Bord Gáis Energy All Ireland U21 B Hurling Championship Final – Kerry v Roscommon

Kerry defeated  Roscommon by 2-18 to 1-15 in the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 ‘B’ Championship Final on Saturday in Cusack Park Ennis.

Kerry win U-21 ‘B’ hurling title


Kerry 2-18 Roscommon 1-15

Goals from Shane Nolan and substitute Thomas Moloney in the final ten minutes ensured Kerry were crowned All-Ireland Under-21 ‘B’ Hurling champions at a sunny Cusack Park in Ennis this afternoon. Roscommon burst out of the blocks in the opening stages and claimed a goal lead after just two minutes, when a David Dolan sideline cut was doubled on and slotted to the net by John Coyne. However, Kerry had completely turned the game around by the interval. They were aided by an excellent display of point-scoring from Dara O’Connell and James Flaherty to take a 0-11 to 1-3 lead.

Roscommon made a great start to the second half, scoring eight of the next nine points to give themselves a 1-11 to 0-12 lead. Niall Kilroy scored four points in the third quarter. The eventual winners kept plugging away and with O’Connell very much on song and Shane Nolan and Thomas Moloney bagging late goals, Kerry prevailed by six points.

Gala All Ireland Junior Camogie Championship Final – Waterford v Offaly

Joachim Kelly’s Offaly are bringing the New Ireland Cup to the midlands following their 3-14 to 2-8 victory of first time appearing Waterford. A comprehensive performance from the Faithful county saw them lead at the interval 1-11 to 0-4 and when Siobhan Flannery and Arlene Watkins netted on 46 and 49 minutes the game was up for the Deise.

Credit to Waterford who never gave up and a much improved second half when they shot goals from Patricia Jackman and Aine Lyng will give them hope for the future.

Team News

In the Gala All Ireland junior final (12.45pm) last season’s defeated finalists, Offaly line out as they did against Meath in the All Ireland semi-final. Waterford show one alteration from their penultimate victory over Laois with Áine Breathnach securing her starting place at the expense of Jenny Simpson.

Offaly: A Kennedy; K Brady, L Keena, F Stephens; L Sullivan, M Crean (Capt), S Sullivan; K Nugent, M Morkan; A Kelly, T Hannon, M Davis; S Flannery, E Darmody, A Watkins.

Waterford: A O’Brien; V Gaffney, S O’Grady (Capt), K M Hearne; G Kenneally, M O’Donnell, S Kiernan; M Murphy, C Raher; S Curran, Á Lyng, N Morrissey; P Jackman, K Kelly, Á Breathnach

Match Preview

This junior decider promises to be a cracking contest. Offaly, after being sensationally denied by a last minute goal 12 months ago are back to complete the job. They look good again, but they will be conscious that their only defeat this year came at the hands of Waterford.

The Déise are in Croke Park for the first time, and will travel full of confidence. They lost out to the Faithful County at the penultimate stage last year, so too, they will be keen to atone.

Verdict: Offaly

Match Preview

Offaly’s ‘chicks with sticks’ aiming for All Ireland Camogie glory

By Alan Walsh for the Offaly Express newspaper

OFFALY’S chicks with sticks, managed by 1980’s All Star winner Joachim Kelly, will be hoping to create history this Sunday as they make the journey to Croke Park to face Waterford in an eagerly awaited Gala All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championship Final. Offaly have appeared in two previous finals, against Tipperary in 2001 and Clare last year, but were unsuccessful on both occasions. Last year Offaly defeated Waterford at the semi-final and they also defeated the Déise girls in the ’08 All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ title showdown. The counties did meet earlier this year in the group stage of the championship with Waterford, managed by Tipperary native Andy Maloney, taking the spoils on that occasion and a huge effort will be required from Offaly if they are to get their hands on the New Ireland Cup.

Offaly supremo Joachim Kelly told ‘Express Sport’; “Losing last year against Clare was bitterly disappointing for both management and players. It was our aim to get back to the final. “We had the game almost wrapped up with a minute to go and next thing the whole thing fell asunder. Sport is cruel but we have another opportunity to redeem ourselves and hopefully we’ll be able to do it.” The Offaly versus Waterford showdown, which has a 12.45pm throw-in will be televised live, and it is part of an attractive triple bill at GAA headquarters. Kilkenny and Cork square up to each other in the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final at 2.45pm and this will be followed by the Bord Gáis All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship Final at 4.30pm between Kilkenny and Clare.

Admission prices are: Adults n30, Students/OAP €10, Juvenile n5. Group passes (for Cusack Stand only, n5 per child and 1 adult per 10 Juveniles free of charge) are available (see Tickets can be purchased from the GAA Ticket Office – Phone: 01 8717400 or on-line: There will be three selling points around Croke Park on Sunday from 10am – GAA Ticket Shop at 53A Dorset St Lower, GAA Ticket Shop on North Circular Road – opposite Gill’s Pub and GAA Ticket Outlet at junction of Ballybough Road and Clonliffe Road. Speaking at a pre-final reception in the County Arms Hotel, Joe O’Brien, on behalf of Offaly GAA, wished the players and management every success in the final.

All-Ireland Final Referee confirmed

Pat Walsh is the man in the middle for the junior final between Offaly (last season’s beaten finalists) and Waterford who are appearing in their first decider. Pat, who is a supervisor with Quinn Brothers Construction Company, is a native of Cappawhite in County Tipperary but now lives in Portadown. He played senior hurling with Killeady in Armagh. He also spent some time in London where he hurled with Glen Rovers. Pat refereed the 2008 Nancy Murray Cup final and numerous county championship finals.

Pat’s umpires are Michael McNabb, Vincie McErlean, Malachy McToal and Derek McNabb. The line umpires are Alan Lagrue (standby referee) and John O’Leary, while Julie O’Neill and Owen Elliott are the fourth and fifth officials.

Following the announcement Camogie Association President Joan O’Flynn said,

“Congratulations to Una Kearney and Pat Walsh on the achievement of being selected as referees for this year’s Gala All Ireland senior and junior camogie championships finals in Croke Park. Refereeing is a vital part of our sport and in any game the referee’s performance is as important as the players. For any referee, the opportunity to be in charge of the whistle on All Ireland Final day is a career highlight. That it should fall to two Armagh referees is a unique coincidence.

“Camogie All Ireland Final Day showcases the skill, speed and athleticism of our sport. I am looking forward to two very competitiveness finals with Kilkenny hoping to spoil Cork’s party in the senior final and Waterford looking to deny Offaly the silverware in their first ever trip to Croke Park. The club and family base of camogie, as part of the Gaelic Games community, will also be much in evidence. I am delighted that this year the All Ireland programme will again unite the camogie and hurling families. Kilkenny in particular will have an interest in the Gala senior camogie and the Bord Gáis U21 hurling finals.”

The junior camogie final is at 12.45pm, senior camogie final at 2.45pm while the U21 hurling final takes place at 4.30pm.

Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final – Cork v Galway

A GOAL at the death from Maria Walsh saw Cork live to fight another day, dramatically finishing on par with Galway in the Gala All Ireland intermediate championship final, 2-9 to 0-15, at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. Walsh from the Ballyhea club was on hand to fire the equalising score on 60 minutes.

In a very entertaining encounter, the Cork girls performed best while playing with the wind in the opening half. Michelle Browne was on target with some fine point-taking and when Eimear Watson netted on the run up to the break, they took a 1-7 to 0-7 lead to the dressing-room. Meanwhile, Martina Conroy was in superb form for Galway, the Killimor girl shooting a total of 10 points over the hour.

Mainly through the accuracy of Conroy, the Connacht side fought their way back, taking over the lead with well-taken points from the stick of Tara Rutledge as well. Having gradually gained the upper hand, and in front by three points, the Jack McGrath trophy (donated by a well-known Cork referee) looked to be heading west after spending the last 12 months in Kilkenny.

But, just like their remarkable semi-final victory over Derry, Cork were able to find another gear in the closing minutes. Trailing by three points and with time almost up, Niamh Dilworth picked out Walsh who gave Deirdre Ward no chance in the Galway goal to set up a replay in three weeks time on October 10.


Cork 2-9, E Watson 1-1, M Walsh 1-0, M Browne 0-6 (0-4f), L Power,M Watson 0-1 each.

Galway 0-15,M Conroy 0-10 (0-6f, 0-1’45), T Rutledge 0-3, C Bowes, C Murray 0-1 each.

Therese O’Callaghan
Camogie Association PR and Media

Match Preview


Cork v Galway, Gaelic Grounds Limerick, Saturday, 2pm

CORK go in search of their second All Ireland title in two weeks when they meet Galway at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. The county is on a high from last weekend’s success and players like Pamela Mackey whose twin sister Katrina made an impact in GAA headquarters, will play a big part.

Galway make no secret of the fact that they will give it everything to bring silverware to the west. Aoife Lynskey, Caroline Murray and Tara Rutledge will ensure no stone is left unturned.

Verdict: Galway

Team News

Cork: J Kavanagh; A M Fleming, C O’Neill, A Sheehan; P Mackey, R Curtin, C Motherway; M Walsh, H O’Mahony; M Watson, M Coleman, L Power; D Luby, E Watson, M Browne.

Galway: D Ward; J Coone, N Lawless, K Brien; C Gill, S Dervan, C Kelly; P Kenny, A Lynskey; C Bowes, C Murray, M Conroy; T Rutledge, G Kelly, L Pardy.

TG4 Ladies Football Junior All-Ireland Final – Limerick v Antrim

Limerick lost to Antrim by 3-10 to 2-8 in the TG4 Ladies Football Junior All-Ireland Final on Sunday in Croke Park.




TWO goals by wing-forward Mairead Cooper proved decisive as Antrim were crowned TG4 All-Ireland ladies junior football champions at Croke Park on Sunday.

Last year’s beaten semi-finalists emerged five-point winners against Limerick to secure a place in the 2010 intermediate championship.

The Saffrons had drawn with Limerick in the group stages of the competition but the West County cup will reside in Ulster for the first time since Armagh’s victory in 2005.

Impressive full-forward Claire Timoney was Antrim’s star turn in the first half, collecting 1-3 as the winners established a 2-6 to 1-4 interval lead.

It was a game littered with goal chances and while Limerick raised the first green flag after ten minutes, Antrim were more clinical with the possession that came their way in attack.

Limerick’s top scorer Dymphna O’Brien took advantage of a mistake by Antrim goalkeeper Ciara McCoy to tap home but Cooper replied in kind seven minutes later.

Eight minutes before the break, Creggan Kickhams player Eimear Kelly placed Timoney for Antrim’s second goal and they went on to lead by five points at the break.

Limerick opened the second half in blistering fashion and after Yvette Moynihan pointed, Louise Higgins bagged a superb solo goal in the 35th minute to haul the Shannonsiders back into contention.

Higgins escaped the attentions of a number of defenders, dummied McCoy and stroked the ball into the far corner as Limerick moved to within a point of their opponents, 2-6 to 2-5.

Antrim, appearing in their very first All-Ireland final, spurned another goal chance in the 43rd minute when sub Aimee McAtamney shot straight at Ella O’Shaughnessy but the Ulster outfit remained comfortable nonetheless.

With six minutes remaining, sub Leanne Higgins brought Limerick to within two points, 2-10 to 2-8, but Cooper raised clear three minutes later to net her second goal and put real daylight between the teams.

Cooper was denied a hat-trick in the final minute when her rasping drive struck the crossbar and rebounded to safety but by then, victory was already assured.

Scorers for Antrim: C Timoney 1-5, (0-2f), M Cooper 2-1, C Kelly & E Gallagher (1f) 0-2 each.

Scorers for Limerick: D O’Brien 1-4 (0-1f), Louise Higgins 1-0, Y Moynihan, T Mulcaire, K Campbell & Leanne Higgins 0-1 each.

ANTRIM: C McCoy; Eimear Kelly (St Ergnats, Moneyglass), B Scullion, G Campbell; N Kelly, C Mullan, D McAteer; G McCann, M McCann; Eimear Kelly (Creggan Kickhams), S Daykin, M Cooper; C Kelly, C Timoney, B McClenaghan.

Subs: E Gallagher for E Kelly (Creggan Kickhams) (h/t), C Carey for Daykin (46), A McElroy for Cooper (60).

LIMERICK: E O’Shaughnessy; M O’Brien, S Healy, T Power; E McGuire, H Fogarty, S Larkin; P Donnelly, Y Moynihan, T Mulcaire; K Campbell, Louise Higgins, D O’Brien.

Subs: E Enright for Larkin (20), N Richardson for Moloney (h/t), Leanne Higgins for Power (40), M.I. Casey for Garvey (50).

Referee: T Lennon (Dublin)

Path to the Final

ANTRIM: Group A: Antrim 3-9 Limerick 1-15; Antrim 5-6 Carlow 1-4; Championship Semi-final: Antrim 3-9 Derry 2-6

LIMERICK: Group A: Limerick 1-15 Antrim 3-9; Limerick 2-11 Carlow 2-5; Championship Semi-final: Limerick 4-11 Louth 2-7

TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final – Clare v Fermanagh

Clare defeated Fermanagh by 3-10 to 1-11 in the 2009 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Final in Croke Park on Sunday.




CLARE made up for last year’s final heartbreak by capturing the TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Banner County received a fierce test from first-time finalists Fermanagh but eventually emerged five-point winners to erase the heartbreak of the 2008 defeat against Tipperary.

Clare looked on course for a comfortable victory with 20 minutes remaining as they led by seven points, 2-7 to 0-6, but a remarkable Fermanagh rally brought the Ernesiders level with eight minutes left on the clock.

A run of 1-4 without reply tied the game at 1-10 to 2-7 but just when it appeared that Clare’s hold on the game had slipped, they recovered with a strong finish to secure the title.

Clare, who drew with Fermanagh in the group stages, racked up 1-3 in the final seven minutes of playing time as two-goal heroine Majella Griffin’s 53rd minute strike proved crucial.

The experienced Griffin finished a move which covered almost the entire length of the pitch, with Aine Kelly and Sinead Kelly instrumental in the build-up.

Clare assumed complete control again to close the game out and secure senior championship football in 2010.

An exciting second period was in direct contrast to the opening half, which was littered with bad wides and poor passages of play.

Clare got off to the best possible start in the second minute when Griffin’s speculative shot slipped through the fingers of Fermanagh goalkeeper Donna Gilroy and into the net.

In the first half, Fermanagh were restricted to just three points, all from placed balls, as Clare went on to lead by 1-3 to 0-4 at the break, despite enduring a 17-minute barren spell.

Eimear Considine bagged a fine solo goal three minutes after the restart to put Clare 2-4 to 0-4 in front and it took Fermanagh until midway through the second half to register their first score from play.

However, Aisling Moane’s 45th-minute point sparked a dramatic revival which caught fire just a minute later when top scorer Caroline Little cracked home a fine goal.

Further points from Moane and Little hauled Fermanagh level but after working so hard to restore parity, the Ulster representatives were undone as Clare roared away again to claim a memorable win.

Clare scorers: M Griffin 2-4 (0-4f), E Considine 1-1, L Henchy, F Lafferty, R Lenihan, E Morrissey & N Keane 0-1 each.

Fermanagh scorers: C Little 1-5 (0-4f), S Little 0-3f, A Moane 0-2, S Hamilton 0-1.

CLARE: D Walsh; S Eustace, L Kelly, S Hoey; M Delaney, S Kelly, L Woods; L Henchy, F Lafferty; M Considine, E Morrissey, E Considine; A Kelly, N Keane, M Griffin.

Subs: R Lenihan for M Considine (52), G Lynch for Lafferty (56), B Kelly for Morrissey (58), C Considine for A Kelly (58), A.M. Callinan for Griffin (59).

FERMANAGH: D Gilroy; T Hughes-Little, E McGovern, C Woods; A Newell, P Melanaphy, A Gallagher; C Murphy, K McManus; A McBrien, S Hamilton, A Moane; D Maguire, S Little, C Little.

Subs: S McGovern for Woods (36), A McCaughey for McBrien (56), N Curran for E McGovern (59).

Referee: J Murray (Dublin)

Paths to the Final

FERMANAGH: Group A: Fermanagh 2-6 Cavan 0-12; Fermanagh 1-13 Wexford 1-7; Fermanagh 1-9 Clare 2-6; Championship Semi-final: Fermanagh 2-11 Longford 1-10

CLARE: Group A: Clare 3-19 Cavan 2-11; Clare 2-12 Cavan 2-11; Clare 2-6 Fermanagh 1-9; Championship Semi-final: Clare 3-17 Waterford 3-9

All-Ireland SHC Final – Kilkenny v Tipperary

Cats strike late to claim famous four-in-a-row

From the web site

Sunday, September 6

Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23

Kilkenny struck two late goals to secure the four-in-a-row and kill off Tipperary’s brave challenge in an epic All-Ireland final at Croke Park on Sunday. Tipperary appeared to be in complete control of the game until substitute Benny Dunne was sent off for a wild pull on Tommy Walsh in the 54th minute, and the Cats produced a stunning finish to end up with a five-point winning margin. However, Tipperary came closer than any other team to ending Kilkenny’s monopoly of the Liam MacCarthy Cup, and but for some poor shooting and the brilliance of Cats goalkeeper PJ Ryan, they could easily have won the title for the first time since 2001. Seamus Callanan and Eoin Kelly were denied what looked like certain goals in the second half by Ryan, who pulled off spectacular saves that will leave him a front runner for an All Star.

Kilkenny were not at their best but as usual they came good when they really needed to in the final minutes, taking their two goal-scoring chances clinically. Shefflin struck from the penalty spot after Riche Power had been hauled down and then Martin Comerford completed a remarkable turnaround when he snaffled a second just a minute later. Tipperary’s success this year has been based on their ability to score goals, but as Ryan single-handedly kept them out, they simply could not find a way past the Kilkenny defence in a thrilling final few minutes. Kilkenny nearly made their trademark quick start to the game when Richie Hogan appeared to have found a way through on goal after the ball was dropped in the Tipperary defence. However, the ball was just out of his reach and Tipperary could breathe again.

The Cats served notice of their intentions in the second minute when Jackie Tyrrell floored Callanan with a ferocious shoulder that left the Tipperary centre-forward needing treatment. The opening minutes were tough and uncompromising; with Tipperary standing up to everything the Cats threw at them in the physical stakes. Referee Diarmuid Kirwan allowed the game to flow without too much interference before stepping in later in the game when matters threatened to boil over. Shefflin and Eoin Kelly, both on free-taking duties for their respective teams, left the sides level inside eight minutes, but the big talking point of the opening exchanges came a minute later when Shefflin had a great chance to hammer home an early goal. However, the Kilkenny marksman was denied by a brilliant save from Brendan Cummins, who deflected the groundstroke out for a ’65.

Kelly and Lar Corbett, the only Tipperary players to score in the first half, were causing problems for Kilkenny’s much-heralded full-back line. Kelly was on hand to punish any fouls committed by the Kilkenny defence; Corbett was more of a threat in open play, his pace causing panic and leading to a fine point after 15 minutes. Kilkenny hit back with points from Tommy Walsh, Eoin Larkin, Eddie Brennan and Shefflin again to lead by two after 19 minutes. But Tipperary were by no means overawed by the three-time champions and hit the next three scores to take the lead once again within five minutes. After a slow start, the game really opened up and some of the point-taking was an absolute pleasure to watch. However, Kilkenny hit the last two points of the half and led by two, 0-13 to 0-11, at the break.

Ryan made the fist of his vital interventions immediately after the restart, producing perhaps the save of the season to deny Callanan after Pat Kerwick had brilliantly fashioned the opening. Callanan was becoming increasingly influential for the underdogs after a quiet first half and he hit two in a row to level the game before Shane McGrath struck the point of the game to give Tipp the lead. Shefflin responded with a free before Ryan again produced a heroic save to deny Eoin Kelly. The Tipperary full-forward was straight through on goal, but he appeared to slip at the point of contact with the ball and his shot was deflected out for a ’65 by the Cats’ goalkeeper. Kelly picked himself up to send the ensuing dead ball over.

One of the games many talking points came in the 54th minute, when Tipperary substitute Benny Dunne, who had been introduced six minutes previously, was sent to the line for a strike on Tommy Walsh. The pair contested a high ball and the Toomevara man appeared to pull prematurely on the ball, striking his opponent in the chest area for a deserved red card. The sending off appeared to have a galvanising effect on Liam Sheedy’s men and they reacted brilliantly, firing over three points in a row to take a three-point lead and all the momentum into the final ten minutes. If the game had one decisive turning point, it came in the 63rd minute, when the referee awarded the champions a hotly-debated penalty for a foul by Paul Curran on Richie Power. Power appeared to have been dragged down just outside the area, but Kirwan pointed to the spot and Shefflin hammered home to give Kilkenny the lead.

It got worse for Tipperary a minute later. Comerford, who had lost his place in the starting line-up, made space for himself and struck a low shot past Cummins for a second goal. The Premier men went in search of goals in the final minutes, but found Ryan, who saved from an angled Noel McGrath shot, in imperious form between the sticks. Jackie Tyrrell added another for the Cats, with Kelly responding, but it was Eoin Larkin who fired the final two points of the game to complete an amazing turnaround for the champions.

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell (0-1); T Walsh (0-1), B Hogan, J Tennyson; D Lyng (0-1), M Rice; R Hogan (0-2), H Shefflin (1-9, 0-8f, 1-0 pen), E Larkin (0-3); E Brennan (0-2), R Power (0-1), A Fogarty.

Subs: TJ Reid (0-1) for A Fogarty ’50, M Fennelly (0-1) for D Lyng ’50, M Comerford (1-0) for R Hogan ’55.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Maher, P Crran; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, B Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath (0-1); P Kerwick, S Callanan (0-3), J O’Brien; N McGrath (0-2), E Kelly (0-13, 0-8f, 0-3 ’65), L Corbett (0-4).

Subs: B Dunne for J O’Brien ’47, W Ryan for P Kerwick ’66, M Webster for J Woodlock ’68.

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Attendance: 82,106
Where there’s an iron will, there’s a way

From the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23

By Diarmuid O’Flynn

Monday, September 07, 2009

WHAT a contest!

In this the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the GAA, hurling has been crying out for a game to suitably mark that momentous occasion. But all year all we’ve had was mediocrity. Yesterday, however in the All-Ireland final with one team going for an historic four-in-a-row and the other trying desperately to re-establish itself among hurling’s elite, all that was put right.

In front of a full house at Croke Park, two superbly conditioned teams went toe-to-toe from first bell to last, neither side taking a backward step. Seven times they were level in the first half, four times more in the second, a reflection of how evenly matched were these two magnificent teams. As the end-game beckoned, and so finely balanced was the battle that we were wondering if we were going to see the first drawn final in 50 years. That we didn’t, that Kilkenny eventually prevailed, was down to (a) a moment of madness in the 54th minute that saw Tipperary reduced to 14 men and (b) cruel misfortune, as Kilkenny were awarded a hotly-disputed penalty in the 63rd minute, from which came the first goal of the game, dispatched in emphatic fashion by Henry Shefflin.

Most of all, however, it was down, yet again, to the iron will of this Kilkenny team, the team that simply refuses to lose. Surely now it can be said, and without reservation – with the four-in-a-row completed that this is the best hurling team of all time.

This being Tipperary’s first appearance in an All-Ireland final in eight years, as against ten in the last 12 years for the Cats, there was a fear in some quarters that the challengers would be vulnerable to a fast Kilkenny start, the kind of start that had seen Kilkenny blast both Waterford (2008) and Limerick (2007) away in the first quarter in the last two finals. It never happened. Tipperary, in fact, were fastest out of the block; could have given away a goal after a mix-up in the last line of defence in the opening seconds but recovered well, and in a low-scoring opening quarter, led after 14 minutes by two points, 0-3 to 0-1.

Both teams had lined out with major changes to their forward line-ups, Aidan Fogarty the only Kilkenny forward to start as selected, in the left corner. Eddie Brennan and Richie Power – both named as inside-forwards – started on the wings, with Eoin Larkin on the 40, while newcomer Richie Hogan was in the right corner and Shefflin at full-forward. For Tipperary, the most significant move saw Lar Corbett switch from corner-forward to the centre, with Seamus Callanan going to the edge of the square and Eoin Kelly to the right corner. The switches had only limited success for Kilkenny, Brennan was most impressive with three fine first-half points proving his effectiveness out the field, but Larkin, Power, Hogan and Fogarty were all giving best to their markers, while even Henry was being well guarded by hugely impressive youngster Padraic Maher.

For Tipperary, however, there was more success; Lar was on fire, a hat-trick of points of his own while roving far and wide in an attempt to pull Brian Hogan from his comfort zone at centre-back. In fact, all over the pitch Kilkenny were pulled from their comfort zone as Tipperary tested them in ways they haven’t experienced since their great rivalry with Cork up to 2006. From very early on it was apparent this was going to be a cracker.

Inspired by the brilliant Tommy Walsh at wing-back, Kilkenny recovered from that early deficit, led after 18 minutes (0-6 to 0-4), but that was only temporary. From there to the end of a first half that was played at breakneck pace, the teams traded blow for blow. Kelly (8) and Corbett (3) were doing all the scoring for Tipperary; Shefflin and Brennan doing the bulk in reply for Kilkenny and the champions were marginally ahead at the break, 0-13 to 0-11, as we all paused for breath.

The second half continued where the first had let off, Tipperary taking the lead with a three-point burst as a hitherto subdued Seamus Callanan announced his presence. It would have been a goal and three but for a superb point-blank save by PJ Ryan from Callanan in the 37th, the first of four that PJ would make.

Those scores, however, and the goal-chances now being created, signalled the resolve of Tipperary. As the half progressed, an upset was looking more likely and by the 59th minute, PJ having been called on again with two more breath-taking saves, it was the underdogs in control, three points to the good (0-20 to 0-17). That was after sub Benny Dunne had seen red for a dangerous pull under a dropping ball on Tommy Walsh, but it didn’t seem to unsettle the Tipp men as they kept their pedal to the metal.

Then came the game’s defining moment. Given the closeness of the exchanges, a goal was always going to be pivotal; that it would come courtesy of a disputed refereeing decision was unfortunate, for both referee Diarmuid Kirwan and Tipperary. Bearing down on goal from about the 20m line, Richie Power was hauled back by a desperate Paul Curran, but outside the critical red-zone penalty area. Richie powered on, however, and by the time Kirwan’s whistle had sounded he was inside the 13m line, and the official awarded a penalty. Sheffling stepped forward, and with nerve and accuracy, rifled his shot past the despairing Tipp three-man wall.

Only seven minutes to go, 1-19 to 0-21, for the first time since the opening minutes of the half Kilkenny were now back in front, and the stands rocked to the roars from their huge support; a minute later it was even louder, the second Kilkenny goal, and it was the killer. Started, fittingly enough, with the most experienced Kilkenny player on the field, corner-back Michael Kavanagh (his tenth final, his seventh medal) who delivered a superb clearance out of defence. Eoin Larkin picked up, headed for goal, parted to substitute Martin Comerford, who gave Brendan Cummins no chance from close quarters. That goal put Kilkenny four points clear, and mightily as Tipperary tried for the remaining minutes they just could not close that gap. A long-range bomb from Jackie Tyrell and a brace from Larkin tidied things up for Kilkenny.

Hats off then to Kilkenny, four-in-a-row, worthy champions yet again. Hats off also to Tipperary; they did themselves proud yesterday, but more than that, they did hurling proud and gave us all the final we had craved.

They will be back, no doubt about it.

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Kilkenny in Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Final shows no changes from the side which started against Limerick in the All Ireland semi-final. The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

4. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport) (Captain)

7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

8. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Pat Kerwick (Killenaule)

11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Referee for Hurling Finals Announced

The Central Referees Appointments Committee of the GAA has announced the referees for the All Ireland Hurling Finals. The GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary on September 6th will be refereed by Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork. He refereed the All Ireland minor finals of 2002 and 2003 and joined the ranks of Liam MacCarthy Cup referees in 2007 at the Kilkenny V Limerick tie. Kirwan is a native of Offaly and played hurling and football with Ballyhskenagh from schoolboys up to intermediate. He has been living in Ovens in Cork for a number of years and played hurling with the local Éire Óg club.

Match Preview

Kilkenny for the four-in-a-row and their 32nd title or Tipperary for their first title since 2001 and their 26th in all? The answer will emerge in Croke Park on Sunday when Kilkenny and Tipperary meet in the GAA All-Ireland senior hurling final. It will be their first meeting in the final since 1991 when Tipperary won by four points. Throw-in will be at 3.30 and the game will be preceded at 1.15 by the minor final between Galway and Kilkenny. Kilkenny are bidding to become the first county to win the senior four-in-a-row since Cork triumphed in 1941-42-43-44.

Paths to the final


Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 3-13 (Leinster semi-final) Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final) Kilkenny 2-23 Waterford 3-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Kilkenny Scorers

Henry Shefflin………1-30 (0-19 frees, 0-2 ‘65’) Martin Comerford…2-4 Eoin Larkin………….0-9 Eddie Brennan……..2-3 Aidan Fogarty………1-5 Derek Lyng………….0-3 Michael Rice……….0-2 TJ Reid……………….0-1 Tommy Walsh…….0-1 ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick…0-1 Richie Power………0-1 Richie Hogan………0-1


Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final) Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 (Munster semi-final) Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 (Munster final) Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Tipperary Scorers

Lar Corbett……………….6-7,Eoin Kelly…………………2-17 (0-15 frees) Noel McGrath……………1-15 (0-2 frees, 0-1 line ball) Seamus Callinan………..3-7 Pat Kerwick………………1-7 John O’Brien…………….1-5 Conor O’Mahony………0-4 (3 frees, 1’65’) Benny Dunne…………….0-3 Shane McGrath…………0-3 (0-1 line ball) James Woodlock……….0-1 Declan Fanning…………0-1


Players……………………………….Total……………Placed balls*……Open play…………Games Joe Canning (Galway)………..3-45 (54 pts)………1-37……………….2-8……………………..5

Eoin Kelly (Waterford………..2-47 (53pts)……….2-42……………….0-5…………………….5

Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)…….1-39 (42 pts)……..0-32……………….1-7…………………….4

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)…..1-30 (33pts)………0-20……………….1-13…………………..3

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)……..6-7 (25pts)………….0-0…………………6-7……………………..4

Ben O’Connor (Cork)………….0-24 (24pts)……..0-19……………….0-5…………………….3

Niall Healy (Galway)……………5-9 (24pts)………0-3…………………5-6…………………….5

Eoin Kelly (Tipperary)…………2-17 (23pts)……..0-15……………….2-2……………………4

A O’Shaughnessy (Limerick)..1-20 (23pts)…….1-13………………0-7…………………….6

Willie Hyland (Laois)……………0-21 (21pts)……0-13………………0-8…………………….3

*Includes frees, penalties, ‘65s’ and line balls.

Leading scorers in single games

Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny)………..1-14 v Waterford Joe Canning (Galway)……………..2-9 v Kilkenny Niall Healy (Galway)……………….3-5 v Laois Diarmuid Lyng (Wexford)……….1-11 v Clare Joe Canning (Galway)……………..1-10 v Laois Niall Gilligan (Clare)……………….1-10 v Wexford Eoin Kelly (Waterford)…………….1-10 v Kilkenny Eoin Kelly (Waterford)…………….0-12 v Limerick (replay) Colin Ryan (Clare)……………………0-12 v Tipperary Alan McCrabbe (Dublin)………….0-12 v Kilkenny Eoin Kelly (Waterford)…………….0-12 v Galway Brian Carroll (Offaly)……………..0-12 v Antrim

Last Clash…National League Final, 3 May, 2009 (Thurles)



(After extra-time)

Level at the end of normal time (Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 3-14), Kilkenny led by a point at half-time in extra-time. A Noel McGrath goal gave Tipperary a two point lead early in the second period but Kilkenny scored 0-6 to Tipperary’s 0-1 from there to the finish.

Tipperary led by 2-7 to 0-8 at half-time in normal time and went eight points clear two minutes into the second half before Kilkenny clawed their way back.

Scorers: Kilkenny: R Hogan 1-10 (0-7 frees), A Fogarty 1-5, H Shefflin 0-4 (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65’), TJ Reid 0-4 (0-1 line ball), E Brennan 0-2, E Larkin 0-1.

Tipperary: S Callanan 1-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ’65’), N McGrath 1-5 (0-1 free), J O’Brien 1-1, J Woodlock 1-1, S McGrath 0-2, B Cummins 0-1 (free).

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, J Ryall; J Tennyson, M Rice; R Hogan, H Shefflin, E Larkin; E Brennan, TJ Reid, A Fogarty.

Subs: M Comerford for Brian Hogan, M Grace for Comerford (yellow card), ‘Cha’

Fitzpatrick for Shefflin (yellow card), S Cummins for Kavanagh (yellow card).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, Padraic Maher, S Maher; T Stapleton, S McGrath; J Woodlock, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, M Webster, L Corbett.

Subs: B Maher for Fanning (yellow card), H Maloney for S Maher, B Dunne for Maloney, S Hennessy for Woodlock, D Fitzgerald for T Stapleton, Patrick Maher for Webster, E Buckley for Padraic Maher.

Previous Kilkenny-Tipperary All-Ireland final clashes

1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15

1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14

1967: Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7

1964: Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8

1950: Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8

1945: Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6

1937: Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3

1922: Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6

1916: Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2

1913: Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2

1911: Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1*

1909: Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12

1898: Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10

1895: Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

*Munster champions, Limerick refused to play Kilkenny in the final due to a dispute over the venue. Kilkenny were awarded the title. Tipperary were nominated to replace Limerick and lost to Kilkenny in a substitute final.


31: KILKENNY (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008).

30: Cork (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).

25: TIPPERARY (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001)

7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).

6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).

6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)

4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)

4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)

3: Clare (1914-1995-1997)

2: Waterford (1948-1959)

1: Kerry (1891)

1: Laois (1915)

1: London (1901)


1904 – Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8

1905 – Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9

1907 – Kilkenny 3-12 Cork 4-8

1909 – Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12

1911 – Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1

1912 – Kilkenny 2-1 Cork 1-3

1913 – Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2

1922 – Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6

1932 – Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3

1933 – Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6

1935 – Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4

1939 – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 3-3

1947 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 2-7

1957 – Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12

1963 – Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8

1967 – Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7

1969 – Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-9

1972 – Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11

1974 – Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13

1975 – Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10

1979 – Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8

1982 – Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13

1983 – Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12

1992 – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12

1993 – Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15

2000 – Kilkenny 5-15 Offaly 1-14

2002 – Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19

2003 – Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11

2006 – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13

2007 – Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15

2008 – Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13


1887 – Tipperary 1-1 Galway 0-0

1895 – Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

1896 – Tipperary 8-14 Dublin 0-4

1898 – Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10

1899 – Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 1-4

1900 – Tipperary 2-5 London 0-6

1906 – Tipperary 3-16 Dublin 3-8

1908 – Tipperary 3-15 Dublin 1-5 (replay)

1908 – Tipperary 2-5 Dublin 1-8 (draw)

1916 – Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2

1925 – Tipperary 5-6 Galway 1-5

1930 – Tipperary 2-7 Dublin 1-3

1937 – Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3

1945 – Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6

1949 – Tipperary 3-11 Laois 0-3

1950 – Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8

1951 – Tipperary 7-7 Wexford 3-9

1958 – Tipperary 4-9 Galway 2-5

1961 – Tipperary 0-16 Dublin 1-12

1962 – Tipperary 3-10 Wexford 2-11

1964 – Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8

1965 – Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-10

1971 – Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14

1989 – Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9

1991 – Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15

2001 – Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15


*Kilkenny have remained unbeaten in the championship since losing to Galway in the

2005 All-Ireland semi-final. They have won 17 games since then.

*Tipperary are unbeaten in this year’s championship and lost just two games in the League, both to Kilkenny. Kilkenny won by 5-17 to 1-12 in Nowlan Park in March and by

2-26 to 4-17 (after extra-time) in the final in Thurles in early May. Kilkenny’s only defeat this year came against Waterford (2-17 to 1-16) in the League in Walsh Park in early March.

*Brian Cody is managing Kilkenny into an All-Ireland final for the 9th time. Kilkenny won it under his guidance in 2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008 and lost in 1999 and 2004.

*What odds a draw? The last All-Ireland hurling final to end level was all of 50 years ago in 1959 when Kilkenny and Waterford who finished all square (5-5 to 1-17). Waterford won the replay by 3-12 to 1-10.



And then there were two. 12 counties started out on the GAA All-Ireland hurling championship title trail last May and now it’s down to two following Tipperary’s 24-point win over Limerick in the second semi-final last Sunday.

Tipperary lined up a final clash with Kilkenny on Sunday, September 6 in what promises to be an outstanding contest. It will be the first time in 18 years that Kilkenny and Tipperary met in the final. Tipperary won the 1991 final by 1-16 to 0-15.

The counties clashed twice in All-Ireland semi-finals in 2002 and 2003 with Kilkenny winning both (2002: Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16; 2003: Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15). Tipperary have had the better of the rivalry in All-Ireland finals. They won six of the last seven final clashes, extending back to 1922 with Kilkenny’s only win in that period coming in 1967 when they won by four points.

Tipperary’s win over Limerick earned them a place in the final for the first time since 2001 while Kilkenny will be appearing in the final for the 8th time this decade as they bid to become the first county to win the four-in-a-row since Cork in 1941-42-43-44. Kilkenny and Tipperary have clashed twice already this year in the National League. Tipperary won a Division One tie by 5-17 to 1-12 in March but it was very different in the League final in early May when extra-time was needed before Kilkenny edged home by 2-26 to 4-17 after a great battle.

Previous Kilkenny All-Ireland final clashes

1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15

1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14

1967: Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7

1964: Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8

1950: Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8

1945: Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6

1937: Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3

1922: Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6

1916: Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2

1913: Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2

1911: Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1*

1909: Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12

1898: Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10

1895: Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

*Munster champions, Limerick refused to play Kilkenny in the final due to a dispute over the venue. Kilkenny were awarded the title. Tipperary were nominated to replace Limerick and lost to Kilkenny in a substitute final.

Tipperary Press Pack

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the Tipperary Press Pack for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2009. The purpose of this press pack is to provide you with some useful background information about the Tipperary team and the Tipperary Kilkenny rivalry over the years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sections of the media for their co-operation and support during the year and the generally fair manner in which they do their work. I want to thank the Tipperary Manager, Liam Sheedy, his colleagues on the management team, the Tipperary players and my fellow officers of Tipperary County Board for providing information for the Press Pack. I also want to thank most sincerely Ed Donnelly and Seamus O’Doherty for their assistance preparing this Press Pack. It would not have been possible without their research, input and hard work.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Tel: 086 8149146


Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday September 3rd. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website (

Player Profiles

Profiles and Photographs of all the Tipperary players can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.


Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

Tipperary Path to Final:

Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 Croke Park Dublin All-Ireland S/F 16/8/09

Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Final 12/7/09

Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 Páirc na nGael Limerick Munster S/F 21/6/09

Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Q/F 31/5/09

Tipperary Team v Limerick 16/8/09

B Cummins; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, P Curran, D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt), Brendan Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Subs: B Dunne for S McGrath (54), G Ryan for Woodlock (62), M Webster for Kerwick (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (65), W Ryan for Corbett (67).

Scorers — Tipperary: L Corbett 3-1, E Kelly 1-6 (6f), P Kerwick 1-3, N McGrath 1-2, S Callanan, C O’Mahony (2f 1 ’65) 0-3 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary Team v Waterford 12/7/09

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Subs: B Maher for Curran (35 mins), W Ryan for Kelly (half-time), B Dunne for Woodlock (46), H Maloney for Kerwick (56), M Webster for O’Brien (69).

Scorers: L Corbett 2-02, E Kelly 1-03 (0-02f), S Callanan 1-01, N McGrath 0-03 (0-01f), P Kerwick, C O’Mahony (0-01f), S McGrath, J O’Brien, B Dunne 0-01 each

Tipperary Team v Clare 21/6/09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, N McGrath.

Subs: B Maher for O’Mahony (ht), W Ryan for Kerwick (53), B Dunne for S McGrath (62), H Maloney for Callanan (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (66).

Scorers: N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 s/l), J O’Brien 1-2, L Corbett 1-1, P Kerwick, E Kelly (0-3f) 0-3 each, S Callanan 1-0, J Woodlock, D Fanning 0-1 each

Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.

Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O’Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Woodlock (65), P Kelly for Callanan (68).

Scorers: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, L Corbett 0-3 each, B Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Last Championship Meeting All Ireland SH Semi Final August 17th 2003

Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15

KILKENNY: J. McGarry; M. Kavanagh, N. Hickey, J. Ryall; S. Dowling, P. Barry, J.J. Delaney; D. Lyng, P. Mullally; J. Hoyne, H. Shefflin, T. Walsh; D.J. Carey, M. Comerford, E. Brennan.

Sub: J. Coogan for Walsh (56th minute).

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; T. Costello, P. Curran, M. Maher; E. Corcoran, T. Dunne, P. Kelly; E. Enright, B. Dunne; M. O’Leary, C. Gleeson, J. Carroll; E. Kelly, L. Corbett, B. O’Meara (capt.).

Subs: N. Morris for Corbett (54th minute); P. O’Brien for O’Leary (59th); B. Horgan for Enright (62nd); D. Kennedy for Costello (64th); E. Brislane for T. Dunne (71st).

Scorers: Kilkenny H. Shefflin 1-7 (0-5 frees); E. Brennan 1-4; T. Walsh 1-0; D.J. Carey 0-3 seventies; D. Lyng 0-2; J. Hoyne and J. Coogan 0-1 each.

Tipperary: E. Kelly 0-8 (0-6 frees); C. Gleeson 0-2; P. Kelly, J. Carroll, P. O’Meara, E. Enright and P. O’Brien 0-1 each.

Referee: P. O’Connor (Limerick) Attendance: 60,087

Last Meeting National Hurling League Final May 3rd 2009

Kilkenny 2-26 Tipperary 4-17 (after extra time)

KILKENNY: P.J. Ryan; M. Kavanagh, J.J. Delaney, J. Tyrrell; T. Walsh, B. Hogan, J. Ryall; J. Tennyson, M. Rice; R. Hogan, H. Shefflin (capt.), E. Larkin; E. Brennan, T.J. Reid, A. Fogarty.

Subs: M. Comerford for B. Hogan (injured, 10); M. Grace for Comerford (yellow card, 13); J. Fitzpatrick for Shefflin (yellow card, 43); S. Cummins for Kavanagh (yellow card, 78).

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; P. Stapleton, P. Curran, C. O’Brien; D. Fanning, P. Maher, S. Maher; T. Stapleton, S. McGrath; J. Woodlock, S. Callanan, J. O’Brien (capt.); N. McGrath, M. Webster, L. Corbett.

Subs: B. Maher for Fanning (yellow card, 12); H. Maloney for S. Maher, (injured, 14); B. Dunne for Maloney (58); S. Hennessy for Woodlock (62); D. Fitzgerald for T. Stapleton (et); Patrick Maher for Webster (80); E. Buckley for Padraic Maher (91).

Scorers for Kilkenny: R. Hogan 1-10 (0-7 frees); A. Fogarty 1-5; H. Shefflin (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65) and T. J. Reid (0-1 sideline) 0-4 each; E. Brennan 0-2; E. Larkin 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65); N. McGrath 1-5; J. Woodlock and J. O’Brien 1-1 each; S. McGrath 0-2; B. Cummins 0-1 free.

Referee: J. Sexton (Cork). Attendance: 17, 087


Appearances in 09

Paul Curran is the only player who has started all 12 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 12 games either starting or coming on as a substitute.

Championship Scorers in 09

Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top scorer in the current championship campaign with 6-7, all from play. Eoin Kelly is next with 2-17 (0-15f). He is followed jointly by Noel McGrath with 1-15 (0-2f, 0-1s/l) and then Seamus Callanan with 3-7.

Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy

Liam Sheedy has given 9 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Gearóid Ryan and Paddy Stapleton.

Previous All Ireland Senior Final Experience

4 players on the Tipperary panel – Brendan Cummins (1997 and 2001), Lar Corbett (2001), Eoin Kelly (2001) and Paul Kelly (2001) have previously played in an All Ireland senior hurling final. Paul Curran and John O’Brien were on the panel in 2001 but did not play in the final.

Club Representation on Tipperary Panel

The 35 players on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel represent 21 clubs (20 in Tipperary and 1 in Kilkenny) between them as follows:

Thurles Sarsfields – 4, Toomevara – 3, Drom and Inch – 3, Killenaule – 3, Borris-Ileigh – 2, Burgess – 2, Loughmore-Castleiney – 2, Mullinahone – 2, Templederry Kenyons – 2, Ballybacon Grange – 1, Clonoulty Rossmore – 1, Éire Óg Annacarty – 1, Ballinahinch – 1, Kildangan – 1, Kilruane MacDonaghs – 1, Lorrha and Dorrha -1, Nenagh Éire Óg – 1, Newport – 1, Portroe – 1, Roscrea -1, and O’Loughlin Gaels – 1.

Conor O’Mahony (Newport) and Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) are the only players not from senior clubs. Both their clubs play at Intermediate level.

Average Age of Tipperary Players

The average age of the Tipperary panel is 24 years and 7 months. The average age of the team which started the semi-final against Limerick was 24 years and 10 months. . The average age of the last Tipperary starting 15 to win All-Ireland Senior Hurling honours in 2001 was 24 years 2 months with 10 players aged 24 or less. Brendan Cummins was the third oldest player on that team aged 26 trailing only Declan Ryan (33) and Eddie Enright (27).

Best attended Tipp v Kilkenny championship games

1964 Final 71,282.

1945 Final 69,459

1950 Final 67,629

1991 Final 64,500

1967 Final 64,241

1971 Final 61,393

2003 Semi Final 60,087

It will be a major surprise if this year’s final is not the best attended ever game between the two counties.

On the double

The last hurler to play in the Senior Championship with Tipperary and Kilkenny was Denis Byrne (Graigue/Ballycallan (Kilkenny) & Mullinahone (Tipperary). Having played with Kilkenny and captained them to the Leinster title in 1999, he changed club and county allegiance in 2003, making his championship debut for Tipperary v. Laois, at Portlaoise, in a qualifier game on June 14th. Denis lined out at full forward and scored 0-6. He also played against Galway in the next round and came on as a substitute against Offaly in the Quarter Final victory at Croke Park. He didn’t play against Kilkenny in the semi final, which was the last championship meeting between the teams.

Defending the title

When Kilkenny met Tipp in the 1964 All Ireland final they were defending the title, won against Waterford in a high scoring decider (4-17 to 6-8) the previous year. The Leinster champions were favourites to win the game, but were beaten by double scores 5-13 to 2-8. Tipperary led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half time. The game was refereed by Aubrey Higgins from Galway – the last time a Connacht man refereed the All Ireland final. That was the only previous occasion that Tipperary and Kilkenny played on September 6th.

Tipperary had previously dethroned Kilkenny in the 1958 semi final, again after the black and amber had beaten Waterford in the previous decider.

Kilkenny have also dethroned Tipperary on two occasions, the 1909 Final and the 2002 All Ireland semi final. Seven years ago, Kilkenny won a tremendous game, 1-20 to 1-16, before an attendance of 53,385.

Playing with rivals

Paul Kelly joined O’Loughlin Gaels in 2008, where his club mates include Martin Comerford and Brian Hogan. He may be a popular and valuable player in the white and green, but the battle for supremacy will mean business takes precedence until after the game. Paul has proven his versatility for club and county over the years having played in various positions, from half back to corner forward. He played at left half back in Tipperary’s 2001 All Ireland victory and also lined out at midfield, during the campaign.

In his first competitive match for O’ Loughlin Gaels, against Fenians, at Freshford,on May 8th 2008, Paul lined out at left half forward and contributed 0-3 .The game ended in a draw at 1-14 each. His performance, at left half back, in the Co. Semi final loss to James Stephens was highly impressive.

Hurling Academy

During his time as a student, at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, Eoin Kelly played in two Colleges’ All Ireland Finals. Despite scoring 1-7 in the 1999 final at Croke Park, he lost to a St Flannan’s College team, captained by Ballinahinch’s Dermot Gleeson and powered by Toomevara’s Benny Dunne, who scored 0-3. There was a happy ending to the 2000 Final at Nenagh, when Eoin, who lined out at centre forward and scored 0-7, avenged the previous year’s defeat. His colleagues on that winning team included current Kilkenny senior hurlers Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan , Jackie Tyrrell and Michael Rice.

Managers Debuts

Liam Sheedy made his Senior championship debut for Tipperary against Down in the 1997 All Ireland quarter final at Clones. It was the first quarter final in the new back door system and Tipperary won by 3-24 to 3-8. Liam lined out at right half back and held a place on the team until the end of the 1999 campaign.

Brian Cody made his Senior championship debut for Kilkenny at left half back in the 1973 All Ireland final loss to Limerick. Following their Leinster Final win over Wexford, Kilkenny lost four players through injury and emigration before they played Limerick. Brian had captained the All Ireland winning Minor team the previous year.

Interestingly, neither Manager played championship hurling against his upcoming opponents.

Managing the clubs

This year two former Tipperary senior hurlers are involved with Kilkenny Senior Clubs. Dinny Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) is with Graigue/Ballycallan, while John Leahy is again taking charge of Carrickshock, where former Tipp underage player Emmet Dunphy (Roscrea) is the goalkeeper.

Crossing the lines

Two Kilkenny men who played in Tipperary County Finals over the past thirty five years were Pat Kavanagh (Rower Inistioge / Borris-Ileigh) and Richard Dunne (Danesfort/Roscrea). Pat played in his first Tipperary Co. Final in 1977 and lost to Kilruane MacDonaghs in a replay, but he was on the winning Borris-Ileigh team against Roscrea in 1981 and was a substitute, when they next won the title , beating Loughmore Castleiney, in 1983.

Richard was unlucky to lose out with Roscrea in the 1981 Final and again the following year, when Moycarkey/Borris won the title in a replay.

The last Tipp man to play in a Kilkenny county final was James Moran (Ballylooby -Castlegrace), who played for James Stephens in their unsuccessful bid to dethrone the Shamrocks, in last year’s decider.

Other familiar faces

Tom Russell, goalkeeper on the Moyne/ Templetuohy team which won the Tipp County title in 1971 has been involved with the Galmoy club for many years. His son, Phil, plays with Laois. Mick Lonergan (Moycarkey/ Borris) who came on as a substitute for Tipperary in the All Ireland finals of 1964 and 1967, both against Kilkenny, has also been involved with that club. Mick’s sons wore the Galmoy colours and Brian won a minor All Ireland title with Kilkenny in 1993 .

The club has engaged several Tipp Managers / Coaches over the years, including Michael Doyle, Joe Tynan and Paddy Moore.

Guarding the city

It is not unusual to see some well known Tipp hurling faces around the streets of Kilkenny City. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch), Stephen Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha) and Liam Maher (Boherlahan Dualla) are Guardians of the Peace! Liam has been involved with the Dicksboro club since his departure from Boherlahan Dualla, with whom he won a Tipp Co Senior hurling title in 1996, scoring the winning point against Toomevara. Liam made a successful championship debut for Tipp, against Clare, in 1983.

Deflation or Inflation

John Doyle’s record of fifty four championship appearances for Tipperary, which stood since 1967, was recently surpassed by Brendan Cummins, who played his fifty fifth game in the All Ireland Semi Final against Limerick. On the day that John Doyle played his last game for Tipp, the Lower Hogan Stand Section M tickets cost twenty five shillings while the match programme cost one shilling. Whatever about inflation since then, Tipp people were very disappointed that his bid for an historic ninth All Ireland medal had failed. John’s son, Michael, was the Manager in 2003 when Tipperary last played Kilkenny in the championship.

Record setting

Tipperary’s victory over Kilkenny in the 1950 decider might not have produced the highest final attendance but the gate receipts of £6,103 -14 -2 set a new record for a hurling final.

Drawn out

It is fifty years since the All Ireland Hurling final ended in a draw and it was a Waterford man, Seamus Power, a North Tipp Senior Hurling Championship winner with Roscrea in 1949 who scored the equalising goal. The Decies beat Kilkenny in the replay by 3-12 to 1-10 for their last All Ireland success. In view of the League Final draw (after 70 minutes) last May, the fact that the counties have never drawn in the championship and the law of averages, perhaps this might be the year?

Much travelled

The late Mick Ryan (Roscrea) won a Kilkenny County Senior Hurling title with Dicksboro in 1950. They beat Éire Óg (city) in a final replay by 4-6 to 1-5. He lined out at centre forward in the club’s first victory for twenty four years. His team mates included Dan Kennedy, who had faced Mick in the All Ireland final a couple of months earlier. Mick died in 2007, but is remembered fondly in Roscrea, Kilkenny and Cork, where he played successfully with Blackrock and St. Finbarrs in hurling and Clonakilty in football.

Cork again

The appointment of Cork referee, Diarmuid Kirwan, to take charge of the final has been noted with interest because three of Tipperary’s last four final wins, over Kilkenny, were refereed by Cork officials. Con Murphy handled the 1950 decider, Frank Murphy was in charge in 1971 and Willie Horgan was the man in the middle in 1991. On a less optimistic note from Tipperary’s point of view, Diarmuid’s father, Gerry Kirwan of Offaly was referee when Tipperary lost to Galway in the All Ireland final of 1988 and semi-final of 1987.

1991 revisited

Michael Cleary was Tipperary’s leading scorer in the five game championship campaign with a total of 3-35. Pat Fox contributed 2-17. The two managers Michael ‘Babs’ Keating and Ollie Walsh had previously faced each other as players in the finals of 1964, 1967 and 1971. Ollie was the Texaco Hurler of the Year for 1967, while ‘Babs’ took the Award in 1971. The Section G, Lower Hogan Stand, ticket was available for £19 in 1991 and a match programme cost £1.

Hot Shots

When you consider that Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher shot an amazing 0-14 in the sixty minute 1963 All Ireland Final against Waterford, it was always possible that he would surpass it in the years ahead. The introduction of the eighty minute games (1970) improved his chances and in the 1971 Final against Tipperary, Eddie scored 2-11 in Kilkenny’s three point loss to establish a new record. The games were reduced to seventy minutes for the 1975 championship and it took a tour de force from Nicky English in the 1989 Final when he scored 2-12 against Antrim to break Keher’s eighteen year old record.

Elusive Leinster

During his inter county championship career, Liam Sheedy only played against one Leinster team –Wexford in the 1997 All Ireland Semi Final. In his two year Managerial career with Tipp, this Final will be his first clash with a team from outside Munster.

Michael Ryan only played championship hurling against Kilkenny on one occasion. That was a successful outing in his first year on the team – the 1991 All Ireland final – when he lined out at left corner back. Tipperary won by four points 1-16 to 0-15.

League of his own

Finally, something unusual from Kilkenny. The Parish Priest of Ballyragget, Canon Tom Murphy, played in four All Ireland Hurling finals for Kilkenny 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1969 winning the first and last. While his three goal scoring feat in the 1960 Minor All Ireland Final introduced him to Tipp people, he also scored three goals against London in the 1969 All Ireland senior semi final. Surprisingly, he never played a National League game for his county. As a Clerical student, at St Kieran’s College, he was only available to play during the Summer holidays.

Gala All Ireland Senior Camogie Final – Cork v Kilkenny

Cork secured their 24th Gala All Ireland senior title today in Croke Park with a dogged performance overcoming Ann Downey’s Kilkenny on a scoreline of 0-15 to 0-7. Cork were in front by three points at the break, giving the Black and Amber a real chance. But, Cork led by the outstanding Aoife Murray proved to be unbeatable. Several times the Cork custodian denied Kilkenny time and time again. And with Cathriona Foley outstanding at full back, Kilkenny couldn’t get the scores that mattered. Rachel Moloney top scored for the Rebels with seven points.

Team News

Champions Cork make one change ahead of Sunday’s Gala All Ireland senior camogie championship final against Kilkenny in Croke Park (2.45pm). Eimear O’Sullivan from the Ballinhassig club replaces Emer Dillon at wing-forward. Kilkenny, back in their first final since 2001, are unchanged from their All Ireland semi-final win over Galway.

Cork: A Murray; J O’Callaghan, C Foley, R Buckley; J Duffy, M O’Connor, S Hayes; B Corkery, O Cotter; E O’Sullivan, G O’Connor, U O’Donoghue; S Burns, E O’Farrell, R Moloney.

Kilkenny: C Ryan; L Fennelly, C Doherty, J Frisby; L Lyng, A Butler, E Aylward; C Dormer, A Dalton (Capt); T Muldowney, K Power, E Keane; M Quilty, D Gaule, A Neary.

Match Preview

Cork are the form team in this novel pairing, having topped their group. Their midfield engine of Briege Corkery and Orla Cotter will prove crucial and if this young Kilkenny side is to cause a shock they will have to at least break even here.

Don’t rule out the Cats though. They are not concerned about Rebel tradition or history and following their hurling victory last Sunday, momentum will be high. Along with their U21’s they will bring big support.

Verdict: Cork

All-Ireland Final Referee confirmed

Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael has announced the details of their referee appointments for the forthcoming Gala All Ireland senior and junior camogie finals which will take place in Croke Park on Sunday, September 13.

The senior final between Cork (holders) and Kilkenny will be under the control of Una Kearney who is a member of the St Brenda’s Ballymacnab club in Armagh. Una, a teacher by profession, previously took charge of the All Ireland senior final in 2004, and she also handled the junior finals of 2005 and 2008. Una is Chairperson of the National Referees Committee and has been officiating since 1999. Una’s umpires are Paula McGuigan, Conor Dodd, Bebe Devlin and Ann O’Hare. The line umpires are John Morrissey (standby referee) and Ciarán Quigley, while Karl O’Brien and Eadhmonn MacSuibhne are the fourth and fifth officials.

Following the announcement Camogie Association President Joan O’Flynn said,

“Congratulations to Una Kearney and Pat Walsh on the achievement of being selected as referees for this year’s Gala All Ireland senior and junior camogie championships finals in Croke Park. Refereeing is a vital part of our sport and in any game the referee’s performance is as important as the players. For any referee, the opportunity to be in charge of the whistle on All Ireland Final day is a career highlight. That it should fall to two Armagh referees is a unique coincidence.

“Camogie All Ireland Final Day showcases the skill, speed and athleticism of our sport. I am looking forward to two very competitiveness finals with Kilkenny hoping to spoil Cork’s party in the senior final and Waterford looking to deny Offaly the silverware in their first ever trip to Croke Park. The club and family base of camogie, as part of the Gaelic Games community, will also be much in evidence. I am delighted that this year the All Ireland programme will again unite the camogie and hurling families. Kilkenny in particular will have an interest in the Gala senior camogie and the Bord Gáis U21 hurling finals.”

The junior camogie final is at 12.45pm, senior camogie final at 2.45pm while the U21 hurling final takes place at 4.30pm.

Camogie captains meet in Croke Park ahead of Gala All-Ireland Finals

Press Release

8th September 2009

The Gala All Ireland Junior and Senior Camogie Championship Finals take centre stage in Croke Park Sunday next 13th September. The captains and managers of the competing counties Offaly, Waterford, Cork and Kilkenny joined Joan O’Flynn President of the Camogie Association and Gary Desmond CEO of Gala today in Croke Park.

Offaly play Waterford in the junior final while Cork meet Kilkenny in the senior decider. Marion Crean captains Offaly for the second year in a row. Waterford are led by Sally O’Grady. Amanda O’Regan is the Cork supremo while Ann Dalton leads Kilkenny.

Cork, appearing in their eighth successive final, will be looking to put back-to-back titles together. They are bidding for their 24th All Ireland senior title bringing them to within two titles of Dublin who top the table with 26 All Ireland Senior Camogie titles. This year the Rebels won all of their three games in the round robin stage of the Championship.

Cork Captain Amanda O’Regan is in confident mood ahead of Sunday’s clash, “Training has gone well and the competition for places is very strong,” she said. “But, we know Kilkenny will be very hungry, they are a young team coming through.”

Kilkenny last contested the All Ireland in 2001 when they fell to Tipperary. Their most recent victory was in 1995 when today’s manager Ann Downey came head to head with current Cork boss Denise Cronin.

Kilkenny Captain Ann Dalton is excited to be back in this year’s final: “It is the first All Ireland final for many of our players and we have worked hard. It was great to see the hurlers do the four-in-a-row on Sunday, it would be massive if we could bring another cup for the second week in succession.”

Offaly will be hoping to bring a first title to the Faithful County while Waterford are appearing in their first All Ireland junior final.

Joan O’Flynn President said, “Every Camogie player’s dream is to win an All Ireland in Croke Park. So in next Sunday’s Gala All Ireland finals dreams will come true in the biggest day in the sporting lives of the players of Cork and Kilkenny, Waterford and Offaly.

“The All Ireland finals are the showcase of Camogie. The skill, speed, athleticism and artistry of the game’s finest players will be on display. The club and family base of Camogie, as part of the Gaelic Games community, will be much in evidence.

“I am delighted that this year’s All Ireland programme continues to unite the Camogie and hurling families when the All Ireland 21 hurling title will also to be decided. A great day of action is in prospect.”

This is the fourth year of Gala’s sponsorship of the Camogie Championship and Gala CEO, Gary Desmond, is delighted to be involved again this year.

“In Gala’s fourth year partnering the Camogie Association, we are thrilled with how the relationship has developed. As an Irish company, with over 200 stores, we are proud to be the title sponsors of this iconic sport’s Championships.

“The Gala All-Ireland Senior and Junior Championship Finals are the pinnacle of the Camogie season. Cork, Kilkenny, Offaly and Waterford have all showed tremendous talent, spirit and determination to get this far. On behalf of Gala, I would like to wish Cork’s Amanda O’Regan, Ann Dalton from Kilkenny, Marion Crean of Offaly and Waterford’s Sally O’Grady the best of luck on Sunday. We’re all looking forward to a thrilling day of Irish sporting action.”

For more information and highlights from the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship log on to or contact Therese O’Callaghan at, 01-8364619 or 087 9030755

Gala Camogie All Ireland Senior Championship Final

Cork (holders) v Kilkenny 2.45pm **Live on RTÉ**

Referee: Úna Kearney, Armagh

Gala Camogie All Ireland Junior Championship Final

Offaly v Waterford 12.45pm **Live on RTÉ**

Pat Walsh, Armagh

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 All Ireland Championship Final

Kilkenny v Clare 4.30pm **Live on TG4**

Ticket information

Tickets can be purchased from the GAA Ticket Office – Phone: 01 8717400 or online:

Admission Prices

* Adults – €30

* Students & OAP – €10

* Juvenile – €5

Group Passes

* See for group pass application form

* All Group Passes are for the Cusack Stand only

* €5 per child. One adult per 10 juveniles free of charge

There will be three selling points on Sunday:

GAA Ticket Shop at 53A Dorset St Lower

GAA Ticket Shop on North Circular Road – oppsite Gill’s Pub

GAA Ticket Outlet at junction of Ballybough Road and Clonliffe Road.

All will be open from 10am on match day and close at 4.30pm.

Bord Gais Energy GAA All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Final

Conlon shows nerves of steel to point way for new breed

Clare 0-15 Kilkenny 0-14

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday September 14 2009

Another Sunday in Croke Park, another Plan B. Whatever chance the hard-pressed stewards had to keep Kilkenny off the field, they hadn’t a prayer once referee Cathal McAllister blew his whistle for the final time to pronounce Clare All-Ireland U-21 champions for the first time. The ‘edge-of-the-seat’ manner of their victory made it an impossibility to provide any secure cordon afterwards as they came pouring from the stands in a whirlwind of excitement to acclaim a new generation of heroes. No county wears its collective heart on its sleeve more than Clare and while the numbers were less than 1995 or ’97, the joy that greeted this win was overwhelming. The fact that they beat the game’s most imperious county is a consideration for another day. They needed to draw on all the county’s traditional grit and obstinacy to first rein in Kilkenny and then keep them at bay in a truly gripping finish.

McAllister only had to award seven frees, four to Kilkenny, in a second half that ebbed and flowed to a wonderful hum before finally resting on Banner shores. They’ll cherish it in Clare after a decade that failed miserably for the most part to build properly on the legacy of Lohan, Daly, McMahon, O’Connor and Fitzgerald. The bitter relations between some of the game’s protagonists in more recent years can be put behind them now as they look to a brighter future underpinned by some of these players. Clare had held sway throughout the first half, empowered by the force of their full-back line that saw Cian Dillon make some wonderful catches and Eamonn Glynn and captain Ciaran O’Doherty sweep all before them.

Centre-back Nicky O’Connell and centre-forward John Conlon, the eventual man of the match, also played leading roles as the Banner wriggled clear by the break. Colin Ryan’s marksmanship from placed balls — six frees and a ’65 were converted — punished the indiscipline of the Kilkenny defence every time. Kilkenny did manage to get to grips with Darach Honan, Clare’s main threat, who struggled in the physical furnace he found himself in. That said, an injury since the semi-final win over Galway may also have held him back. He was taken out of it by Kilkenny corner-back Paul Murphy in injury time at the end of the first half, a tackle not too dissimilar to Jackie Tyrrell’s on Seamus Callanan the previous week. Ryan’s free made it 0-8 to 0-6 but it was a fragile lead, however, and sure enough when Richie Hogan popped over his second score just on the restart, Kilkenny found impetus from it.

David Langton’s game rose at centre-back, Mark Kelly went to a higher gear at midfield, Colin Fennelly ran at the Clare defence and from a deeper position Hogan found more room and had more influence. The two-point lead didn’t last long with corner-forward James Nolan equalising and then Fennelly putting them clear. Kilkenny just got tighter in the close exchanges and smarter with possession, forcing Clare into mistakes that may have cost them dearly. Conlon steadied them with a point on 39 minutes when he emerged from a thicket of options, spurning the scent of a goal he might have had for a safer option. It was a good call.

Nolan went by Dillon for the lead again and Hogan sent Kilkenny two clear as the game took on a predictable route in that third quarter. But Clare had the will and when Cormac O’Donovan pointed on 43 minutes to close the gap again, and ‘keeper Donal Tuohy brought off a remarkable save from Hogan, who had to settle for a point on 49 minutes, Kilkenny would have sensed an unwillingness in their opponents to yield. Emboldened by that defiance, Clare braced themselves for the home straight and drew energy from the crowd. Conlon’s equalising point (0-12 each) on 51 minutes did more than anything to lift them and while Fennelly and Liam Ryan drove wide uncharacteristically at the other end, it was Conlon again who sent them clear, showing nerves of steel in such a dogfight.

Kilkenny weren’t about it yield either and came back with inspirational scores of their own, Kelly taking a pass from Hogan to drive them 0-14 to 0-13 clear with his third point. Still Clare kept coming however. Ryan pointed a long-range free and then O’Donovan, with less than a minute remaining, fired over on the run from about 50 metres. Kilkenny had time and their full-forward John Joe Farrell spurned a glorious chance to equalise when he delayed sufficiently to allow pressure from the full-back line and the threat was averted, giving rise to jubilant scenes once again. For Clare manager John Minogue, a selector with Cyril Lyons in 2002, the prospect of a new generation witnessing this was most pleasing.

“We haven’t had good days since 1997 so it’s a good victory for a new generation. There are a lot of young kids who didn’t see Clare winning in 1995 or ’97. It’s important but whether it will add huge glory to Clare or not we will have to wait and see.” Conlon was happy that the bitterness of their 2008 Munster final defeat to Tipperary can be parked now. “The belief all year has been unbelievable. We just felt we couldn’t be beaten. It’s like a good club team. You haven’t seen that with Clare lately. I don’t know did last year drive us on for this year. We socialise together, everyone gets on like a house on fire.” The flames from that blaze can illuminate the next decade.


Clare: C Ryan 0-9 (8f, 1 ’65), J Conlon 0-3, C O’Donovan 0-2, C Morey 0-1.

Kilkenny: R Hogan 0-5 (1f), M Kelly 0-3, J Nolan, C Fennelly, J Mulhall 0-2 each.

Clare — D Tuohy 8; E Glynn 8, C Dillon 8, C O’Doherty 8; D O’Donovan 6, N O’Connell 8, J Gunning 5; E Barrett 7, C O’Donovan 8; C Morey 6, J Conlon 9, S Collins 7; C Tierney 6, D Honan 5, C Ryan 7. Subs: C McGrath 7 for Tierney (44), P O’Connor 5 for Morey (49), E Hayes for Gunning (53).

Kilkenny — C McGrath 7; P Murphy 7, P Nolan 7, C Fogarty 6; M Walsh 7, D Langton 7, Lester Ryan 7; M Kelly 8, Liam Ryan 7; C Fennelly 8, M Bergin 5, J Mulhall 8; R Hogan 8, J J Farrell 6, J Nolan 7. Subs: N Cleere 5 for Bergin (49).

Ref — Cathal McAllister (Cork)

Roll of Honour


11 – Cork (1966-68-69-70-71-73-76-82-88-97-98)

11 – Kilkenny (1974-75-77-84-90-94-99-2003-2004-2006-2008)

10 – Galway (1972-78-83-86-91-93-96-2005-2007)

8 – Tipperary (1964-67-79-80-81-85-89-95)

4 – Limerick (1987-2000-2001-2002)

1 – Waterford (1992)

1 – Wexford (1965)

All-Ireland SFC Final – Cork v Kerry

Kerry overcame a poor start to thoroughly outplay Cork and claim their sixth GAA All-Ireland Football title this decade.

Kingdom crush Rebels’ dreams

From the web site

Sep 20, 2009

Kerry established a four-point lead with ten minutes left on the clock and absorbed everything Cork had to throw at them in a strangely subdued ending to the game. It had all looked so promising for Conor Counihan’s Rebels, who led by six points – 1-3 to 0-1 – after just 11 minutes. However, the tactics that have served Counihan so well were easily countered by Kerry boss Jack O’Connor and Cork were made to look distinctly ordinary after a season where they emerged as genuine contenders at the top table. Kerry played with 12 men in defence for much of the game and Cork’s forwards seemed to bounce off a green and gold defensive wall continually. The ploy of choking up the middle third paid off handsomely for O’Connor, as many of Cork’s key players in their Championship run, were anonymous on the afternoon.

Cork’s problems were abundantly obvious and their return of just six point in the final 60 minutes of the game was never going to be enough. It was a redemptive afternoon for the Kingdom, who endured a tortuous summer both on and off the field. If Cork were undone by Kerry’s lightning start in the 2007 final, it was the Rebels that got off to a flyer this time. They were 1-3 to 0-1 ahead inside 11 minutes. Cork’s goal came from a stray Nicholas Murphy pass – intended, it seemed, for Daniel Goulding – which ended bounced perfectly into Colm O’Neill’s hands. The Ballyclough clubman turned Tommy Griffin and crashed a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Kerry: D Murphy; M O Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T O Se (0-2), M McCarthy, K Young; D O Sé, S Scanlon; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), T Kennelly (0-2); C Cooper (0-6, 0-6f), T Walsh (0-4), Darran O’Sullivan (0-1).

Subs: D Walsh for T Kennelly ’51, A Quirke for D O Se ‘57, K Donagahy for Darran O’ Sullivan ’57, D Moran for T Walsh ’67, A O’Mahony for K Young ’70.

Cork: A Quirke; K O’Connor, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella, G Canty, N O’Leary;n A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly (0-1); D Goulding (0-4, 0-2f), C O’Neill (1-1), D O’Connor (0-3, 0-3f).

Subs: D Kavanagh for A Lynch ’58, J Masters for D Goulding ’63, M Cussen for A O’Connor


Kingdom use their know-how to squeeze life out of Rebels

By MARTIN BREHENY from the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday September 21 2009

CORK know how to reach All-Ireland finals but Kerry know how to win them. Therein lay the crucial difference between the sides yesterday as a game that appeared to offer Cork a real chance of finally beating Kerry in Croke Park returned to a familiar pattern for Conor Counihan’s crew as they ran aground on the jagged rocks which appeared all over the field. Kerry outscored their sinking rivals by 0-15 to 0-6 from the 11th minute on, leaving Cork to confront the sorrowful mystery of how they could play with such vitality in the opening minutes only to have the life squeezed from their challenge for the rest of the game. It looked in those hectic opening minutes as if Cork would indeed live up to their ranking as the most improved team in the country who had finally worked out how to win an All-Ireland final. Instead, it was no more than a mirage which faded quickly once Kerry secured the defensive bolts and set about applying consistent pressure to a Cork defence which had looked so sturdy all summer. The big difference this time was that Cork’s vaunted half-back line of Noel O’Leary, Graham Canty and John Miskella, who had dominated previous opposition with their stampeding runs, now found themselves having to think a whole lot more about their defensive duties. With that trio facing their own problems, Cork were unable to generate the same levels of momentum which took them to the final.

They did well enough at times around midfield but after that early bout of enterprise the attack were decommissioned as a Kerry defence, splendidly led by Tom O’Sullivan and Tomas O Se, herded them into a cul-de-sac before robbing them of their initiative. The end result was that Cork managed just 1-4 from play on a gloriously pleasant afternoon which invited players to showcase their talents. Cork should have done a whole lot better but as their confidence levels sagged in the second half, their shooting disintegrated into an embarrassing mess. They kicked 10 wides in the second half while Kerry missed the target only twice in a period which yielded a disappointingly low 0-8. The Kerry defence had a major input into Cork’s inaccuracy as the forwards found themselves under the severest of pressure as they lined up their shots.

For all that, it took a smart save by Diarmuid Murphy to deny Cork a goal in the 48th minute after Daniel Goulding darted in along the endline. The angle was tight but Goulding got his shot away only to have it blocked by Murphy’s imposing figure. A let-off for Kerry but it showed Cork that while they were four points adrift there was still hope of a recovery. The next eight minutes yielded three Cork points to pare the gap to one but it was as close as they got. Digging deep into their reserves of experience and fortitude, Kerry’s response to the latest threat was to kick three points in two minutes with Tommy Walsh landing two while O Se booted over a third to leave it 0-16 to 1-9 after 59 minutes.

Remarkably, there were no further scores as Kerry funnelled back, inviting Cork onto them. By now, Cork had run out of ideas as to how they might unhinge the Kerry defence. Indeed, it was painful for their supporters as they watched the attacks crabbing across the field while making very little forward movement. With a four-point working majority, Kerry were happy to play down the clock which they did to perfection to land their 36th All-Ireland crown. Cork’s review of yesterday’s game will be a painful process.

They couldn’t have hoped for a better start as they bounded into a five-point lead (1-3 to 0-1) after 11 minutes while looking very much like a side that had taken their Munster dominance over Kerry to Croke Park. Full-forward Colm O’Neill scored the goal in the 11th minute after being played in by a precision delivery by Nicholas Murphy. Kerry full-back, Tommy Griffin, whose game expanded into a tour de force from there on, slipped as he chased O’Neill, presenting the Corkman with a glorious opportunity which he availed off with a crisp drive past Murphy. Suddenly, Kerry found themselves facing a real challenge and while they would never admit it now, they must have had fears that it would turn out like the Munster semi-final replay which Cork won by eight points. However, a free by Colm Cooper began the recovery process in the 13th minute and by half-time Kerry were two points clear (0-11 to 1-6), having out-scored Cork by 0-10 to 0-3 after O’Neill’s goal. Tadhg Kennelly, Walsh and Declan O’Sullivan had been especially effective in Kerry’s revival, raising questions of the Cork defence which they hadn’t encountered all season.

Kerry won the second half by 0-5 to 0-3 which was heartbreaking for Cork, who enjoyed lots of possession but failed to exploit it due a combination of poor shooting, wrong decision-making and vigilant Kerry defending. For some strange reason, Cork played a very narrow attacking game, resulting in severe traffic problems down the middle while the wings went largely unpopulated. That suited Kerry’s dogged defenders who were happy to scrap away, secure in the knowledge that they had the measure of the Cork attackers. O’Neill’s early burst of productivity was impressive but he got nothing off Griffin from there on. Corner-forwards, Goulding and Donncha O’Connor also had a barren outing as did the half-forward trio. Paul Kerrigan and Patrick Kelly had been highly effective wing men throughout the season but were well beaten this time while Pearse O’Neill was unable to inflict himself on the opposition with anything like the same authority of previous games.

All that is a tribute to the Kerry defence which were brilliantly effective on their third visit to Croke Park since early August. They conceded 1-7 to both Dublin and Meath and 0-9 yesterday which shows just how much they have improved since being hit for 1-17 by Cork last June. Mike McCarthy’s return was certainly a positive factor but the others raised their game too. Griffin settled in well at full-back; Tom O’Sullivan regained his best form while the O Se brothers increased their level of influence too. In addition to carrying out his defensive duties so well yesterday, Tomas also galloped forward to kick two crucial points. John Miskella had scored 0-9 from wing-back going into yesterday’s game but got few opportunities to go forward yesterday. Neither did Canty nor O’Leary, both of whom were pre-occupied with defensive duties.

Ray Carey’s absence from the Cork full-back line weakened their resistance as his replacement, Kieran O’Connor struggled against Walsh before being substituted at half-time. Walsh took his high standards into the second half too, as did midfielder Seamus Scanlon, who had an excellent afternoon. Cooper was quieter than usual in open play, although he did win a few frees which he pointed en route to a final tally of 0-6. It says much for the spread of efficiency in the Kerry team that they could beat a highly-rated Cork team without the ‘Gooch’ reaching his optimum level. But then it all comes back to know-how, a commodity which Kerry had in abundance as they ended the GAA’s 125th anniversary season as they did the 75th and 100th — with Sam preparing to settle in for the winter.

Scorers –

Kerry: C Cooper 0-6 (6f), T Walsh 0-4, T O Se, T Kennelly 0-2 each, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Cork: C O’Neill 1-1, D Goulding 0-4 (2f), D O’Connor 0-3 (3f), P Kelly 0-1.

Kerry — D Murphy; M O’Se, T Griffin, T O’Sullivan; T O Se, M McCarthy, K Young; D O Se, S Scanlon; Darran O’Sullivan, T Kennelly, P Galvin; C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, T Walsh. Subs: D Walsh for Kennelly (51), M Quirke for D O Se (57), K Donaghy for Darran O’Sullivan (57), D Moran for T Walsh (68), A O’Mahony for Young (71).

Cork — A Quirke; K O’Connor, M Shields, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty, J Miskella; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly, P O’Neill, P Kerrigan; D Goulding, C O’Neill, D O’Connor. Subs: E Cadogan for K O’Connor (h-t), F Goold for Kerrigan (49), D Kavanagh for Lynch (58), J Masters for Goulding (63), M Cussen for A O’Connor (66)

Ref — M Duffy (Sligo)


Kerry won the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior title in the 75th and 100th anniversary years of the Association and they reached another important milestone on Sunday when they also took the crown in the GAA’s 125th year. They achieved with it a four-point win (0-16 to 1-9) win over Munster champions, Cork and, in the process, won the Sam Maguire Cup for the 5th time this decade. Only twice before (1930s and 1980s) did Kerry win five titles in a decade so it crowned another outstanding ten year campaign by the Kingdom.

2009 – GAA Football Senior Championship

All-Ireland champions – Kerry

Runners-up – Cork

Connacht champions – Mayo

Leinster champions – Dublin

Munster champions – Cork

Ulster champions – Tyrone


Games: 62

Biggest win: 27 pts: Dublin 4-26 Westmeath 0-11 (Leinster semi-final) Biggest score: 4-26: Dublin (v Westmeath – Leinster semi-final) Top scorers: Michael Murphy (Donegal) 0-36 points; Cian Ward (Meath) 3-26; Donncha O’Connor (Cork) 3-25.

Lowest score: 0-7 Derry (v Tyrone); Roscommon (v Mayo); Laois (v Down).

Draws: 4 – Cork v Kerry (Munster semi-final); Wicklow v Westmeath (went to extra-time – Leinster quarter-final); Roscommon v Wexford (2nd round qualifier); Donegal v Derry (went to extra-time – 3rd round qualifier) One point wins: 12: Cavan 0-13 Fermanagh 1-9; Mayo 2-12 Galway 1-14; Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11; Monaghan 0-13 Armagh 0-12; Tipperary v Louth; Wexford 2-11 Offaly 0-16; Sligo 1-

13 Tipperary 1-12; Wicklow 1-15 Down 0-17; Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10; Donegal 2-13 Derry 0-

18 (after extra-time); Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-13; Meath 1-13 Limerick 2-9.


Kerry’s last All-Ireland triumph means that they have won almost as many titles as their three closest pursuers put together. Kerry are on 36, followed by Dublin on 22, Galway on 9 and Meath on 7. Nineteen counties have won the All-Ireland senior football title leaving the following still chasing their first crown: Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Clare, Waterford, Carlow, Laois, Longford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kilkenny.

36 – Kerry (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009)

22 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)

1 – Derry (1993)

1 – Donegal (1992)

Team News

Cork (SF v Kerry): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty (capt), J Miskella; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, C O’Neill, D O’Connor

Kerry (SF v Cork): (1) Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle) (2) Marc Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (3) Tommy Griffin (Dingle) (4) Tom O’Sullivan (Rathmore) (5) Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (6) Mike McCarthy (Kilcummin) (7) Killian Young (Renard) (8) Darragh Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht) (9) Seamus Scanlon (Currow) (10) Paul Galvin (Finuge) (11) Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada ) (12) Tadhg Kennelly (Listowel Emmett’s) (13) Colm Cooper (Dr. Crokes) (14) Tommy Walsh (Kerins O’Rahilly) (15) Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar) (Captain)
Subs: Ger Reidy (Castleisland Desmonds) Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore) Donnacha Walsh (Cromane) Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s) Micheál Quirke (Kerins O’Rahillys) Paul O’Connor (Kenmare) Padraig Reidy (Scartaglin) David Moran (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) Anthony Maher (Duagh) Seán O’Sullivan (Cromane) Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks) Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) Aidan O’Shea (Glenbeigh/Glencar) Maurice Corridan (Finuge) Barry John Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys) Kieran Quirke (Duagh) Rónán Ó Flatharta (An Ghaeltacht)

GAA All Ireland Football Final Referees

The GAA have confirmed that Marty Duffy of Sligo has been appointed to referee the GAA All Ireland Senior football championship final between Kerry and Cork at Croke Park on Sunday, September 20th. The Enniscrone/Kilglass man will be taking charge of his first ever All Ireland senior final. M. Duffy has previously refereed a number of Sligo and Connacht Finals and took charge of this years Allianz National Football League Final between Kerry and Derry. He also officiated at the Dublin V Tyrone league meeting on 31st January 2009.

Match Preview


Cork and Kerry met for the first time in the senior football championship in 1889 and launched what has become one of the country’s great sporting rivalries. The latest instalment comes in the most important game of the year when they clash in next Sunday’s GAA All-Ireland senior football final in Croke Park (3.30pm).

It will be preceded by the All-Ireland minor football final between Armagh and Mayo (1.15). Both games will be shown ‘live’ on RTE 2.

It will be the third clash between Cork and Kerry this year as Kerry pursue their 36th All-Ireland title – and their fifth this decade – while Cork are seeking their first title since 1990. Remarkably, it will be the 19th championship clash between the counties this decade.

Cork and Kerry clashed in the 2007 All-Ireland final with Kerry winning by 3-13 to 1- 9. It’s the third time since the introduction of the qualifiers that the All-Ireland final has been between counties from the same province as in addition to the two Cork- Kerry deciders in 2007 and 2009, Tyrone beat Armagh in the 2003 final.

Cork are attempting to become the fifth county to win the title this decade, joining Kerry, Tyrone, Armagh and Galway on the honours list.

Paths to the final


Cork 2-18 Waterford 1-7 (Munster quarter-final) Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final) Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 Kerry (Replay) Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final) Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Cork 1-13 Tyrone 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 6, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Cork scorers

D O’Connor……….3-22 (0-15 frees, 2-0 pens) D Goulding…………2-16 (0-2 frees) P Kerrigan…………2-8 J Miskella…………..0-9 P O’Neill…………..1-5 C O’Neill……………0-9 (0-1 ‘45’) J Masters………….0-4 P Kelly………………0-4 F Goold…………….0-4 P Kissane………….0-2 P O’Flynn…………0-2 G Canty……………0-2 F Lynch……………0-1 N O’Leary………..0-1 M Shields………….0-1 A O’Connor……..0-1


Kerry 0-13 Cork 1-10 (Munster semi-final) Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Replay) Kerry 1-12 Longford 0-11 (Qualifiers Round 2) Kerry 0-14 Sligo 1-10 (Qualifiers Round 3) Kerry 2-12 Antrim 1-10 (Qualifiers Round 4) Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Kerry 2-8 Meath 1-7 (All-Ireland semi-final) Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1.

Kerry scorers

Colm Cooper………………….1-28 (0-19 frees) Tommy Walsh………………..3-8 Declan O’Sullivan………….0-10 Paul Galvin……………………1-7 Darren O’Sullivan………….1-6 (1-0 pen) Bryan Sheehan……………….0-8 (6 frees) Sean O’Sullivan……………..0-6 (3 frees) Tadhg Kennelly………………0-6 Donncha Walsh………………0-5 Paul O’Connor………………0-4 (3 frees) Darragh O Se…………………0-3 David Moran…………………0-1(‘45’) Tomas O Se……………………0-1 Tom O’Sullivan…………….0-1 Seamus Scanlon…………….0-1

Last clash

Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (2009 Munster semi-final replay), Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; J Miskella (0-2), G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kelly (0-1), P O’Neill, P Kerrigan (0-1); D Goulding (0-5, 0-2 frees), J Masters (0-1), D O’Connor (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees).

Subs: F Goold (0-1) for Murphy; P O’Flynn (0-1) for Kerrigan; J Hayes for Kelly; F Lynch for A O’Connor.

Kerry: D Murphy; M O Se, T O’Sullivan, P Reidy; T O Se, A O’Mahony, K Young; D O Se (0-1), T Griffin; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan (0-1), T Kennelly (0-1); C Cooper 0-4, 0-4 frees), T Walsh, B Sheehan (0-2, 0-1 free).

Subs: Darran O’Sullivan (0-2) for Sheehan; D Moran (0-1, ‘45’) for M O Se; A O’Shea for Reidy; D Walsh for T Walsh, E Brosnan for D O Se.

Cork v Kerry: A Busy Decade

This has been the busiest rivalry of all since the introduction of the All-Ireland qualifiers in 2001. Remarkably, next Sunday’s Munster semi-final will be the 19th meeting between the counties since 2000. They have met in one All-Ireland final, five semi-finals (one replay), six Munster finals (one replay) and six semi-finals (two replays) with the results going as follows: Kerry 10; Cork 4; Draws 4.

They met three times in 2008-2006-2002 and twice in 2007 and 2005. They are again heading for a third clash this year. The last year Kerry and Cork didn’t meet in the championship was in 1997 which makes it by far the most consistent fixture in the entire championship programme.

Cork v Kerry: 18 Championship Clashes (2000-2009)

2009 – Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final) Replay

2009 – Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final)

2008 – Kerry 3-14 Cork 3-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay.

2008 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2008 – Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11 (Munster final)

2007 – Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final)

2007 – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster final)

2006 – Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final) Replay

2006 – Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Munster final)

2005 – Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2005 – Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 (Munster final)

2004 – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 (Munster semi-final)

2002 – Kerry 3-19 Cork 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2002 – Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9 (Munster semi-final) Replay)

2002 – Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-8 (Munster semi-final)

2001 – Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13 (Munster final) 2000 – Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final) Kerry 10, Cork 4, Draw 4.


Kerry 35 (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007)

Cork 6 (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)


Kerry: 18 (1892-1905-15-23-27-38-44-47-60-64-65-68-72-76-82-2002-2005-2008)

Cork: 13 (1891-93-97-99-1906-07-56-57-67-87-88-93-99)


Will Kerry clinch their 36th senior football title and move fourteen clear of nearest rivals, Dublin? Or will Cork win their 7th title and join Meath in joint third place behind Kerry, Dublin and Galway.

Nineteen counties have won the All-Ireland senior football title leaving the following still chasing their first crown: Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim, Clare, Waterford, Carlow, Laois, Longford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kilkenny.

35 – KERRY (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007)

22 – Dublin (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – CORK (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4- Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)

1 – Derry (1993)

1 – Donegal (1992)

Match Preview


For the second time in three seasons, Cork and Kerry will meet in the GAA All-Ireland senior football final on September 20 after Kerry clinched their place in the decider with a four point win over Meath in last Sunday’s semi-final. It will bring to 19 the number of times the counties have clashed in the championship this decade. Kerry have won ten to Cork’s four while there have been four draws, two of which came in 2008 and 2009. Kerry were easy winners over Cork (3-13 to 1-9) in the 2007 All-Ireland final. Since then the counties have met five times with Cork having won two, Kerry one while there were two draws.

All four of Cork’s wins this decade have come in the Munster championship but they have yet to beat Kerry in Croke Park. The counties have clashed six times in Croke Park since 2002 with Kerry having won five in (2002-2005-2006-2007-2008) while there was also a draw in 2008. Kerry are back in the final for a sixth successive year, something last achieved by Dublin in 1974-79. It will be Kerry’s 8th appearance in the final this decade. The only years they missed out on were 2001 and 2003.

It’s the third time since the All-Ireland qualifiers were introduced in 2001 that two counties from the same province have qualified for the final. Armagh met Tyrone in 2003 while Cork and Kerry clashed in 2007. The All-Ireland minor final will be between Armagh and Mayo.

Cork v Kerry: 18 Championship Clashes (2000-2009)

2009 – Cork 1-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final) Replay

2009 – Cork 1-10 Kerry 0-13 (Munster semi-final) Draw

2008 – Kerry 2-14 Cork 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay

2008 – Kerry 1-13 Cork 3-7 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw

2008 – Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11 (Munster final)

2007 – Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9 (All-Ireland final)

2007 – Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster final)

2006 – Kerry 0-16 Cork 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2006 – Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Munster final) Replay

2006 – Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Munster final) Draw

2005 – Kerry 1-19 Cork 0-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2005 – Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11 (Munster final)

2004 – Kerry 0-15 Cork 0-7 (Munster semi-final)

2002 – Kerry 3-19 Cork 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2002 – Cork 0-15 Kerry 1-9 (Munster semi-final) Replay)

2002 – Cork 0-8 Kerry 0-8 (Munster semi-final) Draw

2001 – Kerry 0-19 Cork 0-13 (Munster final)

2000 – Kerry 2-15 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 10, Cork 4, Draw 4



The race to top the 2009 GAA All-Ireland senior football scoring charts will go right down to the final day as Colm Cooper (Kerry) and Donncha O’Connor (Cork) attempt to overtake the leading pair.

Donegal’s Michael Murphy currently leads the table on 0-36, followed by Cian Ward

(Meath) on 3-26 (35 points) but since these pair are now finished the attention turns to Cooper and O’Connor who are in joint third place on a total of 31 points.

That leaves them needing to score six points to overtake Murphy who recorded his total over six games. O’Connor has played six games while Cooper has played seven.

Unusually, Wicklow have marksmen in the top ten with Tony Hannon having landed

1-22 and Seanie Furlong 1-21 in a championship run that took in six games, one of which went to extra-time.

Top Scorers 2009 SF Championship

Player……………………………………Total………… Games

Michael Murphy (Donegal)…….0-36…………………7

Cian Ward (Meath)……………….3-26………………….7

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)…….3-22………………….6

Colm Cooper (Kerry)…………….1-28…………………7

John Doyle (Kildare)……………..0-27………………….6

Bernard Brogan (Dublin)………2-20…………………..4

Tony Hannon (Wicklow)……….1-22………………….6

Donie Shine (Roscommon)…….0-24………………….5

Seanie Furlong (Wicklow)…….1-21…………………..6

Michael Meehan (Galway)…….2-17…………………..4

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final – Cork v Dublin


CORK 1-9 DUBLIN 0-11


CORK had to dig deep against luckless Dublin before clinching a fifth successive TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday.Eamon Ryan’s all-conquering Leesiders found themselves two points behind with eight minutes remaining of a low-scoring decider but called upon their vast reserves of experience to annex yet another title. Substitute Mairead Kelly made a big impact in the closing stages, scoring one point and creating another, as a run of four unanswered points saw Cork squeeze over the line with the bare minimum to spare. Dublin, back in the final for the first time since 2005, can count themselves unfortunate not to have left GAA HQ with the Brendan Martin Cup as the ultimate souvenir.

They were the better team for long spells, displaying incredible levels of hunger and intensity with their superb tackling particularly evident. The Sky Blues, inspired by Mary Nevin, got off to an ideal start with the first two points of the game but were rocked on their heels in the fifth minute. Cork, in typical fashion, absorbed the early pressure and then struck back with a vengeance as Nollaig Cleary banged home a fine goal at the Hill 16 end, after taking a pass from top scorer Valerie Mulcahy. Cork went hunting for more goals as they attempted to blitz the Leinster champions and Amy O’Shea struck the base of the post in the 10th minute, before Rhona Ní Bhuachalla blazed wide soon after.

Dublin, who had five forwards on target from play in the opening half, survived that onslaught and had chances of their own to claim an elusive goal. As early as the second minute, Sinead Aherne found herself one on one with Cork goalkeeper Elaine Harte but the Rockbán shotstopper blocked Aherne’s shot with her legs. With 17 minutes on the watch, Dublin were presented with a penalty chance after Aherne was hauled down by Ciara O’Sullivan but Aherne’s poorly-struck shot was easily saved by Harte. O’Sullivan spent ten minutes in the sin-bin for that indiscretion but Dublin failed to make their numerical superiority count on the scoreboard. However, they did lead by 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time and some harsh words were spoken in the Cork dressing room during the interval as they charged out of the blocks in the second period.

The first of five second half points for Mulcahy hauled Cork level and the teams would find themselves deadlocked on three further occasions before the finish. It was real tit-for-tat fare, with Dublin looking the more likely team, but the pattern of the game was similar to the All-Ireland senior hurling final and the Dubs couldn’t land the knockout punch. Cork were on the ropes and there for the taking but displaying the steel of champions, they refused to yield and hung in there in the face of stiff Dublin pressure. Dublin’s strong running game, mixed with ferocious and hard-hitting tackling, caused Cork plenty of problems and Aherne finished a flowing move which involved five pairs of hands to send her side 0-10 to 1-5 clear in the final quarter.

It was time for cool and experienced heads in the Cork camp and it was Mulcahy, Juliet Murphy and Nollaig Cleary who stood tall as the Rebelettes clawed their way back. Scores from Mulcahy and sub Kelly tied the game for the sixth time before Cleary and Mulcahy fired Cork two points clear with just minutes to go. Aherne’s third point cut the gap back to just a single point again with two minutes remaining but Cork played keep ball with possession and ran the clock down effectively as Dublin chased red-clad shadows.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-5 (3f), N Cleary 1-1, J Murphy 0-2f, M Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 0-3 (1f), M Nevin & A McGuinness 0-2 each, S McGrath, E Kelly, L Davey and L Peat 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; R Buckley, A Walsh, G O’Flynn; C O’Sullivan, B Stack, B Corkery; J Murphy, N Kelly; N Cleary, D O’Reilly, A O’Shea; M O’Connor, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla.

Subs: L McMahon for O’Shea (39), L Barrett for Ní Bhuachalla (42), M Kelly for O’Connor (50).

DUBLIN: C O’Connor; A Cluxton, N Comyn, M Kavanagh; C Barrett, S Furlong, S McGrath; D Masterson, N McEvoy; M Nevin, A McGuinness, E Kelly; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat.

Subs: L Kidd for Cluxton (26), N Hurley for Kelly (39), E Travers for Barrett (54), K Flood for McEvoy (56), R Byrne for Nevin (57).

Referee: D Corcoran (Mayo)

Match Reaction

Mary O’Connor

By Jackie Cahill

“SEE your four and raise you one!” The triumphant cry and good-natured dig at Kilkenny’s four-in-a-row hurlers from Cork captain Mary O’Connor following her side’s victory in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football final. Cork claimed a fifth successive title at Croke Park, a remarkable feat in the modern era but still behind Kerry’s nine-in-a-row of 1981-1990. O’Connor also hinted at her disappointment with the Cork county board’s decision not to reschedule Sunday’s county senior football final, a game which clashed directly with the showpiece ladies decider at GAA HQ. During the course of a lengthy and emotional acceptance speech, long-serving O’Connor said: “For some people, in the greater scheme of things, ladies football is not important. “But for us, this is the greater scheme of things.”

Dual star O’Connor, playing in a 17th All-Ireland final yesterday, added at an official press conference: “They (Cork county board) have their job to do and the Cork Ladies board have their job. “I was just saying earlier in the week that I was disappointed and I got burned, the headlines didn’t do me any justice. “We’ve won five in-a-row and the Cork county board have supported us in terms of pitch facilities and so on.” When asked if a sixth successive title is possible next year, O’Connor replied: “Talent and underage success is there but as seen today, it’s very difficult to win five. “It takes nine months and these players have given a lot to football. “We’re going to celebrate this, we’re going to try and fund-raise for a big holiday, if you could put it out there that we’re looking for some help in that department, I think we deserve it!

“If the men had won five All-Irelands in-a-row I think they’d be in free cars, free junkets and be made Freemen of the City but we’re going to enjoy this because it’s the 27 players and management that have been with us the last five years that have made it.” After finding themselves behind at half-time, O’Connor admitted that some strong words were exchanged in the Cork dressing room during the interval. She revealed: “We know there’s only a certain life cycle in every team, we know it’s going to come to an end but it wasn’t going to be today. “We had harsh words at half-time, we were being outworked for the ball and weren’t supporting the person on the ball. “We said we were going to put our heads down for the second-half and that the scoreboard only mattered when the hooter went.”

Eamon Ryan

By Jackie Cahill

TEAM manager Eamon Ryan admitted that Cork were fortunate to claim a fifth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship crown at Croke Park on Sunday but paid huge tribute to the character of his players. Ryan revealed: “Dublin would consider themselves very unlucky but on the other side of it, we had players playing with antibiotics. “Juliet (Murphy) was very sick, Briege Corkery was very sick. They were with Doctor Con (Murphy) on Wednesday night.” Ryan looked at the scoreboard with eight minutes remaining and revealed that he uttered an expletive at that point, believing that the game was gone from the Leesiders as they found themselves two points behind. He added: “It wasn’t the management that got us through. It was the players because I honestly thought, looking at the clock with eight minutes left, that it was gone.

“All credit to the players, I don’t know where they got it from. I shifted Juliet back to centre back and she came out roaring at me, she wanted to go back to centre field. And she made two or three great forays. The last eight minutes was down to the players.” Five second half points from Valerie Mulcahy proved crucial as the Leesiders edged a tight final and Ryan reflected: “Valerie would be the first to admit that her first half wasn’t great. There were exchanges at half time but that’s Valerie. She is one of the best footballers. With the ball she’s superb.” Attempting to pinpoint the secret of Cork’s remarkable success, Ryan mused: “I’ve no secret anyway. Trying to analyse it, we were lucky enough to get eight or nine girls who had never won anything at underage and then we got eight or nine that had won a lot. The gelling of those two worked. The older group were keeping the younger group in check. The younger ones then abided by the guidelines that the older girls laid down. Our role in that wouldn’t be hectic. It was the two groups gelling and having mutual respect for each other. “We know that the last game, every morning we get up, is getting nearer. So the drive is within the team to push that last game. That would be what is going through their heads. Let’s push it back, we have to push it back, rather than thinking five in a row.”

Gerry McGill

By Jackie Cahill

DISAPPOINTED Dublin manager Gerry McGill admitted that missed chances cost his team dearly in Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship final. Dublin missed a glorious early goal chance and a tenth minute penalty, key moments which came back to haunt the Sky Blues as they lost out by just a single point. McGill reflected: “The best team never loses I suppose. “I think it comes down to taking your chances and unfortunately and at this point we’d have to say we missed a few chances at the end and were left to rue them.

“We were within six minutes of winning an All-Ireland and we had them on the rack for long periods in the game but that’s sport, that’s the way it goes.” Nonetheless, McGill was hugely proud of the performance of his Leinster champions as they handed Cork their toughest championship test in recent times. He said: “A lot of people didn’t think we’d have any chance at all. We always believed we were a good enough set of players and that we were good enough to go all the way. “Penalties, you see fellas in England getting 50 grand a week and they’re missing penalties. “We wouldn’t be here today without Sinead Aherne’s talent all year. “It’s neither here nor there.

“I don’t think it decided the game. We were two points up but over a five or six minute period Cork got a bit of dominance and we conceded one or two sloppy scores. If you make mistakes Cork will punish you whereas other teams mightn’t. “The work rate was tremendous. We maybe could have made one or two changes earlier. “When you’re one or two points up and it’s very tight one or two changes can change the course of the game. “Fatigue came into it at the end but we gave it our best and you can’t ask for any more.”

Team News

CORK (Ladies SF v Dublin): E Harte; Rena Buckley, A Walsh, G O’Flynn; B Corkery, B Stack, C O’Sullivan; J Murphy, N Kelly; N Cleary, D O’Reilly, A O’Shea; M O’Connor (capt), V Mulcahy, Rhona Buckley.

Paths to the Final

CORK: Munster Final: Cork 6-15 Kerry 0-9; Championship Quarter-final: Cork 4-23 Kildare 0-6; Championship Semi-final: Cork 3-10 Mayo 1-9

DUBLIN: Leinster Final: Dublin 5-6 Meath 1-8; Championship Quarter-final: Dublin 1-13 Kerry 2-6; Championship Semi-final: Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 1-15

Senior Championship

· There are 16 counties competing in the Senior Championship

· A Qualifier System was introduced into the Senior Championship in 2008

· Teams knocked out of the provincial championships enter the first round of qualifiers while provincial runners-up enter the second round of qualifiers

· Provincial winners enter the All Ireland Championship at the quarter-final stage

· One team is relegated from the Senior Championship

· Senior Championship Teams: Armagh, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone