Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final – Cork v Galway

Cork will play Galway in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at 7pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Fixture Details

The throw-in times for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Finals have been confirmed as follows:

Saturday August 19th
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Dublin v Kilkenny
Throw-in: 5.15pm
Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare)

Cork v Galway
Throw-in: 7pm
Referee: Eamon Cassidy (Derry)

*Extra-time to be played in the event of a draw in either game.

Ticket Information

Admission Prices
Adults: €15
Students/OAPs: €8
12-18 year olds: €3
Under 12s: Free


Match Preview

Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds, 7pm

This is a mouth-watering prospect, with the teams meeting for the first time since the 2015 decider when Cork upset the odds, having been beaten by Galway twice prior to that in the National League Final and the group stages of the Championship.

Cork returned to the All-Ireland Final last year but found Kilkenny too strong and it is worth recording that Galway only fell to the Stripeywomen after injury time in the Semi-Final.
They are on their third manager in as many seasons, Mark Dunne taking over from Ollie Bergin, who had in turn succeeded Tony Ward. Dunne, who has included his sister Molly in his backroom staff after her retirement, as well as former Galway and Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran, is moving closer to his strongest side, although he might have preferred a sterner test from Tipperary in the Quarter-Final.

They were extremely professional in navigating the group phase but were unable to break down Kilkenny. However, having finally given long-touted Minor star Siobhán McGrath her head, they have even more speed in attack and will look to cash in on the offensive threat that is also provided by McGrath’s sisters Orlaith and Niamh, Maria Cooney and the competition’s leading scorer Ailish O’Reilly.

Cork, of course, are renowned for their ability to smother opposition attacks, the likes of Pamela Mackey, Laura Treacy and captain Rena Buckley among the stickiest of defenders in the game. In addition, All-Ireland-winning skipper Ashling Thompson has been a central figure in the game-plan with her athleticism enabling her to sweep up deep in her own half while also forcing turnovers around the field and getting forward for a score or two. Gemma O’Connor, Aoife Murray and Orla Cotter are just some other who provide plenty of experience while Niamh McCarthy represents the new breed.

Galway have a similar profile in that regard, as apart from Siobhán McGrath, Róisín Black is a newcomer who has appeared to the manor born in defence. At the other end of the experience spectrum, Sarah Dervan’s return from injury adds steel to that division, Lorraine Ryan was captain when they won the All-Ireland in 2013 and Niamh Kilkenny remains an absolute joy to watch and a pain to marshal with her runs from deep and ability to finish off either side.

If both teams turn up, this could be a game for the ages.

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Cork v Galway

Cork will play Galway in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 19th at 12:30pm in Cusack Park Mullingar.

Fixture Details

Saturday, August 19th
TG4 Senior All Ireland Quarter Final
Cork v Galway, Cusack Park, Mullingar 12:30pm
Refere – N. McCormack
***Televised Live on TG4***

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final – Kerry v Meath

Kerry will play Meath in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Semi-Final on Saturday August 19th at 2pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary v Meath

Tipperary will play Meath in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 26th at 4:45pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final – Dublin v Kerry

Dublin will play Kerry in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday August 26th at 6:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Cork 0-23 Dublin 2-13

Cork defeated Dublin by 0-23 to 2-13 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 13th at Croke Park.

Electric Ireland MHC Semi-Final

CORK 0-23 DUBLIN 2-13

Report By Cian O’Connell for

These are encouraging times for underage hurling in Cork as Denis Ring’s ultra-promising team advanced to the All Ireland Final.

Dublin were solid and spirited throughout, but Cork just had that extra sprinkling of class in attack to set-up an intriguing decider against Galway.

The 45th minute dismissal of Robert Downey was a blow, but Cork were able to adequately deal with a late Dublin flurry. Ultimately Dublin weren’t efficient enough converting opportunities as they posted 2-13 from 32 shots during the hour.

At the opposite end Cork, prompted by the delightful Brian Turnbull, were that bit more cute and clinical. Turnbull finished with a 0-12 haul, while energetic midfielder Daire Connery struck five for Ring’s charges.

So impressive down south when winning the Munster Championship, Cork provided glimpses of their considerable ability in the opening period. Still when the teams departed at the break Cork only held a 0-11 to 1-4 advantage which scarcely reflected what had happened.

There was nothing wrong with Dublin’s attitude and application, though, and when Eoghan O’Neill poked a goal on the stroke of half-time it gave Fintan Clandillon’s charges an injection of hope.

Cork had commenced brightly accumulating a 0-7 to 0-2 lead by the 17th minute with Brian Roche, Brian Turnbull, and Daire Connery contributing fine scores. Despite being under pressure Dublin remained defiant with Liam Murphy and the splendid Sean Currie narrowing the gap, but Cork reeled off four points without reply.

Turnbull (2), Ger Millerick, and Brian Buckley found the range, but O’Neill managed to register a goal for Dublin as the deficit was trimmed.

Within a minute of the restart Dublin spurned a glorious opportunity to net a second major as Conor O’Donoghue’s penalty went wide. Dublin kept swinging, but with Turnbull in excellent form Cork were 0-17 to 1-7 ahead when Downey was red carded.

Questions continued to be posed by Dublin, but Cork were finding the requisite answers. An injury time Grogan goal brought Dublin to within three, but fittingly it was Turnbull, who supplied the insurance score at the death.

Scorers for Cork: Brian Turnbull 0-13 (11fs), Daire Connery 0-5 (2fs), Brian Roche 0-2, Ger Millerick, Brian Buckley, Diarmuid Linehan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: Sean Currie 0-6 (3fs), Liam Murphy 0-4 (2fs), Mark Grogan and Eoghan O’Neill 1-1 each, Emmet Allen 0-1.

CORK: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Eoin Roche; Aaron Walsh Barry, James Keating, Ger Millerick; Daire Connery, Brian Roche; Brian Buckley, Craig Hanafin, Diarmuid Linehan; Liam O’Shea, Robert Downey, Brian Turnbull
Subs: Barry Murphy for Craig Hanafin (47), Declan Hannon for Brian Buckley (49), Colin O’Brien for Brian Roche (60).

DUBLIN: Conor O’Donoghue; Andrew Dunphy, Ben McHugh, Kevin Burke; Enda O’Donnell, Luke Walsh, Lee Gannon; David Keogh, Ben Coffey; Mark Grogan, Diarmaid O’Floinn, Eoghan O’Neill; Liam Murphy, Sean Currie, Luke McDwyer
Subs: Shane Kennedy for Luke McDwyer (45), Emmet Allen for Ben Coffey (52), Cian Derwin for Diarmaid O’Floinn (52), Tom Aherne for Enda O’Donnell (60).

REFEREE: Mick Murtagh (Westmeath).

Fixture Details

13.08.2017 (Sun)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30
Áth Cliath v Corcaigh
Referee: Mick Murtagh (An Iarmhí)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Team News

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Waterford 4-19 Cork 0-20

Waterford defeated Cork by 4-19 to 0-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 13th at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

All Ireland SHC S-F: Wonderful Waterford finish with a flourish


Report By Cian O’Connell for

Ultimately it was decided by a glorious four minute Waterford second half burst which yielded 2-2 without reply.

When Patrick Horgan launched a spectacular point in the 58th minute Cork, gaining in belief even though Damien Cahalane had been sent off earlier, were 0-18 to 1-13 ahead. Waterford’s response dripped with character and craft as Austin Gleeson flared to prominence. Gleeson’s razor sharp delivery found the influential Jamie Barron, who batted the match turning goal.

Conor Gleeson quickly added a point prior to another flash of class from Austin Gleeson, who burst through to rattle the Cork net. Within seconds Pauric Mahony rifled over a free; Waterford weren’t going to be denied. Late on Cork’s Patrick Horgan and Conor Gleeson were dismissed before Barron nailed a fourth Waterford goal.

Few would have predicted an 11 point Waterford win at the turnaround. Tight, tense, and tactical the opening half included small bursts of enterprise from two evenly matched teams. A couple of gorgeous Patrick Horgan points arrived either side of a Pauric Mahony effort as the game commenced at a blistering speed.

Waterford pounced for a fourth minute goal when Shane Barrett’s pass located Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, who had sufficient guile to rattle the Cork net.

Michael “Brick” Walsh goal

Despite the concession, Cork hung on in there with Horgan all clever touches inside as the Glen Rovers clubman struck seven first half points, including three from play.

At the opposite end, though, Kevin Moran rifled over three for Waterford, who went in at the break armed with a slender 1-7 to 0-9 advantage. It was keenly contested on the pitch and sideline, but the issue remained delicately poised as Cork and Waterford returned for the second period.

Anthony Nash save

Darragh Fitzgibbon sideline cut point

That is how it stayed in the third quarter, but Cork suffered a significant setback in the 51st minute when Cahalane was sent off for a second bookable offence following a foul on Conor Gleeson. At that stage Cork were 0-15 to 1-11 to the good, but Waterford were beginning to stir. Pauric Mahony and Austin Gleeson rifled points, but Cork came thundering back.

Three fine points on the spin from Alan Cadogan and Horgan (2) had Cork in front, but then Waterford administered the decisive blows. Barron (58) and Austin Gleeson (59) bagged the goals as the travelling Deise faithful celebrated furiously. There was no way back for Cork.

Jamie Barron goal

Austin Gleeson goal

Horgan and Conor Gleeson were red carded with two minutes left on the clock. The last grace note was supplied by the energetic Barron, who thumped a fourth Waterford goal. It merely embellished a stirring Waterford win. Next month’s decider against Galway won’t be short on drama or intrigue either.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-8 (6fs), Jamie Barron 2-1, Austin Gleeson 1-2, Kevin Moran 0-4, Michael Walsh 1-0, Darragh Fives, Brian O’Halloran, Conor Gleeson, and Maurice Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-12 (7fs), Alan Cadogan and Conor Lehane 0-2 each, Shane Kingston, Luke O’Farrell, Seamus Harnedy, Darragh Fitzgibbon (sideline) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Kieran Bennett, Philip Mahony, Conor Gleeson; Jamie Barron, Kevin Moran; Michael Walsh, Pauric Mahony, Austin Gleeson; Shane Bennett, Jake Dillon, Darragh Fives
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Jake Dillon (46), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (55), Tommy Ryan for Michael Walsh (59), Colin Dunford for Pauric Mahony (69), Patrick Curran for Jamie Barron (70).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Darragh Fitzgibbon; Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Luke Meade
Subs: Michael Cahalane for Luke Meade (HT), Daniel Kearney for Bill Cooper (65), Luke O’Farrell for Alan Cadogan (65).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

Derek McGrath Interview

Fixture Details

13.08.2017 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:30
Corcaigh v Port Láirge
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)

Team News


Galway are through to the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final for the third time in six seasons and now the focus has switched to the second semi-final between Cork and Waterford in Croke Park next Sunday (3.30). It will be preceded by the minor semi-final between Cork and Dublin (1.30).

Cork v Waterford has been a very busy rivalry over the past 18 years, in particular, with the sides having met on 17 occasions in the championship since 1999. The most recent meeting was in
this year’s Munster semi-final, which Cork won by 0-23 to 1-15.

Cork have won eight times (1999-2003-2005 (twice)-2006-2012-2014-2017); Waterford have won six (2002-2004-2007 (twice), 2010 and 2015 while they drew in 2007-2010-2014.

Cork 2-27 Tipperary 1-26 (Munster quarter-final)
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Cork 1-25 Clare 1-20 (Munster final)
Cork’s Top Scorers
Patrick Horgan………0-27 (0-17 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Conor Lehane ……….0-15 (0-4 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Alan Cadogan………..1-8


Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
Waterford 1-35 Offaly 0-14 (Qualifiers – Round 1)
Waterford 4-23 Kilkenny 2-22 – after extra-time (Qualifiers – Round 2)
Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Waterford’s Top Scorers
Pauric Mahony……….0-31 (0-22 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Austin Gleeson……….0-16 (0-2 frees)
Maurice Shanahan…..2-8 (0-4 frees)

2017: Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-15 (Munster semi-final)
2015: Waterford 3-19 Cork 1-21 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-28 Waterford 0-14 (Munster quarter-final (Replay)
2014: Cork 1-21 Waterford 1-21 (Munster quarter-final)
2012: Cork 1-19 Waterford 0-19 (2012 All-Ireland quarter-final)

2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2013: Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19
2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2010: Kilkenny 3-22 Cork 0-19
2008: Kilkenny 1-23 Cork 0-17
2017: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (Replay)
2017: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (Draw)
2015: Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-18
2011: Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 1-16
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18

CORK 0-23 WATERFORD 1-15 (Munster semi-final, 18 June 2017, Semple Stadium)
The sides were level four times in a first half which ended on 0-10 each. Cork moved four points clear in the first ten minutes of the second half before a Pauric Mahony point and a goal by Maurice Shanahan brought the sides level in the 46th minute.
Cork quickly regained the initiative and out-scored Waterford by 0-8 to 0-3 from there on. Patrick Horgan scored 0-10 (0-7 frees, 0-1 ’65) for Cork while Pauric Mahony (0-5, 0-1 free) was Waterford’s top scorer.


*This will be the 65th championship clash between the counties. It’s 44-14 in Waterford’s favour with six draws. Cork also had a walkover when Waterford failed to field in 1890.
*Cork beat Waterford by 1-21to 1-13 in this year’s Allianz League clash in Walsh Park. Cork, for whom Conor Lehane scored 0-8 (0-6 frees), led by 0-14 to 1-4 at half-time.
*Derek McGrath is in his fourth season as Waterford manager, with the following championship record: Played 17, Won 8, Drew 2, Lost 7.
*Kieran Kingston is in his second season as Cork manager. His championship record is as follows: Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2.
*Cork last reached the All-Ireland final in 2013 (losing a replay to Clare) while Waterford were last there in 2008 (losing to Kilkenny).
*If Waterford win, they will play Galway in the final for the first time in championship history while the last Cork-Galway final was in 2005.

TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final – Kerry 3-14 Armagh 2-11

Kerry defeated Armagh by 3-14 to 2-11 in the TG4 All Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter Final on Saturday August 12th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final

Kerry 3-14 Armagh 2-11

Report By Jackie Cahill at Nowlan Park

TEEN sensation Hannah O’Donoghue produced a sparkling senior debut as Kerry stormed into the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-finals.

The Kingdom will face Dublin in a mouth-watering clash on August 26, after claiming a six-point victory over Armagh in Saturday evening’s quarter-final at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny.

O’Donoghue, an underage Republic of Ireland soccer international, collected 1-4 from play, while experienced attacker Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh added 1-3 for the Munster champions. Graham Shine’s Kerry were two points down at half-time, 2-7 to 2-9, but they outscored Armagh by 1-7 to 0-2 in the second half.

Kerry were much the better side after the break – and Armagh suffered a massive blow with 11 minutes left when Niamh Marley was sin-binned. While 16-year-old O’Donoghue caught the eye for Kerry, Aimee Mackin was superb for Armagh, particularly in the first half.

The Shane O’Neills player went into battle nursing a hand injury but still finished with 2-4, including 2-3 in the opening half. O’Donoghue was a late inclusion in the Kerry starting line-up and the Beaufort star, who won two All-Ireland U16 medals under Shine’s guidance, more than justified that call-up.

She opened the scoring with a point in the first minute and Kerry added two more to lead by 0-3 to 0-0 within eight minutes. They also had goalkeeper Laura Fitzgerald to thank for a brilliant stop from Mackin – while the Na Gaeil player would do even better late in the half with one of the finest saves you’ll ever see.

O’Donoghue netted in the tenth minute for Kerry, finishing off good approach play from the lively Sarah Houlihan and Laura Rogers, and Shine’s charges had a 1-3 to 0-0 lead. But Armagh roused themselves to register 2-5 without reply, as Kerry struggled on their own restarts.

Mackin netted twice in a minute midway through the half to turn the game on its head and both were cracking finishes past Fitzgerald. But the goalkeeper produced a magnificent tip-over save three minutes before the break to deny Mackin a hat-trick goal – when it seemed certain that the net would bulge.

Anna Galvin drew Kerry level at 2-7 apiece with a 28th minute goal but Armagh’s response was impressive, as scores from Aoife McCoy and Lauren McConville established a two-point half-time lead. It could have been even better as Armagh registered seven first half wides – and Fitzgerald produced those two fine saves – but the turnaround from six points down early on was impressive.

Sean O’Kane’s team needed to build on that platform against the pre-match favourites but they were rocked back on their heels just 20 seconds after the restart, as Ní Mhuircheartaigh scored Kerry’s third goal. From there until the finish, they would not be caught, as McCoy and Mackin scored Armagh’s only points of the second half.

Mackin’s 36th minute point was verified by ‘score assistant’, in use for the second time after Ciara McAnespie’s goal for Monaghan was awarded against Cork last Monday. That score kept Armagh in touch, as they trailed by just two points, 2-11 to 3-10, but Kerry on the spin to close the game out, with the Orchard County scoreless after Mackin’s effort.

They were four adrift, 2-11 to 3-12, when Marley was yellow-carded for a tackle on Ní Mhuircheartaigh, and there was no way back. Armagh conceded just two further points after that but despite the fact that they were chasing the game, they still packed players behind the ball and Kerry were comfortable as they booked a massive date with Dublin.

That game, in a fortnight’s time, will mark Kerry’s first semi-final appearance since 2015.

Scorers for Kerry – H O’Donoghue 1-4, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-3 (0-1f), S Houlihan 0-4 (2f), A Galvin 1-0, L Scanlon 0-2, E O’Leary 0-1.

Scorers for Armagh – A Mackin 2-4, A McCoy & F McKenna (2f) 0-3 each, L McConville 0-1.

Kerry – L Fitzgerald; E Lynch, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Murphy, S Murphy; L Scanlon, E Sherwood; L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, A Galvin, D Hallissey; S Houlihan, H O’Donoghue, L Rogers.
Subs – A O’Connell for S Murphy (37), F Tangney for Rogers (45), E O’Leary for Galvin (52), J Lucey for O’Donoghue (55).

Armagh – K Mallon; S Marley, C McCambridge, M Sheridan; M McGuinness, M Tennyson, S Reel; N Coleman, C O’Hanlon; A Mackin, A McCoy, N Marley; L McConville, B Mackin, F McKenna.
Subs – T Grimes for Sheridan (36), N Reel for McGuinness (55), A Donaldson for B Mackin (55).

Ref – J Murphy (Carlow)

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Quarter-Final – Kerry 0-25 Donegal 1-9

Kerry defeated Donegal by 0-25 to 1-9 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland Under 21 B Championship (Richie McElligott Cup) Quarter-Final on Saturday August 12th at Dr. Hyde Park Roscommon.

Fixture Details

12.08.2017 (Sat)
Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter-Final
Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
15:45 Ciarraí v Dún na nGall
Referee: Gavin Quilty (Cill Chainnigh)
(E.T. if Necessary)

Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final – Kildare 1-14 Kerry 1-12

Kildare defeated Kerry by 1-14 to 1-12 in the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday August 12th at Dr. Hyde Park Roscommon.

Fixture Details

12.08.2017 (Sat)
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor B Championship – Peadar Ó Liatháin Cup Quarter-Final
Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon 14:00
Ciarraí v Cill Dara
Referee: Joe Larkin (Corcaigh)
(E.T. if Necessary & Winner on the Day)