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All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final – Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

Limerick defeated Wexford by 0-26 to 1-7 in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final on Saturday September 12th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Limerick ease to fifth All-Ireland U21 title

Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final: Limerick 0-26 Wexford 1-7

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Limerick are Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling champions for the first time since 2002. The rampant Shannonsiders overwhelmed Wexford by 16 points in Semple Stadium.

The Munster champions added national silverware with an impressive demolition job on the Slaneysiders, who were looking to win this competition for the first time since 1965. But on the night when the Cross of Cashel Cup was handed over for the last time, it was green and white ribbons flying as Diarmuid Byrnes hoisted it aloft.

In front of 18,445 spectators, Limerick had an impressive overall display, with their half back line exceptional. And for Limerick manager John Kiely, this was a sweet one as he was a member of the senior squad defeated by Wexford in 1996. Limerick’s big names were on fire this evening, including senior stars Cian Lynch and Tom Morrissey, but Barry Nash, a Leaving Cert student this summer, claimed the man of the match award after scoring five points from play.

A disappointing Wexford, runners-up for a second successive year, provided token resistance throughout. Conor McDonald scored 1-4, including a second half goal from a deceptive, dipping strike, but he had precious little support as the Leinster champions crumbled. Limerick were brilliant from start to finish, building on a seven-point half-time lead to claim the honours.

Limerick led by 0-11 to 0-4 at the end of a first half dominated by talk of goals that weren’t. Referee Johnny Ryan disallowed two, one for either side, after whistling back for frees when both teams could argue that advantage should have been played on each occasion.

Limerick were aggrieved first in the eleventh minute when Ronan Lynch netted after Oliver O’Leary batted away David Dempsey’s effort, but Ryan called play back for a 20m free. Three minutes before half-time, Wexford’s Kevin Foley had the ball in the Limerick net but Ryan, again, disallowed the score.

Wexford badly needed a fillip at that stage as they were struggling badly. The Slaneysiders endured a 17-minute barren spell on the scoreboard and by half-time, just one of their four points was registered from play. Limerick, in contrast, were rampant as Nash helped himself to four points from play.

Senior panellist Tom Morrissey and Pat Ryan chipped in with a brace of points each and Cian Lynch, in a roving commission, was also on target. Limerick opted for a two man inside line from the start, with Lynch given the licence to operate around the middle third.

After the McDonald goal, Limerick finished with a flourish by registering the final nine points of the game. They could even afford the luxury of tapping a late penalty over the bar, with Peter Casey opting for a point with the end result in no doubt.


Scorers for Wexford: C McDonald 1-4 (0-3f, 0-1 sl), P Foley, A Kenny & C Dunbar 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 0-6 (5f), B Nash 0-5, T Morrissey 0-4, P Ryan, C Lynch & P Casey (0-1 pen) 0-3 each, D Byrnes 0-2 (1f).

WEXFORD: O O’Leary; S Donohoe, L Ryan, E Conroy; J White, P Foley, J O’Connor; C Devitt, T French; A Kenny, K Foley, J Cash; C Dunbar, C McDonald, P Sutton.
Subs: S Murphy for French (35), S Kenny for Devitt (41), S Kelly for K Foley (46), J Firman for Cash (54).

LIMERICK: D McCarthy; S Finn, R English, M Casey; D Byrnes, B O’Connell, G Hegarty; D O’Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, C Lynch, D Dempsey; C Ryan, T Morrissey, B Nash.
Subs: P Casey for C Ryan (50), A La-Touche Cosgrave for P Ryan (52), J Kelliher for R Lynch (55), M O’Callaghan for Finn (58), J Hannon for O’Donovan (59).

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

Fixture Details

12.09.2015 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Luimneach v Loch Garman
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

LIMERICK: David McCarthy (Glenroe), Sean Finn (Bruff), Richie English (Doon), Michael Casey (Na Piarsaigh); Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), Barry O Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Gearoid Hegarty (St Patricks); Darragh O’Donovan (Doon), Pat Ryan (Doon); Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), David Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh); Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), Tom Morrissey (Ahane), Barry Nash (South Liberties)
Subs: Eoghan McNamara (Doon), Mark O’Callaghan (Knockaderry), Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), Jack Kelleher (Patrickswell), Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh), Jody Hannon (Adare), Liam O’Sullivan (Knockaderry), Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh), Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)

WEXFORD (U21 v Limerick): Oliver O’Leary; Simon Donohue, Liam Ryan, Eoin Conroy; Jim White, Pádraig Foley, Jack O’Connor; Conor Devitt, Tony French; Andrew Kenny, Kevin Foley, James Cash; Cathal Dunbar, Conor McDonald, Peter Sutton

Ticket Information

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship Finals
Limerick v Wexford
Throw in 19:00pm

Under 21 B: Meath v Wicklow
Throw in 17:15pm

Ticket Information
Adults: €20.00
Juvenile (Under 16): €5.00
Student/OAP: €15 (available at the venue on match day with valid ID)

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Match Preview


The All-Ireland senior title has gone to Kilkenny while the minor crown and intermediate crowns have gone to Galway, leaving the Bord Gais Energy U-21 titles to be decided next Saturday when Limerick play Wexford in the final at Semple Stadium (7.0).
It will be preceded at 5.15 by the Meath v Wicklow All-Ireland U-21B final. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

Limerick are bidding for their 5th U-21 title, having previously won in 1987-2000-2001-2002 while Wexford are seeking their second title, having won their first in 1965.

Paths to the Final

Limerick 3-16 Tipperary 3-14 (Munster semi-final)
Limerick 0-22 Clare 0-19 (Munster final)
Limerick 1-20 Galway 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Wexford 0-23 Kildare 0-14 (Leinster quarter-final)
Wexford 2-16 Offaly 1-12 (Leinster semi-final)
Wexford 4-17 Kilkenny 1-9 (Leinster final)
Wexford 1-21 Antrim 1-8 (All-Ireland semi-final)

National Student Bursaries Scheme 2015/2016

The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2015/2016 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its ninth year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested close to €2million in the eight years that its Bursary Schemes have been in existence.

Munster GAA Bursaries – Guidelines & Application Form

The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.

Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC).

Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from, the various GAA Provincial Council websites and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club.

Munster GAA Bursaries – Guidelines & Application Form

All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications are as follows:

Friday October 2nd – Munster
Friday October 9th – Leinster, Connacht & Ulster.

Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2015 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at

Munster GAA Bursaries – Guidelines & Application Form


All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final – Galway 4-13 Tipperary 1-16

Galway defeated Tipperary by 4-13 to 1-16 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 6th at Croke Park.

Minor: Galway power to another All-Ireland title


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Galway have secured a first All-Ireland minor title since 2011, and their 10th in total, with a thrilling victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. The sides were level at the break, but Jeffrey Lynskey’s young charges hit 2-2 without reply in four second half minutes to secure the Irish Press Cup.

Tipperary did come back late on and Tommy Nolan’s goal in the last minute ensured a nervy end for the Tribesboys, but Galway rounded off a terrific performance with a fourth goal through sub Michael Lynch in added time. Galway went into an early two-point lead thanks to two scores from their free-taker Evan Niland, but Tipperary were soon level as Lyndon Fairbrother and Tommy Nolan hot the target.

Tipperary had a superb chance to make the first real breakthrough on 13 minutes when centre-forward Garry Ryan broke clear of the Galway defence and forced a great reflex save from goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan. Brian McGrath landed the resultant 65 and then Fairbrother put Tipp ahead with another free. However, Galway hit back with a goal against the run of play – Jack Coyne’s effort dropped shot and Tipp corner back Jamie Quigley only managed to bat the ball into the path of Brian Concannon, whose sweetly struck shot nestled in the bottom corner.

Tipp leveled soon after through fine scores from Alan Tynan and Nolan, and it was tit for tat for the closing stages in the first half, as Fairbrother hit his fifth of the game to draw his side level at the break, 0-10 to 1-7. The start of the second half followed a similar patter, but Galway made a real surge when they struck 2-2 without reply in four minutes. Both goals were beautifully worked – Concannon delivered a precise handpass to Liam Forde, who was introduced as a sub just a minute earlier, and the Ardrahan man finished superbly with his first play of the game.

Niland then nailed a 65 and Galway snaffled a third goal on the 40 minute mark, as Cianan Fahy burst onto a pass at a great angle and nailed a rasping shot past Pádraic Hayes. Galway maintained that comfortable lead right up to the 59th minute when Nolan’s speculative effort found the back of the Galway net. Darragh Gilligan, the Galway ‘keeper, made a brilliant save to make sure the gap stayed at five points and then boys from the west sealed the win when Lynch buried a goal on the break in the second minute of added time.
Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-9 (0-8f), Brian Concannon 1-0, Cianan Fahy 1-0, Michael Lynch 1-0, Liam Forde 1-0, Jack Coyne 0-2, Thomas Monaghan 0-1, Seán Loftus 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: Lyndon Fairbrother 0-5 (0-4f), Tommy Nolan 1-2, Stephen Quirke 0-2 (0-1 sl), Brian McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sl), Cian Darcy 0-2 (0-2f), Alan Tynan 0-1, Darragh Peters 0-1 (0-1 65), Michael Connors 0-1.

GALWAY: Darragh Gilligan; Ciarán Connor, Jack Fitzpatrick, Shane Bannon; Caelom Mulry, Ian O’Brien, Andrew Greaney; Jack Coyne, Jack Grealish; Brian Concannon, Thomas Monaghan, Fintan Burke; Ciana Fahy, Evan Niland, Seán Loftus
Subs: Liam Forde for Fintan Burke (37), Cian Salmon for Cianan Fahy and Cillian McDaid for Ian O’Brien (both 54), Michael Lynch for Brian Concannon (59), Ross Malone for Andrew Greaney (63).

TIPPERARY: Padraic Hayes; Enda Heffernan, Emmet Moloney, James Quigley; Kevin Hassett, Brian McGrath, Darragh Peters; Stephen Quirke, Liam McCutcheon; Cian Darcy, Garry Ryan, Alan Tynan; Tommy Nolan, David Gleeson, Lyndon Fairbrother
Subs: Ruadhan Mulrooney for Liam McCutcheon (21), Jack Skehan for Garry Ryan (42), Michael Connors for Lyndon Fairbrother (45), Shane Neville for David Gleeson (55)

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Fixture Details

06.09.2015 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:15
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Ceatharlach)

Team News

Tipperary manager Liam Cahill has announced his team to play Galway in this Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final in Croke Park at 1.15pm. It shows one change to the side that defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, with captain Stephen Quirke returning to midfield in place of the injured Darragh Carey, as his Tipperary side go on their quest for a twentieth title last won in 2012.

The team lines out as follows;

1. Pádraic Hayes (Ballingarry)
2. Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)
3. Emmet Moloney (Drom & Inch)
4. James Quigley (Kildangan)
5. Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch)
6. Brian McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
7. Darragh Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
8. Stephen Quirke Capt. (Moyle Rovers)
9. Liam McCutcheon (Templederry Kenyons)
10. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
11. Garry Ryan (Borrisokane)
12. Alan Tynan (Roscrea)
13. Tommy Nolan (Drom & Inch)
14. David Gleeson (Ballinahinch)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)

Manager; Liam Cahill
Trainer/Coach; Michael Bevans
Selectors; John Sheedy, Sean Corbett, T.J. Ryan.


1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)
2. Kieran O’Connor (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
3. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)
4. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge)
5. Caelom Mulry (Abbeyknockmoy)
6. Ian O’Brien (Clarinbridge)
7. Andrew Greaney (Craughwell)
8. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)
9. Jack Grealish (Gort)
10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
12. Fintan Burke (St Thomas)
13. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)
14. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
15. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)

Job Opportunity – Camogie Regional Development Officer

The Regional Development Officer (RDO), with an office base in Munster GAA Offices, Limerick is assigned to work in Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. This post is offered on the basis of a 3 year fixed term contract.

The post holder will be required to work in collaboration with other staff and the Association’s network of volunteers at club, county, provincial, national and international levels.

The full advertisement and full details are available for download here

Applications must include:
– Letter of Application
– A completed Confidential Application for Employment Form & Questionnaire (download here)

The Association’s current National Development Plan Our Game Our Passion and 2014 Annual Report is available on

Applications can be submitted by email to or in hard copy to:

Joan O’Flynn
Ard Stiúrthóir
Camogie Association
Croke Park
Dublin 3

Closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th September 2015. Interviews are expected to be held on 15th October 2015.

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar O Liathain Cup) Final – Kerry 6-17 Roscommon 1-8

Kerry defeated Roscommon by 6-17 to 1-8 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship (Peadar O Liathain Cup) Final on Saturday September 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Fixture Details

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Final
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 14:00
Ciarraí v Ros Comáin
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)