Frewen Cup Under 16.5 A Football Quarter-Final – St Flannan’s College Ennis 1-11 St Francis College Rochestown 2-6

St Francis Rochestown pipped with late goal

St Flannan’s College Ennis 1-11 St Francis College Rochestown 2-6

Report by Paddy Ryan

A late goal for St Flannan’s gave them a close win over St Francis College Rochestown in the Munster Under 16.5 (A) FC quarter final (Frewen Cup) at Rathkeale on Wednesday.

St Francis had the aid of the very strong wind in the first half. They were quick to get on top with early points by Colin O’Mahony, Liam O’Sullivan and Adam Hennessy. St Francis had their first goal in the 11th minute when Conor Russell and Liam O’Sullivan worked well for Rory Doyle whose effort came back off the crossbar into the path of Brendan Powter who goaled. They had their second goal a minute later when Colin O’Mahony and Conor Russell combined well for Rory Doyle who goaled from close range 2-3 to 0- 0.

The Rochestown side lost the momentum from here on. St. Flannan’s gained supremacy in the half back line where Ikem Ugwueru and Darragh O’Shea exerted a lot of pressure with some good runs through the centre. St. Flannan’s had four points before the break by Philip Talty (2) along with a pointed free each by Eoin Thynne and Gearoid Cahill. At the break St Francis led 2-5 to 0-4.

It was all St. Flannan’s in the second half. The wind and heavy rain increased. Flannan’s cut into the lead with four points on the trot 2-5 to 0-8. The Rochestown side had just one point in this half in the 42nd minute when a kickout by David O’Keeffe found Rory Doyle who combined with Adam Hennessy who placed Conor Russell for a very well taken point. Eoin Thynne kicked two pointed frees with Gearoid Cahill with a free cutting the lead to the minimum in the 56th minute 2-6 to 0-11.

In the dying moments St Flannan’s had a match winning goal when a long effort by Gearoid Cahill seemed to be going wide but wind assisted got inside the post for a vital goal. St. Francis tried very hard for a goal in the closing moments, they forced two ’45s but both were cleared. The final whistle followed and nan’s were through to the semi final.

Scorers for St Flannan’s: Gearoid Cahill 1-3 (0-3f) Eoin Thynne 0-5 (0-4f) Philip Talty 0-2, Conor Breathnach 0-1.
St Francis: Rory Doyle 1-1, Brendan Powter 1-0, Colin O’Mahony 0-2f. Adam Hennessy 0-1, Liam O’Sullivan 0-1, Conor Russell 0-1.

ST. FLANNAN’S: Tom O’Brien (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield) Darragh Hickey (Banner) John Finucane (Kilmihil) Liam McGrath (Corofin) Ikem Ugwueru (Eire Og) Darragh O’Shea (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield) Gearoid Collins (Eire Og) Ian Molloy (Banner) Ronan Cahill (Kilmaley) Eoin Thynne (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield) Gearoid Cahill (Corofin) Ronan Collins (Banner) Philip Talty (Eire Og) Niall Galvin (Clarecastle) Conor Breathnach (St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield.
Subs: Conor Wynne (Corofin) for Ronan Collins, Stephen Talty (Eire Og) for Gearoid Collins, Kevin Keane (Corofin) for Darragh Hickey, Daniel Daly (Banner) for Conor Breathnach.

ST. FRANCIS: David O’Keeffe (Douglas) Joe Cahill (do) Jack Lester (Passage) Diarmuid Cormack (St. Michael’s) Liam O’Sullivan (Douglas) Jack Ryan (St. Finbarr’s) Dylan Corkery (do) Daniel Quinlan (Nemo (Rangers) Patrick Buckley (Douglas) Colin O’Mahony (do) Conor Russell (do) Adam Hennessy (St. Michael’s) Rory Doyle (Douglas) Brendan Powter (do) Donagh Gribbon (St. Michael’s)
Subs: Aaron Long (Nemo Rangers) for Liam O’Sullivan, David Nason (Douglas) for Patrick Buckley, Shane Downey (Shamrocks) for Jack Ryan (inj).

Referee John Paul Kiely (Shamrock Gaels)

GDA Positions in North America


The North America County Board wish to recruit 4 County Games Development Administrators on part-time contracts in the following Regions:
• North East Division – Boston
• Central Division – Chicago
• Philadelphia
• Western Division – San Francisco

The successful candidates will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and will report directly to the NACB Games Development Officer (GDO).

Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Implement a regular programme of games appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups at all levels;
  • Introduce coaching and skill development initiatives appropriate to the age and ability of the various playing groups;
  • Deliver a programme of courses and workshops appropriate to the requirements of Coaches, Administrators and Referees to fulfil their various functions in a Games Development context;
  • Introduce and implement a variety of initiatives to support the development of a sustainable sports system by managing the identification, recruitment and training of key personnel within Clubs, Schools and Counties to effectively develop Gaelic Games.
  • Work as part of a team in conjunction with other full time and voluntary personnel to deliver set goals and objectives for all GAA sports.


  • Candidate must qualify to work and live in the United States through either a working Visa (J-1 Visa, P-3 Visa) or US Citizenship;
  • Full International Driving license is essential;
  • Extensive experience of playing, coaching, refereeing and administration within a GAA context;
  • Candidate is required to hold, at time of application, at least a current Child Protection Course and an Award One Coaching Certification in Hurling at Child, Youth or Adult level;
  • Excellent administrative and IT Skills are essential;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written);
  • Flexibility to work weekends and evening times.


  • Third Level Qualification in Sports Science, Sport & Leisure or Equivalent.
  • Experience of working with Gaelic Games in an Urban Games environment.
  • Familiarity with such computer programs as Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word and the use of Social Media as a Games Promotion tool for the GAA.

    Candidates interested in the above role should apply at with an up to date cover letter and curriculum vitae on or before 5 p.m. on Monday 8th February 2016.

    GAA is an equal opportunities employer

    Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.


  • AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final – Templenoe (Kerry) 1-9 Curraha (Meath) 0-5

    Templenoe (Kerry) defeated Curraha (Meath) by 1-9 to 0-5 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 24th at Kilmallock.

    Fixture Details

    24.01.2016 (Sun)
    AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi Final
    Kilmallock, Limerick 14:00
    Curraha (An Mhí) v Templenoe (Ciarraí)
    Referee: Eamonn O’Grady (Liatroim)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

    AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final – St. Marys (Kerry) 2-20 Ratoath (Meath) 1-5

    St. Marys (Kerry) defeated Ratoath (Meath) by 2-20 to 1-5 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 24th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Fixture Details

    24.01.2016 (Sun)
    AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final
    Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 14:00
    Ratoath (An Mhí) v St Mary’s Caherciveen (Ciarraí)
    Referee: Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

    AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Glenmore (Kilkenny) 3-10 Dungourney (Cork) 1-11

    Glenmore (Kilkenny) defeated Dungourney (Cork) by 3-10 to 1-11 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday January 24th at WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore.

    Fixture Details

    24.01.2016 (Sun)
    AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship Semi Final
    WIT Sports Campus, Carriganore 14:00
    Dungourney (Corcaigh) v Glenmore (Cill Chainnigh)
    Referee: Justin Heffernan (Loch Garman)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

    AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Bennetsbridge (Kilkenny) 0-15 Wolfe Tones (Clare) 0-8

    Bennetsbridge (Kilkenny) defeated Wolfe Tones (Clare) by 0-15 to 0-8 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Saturday January 23rd at St. Rynaghs Banagher, Co. Offaly.

    Fixture Details

    23.01.2016 (Sat)
    AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi Final
    St Rynaghs, Banagher Offaly 14:00
    Bennettsbridge (Cill Chainnigh) v Wolfe Tones Na Sionna (An Clár)
    Referee: John O’Brien (Tiobraid Árann)
    (E.T. if Necessary)

    Munster Senior Hurling League Final – Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-17

    Clare defeated Limerick by 0-18 to 0-17 in the Munster Senior Hurling League Final on Saturday January 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Clare take slim win over Limerick

    By Declan Rooney for

    Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-17

    Substitute Cathal O’Connell hit two points in the last three minutes to hand Clare victory over Limerick in the Munster senior hurling league final at the Gaelic Grounds.

    A storming second-half saw Limerick recover from a four-point deficit to draw level with four minutes remaining, but O’Connell’s brace just after his introduction sealed the win for Davy Fitzgerald’s side. Just before O’Connell’s hate heroics, Limerick could have taken a big step towards victory but goalkeeper Andrew Fahy pulled off a great save to deny Kevin O’Brien a goal. Limerick immediately drew level through Barry Nash’s fourth point from play, but in the end Clare took a deserved win.

    It was clear that this was a typical early season warm-up from the off. Both sides mixed excellent play with some poor decision making and execution at times; they shared 22 wides between them, but a sharper Clare, whose movement up front was excellent, won out in the end.

    Limerick had started the brighter of the two teams and raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 advantage by the 12th minute. Full-forward Declan Hannon hit two points in that spell, but he also fired two frees wide as Limerick didn’t gain the maximum return from their period of real dominance.

    Clare’s response was lethal as Peter Duggan’s and John Conlan’s influence grew and four points between the 14th and 16th minutes saw the Banner men take the lead for the first time. With six of last year’s U-21 All-Ireland winning side in the starting line-up, Limerick boss TJ Ryan was clearly looking to youth to fill the void of his Na Piarsaigh contingent and a great point form one of them, Barry Nash, drew Limerick level soon after.

    Paul Browne and Hannon edged Limerick ahead by the 30th minute, but Clare finished the game the stronger of the two sides and took a 0-12 to 0-10 lead into the break as Conlon, Peter Duggan and Conor Cleary all hit the target. Seven minutes after the break the Clare lead had stretched out to four points as Peter and Bobby Duggan both hit scores and Colin Ryan kept up his good work from frees.

    But as both managers made changes, it was Limerick that looked the hungrier. Nash was superb again in the 47th minute to put two points between the sides and with nine minutes to go Cian Lynch picked out Hannon with a great pass and the full-forward put one between the sides.

    Substitute Kevin O’Brien should have done better with his shot on goal in the 65th minute, but Nash was on hand to level the game straight away, but Clare finished strongly, and O’Connell stole the headlines with two fine points late on.

    CLARE: A Fahy; J Browne, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Dillon (0-01), D McInerney, C Cleary (0-01); G O’Connell, D Reidy; P Duggan (0-03), C Ryan (0-05, 0-03f), D Fitzgerald (0-01); J Conlon (0-02), D Honan, B Duggan (0-03).
    Subs used: T Kelly for Fitzgerald (43 mins), B Bugler for Dillon (47),S Golden for G O’Connell 63, C O’Connell (0-02) for Honan (65), C McGrath for Ryan (68).

    LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Finn, D Morrissey, R English; P O’Brien, B O’Connell, S Hickey; P Browne (0-02), J Ryan; D O’Donovan (0-01), G O’Mahony, C Lynch (0-02); G Mulcahy, D Hannon (0-07, 0-03f), B Nash (0-04).
    Subs used: T Morrissey for Mulcahy, R McCarthy for O’Brien (both half-time), P Ryan (0-01) for Browne (42 mins), S Tobin for O’Donovan (51), K O’Brien for O’Mahony (63).

    Referee: N Wall (Cork)

    Admission Prices
    Adults €10
    Students/OAPs €5
    Under 16s free of charge

    Team News

    Clare XV versus Limerick:
    1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)
    2. Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket on Fergus)
    3. Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
    4. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
    5. Cian Dillon (Crusheen) – captain
    6. David McInerney (Tulla)
    7. Conor Cleary (St Josephs Miltown / Kilmaley)
    8. Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea)
    9. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
    10. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
    11. Colin Ryan (Newmarket on Fergus)
    12. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
    13. John Conlon (Clonlara)
    14. Darach Honan (Clonlara)
    15. Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle)

    Limerick senior hurling management team has released their starting fifteen for this Saturday’s Munster Senior Hurling League final with Clare. This final will take place in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.30pm. The senior hurling management of T.J. Ryan, David Clarke, Don Flynn, Dinny Cahill & Joe O Connor has released the following starting fifteen

    Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), Sean Finn (Bruff), Dan Morrissey (Ahane), Richie English (Doon), Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock), Barry O Connell (Kildimo Pallaskenry), Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), Paul Browne (Bruff), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Darragh O Donovan (Doon), Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Declan Hannon (Adare) and Barry Nash (South Liberties).

    Munster Senior Hurling League – Waterford 0-17 Kerry 0-8

    Waterford defeated Kerry by 0-17 to 0-8 in Round 5 of the Munster Senior Hurling League on Saturday January 23rd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

    Team News

    The Kerry Senior Hurling team to play Waterford in Round 5 of the Munster Senior Hurling League in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on Saturday at 2pm is as follows:

    1 Aidan McCabe

    2 Sean Weir
    Crotta O’Neills

    3 Bryan Murphy

    4 Dougie Fitzell

    5 Daniel Collins (Capt)

    6 Thomas Casey

    7 Jason Diggins

    8 James O’Connor

    9 Johnny Buckley

    10 Colm Harty

    11 Brendan O’Leary

    12 Shane Nolan
    Crotta O’Neills

    13 Keith Carmody

    14 Micheal O’Leary

    15 Jordan Conway
    Crotta O’Neills

    Fir Ionaid

    16 Martin Stackpoole

    17 Mickey Boyle

    18 Brendan Brosnan

    19 Paudie O’Connor

    20 Darren Dineen
    St Brendans

    21 Jack Goulding

    22 Tom Murnane

    23 Sean Maunsell

    24 Mike Milner
    D r Crokes

    25 Darragh Shanahan

    26 Ger Stackpoole

    27 Patrick Kelly

    Bainisteoir: Ciaran Carey (Patrickswell)
    Coach: Mark Foley (Adare)
    Treanalaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)
    Róghnoirí: James McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Michael Conway (Lixnaw)

    McGrath Cup Football Final – Cork 1-15 Clare 1-9

    Cork defeated Clare by 1-15 to 1-9 in the 2016 McGrath Cup Football Final on Friday January 22nd at Mallow.

    Cork’s mettle well tested in McGrath Cup win

    By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    Cork 1-15 Clare 1-9: A third McGrath Cup title for Cork in five years was the outcome at Mallow last night, though not without some stiff questions from Clare. In front of 804 spectators, it took some time for the hosts to shake off their visitors, with most of the first half a tight – and sometimes overly niggly – affair. However, after a well-worked Clare move ended with Eoin Cleary palming home to put them 1-3 to 1-2 in front in the 16th minute, they would add only a solitary point between then and half-time.

    Cork, having looked like pushing on when Brian Hurley netted just before Cleary’s goal, eventually found more fluency in their play and by the break had created a six-point advantage, 1-10 to 1-4. And yet, the solidity of that superiority was tested too at the outset of the second half. Tubridy, with a free from distance, and then Shane McGrath, when a goal was on, cut the Clare deficit to four. Cork’s Colm O’Driscoll – wearing 2 but spending most of the game in the Clare half as he followed Seánie Malone up the field – replied with his third point, but a second from Seán Collins left it 1-11 to 1-7.

    Had Cleary netted when presented with a clear sight of goal on 55 minutes, a closer finish might have been in store but Ken O’Halloran stood up well to his shot. Cork scored three of the next four points to put the issue to bed and their manager Peadar Healy was pleased with the opportunity to have seen how his team responded when faced with a challenge.

    “I have to take my hat off to Clare,” he said. “They put it well up to us tonight and we were delighted with that game. You saw how rusty we were, there’s room for improvement. They tested us everywhere but we’ve used 30 players now in the McGrath Cup and it’s a great testament to the boys.

    “In the second half, they went ultra-defensive, 14 men behind the ball, but that’s no harm in case we might come across that again further down the line.” Healy also confirmed that, apart from the retired John Hayes, he has everybody available to him, including Alan O’Connor, who will be in the panel for the Allianz Football League, which will be named on Monday.

    “I’d hope that Alan would be back in about six to eight weeks,” he said. “Unfortunately, it was a hernia injury, he had an operation so that held him back. He’s back training and he’s back running. That just takes time you know.”

    Clare led three times in the opening quarter-hour, despite the early injury-enforced loss of Martin O’Leary. The score stood at 0-3 to 0-2 after Cathal O’Connor’s excellent point from a tight angle but Cork took the lead for the first time when Hurley stroked home from Dan Mac Eoin’s handpass.

    The response was positive, though. Cleary started the move which saw possession moved through David Tubridy, Gary Brennan and Seán Haugh before the full-forward fisted in from close range.

    Cork improved considerably after that, with Mac Eoin hitting the post with a goal chance while Mark Collins’ shot was tipped just over by Joe Hayes in the Clare goal. Captain Daniel Goulding and Brian Hurley added further points to leave six in it at the break and the same margin was between the teams at the end.

    As well as commending the Munster Council, Mallow and Clare in his speech, stand-in captain Goulding made a nice mention of John Corcoran, who was buried yestery, stating that he had been a firm supporter of Cork football and would have been present otherwise. Victory was a fitting way to mark his passing.

    Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-4 (two frees), C O’Driscoll 0-3, D Goulding (one free), D Mac Eoin 0-2 each, M Collins, I Maguire, P Kerrigan, S Hickey 0-1 each.

    Scorers for Clare: E Cleary 1-2 (two frees), D Tubridy (one free), S Collins, S McGrath 0-2 each, C O’Connor 0-1.

    CORK: K O’Halloran (Bishopstown); K Histon (Cobh), E Cadogan (Douglas), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), J Loughrey (Mallow), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), M Collins (Castlehaven); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), D Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa), R Deane (Bantry Blues); D Mac Eoin (Ilen Rovers), D Goulding (Éire Óg), B Hurley (Castlehaven)
    Subs: A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere) for Deane (9), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers) for K O’Driscoll (44), P Kelleher (Kilmichael) for Mac Eoin (49), K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig) for Maguire (60), S Hickey (Rockchapel) for Kerrigan (65), B Daly (Newmarket) for Loughrey (67).

    CLARE: J Hayes (Lissycasey); K Hartnett (Meelick), M McMahon (Kilurry-Ibrickane), J O’Dea (Kilfenora); C O’Dea (Kilfenora), G Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown), P Lillis (Cooraclare); G Brennan (Clondegad), C O’Connor (Coolmeen); S Collins (Cratloe), S Malone (St Joseph’s Miltown), S McGrath (Thomas Davis); M O’Leary (Kilmihil), E Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown), D Tubridy (Doonbeg)
    Subs: S Haugh (O’Currys) for O’Leary (7, injured), D Ryan (Éire Óg) for Hartnett, K Sexton (Kilmurry-Ibrickane) for Haugh (both half-time), P rey (Cratloe) for Hayes (45), G Kelly (St Joseph’s Miltown) for Malone (47), P Burke (Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin) for McGrath (56).

    Referee: S Lonergan (Tipperary)

    Team News

    The Cork Senior Football team to play Clare on Friday at 7.30pm in Mallow has been named as follows –

    Ken O Halloran (Bishopstown)
    Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
    Kieran Histon (Cobh)
    Brian O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    James Loughrey (Mallow)
    Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
    Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)
    Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
    Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
    Donal Og Hodnett (O Donovan Rossa)
    Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
    Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
    Daniel Goulding (Eire Og)
    Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)
    16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)
    17. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
    18. Mark Collins (O Donovan Rossa)
    19. Bart Daly (Newmarket)
    20. Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere)
    21. Killian O Hanlon (Kilshannig)
    22. Brian Coughlan (Kinsale)
    23. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
    24. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)
    25. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
    26. Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel)

    Admission Prices
    Adults €10
    Students/OAPs €5
    Under 16s free of charge

    McGrath Cup Football Roll of Honour

    Munster Senior Hurling League – Limerick 3-16 Waterford 1-17

    Limerick defeated Waterford by 3-16 to 1-17 in the Munster Senior Hurling League on Tuesday January 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Team News

    The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Limerick on Tuesday 19th January at 7:30pm in Gaelic Grounds has being named as follows:

    1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
    2. Paudie Prendergast (Lismore)
    3. Shane Fives (Tourin)
    4. Noel Connors (Passage)
    5. Shane Roche (Shamrocks)
    6. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)
    7. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
    8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
    9. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
    10. Colin Dunford (Colligan)
    11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
    12. Jake Dillion (De La Salle)
    13. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
    14. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)
    15. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)