2017 Munster GAA Master Fixture Schedule

The dates, times and venues for the 2017 Munster GAA Championship fixtures have been announced.

Senior Hurling
In Senior Hurling, the defending Munster and All-Ireland champions Tipperary will begin their campaign on Sunday May 21st as they host old rivals Cork in a repeat of last year’s Quarter-Final clash at Semple Stadium Thurles. Waterford will await the winners on Sunday June 18th in the semi-final. Limerick and Clare, both under new management will play their semi-final on Sunday June 4th at Semple Stadium. The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling Final will take place on Sunday July 9th.

2017 Munster GAA Senior Hurling Fixtures

Senior Football
The defending Munster Senior Football finalists Kerry and Tipperary have a bye to the semi-finals. The defending champions Kerry will await the winners of the Quarter-Final meeting of Limerick and Clare while Tipperary will play either Cork or Waterford. The Quarter-Finals are fixed for the weekend of May 27/28 while the Semi-Finals will take place on June 10/11. The 2017 Munster Senior Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

2017 Munster GAA Senior Football Fixtures

Under 21 Hurling
The defending Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling champions Waterford will begin the defence of their titles with a home semi-final versus Cork on Thursday July 13th. The other side of the draw will see Limerick playing Tipperary for the third year in succession in this grade with the winners playing Clare. The Munster Under 21 Hurling Final is fixed for Wednesday July 26th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 21 Hurling Fixtures

Under 21 Football

Cork will open the defence of their Munster Under 21 Football title with a home semi-final versus either Tipperary or Limerick on Wednesday March 15th. Kerry will take on Clare for the right to play Waterford in the other side of the draw. The Munster Under 21 Football Final is fixed for Wednesday March 29th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 21 Football Fixtures

Minor Hurling
The opening game in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship will see a repeat of the 2016 Munster Final and All-Ireland Final when the defending champions Tipperary play Limerick at Semple Stadium Thurles on Wednesday April 5th. Waterford play Clare in the other opening round fixture with the loser set to play Cork. The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling Final will take place on Sunday July 9th.

2017 Munster GAA Minor Hurling Fixtures

Minor Football
Kerry will begin their quest for their fifth Munster Minor Football title in a row with a home game versus Clare on Wednesday April 12th. Tipperary will host Cork while Limerick have home advantage versus Waterford in the other opening round fixtures on April 12th. The 2017 Munster Minor Football Final is fixed for Sunday July 2nd.

2017 Munster GAA Minor Football Fixtures

Under 17 Hurling
From January 1st 2018, inter-county minor competitions in football and hurling will be played at Under 17 rather than Under 18 level. These competitions will be run in the summer months and played alongside the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and Football championships (as currently). To accommodate players who are currently playing at Under 16 level (2016) and who would be overage for the new minor competitions in 2018 (and would therefore miss out on the opportunity to play “Minor” for their county), Central Council had previously decided to play Under 17 Championships in Football and Hurling in 2017, alongside the inter-county Minor championships.

In the Munster Under 17 Hurling Championship, Clare will host Kerry while Limerick have home advantage versus Cork in the Quarter-Finals scheduled for Tuesday April 11th. In the semi-finals a week later on April 18th, Tipperary will travel to play the winner of Cork and Limerick while Waterford will travel to play the winner of Clare and Kerry. The Munster Under 17 Hurling Championship Final is fixed for Tuesday April 25th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 17 Hurling Fixtures

Under 17 Football
In the Munster Under 17 Football Championship, Tipperary will host Clare on Tuesday April 4th while on the same date, Waterford host Cork. In the semi-finals on Tuesday May 2nd, Kerry will have home advantage versus the winner of Tipperary or Clare while Limerick will travel to play the winner of Waterford and Cork. The Munster Under 17 Football Championship Final is fixed for Tuesday May 16th.

2017 Munster GAA Under 17 Football Fixtures

Munster Senior Hurling League
The 2017 Munster Senior Hurling League is due to commence on Sunday January 8th with the final fixed for Sunday January 29th. The draws for this competition will be made in the coming weeks.

Munster McGrath Cup Football
The McGrath Cup Football competition will be played off in a similar format to 2016 with two groups of three teams. The top team in each group will content the final. Defending McGrath Cup champions Cork have been paired with Kerry and Tipperary in Group A while in Group B, Limerick, Clare and Waterford will fight it out for a place in the final. The competition will begin on Sunday January 8th with fixtures on January 11th and 15th ahead of the 2017 McGrath Cup Final on Sunday January 22nd.

2017 Munster GAA McGrath Cup Football Fixtures

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GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Final – Munster 2-20 Leinster 2-16

Munster defeated Leinster by 2-20 to 2-16 in the GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Final on Thursday December 15th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster defeat Leinster in Interprovincial Hurling Final
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Interprovincial Hurling Final


By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

MUNSTER are GAA Interprovincial hurling champions for a 46th time after Anthony Daly’s men scored a four-point victory over Leinster in Thurles this evening.

Clare’s up and coming star Aaron Shanagher scored a late goal to seal victory in front of 592 spectators at a wet and cold Semple Stadium.

Shanagher, brought on as 50th minute sub, netted nine minutes later to complete a come-from-behind victory for Daly’s men, delighting his manager and fellow Clare native.

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Munster emptied their bench in the second half, and the subs made a big impact as Waterford’s Stephen Bennett lofted over the lead-score five minutes from time, before Shanagher’s late intervention sealed victory for Daly’s men.

Leinster, champions in 2014, were five points ahead on three occasions in the second half but Munster reeled them in to clinch a first crown since 2013, as they hit 1-5 without reply in the closing minutes.

Having drawn level at 1-14 apiece, when Clare’s David Reidy netted midway through the second half, Munster were rocked by the concession of a goal from Leinster’s next attack, Wexford’s Lee Chin on target as the sides traded goals within a minute.

But there was life left in Munster as they emptied the bench and Cork’s Alan Cadogan made a big impact in the second half – knifing three points from play – as Limerick’s Barry Nash chipped in with a brace.

With the sides deadlocked late on, Waterford’s Stephen Bennett landed the lead score from five minutes from time before Shanagher’s goal sealed it.

Leinster were 1-11 to 0-10 clear at half-time, having fallen four points down in the early exchanges. Reid was Leinster’s leading light in the opening half, hitting 1-2 of his 1-4 from play, as Kilkenny team-mate Walter Walsh and Laois man Charles Dwyer picked off two points each.

Seamus Callanan had two early points as Munster surged into a 0-4 to 0-0 advantage within seven minutes but Leinster, with Reid prominent, worked their way back into contention and were level at 0-6 apiece midway through the half. A pair of Dan McCormack points gave Munster some breathing space again but a run of 1-3 without reply from Leinster, playing without suspended Colin Fennelly and concussed Ryan O’Dwyer, put them in the ascendancy.

Reid’s goal arrived five minutes before half-time as he cut in from the left touchline before firing in a shot that squirted beneath Darren Gleeson and into the Killinan End net. Reid added a free and Leinster were four points clear – 1-10 to 0-9 – before Callanan (free) and Dwyer traded points before the break.

But Munster were unlucky not to raise a green flag of their own in the first half when Reidy scorched a shot off James Dempsey’s crossbar in the 13th minute, with Callanan on hand to pick up the pieces for a point.

Scorers for Munster: S Callanan 0-7 (4f, 1 65), D Reidy 1-2, A Shanagher 1-0, A Cadogan 0-3, D McCormack & B Nash 0-2 each, D Byrnes, J Barron, M Breen & Stephen Bennett 0-1 each.

Scorers for Leinster: TJ Reid 1-6 (0-4f), L Chin 1-1, W Walsh 0-4, C Dwyer & G Keegan 0-2 each, S Dooley 0-1.

MUNSTER: D Gleeson (Tipperary); B Coughlan (Waterford), J Barry (Tipperary), N Connors (Waterford); D Byrnes (Limerick), C Dillon (Clare), P Maher (Tipperary); B Maher (Tipperary), J Barron (Waterford); D McCormack (Tipperary), M Breen (Tipperary), Shane Bennett (Waterford); J O’Dwyer (Tipperary), S Callanan (Tipperary), D Reidy (Clare)
Subs: N McGrath (Tipperary) for Shane Bennett (h.t.), A Cadogan (Cork) for B Maher (h.t.), B Nash (Limerick) for McCormack (h.t.), S Dowling (Limerick) for O’Dwyer (50), A Shanagher (Clare) for Breen (50), Stephen Bennett (Waterford) for Barron (51), S Fives (Waterford) for Coughlan (55), T Murnane (Kerry) for Dillon (55), C Lynch (Limerick) for Callanan (60+1).

LEINSTER: J Dempsey (Offaly); M Whelan (Laois), T Doyle (Westmeath), L Ryan (Wexford); P Walsh (Kilkenny), K Joyce (Kilkenny), C Crummey (Dublin); C Fogarty (Kilkenny), S Ryan (Offaly); W Walsh (Kilkenny), L Chin (Wexford), C Dwyer (Laois); S Dooley (Offaly), TJ Reid (Kilkenny), G Keegan (Kildare)
Subs: M Kavanagh (Carlow) for Dooley (27), E Murphy (Kilkenny) for Keegan (h.t.), Keegan for S Ryan (46).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Fixture Details

15.12.2016 (Thurs)
GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship Final
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:45
Munster v Leinster
Referee: Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Munster Council Awards €1m to Clubs

The Munster Council has announced details of the 2016 Development Grant Scheme, funding club and school capital development projects across the province.

Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said “I am delighted to announce the awarding of €1 million in grants supporting development projects in 129 clubs and 5 schools throughout Munster. These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing close on €8 million. This level of expenditure is testament to the strength of the GAA in the province and reflects the impressive vision of our clubs to continually improve facilities for players and supporters alike.”

He added “The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we get from the many thousands of people who attend our games each year. We are very fortunate to have such loyal support in the province and we are delighted to be able to redistribute income from games to the clubs and schools.”

Of the fund available this year, Central Council provided €540,000, with the balance of €460,000 coming from the Munster Council’s own resources.

For further details, please contact Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO on pro.munster@gaa.ie or 086 8149146.

GAA Inter-Provincial Football Semi-Final – Ulster 3-17 Munster 1-15

Ulster defeated Munster by 3-17 to 1-15 in the GAA Inter-Provincial Football Semi-Final on Sunday December 11th at Parnell Park Dublin.

Inter-Provincial Football Semi-Final

Ulster 3-17 Munster 1-15

By Paul Keane at Parnell Park for GAA.ie

Peter Harte showed all his class at Parnell Park with 1-8 to secure Ulster’s Inter-Provincial Final place.

Pete McGrath’s northerners are expected take on Connacht in the decider and will fancy their chances of a 32nd title on the basis of this strong display. They did stutter early on, but effectively wrapped up the semi-final win with an unanswered scoring burst of 2-7 in the second quarter of the game.

Aidan Breen and Enda Lynn scored the goals in that period while Tyrone talisman Harte added their third from the penalty spot at the death. Stefan Campbell of Armagh was excellent too and kicked five points from play as well as playing a key role in winning the penalty and earning a number of frees that were converted by Harte and Tomas Corrigan.

Ulster struggled initially and fell 0-4 to 0-1 and 0-5 to 0-2 down in the opening quarter as Paul Whyte, a late addition to the Munster team, helped himself to three points. Kerry’s Tommy Walsh, who left the Kingdom panel earlier in the year, also contributed a point though things soon turned sour for Ger O’Sullivan’s Munster outfit.

They only added one more score, a converted free by Whyte, for the rest of the half as Ulster weighed in with that 2-7 burst. It was all Ulster for around 15 minutes and Breen sparked them into life with a neat goal when he slid a low shot past Evan Comerford following a Connor McAliskey pass. Munster struggled to cope with Ulster’s direct running and conceded a series of frees that Harte easily converted.

Campbell scored two eye catching points from the left wing and their second-goal in injury-time put them in the clear. Lynn’s strike was a beauty and McAliskey was again the provider before the Derry man chipped expertly over a defender and the Munster ‘keeper to the top corner of the net.

Munster trailed 2-9 to 0-6 at the break and were without captain and Kerry man Aidan O’Mahony who was black carded approaching half-time. Munster were better after the restart and outscored Ulster by 1-3 to 0-2, the goal coming from Clare’s Jamie Malone, to reduce the gap to just three points after 43 minutes, 2-11 to 1-11.

Ulster finished the game strongly though and Harte nailed some cracking scores to help reassert Ulster’s authority. The penalty award came after great work by Campbell who set Mark Bradley free and when he was hauled down by Colm O’Driscoll, Harte did the rest to leave Ulster with a slightly flattering eight-point win.

Scorers for Ulster: P Harte 1-8 (1-0 pen, 4fs), S Campbell 0-5, T Corrigan 0-4 (2fs), E Lynn 1-0, A Breen 1-0.

Scorers for Munster: P Whyte 0-4 (3fs), J Malone 1-0, D Tubridy 0-3, I Corbett 0-2, G Brennan 0-1, T Walsh 0-1, B Fox 0-1, K Sexton 0-1, R Deane 0-1, C Sweeney 0-1 (f).

Ulster: N Morgan (Tyrone); D O’Hagan (Down), K Clarke (Cavan), M Jones (Fermanagh); T McCann (Tyrone), C Moynagh (Cavan), A Breen (Fermanagh); E Donnelly (Fermanagh), C Vernon (Armagh); K Niblock (Antrim), P Harte (Tyrone), E Lynn (Derry); S Campbell (Armagh), C McAliskey (Tyrone), T Corrigan (Fermanagh)
Subs: M Bradley (Tyrone) for McAliskey (38), R Johnston (Down) for Lynn (43), N Sludden (Tyrone) for Moynagh (43), T Kernan (Armagh) for Niblock (46), D McCusker (Fermanagh) for McCann (50), G McGovern (Down) for Jones (59), McAliskey for Bradley (60), C Snow (Fermanagh) for Morgan (62).

Munster: E Comerford (Tipperary); K Hartnett (Clare), A Campbell (Tipperary), T O’Gorman (Waterford); I Corbett (Limerick), C Dorman (Cork), C O’Driscoll (Cork); G Brennan (Clare), A O’Mahony (Kerry); J Malone (Clare), P Whyte (Waterford), K O’Driscoll (Cork); E Cleary (Clare), T Walsh (Kerry), C Sweeney (Tipperary)
Subs: D Tubridy (Clare) for Cleary (20), P Hurney (Waterford) for Sweeney (20), B Fox (Tipperary) for K O’Driscoll (28), D Treacy (Limerick) for O’Mahony (29, black card), R Deane (Cork) for Brennan (h/t), K Sexton (Clare) for Whyte (h/t), Brennan for Malone (39), K O’Driscoll for Walsh (44), Sweeney for Hurney (50), C Kenrick (Tipperary) for Comerford (59).

Fixture Details

11.12.2016 (Sun)
GAA Football Interprovincial Championship Semi Final
Parnell Park, Dublin 14:00
Ulster v Munster
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Munster Inter-Provincial Panels Announced


1 December 2016; In attendance at the launch of the GAA Interprovincial Championships at Croke Park in Dublin is Anthony Daly, Munster Hurling Manager. The 2016 GAA Inter-Provincial series will take place in Parnell Park, football, and Nenagh, hurling, on Saturday 10th of December. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final – Munster 3-21 Ulster 0-15

Munster defeated Ulster by 3-21 to 0-15 in the GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final on Sunday December 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Inter-Provincial Hurling Semi-Final

Munster 3-21 Ulster 0-15

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium for GAA.ie

Tipperary stars Seamus Callanan and Mikey Breen combined for 2-8 as Munster cruised past Ulster and into a GAA Inter-Provincial Hurling Final clash with Leinster.

Callanan played a captain’s part, registering 1-7 as Munster had little difficulty in scoring a 15-point victory.

Breen’s first half goal helped to separate the sides at the break before Munster, managed by former Clare star Anthony Daly, pulled away in the second period.

Click here to view photos from the game

Callanan, All-Ireland final man-of-the-match against Kilkenny in September, netted in the 40th minute following a defensive error before Waterford’s Bennett brothers combined for a goal in stoppage time, Shane providing the assist for Stephen to finish.

Munster led by 1-10 to 0-7 at half-time, two Barry Nash points after his introduction opening up a six-point interval margin approaching the break.

For much of the first half, it was Breen’s third-minute goal that effectively separated the teams as Ulster battled gamely. They had a fine first half performance from Armagh’s Conor Corvan, a late call-up to the starting line-up who registered three points from play before the break.

But Munster, overall, had the more classy operators and had little difficulty in keeping their opponents at arm’s length. Callanan, operating at full-forward and captaining the Munster team, had four pointed frees in the first half, with Tipperary team-mate Breen adding a point to his early goal.

Aside from Corvan, Antrim’s Ciarán Clarke was another to show up well for Ulster in the first half, scoring three of his four points from placed balls. Munster had little difficulty after the break– outscoring Ulster by 2-11 to 0-8 to book their place in the decider.

Scorers for Munster: S Callanan 1-7 (6fs), M Breen 1-1, B Nash 0-4, Stephen Bennett 1-0, J O’Dwyer 0-2, D Byrnes, T Murnane, S Dowling, P Maher, D Reidy, Shane Bennett and D McCormack 0-1 each.

Scorers for Ulster: C Clarke 0-7 (6fs), C Corvan 0-3, C O’Prey 0-2 (1f), D Cullen, N McKenna and C Woods 0-1 each.

Munster: A Nash (Cork); B Coughlan (Waterford), J Barry (Tipperary), N Connors (Waterford); D Byrnes (Limerick), C Dillon (Clare), S Fives (Waterford); M Breen (Tipperary), J Barron (Waterford); S Dowling (Limerick), Shane Bennett (Waterford), D McCormack (Tipperary); J O’Dwyer (Tipperary), S Callanan (Tipperary), D Reidy (Clare)
Subs: A Shanagher (Clare) for Dowling (25), B Nash (Limerick) for Shane Bennett (25), Tom Murnane (Kerry) for Barron (h.t.), P Maher (Tipperary) for Fives (h.t.), Stephen Bennett (Waterford) for McCormack (h.t.), Dowling for O’Dwyer (45), Shane Bennett for Reidy (45), McCormack for Breen (51), Fives for Coughlan (55), Barron for Dillon (55).

Ulster: S Keith (Down); S McCrory (Antrim), P Burke (Antrim), J McManus (Down); N McAuley (Antrim), C Woods (Down), C Taggart (Down); E Campbell (Antrim), Ciarán Johnston (Antrim); C Corvan (Armagh), N McKenna (Antrim), D Toner (Down); Conor Johnston (Antrim), J Dillon (Antrim), C Clarke (Antrim)
Subs: C O’Prey (Down) for Ciarán Johnston (26), D Cullen (Donegal) for Toner (33), J Corvan (Armagh) for Taggart (46), A Grant (Derry) for C Corvan (47), P Henry (Derry) for Conor Johnston (49), C O’Connell (Antrim) for Keith (52), C Devlin (Armagh) for Dillon (52), S Renaghan (Armagh) for Cullen (55), Ciarán Johnston for J McManus (56).

Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny)

Fixture Details

11.12.2016 (Sun)
GAA Hurling Interprovincial Championship Semi Final
Semple Stadium Thurles, 1:45pm
Ulster v Munster
Referee: Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)


Munster Inter-Provincial Panels Announced

1 December 2016; In attendance at the launch of the GAA Interprovincial Championships at Croke Park in Dublin is Anthony Daly, Munster Hurling Manager. The 2016 GAA Inter-Provincial series will take place in Parnell Park, football, and Nenagh, hurling, on Saturday 10th of December. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

2016 Munster GAA Awards

2016 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 10th at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

Click to view photos from the 2016 Munster GAA Awards

The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2016 are as follows:

Charlie McCarthy (Cork) – Hurling Hall of Fame
John Quane (Limerick) – Football Hall of Fame
Micheál Mac Conmara (An Clár) – Special Service Award – contribution to Scór
Michael Hurley (Cork) – Under 21 Football
Austin Gleeson (Waterford) – Under 21 Hurling
David Conroy (Clare) – Intermediate Hurling
Jamie Lee (Limerick) – Junior Football
Jake Morris (Tipperary) – Minor Hurling
David Clifford (Kerry) – Minor Football
Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick) – Camogie
Rena Buckley (Cork) – Ladies Football
Aishling O’Keeffe (Cork) – Handball
Ballyea (Clare) – Club
John McGrath (Tipperary) – Senior Hurling
Paul Geaney (Kerry) – Senior Football
Michael Ryan (Tipperary) – Manager

2017 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Launched

Co-Op Superstores announced as new sponsor of the Munster Hurling League

Munster GAA are delighted to announce that coopsuperstores.ie are the new sponsors of the 2017 Munster Hurling League.

The 2017 coopsuperstores.ie Munster Hurling League will be run on a round robin league basis with 5 rounds. It commences on Sunday January 8th with games between Cork and Kerry at Mallow and Waterford and Limerick at Walsh Park. Clare have a bye in the first series of games. The full fixtures list is included below.

No Reproduction Fee Dairygolds Co-op Superstores sponsorship of Munster Hurling League Pic John Sheehan

Launching the new sponsorship today, the Chairman of Munster Council GAA, Jerry O’Sullivan, warmly welcomed coopsuperstores.ie as the new sponsors of the Munster Hurling League. He said “I am delighted that Munster GAA is partnering with such a progressive and successful organisation that has a strong presence around Munster. I look forward to the coopsuperstores.ie Munster Hurling League kicking off the 2017 season with plenty of excitement and entertainment”

Commenting on the new sponsorship Jim Woulfe, CEO of Dairygold said “We are pleased to embark on this new sponsorship with Munster GAA. Dairygold, through our network of retail stores and our online store coopsuperstores.ie is hugely connected with the GAA community and so we see this sponsorship as a perfect fit and we’re looking forward to being part of this competition in 2017”.

About Co-Op Superstores
With 39 stores across Munster and online at coopsuperstores.ie, this sponsorship is an ideal fit for the retail arm of Dairygold as it too is at the heart of local communities across the province.

Co-Op Superstores has something for everyone in the community. From Stoves and Coal to Lawnmowers and Electrical Appliances, they have become a destination for all things Farm, Home and Garden. Customers can now opt for nationwide delivery direct to their home by shopping their online store at www.coopsuperstores.ie.

For more information, please contact Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO at pro.munster@gaa.ie or 086-8149146.

Click here to view the 2017 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Fixtures

Senior Footballer & Manager winners – Munster GAA Awards

Footballer, Ladies Footballer, Manager of the Year and Under 21 Hurler Announced for 2016 Munster GAA Awards

Kerry’s Paul Geaney and Cork’s Rena Buckley have secured the Senior Footballer and Ladies’ Footballer accolades respectively in the 2016 Munster GAA Awards. The Manager of the Year award goes to Tipperary senior hurling manager, Michael Ryan and the under 21 Hurling Award goes to Austin Gleeson of Waterford. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork where all the award winners for 2016 will be honoured.

Paul Geaney recovered from injury to emerge as the stand-out forward of the championship season in Munster. The Dingle player, has already scored 6-48 in 17 championship appearances in the green and gold, 3-15 of that tally coming this Summer past. He was in superb form in the Munster final when hitting 2-3 in a man-of-the-match display against Tipperary. His superb contribution of 1-4 from play in the All-Ireland semi-final will live long in the memory. A first All Star award followed.

3 July 2016; Paul Geaney of Kerry during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Tipperary at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Victory in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final this year confirmed the latest achievement in the incredible career of Rena Buckley from Cork. Victory on September 25th brought her All Ireland Senior medal tally to a staggering 17 with 11 in ladies football and 6 in camogie. She has also won 11 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championships and 10 Ladies Football National League Division 1 medals. Success has also followed on the club front with county, Munster and All Ireland Club titles captured with Donoughmore.

Cork v Dublin - TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

Taking over as Manager in 2016 having served on previous management teams with Liam Sheedy and Eamon O’Shea, Michael Ryan brought plenty of experience and ability to the role. His new responsibilities fell lightly on his shoulders and he guided Tipperary to a second successive Munster title and then went on to lead them to All-Ireland success with an inspiring performance against old rivals Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. Tipperary’s victory put paid to the notion that winning the Munster championship was an obstacle to All-Ireland success.

Galway v Tipperary - GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

Austin Gleeson is one of the finest young hurlers to have emerged in recent years. He gave fantastic displays for Waterford at under 21 and senior levels this year and his under 21 player of the year in Munster award is a further acknowledgement of the abilities of the GAA / GPA Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year for 2016.

Waterford v Tipperary - Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U21 Championship Final

Speaking on the announcement of these awards Jerry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Munster GAA said “Paul Geaney and Rena Buckley 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. Austin Gleeson was the star of the under 21 hurling championship and made a huge impact at senior as well. It was marvellous to see the Munster Hurling champions, Tipperary, go on to win the All-Ireland final. They played hurling as it should be played and their Manager, Michael Ryan, deserves great credit for bringing Munster and All-Ireland honours in his first year in charge. He is a deserving winner of “Manager of the Year”

The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2016 are as follows:

Charlie McCarthy (Cork) – Hurling Hall of Fame
John Quane (Limerick) – Football Hall of Fame
Micheál Mac Conmara (An Clár) – Special Service Award – contribution to Scór
Michael Hurley (Cork) – Under 21 Football
Austin Gleeson (Waterford) – Under 21 Hurling
David Conroy (Clare) – Intermediate Hurling
Jamie Lee (Limerick) – Junior Football
Jake Morris (Tipperary) – Minor Hurling
David Clifford (Kerry) – Minor Football
Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick) – Camogie
Rena Buckley (Cork) – Ladies Football
Aishling O’Keeffe (Cork) – Handball
Ballyea (Clare) – Club
John McGrath (Tipperary) – Senior Hurling
Paul Geaney (Kerry) – Senior Football
Michael Ryan (Tipperary) – Manager

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

Senior Hurling & Camogie winners – 2016 Munster GAA Awards

Senior Hurler, Camogie, Club, Handball Winners Announced for
2016 Munster GAA Awards

Tipperary hurler, John McGrath, and Limerick Camogie player, Niamh Mulcahy, have been announced as the winners of the Hurler of the Year and Camogie Player of the Year respectively in the 2016 Munster GAA Awards. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

John McGrath, from the Loughmore-Castleiney club, made his championship debut against Cork in the Munster Quarter-Final this year, scoring 1 point and made a big impact on the game. He also scored a point in the in the semi-final against Limerick. John was at his explosive best in the Munster Final shooting 3-2 including a goal from a penalty and picked up the RTE Man of the Match Award. John received his first All-Star Award last month. He has also won many honours at underage level in both football and hurling with Tipperary.

28 April 2016; John McGrath, Tipperary. Tipperary Hurling Squad Portraits 2016. Thurles Sarsfields, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Niamh Mulcahy has been Limerick’s outstanding player of recent years and she has received All-Star nominations in 2015 and 2016 to go along with one from 2009, Intermediate Soaring Star awards in 2013 and 2014 and a Young Player of the Year award in 2007. Niamh has been involved with the Limerick Camogie team since 2005 and with the county she has won Division 2 League Titles in 2007 and 2013, Senior B Championship in 2007, Intermediate Championship in 2014.A most skilful player, Niamh scored 2-49 in this year’s championship making her the second highest scorer overall.

The Club of the Year Award goes to Clare with Ballyea being honoured having won their first Clare and Munster senior hurling championships this year. They took the Clare hurling world by storm winning their first senior title after a replay against Clonlara. They continued their good run in the Munster campaign with a thrilling win over Thurles Sarsfields after extra time and then defeated the famed Glen Rovers to be crowned Munster club champions for the first time.

The Handball Award goes to Aishling O’Keeffe, a member of famed Ballydesmond GAA Handball Club in Cork. She has been involved in Handball since a young age winning titles at all levels. In 2016 she won two Senior All Ireland titles and two Senior Munster titles in both Codes of Handball. Aishling is also very involved in coaching in her club and County.

Munster GAA Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan said “I would like to congratulate John, Niamh, Aishling and Ballyea on their well-deserved awards following their outstanding displays during 2016. They have set very high standards of achievement in their varied contributions to the family of Gaelic Games”

Other 2016 award winners announced today are Munster and All-Ireland minor medallists Jake Morris of Tipperary for minor hurling and David Clifford of Kerry for minor football.

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

Hall of Fame Winners – 2016 Munster GAA Awards

Hall of Fame Winners Announced for 2016 Munster GAA Awards
Cork and Limerick Legends to join elite band

Cork ace forward, Charlie McCarthy, and Limerick football star, John Quane, 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 10th in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

This year’s Hurling Hall of Fame goes to Charlie McCarthy of St. Finbarr’s and Cork who has given distinguished service as a player and coach both at club and inter-county level. As a player, he terrorised many corner backs with his dazzling skills throughout his club and inter-county career, which lasted the best part of two decades. He was a dual inter-county minor, winning a Munster medal in both hurling and football. He captained his Cork to All-Ireland senior glory in 1978 completing a coveted 3-in-a-row of titles for the Rebel County.

His honours as an inter-county player include 7 All-Ireland medals and 12 Munster medals between minor, under 21 and senior grades along with 4 National hurling league medals. He also captained Munster to Railway Cup glory. At club level his honours included two All-Ireland, four Munster and five County titles. His record speaks for itself among the greats of Cork and hurling. After he retired he became involved in coaching at club and inter-county level. The highlight was when he coached his club to County senior success.

14 May 1980; Charlie McCarthy, Cork, Hurling. Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

14 May 1980; Charlie McCarthy, Cork, Hurling. Picture credit; Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE

The Football Hall of Fame award goes to John Quane of Galtee Gaels and Limerick who was an ever present member of the Limerick Senior Football teams for 14 years from 1991 to 2005. The inspirational midfielder played in the 1991 Munster Senior Football Final against Kerry in Killarney in his first year on the senior team. He was a cornerstone of the teams that came so near to winning the Munster Finals of 2003 and 2004. His heroic performances merited an All Star nomination in 2002.

John represented Munster in the Railway Cup on numerous occasions, a highlight being his contribution to the 1999 win. A career highlight was his selection for the International Rules Series in 1999. John won his sole Limerick Senior Football Championship with Glencunane Rovers in 1991 and his clean sweep of county medals was completed by Galtee Gaels winning the junior championship in 1988 and the intermediate title in 1993. A true legend of Limerick football, John will go down as one of the best to have worn the green and white.

13 July 2002; John Quane, Limerick. Football. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE

13 July 2002; John Quane, Limerick. Football. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / SPORTSFILE

Commenting on the announcement of the Hall of Fame winners for 2015, Jerry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Munster Council said: “Charlie McCarthy was one of the best forwards ever to play for Cork and played a major role in Cork’s 3 in-a-row successes between 1976 and 78. He also had a stellar underage career. John Quane will rank as one of the best players never to win a Munster championship although he was agonisingly close on a couple of occasions. He ranks among Limerick’s very best footballers. The great playing skills and many achievements of both Charlie and John are worthy of recognition and I am delighted to see them honoured with this year’s Hall of Fame awards”

Other 2016 award winners also announced today are Micheál Mac Conmara of An Clár who receives the Special Service Award for his long and distinguished service to Scór; Cork’s Michael Hurley for Under 21 Football, Clare’s David Conroy of Clare for Intermediate Hurling and Jamie Lee of Limerick for Junior Football.

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

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