Munster Hurling League – Clare 1-20 Cork 0-21

Clare defeated Cork by 1-20 to 0-21 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Saturday December 29th at Cusack Park Ennis.


Late scoring burst gives Clare victory over Cork

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 1-20 – 0-21 Cork

Colin Guilfoyle’s late goal gave Clare the impetus to win this Co-Op Superstores Munster SHL clash in Cusack Park, Ennis, the home side’s late scoring burst getting them the win ahead of a visiting Cork side who had dominated much of an entertaining game viewed by 1,987 spectators.

Cork were far more efficient than Clare in the first half, with the unerring Declan Dalton helping them to a healthy 0-13 to 0-7 first half lead. Both teams had experimental teams on the field but the visitors’ new men settled faster.

Clare were transformed on the restart, hitting four points in the opening four minutes of the second half. Cork got to grips with their opponents and swapped points for much of the second period, and were four points up late in the game thanks to a fine Jamie Coughlan point.

Then sub Guilfoyle’s ground strike found the net. A galvanised Clare side sensed victory, and Ryan Taylor and Diarmuid Ryan sealed the game with injury-time points.

Scorers for Clare: N. Deasy (0-10, 7 frees); G. Cooney, D. Ryan (0-3 each), C. Guilfoyle (1-0); D. Conroy (0-2); C. Malone, R. Taylor (0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: Declan Dalton (0-10, 7 frees, 2 65s, 1 sideline); M. O’Halloran, J. Coughlan (1 free)(0-4 each); R. O’Flynn (0-2); Cormac Murphy (0-1).

Clare: K. Hogan, J. McCarthy, D. Fitzgerald, R. Hayes, A. McCarthy, C. Galvin (c), C. Malone, S. Golden, D. Conroy, D. Ryan, N. Deasy, A. Shanagher, G. Cooney, A. Shanagher, M. O’Neill.
Subs: C. Guilfoyle for Conroy (51); C. Cleary for Galvin (54); J. Browne for Fitzgerald (58); C. McInerney for Shanagher (65)

Cork: P. Collins, S. O’Donoghue, D. Griffin, D. Lowney, C. Joyce, T. O’Mahony, R. Downey, Wl Kearney, C. Cahalane (c), C. Murphy, M. O’Halloran, A. Walsh, J. Coughlan, D. Dalton, R. O’Flynn.
Subs: C. Beausang for Kearney (63); P. Leopold for O’Halloran (71).

Referee: F. Horgan (Tipperary).


Team News

Munster Hurling League – Limerick 4-14 Kerry 0-11

Limerick defeated Kerry by 4-14 to 0-11 in Round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Thursday December 20th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Slick Limerick’s class proves too much for gutsy Kingdom

Report By Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 4-14 – 0-11 Kerry

All-Ireland champions Limerick proved too strong for a young Kerry side in this Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A, Round 2 game at Austin Stack Park last night.

Played in difficult conditions, Limerick manager John Kiely made seven changes to the side that lost to Tipperary in round one just six days ago. But it mattered little as they excelled in front of 800 hardy spectators.

Robbie Hanley from Kilmallock put in a strong claim to be part of the league squad at a minimum while his club mate Barry Hennessy got a start in goal. Diarmaid Byrnes was the winner’s most impressive defender while Barry Murphy caught the eye up front.

Limerick made an explosive start with two goals inside the opening three minutes with David Reidy hitting the back of the Kerry net after 18 seconds and two minutes later Oisin O’Reilly intercepted a poor Kerry clearance and shot low to the corner of the net. When Barry Murphy added a point, Kerry looked in deep trouble but they rallied and fired over four unanswered points from Michael O’Leary (two), Shane Conway, and Jordan Conway.

Limerick finally ended a 12-minute wait drought that included four wides when Tom Morrissey fired over from an acute angle but the Kerry defence — particularly Sean Weir, Jason Diggins, and Mikey Boyle — were making life were uncomfortable for the Limerick attack. Conditions made even holding the hurley difficult as Limerick added a free from Colin Ryan and a beauty from play by Barry Murphy. But Kerry hit back with two Shane Conway points, one from play and the other a free as Kerry retired happy at the interval trailing by just four, 2-4 to 0-6.

The Limerick full-back line had repelled a number of dangerous Kerry attacks with Sean Finn and Byrnes outstanding but they lost centre forward David Reidy with a shoulder injury. However within 13 seconds of the restart Limerick struck for a killer goal when Graeme Mulcahy slipped in for a third goal. Limerick dominated the rest of the game with Barry Murphy impressing with some fine points, while Diarmuid Byrnes came up from wing back to make it 3-9 to 0-7 with 20 minutes remaining.

Kerry wing-back Jason Diggins scored possibly the point of the game from in front of the stand in the 65th minute which drew applause from supporters who enjoyed the physical nature of the contest.

Though Kerry put it up to Limerick in the opening half, class won out in the second, though Pádraig Boyle came on for Kerry and scored a nice three-point cameo, it was the All-Ireland champions who finished in style with Barry Murphy lobbing Kerry keeper Martin Stackpoole for goal number four while Oisin O’Reilly added a point as Limerick eased to a comfortable 15-point win.

Scorers: Limerick; B Murphy (1-6, 3 frees), O O‘Reilly (1-1), D Reidy and G Mulcahy (1-0 each), G Hegarty (0-3, 1 s/l), C Ryan (0-2, 1 free), D Byrnes and T Morrissey (0-1 each)
Kerry: S Conway (0-4, 3 frees), P Boyle (0-3, 2 frees), M O’Leary (0-2), J Diggins and J Conway (0-1 each)

Teams:

LIMERICK: B Hennessy ; W O’Meara, S Finn, L Lyons; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, P O’Loughlin ; R Hanley, C Ryan ; G Hegarty, D Reidy , T Morrissey ; B Murphy , S Flanagan, O O’Reilly.
Subs: G Mulcahy for D Reidy (35), A Costello for L Lyons (48), R Connolly (Adare) for W O’Meara (53),

KERRY: M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, E Leen; J Diggins, M Boyle, P Kelly ; D Griffin, B Barrett; J Conway, M O Leary , M Leane; J Goulding, S Conway, D Goggin
Subs: J O’Connor for E Leen (h/t), Pádraig Boyle Ballyduff for D Goggin (48), Michael Slattery (Abbeydorney) for P Kelly (48), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney) for D Griffin (54), E Murphy for M Leen (66)

Referee: C Lyons( Cork)


Fixture Details

Thursday December 20th
2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Group A Round 2
Kerry v Limerick
Venue: Austin Stack Park Tralee @ 7:30pm
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance via participating Centra and Supervalu outlets


Team News

Job Posting – Limerick Games Development Administrator


Limerick Games Development Administrator (Designated Areas)

Based in Limerick City (Southside)


Click here to apply


Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is Ireland’s leading sporting and cultural organisation with membership approaching one million people and in excess of 500,000 playing participants at all levels. Inspired by its amateur status and supported by the voluntary efforts of all its members, the GAA devotes its entire resources to the development of Gaelic Games and Culture nationally and in local communities.

As part of a joint initiative with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Limerick GAA now seeks to recruit a Games Development Administrator, who shall be based in key areas within the Southside designated area of Limerick City as part of an overall plan to support community and social development by increasing local communities’ involvement with, and participation in, Gaelic Games and recreational sport.


Click here to apply


Role Profile
The role holder will be responsible for the implementation of specific GAA Games Development Policy within the Southside of Limerick City. In addition to the coaching and development of GAA in this area, the role holder will also perform an essential community development function by focusing on providing children & youths within the area with suitable opportunities to increase their involvement with the GAA – recreational sport (either through games, coaching or volunteer opportunities).
The role holder will be required to work 39 hours per week, which will include weekends and evenings, and the hours may vary depending on workload and seasonal changes.

Key tasks:
• Responsible for overseeing the implementation of agreed games development programmes in clubs, schools and other units of the GAA in the Southside designated area of Limerick City;
• Support the implementation of activities through practical inputs where required;
• Report on the implementation of activities on a regular basis and, particularly, ensure data relating to the implementation of activities is available on a quarterly basis through the use of the GAA Games Development Information Management System (MIS);
• Work as part of a team to implement policy and best practice in the designated areas; Work with GAA personnel, volunteers and other Sport Officers (e.g. FAI officers, Munster rugby officers and sports partnership officers) when required, in order to run joint initiatives that may arise;
• Work with community organisations and leaders to enhance the profile and position of Gaelic Games in the designated areas;
• Establish links with various community groups and stakeholders including the drugs task force, Garda diversion groups, school completion project & homework clubs – for the purpose of organising and providing after school activities for young people in the designated areas;
• Identify and assist with local community initiatives & projects in the southside designated area of Limerick City that may be of further benefit to Limerick GAA and wider community.
• Promote and coach the following sports; hurling, gaelic football and handball as well as other GAA related activities that may be assigned to him/her from time to time;
• Assist with research and surveys aimed at gathering information for the development of plans to increase participation numbers and improve skill levels in the designated areas;
• Liaise with Provincial and County Games Development Personnel and attend meetings and personnel training as required, to support the development of the function and the role;
• Complete any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the County Games Development Manager.

Essential Criteria:
• At least 3 years’ experience of working in the GAA or similar sporting organisation (Voluntary or Professional Capacity);
• Exceptional interpersonal and influencing skills;
• Strong ability to work in high pressure situations;
• Excellent administrative and IT skills with a strong working knowledge of IT related packages and systems;
• Experience of coaching and development in Gaelic Games (Gaelic Football, Hurling and Handball);
• Excellent communication (verbal and written), relationship management and presentation skills;
• Ability to build and sustain good relationships and manage conflict;
• Ability to work independently on own initiative and perform as part of a team;
• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines; hands-on approach to getting things done;
• Clear and detailed knowledge of the GAA’s coaching schemes and initiatives;
• A minimum Foundation Level GAA Coaching Qualification.

Desirable Requirements:
• A Level 1 GAA Coaching Qualification;
• Own car with a full clean driving licence;
• Ability to work and attend evening and weekend meetings/activities in addition to normal day to day activities.


Click here to apply


The Closing Date for Applications is on or before 3pm on Thursday 10th of January, 2019.

Please note the post is subject to Garda Vetting.

The GAA is an equal opportunities employer.

Munster Hurling League – Tipperary 4-14 Limerick 2-17

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 4-14 to 2-17 in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Friday December 14th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Tipperary give Liam Sheedy winning start against All-Ireland champions Limerick

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Limerick 2-17 – 4-14 Tipperary

A crowd of 3,224 is not what you expect for a first-round Munster SHL fixture on a cold and, at times, wet evening in mid-December. Then again, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill pre-season blowout.

In one corner, you had a county who had not lost a competitive fixture since June 17, their string of victories thereafter captured and documented in the yearbook and DVD which were on sale underneath the Mackey Stand before throw-in.

In the opposing corner, you had a county who had not played a competitive fixture since June 10 and were without a win since March 31. Ironically enough, that victory had come at the expense of the team they provided with a guard of honour to this evening.

The spoils, in the end, went to Liam Sheedy and Tipperary; the former enjoying his first win as Tipp manager in eight years, his players bridging an eight-month gap to the last occasion they came out on top. Eight was also the number of players on the Limerick team who started the All-Ireland final win.

Tipperary, heavily reliant on Seamus Callanan for scores and having not found the target from play until the 14th minute, led by 3-6 to 0-11 at the break. Their four-point advantage was eked out in the three minutes before half-time, the visitors to the Gaelic Grounds taking their hosts for an unanswered 2-1.

With Aaron Gillane and Colin Ryan both having swollen their personal tallies to 0-3 to move the hosts in front (0-9 to 1-5) for the first time on the half-hour mark, Tipperary fired back with Callanan taking advantage of a Dan Morrissey slip to register his second goal. The delivery for that score was provided by Dan McCormack and it was roles reversed in the ensuing passage of play as Callanan teed up the Borris-Ileigh man for a point.

On 34 minutes, Sheedy’s charges bagged their third goal, Jason Forde and Callanan putting Mark Kehoe clear, with the All-Ireland U21 winner duly obliging.

Unfortunately, this three-minute burst of scores and fairly fluent hurling which accompanied it was out of kilter with an opening half which produced 20 wides (11 to Limerick, nine to Tipperary).

The visitors kept up the pace upon the change of ends, a Callanan free followed by a Patrick Bonner Maher goal on 37 minutes which shoved the Premier men 4-7 to 0-11 ahead. Not since January of this year had John Kiely’s charges been hit for four or more goals.

The game continued to move away from the All-Ireland champions as another Callanan free and a point from debutant Colin English put nine between the sides.

David Reidy buried the sliotar past Brian Hogan at the end of a free-flowing move involving fellow half-forwards Gearoid Hegarty and Barry O’Connell to put a dent in their opponents’ lead. And while Gillane and O’Connell succeeded in paring the margin to five (4-10 to 1-15), four in a row from the blue and gold took them across the line.

Limerick peppered Hogan’s goal with shots at the end, but only one, from Gillane, found its way across the white paint.

Tipp back to winning ways, Limerick back motoring. Everyone, well almost everyone, left satisfied.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan (2-8, 0-7 frees, 1-0 pen); P Maher, M Kehoe (1-0 each); R Maher, J Forde (0-2 each); C English, D McCormack (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: A Gillane (1-8, 0-6 frees); D Reidy (1-3); C Ryan (0-3); B O’Connell (0-2); A La Touche Cosgrave (0-1).

TIPPERARY: B Hogan; S O’Brien, J Barry, D Maher; B Heffernan, S Kennedy, T Fox; M Breen, W Connors; C English, R Maher, D McCormack; J Forde, S Callanan, M Kehoe
Subs: Patrick Maher for Kehoe (HT); J O’Dwyer for S O’Brien (49); J Morris for Breen (54); J Cahill for Connors (64); M McCarthy for Forde (65).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Finn, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; A La Touche Cosgrave, D Hannon, P O’Loughlin; C Lynch, C Ryan; B O’Connell, D Reidy, G Hegarty; G Mulcahy, A Gillane, P Ryan.
Subs: S Flanagan for Mulcahy (29 mins, inj); C Boylan for O’Connell (56); O O’Reilly for P Ryan, D Byrnes for Hannon (both 60).

Referee: R McGann (Clare).


Fixture Details

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League
Limerick v Tipperary @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Friday December 14th at 7:30pm


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
U-16’s: Free
Students/OAP’s receive €5 concession at the designated stile prior to entry with valid id.


Match Preview


Team News

Tipperary will be contesting the Co Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League for the first time since 2015, this Friday December 14th, in the Gaelic Grounds at 7:30pm. And ahead of this fixture, manager Liam Sheedy has announced his side which will line out against Limerick in Group A Round 1 and it is as follows;

1. Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2. Seán O’Brien – Newport
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Donagh Maher – Burgess
5. Barry Heffernan – Nenagh Éire Óg
6. Séamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s Clonmel
7. Tom Fox – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
8. Michael Breen – Ballina
9. Willie Connors – Kiladangan
10. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
11. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
12. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
13. Jason Forde – Silvermines
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom-Inch
15. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
16. Barry Hogan – Kiladangan
17. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
18. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
19. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
20. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
21. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
22. Mark McCarthy – Toomevara
23. Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
24. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
25. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule
26. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule

Limerick Senior Hurling Panel for Round 1 of Co-Op Superstores Munster League 2019 v Tipperary at Pairc na nGael on this Friday evening @ 7.30pm.

1. Nicky Quaid
2. William O’Meara
3. Sean Finn
4. Richie English
5. Paddy O’Loughlin
6. Declan Hannon
7. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave
8. Cian Lynch
9. Colin Ryan
10. Gearoid Hegarty
11. Barry O’Connell
12. David Reidy
13. Aaron Gillane
14. Graeme Mulcahy
15. Pat Ryan
16. Barry Hennessy
17. Tom Condon
18. Lorcan Lyons
19. Aaron Costello
20. Ronan Connolly
21. Diarmaid Byrnes
22. Dan Morrissey
23. Michael O’Brien
24. Robbie Hanley
25. Tom Morrissey
26. Kyle Hayes
27. Conor Boylan
28. Barry Murphy
29. Oisin O’Reilly
30. Seamus Flanagan


Match Programme


Seamus O’Sullivan, Co-Op Superstores Ardagh Manager with Sean Finn Limerick Hurler and John Kiely, Limerick Manager at the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.

Marie Fitzgerald Co-Op Superstores Cahir Manager with Liam Sheedy Tipperary Hurling Manager and Seamus Callanan, Tipperary Hurler – At the launch of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 at Co-Op Superstores, Raheen, Limerick (the flagship store of Dairygold’s Retail Network in Munster).
Pic Arthur Ellis.

Munster GAA Awards €1.1M to Clubs in Development Grants

The Munster Council has announced details of the 2018 Development Grant Scheme, which has provided €1,130,000 in funding for club and school capital development projects across the province.


List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants


Under the scheme, Clare received €176,771 from 22 applications, Cork received €221,709 from 42 applications, Limerick received €206,907 from 35 applications, Kerry received €124,771 from 23 applications, Tipperary received €281,011 from 38 applications and Waterford received €64,755 from 15 applications. Funding is allocated based on the amount spent and on the category of development.

Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan said “I am delighted to announce the awarding of over €1.1 million in grants supporting development projects in 169 clubs and 6 schools throughout Munster.”
“These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing €8,331,577 in upgrading their facilities. This level of expenditure is testament to the strength of the GAA in the province and reflects the impressive vision of our clubs to continually improve facilities for players and supporters alike.”

He added “The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we get from the many thousands of people who attend our games each year. We are very fortunate to have such loyal support in the province and we are delighted to be able to redistribute income from games to the clubs and schools.”

Of the fund available this year, Central Council provided €640,000, with the balance of €490,000 coming from the Munster Council’s own resources.


List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants


2018 Munster GAA Awards

The 2018 Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday December 8th at a gala dinner in the Fota Island Resort Hotel in Cork.


Click here to view photos from the night


The full list of Munster GAA Award winners for 2018 are as follows:

Sean Hayes (Minor Hurling)
Paul Walsh (Minor Football)
Aoife Murray (Camogie)
Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Football)
Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Football)
Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurling)
Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service)
Ballygunner (Club)
Kavan O’Keeffe (Handball)
Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)
Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football)
Sean O’Shea (Senior Football)
Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurling)
John Kiely (Manager)


Munster GAA Award Winners 2018
Back row (left to right) – Kieran Leddy (Munster GAA CEO), Anthony Walsh (Munster GAA PRO), Gerry Cullinan (Ballygunner – Club of the Year), Sean O’Shea (Senior Footballer of the Year), Sean Hayes (Minor Hurler of the Year), Kavan O’Keeffe (Handballer of the Year), Seamus Harnedy (Senior Hurler of the Year), Donal O’Sullivan (Under 20 Footballer of the Year), Mark Coleman (Under 21 Hurler of the Year), John Brennan (Munster GAA Operations Manager), Pearse Murphy (Munster GAA Treasurer)
Front row (left to right) – Seamus Hayes (Distinguished Service Award), Johnny Hennessey (Hall of Fame Football), Paul Walsh (Minor Footballer of the Year), Liam Lenihan (Munster GAA Vice-Chairman), Jerry O’Sullivan (Munster GAA Chairman), Aoife Murray (Camogie Player of the Year), John Kiely (Manager of the Year), Aine O’Sullivan (Ladies Footballer of the Year), Joe McKenna (Hall of Fame Hurling)

Liam Hegarty – An appreciation

On Monday, December 3rd, we unexpectedly lost our dear friend and colleague Liam Hegarty. Liam was a constant presence in the USGAA for decades and his influence, ideas and innovation have been felt throughout the adult and youth clubs here in the US.

Born in the United States, to Billy and Betty Hegarty, Liam’s family spent a number of years living in Ednamuck, Co. Donegal, before settling in Kells, Co. Meath. Kells is where Liam developed a life-long grá for all things GAA. As a youth, Liam was involved with the local Gaeil Colmcille club before leaving Ireland and returning to the US in the late 1980’s.

Upon settling in Philadelphia, Liam immediately got involved with the Donegal Philadelphia GAA Club both as a Club Officer and a player. He took great joy in the club’s various successes over the years. Not the least of which was his most recent moment of pride and happiness when Donegal Philadelphia captured the Senior and Junior Football Championships at the USGAA Finals held in his own beloved home town, Philadelphia.

As Liam transitioned from player to spectator, he became heavily involved in youth GAA. His first involvement was at local level with the Philadelphia Youth Board. This eventually led to the founding of the Delaware County Gaels, the club Liam has supported for many years. As youth GAA grew across the US, Liam, along with like minded GAA supporters, was instrumental in forming the Continental Youth Championship. This foresight and passion for developing youth competition has resulted in the largest, annual GAA event in the world.

Having been in instrumental in its founding, Liam served the CYC in many roles over the years. He continued to assist in the development and growth of CYC until 2015 when Liam received the honor of being the Presidential Appointee to chair the CYC Steering Committee. Liam led the CYC Steering Committee through 2018 and was set to continue on into 2019. During his time as Chair, Liam was never one to overlook the efforts of others. To honor those who shared his passion, Liam inaugurated the CYC Circle of Honor Award to recognize people who devoted their own time to the continued development of this growing, international competition.

While nurturing and building the CYC, Liam continued to serve in other areas of the GAA by filling a variety of roles on the Philadelphia Divisional Board and the USGAA Youth Committee. His tireless efforts culminated in Liam rising to the level of Chair of the USGAA Youth Committee when he was elected as the USGAA Youth Officer in 2014. As Youth Officer, Liam shared his passion for youth GAA by helping create programs to develop new youth clubs and while growing existing clubs across the US. Liam knew how to work as part of a team and he knew how to motivate and energize the groups he worked with.

Liam had a strong vision for the future of youth GAA and had his own way of navigating discussions which ensured others felt heard. No matter what the problem, large or small, Liam had a solution for it. No matter how big an issue, Liam never shied away from it. He never tired in his desire to see Youth GAA prosper and he never let others lose their passion for the game. With enthusiasm and energy, Liam carried forward his vision for the youth throughout his five year term until passing on the torch upon his election as Vice Chairperson to the USGAA this past November.

While investing his time in the GAA, Liam shepherded his four sons through their own GAA experience, never losing his passion for watching youth play Gaelic Games. He proudly watched his sons compete, and was a perpetual presence on the sidelines at youth events. However, even if his sons were not on the field, Liam could regularly be seen in his golf cart watching a game, any game, as it did not matter to Liam which teams were on the field. All that mattered was that youth were on the field, playing the games that they and Liam treasured.

Beyond the GAA, Liam chose to be involved in many other organizations. He contributed his seemingly limitless time and energy to numerous volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia community, ranging from the Anti-violence Project to the Irish Immigration Centre to coaching at West Chester Soccer club. He was as dedicated to his community as he was to GAA, and Philadelphia is better for it.

Despite his time and commitment to the GAA and other pursuits, Liam was dedicated to his family above all. He relished his time with them and ensured his home was the gathering place for parties and celebrations. New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl festivities were Hegarty family traditions and when not entertaining, Liam was with his wife Maureen and the boys camping, traveling, playing sports and enjoying the role of father and husband. Liam shared the stories of his family freely and made listeners feel like they had been with him on the sidelines of his children’s games, or part of their shared passion of Irish dance, where Liam and Maureen were well known in Irish dancing circles.

Liam’s accomplishments are extensive and yet a retelling of them does not do justice to his memory. Liam was more than a passionate volunteer. He was a story teller with a wonderful sense of humor and infectious laugh. He was a valued friend, a mentor, an advocate, a brother, a son, a beloved husband and an adored father. Liam was so much to so many and his loss is immeasurable.

We are forever thankful for the time we had with Liam and grateful to his family for sharing him with us for so many years. On behalf of all GAA communities who have been touched by Liam and his immense legacy, we extend our deepest sympathies to Maureen, Billy, Patrick, Kevin, Michael, his extended family, and his many friends and colleagues. We hold Liam and his family in our prayers and will keep his memory close in the years to come.


Funeral Arrangements

Viewing 4:00-9:00 PM Monday, December 10, 2018 at SS Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 8 Cavanaugh Ct, West Chester, PA.

Funeral Mass 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at SS Simon & Jude Catholic Church, 8 Cavanaugh Ct, West Chester, PA. Interment SS Peter & Paul Cemetery.

Arrangements: The Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA, 610-431-9000.

https://www.donohuefuneralhome.com/obituaries/William-Liam-J-Hegarty?obId=3891411#/celebrationWall

On behalf of:
Delaware County Gaels
Donegal Philadelphia GFC
Philadelphia Youth GAA
Philadelphia GAA
USGAA Youth
USGAA
Continental Youth Championships

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Launch

Games & Fixtures Released for Munster Hurling League 2019
Co-Op Superstores teams up with Munster GAA as sponsor for a 3rd year

The opening round of the up and coming Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2019 sees All-Ireland Champions, Limerick take on Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Friday, 14th of December.

Commenting at the launch of the competition, which took place at Co-Op Superstores in Raheen, Limerick which is the flagship store in Dairygold’s retail network, Munster Council Chairman Jerry O’Sullivan said: “I am delighted that all six counties will participate in the 2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League. The Munster Council is pleased to facilitate this competition for our counties as it provides participating teams with a great opportunity to prepare for the very competitive Allianz League. 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: “We are very pleased to join forces once again with Munster GAA in what is an extraordinary and unprecedented era for Hurling. As an organisation deeply embedded in Munster, Dairygold through our network of retail stores and our online store coopsuperstores.ie is connected with the GAA across all communities. We are looking forward to being part of another exciting League which gets the 2019 hurling season underway in Munster.”


2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Fixtures


The launch was attended by Cork Manager, John Meyler, Limerick Manager, John Kiely, Tipperary Manager, Liam Sheedy, Clare Manager, Gerry O’Connor, Waterford Manager, Paraic Fanning and Kerry Manager, Fintan O’Connor. They were joined by Cork player, Seamus Harnedy, Limerick player, Sean Finn, Tipperary player, Seamus Callanan, Clare player, Conor Cleary, Waterford player, Stephen Bennett and Kerry player Jordan Conway.

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, farm or business by shopping their online store at www.coopsuperstores.ie.


2019 Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League Fixtures


Munster Coaching Skills Workshop


Munster Camogie/GAA Coaching Skills Workshop – Saturday 8th December 2018, UL Sport, Co Limerick

Munster Camogie Council are pleased to be hosting a Coaching Skills Workshop on Saturday 8th December 2018, 11-2pm @ UL Sport, Co Limerick as part of our commitment to increasing the skills and knowledge of our coaches. We have a stellar line up of coaches, tutors and players delivering including – Alan Cunningham, Seoirse Bulfin, Damien Coleman and more!

The workshops are open to all qualified Camogie/GAA coaches and will focus on working with players aged 11-17yrs, cost is €20pp.

Please click on the link below to sign up and for more detailed information on each workshop – places are limited to 100 coaches at each venue, lunch is included in the ticket price and no refunds will be available!

Limerick (UL Sport) – Saturday 8th December, 11-2pm – GUEST TUTORS INCLUDE = Alan Cunningham, Seoirse Bulfin, Damien Coleman, Colm O’Brien

Click for more details & to sign up


Munster Junior B Football Final – Kilgarvan 1-11 Ballinacurra 0-10

Munster Club Junior B Football Final

Congratulations to Kilgarvan who were crowned deserving champions in Knockaderry on Sunday December 9th 2018.

A special thanks to all the six teams, County Boards, Munster Council, Referees, Media and Volunteers for making this competition a great success again this year.

(Photo attached courtesy of Eamon Doody, Skyview Photography)

Mise le meas,
Ger Corkery
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