Fixtures Released for Munster Hurling League

Co-Op Superstores teams up with Munster GAA as sponsor for a 2nd year

The opening round of the upcoming Co- Op Superstores Munster Hurling League will see a repeat of last year’s final, with Cork taking on Limerick in Mallow on Saturday December 30th. Clare will play Kerry in Ennis on the same date.

Commenting at the launch of the competition, which took place at Dairygold’s Nutritionals Campus in Mallow, Munster Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said: “I am pleased that the Munster Council is in a position to facilitate these 4 counties in organising a competition that will provide them with a great opportunity to prepare for the very competitive Allianz Leagues. I am delighted to welcome Co-Op Superstores as the competition sponsor once again. I thank them for their continued support and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”

Co-Op Superstores is the retail division of Dairygold Co-Operative. Jim Woulfe, Dairygold CEO stated: “As an organisation deeply embedded in Munster, we’re pleased to be on board as sponsors again this year. Dairygold through our network of retail stores and our online store www.coopsuperstores.ie is hugely connected with the GAA community and we’re looking forward to being part of another exciting League to kick off the hurling season in Munster.”

The launch was attended by Cork Senior Team Manager, John Meyler, Kerry Senior Team Manager, Fintan O’ Connor, Limerick Senior Team Manager John Kiely and Clare selector Jimmy Browne. They were joined by players Seamus Harnedy (Cork), Dan Morrissey (Limerick) and Shane O’Donnell (Clare) and from Munster Council GAA Jerry O’Sullivan, (Chairman), Simon Moroney (Secretary) and Kieran Leddy (Operations Manager).

About Co-Op Superstores

With a network of stores across Munster and online at coopsuperstores.ie, this sponsorship is an ideal fit for the retail arm of Dairygold as it too is at the heart of local communities across the province.

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


Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2018 – Draw & Venues

FOUR TEAM ROUND-ROBIN GROUP STAGE

Saturday, 30/12/2017 (Round 1):

  • An Clár v Ciarraí (Páirc Chiosóg, Inis)
  • Corcaigh v Luimneach (Mála, Contae Chorcaí)

Sunday, 07/01/2018 (Round 2):

  • Luimneach v Ciarraí (Páirc na nGaeil, Luimneach)
  • An Clár v Corcaigh (Páirc Chiosóg, Inis)

Sunday, 14/01/2018 (Round 3):

  • Luimneach v An Clár (Páirc na nGaeil, Luimneach)
  • Ciarraí v Corcaigh a (Páirc Aibhistín de Staic, Trá Lí)

FINAL:

  • Sunday, 21st January 2018

Top Two Teams as determined by the Tie-Breaker formula


Munster Scór na nÓg Final 2017/2018

The Munster Scór na nÓg Final 2017/2018 will take place on Sunday January 7th 2018 in Éire Óg Pavilion, Ovens Co. Cork.


List of Competitors

Munster Scór na nÓg Semi-Final 2017/2018

The Munster Scór na nÓg Semi-Final 2017/2018 will take place on Sunday December 10th 2017 in Éire Óg Pavilion, Ovens Co. Cork at 2pm.


List of Competitors


2017 Munster GAA Awards

The 2017 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 9th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.


Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


Footballer, Ladies Footballer, Manager of the Year and
Under 21 Hurler Announced for 2017 Munster GAA Awards

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Waterford’s Michelle Ryan have secured the Senior Footballer and Ladies’ Footballer accolades respectively in the 2017 Munster GAA Awards. The Manager of the Year award goes to Cork senior hurling manager, Kieran Kingston and the under 21 Hurling Award goes to Aaron Gillane of Limerick.

Speaking on the announcement of these awards Jerry O’Sullivan, Chairman of Munster GAA said “James O’Donoghue and Michelle Ryan contributed hugely to their teams’ performances this year and are deserving winners of the top playing awards in Gaelic Football and Ladies Gaelic Football respectively. Aaron Gillane was the star of the under 21 hurling. It was marvellous to see the Munster Hurling champions, Cork defy expectations to win three games and a deserved Munster Championship. Their Manager, Kieran Kingston, deserves great credit for bringing Munster honours back to the Rebel County. Congratulations to all the 2017 Award winners.”


Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2017 are as follows:

Austin Flynn (Waterford) – Hurling Hall of Fame
Seamus Clancy (Clare) – Football Hall of Fame
John Costigan (Tipperary) – Distinguished Service Award
Killian Spillane (Kerry) – Under 21 Football
Aaron Gillane (Limerick) – Under 21 Hurling
Brian Turnbull (Cork) – Minor Hurling
David Clifford (Kerry) – Minor Football
Patrice Diggin (Kerry) – Camogie
Michelle Ryan (Waterford) – Ladies Football
JP O’Connor (Limerick) – Handball
Kanturk (Cork) – Club
Mark Coleman (Cork) – Senior Hurling
James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – Senior Football
Kieran Kingston (Cork) – Manager


Click here to view photos from the 2017 Munster GAA Awards


Senior Hurler & Club of the Year – Munster GAA Awards

Cork’s Mark Coleman has rounded off an impressive year by being selected as the 2017 Munster Senior Hurler of the Year. Kanturk’s marvellous success in Hurling and Football has earned them the Munster GAA Club of the Year accolade. Other awards announced were the Camogie player of the Year, Patrice Diggin from Kerry, Minor Hurler of the Year, Brian Turnbull (Cork) and Minor Footballer of the Year. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork where all the award winners for 2017 will be honoured.


This year’s winner of the Senior Hurler of the Year goes to Mark Coleman of Blarney and Cork whose potential has been evident since his teen’s days with his club, local post primary school and the Cork development squads. Even do he has been involved in Cork Minor & Under 21 Hurling panels over the last few years his potential hasn’t been in the spotlight due to the lack of success in those panels. It was very evident in this year’s Munster Senior and Under 21 Hurling Championships the potential that he has. His reading of the game, distribution of the ball to the forwards, point scoring and his sublime sideline cuts were a joy to watch. His potential was recognised later in the year when he was selected on the PwC All-Star Hurling team for 2017 and was one of the nominee’s for young hurler of the year.


While thirteen is unlucky for some, the odyssey of 2017 saw Kanturk victorious in as many games as a county championship double and Munster title were secured. Kanturk defeated Mitchestown, Rockchapel, Glanworth, and Kildorrery to book a place in the Cork IFC final on the 29th of October where Mitchelstown provided the opposition. Trailing 011 to 0-9 entering the final quarter, Kanturk kicked five unanswered points to secure the title 0-14 to 0-13.

In hurling victory over Castlelyons, Charlevile twice and Ballinhassig saw Kanturk reach the decider against near neighbours Mallow. Under the Pairc Ui Rinn lights on October 7th, Kanturk reached the holy grail of Cork Premier IHC success on a 0-17 to 1-12 score line. In the Munster campaign St Mary’s (Clonmel) & Ballyduff (Kerry) were overcome before Clare champions Kilmaley were defeated in the final on November 19th as Kanturk added the provincial title to their county double by 1-23 to 0-25. A once in a life time season was capped with All Ireland IHC QF victory over Kilburn Gaels in Ruislip on Sunday last completing a 14-game unbeaten run in 2017.


Patrice Diggin is the back bone of the Kerry team. Her contribution on the field is immense – keeping the scoreboard ticking over, defending – her presence has proved crucial in tight encounters. Her display in the Junior Final against Cork in May saw her account for 13 of Kerry’s 14-point haul earning her the Player of the Game accolade. Whether it’s Club, County, Province or College, she is a dynamo on the field. In February she captained UL Ashbourne Final victory; with Clanmaurice she added the Junior Club Championship title to her honours. The schedule of an Inter-County & Club player is heavy, with little time left for anything else. Patrice makes that time for the development of Camogie in Kerry, and is a familiar figure to all involved in Camogie in the Kingdom, promoting the game while her passion for the sport is a joy to behold.


This year’s winner of the Minor Hurler of the Year goes to Brian Turnbull of Douglas and Cork, a player who has shown great potential since his teen’s days with his club, local post primary school and the Cork development squads, some of which we saw this year throughout the Munster & All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship, particularly in the Munster Semi-Final replay and All-Ireland Semi-Final. He has helped his club to numerous championship titles since his underage days. His point taking from play & frees are clearly trait of a potential great forward some of which we saw this year, but no doubt he will see a lot more of this player in years ahead at club and inter-county level. His potential was recognised later in the year when he was selected as the Electric Ireland GAA Minor Star Hurler of the Year.


What another remarkable year it has been for the Fossa Clubman adding second Munster and All-Ireland Minor medals to his growing collection. Kerry’s ambitions for a fifth provincial title on the trot hinged on a winner takes all semi-final meeting with old rivals Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn on the 10th of May. The home side struck for an early goal but team captain David Clifford soon found his range turning in a virtuoso performance and scoring 2-8 in the process, 2-5 of that tally from play. The scoring was more evenly spread in the final as Clare were put to the sword but the IT Tralee student still helped himself to 6 points in a Man of the Match performance. In the All-Ireland series he scored a combined total of 1-19 against Louth and Cavan before unleashing all his talents on the biggest day of all – Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day. A record haul of 4-4 in another Man of the Match display put an end to Derry’s hopes of an upset as Kerry claimed an unprecedented 4-in-a-row of titles. In all, he scored a remarkable 10-61 (10-50 from play) over two championship seasons in the Minor grade!

Hall of Fame winners – Munster GAA Awards

Waterford’s Austin Flynn and Clare’s Seamus Clancy have secured the Hall of Fame Hurling and Football accolades respectively in the 2017 Munster GAA Awards. Killian Spillane of Kerry wins the Munster Under 21 Footballer of the Year, JP O’Connor of Limerick is the Munster Handballer of the Year while Tipperary’s John Costigan is honoured with the Munster Distinguished Service Award. The awards will be presented on Saturday night at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork where all the award winners for 2017 will be honoured.


Austin Flynn, a native of Abbeyside, hurled with Waterford from 1955 to 1967 and was their stalwart and ultra-dependable full back in their golden era from 1957 to 1963. In that period they won three Munster titles, a National League crown and of course the ultimate – a McCarthy Cup, defeating Kilkenny in the 1959 replay. He was also selected at full-back on the Munster team which won the Railway Cup in 1960. Although his club, Abbeyside, contested four county finals, he would be denied a coveted county medal. Austin is a most witty storyteller and never refuses an interview although he has stated that he’d be more than willing to pass on the mantle to worthy successors!


A native of Corofin, Seamus Clancy comes from a family steeped in the true tradition of Clare football. He represented Clare at Minor and Under 21 level before emigrating to Australia for a few years. On his return he was immediately selected for the Clare Senior Footballers and played a starring role in Clare’s historic Munster Championship victory over Kerry in 1992. It was a family occasion for the Clancy’s as his brother Colm scored the winning goal and his father Donal was a selector. His towering display in the Munster final earned him an All Star in 1992 at right corner back and to this day he’s Clare’s only football All-Star.


Having played some handball at a young age, JP O’Connor returned to the game in 2004 after an absence of nearly 15 years and led his club Hospital to the All-Ireland Junior B Club Title. Subsequent All-Ireland Club Titles followed at Junior and Intermediate Level, and culminated in captaining the club to reach the All-Ireland Senior Club Final in 2017. Individual Honours followed along the way also, winning All-Ireland titles in Junior B Singles and Junior Doubles as well as several Munster Titles.

2017 was an exceptional year captaining his club to the Munster Senior Club Title. He also won the Munster Intermediate Singles title losing out in the final in Croke Park in October. He also won a record sixth Paul Russell Memorial Cup in 2017. In 2018 he hopes to participate in the World Handball Championships in Minneapolis USA.


When Kerry travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn for the Munster Under 21 Football final on the last Wednesday of March, one of the overriding thoughts among the players must have been the fact that not since 2008 had the Kingdom managed to secure a Munster title in the grade while opponents Cork were seeking a sixth title in seven years. After a power packed display of attacking football however, Kerry annexed their 26th title to draw level in the Roll of Honour with their neighbours. A Man of the Match display by Killian Spillane was instrumental in that victory. The Templenoe clubman had an impressive 1-9 to his credit following earlier victories over Clare and Waterford and for good measure he added 5 points in the final.


John Costigan has had a distinguished GAA career both as a player and administrator, commencing with winning Rice Cup medals with Templemore CBS before going on to win County Junior Football and Hurling medals with his native Clonakenny. John played hurling at all grades with Tipperary, winning Munster Senior and Under 21, National League, Oireachtas, Railway Cup and Intermediate All-Ireland medals.

On joining the teaching staff of Templemore CBS, John threw himself into the organisation of Gaelic Games at the school and was associated with an astonishing 53 winning teams including the Harty and Croke Cups in 1978. On the formation of the JK Brackens Club in 1992 John became its first Chairman, later becoming Chairman of Tipperary County Board in 2006 and subsequently serving on the Munster Council, Central Council and the GAA’s Central Management Committee. He is currently a member of the national Competitions Control Committee, the Fixtures Monitoring Committee and Semple Stadium Management Committee.

AIB All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final Replay – Kilmessan (Meath) 0-9 Clanmaurice (Kerry) 0-5

Kilmessan (Meath) defeated Clanmaurice (Kerry) by 0-9 to 0-5 in the AIB All Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final Replay on Sunday December 3rd at Dolla, County Tipperary.



AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Final – Knocknagree (Cork) 1-17 Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 2-11

Knocknagree (Cork) defeated Dromid Pearses (Kerry) by 1-17 to 2-11 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Final on Sunday December 3rd at Mallow.


All Ireland Intermediate Club Ladies Football Championship Final – Dunboyne (Meath) 2-13 Kinsale (Cork) 2-12

Dunboyne (Meath) defeated Kinsale (Cork) by 2-13 to 2-12 in the All Ireland Intermediate Club Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday December 3rd at Parnell Park.



Match Preview


Match Coverage


Waterford Senior Football Final – Stradbally 1-15 The Nire 1-14

Stradbally defeated The Nire by 1-15 to 1-14 in the Waterford Senior Football Final on Sunday December 3rd at Fraher Field Dungarvan.


Match Highlights