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Harty Cup Final – Ardscoil Ris 0-11 Our Ladys Templemore 0-8

Ardscoil Ris defeated Our Ladys Templemore by 0-11 to 0-8 in the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday February 20th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

Ardscoil Rís claim fourth Harty Cup in seven years

Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 0-11 Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore (Tipperary) 0-8

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Six unanswered points at the outset of the second half helped Ardscoil Rís to claim a fourth Dr Harty Cup title in seven years as they bested Our Lady’s Secondary School of Templemore at Nenagh on Saturday afternoon. Trailing by 0-7 to 0-5 at half-time having played against the considerable breeze, the Limerick city school took control at midfield upon the resumption and were ahead by the 39th minute, a lead they would not cede.

David Fitzgerald’s 48th-minute point put them 0-11 to 0-7 in front and while Jamie Bergin’s free answered that a minute later, it would prove to be the game’s final score as late attempts at an equalising goal by Templemore fell short.

With the wind in the first half, the Tipperary school began well as two monstrous frees by centre-back Brian McGrath helped them into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. Ardscoil weren’t using the ball well in the early stages, but gradually came into the game as Brian Ryan, Paul O’Brien and Peter Casey asserted themselves.

Fitzgerald’s excellent point on 29 had them back to within a point, 0-6 to 0-5, but Templemore wing-back Kevin Hassett’s good run ended with him slotting over for that two-point interval lead. Two O’Brien points had Ardscoil level five minutes after the restart, with Darragh Carroll and Casey adding more before Fitzgerald opened up that four-point lead. They wouldn’t score again but that had done enough.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: P O’Brien 0-4 (three frees), B Ryan, P Casey, D Fitzgerald 0-2 each, D Carroll 0-1.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Secondary School: B McGrath, J Bergin 0-3 (frees) each, L Fairbrother, K Hassett 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RÍS (Limerick schools unless stated): S Mullane (Mungret St Paul’s); S Hogan (Adare), S Phelan (Broadford), R Connolly (Adare); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), N Fox (Parteen), C Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh); J Flynn (Patrickswell), B Ryan (South Liberties); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), P O’Loughlin (Clonlara, Clare); D Carroll (Kilteely/Dromkeen), D Fitzgerald (Clonlara, Clare), P O’Brien (Mungret St Paul’s).
Subs: C Moriarty (Clonlara, Clare) for O’Loughlin (57), D Cunningham (Cratloe) for Carroll (58), J McInerney (Cratloe, Clare) for Fitzgerald, J Delahunty (Newport, Tipperary) for Hogan (both 60).

OUR LADY’S SECONDARY SCHOOL: J Kennedy (JK Brackens); C O’Meara (Drom & Inch), D Ryan (Clonakenny), E Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney); T Murphy (JK Brackens), B McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), K Hassett (Drom & Inch); D O’Shea (JK Brackens), P Cadell (JK Brackens); J Bergin (Drom & Inch), A Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), S Nolan (Drom & Inch); P Bergin (Drom & Inch), J Kelly (Borrisoleigh), L Fairbrother (JK Brackens).
Subs: R McCormack (Borrisoleigh) for Bergin (40), C Thorpe (Drom & Inch) for Kelly (53).

Referee: N Wall (Cork)

Match Programme

A 40 page souvenir match programme will be on sale prior to Saturday’s game for €3. Don’t miss out on this collectors item. All profits from the programme will be divided up between the two schools involved.


Admission Prices

€10 adults
€5 student/OAP

Garda notification

Directions: For traffic coming from Limerick:

Exit M7 at Exit 26 take N52 towards Nenagh.
Take first exit on roundabout (at Nissan garage) onto N52 bypass signposted Borrisokane.
Stay on N52 by pass to first roundabout and take 3rd exit onto R494 into Nenagh.
Grounds are located on RHS after 1.5KM
Parking in grounds will be restricted to teams, Officials & Busses.

Click here for a map with directions

The following link is a map with directions.

Patrons are advised to come in good time to the Harty Cup Final. There will be no parking in MacDonagh Park GAA grounds other than that for teams and officials. Ample parking is available on the approach roads to the grounds. Patrons are requested to respect our neighbours and not to obstruct property access gates and roadways.

Patrons should be aware that public car parks in the town centre are free only for the first 2 hours on Saturdays.

Paths to the Final

Our Lady’s Templemore

Round 1 – Our Lady’s Templemore 0-20 Charleville CBS 1-15
Round 3 – Our Ladys Templemore 2-14 St. Francis College Rochestown 2-8
Round 4 – Our Ladys Templemore 4-31 PS Youghal 1-9
Round 5 – Our Ladys Templemore 3-24 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-09
Quarter-Final – Our Ladys Templemore 1-18 Castletroy CC 3-5
Semi-Final – Our Ladys Templemore 2-15 DLS Waterford 2-13 AET

Ardscoil Ris

Round 1 – Ardscoil Ris 4-22 Ham HS Bandon 0-9
Round 2 – Ardscoil Ris 1-9 Midleton CBS 0-10
Round 3 – Ardscoil Ris 1-15 Blackwater CS 2-6
Round 4 – Ardscoil Ris 4-11 DLS Waterford 1-6
Quarter-Final – Ardscoil Ris 2-11 St Francis College Rochestown 1-7
Semi-Final – Ardscoil Ris 0-13 St Colmans 1-9

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (8) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009, 2015

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2014

Midleton CBS (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

Colaiste na nDeise / Dungarvan Colleges (2) – 2012, 2013

St. Munchin’s (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978

Corn Thomáis Mhic Choilm (18.5 B Hurling) Semi-Final – Mitchelstown CBS 1-12 Colaiste Chroist Ri 0-14

Mitchelstown CBS through to Munster Senior B HC final

Mitchelstown CBS 1-12 Colaiste Chroist Ri 0-14

Report by Paddy Ryan

Following a dramatic last quarter at Rathkeale on Thursday Mitchelstown CBS came from 0-12 to 0- 6 down to win by the narrowest of margins in the Munster Senior BHC (Corn Tomais Mhic Choilm) semi final. Colaiste Criost Ri had the aid of the wind in the opening half. Michael Cussen was in outstanding form for Capwell side scoring some massive pointed frees many from long range.

Michael Cussen had five pointed frees by the end of the first quarter. CBS had to wait till the 18th minute when Adrian English pointed. The Mitchelstown lads had some wides from play and frees with Criost Ri also off target by David Byrne. In the 22nd minute James Keating pointed a free. Michael Cussen and James Keating swopped a pointed free each with Criost Ri finishing well with Colm Kiely pointing and Michael Cussen struck his 7th pointed free in the 28th minute. In the dying moments George Pendle had a vital point for CBS that cut the lead at the break 0-8 to 0-4.

CBS had the aid of the wind on the resumption. However it was Criost Ri who thundered into the game. Michael Cussen added two early pointed frees. James Keating and Cathal O’Mahony replied for CBS 0-10 to 0- 6. By the 40th minute Michael Cussen added a point from a free and from play that opened up a six point lead. CBS introduced Eric O’Donoghue who played a major role in their recovery. They moved Lorcan Finn to the ’40 with James Conway going to midfield. These changes worked very well. A free by Ian Butler found Eric O’Donoghue who placed Cathal O’Mahony for a goal. O’Mahony followed with a pointed free. In the 49th minute Michael Cussen had another pointed free that kept them 3 clear 0-13 to 1- 7.

CBS gained supremacy in the half backline and midfield sectors. George Pendle pointed and Cathal O’Mahony with a free in the 52nd minute cut the lead to a point 0-13 to 1- 9. O’Mahony levelled from a free soon after. Criost Ri had a sideline cut by Eoin O’Leary that was well cut off by Jack Coughlan who cleared to Cathal O’Mahony who gave his side the lead for the first time. Both sides were reduced to 14 men during the second half. CBS were reduced to 13 players in the closing moments. However the momentum stayed with them. In the 59th minute Michael Cussen struck his 13th point (12th free) to force level at 1-11 to 0- 14. Extra time looked very likely, Mitchelstown’s impressive Lorcan Finn won the puckout and pointed from long range to secure a place in the final against Abbey CBS. Mitchelstown CBS have never contested a Senior B HC final to date.

Scorers for CBS : Cathal O’Mahony 1-5 (0-3f) James Keating 0-3f, George Pendle 0-2, Lorcan Finn 0-1, Adrian English 0-1.

Colaiste Criost Ri : Michael Cussen 0-13 (0-12f) Colm Kiely 0-1.

MITCHELSTOWN CBS : Ian Butler (Kildorrery) Eoin Gallahue (Galtee Gaels) John O’Donoghue (Ballygiblin) Killian Roche (do) Jack Coughlan (Glanworth) Colin English (Fr. Sheehy’s) Michael Lewis (Ballygiblin) Cathal O’Sullivan (do) Lorcan Finn (do) George Pendle (do) Sean O’Sullivan (do) James Keating (Kildorrery) Cathal O’Mahony (Ballygiblin) Mark Keane (do) Adrian English (Skeheenarinky)
Subs James Conway (Fr. Sheehy’s) for Mark Keane (inj) Cathal Harrington (Kildorrery) for James Keating (inj) Eric O’Donoghue (Glanworth) for Cathal O’Sullivan.

COLAISTE CRIOST RI : Shane Hurley (St. Finbarr’s) Darragh Kelly (Douglas) Mark Hitchmough (Shamrocks) Eoin O’Regan (St. Finbarr’s) David Byrne (Tracton) Jack Ryan (Sliabh Rua) Eoin O’Leary (do) Conor Dennehy (St. Finbarr’s) Ian Butler (Sliabh Rua) Michael Cussen (Ballygarvan) Sean Dennehy (St. Finbarr’s) Mark O’Keeffe (Blackrock) Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers) Colm Kiely (do) Jack O’Brien (St., Finbarr’s).

Corn Sheáin Uí Mhurchú (18.5 C Football) Semi-Final – Mitchelstown CBS 0-13 MICC Lisdoonvarna 2-5

Mitchelstown CBS through to Munster Senior FC final

Mitchelstown CBS 0-13 MICC Lisdoonvarna 2-5

Report by Paddy Ryan

Mitchelstown CBS with an outstanding second half overcame MICC Lisdoonvarna in the Munster Senior C FC semi final at Rathkeale on Saturday. The game was played in wintry conditions. The North Clare side started very well. Paraic Kelly opened with a pointed free. They had a goal from a penalty in the 4th minute by Ronan Danaher. CBS lost sterling defender Dylan Kent a minute later through injury. Further pressure led to a long range point by Jonah Culligan. CBS regrouped and a movement by Colin English and Sean O’ Sullivan led to a point by Cathal O’Mahony. O’Mahony followed with a pointed free following a foul on Sean Walsh. Lisdoonvarna replied when Jonah Culligan and Conor Shannon combined well for Ronan Danaher who made it 1-3 to 0-2.

Cathal O’Mahony had a very good point for CBS with Paraic Kelly replying from a free in the 18th minute 1-4 to 0-3. CBS replied with two points. First Cathal O’Mahony and Mark Keane worked well for Colin English who pointed with Mark Keane adding a great point after good play by Colin English 1-4 to 0-5. Just when CBS seemed to be back in the hunt they were dealt a major blow when the Clare side had a great goal by Joseph McCann that put them double scores ahead 2-4 to 0-5. In the closing moments CBS got points by Cathal O’Mahony and Sean O’Sullivan that left just 3 points between them at the break 2-4 to 0-7.

On the resumption Lisdoonvarna had their only score in the second minute when Paraic Kelly pointed a free. CBS dominated, they gained complete control in the half backline line and their midfielders won the aerial tussles. The CBS attack were in constant supply and six points without reply shows their dominance. First a ’45 by Eoin O’Mahony was kicked over by Mark Keane in the 39th minute. Eoin O’Mahony followed with a free. Mark Keane added another point. CBS created some great movements but were off target from play and frees. They drew level in the 47th minute when George Pendle worked well for Cathal O’Mahony who kicked over.

Adrian English gave CBS the lead with a punched point in the 54th minute. Lisdoonvarna tried very hard to get back on terms. They were unable to break down a very solid CBS defence. In injury time good play by Sean Walsh to the outstanding Lorcan Finn led to the insurance point by Mark Keane. The final whistle followed and CBS were through to the final that they last won in 1991. They will face Milltown (Kerry) in the decider.

Scorers for Mitchelstown CBS : Cathal O’Mahony 0-5 (0-1f) Mark Keane 0-4, Colin English 0-1, Sean O’Sullivan 0-1, Eoin O’Mahony 0-1f, Adrian English 0-1.

MICC Lisdoonvarna : Ronan Danaher 1-1 (1-0 pen) Joseph McCann 1-0, Paraic Kelly 0-3f. Jonah Culligan 0-1

MITCHELSTOWN CBS : Cathal O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) Daniel Gallahue (Galtee Gaels) Eric O’Donoghue (Glanworth) Killian Roche (Mitchelstown) Dylan Kent (Kildorrery) Jack Coughlan (Glanworth) Lorcan Finn (Mitchelstown) Sean Walsh (do) Colin English (Fr. Sheehy’s) Eoin O’Mahony (Ballylanders) Sean O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) George Pendle (do) Adrian English (Ballyporeen) Mark Keane (Mitchelstown) Cathal O’Mahony (do)
Sub: Ian Butler (Kildorrery) for Dylan Kent (injured)

MICC LISDOONVARNA : Tristan O’Callaghan (St. Breckan’s) Cian Burke (do) Cathal Guerin (do) Crebhan Hughes (do) Jack Sheedy (do) Evan Barrett (do) Aaron O’Brien (do) Jonah Culligan (Ballyvaughan) Paraic Kelly (St. Breckan’s) Conor Shannon (do) Alan Sweeney (do) Aidan McNamara (Michael Cusack’s) Colm O’Brien (St. Breckan’s) Joseph McCann (do) Ronan Danaher (do)
Subs: Liam O’Sullivan (St Breckan’s) for Ronan Danaher (blood) Ronan Danaher for Liam O’Sullivan, Liam O’Sullivan for Evan Barrett (black card)

Referee J P Kiely (Limerick)

Frewen Cup Football Semi-Final – St Flannans Ennis 1-14 De La Salle Macroom 1-13

De La Salle Macroom narrowly defeated in Frewen Cup semi final

St Flannan’s (Ennis) 1-14 De La Salle (Macroom) 1-13

Report by Paddy Ryan

St Flannan’s College Ennis had a close one point win over De La Salle Macroom in the Munster Under 16.5 AFC (Frewen Cup) semi final at Rathkeale on Friday. The game was played in cold but splendid conditions on the new astroturf pitch. Macroom started very well with early points by Dylan Foley, Jack Kelleher and Liam O’Sullivan giving them a 3 point lead after just 7 minutes. St Flannan’s improved greatly getting on top in the vital half backline. They were on level terms by the 11th minute with points by Conor Brennock and Philip Talty (2). Talty edged the Clare side in front with a very good point. Eoin Thynne pointed a free.

De La Salle had a pointed free by Liam O’Sullivan with Darragh O’Shea with a very good point restoring the winners two point lead 0-6 to 0-4. St Flannan’s struck a purple patch and were double scores ahead by the 25th minute 0-10 to 0-5. De La Salle finished the half well with Liam O’Sullivan and Jack Kelleher adding a point each that left just 3 points between them at the break 0-10 to 0-7.

De La Salle did well again on the restart. They had the lead down to a point by the 39th minute. Stephen Talty goaled for St Flannan’s in off the post after a four man attack. Philip Talty added another point 1-12 to 0-10. De La Salle made a great late comeback, they had a goal by Greg Fitton after a 3 man movement. Jack Kelleher pointed a free 1-12 to 1-11. De La Salle missed a good scoring chance from a free and substitute Conor O’Leary finished with a very good point from a tight angle.

Scorers for St. Flannan’s: Philip Talty 0-8(0-2f) Stephen Talty 1-0, Eoin Thynne 0-2(0-1f) Gearoid Cahill 0-2f. Darragh O’Shea 0-1, Conor Brennock 0-1.

De La Salle: Liam O’Sullivan 0-5 (0-2f) Jack Kelleher 0-4(0-3f) Greg Fitton 1-1, Dylan Foley 0-2, Conor O’Leary 0-1.

ST FLANNAN’S ENNIS : Tom O’Brien (Doora-Barefield) Darragh Hickey (The Banner) John Finucane (Kilmihil) Liam McGrath (Corofin) Ikem Ugwuere (Eire Og) Darragh O’Shea (Doora-Barefield) Gearoid Collins (Eire Og) Ronan Cahill (Kilmaley) Ian Molloy (The Banner) Ronan Collins (do) Gearoid Cahill (Corofin) Eoin Thynne (Doora-Barefield) Philip Talty (Eire Og) Niall Galvin (Clarecastle) Conor Brennock (Doora-Barefield)
Subs : Stephen Talty (Eire Og) for Ronan Collins, Kevin Keane (Corofin) for Niall Galvin.

DE LA SALLE MACROOM : Tiernan Quinn (Clondroichead) Cian Twomey (Macroom) Luke O’Leary (Aghinagh) Eddie Duggan (Clondroichead) Sean McMahon (Macroom) Tomas Collins (Kilmurry) Mark Drummey (do) Liam O’Sullivan (do) James O’Mullane (do) Dylan Foley (Eire Og) Alan McCarthy (Kilmichael) Sean Desmond (Clondroichead) Jack Kelleher (Canovee) Josh Pickering (Kilmurry) Greg Fitton (do)
Subs : Josh Delaney (Kilmichael) for Josh Pickering, Leo Healy (Kilmurry) for Mark Drummey, Conor O’Leary (Iveleary) for Dylan Foley.

Referee : Richard Moloney (Bruree)

Munster GAA Chairman wins Sports Star Award

Congratulations to the newly elected Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan on winning the January Sports Award at the Cork 96FM and C103 Cork Sports Star Awards in association with the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Click to view photos from the Awards ceremony

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Galway 1-27 Cork 1-21

Galway defeated Cork by 1-27 to 1-21 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 14th at Pearse Stadium Galway.

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Fixture Details

14.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 1
Pearse Stadium, Salthill 14:00
Gaillimh v Corcaigh
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Galway next Sunday has been announced as follows –

CORK (HL v Galway): A Nash (Kanturk); S O’Neill (Bishopstown), C Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), S McDonnell (Glen Rovers); A Walsh (Kanturk), W Egan (Kilbrin), D Cahalane (St Finbarr’s); C Murphy (Mallow), L McLoughlin (Kanturk); B Cooper (Youghal). P O’Sullivan (Cloyne), P Cronin (Bishopstown); A Cadogan (Douglas), S Harnedy (St Ita’s), P Horgan (Glen Rovers).
Subs: P Collins (Ballinhaassig), S Murphy (Blackrock), Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields), B Lawton (Castlemartyr), C McCarthy (Sarsfields), C Cormack (Blackrock), S Moylan (Douglas), L O’Farrell (Midleton), C Lehane (Midleton), W Leahy (Aghada), P Haughney (Midleton).

GALWAY (HL v Cork): J Skehill (Cappataggle); J Coen (Loughrea), D Burke (Turloughmore), P Huban (Loughrea); P Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), G Lally (Gort), A Harte (Gort); A Tuohy (Beagh), D Burke (St Thomas); P Brehony (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry), C Mannion (Ahascragh), N Burke (Oranmore-Maree); C Whelan (Kinvara), J Canning (Portumna), D Glennon (Mullagh).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 0-14 Kilkenny 0-10

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 0-14 to 0-10 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 14th at Walsh Park Waterford.

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Fixture Details

14.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 1
Walsh Park, Waterford 14:00
Port Láirge v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny in the opening Allianz National Hurling League match in Walsh Park on Sunday 14th Feb at 2pm have being named!!

WATERFORD (HL v Kilkenny): S O’Keeffe (Ballygunner); S Fives (Tourin), B Coughlan (Ballygunner), N Connors (Passage); A Gleeson (Mount Sion), D Fives (Tourin), P Mahony (Ballygunner); J Barron (Fourmilewater), M Shanahan (Lismore); K Moran (De La Salle), S Bennett (Ballysaggart), M Walsh (Stradbally); P Curran (Dungarvan), J Dillon (De La Salle), C Dunford (Colligan).

KILKENNY (HL v Waterford): E Murphy (Glenmore); P Murphy (Danesfort), J Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), S Prendergast (Clara); P Walsh (Tullaroan), K Joyce (Rower-Inistioge), D Cody (James Stephens); C Buckley (Dicksboro), C Fogarty (Erin’s Own); W Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), R Hogan (Danesfort), TJ Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks); J Farrell (Thomastown), C Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks), M Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Kerry 1-24 Laois 2-14

Kerry defeated Laois by 1-24 to 2-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 14th at O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

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Fixture Details

14.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B Round 1
O’Moore Park, Portlaoise 14:00
Laois v Ciarraí
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

Team News

KERRY (AHL v Laois): M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, K Carmody; D Collins, D Dineen, T Murnane; P Kelly, T Casey; S Nolan, M O’Leary, C Harty; J Egan, M Boyle, J Goulding.
Subs: A McCabe, B Brosnan, J Buckley, M Milner, J Conway, J Diggins, D Fitzelle, J Griffin, P Lucid, J O’Connor, B O’Leary

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Clare 2-21 Offaly 0-15

Clare defeated Offaly by 2-21 to 0-15 in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 14th at Cusack Park Ennis.

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Fixture Details

14.02.2016 (Sun)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1B Round 1
Cusack Park, Ennis 14:00
An Clár v Uíbh Fhailí
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)

Team News

CLARE (HL v Offaly):

P Kelly (Inagh-Kilnamona); P O’Connor (Tubber), C Dillon (Crusheen), P Flanagan (Ballyea); C Cleary (St Joseph’s Miltown/Kilmaley), D McInerney (Tulla), C Ryan (Cratloe); D Reidy (Éire Ó), C Galvin (Clonlara); P Duggan (Clloney-Quin), C Ryan (Newmarket-on-Fergus), J Conlon (Clonlara); S O’Donnell (Éire Óg), D Honan (Clonlara), C McGrath (Cratloe).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-23 Dublin 0-12

Tipperary defeated Dublin by 1-23 to 0-12 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 13th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

D1A: Tipperary off to perfect start

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Tipperary 1-23 Dublin 0-12

By Jackie Cahill for

Tipperary crushed Dublin by 14 points in Thurles this evening to signal their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A intent. Michael Ryan’s first competitive game in charge of the Premier County resulted in a big Semple Stadium win.

Tipp may have opted out of the pre-season Munster Senior League but were quickly into their stride against the disappointing Sky Blues, with Jason Forde hitting 1-5 from play in front of 5,105 spectators.

For Dublin and their manager Ger Cunningham, this was a setback following Walsh Cup glory as Tipp dictated the terms of engagement right from the start. Tipp had the breeze at their backs in the opening half and wasted no time getting down to business.

By half-time, the hosts were 1-9 to 0-3 clear and Forde hit the 13th minute goal, breaking onto loose ball before firing a low strike past Conor Dooley, who had done brilliantly within the first 25 seconds to keep out John McGrath.

A new, direct approach from Tipp was evident but they spoiled much of their good work by registering 10 first half wides. Still, Tipp had the scoreboard ticking over with regularity as Dublin struggled to create much.Paul Ryan, whipped off at half-time, sent a couple of scoreable frees wide while other efforts from teammates dropped short.

Noel McGrath, starting a competitive game for Tipp for the first time since his successful battle with cancer last year picked off a gorgeous first half score on a night when his brother John also did well.


Scorers for Tipperary: J Forde 1-5, J McGrath 0-7 (5f), C Kenny & J O’Dwyer 0-3 each, Pádraic Maher & N McGrath 0-2 each, D Fitzelle 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: D Treacy 0-3f, N McMorrow 0-2, D Plunkett, E Dillon, D O’Callaghan, P Ryan (f), M Schutte, D O’Connell & C Cronin 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, Pádraic Maher; M Breen, D Quinn; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, J Forde; N McGrath, C Kenny, J McGrath
Subs: D Fitzelle for Patrick Maher (47), J Gallagher for Breen (58), J O’Dwyer for McCormack (58), J Meagher for B Maher (66), L Ryan for Quinn (67).

DUBLIN: C Dooley; J Boland, E O’Donnell, O Gough; C O’Callaghan, C Crummy, S Barrett; N McMorrow, J McCaffrey; D Plunkett, E Dillon, D Treacy; D O’Callaghan, P Ryan, M Schutte
Subs: C Cronin for Ryan (h.t.), D O’Connell for Plunkett (48), O O’Rorke for O’Callaghan (59), F McGibb for McCaffrey (63)

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Match Preview

Fixture Details

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 1
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Tiobraid Árann v Áth Cliath
Referee: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling panel selected to take on Dublin in their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

Michael has handed starting league debuts to Daire Quinn from Nenagh Éire Óg who lines out in midfield and also to Dan McCormack from Borris Ileigh who starts at right half forward.

The McGrath brothers Noel and John line out together once again since both last made joint appearances in last year’s league.

The full panel then is as follows;

1) Darren Gleeson – (Portroe)
2) Cathal Barrett – (Holycross Ballycahill)
3) Tomás Hamill – (Moyne Templetuohy)
4) Michael Cahill – (Thurles Sarsfields)
5) Brendan Maher Capt. – (Borris Ileigh)
6) James Barry – (Upperchurch Drombane)
7) Padraic Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)
8) Michael Breen – (Ballina)
9) Daire Quinn – (Nenagh Éire Óg)
10) Dan McCormack – (Borris Ileigh)
11) Patrick Maher – (Lorrha Dorrha)
12) Jason Forde – (Silvermines)
13) Noel McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)
14) Conor Kenny – (Borris Ileigh)
15) John McGrath – (Loughmore Castleiney)
16) Darragh Mooney – (Eire Óg Annacarty)
17) Ronan Maher – (Thurles Sarsfields)
18) Willie Ryan – (Clonakenny)
19) Liam Ryan – (Drom & Inch)
20) John Meagher – (Loughmore Castleiney)
21) Joe Gallagher – (Kiladangan)
22) Adrian Ryan – (Templederry Kenyons)
23) Dylan Fitzelle – (Cashel King Cormacs)
24) Sean Ryan – (Sean Treacy’s)
25) Andrew Coffey – (Nenagh Eire Óg)
26) John O’Dwyer – (Killenaule)

DUBLIN (HL v Tipperary):

C Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s); J Boland (Na Fianna), C O’Callaghan (Cuala), O Gough (Cuala); E O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille), C Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields), S Barrett (Na Fianna); N McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s), J McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields); D Plunkett (St Brigid’s), E Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra), D Treacy (Cuala); P Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), D O’Callaghan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), M Schutte (Cuala).


With their opening Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A fixture against Dublin just three days away, the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel and management team are looking forward to the commencement of the 2016 AHL. This is the first of the National competitions this group have the opportunity to compete in and team preparations have been good in advance of the start of the new season.
Tipperary management have a hardworking, committed bunch of players who are all looking for opportunities to play at this level where the ambition is to qualify for the Quarter-Final stages of the league after the 5 game series.
With the demands of the league intense, every player in the training squad is a key figure in the overall success of the unit.

That said, Michael Ryan’s side have some injury concerns which will impact on availability of the following players – Seamus Callanan will be out for a further couple of weeks, Conor O’Brien will be out for 3 weeks, Kieran Bergin will also be out for 2 weeks while new panelist Sean Curran has suffered a medial ligament injury which will result in Sean missing the entire League.

A panel of 26 players for the opening game against Dublin in Semple Stadium this Saturday night, February 13th, will be announced on Thursday night and this then will be reviewed before each Allianz Hurling League game.

Is mise le meas,

Joe Bracken,
PRO Co. Board


February 13/14: Round 1

February 20/21: Round 2

March 5/6: Round 3

March 12/13: Round 4

March 20: Round 5

March 26: Div 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B finals

April 2/3: Division 1 quarter-finals

April 17: Division 1 semi-finals

May 1: Division1 final


19 – Tipperary (1928-49-50-52-54-55-57-59-60-61-64-65-68-79-88-94-99-2001-2008)

17 – Kilkenny (1933-62-66-76-82-83-86-90-95-2002-2003-2005-2006-2009-2012-2013-2014)

14 – Cork (1926-30-40-41-48-53-69-70-72-74-80-81-93-98)

11 – Limerick (1934-35-36-37-38-47-71-84-85-92-97)

9 – Galway (1932-51-75-87-89-96-2000-2004-2010)

4 – Wexford (1956-58-67-73)

3 – Clare (1946-77-78)

3 – Waterford (1963-2007-2015)

3 – Dublin (1929-39-2011)

1 – Offaly (1991)