Launch of the 2011 GAA Football Championship

PRESS RELEASE

04.05.11

CLG Naomh Fionnbarra helps give GAA Football Championship 2011 Lift-Off

St Finbarr’s GAA Club in Cork played host to the media event which officially launched the 2011 GAA Football Championship.

Home county man Paul Kerrigan was joined by Pádraic Joyce (Galway), Barry Cahill (Dublin) and Brendan McVeigh (Down) ahead of upcoming provincial activity which will follow Roscommon’s competition opener win over New York in Gaelic Park last weekend.

 

Juvenile members from St Finbarr’s were on hand to welcome the footballers to their clubhouse in Togher today and home clubman and Rebel County legend Jimmy Barry Murphy also extended a welcome to the visiting players.

 

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana thanked the Cork club for their hospitality in hosting today’s event.

 

He said: “This year’s competition promises to be every bit as intriguing as those of recent seasons and I suppose the question on everybody’s lips is whether Cork can build on their promising early season form to bid for a second consecutive Sam Maguire success after last year’s long awaited breakthrough win.

 

“I know for a fact that there are a large number of counties out there who will look to have to have a say in proceedings before the latter stages of the competition.

 

“I think today underlines an important tie between our inter-county game, which is in many ways the shop window for our games, and the club scene which supports it beneath.

 

“All of our players here today learnt their skills at their clubs and I would predict long after hanging up their inter-county boots and jerseys they will return in one guise or another to those same clubs.

 

“I sincerely thank everyone at Naomh Fionnbarra for having us here today and I especially acknowledge the superb work that you are doing here in Cork.”

Cuchullains Dunloy, Co Antrim will host the hurling event on Wednesday May 11.

 

The next games in the respective provincial championships are as follows:

 

May 15

 

Ulster Preliminary Round: Donegal v Antrim, Ballybofey.

 

May 22

 

Connacht Quarter-final: Sligo v Leitrim, Marcievicz Park.

Leinster Preliminary Round: Laois v Longford; Kildare v Wicklow, Portlaoise.

Munster Quarter-finals: Cork v Clare, Páirc Uí Chaoimh; Kerry v Tipperary, Killarney.

 

 

15 Bealtaine

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Dún na nGall     v           Aontroim                                   Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey

 

22 Bealtaine

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Cill Dara            v           Cill Mhantáin                              O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

Laois                 v           An Longfort                               O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

 

28 Bealtaine

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Ard Mhacha       v           An Dún                                      Athletic Grounds, Armagh

 

4 Meitheamh

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Luimneach         v           Ciarraí/Tiobraid Árann               Páirc na nGael, Limerick

 

5 Meitheamh

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Cill Dara/Cill Mhantáín v An Mhí                          Páirc an Chrócaigh

Laois/An Longfort v        Áth Cliath                                  Páirc an Chrócaigh (TV3)

 

12 Meitheamh

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Sligeach/Liatroim v        Nua Eabhrac/Ros Comáin

Markievicz Park, Sligo/Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon

 

19 Meitheamh

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Doire/Fear Manach         v           Ard Mhacha/An Dún

 

26 Meitheamh

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Cill Dara/Cill Mhantáín/An Mhí v Laois/An Longfort/Áth Cliath      Páirc an Chrócaigh

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Maigh Eo/Londain          v           Gaillimh                        McHale Park, Castlebar

 

3 Iúil

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

 

10 Iúil

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final  Páirc an Chrócaigh

 

17 Iúil

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final     (TV3)

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final   (TV3)

 

*Please note that from the 23rd of July until the 31st of July, the All Ireland Qualifier Round 4 and All Ireland Quarter Finals will take place. It has to be confirmed what broadcaster will be covering these games.*

 

21 Lúnasa

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

 

28 Lúnasa

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

 

18 Meán Fómhair

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final

 

 

*All games are broadcast by RTÉ unless otherwise stated.*

 

 

1 Bealtaine

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship

Nua Eabhrac      v           Ros Comáin                               Gaelic Park, New York

 

15 Bealtaine

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Dún na nGall     v           Aontroim                                   Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey

 

22 Bealtaine

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Cill Dara            v           Cill Mhantáin                              O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

Laois                 v           An Longfort                               O’Moore Park, Portlaoise

 

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship

Corcaigh            v           An Clár                                     Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork

Ciarraí              v           Tiobraid Árann   Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

 

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Doire                 v           Fear Manach                              Celtic Park, Derry

 

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship

Sligeach            v           Liatroim                                    Markievickz Park

 

28 Bealtaine

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Ard Mhacha       v           An Dún                          Athletic Grounds, Armagh

 

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Loch Garman     v           Uíbh Fhailí                                 O’Connor Park, Tullamore

 

29 Bealtaine

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship

Londain             v           Maigh Eo                                   Ruislip

 

4 Meitheamh

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Luimneach         v           Ciarraí/Tiobraid Árann               Páirc na nGael, Limerick

 

5 Meitheamh

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Cill Dara/Cill Mhantáín v An Mhí                          Páirc an Chrócaigh

Laois/An Longfort v        Áth Cliath                                  Páirc an Chrócaigh

 

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship

Sligeach            v           Liatroim                                    Markievicz Park, Sligo

 

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Port Láirge        v           Corcaigh/An Clár                       Páirc Uí Chaoimh/Cusack Park, Ennis

 

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

Tír Eoghain        v           Muineachán                               Healy Park, Omagh

 

12 Meitheamh

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Sligeach/Liatroim v        Nua Eabhrac/Ros Comáin

Markievicz Park, Sligo/Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon

 

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship

Loch Garman/Uíbh Fhailí v An Iarmhí                  TBC

Ceatharlach       v           An Lú                                        TBC

 

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship

An Cabhán         v           Dún na nGall/Aontroim

Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan/Casement Park, Belfast

19 Meitheamh

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Doire/Fear Manach         v           Ard Mhacha/An Dún

 

25 Meitheamh

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 1

 

26 Meitheamh

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Loch Garman/Uíbh Fhailí/An Iarmhí v Ceatharlach/An Lú             Páirc an Chrócaigh

Cill Dara/Cill Mhantáín/An Mhí v Laois/An Longfort/Áth Cliath      Páirc an Chrócaigh

 

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final

Maigh Eo/Londain          v           Gaillimh                        McHale Park, Castlebar

 

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final Tír Eoghain/Muineachán v An Cabhán/Dún na nGall/Aontroim

 

3 Iúil

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

 

9 Iúil

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2

 

10 Iúil

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final  Páirc an Chrócaigh

 

 

16 Iúil

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 3

 

17 Iúil

Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final

 

Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final

 

23 Iúil

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 4

 

30/31 Iúil/1 Lúnasa

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Finals

 

21 Lúnasa

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

 

28 Lúnasa

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final

 

18 Meán Fómhair

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final

Limerick Post-Primary School Under 16 Hurling Final

St Fintans CBS Doon 2-8 Castletroy College 1-4

Underdogs St Fintans Cbs enjoyed an excellent 7 point victory in a keenly fought Limerick Colleges county final played at Ballybricken today. Having enjoyed quarter final and semi final victories over John the Baptist Community College Hospital and Hazelwood College Drumcollogher respectively Doon went into the final without the services of David Orr and Darragh Donovan. They faced a fancied castletroy team that had recorded impressive wins against Charleville cbs and ard scoil ris.

The game played in difficult wet and windy conditions saw Doon start brightly with a Kevin Stapleton goal followed by good points by Adam and Dean Coleman. Tom Fox followed up with an excellent goal after great work by Pat Ryan. At half time Doon cbs led 2-3 to 1-3. A huge performance particularly by the Doon defence saw castletroy score only one point in the second half. Doon ran out winners on a Scoreline of 2-8 to 1-4. This was a super win for Doon Cbs who were led brilliantly by their centre back and captain Sean Ryan. Other to play very well include Jack Hayes, Stephen Ryan, Richie English, Shane O’Connell and Tom Fox.

Team and scorers;

Darragh Stapleton – Doon

Shane O’connell – Doon

Jack Hayes – Doon

Con Berkery – Cappamore

Stephen Ryan – Doon

Sean Ryan (Wall) – Cappawhite (c)

Michael Dee – Murroe Boher

Richard English – Doon

Tony Berkery – Doon

Dean Coleman – Doon (0-2)

Eamon Sheehan – Cappamore

Tom Fox – Eire Og Annacarty (1-2)

Kevin Stapleton – Cappawhite (1-1)

Pat Ryan – Doon (0-2)

Adam Coleman – Cappamore (0-1)

SUBS

Kevin Heuston, Andrew O’brien, Pat Cummins, Stephen Cummins, Cian Mcnamara and Billy Mulcahy. Panelists included David Orr and Darragh Donovan.

 

 

Launch of The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games 2011

The launch of the 2011 The Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games took place at Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction on Wednesday May 4th. Recently elected Uachtarán Tofa Liam O Neill formally launched the 2011 series.

Mr O Neill, who is Principal of a two teacher school in Trumera in Co Laois praised the teachers involved in Munster Cumann na mBunscol for their work in running the Primary Go Games series. He also said that Gaelic Games offer children fun and friendship and that the Go Games concept is the ideal opportunity for children to play our games. This year’s Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games will see over 400 boys and girls from all the counties of Munster line out in their county colours at Semple Stadium, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and other venues throughout the province.

Played at half-time during Munster Championship games, The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games give sports-mad boys and girls the opportunity to wear their county jersey on Big Match Day, sharing the spotlight with their heroes on their “Field of Dreams” in front of huge crowds of supporters. Many children who made their inter-county bow in the Primary Game have gone on to greater things: Limerick footballers Pádraig Browne and Johnny McCarthy, hurlers Seamus Hickey and Maurice O Brien and camogie stars Niamh and Claire Mulcahy are among many Limerick players to have a Primary Game jersey stashed away carefully at home.

Joe Lyons, PRO of Munster Cumann na mBunscol emphasised the importance of the games: “This year’s The Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games promises to be very exciting for all the children. Innovative ideas such as this are the lifeblood of our games.”

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In schools throughout Munster, boys and girls are eagerly awaiting the advent of the Munster hurling and football Championships for it also heralds the start of the Primary Go Games series. The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games will once again follow the highly successful and popular Go Games format. Championship day in Munster, hurling or football, would not be complete without the exhibition games provided by boys and girls from the competing counties. Two games with eleven players per team, one for boys and one for girls will take place on the day of each Munster Senior Championship clash. Games will be played at half-time during the senior match.

This year’s Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games will see over 400 boys and girls from all the counties of Munster line out in their county colours at Semple Stadium, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and other venues throughout the province.

Played at half-time during Munster Championship games, The Irish Daily Star Primary Go Games give sports-mad boys and girls the opportunity to wear their county jersey on Big Match Day, sharing the spotlight with their heroes on their “Field of Dreams” in front of huge crowds of supporters.

Many children who made their inter-county bow in the Primary Game have gone on to greater things: Limerick footballers Pádraig Browne and Johnny McCarthy and camogie stars Niamh and Claire Mulcahy are among many Limerick players to have a Primary Game jersey stashed away carefully at home.

Declan O Sullivan who led the Kingdom on to claim the Sam Maguire in 2006 and 2007 made his inter-county bow in the Primary Game while a recent Kerry minor football team could boast as many as a dozen players with Primary Game experience.

Rising Tipperary star Darragh Egan first wore the blue and gold of the Premier County in the Primary Game.

“The emphasis in Go Games is on participation, enjoyment and developing skill,” says Seán Walsh, Chairman of the Munster Council.

Joe Lyons, PRO of Munster Cumann na mBunscol emphasised the importance of the games: “This year’s The Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games promises to be very exciting for all the children. Innovative ideas such as this are the lifeblood of our games.”

The launch of the 2011 The Irish Daily Star Sunday Primary Go Games takes place at Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction on Wednesday May 4th. at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Recently elected Uachtarán Tofa Liam O Neill will formally launch the 2011 series.

Further details:

Joe Lyons, P.R.O. Cumann na mBunscol (086) 8113284.

e-mail: joegreenandwhite@gmail.com

Brother James Dormer, Rúnaí, Cumann na mBunscol. 061 380239

Enda Mc Guane, Deputy CEO Munster Council GAA,

Mobile +353 86 0449281

Phone +353 61 493060

e-mail: enda.mcguane.munster@gaa.ie