Tom Collum RIP – Funeral Arrangements

The Munster GAA Post Primary Schools sector has lost one of its greatest leaders and would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Tom Collum.

Tom passed away this morning (Saturday December 21st) and will be reposing from Gray’s funeral home in Templemore from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on Sunday evening December 22nd. Remains will be moved to the Sacred Heart Church in Templemore at 8:30pm and funeral mass will follow at 11:30am on Monday Decemebr 23rd with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

At dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Final – Ballysaggart (Waterford) 3-12 Feenagh / Kilmeedy (Limerick) 0-15

Ballysaggart (Waterford) defeated Feenagh / Kilmeedy (Limerick) by 3-12 to 0-15 in the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Final on Sunday December 8th at Mallow.

Meagher shares out Ballysaggart plaudits

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballysaggart 3-12 Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-15

Ballysaggart is one of the smallest units in the entire GAA, a tiny secluded village in a parish with a population of less than 250 in the hills beyond Lismore. Yesterday in Mallow they joined the elite when becoming the first Waterford club to win the Munster club junior hurling title. It was hard won too, a high-quality contest against very worthy opponents, Limerick champions Feenagh/Kilmeedy. At one end of the field for Ballysaggart was veteran keeper Matty Meagher (40), in his 25th adult season with the club, safer than houses with a series of outstanding under-pressure clean catches. At the other the uber-talented teenager Stephen Bennett, who finished the afternoon with 1-7. His 1-4 in the opening half in which Ballysaggart faced into a very stiff breeze helping his side to a 1-8 to 0-9 half-time lead.

For all of Bennett’s scoring heroics, however, younger brother Shane also impressed with a 1-2 haul — burly Ronan Walsh with their third major — defence was the key to this win. While Meagher offered a very secure last line, he was for giving credit to those outside him. “Our defence was immense today again, as it has been all year,” he said. “The boys work so hard above to get the scores, we have to work to keep the score down at the other end. They were just absolutely outstanding — fair play to any team that can get scores off them because they’ll earn it.”

The full-back trio of Kieran Fennessy flanked by Bobby Ryan and Daniel Devine was especially impressive, safe and sure-footed, aware of the threat posed by full-forward Jimmy O’Sullivan who was constantly probing, ever-ready to capitalise on the frequent raids in from the flanks by the dangerous Feenagh duo John O’Gorman and Diarmuid Coleman. “We were a bit disappointed that we were letting them have the ball and come through but we said there would be no rash tackles, we would stand them up and see what would happen. No free shots but no silly frees either.”

Ballysaggart did that to perfection, albeit it took them to the second half to really get it right. In the first half, capitalising on those early scores from the Bennett brothers (older sibling Kieran, 19, was also impressive, in midfield), the Deciemen led 1-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes and considering the wind they would face in the second half, a trimmimg looked likely for Feenagh/Kilmeedy. An exhibition of dead-ball shooting from centre-back Eddie Murphy (three frees from well inside his own half) and Diarmuid Coleman (two frees, two 65s), kept hopes alive for the Limerick champions coming up to the break, and it was talk of those ‘silly frees’ that dominated proceedings in the Ballysaggart dressing room at the break.

They were more disciplined thereafter, the outside defensive line of Barry Murphy, Eugene O’Brien (co-captain, along with Christy Murphy) and Caileann O’Gorman really stepping up their game. “It’s down to the coaching the lads [management] are giving them,” said Meagher. “Everything is about ‘Don’t waste the ball, don’t hit it for the sake of hitting it — hold it, get it to the man in the best position, trust the man beside you that he can take that pass, get that score’. That’s what it’s about, team-work, team-mates working for each other and that’s what this success is down to.”

They needed to show that team-work in the second half in the face of relentless attacks by Feenagh/Kilmeedy. Goals would prove the difference, Ballysaggart repelling every effort at one end, Ronan Walsh (38m) and Shane Bennett (42m) doing the necessary at the other, Shane’s goal giving Ballysaggart a seven-point cushion they would defend to the end.

Scorers for Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-7 (4f); Shane Bennett 1-2; R Walsh 1-0; D Meagher 0-2; C Murphy 0-1.

Scorers for Feenagh/Kilmeedy: D Coleman 0-6 (4f, 2 65); E Murphy 0-4 (4f); J O’Sullivan 0-2; J O’Gorman, L Lynch, J Nix, 0-1 each.

BALLYSAGGART: M Meagher; B Ryan, K Fennessy, D Devine; B Murphy, E O’Brien (jt capt), C O’Gorman; C Murphy (jt capt), K Bennett; K Cashell, D Meagher, Shane Bennett; R Walsh, Stephen Bennett, T Bennett.

Subs: M Kearney for Walsh (58); C Fitzgerald for T Bennett (61); S Meagher for Shane Bennett (61).

FEENAGH/KILMEEDY: D Egan; J O’Regan, L Murphy, N Irwin; M Bergin, E Murphy, J Gaffney (capt); D Harrold, G O’Gorman; D Coleman, P Irwin, J O’Gorman; L Lynch, J O’Sullivan, D Kiely.

Subs: B Hannigan for N Irwin (30); P O’Regan for G O’Gorman (49); J Nix for Kiely (49); D O’Sullivan for Lynch (59); B O’Sullivan for P Irwin (5

Referee: J O’Brien (Tipperary).

 

Limerick side Feenagh-Kilmeedy lose out to Waterford goals in Munster final

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK junior hurling champions Feenagh-Kilmeedy were beaten 3-12 to 0-15 in this Sunday’s Munster club JAHC final by Waterford’s Ballysaggart. Two goals within a three minute period at the start of the second half proved the winning of this provincial crown. Indeed, the Waterford side started both halves with a flurry of scores.

They were 1-2 to 0-1 clear after seven minutes and by half time they led 1-8 to 0-9 despite playing against the wind in the first half. Feenagh-Kilmeedy showed great heart to battle back in the opening half after a nervous start. But ultimately they relied heavily on placed balls for scores – notching just five scores from play over the hour. At the other end of the field, Ballysaggart had a match winner in teenager Stephen Bennett. He was one of the stars of Waterford’s All-Ireland minor hurling win and in this final he scored 1-4 from play as well as four frees. His goal came after six minutes.

Feenagh-Kilmeedy had to wit until the 10th minute for Jimmy O’Sullivan to have their first score from play. That left it 1-2 to 0-2 but it was soon 1-4 to 0-2. The John O’Gorman had a fine score as Feenagh-Kilmeedy found some form. But the lead was once again stretched to 1-6 to 0-3 with 18-minutes played. Then came a purple patch for the west Limerick men with Diarmuid Coleman and Edward Murphy landing three successive scores from placed balls. Bennett hit back with successive points from play but Feenagh-Kilmeedy were not up to the intensity of the game and finished the half on top. The final three points of the half again came from Coleman and Murphy frees.

After settling into the final, Feenagh-Kilmeedy needed to dominate the early parts of the second half. But alas, the eventual winners struck for home with come vital goals. Feenagh-Kilmeedy had actually re-started brightly with Coleman (free) and John Lynch points to leave just a score between the teams. Then Ronan Walsh caught a long delivery and fired to the Feenagh-Kilmeedy net. Jimmy O’Sullivan hit back with then Shane Bennett crashed home their third goal from 20-metres.

That left it 3-10 to 0-12 with just under 20-minutes to play.Only a goal could really have inspired Feenagh-Kilmeedy and they found Matty Meagher ultra secure in the Ballysaggart goal. Darragh Kiely and Edward Murphy (21-metre free) tried for goals but to no success. Sub John Nix helped reduced the lead and with seven minutes to play it was 3-10 to 0-15. But up stepped Bennett again to seal a merited first Munster club JAHC title for Waterford.

SCORERS: Feenagh-Kilmeedy: Diarmuid Coleman 0-6 (4frees, 2 ‘65), Edward Murphy 0-4 (4frees), Jimmy O’Sullivan 0-2, John O’Gorman, John Lynch, JOhn Nix 0-1 each. Ballysaggart: Stephen Bennett 1-8 (0-4frees), Shane Bennett 1-1, Ronan Walsh 1-0, Darren Meagher 0-2, Christy Murphy 0-1.

FEENAGH-KILMEEDY: Daniel Egan; James O’Regan, Liam Murphy, Nelius Irwin; Michael Bergin, Edward Murphy, John Gaffney; Donal Harrold, Gerard O’Gornan; Diarmuid Coleman, Peter Irwin, John O’Gorman; Liam Lynch, Jimmy O’Sullivan, Darragh Kiely. Subs: Brian Hannigan for Nelius Irwin (h-t), Patrick O’Regan for Gerard O’Gorman, inj (49mins), John Nix for Darragh Kiely (49mins), Dave O’Sullivan for Liam Lynch (58mins), Billy O’Sullivan for Peter Irwin (58mins).

BALLYSAGGART: Matty Meagher; Bobby Ryan, Kieran Fennessy, Daniel Devine; Barry Murphy, Eugene O’Brien, Cailean O’Gorman; Christy Murphy, Kieran Bennett; Shane Bennett, Darren Meagher, Kenneth Cahill; Ronan Walsh, Stephen Bennett, Tom Bennett. Subs: Michael Kearney for Ronan Walsh (57mins), Cathal Fitzgerald for Tom Bennett (60mins), Shane Meagher for Shane Bennett (60mins).

REFEREE: John O’Brien (Tipperary)

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final – Keel (Kerry) 0-14 Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) 0-4

Keel (Kerry) defeated Feohanagh / Castlemahon (Limerick) by 0-14 to 0-4 in the AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final on Sunday December 8th at Mallow.

Determined Keel prove the real deal

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Keel 0-14 Feohanagh/Castlemahon 0-04

Redemption for the footballers of Keel, glorious redemption. Their failure to succeed in Munster back in 2007 has greeted them at every corner in the ensuing six years and PJ Reidy’s outfit were once more reminded of that disappointment yesterday in Mallow — the roll of honour listed in the programme showing one noticeable statistic: Canovee’s victory in 2007 breaking the stranglehold of Kerry clubs. It was no surprise, then, that the first words of captain Martin Burke were to address previous shortcomings. “The ghosts of 2007 have finally been laid to rest,” proclaimed the left half-forward, a sentiment shared by midfielder Thomas Ladden. “They have been put to bed for now,” he smiled. “2007 wasn’t on our thoughts today until that final whistle sounded. Then we knew we had put it behind us. The loss to Canovee was six years ago and even though half the team is different, we are constantly reminded of it. We still hear it on the radio and read it in the paper, but we wanted to put it to bed once and for all. We wanted to do it for the club and we have delivered.”

Limerick teams have never defeated Kerry opposition in the Munster junior championship and it was evident from very early that the trend was not going to be reversed. Indeed, straight from the throw-in, the Mid-Kerry club provided an indication of what was to come. Liam Sheehan worked possession to the edge of the square and was it not for a last-ditch tackle from full-back Gary Nagle, an early Keel major was inevitable. Feohanagh/Castlemahon’s Alan Rocke kicked the opening score of the contest two minutes in, the sole occasion the Limerick men would enjoy the scoreboard advantage. Liam Sheehan (free) and Gary Sayers put Keel on the board and while Michael Fitzgibbon — with an absolute belter from distance — levelled proceedings, it proved their last score in over half an hour of football.

Thereafter is a tale of Keel dominance, remorseless and unrelenting. Liam Sheehan (free) and Gary Sayers (two frees) stretched their lead to three, but, in truth, it should have been far greater. Keel, however, could afford to show an element of wastefulness, such was their supremacy throughout the park. The midfield pairing of Ladden and James Long ruled with an iron fist, while further back Patrick Lomansey and Donal Mullane forced the opposition to feed of scraps.

Feohanagh/Castlemahon, though aided by the elements, opted for a defensive approach, one that terribly hindered their scoring capabilities. 13 men were packed into their own half at all times and on the brief occasion they broke forward, they simply didn’t have the numbers to inflict sufficient damage. Michael Fitzgibbon, to his credit, ploughed a lone furrow up front, but was lacking in capable assistance. Liam Sheehan slotted his third of the afternoon at the change of ends and were it not for an outstanding save from keeper Barry Noonan, the noose would have been tightened there and then. Fitzgibbon provided momentary respite at the other end, but Feohanagh/Castlemahon had already been led to the gallows and the death knell sounded on 39 minutes when Sayers and Terry O’Sullivan split the posts in quick succession.

The Limerick champions, resigned to their faith, offered little by the way of reaction to the pace and ferocity of Keel’s play entering the final quarter. Gary Sayers brought his sides tally into double figures, following up minutes later with a tremendous effort off the left from out the field. The wing-forward was by this juncture almost single-handedly orchestrating proceedings and two further efforts, again right from the top drawer, arrived on the home stretch. Victory, redemption and now to challenges new. “The road to Croke Park is still on,” said Ladden. “We will put the heads down now for the next couple of weeks and hopefully we can get there.”

Scorers for Keel: G Sayers (0-8, 0-3 frees); L Sheehan (0-5, 0-3 frees); T O’Sullivan (0-1).

Scorers for Feohanagh/Castlemahon: M Fitzgibbon (0-3, 0-2 frees); A Roche (0-1).

KEEL: S Cahillane; E Ashe, G Nagle, B Murphy; G Evans, E O’Connor, J Nagle; T Ladden, J Long; G Sayers, L Sheehan, M Burke; T O’Sullivan, M O’Connor, A Cahillane.

Subs: E O’Neill for Evan (40 mins).

FEOHANAGH/CASTLEMAHON: B Nonnan; N Corbett, S Downey, M O’Mahony; N Kennedy, P Lomasney, D Mullane; W Lomasney, T Butler; P Carroll, M O’Sullivan, A Roche; J Guina, M Fitzgibbon, J Reidy.

Subs: C Noonan for Corbett (22 mins); S Flanagan for Guina (HT); J Clifford for Roche (45 mins); T Dore for O’Mahony (47 mins); V Barry for Carroll (55 mins).

Referee: K Murphy (Cork).


Limerick’s Feohanagh-Castlemahon defeated in Munster final

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK junior football champions Feohanagh-Castlemahon suffered defeat in the Munster club JAFC final this Sunday afternoon in Mallow. The West Limerick side went down 0-14 to 0-4 to Kerry’s Keel. Feohanagh-Castlemahon join Bruff, Mountcollins, Bruree and Cappamore to suffer a provincial final defeat at this grade in the last six years – all to Kerry opposition. While Feohanagh-Castlemahon battled hard from start to finish, Keel clearly had greater forward power and in Gary Sayers they had the class footballer on show. He finished with four points from play and another three from frees. Feohanagh-Castlemahon got the games’s opening score but by half time they were 0-5 to 0-2 in arrears and that was after playing with the stiff wind in the first half.

Alan Roche had the first scores of the game in the second minute after a great drive up the right wing by Niall Kennedy. Paddy Carroll supplied the fine pass and Roche lofted over from 30-minutes. Their second and only other score of the first half came in the ninth minute. And, what a score it was – from all of 50-metres Mike Fitzgibbon kicked a mammoth score. That left it 0-2 each but from here the Kerry side took over.

Sean Downey, Fitzgibbon, Tossie Butler and William Lomasney continued to take the fight to the Kerry side but the advantage for Keel was three points at the break. On the change of ends, Barry Noonan did brilliantly to deny Keel a goal, when saving from Mikey O’Connor. But there was never to be a serious challenge from Feohanagh-Castlemahon – who only managed two Fitzgibbon frees in the half. Keel defended in numbers and broke forward with pace to ensure a smooth passage to the winning line.

SCORES: Feohanagh-Castlemahon: Michael Fitzgibbon 0-3 (2frees), Alan Roche 0-1. Keel: Gary Sayers 0-7 (3frees), Liam Sheehan 0-5 (3frees), Terry O’Sullivan, Bart Murphy 0-1 each.

FEOHANAGH-CASTLEMAHON: Barry Noonan; Noel Corbett, Sean Downey, Mike O’Mahony; Niall Kennedy, Patrick Lomasney, Donal Mullane; William Lomasney, Tossie Butler; Paddy Carroll, Mattie O’Sullivan, Alan Roche; James Guina, Michael Fitzgibbon, John Reidy. Subs: Conor Noonan for Noel Corbett (22mins), Sean Flanagan for James Guina (h-t), Jason Clifford for Alan Roche (44mins), Timmy Dore for Mike O’Mahony (46mins), Vinny Barry for Paddy Carroll (54mins).

KEEL: Stephen Cahillane; Emmet Ashe, Gary Nagle, Bart Murphy; Gavin Evans, Eoghan O’Connor, James Nagle; Thomas Ladden, James Long; Gary Gayers, Liam Sheehan, Martin Burke, Terry O’Sullivan, Mikey O’Connor, Aaron Cahillane. Sub: Eoin O’Neill for Gavin Evans (40mins), Colm O’Neill for Mikey O’Connor (48mins).

REFEREE: Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013

The Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013 took place on Saturday December 7th at the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

Click to view photos from the Awards night

Senior Winners and Manager of the Year Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Limerick hurler, Richie McCarthy, Kerry’s James ‘Donoghue and Clare Senior Hurling Manager Davy Fitzgerald were today named the top winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards 2013. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel in Killarney where over 30 players, officials and legends will receive accolades.

Limerick’s Full Back Richie McCarthy was outstanding for this year’s Munster Hurling Champions. He’s made the full back position his own in the last couple of seasons since making his championship debut in 2011.

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue has been selected as the Senior Footballer of the year. The Killarney Legion man has burst on the scene this year winning an All Star in his first full championship season.

Meanwhile Davy Fitzgerald was named Manager of the Year for his leadership of the Clare All Ireland Winning Senior Hurling Team. Davy’s management style is based on building huge passion and commitment amongst his players and his achievement in leading the Clare men to their first All-Ireland success since 1997 makes him a worthy winner.

Speaking on the announcement of these winners, Bord Gáis Energy Managing Director David Kirwan said: “I am delighted that the hard work and achievements of both James O’Donoghue and Richie McCarthy has been recognised. Both players have been outstanding for their respective counties over the last few years. And I would also like to congratulate Davy Fitzgerald on his well-deserved award for his exceptional achievements and work as manager to the Clare Senior Hurling team”.

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said “Richie McCarthy and James O’Donoghue contributed hugely to their teams march through Munster to secure titles for Limerick and Kerry respectively. The success of a young Clare team in winning All-Ireland Senior honours following a memorable hurling season is testament to the leadership of Davy Fitzgerald and he is a deserving winner of Manager of the Year”

The full list of Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Sports Star of the Year Awards are as follows:

Minor Hurling – Ronan Lynch (Limerick)

Minor Football – Jack Savage (Kerry)

Under 21 Hurling – Colm Galvin (Clare)

Under 21 Football – Brian Hurley (Cork)

Intermediate Hurling – Darragh Egan (Tipperary)

Junior Football – Ruari Deane (Cork)

Camogie Award – Michelle Casey (Limerick)

Ladies Football – Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (Kerry)

Handballer of Year – Colin Crehan (Clare)

Service to Refereeing – Michael Keane (Cork)

Service in Education – Liam Hodnett (Cork)

Media Award – Paddy Finucane (Tipperary)

Distinguished Service to the GAA – Padraig Mac Mathúna (Clare)

Special Merit Award – Sean Power (Waterford)

Hall of Fame Football – Mike Sheehy (Kerry)

Hall of Fame Hurling – John Galvin (Waterford)

Club of Year – Loughmore-Castleiney (Tipperary)

Senior Hurler of Year – Richie McCarthy (Limerick)

Senior Footballer of Year – James O’Donoghue (Kerry)

Manager of Year – Davy Fitzgerald (Clare).

Camogie, Ladies Football and Handball Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Limerick star Michelle Casey has been announced as the winner of the Camogie Award for the 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards. The Limerick team captain, who led her county to the All-Ireland Intermediate Final this year will be awarded her prize at the awards ceremony which is taking place in the Malton Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, 7 December.

Another player to be honoured in ladies GAA is Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, part of the Kerry team who won their first Munster Championship in a decade and a 2013 All Star. She has been named as the recipient of the Ladies Football Award for 2013.

Meanwhile the Handball Award went to Clare’s Colin Crehan who is the current Minor Singles and Doubles All Ireland Champion.

Ger Cunningham, Sports Ambassador with Bord Gáis Energy commented:: “Michelle Casey has led Limerick with distinction this year as a rock at centre-back while Kerry All Star Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was in devastating form when the Kingdom won their first Munster Championship in a decade.”

Munster GAA Chairman Robert Frost said “I would like to congratulate Michelle, Louise and Colin on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2013“.

Hall of Fame Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards – Kerry and Waterford Legends to join elite band

Waterford hurling hero John Galvin and Kerry footballing legend Mike Sheehy are the latest Munster legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The two greats will receive their awards at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, December 7 in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

Waterford and Portlaw’s John Galvin was the first Decies All Star ever in 1974 and repeated the feat in 1982. The son of All-Ireland-medal winner Willie Galvin, his county career started in the 1972 championship and he became a regular player until his retirement at the end of the 1986 championship. He won five county championship medals with Portlaw during that time.

Kerry footballer Mike Sheehy is one of the most decorated players of all time, winning a record equalling Eight All Ireland Senior medals, Seven All Star Awards and 11 Munster Championships. The Austin Stacks man played 45 Championship games for Kerry scoring a massive 29 goals and 205 points in the process.

The two join the fellow GAA greats in the Hall of Fame including Gerald McCarthy, Paudie Lynch , Seamus Durack, Eamon Cregan and Mick O’Dwyer.

Commenting on the announcement of the Hall of Fame winners for 2013, Ger Cunningham, Sports Ambassador with Bord Gáis Energy said: said: “Mikey Sheehy is one of the most famous names in Football while John Galvin gave many years of sterling service to Waterford hurling. It’s fitting that they are inducted into such an illustrious group.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said “The outstanding achievements of John Galvin and Mikey Sheehy are worthy of recognition and Munster GAA are honoured to select both as this year’s Hall of Fame awards. Congratulations also to the other award winners”

Other 2013 winners also announced today are Paddy Finucane of Tiipperary who won the Media Award; Michael Keane of Cork, Services to Refereeing; Liam Hodnett, Cork, Services in Education Award; Padraig Mac Mathúna,, of Clare, Distinguished Service Award; Tipp’s Darragh Egan won the Intermediate Hurling Award and Ruari Deane of Cork won the Junior Football Award.

Under 21 and Minor Winners Announced for 2013 Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

Four Counties shared the spoils in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Minor and U21 Awards for 2013, it was announced today, with winners in Cork and Kerry in football and Limerick and Clare in hurling.

Kerry’s Jack Savage took the Minor Football Award in his second year at that level. He scored ten of the Kingdom’s 15 points in the Munster Final defeat of Tipperary, Kerry’s first Munster Minor success since 2009.

Meanwhile, Limerick’s Ronan Lynch was the equivalent winner in hurling as part of the Treaty’s Munster Championship winning side.

At Under 21 level, Brian Hurley of Cork took the Football Award. The Business student from Union Hall was Cork’s top scorer in the 2013 All Ireland campaign with 2-18 to his name including 1-4 in the All Ireland Final as well as a further 1-13 in the senior ranks.

And All Ireland hurling-winning Clare centre-fielder, senior All Star and and Bord Gais Energy Under 21 Team of the Year shoe-in Colm Galvin completed the quartet.

Speaking on the announcement of the Under 21 and Minor winners for 2013, Bord Gáis Energy Managing Director David Kirwan said: “There is some amazing talent coming through at U21 and Minor level in GAA and it is fitting that we are recognising our future GAA stars at the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards which also honours GAA legends, past and present. All of these recipients are already gracing the senior ranks and I wish both the U21 and Minor winners for 2013 long and successful careers in their respective sports.”

Also speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said: ‘’The Minor and Under 21 players being honoured made significant contributions during this year’s underage championship’s which were played at a high standard”.

The awards will be presented at Gala dinner at the Malton Hotel in Killarney on Saturday, December 7th.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Ed Donnelly

Munster GAA PRO

Email: pro.munster@gaa.ie

Tel: 087 2055642

Nigel O’Mahony

OMF Publicity for Bord Gáis Energy

Email: nigel@omfpublicity.ie

Tel: 086 2497530

 

 

Tipp Ready To Drive On In 2014

The Hurlers and Footballers of The Premier County will have a new jersey for 2014 and are hoping to recapture their best form during the 130th year of Tipperary GAA. Brendan Maher will captain the Hurlers this season and alongside vice-captain Noel McGrath is expecting a big improvement on a disappointing 2013 while Football captain Paddy Codd believes his side must focus on delivering a solid league campaign before turning thoughts to a Munster Championship clash with Limerick.

Tipperary GAA will also have continued support from ŠKODA Ireland who announced the extension of its sponsorship by another year, bringing its investment over the four year partnership to €800,000.

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