McGrath Cup SF / Munster SHL Competitions

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McGrath Cup Senior Football / Munster Senior Hurling League Competitions

Thursday December 3rd 2015

It was agreed at Munster Council tonight that both the McGrath Cup Senior Football and Munster Senior Hurling League competitions would be confined to inter-county teams only.

All six counties will participate in the McGrath Cup while all counties bar Tipperary will participate in the Munster Senior Hurling League.


McGrath Cup Senior Football format
The competition shall be organised in two Groups of three counties with Ciarraí and Corcaigh seeded in separate Groups. The three counties in each Group shall play each other over three weekends and the Group Winners will play in the final.

2016 McGrath Cup Football Fixtures


Munster Senior Hurling League format
The competition shall be organised whereby all counties play each other over five weekends and the two top teams will play in the final.

2016 Munster Senior Hurling League Fixtures


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Munster GAA Offices Closed

The Munster GAA office in Castletroy, Limerick will close from 5pm on Friday December 18th and reopen at 9am on Monday January 4th.

For any queries during this period, send an e-mail to info.munster@gaa.ie.

Wishing all our supporters a peaceful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

2015 Munster GAA Awards Night

The 2015 Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner took place on Saturday, December 12th in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.


Click to view photos from the Awards Night


The full list of 2015 Munster GAA Award winners for 2015 are as follows:

Minor Hurling – Lyndon Fairbrother (Tipperary)
Minor Football – Mark O’Connor (Kerry)
Under 21 Hurling – Cian Lynch (Limerick)
Under 21 Football – Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)
Intermediate Hurling – Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)
Junior Football – Conor Cox (Kerry)
Camogie Award – Cáit Devane (Tipperary)
Ladies Football – Bernie Breen (Kerry)
Handballer of Year – Dominick Lynch (Kerry)
Service to Refereeing – Michael Wadding (Waterford)
Service to Education – Jimmy Browne (LIT and Clare)
Media Award – Paul Collins (Tipperary)
Special Merit Award – Michael Ryan (Waterford)
Hall of Fame Football – Ray Cummins (Cork)
Hall of Fame Hurling – Ger Loughnane (Clare)
Club of Year – Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary)
Senior Hurler of Year – John O’Dwyer (Tipperary)
Senior Footballer of Year – David Moran (Kerry)
Manager of Year – John Kiely (Limerick)





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AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final – Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) 2-12 Tir Chonaill Gaels (London) 0-9

Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary) defeated Tir Chonaill Gaels (London) by 2-12 to 0-9 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday December 12th at Ruislip.


Clonmel ease past Tir Chonaill Gaels challenge to reach All-Ireland semi-final

Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-09 Clonmel Commercials 2-12

By Tony Tighe for RTE.ie

Clonmel Commercials set up an All-Ireland semi-final date with Ballyboden St Enda’s with a 2-12 to 0-9 success over Tir Chonaill Gaels. A dominant first-half performance paved the way to victory for the Munster champions as they dominated for large spells despite playing into a strong gale.

Ian Fahey’s 23rd-minute goal gave Clonmel a five-point advantage but they lost Tipperary duo Aldo Matassa and Michael Quinlivan to black cards late in the half. Three unanswered points left Tir Chonaill Gaels trailing by 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval but their hopes were ended just 15 seconds into the second half when substitute Padraig Looram rifled a stunning shot into the top corner of the net.

Things got even worse for the Gaels when Adam Askin was dismissed on 34 minutes and Clonmel were content to sit back and hit their hosts on their counter as thoughts turned to their February 13 date with Ballyboden. Despite playing with the elements in the opening period, Tir Chonaill’s start was tentative as they piled bodies behind the ball.

The Londoners gifted Clonmel possession around midfield and the Tipperary men were content to bide their time before picking off scores. Adrian Hanlon cancelled out Padraig White’s opener from TCG’s first foray into the opposition half but they looked shaky under the high ball in defence.

Quinlivan punched Matassa’s dropping shot over the bar and the full-forward rattled the post minutes later after leaving his marker for dead. Clonmel took a firm grip on the contest on 23 minutes when Matassa looped a shot over TCG goalkeeper Declan Traynor following a powerful run from Quinlivan.

However, both players were black-carded in the final six minutes of the half, Quinlivan departing for a trip on Cathal Magee, and the Gaels hit three unanswered points to cut the gap to two as they departed for the dressing rooms.

Any hopes of a TCG comeback were quashed almost instantaneously. Clonmel won the throw-in and quickly broke upfield, where Looram fired an unstoppable shot across Declan Traynor and into the top corner. Askin then departed after adding a black card to the yellow he received in the first half but TCG refused to throw in the towel, with midfield duo Mark Gottsche and Liam Gavaghan both outstanding.

Gavaghan scored two points in as many minutes but Clonmel delivered a swift response on both occasions as they kept daylight between the sides.

Clonmel Commercials: J McDonald; F Condon, D Lynch, J Peters; I Barnes (0-01), S Kennedy (0-01), K Fahey; J Kennedy (0-1), A Matassa; L Moore, I Fahey (1-01), J Lonergan (0-03); K Harney, M Quinlivan (0-01), P White (0-03).
Subs: P Looram (1-00) for Matassa (25, black card), N Kelly (0-01) for Quinlivan (30, black card), E Fitzgerald for Barnes (44), D Madigan for Looram (50), R Peters for Fahey (56).

Tir Chonaill Gaels: D Traynor; P Butler, R Breen, B Atarnsey; G Magee, E McConville, M McCoy (0-01); M Gottsche (0-01), L Gavaghan (0-02); A Askin, C Magee (0-01), N Boyle; A McDermott, S Friel (0-02), A Hanlon (0-02).
Subs: B Collins for McAtarnsey (20), B Ross for G Magee (44), B Duddy for Hanlon (47), J McGrath for Breen (57)

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)




Fixture Details

12.12.2015 (Sat)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final
Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip, London 13:30
Tir Chonaill Gaels (Londain) v Clonmel Commercials (Tiobraid Árann)
Referee: Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)


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Footballer & Manager of the Year – 2015 Munster GAA Awards

PRESS RELEASE MUNSTER GAA AWARDS – FRIDAY DEC 11

Footballer, Ladies Footballer and Manager of the Year Announced for 2015 Munster GAA Awards

Kerry’s David Moran and Bernie Breen and Limerick Under 21 hurling manager, John Kiely, have secured the Senior Footballer, Ladies’ Footballer and Manager of the Year accolades respectively in the 2015 Munster GAA Awards. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare where all the award winners for 2015 will be honoured.

David Moran of Kerins O’Rahillys was in devastating form throughout this year’s Munster championship and played a major role in Kerry’s retention of the provincial title. He made his senior debut for the Kingdom as far back as 2008, but just as he was coming to his prime, injury struck – not once but twice, effectively wiping out three championship seasons. 2014 saw him return to centre stage and what a return it was ending his season with an All Ireland medal and an All Star to boot! He carried on that super form into 2015 but a nagging injury that he failed to shake off curtailed his training during the All Ireland phase of the championship and Moran, and indeed Kerry, were left to rue his misfortune.

Bernie Breen has been a leading player for Kerry Ladies for the past few seasons and was an inspirational captain. She has been nominated five times for an All Star and has been named on the Team of the League twice. She is the holder of 3 County Championships & County League Division 1 titles. She also has 4 All Ireland School titles, National League Division 2, Two Munster Senior Championship medals & also an Under 14 All Ireland title. Bernie has been a member of numerous Munster Interprovincial teams & has travelled many times with the All Stars on their Exhibition tours.

John Kiely has a long and successful track record as a player, selector and manager with Limerick teams at all levels. One of his finest achievements was undoubtedly managing Limerick to Munster and All Ireland under 21 hurling success this year and he will no doubt be pleased to see two of the players on that team, Cian Lynch and Diarmaid Byrnes, receiving Munster awards this year. John was manager of the Limerick Intermediate hurlers in 2010 and 11. He was a selector with the Limerick under 21 hurlers in 2011 and the senior hurlers in 2012 and 13 assisting both teams to win Munster titles.

Speaking on the announcement of these awards Robert Frost, Chairman of Munster GAA said “David Moran and Bernie Breen contributed hugely to their teams’ performances this year and are deserving winner of the top playing awards in Gaelic Football and Ladies Gaelic Football respectively. We had a wonderful under 21 hurling championship in Munster with Limerick emerging as worthy winners. They added to that success by going on to win the All Ireland title. Their performances all year were a tribute to the leadership and managerial skills of John Kiely and he is a deserving winner of Manager of the Year”

The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2015 are as follows:
Minor Hurling – Lyndon Fairbrother (Tipperary)
Minor Football – Mark O’Connor (Kerry)
Under 21 Hurling – Cian Lynch (Limerick)
Under 21 Football – Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)
Intermediate Hurling – Diarmaid Byrnes (Limerick)
Junior Football – Conor Cox (Kerry)
Camogie Award – Cáit Devane (Tipperary)
Ladies Football – Bernie Breen (Kerry)
Handballer of Year – Dominick Lynch (Kerry)
Service to Refereeing – Michael Wadding (Waterford)
Service to Education – Jimmy Browne (LIT and Clare)
Media Award – Paul Collins (Tipperary)
Special Merit Award – Michael Ryan (Waterford)
Hall of Fame Football – Ray Cummins (Cork)
Hall of Fame Hurling – Ger Loughnane (Clare)
Club of Year – Clomel Commercials (Tipperary)
Senior Hurler of Year – John O’Dwyer (Tipperary)
Senior Footballer of Year – David Moran (Kerry)
Manager of Year – John Kiely (Limerick)

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO
Email: pro.munster@gaa.ie, Tel: 086 8149146

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Hurling and Camogie winners – 2015 Munster GAA Awards

PRESS RELEASE MUNSTER GAA AWARDS – THURSDAY DEC 10

Senior Hurler, Camogie, Club, Handball Winners Announced for 2015 Munster GAA Awards

Tipperary hurler, John O’Dwyer and Tipperary Camogie Player Cáit Devane have been announced as the winners of the Hurler of the Year and Camogie Player of the Year respectively in the 2015 Munster GAA Awards. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare where over 30 players, officials and legends will be honoured.

John O’Dwyer from the Killenaule club has been involved with Tipperary inter-county teams since 2008. His performances in Munster this year caught the imagination of all as he carried his rich vein of form of 2014 on into 2015. He won the RTE Man of the Match award following his seven point haul against Limerick in the Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final win and he later went on to score five more in Tipperary’s Munster Final success against Waterford.

Though only 22, Cáit is one of Tipperary’s more experienced Camogie players and this year assumed the role of team captain. Though on the losing side in the Munster Final, she scored 8 points and duly won the player of the match. She received the WGPA player of the month award for July recognising her truly outstanding performances against Dublin scoring 10 points and 1-9 against Derry. Cáit was selected as player of the tournament in the Kilmacud Camogie 7’s.

The Club of the Year Award also goes to Tipperary with Clonmel Commercials being honoured having become the first Tipperary club to win the Munster Club Senior Football title this year. They are the dominant force in club football in Tipperary. They are county senior and under 21 champions and have won 5 county titles in a row in both minor and under 16 football.

The Handball Award goes to the Dominick Lynch of Kerry who captured an Over 35s double in the World Handball Championships played in Calgary, winning both the Singles and Doubles titles to seal what was a remarkable year of success.
Munster GAA Chairman Robert Frost said “I would like to congratulate John, Cáit, Dominick and Clonmel Commercials on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2015. They have set very high standards of achievement in their varied contributions to the family of Gaelic Games”

Other 2015 award winners announced today are Cian Lynch of Limerick for Under 21 hurling; Steven O’Brien of Tipperary for under 21 football; Jimmy Browne of LIT and Clare for Services to Education; Lyndon Fairbrother of Tipperary for minor hurling and Mark O’Connor of Kerry for minor football.

For further information, please contact:
Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO
Tel: 086 8149146, Email – pro.munster@gaa.ie

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Hall of Fame Winners – 2015 Munster GAA Awards

PRESS RELEASE MUNSTER GAA AWARDS – WEDNESDAY DEC 10

Hall of Fame Winners Announced for 2015 Munster GAA Awards – Clare and Cork Legends to join elite band

Clare hurling hero, Ger Loughnane, and Cork star dual player, Ray Cummins, are the latest Munster legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The two greats will receive their awards at the Munster GAA Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, December 12 in Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare.

Ger Loughnane is renowned as one of Clare’s greatest ever hurlers and as manager he went on to lead Clare to two All-Ireland senior hurling titles in 1995 and 1997 and 3 Munster championship victories. He joined the Clare senior panel in 1972 having represented the county at both minor and under 21 and enjoyed a long career winning National league medals in 1977 and 78 but a Munster championship eluded him as he played on 5 losing Clare teams. Ger was Clare’s first All-star in 1974 and won his second in 1977. As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team at various times throughout his career, Ger won played a leading role for Munster in winning three Railway Cup medals in 1976, 78 and 81. At club level he won a Clare county senior hurling championship with Feakle in 1988. He subsequently managed Galway for 2 years. He has been a highly regarded analyst on RTE’s The Sunday Game for many years and is a passionate advocate of hurling and the Munster championship.

Ray Cummins holds an honoured position in the annals of the GAA. He is a member of the select group of players who won All-Ireland senior medals in both codes, the first of four players in the history of the All Stars to become a dual award winner. He is also one of only three Cork players to win twelve Munster senior medals. He won Munster minor football and hurling medals in 1966. Ray won a football All Star in 1971 at centre-forward and one year later he was a key member of the Munster team which won the Railway Cup title for the first time since 1949. However, it was his leadership role in the Cork attack in 1973, highlighted by his excellence as play-maker and score-taker in the team’s All Ireland winning campaign, which propelled him into national prominence. He consolidated his reputation as one of the best dual players in the history of the game as a member of the Cork three-in-a-row hurling team and captained the 1976 team

Commenting on the announcement of the Hall of Fame winners for 2015, Robers Frost, Chairman of Munster Council said: “Ger Loughnane was a great player and as manager brought unprecedented success and pride to Clare hurling. Ray Cummins was one of the greatest ever dual players and was instrumental in Cork’s All Ireland senior football triumph in 1973. Their many achievements are worthy of recognition and I am delighted to see them honoured with this year’s Hall of Fame awards”
Other 2015 award winners also announced today are Paul Collins of Tipperary who receives the Media Award; Michael Wadding of Waterford who receives the Services to Refereeing award; Michael Ryan of Waterford who is given the Special Merit Award for his contribution to Gaelic Games in his native Waterford and further afield; Limerick’s Diarmaid Byrnes for Intermediate Hurling Award and Conor Cox of Kerry for Junior Football.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO, Email: pro.munster@gaa.ie Tel: 086 8149146

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AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Final – Dungourney (Cork) 1-17 Fenor (Waterford) 0-8

Dungourney (Cork) defeated Fenor (Waterford) by 1-17 to 0-8 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Final on Sunday December 6th at Mallow.


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AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Final – Templenoe (Kerry) 2-17 Coolmeen (Clare) 0-3

Templenoe (Kerry) defeated Coolmeen (Clare) by 2-17 to 0-3 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Final Sunday December 6th at Mallow.




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MATCH OFF – GAA Inter-Provincial Football Semi-Final – Munster v Leinster

The GAA Inter-Provincial Football Semi-Final between Munster and Leinster fixed for today in Pairc Esler Newry has been postponed.



The Munster football panel for the inter-provincial semi-final against Leinster on Saturday December 5th at Páirc Esler in Newry at 4pm has been announced. There are 9 players from Kerry including captain, Aidan O’Mahony, 4 from Cork, 4 from Limerick, 3 from Tipperary and 2 each from Clare and Waterford. The full panel is:
Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry) Captain, Gary Brennan (Clare), Jamie Malone (Clare), Eoin Cadogan (Cork), James Loughrey (Cork), Brian O‘Driscoll (Cork), Kevin O’Driscoll (Cork), Daithi Casey (Kerry), Conor Cox (Kerry), Alan Fitzgerald (Kerry), Fionn Fitzgerald (Kerry), Mark Griffin (Kerry), Brendan Kealy (Kerry), Paul Murphy (Kerry), Gary O’Sullivan (Kerry), Seanie Buckley (Limerick), Ian Corbett (Limerick), Pa Ranahan (Limerick), Brian Scanlon (Limerick), Peter Acheson (Tipperary), Steven O’Brien (Tipperary), Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary), Thomas O’Gorman (Waterford), Paul Whyte (Waterford).

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