All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Galway 1-13 Clare 0-12

Galway defeated Clare by 1-13 to 0-12 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Cusack Park Ennis.


All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Cork 4-20 Offaly 1-5

Cork defeated Offaly by 4-20 to 1-5 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Tipperary 2-15 Kilkenny 1-15

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-15 to 1-15 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

In the curtain-raiser, Tipperary defeated Kilkenny in the All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship by 0-12 to 1-8.

Late Flanagan brace stuns Cats

Report from the Irish Examiner web site

Two goals in the dying embers of the game from super sub Noreen Flanagan snatched victory for Tipperary against old rivals Kilkenny in round 3 of the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship today. The winners led at half time by 0-10 to 0-7 at Nowlan Park but despite Nicole Walsh, Alice Fogarty and Jill Horan racking up some good scores, they wouldn’t have been happy, after squandering numerous scoring opportunities having had a very stiff wind in their favour.

Kilkenny struck early and hard at the start of the second half, when Katie Power set up Michelle Quilty, who hand-passed a goal after just 12 seconds. From there until the 54th minute, the hosts maintained the upper hand, with Aoife Neary and Power keeping the scoreboard ticking over. 17-year-old Miriam Walsh had also registered two points before being forced to leave the fray with injury.

Tipp introduced three subs in the 48th minute to telling effect. Youngsters Michaela Graham and Sarah Fryday provided the Premier outfit with much more energy but it was Flanagan who changed the course of the game. Kilkenny still led by five points with six minutes remaining but Flanagan pounced for those two goals break the Noresiders’ hearts.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers Phase 2 – Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16

Barry-Murphy plays down lofty status

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16

The big question leaving Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday evening was whether Cork have gone backwards since their loss to Tipperary or had Offaly improved substantially from their heavy defeat to Galway. Certainly, Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy was anxious afterwards to play down the status of his men, although he was pleased with the manner in which they dealt with the surprisingly strong challenge of their opponents. Indeed, had Offaly more penetration in attack, then Cork might have been in serious trouble, but, having said that, the Rebels always looked good to tack on a few points and pull away.

“We know we are not as good as some people are making out,” said Barry-Murphy. “I thought our performance against Tipperary was very good and it is difficult to play the first qualifier after a defeat like that, but the fact that we got a home draw was a big help to us.” The crowd of 10,136 got plenty of value for money. Offaly could have made it a tighter finish, but they lost their way in the second-half. “The score flattered us, but we conceded a soft goal from a free again,” said Barry-Murphy. “We were pretty comfortable at that stage when they got the goal, but to win by seven certainly flattered us, it was never a game like that. Offaly are a very, very good side; they are better than people realise.”

Manager Ollie Baker was pleased with the midlanders’ display, but he lamented the fact they did not push Cork harder in the second-half. “We didn’t come here for a good performance. It know it is a cliche, but we came down here to win,” he said. “I have 30 lads inside in that dressing-room after putting in huge efforts. They made a lot of sacrifices and are not going to have a competitive fixture again until next February. “To develop as a team, we can’t be competitive on a consistent basis without matches. We are out of the championship this year, but there are a lot of lads there that want to play hurling, so maybe there should be a re-look at the structure and try to find a formula to make that happen.”

Baker said he was anxious to stay on and after the progress made this year, Offaly will surely be glad to have him at the helm next season. But they will need to develop more attacking options and develop players who can take on their man. They moved the ball superbly at times, but really needed some forwards to go toe-to-toe in the second-half and win the hard yards. A superb half-back line of Derek Morkan, Rory Hanniffy and Diarmuid Horan gave them a strong platform in the opening half, but, while Colin Egan rifled home a fine goal after 11 minutes, they were unable to contain Pat Horgan at the other end and the Cork skipper went on a spree, scoring 1-8 by the break. The goal after 19 minutes showed the penetration lacking against Tipp, when strong handpasses saw Pa Cronin and Paudie O’Sullivan put Horgan through and he blasted home.

However, Cork blew at least half a dozen goal-scoring chances in the second-half, with the likes of Cian McCarthy undermining a good display by taking the wrong option. The game was played at a good tempo, but Jamie Coughlan was lucky to escape with just yellow for a jab at James Rigney before the break, while Offaly’s Morkan looked set to walk before getting away with a ‘tick,’ after he’d already been booked, for a lunge at Daniel Kearney. Cork led by 1-12 to 1-10 at the break, but two points from Shane Dooley and one from Joe Bergin directly after the restart hinted at a shock, However, Conor Lehane levelled with a wonderful point and Cork proceeded to land five more, including a second monster free from goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Three Offaly points reduced the margin to two with nine minutes left, but Cork pulled away again and a Dooley goal from a 25-metre free was preceded by five Cork points and followed by three more as they advanced with ease.

Scorers — Cork: P Horgan 1-10 (7f), C McCarthy 0-5 (3 ’65s’, 1f), C Lehane 0-3, A Nash (2f), S Moylan 0-2 each, P Cronin, L McLoughlin, S Kearney, C Naughton 0-1 each.

Offaly: S Dooley 1-6 (1-3f, 1 ’65’), C Egan 1-0, J Bergin 0-3, D Morkan 0-2, S Ryan, B Murphy, B Carroll, C Mahon, D Molloy 0-1 each.

Cork — A Nash 8; C O’Sullivan 6, S O’Neill 6, B Murphy 6; T Kenny 8, C Joyce 7, W Egan 7; D Sweetnam 7, L McLoughlin 7; P Cronin 7, C McCarthy 7, C Lehane 7; J Coughlan 6, P O’Sullivan 7, P Horgan 8.

Subs: D Kearney 7 for Sweetnam (41), L O’Farrell 7 for Coughlan (43), C Naughton 6 for McLoughlin (54), S Moylan 7 for P O’Sullivan (64), N McCarthy 6 for Cronin (69).

Offaly — E Kelly 7; C Hernon 5, D Kenny 7, J Rigney 6; D Morkan 8, R Hanniffy 7, D Horan 7 ; K Brady 6, S Ryan 6; C Egan6 , C Mahon7 , B Murphy 6; S Dooley 7, J Bergin 7, B Carroll 6.

Subs: D Franks 6 for Hernon (23), C Parlon 6 for Carroll (49), D Molloy 6 for Murphy (56), D Mooney 6 for Brady (62), T Carroll 6 for Egan (66).

Ref — M Wadding (Waterford)


Rebels stick to guns

Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16

By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Flattering was Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s description, and flattering was just about right. Cork ended Saturday night’s hurling qualifier seven points to the good, but Offaly’s Shane Dooley had made it a four-point game with a goal from a 69th-minute free. Not quite as nerve-wracking for home supporters as the closing moments of last year’s qualifier between the same teams, when Offaly’s goal narrowed the gap to one point in the last minute, but uncomfortable if you were in red and white. Uncomfortable that is until Cork rattled off three quick points before the final whistle. “Credit to Cork, we gave it everything,” said Offaly boss Ollie Baker. “We tore into them for about 55 minutes, then they just got a cushion of a few points and we found it hard to get back. Shane did fierce well to get that goal but we just weren’t able to get the scores at vital times.”

His Cork counterpart was candid about his side’s display. “The scoreline flattered us,” said Barry-Murphy. “We were pretty comfortable when they got that goal, but to win by seven points, we’re certainly flattered by that. It was never a game like that and we’re happy with the win. Glad to get out of it. “Offaly are better than people realise, their performance against Galway was a one-off. We’re very much in a developmental stage with our panel.” Barry-Murphy’s youngsters learned more lessons on Saturday night. Offaly created plenty of space in the first half and the Cork manager pointed to Tom Kenny’s experience as being vital in helping his fellow defenders settle. Offaly were well worth an early lead though — on 10 minutes Cork keeper Anthony Nash saved well from a Bergin flick but Cork were indecisive with the rebound and Egan smashed the ball home. Patrick Horgan kept Cork in touch with three points from play, and when a Shane Dooley 65 put four between them on 17 minutes Horgan responded, finding the net from close range following good work by Pa Cronin and Paudie O’Sullivan.

The Glen Rovers man kept Cork ahead with three more points (two frees) as the half wound down; Brian Carroll, Derek Morkan and Bergin responded, leaving it 1-12 to 1-10 at the break, which was preceded by controversy. Cork forward Jamie Coughlan and James Rigney of Offaly tangled off the ball and the Corkman was lucky to get away with a yellow card. The second half echoed the first. Offaly began well and overhauled Cork by the 40th minute, but the Rebels rallied with Cian McCarthy leading the way, they edged away from Offaly without ever making the gap between them emphatic. Horgan had a penalty saved by Eoin Kelly but McCarthy pointed the resulting 65, and subs Daniel Kearney and Stephen Moylan (two) chipped in with scores to put Cork seven up when Dooley goaled from a 25m free.

Barry-Murphy has positives to reflect upon this morning. Darren Sweetnam battled through a stomach bug and his eventual replacement, Daniel Kearney, put in a fine shift, while another sub, Moylan, hit two fine points. The on-field tutorial offered by the visitors’ creation of space is another lesson that can’t be replicated for inter-county newcomers on the training ground. “Offaly withdrew players and some of our backs found it hard to read the game,” said Barry-Murphy “Tom Kenny was a big help and that’s all part of the learning curve. “We overdid it [hand-passing] at times in the second half. I’m not going to criticise the players, at times it looked to be on but one pass too many at times got us into trouble. But winning by seven points is testament to the players, the way they kept going.”

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 1-10 (0-7f), C McCarthy 0-5 (3 65s, 1f), C Lehane 0-3, A Nash (2f), S Moylan 0-2 each, P Cronin, L McLoughlin, D Kearney, C Naughton 0-1 each.

Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 1-6 (1-3fs, 1 65), C Egan 1-0, J Bergin 0-3, D Morkan 0-2, B Murphy, S Ryan, B Carroll, D Molloy, C Mahon 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: D Kearney for Sweetnam (40), L O’Farrell for Coughlan (43), C Naughton for McLoughlin (53), S Moylan for P O’Sullivan (64), N McCarthy for Cronin (69).

Subs for Offaly: D Franks for Hernon (23), C Parlon for Carroll (48), D Molloy for Murphy (57), D Mooney for Brady (63), T Carroll for Egan (66).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Team News

CORK (SH v Offaly): A Nash; S O’Neill, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; T Kenny, C Joyce, W Egan; D Sweetnam, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, P Cronin; J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

Offaly XV v Cork in the All-Ireland SHC Qualifier against Cork at Ui Chaoimh on Saturday at 7pm:

Eoin Kelly, Conor Hernon, David Kenny, James Rigney, Derek Morkan, Rory Hanniffy, Diarmuid Horan, Kevin Brady, Sean Ryan, Colin Egan, Conor Mahon, Brendan Murphy, Shane Dooley, Joe Bergin, Brian Carroll.

Match Preview

Cork v Offaly, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 7pm

Cork host Offaly at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday in Phase II of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers, with the sides having met at the Phase I stage in 2011.

That day, also at the Cork venue, the Rebels won an extremely tight contest 2-17 to 2-16, but Offaly hit 16 wides in the game, and went away feeling they had left behind a chance to capture a famous win over Cork.

Both sides have changed managers since then, Denis Walsh being replaced by Jimmy Barry-Murphy in Cork, and Ollie Baker taking over the Faithful reins from Joe Dooley. The changes have made an instant impact this season, especially in Cork, where plenty of optimism surrounds the county’s hurling team after a few years in the doldrums.

Having reached the Allianz Hurling League final, and having lost by just a point to Tipperary in the Munster GAA Hurling Championship semi-final, Cork are clearly capable of challenging the top teams once again. Young players like Conor Lehane and Darren Sweetnam have brought much needed vitality to the team, and securing a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals will be their minimum target from here.

Championship Clashes

Cork v Offaly

2011: Offaly 2-16 Cork 2-17

2009: Offaly 1-12 Cork 3-19

2007: Cork 1-27 Offaly 0-11

2000: Offaly 0-19 Cork 0-15

1999: Cork 0-19 Offaly 0-16

It’s hard to say how much progress Offaly have made since that one-point defeat last year. They beat Wexford in the Leinster quarter-final, but conceded a whopping 5-23 in the semi-final against Galway. There are serious concerns about their defence’s ability to contain the top forward lines in the country, and given that Cork hit 0-24 past Tipperary, the challenge for Offaly is mighty.

Baker is hoping for his side to cause an upset against Cork, whose performance against Tipperary he admired.

“It’s a huge challenge being presented to us. We can’t concentrate on Cork, we have to concentrate on ourselves and getting our performance right which is something we didn’t do against Galway,” he said.

Barry-Murphy has made two changes to his team for the game, with Christopher Joyce and Cian McCarthy coming in for Eoin Cadogan (who is playing with the footballers this weekend) and Cathal Naughton.

Baker has brought goalkeeper Eoin Kelly in for his championship debut, while Conor Hernon and Seán Ryan come into the defence and midfield.

How they got here…..

Tipperary….1-22 Cork 0-24

Cork led for much of the way in the Munster semi-final but a second half goal from Noel McGrath swung the game Tipperary’s way. Patrick Horgan (0-11), Jamie Coughlan (0-3) and Paudie O’Sullivan (0-3) were Cork’s top scorers.

Offaly 2-12 Wexford 1-13

Galway 5-23 Offaly 3-15

Shane Dooley scored 1-8 as Offaly edged out Wexford in the Leinster quarterfinal and was again Offaly’s top scorer on 2-7 in the semi-final against Galway. However, on this occasion Offaly were no match for Galway and were beaten by 14 points.

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers Phase 2 – Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16

Daly stunned as Davy marches on

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16

SHC Phase 2 qualifier

Anthony Daly never knew there’d be days like this. Standing on the sideline in Cusack Park in Ennis has to be one of the strangest feelings he’ll ever have in a long and storied hurling career. Strange to watch his team’s six-point lead being eaten away by a driven, young Clare team that he knows is going to leave his county in a much stronger place over the next few years, as locals, many of them his friends, bellowed their frenzied approval. When he met with Dublin officials in late 2008 to discuss the position, this was one scenario he hadn’t bargained on. It was one thing to meet Clare in Croke Park or in a Parnell Park league match. But in Ennis? On a night like this?

In his post-match analysis with the print media that lasted a little over three minutes, much of it was devoted towards an appraisal of Clare. Maybe it was just the questions directed at him, maybe there was just no point in raking over the coals of another desperately disappointing performance in a desperately disappointing season. The challenge was to avoid the notion that Dublin had punched above their weight in 2011, that a league title and an All-Ireland semi-final appearance wasn’t really their place. Sadly for them, this notion will linger for a while yet after the last two weeks they’ve had. The pressure of expectancy looks like it has burdened them, and when leaders were required in such a cauldron there were just too few.

As much as this was an awakening for Clare hurling, it was a collapse by Dublin. No other words for it. They were six points up, a man up after Nicky O’Connell’s red card early in the second half. And yet they lost by three. So Daly is left to pick the bones of a season that promised so much but delivered so little. “To be relegated, to be beaten in Leinster and to lose a first-round qualifier is a very disappointing season. Maybe the hype of last year got to us a bit. I didn’t think that. I couldn’t have asked for any more of them in terms of effort and training. They couldn’t have given any more,” he reflected.

Clare selector Louis Mulqueen noted how the Banner had lost their previous nine championship games. Not since the 2008 Munster final had they felt that inner glow of satisfaction. How, then, could they claim tangible progress if they couldn’t manage a win. If it was Dublin, if it was Daly, it didn’t matter. “We wanted the pressure,” acknowledged manager Davy Fitzgerald. “We said after the Waterford game, ‘give us a tough draw’ because we have to find out what we’re about. I think we showed tonight we have character.”

Fitzgerald’s youth policy is reflected in the profile of the squad, an average age of just 22 years and just three over the age of 27. He gave debuts to two of last year’s minor team, Seadna Morey and Tony Kelly, and they repaid the faith handsomely. Kelly’s goal from a 20-metre free in the 53rd minute gave Clare a 1-13 to 0-14 lead that they were never likely to lose. In the closing 17 minutes or so, every Clare player drew energy from the stands and terraces as they made light of the departure to a second yellow card of O’Connell. It was, as Daly suggested afterwards, one of those nights.

That Kelly could be delegated to go for goal in his first championship match was one thing, that he should complete the task with such ruthless efficiency was something else altogether. “The minute we got it, we were going for it. We were going for the jugular tonight. That was the way it was. It didn’t enter my head for a second. It was a fair thing for a young fella in his first championship match to stand up and hit it,” acknowledged Fitzgerald. The young Ballyea man finished with 1-2 as he operated a free role away from the full-forward line manned by Darach Honan and Conor McGrath. But if youth flourished, big-game temperament and hardened experience also played a part.

Brendan Bugler is one of the older hands, but in the second-half he was immense in winning and clearing ball across his half-back line, while John Conlon’s nerve and strength in possession is something any Clare team manager was always going to build an attack around. Conlon’s last point said everything about him as he held up possession and waited for his moment to strike from near the sideline. “A lot of these guys got a lot of stick. It’s unjust. You saw when it really got rough and tough outside there. Some boys stood up that were getting a bit of stick there for a while. But this is still a learning process,” he figured. As Daly said, Dublin had put themselves in a very strong position. Joey Boland and Tomas Brady had dominated aerially in the first half and Paul Ryan had done most of what was asked of him from placed balls.

By the time he was withdrawn, just shy of the 50-minute mark, he had converted nine. If their touch was right they might have been out of sight by the break. Instead, they led by 0-11 to 0-7, two of those points gifted to them when Pat Donnellan and Bugler had short passes intercepted. It was part of a clear strategy but the crowd didn’t see it that way. They were frustrated. After O’Connell’s dismissal, David Treacy made it 0-13 to 0-7, but Clare roared back with six unanswered points in the next 12 minutes.

It was the defining period. The force was with them and their tactics of dropping greater numbers back at that stage and hitting Dublin on the break worked perfectly. “We were going to be okay anyway,” said Fitzgerald, making light of the impact the sending off could have had. “This team was going to stay fighting until the end no matter what.” Daly threw on all five substitutes in a 13-minute period midway through the second half, but it was akin to clearing the bottom deck of the Titanic with a bucket. Nothing stuck on the inside line, and while Ryan O’Dwyer hadn’t been motoring well he was the type of player that might have brought a harder edge when Dublin needed to win ball in the final third of the field down the home stretch. Daly refused to be drawn on his future plans with Dublin, suggesting there was plenty of time. Parking his Dublin career in Ennis after this will hardly be how he’ll want it to be remembered.

Scorers — Clare: C McGrath 0-5 (4f), T Kelly 1-2 (1-0f), J Conlon 0-4, D Honan, S Collins 0-2 each, S Morey 0-1. Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (8f, 1 ’65’), M O’Brien 0-2, N Corcoran, D Sutcliffe, A McCrabbe (1f), D Sutcliffe, D Treacy 0-1 each.

Clare — P Kelly 7; D O’Donovan 7, C Dillon 7, C Cooney 5; B Bugler 9, P Donnellan 7, N O’Connell 5; S Morey 7, S Collins 8; F Lynch 6, J Conlon 9, J Clancy 5; T Kelly 8, D Honan 7, C McGrath 7. Subs: P O’Connor 6 for Cooney (22), C Galvin 5 for Clancy (42), C Ryan for Honan (64), A Cunningham for Lynch (65).

Dublin — G Maguire 7; R Treanor 6, P Kelly 7, N Corcoran7; J Boland 8, T Brady 7, M Carton 6; J McCaffrey 5, M O’Brien 7; L Rushe 6, A McCrabbe 7, D Sutcliffe 7; P Ryan 7, R O’Dwyer 6, D Treacy 6. Subs: D O’Callaghan 5 for O’Dwyer (44), S Durkin 6 for McCaffrey (48), N McMorrow 5 for Ryan (49), S Lambert 6 for O’Brien (51), R O’Carroll 5 for Treacy (56).

Ref — D Kirwan (Cork)


Banner buzzing after blast from past

Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

When wing-back Nicky O’Connell picked up his second yellow card in just the 37th minute of this hurling qualifier in Ennis on Saturday evening it should have signalled the end for Clare. Already trailing by 0-11 to 0-7, Paul Ryan pointed the resultant free and a minute later David Treacy added another Dublin point, leaving the home side trailing by six, reduced to 14 men, facing a seemingly impossible situation. So what the hell happened? A whole number of things, and not one of those in favour of Dublin. First, the man disadvantage very quickly disappeared. No, Dublin didn’t have a man sent off, the Clare supporters in the announced crowd of (9,827 but sounded like twice that!) found their voice. The echoes of the old Clare roar began to ring around Cusack Park and they found their 15th man.

Then there was the Clare sideline. Davy Fitzgerald and his selectors had already made several very gutsy calls in their team selection with championship debuts for last year’s minor stars Seadna Morey and Tony Kelly. Now they went one better and dropped back an extra defender to leave themselves short not one attacker but two. However, they knew their men and in Darach Honan and John Conlon especially they had two guys who were worth four. As the game entered its critical phase they also threw two other youngsters into the cauldron, Colm Galvin and Aaron Cunningham and both thrived. “We have lads there from 18 to 21,” said selector Louis Mulqueen. “That’s the way we have to go in Clare, build on these lads.”

Finally, but by far most important of all, the players themselves. This county produced storied teams and storied hurlers of the past but if this group stay on this path, a path plotted by Davy Fitzgerald and his professional management team, trust in what they’re being told and in their own ability, they will create their own bit of history. This wasn’t hurling the Kilkenny way, no man an island and every ball a battle. This wasn’t hurling the old Cork way, making intelligent use of possession. This wasn’t hurling the even older Tipperary way, hip-to-hip with no quarter given or asked. This was hurling the way hurling has always been waiting to be played: no man an island and every ball a battle and making intelligent use of possession and hip-to-hip with no quarter asked or given. It relies on any number of qualities but above all it relies on the basics of hurling – first touch, mastery of the fundamentals but at ramming speed, fitness, instant and determined support of the man adjacent to you, and courage. Clare had most of those elements in place on Saturday evening. They didn’t have them all, still learning, still growing, but they had enough to overcome this particular challenge.

Dublin came to Ennis to bully this young Clare team, muscle them off Cusack Park, and once they had settled (Clare got an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead) that was what Dublin began to do, out-muscle and out-hustle Clare as they came back to outscore their hosts by 0-11 to 0-4 from there to the break. It should have been more, much more, but the same fatal flaws Dublin showed against Kilkenny were in evidence again here. A poor first touch (Alan McCrabbe’s failure to control a lovely through ball from Liam Rushe in the 24th minute example number one), lack of confidence in their shooting, a succession of poor wides and a couple of balls dropped short.

Those failings would continue to plague Dublin all the way to the end, no confidence to shoot from distance in the second half when faced with those wall of defenders. Worse though for Dublin, their physical dominance too was lost. “Physically I have no fear, I think we’re as strong as anyone,” said wing-back Brendan Bugler. “It’s safe to say we’ve done as much work as anyone, we’ve a great setup at the moment, a pleasure to be involved.” So it was that Clare won this game. The critical moment came in the 53rd minute, a 20m free very cleverly won by Darach Honan when he embraced the clumsy challenge of Peter Kelly and went to ground, then converted by Tony Kelly. “An 18-year-old,” Louis pointed out, “the spirit and confidence taking his points. The courage then to take his goal, to go for it at such a crucial stage, down a man. That was unstoppable.”

Then to Kelly add Sean Collins, Honan, Conor McGrath, Conlon, point-scorers all in that mighty second half, work-horses Jonny Clancy and Fergal Lynch. Also add goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and the entire defence, heroes to a man. “It’s the spirit they’re playing with,” said Louis. “They’re up at half-five some mornings for training. These lads will do anything for the Clare jersey. They’re so proud of that crest. It says ‘First into battle, last out’ and that’s the motto of this crop of players, this is what we hope to bring forward.”

Scorers for Clare: C McGrath 0-5 (4fs), T Kelly 1-2 (1-0f), J Conlon 0-4, D Honan, S Collins 0-2 each, S Morey 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (7fs, 2 65s), M O’Brien 0-2, D Tierney, D Sutcliffe, N Corcoran, S Lambert, A McCrabbe (f) 0-1 each.

Subs for Clare: P O’Connor for Cooney (inj. 23), C Galvin for Clancy (43), C Ryan for Honan (65), A Cunningham for Lynch (66).

Subs for Dublin: D O’Callaghan for O’Dwyer (44), S Durkin for McCaffrey (49), N McMorrow for Ryan (49), S Lambert for O’Brien 52), R O’Carroll for Treacy (56).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)


Gutsy Clare knock out Dublin

From the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Qualifiers Phase II: Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16

Fourteen man Clare produced a brilliant second-half performance to overturn a six point Dublin lead and secure a famous win on Saturday evening in Ennis. It was their first championship win in four years, and sends them into Phase III of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, meaning they are now just one game away from the quarter-finals. Clare were reduced to 14 men at the start of the second half when Nicky O’Connell was given a second yellow, and when Dublin hit the next two scores, the task looked all but impossible for the Banner men.

But somehow, Clare hit a raft of brilliant points to get level, and then teenager Tony Kelly’s 54th minute goal from a free was crucial, as it put Clare two points up at that stage. Dublin never recovered from that score and they failed to muster much of a comeback in the final 15 minutes as they limply exited the championship. They had led 0-11 to 0-7 at the break after a solid first half performance which showed a significant improvement from their last outing against Kilkenny. That said, Clare began much the sharper and hit the first three points of the game through John Conlon, Kelly and Conor McGrath.

The first half was distinguished by two periods in which Dublin, aided by the wind, dominated the scoring, and they hit five points in a row shortly after the Clare treble, all of them coming from set-pieces from Paul Ryan, to go 0-5 to 0-3 ahead after 18 minutes. Well-taken scores from Darach Honan and Conlon brought Clare level again, but a second Dublin purple patch followed, with another clatter of Ryan frees, alongside excellent points from play from Maurice O’Brien (2) and Danny Sutcliffe. That made it 0-11 to 0-6, but Shane Morey fired one over for Clare just before the break to leave four in it.

O’Connell’s dismissal made things very hard for the home side at the start of the second half, and when two Dublin points quickly followed from Ryan and David Treacy, the gap was six and Clare looked to have too much to do. But points from the outstanding Conlon, Kelly, and Seán Collins put three between them, and suddenly Clare had all the momentum. They went level on 50 minutes when McGrath powered over a free, but Alan McCrabbe ended a barren Dublin spell with a free of his own to put them back in front. Then came the Kelly goal, and the chance for a precious victory was there for Clare. They seized it brilliantly, and although Dublin knocked over a couple more points before the finish, Clare were always able to retain at least a two-point lead. Fittingly, it was Conlon who drove over the final score at the end of injury time to give Clare a three-point win, and they will await with interest news of their opponents in Phase III.

Team News

Clare have named their side for the All Ireland Qualifer against Dublin on this Saturday evening, it shows 5 changes in personnel from the side that lost out to Waterford in the Munster Hurling Semi-Final. Out go James McInerney, Patrick O Connor, Enda Barrett (Injured) Paudge Collins, and Colin Ryan and in comes Seadna Morey , Tony Kelly ( Both Championship Debut) Fergal Lynch, Sean Collins , and Darach Honan.

The Clare SH team is as follows – Patrick Kelly, Domhnall O Donnovan, Cian Dillon, Conor Cooney, Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (C) Nicky O Connell, Seadna Morey, Sean Collins, Fergal Lynch, Jonothan Clancy, Tony Kelly. John Conlon, Conor McGrath, Darach Honan

Match Previews

Two of the legends from Clare’s famous 1995 and 1997 teams will be reunited at Cusack Park on Saturday evening, as Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare welcome Anthony Daly’s Dublin to the west.

The two have not met before as opposing managers in the championship, as Waterford did not face Dublin in the competition during Fitzgerald’s stint with the Déise, so Clare fans at the Ennis venue will no doubt be happy to see the pair together again, even if it’s as rivals.

Saturday evening’s encounter will be the end of the road in 2012 for one of the counties, a consequence of their respective defeats in Munster and Leinster.

Dublin were outclassed by Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final, with the Cats cruising to an 18-point victory that exposed major Dublin frailties. Much of the comment since the game has been that the match was not a true reflection of Dublin, and so quite a bit is expected of them against Clare as they look to regain their reputation as a genuine threat.

Championship Clashes

Clare v Dublin

2010: Dublin 2-22 Clare 0-15

2006: Clare 4-21 Dublin 1-16

2005: Clare 1-23 Dublin 0-9

2002: Clare 3-22 Dublin 1-8

In Clare, they face a side revitalised under the stewardship of Fitzgerald, but one still disappointed by the loss to Waterford in the Munster semi-finals. That game was in the balance until the final seconds, proof of how much more competitive Clare are under their former goalkeeper.

The sides met at the same stage of the Qualifiers in 2010, and Dublin won comfortably that day by 2-22 to 0-15, with Alan McCrabbe and David O’Callaghan contributing 0-14 of their tally.

Fitzgerald says no matter what happens on Saturday, he won’t be falling out with former comrade Daly. “I was texting ‘Dalo’ on Sunday before the draw was made,” he said. “I think we both had a feeling that we’d be playing each other. We said that no matter what happened there’d be no hard feelings. It’s a very hard draw for us.”

Daly says his side will have to work as hard as they possibly can to have a chance. “If we can bring a bit of fight and raw honesty, and fellas are willing to put their bodies on the line for the battle, we have a chance. But no more than that,” he said.

Conal Keaney and Conor McCormack are battling to be fit for the Dubs, who won’t name their team until before throw-in to allow the pair to prove their fitness.

How they got here…..

Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)

Waterford finished strongly, edging out Clare by two points in a highly competitive Munster semi-final. John Conlon (1-2) and Nicky O’Connell (0-5) were Clare’s top scorers.

Dublin…3-23 Laois…1-7

Kilkenny…2-21 Dublin 0-9

A huge contrast for Dublin who were runaway winners over Laois before losing heavily to Kilkenny in the Leinster semi-final. Paul Ryan (0-9), Liam Rushe (2- 2) and David Treacy (1-2) were top scorers for Dublin against Laois. Ryan (0-4) was also Dublin’s top scorer against Kilkenny.

Munster Minor Football Final – Tipperary 2-14 Kerry 1-14

Premier stand up to latest scrutiny

Tipperary 2-14 Kerry 1-14

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary overturned a seven-point deficit against Kerry in yesterday’s Gaelic Grounds final to retain their Electric Ireland Munster MFC crown. The All-Ireland champions were up against it approaching half-time as the Kingdom opened up a 1-9 to 0-5 advantage, before Tipp cut the gap to five at the break. But as manager David Power pointed out, Tipp have been in worse positions before, most notably when they trailed by 11 points against Kerry in last year’s provincial semi-final before coming from the dead to win.

It’s the first time that Tipp have achieved back-to-back provincial titles in this grade since 1935 — and also the first time Kerry have lost two Munster MFC matches in the same season — both against Tipp. The times they are a-changin’. Bullish Kingdom boss Mickey Ned O’Sullivan insisted, however, Kerry are “reeling in” Tipperary and is optimistic about their All-Ireland quarter-finals against Mayo or Sligo. Tipp, meanwhile, march on to a last-eight showdown with the runners-up from the West — and few would back against them. Ultimately, it was a scoring run of 2-6 without reply that sealed victory yesterday.

Having nabbed the final two points of the first half, they opened up with a run of 2-4 as Kerry went from the 29th to 44th minutes without a score. Ian Fahey signalled Tipp’s intent with a point 11 seconds after half-time before Colman Kennedy fisted home a brilliant 32nd minute goal. Their second goal was scored by Tom Kirwan in the 43rd minute as the Ardfinnan corner forward finished a neat move instigated by captain Dylan Fitzelle and taken on by the industrious Greg Henry. Tipp were now 2-11 to 1-9 clear but Kerry cut the gap back to just two points in the final minute.

The champions also had goalkeeper Evan Comerford to thank for a brilliant save as Kerry’s best forward Niall Sheehy threatened to score his second goal. Sheehy finished with 1-4 and his 16th minute goal was a superb soccer-style effort from 18m following an error from Tipp full-back James Feehan. Tipp went close three minutes later when Philip Quirke hit a shot off the post. Ultimately, it was Tipp’s greater levels of intensity that extricated them from a tricky situation.

“They were always going to come back at us,” said Mickey Ned. “Their physical strength across the middle was the deciding factor. A lot of our lads are very young and they didn’t have the physique. They blew us out of it around the middle. We just couldn’t handle it but we’re getting closer. “They deserved to win but we hope to [have another go at them]. We’re reeling them in slowly.”

Power, who has worked wonders during his time in charge, said: “In the second half, we played really well. It was very slow in the first half but we kept in there. We were unfortunate in one way but then Kerry had chances as well. “But the second half was just awesome — they played very well. They know themselves after coming down off this that they can play a lot better. “Kerry were very good but we have proven now that we are the best minor team in Munster over the last, I don’t know how many years. To do two in a row is an amazing achievement as well. Beating Kerry away, Cork in Cork and here today, beating Kerry — it’s just fantastic.”

Scorers for Tipperary: C Kennedy (1f), T Kirwan 1-2 each, I Fahey 0-4 (1f), S O’Brien 0-2, B Maher, J Lonergan, J Martin, P Quirke 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: N Sheehy 1-4 (1f), J Savage 0-5 (4fs), C Keane 0-3, K Murphy, C Fitzgerald 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; L Egan, J Feehan, D Cass; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, I Fahey; J Lonergan, J Martin, G Henry; C Kennedy, P Quirke, T Kirwan.

Subs: J Loughnane for Cass (27), C O’Riordan for Egan (ht), TJ Ryan for Lonergan (53), J McGrath for Martin (55), J Shelly for Kirwan (60+3).

KERRY: G Curran; C Ó’Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, J Barry, G Horan; E Ó’Conchúir, K Murphy; D Foran, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; G O’Shea, N Sheehy, C Keane.

Subs: S Moloney for O’Shea (43), G O’Sullivan for Ó’Conchúir (49), E Doyle for Murphy (55), A Spillane for Foran (56), P O’Connor for Horan (59).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)


Tipperary minors retain Munster title

Match from the web site

Tipperary retained their Munster Minor Football Championship crown at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon with a hard-fought 2-14 to 1-14 victory against Kerry in an entertaining final. David Power’s Premier County, who are the reigning All-Ireland champions, came from seven points down in the first half to ensure that Tipp claimed back-to-back Munster minor crowns for the first time since 1935. Tipp trailed by 0-07 to 1-09 at half-time but second half goals from corner-forwards Colman Kennedy and Tom Kirwan secured a seventh title at this grade for the champions.

Tipp trailed by seven points at one stage in the first half but showed the composure of champions to win a thrilling encounter and claim a seventh provincial minor football crown for the Premier County. It was a historic win for the Premier County as they secured consecutive provincial titles for the first time since 1935 – and they had to do it the hard way against Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s Kerry. This victory marked Tipp’s second over Kerry in this year’s Championship, following a first round win at Austin Stack Park in Tralee last April.

Tipp came roaring out of the blocks in the second half and were five points clear 13 minutes after the restart. Tipp found themselves seven points down – 0-05 to 1-07 – when Jack Savage pointed a 29th minute free for Kerry but the Kingdom would not score again until the 44th minute. In that time, Tipp would embark on a sizzling scoring spree, hitting 2-06 without reply as corner forwards Kennedy and Kirwan netted early second half goals.

Tipp signalled their second half intentions early as midfielder Ian Fahey, switched from midfield to centre forward, kicked the opening score with just 11seconds on the clock. And manager Power’s switches worked a treat as Philip Quirke, who started at full-forward, swapped with midfielder Steven O’Brien. Tipp gained a firm stranglehold around the middle third of the field and this dominance provided the platform for victory. Kerry did well in the first half, however, with Savage in good form from frees, while Niall Sheehy was a menace at full-forward. And the Kingdom struck for the game’s opening goal in the 16th minute as Sheehy took advantage of a James Feehan error to goal brilliantly soccer-style from 18 metres.

But Tipp never looked out of contention and were unlucky not to net themselves in the 19th minute when Quirke struck the butt of the Kerry upright after taking a pass from marauding wing-back Bill Maher. Ultimately, it was Tipp’s greater physicality, experience and craft that would see them through. They will now meet the beaten Connacht finalists in the All-Ireland quarter-finals, while Kerry will look to regroup for the last eight of the All-Ireland series, against the champions from the west.


Tipperary: C Kennedy (0-01f), T Kirwan 1-02 each, I Fahey 0-04 (0-01f), S O’Brien 0-02, B Maher, J Lonergan, J Martin & P Quirke 0-01 each.

Kerry: N Sheehy 1-04 (0-01f), J Savage 0-05 (0-04f), C Keane 0-03, K Murphy & C Fitzgerald 0-01 each.

Tipperary: E Comerford; L Egan, J Feehan, D Cass; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, I Fahey; J Lonergan, J Martin, G Henry; C Kennedy, P Quirke, T Kirwan.

Subs used: J Loughnane for Cass (27 mins), C O’Riordan for Egan (h/t), TJ Ryan for Lonergan (53), John McGrath for Martin (55), J Shelly for Kirwan (60+3).

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó’Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, J Barry, G Horan; E Ó’Conchúir, K Murphy; D Foran, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; G O’Shea, N Sheehy, C Keane.

Subs used: S Moloney for O’Shea (43 mins), G O’Sullivan for Ó’Conchúir (49), E Doyle for Murphy (55), A Spillane for Foran (56), P O’Connor for Horan (59).

Referee: C Lane (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Kerry in Sunday’s Electric Ireland Munster championship final at Pairc na nGael, Limerick is:

1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)
2. Darren Cass (Clonmel Commercials)
3. James Feehan (Killeneule)
4. Lorcan Egan (Loughmore Castleiney)
5. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs) CAPTAIN
7. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
8. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)
9. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
10. Jason Lonergan (Clonmel Commercials)
11. John Martin (Ballyporeen)
12. Greg Henry (Killenaule)
13. Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
14. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

15. Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)


The Kerry Minor Football team to play Tipperary is as follows –

1 Gavin Curran Dingle

2 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht

3 Gavin Crowley Templenoe

4 Shane O’Connor John Mitchel’s

5 Brian Crowley Templenoe

6 Jack Barry Na Gaeil

7 Greg Horan Austin Stacks

8 Eanna Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht Captain

9 Kieran Murphy Kilcummin

10 David Foran St Senan’s

11 Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys

12 Cillian Fitzgerald Churchill

13 Gavin O’Shea Dr Crokes

14 Niall Sheehy John Mitchel’s

15 Conor Keane Legion

16 Stephen Cahillane Keel

17 Gary O’Sullivan Listry

18 Darragh Carmody Na Gaeil

19 Sean Moloney John Mitchel’s

20 Patrick O’Connor Dingle

21 Evan Doyle Ballyduff

22 Denis Daly St Marys

23 Kevin McCarthy Kilcummin

24 Adrian Spillane Templenoe

Selectors – Mickey Ned O’Sullivan Bainsteoir (Kenmare), Peter Keane Selector (St Mary’s Caherciveen), John O’Keeffe Selector (Austin Stacks)

For the Record

Kerry Tipperary
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Waterford in the first round before losing to Tipperary by 2-12 to 3-8 in the semi-final. Defeated Limerick, Kerry and Cork to win the Munster title before going on to claim All-Ireland honours defeating Dublin in the Final.
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 41 6
Last Munster Minor Football Title 2009 2011
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 49
Won – 38
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
Played – 49
Won – 23
Lost – 22
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship April 14th 2012 – Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8 at Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round) – Colman Kennedy scored 2-2 to help Tipperary recover from a two point interval deficit and win by 7 points. Match Report
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship Final July 5th 2009 – Kerry 0-12 Tipperary 0-6 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh


First Round

Saturday April 14th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6
@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8
@ Cusack Park Ennis                      Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Tuesday April 17th

@ Fraher Field Dungarvan  Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Tuesday April 24th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee            Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5


Wednesday May 16th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 1-10 Cork 0-9

@ Cusack Park Ennis Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-4


Sunday July 8th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick Kerry v Tipperary @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

In 11 Munster Minor Football Finals between Tipperary and Kerry (including 2 replays), Tipperary have never scored more than an aggregate of 12 points. In those 11 matches, Tipperary scored an aggregate of 8.2 points per match compared to 14.5 points per match for Kerry. In those 11 finals, Kerry have failed to score a goal on just 2 occasions.

Kerry have never lost 2 Munster Minor Football Championship matches in the one year.

Tipperary have won 2 Munster Minor Football titles in a row on one previous occasion – 1934 & 1935.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995 and 2011 when Tipperary were successful.

Kerry and Tipperary have played 49 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, tied for the most compared to the other four Munster counties.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001.

Kerry’s defeat to Tipperary in the 2012 first round match broke a 12 match unbeaten run at Austin Stack Park Tralee in this competition dating back to 1993. On that occasion, Cork defeated Kerry by 2-7 to 1-9 in the Munster Minor Football Championship Semi-Final on July 9th 1993.

Prior to 2012, Kerry’s last defeat in a first round Munster Minor Football Championship game was in March 2002 when they lost to Tipperary by 2-11 to 2-9 at Kilmallock. Kerry avenged that defeat with a 3-16 to 2-6 win over Tipperary in the 2002 Munster Final played at Semple Stadium Thurles.

2009 Munster Minor Football Championship Final – Kerry 0-12 Tipperary 0-6 – Match Report

Kerry — P O’Sullivan; M Galvin, P Galvin, D Wrenn; G Gibson, J Coffey, N Fitzgerald; J Sherwood, D O’Sullivan; N O’Shea, S Carroll, M Brennan; I Galvin, D Kelly, E O’Connor

Subs: M Thiemann for Brennan (45), M Reen for I Galvin (53), D Doody for O’Connor (55), M Griffin for Gibson, D Culhane for Fitzgerald (both 60).

Tipperary — A Wall; P Dalton, J Ryan, G Quinn; L Murphy, G Mulhair, D Dwyer; J Lonergan, E Kendrick; T Hill, M Ivors, R Peters; L Treacy, R McGrath, B Hewitt
Subs: S O’Meara for Lonergan (25), J McMahon for Treacy (44), A Matassa for Hill, E Kent for Kendrick (both 55).

Scorers —
Kerry: J Sherwood 0-4, E O’Connor 0-3(3fs), D O’Sullivan, S Carroll, D Kelly, I Galvin, N O’Shea 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J McMahon 0-2, B Hewitt (f), R Peters, T Hill, L Treacy 0-1 each.

Referee — M Rock (Clare)

2012 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played to date

Tipperary 2-9 Kerry 0-8 – April 14th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster First Round)

Kerry: S Cahillane; C Ó Lúing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Doyle, G O’Sullivan; S Moloney, D Ó Sé, E Ó Conchúir; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: K Murphy for G O’Sullivan (18); C Fitzgerald for D Daly (30); A Spillane for E Doyle (41); A Barry for N Sheehy (46); J Savage for D Ó Sé (58).

Tipperary: E Comerford; T O’Donoghue, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzelle, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J McGrath, G Henry; J Shelly, I Fahey, C Kennedy.
Subs: D Cass for T O’Donoghue (36); J Maher for G Henry (52); T Kirwan for J McGrath (56); TJ Ryan for J Shelly (58).

Referee: James Bermingham (Cork)

Clare 2-20 Waterford 0-6 – April 14th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster First Round)

Clare: L Corbett, F Pyne, S Garry, J Brown, C McNeilis, C Murray, M Bohannon, J Malone (Capt.), E Hanrahan, S Corry, N Deasy, T Lynch, B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary
Subs: S McGuire for Corry (38), C Deasy for T Lynch (38), N Pender for C Cleary (46), E Clancy for Bohannon (48), C Burke for E Cleary (52).

Waterford: A Kirwan, D Fitzgerald, B Looby, S Halley, T Devine, T Burke, J Barron (Capt.), M Houlihan, M Casey, M Curry, M Kiely, S O’Donovan, A O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, R Donnelly.
Subs: C Gleeson for Casey (half-time), D Scanlon for Houlihan (39), C Burke for Fitzgerald (41), L Houlihan for Curry (43).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

Cork 3-13 Limerick 0-6 – April 14th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster First Round)

Cork:  M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; K Crowley, C Hyde, J Davis; P Fitzgerald, A O’Donovan; S T O’Sullivan, C Vaughan, B O’Driscoll; K McIntyre, K O’Connor, C Horgan.
Subs: I Maguire for McIntyre (half-time), A Moynihan for O’Connor (half-time), E Dennehy for Crowley (36), A Murphy for O’Leary (53), P Kelleher for Fitzgerald (58).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; S O’Dea, D Daly, R McKenna; J Frawley, D O’Donovan, E O’Donnell.
Subs: T McCarthy for McKenna (28), C O’Shea for O’Dea (28), J Breen for Frawley (35), G Bateman for O’Donnell (50), C Sheehan for O’Donovan (53).

Referee: Edmund Walsh (Kerry)

Kerry 1-14 Waterford 1-3 – April 17th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final 1st Playoff)

Kerry — G Curran; C U Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, J Barry; E O Conchuir, K Murphy; N Sheehy, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; K McCarthy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: A Spillane for Fitzgerald (27), S Moloney for Barry (h-t), G O’Shea for McCarthy (h-t), G Horan for O Luing (34), A Barry for Sheehy (54).

Waterford — A Kirwan; C Burke, J O’Donnell, B Looby; S O’Donovan, T Burke, J Barron; T Devine, M Kiely; A O’Donoghue, M Curry, P O’Connor; C Gleeson, L Houlihan, R Donnelly.
Subs: S Halley for C Burke (42), M Casey for O’Donoghue (49), M Troy for Houlihan (54), D Scanlon for Kiely (59).

Referee — Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Kerry 3-9 Limerick 0-5 – April 24th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Semi-Final 2nd Playoff)

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; E Ó Conchúir, K Murphy; G O’Sullivan, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; N Sheehy, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: G O’Shea for N Sheehy (41); A Barry for C Keane (54); D Collins for C Ó Luing (58); D Foran for D Daly (60); E Doyle for K Murphy (60).

Limerick: J O’Meara; D Greaney, M O’Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; E O’Donnell, D Daly, T McCarthy; D Stapleton, D O’Donovan, J Breen.
Subs: J Frawley for T McCarthy (41); R McKenna for D Daly (44); D Jones for D Greaney (48); C O’Shea for D O’Donovan (50).

Referee: Michael Rock (Clare)

Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-4 – May 16th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final)

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, E Ó Conchúir; G O’Shea, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; D Carmody, D Daly, C Keane.
Subs: S Moloney for D Daly (ht); N Sheehy for J Savage (60); G O’Sullivan for C Fitzgerald (60).

Clare: L Corbett; S Garry, F Pyne, J Brown; E Clancy, C Murray, C McNelis; J Malone, E Hanrahan; S Corry, N Deasy, K Malone; B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary.
Subs: S McGuire for F Pyne (ht); M O’Leary for K Malone (ht); J Downes for N Deasy (37); E Courtney for E Hanrahan (44); M Bohannon for C McNelis (50).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Tipperary 1-10 Cork 0-9 – May 16th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)

Tipperary: E Comerford; D Cass, J Feehan, L Egan; K Fahey, D Fitzell, B Maher; S O’Brien, P Quirke; J Lonergan, J Martin, G Henry; C Kennedy, J McGrath, J Shelly.
Subs: TJ Ryan for Shelly (half-time), I Fahey for Henry (half-time), J Maher for Lonergan (60)

Cork: M Martin; S O’Leary, T O’Rourke, S Cronin; J Davis, C Hyde, K Crowley; B O’Driscoll, I Maguire; S T O’Sullivan, A O’Donovan, P Fitzgerald; C Vaughan, C Horgan, K O’Connor.
Subs: A Moynihan for Horgan (half-time), K McIntyre for O’Sullivan (half-time), C Ryan for O’Rourke (57)

Referee: Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-13 (0-7 frees)
Conor Cleary (Clare) – 2-7 (1-0 penalty, 1-1 frees)
Eoin Cleary (Clare) – 1-7 (0-1 free)
Conor Horgan (Cork) – 3-0 (1-0 penalty)
Ryan Donnelly (Waterford) – 1-6 (1-0 penalty, 0-1 free)
Colman Kennedy (Tipperary) – 2-3 (0-3 frees)
J Malone (Clare) – 1-5
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-4
Niall Sheehy (Kerry) – 0-7 (0-4 frees)
Philip Quirke (Tipperary) – 1-3
Kieran Murphy (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-2 45)
Cillian Fitzgerald (Kerry) 0-4
Eanna O’Conchuir (Kerry) – 1-1
Gavin O’Shea (Kerry) – 1-1
Brian O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Cathal Vaughan (Cork) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
John McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-2 frees)
Gerald O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-0
Sean T O’Sullivan (Cork) – 0-3
C Deasy (Clare) – 1-0
B Lynch (Clare) – 0-3
Sean Moloney (Kerry) – 0-3
Ian Fahey (Tipperary) – 0-3
Ian Maguire (Cork) – 0-3
Alan O’Donovan (Cork) – 0-3
Denis Daly (Kerry) – 0-2
Dara O’Se (Kerry) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
D Carmody (Kerry) – 0-2
Robbie Burke (Limerick) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
TJ Ryan (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Bill Maher (Tipperary) – 0-2
N Deasy (Clare) – 0-2

Steven O’Brien (Tipperary), B Crowley (Kerry), R Murphy (Kerry), Greg Horan (Kerry), D Scanlon (Waterford), L Houlihan (Waterford), M Curry (Waterford), Jason Lonergan (Tipperary), Adam Barry (Kerry), Sean Barrett (Limerick), Jack Breen (Limerick), G Bateman (Limerick), C Sheehan (Limerick), Paul Fitzgerald (Cork), A Moynihan (Cork), K McIntyre (Cork), K Crowley (Cork), K O’Connor (Cork) 0-1 each

Munster Minor Football Championship

Tipperary v Kerry – a look back

Munster Minor Football Championship – Head to Head Record
Games Won Drawn Lost Scores For Scores Against
Kerry 41 31 4 6 81-435 44-233
Tipperary 6 4 31 44-233 81-435


Munster Minor Football Championship FINALS – Head to Head Record
Games Won Drawn Lost Scores For Scores Against
Kerry 11 7 2 2 17-109 6-69
Tipperary 2 2 7 6-69 17-109


Munster Minor Football Championship FINALS – Tipperary v Kerry
Date Kerry Tipperary Venue Referee
5/7/2009 0-12 0-9 Pairc Ui Chaoimh M Rock (Clare)
12/7/2008 2-12 0-8 Cusack Park Ennis (Replay) M Meade (Limerick)
6/7/2008 1-9 1-9 Pairc Ui Chaoimh M Collins (Cork)
9/7/2006 1-13 0-8 Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney M Condon (Waterford)
14/7/2002 3-16 2-6 Semple Stadium Thurles M McCann
1/7/1984 0-8 2-3 Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney D O’Connor (Cork)
21/8/1955 1-5 0-9 Thurles Sportsfield (Replay) J Collins (Limerick)
24/7/1955 1-6 0-9 Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney T Cotter (Cork)
21/7/1946 4-17 0-2 Austin Stack Park Tralee S Deignan (Cavan)
26/7/1936 1-5 1-2 Gaelic Grounds Limerick H. Culhane (Clare)
9/8/1931 3-6 0-7 Austin Stack Park Tralee T. Considine (Clare)

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009.

Cork (29)

1939, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010

Tipperary (6)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began in1929 –

Munster Minor Football Cup

The Tadhg Crowley Cup was presented by Munster Council in 1990 to commemorate late Munster Council Treasurer. Tadhg was elected as Munster Council Treasurer in 1968 and served until his death in December 1989. A teacher by profession, he also served as Kerry County Board Secretary from 1955 until 1970. Tadhg was recognized as a specialist in organizing and handling styles and gates at Munster Championship games.

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

In the Minor Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 11 titles while Cork are tied for second with Dublin with 10 titles. Clare won the first All-Ireland Minor Football title in 1929 while Tipperary’s two All-Ireland successes at this grade came in 1934 and 2011. Between them Munster counties have accounted for 24 All-Ireland Minor Football titles, ahead of Leinster and Ulster (20 titles each) and Connacht (17 titles).

Kerry were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

Cork were All-Ireland Minor Football Champions in 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1993, 2000

Munster GAA Senior Football Final – Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13

Clinical Cork canter to 37th Munster title

Report from the web site

Munster GAA Football Championship Final: Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13

Cork eased to their 37th Munster GAA Football Championship with a clinical defeat of Clare at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday afternoon. The Rebels hit three goals in the first half and led by 3-7 to 0-7 at the break, before Clare shored up their defence in the second half and made a far more competitive game of it. Remarkably, all of Cork’s scores came from play, while all six of their starting forwards hit the target from play, as did Daniel Goulding and Barry O’Driscoll, who were brought on in the second half.

While the Rebels had a three-goal cushion at the break, the first half wasn’t as one-sided as the scoreline suggested. Cork were simply far more clinical in front of goal while Clare were guilty of missing a number of goal chances. Cork moved two points clear in the early stages, with Aidan Walsh and Ciarán Sheehan getting off the mark in the first five minutes. Nicholas Murphy started at full-forward for the Rebels and was a constant threat on the edge of the square, creating a chance for Donncha O’Connor on 10 minutes, which Gordan Kelly, the Clare defender, did brilliantly to block.

Clare had early points from David Tubridy and Rory Donnelly, but they were hit with a sucker punch when Fintan Goold fired the Rebels’ opening goal on 13 minutes, finishing clinically after Walsh and O’Connor had combined well to create the chance. Two Michael O’Shea scores, the second after Tubridy was denied by a last-ditch block, brought the gap back to three points, but the excellent Walsh then hit Cork’s second goal on 21 minutes, finishing smartly after a powerful run through the Clare defence. Cork were absolutely clinical in the first half, while Clare spurned a number of goal chances, Gary Brennan dragging a shot wide, while Cork centre back Eoin Cadogan was yellow carded for a foul which Tubridy then converted.

Cork snaffled another goal before the break, as Paul Kerrigan pierced the Clare defence and laid the ball off for Murphy to fist into an empty net, helping the Rebels to a 3-7 to 0-7 half-time lead. That lead was extended to 11 points within four minutes of the restart, Sheehan and O’Connor both hitting the target from play early in the second half. When it looked like the Clare challenge would crumble, Micheál McDermott’s charges hit back with the next three scores, Tubridy, O’Shea (his fourth), and Donnelly all reducing the arrears to 2-9 to 0-10 by the 47th minute. But Cork were in no mood to be generous and two quick-fire scores from the excellent Colm O’Neill, who finished with four points from play, ended any hopes of an unlikely comeback. Clare remained competitive in the closing stages, but Cork were the far superior side and coasted home to a 12-point win, with O’Neill, Goulding and O’Driscoll adding a coat of gloss to the scoreline late on.

Cork Scorers: A Walsh 1-1, C Sheehan 0-4, C O’Neill 0-4, F Goold 1-0, D O’Connor 0-2, N Murphy 1-0, P Kerrigan 0-2, D Goulding 0-2, B O’Driscoll 0-1.

Clare Scorers: D Tubridy 0-3 (0-2f), R Donnelly 0-3, M O’Shea 0-4, G Brennan 0-2, G Kelly 0-1

Cork: A Quirke, R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan, P Kissane, E Cotter, N O’Leary, A O’Connor, A Walsh, C Sheehan, F Goold, P Kerrigan, C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy.

Clare: J Hayes; K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; E Coughlan, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.

Referee: Eddie Kinsella

Attendance: 9,139


Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13

From the web site

Conor Counihan’s Cork defeated Clare by 12 points, 3-16 to 0-13, in this afternoon’s Munster senior football final at the Gaelic Grounds. As predicted, the National League champions were much too powerful for Clare, appearing in a first senior provincial decider since 2000. First half goals from Fintan Goold, Aidan Walsh and Nicholas Murphy helped Cork to lead by 3-09 to 0-09 at half-time. And while Clare matched Cork point for point for most of the second half, the end result was never in doubt. This was Cork’s 37th provincial senior title victory in all – and a first since 2009. 9,139 spectators were present to watch the first Munster SFC final meeting between Cork and Clare since 1949.

But on the 20th anniversary of the Banner County’s shock provincial final victory over Kerry, there would be no repeat as a slick Cork outfit, while never hitting the high notes, advanced comfortably to the All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals. Goold bagged Cork’s opening goal in the 14th minute, crashing a stunning drive past Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Seven minutes later, Walsh rampaged through midfield and beat Hayes with a low shot for Cork’s second goal.

And it was game over three minutes before half-time when Murphy fisted home a Paul Kerrigan handpass in the nick of time. Murphy was on the Clare goalline when he made contact and if Kerrigan’s pass had travelled all the way into the net, it would have been disallowed. TV replays showed that it was a marginal call – but Murphy, who has made a big impact in his new full-forward role – got the benefit of the doubt and Cork went on to lead at half-time by nine points.

All six of Cork’s starting forwards were on target in this clash and the Rebels scored everything from play as Clare were simply outclassed in a disappointing encounter. Cork’s physical superiority all around the field proved crucial to this win but Clare’s inside forwards looked dangerous whenever they gained possession. Michael O’Shea scored four points from play while Rory Donnelly added 0-03 as Clare refused to wave the white flag of surrender.

Better decision making in front of goal could have seen Clare score a goal or two as Gary Brennan drove his team forward from midfield. And Cork had goalkeeper Alan Quirke to thank for a ‘clean sheet’ as the Valley Rovers netminder kept out Clare sub Niall Browne with a point blank save in the closing minutes. Cork’s starting line-up showed two late changes as Graham Canty and Patrick Kelly were replaced by Eoin Cotter and Goold. But the reshuffle proved seamless and Counihan has an embarrassment of riches to choose from – with many pundits having installed Cork as favourites for this year’s All-Ireland title. They’ll receive much stiffer tests than this but the worry from Cork’s perspective is that they’ll have to wait a month for an All-Ireland quarter-final – and that’s the stage where Cork were shocked by Mayo last year.

Cork scorers: A Walsh 1-01, C Sheehan & C O’Neill 0-04 each, N Murphy & F Goold 1-00 each, P Kerrigan, D O’Connor & D Goulding 0-02 each, B O’Driscoll 0-01.

Clare scorers: M O’Shea 0-04, R Donnelly & D Tubridy (2f) 0-03 each, G Brennan 0-02, Gordan Kelly 0-01.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; E Cotter, N O’Leary, P Kissane; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, N Murphy, D O’Connor.

Subs: D Goulding for D O’Connor (51), D O’Sullivan for Kissane (55), J Fitzpatrick for A O’Connor (56), B O’Driscoll for Sheehan (66), M Collins for Goold (66).

Clare: J Hayes; K Harnett, B Duggan, L Healy; C Coughlan, Gordan Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S Brennan, S McGrath, A Clohessy; R Donnelly, D Tubridy, M O’Shea.

Subs: Graham Kelly for Coughlan (h.t.), N Browne for Quinlan (h.t.), D Russell for Clohessy (59), S McNeilis for Duggan (68), C Talty for Brennan (70+1).

Referee: E Kinsella (Laois).

Team News

Clare show two changes in personnel from the team that lined out against Limerick in the Semi-Final. Barry Duggan (Cratloe) comes straight in at full back ,instead of Shane McNeilis, for the first time this year. Barry did not line out for Clare during the Allianz Football League campaign. Into the side also comes Shane Brennan, (Clondegad), who was introduced as a substitute against Limerick, Enda Coughlan , who lined out at centre forward against Limerick, now reverts to Right Half back. With Martin McMahon on the bench. Shane McGrath lines out at centre forward, where he has played most of the National there. Alan Clohessy will captain the Clare team, as they contest there 17th Munster Football Final. 1949 was the last time they played Cork in a Munster Football Final .

1. Joe Hayes Lissycasey

2. Kevin Harnett Meelick

3. Barry Duggan Cratloe

4. Laurence Healy Ennistymon

5. Enda Coughlan Kilmurry Ibrickane

6. Gordan Kelly St Josephs Miltown

7. John Hayes Kilrush Shamrocks

8. Gary Brennan Clondegad

9. Ger Quinlin O Currys

10. Shane Brennan Clondegad

11. Shane McGrath Thomas Davis Dublin

12. Alan Clohessy Liscannor (Captain)

13. Rory Donnelly Cooraclare

14. David Tubridy Doonbeg

15. Michael O Shea St Senans Kilkee

The Cork Senior Football team to play Clare in Sunday’s Munster Final at 2pm at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, will line out as follows:

1. Alan Quirke

2. Ray Carey 3. Michael Shields 4. Eoin Cadogan

5. Paudie Kissane 6. Graham Canty 7. Noel O’Leary

8. Alan O’Connor 9. Aidan Walsh

10. Ciaran Sheehan 11. Patrick Kelly 12. Paul Kerrigan

13. Colm O’Neill 14. Donncha O’Connor 15. Nicholas Murphy

Ticket prices

Advance Purchases:

Covered Stand €30; Uncovered Stand €25; Terrace €15

Family Adult Covered €30 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult UnCovered €25 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult Terrace €15 – Juvenile €5

Student/OAP – Concession on Stand Tickets only – pay full price and get a refund of €10 at specified Stiles on the day (on production of valid I.D.)


Juvenile Groups – There will be a limited number of Juvenile Groups available for this game. Your initial allocation is 200 – €3 per Juvenile with a free Adult with every 10 children. Other adults pay €25.

All Groups should be booked directly with Co Board and Munster GAA will then issue tickets to the County board. All groups should pay their Co Board for tickets.

Match Day Purchases

Covered Stand €35; Uncovered Stand €30; Terrace €20

Student Terrace €15

Family Adult Covered €35 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult UnCovered €30 – Juveniles €5

Family Adult Terrace €20 – Juvenile €5

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3.

When – Sunday July 8th at 2:00pm

Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Referee – Eddie Kinsella (Laois)
Stand By Referee – Derek Fahy (Longford)
Linesman – Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)
Sideline Official – Brian Tyrrell (Tipperary)

Replay date
– July 14th

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

For the Record

Cork Clare
2012 Team Manager Conor Counihan Micheal McDermott
2012 Team Captain Graham Canty Alan Clohessy
2011 Championship Performance Defeated Clare and Waterford to qualify for the Munster Final. Lost to Kerry by 1-15 to 1-12 in the Munster Final at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney. Lost to Cork by 1-23 to 0-11 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Lost to Down by 1-13 to 1-12 in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Cusack Park Ennis.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 36 2
Last Munster Senior Football Title 2009 1992
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 31
Won – 18
Lost – 8
Drawn – 5
Played – 19
Won – 6
Lost – 12
Drawn – 1
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 22nd 2011 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Quarter-Final) – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – A Donnacha O’Connor goal in the 22nd minute helped Cork to a comprehensive victory over Clare.
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final July 24th 1949 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7 – goals by Paddy O’Donnell, Donie O’Donovan and Jim Lynam helped Cork to win their 15th Munster Senior Football title and just their third since 1928.  John O’Keeffe (Millstreet) captained the team from right half-back.
Last competitive meeting January 15th 2002 at Pairc Ui Rinn – Cork 2-14 Clare 0-7 (McGrath Cup Quarter-Final) – a scoring spree of 2-4 from Colm O’Neill helped Cork to a 13 point victory over a Clare team missing their influential forward David Tubridy.

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012


Sunday May 20th

@ Pairc na nGael                             Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Sunday May 27th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Saturday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15

Sunday June 10th

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12


Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Cork v Clare @ 2:00pm

Useful Information

Cork and Clare have met in three Munster Senior Football Finals with Cork winning two while Clare won the Munster title in 1917.

  • 1949 Final at Limerick – Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7
  • 1917 Final at Tipperary – Clare 5-4 Cork 0-1
  • 1916 Final at Clonmel – Cork 2-2 Clare 1-4

Eddie Kinsella (Laois) will referee the Munster Senior Football Final and was also in charge when the sides last met in the Championship in 2011.

Clare’s last Munster Senior Football title came in 1992 courtesy of an upset victory over Kerry. The Clare team on that occasion lined out as follows – James Hanrahan, Kieran O’Mahony, Gerry Kelly, Seamus Clancy, Ciaran O’Neill, Joe Joe Rouine, Frankie Griffin, Tom Morrissey, Aidan Moloney, Noel Roche, Francis McInerney (Captain), Gerry Killeen, Padraig Conway, Colm Clancy, Martin Flynn. Sub: Martin Daly

Cork last captured the Munster Senior Football title in 2009 thanks to a 2-6 to 0-11 victory over Limerick at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The Cork team on that occasion lined out as follows – Alan Quirke; Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Brian O’Regan; Ger Spillane, Graham Canty (Captain), Kieran O’Connor; Alan O’Connor, Nicholas Murphy; Paddy Kelly, Pearse O’Neill, Paul Kerrigan; Daniel Goulding, James Masters, Donncha O’Connor. Subs: Paudie Kissane for O’Regan (26), Colm O’Neill for Masters (50), Aidan Walsh for Spillane (58), Paul O’Flynn for Kerrigan (61), Fintan Goold for A O’Connor (62). Cork would progress to the All-Ireland Final where they were defeated by Kerry.

There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game). However, in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship to date, the average scores per game has been 26.

Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.

2011 Munster Senior Football Quarter-Final – Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 – Match Report

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields (0-01), J O’Sullivan; G Canty, N O’Leary, D O’Sullivan; A O’Connor (0-01), A Walsh (0-01); C Sheehan (0-04), P Kelly, P O’Neill (0-01); D Goulding (0-08, 0-06f), D O’Connor (1-04, 0-02f), D Goold.

Subs used: P Kerrigan (0-01) for Goold (47 mins), P Kissane for Shields, F Lynch for Kelly (both 62), N Murphy for Walsh (65), J Miskella (0-01) for O’Sullivan (66).

Clare: Joe Hayes; K Hartnett, B Duggan, L Healy; John Hayes, G Kelly, M McMahon; N Browne, G Brennan (0-02); G Kelly, D Tubridy (0-03, 0-01f), C O’Connor; A Clohessy (0-01), D O’Neill, R Donnelly (0-05).

Subs used: S Brennan for O’Connor, S McNeiles for John Hayes (both half-time), J Dowling for O’Neill (70 mins).

Referee: Eddie Kinsella (Laois)

2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Shane Enright, Daniel Bohane, Killian Young; Tomás O’Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley; Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan; Paul Galvin, Darran O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Leary; Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Patrick Curtin.
Subs used: Kieran Donaghy for Galvin (45); Brian Maguire for Young (48 inj); Barry John Keane for Curtin (50); James O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50); Aidan O’Mahony for Brosnan (62).

Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald ; Andrew Morrissey , Paddy Codd , Ciarán McDonald ; Brian Fox , Robbie Costigan , Alan Campbell ; George Hannigan , Hugh Coghlan ; Lorcan Egan , Peter Acheson , Shane Scully ; Alan Maloney , Michael Quinlivan , Philip Austin
Subs used: Donagh Leahy  for Costigan (26 inj); Richie Ryan  for Scully (48); Bernard O’Brien  for Quinlivan (64); Aldo Matassa  for Hannigan (70+1).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 – June 9th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Semi-Final)

Limerick: S Scanlon; L O’Dwyer, J Riordan, P Browne; S Lavin, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; I Corbett, S Kelly, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs: J O’Meara for Kinnerk (27), E O’Connor for Kelly (53), J Cooke for Corbett (56), J Donovan for O’Carroll (62), G O’Connell for Buckley (70).

Clare: J Hayes; K Hartnett, S McNelis, L Healy; M McMahon, G Kelly, J Hayes; G Brennan, G Quinlan; S McGrath, E Coughlan, A Clohessy; M O’Shea, D Tubridy, R Donnelly
Subs: S Brennan for Quinlan (58), N Browne for Coughlan (62), D Russell for McGrath (65), B Hartnett for McNelis (66).

Referee: Derek Fahy (Longford)

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 – June 10th @ Pairc Ui Chaoimh (Munster Semi-Final)

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, E Cadogan, M Shields; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, N Murphy, D O’Connor
Subs: D Goulding for Sheehan (52 mins), B O’Driscoll for Murphy (70 mins), M Collins for Kerrigan (73 mins), E Cotter for Kissane (73 mins).

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, A O’Mahony, M Ó Sé; P Crowley, E Brosnan, T Ó Sé; A Maher, S Scanlon; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.
Subs: J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (half-time), J Buckley for Scanlon (half-time), P Curtin for Donaghy (66 mins), BJ Keane for Galvin (66 mins).

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-17 (0-11 frees)
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-9 (0-5 frees)
Donnacha O’Connor (Cork) – 0-6 (0-2 frees)
Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) – 0-6 (0-5 frees)
Colm O’Neill (Cork) – 0-5 (0-3 free)
David Tubridy (Clare) – 0-5 (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘45)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-2
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-4
Alan Maloney (Tipperary) – 0-4 (0-3 frees)
Ryan Donnelly (Clare) – 0-3
Gordan Kelly (Clare) – 1-0
Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-3
James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 0-3
Paul Kerrigan (Cork) – 0-2
Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-2
Shane McGrath (Clare) – 0-2
Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 0-2
Peter Acheson (Tipperary) – 0-2
Michael Quinlivan (Tipperary) – 0-2 frees
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2
Stephen Kelly (Limerick) – 0-2

Paudie Kissane (Cork), Ciaran Sheehan (Cork), Gary Brennan (Clare), Alan Clohessy (Clare), G Quinlan (Clare), Eoin Brosnan (Kerry), Paul Galvin (Kerry), Tomás O’Sé (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Kieran O’Leary (Kerry), John Cooke (Limerick), Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick), Philip Austin (Tipperary), Hugh Coghlan (Tipperary), Shane Ahearne (Waterford)  – 0-1 each

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 13 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Cork and Clare will end a 63-year wait for a Munster senior football final clash when they meet in the Limerick Gaelic Grounds next Sunday (2.0). The last of their three Munster final clashes was back in 1949 when Cork won by 3-6 to 0-7 in Limerick. It has been an incredibly long wait for their next meeting in the final but has finally come about after Clare beat Limerick and Cork beat Kerry in the semi-finals. Cork are seeking their 37th Munster title while Clare are chasing their third, having previously triumphed in 1917 and 1992.

How they got here….

Clare beat Limerick by 1-13 to 0-15 in the Munster semi-final. Clare led by 1-9 to 0-3 at half-time and withstood a fierce Limerick onslaught in the second half to edge home by a single point. Indeed, Limerick led by a point with four minutes remaining but Clare battled back and two late points by David Tubridy sealed victory. Cork beat Kerry by 0-17 to 0-12 in the other semi-final. Cork led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time and by 0-13 to 0-11 after an hour before out-scoring Kerry 4-1 over the closing ten minutes. Donncha O’Connor was Cork’s top scorer on 0-6 while Colm O’Neill kicked 0-5.



2012: Cork 1-23 Clare 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

2005: Cork 0-18 Clare 0-6 (Munster semi-final)

2001: Cork 2-11 Clare 1-10 (Munster semi-final)

1997: Clare 1-14 Cork 1-13 (Munster semi-final)

1996: Cork 2-16 Clare 1-16 (Munster semi-final) (Replay)


1949: Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7

1917: Clare 5-4 Cork 0-1

1916: Cork 2-2 Clare 1-4

Flashback…Clare’s last Munster title success

Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12 (Munster final 1992, July 19th, Limerick)

It will always be regarded as one of the great days in Clare sporting history as their footballers upset the odds and beat Kerry by four points in the Munster final. Managed by John Maughan, they stunned the Kerrymen with goals in the 51st (Colm Clancy) and 58th minutes (Martin Daly) sending Clare on their way to a first Munster title for 75 years.

Clare: James Hanrahan; Ciaran O’Mahony, Gerry Kelly, Seamus Clancy; Ciaran O’Neill, JJ Rouine, Frankie Griffin; Tom Morrissey (0-1), Aidan Maloney; Noel Roche (0-1), Francis McInerney (0-1), Gerry Killeen (0-4); Padraig Conway (0-2), Colm Clancy (1-1), Martin Flynn.
Sub: Martin Daly (1-0) for O’Neill.

Kerry: Peter O’Leary; Stephen Stack, Anthony Gleeson, Eamonn Breen; Liam Flaherty, Sean Burke, Connie Murphy (0-1); Noel O’Mahoney (0-1), Seamus Moynihan; Sean Geaney, Tommy Fleming (0-1), Maurice Fitzgerald (0-7); Karl O’Dwyer, Jack O’Shea (0-1), Billy O’Shea (0-1)
Subs: Ambrose O’Donovan for O’Dwyer; Pa Laide for Geaney; Noel O’Leary for O’Mahoney



2011: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12

2009: Cork 2-6 Limerick 0-11

2008: Cork 1-16 Kerry 1-11

2007: Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-13

2006: Cork 1-12 Kerry 0-9 (Replay)

2006: Cork 0-10 Kerry 0-10 (Draw)

2005: Kerry 1-11 Cork 0-11

2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Replay)

2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14

2001: Kerry 0-19 Cork 1-13

Won 4, Lost 4, Draw 2


2000: Kerry 3-15 Clare 0-8

1997: Kerry 1-13 Clare 0-11

1992: Clare 2-10 Kerry 0-12

1949: Cork 3-6 Clare 0-7

1941: Kerry 2-9 Clare 0-6

1937: Kerry 4-9 Clare 1-1

1936: Kerry 1-11 Clare 2-2

1929: Kerry 1-14 Clare 1-2

1927: Kerry 4-4 Clare 1-3

1925: Kerry 5-5 Clare 0-0

Won 1, Lost 9

Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival

July 13 and 14 next will see over one thousand players from Ireland and overseas descend on Thurles for a two day International Festival of Hurling.
In association with the GAA, Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club, Shannon Development and a host of regional partnerships and bodies, the two day weekend event will serve up a feast of hurling activity with clubs and teams competing for a range of cups and silverware culminating in the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Final on July 15.
Speaking at the official launch of the event, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill said, “The International Hurling Festival of events scheduled for June 13/14 will really add to what is always an exciting weekend for hurling enthusiasts, the occasion of the Munster Senior Hurling Final.
“It is hugely encouraging to see the number of clubs from our overseas network involved in the hurling festivities and I have no doubt that the organising committee, host club, Thurles Sarsfields and all the players and officials involved will derive massive satisfaction from an initiative which has the potential to occupy a place in our calendar on an annual basis.
“The range of other diverse activities organised further compliment the hurling action and a special word of thanks is also due to the entire support network behind the organisation of the weekend”.
Also speaking at the event, Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport said: “I am delighted to see this festival growing again this year and want to congratulate Thurles Sarsfields and their committee on the initiative they had to set it up. To have an international hurling tournament as well as European competitions from clubs all over the world really showcases the far reaching capacity of hurling. The festival will also showcase ‘Hurl Ball’ and ‘Camán Abú’ which shows how hurling is diversifying and encouraging more and more people to participate. It will be a fantastic event and I hope to see more than a thousand extra people coming to Thurles that weekend. I was happy to help the committee receive funding earlier on this year and believe this will be a ground breaking year for the festival given that Thurles is the 2012 European Town of Sport”.
Brian Keating, Shannon Development Regional Manager for Tipperary and Offaly said: “Over the past few years Shannon Development and the Shannon Region Sports and Conference Bureau have focused on working with partners to attract sustainable legacy sports tourism events into the Shannon Region – whether these are national, European, or World Championship events. This is why we are so pleased to have two new high calibre events to add to our sports calendar – the Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival and the European Hurling and Camogie Championships. Rest assured we will be working with our partners in Thurles to maximise the economic and promotional potential which these new sporting events offer us in our bid to attract additional tourists and sports fans to the area.”
John Enright, chairman of the organising committee said, “The festival is an effort by the Thurles Sarsfield club to aid the development of hurling as an international game while at the same time stimulating the local economy by attracting teams and visitors to the area. Hurling is unique to Ireland and has a huge largely un-tapped potential to boost tourism to our country in these difficult financial times”.
Events taking place include the Association’s social and recreational game, Camán Abú which will be showcased competitively at the Ursuline Convent Thurles on Saturday, July 14. Any club or social team can participate. For full details on entering, visit
The European Board will also play the final round of their European Hurling and Camogie Championships in Thurles on Saturday, July 14. Teams from Switzerland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain amongst others will compete over the course of the day to become the 2012 European Champions.
For a full list of events, please see below. For more information visit and
For media queries, contact:
GAA Communications Department on (01) 8658659.
Events Calendar – July 13 and 14
Tom Semple Cup
Competing for the Tom Semple Cup (presented to Sarsfields Club by the family of the late Tom Semple, distinguished hurler, coach, and administrator, after whom Semple Stadium is named) will be – Kilburn Gaels of London, last year’s winners; Robert Emmets (London), Keady (Armagh), O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim), Na Magha (Derry), Kilmoyley (Kerry), Kilbrin (Cork), Toureen (Mayo), Manorhamilton (Leitrim), Naomh Moninne (Louth), Dunboyne (Meath) and Carnew Emmets (Wicklow).
Teams eliminated after the round-robin section of the Semple Cup will take part in the Jackie Carew Cup tournament. The trophy was presented to the club by the late Jackie Carew, a former club official.
European Board Hurling and Camogie Championship
The European Board will play the final round of their European Hurling and Camogie Championships in Thurles on Saturday, July 14.  Teams from Switzerland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain amongst others will compete over the course of the day to become the 2012 European Champions.
The games will be held in various venues around Thurles with finals scheduled for Semple Stadium that evening. The event will see more than 200 players and supporters from across Europe and in Ireland descend on Thurles for the weekend.
Camán Abú
A novel innovation at the festival will be a Camán Abú hurling tournament featuring celebrity selections. The Association is also inviting teams from around the country and overseas to participate in the tournament. Take part in an enjoyable day with food, fun and entertainment for all the family. The event will take place on Saturday, July 14 from 12.30-5pm at the Ursuline Convent, Thurles. For more information, please
Hurl Ball
Another first this year is a Hurl Ball tournament. Hurl ball is played in handball alleys with players using their hurleys in a new game largely based on handball rules. It is growing in popularity among current and former players.
Road Bowling
The Michael Cusack Cup will be presented to the winners of a special interprovincial men’s competition, which will have contestants representing all four provinces. In tandem with this event the Munster Girls U18 final will also be played at Thurles.
Tipperary Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann
On the evening of July 13, Thurles Sarsfields will play O’Donovan Rossa which will be followed by the official opening at Sarsfields Social Centre and a concert by Tipperary Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann musicians.
European Board – Launch of Thurles Hurling Festival /European Hurling and Camogie Finals
PRESS RELEASE – Croke Park, May 21
The European Board will play the final round of their European Hurling & Camogie Championships in Thurles on Saturday, July 14th.  Teams from Switzerland, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain amongst others will compete over the course of the day to become the 2012 European Championships.
The games will be held in various venues around Thurles with finals scheduled for Semple Stadium that evening. The event will see more than 200 players and supporters from across Europe and in Ireland descend on Thurles for the weekend. Board chairman, William Cashin, himself a proud Tipperary man said “the European Board is delighted to bring our finals to the spiritual home of hurling in Thurles. Neither the GAA founders in Hayes Hotel in 18884 nor Tom Semple himself could have imagined that that hurling and camogie would now be flourishing across Europe”.
He continued “it is particularly appropriate that the European hurling and camogie finals will be played in the European Town of Sport this year and that our clubs will battle it out with the best teams having the honour to play in the iconic Semple Stadium”.
This is also the first year of an official partnership between the Board and O’Neills who are the official equipment partners of our finals this year. “The European Board is proud to have partnered with O’Neills, who are themselves an institution in meeting the equipment needs of Gaelic games players and supporters around the world” according to Cashin.
Cashin also noted the importance of the support given by Comhairle Laighean, who through their twinning partnership with the European Board, have supported the development of our fabulous games with coaching, equipment and other assistance. This year the European Board has 51 clubs playing gaelic games across 18 countries outside of Ireland & the UK with an ever increasing number of youth development.  He noted that “the European Board, thanks to Leinster Council support, has now trained its own referees, assessors and coaches/tutors and is largely self-sufficient”.
“Whilst many of the of the players in Thurles will be Irish expatriates, a large percentage will be indigenous players from cities such as Zurich, the current European hurling champions who were founded by, and feature, many Swiss nationals on their teams” according to ECB Hurling Officer, Brian Sheehy.  They will face a stiff challenge from teams based in The Hague, Paris and Brussels amongst others.
ECB camogie officer, Fiona Byrne, noted that while Paris Gaels currently lead the way in the European camogie championship, “they will come under severe pressure from holders, Belgium , new entrants Holland Ladies and resurgent Luxembourg and Zurich teams”.
William Cashin (Chp):   +41 21 318 43 87        email:
Tony Bass (Sec):                +353 (0) 85-7341039      email:

Munster Under 16 Football Tournament 2012

The Munster Under 16 Football tournament was launched recently by Robert Frost Vice Chairman of the Munster Council.

The competition is kindly sponsored by Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.

The tournament takes place in Co. Limerick over the weekend of 14th and 15th July. This competition was launched in 1993 and the winners are presented with the John O’Donovan cup.


14th & 15th July 2012

Kindly sponsored by

Fitzgerald’s Woodland’s House Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick

in association with Coiste Peil Contae Luimni & Comhairle na Mumhan


FIRST ROUND – 14/07/12

(A) Clare V Kerry South Venue: Mick Neville Park 1 Rathkeale Ref: Kevin Murphy(Cork) 10.30am

(B) Corcaigh V Limerick Venue: Mick Neville Park 2 Rathkeale Ref: S.Mulvihill(Kerry) 10.30am

(C) Cork V Kerry North Venue: Mick Neville Park 3, Rathkeale Ref: B.Stack(Limerick) 10.30am

(D) Waterford V Tipperary Venue: St Marys/Sean Finns GAA Pitch, Rathkeale Ref: James Bermingham(Cork) 10.30am

Winners of first round games advance to Cup semi-finals, losers of first round games advance to Shield semi-finals

CUP SEMI-FINALS –– 14/07/12

C V A Venue: Mick Neville Park 1 Ref:  B.Stack(Limerick) 1.30pm

D V B Venue: St Marys/Sean Finns GAA Pitch, Rathkeale Ref:  J.Hannon(Clare) 1.30pm


C V D Venue: Mick Neville Park 3 Ref: Jason Mullins(Limerick) 1.30pm

A V B Venue: Mick Neville Park 2 Ref: D.Grogan(Tipperary) 1.30pm

SHIELD FINAL – 15/07/12

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Time 11:30am

CUP FINAL – 15/07/12

Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

Time 1:00pm

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Dublin 1-9 Clare 0-12

Dublin and Clare finished level in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday in Parnell Park Dublin on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-12.