Munster S.H.C. – Clare 0-26 Limerick 0-15

Clare defeated Limerick by 0-26 to 0-15 in Round 5 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Match Highlights

Munster SHC: Clare march on


Report By Eoin Brennan for

Clare gathered further momentum to ensure a second successive Munster Final appearance after brushing off the challenge of previously unbeaten Limerick.

In front of a capacity crowd of 18,803, Cusack Park again proved Clare’s trump card as they led from start to finish in what was essentially a provincial semi-final showdown.

Following an opening win over Waterford three weeks previously, the Banner County were bolstered by a late smash-and-grab victory over Tipperary last time out to provide an unprecedented level of assuredness in their final group outing.

Peter Duggan kept up his unerring form from placed balls with a 13 point haul to top up his side’s margin throughout.

Equally, Tony Kelly revelled in the space left by the dismissal of a player from each side with a punishing five point second half blitz while John Conlon maintained his form with four and Jamie Shanahan perfectly operated as a sweeper and chief distributor to the forwards in a five star display.

Clare’s greater appetite was apparent from the outset as Duggan and targetman John Conlon kept the best efforts of Shane Dowling placed balls and Tom Morrissey at bay to open up a 0-10 to 0-7 advantage by the 29th minute.

Both sides would be reduced to 14 players just before the break as Limerick substitute Tom Condon and Clare’s David Reidy both received straight reds for off-the-ball incidents as Clare took a 0-13 to 0-09 advantage into the break.

With the wind to come, Limerick required a spark to ignite their recovery, but found themselves increasingly firefighting as the new half developed as Clare always seemed able to maintain a five point gap.

Without a goal, Limerick’s challenge faded in the final quarter, with their bruising three match schedule in as many weeks allowing Clare to flesh out the final margin with the last seven points as their attacking triumvirate Duggan (3), Kelly (2) and Conlon powered their side to a Munster Final rematch with Cork in a fortnight’s time.

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-13 (10fs, 1’65), Tony Kelly 0-5 (1’65), John Conlon 0-4, David Fitzgerald 0-2, Colm Galvin, Jamie Shanahan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: Shane Dowling 0-4 (4fs), Tom Morrissey 0-3, Kyle Hayes, Darragh O’Donovan (sideline), Cian Lynch, Diarmaid Byrnes, Seamus Flanagan, Gearoid Hegarty, Dan Morrissey, Aaron Gillane 0-1 each.

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Jack Browne, Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney; Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.
Subs: David Fitzgerald for Morey (14, inj), Jason McCarthy for Malone (54), Ian Galvin for Fitzgerald (61), Conor McGrath for O’Donnell (65), Mikey O’Neill for Collins (70).

LIMERICK: Nicky Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Tom Condon for Finn (13, inj), Richie McCarthy for Mulcahy (HT), Aaron Gillane for Flanagan (49), David Dempsey for Hegarty (56), Barry Nash for English (64).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).

Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, Conor Cleary, Jack Browne; Seadna Morey, David McInerney, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Gavin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.

Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Seamus Flanagan, Shane Dowling, Graeme Mulcahy.

Munster S.H.C. – Cork 1-23 Waterford 1-20

Cork defeated Waterford by 1-23 to 1-20 in Round 5 of the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship on Sunday June 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Munster SHC: Cork edge out Waterford


Report By Daragh Small for

Bill Cooper starred for in the second half comeback for Cork and the reigning Munster champions ensured safe passage into this year’s final with a win over Waterford.

John Meyler’s side had drawn against Tipperary and Limerick before their break from the round robin, and they bounced back in impressive fashion late on at Semple Stadium in Thurles.

They were 0-15 to 0-11 behind at the interval, but backed by the wind in the second half, the concession of Tommy Ryan’s goal was cancelled out by Seamus Harnedy’s 67th minute strike.

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh broke Brendan Cummins’ record for championship appearances, with his 74th straight game for Waterford here.

It was also potentially his last for his county but Derek McGrath’s men had nothing other than pride to play for after their 2-26 to 1-16 defeat at the hands of Limerick last weekend.

Despite draws against Tipperary and Limerick Cork had their destiny in their own hands but they were second best for the majority of the first half against the breeze.

Patrick Horgan did open the scoring and the Cork full-forward line all registered points inside the opening 12 minutes, but they missed too many opportunities in front of goal.

As their wide count rose Waterford took their chances up the other end and Tommy Ryan was a particular threat, while Brian O’Halloran was the perfect foil, with Pauric Mahony on target from the placed ball.

The sides were level on four occasions in opening quarter before points from Austin Gleeson and Jake Dillon put Waterford in charge.

The Cork wide count would reach eight by half-time and Waterford goalkeeper Ian O’Regan made a smart save to deny Bill Cooper a goal in the 16th minute.

Conor Lehane and Horgan kept Cork in the game but Waterford held a 0-15 to 0-11 interval lead. Mahony had six points by the break while Ryan and O’Halloran scored a couple of points each.

Cork had the ideal start to the second-half when Cooper pointed from distance inside the opening minute. DJ Foran hit back, but Cork began to close in.

Mark Coleman’s wonderful sideline brought the deficit back to 0-16 to 0-15, and Horgan levelled proceedings in the 53rd minute.

But ‘Brick’ Walsh provided the final pass for Ryan and his rocket of a shot rifled past Nash into the Cork net.

It was the final act for ‘Brick’ who was substituted directly after, and Waterford were three points clear with 15 minutes remaining.

But Cork fought back again and Harnedy crashed home a goal in the 67th minute, before there were seven minutes of injury-time were signalled. That gave time for Cooper to draw Cork level before Horgan pushed them in front and they held on.

Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-5 (2fs, 165), Seamus Harnedy 1-3, Bill Cooper 0-4, Conor Lehane 0-3, Mark Coleman 0-2 (1 sideline), Shane Kingston 0-2, Daniel Kearney 0-2, Darragh Fitzgibbon 0-1, Christopher Joyce 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-8 (4f, 165), Tommy Ryan 1-3, Brian O’Halloran 0-2, Jake Dillon 0-2, Tom Devine 0-1, Jamie Barron 0-1, Austin Gleeson 0-1, DJ Foran 0-1, Maurice Shanahan 0-1.

CORK: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Shane Kingston, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.
Subs: Conor O’Sullivan for O’Donoghue (45), Michael Cahalane for Meade (61), Jack O’Connor for Fitzgibbon (70+4)

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Ian Kenny, Conor Gleeson, Noel Connors; Michael Walsh, Austin Gleeson, Philip Mahony; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony; Kevin Moran, Colin Dunford, Jake Dillon; Brian O’Halloran, Tom Devine, Tommy Ryan.
Subs: Seamus Keating for Connors (24), DJ Foran for Dillon (40), Stephen Roche for O’Halloran (45), Stephen Bennett for Walsh (55), Maurice Shanahan for Bennett (60).

REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Ticket Prices – Senior and Minor Hurling Round-Robin Championship Matches

Adult: Stand €20, Terrace €15
Under 16s: €5 all areas
Student/OAP: Concession of €5 with valid ID prior to entry at the designated stile.

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

Tickets are available for purchase via
and participating Centra and Supervalu Outlets (Ticketing Store Locator)

Team News

Cork: Anthony Nash; Sean O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Christopher Joyce, Eoin Cadogan, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper; Luke Meade, Conor Lehane, Daniel Kearney; Shane Kingston, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan.

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 5 – Limerick 1-21 Clare 2-17

Limerick defeated Clare by 1-21 to 2-17 in Round 5 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 17th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Electric Ireland Munster MHC: Limerick finish strongly


Report By Eoin Brennan for

Limerick spoiled the home party in dramatic style in Cusack Park when producing a last gasp recovery to leapfrog Clare into the Munster Minor Hurling Final in a fortnight’s time.

Backed by a brace of Mark Rodgers goals, the Banner County seemed set to return to a second successive provincial decider as they led for the majority of this final round showdown. However, they simply failed to see out the game and instead were overtaken by a defiant Limerick who finished with four of the last five points to carve out a minimum win.

In front of a packed Cusack Park, Clare were dealt a cruel twist of fate but a persistent Limerick managed to stay in touch throughout, mainly through a superb six point haul by Bob Purcell before striking late through talisman Cathal O’Neill.

And the Banner were also caught napping at the end of the opening half as despite six Kealan Guyler points allied to a Mark Rodgers’ 29th minute goal putting the home side five clear, Limerick responded decisively right on the stroke of half-time when Cormac Ryan billowed the net at 1-8 to 1-6.

Gathering momentum, Limerick would maintain their push on the restart to actually inch ahead for the first time through midfielder Barry O’Connor by the 35th minute. But it would be only a momentary reprieve as Rodgers grabbed his second goal and seventh overall in four matches to give Clare a new lease of life at 2-09 to 1-10.

It would set up a very anxious finale that saw the sides on level terms on three more occasions. But only requiring a draw, Limerick would finish the stronger to wipe out a two point deficit in injury-time as O’Neill inspired a famous victory and a place in the final against neighbours Tipperary.

Scorers for Limerick: Cathal O’Neill 0-7 (1f, 3’65), Bob Purcell 0-6, Cormac Ryan 1-0, Danny O’Leary, Colin Coughlan 0-2 each, Barry O’Connor, Patrick Kirby, Diarmuid Hegarty, Emmet McEvoy 0-1 each

Scorers for Clare: Kealan Guyler 0-9 (3fs, 1’65), Mark Rodgers 2-1, Robin Mounsey 0-3, Conner Hegarty 0-2, William Halpin, Tony Butler, 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Bryan Heavey; Michael Keane, Ben Herlihy, Padraig Harnett; Eoin O’Mahony, Emmet McEvoy, Jack Nicholas; Patrick Kirby, Barry O’Connor; Cormac Ryan, Cathal O’Neill, Bob Purcell; Danny O’Leary, Colin Coughlan, Cian Casey.
Subs: Diarmuid Hegarty for Casey (HT), Bryan Nix for O’Leary (47), Micheal Martin for Coughlan (63).

CLARE: Cillian O’Brien; Mike Gough, Adam Mungovan, Jack Enright; Darragh Healy, Dylan McMahon, Jason Griffin; Aidan Moriarty, Gearoid O’Grady; William Halpin, Robin Mounsey, Kealan Guyler; Mark Rodgers, Shane Meehan, Conner Hegarty.
Subs: Tony Butler for O’Grady (41).

REFEREE: Mark Maher (Cork).

Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship Round 5 – Cork 3-17 Waterford 2-5

Cork defeated Waterford by 3-17 to 2-5 in Round 5 of the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship on Sunday June 17th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Team News

Munster Poc Fada Final 2018

The 2018 Munster Poc Fada Final took place on Saturday June 16th at the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, County Clare.


Limerick – John Chawke (Kildimo/Pallaskenry) – WINNER
Kerry – Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)
Clare – Eamonn Foudy (Inagh Kilnamona)
Cork – Jack McGann (Dungourney)
Tipperary – Mike Flannery (Newport)
Waterford – Niall Power (Fenor)


Tipperary – Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris) – WINNER
Limerick – Jack Franklin (Kilteely/Dromkeen)
Kerry – Tadhg McKenna (Crotta O’Neills)
Clare – Ryan Murphy (Kilmaley)
Cork – Callum O’Shaughnessy (Banteer)
Waterford – Conor Berry (Ballygunner)

EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 1-20 Tipperary 0-8

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-20 to 0-8 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday June 16th at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Comfortable win for Cork as they see off Tipp in Munster U20 quarter-final

Cork 1-20 Tipperary 0-8

Report by Therese O’Callaghan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A comfortable victory for Cork in the quarter-final of the EirGrid Munster U20 football championship at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.

Ahead by eight points at the break, they maintained that same advantage to the three-quarter mark. And in front of an attendance of 1,161, they pulled away in the closing stages kicking 1-5 without reply. They will have home venue again next Friday when they meet Clare in the semi-final.

Aided by the wind, Cork led 0-11 to 0-3 at half-time. It was a point apiece early on, but a run of unanswered points from Matthew Bradley Tadhg Corkery and Damien Gore opened up a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.

Tipperary had plenty of possession, but their finishing let them down. Riain Quigley rifled over a free and when Conal Kennedy pointed, they trailed 0-3 to 0-5 on 20 minutes. However, that was to be their final score of the half.

The home side closed out impressively kicking six points within an eight-minute spell. Chris Óg Jones and Bradley sharing nine first-half points between them.

Cork lined out with target man Mark Keane at the edge of the square, and despite Tipperary pulling their captain Jack Harney back as an extra defender, Cork were eight points to the good at the short whistle.

And that advantage could have been greater as Keane, after winning a great ball, blasted wide in the 17th minute, while Jones forced Tipperary goalkeeper Kian Quinn to pull off a brilliant save two minutes from half-time.

The visitors started the second-half strongly, half-time substitute Jack Delahunty landed a brace of quickfire points. When he scored a third point, the margin was down to six, 0-13 to 0-7.

But, that was as good as it got for the Premier County. When Cork found their stride, they started to take their scores with ease. Management emptied their bench to good effect too. Cillian Myers Murray bagged the only goal of the game in stoppage time, while Sean Walsh registered three great points.

Tipperary played the last 12 minutes plus stoppage with 14 players after John Lyons received a black card after they had used all six substitutes.

Scorers for Cork: C Óg Jones (0-6, 0-2 45, 0-1 free), C Myers Murray (1-1), M Bradley (0-4, 0-2 frees), S Walsh (0-3), T Corkery and D Gore (0-2 each), A Browne and C Maguire (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: J Delahunty (0-3), C Kennedy (0-2), R Quigley (free), R Lambe and B Fitzpatrick (0-1 each).

Cork: I Giltinan (Carrigaline); N Walsh (Douglas), B Murphy (Nemo Rangers), L O’Donovan (Capt, Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), A Browne (Newmarket), T Linehan (St Michael’s); M Shanley (Clonakilty), J Ryan (Ballymartle); M Keane (Mitchelstown), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), C Maguire (Castlehaven); C Óg Jones (Iveleary), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), D Gore (Kilmacabea).
Subs: C Murray Myers (St Finbarr’s) for J Ryan (41), S Walsh (Mitchelstown) for C Maguire (47), C Barrett (St Finbarrs) for M Bradley (47), S O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown) for T Linehan (50 inj), M Cronin (Nemo Rangers) for C Óg Jones (51), D Shorten (Ballingeary) for M Shanley (54 inj).

Tipperary: K Quinn (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); G Whelan (Ardfinnan) D Carew (Upperchurch-Drombane), C Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs); D O’Leary (Ardfinnan), D Egan (Galtee Rovers), G Ryan (Clonmel Commercials); B Hyland (Fr Sheehys), C O’Sullivan (Clonmel Commercials); R Quigley (Moyle Rovers), J Harney (Capt, Moyle Rovers), D Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); C Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), D O’Meara (Kiladangan), R Lambe (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: E McBride (JK Brackens) for C Bonnar (23), J Delahunty (Newport) for D O’Leary (half-time), J Lyons (Grangemockler-Ballyneale) for R Lambe (42), L Meaghar (Killenaule) for R Quigley (44), S Grogan (Cahir) for C O’Sullivan (47), B Fitzpatrick (Cashel King Cormacs) for B Hyland (47). (J Lyons BC 48).

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry).

Team News

CORK (U20 V TIPPERARY): I Giltinan (Carrigaline); N Walsh (Douglas), B Murphy (Nemo Rangers), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), A Browne (Newmarket), T Linehan (St Michael’s); M Shanley (Clonakilty), J Ryan (Ballymartle); M Keane (Mitchelstown), C O’Callaghan (Éire Óg), C Maguire (Castlehaven); C Óg Jones (Iveleary), M Bradley (Aghabullogue), D Gore (Kilmacabea).
Subs: E Kelleher (Éire Óg), A McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), S O’Sullivan (Mitchelstown), L Wall (Kilmurry), S Walsh (Mitchelstown), K Myers Murray (St Finbarr’s), M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C Barrett (St Finbarr’s), D Shorten (Ballingeary).

Job Opportunity – Games Development Administrator (Hurling)

Comhairle na Mumhan C.L.G (Munster GAA) is now seeking applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Games Development Administrator – Hurling, which shall be based in County Kerry.

The role holder will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and for supporting the development of strategies for hurling in the County. The role holder will also be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of a coherent high-performance programme across all areas of games development in the County.

The successful candidate will report on a day-to-day basis to the County Kerry Games Development Manager, but have a secondary reporting relationship with the Munster GAA Provincial Games Development Manager.

Click to view the job description

Candidates interested in the above role should apply with an up to date cover note and Curriculum Vitae at on or before 3pm on Friday, 15th June 2018.

EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-30 Limerick 0-5

Kerry defeated Limerick by 1-30 to 0-5 in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 20 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Friday June 15th at Newcastlewest.

Kerry U20s crush Limerick by 28-points to book place in Munster semi-final

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-30 Limerick 0-5

The Kerry U20s, minus the services of David Clifford and Seán O’Shea, crushed Limerick to the tune of 28-points to book their place in the Munster semi-final.

Jack O’Connor’s starting 15 for this quarter-final assignment in Newcastlewest contained 14 players who had featured in either the 2016 or 2017 All-Ireland minor final wins. The majority of his bench, too, had at least one minor medal in the back pocket.

Limerick, minus their best player – Josh Ryan, similar to O’Shea and Clifford, played senior football in recent weeks – were in trouble right from the off.

Martin Horgan’s charges did not register their first score until the 17th minute. By this juncture, they had been hit for 11 points. They managed three points in the opening half and went scoreless from the 28th to the 62nd minute.

Fiachra Clifford, Cormac Linnane, Donal O’Sullivan (0-2) and Bryan Sweeney propelled the favourites five clear inside the opening seven minutes. That lead had doubled by the 12th minute, Linnane, half-back Daniel O’Brien, David Shaw and Clifford (0-2) terrorising the Treaty rearguard.

David Shaw rolled home the sole goal of the quarter-final on 29 minutes, having had an earlier green flag ruled out. Kerry led 1-17 to 0-3 at the break and kicked 12 unanswered second-half points before their opponents raised a flag of any description.

This one was a rout from start to finish.

Scorers for Kerry: D Shaw (1-4, 0-1 free); F Clifford (0-7, 0-3 frees); D O’Sullivan (0-6, 0-2 frees); B Sweeney (0-4); C Linnane, B Friel (0-3 each); P Warren, D O’Connor, D O’Brien (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: R Childs (0-2, 0-2 frees); L Woulfe, L Kennedy, A Lacey (0-1 each).

Kerry: D Uosis (Dingle); M Reidy (Ballymacelligott), S Okunbar (Na Gaeil), D Naughton (Dr Crokes); M Breen (Beaufort), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), D O’Brien (Glenflesk); M Ryan (Rathmore), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); F Clifford (Laune Rangers), C Linnane (Beale), D Moynihan (Spa); D O’Sullivan (Kilgarvan), B Sweeney (Listowel Emmets), D Shaw (Dr Crokes).
Subs: B Friel (Rathmore) for Linnane (42); M Foley (Ballydonoghue) for O’Connor, C Kennedy (Beaufort) for D O’Sullivan (47); E Horan (Scartaglen) for Ryan, P Warren (Gneeveguilla) for O’Brien (both 50); S O’Leary (Kilcummin) for G O’Sullivan (55, inj)

Limerick: M O’Callaghan (Ballylanders); C Ferris (Ballysteen), K Maloney (Crecora Mainister), A Riordan (Fr Caseys); O Collins (Adare), D Enright (Monaleen), L Woulfe (Newcastlewest); R Childs (Galtee Gaels), C McSweeney (Gerald Griffins); P McGrath (Galtee Gaels), A Storan (Mungret St Pauls), L Kennedy (St Kieran’s); C Moran (St Patrick’s), A Kearns (St Senan’s), B Coleman (Rathkeale).
Subs: D Kelly (Newcastlewest) for Storan (15 mins); J Cummins (Galbally) for Riordan (HT); E Gilvarry (Na Piarsaigh) for Enright, A Lacey (Knockaderry) for Kennedy (both 38); D Lane (Adare) for Coleman (39); G Brennan (Claughan) for Woulfe (51); C Walsh (St Senan’s) for O’Callaghan (59, blood).

Referee: J Bermingham (Cork)

Team News

TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Cork v Kerry

Cork will play Kerry in the TG4 Munster Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at 2pm in the Cork Institute of Technology GAA grounds.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final – Cork v Clare

Cork will play Clare in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final on Sunday July 1st at 2pm.

The venue will be confirmed at a meeting of the Munster CCC on Monday night June 18th.