All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Paddy Buggy Cup (Under 18.5 B Hurling) Final – John The Baptist Community School 2-14 St Mary’s CBGS 1-8

John The Baptist Community School defeated St Mary’s CBGS by 2-14 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Paddy Buggy Cup (Under 18.5 B Hurling) Final on Saturday March 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Hospital’s John the Baptist win All Ireland hurling crown

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

HOSPITAL’S John The Baptist Community School were crowned All Ireland Post Primary School Senior B Hurling champions this Saturday afternoon in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

The south Limerick secondary school lifted the Paddy Buggy Cup with a 2-14 to 1-8 win over St Marys of Belfast. It brings to four the All Ireland GAA tiles won by JTBCS in recent weeks with two camogie and one ladies football title on top of this hurling. Still to come in their ‘drive for five’ is an All Ireland Junior A ladies football final.

The Limerick side were 2-8 to 0-3 ahead after a fine opening half. Hospital settled early and put scores on the board to lead 0-4 to no score after eight minutes with Eoin Sheehan and Michael O’Grady on the mark as well as two Dylan O’Shea frees.

The Antrim side found their feet with three unanswered points with Darren Grego leading the way to reduce the margin to one point at the mid-point of the half. But the Hospital response was impressive.

Sheehan ended 11-minutes without a score and it started a run of five successive scores for Hospital with The Belfast side not to score for the final 15-minutes of the half. The first of the Hospital goals came on 19-minutes with Eoin Sheehan crashing to the net after a flowing move involving Eoin O’Mahony and Tadhg Leddin.

In injury time, Hospital added a second goal – Ryan Tobin doing brilliant to work possession goalwards from his right corner forward position and then beating the goalkeeper from a tight angle with a fine finish.

The second half scores were scarce but the Limerick side always looked winners. Captain Paudie Maher was among the early scores as they led 2-11 to 1-4 as the game entered the final quarter. Ryan Tobin sealed the win with two late points.

HOSPITAL: Byran Heavey (Garryspillane); Mark Quinlan (Garryspillane), Conor Philips (Emly), Kyran O’Donnell (Pallasgreen); Brian O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Paul O’Heney (Emly), Kevin Boner (Bruff); Michael O’Grady (Knockainey), Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane); Sean Teefy (Ballybricken-Bohermore), Paudie Maher (Patrickswell), Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane); Tadhg Leddin (Hospital-Herbertstown), Eoin O’Mahony (Garryspillane), Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane)
Subs: Bradley McNamara (Bruff) for Tadhg Leddin (46mins), John O’Donnell (Pallasgreen) for Eoin Sheehan (54mins).

ST MARYS: Philip Kennedy (O’Donovan Rossa); Michael Napier (Bredagh), Niall McCann (St Teresas), Sean Wilson (St Johns); Dominic McEnhill (O’Donovan Rossa), Nathan Gibson (Gort na Mona), Aodhan O’Brien (Gort na Mona); CJ McKenna (St Johns), Shea Shannon (St Johns); Colm McLarnion (St Pauls), Odhran O’Callaghan (Carryduff), Darren Grego (O’Donovan Rossa); Gerard Smyth (Lamh Dearg), Paddy Doyle (St Pauls), Tiarnan Murphy (O’Donovan Rossa)
Subs: Caolan Crossan (St Pauls) for Odhran O’Callaghan (41mins), Odhran McKenna (St Johns) for Paddy Doyle (60mins), Manus Smyth (O’Donovan Rossa) for Sean Wilson (61mins).

REFEREE: Gavin Quilty (Kilkenny)


It has been a massive GAA year in general for John The Baptist who won Munster Senior ‘A’ and Junior ‘A’ Ladies football honours as well as excelling in camogie.

The Hospital-based school have already lifted the Corn Thomais MhicChoilm in Munster hurling after a season that also saw them reach the semi-final stage of the prestigious Dean Ryan Cup.

Along the way to this particular final they have etched out wins over Glanmire, Mitchelstown and CBS Dungarvan and in the Munster final they scored a very impressive 1-19 against Rice College, Ennis, but also conceded three goals which they must watch out for.

And with players like Tipperary minor Paul O’Heney at centre half back, Limerick minors Michael O’Grady and Dylan O’Shea at midfield and Paudie Maher at centre-forward, the Limerick school is exceptionally strong in pivotal areas.

Their opponents, Danske Bank Mageean Cup champions St Mary’s CBGS, are also a fine team.

They showed their battling qualities when they booked a spot in today’s final with a hard-fought win over a fast-developing Naas CBS.

In Shea Shannon, St Mary’s have a very reliable free-taker and, especially in finals, reliable free-takers can often be the difference between winning and losing.

St Mary’s CBGS roared into 0-3 to 0-0 lead against the Kildare school early on and one suspects they will try to do the same again this afternoon – get off to a ferocious start to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the John The Baptist players.

In that regard live-wire forward Odhran O’Callaghan and colleague Tiarnan Murphy will have to be watched very closely by their Limerick opponents, as they are in great form at present.

St Mary’s are a wise side and even though they played a strong second-half breeze in the Buggy Cup semi-final they still showed enough cuteness to come through, with players like Paddy Doyle scoring at critical times.

It could be telling that they have endured a very tough campaign to get to the final and are battle-hardened.

However, so, too, are John the Baptist Community School who battled hard to get to this stage and dug out a three-point win, 1-10- 1-7, over St Joseph’s Galway in their semi-final.

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-8

Limerick defeated Waterford by 0-14 to 0-8 in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday March 25th at Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Treaty cruise to third win on the trot

Limerick 0-14 Waterford 0-8

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick made it three NFL wins in a row as they eased away from Waterford at Fraher Field last night. Billy Lee’s men rattled off seven points on the spin in the second half with Danny Neville to the fore at full-forward.

Déise number nine Michael Curry slotted 0-3 from play as Waterford recovered from a slow start to level the contest by half-time, 0-5 to 0-5. Darragh Tracey hit the post before James Naughton landed Limerick’s opener after nine minutes. Curry equalised immediately.

Brian Fanning and Danny Neville singles left it 0-3 to 0-1 in favour of the visitors before Donie Breathnach replied from a free.
Limerick posted seven first-half wides but Cian Sheehan and Ger Collins (free) kept their noses in front approaching the break. Curry kicked a late double to tie the scores.

Aidan Trihy edged Waterford into the lead for the first time five minutes into the second period. But after Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon levelled it again with a long-range free, the Treaty kicked on to claim a comfortable win.

Scorers – Limerick: D Neville 0-3, B Scanlon (f), S O’Dea, I Corbett, B Fanning, J Naughton, C Sheehan, G Collins (f), S O’Carroll, P Scanlon, S McSweeney, J Lee 0-1 each. Waterford: M Curry 0-3, D Breathnach 0-2 (2fs), S Prendergast, A Trihy, P Whyte (f) 0-1 each.

Limerick: B Scanlon; G Noonan, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; B Fanning, C Fahy, P White; D Tracey, D Ward; P Nash, C Sheehan, J Naughton; G Collins, D Neville, I Corbett
Subs: B Donovan for Nash (44, BC), S O’Carroll for Sheehan (44), S McSweeney for Ward (59), P Scanlon for Collins (62), P Quinn for White (65), J Lee for Neville (66).

Waterford: S Enright; J McGrath, T O’Gorman, S Dalton; A Trihy, S Prendergast, K Murphy; T Prendergast, M Curry; M O’Halloran, J Veale, C Murray; P Whyte, D Breathnach, F Ó Cuirrín
Subs: G Crotty for Veale (48), D Guiry for Dalton (65).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork).

Team News

Tom McGlinchey and his selectors have named the below team to face Limerick in Round 6 of the Allianz National Football League on Saturday night in Fraher Field at 7pm!

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)
2. James McGrath (The Nire)
3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. Stephen Dalton (De La Salle)
5. Kenny Murphy (Ardmore)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray O’Ceallaigh (An Rinn)
8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)
10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
11. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)
13. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Fearghal Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick v Wicklow

Limerick will play Wicklow in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday April 2nd at 3pm in Newcastlewest.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Armagh v Tipperary

Armagh will play Tipperary in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in the Athletic Grounds.

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Clare v Meath

Clare will play Meath in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Cusack Park Ennis.

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork v Down

Cork will play Down in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Pairc Ui Rinn.

Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry v Tyrone

Kerry will play Tyrone in Round 7 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on Sunday April 2nd at 2pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Allianz Football League Division 3 – Tipperary 2-15 Offaly 2-11

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 2-15 to 2-11 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 on Sunday March 19th at O’Connor Park Tullamore.

Magic from Quinlivan sparks spectacular Tipp turnaround

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary rode their luck but came away from Tullamore with the win that puts them top of the pile in Division 3 on scoring difference. A moment of brilliance from Michael Quinlivan in the 53rd minute to give Tipp their second goal helped them erode a six-point deficit to eventually get over the line by four.

Offaly 2-11 Tipperary 2-15

Tipp manager Liam Kearns was happy with the result and the maturity his side showed in the second-half but knows it was far from a perfect display despite them outscoring Offaly 1-9 to 0-2 in the closing 30 minutes.

“They were told what they needed to do in the second- half. We talked it out. We didn’t plan for the 1-2 from Offaly in the first couple of minutes. That is what I liked about them, there was no panic and everyone kept their heads. That was the most important thing for me. They showed maturity.”

Both sides got on the score sheet by the sixth minute but the game really came to life on 14 minutes when a Nigel Dunne attempted effort for a point dropped short, was fumbled by Evan Comerford and deflected into the empty net off Shane O’Connell. Offaly led 1-2 to 0-3 then minutes later Offaly’s Michael Brazil and Tipp’s George Hannigan were shown straight reds for their part in a melee as tempers flared.

Peter Cunningham kicked Offaly into a two-point lead but Tipp centre back Robbie Kiely hit back as his powerful shot was deflected to the net to put Tipp into a 1-5 to 1-4 lead after 28 minutes. Offaly had the better of the remainder of the half with Shane Nally’s point the pick of the scores as they led 1-7 to 1-5 at the break.

Offaly came out firing in the second-half and hit 1-2 in the space of two minutes, the goal coming from Joseph O’Connor to put them 2-9 to 1-6 up. With Offaly doubling up on Tipp danger man Conor Sweeney, Tipp were mainly confined to frees but Sweeney did manage one point from play on 52 minutes to cut the gap to two. Then a moment of brilliance from Michael Quinlivan, who meandered through the Offaly defence and let fly to the top corner to give Tipp a 2-10 to 2-9 lead and cap off a sequence of 1-4 without reply. From there, Tipp saw the win out calmly to leave Offaly still rooted to the bottom.

Scorers for Tipperary: R Kiely (1-1); C Sweeney (0-4, 1 free); M Quinlivan (1-0); K O’Halloran (0-3 frees); J Feehan, L Casey, J Kennedy, J Keane (free), K Fahey, S O’Connell and L Boland (0-1 each).

Scorers for Offaly: J O’Connor and S O’Connell (OG) (1-0 each); N Dunne (1 free), B Allen (2 frees) (0-3 each); S Nally (0-2); G Guilfoyle, P Cunningham and S Doyle (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, S O’Connell; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, L Boland.
Subs: K Fahey (for J Feehan 5–14m), J Kennedy (for L Boland H/T), K Fahey (for B Maher 56m), W Connors (for S O’Connell 65m), L McGrath (for L Casey 66m)

OFFALY: A Mulhall; B Darby, J Lalor, S Pender; J O’Connor, P Cunningham, N Darby; E Carroll, D Hanlon; S Nally, G Guilfoyle, M Brazil; B Allen, N Dunne, S Doyle.
Subs: J Walsh (for S Doyle 45m). J Gethings (for D Hanlon 59m), A Mahon (for J O’Connor 60m), R McNamee (for B Allen 65m), D Hogan (for S Nally BC 70m), W Mulhall (for N Dunne 70m)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow).

Fixture Details

Sunday March 19th
Allianz Football League Roinn 3 Round 5
O’Connor Park, Tullamore 14:00
Uíbh Fhailí v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: John Hickey (Ceatharlach)

Allianz Football League Division 2 – Cork 0-18 Meath 1-15

Cork drew with Meath on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-15 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 2 on Sunday March 19th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Inconsistent Cork throw away a winning hand

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork 0-18 Meath 1-15

Andy McEntee’s assessment that both Cork and Meath are a “little fragile” at present was right on the money. The visitors to Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday contributed little to an opening period where they were hit for a dozen points and extremely fortunate not to concede two goals on top of that. Throw in seven Cork wides and the pressure endured by the Royals quickly becomes apparent. It was roles reversed in the second period. Meath got their tails up and their opponents lay down. There was no balance to either team’s play. No resistance offered when the going got tough.

Cork had their foot firmly planted on Meath’s throat for a large spell – McEntee’s side went 22 minutes without a score after registering their opener, then they simply changed positions. In that sense, a draw was probably a fair result. Cork are likely to argue otherwise given they held a 0-15 to 0-6 lead with 45 minutes on the clock.

This is the second occasion where Healy’s charges have thrown away a winning hand and with one win from five games – that at home to fellow strugglers Fermanagh, it is hardly surprising that they find themselves teetering above a trap door which would condemn them to Division 3 football in 2018.

Meath, for their part, are just a point better off. A decent scoring difference and a home fixture against Fermanagh next weekend, however, means they’re more likely to challenge for promotion than be dragged into a relegation scrap at the other end of the table.

“Both teams are in similar position,” said McEntee. “Both teams are a little bit brittle and a little bit fragile, mentally.”

This certainly rang true of Cork’s failure to protect a nine-point lead. This surrender of dominance was far more attributable to the manner in which they conducted themselves when the water got choppy than it did Meath’s movement and accuracy in the final third of the field.

Playing into the teeth of a strong wind in the second-half, the home side, 0-12 to 0-5 ahead at the break, moved further clear courtesy of two Colm O’Neill frees. Following as they did a superb Ken O’Halloran save to deny a Donal Lenihan goal, the Rebels were on the front foot. Kevin Crowley put in a tremendous block on a Lenihan shot and although Graham Reilly secured Meath their opening score of the second period eight minutes into the half, it was cancelled out by a breakaway move which finished with James Loughrey tapping over.

Paul Kerrigan and Mark Collins would have been disappointed with their respective wides thereafter, but it was Cork, led by Collins and Deane, who continued to set the terms of engagement. There was nothing to suggest the dramatic changing of the guard which did ensue. They had lost Aidan Walsh to injury and Ian Maguire to a black card, but both setbacks arrived early in the first-half.

Lenihan (free) and Ciaran O’Sullivan got the visitors moving. John O’Rourke teed up Kerrigan for his second at the other end. They wouldn’t, however, bother the scoreboard operator during the subsequent 19 minutes. Eamonn Wallace, Alan Forde and Donal Lenihan flung over three on the bounce. Then a goal from corner-back Donal Keogan. 0-16 to 1-11. Meath were rolling. Cork were rocking. Another three-in-a-row from Reilly, Lenihan (free) and Sean Tobin pushed them ahead by the minimum.

“You could see Cork going back into their shell a little bit,” continued McEntee, “but that’s a combination of playing against a strong wind and we had everything in favour of us. If you stopped the game with 12 minutes to go and asked who was going to win the game, you’d say Meath.”

Colm O’Neill, Cork’s outstanding forward during the opening period with three from the dead ball and three from play, landed a pressure free to level matters. Barry O’Driscoll returned them to pole position. Mark Collins, though, dropped short a 30-metre free in stoppages and there was sufficient time for Lenihan to kick his fifth and ensure stalemate.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill (0-9, 0-3 frees); M Collins (0-3, 0-2 frees); P Kerrigan (0-2); J Loughrey, R Deane, P Kelleher, B O’Driscoll (0-1 each).

Scorers for Meath: D Lenihan (0-5, 0-5 frees); G Reilly (0-3); D Koegan (1-0); A Forde, B McMahon (0-2 each); S Tobin, E Wallace, C O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Cork: K O’Halloran; K Crowley, Tom Clancy, M Shields; Tomás Clancy, J Loughrey, S Cronin; A Walsh, R Deane; I Maguire, M Collins, K O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, P Kelleher, P Kerrigan.
Subs: J O’Rourke for Walsh (8 mins, inj); C O’Driscoll for Maguire (bc, 20); C Dorman for Tomás Clancy (57); Barry O’Driscoll for K O’Driscoll (61), K Davis for Kerrigan (64); N Coakley for Kelleher (72).

Meath: P O’Rourke; D Tobin, C McGill, D Keogan; W Carry, B Power, P Harnan; B Menton, J Toher; R Ó Coileain, C O’Sullivan, A Forde; B McMahon, G Reilly, D Lenihan
Subs: E Wallace for Ó Coileáin (23); J McEntee for Power (HT); S Lavin for Carry (52); S Tobin for O’Sullivan (52); S McEntee for Forde (62); J Wallace for McMahon (67).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford).

Fixture Details

19.03.2017 (Sun)
Allianz Football League Roinn 2 Round 5
Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork 14:00
Corcaigh v An Mhí
Referee: Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)

Team News

The Cork Senior Football team to play Meath next Sunday in the Allianz Football League in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 2pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)

3. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)

4. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)

6. James Loughrey (Mallow)

7. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)

9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

10. Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs)

11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)

12. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)

14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)

15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain


16. Ryan Price (O Donovan Rossa)

17. Barry O Driscoll (Nemo Rangers)

18. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

19. Conor Dorman Bishopstown)

20. Donal Og Hodnett (O Donovan Rossa)

21. John McLoughlin (Kanturk)

22. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

23. Kevin Davis (O Donovan Rossa)

24. Kevin Conlon (Douglas)

25. Matthew Taylor (Mallow)

26. Niall Coakley (St Judes)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Limerick 2-11 Leitrim 0-15

Limerick defeated Leitrim by 2-11 to 0-15 in Round 5 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Sunday March 19th at Newcastlewest.

Corbett fires Limerick to victory

Limerick 2-11 Leitrim 0-15

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Limerick manager Billy Lee was a happy man in his native Newcastle West as he side made it two wins on the bounce when holding out against Leitrim. Goals win matches and Limerick had one in each half. The first came from a penalty by Iain Corbett – and after his first shot was blocked by Brendan Flynn he made no mistake with the rebound. That came after 25 minutes and by half-time Limerick led by 1-8 to 0-5.

Free-takers Emlyn Mulligan and Neville O’Donnell ensured Leitrim were always in contention and they quickly cut the arrears to a point at one stage in the second half. Great work by James Naughton created Limerick’s second goal for Darragh Treacy which put daylight between the two sides. Limerick had to play the last nine minutes without Cian Sheehan who was yellow-carded in the first half and then was shown a black card which meant he could not be replaced.

Scorers –
Limerick: I Corbett 1-2; G Collins (3f) 0-4; D Treacy 1-0; S McSweeney (2f) D Neville 0-2 each; S O’Carroll 0-1.
Leitrim: E Mulligan (5f) 0-5; N O’Donnell (3f) 0-4; R Kennedy, B Gallagher 0-2 each; W McKeon, K Beirne 0-1 each.

Limerick – B Scanlon 5; G Noonan 6, J McCarthy 7, S O’Dea 6; B Fanning 6, C Fahy 6, P Quinn 5; D Tracey 7, D Ward 6; P Nash 5, C Sheehan 5, J Naughton 6; I Corbett 7, D Neville 7,G Collins 7. Subs: T McCarthy 6 and S O’Carroll 5 for Quinn and Nash (54), S McSweeney 6 for Naughton (62), P Scanlon 5 for Collins (63), J McGarry for Ward (73).

Leitrim – B Flynn 5; P McGuire 5, A Armstrong 6, M Murphy 6; W McKeon 6, D Wrynn 6, O Madden 6; S Moran,6, M Plunkett 7; J Rooney 7, E Mulligan 7, G Plunkett 7; R Kennedy 7, D Moran 6, N O’Donnell 7. Subs: P Dolan 5 for S Moran (25), B Gallagher 7 for D Moran (48), K Beirne 6 for O’Donnell (50), C Gaffney 6 for G Plunkett (55), N Plunkett 5 for Madden (62).

Ref – S Hehir (Galway).

Fixture Details

Sunday March 19th
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 5
Newcastlewest, Limerick 14:00
Luimneach v Liatroim
Referee: Shane Hehir (Gaillimh)