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Job Posting – Gaelic Games Development Officer

Cumann Luth-Chleas Gael
Comhairle na Mumhan / Aireana na hOllscoile

Gaelic Games Development Officer

Applications are invited for the position of Gaelic Games Development Officer
at UL Sport – University of Limerick.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the organisation, co-ordination and development of specific programmes with regard to the promotion and development of Gaelic Games on the University Campus during the academic calendar September–April and with the Limerick County Board May-August.

Applications are invited from candidates with a Third Level or equivalent Recreation and/or Coaching Management qualification and a minimum of three years relevant practical experience in the field.

Application with Curriculum Vitae and supporting documents should be emailed to:

For further information contact:

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm on 19th July 2017

Comhairle na Mumhan, Coiste Chontae Luimneach agus Aireana na hOllscoile are equal opportunities employers. Canvassing will automatically disqualify. Applications are welcome from suitably qualified female and male candidates. UL Sport is an equal opportunities employer and committed to selection on merit.

Job Vacancy – Coach Education & Development Co-ordinator

Coach Education and Development Coordinator

Job Description

The key purpose of this role is to develop, co-ordinate and support initiatives to support best practice in the recruitment, training and education of coaches and coach tutors within the Camogie Association.

The Association has just finalised a new National Development Plan Our Sport Our Future 2016-2019 and a Player Pathway. This post has a key role to achieve the objectives and targets outlined in these.

The post holder will be required to have access to transport/a clean full driving licence and the appointment will be subject to Garda/PSNI vetting clearance.

Key responsibilities include:
• Plan and oversee the implementation and facilitation of a coordinated programme of activities and events, budget spending, materials production and distribution, and other resources to support the implementation of the Player Pathway and to achieve national objectives on coaching standards and on the education, training and recruitment of coaches and coach tutors
• Ensure that these programmes and initiatives keep pace with changing standards and best practice in coach education
• Ensure that coaches, clubs, county and Provincial Executives are aware of and supported to comply with legal requirements relevant to coaching
• Support Units and county and Provincial Executives to develop and implement effective recruitment and training of coaches and coach tutors with specific attention to increasing the number of active female coaches
• Promote awareness of coach development throughout the Association
• Keep informed of new methodologies, technologies and supports relevant to coach recruitment, education and training, with a particular focus on relevance to female athletes
• Work with the LGFA/GAA to maximise opportunities for integrated and aligned coaching development
• Act as the Association liaison with Coaching Ireland
• Roll out national programmes and initiatives under the Camogie Association’s National Development Plan
• Liaise with relevant Ard Chomhairle committees and Units as appropriate
• Supervise and support interns, work placements and occasional contract work
• Represent the Association
• Support designated counties
• Undertake any other duties as requested by the Ard Stiúrthóir

A staff member’s job description forms part of her/his contract of employment. The roles and responsibilities of staff may change subject to the business needs of the Association, in consultation with the staff concerned.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
• A third level degree in sports science, education or other relevant area
• A minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role
• Knowledge and experience of sports coaching and/or tutor education
• Knowledge and experience of adult learning methodologies
• Knowledge and experience of designing and/or developing course syllabus and course learning materials in sports coaching or related field
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, proven ability to work and develop relationships to achieve targets
• A high level of proven organisational and administrative ability including competency in Microsoft Office
• Excellent communication/presentation skills (verbal and written)
• Access to transport and/or a clean full driving licence

Desirable criteria
• Knowledge of coach education structures in Gaelic Games, particularly Camogie
• Camogie or GAA Coaching Accreditation
• Ability to update content on web and social media
• Budget management

Terms and conditions
The post will be designated to one of the Camogie Association’s office – head office in Dublin or regional offices in Armagh, Ballyhaunis, Athlone or Limerick.

The post is a permanent positon with a 9-month probationary period.

The Coach Education and Development Co-ordinator will be required to work unsocial hours including weekends. From time to time travel will also be required.

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.

The appointment will be attached to a salary scale ranging from €31,400- €36,700.

Expenses such as travel, overnight accommodation where required and other allowable expenditure will also be paid.

Other terms and conditions include:
7% pension contribution from the Association and subject to employee contribution
Annual leave entitlement of 23 days per annum. In addition, there is additional annual paid leave in the period Christmas Eve/New Year
A time in lieu facility (TOIL) for work more than weekly contracted hours
Study leave
Travel (bike to work scheme/tax saver commuter tickets)

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GAA Football Senior Championship Round 3B – Armagh 1-17 Tipperary 1-15

Armagh defeated Tipperary by 1-17 to 1-15 in the GAA Football Senior Championship Round 3B on Saturday July 16th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Armagh clinch victory from Tipp with last minute goal

Armagh 1-17 Tipperary 1-15

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A Jamie Clarke goal in the 70th minute propelled Armagh into the fourth round of the qualifiers.

Kieran McGeeney’s side led by the minimum when they caught the hosts on the counter attack, Brendan Donaghy’s pass splitting open the Tipperary defence before Gavin McParland put Clarke inside the last defender.

Armagh outscored their opponent by 1-9 to 1-5 in the second period. Michael Quinlivan, relatively subdued in the opening, handed last year’s All-Ireland semi-fiinalists a major shot in the arm when landing the opening goal of the contest on 38 minutes. They would not score again, however, until the 58th minute, during which time Armagh notched four without reply.

A Josh Keane free ended their barren spell. Momentum, though, was with the Orchard men. Gavin McParland levelled it up, with Jamie Clarke edging them in front for the first time on the hour mark. Conor Sweeney and Stefan Campbell exchanged minors before Jamie Clarke’s goal made it 1-16 to 1-12. Tipperary managed to halve the deficit but the required goal wasn’t forthcoming – two late Michael Quinlivan frees were cleared off the line.

Tipperary’s ability to conjure up just two scores from play in the second period, ultimately, proved their downfall. Hard to know who would have been the more satisfied going in at half-time. Level at 0-7 apiece approaching the break, Josh Keane, set-up by the lively Conor Sweeney, kicked his first to return the home outfit in front.

Two minutes later – the clock now in stoppages – this same pair combined again for Keane to stroke over his second. Armagh were struggling under their own kick-out and lost the subsequent restart, with Liam Casey firing Tipperary into a 0-10 to 0-7 lead. This should have been stretched further as the Premier men won Blain Hughes’ next two restarts, but Kevin O’Halloran kicked wide in the first instance and thereafter, Jack Kennedy’s shot was smothered, and with Liam Casey and Emmet Moloney on the deck injured, Armagh swept down the field where Rory Grugan split the posts.

The visitors had right to feel aggrieved when on 20 minutes referee Paddy Neilan disallowed a Gavin McParland goal, instead opting to call back the play for a foul on McParland by Emmet Moloney. The smarter call would have been to let the play continue. Paul Hughes and Andrew Murnin also had half goal chances, neither of which were converted.

Easy tell who was the more satisfied at the finish. Armagh progress, Tipperary exit stage left.

Scorers for Armagh: N Grimley (0-8, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ’45); J Clarke (1-1); R Gurgan (0-1 free), G McParland (0-2 each); S Sheridan, G McCabe, A Forker, S Campbell (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J Keane (0-4, 0-2 frees); M Quinlivan (1-0); C Sweeney (0-3, 0-3 frees); J Kennedy (0-2 frees), K O’Halloran (0-1 free), L Casey (0-2 each); P Austin, B Fox (0-1 each).

Tipperary: C Kenrick; E Moloney, A Campbell, P Codd; B Maher, R Kiely, J Feehan; L Casey, G Hannigan; J Keane, K O’Halloran, B Fox; C Sweeney, J Kennedy, M Quinlivan
Subs: P Austin for Hannigan (HT); L Boland for Moloney (48, inj); G Hannigan for Kennedy (bc, 48) ; D Foley for O’Halloran (70); L McGrath for Boland (73).

Armagh: B Hughes; B Donaghy, J Morgan, C Vernon; G McCabe, P Hughes, A Forker; S Sheridan, N Grimley; C O’Hanlon, M Shields, R Grugan; A Murnin, J Clarke, G McParland
Subs: J McElroy for McCabe (29 mins, inj); S Campbell for O’Hanlon (47); C McKeever for Clarke (72); E Raffertry for Murnin (77).

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Armagh in Round 3B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in Semple Stadium, tomorrow afternoon, July 15th at 5pm, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns. There are two changes to the side that lined out last weekend with championship debutant Willie Connors (Kiladangan) coming into the back line while up front there is a welcome return to the starting fifteen for Philip Austin (Borrisokane) following his hugely impressive second half introduction last Saturday.

The Tipperary starting XV therefore lines out as follows;

Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
Willie Connors – Kiladangan
Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
Emmet Moloney – Drom & Inch
Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
Liam Casey – Cahir
George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
Kevin O’Halloran – Portroe
Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
Jack Kennedy – Clonmel Commercials
Philip Austin – Borrisokane

ARMAGH: Blaine Hughes; James Morgan, Charlie Vernon, Mark Shields; Paul Hughes, Brendan Donaghy, Aidan Forker; Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley; Ciaran O’Hanlon, Anthony Duffy, Rory Grugan; Jamie Clarke, Andrew Murnin, Gavin McParland.


They meet in the championship for the first time.

Down 0-15 Armagh 2-7 (Ulster quarter-final)
Armagh 0-20 Fermanagh 0-11 (Round 1 Qualifier)
Armagh 1-12 Westmeath 1-7 (Round 2 Qualifier) after extra-time
Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 2-15 Cavan 0-18 Round 2 Qualifier)

*The last competitive clash between the counties was in the final round of the Allianz League (Division 3) last April when Tipperary staged a great recovery to win by 3-8 to 0-16 in the Athletic Grounds. Michael Quinlivan scored 3-1 from open play, helping Tipperary to a victory which secured promotion while Armagh just missed out.
*Tipperary are bidding to reach Round 4 of the qualifiers for the third time in four seasons, having previously got there in 2014 and 2016.
*Armagh last qualified for Round 4 of the qualifiers in 2014.

Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Cork 2-17 Waterford 1-19

Cork defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 1-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Thursday July 13th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Match Highlights

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 Hurling semi-final


Report By Tomás McCarthy for

Declan Dalton buried a penalty in the sixth minute of injury time to drive 14-man Cork into the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U-21 final and send reigning provincial and All Ireland champions Waterford packing at Walsh Park.

The home team recovered from five points down in the second half, helped by a goal from Shane Bennett, to lead by three entering stoppage-time.

In a dramatic finale, Cork midfielder Darragh Fitzgibbon got his marching orders before substitute Jack O’Connor was dragged down by Darragh Lyons. Dalton held his nerve to fire the sliotar to the bottom corner.

The Fr O’Neills attacker completed the hour with 1-12. Fitzgibbon also stood out with three points but will miss the Munster final against Limerick on July 26. Déise number nine Colm Roche took the fight to Cork and finished with five from play.

Dalton posted seven points, including two sidelines, as the wind assisted visitors led 0-10 to 0-8 after a fiery opening half. The sides were all square on four occasions.

Five Dalton singles sent the Rebels 0-7 to 0-4 clear after 17 minutes. The hosts replied with three on the bounce. Shane Bennett burst into the contest around midfield and Colm Roche hit over three points from play.

Dalton and Darragh Fitzgibbon nudged the Rebels two up at the short whistle. Corner back Sean O’Donoghue escaped with a yellow card for a high tackle on Bennett.

On the resumption, two Curran conversions brought the Déise back on equal terms (ten points apiece). Dalton (free) and Fitzgibbon restored Cork’s two point gap. Cormac Curran recovered one with an audacious effort from an awkward angle.

On 37 minutes, sub Tim O’Mahony supplied Robbie O’Flynn and he crashed the ball to the roof of the net. Another Fitzgibbon raid put them five clear (1-13 to 0-11).

The busy Roche and the prolific Patrick Curran left a goal between them. Jordan Henley saw yellow for a dangerous tackle on Dalton and the number eleven promptly dispatched it.

With eight minutes left, Waterford sub Andrew Casey passed inside to Bennett and the Ballysaggart forward shortened the grip to flick it past Patrick Collins (1-15 to 0-14).

Although Dalton subsequently equalised, the holders seemed destined for victory when Patrick Curran and Jack Prendergast pushed them three ahead. But that late Rebel surge set up a first provincial final meeting with Limerick since 2011.

Scorers for Cork: D Dalton 1-12 (8fs, 1-0 pen, 2 s-ls), R O’Flynn 1-0, D Fitzgibbon 0-3, P Leopold, M O’Halloran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: P Curran 0-10 (7fs, 1 65’), C Roche 0-5, S Bennett 1-1, C Curran 0-2, J Prendergast 0-1.

Waterford: B Nolan; D Prendergast, C Prunty, D Lyons; J Henley, C Gleeson, C Lyons; A Molumby, C Roche; J Prendergast, C Curran, S Ryan; P Hogan, S Bennett, P Curran.
Subs: E O’Halloran for Molumby (42), D Lynch for C Lyons (42), A Casey for C Curran (49), JP Lucey for Ryan (59).

Cork: P Collins; D Griffin, E Murphy, S O’Donoghue; B Hennessy, D Browne, M Coleman; P Leopold, D Fitzgibbon; C O’Leary, D Dalton, M O’Halloran; A Myers, S Kingston, R O’Flynn
Subs: T O’Mahony for Myers (30), E Healy for O’Donoghue (32), J O’Connor for Kingston (50), D Lowney for O’Leary (54).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/Senior’s: Receive €5.00 concession with valid ID prior to entry
Juveniles/U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Waterford, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Team News

The Waterford Under 21 Hurling Team to face Cork on Thursday night at 7:30pm in Walsh Park was announced following training tonight.

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)
2. David Prendergast (Lismore)
3. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
4. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
5. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
6. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
7. Callum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
8. Andy Molumby (Cappoquin)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)
10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
11. Cormac Curran (Brickey Rangers)
12. Shane Ryan (De La Salle)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
14. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)

The Cork U21 Hurling team to play Waterford in tomorrow night’s Munster U21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final has been announced as follows

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig
2. Sean O Donoghue – Inniscarra
3. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
4. David Griffin – Carrigaline
5. Billy Hennessy – St Finbarrs
6. Darren Browne – Kanturk (C)
7. Mark Coleman – Blarney
8. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon – Charleville
10. Chris O Leary – Valley Rovers
11. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
12. Luke Meade – Newcestown
13. Robbie O Flynn – Erins Own
14. Shane Kingston – Douglas
15. Michael O Halloran – Blackrock
16. Eoghan Healy – Ballymartle
17. David Lowney – Clonakilty
18. Conor Cahalane – St Finbarrs
19. Aaron Myers – Sarsfields
20. Jack O Connor – Sarsfields
21. Tim O Mahony – Newtownshandrum
22. Dave O Neill – Mayfield
23. Seanaidh Smyth – Midleton
24. Dayne Lee – Na Piarsaigh

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme for this game.

Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi-Final – Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-28 to 1-15 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday July 12th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Match Highlights

Comfortable win sees Limerick into Munster U-21 final

Limerick 1-28 Clare 1-15

Report from

A blistering opening half display provided the foundation for Limerick to ease their way into the Munster Under-21 final by a 13-point margin.

Limerick led by 1-15 to 1-05 at the interval and would have been even further ahead had they not squandered a host of goal chances.

But Clare never looked like getting back in the contest and a disappointing week for the Banner was completed as Limerick ran out deserving winners.

Even after six minutes of this game it was clear to see who the dominant team was a Limerick reeled off a rapid-fire 1-04 to take a giant step towards the provincial final.

A super Thomas Grimes score from the left got Limerick off the mark after 45 seconds and although Colin Corbett got Clare up and running a minute later, Aaron Gillane tapped over his first point of his 14 points in the third minute to give Limerick the lead again.

Having played the full 70 minutes for the Clare seniors against Cork in the Munster final, David Fitzgerald started at right half-forward for Clare, although he soon drooped back as a third midfielder, which created a spare man in front of the Limerick full-back line.

Kyle Hayes found himself unmarked for long stretches early on, so when Clare continued to rain balls down on top of him it proved a launch pad for several Limerick attacks.

Around the middle part of the half Gillane was unmarkable though. Con Smyth was the unfortunate Clare man charged with silencing him, and after the Patrickswell player had scored six points for his side Smyth was hauled off.

The crucial score was Peter Casey’s goal after six minutes, which he finished superbly after he was pulled to the ground by Conor O’Halloran, but got up to score thanks to the good advantage played by referee Cathal McAllister.

After 10 minutes Limerick led by 1-07 to 0-02, and it seemed as if Billy Connors’ goal a minute later would settle Clare. But instead Gillane hit the next four points as Limerick took over again.

They were not faultless though and Casey, Gillane and captain Tom Morrissey all missed good goal chances in the opening half, but a 1-14 to 1-05 lead was the least they deserved. Morrissey should have found the net again just after the restart but his shot flew over the bar.

However, Clare responded well and there were hopes of a revival as they sent over a string of points to cut Limerick’s lead to five points. But with Colin Ryan inspirational at midfield – he hit three great points in the second period – Limerick settled themselves and ran out easy winners.

They will now face either Waterford or Cork — who meet on Thursday evening at Walsh Park — in the final.

Limerick: E McNamara; S Finn, D Fanning, D Joy; R Lynch (0-01), K Hayes, T Grimes (0-01); C Ryan (0-03), R Hanley (0-02); A Gillane (0-14, 0-05f, 0-01 ’65), B Murphy (0-01), C Lynch (0-01); P Casey (1-00), T Morrissey (0-02), B Nash (0-02)
Subs: C Boylan for Murphy (40 mins), A La Touche Cosgrave for Grimes (42 mins), C McSweeney for Finn (51 mins), P Ahern (0-01) for Morrissey (53 mins), O O’Reilly for Casey (56 mins).

Clare: K Nugent; C O’Halloran, D Walsh, C Cooney; C Smyth, B O’Gorman, R Hayes (0-01); J McCarthy, M O’Malley (0-01); D Fitzgerald (0-02), C Corbett (0-02), B Cahill (0-01); I Galvin (0-05, 0-04f), A Shanagher (0-01), B Connors (1-00)
Subs: M Moloney for Smyth (18 mins), M O’Shea (0-01) for Corbett (40 mins), P O’Loughlin (0-01) for Hayes (42 mins), C Noonan for Cahill (56 mins), J Cunningham for B O’Gorman (59 mins).

Ref – C McAllister (Cork)

Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Student/Senior’s: Receive €5.00 concession with valid ID prior to entry
Juveniles/U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Clare, Limerick and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Team News

CLARE: K Nugent (O’Callaghans Mills); C Cooney (O’Callaghans Mills), D Walsh (Éire Óg), C O’Halloran (Éire Óg); C Smyth (Feakle), D Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona), R Hayes (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna); J McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), M O’Malley (Kilmaley); B O’Gorman (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna), I Galvin (Clonlara), B Cahill (Kilmaley); C Corbett (Tulla), A Shanagher (Wolfe Tones Na Sionna), B Connors (Cratloe).

LIMERICK: E McNamara (Doon); S Finn (Bruff), D Fanning (Pallasgreen), D Joy (Kilmallock); R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); R Hanley (Kilmallock), C Ryan (Pallasgreen); A Gillane (Patrickswell), B Murphy (Doon), C Lynch (Patrickswell); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), T Morrissey (Ahane), B Nash (South Liberties).

Match Programme

Pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme for this game.

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Cork defeated Clare by 1-25 to 1-20 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Cork victorious over Clare in Munster hurling final

Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20

Report by John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork claimed a first Munster SHC title in three years and underlined their All-Ireland credentials with a thoroughly convincing victory over Clare in front of 45,558 in Semple Stadium.

Alan Cadogan was almost flawless in scoring 1-4 from play and Patrick Horgan contributed a hefty 0-13 as they withstood all that was thrown at them by Clare who will regret their 15 wides.

Cork went seven points up in the 53rd minute but were only two to the good four minutes later as Clare hit them for 1-2, Tony Kelly picking off two points and Conor McGrath finding the net after availing of a great John Conlon run.

Kelly’s second point from close to the sideline suggested Clare had stolen the initiative but Cork, like they did against Tipperary and Waterford, hit back when Cadogan pointed. There was a let-off when Cathal Malone hit the woodwork for a second time, though, and Horgan and Conlon exchanged scores prior to another Horgan free and a Seamus Harnedy point, which sent Cork five clear.

Mark Coleman hit two inspirational points, one of them a sideline cut, and set up Horgan for another, while Damien Cahalane soloed impressively forward to create a point for Cadogan and victory was Cork’s.

Cadogan’s performance stood loud and proud in the first half, helping himself to 1-2 and winning one of the four frees converted by Horgan. Oisín O’Brien made way for Jason McCarthy for the break such was the difficulty he was being posed by the Douglas man.

But Anthony Nash was also prominent in Cork taking a five-point lead at half-time, 1-10 to 0-8. Harnedy scored almost directly from a Nash puck-out in the third minute and Nash was able to find Luke Meade who sent in the ball for Cadogan’s 12th minute goal when he easily rounded O’Brien before finishing low past Andrew Fahy.

Clare came back with the next three scores, all from Kelly and one of them from a penalty after he hit too high following a foul on Shane O’Donnell in the parallelogram. Kelly was enjoying plenty of space but the closest Clare came to a goal when Cathal Malone kicked the sliotar against the post in the 11th minute.

The penalty point levelled up the game but Cork sent over five points in a row, a brace of Horgan frees and scores from Conor Lehane, Darragh Fitzgibbon and Cadogan. Clare broke that spell with two points on the spin but they were cancelled out by another couple of Horgan frees before the break as Clare’s indiscipline cost them more.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-13, 10 frees); A. Cadogan (1-4); S. Harnedy, M. Coleman (1 sideline) (0-2 each); C. Lehane, D. Fitzgibbon, S. Kingston, L. Meade(0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: T. Kelly (0-10, 6 frees, 1 pen); C. McGrath (1-1); J. Conlon (0-2); S. Morey, P. Collins, A. Shanagher, D. McInerney, C. Galvin, A. Cunningham, J. McCarthy (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, S. McDonnell (c); C. Joyce, M. Ellis, M. Coleman; B. Cooper, D. Fitzgibbon; L. Meade, C. Lehane, S. Kingston; A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, S. Harnedy
Subs for Cork: D. Kearney for S. Kingston (57); L. O’Farrell for D. Fitzgibbon (61); M. Cahalane for L. Meade (66)

CLARE: A. Fahy; P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, O. O’Brien; S. Morey, C. Cleary, D. Fitzgerald; C. Galvin, T. Kelly; C. Malone, P. Collins, J. Conlon; A. Shanagher, S. O’Donnell, C. McGrath
Subs for Clare: J. McCarthy for O. O’Brien (33); D. Reidy for P. Collins (h-t); C. Dillon for P. O’Connor (43); A, Cunningham for A. Shanagher (60); P. Duggan for C. Malone (65).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary)

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Ticket Update – Wednesday July 5th

Sunday’s Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Finals between Cork and Clare in Semple Stadium Thurles are heading for a sell-out attendance.

Tickets for the Kinane Stand, O’Riain Stand and the Town End terrace are now sold out while a limited number of Killinan End terrace tickets remain on sale via, Centra and Supervalu outlets while stocks last.


Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Clare, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Ticket Information

Buy Before Match Day and save €5

Pre-Purchase Covered Stand: €35
Pre-Purchase Uncovered Stand Adult: €30
Pre-Purchase Adult Terrace: €25
Juveniles U-16’s in all Areas: €5
(Clare are allocated the Killinan End terrace, Cork will be in the Town End Terrace)

Rebate of €10 for Students/Seniors with valid id prior to entry at the designated stiles.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day.

Team News

Clare Senior Hurling Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have named their starting 15 to face Cork in the 2017 Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this Sunday (9 July 2017) at 4.00 p.m.

The team shows two changes from the one that lined out in The Banner’s semi-final victory over Limerick. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge) replaces David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis) in midfield and Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara) comes in for Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea) in the halfback line.

Clare starting 15 v Cork (numbers as per Match Programme):

1. Andrew Fahy (Whitegate)

2. Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge)
3. David McInerney (Tulla)
4. Patrick O’Connor (Tubber) – captain

5. David Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona)
6. Conor Cleary (St. Josephs Miltown)
7. Oisín O’Brien (Clonlara)

8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Cathal Malone (Sixmilebridge)

10. Tony Kelly (Ballyea)
11. Podge Collins (Cratloe)
12. John Conlon (Clonlara)

13. Shane O’Donnell (Éire Óg Inis)
14. Aron Shanagher (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
15. Conor McGrath (Cratloe)

16. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
17. Cian Dillon (Crusheen)
18. David Reidy (Éire Óg Inis)
19. Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones na Sionna)
20. Jason McCarthy (Inagh Kilnamona)
21. Niall Deasy (Ballyea)
22. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
23. Brendan Bugler (Whitegate)
24. Patrick Donnellan (O’Callaghan’s Mills)
25. Cathal McInerney (Cratloe)
26. Jamie Shanahan (Sixmilebridge)

They meet in the Munster final for the first time since 1999, when Cork won 1-15 to 0-14 in Thurles and later went on to win the All-Ireland title.

Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)

Top Scorers
Conon Lehane………….0-14 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Patrick Horgan…………0-14 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Shane Kingston………..1-4


Clare 2-17 Limerick 1-16
Top Scorers
Shane O’Donnell…………..2-2
Conor McGrath……………..1-3
David Reidy………………….0-5 (0-5 frees)

2015: Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2014: Cork 2-23 Clare 2-18 (Munster semi-final)
2013: Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Replay
2013: Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16 (All-Ireland final) Draw
2013: Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

2014: Cork 2-24 Limerick 0-24
2013: Limerick 0-24 Cork 0-15
2010: Waterford 1-16 Cork 1-13 (Replay) After extra-time
2010: Waterford 2-15 Cork 2-15 (Draw)
2006: Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14

2008: Tipperary 2-21 Clare 0-19
1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1998: Clare 2-16 Waterford 0-10 (Replay)
1998: Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10 (Draw)
1997: Clare 1-18 Tipperary 0-18

1999: Cork 1-15 Clare 0-14
1986: Cork 2-18 Clare 3-12
1978: Cork 0-13 Clare 0-11
1977: Cork4-15 Clare 4-10
1972: Cork 6-18 Clare 2-8

*This will be the 54th championship meeting between the counties, with Cork winning 36 to Clare’s 12 and five draws from the previous 53.
*This will be the 13th Munster final between the counties, with Cork having won nine to Clare’s two with one draw. Clare’s last win was in the 1932 final.
*Clare and Cork have met ten times in the championship in the new Millennium. Cork have won eight to Clare’s one (2013 All-Ireland final replay) with one draw (2013 All-Ireland final).
*Cork are seeking their 53rd Munster title while Clare are bidding for their seventh. Cork last won Munster in 2014 while Clare were last successful in 1998.
*The last championship game between the counties was in 2015 when Cork won an All-Ireland qualifier by 0-20 to 0-17 in Semple Stadium.
*The last Munster final to end level was in 2010 (Cork 2-15 Waterford 2-15). Prior to that, the last draw was in 1998 (Clare 1-16 Waterford 3-10).
*Clare last appeared in the Munster final in 2008.
*Cork beat Clare by 0-21 to 1-11 in the first round of this year’s Allianz hurling League (Pairc Ui Rinn, February 11).

Match Programme

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Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final – Cork 4-21 Clare 0-16

Cork defeated Clare by 4-21 to 0-16 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Ring sounds warning for his goal-hungry charges

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium

A first Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling title for Cork since 2008, then, but a post-match warning from manager Denis Ring.

Munster MHC final

CORK……………… 4-21
CLARE……………. 0-16

The Fermoy man reminded reporters after the game how he was involved when Cork won a provincial decider in emphatic fashion.

The young Rebels, 12 years ago, had 11 points to spare against Limerick but were caught cold by Galway at the All-Ireland semi-final.

Ring doesn’t want history repeating itself and he’ll be conscious of the break between now and August 13. This might have been Cork’s third game in 11 days but they looked fresh and hungry.

Momentum’s a great thing and Ring will hope that it doesn’t stall over the next five weeks.

Cork were excellent as they dismissed Clare by 17 points, claiming a 33rd title in this grade.

And it was clear that two titanic semi-final clashes with Tipperary had stood to his young stars.

They got out of jail in Thurles last Thursday week but were deserving winners four days later, in front of more than 8,000 spectators at Páirc Uí Rinn.

The energy and confidence derived from that victory spilled over into Thurles six days on, as Evan Sheehan poached 2-2 and walked away with the man-of-the-match award. Sheehan was the player who took the first Tipp game to a replay, with a goal deep in stoppage time at the end of extra-time, and while the Na Piarsaigh starlet was taken off in both games against the Premier County (he was brought back on in the drawn game), Ring had a feeling he’d deliver a big final.

The manager said: “We know the calibre of player he is — we were just waiting for it to happen.

“If you were privy to our conversation during the week, that’s what we kept reckoning — that he was the man who was going to do it.”

Cork’s imperious minor display set the tone for a day of double-delight, as the seniors followed suit against Clare.

Sheehan grabbed the headlines with his scoring haul, and he netted in the 17th and 21st minutes to help propel Cork into a 2-11 to 0-7 interval lead. His first goal was knocked home on the rebound, after Clare goalkeeper Eamon Foudy had pulled off an excellent save, but his second was a picture-book effort.

Sheehan danced across the 20m line, flicking the ball impudently over the head of a Clare defender before collecting it on the way down.

He flashed a low drive past Foudy into the goalkeeper’s bottom left-hand corner, and Cork had a 2-6 to 0-4 lead.

Clare struggled to cope and while Tiarnán Agnew kept them ticking over with placed balls in the first half, the Banner boys were overrun.

Killian McDermott scored three points for Clare after coming off the bench but Cork had big displays from Sheehan, dynamic midfielder Daire Connery, and skipper Sean O’Leary Hayes.

Cork’s third goal arrived 19 minutes from time, as sub Barry Murphy latched onto Liam O’Shea’s cross-field ball before finishing well.

Robert Downey put the icing on the cake in stoppage time, profiting from Murphy’s long ball to collect Cork’s fourth goal.

Cork march on to an All- Ireland semi-final on August 13, as Clare lick their wounds ahead of the quarter-finals.

Elated boss Ring admitted that Cork had benefited hugely from those Tipperary shootouts.

He gushed: “They did, anything that doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. They’re a fantastic bunch of lads.

“Their commitment, effort, everything has been absolutely remarkable.”

Clare manager Sean Doyle conceded: “We can’t take anything away from Cork. They were worthy winners.”

Scorers for Cork: E Sheehan 2-2, D Connery 0-6 (5f), R Downey 1-2, B Murphy 1-1, B Turnbull 0-4 (2f), L O’Shea 0-2, S O’Leary Hayes, C Hanafin, B Roche, B Buckley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: T Agnew 0-7 (6f), K McDermott 0-3, C Minogue 0-2 (1f), D Ryan, A McCarthy (f), K White, R Considine 0-1 each.

CORK: G Collins; C O’Callaghan, S O’Leary Hayes, E Roche; A Walsh Barry, J Keating, G Millerick; B Roche, D Connery; D Lenihan, C Hanafin, E Sheehan; B Turnbull, R Downey, L O’Shea.
Subs: B Murphy for Lenihan (h.t.), D Hanlon for Hanafin (48), R Howell for Walsh Barry (48), B Buckley for O’Shea (52), D Jones for B Roche (57).

CLARE: E Foudy; B Higgins, R Hayes, C McInerney; C Minogue, D Ryan, A McCarthy; K White, L Brack; T Agnew, R Considine, E Fitzgerald; G Cooney, C Tierney, B Horner.
Subs: K McDermott for Brack (h.t.), C Haugh for Considine (35), G Cahill for Fitzgerald (39), P Corry for Horner (46).

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

Team News

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhassig); C O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe), S O’Leary Hayes (Midleton), E Roche (Bride Rovers); A Walsh Barry (Carrigtwohill), J Keating (Kildorrery), G Millerick (Fr O’Neill’s); D Connery (Na Piarsaigh), D Linehan (Ballyhooly); C Hanafin (Na Piarsaigh), L O’Shea (Lisgoold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turnbull (Douglas).

CLARE: E Foudy (Inagh-Kilnamona); C McInerney (Inagh-Kilnamona), R Hayes (Crusheen), B Higgins (Kilmaley); A McCarthy (Inagh-Kilnamona), C Minogue (Bodyke), D Ryan (Cratloe); K White (Inagh-Kilnamona), L Brack (Clarecastle); R Considine (Cratloe), T Agnew (Sixmilebridge), E Fitzgerald (Inagh-Kilnamona); C Tierney (St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield), G Cooney (O’Callaghan Mills), B Horner (Crusheen).

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 after extra time in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 on Saturday July 8th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Waterford claim first SHC win over Kilkenny since 1959

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 after extra-time

A Maurice Shanahan goal in the second half of additional time set Waterford on their way to a historic and captivating championship victory over Kilkenny in Thurles.

Despite hauling back an eight-point deficit in the latter stages of normal time, the Cats lost to the Déise for the first time in the SHC since 1959, the 11th time of asking and were duly knocked out of the championship after the teams were tied at the end of regulation play for a second season in a row.

Three minutes into the second extra period, Shanahan was quickest in reacting to a ball Kilkenny’s backs failed to negotiate and ran clear before finishing to the delight of the Waterford contingent in the 33,181 crowd.

The sides exchanged the lead twice in the first additional 10-minute period and Waterford led by one when Jamie Barron took receipt of an Austin Gleeson ball, ran at a vacant Kilkenny cover and his shot, although not struck clinically, was too good for Eoin Murphy. It was enough to see the Déise go 3-19 to 2-18 ahead going into the turnaround.

Waterford had led 1-10 to 1-5 at half-time and while they saw the advantage narrowed to two points by the 43rd minute they ended a 12-minute spell without a score in the 47th minute via Jamie Barron and the next couple came courtesy of Austin Gleeson.

Shane Bennett’s thunderbolt goal in the 43th minute, after some fine Michael Walsh work, sent Waterford seven clear. It became eight when Kevin Moran flew over his second point but only after substitute Lester Ryan sent a fierce ground shot wide.

Waterford still led by eight going into the last minutes of regulation time but Kilkenny didn’t know they were beaten. A Ryan point was followed by a Reid free and then came their second goal, Colin Fennelly fortunate not to be whistled for charging but Reid on the end of it to put the ball over the goal-line.

A Ger Aylward point came next to cut the gap to two and then substitute Richie Leahy delivered a mighty score from close to the Ryan Stand sideline. Kilkenny’s tails were well and truly up and Colin Fennelly sent over the equaliser.

Having only come on for Pauric Mahony, Maurice Shanahan had a long-range free to win it, awarded to Stephen Bennett quite fortuitously, but sent it wide and extra-time beckoned.

Kilkenny’s forward line managed just two points from play in the first half of normal time, a poor return consistent with what they had offered up against Limerick and Wexford. Their ball retention was lacking too and Pauric Mahony’s five first half frees were as much the Cats’ attack’s fault given the amount of ball they were allowing come the direction of their backs.

Waterford led from the outset, going 0-2 to 0-0 after five minutes, and doubled that lead with three Mahony placed balls 13 minutes later. Jake Dillon was causing major problems for Pádraic Walsh and had won three frees, converted by Mahony, by half-time.

Austin Gleeson looked to be back to himself with two fine points while Shane Bennett was just as difficult to get a hold of as Dillon. It was his tenacity just before the break in the wake of a Paul Murphy foul that set up Michael Walsh for his first goal for Waterford in 11 years.

Kilkenny had threatened to fire into the game when Reid fired a goal from a 33rd minute penalty after Richie Hogan was upended. His shot was too good for Stephen O’Keeffe who managed to get a touch on it. The score brought Kilkenny to within two points, 0-9 to 1-4, but the next score was a beauty from Gleeson despite Robert Lennon’s foul.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-6, 5 frees, 1 65); J. Barron, M. Shanahan (0-2 frees) (1-3 each); A. Gleeson (0-5); M. Walsh, Shane Bennett (1-0 each); K. Moran, T. Ryan (0-2 each); J. Dillon, P. Curran (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (2-12, 1-0 pen, 0-10 frees, 0-1 65); L. Ryan (0-3); R. Leahy (0-2); R. Hogan, E. Murphy (free), K. Kelly, G. Aylward, C. Fennelly (0-1 each).

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; B. Coughlan, C. Gleeson; T. de Burca; N. Connors, Philip Mahony, S. Fives; J. Barron, K. Moran (c); Pauric Mahony, M. Walsh, A. Gleeson; J. Dillon, Shane Bennett
Subs for Waterford: S. McNulty for N. Connors (blood, 44-49); P. Curran for J. Dillon (48); Stephen Bennett for Shane Bennett (61); M. Shanahan for M. Walsh (69), B. O’Halloran for Pauric Mahony (70+4); T. Ryan for Stephen Bennett (79); C. Dunford for P. Curran (85); S. McNulty for N. Connors (86).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, P. Walsh; C. Buckley; R. Lennon, J. Lyng, C. Fogarty; M. Fennelly, P. Deegan (c), W. Walsh; C. Fennelly, T.J. Reid, K. Kelly; R. Hogan, J.J. Farrell
Subs for Kilkenny: L. Ryan for P. Deegan, G. Aylward for J.J. Farrell (both h-t); C. Bolger for K. Kelly (49); R. Leahy for R. Hogan (63); L. Blanchfield for M. Fennelly (inj, 74); R. Hogan for G. Aylward (85).

Referee: J. Owens (Wexford).

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Cill Chainnigh v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

Waterford: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; T de Búrca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, C Gleeson; K Moran, Pauric Mahony, J Dillon; Shane Bennett, M Walsh, D Fives.

TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Kerry 1-14 Waterford 3-6

Kerry defeated Waterford by 1-14 to 3-6 in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday July 8th at Mallow.

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GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A – Mayo 2-14 Clare 0-13

Mayo defeated Clare by 2-14 to 0-13 in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A on Saturday July 8th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Round 3A Qualifier: O’Connor brothers bag crucial goals

MAYO 2-14 CLARE 0-13

Report By Peter O’Connell for

Two early second half goals from the O’Connor brothers, Cillian and Diarmuid, helped Mayo to an ultimately comfortable win over Clare in Ennis on Saturday evening in round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Playing in front of an attendance of 11,576 in Cusack Park, Clare led 0-8 to 0-6 at half-time. The Colm Collins managed Clare made an electric start and led 0-6 to 0-1 after 19 minutes. Andy Moran, who put over 0-3 from play in the first half, kicked the opening score in the first minute, but Clare racked up 0-6 in a pulsating spell. Mayo were also dealt a very early setback when Donal Vaughan was black carded for a tackle on Gary Brennan in the fourth minute.

Brennan was one of Clare’s point scores in that period, while Eoin Cleary, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton, and Jamie Malone also raised white flags. Malone could have goaled in the 15th minute when he picked up a break off Brennan and cut through the Mayo back line, but David Clarke made a decisive stop and diverted the shot for a ’45.

In the final 15 minutes of that half, Moran kicked the remaining 0-2 of his tally, while Lee Keegan, raiding from the half-back line, added a nice point, while Diarmuid O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin did likewise. While Mayo were not especially impressive in that half, they did retain 90% of their own kick outs and won 10 turnovers.

Three minutes into the second half, Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes made an excellent save from Kevin McLoughlin but he could do nothing four minutes later, when Cillian O’Connor picked up an under hit Martin McMahon free and planted a decisive goal.

Two minutes later Diarmuid O’Connor raised a second Mayo green flag and the 2016 All-Ireland finalists led 2-7 to 0-8. Clare could not sustain the energy levels they had shown in the opening half in what was their 10th Championship fixture between this and last season. They lost key midfielder Cathal O’Connor to a leg injury, while Ciarán Russell was black carded.

Just two of their 11 substitutes had started a league or championship game, which underlined the inexperience on their bench. In contrast Mayo were able to introduce the proven quality of Tom Parsons and Jason Doherty

Mayo looked somewhat ropey early in the first half, but once the goals helped them to carve out a decisive advantage, they were never in danger of losing a qualifier game for the first time since they lost to Longford in 2010.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 1-5 (5fs), Diarmuid O’Connor 1-1, Andy Moran 0-3, Kevin McLoughlin 0-2, Lee Keegan, Keith Higgins, and Aidan O’Shea 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: David Tubridy 0-4 (4fs), Eoin Cleary 0-3 (2fs), Keelan Sexton 0-2 (1 45), Jamie Malone, Sean Collins, Gary Brennan, and Gearoid O’Brien 0-1 each.

MAYO: David Clarke; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Chris Barrett; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins; Séamus O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea; Diarmuid O’Connor; Donal Vaughan, Kevin McLoughlin, Andy Moran, Cillian O’Connor, Conor Loftus
Subs: Stephen Coen for Donal Vaughan (4, BC), Evan Regan for Conor Loftus (48), Jason Doherty for Andy Moran (55), Tom Parsons for Seamus O’Shea (58), Fergal Boland for Diarmuid O’Connor (64), Alan Dillon for Aidan O’Shea (67).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Dean Ryan, Kevin Harnett, Gordon Kelly; Martin McMahon; Jamie Malone (, Cian O’Dea; Gary Brennan, Cathal O’Connor; Ciarán Russell, Eoin Cleary, Pearse Lillis; Seán Collins, David Tubridy, Keelan Sexton
Subs: John Hayes for Cathal O’Connor (49 inj), Eoghan Collins for Ciáran Russell (40, BC), Gearóid O’Brien for Cian O’Dea (53), Seanie Malone for Pearse Lillis (64), Darren Nagle for Keelan Sexton (70, BC).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

Fixture Details

08.07.2017 (Sat)
GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3A
Cusack Park, Ennis 17:00
An Clár v Maigh Eo
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)

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