Relieved Clare Ready For Replay – McGrath

Clare sharp-shooter Conor McGrath admits he thought the Banner’s chance of All-Ireland glory had slipped beyond them in the drawn match but feels his side are ready for Cork’s challenge in the replay.

Munster GAA Bursaries

Munster GAA will yet again reiterate its commitment to the educational development of players in the province through the provision of 93 bursaries for students at various third level colleges throughout the province.

The closing date for applications is Friday October 11th 2013.

Click for more details and an application form

Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final – Galway 0-12 Limerick 0-10

Galway defeated Limerick by 0-12 to 0-10 in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final on Sunday September 15th at Croke Park.

McGrath on song as Tribeswomen make amends

Galway 0-12 Limerick 0-10

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Galway held off a spirited Limerick side to bounce back from last year’s replay defeat and eke out a narrow but deserved victory in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland intermediate camogie final at Croke Park. Orlaith McGrath – whose father Michael ‘Hopper’ McGrath enjoyed many successful days at headquarters – was in scintillating form for the Tribeswomen and it was no surprise that the Sarsfields attacker earned the Player of the Match award. She topped off a day she is unlikely to forget by coming on towards the end of the seniors’ success later in the afternoon.

Limerick fought to the bitter end but their much-vaunted forward line got absolutely no change from a splendid Galway rearguard. And so, the Shannonsiders were heavily reliant on Niamh Mulcahy’s well-judged shooting in nightmarish conditions for free-takers to keep them in contention. Galway gradually imposed themselves and three points from Rebecca Hennelly, McGrath and a classy finish by Aoife Donoghue helped them into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead. But it was level scores at the interval as Mulcahy punished a few indiscretions. She gave Limerick the lead early in the second half, but a run of three points, with McGrath providing one either side of Donoghue’s second score, pushed Galway clear once more. Síle Moynihan made a brilliant save from Karen Kennedy five minutes from the end of normal time to keep Joe Quaid’s side in touch though and two brilliant Mulcahy frees left it at 0-11 to 0-10 entering injury time.

Hennelly pushed the gap to two with a 62nd minute free but Karen O’Leary almost snatched a dramatic victory for Limerick, only to see her shot deflected out for a 45. Limerick boss Quaid referred to a couple of important decisions going against his side but, in a nod to Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, joked that he wouldn’t be giving a “small fish” speech. “We’re gutted,” Quaid stated. “I don’t feel the girls performed to their potential today but we have to understand what a low base we came from last year and how many young girls we have on the team. I’m so, so proud of them for the way they tried out there today.”

Scorers for Galway: R Hennelly (3fs), O McGrath (0-4 each), A Donoghue (0-2), C Cormican, M Cooney (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: N Mulcahy (0-8, 7fs), C Costello, M O’Callaghan (0-1 each).

GALWAY: R Callanan; T Kenny, S Healy, C Gill; P Kenny, S Noone, S Keane; A Callanan, C Cormican; K O’Dwyer, R Hennelly, M Cooney; F Keely, O McGrath, A Donoghue

Subs: D Burke for A Callanan (ht); K Kennedy for Donoghue(52); A Lynskey for Keely (57); L Mitchell for O’Dwyer (60+2).

LIMERICK: S Moynihan; F Hickey, S Carey, J Mulcahy; M Ryan, M Casey, R Delee; D Fitzpatrick, K Campbell; C Costello, N Mulcahy, D Murphy; M Keating, M O’Callaghan, D O’Brien.

Subs: A Wilson for Keating (ht); K O’Leary for Campbell (44); J Garvey for O’Callaghan (54); J Wilson for Ryan (58).

Referee: A O’Brien (Wexford)

Fixture Details

Sunday 15th September 2013

Liberty Insurance Intermediate Camogie Championship Final

Galway v Limerick

Referee – Aiden O Brien

Croke Park 14:00

Team News

Limerick Team

1 Sile Moynihan (Ahane)

2 Fiona Hickey (Granagh Ballingarry)

3 Sarah Carey (Granagh Ballingarry)

4 Judith Mulcahy (Ahane)

5 Mairéad Ryan (Galbally)

6 Michelle Casey (Killeedy) Captain

7 Rebecca Delee (Newcastle West)

8 Deirdre Fitzpatrick (Killeedy)

9 Katie Campbell (Na Piarsaigh)

10 Caoimhe Costello (Adare)

11 Niamh Mulcahy (Ahane)

12 Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry)

13 Marie Keating (Killeedy(

14 Mary O’Callaghan (Bruff)

15 Dymphna O’Brien (Killeedy)


16 Claire Keating (Cappamore)

17 Janet Garvey (Tournafulla)

18 Noreen Barry (Killeedy)

19 Mairéad Fitzgerald (Granagh Ballingarry)

20 Karen O’Leary (Newcastle West)

21 Aoife Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)

22 Elaine Kennedy (Newcastle West)

23 Bríd Hannan (Croagh Kilfinny)

24 Meadhbh O’Neill (Galbally)

25 Orla Cunningham (Killeedy)

26 Sarah Crotty (Ahane)

27 Katie Hennessy (Ballyagran)

28 Caitrin DeBhál (Feenagh Kilmeedy)

29 Donna Mulcahy (Killeedy)

30 Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh)

31 Aishling McCartan (Newcastle West)

32 Patricia Liston (Newcastle West)

Management Team

Manager- Joe Quaid (Murroe Boher)

Selectors – Ger Sheehy (Newcastle West), Anne Herbert (Newcastle West)

First Aid – Sara Fitzgerald

Liason Officer – James Moynihan

Limerick U14s will take part in the All Ireland Blitz in Dublin on Saturday and will also parade in Croke Park at half time in the Senior game.

Another Limerick Team will take the field in Croke Park on Sunday as the U10s of Treaty Gaels Camogie Club will take part in the mini games at half time in the Junior match.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 A Championship Final – Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

Clare defeated Antrim by 2-28 to 0-12 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 A Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Clare cashing in on winning mentality

Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Semple Stadium was a sea of saffron and blue at the end of this All-Ireland U21 hurling final, with thousands of enthused Clare supporters in the 11,148 crowd covering the pitch and acclaiming their heroes after yet another great day for the county. Though this was a facile win, Antrim doing their limited best but never at the races against a Clare side backboned by eight players (four starters, four panellists) from Sunday’s drawn SHC final in Croke Park against Cork.

It took Clare just 12 minutes to unlock the crowded Ulster men’s defence, at which point they led by just two points (0-4 to 0-2). Once they found the key it became a rout and when they led by 18 points at the break (2-16 to 0-4), a record win looked on the cards. Seven minutes after the resumption, however, having extended their lead by four, the Clare management duo of Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor hauled the big guns ashore, David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins all leaving the field to a massive ovation. In the remaining 23 minutes Antrim managed an honourable draw, seven more points apiece, free-taker Ciaran Clarke doing most of their scoring, corner-forwards Cathal O’Connell (11 points) and Davy O’Halloran (1-4) doing the damage for Clare.

Overall though it was a total mismatch, Clare’s title before a ball was pucked. “The final was probably in Walsh Park, against Waterford,” admitted O’Connor. “That was the toughest test we have faced in a long time and we must acknowledge the work going on down there. They pushed us to the very limit and the resolve we gained from that, the test we got, really stood to us in the second half against Tipperary when they came back at us (Munster final), and in the first half against Galway (semi-final) here a few weeks ago.”

This has been a team in the making however for a lot longer than that. “I call this the class of 2010 and we lost the All-Ireland minor final in pretty harrowing circumstances against Kilkenny that year. We felt we left it behind us and in the dressing room afterwards — through tears, and we don’t remember a whole pile of the words that we uttered but we remember the hurt and the pain and the anguish — we made a pact as a group that if we ever got the opportunity to win an All-Ireland together, we would. It probably came a year sooner than expected (Clare also won last year) but these guys have been training and preparing for today for the past four years.

“While the result might appear facile, the performance we wanted to give, we gave, in the first half. We wanted to give a top-class professional performance that reflected a team that had been training for four years. People have been surprised how well a young team like Clare performed in Croke Park on Sunday but these guys have a winning mentality, they know nothing else other than winning. That’s a huge advantage to have going into any game — they expect to win, fear nobody but respect everybody.”

The senior guys are an inspiration to the others, reckons O’Connor, not a prima donna among them, just settled straight back into the U21 set-up. “It’s being reported in the media that 14 of these guys are on the (extended) senior panel but the reality is that only four of them are playing day in, day out. The biggest challenge we had was to ensure our training was of a high enough intensity to bring the guys who weren’t playing last Sunday up to speed. It gives you a taste of the mentality of these guys that on Tuesday night Podge Collins had a puss on him because he couldn’t train! That’s the way they are; they love playing hurling, they love the way Paul Kinnerk has them playing, they enjoy it — this was a huge and a wonderful opportunity for them to express themselves.”

It’s going to work in their favour now too going into the senior replay, reckons Donal Moloney. “I think from a Clare perspective there is an unwarranted level of despondency (after the draw) — I think they are really set up to win the replay. This will help them, absolutely. The enthusiasm they will go back in with will be palpable — that will help the rest of the guys to push over the line. We may never see this again in Clare, everything possible has to be done to finish the year on a high.”

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell (0-11, nine frees); D O’Halloran (1-4); S O’Donnell (1-0); C Galvin (0-3); T Kelly (0-3); S Morey (0-2); C Malone (0-2); A O’Neill (free), J Colleran, E Boyce (0-1 each).

Scorers for Antrim: C Clarke (0-7, five frees, one s/l); C McCann, S McAfee, J McGreevy, C McGuinness, M Bradley (0-1 each).

Clare: R Taaffe; P Flanagan (c), D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan, P Collins, C Malone; C O’Connell, S O’Donnell, D O’Halloran.

Subs for Clare: J Colleran for Kelly (33); K Lynch for McInerney (33); E Boyce for Galvin (37); N Arthur for Collins (37); A Cunningham for O’Donnell (50).

Antrim: G Dixon; C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle; T Ó Ciaráin, P McNaughton, C McGuinness; J McGreevey (c), E Campbell; S Dooey, S McAfee, N McKenna; D McKernan, C McCann, C Clarke.

Subs for Antrim: D Kearney for Ó Ciaráin (22); M Bradley for Donnelly (30); S Beatty for Dooey (30); M Dudley for McKernan (40); D McGuinness for McCann (54).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-12

Report from the web site

Clare captain Paul Flanagan with the trophy Clare’s Davy O’Halloran scores his sides first goal Clare claimed back-to-back Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland Under 21 hurling titles, following a 2-28 to 0-12 win over Antrim at Semple Stadium. The Banner County led throughout, and held a 2-16 to 0-04 interval advantage with Davy O’Halloran and Shane O’Donnell netting their goals. Clare opened up a 22-point lead inside seven minutes of the restart, and although Antrim worked hard with scores from Chris McGuinness, Ciaran Clarke and Niall McKenna, the reigning champions weren’t going to be beaten. Cathal O’Connell led the charge for the Munster outfit with 11 points, including ten from placed balls.

Antrim made one change to their side from the semi-final win over Wexford, with Chris McGuinness coming into defence in place of St John’s Ciarán Johnston. Clare opted for the same line-up named midweek, with four of the side which started the drawn All-Ireland Senior final against Cork last weekend handed starts. David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Padraic Collins were all included in the Banner line-up. A crowd 11,148 watched on in a game where Galvin and Kelly proved to be impressive in the midfield, scoring three points each, including two each in the opening half.

Clare ran at the Antrim defence from the off, with full-back Matthew Donnelly and Chris McGuinness handed yellow cards inside the opening three minutes, as the Saffrons rearguard found it hard to cope in the initial stages. Antrim went two points in arrears after five minutes, with O’Connell firing two early frees over for Clare. Conor McCann opened Antrim’s account after seven minutes, and although the scoreline stood at 0-04 to 0-02 after 11-and-a-half minutes, the Saffrons failed to score again for a further 13 minutes as Clare exerted firm control.

Antrim’s use of the short puck-out strategy was not proving fruitful with the Saffrons particularly caught in the 20th minute, as Davy O’Halloran controlled possession from Ger Dixon’s puck-out and fired the reigning champions to a 0-13 to 0-02 lead. O’Halloran’s score came in a spell which saw Clare score 1-10 without reply, with O’Connell deadly accurate from placed-balls, while O’Halloran fired the Banner’s opening goal in the 23rd minute. The Éire Óg Ennis clubman left Conal Morgan in his wake as he bore down on goals and bounced the ball, before giving Antrim goalkeeper Ger Dixon little chance as Clare moved 1-13 to 0-02 ahead.

Tony Kelly edged Clare further ahead a minute later, and although Ciarán Clarke replied after good work by Saffrons skipper Jackson McGreevey, Clare continued to pile on the pressure. O’Connell and Galvin added further points, before Shane O’Donnell’s 27th minute goal gave Clare a 2-16 to 0-03 lead. Antrim worked hard in the closing minutes of the half for a score and were eventually rewarded, with Clarke slotting over a sideline cut before the break, to ensure a 2-16 to 0-04 half-time scoreline.

Antrim were caught napping after the break, Kelly and O’Halloran firing a point each inside a minute of the restart. A Stephen McAfee point settled the Saffrons, but they still found it hard to cope with a pacey Clare attack. Clarke showed great pace of his own in the 35th minute, as he forced Clare keeper Ronan Taffe to make a fine save, after a rasping goal shot. Scores from O’Connell and O’Halloran handed Clare a 22-point lead in the 37th minute, but Antrim failed to give up.

Clarke, Chris McGuinness and Niall McKenna pegged back points for the Saffrons, while at the opposite end it could have been worse for the Ulster side but for the brilliance of Dixon who pulled off fine saves in the 46th and 56th minutes. The Cuchulanns clubman denied Cathal Malone at the start of the second quarter, while the inrushing Seadna Morey was also rebuffed with three minutes left on the clock. Half-back Morey was one of Clare’s outstanding players in this game, with two excellent points from play. Morey’s second point handed Clare a 2-25 to 0-10 lead.

Antrim worked hard late on with Clarke and substitute Michael Bradley taking scores, but it was too little too late as Clare powered to a 22-point win. After the game GAA President Liam O’Neill presented Clare captain Paul Flanagan with the Cross of Cashel trophy, while corner-forward Davy O’Halloran claimed the Man of the Match award.

Clare: R Taffe, P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne, S Morey (0-02), A O’Neill (0-01, 1f), S O’Halloran, C Galvin (0-03), T Kelly (0-03), P Duggan, P Collins, C Malone (0-02), C O’Connell (0-11, 10f), S O’Donnell (1-00), D O’Halloran (1-04).

Subs: K Lynch for Kelly (33), J Colleran (0-01) for McInerney (33), E Boyce (0-01) for Galvin (36), N Arthur for Collins (36), A Cunningham for O’Donnell (49).

Antrim: G Dixon, C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle, T Ó Ciaráin, P McNaughton, C McGuinness (0-01), J McGreevey (0-01), E Campbell, S Dooey, S McAfee (0-01), N McKenna (0-01, 1f), D McKernan, C McCann (0-01), C Clarke (0-06, 4f, 1sl).

Subs: D Kearney for Ó Ciaráin (22), S Beatty for Dooey (HT), M Bradley (0-01) for Donnelly (HT), M Dudley for McKernan (39), D McGuinness for McCann (54).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Fixture Details

14.09.2013 (Sat)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship Final

Semple Stadium Thurles 17:00

Aontroim v An Clár

Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TG4

Team News

CLARE (U21H v Antrim): R Taaffe (Tubber); P Flanagan (Ballyea), D McInerney (Tulla), J Browne (Ballyea); S Morey (Sixmilebridge), A O’Neill (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), S O’Halloran (Clarecastle); C Galvin (Clonlara), T Kelly (Ballyea); P Duggan (Clooney-Quin), P Collins (Cratloe), C Malone (Ennistymon); C O’Connell (Clonlara), S O’Donnell (Éire Óg), D O’Halloran (Éire Óg)

Cathal Malone of Ennistymon comes into the side at left half-forward instead of the injured Aaron Cunningham in a side otherwise unchanged from that which beat Galway in the semi-final. David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins all started for the Banner senior side in last Sunday’s drawn All-Ireland senior final against Cork.

Antrim: G Dixon; C Morgan, M Donnelly, T Coyle; T Ó Ciarain, P McNaughton, C Johnson; J McGreevey, E Campbell; S Dooey, S McAfee, N McKenna; D McKernan, C McCann, C Clarke.

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Final – Kerry 1-21 Kildare 4-10

Kerry defeated Kildare by 1-21 to 4-10 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Final on Saturday September 14th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Boyle’s late goal swings it Kerry’s way

Kerry 1-21 Kildare 4-10

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

How quickly the pendulum swings in hurling! Fourth minute of injury-time in this All-Ireland U21 B final in Semple Stadium on Saturday Kildare were in the driving-seat, ahead by two points and with one hand on the trophy. Then came one last high ball into Kerry danger man Podge Boyle on the edge of the Kildare square and in an instant the ball was in the net and the Kingdom were ahead by a point. Seconds later, from the Kildare puckout, sub Phillip Lucid iced the cake with a fine point. Having had a bye all the way to the final (with no other B team in Munster, and a walkover from Tyrone in the semi-final), Kerry were All-Ireland champions after just one game, adding to the minor B title won last weekend in similar late and dramatic fashion.

“Unbelievable!” was the reaction of manager Jim Walsh. “I thought we were going to run out of time with the last puckout, but I was hoping we’d get one more chance, and Podge (Boyle, full-forward) is the right man in those situations. He was unlucky in the first half and could have had two goals. But look, that’s the kind of thing that can happen in hurling. Those things are possible. We conceded four goals but kept plugging away, got 21 points which is a fine score.” For the same Podge that last high ball was just what the doctor ordered. “We robbed them in the end but I think we deserved it; the goals kept them in it but we were the better team all the way through. That’s what I wanted all day, a high ball into the square. I hurt my ankle earlier in the game and couldn’t really move after that.”

Truth be told, in a game that was tied at the break (0-14 to 3-5) Kerry were marginally the better side and 22 scores to 14 tells a tale. Even Kildare manager Noel McMahon admitted as much, though the manner of the defeat left a sour taste. “Two points up in injury-time, a blatant penalty ignored — I don’t know, what can you do? We were here again last year against Roscommon, a referee who didn’t give us one free inside their half bar one in the first minute. Today we get done again by a refereeing decision. Niall Kenny (the player fouled) is only 17, man-of-the-match by a mile, that would have crowned it for him, but what do you do? They were possibly that little bit better than us but we got the goals, led for most of the match and they got one four minutes into injury-time, when it should have been done and dusted at the other end.”

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle (1-7, three frees); B Brosnan (0-4, two frees, one 65); P McGrath (0-3); D Collins (0-3); B O’Leary (0-2); P Connolly, P Lucid (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kildare: N Kenny (2-3); M Delaney (0-5, two frees, one 65); R Casey (1-0); P McKenna (1-0, pen); E Dempsey (0-2).

KERRY: N Leen; TB McElligott, A Fealy, K Orpen; T Casey, B Murphy, D Fitzell; B Brosnan, B O’Leary (c); P McGrath, D Collins, M O’Leary; PJ Costello, P Boyle, D Leahy.

Subs: K Carmody for Connolly (25); T Barrett for McElligott (25); S Weir for Leahy (41); P Lucid for Carmody (53).

KILDARE: P McKenna; C Farrell, C Gordon, S O’Flynn; K Murphy, D Flaherty, K Connor; P Kennedy, J Byrne; N Kenny, F Conway, R Casey; M Delaney (c), G Keegan, E Dempsey.

Subs: E Doddy for Keegan (51); D Keane for Kenny (63).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

14.09.2013 (Sat)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21B Championship Final

Semple Stadium Thurles 15:00

Ciarraí v Cill Dara

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live by TG4

Team News

Kildare: P McKenna; S O’Flynn, C Farrell, C Gordon; K Murphy, D Flaherty, K Connor; P Kennedy, J Byrne; N Kenny, F Conway, M Delaney; R Casey, G Keegan, E Dempsey


The Kerry Team to play Kildare in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland Under 21 B Final on Saturday next in Semple Stadium Thurles is as follows:

1 Nicky Leen Ballyduff

2 T.B. McElligott Crotta O Neills

3 Anthony Fealy Causeway

4 Kevin Orpen St Brendans Ardfert

5 Dougie Fitzell Kilmoyley

6 Brian Murphy Causeway

7 Thomas Casey Causeway

8 Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

9 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney (Capt.)

10 Micheal O’Leary Abbeydorney

11 Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

12 Paul McGrath Causeway

13 Pat Joe Connolly Ballyduff

14 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

15 Darren Leahy Causeway


16 Kieran Fitzgibbons Kenmare

17 Tommy Barrett Causeway

18 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

19 Chris McCarthy Abbeydorney

20 Keith Carmody Causeway

21 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

22 Daniel O’Leary Abbeydorney

23 Stephen O’Connor Abbeydorney

24 David Goulding Ballyduff

25 Tommy Maunsell Kilmoyley

26 Jason Bowler Ballyduff

27 David Griffin St Brendans Ardfert

28 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare

29 Alan O’Leary Kenmare


Other panel members out through injury

Kevin O’Connor Ballyduff

Colman Savage Kilmoyley


Manager: Joe Walsh (Kilmoyley)

Selectors: D. J. Leahy (Causeway) John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Tom O’Connell (Abbeydorney)

Medical / Physio: Maura Griffin, Stephanie O’Sullivan

Liason Officer: Ger McCarthy

Kerry Under 21 Hurling Panel – Did You Know?

1. Brotherly Love – Three O’Leary brothers from the Abbeydorney club are part of this Kerry panel; Daniel, Brendan & Michéal. Brendan and Micheal played on last year’s minor team that won the All Ireland B with Michéal wining his 2nd Minor medal last Saturday. Brendan captains the side & all three are under age again next year.

2. Nine of the panel were part of the 2011 Under 21winning team.

3. Thirteen of the panel are still involved in the senior county hurling championship semi -finals.

4 Michéal O’Leary, Keith Carmody & Philp Lucid were members of last years and this years winning All Ireland Minor B teams.

5. Manager Joe Walsh and selectors D.J. Leahy, and Tom O’Connell were members of the Kerry senior team that beat Waterford in the Munster senior championship in 1993 and played all grades with the county.

6. Selector John Lucid played all grades with Kerry from underage to senior.

7. Darren Leahy is son of present selector D.J.

8. Seven of the panel were part of the Christy Ring team who lost to Down in the final earlier in the year.

9. Most of this panel have played with Causeway Comprehensive School and were very successful at Colleges level in Munster.

10. Padraig Boyle and Daniel Collins have also played Minor football for the county.

11 Kerry have seven U21 titles 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011,

12 Michéal O’Leary from the Abbeydorney club is captain of the team.

Kerry Manager Joe Walsh – A Profile

Joe is a member of the Kilmoyley Hurling club and played at all grades for both club and county. He holds 4 county senior championship medals along with a Munster senior league with the club. Along with his brother Christy, he was a member of the Kerry senior hurling team when Kerry beat Waterford in the Munster championship in 1993. Joe coached the Kerry minor team to All Ireland success in 2009 and also coached underage club teams for many years. He is also coach to the local camogie team, Cillard Under 14s and 16s.

Joe was the first hurling officer to be elected to Coiste Chontae Chiarrai in 2008, a position he held for 5 years. During his term Kerry won the Christy Ring Cup in 2011, three U21 and 2 Minor titles, he also set up a new hurling club in Tralee town in 2012 and Tralee Parnells have since been a great success. Joe is married to Margaret and they have three children, Clodagh. Sarah and Ronan.

Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2011

A report commissioned by Munster GAA and carried out by Independent consultants Focus Consulting was presented to a meeting of the Munster Council for consideration on Wednesday November 21st 2012.

Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study – PDF file

Some of the findings include –

  • 58,000 underage players across the six Munster counties
  • 10,537 mentors and coaches currently engaged through clubs
  • €1.64 million investment by Munster G.A.A. in 2011 has generated a return on investment of €20million.
  • For every euro spent on coaching by Munster G.A.A. it generates €12 return on investment.
  • Over a third of clubs in the province have experienced a decline in playing numbers while 30.6% have enjoyed growth in the membership numbers.
  • Over 35% of clubs have retained the same playing numbers in the past three years.
  • There is over 2,400 weekly underage training sessions held across the province during the playing season generating 3183 hours of G.A.A. training per week, the equivalent of 85 additional coaches delivering coaching on a full time basis.
  • 10,729 coaches and mentors have completed some level of G.A.A. Coach Education programme over the past three years in the province.
  • GAA activity in schools accounts for 46,000 hours of physical activity. This is the equivalent of employing 62 P.E. teachers to deliver the equivalent exercise output.
  • The value generated by G.A.A. activity in schools is estimated at €2.2 million per annum.
  • The lifetime value a player receives from GAA activity, playing from under 8 to minor is valued at €3,650.
  • Parents identified the health benefits derived from playing Gaelic Games and Social skills development as the two most important outcomes of their children’s involvement in the G.A.A.
  • Parents value a one hour training session delivered by the GAA at €5.82 per hour.
  • Parents consider €6.27 a fair amount to pay for an hour of exercise to gain the desired benefits their child receives from sporting activity.
  • Parents consider €6.13 a fair amount to pay for one hours activity in a non sports pursuit.
  • On average parents are receiving a €7.54 return on investment for every euro spent on GAA membership based on the benefits their children receive.
  • The value parents associate with a GAA season of training and playing activity is €160 for Under 8 players, €182 for Under 12 and Under 14 players, €294 for Under 14 and Under 16 players and €245 for a minor player.

The report can be downloaded via the link below.

Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study – PDF file

2014 Munster Senior Football Championship Format

At a meeting of the Munster Council this evening at Munster’s GAA Headquarters in Limerick, a proposal from the Provincial Competitions Control Committee (CCC) to change the format to a seeded draw for the 2014 Munster Senior Football Championship was passed. The 2014 format will keep the 2013 Munster Senior Football Finalists (Cork and Kerry) at opposite sides of the draw.

No motions were forthcoming from the delegates in relation to the format of all other Munster Championship competitions from Minor upwards in Hurling and Football.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25

Cork and Clare finished level in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 8th in Croke Park on a scoreline of Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25. The replay will take place on Saturday September 28th at Croke Park.

An emotional, riveting roller-coaster

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-25

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

All around the world yesterday, in adventure parks from Australia to Japan and the United States, there were people thrilling to rides that compete for the title of greatest roller-coaster in the world. ‘Tower of Terror’, ‘Steel Dragon’, ‘Intimidator 305’, ‘Thunder Dragon’, they’re all in there, gut-churning twists and turns, breathtaking drops that suck the breath from your lungs. None, absolutely none, would have offered the thrills and spills thrown up by this game at a packed Croke Park yesterday, which left both sets of supporters utterly drained.

It began, as do all the best roller-coaster rides, in fairly gentle fashion. In perfect conditions, Clare were first to register, two early points on the board per Darach Honan and free-taker Colin Ryan (another masterful display, 12 points, 11 from 13 from placed balls). By the 12th minute it was still moving along smoothly, tied on four each after points from Cork’s Seamus Harnedy and three from their ace marksman Patrick Horgan (as with Ryan, superb, ten points, eight from nine from frees).

Then it began to take off, or more specifically, Clare began to take off. Contrary to most expectations they parked the sweeper system that had served them so well against Galway and Limerick, went with convention, albeit with captain Patrick Donnellan in midfield rather at centre-back, Patrick O’Connor manning that position while Conor Ryan took dangerman Harnedy.

With their defence on top, suffocating the Cork attack after that early little burst, Clare went on four-point run, sandwiched around a fine save by Cork keeper Anthony Nash from a Honan first-time ground shot. It was looking ominous for the Rebels, the Banner roar rising as they began to thrill to the exploits of their young side. Coming up to half-time they were four points ahead, 0-12 to 0-8 but also had three wides on the board to none for Cork. Two late points though gave Cork hope, the first from raiding centre-back Brian Murphy, the second a huge effort by Patrick Horgan after a lovely little one-handed pass by Conor O’Sullivan, leaving it 0-12 to 0-10 at half-time. Flattering for Cork, though they had threatened in the 18th minute especially, Patrick Kelly saving well from Daniel Kearney, then saving the subsequent 20m bullet free by Anthony Nash (illegally — was almost on the 13m line!), a Podge Collins point resulting at the other end.

The second half however was when this roller-coaster really took off. Always it was Clare out front, two early points again (Tony Kelly and Colin Ryan) to start the second half, extending their lead to four. Then came the first major twist, Conor Lehane announcing his presence with a spectacular solo goal, rounding Patrick O’Connor, then a 40 metre solo before sending a searing shot across Kelly. Even as Cork voices soared to the Drumcondra heavens, however, back came Clare and by the 55th minute, Collins (a truly magical effort from the left wing, mesmerising three Cork defenders), John Conlon, Conor McGrath and Colin Ryan (four) with the scores, they had established what looked a commanding five-point lead, 0-21 to 1-13.

Time for two quick twists. 57th minute, disdaining a succession of nonsensical physical challenges as he made his way upfield, Anthony Nash buried a 20 metre free. Hardly had he made his back to his own goals however than he was called upfield again, Seamus Harnedy taken down by a combination of David McInerney and Cian Dillon — Cork penalty. Guaranteed goal, surely? Not this time, Colin Ryan somehow getting his stick to the shot to deflect it onto the crossbar, then free out. Cork cheers dyed in their throats, Clare in seventh heaven. Not for long.

Clare did get the next two scores, first Colin Ryan from a free, then man-of-the-match Conor Ryan with a truly inspirational point — huge catch (the Clare half-back line brilliant in this department all game), surge forward, then a long-range score. Four points ahead again (0-23 to 2-13), eight minutes remaining – this was surely now Clare’s All-Ireland title.

But no, not even close, this roller-coaster was just hitting its peak. A Lehane Cork point reduced the deficit to a goal; then half-chance for a Clare goal missed at one end after the ball came back off the crossbar, ends up with Cork sub Stephen Moylan (fine game) who parts to Pa Cronin — absolute net-buster from the Cork captain and now it’s game tied, 0-23 to 3-14, 64th minute. And still it wasn’t over. With the tension at its peak Colin Ryan nosed Clare in front, another free, matched within a minute by a similar score from Horgan.

Into injury-time, ‘At least two minutes’ said the announcer, and in the first minute Patrick Horgan scored a peach of a point — Cork ahead, still ahead as the clock ticked past 72 minutes following Moylan’s wide from a lineball. One last Clare attack, one last twist; the equalising point but it came not from any one of Clare’s six super forwards, nor from their outstanding midfielders, nor yet any of the three heroes of the half-back line. It was that man Domhnall O’Donovan, and what he was doing inside the Cork 65m line only he knows. No matter; gratefully accepting the pass from Nicky O’Connell, off balance, Domhnall split the posts — roller-coaster over, end of the ride. For this day, only for this day.

Replay. Can’t wait.

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-10, eight frees); C Lehane (1-1); P Cronin (1-0); A Nash (1-0, free); S Harnedy (0-2); D Kearney (0-2); B Murphy (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan (0-12, 11 frees); T Kelly (0-3); P Collins (0-3); C McGrath (0-2); J Conlon (0-2); D Honan, Conor Ryan, D O’Donovan (0-1 each).

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; S Harnedy, P Cronin (c), C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan.

Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Coughlan (35); C McCarthy for McLoughlin (42); C Naughton for McCarthy (inj. 50); T Kenny for Egan (64); S White for Kearney (67).

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

Subs for Clare: C McInerney for Honan (61); F Lynch for Conlon (64); N O’Connell for Galvin (64).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)


O’Donovan rescues draw in classic final

Report from the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16

An amazing All-Ireland hurling final finished level, with Clare corner-back Domhnall O’Donovan making himself a hero as he hit the equalising point with the last puck of the game at Croke Park. For long stages of the game it looked as though Davy Fitzgerald’s young side would prevail, but Cork’s goalscoring ability – they hit three brilliant goals in the second half – saved them, and they looked set to snatch victory until O’Donovan’s last gasp intervention. The replay will take place on Saturday, September 28, with the time still to be decided.

Clare led at the break by two points, and they lead by four with 62 minutes on the clock. However, Patrick Cronin’s brilliant goal drew Cork level, and after some nervy minutes, Patrick Horgan’s controlled effort split the posts at the end of the first minute of injury-time, and it was advantage Cork. When Cork won a sideline cut off Patrick Kelly, it looked like the game was over, but somehow there was enough time for O’Donovan to put his name in lights.

Three times in the second half, Cork found the net to keep themselves in the game. The first one was shortly after half-time, when Conor Lehane scored a wonderful individual goal to revive flagging Rebel hearts. He made a dashing burst at goal from nowhere, and cracked a brilliant shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net. That made it Clare 0-14 Cork 1-10, and suddenly it was game on. However, Clare responded well to the Cork goal, and points from Conor McGrath, John Conlon and Colin Ryan had Clare 0-19 to 1-12 ahead heading into the final quarter.

The Clare lead swelled to five following another free from Ryan, but on 58 minutes, Nash was handed another chance to score from a 21 metre free. The Kanturk man’s shot was incredible, and it absolutely seared into the roof of the net without a Clare stick even getting close. That left two between them, and incredibly, Cork were awarded a penalty just a minute later. Nash came up again, but this time his shot was deflected onto the bar off Patrick Donnellan’s hurl and cleared away. Clare, buoyed by this, hit two points in the space of a minute from Ryan, one a brilliant effort from play, and Clare lead by four with 62 minutes played.

However, Cork’s goalscoring ability proved key again. Cronin’s goal on 66 minutes was a real beauty, struck with venom into the roof of the net from a good distance out. That levelled up the sides, and then Horgan and Ryan traded frees. However, Horgan’s point on 71 minutes looked like it would be enough to give Cork a famous win. O’Donovan had other ideas though, and the Clonlara man emerged from a thicket of players over on the left wing to split the posts and force an All-Ireland hurling final replay for the second year in a row.

Clare had led 0-12 to 0-10 at half-time, but their advantage probably should have been greater, given their level of dominance in the opening period. They came flying out of the blocks with points from Darach Honan and Ryan (free) but Cork recovered from a nervous opening few minutes to be back level at 0-4 apiece following three frees from Horgan. Points fizzed over in quick succession from Colin Ryan (2 frees), Conor McGrath and Podge Collins to make it 0-8 to 0-4, but Cork had two great goal chances in that period. Daniel Kearney saw a goal-bound effort brilliantly saved by Clare goalkeeper Patrick Kelly, but in the aftermath of the save, Cork were awarded a 21 metre free.

Anthony Nash jogged up to take the puck, but Kelly denied him again with a brave save, diving in front of the powerful strike and getting it clear. Those saves gave Clare further confidence, and they remained on top for the next few minutes, edging 0-11 to 0-6 ahead following more placed-ball accuracy from Ryan. However, Cork revived themselves for the last five minutes of the half, and points from Daniel Kearney, Brian Murphy and Horgan (2) had the Rebels just two behind at the break. One of Horgan’s points, a massive score from play from close to the halfway line on the Hogan Stand side, was a really inspirational one, and just the type Cork needed before going in.

No-one could have predicted how the second half would pan out, and the last 15 minutes were particularly dramatic. In the end, both sides will probably be disappointed with the result, as they both will have felt the game was within their grasp. However, in three weeks’ time they will have a chance to reclaim their destiny.


Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-12 (11f), T Kelly 0-3, P Collins 0-3, C McGrath 0-2, J Conlon 0-2, D Honan 0-1, Conor Ryan 0-1, D O’Donovan 0-1

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-10 (8f), C Lehane 1-1, A Nash 1-0 (1-0 f), P Cronin 1-0, D Kearney 0-2, S Harnedy 0-2, B Murphy 0-1

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly C Ryan; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath. Subs: C McInerney for D Honan (62), N O’Connell for C Galvin (64), F Lynch for J Conlon (64).

Cork: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, P Cronin, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan. Subs: S Moylan for J Coughlan (HT), C McCarthy for L McLoughlin (42), C Naughton for C McCarthy (50), T Kenny for W Egan (64), S White for D Kearney (67).

Attendance: 81,651

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

2013 Meetings to date

June 23rd – Munster Senior Hurling Semi Final – Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15
Match Report

April 14th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Relegation Final – Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23
Match Report

March 16th – Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16
Match Report

February 1st – Waterford Crystal Cup Semi Final – Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11
Match Report

Fixture Details

08.09.2013 (Sun)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final

An Clár v Corcaigh

Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30

Referee: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)

Std By: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)

Linesman: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)

Sideline: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Umpires – Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).

Team News

Cork (SH v Clare): A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, P Cronin, C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan


For the first time since 1997, when Clare beat Tipperary by a point, the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final will be an all-Munster affair as Clare take on Cork to decide who succeeds Kilkenny as champions. Their clash in Croke Park on Sunday will throw-in at 3.30 and will be preceded by the Galway-Waterford minor final at 1.15. Cork, who last played in the senior final in 2006 when they lost to Kilkenny, are bidding to win the title for the first time since 2005 while Clare, who last reached the final in 2002, enjoyed their last All-Ireland success in 1997.

Paths to the 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

Clare1-22 Limerick 0-18 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Clare scorers

Colin Ryan……………………….0-51 (0-38 frees, 0-6 ‘65s’)

Tony Kelly……………………….0-16 (0-1 pen)

Padraic Collins………………..0-15

Conor McGrath………………..2-7

Shane O’Donnell……………..3-2

John Conlon……………………..1-8

Darach Honan…………………..0-9

Cathal McInerney………… 2-2

Colm Galvin…………………..0-6

Peter Duggan………………….0-4

Brendan Bugler………………0-3

Patrick O’Connor……………0-3

Fergal Lynch…………………..0-2

Patrick Donnellan……………0-2

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


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

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

Cork 0-19 Kilkenny 0-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final), Thurles

Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19 (All-Ireland semi-final), Croke Park

Cork scorers:

Patrick Horgan……….1-30 (0-20 frees)

Seamus Harnedy………0-9

Jamie Coughlan………..0-6 (0-2 frees)

Pa Cronin………………..0-7

Conor Lehane………….0-7

Luke O’Farrell…………0-6

Daniel Kearney…………0-3

Anthony Nash………….0-5 (0-5 frees)

Stephen Moylan………0-2

Cathal Naughton……..0-1

Cian McCarthy…………0-1

William Egan…………..0-1

Lorcan McLoughlin…0-3

Last Five Championship Clashes

2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

2008: Cork 2-19 Clare 2-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Cork 1-18 Clare 1-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2006: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-14 (Munster semi-final)

2005: Cork 0-16 Clare 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Last Five All-Ireland finals


2006: Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13

2005: Cork 1-21 Galway 1-16

2004: Cork 0-17 Kilkenny 0-9

2003: Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11

1999: Cork 0-13 Kilkenny 0-12


2002: Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19

1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13

1995: Clare 1-13 Offaly 2-8

1932: Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3

1914: Clare 5-1 Laois 1-0

This year’s clashes…

This will be fifth meeting between the counties this year with Clare having won the first three before Cork prevailed in the Munster semi-final.

Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11 (Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final, Sixmilebridge, February 1)

Late points by Colin Ryan and Cathal O’Connell edged Clare to victory. They led by 0-10 to 0-7 at half-time.

Clare 1-22 Cork 1-16 (Allianz Hurling League, Pairc Ui Rinn, March 16)

Clare trailed by 0-12 to 0-7 at half-time but won the second half by 1-15 to 1-4 in a remarkable performance which overwhelmed Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s men. Colin Ryan scored 0-12 (0-9 frees) for Clare while Patrick Horgan on 0-9 (0-8 frees, 0-1 ’65’) was Cork’s main marksman.

Clare 0-31 Cork 2-23 (Allianz Hurling League – Div 1A play-off – Gaelic Grounds, April 14)

It took extra-time to separate them in a tense battle to decide who dropped into Division 1B. In the end, it was Cork who lost out in the high-scoring shoot-out. Colin Ryan on 0-10 (0-6 frees), Tony Kelly 0-6 and John Conlon 0-4 were top scorers for Clare while Patrick Horgan 0-11 (0-7 frees), Pa Cronin 1-3 and Luke O’Farrell 1-2 were Cork’s main marksmen.

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

Clare led by 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time, having played with the wind but had their advantage quickly wiped out as Cork went on to win the second half by 0-15 to 0-4.

Cork: A Nash (0-2 frees); C O’Sullivan, S McDonnell, S O’Neill; C Joyce, B Murphy, W Egan (0-1); T Kenny, D Kearney (0-1); C McCarthy (0-1), S Harnedy (0-3), C Lehane (0-2); L O’Farrell (0-2), P Horgan (0-8, 0-5 frees), S Moylan

Subs: J Coughlan (0-2) for Moylan; P Cronin (0-1) for McCarthy.

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; C Galvin (0-2), N O’Connell; J Conlon, T Kelly (0-1), C Ryan (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65’); C McGrath (0-2), D Honan (0-2), P Collins (0-5).

Subs: A Cunningham for Conlon; F Lynch for Ryan; S Morey for O’Connell; S O’Donnell (0-1) for McGrath.


Will Cork cut Kilkenny’s lead to three or will Clare join Galway and Offaly the four mark? Cork are currently four behind Kilkenny and four ahead of Tipperary. Clare will move up to joint 7th with Galway and Offaly if they win.

34: Kilkenny (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012).

30: CORK (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).

26: Tipperary (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)

7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).

6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).

6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)

4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)

4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)

3: CLARE (1914-1995-1997)

2: Waterford (1948-1959)

1: Kerry (1891)

1: Laois (1915)

1: London (1901)


*Clare and Cork have met 47 times in the championship with results as follows: Cork 33; Clare 11; Draws 3.

*This will be the fifth year that the All-Ireland title goes to a county that was beaten in their provincial championship. The previous ones were Offaly (1998), Cork (2004), Tipperary (2010), Kilkenny (2012). It’s the first time since 2004 (Cork v Kilkenny) that both finalists were beaten in the provincial championships

*Jimmy Barry-Murphy is bidding for the rare achievement of steering a county to All-Ireland glory in his second term as management. Barry-Murphy led Cork to All-Ireland success in 1999 during his first stint as manager which lasted five seasons (1996-2000). He returned as manager at the start of last season. Barry-Murphy won six All-Ireland senior medals as a dual player: Football – 1973; Hurling: 1976-77-78-84-86.

*Davy Fitzgerald is in his sixth season as an inter-county manager. He led Waterford in 2008-2011 before taking over in his native Clare at the start of last year.

*Both Clare and Cork played Limerick in this year’s championship with contrasting results. Cork lost to Limerick by 0-24 to 0-15 in the Munster final while Clare beat John Allen’s men by 1-22 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland semi-final.

*Cork have scored only one goal (Patrick Horgan v Dublin) and conceded one goal (David Treacy v Dublin) in their four championship games so far this year.

*It’s the first time since 2005 that Kilkenny are not in the senior final.

*Referee, Brian Gavin (Offaly) takes charge of his second senior All-Ireland final, having previously officiated at the Tipperary-Kilkenny decider in 2011.

2013 Championship Top Scorers

Clare’s Colin Ryan looks certain to top the scoring charts in championship 2013 after moving into top spot last Sunday. His 0-11 total against Limerick took him to 0-51 from six games, a point clear of Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), whose season is finished. Cork’s Patrick Horgan is the only other sharp-shooter in the top ten, who is still involved in the championship but he is 18 points behind Ryan whose returns have been as follows: 0-7 v Waterford; 0-2 v Cork; 0-11 v Laois; 0-10 v Wexford; 0-10 v Galway; 0-11 v Limerick. The top ten are as follows:

Colin Ryan (Clare)……………………….0-51

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)………………..0-50

Jack Guiney (Wexford)…………….. 2-40

Paul Ryan (Dublin)……………………..3-32

Patrick Horgan (Cork)……….. ……..1-30

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford)….1-29

Joe Canning (Galway)………………1-25

Derek McNicholas (Westmeath)…..0-21

Joey Boland (Dublin)…………………0-21

Neil McManus (Antrim)…………….2-15


6 Meán Fómhair 2013

Hurling Finals

The GAA and An Garda Síochána would like to inform patrons attending Sunday’s GAA Hurling All-Ireland finals at Croke Park that Jones Road is only open to patrons holding tickets for the Premium Level, Hogan Stand and Nally Terrace.

This means that the Hogan Stand entrance or the Croke Park hotel won’t be available as a meeting point for ticket exchange and collections etc by patrons holding tickets for other areas of the stadium.

The main cordon points around Croke Park on Sunday will be located at:

• Lr. Drumcondra Rd / Clonliffe Rd junction, Fitzroy Ave & Whitworth Place

• North Circular Rd / Gills Corner, Jonses Rd

• Clonliffe Rd / Jones Rd and

• Clonliffe Rd / Ballybough (Sackville, Clonliffe Ave, O’Sullivan Ave)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final – Waterford 1-21 Galway 0-16

Waterford defeated Galway by 1-21 to 0-16 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final on Sunday September 8th at Croke Park.

65-year wait ends as dynamic Déise minors deliver

Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-21

By Brendan O’Brien for the Irish Examiner newspaper

For a decade or so, Waterford’s celebrated seniors were denied the ultimate prize by hurling’s Big Three, so it was only fitting that their minors should crown this most revolutionary of hurling summers with an All-Ireland title. A first national success at the grade since 1948, this eight-point win is the first in any shape or form for the Déise since their U21s succeeded 21 years ago, and fair to say what was rare was oh-so-beautiful.

No All-Ireland success is greeted with indifference but the manner in which Waterford’s players bowled each other over like skittles at the full-time whistle said everything about just how overdue this was. That they did it the hard way can have only added to the outpouring. Their Munster opener defeat against Tipperary was separated by 150 days from this victory and the intervening period dealt them a provincial final replay loss to Limerick to boot. Yet the end result is a first All-Ireland title for a side with two championship defeats to its credit and, whatever your views on that, there is no doubt their earlier brushes with adversity stood to them here.

Waterford were much the superior side on the basis of the full 70 minutes but they found themselves manning the barricades in a third quarter where they conceded half a dozen points and scored just one of their own. It was a purple patch that allowed Galway retain parity for the first time since the first minute and the manner in which the lead was lost in that spell could have only multiplied the sense of dread that surely enveloped the Waterford supporters. In the space of four minutes, Sean Power’s side conceded three points on the back of a) a clearance that rebounded off a teammates’ face, b) a contentious free for an accidental clash of heads and c) the loss of possession from a short puck-out.

It was Keystone Cops stuff but only for that short, if damaging, window, and their reaction spoke volumes in that they limited Galway to just one more white flag while they rattled off 1-6 themselves. It was a statement of some intent for a county unaccustomed to the trappings of such occasions but one perfectly in keeping with a side that so many had fancied for such honours long before the season started. Waterford came to Dublin yesterday with a centre-back in Austin Gleeson who has been described as the new Ken McGrath and Paul Curran who more than lived up to the hype that had him tagged as another Paul Flynn.

Curran came up with 1-7, Bennett with four points but, as Mattie Murphy said, it was the next seven or eight players on Waterford’s roster who haven’t made quite so many headlines who made the difference. Micheal Harney and Shane Bennett were outstanding either side of Gleeson at half-back, Michael Kearney and Colm Roche pitched in with seven points and the result was what the Galway manager said was akin to a white tide. Eventually it washed over Galway but that was in spite of the considerable efforts of full-back Darragh O’Donoghue and Shane Cooney, who manned the gates of their defensive positions with some authority at number six.

Galway had their spearheads up front too. Ronan O’Meara claimed a quartet of points from the half-forward line while captain Darragh Dolan shrugged of the attentions of Gleeson for long enough to tick off three of his own. That said, no man was more valuable to the Connacht cause than goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy, who made three superb saves after 19, 25 and 33 minutes without which Galway would have faded from relevance long before they did. The pity for Galway is that they were unwilling architects of their own demise when, with 13 minutes to go and only four points still separating them, O’Donoghue took a short puck-out from Tuohy and dallied a tad too long.

Curran’s alacrity in spotting the defender’s tardiness was considerable and, in the blink of an eye, he had the full-back dispossessed and the ball in the back of the Galway net. Cue delirium.

Scorers for Galway: B Molloy (0-5, four frees), R O’Meara (0-4), D Dolan (0-3), S Cooney (f), A Morrissey, B Burke, C Whelan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran (1-7, four frees), M Kearney, Stephen Bennett (0-4 each), C Roche (0-3), DJ Foran, A Gleeson (free); T Devine (0-1 each).

GALWAY: C Tuohy; M O Conghaile, D O Donoghue, M Coneely; R Doyle, S Cooney, E Burke; S Linnane, J Hastings; C Shaughnessy, D Dolan, R O’Meara; C Whelan, B Molloy, A Morrissey.

Subs for Galway: V Doyle for R Doyle (27), B Burke for Whelan (37), R Bellew for Hastings (53), S Burke for E Burke (58).

WATERFORD: G Power; W Hahessy, K Daly, C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine; Stephen Bennett, DJ Foran, M Kearney; A Farrell, P Curran, C Roche.

Subs for Waterford: C Curran for Foran (37), C Gleeson for Farrell (45), P O’Connor for O’Brien (57), S O’Neill for Hahessy, B Whelan for Shane Bennett (both 61).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)


Waterford claim first Minor title since 1948

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Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final: Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-21

Waterford claimed their first All-Ireland minor title since 1948 with a clinical eight-point defeat of Galway at Croke Park on Sunday. The Déise, for whom Patrick Curran hit 1-7, dominated the game but looked in trouble when Galway battled back to level the game at 0-15 apiece on 47 minutes. However, Seán Power’s side produced a superb finish, hitting 1-4 without reply in a devastating seven-minute spell to secure a historic win.

Waterford, who lost twice in the Munster Championship, led by 0-12 to 0-9 at the break. That margin would have been greater but for two superb saves from Galway goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy. Just after the break, Tuohy made another fine stop to deny the excellent Stephen Bennett, and it started to look like it might not be the Déise’s day. With Ronan O’Meara and Brian Molloy to the fore, Galway came back into the game with a string of four unanswered points in the third quarter. When corner forward Molloy added a free and then nailed a super score from play, the Tribesmen were level and had all the momentum with 13 minutes left on the clock.

It was then that Waterford showed their character. Tom Devine, Austin Gleeson, Colm Roche and Michael Kearney pushed them ahead and then Curran pounced for a super goal with three minutes left. The big Dungarvan man intercepted a short puck-out, out-sprinted his marker and slammed a shot past the previously unbeatable Tuohy. Stephen Bennett then dropped over two more points from play and the Irish Press Cup was destined for the south-east, Waterford’s first All-Ireland title in any grade since they won the U21 All-Ireland in 1992.

Waterford Scorers: P Curran 1-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), S Bennett 0-4, M Kearney 0-4, C Roche 0-3, DJ Foran 0-1, T Devine 0-1, A Gleeson 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway Scorers: B Molloy 0-5 (0-4f), D Dolan 0-3, A Morrissey 0-1 (0-1sl), C Whelan 0-1, R O’Meara 0-4, B Burke 0-1, S Cooney 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway: C Tuohy; M Ó Conghaile, D O’Donoghue, M Connelly; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke, D Dolan (c); C Whelan, R O’Meara, A Morrissey; B Molloy, J Hastings, C Shaughnessy. Subs: V Doyle for D O’Donoghue 20-21, V Doyle for R Doyle (27), E Brannigan for S Linnane (HT), B Burke for C Whelan (38), R Bellew for J Hastings (53), S Burke for E Burke (58).

Waterford: G Power; W Hahessey, K Daly (C), C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson, S Bennett; M O’Brien, T Devine; S Bennett, DJ Foran, M Kearney; A Farrell, P Curran, C Roche. Subs: C Curran for DJ Foran (38), C Gleeson for A Farrell (45), P O’Connor for C Roche (56), B Whelan for Shane Bennett, S O’Neill for W Hahessy (both 60).

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

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Fixture Details

08.09.2013 (Sun)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final

Gaillimh v Port Láirge

Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Std By: Shane Hourigan (Luimneach)

Linesman: Eamonn Hassan (Doire)

Sideline: David Copps (Corcaigh)

Umpires – Dan Looney (Ballinacurra), Bernard Butler, Denis Crowley and Shane McAllister (all Midleton)

All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final Team Guide: Waterford

Team News

The Waterford Minor Hurling team to play Galway on Sunday is as follows –

1. Gavin Power Dungarvan

2. William Hahessey Clonea

3. Kevin Daly Dungarvan CAPTAIN

4. Cian Leamy Ballyduff Upper

5. Michéal Harney Bonmahon

6. Austin Gleeson Mount Sion

7. Shane Bennett Ballysaggart

8. Mark O’Brien Ferrybank

9. Tom Devine Modeligo

10. Stephen Bennett Ballysaggart

11. DJ Foran Portlaw

12. Michael Kearney Ballyduff Upper

13. Adam Farrell De La Salle

14. Patrick Curran Dungarvan

15. Colm Roche Shamrocks


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.