AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 Warrenpoint (Down) 0-10

Ardfert (Kerry) defeated Cumann Pheadair Naofa, Warrenpoint (Down) by 1-8 to 0-10 in the AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 25th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.


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Awesome Ardfert returning to Croker

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 St Peter’s, Warrenpoint (Down) 0-10: AIB All-Ireland Club IFC semi-final: Pat O’Driscoll spent most of January watching videos of Warrenpoint’s Ulster club championship campaign. The consummate ease in which the Down outfit secured provincial honours made for uncomfortable viewing, the Ardfert manager doubting whether his charges would be able to live with their semi-final opponents.

By 3.30pm yesterday, all doubts were laid to rest, every last avenue of energy and effort exhausted in the process. Ardfert were returning to Croke Park. Eight second-half wides pointed to Ardfert’s dominance, but equally, their wastefulness in front of goal. Said wastefulness left the door ajar for Warrenpoint and successive points from John and Ryan Boyle on 53 and 55 minutes respectively had reduced the gap to the minimum, 1-8 to 0-10. Cue the tensest and most dramatic finish January’s GAA activity is likely to serve up.

Ardfert’s Damien Wallace and Warrenpoint’s Ross McGarry kicked successive wides, before Caolan McLoughlin had the chance to force extra-time in Portaloise. The St Peter’s substitute, collecting possession from centre-forward Jamie Grant, slipped inside two black shirts and employed the left boot from 40 metres. Supporters clad in blue rose in expectation of a point, McLoughlin’s effort taken from underneath the crossbar by Ardfert ‘keeper Nicholas O’Sullivan.

The Kerry and Munster champions stormed down the field, a sweeping passage of play ending with substitute Brandon Barrett driving the ball low against the right post. Warrenpoint continued to hold on and made one final push in the second minute of time added on. Pass after pass was strung, all the while inching closer to the Ardfert goal. Ciarán McCartan sought to offload to Grant in front of the stand, but Daniel Collins threw his body in front of the ball to cut out the pass. The final whistle sounded and the Ardfert players celebrated a third All-Ireland semi-final victory since 2006.

The two previous trips to GAA HQ yielded silverware. “This was the best win ever,” declared O’Driscoll. “From what I saw in the videos, I knew they were an outstanding team. Part of me was saying ‘do we have enough to win this?’ We knew if we weren’t at our best, we would be nowhere near these guys. It was an unbelievable display from our guys. They are a special group. The last couple of minutes, in particular; we had old legs, we were out on our feet, but we got over the line. Thankfully it didn’t go to extra-time because we probably wouldn’t have had the legs for them.”

He added: “Our plan worked. We kept number 12 (Aaron Magee) out of it. He was huge for them in Ulster. We questioned them to see had they other forwards who would step up to the mark.” Irrespective of their success in negating Magee, it was the Down champions who emerged sharper from the blocks — Ryan Mallon, Jamie Grant, Donagh McAleenan and Ross McGarry splitting the posts to establish a 0-4 to 0-2 advantage after 18 minutes.

Darren Wallace and McGarry traded points in the subsequent action, before the game’s crucial period. David Griffin, set-up by Shane Griffin, reduced the gap to the minimum and the Kerry club hit the front when John Egan, collecting a Shane Griffin offload, calmly slotted beyond Warrerpoint ‘keeper Conor D’Arcy. Damien Wallace kicked his second free of the afternoon thereafter to move Ardfert 1-5 to 0-5 clear at the interval.

Shane Griffin, Trevor and Damien Wallace were on the mark at the change of ends, McGarry (0-2, 0-1 free) and McLoughlin replying for the Mourne men. Fives missed efforts in the third quarter alone saw Ardfert’s wides tally spiral well into double figures. It almost came back to haunt them.

Scorers for Ardfert: J Egan (1-0); Damien Wallace (0-3, 0-2 frees); Darren Wallace (0-2); T Wallace, D Griffin, S Griffin (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Peter’s, Warrenpoint: R McGarry (0-4, 0-1 free); J Boyle, C McLoughlin, R Boyle, J Grant (0-1 free), R Mallon, D McAleenan (0-1 each).

ARDFERT: N O’Sullivan; D Dineen, R Horgan, M Moloney; T Wallace, D Collins, S Leen; J Dowling, K Shanahan; D Griffin, Darren Wallace, F Horgan; S Griffin, Damien Wallace, J Egan.
Subs: B Barrett for Horgan (46 mins), J Wallace for Shanahan (55, bc), E Courtney for Griffin (59).

ST PETER’S, WARRENPOINT: C D’Arcy; R McAleenan, R Boyle, M O’Hare; Cormac McCartan, J Boyle, Ciarán McCartan; J Cowan, R Mallon; A Magee, J Grant, R Magee; D McAleenan, G Boyle, R McGarry.
Subs: C McLoughlin for A Magee (40 mins), N McGovern for G Boyle (41).

Referee: J Hickey (Carlow)


Fixture Details

25.01.2015 (Sun)
AIB GAA Football All Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi Finals
O’Moore Park Portlaoise 14:00
Ardfert (Ciarraí) v Cumann Pheadair Naofa, Warrenpoint (An Dún)
Referee: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)
(E.T. if Necessary)

McGrath Cup Final – Waterford 3-12 UCC 1-9

Waterford defeated UCC by 3-12 to 1-9 in the McGrath Cup Final on Saturday January 24th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Déise end 34-year wait for McGrath Cup title

McGrath Cup Final: Waterford 3-12 UCC 1-9

Waterford seized their second McGrath Cup crown with a nine point win over UCC at Fraher Field. In front of 907 spectators, goals from Joey Veale, Maurice O’Gorman and Gavin Nugent allowed Tom McGlinchey’s side bridge a 34-year gap for major honours.

McGlinchey named the same starting fifteen that nosed past Cork last Sunday. They built up a 2-6 to 1-7 lead at half time following a fast and furious opening period. Waterford made the perfect start when Joey Veale slotted home after Liam Lawlor’s point effort dropped around the goalmouth.

The students, minus several first choice players, gave the Déise persistent headaches at the back and posted four unanswered points through Conor Horgan, Adrian Spillane, David Harrington and Kevin Davis. Although the hosts got their noses back in front, Horgan pounced for a goal on 18 minutes when Stephen Enright saved Tom Hickey’s close range blast (1-4 to 1-2).

Waterford regained the lead when centre back Maurice O’Gorman made a rare foray into enemy territory and fired a low shot under Pádraig McCarthy. Liam Lawlor and Patrick Hurney extended the margin out to four before a pair of Tom Hickey points left UCC two down at the interval.

On 50 minutes. Michael O’Halloran’s long delivery was fumbled by the UCC defence and full forward Gavin Nugent intervened to hammer home (3-7 to 1-8). Points by Tommy Prendergast, David Grey, Conor Phelan and Shane Ahearne moved them comfortably ahead.

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Scorers for Waterford: S Ahearne 0-4 (0-3fs), J Veale, M O’Gorman, G Nugent 1-0 each; P Hurney, L Lawlor 0-2 each; M Curry, T Prendergast, D Grey, C Phelan 0-1 each.

Scorers for UCC: C Horgan 1-2 (0-2fs); D Harrington 0-3; T Hickey 0-2 (0-1f); K Davis, A Spillane 0-1 each.

Waterford: S Enright; D Crowley, N Walsh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallacháin, M O’Gorman, R Ó Ceallaigh; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, M O’Halloran, P Hurney; L Lawlor, G Nugent, J Veale. Subs: D Grey for Veale (52); J Curry for P Hurney (61); B Power for Crowley (66); O Keevers for Prendergast (66); M Ferncombe for M Curry (69).

UCC: P McCarthy (Kerry); J Davis (Cork), K Fulingati (Cork), K Histon (Cork); K O’Sullivan (Kerry), S White (Cork), E Dennehy (Cork); A O’Donovan (Cork), A Spillane (Kerry); F O’Connor (Cork), K Davis (Cork), S Keane (Kerry); T Hickey (Kerry), D Harrington (Cork), É Ó Conchúir (Kerry). Subs: F Courtney (Kerry) for Hickey (H-T); K Hayes-Curtin (Cork) for J Davis (42); C Hyde (Cork) for White (43); P Scanlon (Kerry) for O’Donovan (44); P Lohan (Tipperary) for Harrington (51); S Power (Tipperary) for Keane (61).

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)
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Report: Tomás McCarthy for GAA.ie






When – Saturday January 24th at 6pm

Where – Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Referee – Seamus Mulvihill (Ciarraí)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

Admission Prices –
Adults – €10
Students / OAPs – €5
Under 16s will admitted free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ger Ryan at pro.munster@gaa.ie or 0868149146 for more information


Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play UCC in the McGrath Cup final on Saturday evening next at 6.00pm in Fraher Field.

1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Niall Walsh Kilrossanty
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Liam Lawlor Nire
14. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack
15. Joey Veale Kilrossanty

UCC (Cork clubs unless stated): M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), J McGuire (Listowel Emmets, Kerry), D Culhane (Ballylongford, Kerry); C Dorman (Bishopstown), S White (Clonakilty), T Clancy (Fermoy); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), G O’Sullivan (Listry, Kerry); S Keane (Legion, Kerry), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers), É Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht, Kerry); T Hickey (Castleisland Desmonds, Kerry), C Cox (Listowel Emmets, Kerry), D Harrington (Adrigole).
Subs: P McCarthy (Rathmore, Kerry), P O’Connor (Legion, Kerry), F McNamara (Austin Stacks, Kerry), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), P Geaney (Dingle, Kerry), S Kiely (Ballincollig), C Horgan (Nemo Rangers), A Spillane (Templenoe, Kerry), E Dennehy (St Finbarr’s), K O’Sullivan (Kenmare Shamrocks, Kerry), K Histon (Cobh), A O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), R Murphy (Beaufort, Kerry), K Davis (O’Donovan Rossa), P Scanlon (Glin, Kerry), F Courtney (Beaufort, Kerry), K Fulignati (Nemo Rangers).


For the Record

  Waterford UCC
2014 McGrath Cup Performance Did not take part Lost to University of Limerick by 5-18 to 4-16 in the quarter final on January 5th.
Number of McGrath Cup Senior Football titles 1 0
Last McGrath Cup Senior Football Title 1981 N/A
McGrath Cup Senior Football Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 6
Lost – 14
Drawn – 0
Played – 17
Won – 7
Lost – 10
Drawn – 0

Fixtures and Results

Preliminary Round

Sunday January 4th

@ Carriganore                                 Waterford 1-16          UL 2-7

@ Mallow                                          Cork 7-20                   Mary Immaculate 0-4

Quarter-Finals
Sunday January 11th

@ AustinStack Park Tralee            IT Tralee 4-12            Kerry 0-16

@ Rathkeale                                     UCC 4-16                  Limerick 3-9

@ Clonmel                                        Cork 1-14                   Tipperary 0-12

@ Clashmore                                   Waterford 1-11          Cork IT 0-9

Semi-Finals
Friday January 16th

@ IT Tralee                                        UCC 0-18                  IT Tralee 0-6

Sunday January 18th

@ Clashmore                                   Waterford 0-8            Cork 0-7

Final (Extra time)

Saturday January 25th

@ Fraher Field, Dungarvan                       Waterford v UCC                              @ 6pm


McGrath Cup Senior Football – Odds and Ends

Since 2000, Cork have won 20 of their 23 games (an 87% success rate, the best of any county). In the same period, Kerry’s McGrath Cup success rate is 85% with 17 wins out of 20 in the competition.

In the 8 games to date in the 2015 McGrath Cup, there has been an average of 2.9 goals per game. This compares with 4 in 2014, 2.6 in 2013, 2.4 in 2012 and 1.4 in 2011.

The last time a college reached the final was in 2010 when UCC also qualified. On that occasion they lost to Kerry by 1-11 to 0-9.

The last McGrath Cup Final which did not involve Cork or Kerry was in 2008 when Clare defeated Limerick by 1-6 to 0-8. Neither Cork or Kerry took part in the competition that year. The last McGrath Cup in which Cork and Kerry were both defeated in the early stages of the competition was in 2005. On that occasion, Tipperary accounted for Kerry in the Quarter-Final by 1-10 to 0-8 while Cork lost out in the semi-final to Limerick by 2-3 to 0-7. The 2005 McGrath Cup was won by Limerick following a 2-10 to 1-3 victory over the Cork Institute of Technology in the final.

Two counties lost to colleges teams in this year’s competition – UCC defeated Limerick and IT Tralee defeated Kerry. No college team defeated a county in 2014 but only Kerry and Cork participated. No college defeated a county team either in 2013. In 2012 IT Tralee defeated Waterford and UCC defeated Limerick.


McGrath Cup Senior Football Roll Of Honour

Clare (12) – 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008

Cork (7) – 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014

Limerick (5) – 1985, 1987, 2001, 2004, 2005

Kerry (4) – 1996, 2010, 2011, 2013

Tipperary (3) – 1989, 1993, 2003

Waterford (1) – 1981

London (1) – 1988

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete Roll of Honour since the competition began in 1981 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/mcgrath-cup-football/


McGrath Cup

Presented by Joe McGrath on June 21st, 1981 for the promotion of Senior Football in Munster.

Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Limerick 0-22 UCC 1-17

Limerick defeated UCC by 0-22 to 1-17 in the semi-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 24th at Kilmallock.



Limerick hurlers survive students test to book final spot

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

LIMERICK booked a place in the Waterford Crystal Cup final with this 0-22 to 1-17 win over UCC in Kilmallock. TJ Ryan’s side will play Cork in the final of early season provincial competition next weekend. A Saturday evening clash under the flights of Mallow appears the most likely fixture.

In this two point win over Ger Cunningham’s Cork students Limerick found the late scores to advance after the sides had been level on 11 occasions over the 70-minutes. Limerick made two changes from the quarter-final win over Waterford with Donal O’Grady now at centre back, indirectly replacing the injured David Breen and Stephen Walsh at corner back in place of Tom Condon.

UCC were almost at full strength ahead of the start of their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign on Thursday and they led 0-5 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter. It was a frantic opening with the sides sharing six points in the first three minutes with Adrian Breen on the mark for Limerick against his former college.

Limerick were first in front in the 15th minute after a fine Niall Moran point. That put Limerick in the driving seat for the remainder of the half. Conor Allis, and Cian Lynch added points from play as UCC went 19-minutes without a score. By half time it was 0-10 to 0-7 to Limerick.

Rob O’Shea, Conor Lehane and Daniel Roche all had quick points for UCC on the change of ends to level once more. But Limerick responded each time to a flurry of UCC scores with their own run of scores. Cathal King and Lynch were on the mark to open a 0-13 to 0-10 lead with just under 30-minutes to play.

Lehane dominated the next few minutes to help the Leesiders into a 0-15 to 0-14 lead with 16-minutes gone in the second half. Again Limerick fought back with subs Tom Morrissey, Shane Dowling and Paul Browne all on the mark. That had Limerick 0-18 to 0-15 clea with 10-minutes to play. Then DJ Foran goaled for UCC in the 65th minute.

Just as they had done throughout the game Limerick replied impressively with Dowling (free), James Ryan, Patrick Begley and Breen notching late points to seal the win on a day whenLimerick hit 16 wides, compared to just 10 for UCC.

SCORERS: Limerick: Shane Dowling (2frees) and Thomas O’Brien (4frees) 0-4 each, Adrian Breen 0-3, Cian Lynch, James Ryan and Conor Allis (1free) 0-2 each, Niall Moran, Cathal King, Tom Morrissey, Paul Browne, Patrick Begley 0-1 each. UCC: Conor Lehane 0-6 (3frees), Rob O’Shea 0-4 (3frees), DJ Foran 1-0, Alan Cadagon and Stephen O’Keeffe 0-2 each, Shane O’Donnell, Daniel Roche, Paudie Prendergast (free) 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Seamus Hickey; Wayne McNamara, Donal O’Grady, Dan Morrissey; Conor Allis, Cathal King; Niall Moran, James Ryan, Cian Lynch; Thomas O’Brien, Patrick Begley, Adrian Breen.
Subs: Shane Dowling for Thomas O’Brien (h-t), Tom Condon for Wayne McNamara (h-t), Tom Morrissey for Conor Allis (46mins), Paul Browne for Cathal King (53mins).

UCC (Cork unless stated): David O’Gorman, Killian Burke, David Glynn (Kilkenny), Michael Breen (Tipperary); Cormac Murphy, Paudie Prendergast (Waterford), Shane Roche (Waterford); Daniel Roche, Rob O’Shea; Shane O’Keeffe, Jamie Barron (Waterford), Conor Lehane; Brian Hartnett, Shane O’Donnell (Clare), Alan Cadagon.
Subs: Diarmuid Lestor for Killian Burke (h-t), Michael Collins for Rob O’Shea (40mins), Eoghan Finn for Conor Lehane (51mins), DJ Foran (Waterford) for Shane O’Donnell (51mins), Rickard Cahalane for Michael Breen (59mins).

REFEREE: Paul Foley (Waterford)

Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Cork 2-21 Clare 0-18

Cork defeated Clare by 2-21 to 0-18 in the semi-final in the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 24th at Mallow.




O’Farrell shoots down Banner as Cork advance to Waterford Crystal final

Cork 2-21 Clare 0-18

TWO LUKE O’FARRELL goals were central to Cork advancing to the Waterford Crystal Cup final as they saw off Clare in Mallow this afternoon.

The Rebels are the only one of the ‘big five’ Munster hurling powers not to win the season-opening competition, but if they can reproduce a performance like this against Limerick next Saturday night then they will have every chance of breaking their duck.
O’Farrell scored 2-3 – the exact difference between the teams – while Cian McCarthy contributed seven points but they had stars in all lines. Clare, who looked to have a stronger side on paper, laboured in the first half, recording nine wides, and while they improved after half-time they never looked like salvaging the game.

The sides were level at 0-3 each when O’Farrell finished from close range after good work by impressive midfielder Andy Walsh in the 12th minute. Had Patrick Donnellan not been denied by a save from Cork goalkeeper Patrick Collins on 18, the sides would have been tied at 1-5 but Cork made the most of that let-off and outscored their opponents by 1-8 to 0-2 for the remainder of the half.
Cian McCarthy takes a free

O’Farrell’s second goal came in the 33rd minute as he perfectly met a McCarthy delivery to double the ball to the net and give Cork a 2-13 to 0-7 interval lead. Colin Ryan and Bobby Duggan were among the scored as Clare got seven of the first eight points of the second half. Even so, the goals were always a cushion from Cork and they saw out the game well.

Scorers for Cork: Luke O’Farrell 2-3, Cian McCarthy 0-7 (0-3f, 0-2 65), Stephen Moylan, Andy Walsh 0-2 each, Brian Murray, Peter Kelleher, Brian Lawton, Darren McCarthy, Dayne Lee, Paul Haughney, Alan Frahill-O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Cathal O’Connell (0-3f), Bobby Duggan 0-4 each, Brendan Bugler, Colin Ryan (0-1f) 0-3 each, Patrick Donnellan 0-2, Shane Golden, Daire Keane 0-1 each.

CORK:

1. Patrick Collins
2. Conor O’Sullivan
3. Damien Cahalane
4. Seán O’Donoghue
5. Brian O’Sullivan
6. Lorcán McLoughlin
7. Glen O’Connor
8. Brian Murray
9. Andy Walsh
10. Peter Kelleher
11. Cian McCarthy
12. Brian Lawton
13. Stephen Moylan
14. Luke O’Farrell
15. Darren McCarthy
Subs:
20. Paul Haughney for Murray (43)
21. Dayne Lee for Kelleher (48)
23. Alan Frahill-O’Connor for Lawton (58)
17. William Kearney for O’Donoghue (62)
19. Mark Ellis for O’Connor (64)

CLARE

1. Patrick Donnellan
2. Domhnall O’Donovan
3. Cillian Duggan
4. Seadna Morey
7. Conor Cleary
6. Conor Ryan
5. Gearóid O’Connell
19. Colin Ryan
9. Brendan Bugler
10. Patrick Donnellan
11. Bobby Duggan
12. Shane Golden
15. David O’Halloran
14. Aaron Cunningham
13. Cathal O’Connell
Subs:
17. Paul Flanagan for O’Donovan (9-13, blood)
18. Cian Dillon for Conor Ryan (47)
17. Flanagan for O’Connell (49)
20. John Conlon for O’Halloran (50)
24. Daire Keane for Donnellan (52)

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)


Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team for Saturday’s game is –

1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)

3. Damien Cahalane (St.Finbarr’s)

4. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)

5. Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)

6. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)

7. Glen O’Connor (St.Finbarr’s)

8. Brian Murray (Bishopstown)

9. Andy Walsh (Killeagh)

10. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)

12. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)

13. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)

14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

15. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)

Subs:

16. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

17. William Kearney (Sarsfields)

18. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)

19. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)

20. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)

21. Dayne Lee (Na Piarsaigh)

22. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)

23. Alan Frahill-O’Connor (Youghal)

24. Seamus Harnedy (St.Ita’s)

25. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

26. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)

Stephen McDonnell, Luke Meade and Paul Haughney are recovering from injury and were not considered. The CIT and UCC players are unavailable for Cork selection as they are tied with their respective academies in this competition.


Clare (SH v Cork) –
Kelly
O’Donovan C Duggan Morey
G O’Connell Con Ryan Cleary
Bugler Col Ryan
Donnellan B Duggan Golden
C O’Connell Cunningham O’Halloran

Annual Report to Munster GAA Convention 2014

Munster GAA CEO Simon Moroney has released his Annual Report ahead of the Munster GAA Convention on Friday January 30th at 7:30pm in the Killarney Plaza Hotel.

Annual Report to Munster GAA Convention 2014 – PDF format

Chairman’s Address to Convention by Robert Frost – Microsoft Word format

Note that all Annual Reports to Munster GAA Convention from 2008 through to 2014 in the About Us section of the web site.

2015 Independent.ie Sigerson Cup Preview

See top players look ahead to the 2015 Independent.ie Sigerson Cup.

Ryan McHugh (IT Sligo), Aidan Forker (St Mary’s), Cillian O’Connor (UUJ), John Heslin (UCD) all give their thoughts and predictions, while veteran and former All Ireland winning captain Graham Geraghty explains why he’ll be lining out for IT Blanchardstown.

Video by Jerome Quinn for Higher Education GAA.

Anthony Daly – Building on the Platform of Youth Development

Anthony Daly – Building on the Platform of Youth Development

Shane Hourigan Acknowledgement

Shane Hourigan

Late of Ballywilliam, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick

Who passed away tragically due to a Road Traffic Accident on 27th January 2014.

1st Anniversary & Acknowledgement

The family of the late Shane Hourigan wish to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on our very sad loss.

We would like to thank those sent Mass cards, flowers, enrolments, letters of sympathy, made phone calls, those who attended his home and funeral. Special thanks to those who travelled long distances to be with us. We acknowledge with gratitude the very kind support shown by our neighbours, friends and the GAA community. Sincere thanks to those who brought food and refreshments. Many thanks to Rathkeale Fire Services, the Gardai, Ambulance Service and to the kind staff of Limerick University Hospital. Sincere thanks to Fr Phonsie Cullinane, Fr Willie Russell, Fr Mossie Costello, Fr Tim Curtin and Fr Fergal O’Neill who concelebrated the mass. Thanks to Marie Sheahan, Aimee Jones and Marguerite McEnery for the beautiful music. Thanks to Shane’s friends and family who dug his grave. Sincere gratitude and appreciation to St Mary’s Sean Finns GAA who helped neighbours to coordinate traffic, thanks also to present and past players who formed a guard of honour along with many referees who helped to carry Shane to his final resting place. Pat Magner thank you for your kindness and professionalism.

As it would not be possible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgment as an expression of our gratitude and appreciation to all. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for your intentions.

Míle buíochas as ucht ár gcroí.

First anniversary mass for Shane will be held on Sunday 25th January at 11.30 am in St Mary’s Church, Rathkeale.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter-Final Results

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Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter-Final – Clonakilty CC 1-13 IS Killorglin 1-5

Clonakilty CC defeated IS Killorglin by 1-13 to 1-5 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Under 18 1/2 A Football Quarter-Final on Wednesday January 21st at Kenmare.



Thomas Scannell makes it safe for Clonakilty CC

By Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clonakilty CC 1-13 IS Killorglin 1-5

Clonakilty Community College are through to the Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final for the first time after a deserved victory over IS Killorglin at Kenmare yesterday. A slow start meant IS Killorglin were always chasing the outcome as they allowed the Cork school ease into an 0-8 to 0-0 lead after 20 minutes. While they did up their performance thereafter, a goal from Clonakilty CC attacker Thomas Scannell four minutes from time ended the game as a contest.

Clonakilty CC mentor Micheál O’Sullivan, who is also in charge of the Carbery Rangers senior football team, was thrilled with the result but maintained they made hard work of it. “Especially after the good start,” he claimed. “But the conditions were bad. And IS Killorglin are not at this quarter-final stage without being a reasonably good team either. It is huge for us to be in the semi-final. Last year was our first year in this competition and we didn’t get out of our group. The semi-final is a massive game for us to look forward to.”

Holders Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne will be their opponents in the last four, however, for now, they can reflect positively on this latest win. A dominant midfield and forward unit meant scores arrived at will early on. Sean McEvoy pulled the strings in a busy forward line, shooting four brilliant points, while Ross Mannix and David Lowney were also prominent. Clon kicked eight unanswered points whilst it took until the 21st minute for ISK to open their account, through a Patrick Daly free. The Kerry outfit were back in the game when Chris Doncel netted a penalty three minutes later after a foul on Timmy Hussey. By the interval, they trailed 1-2 to 0-9.

That gap was cut to three points a minute after the restart and while Killorglin were now more involved, scoring from open play was their achilles heel — bagging only one point from play courtesy of centre-back Mike Breen. Yet, the margin was attainable, 1-5 to 0-11, with 15 minutes to play.

That is why McEvoy’s sixth point was so crucial, coming after a scoring lapse of 10 minutes. Inspired by solid work at the back, Clonakilty CC then came good. When Mannix’s wonderful delivery fell into the pathway of Thomas Scannell, he finished low to the net to push the difference to seven points. Clonakilty wing-back Shane Scannell received a second yellow card at the death, but it mattered little as Lowney closed out the match with a super effort two minutes from time.

Scorers for Clonakilty CC: S McEvoy (0-6), T Scannell (1-1), D Lowney (0-3), R Mannix (0-2), D Kiely (0-1).

Scorers for IS Killorglin: P Daly (0-4 frees), C Doncel (1-0 pen), M Breen (0-1).

CLONAKILTY CC: W Tyner (Kilmeen); D O’Brien (Ballinascarthy), B Keohane (Kilmeen), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty); D Kiely (Barryroe), E Deasy (Clonakilty, Capt), S Scannell (Kilmeen); M White (Clonakilty), S Ryan (Ballinascarthy); R Mannix (Clonakilty), D Lowney (Clonakilty), S McEvoy (Clonakilty); D Scannell (St Mary’s), T O’Connell (Clonakilty), T Scannell (Kilmeen).
Subs: K Keohane (Kilmeen) for T O’Connell (57), P Walsh (St James) for D Kiely (58).

IS KILLORGLIN: D Curran (Beaufort); A Cox (Killorglin), B Cronin (Beaufort), N O’Brien (Listry); R Leen (Legion), M Breen (Beaufort), D O’Shea (Listry); C Culloty (Legion), T Hussey (Spa); P Daly (Killorglin), D Healy (Beaufort, Capt), D Griffin (Glenbeigh); C Teahan (Glenbeigh), K Brosnan (Listry), C Doncel (Dr Crokes).
Subs: C O’Connor (Beaufort) for R Leen (12), F Clifford (Killorglin) for K Brosnan (42), J Clifford (Killorglin) for D Griffin (53).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)


When – Wednesday January 21st at 2pm

Where – Kenmare

Referee – Richard Moloney

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.


For the Record

  Clonakilty CC IS Killorglin
2014 / 2015 Team Management Micheal O Sullivan, Gavin Kelly, Dan Nyhan Bainisteoir: Mícheál O’Shea; Roghnóiri: Gearóid Clifford, Tom Crowley
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Eoin Deasy Danny Healy
2013 / 2014 Corn Uí Mhuirí Performance Failed to qualify from the group stages Lost to DLS Macroom by 1-13 to 1-7 in the Quarter-Final
2013 / 2014 Frewen Cup Under 16 ½ A Football Performance Lost to St Francis College Rochestown by 2-14 to 0-7 Lost to Colaiste Chriost Ri by 3-7 to 1-12
Number of Corn Uí Mhuirí titles 0 1
Last Corn Uí Mhuirí Title N/A 1995/1996

Corn Uí Mhuirí Quarter-Final Fixtures

A         Rochestown V Col Na Sceilige – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Knocknagree – Referee: Derek O Mahoney

B         St Brendans Killarney V HS Clonmel – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Mallow   – Referee: Kevin Walsh

C         Clonakilty CC V IS Killorglin – Wednesday January 21st at 2pm in Kenmare – Referee: Richard Moloney

D         PS Chorca Dhuibhne V Tralee CBS – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Dr Crokes – Referee: Eddie Walsh

Please note that the A fixture will face B in semi-final and C fixture will play the fixture D winners.


Corn Uí Mhuirí Table after Group Stages

Group A
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
Clonakilty CS 3 2 1 0 4
Tralee CBS 3 2 1 0 4
Col Cholim Ballincollig 3 1 2 0 2
DLS Macroom 3 1 2 0 2
Group B
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
St Brendans Killarney 3 3 0 0 6
Col Na Sceilge 3 2 1 0 4
St Flannans Ennis 3 1 2 0 2
Mercy Mounthawk Tralee 3 0 3 0 0
Group C
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
St Francis College Rochestown 3 2 0 1 5
HS Clonmel 3 2 1 0 4
St Fachtnas Skibbereen 3 1 1 1 3
West Limerick Colleges 3 0 3 0 0
Group D
Team Played Won Lost Draw Points
P.S Chorca Dhuibhne 2 2 0 0 4
I S Kilorglin 2 1 1 0 2
Col Chríost Rí 2 0 2 0 0

Team Panels

Clonakilty CC

1. William Tyner (Kilmeen)

2. Daniel O Brien (Ballinascarthy)

3. Peter Walsh (St James)

4. Liam O Donovan (Clonakilty)

5. David Kiely (Barryroe)

6. Brian Keohane (Kilmeen)

7. Shane Scannell (do)

8. Mark White (Clonakilty)

9. Sean Ryan (Ballinascarthy)

10. Ross Mannix (Clonakilty)

11. David Lowney (Clonakilty) Vice-Captain

12. Sean McEvoy (do)

13. Dylan Scannell (St. Marys)

14. Thomas Scannell (Kiklmeen)

15. Sean O Donoughue (Clonakilty)

16. Micheal Whelton (Barryroe)

17. Eoin Deasy (Clonakilty) Captain

18. Johnny Deasy (Kilmeen)

19. Cathal O Donovan (Timoleague)

20. Tiarnan O Connell (Clonakilty)

21. Kevin Keohane (Kilmeen)

22. Jack Cahalane (Barryroe)

23. Eoin Lawton (Barryroe)

24. Liam O Connor (Clonakilty)

24. Sean O Reilly (St. James)

25. Ciaran Crowley (Clonakilty)


IS Killorglin

1

Darragh Curran

(Lios A’ Phuca)

2                                   3                               4

Aidan Cox                Brendan Cronin         Neil O’ Brien

(Fánaithe na Leamhna)      (Lios A’ Phuca)         (Lios A’ Traí)

5                                   6                               7

Rob Leen                       Mike Breen           Darragh O’Shea

(An Léigiún)                    (Lios A’ Phuca)           (Lios A’ Traí)

8                                          9

Conor Culloty                     Timmy Hussey

(An Léigiún)                          (An Spá)

10                                 11                              12

Patrick Daly           Danny Healy (Capt.)          Daniel Griffin

(Fánaithe na Leamhna)        (Lios A’ Phuca)          (Gleann Beithe)

 

13                                 14                               15

Caolim Teahan            Kieran Brosnan          Chris Doncel

(Gleann Beithe)             (Lios A’ Traí)             (Na Crócaigh)

Fir Ionaid:

16. Donal O’Neill (Gleann Beithe)
17. Cillian Bellew (An Fosadh)
18. Jamie Clifford (Fánaithe na Leamhna)
19. Pearse Tyther (Fánaithe na Leamhna)
20. Daniel O’ Donoghue (An Léigiún)
21. Cormac O’Connor (Lios A’ Phuca)
22. Fiachra Clifford (Fánaithe na Leamhna)
23. Daniel Whittleton (Fánaithe na Leamhna)
24 Joe Glinwood (Lios A’ Phuca)
25. Luke Sweeney (Lios A’ Phuca)
26. James McAuliffe (Na Crócaigh)


Corn Uí Mhuirí Roll Of Honour

St. Brendan’s, Killarney (20) – 1929, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1986, 1992, 1994, 2008, 2010

Tralee CBS (15) – 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1953, 1955, 1976, 1999, 2000, 2007

Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork (15) – 1967, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011

Colaiste Iosagain, Ballyvourney (7) – 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1971, 1981

De La Salle College Waterford (5) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965

Colaiste Na Sceilge, Caherciveen (4) – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009

North Monastery, Cork (3) – 1935, 1936, 1988

St Flannan’s College, Ennis (3) – 1959, 1993, 1995

St. Fachtna’s, Skibbereen (3) – 1982, 1990, 1991

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne (3) – 2012, 2013, 2014

Limerick CBS (2) – 1956, 1960

CBS High School Clonmel (1) – 1928

Colaste na Mumhan (1) – 1939

Rochestown College (1) – 1950

Intermediate School, Killorglin (1) – 1996

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork (1) – 2005

De La Salle, Macroom (1) – 2006