowling 0-8 (0-8 frees), B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy 0-2, N Moran 0-5, S Tobin 1-1.

Subs: D Hannon 1-0 for Geary, K Downes 0-1 for Tobin, S O’Neill for Condon, S Hickey for J Ryan, T Ryan for Mulcahy.

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, S Morey; B Bugler 0-1, P Donnellan 0-1, N O’Connell 0-4 (0-3 frees); C Galvin 0-3, S Collins; F Lynch, J Conlon 0-2, T Kelly 1-2 (1-1 frees); A Cunningham 0-1, D Honan, C McGrath 0-6 (0-4 frees).

Subs: L Markham for Collins, C Ryan for Cunningham, J Clancy for Honan.


Having served as a selector during Donal O’Grady’s management term in Cork, Allen took over as boss in late 2004 and remained in charge for two seasons, during which the Rebels won two Munster (2005-2006) and one All-Ireland title (2005). In that period, they won nine of ten championship games, their only defeat coming against Kilkenny in the 2006 decider. Allen stood down as manager at the end of 2006.

He again succeeded Donal O’Grady, this time as Limerick manager, at the start of 2012. He steered them to Munster title success this year while his overall championship record over the two seasons reads: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.

Davy Fitzgerald replaced Justin McCarthy as Waterford manager in mid-season 2008 and led them to the All-Ireland final for the first time since 1963 three months later, where they lost to Kilkenny. He remained as Waterford manager until the end of the 2011 season, the highpoint of which was a Munster title win in 2010.

His championship record with Waterford reads: Played 18, Won 10, Drew 2, Lost 6. He took over in Clare at the start of 2012 and since then, his championship record reads: Played 8, Won 5, Lost 3.


Cork’s 1-24 to 1-19 win over Dublin in last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final ensures that the final will not only be an All-Munster affair but also a repeat of either this year’s Munster semi-final or final. Cork beat Clare by 0-23 to 0-15 in the semi-final in the Gaelic Grounds on June 23rd and lost to Limerick by 0-24 to 0-15 in the final, also at the Gaelic Grounds on July 14,

It will be the first all-Munster All-Ireland final since Clare beat Tipperary in 1997. Cork are back in the final for the first time since 2006 and are bidding to win the title for the first time since 2005.

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final – Galway 0-23 Limerick 0-20

Galway into All-Ireland minor final

Report from the web site

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final: Galway 0-23 Limerick 0-20 (AET)

Galway will play Waterford in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship final after the young Tribesmen defeated Limerick after extra-time in an absorbing semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday. The sides finished level at the end of the first half and full-time, and neither side lead by more than a point from early on in the first half until the final few minutes of extra-time. It was 0-16 apiece at full-time, but Galway were the better side in the extra period and pulled away in the last few minutes, taking a three-point victory.

The sides were level at half-time after a lively and entertaining opening 30 minutes. Limerick started well, and hit the opening two points of the game through Cian Lynch and Dean Coleman. Lynch’s point was a superb individual effort. Galway responded well from their slow start though, and with Brian Molloy deadly from placed balls, the Tribesmen lead 0-5 to 0-3 with 14 minutes played.

A fine score from Limerick midfielder Darragh O’Donovan brought the gap back to one, and Limerick finished the half well with Ronan Lynch and Barry Nash pointing placed balls to put the Treaty County 0-7 to 0-6 ahead five minutes before half-time. Molloy, who was excellent throughout from frees, completed the first-half scoring and it was 0-8 apiece at the break.

The second half was equally tight, and the sides traded scores throughout, with neither side taking more than a one-point lead at any stage, remarkably. It was 0-11 each heading into the final quarter, but a thrilling final 15 minutes saw both sides hit 0-5 apiece to send the game into extra-time. Adrian Morrissey’s injury-time point for Galway looked like it would be enough to send them into the All-Ireland final against Waterford, but Ronan Lynch’s cool free with one of the last pucks of normal time set up the extra period.

Points from Molloy and Eamonn Brannigan edged Galway two ahead the start of extra-time, but Limerick got back level with points from Ronan Lynch and David Dempsey got Limerick back level. However, Galway took control in the second half of extra-time, and two points from Conor Whelan put them into the lead with just a few points remaining. Then, Ronan O’Meara scored what was probably the point of the game for Galway. The Portumna man was being forced out towards the endline, but he somehow managed to scoop the ball off the ground and over the bar in one movement. That score was followed by a fine score from Éanna Burke, and Galway marched on.


Scorers for Galway: B Molloy 0-9 (4f, 2 ’65), C Whelan 0-4, A Morrissey 0-3, B Burke 0-2, D Dolan 0-1, C Shaughnessy 0-1, E Brannigan 0-1, R O’Meara 0-1, É Burke 0-1

Scorers for Limerick: B Nash 0-6 (5f), D O’Donovan 0-3, R Lynch 0-3 (2f, 1 ’65), D Dempsey 0-3, C Lynch 0-2, D Coleman 0-1, D Kennedy 0-1, E Doyle 0-1

Galway: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Conneely; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan; C Whelan, R O’Meara, A Morrissey; B Molloy, B Burke, C Shaughnessy. Subs: J Hastings for R O’Meara (37), V Doyle for R Doyle (52), E Brannigan for D Dolan (56), R O’Meara for B Burke (70), R Bellew for M Conneely (72), D Dolan for A Morrissey (78).

Limerick: C Ryan; S Finn, R English, M Casey; A La Touche Cosgrave, R Lynch, S Flanagan; D O’Donovan, D Kennedy; C Lynch, B Nash, D Dempsey; D Coleman, T Morrissey, P Ryan. Subs: S Flanagan for T Morrissey (HT), J Porter for M Casey (46), E Doyle for D Kennedy (53), T Morrissey for P Ryan (56), J Butler for T Morrissey (68), E Doyle for D Coleman (70), S Ryan for A La Touche Cosgrave (81)

Fixture Details

18.08.2013 (Sun)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final

Páirc an Chrócaigh 13.30

Luimneach v Gaillimh

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

The Limerick minor hurling management team of Brian Ryan (South Liberties)(Manager) Selectors Eamonn Cregan (Claughaun) and Paul Finn (Bruff) has released their starting fifteen to face Galway in their All Ireland minor hurling championship semi final also in Croke Park at 1.30pm.

Limerick team panel is as follows – 1 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Richard English (Doon) (Capt), 4 Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 5 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)6 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 7 Sean Flanagan (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 8 Darragh Donovan (Doon), 9 Darragh Kennedy (Murroe/Boher), 10 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 11 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 12 David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), 13 Dean Coleman (Doon), 14 Tom Morrissey (Ahane) and 15 Pat Ryan (Doon).

Panel members 16 Eoin McNamara (Doon), 17 Jamie Porter (Monaleen), 18 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 19 Jamie Bulter (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 20 Edward Doyle (Monaleen), 21 Seamus Flanagan (Feoghanagh/Castlemahon), 22 Stephen Ryan (Doon), 23 James Riordan (Bruff) and 24 Michael Dee (Murroe/Boher)

Galway: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Conneely; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan; C Whelan, R O’Meara, A Morrissey; B Molloy, B Burke, C Shaughnessy

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on RTE 2.

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi-Final – Kerry 1-16 Westmeath 0-13

Kerry defeated Westmeath by 1-16 to 0-13 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 17th at Moneygall.

Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Championship Semi Final

Kerry 1-16 Westmeath 0-13

A storming second half during which they outscored their opponents by 11 points to 6 earned Kerry an Electric Ireland All Ireland Minor B Championship Final spot at Moneygall Co Tipperary on Saturday evening. They now meet Meath, conquerors of Donegal in the other semi final, on Saturday September 7th.

Kerry, with the aid of the strong wind, got off to a fine start with points from Jason Wallace and Philip Lucid and had doubled this tally by the 15th minute with points from Daniel O’Carroll and Lucid again. Westmeath kept the scoreboard ticking over at the other end before Michael O’Leary struck for a point followed by a goal straight from the puck out in the 25th minute to leave Kerry leading by just a single point at the break 1-5 to 0-7.

The Kerry Management team of Pat Ryan, Ian Brick and Kieran Houlihan made some shrewd half time switches that saw Michael O’Leary go back to bolster the defence against the wind, while Keith Carmody and Mike Lynch revelled in their roving attacking roles. Indeed the defence as a unit were outstanding in that second period while up front the likes of Jordan Brick, Aaron Murphy and Jason Wallace excelled in the open space and between them they accounted for the bulk of the second half scores. Kevin Bowler, just introduced for the exhausted Jordan Brick, added on the insurance score as the game ticked into added time.

Overall a very satisfying win especially when you consider that 10 of the side were on last year’s Under 16 side heavily defeated by the same opposition.

Kerry now have three weeks to prepare for the final against Meath who had a big 4-18 to 2-8 victory over Donegal in the other semi final to add to their 4-16 to 1-15 victory over Kildare in the opening round.

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final – Cavan 3-18 Waterford 1-8

Cavan defeated Waterford by 3-18 to 1-8 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 17th at Birr.

TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final – Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Quarter Final – Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10

Report from the Tipperary Ladies Football web site

St. Brendan’s Park, Birr, Co. Offaly was the venue for the epic TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Quarter Final on Saturday last. Well done to both Tipperary and Longford who served up a great game of Ladies Gaelic Football for all their supporters on the day. Tipperary won the toss and opted to play against the strong breeze in the first half and Longford were the first to register a point in the first minute by Claire Greene. In the seventh minute Edel Hanley equalised the sides when she pointed the first free of the day but moments later Longford’s Anne Marie Bratton scored a goal. In the 13th minute Longford’s Sharon Tracey added another point to stretch their lead out to four points and but for some poor wides at this stage, Longford could have gone further in front. Against the run of play, Edel Hanley reduced the deficit with a pointed free after 20 minutes before registering a goal a minute later to bring the sides level. Longford replied with an Anne Marie Bratton point to retake the lead before a free by Tipperary goalie Patricia Hickey was intercepted and sent to the net from all of forty metres by Longford’s Michelle Farrell. In the final six minutes of the first half Tipperary would score two more points to Longford’s single point leaving the half-time score – Longford 2-4 Tipperary 1-4

The heavy rain that fell in the first half passed away and the second half was a drier affair with the wind dying down as well. Tipperary came out with an Edel Hanley goal from a free to straight away equalise the match. This was to be quickly followed in the second minute with another goal from Mairead Morrissey. For the next fifteen minutes this goal would keep the teams separated in what had become a very tight game with a point in the balance. However, Longford were never too far away and in the forty seventh minute their captain, Sharon Tracey would score a goal to give them the lead by a point. In the fiftieth minute Edel Hanley would score a point to bring the sides level again. In the final ten minutes of the game, Tipperary went down to 14 players as Claire Carroll received a yellow card. To their credit, Tipperary battled hard to keep Longford at bay in this period with Patricia Hickey making two outstanding saves. Another Edel Hanley free put Tipperary in front only to see Longford equalise with a minute to go to force extra time – final score at the end of normal time was 3-9 to 3-9.

After a well-earned break for the players (and supporters), two visibly tired teams took to the field for the extra 20 minutes of play. Tipperary again opted to play against the wind but it was less of a factor now. Longford starting the scoring in the fifth minute with a point from Michelle Farrell, however Tipperary replied in the eighth minute with a point from a free taken by Edel Hanley. The half time whistle with both teams level again, would they be separated? In the twelfth minute of the extra period Sheelagh Carew would score the final point of the game to put Tipperary in the lead which they managed to hold onto until the final whistle. Tipperary 3-11 Longford 3-10. Tipperary are now looking forward to an All-Ireland Intermediate Semi Final while Longford will reflect on the day and the missed chances they had with 15 wides to Tipperary’s 6 wides.

Tipperary Team: Patricia Hickey (Brian Borus), Mairead Morrissey (Brian Borus), Samantha Lambert (Ardfinnan), Rachel Kennelly (Aherlow), Brid Condon (Aherlow), Claire Carroll (Galtee Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Jennifer Grant (Brian Borus), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Edel Hanley (Aherlow), Catriona Walsh (Moycarkey Borris), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan)

Scorers: Edel Hanley 2-7 (1-6 frees), Mairead Morrissey 1-1, Lorraine O’Shea 0-1, Gillian O’Brien 0-1, Shellagh Carew 0-1.

Subs used: Sheelagh Carew (Cappawhite), Anne O’Dwyer (Cappawhite), Kelly Hackett (Moycarkey Borris), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Aoife Ryan (Cappawhite)

Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

Kilkenny power way back into final

Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny will appear in their first senior camogie final since 2009 as a result of a hard-fought win over league champions Cork at Semple Stadium on Saturday. The Noresiders were deserving winners of a wonderful free-flowing game, superbly refereed by Owen Elliott, having dominated the possession stakes for the majority of proceedings.

Despite that, they had to dig deep to overcome the concession of two goals inside the opening eight minutes, as well as a period in the second half when they conceded five successive points. They also managed only one point from two first-half penalties, and that came after 30 seconds when Aoife Neary opted to take the safe option.

That decision looked costly when goal machine Katrina Mackey found the Kilkenny net 92 seconds later after brilliant play by Angela Walsh and Aisling Thompson. The magnificent Katie Power and Aoife Neary (free) responded with points for the Black and Amber but Mackey’s pace caused more problems and she set up Julia White for another Cork goal.

The Cats continued to dominate possession though, and player of the matchPower goaled in the 23rd minute for a 1-7 to 2-3 interval lead. They wasted a number of chances to go in with a bigger advantage, however. Aoife Murray made a brilliant save from Denise Gaule, while Rena Buckley stopped Neary’s 19th-minute penalty after a foul on Shelly Farrell. Two early points from Aisling Dunphy and Power increased the margin to three, but with Orla Cotter and White supplying four of Cork’s next five scores, it was the Leesiders who were looking good entering the final quarter.

The momentum changed once more, however, as Aoife Neary goaled 10 minutes from time. Cotter slotted her third second-half point to level the scores but was immediately substituted, with Gemma O’Connor — home on a three-week break from an Army tour of duty — entering the fray in the 53rd minute. Power and Michelle Quilty put Kilkenny two points clear. Walsh then pointed but Power brought her own tally to 1-6 from play on the hour. Cork threw everything at them in the two minutes of injury time but Thompson’s fizzing shot flew just over the bar and time ran out.

Scorers for Kilkenny: K Power 1-6; A Neary 1-3 (0-2f); G Walsh, A Dunphy, D Gaule 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: J White 1-2; K Mackey 1-1; O Cotter 0-3; A Walsh 0-2; J O’Leary, A Thompson, B Corkery 0-1 each.

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, L Fennelly, E Keane, E Aylward, C Phelan, A Dalton, G Walsh, A Dunphy, K Power, S Farrell, D Gaule, A Neary.

Subs: M Quilty for Walsh (h-t); C Dormer for Phelan (51); K Hamilton for Gaule (51).

CORK: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, M Walsh, P Mackey, D Cronin, R Buckley, A Geary, O Cotter, B Corkery, E O’Sullivan, A Walsh, A Thompson, J White, K Mackey, J O’Leary.

Subs: S Burns for O’Sullivan (35); G O’Connor for Cotter (53); F Neville for Corkery (57).

Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)


Kilkenny 2-12 Cork 2-11

Report from the web site

Kilkenny will appear in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie final for the first time since 2009 after a of a 2-12 to 2-11 win over Cork in Thurles. Despite the minimal margin of difference, the Noresiders were deserving winners, having dominated the possession stakes for the majority of proceedings. Despite that, they had to dig very deep to overcome the concession of two goals inside the opening eight minutes, as well a period in the second half when they conceded five points in succession to fall behind once more. They also only managed one point from two first-half penalties, and that came after 30 seconds when Aoife Neary opted to take the safe option.

That didn’t look too clever when goal machine Katrina Mackey found the Kilkenny net 92 seconds later after brilliant play by Angela Walsh, and then set up Julia White for another. The Cats continued to dominate possession though and player of the match, Katie Power goaled in the 23rd minute to send them in at the break leading by 1-07 to 2-03. Two early points increased the margin to three but with Orla Cotter and White supplying five of Cork’s next five scores, it was the Leesiders that were looking good entering the final quarter. The momentum changed once more though as Aoife Neary goaled with a glorious overhead pull 10 minutes from time and two points from Power helped them keep their noses in front.

Scorers – Kilkenny: K Power 1-6; A Neary 1-3 (0-2fs); G Walsh, A Dunphy, D Gaule 0-1 each

Cork: J White 1-2; K Mackey 1-1; O Cotter 0-3; A Walsh 0-2; J O’Leary, A Thompson, B Corkery 0-1 each

Kilkenny: E Kavanagh, M Power, K McDonald, J Frisby, L Fennelly, E Keane, E Aylward, C Phelan, A Dalton, G Walsh, A Dunphy, K Power, S Farrell, D Gaule, A Neary.

Sub: M Quilty for Walsh (ht)

Cork: A Murray, J O’Callaghan, M Walsh, P Mackey, D Cronin, R Buckley, A Geary, O Cotter, B Corkery, E O’Sullivan, A Walsh, A Thompson, J White, K Mackey, J O’Leary.

Sub: S Burns for O’Sullivan (35); G O’Connor for Cotter (53)