Feile Peil 2011

Feile Peil 2011 will be hosted by Cork on June 30th until July 2nd

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GAA Press Release


The 2011 Féile Peile na nÓg sponsored by Bus Éireann will take place this weekend in Co. Cork. The event, which will run from Thursday, June 30, until Saturday, July 2, will see Clubs from all over Ireland head south to take part in one of the GAA’s finest showpieces of young talent. This competition is a national festival of Football for boys and girls who are 14 and under. The winning teams are crowned All-Ireland champions in their respective competitions and it always provides a feast of Gaelic Games.

Clubs from around the country will head to Cork for the Féile weekend where they will be hosted by various Clubs within the county. Over 4,200 children will be participating, in almost 40 venues throughout Cork. Many accomplished footballers, past and present, have participated in Féile in their youth. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Parade which will take place in Cork City on Thursday evening, commencing from the Mardyke GAA grounds at 7:30pm.

The major finals will take place in Páirc Uí Rinn and Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, July 2, while the group games will be played at different venues around the county such as Mallow, Mahon, Togher and Youghal. Full details are available from www.feilecorcaigh2011.gaa.ie. With just two days to go to the start of the 2011 Féile Peile na nÓg sponsored by Bus Éireann finals, Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana anticipates a unique celebration of Football once again this year.

“Féile is a momentous competition that our young members relish to participate in and they often remember these few days for the rest of their lives. I would like to congratulate and thank the countless people both in Cork and countrywide who have contributed in any way to the organising of this event and also to our new competition sponsors Bus Éireann.” “I wish all the competing teams and players who travel to Cork for the competition every success and hope that in addition to competing for titles everyone enjoys what should be a memorable weekend when friendships and bonds will be forged that last a lifetime.”

Andrew McLindon, PR Manager, Bus Éireann added: “Bus Éireann is the proud sponsor of Féile Peile na nÓg. We are delighted to be part of this remarkable sporting event and we wish everyone involved the very best of luck. We believe this is a great match for Bus Éireann as the tournament is a fantastic showcase of the commitment and energy of communities across Ireland.” A feast of Football is anticipated so please support the stars of the future. A round-up of the action will be available on www.gaa.ie at the weekend.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2 – Limerick 1-21 Wexford 2-13

Limerick in comfort zone despite shaky defence

Limerick 1-21 Wexford 2-13

By Michael Moynihan, Gaelic Grounds for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 04, 2011

SEÁN TOBIN’S goal 20 seconds after half time gave Limerick the boost they needed to see off Wexford in this All-Ireland SHC qualifier in the sunny Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening. After a lacklustre first half, Limerick rattled off 1-3 in the five minutes after the restart to put their opponents firmly in the rear-view mirror, and though Wexford got a late, late goal from Rory Jacob, they never really got to grips with their hosts in the second half. The game was over as a contest long before the end, with the large home contingent of supporters in the crowd of 16,500 cheering their side’s scores to the echo. Limerick boss Donal O’Grady pinpointed that early second-half goal as the turning point in the game. “The first minute (of the second half), to stick a ball in the back of the net gave us that little bit of a cushion. “We played a bit better in the second half. The view that you’d have from the sideline isn’t the view that ye would (have) up in the stand. But I was happy enough that we kept pegging away.”

The game began 10 minutes late owing to a surprising late surge of patrons flowing down the Ennis Road to the game which clearly took the authorities by surprise. Both sides took time to settle, clearly put off by the delay. They swapped points early on, with Donal O’Grady — the player — prominent for Limerick and Eoin Quigley excelling for Wexford. Ominously for the visitors, youngsters Declan Hannon and Kevin Downes pushed Limerick two ahead by the 22nd minute, and they led by four before the game’s first goal — a scrambled effort by Wexford’s Quigley on 30 minutes. The impressive Hannon and Niall Moran — Hannon’s teacher and coach in Ardscoil Rís — helped Limerick stay two up at the break, 1-8 to 0-9, but on the resumption the men in green and white took over. Mulcahy blasted home from close range, then Tobin, Mulcahy and Hannon again added points before PJ Nolan could respond for the Leinster side.

There were only six points in it when Rory Jacob had a goal chance on 48 minutes, and a green flag then might have revived their chances, but Nicky Quaid saved well and Wexford’s self-belief deflated as Limerick cleared the ball down the field. It got worse when Wexford corner-back Paul Roche got a straight red card on 59 minutes for an off-the-ball altercation with Mulcahy, and although Jacob goaled in injury time, Limerick were comfortable winners. Afterwards, Wexford boss Colm Bonnar said that the goal after half time was a pivotal moment. “It was a ball that should have been cleared, there didn’t seem to be anything on, but they pounced on a mistake and hit us for 1-3 in the first four or five minutes. “We got ourselves back into it but the turning point was when Rory was through with about six points between the sides and he was blocked. “Small things change games and when it was blocked they went down and scored. Instead of being back to three it was back out to seven and then we had a man sent off.”

His opposite number, ever the perfectionist, was unhappy with conceding a late goal but satisfied with the result. “The disappointing thing was that we conceded two goals which were maybe avoidable,” said O’Grady. “But having said that, Wexford are good, tough battlers and they never gave up. Some of our wides in the first half were avoidable. We’ll have to try and cut down on that because every time you hit the ball out of play, you’re only handing the goalkeeper a 95-yard clearance and the opposition an attack. In the last 10 minutes, we were comfortable enough but we let them back in for another goal. The main thing in the qualifiers is to win it — I wouldn’t be that worried about the quality of the game.”

O’Grady will be happy enough that his side put 1-23 on the scoreboard, however, and it was clear that Declan Hannon adds balance and another scoring threat to Limerick. At the other end of the field Seamus Hickey was significantly better at full-back than he was against Waterford, even if the quality of the opposition wasn’t at the same standard as the Munster semi-final. That opposition still got in for two goals, so the Limerick defence can expect some close attention from their coach over the next few days. Still, Limerick roll on. Another day, another championship outing. If they play with the purpose and crispness they showed in the second half on Saturday evening, they won’t fear anyone.

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-9 (4f, 1 sl); G Mulcahy 1-4; N Moran 0-3; D O’Grady 0-2; J Ryan, K Downes, M O’Riordan, T O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Wexford: R Jacob, E Quigley (1f) 1-2 each; G Sinnott 0-3; PJ Nolan 0-2; K Rossiter, H Kehoe, E Martin, D Reynolds 0-1 each.

Subs for Limerick: S Walsh for Moloney (blood) 12-17; M O’Riordan for Browne (44), S Walsh for Condon (50), T O’Brien for Downes (57), D Ryan for Mulcahy (65).

Subs for Wexford: C Farrell for Travers (47), D Redmond for Quigley (55), B Doyle for Berry (59), E Martin for Kehoe (66).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)


Bonnar steps down as Wexford lose to Limerick

From the GAA web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers Phase II

Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13

A stunning second half performance from Limerick’s Graeme Mulcahy helped his side stride to a comfortable victory over Wexford in front of their home fans at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

The second half was only moments underway when this game was put to bed. Corner forward Mulcahy pounced on a mistake by Wexford’s Darren Stamp to firmly put the home side in control of this game. This defeat seemed to be the final step for Colm Bonnar as he announced that he was stepping down as Wexford boss moments after the final whistle.

Young Delcan Hannon, fresh from sitting his Leaving Certificate, was on fire in the first 35 minutes. He managed to clock up 0-4 and it looked like Wexford could not deal with his hurling style. Donal O’Grady’s side did not really convert their chances into a lead in the opening stages of this game and should have had a stronger lead.

The Shannonsiders did get off the mark thanks to midfielder Donal O’Grady but two quick responses from Wexford’s Garrett Sinnott and Eoin Quigley gave the visitors an early lead. Hannon and Niall Moran opened their accounts for the day and swung the lead in Limerick’s favour.

It took 20 minutes before Limerick discovered the kind of form they showed against Waterford in their first day out was on show in the Gaelic Grounds. Further scores from Hannon (0-2), Kevin Downes and O’Grady extended their lead to 0-8 to 0-4 and looked like there was only going to be one winner.

The game was turned on its head, however, with a goal from the visitors on 28 minutes. Eoin Quigley forced his way into the Limerick danger area, lost his hurl and kicked past goalkeeper Nicky Quaid. The goal looked to make a game of it as there was only two points separating the teams at half-time, 0-11 to 1-6.

But Wexford’s chances were ended when the second half had just started. A mistake in the back line from Stamp and Mulcahy was on hand to blast his effort past a helpless Niall Breen in the Wexford goal.

Wexford responded well with points from PJ Ryan, Rory Jacob and Harry Kehoe but it was not enough to chip away at the home side’s cushion. Mulcahy, Seán Tobin and Hannon were there for Donal O’Grady’s team to keep them in control.

Things got even worse for the Colm Bonnar’s side when Paul Roche was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident involving Graeme Mulcahy.

A late goal came from Rory Jacob in injury time but it came far too late for an upset to be caused and Limerick progressed through this battle never really tested throughout the game.

Limerick Scorers: D Hannon 0-09 (0-04f, 0-01sl), G Mulcahy 1-04, N Moran 0-03, D O’Grady 0-02, J Ryan, K Downes, M O’Riordan, T O’Brien 0-01 each

Wexford Scorers: R Jacob, E Quigley (0-01f) 1-02 each, G Sinnott 0-03, PJ Nolan 0-02, K Rossiter, H Kehoe, E Martin, D Reynolds 0-01 each

Limerick: N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahony (capt); D O’Grady, P Browne; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin. Subs: M O’Riordan for Browne (44 mins), S Walsh for Condon (50), T O’Brien for Downes (57), D Ryan for Mulcahy (65).

Wexford: N Breen; P Roche, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; L Prendergast, D Stamp (capt), M Travers; E Quigley, M Jacob, PJ Nolan, H Kehoe, S Banville; R Jacob, G Sinnott, J Berry. Subs: C Farrell for Travers (47 mins), D Redmond for Quigley (55), B Doyle for Berry (59), E Martin for Kehoe (66).

Referee: Michael Wadding (Waterford)



For two major hurling powers, they have met relatively infrequently in the All-Ireland championship. In fact, they have only met on six occasions with Wexford having won four to Limerick’s two. They last met in the 2009 qualifiers when Limerick won by 1-13 to 0-14.

How they got here

Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14 (Munster semi-final)


Wexford 3-16 Antrim 1-11 (Leinster quarter-final)

Kilkenny 1-26 Wexford 1-15 (Leinster semi-final)

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009: Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifier)

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15 (2001 All-Ireland quarter-final)

1996: Wexford 1-13 Limerick 0-14 (All-Ireland final)

1955: Wexford 2-12 Limerick 2-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1918: Limerick 9-5 Wexford 1-3 (All-Ireland final)

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier Round 2 – Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20

Galway show true colours

Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20

By Diarmuid O’Flynn, Pearse Stadium for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, July 04, 2011

A LARGER than expected crowd were in sunny Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening for this All-Ireland senior hurling qualifier with both sets of supporters approaching the tie with trepidation. Galway were coming off the back of a depressing defeat by Dublin in the Leinster semi-final while Clare suffered a three-goal loss to All-Ireland champions Tipperary in Munster after producing a spirited performance. The home fans were concerned if Galway’s always fragile psyche was so badly damaged by their last outing that they would be vulnerable to defeat from a rising Clare, while the Banner faithful were anxious about a backlash from the Tribesman still raw from that Dublin defeat.

Galway manager John McIntyre summed it up best: “I don’t know if a few people came expecting to see a wedding or a funeral or something like that!” They saw both, a fact reflected in the reaction of the respective managers to what, in reality, had been something of a slaughter. McIntyre admitted: “There are a lot of genuine Galway supporters who haven’t lost faith in this Galway management or in this Galway team. They know that the Dublin match wasn’t a true reflection of form. It was a great result for Dublin, I’m not for one minute taking away from their victory. But Galway showed their true colours tonight. “They stood up, it was a big test of character because people would have anticipated that they would see a dispirited, disorganised, head-down Galway team going through the motions. These guys have too much pride for that to happen. And I’m thrilled for them.”

For Clare’s Ger O’Loughlin, despair, tempered slightly by hope. For the fourth game in a row his side leaked four goals, the rock they perished on. He said: “We were totally exposed in the first half. We were at sixes and sevens for the first 20 minutes, playing into a strong breeze. We were again very naive in that a lot of goals were conceded. All we can do now is go back and pick up the pieces, try and learn from it. We’re playing the best players that are available to us, we just need to get a bit more savvy about what we’re doing at the back. In fairness to Galway they were a class apart tonight and it shows the work we have to do to get there.”

On an evening when — as usual — there was a strong downfield breeze in Pearse Stadium, Clare could badly have down with winning the toss, perhaps apply some early pressure and compound some doubts that may have been lingering in Galway heads. Instead it was new Galway captain Damien Hayes getting the nod from the referee and instantly pointing with the wind. He was also pointing the way, because Damien led this one from the front, hitting Galway’s opening 1-1 after free-taker Nicky O’Connell had put Clare ahead inside a minute. Soon it was the returning Ger Farragher getting into the goal-scoring act, before points from the on-fire Joe Canning had Galway ahead 2-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes.

“We were hoping to win the toss,” continued O’Loughlin. “But even that didn’t go our way. They were always going to come at us and try to finish us off early. Sometimes with young lads on board — like we have — you need 20 minutes to settle, to realise you can win the game. But we were on the back foot from the start. A small bit of panic set in — we were all over the place. It is very hard to fix one problem because there were so many problems.” In the 29th minute came Galway’s third goal, a stupendous effort by the powerful Canning when he simply brushed Nicky O’Connell from his path, stepped inside Patrick Donnellan, some sublime stick work, before beating Phillip Brennan off his left side. At half time it was 3-13 to 0-12, six minutes after the restart Clare were down to 14 men after wing-back James McInerney got a straight red card for a terrible pull on goal-bound Canning. Alan Kerins added Galway’s fourth major in the 54th minute. Ultimately it was men against boys.

Scorers for Galway: J Canning 1-9 (0-3f, 0-1 65, 0-1 sl); G Farragher 1-4; D Hayes 1-3; A Kerins 1-2; I Tannian 0-2; J Gantley 0-2; A Smith, D Burke, J Regan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Connell 0-6 (5f, 1 65); C McGrath 0-5 (3f); C Morey 0-3; J Conlan 0-2; C McInerney, F Lynch, J Clancy, L Markham 0-1 each.

Subs for Galway: C Donnellan (Tannian 57); B Daly (Burke 65); J Regan (Gantley 65); A Harte (Farragher 67); K Hynes (Cullinane 71), D Joyce (Barry 64 blood).

Subs for Clare: B Bugler (Vaughan 35); L Markham (Clancy 44); S Collins (Lynch 48); C O’Donovan (McMahon 57); G Quinn (Donnellan 63).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)


Galway atone in style with big win over Clare

From the GAA.ie web site

GAA Hurling Qualifiers Phase II

Galway 4-25 Clare 0-19

Four goals from Galway’s forwards crushed the memory of their defeat in their last outing as they coasted to victory over a defensively weak Clare side.

Goals from Damien Hayes, Ger Farragher, Joe Canning and Alan Kerins showed that there is still class in this Galway side and they can still mount an assault on the remaining sides in this year’s Championship.

A red card for Clare’s James McInerney all but ended any chance of a comeback for the Banner and compounded a crushing defeat.

Clare found themselves level just once throughout the entire 70 minutes and John McIntyre’s side shook off the poor performance against Dublin, proving they could have far more to offer in this year’s Championship .

Conor McGrath opened the scoring for the visitors with just a minute gone in the game from a free but a bright start from the Tribesmen’s Damien Haynes set down an early marker.

Only seven minutes had passed and Haynes converted the first real goal chance. A long ball, which was a theme of the game, was lobbed into the Portumna man and he converted his chance and gave Galway a great start.

A fellow Portumna man was also on song with Joe Canning exploding into this game. His first score of the game was a typical Canning point but it was Hayes who was involved again in the move of the match. Hayes ran to the end line and picked out Iarla Tannian but he saw his effort rattle off the post but an alert Ger Farragher was on hand to slot home the rebound.

It took Clare 15 minutes to get their second score of the game and they could not live with the quality of play that Galway had to offer. The Banner’s Nicky O’Connell kept his side in the game with points coming from frees but goals were proving to be the difference.

The old Galway had returned to their best and the score line suggested that. McIntyre’s men managed to score more in 20 minutes in this tie then they did in the whole game against Dublin.

And it was 28 minutes in when Galway’s third goal came, and Canning proved that he was back to his best. All the work done by the talented full-forward has he shook off the Clare defender and Canning curled his shot past Phillip Brennan in the Clare goal.

The Tribesmen were not holding back and they put down their foot when it came to scores. Andy Smith, Hayes, Canning and Farragher helped their side into half-time with a commanding score of 3-13 to 0-12

The second half started as the first did. Clare came out the brighter and they score the first point through Caimin Morey but Canning and Tannian replied for the home side, but the game was all but ended on the 40 minute mark. James McInerney was given a start red for his tackle on Joe Canning when the full-forward was running through on goal.

Alan Kernis and Joe Gantley got in on the scoring act and by now five of the Galway’s forwards had all scored, as well as their two midfielders.

It was well and truly finished and there was still 17 minutes left on the clock. Again the long ball was fired into the Galway full-forward and Kerins was on hand to fire his effort into the left hand corner of the net and kill off any chance of a miraculous comeback by Clare.

Galway Scorers: J Canning 1-9, G Farrgher 1-4, D Hayes 1-3, Alan Kerins 1-2, J Gantley 0-2, I Tannian 0-1, D Burke 0-1, A Smith 0-1, J Regan 0-1.

Clare Scorers: N O’Connell 0-6, C McGrath 0-5, C Morey 0-3, J Conlon 0-2, C McInerney 0-1, F Lynch 0-1, L Markham 0-1.

Galway: J Skehill, F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins, D Barry, T Og Regan, A Cullinane, D Burke (, A Smith, J Gantley, G Farragher , I Tannian, D Hayes, J Canning, A Kerins. Subs: B Daly for Burke, J Regan for Gantley, A Harte for Farragher, K Hynes for Cullinane.

Clare: P Brennan, P Vaughan, C Dillon, C Cooney, P O’Connor, P Donnellan, J McInerney, J Clancy, N O’Connell, J Conlon, F Lynch, D McMahon, C McInerney , C Morey, C McGrath. Subs: B Bugler for Vaughan, L Markham (0-1) for Clancy, S Collins for Lynch, C O’Donovan for McMahon, G Quinn for Donnellan

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)


The counties have clashed twelve times in the championship with Clare holding an 8-3 lead with one draw. They last met in the All-Ireland qualifiers two years ago when Galway won by 2-18 to 1-11.

Last Five Championship Clashes

Galway 2-18 Clare 1-11 (2009 qualifiers)

Clare 2-10 Galway 0-14 (2007 qualifiers)

Galway 1-15 Clare 2-11 (2003 qualifiers)

Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17 (2002 All-Ireland quarter-final)

Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay

How they got here…

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 (Munster semi-final)


Galway 4-17 Westmeath 2-14 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 0-22 Galway 2-7 (Leinster semi-final)