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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.

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

McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final – Waterford v Clare

Waterford will play Clare in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 6th at 1pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final – Limerick v Cork

Limerick will play Cork in the McGrath Cup Football Semi-Final on Sunday January 6th at 2pm in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League – Waterford v Clare

Waterford will play Clare in Round 3 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Sunday January 6th at 3pm in Fraher Field Dungarvan.

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League – Cork v Waterford

Cork will play Waterford in Round 2 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Wednesday January 2nd at 7:30pm in Mallow.

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League – Clare v Cork

Clare will play Cork in Round 1 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Saturday December 29th at 2pm in Cusack Park Ennis.

Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League – Tipperary v Kerry

Tipperary will play Kerry in Round 3 of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League on Saturday January 5th at 2pm in MacDonagh Park Nenagh.