munster.gaa.ie Hurling team of the year

Well done to Kilkenny on winning the All-Ireland Senior Hurling title. With the Hurling Championship fare at a finish, the team at munster.gaa.ie have put together our Hurling Team of the Year.

Unlike other selections, the rules for this team are focused primarily on Munster Hurling talent with the following criteria for selection.

a) Only players from Munster counties involved
b) 1 player minimum from each county in the Munster Championship
c) Players can be chosen based on the League & Championship performance

1. Darren Gleeson (Tipperary)
2. Stephen McDonnell (Cork)
3. Richie McCarthy (Limerick)
4. Seamus Hickey (Limerick)
5. Brendan Maher (Tipperary)
6. Padraic Maher (Tipperary)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Cork)
8. Colm Galvin (Clare)
9. Aidan Walsh (Cork)
10. John O’Dwyer (Tipperary)
11. Patrick Bonner Maher (Tipperary)
12. Austin Gleeson (Waterford)
13. Pat Horgan (Cork)
14. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)
15. Shane Dowling (Limerick)

What is your view?

Feel free to comment on the team at facebook.com/munstergaa or on Twitter, @MunsterGAA

Kerry Senior Hurling Final – Kilmoyley 0-11 Lixnaw 0-11

Kilmoyley and Lixnaw played out a draw in the Kerry Senior Hurling Final on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-11 on Sunday September 28th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Final – Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-12

Cork defeated Dublin by 2-13 to 2-12 in the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final on Sunday September 28th at Croke Park.





Cork produce epic comeback to pip Dublin for ninth title in ten years

The Rebelettes won their fourth straight ladies football title today.

Cork captured their ninth All-Ireland title in ten seasons today. Cork captured their ninth All-Ireland title in ten seasons today.

Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-12

Report from thescore.ie

EAMONN RYAN’S INCREDIBLE Cork side came from ten points down to claim victory against Dublin in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final at Croke Park. The Rebelettes captured a ninth title in ten seasons with arguably the greatest quarter of an hour of that remarkable decade.

With 15 minutes remaining, Cork trailed by 0-6 to 2-10 and Dublin were on the verge of their second senior success. But Cork, with goals from subs Rhona Ní Bhuachalla and Eimear Scally, somehow clawed their way back to draw level at 2-11 apiece with seven minutes left.

Siobhan Woods responded with a point to edge Dublin ahead again but after Ciara O’Sullivan equalised, 2013 player of the year Geraldine O’Flynn popped over her third point of the afternoon and Cork were Brendan Martin Cup winners again. For Dublin, this was bitter, bitter heartbreak at the hands of the Leesiders once again.

Last year, they were nine points ahead before Cork came with a run of 1-10 without reply to claim an epic win. And in this year’s Tesco Homegrown Division 1 League final, Dublin coughed up another winning position, when they were four points clear in the second half.

Adding to the misery for Dubs boss Gregory McGonigle was the fact that he was also in charge of the Monaghan teams that lost to Cork in the 2011 and 2013 All-Ireland finals. And just like last year, just a single point separated winners from losers at full-time. It was heart-wrenching stuff for the Leinster champions but utterly spellbinding from Cork in front of a 27,374 attendance, a figure that exceeded pre-match expectations.

At half-time, Dublin were in control, leading by 1-7 to 0-4 and when Lindsay Peat netted her second goal in the 35th minute, Dublin cruised into a 2-8 to 0-7 lead. Peat had slotted a lovely 13th minute goal beyond Martina O’Brien and her second strike put Dublin in a commanding position. Cork were rattled and kicking uncharacteristic wides – 18 of them in total.

O’Flynn, normally so reliable, was guilty of a couple of poor ones but when the chips were down, the St Mary’s wing-back delivered once again, finishing with three points, including the winner. But O’Flynn wasn’t alone in her scoring efforts as lethal corner forward Valerie Mulcahy also contributed handsomely. Ryan’s substitutions worked a treat and while Dublin had inside forwards Peat, Lyndsey Davey and Sinéad Aherne in lively form, they couldn’t cope with this latest Cork onslaught.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-6 (1f), R Ní Bhuachalla 1-1, E Scally 1-0, G O’Flynn 0-3, O Finn 0-2, C O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: L Peat 2-0, L Davey 0-3, S Aherne 0-3 (1f), N Healy & C Rowe 0-2 each, S Goldrick & S Woods 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, D O’Reilly, G O’Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; Annie Walsh, C O’Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, G Kearney, O Finn.
Subs: N Cleary for Annie Walsh (h.t.), R Ní Bhuachalla for Kearney (42), D O’Sullivan for Farmer (45), E Scally for Finn (49).

DUBLIN: C O’Connor; R Ruddy, S Furlong, L Caffrey; S Finnegan, S Goldrick, S McGrath; D Masterson, M Lamb; N Healy, N Hyland, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat.
Subs: S Woods for Hyland (45), S McCaffrey for Lamb (53), L Collins for Furlong (54), N McEvoy for Healy (56).

Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan)




Team News

CORK: Martina O’Brien; Roisín Phelan, Angela Walsh, Bríd Stack; Vera Foley, Deirdre O’Reilly, Geraldine O’Flynn; Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Annie Walsh, Ciara O’Sullivan, Orlagh Farmer; Valerie Mulcahy, Grace Kearney, Orla Finn

DUBLIN: Cliodhna O’Connor; Rachel Ruddy, Sorcha Furlong, Leah Caffrey; Sinead Finnegan, Sinead Goldrick, Siobhan McGrath; Denise Masterson, Molly Lamb; Noelle Healy, Natalia Hyland, Carla Rowe; Lyndsey Davey, Sinead Aherne, Lindsay Peat.



Fixture Details

TG4 All Ireland Senior Football Final
Cork v Dublin
Croke Park, 16:00:
Referee: Maggie Farrelly (Cavan)

TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Football Final
Down v Fermanagh
Croke Park, 13:45
Referee: Mags Doherty (Wexford)

TG4 All Ireland Junior Football Final
New York v Wexford
Croke Park, 11:45am
Referee: Yvonne Duffy (Cavan)

Tickets for all 3 finals are available through www.tickets.ie and www.ladiesgaelic.ie. Tickets cost €25 for adults, €10 for students/senior citizens & €8 for Under 16’s. For details about group discounts contact the LGFA on 01 836 3156.

All-Ireland SHC Final Replay – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 2-17 to 2-14 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final Replay on Saturday September 27th at Croke Park.



All-Ireland SHC: Relentless Kilkenny win it again

ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL REPLAY: KILKENNY 2-17 TIPPERARY 2-14

Report from GAA.ie

It’s their 35th All-Ireland title and they are now five clear of Cork on the overall roll of honour. It’s the 10th senior All-Ireland of Brian Cody’s managerial career and most incredibly of all, it’s the 10th All-Ireland of Henry Shefflin’s career – the Ballyhale Shamrocks man earning a unique place in GAA history.

Kilkenny are All-Ireland champions again after two second-half goals from the Brothers Power – Richie and John – saw them beat Tipperary by three points in the final replay on Saturday evening at Croke Park. In another very tight game, Tipperary led by two points at the break but Kilkenny were by a distance the better side in the second half and the goals from the Powers – from Richie in the 59th minute and from John in the 63rd – put them into an unassailable position.

A late goal from Séamus Callanan gave Tipperary some late hope but Kilkenny weren’t to be undone, and their defence completed a magnificent collective display as they kept the door firmly shut on their opponents in the closing minutes.

The numbers of this latest Kilkenny win are significant. It’s their 35th All-Ireland title and they are now five clear of Cork on the overall roll of honour. It’s the 10th senior All-Ireland of Brian Cody’s managerial career and most incredibly of all, it’s the 10th All-Ireland of Henry Shefflin’s career – the Ballyhale Shamrocks man earning a unique place in GAA history. Shefflin has played in all 10 of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland victories, starting the previous nine and coming on in this one as a substitute in the 58th minute.

Tipperary, who came so close to winning the All-Ireland three weeks ago when John O’Dwyer’s last gasp free went wide, can have no complaints after a second half in which Kilkenny got on top of them quickly and ground them down with goals at the key moments.

There was only a point in it after 58 minutes, but Richie Power’s brilliant goal sent the trophy irrevocably towards Kilkenny hands. When it was followed four minutes later by a goal from his brother John, there looked to be no way back for Tipperary, but typical of an era in which high-octane drama seems to be a pre-requisite for every hurling game, Callanan’s late strike set Croke Park abuzz in anticipation of another dramatic conclusion.
It didn’t materialise though, despite three minutes of added time, and Kilkenny, Cody and Shefflin were left to celebrate something for today, and something for all history to remember.

Tipperary led by two at the break, with Callanan’s 29th minute goal the decisive score of the opening 35 minutes.
Lar Corbett was the architect of the goal, latching onto a break from Patrick Maher around the middle and showing superb speed and fluidity of movement to race clean through on goal away from some trailing Kilkenny defenders. It looked as though he would shoot himself for the goal but instead he laid a clever handpass off to his left to Callanan, whose finish past Eoin Murphy was sharp, deft and pure.

That made it 1-5 to 0-6, and put Tipperary back in front, with Kilkenny having led since the 11th minute when four points in a row – from Richie Hogan (2), Eoin Larkin and TJ Reid – cancelled out the two opening scores of the game from Tipperary duo Shane and Noel McGrath.

A relatively low-scoring half, when compared with the first game anyway, saw the sides trade few scores up until the goal, with John O’Dwyer scoring the pick of them with a magnificent effort from out on the right wing.
Tipperary could have found the net before Callanan’s strike, the Drom & Inch man having had a great chance on 18 minutes, only to be hooked brilliantly at the vital moment by JJ Delaney, who incidentally went off injured in first-half stoppage time with what looked like a dislocated finger, only to return for the start of the second half.

When Callanan’s goal did arrive, it put Tipp two clear, and that remained the deficit at the break as Reid, Callanan, Michael Fennelly and Shane McGrath completed the first half scoring, McGrath with his third point from play in a highly productive first half from the Ballinahinch man.

But Kilkenny started the second half brilliantly, and had five scores on the board without reply by the 43rd minute. The half started with Darren Gleeson brilliantly denying Colin Fennelly, but Fennelly made up for that miss with two excellent points, which along with efforts from Richie Power (’65’) and TJ Reid (2 frees) had Kilkenny 0-13 to 1-7 ahead with 44 minutes on the clock.

Noel McGrath got Tipperary off the mark for the second half on 46 minutes, and a Callanan free then cut the deficit to one. However, John Power swept over an inspirational score on 50 minutes, firing over beautifully on the turn after the ball had come to him following a series of battling blocks in the Kilkenny defence. The sides traded scores back and forth, but Kilkenny were getting in for goal chances, and only a heroic block, via the helmet of James Barry, denied John Power a goal at the dawn of the final quarter.

A stirring point from Eoin Larkin combined with the entrance of Shefflin on 58 minutes brought with it a sense of an inevitable Kilkenny victory, and that sense was confirmed when Richie Power scored a brilliant goal on 59 minutes, shortly after Callanan had tapped a penalty over the bar for a Tipperary point.

Michael Fennelly cut in a perfect sideline ball from the left and Power rose high to catch it before rifling a superb finish from 20 yards past Gleeson and into the net. That put Kilkenny four clear at 1-15 to 1-11, and although Tipp responded with a free after an inspirational run from captain Brendan Maher, Kilkenny had the ball in the net again on 63 minutes.

Darren Gleeson, who had an outstanding game between the posts for Tipperary, made a string of superb saves as the sliotar bounced around his goalmouth, but he could do nothing to deny John Power, who tapped home to the net after Gleeson had blocked one into his path.

That made it 2-15 to 1-12, and when a John O’Dwyer ’65’ was answered by a wonder-score from Pádraig Walsh with less than five minutes to go, there looked to be no way back for Tipperary. However, on 69 minutes a Patrick Maher shot was blocked and fell into the path of Callanan, who swept home to the net to take his tally to 2-5 for the evening. The goal stirred Croke Park, and with five minutes (including injury-time) for Tipperary to claw back the two points, a comeback that had looked unlikely moments earlier suddenly looked on.

However, Kilkenny took control in the dying stages and confirmed their victory when Colin Fennelly pinged over a superb score to send them three clear. The final whistle sounds moments later, and Kilkenny are champions again. Cool for Cats indeed.
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Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-5(5f), R Power 1-1 (1 ’65’), J Power 1-1, C Fennelly 0-3, R Hogan 0-2, M Fennelly 0-2, E Larkin 0-2, P Walsh 0-1

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 2-5 (4f, 0-1 pen), J O’Dwyer 0-3 (1 ’65’), S McGrath 0-3, N McGrath 0-2, B Maher 0-1

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Pádraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley; Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Michael Fennelly, Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin; Richie Power, TJ Reid, John Power
Subs: Joey Holden for J Tyrrell (Blood Sub, 16-18), J Holden for JJ Delaney (Blood Sub, 36-HT), Henry Shefflin for R Hogan (58), Lester Ryan for M Fennelly (67).

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Pádraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Lar Corbett
Subs: Michael Cahill for S McGrath (56), Conor O’Mahony for G Ryan (64), Shane Bourke for L Corbett (65), Jason Forde for N McGrath (67), John O’Brien for J O’Dwyer (70)

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 81,753
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Report: Arthur Sullivan



Team News

The Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Final Replay in Croke Park at 5:00pm has been named. There is no change to the team that started against Kilkenny in the drawn game. Lar Corbett will start his 6th All-Ireland Senior Final in search of his third medal while Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath and team captain Brendan Maher will start their 5th All-Ireland Senior Final.

Tipperary (SH team v Kilkenny) – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Kilkenny Team to play Tipperary in All Ireland Final Replay

1 Eoin Murphy Glenmore
2 Paul Murphy Danesfort
3 J J Delaney Fenians
4 Jackie Tyrrell James Stephens
5 Padraig Walsh Tullaroan
6 Kieran Joyce Rower Inistioge
7 Killian Buckley Dicksboro
8 Richie Hogan Danesfort
9 Conor Fogarty Erins Own
10 Michael Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks
11 Colin Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks
12 Eoin Larkin James Stephens
13 Richie Power Carrickshock
14 T J Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks
15 John Power Carrickshock

16 David Herity Dunnamaggin
17 Brian Hogan O’Loughlin Gaels
18 Joey Holden Ballyahale Shamrocks
19 Brian Kennedy St Lachtains
20 Lester Ryan(Clara) Clara
21 Tommy Walsh Tullaroan
22 Henry Shefflin Ballyahale Shamrocks
23 Aidan Fogarty Emeralds
24 Walter Walsh Tullogher Rosbercon
26 Mark Kelly O’Loughlin Gaels
26 Jonjo Farrell Thomastown



Replay Details

The GAA can confirm arrangements for the All-Ireland hurling replay at Croke Park at 5pm on Saturday, September 27.

Once again tickets will be reduced to €50 for stand, €25 for terrace and €10 for children. Tickets will be available through county boards and clubs and priority will be given to the competing counties for children’s tickets.



Match Officials

The GAA has confirmed the referee and match officials for the 2014 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Final Replay on September 27 with Offaly’s Brian Gavin being appointed as referee between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

This will be Brian’s third senior assignment, having previously taken charge of the 2013 drawn final between Clare and Cork and the 2011 decider, also between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Matches on Brian’s CV in 2014 include the Munster Senior Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick, Cork’s outing against Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final and the Senior Hurling Championship quarter final clash between Tipperary and Dublin.

Wexford’s James Owens will be the standby referee with James McGrath (Westmeath) as the other linesman and the sideline official will be Alan Kelly (Galway).

27.09.2014 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay
Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 17:00

Referee: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Std By: James Owens (Loch Garman)
Linesman: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)
Sideline Official: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)

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



For the third year in a row, the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final is heading for a replay after Kilkenny and Tipperary fought out a thrilling draw in Sunday’s final. It’s back to Croke Park on Saturday, 27 September at 5pm after the 3-22 (Kilkenny) to 1-28 (Tipperary) draw, which was played in front of a crowd of 82,179.

It was the highest scoring 70-minute final (introduced in 1975) and the first time in championship history that a total of 31 points wasn’t enough to win the All-Ireland final. It was also the first time that Kilkenny and Tipperary drew in a championship game.



Last Five Championship Replays
Kilkenny
2014 Leinster semi-final: Kilkenny 3-19 Galway 1-17
2013 Leinster semi-final: Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16
2012 All-Ireland final: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11
2004 All-Ireland quarter-final: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9
1993 Leinster final: Kilkenny 2-12 Wexford 0-11

Tipperary
2007 Munster semi-final: Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 (after extra-time)
2007 Munster semi-final: Limerick 1-24 Tipperary 2-21 (after extra-time)
2005 Munster semi-final: Tipperary 2-13 Limerick 0-18
2001 All-Ireland semi-final: Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10
1996 Munster final: Limerick 4-7 Tipperary 0-16



Previous Senior Hurling Final Replays
2013: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11
1959: Waterford 1-17 Kilkenny 5-5
1959: Waterford 3-12 Kilkenny 1-10 (replay)
1934: Limerick 2-7 Dublin 3-4
1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6 (replay)
1931: Cork 1-6 Kilkenny 1-6
1931: Cork 5-8 Kilkenny 3-4 (replay)
1908: Tipperary 2-5 Dublin 1-8
1908: Tipperary 3-15 Dublin 1-5 (replay)
1905: Cork 5-10 Kilkenny 3-13 (replay ordered due to objection)
1905: Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9 (replay)

2014/2015 Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Launch

The launch of the 2014/2015 Munster GAA Post Primary Schools competitions on Friday September 26th at Mallow GAA Complex coincided with the introduction of 20 new cups. These cups will perpetuate the names of 20 Gaels who made an indelible contribution to Gaelic Games at Munster GAA Post Primary Schools level.


Click to view Munster GAA Facebook & photos from the launch


Competition 18½ A Hurling 18½ B Hurling 18½ C Hurling 18½ D Hurling
Previously Known as; Corn an Artaigh Corn Phádraig Corn Mhic Ruairí
Name Suggested Corn an Artaigh Tom Collum Cup Dick O Mahony Cup Shane Hourigan Cup
Representing Munster Colleges Neutral (Limerick / Tipperary) Servicing officer VEC (Cork) Servicing Officer Limerick Referee
To be known as; Corn an Artaigh Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholaim Corn Risteard Uí Mhathúna Corn Sheáin Uí Anragáin

Competition 18½ A Football 18½ B Football 18½ C Football 18½ D Football
Previously Known as; Corn Uí Mhuirí Corn an Uachtaráin Corn an Rúnaí
Name Suggested Corn Uí Mhuirí Denis Noonan Cup Shane Murphy Cup John Moloney Cup
Representing Munster College Mallow (Colleges) VEC Ballyvourney Tipperary Referee)
To be known as; Corn Uí Mhuirí Corn Dhonncha Uí Nuanáin Corn Sheáinmhic Mhurchidh Corn Sheáin Uí Mhaolomhnaigh

 

Competition 16½ A Hurling 16½ B Hurling 16½ C Hurling 16½ D Hurling
Previously Known as; Corn an Rianaigh Corn an Chuinneánaigh Corn Iognáid Rís
Name Suggested Corn an Rianaigh James O Donoghue Cup Darra O Donovan Cup Kieran O Driscoll Cup
Representing Munster Colleges Thurles CBS VEC Desmond Col VEC Brogans Cork
To be known as; Corn an Rianaigh Corn Shéamuis Uí Dhonnchú Corn an Darra Uí Dhonabháin Corn Chiaráin Uí Dhrisceoil

Competition 16½ A Football 16½ B Football 16½ C Football 16½ D Football
Previously Known as; Corn an Fhriúnnaigh Corn Na gColáistí Corn Na Carraige
Name Suggested Corn an Fhriúnnaigh Liam Higgins Cup Bobby Buckley Cup Joseph O Neill Cup
Representing Munster Colleges VEC Kerry VEC Kerry St Fachtnas Cork
To be known as; Corn an Fhriúnnaigh Corn Liam Uí Uigínn Corn Roibeard Uí Bhuachalla Corn Seosamh Uí Néill

Competition 15 A Hurling 15 B Hurling 15 C Hurling 15 D Hurling
Previously Known as; Corn an Fhaoitigh Corn an Phiarsaigh Corn Solo
Name Suggested Hugh O Dowd Cup Raymond Hogan Cup Jimmy Smyth Cup Kevin Marren Cup
Representing Clare Colleges VEC Tipperary Clare Colleges VEC Ennis
To be known as; Corn Aodh Uí Dhúda Corn Réamoinn Uí Ógáin Corn Shéamuis Mhic Ghabhann Corn Chaoimhín Uí Mhearáin

Competition 15A Football 15B Football 15C Football 15D Football
Previously Known as; Corn Uí Mhóráin Corn Na Banndan Corn Mhic Chraith
Name Suggested Br Colm Taft Cup Eamon O Donoghue Cup Eamon Martin Cup Martin Mc Namara Cup
Representing Chriost Ri Cork VEC Castleisland Dungarvan College VEC Limerick
To be known as; Corn an Bhráthair Choilm Taft Corn Éamainn Uí Dhonnchú Corn Éamann Uí Mháirtín Corn Mháirtín Mhic Chonmara

Senior Hurling

Tom Collum
A proud son of West Limerick Tom carved out a special niche for himself as a wonderful G.A.A man in his adopted county of Tipperary. He worked diligently for the G.A.A throughout a most fulfilling life. In 1956 he was a member of the Limerick minor football team that won the counties only provincial title in the grade.
Following his retirement from the Garda Siochana he involved himself in the role of servicing officer with the second level schools of Tipperary and Munster where he won the respect of all he came in contact with.

Dick O’ Mahony
A teacher in St Colman’s College, Midleton, Dick devoted his entire teaching career to the promotion of Gaelic games within the school. Indeed St Colmans became one of the leading schools in the then Vocational competitions at both county and provincial level under his stewardship. Dick also served as a selector on the Cork Vocational Schools Inter county hurling team. Upon his retirement from teaching he served as servicing officer for the Cork Vocational Schools GAA Board.

Shane Hourigan
‘A Referee who was always available to referee games at every level. Shane was the man in the middle for the Munster Senior Club Final in 2014, the All Ireland Junior Final, All Ireland Minor Semi-Final, All Ireland Colleges Final, 2 Harty Cup Finals and The Fitzgibbon Cup. He was also a former Secretary and Chairman of his club, St Marys/Sean Finns. He is greatly missed.’

Senior Football

Denis Noonan
Denis was a past treasurer of the Munster Colleges competitions. He acted as Chairman of the Limerick colleges GAA and was a key figure in the promotion of gaelic games in Pallaskenry, Limerick & Munster. He was an excellent goalkeeper in his own playing days when attending St Coleman’s college in Fermoy.

Shane Ó Murchú
Coláiste Ghobnatan Baile Mhúirne, and Clondrohid GAA, was an outstanding underage talent excelling at both football and hurling equally. He won numerous medals and awards throughout his tragically short career, winning man of the match scoring 3-1 in the Munster U16 Vocational Schools final in April 2012. He was destined for huge things prior to his tragic passing on the field of play in December of that year having become the inspirational leader of the Coláiste Ghobnatan Senior team, and indeed it was fitting that the team went on to win the County and Munster Vocational Senior Colleges titles that year in his memory. On an emotional January day in Mallow last year, Coláiste Ghobnatan found themselves up against Thurles CBS in the inaugural Munster PPS C Final, and when it was announced to trainer Mickey Ned Ó Sullivan prior to throw in, that Shanes teammates would be playing for the Shane Murphy Memorial Cup, come hell or high water they were not going to be denied. A quiet, unassuming lad that was destined to wear the county jersey in both codes, he is greatly missed by all that had the privileged of knowing him. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam óg.

John Moloney
The Bansha farmer officiated at six All Ireland Finals in a glorious career as knight of the whistle. He travelled the length and breadth of Ireland refereeing schools games in all grades and codes and treated each one of them as if it was an All Ireland. A wonderful clubman and family man whose life ended all too soon for family and his legion of friends.

16.5 Hurling

James O Donoghue
James was called from this life in his mid thirties. He was a teacher at Thurles C.B.S, where his energy, integrity and diligence earned him the respect of colleagues and pupils. He was a wonderful G.A.A coach and prepared many a winning championship team from his school in an all too short life. He was a member of the famous O Donoghue family synonymous with everything that is positive and progressive about the G.A.A in Tipp town.

Darra O Donovan
Darra O’Donovan (16/11/96-12/12/11) was a student in Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Darra was a talented young player in both Football and Hurling. He played with his parish Monagea at all underage level, with his school and with Limerick U15s. Darra Also represented his county on development squads at U13, U14, U15. He was captain of Desmond College 1st year Hurling Team when they won the County in 2009. Darra passed away on 12th December 2011 as a result of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Kieran O Driscoll
During his time teaching in St Brogans College in Bandon the school enjoyed unprecedented success, at county, provincial and national level. Kieran also devoted much of his time to the Cork Vocational Schools Intercounty hurling team. Kieran was also a valued member of Kilbritten GAA club and a respected GAA analyst with 103 fm.

16.5 Football

Liam Higgins
Former Kerry Senior All-Ireland winning footballer , who taught and trained football teams in Dingle CBS with 2 All Ireland Championships in 1996 and 2001. Liam was also a prominent broadcaster and journalist in Kerry.

Bobby Buckley
Former Kerry footballer, who won 2 All Ireland Medals who taught Kenmare and Causeway Vocational Schools in Kerry. He also served as CEO of Tralee, Kerry and Cork VEC’s. As teacher, principal and CEO Bobby Buckley promoted the values of Gaelic games, training teams at school and county Vocational Schools levels.

Joseph O Neill
Joseph O Neill was the driving force behind Gaelic football in St.Fachtnas DLS, Skibbereen. From first years to the sixth years he nurtured and developed several players that not only wore the red of St Fachtnas but Cork. A part of the management team that saw the school capture the Corn Ui Mhuirí and Hogan cup in 1991. In addition Joe also guided St Fachtnas to numerous A grade titles in Cork Colleges competitions.

15 Hurling

Fr Hugh O’Dowd
A native of Sixmilebridge, Fr Hugh lived for hurling and trained many successful Flannans teams during his time at the famed hurling nursery. His attention to detail was second to none and he was noted for his ability to identify talent at an early age. He contributed to many successes in the 1st years competitions, Dean Ryan and Harty Cup during the course of his career in the school.

Raymond Hogan
Raymond son of Paul and Mary Ann Hogan was called to his eternal reward in his teens a year or so after he had won an All Ireland schools title with Borrisokane. His brother had worn the Tipperary jersey with distinction with brother Padraig winning a senior All Ireland with Tipperary. Raymond was reputed to be the most talented of the family with the caman but his potential was never fulfilled as the good Lord had better things in store for the young Borrisokane boy who i am sure enjoyed from his heavenly home the recent All Ireland Hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Jimmy Smyth
Jimmy Smyth is acknowledged as Clare’s best ever hurler, playing senior with his county from 1945 to 1967. A noted prodigy in his teens, he played county minor for five years, and won three Harty Cups & three All-Ireland Colleges titles with St Flannans. He played in 12 Railway Cups, winning eight. Following his retirement Jimmy served as an official with the GAA in Croke Park from 1965 to 1988.

Kevin Marron
Kevin taught at second-level in Kilmihil, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Ennis Community College. His genial manner and temperment was an example to all his students, and he made a significant contribution to various schools teams over his career, as well as assisting with club teams in his native Newmarket-on-Fergus. Kevin was also the schools servicing officer and the driving force behind organising post-primary fixtures in the county for many years.

15 Football

Br Colm Taft
Br Colm coached football teams in Colaiste Chriost Rí for over quarter of a centuary. In his time coaching Chriost Ri achieved five in a row Munster 15A, three in a row Munster 16 ½ A and back to back Senior football titles. In addition he also coached Chriost Ri teams to numerous A titles in the then Cork Colleges competitions. In honour of his memory Chriost Rí renamed their school pitch Br Colm Pairc.

Eamon O’Donoghue
Former Kerry Senior All-Ireland winning footballer, who taught and trained football teams in Castleisland Vocational School. Eamon was also a prominent referee in Kerry. Eamon O’ Donoghue was more than just a marvellous player; his sportsmanship, commitment and unassuming demeanour represented everything that is positive and enriching in the great game of Gaelic football.

Eamon Martin
Eamon Martin, a Kerryman from Caherciveen, came to Dungarvan in 1976 to take up a teaching post at Dungarvan CBS. He remained in his adopted West Waterford town until his untimely death in 2012. He trained CBS football teams throughout his teaching career, the highlight being the winning of the Corn na Carriage U.16½ Munster football championship in 1991. Despite the fact that hurling was the dominant sport in Dungarvan CBS the school football teams were very competitive at Munster B. Level over the years. Eamon played football and even tried hurling with his adopted club, the Brickey Rangers, for many years. He was a selector on the Waterford teams which won the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship in 1999 and 2004.

Martin McNamara
Martin principal of the Voc. Sch. Newcastle West from 1982 to 1999 was a lover of football and born in Glin on the Limk/Kerry border and played minor for Glin in the early 50s. In 1956 the Limerick minor football team of which he was a member beat Cork in the semi final and Kerry in the final-a rare feat. He also played with UCC in the Sigerson and Cork championship. His greatest achievement at school level was when 2 football teams that he trained played in All Ireland finals in Croke Park in the 70s. He left a great sporting legacy which lives on to this day in Desmond College.

munster.gaa.ie Football team of the Year

Well done to Kerry on bringing home the Senior & Minor Football titles to the province of Munster for 2014. With the Football Championship fare at a finish, the team at munster.gaa.ie have put together our Gaelic Football team of the Year.

Unlike other selections, the rules for this team are focused primarily on Munster Footballing talent with the following criteria for selection.

a) Only players from Munster counties involved
b) 1 player minimum from each Munster county
c) Players can be chosen based on the League & Championship performance


Munster.gaa.ie Football team of the Year

1. Ken O’Halloran (Cork)
2. James Loughrey (Cork)
3. Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry)
4. Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary)
5. Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary)
6. Peter Crowley (Kerry)
7. Paul Murphy (Kerry)
8. David Moran (Kerry)
9. Gary Brennan (Clare)
10. Liam Ó Lonáin (Waterford)
11. Ian Ryan (Limerick)
12. Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry)
13. Brian Hurley (Cork)
14. Kieran Donaghy (Kerry)
15. James O’Donoghue (Kerry)

What is your view?

Feel free to comment on the team at facebook.com/munstergaa or on Twitter, @MunsterGAA

GAA ‘Round The Square Super Scores: Week 19

Week 19’s Round the Square Super Scores feature the best of the 2014 GAA Football All-Ireland Championship Final between Kerry and Donegal – look back on Paul Geaney’s first minute goal for Kerry, and some of Donegal’s outstanding points from Odhrán Mac Niallais, Michael Murphy, Patrick McBrearty and Dermot Molloy, and crucial match winning scores for the Kingdom’s Paul Murphy, Johnny Buckley and Kieran Donaghy.

All-Ireland Senior Football Final – Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12

Kerry defeated Donegal by 2-9 to 0-12 in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday September 21st at Croke Park.



All-Ireland SFC: Kerry win glorious 37th title

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final: Kerry 2-9 Donegal 0-12

Report from GAA.ie

Of all Kerry’s 37 All-Ireland wins, this was surely their most unlikely. Having been written off by pretty much everyone at the start of the year – a new team, a rookie manager, an injury to their star player and a host of multiple All-Ireland winners having retired at the start of the season – the Kingdom came to Croke Park and proved exactly why they are the aristocrats of Gaelic football.

If Kerry’s was an unlikely success story, Kieran Donaghy’s emergence as their match-winner and saviour for the third game running was equally incredible. ‘Star’ proved his enduring quality once again with the goal that changed the game in the 52nd minute, intercepting Paul Durcan’s weak kick-out and placing a superb shot to the back of the net, to add to the two points points he scored and the general mayhem he caused on the edge of the square.

Match Stats
Kerry-Donegal
Own kick-outs: 19-14
Own kick-outs won: 11-15
Own %: 58%-63%
Shots: 32-24
Scores: 11-12
Scores: 34%-50%
Turnovers Lost: 7-7

It was all the more remarkable, too, because Kerry kicked 13 wides over the 70-odd minutes and their top scorer James O’Donoghue failed to score in the game, having been shackled superbly by Neil McGee and forced to spend most of his time coming deep in a frustrated attempt to have some impact on the game.

While Donaghy had no direct involvement in Kerry’s first goal, which, remarkably, came inside the first minute, all eyes were on the giant Austin Stacks man from the throw-in when Kerry instead went straight for Paul Geaney, who like a ghost had swept unmarked into the area and fired Kerry into a lead they would never give up to Donegal.

At the very end of an absorbing second half, Donegal, who had won on each of their two previous All-Ireland final appearances, had a chance to force a replay, but when the loose ball fell for Colm McFadden in the second minute of added time, he struck a post and ‘Sam’ was heading to the south-west.

Kerry won the game despite hitting eight wides in a second half they dominated, and it would have been cruel had they been denied on a day when they kept punching holes in Donegal’s packed defence until they finally created some gaps in the final quarter. Donegal were still hanging in at 0-7 to 1-4 at the end of a third quarter that produced just one point for each side when Killian Young was fouled by Donegal defence that had been hugely disciplined up to that point. Barry John Keane snapped over the free and then Donaghy pounced on Durcan’s wayward kick-out to spark a manic, free-scoring final 18 minutes.

Donegal hit back with three quickfire scores, Patrick McBrearty slinging over two after coming off the bench and Neil McGee adding another after an impressive raid from the back, leaving a point in it with 15 minutes left. By now, cracks were starting to appear in Donegal’s defensive wall, however, and Kerry hit back with three successive points of their own. Johnny Buckley started that run with a superb shot he lofted over the blanket, before Keane knocked over a second free and then Donaghy, who won yet another high ball placed in the area he thrives and fisted over the bar, put Kerry four clear with 10 minutes left, a position they somehow managed to lose the 2011 final to Dublin from.

Although he was a picture of calm on the line, Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice must have been in agony on the sideline when first sub Dermot Molloy and then Christy Toye ate into that precarious lead. For the 2011 survivors – Declan O’Sullivan, Donaghy, Tomás Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Donnchadh Walsh and Killian Young – their thoughts must have gone back to that harrowing experience three years ago.

But in the closing stages, Kerry’s calm assurance and ability to close out the game must have given their young manager huge satisfaction. Instead of panicking, the Kingdom held onto the ball and toyed with Donegal, passing laterally in front of their defensive wall before the 2012 champions’ patience finally cracked and they conceded a free, which Bryan Sheehan converted seconds after coming on as a sub in the 69th minute.

Having failed to create any real goal chance over the course of the game – a Darach O’Connor attempt from a narrow angle in the 25th minute notwithstanding – Kerry must have felt that with a three-point lead the game was as good as won. Donaghy was even taken off in the final minute and was given a hero’s reception by a jubilant Kerry support.

There was one final twist, however, when, with the game just having entered the third minute of added time, Donegal carved out their best chance of the game. McBrearty grabbed possession in a crowded goalmouth and his shot was half-blocked by Brian Kelly, but the loose ball fell to McFadden and he could only fist it onto the post.

Kerry survived, and they deserved to. Completing the minor and senior double for the first time since 1980, the Kingdom delivered the clearest statement of their eminence as the country’s greatest force. Many expected a tight, tactical battle, and that madcap opening aside, that’s how the first half turned out. Both sides set up very defensively and the free-flowing football of the semi-finals was a distant memory as Donegal crowded their defence, aware of the aerial threat Kerry carried in attack.

Donegal’s first three points all came from the boot of Michael Murphy, who punished Kerry’s indiscipline in defence – by contrast Donegal conceded one free in the first half – with a succession of booming efforts with his right boot, before McFadden added a fourth from a placed ball in the 23rd minute.

Both sides then had good goal chances. Rory Kavanagh broke the gain line for Donegal and sent Darach O’Connor – who was a surprise inclusion in the Donegal team – through, but his shot slipped through Kerry goalkeeper Brian Kelly’s legs and trickled wide. O’Donoghue struggled to make any sort of impact in the first half such was McGee’s tight marking, but when he did get the ball he immediately sought out Donaghy or Paul Geaney on the edge of the square. On 27 minutes, Geaney rose brilliantly, created the space for himself cleverly but blazed over the bar.

Darach O’Connor’s missed goal chance was his last involvement, with Toye coming on in his place after 28 minutes. Toye brought a huge injection of energy to Donegal’s play and they kicked the last two points of the half, through Odhrán Mac Niallais and Karl Lacey, to level at half-time, 0-6 to 1-3.

Within two minutes of the restart, Murphy became the first Donegal forward to score from play when he kicked a peach of a point, before Paul Murphy replied with a rare score for Kerry. Twelve painstaking minutes without a score elapsed before Keane’s free ended the stalemate and Donaghy’s goal breathed a fresh impetus into the game. The rest will go down in Kerry folklore, their 37th All-Ireland title and the completion of a rare double that reasserts their place at the very top.
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Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 1-2 (0-1f), Kieran Donaghy 1-2, Paul Murphy 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-2 (0-2f), Johnny Buckley 0-1, Bryan Sheehan 0-1 (0-1f).

Scorers for Donegal: Michael Murphy 0-4 (0-3f), Colm McFadden 0-1 (0-1f), Odhrán Mac Niallais 0-1, Kark Lacey 0-1, Patrick McBrearty 0-2, Neil McGee 0-1, Dermot Molloy 0-1, Christy Toye 0-1.

KERRY: Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald (capt); Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Killian Young; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Michael Geaney for Stephen O’Brien (HT), Barry John Keane for Paul Geaney (49), Shane Enright for Fionn Fitzgerald (55), Declan O’Sullivan for Donnchadh Walsh (57), Bryan Sheehan for David Moran (68), Kieran O’Leary for Kieran Donaghy (71).

DONEGAL: Paul Durcan; Éamonn McGee, Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath; Anthony Thompson, Karl Lacey, Frank McGlynn; Neil Gallagher, Odhrán Mac Niallais; Rory Kavanagh, Leo McLoone, Ryan McHugh; Darach O’Connor, Michael Murphy (capt), Colm McFadden
Subs: Christy Toye for Darach O’Connor (28), Patrick McBrearty for Ryan McHugh (46), Martin McElhinney for Odhrán Mac Niallais (52), David Walsh for Leo McLoone (58), Dermot Molloy for Rory Kavanagh (64).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

Attendance: 82,184
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Report: Brian Murphy



Fixture Details

21.09.2014 (Sun)
GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall
Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)



Team News

KERRY (SF v Donegal): Brian Kelly; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Fionn Fitzgerald; Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Killian Young; Anthony Maher, David Moran; Stephen O’Brien, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh; Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy, James O’Donoghue.
Subs: B Kealy, S Enright, M Geaney, Declan O’Sullivan, B J Keane, B Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan, K O’Leary, J Lyne, M Griffin, P Kilkenny

DONEGAL (SF v Kerry): P Durcan; E McGee, N McGee, P McGrath; A Thompson, K Lacey, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, O MacNiallais; C Toye, L McLoone, R McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.
Subs: M Boyle, D O’Connor, D Walsh, D Walsh, D Molloy, H McFadden, L Thompson, L Keaney, M McElhinney, M O’Reilly, R Kavanagh




DONEGAL AND KERRY ON THE DOUBLE FOR FOOTBALL’S BIG DAY

The biggest day of the GAA’s football year beckons as Kerry and Donegal prepare for next Sunday’s All-Ireland final double-header when the counties meet in both the senior and minor finals in Croke Park.

The minor final throws-in at 1.15pm, followed at 3.30pm by the senior decider in what will be the first All-Ireland final between the counties. It’s the first time since 1979 (Kerry v Dublin) that the same two counties contested the minor and senior finals.

Kerry, who last won the senior title in 2009, are bidding for their 37th title. Donegal are seeking their third title, having previously won in 1992 and 2012. Both counties arrive in the final, via the direct route as provincial champions. Donegal won all five games while Kerry won four and drew one. This will be only the second championship clash between the counties, with Donegal having won the first one in 2012, beating Kerry by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland quarter-final.


Paths to the final

DONEGAL
Donegal 1-11 Derry 0-11 (Ulster quarter-final)
Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12 (Ulster semi-final)
Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-9 (Ulster final)
Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 1-16 Average Against: 0-13

Donegal scorers
Michael Murphy………..0-17 (0-11 frees, 0-1 ‘45’, 0-1 sideline)
Colm McFadden………..1-12 (0-9 frees)
Odran MacNiallais……..1-9
Leo McLoone……………2-3
Ryan McHugh…………..2-3
Patrick McBrearty………0-8
Darach O’Connor……….1-3
Dermot Molloy…………..1-1
Christy Toye………………0-3
Karl Lacey…………………0-3
Anthony Thompson…….0-2
Martin McElhinney…….0-1
Neil McGee……………. ..0-1
Rory Kavanagh………….0-1
Frank McGlynn………….0-1

KERRY
Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 (Munster final)
Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13, aet (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
Average For: 1-19; Average Against: 1-14

Kerry scorers
James O’Donoghue……………. 4-24 (2-0 pens, 0-4 frees)
Paul Geaney……………………….0-18 (0-4 frees)
Bryan Sheehan……………………0-9 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘45’)
Johnny Buckley…………………..0-7 (0-2 frees)
Barry John Keane………………. 0-6
Donnchadh Walsh……………….0-5
Declan O’Sullivan……………….0-4 (0-1 free)
Paul Murphy………………………1-1
Stephen O’Brien…………………0-4
Kieran Donaghy………………… 1-0
Michael Geaney………………….0-3
David Moran………………………0-3
Kieran O’Leary…………………. 0-2
Jonathon Lyne…………………… 0-2
Anthony Maher…………………. 0-1
Killian Young…………………….0-1
Marc O Se………………………….0-1
Fionn Fitzgerald………………….0-1
Peter Crowley…………………….0-1


Last Championship Clash
Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10 (2012 All-Ireland quarter-final)
An early goal by Colm McFadden directly from a sideline kick gave Donegal the initiative and when they led by six point with six minutes remaining, they seemed set for an easy win.
However, a Kieran Donaghy goal and points from Paul Galvin and Anthony Maher cut the deficit to a point before Karl Lacey kicked Donegal’s final point.

Donegal: Paul Durcan; Eamonn McGee, Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath; Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey (0-1), Anthony Thompson; Martin McElhinney, Rory Kavanagh; Paddy McBrearty (0-1), Mark McHugh, Ryan Bradley; Colm McFadden (1-5, 1-0 sideline, 0-2 frees), Michael Murphy (0-3, 0-2 frees), Leo McLoone (0-1).
Subs: Neil Gallagher for McElhinney, David Walsh for Bradley; Christy Toye (0-1) for McLoone, Daniel McLaughlin for McBrearty.

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Aidan O’Mahony, Marc O Se; Tomas O Se, Eoin Brosnan, Killian Young; Anthony Maher (0-2), Bryan Sheehan (0-1 free), Paul Galvin (0-1), Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), Donnchadh Walsh; James O’Donoghue (0-1), Colm Cooper (0-4, 0-2 frees), Kieran Donaghy (1-0).
Subs: Brian Maguire for Brosnan; Darran O’Sullivan for Young; Johnny Buckley for Sheehan; Kieran O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan; Patrick Curtin for O’Donoghue.



GAA ALL-IRELAND SF ROLL OF HONOUR
36 – Kerry (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009)
24 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95-2011-2013)
9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)
7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)
7 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90-2010)
5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)
5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)
5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)
4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)
4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)
3 – Louth (1910-12-57)
3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)
3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)
3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)
2- Donegal (1992-2012)
2 – Limerick (1887-1896)
2 – Roscommon (1943-44)
1 – Armagh (2002)
1 – Derry (1993)


2014 Championship – Top Scorers
Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor is poised to top the 2014 championship scoring charts as he leads Kerry’s James O’Donoghue by 15 points. Unusually for All-Ireland finalists, Donegal have no one in the top ten. Michael Murphy is their leading scorer on 0-17.

The following are the top ten scorers:
Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)……..5-36 (51 points)… 0-24 frees, 5-0 penalties
James O’Donoghue (Kerry)…..4-24 (36 points)… 2-0 pens, 0-4 frees
Shane Walsh (Galway)…………1-29 (32 points)… 0-15 frees, 0-2 ‘45s
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary)….4-19 (31 points)….0-13 frees, 1-0 penalty
Conor McManus (Monaghan)…1-27 (30 points)….0-20 frees, 0-1 lineball
Tony Kernan (Armagh)……….0-25 (25 points)…..0-16 frees, 0-2 ‘45s’
Donie Kingston (Laois)…….0-23 (23 points)…….0-12 frees
Seamus Quigley (Fermanagh)..3-14 (23 points)…0-9 frees, 1-0 penalty
Bernard Brogan (Dublin)…….2-17 (23 points)……0-11 frees
Darren McCurry (Tyrone)…….2-16 (22points)…0-11 frees


ALL-IRELAND FINAL SHORTS
*Jim McGuinness is in his fourth season as Donegal manager, leading them to All-Ireland glory in 2012 and to Ulster titles in 2011-2012-2014. Donegal’s championship record under McGuinness reads: Played 23; Won 20, Drew 0, Lost 3. The defeats came against Dublin in the 2011 All-Ireland semi-final, against Monaghan in last year’s Ulster final and against Mayo in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final.
*Eamonn Fitzmaurice is in his second season as Kerry manager, leading them to Munster titles in 2013 and 2014. Kerry’s championship record under Fitzmaurice reads: Played 10; Won 8, Drew 1, Lost 1. The defeat came against Dublin in last year’s semi-final.
*While this is only Donegal third appearance in the All-Ireland final, Kerry have played in ten finals in the new Millennium. Their record in that period reads: Played 10; Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 4. They won in 2000 (replay v Galway), 2004-2006-2007-2009 and lost in 2002-2005-2008-2011.


KERRY AND DONEGAL IN UNIQUE DOUBLE BILL

The GAA All-Ireland senior football final on September 21 will create history when Donegal and Kerry meet in the decider for the first time.
The same pairing will also meet in the minor final, where more history will be made as it’s the first time Donegal have reached the U-18 final. It’s the first time since 1979 (Kerry v Dublin) that the minor and senior finals featured the same pairings.
Kerry seniors are back in the final for the first time since 2011 while Donegal were last there in 2012, when they won the title for the second time.
Kerry and Donegal have met only once previously in the championship, with the Ulster men winning the 2012 All-Ireland quarter-final by 1-12 to 1-10.
Donegal dethroned defending champions, Dublin in a 3-14 to 0-17 win in the semi-final on Sunday, while Kerry earned their place in the final with a 3-16 to 3-13 win over Mayo in a replay, which went to extra-time at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.

GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
CONNACHT
Quarter-finals: May 4: Mayo 4-18 New York 0-8, Gaelic Park; May 18: Roscommon 1-18 Leitrim 0-13, Dr. Hyde Park; May 25: Galway 3-17 London 0-7, Ruislip.
Semi-finals: June 8: Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 1-9, Dr. Hyde Park; June 21: Galway 0-16 Sligo 0-11, Markievicz Park.
Final: July 13: Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16, Castlebar.
LEINSTER
1st round: May 17: Louth 1-14 Westmeath 1-9, Cusack Park; May 18: Longford 0-19 Offaly 0-15, Glennon Brothers, Pearse Park; Laois 0-21 Wicklow 1-11, Aughrim.
Quarter-finals: June 7: Wexford 1-15 Longford 1-13, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park; June 8: Kildare 1-22 Louth 1-7, Croke Park; Dublin 2-21 Laois 0-16, Croke Park; June 15: Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6, Dr. Cullen Park.
Semi-finals: June 29: Dublin2-25 Wexford 1-12, Croke Park; Meath 2-16 Kildare 0-17, Croke Park.
Final: July 20: Dublin 3-20 Meath 1-10, Croke Park.
MUNSTER
Quarter-finals: May 31: Tipperary 2-14 Limerick 1-11 Gaelic Grounds; June 7: Clare 2-8 Waterford 2-8, Ennis; June 14: Clare 3-11 Waterford 0-12, Fraher Field (replay).
Semi-finals: June 21: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11, Pairc Ui Chaoimh; June 22: Kerry 1-17 Clare 1-13, Ennis.
Final: July 6: Kerry 0-24 Cork 0-12 Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
ULSTER
1st round: May 18: Tyrone 2-11 Down 3-8, Omagh; May 24: Tyrone 3-11 Down 0-12 (replay), Newry
Quarter-finals: May 25: Donegal 1-11 Derry 0-11, Celtic Park; June 1: Antrim 2-18 Fermanagh 3-13, Brewster Park; June 8: Armagh 1-12 Cavan 0-9, Athletic Grounds; June 15: Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-14, Clones.
Semi-finals: June 22: Donegal 3-16 Antrim 0-12, Clones; June 28: Monaghan 0-14 Armagh 0-14, Clones; July 6: Monaghan 1-18 Armagh 1-13, Clones.
July 20: Final: Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 1-9, Clones.

ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS
Round 1: June 21: 1A: Limerick 1-16 London 1-13, Gaelic Grounds; Longford 2-16 Derry 2-14, Celtic Park; Laois1-19 Fermanagh 2-15, Portlaoise; Wicklow 3-12 Offaly 0-17, Aughrim; June 28: IB: Cavan 1-15 Westmeath 1-14, Kingspan Breffni Park; Tyrone 2-21 Louth 0-10; Omagh; Carlow 0-17 Waterford 1-13, Dr. Cullen Park; June 29: Down 4-18 Leitrim 0-9, Newry.
Round 2: July 5: 2A: Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6, Thurles; Sligo 0-12 Wicklow 0-10, Aughrim; Limerick 3-11Antrim 0-15, Gaelic Grounds; July 6: Laois 0-18 Wexford 0-17, Wexford Park.
July 12: 2B: Roscommon 0-16 Cavan 0-5, Kingspan Breffni Park; 3A: Sligo 0-12 Limerick 0-10, Markievicz Park; Tipperary 3-17 Laois 4-9, Portlaoise.
July 13: 2B: Kildare 1-18 Down 0-11, Newry; Clare 4-26 Carlow 2-13, Dr. Cullen Park; Armagh 0-13 Tyrone 0-10, Omagh.
July 19: 3B: Armagh 1-17 Roscommon 1-12, Dr. Hyde Park; Kildare 0-13 Clare 0-12, Ennis.
Round 4: July 26: 4A: Galway 4-17 Tipperary 4-12 Tullamore; Cork 0-21 Sligo 1-11, Tullamore
August 2: 4B: Armagh 0-18 Meath 0-13, Croke Park; Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14 (after extra-time) Croke Park.

ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINALS
August 3: Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10, Croke Park; Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15, Croke Park; August 9: Donegal 1-12 Armagh 1-11, Croke Park; Dublin 2-22 Monaghan 0-11, Croke Park.

ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS
August 24: Mayo 1-16 Kerry 1-16, Croke Park.
August 30: Replay: Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet), Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
August 31: Donegal 3-14 Dublin 0-17, Croke Park.

ALL-IRELAND FINAL
September 21: Donegal v Kerry, Croke Park.

Kerry will play Donegal in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 21st at 1:15pm in Croke Park.


2014 Football Final Referees Announced

The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2014 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior and Minor Championship finals on September 21 with Eddie Kinsella from Courtwood, Co. Laois confirmed as the referee for the senior final, while Fergal Kelly of Longford will officiate in the Minor game between Donegal v Kerry.
This will be Eddie Kinsella’s first senior assignment, as he takes charge of the Donegal vs Kerry contest having previously taken charge of the All-Ireland Minor Final in 2009. He has also officiated the All-Ireland Under 21 final in 2011, the All-Ireland Senior Club final in 2014 between St. Vincent’s (Dublin) and Castlebar Mitchells (Mayo), one Leinster Football Championship Final, and one Munster Football Championship Final.
In this year’s football championship, Eddie has refereed the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final between Kerry and Galway, the Round 3B Qualifier between Roscommon and Armagh, Roscommon and Mayo’s Connacht Football Semi-Final and and Ulster Quarter-Final meeting of Monaghan and Tyrone.
His umpires on the day will be Arthur O’Connor, Alan O’Halloran, Pat Connell and Niall Murphy (all Courtwood).
Sligo’s Marty Duffy will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Padraig Hughes (Armagh), while the sideline official will be Rory Hickey (Clare).
Fergal Kelly, who will be officiating the Minor match, is a member of the Ballymahon club.
In this year’s football championship Fergal has refereed the Connacht Quarter-Final between London and Galway, the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final and the Football Qualifier between Sligo and Limerick.
Fergal has also refereed the 2014 Leinster Colleges Senior Football Championship Final, the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup Final in 2014, the 2013 Intermediate Club Championship Final, the Allianz Football League Division Four Final in 2012, and the Leinster GAA Football Minor Championship Final 2011.
His umpires on the day will be Paul Kelly and Phelim Kelly (both Ballymahon), Patrick Maguire (St. Mary’s, Granard) and Tomás O’Rourke (Longford Slashers).
Wicklow’s Anthony Nolan will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Jerome Henry (Mayo) and the Sideline Official will be James Molloy (Galway).

21.09.2014 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall RTÉ/SKY Sports
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
Stand By: Marty Duffy (Sligeach)
Linesman: Padraig Hughes (Ard Mhacha)
Sideline: Rory Hickey (An Clár)
Umpires: Arthur O’Connor, Alan O’Halloran, Pat Connell and Niall Murphy

Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall TG4
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15

Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)
Stand By: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
Linesman: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
Sideline: James Molloy (Gaillimh)
Umpires: Paul Kelly, Phelim Kelly, Patrick Maguire and Tomás O’Rourke

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 0-17 Donegal 1-10

Kerry defeated Donegal by 0-17 to 1-10 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final on Sunday September 21st at Croke Park.

All-Ireland MFC: Kerry win first title since 1994

ELECTRIC IRELAND ALL-IRELAND MFC FINAL: KERRY 0-17 DONEGAL 1-10

Report from GAA.ie

Kerry are All-Ireland Minor Football champions for the first time since 1994 after holding off a spirited Donegal comeback to win by four points at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Kingdom are now back on top of the roll of honour in their own right on 12 titles, and the win also created a significant bit of history for manager Jack O’Connor – he is only the second man after Mickey Harte to guide a team to minor, U21 and senior All-Ireland titles. Kerry were the better side throughout and leading by six points with 10 minutes to go, they looked as though they were cruising to the title. However, a goal from Donegal’s Jamie Brennan sparked a late comeback and when it was followed by two quick-fire points, the lead was down to one with five minutes to go.

However, Kerry finished the game brilliantly with points from Tom O’Sullivan, Jordan Kiely and Killian Spillane securing the victory for them.
Spillane top-scored with 0-5 while two of O’Connor’s substitutions also proved significant, Liam Carey and Jordan Kiely coming on and kicking 0-4 between them from play.

A tight first half came to an end with Kerry leading 0-8 to 0-6. Both sides were guilty of some poor wides in the first half, but there was also plenty of quality on display as the sun poured down on the Croke Park pitch. The sides traded the first six points, Jamie Brennan, Stephen McBrearty and Caolán McGonagle on target for Donegal and Spillane (free), Matthew Flaherty and Micheál Burns registering the early scores for Kerry.

There was a flurry of scores towards of the end of the first quarter, with Kerry taking the upper hand in the game. Points from Barry O’Sullivan and Burns edged them two clear, and while the gifted McBrearty kept Donegal in touch with a booming effort, Kerry led 0-6 to 0-4 at the end of the first quarter. Defences tightened up considerably for the second quarter, but the best two points of the half came in quick succession on 20 minutes – a superb score from Cian Mulligan putting Donegal one behind before Spillane scored a gem off his right to restore the two point lead. Kerry were three clear before the break through a Spillane free, but a John Campbell free completed the first half scoring.

Jordan Kiely, surprisingly dropped for this game, came on at half-time and immediately found his range as he edged Kerry three clear with a good score on the turn, and it was followed by a good score from swashbuckling midfielder O’Sullivan. Kerry led 0-12 to 0-8 at the end of the third quarter following a brilliant individual score from Liam Carey, but that point was preceded by a bad miss from Donegal’s Jamie Brennan. The Bundoran man was clean through on goal, but he shanked the shot badly wide when he should have found the net.

Within five minutes, Kerry’s lead was six. The talented Carey landed an excellent point from distance and it was followed by a perfectly executed free from nearly 45 metres from goalkeeper Shane Ryan. With Kerry leading by six with less than 10 minutes to go, they looked to be in cruise control. However, within seconds of Ryan’s point, Brennan made up for his earlier miss with a well-taken goal off his left foot.

Cutting in from the left, he latched onto a diagonal ball, picked his spot and buried the ball into the far corner of the net past Ryan. When it was followed by points from substitute Niall Harley and Lorcán Connor (free) moments later, Donegal trailed by just one point with five minutes left. A stirring comeback.

However, Kerry showed all their class in the closing five minutes, hitting three superb scores to take victory. Corner-back Tom O’Sullivan roamed upfield for the first before Kiely and Spillane wrapped up Kerry’s win with scores of real elegance.
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Scorers for Kerry: K Spillane 0-5 (3f), M Burns 0-2, B O’Sullivan 0-2, L Carey 0-2, J Kiely 0-2, M Flaherty 0-1, T Ó Sé 0-1, S Ryan 0-1 (1f), T O’Sullivan 0-1

Scorers for Donegal: J Brennan 1-1, S McBrearty 0-2, J Campbell 0-2 (1f), L Connor 0-2 (2f), C McGonagle 0-1 (1f), C Mulligan 0-1, N Harley 0-1

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Dan O’Donoghue, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Tom O’Sullivan; Brian Sugrue, Andrew Barry, Cormac Coffey; Barry O’Sullivan, Mark O’Connor; Micheál Burns, Brian Rayel, Matthew Flaherty; Killian Spillane, Liam Kearney, Tomás Ó Sé
Subs: Liam Carey for Cormac Coffey (29), Jordan Kiely for Liam Kearney (HT), Robert Wharton for Brian Sugrue (40), S O’Sullivan for T Ó Sé (50), Ivan Parker for Brian Rayel (62).

DONEGAL: Danny Rodgers; Danny Monagle, Ciarán Gillespie, Colm Kelly; Stephen McMenamin, Tony McCleneghan, Cian Mulligan; Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Caolán McGonagle; Stephen McBrearty, Lorcán Connor, Micheál Carroll; Jamie Brennan, John Campbell, Ethan O’Donnell
Subs: Niall Harley for Colm Kelly (37), Gavin McBride for Ethan O’Donnell (47), Christian Bonner for Eoghan Ban Gallagher (51), Ciarán Diver for Niall Harley (57).

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)
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Report: Arthur Sullivan




Fixture Details

21.09.2014 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall
Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)


Team News

KERRY (MFC v Donegal): S Ryan (Rathmore); D O’Donoghue (Spa), B Ó Beaglaioch (An Ghaeltacht), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); B Sugrue (Renard), A Barry (Na Gaeil), C Coffey (Kerins O’Rahillys); B O’Sullivan (Dingle), M O’Connor (Dingle); M Burns (Dr Crokes), B Rayel (Lispole), M Flaherty (Dingle); K Spillane (Templenoe), L Kearney (Spa), T Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht).
Subs: E O’Connell (St Senans), J Kiely (Dr Crokes), L Carey (Beaufort), S O’Sullivan(Templenoe), R Wharton (Renard), I Parker (Churchill), J Morgan (Austin Stacks), R Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), J Foley (Ballydonoghue). Additional players: S Ryan (Austin Stacks), G White (Dr Crokes), C Bambury (Dingle), A Murphy (Dr Crokes), B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), C Geaney (Dingle).


2014 Football Final Referees Announced

The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2014 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior and Minor Championship finals on September 21 with Eddie Kinsella from Courtwood, Co. Laois confirmed as the referee for the senior final, while Fergal Kelly of Longford will officiate in the Minor game between Donegal v Kerry.
This will be Eddie Kinsella’s first senior assignment, as he takes charge of the Donegal vs Kerry contest having previously taken charge of the All-Ireland Minor Final in 2009. He has also officiated the All-Ireland Under 21 final in 2011, the All-Ireland Senior Club final in 2014 between St. Vincent’s (Dublin) and Castlebar Mitchells (Mayo), one Leinster Football Championship Final, and one Munster Football Championship Final.
In this year’s football championship, Eddie has refereed the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final between Kerry and Galway, the Round 3B Qualifier between Roscommon and Armagh, Roscommon and Mayo’s Connacht Football Semi-Final and and Ulster Quarter-Final meeting of Monaghan and Tyrone.
His umpires on the day will be Arthur O’Connor, Alan O’Halloran, Pat Connell and Niall Murphy (all Courtwood).
Sligo’s Marty Duffy will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Padraig Hughes (Armagh), while the sideline official will be Rory Hickey (Clare).
Fergal Kelly, who will be officiating the Minor match, is a member of the Ballymahon club.
In this year’s football championship Fergal has refereed the Connacht Quarter-Final between London and Galway, the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the Munster Semi-Final and the Football Qualifier between Sligo and Limerick.
Fergal has also refereed the 2014 Leinster Colleges Senior Football Championship Final, the Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup Final in 2014, the 2013 Intermediate Club Championship Final, the Allianz Football League Division Four Final in 2012, and the Leinster GAA Football Minor Championship Final 2011.
His umpires on the day will be Paul Kelly and Phelim Kelly (both Ballymahon), Patrick Maguire (St. Mary’s, Granard) and Tomás O’Rourke (Longford Slashers).
Wicklow’s Anthony Nolan will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Jerome Henry (Mayo) and the Sideline Official will be James Molloy (Galway).

21.09.2014 (Sun)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall RTÉ/SKY Sports
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
Stand By: Marty Duffy (Sligeach)
Linesman: Padraig Hughes (Ard Mhacha)
Sideline: Rory Hickey (An Clár)
Umpires: Arthur O’Connor, Alan O’Halloran, Pat Connell and Niall Murphy

Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Ciarraí v Dún na nGall TG4
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15

Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)
Stand By: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
Linesman: Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)
Sideline: James Molloy (Gaillimh)
Umpires: Paul Kelly, Phelim Kelly, Patrick Maguire and Tomás O’Rourke


Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship 2014 Final

Donegal are in the minor final for the first time while Kerry are seeking their 12th title, having last won the Tom Markham Cup in 1994. A win would take Kerry into the outright lead on the All-Ireland honours list, one ahead of Dublin.

Coached by former senior manager, Jack O’Connor, Kerry beat Clare, Tipperary, Cork, Kildare and Mayo to reach the final while Donegal, managed by former senior All-Ireland medal winner, Declan Bonner beat Derry, Antrim, Armagh, Roscommon and Dublin.


Paths to the final
DONEGAL
Donegal 1-10 Derry 0-8 (Ulster quarter-final)
Donegal 2-19 Antrim 1-10 (Ulster semi-final)
Donegal 2-12 Armagh 0-10 (Ulster final)
Donegal 0-10 Roscommon 1-5 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Donegal 1-12 Dublin 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Top scorers
Lorcan O’Connor……….0-17
Jamie Brennan……………3-7
John Campbell……………2-9

KERRY
Kerry 2-16 Clare 0-7 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-18 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster semi-final)
Kerry 2-17 Cork 2-13 (Munster final)
Kerry 2-15 Kildare 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Kerry 1-14 Mayo 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Top scorers
Killian Spillane…………..0-35
Jordan Kiely………………5-4
Tomas O’Se……………….4-4


All-Ireland Minor Football Roll of Honour
11 – Kerry (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94)
11 – Dublin (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84-2012)
10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)
8 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)
7 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85-2013)
6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)
4 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)
4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)
4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)
3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)
3 – Meath (1957-90-92)
2 – Cavan (1937-38)
2 – Louth (1936-40)
2 – Armagh (1949-2009)
2 – Tipperary (1934-2011)
1 – Clare (1929)
1 – Offaly (1964)
1 – Westmeath (1995)

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