Four exciting Camogie Job Opportunities now available

Provincial Participation and Growth Co-ordinator – 3 vacancies
Munster and Leinster full-time roles
Connacht – part-time role (3 days equivalent)
The Association is working to a National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future 2016-2019. This post has a key role to achieve the objectives and targets outlined in these.
Under the Plan, the Association is recruiting 3 new posts, Provincial Participation and Growth Co-ordinators who are assigned to work in Munster, Leinster and Connacht.
The key purpose of this role is to develop, manage and support Camogie participation and growth initiatives that support clubs, schools and counties of the Provinces.
The postholder will be an employee of the national Camogie Association.
The post operates in a team environment and the post holder will be expected to work in a collaborative way with staff and volunteer colleagues.
From time to time the post requires working unsocial hours including weekend work and travel.
The office base for the Leinster post is in Leinster GAA Offices, Portlaoise; for Munster it is the Munster GAA Offices, Castletroy, Limerick City and for Connacht it is the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, Bekan, Co. Mayo.
The post is offered for a 3 year fixed-term contract.
The successful applicant must have a clean driving licence; her/his own transport and will be required to comply with Garda/PSNI vetting clearance in advance of taking up the position.
Please download the below Job Description and Application Form:
Applications will only be acceptable using the application form. Candidates are requested to indicate on the form whether they wish their application to be considered for one, two or all three job opportunities.
Interviews: Interviews are scheduled for the 28th and 29th March 2017 in Dublin.
Closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. Friday 10th March 2017.
Please return applications to or to Recruitment, Camogie Association, Croke Park, Dublin 3


Player Welfare Co-ordinator

New Role

The Association is working to a National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future 2016-2019. This post has a key role to achieve the objectives and targets outlined in these. One of the key objectives of the Plan is to put the club and county player at the heart of everything we do.

The key purpose of this new and innovative role is to develop and manage player welfare support initiatives at club and county levels within the Camogie Association.

The post holder will be an employee of the national Camogie Association.  The post operates in a team environment and the post holder will be expected to work in a collaborative way with staff and volunteer colleagues. From time to time the post requires working unsocial hours including weekend work and travel.

The post holder will be based in the Camogie Association’s national office in Dublin with a requirement to work in other locations also, given the national and local brief of the role.

The post is offered for a 3 year fixed term contract.

The successful applicant must have a clean driving licence; her/his own transport and will be required to comply with Garda/PSNI vetting clearance in advance of taking up the position.

A full job description and application form is downloadable from

Applications will only be acceptable using the application form.

Interviews: Interviews are scheduled for the 28th and 29th March 2017 in Dublin.

Closing date for applications is 5.00 p.m. Friday 10th March 2017.  Please return applications to or to Recruitment, Camogie Association, Croke Park, Dublin 3

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 1-18 Waterford 0-15

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 1-18 to 0-15 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 19th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Tipperary come out on top after a dour encounter in Walsh Park

Waterford 0-15 Tipperary 1-18

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

This NHL Division 1A clash saw Tipperary come out on top after a dour encounter in Walsh Park, with six points to spare at the end, writes Michael Moynihan.

The 7,344 in attendance saw Waterford attack the scoreboard end in the first half, with last season’s Young Hurler and Hurler of the Year, Austin Gleeson, getting a roving commission up front though named at centre-back.

Shane McNulty of Waterford in action against Dan McCormack of Tipperary during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 2 match between Waterford and Tipperary at Walsh Park in Waterford. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Tipperary’s John McGrath and Waterford’s Pauric Mahony swapped frees early on as both sides got to know each other, hitting some poor wides in the process.

At the end of the first quarter the sides were level with five points apiece, neither team gaining an advantage or working a clear goal chance. McGrath and Mahony swapped frees to the break, when Jason Forde popped up with the lead score for Tipp: 0-11 to 0-10.

Tipp stretched that lead to three ten minutes into the second half, at which point the game livened up, with some hard exchanges, though Waterford struggled to make inroads on the visitors’ lead.

Steven O’Brien won a Tipp penalty on 52 minutes which Bubbles O’Dwyer took only for Ian O’Regan to save brilliantly.

Entering the final quarter another brilliant O’Regan save – from Noel McGrath – rebounded to John McGrath, whose goal made it a six point game on 57 minutes, giving Tipperary some breathing space. Try as they might, Waterford couldn’t close that gap.

Scorers for Waterford: P. Mahony (0-9, 0-8 frees); B. O’Halloran (0-2); M. Kearney, T. Devine, A. Gleeson, G. O’Brien (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J. McGrath (1-7, 0-4 frees); J. O’Dwyer (0-3 frees)(0-4); J. Forde, S. O’Brien (0-2 each); K. Bergin, B. Maher, N. O’Meara (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: I. O’Regan, S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. Connors, C. Gleeson, T. de Burca, S. McNulty, G. O’Brien, K. Moran, M. Kearney, P. Mahony, T. Devine, Shane Bennett, J. Dillon, A. Gleeson
Subs: D. Lyons for McNulty (43); Stephen Bennett and C. Dunford for Dillon and G. O’Brien (48); M. Shanahan for Kearney (60); B. O’Halloran for Dunford (inj., 61).

TIPPERARY: D. Mooney, D. Maher, J. Barry, J. O’Dwyer, S. Kennedy, T. Hamill, P. Maher, B. Maher, K. Bergin, D. McCormack, J. Forde, S. O’Brien, A. McCormack, J. McGrath, N. O’Meara
Subs: John O’Dwyer for A. McCormack (28); N. McGrath for Forde (50); M. Breen for Bergin (54); S. Callanan for O’Brien (57); M. Cahill for Joe O’Dwyer (65).

Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork).

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final – Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) 1-14 Rock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) 1-11

Glenbeigh-Glencar (Kerry) defeated Rock St Patrick’s (Tyrone) by 1-14 to 1-11 in the AIB GAA Football All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final on Sunday February 19th at Croke Park.

AIB All Ireland Junior Football victory for Glenbeigh-Glencar


By Paul Keane at Croke Park for

Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan led the line superbly at Croke Park with 1-3 as Glenbeigh-Glencar came out on top in a dramatic AIB All-Ireland club football final.

O’Sullivan nailed a goal after just two minutes, picked up a worrying leg injury that left him hobbling for all of the second-half and fisted over an insurance point deep into injury-time.

There was even time for the four-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry to be dismissed on a black card offence with full-time looming.

Gavan O’Grady was excellent for Glenbeigh-Glencar also and hit six points on a famous day for the club, who have kept the title in Kerry for a third consecutive season.

But it was a tense affair and just 26 players finished the game with Rock reduced to 12 men and Glenbeigh-Glencar going down to 14 following four red cards.

But Glenbeigh-Glencar will only look back with fond memories after subjecting the Tyrone champions to their second All-Ireland final defeat following a loss in 2008.

O’Sullivan’s extensive achievements with Kerry marked him out as one to watch and he delivered within seconds of the contest starting with an excellent goal.

O’Grady made the run through the centre before laying off to O’Sullivan who found space to swivel and shoot left footed to the right corner of the net.

The livewire forward, closely tracked by Aidan Girvan, escaped his man again in the ninth minute for a point to put the favourites 1-1 to 0-0 up.

Rock were the better side for the remainder of an intense and often edgy first-half and recovered to draw level at the break, 0-9 to 1-6.

It opened out in a terrific contest with Conor McCreesh displaying his full range of talents up front for Rock, kicking two points and creating several more with some clever play.

O’Grady was excellent at the other end of the field for Glenbeigh-Glencar and cut through Rock’s defence with some searing runs, helping himself to four first-half points.

Rock closed out the half strong and Girvan booted a brilliant score from the wing before an errant O’Sullivan pass led to a McGarrity point that tied it up.

Both sides finished the half with 14 men. Rock’s Enda McWilliams was first to make his exit after a second yellow card in the 22nd minute for a challenge on O’Sullivan. Glenbeigh-Glencar then lost attacker Daniel Griffin following a straight red card offence in injury-time.

There were scuffles as the sides departed the pitch for the interval and the ill temper spilled over again when O’Sullivan clashed with a Rock backroom team member in the 43rd minute.

A 49th minute Padraig Ward goal for Rock, following great work by Thomas Bloomer and Eamon Ward, put the Ulster outfit two clear, 1-10 to 1-8. But they only scored once more, a 57th minute McCreesh point, as Glenbeigh-Glencar made sure of the win with a strong finale.

That McCresh point left the scores at 1-11 apiece, but three Glenbeigh-Glencar points in a row set the seal on victory with sub Bernard Murphy, O’Sullivan and Jason McKenna all on the mark.

Rock’s afternoon ended in frustration with two more dismissals, Diarmaid Carroll and Niall Mullan joining McWilliams in leaving the fray early. O’Sullivan was also sent off, but for a black card offence deep into injury-time.

Scorers for Glenbeigh-Glencar: Gavan O’Grady 0-6 (3f), Darran O’Sullivan 1-3, Kieran Courtney 0-2, Fergal Griffin 0-1, Bernard Murphy 0-1, Jason McKenna 0-1.

Scorers for Rock St Patrick’s: Aidan McGarrity 0-5 (0-4f), Padraig Ward 1-0, Conor McCreesh 0-3, Ciaran Gourley 0-1, Diarmaid Carroll 0-1, Aidan Girvan 0-1.

GLENBEIGH-GLENCAR: Rory O’Connor; Stephen O’Sullivan, Ciaran Doyle, Jermiah Hoare; Jack Brosnan, Pa Kilkenny, Caolim Teahan; Colin McGillycuddy, Fergal Griffin; Danny O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan, Tommy Cahill; Kieran Courtney, Gavan O’Grady, Daniel Griffin
Subs: Bernard Murphy for Cahill (50), Vincent Hoare for F Griffin (60), Jason McKenna for Danny O’Sullivan (60), Padraig Griffin for Darran O’Sullivan (69, black card), Donough McGillycuddy for S O’Sullivan (71).

ROCK ST PATRICK’S: Seamus Donaghy; Niall McWilliams, Niall Mullan, Mark McAleer; Cathal McWilliams, Aidan Girvan, Stephen Mullan; Ciaran Gourley, Diarmaid Carroll; Enda McWilliams, Eamon Ward, Thomas Bloomer; Conor McCreesh, Aidan McGarrity, Ryan Crilly
Subs: Padraig Ward for Mullan (19), Dylan Reid for N McWilliams (33), Liam Nugent for C McWilliams (53), C McWilliams for E Ward (65), Shea Litter for McGarrity (71).

REFEREE: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Limerick 6-21 Kerry 3-8

Limerick defeated Kerry by 6-21 to 3-8 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 19th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Ronan Lynch scores 3-11 as Limerick hammer Kerry

Limerick 6-21 Kerry 3-8

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick hammered Kerry at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon – but could be staring at an eighth season in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League, writes Jackie Cahill.

Wexford’s victory over Galway has Davy Fitzgerald’s men in the box-seat – with fellow promotion hopefuls Galway and Limerick now reliant on a slip-up from the Slaneysiders.

Wexford’s win overshadowed a decent Limerick performance this afternoon – as Ronan Lynch scored 3-11 for the hosts. In front of just 1065 spectators, Limerick began knowing that score difference could come into play at the end of the group campaign.

They did their cause no harm with a 22-point win but Wexford’s win leaves the rest playing catch-up in the race for Division 1A fare in 2018. Having lost to Wexford in their opening fixture, Limerick bounced back to claim their first victory of the campaign and it was Kerry who suffered their wrath.

Limerick beat Kerry by 4-28 to 0-16 in the Munster senior hurling League and inflicted another heavy beating on Fintan O’Connor’s visitors. Ahead by ten points at the break, Limerick kicked on in the second half, as Lynch led the way in the scoring stakes with a massive haul.

Padraig Boyle’s hat-trick of goals for Kerry proved in vain as the Kingdom suffered their first defeat of the League campaign, having claimed victory over Laois last weekend.

Limerick could only take care of their own business and that they did, despite the spirited challenge of a Kerry team that finished with 14 men, when Shane Nolan was issued with a straight red card late on.

And Lynch could have finished with 4-10 rather than 3-11, as his second half penalty struck the crossbar and went over, rather than under. But Lynch contented himself with three second half goals as Limerick eventually ran riot.

The hosts recovered from the concession of two Boyle goals to lead comfortably at half-time, 2-13 to 2-3. Boyle grabbed his first goal in the tenth minute, finishing a fine move involving Shane Nolan and Colum Harty. Limerick, playing with a slight breeze, rallied to lead by 0-7 to 1-1 before Boyle struck again eight minutes later, brilliantly fielding brother Mikey’s sideline ball before rattling a low drive into the corner of the net.

That score levelled the game at 2-1 to 0-7 but Limerick, with Seanie Tobin, Tom Morrissey and Ronan Lynch contributing all but one goal of their first half tally, won the remainder of the half by 2-6 to 0-2.

Limerick’s opening goal came in the 26th minute, as Graeme Mulcahy latched onto a precise ball from James Ryan to finish well. And Tom Morrissey’s injury-time goal increased Limerick’s advantage, before Jordan Conway and Lynch traded points.

Lynch hit the net from a 20m free to kick-start the second half goal glut and 17 minutes from time, he was credited with a scruffy effort for his second major. Kevin O’Brien’s first touch after coming on as sub saw him score Limerick’s fifth goal ten minutes from home, as Boyle replied in kind within a minute for Kerry. Eight minutes from time, Lynch rattled his penalty off the crossbar and over, after O’Brien was fouled, before the Na Piarsaigh man completed his treble in the 67th minute, again from a blistering 20m free.

Scorers for Limerick: R Lynch 3-11 (2-5f, 0-2 65s, 0-1 pen), T Morrissey 1-3, G Mulcahy 1-1, S Tobin 0-4, K O’Brien 1-0, J Ryan & A La Touche Cosgrave 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: P Boyle 3-0, S Nolan 0-5f, P Kelly, J Conway & J Goulding (f) 0-1 each.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Cahill, R McCarthy, R English; C Ryan, S Hickey, D Hannon; J Fitzgibbon, J Ryan; K Hayes, T Morrissey, C Lynch; G Mulcahy, R Lynch, S Tobin
Subs: W O’Donoghue for Hayes (h.t.), D O’Donovan for C Lynch (44), P Ryan for Fitzgibbon (56), A La Touche Cosgrave for Mulcahy (56), K O’Brien for Tobin (59).

Kerry: A McCabe; B Murphy R Horgan, S Weir; P Costello, P Kelly, D Dineen; P O’Connor, C Harty; S Nolan, M Boyle, J Conway; K Carmody, P Boyle, J Goulding
Subs: J O’Connor for M Boyle (h.t.), J Buckley for Costello (55), J Wallace for Carmody (58), S Murphy for Conway (58), J Godley for Kelly (59).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Clare 2-19 Kilkenny 0-12

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 2-19 to 0-12 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 19th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare bounce back with comprehensive win against Kilkenny

Clare 2-19 Kilkenny 0-12

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Aaron Shanagher was in majestic form for Clare as they made amends for their opening defeat to Cork with this comprehensive victory, writes John Fogarty.

A crowd of 7,395 watched on in Ennis as Shanagher helped ensure the home side led from start to finish on a chastening afternoon for Kilkenny who find themselves bottom of Division 1A.

Shanagher scored 1-4, his goal coming in the 64th minute to seal what had looked a Clare win from the time they strung together four unanswered points between the 52nd and 58th minutes.

Kilkenny registered just three points from play in the first half, the last of them coming in additional time when Clare backed off TJ Reid who duly split the posts. It was a rare reprieve for the Kilkenny attack who were shackled for a lot of that period. Goal chances fell to Cillian Buckley and Richie Leahy but neither came off.

Clare were 1-3 to no score up after four minutes and Shanagher was running riot. He opened the scoring then laid on Aaron Cunningham’s goal and followed it up with another beautifully-angled point.

Shanagher then won a free which David Reidy converted and Reidy was on hand again in the 10th minute when Shanagher’s shot was parried out for a 65 by Eoin Murphy. Reidy once more punished a foul on Shanagher in the 14th minute.

Kilkenny were keeping in touching via frees but were finding the physically-imposing half-back line of Clare’s difficult to break down. Murphy made a fine save from Reidy in the 28th minute and when the Kilkenny goalkeeper landed a monster free in the 31st minute Podge Collins cancelled it out seconds later.

Scorers for Clare: D. Reidy (0-7, 5 frees, 1 65); A. Shanagher (1-4, 0-1 free); A. Cunningham (1-0); P. Collins, C. McInerney (0-2 each); D. Fitzgerald, J. Conlon, J. McCarthy, P. Duggan (65) (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (0-7, 4 frees, 2 65s); C. Fogarty (0-2), E. Murphy (free), C. Buckley, R. Leahy (0-1 each).

CLARE: D. Tuohy; S. Morey, C. Dillon (c), O. O’Brien; B. Bugler, C. Cleary, D. Fitzgerald; J. Shanahan, D. Reidy; J. Conlon, P. Collins, C. Malone; S. O’Donnell, A. Cunningham, A. Shanagher
Subs for Clare: C. McInerney for A. Cunningham (52); J. McCarthy for D. Reidy (57); P. Duggan for C. Malone, S. Golden for J. Shanahan (both 67); P. Donnellan for B. Bugler (70+1).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; E. Cody, P. Walsh, C. O’Shea; J. Holden, P. Murphy, K. Joyce; C. Fogarty, C. Buckley; L. Blanchfield, T.J. Reid, R. Leahy; R. Hogan, W. Walsh, K. Kelly
Subs for Kilkenny: R. Lennon for J. Holden (temp 18-23); J.J. Farrell for W. Walsh (inj), S. Prendergast for E. Cody (both h-t); J. Maher for R. Hogan (49); O. Walsh for K. Kelly (58); S. Morrissey for L. Blanchfield (68).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford).

Harty Cup Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 2-22 St Colman’s 1-6

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St Colman’s Fermoy by 2-22 to 1-6 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Final on Saturday February 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Watch the full game via the Munster GAA YouTube channel below

Templemore put years of heartbreak to rest as they win first Harty Cup since 1978

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore (Tipperary) 2-22 St Colman’s College (Cork) 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick for

THE FAMINE IS over! Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore, are Dr. Harty champions for the first time in 39 years.

Prior to today, Martin Bourke back in 1978 was the only man to captain the school, known then as Templemore CBS, to victory in the prestigious Munster post-primary schools competition. But Paddy Cadell, a member of Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning side, lifted the trophy amid joyous scenes at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, following a 19-point rout of St Colman’s.

In front of 4,924 spectators, Our Lady’s weren’t going to be denied on this occasion. They’d lost four finals (2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016) since winning the competition all those years ago but fielding eight of the players who started in last year’s final loss to Ardscoil Rís, Templemore were inspired.

Brian McGrath, captain of the Tipperary minors last year, scored 1-7, Jerry Kelly was superb at wing forward with five points and midfielder Stevie Nolan, who went off bloodied in stoppage time, contributed four points in a power-packed performance.

Skipper Cadell marshalled a rock-solid rearguard as, from the off, Our Lady’s made their intentions clear, racing into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead within nine minutes. McGrath got the ball rolling with a free before Nolan, Kelly, McGrath again and Andrew Ormonde pointed from play.

9-time champions St Colman’s, in their first Harty final in 14 years, finally got off the mark when wing-back Eoin Roche put over a ninth-minute point but in the opening half, none of their forwards managed to score from play.

Niall O’Leary also contributed from the half-back line while midfielder Diarmuid Lenihan scored two frees.
In contrast, Our Lady’s would finish the first half with five of their six forwards on target, while Nolan contributed three points from midfield.

Ahead to 0-6 to 0-2, Our Lady’s struck for goal in the 17th minute and it was a brilliant Andrew Ormonde effort as he left Kieran Neville trailing in his wake before crashing a shot into the far top corner. Our Lady’s were almost in for a second goal three minutes before half-time but Ray McCormack’s shot was blocked by St Colman’s goalkeeper Eoin Davis. In first half stoppage time, Our Lady’s managed three points to open up a 1-12 to 0-4 interval lead.

They were full value for that 11-point margin, too, and other scores were left out there as Our Lady’s registered eight wides before the break, compared to just two for St Colman’s. Our Lady’s were too hot to handle, as McGrath played the ‘link man’ role brilliantly from centre forward, scoring three points and assisting two more in the first half.

A 24th-minute score vividly illustrated how tuned in Our Lady’s were, as Nolan and McGrath played a one-two before Nolan arrowed over a classy score. David Lardner pointed from play early in the second half as St Colman’s forward finally got on the scoresheet – but that was the sum total of the attacking sextet’s efforts.
O’Leary was the best St Colman’s player on view and after he was shoved into attack, the Castlelyons starlet bagged a 49th-minute goal.

But within a minute, McGrath had cancelled that out at the other end and when he added a free, Our Lady’s were 2-20 to 1-5 ahead. It was a day when a far superior Our Lady’s outfit would respond to whatever was thrown at them and their commitment to the cause was summed up in stoppage time when Nolan threw his head in the way of Lardner’s shot – and was taken off with blood streaming from his face.

Colman’s will now regroup for an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with St Brigid’s of Loughrea, with Our Lady’s safely through to a Croke Cup semi-final on 11 March.

Scorers for Our Lady’s: Brian McGrath 1-7 (0-2f, 0-2 65s), Jerry Kelly 0-5, Stevie Nolan 0-4, Andrew Ormonde 1-1, Lyndon Fairbrother 0-4 (3f), David O’Shea 0-1.

Scorers for St Colman’s: Niall O’Leary 1-1, Diarmuid Lenihan 0-3 (2f), Eoin Roche & David Lardner 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore:

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
4. Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
3. Paraic Campion (Drom & Inch)
2. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Capt)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for McCormack (52)
17. Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for D Ryan (53)
20. Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea) for Ormonde (57)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for O’Shea (59)
22. Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny) for S Ryan (60)

St Colman’s Fermoy

1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Eoin Wallace (St Catherine’s)
3. Jamie O’Leary (Castlelyons)
4. Kieran Neville (St Catherine’s)
5. Sean McCarthy (Fermoy)
6. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
7. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
8. Shane O’Connor (Bride Rovers)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooley)
10. Jamie Sheehan (Kilworth)
11. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons)
12. David Lardner (Fermoy)
13. Conleith Ryan (Bride Rovers)
14. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
15. Adam Creed (Fermoy)
17. Ross O’Sullivan (Fermoy) for Neville (24)
19. Richard Galvin (St Catherine’s) for Ryan (h.t.)
18. Greg Lardner (Fermoy) for Creed (h.t.)
20. Jake Mehigan (Ballyhooly) for Sheehan (46)
22. Fionnán Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for Murphy (60+2).

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare)

Match Programme

Don’t miss out on Saturday’s souvenir 48 page match programme with plenty of articles, pen pictures, photos and everything you need to know about the Harty Cup Finals past and present.

Fixture Details

Saturday 18th February
Corn An Artaigh (18.5 A Hurling) final @ 2pm
Our Lady’s Templemore V St Colman’s Fermoy Gaelic Grounds Rory Mc Gann Clare 2pm

Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) final @ 12pm
JTB Hospital V Rice College Ennis Gaelic Grounds Fergal Horgan Tipp 12pm

Extra time to be played if necessary in the Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim final. If there is a draw in the Dr. Harty cup final, the replay will be on the 25/2/2017.

When – Saturday February 18th at 2pm
Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee – Rory McGann (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Presentation Athenry or the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday March 11th.
The losers will play St Brigid’s Loughrea in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Saturday March 4th.

Live Streaming – Both the Harty Cup Final and Saturday’s curtain-raiser (Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon) will be streamed live on

Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 12s – Free

Results to Date
Our Lady’s Templemore
Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14
Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Semi-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-8 CBS Midleton 0-7
Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14

Match Preview

The Gaelic Grounds Limerick will play host to the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday next when Our Lady’s Templemore take on St. Colman’s Fermoy at 2pm.

St. Colman’s Fermoy sit fourth on the Harty Cup roll of honour with nine titles but it is all of 14 years since their last victory when they finished off a memorable three-in-a-row of Harty Cup successes (2001 to 2003).
This year’s campaign began with a tough opening group game against local rivals Midleton CBS. Despite trailing heading in to the closing stages, a strong finish ensured Colmans won by four points. In the last 16, Colmans played St. Flannans (who had earlier lost in the group stages to Our Lady’s Templemore by 11 points) in Kilmallock. St. Colmans were strong favourites to progress and the Cork school led by 7 points early in the second half. However, St. Flannans play improved immeasurably as they went on a 2-5 to 0-1 run to race in to a three point lead heading in to added time. There was still time for one last Fermoy scoring opportunity and Diarmuid Lenihan duly found the net from a free 40 metres from goal to force extra time. Normal service was resumed in extra time as Colmans ran out winners by 9 points.

A Quarter-Final meeting with CBC Cork now awaited and a dominant first half performance was enough to ensure that Colmans would progress, winning in the end by six points. Another meeting with CBS Midleton in the semi-final was next on the agenda. CBS Midleton had accounted for the 2016 champions Ardscoil Ris after a replay in the Quarter-Final and were fancied to progress by many. However, Colmans scored an all-important goal in a low scoring game and qualified for the Harty Cup Final on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-7.

Our Lady’s Templemore on the other hand had an easier route to the final. A first round meeting versus St. Flannans saw the 2016 Harty Cup finalists lay down a marker by securing an 11 point victory at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. A meeting with Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon in the Last 16 proved to be a no-contest as the Templemore team racked up a facile 6-27 to 0-3 victory. These two games proved little by way of preparation for Templemore’s Quarter-Final meeting with old rivals Thurles CBS. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Templemore scored two goals and led at half-time. Thurles made it difficult for Templemore for much of the second half but lacked scoring power. A late Templemore goal gave them a flattering 10 point victory.

In the semi-final, a meeting with Nenagh CBS brought a huge crowd to the Toomevara GAA grounds. As with the other semi-final, this was a low scoring affair and a Templemore goal proved to be the crucial score as a battling Nenagh side were unable to match Templemore scoring prowess and lost out by 1-15 to 0-14.

By virtue of their impressive march to the final, allied to the experience of at least half their team being involved in last year’s final will see Our Lady’s Templemore marked down as favourites. Successful Tipperary Minors such as Paddy Cadell, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother have led their side well in the campaign to date. Templemore CBS won this title back in 1978 and despite a few final appearances since then, will be looking to bridge that 39 year gap with victory this year.

St. Colmans have been impressive also in their campaign. Aside from the near slip-up against St. Flannans when lady luck was on their side, getting the better of a strong CBS Midleton team on two occasions cannot be underestimated.

Saturday’s game is sure to attract a big crowd to the Gaelic Grounds Limerick so why not arrive early and take in the curtain-raiser, the Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon. If you cannot make it to the Gaelic Grounds, both finals on Saturday will be streamed live via Don’t miss out.

Rory McGann of Clare will be the referee for Saturday’s Harty Cup Final and may the best team win.

Dr. Harty Cup Roll of Honour

AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final – Mayfield (Cork) 2-16 Mooncoin (Kilkenny) 1-18

Mayfield (Cork) defeated Mooncoin (Kilkenny) by 2-16 to 1-18 in the AIB GAA Hurling All Ireland Junior Club Championship Final on Saturday February 18th at Croke Park.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Dublin 2-19 Cork 1-14

Dublin defeated Cork by 2-19 to 1-14 in Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday February 18th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz HL Div 1A: Improving Dublin triumph

DUBLIN 2-19 CORK 1-14

By Denis Hurley at Pairc Ui Rinn for

Eight points from Donal Burke underpinned an excellent Dublin performance as they claimed their first Allianz HL Division 1A points with victory over Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night.

While the visitors conceded four of the first five points as Cork looked to have continued the form which saw them beat Clare in their opening game, the Dubs – heavily beaten by Tipperary in their previous outing – managed to reel off 1-8 without reply to move into a lead they would not lose.

Ryan O’Dwyer’s goal put them 1-2 to 0-4 in front before Burke got on the scoresheet, scoring twice in quick succession. The full-forward could have pushed Ger Cunningham’s side further in front on 26 minutes when O’Dwyer was fouled by Damien Cahalane under a dropping ball for a penalty, but Anthony Nash repelled his effort.

Burke did convert the resultant 65, but Cork seemed to have given themselves a foothold once more as Shane Kingston netted from Luke Meade’s pass and then added two points to cut the lead to three.

Eoghan Conroy’s point in injury time put Dublin 1-11 to 1-7 in front and, after Cork reduced the margin on the resumption, it was Conroy who scored their second goal on 41 after Burke’s low ball across found him.

Further points from Burke, O’Dwyer, sub Chris Bennett and Eamon Dillon left it 2-16 to 1-10 after 53, though they did suffer a blow as wing-back Chris Crummey was sent off for a second yellow card, just as he had been when the counties met in the championship last July.

Cork couldn’t make the manpower advantage count, though, as the last six points of the game were shared with Dublin finishing strongly.

Scorers for Dublin: Domhnall Burke 0-8 (4fs, 165), Eoghan Conroy 1-2, Ryan O’Dwyer 1-1, Rian McBride 0-2 each, Chris Crummey, Eamon Dillon, Chris Bennett, Caolán Conway, Cian O’Sullivan, Fiontán Mac Gib 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-7 (5fs, 165), Shane Kingston 1-2, Luke Meade 0-2, Mark Coleman (0-1 free), Alan Cadogan, Conor Lehane 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: Conor Dooley; James Madden, Eoghan O’Donnell, Shane Barrett; Ben Quinn, Liam Rushe, Chris Crummey; Caolán Conway, Niall McMorrow; Eoghan Conroy, Rian McBride, Eamon Dillon; Fiontán Mac Gib, Ryan O’Dwyer, Donal Burke
Subs: Chris Bennett for Quinn (49), Cian McGowan for Conway (59), Cian O’Sullivan for O’Dwyer (63), Fergal Whitely for Dillon (67), Domhnall Fox for Burke (70).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Killian Burke, David Griffin, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney; Luke Meade, Shane Kingston, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Séamus Harnedy
Subs: Damien Cahalane for Spillane (25, injured), Stephen McDonnell for Griffin (half-time), Conor Lehane for Fitzgibbon (45), Paul Haughney for Kearney (49).

REFEREE: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny).

Team News

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Dublin in the Allianz Hurling league on Saturday 18th February in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 7pm has been announced as follows.

1. Anthony Nash – Kanturk
2. Killian Burke – Midleton
3. Colm Spillane – Castlelyons
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
6. Mark Ellis – Millstreet
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Bill Cooper – Youghal
9. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
10. Seamus Harnedy – St Ita’s
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Shane Kingston – Douglas
13. Alan Cadogan – Douglas
14. Patrick Horgan – Glen Rovers
15. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville


16. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
17. Stephen McDonnell – Glen Rovers
18. Damien Cahalane – St Finbarr’s
19. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
20. Cormac Murphy – Mallow
21. Lorcan McLoughlin – Kanturk
22. Paul Haughney – Midleton
23. Dean Brosnan- Glen Rovers
24. Michael Cahalane – Bandon
25. Robbie O’Flynn – Erins Own
26. Conor Lehane – Midleton

Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final 2nd Replay – Tralee CBS 1-10 Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-11

Tralee CBS defeated Colaiste Chriost Rí by 1-10 to 0-11 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Semi-Final 2nd Replay on Saturday February 18th at Ballyvourney.

Tralee set up all-Kerry final in Munster Post Primary SAFC

Report by Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Chríost Rí 0-11

After this Corn Uí Mhuirí semi-final ended in stalemate on two occasions, including extra-time, it was Tralee CBS who finally secured their passage to next weekend’s decider.

The showdown – their first final appearance since 2008 – will be an all-Kerry affair against champions St Brendan’s, Killarney.

A huge crowed turned out at Ballyvourney on Saturday for this second replay, and they were not disappointed. The Green got off to a lightning start with a goal from Tom Hoare in the fourth minute. Set up by Gearóid Fitzgerald and Joe O’Connor, it proved to be the difference.

Former Kerry defender, Marc Ó Sé, who is part of the winners’ backroom team, paid tribute to both camps. “These two teams have given it everything. There is great credit due to them. No team deserved to lose. It is unfortunate Coláiste Chríost Rí did. But, we are delighted to be going through. It (the final) will be our fourth week in-a-row.

“Some of the players are very fatigued. It is going to be very hard to get going again but the other side of looking at it is we have a bit of momentum. It is 2007 since we last won the Corn Uí Mhuirí (defeated St Brendan’s). It’s too long. It will be tough, we all know that.”

The winners, aided by the breeze, were 1-4 to 0-3 to the good at half-time. They bagged 1-2 of that inside the opening 12 minutes. Hoare was impressive on the 40, while Michael Kelliher kicked two fine points.

Their defence was quite pacey too, Críost Rí only registering their second and third scores approaching the interval – both from Cillian Myers Murray. They were also relieved to see Michael Scanlon’s shot on goal go narrowly wide as they went to the dressing-room four points in arrears.

And the Castlegregory player, who showed his class throughout, let them off the hook again minutes after the restart when a pass in front of the posts got away from him. However, it was game-on when Mark Brosnan (2) and Mark Cronin closed the gap to a point.

But, Críost Rí were dealt a serious blow when Myers Murray received a black card on 41 minutes. Crucially, the Green nabbed the next three points to restore their four-point lead, 1-7 to 0-6 with the final quarter to play.#

With five minutes to go, the gap remained the same. The Cork side, who lost Barry Cripps to a second yellow at the death, pegged it back to two, but critically Tralee CBS – aided in particular by Joe O’Connor, Niall O’Mahoney and sub Sean Quilter – kept their grip on proceedings.

Scorers for Tralee CBS: T Hoare (1-2, 0-2 frees), M Kelliher (0-4, 0-1 free), J O’Connor (0-2), M Scanlon and T O’Connor (0-1 each).

Scorers for Coláiste Chríost Rí: M Cronin (0-3, 0-2 frees), C Myers Murray (0-1 free), R Dalton and M Brosnan (0-2 each), J O’Brien (St Finbarr’s) and D Lucey (0-1 each).

TRALEE CBS: S Foley (Kerins O’Rahillys); B Patterson (Austin Stacks), N O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil), J Myres (John Mitchels); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), K Dwyer (Capt, St Pats Blennerville), T Lynch (St Pats Blennerville); J O’Connor (Austin Stacks), T O’Connor (Ballymacelligott), M Scanlon (Castlegregory), T Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys), S Donnellan (Churchill); D Keane (Ballymacelligott), G Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks), M Kelliher (John Mitchels).
Subs: S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for D Keane (52), A Clifford (Churchill) for S Donnellan (57), A Roche for S Quilter (BC 60).

COLÁISTE CHRÍOST RÍ: D Moran (St Finbarr’s); E Varian (St Finbarr’s), B Cripps (Nemo Rangers), A Walsh (St Finbarr’s); D Kelly (Douglas), M Hitchmough (Shamrocks), J O’Brien (St Finbarr’s); J Ryan (Capt, Sliabh Rua), K Forde (Nemo Rangers); D Lucey (Mayfield), M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), J Coughlan (Nemo Rangers); R Dalton (Nemo Rangers), M Brosnan (Carrigaline), C Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s)
Subs: S O’Dwyer (Nemo Rangers) for A Walsh (10 inj), L Hannigan (St Finbarr’s) for C Myers Murray (BC 41), J O’Brien (Nemo Rangers) for J Coughlan (50).

Referee: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary). Sigerson Cup Semi-Final – UCD 1-10 UL 0-11

UCD defeated UL by 1-10 to 0-11 in the Sigerson Cup Semi-Final on Friday February 17th at the Connacht GAA Centre.

UCD hold off UL to remain on course for Sigerson Cup two in-a-row

UCD 1-10 UL 0-11

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Record winners and defending champions UCD will face St Mary’s in tomorrow’s Sigerson Cup final after Paul Mannion’s second-half penalty edged a tight encounter with UL in their favour in Bekan.

The Limerick college led by a point at the interval, but never took the lead again after Mannion’s strike five minutes after the break.

Playing against a significant wind the in the first-half, UCD got off to a flying start thanks to points from Barry O’Sullivan and Eamon Wallace in the first couple of minutes.

But to their credit UL were soon level when Niall McDermott landed his first free after he was fouled himself, and Brendan O’Keefe also kicked a free from the other side.

He may have missed out on Dublin’s All-Ireland campaign last summer, but captain Jack McCaffrey has been a key figure in this UCD team, and it was his 13th minute point that restored the lead for the Leinster college.

UL were briefly level after a Denis Daly 45, but a couple of quick scores in reply from Dublin star Paul Mannion meant John Divilly’s side moved 0-5 to 0-3 clear after 18 minutes.

But UL have proved they are a stern opponent in this year’s competition, and they went on to score four of the next five points to take the lead at the break.

Paul White, Niall McDermott (2) and recent Mayo debutant Fergal Boland all found the target as UL took a deserved 0-7 to 0-6 lead into half-time.

But the game took a significant twist after the restart. A free from Barry McGinn had UCD level in the 32nd minute before a foul on Daire Quinn resulted in a penalty which Mannion converted for a 1-7 to 0-7 lead for UCD.

Yet again, there was a great response from the Munster college as a free from McDermott was added to by Michael Geaney and Denis Daly and that sizeable lead had disappeared by the 41st minute.

But with both teams tiring, UCD made the most of their wind advantage and kicked on in the final quarter. A good point from McGinn came quick on the heels of that UL leveller, and after a fallow period of play the vital score of the game fell to the Dublin students when McCarthy made it a two-point lead.

The introduction of Corofin and Galway forward Ian Burke did liven up the UL attack, and his point four minutes from the end put the minimum between the sides as full-time approached.

But despite seeing full-back Michael Fitzsimons black carded for a pull down on Burke, UCD made sure of the win when McCarthy floated over a 62nd minute free.

At the death UL had one final chance to sneak victory but Gearoid Hegarty’s shot flashed wide of Colm Honan’s post, as the Dublin side reached another final.

Scorers – UCD: P Mannion 1-2 (1-0pen), C McCarthy 0-3 (1f), B McGinn 0-2, B O’Sullivan, E Wallace, J McCaffrey 0-1 each.

UL: N McDermott 0-4 (3f), D Daly 0-2 (1’45), P White, F Boland, M Geaney, B O’Keefe (f), I Burke (f) 0-1 each.

UCD: C Honan; E Muchan, M Fitzsimons, J Rossiter; S Coen, J McCaffrey, S O’Dea; B O’Sullivan, L Casey; S Mullooly, C McCarthy, E Wallace; L Moran, P Mannion, B McGinn.
Subs: C O’Dea for Ryan (h-t), C Mullally for Mullooly (h-t), J Barry for Wallace (h-t), R McDaid for Mullally (51), E Lowry for Moran (54), A McDonnell for Fitzsimons (55 BC).

UL: C O’Driscoll; C Long, J Mullins, D Brosnan; P White, L Boland, P Lillis; G Hegarty, C Sheehan; F Boland, M Geaney, B O’Keefe; S Ryan, D Daly, N McDermott.
Subs: I Burke for O’Keefe (46), J Goulding for Daly (57), J Naughton for Genaey (60), C McNamee for Boland (60).