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.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Cork 2-15 Kilkenny 1-7

Cork defeated Kilkenny by 2-15 to 1-7 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday in Ballincollig.

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship – Tipperary 1-12 Offaly 1-10

Tipperary defeated Offaly by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship on Saturday at St Brendans Park, Birr.

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship – Limerick 3-18 Clare 1-20

Limerick goals kill Clare in Thurles cracker

Report from the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Phase III: Clare 1-20 Limerick 3-18

Limerick sealed a place in the quarter-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship with an impressive defeat of neighbours Clare in an exciting game at Thurles on Saturday. Limerick hit goals at crucial stages of the game, with Wayne McNamara giving them the best possible start in the fourth minute with a stunning effort and Seán Tobin landing a sucker punch just before the break after Clare had battled back well. Limerick led by 2-9 to 0-14 at the break and hit another well-timed goal five minutes after the restart when Declan Hannon swept home a third goal, which gave his side a 3-10 to 0-15 lead.

Although Clare ensured a frantic finish when Tony Kelly buried a 21-yard free with three minutes left, Shane Dowling hit his eighth free of the game in added time to seal a famous win. Limerick had heroes all over the field, but Niall Moran was simply outstanding for them on the edge of the square, hitting five points from play in a man-of-the-match winning performance. Clare were 0-2 to 0-1 ahead in the early stages, with Kelly and Nicky O’Connell registering their scores.

However, Limerick hit a superb goal after just four minutes, when McNamara struck a goal of the season contender, his fine shot leaving Clare goalkeeper Pa Kelly with no chance. Moran was making hay at full-forward for the Shannonsiders in the first quarter, and his third point of the game gave his side a 1-3 to 0-3 lead in the sixth minute. Clare hit back with points from Aaron Cunningham and O’Connell, who fired over after Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid had made a superb save. Limerick should really have netted a second when Tobin was played through on goal in the 16th minute, but his shot was well stopped by Kelly. Clare finally started to get on top when Colm Galvin hit a fine score from play; indeed Davy Fitzgerald’s side hit a real purple patch, grabbing seven points without reply in a seven-minute spell, with Conor McGrath on target with four of those, to lead by 0-13 to 1-6.

However, Dowling stopped the rot with a score from a free for Limerick, before John Allen’s side registered a second goal against the run of play, Tobin getting his hurley to a long-range Gavin O’Mahony free to touch the sliotar past Kelly. Dowling followed that goal up with two quick frees and suddenly Limerick were two points clear again. Three minutes into first half added time, Clare pulled one back when Kelly’s free was deflected over the bar by O’Mahony, leaving the Banner County trailing by 0-14 to 2-9 at the break. Clare were level within a minute of the restart when O’Connell landed yet another free, but Limerick struck another seam of form to take complete control of the game.

Tobin started that spell with a score from play, before Hannon pounced on a loose ball after a long delivery into the attack and hit a ground-stroke under the flailing Kelly. The Shannonsiders hammered home their advantage with three successive points, the renascent Moran hitting his fifth from play in that spell. Clare finally gained a second half toehold thanks to frees from O’Connell and McGrath, but Limerick hit back just as quickly, as Dowling struck his fifth and sixth successful placed balls of the day to leave six points between the sides yet again.

Clare went in search of goals in the final quarter, but they couldn’t find a way past Quaid, who made a superb save from Tony Kelly’s 21-yard free on the hour mark. After a 13-minute fallow period without a single score, Dowling hit a free for Limerick before Clare found the goal they craved, as Tony Kelly hammered a 21-yard free to the back of the net with three minutes left. However, Limerick were the better side on the day and they deservedly claimed victory thanks to scores from sub Kevin Downes and a late insurance score from the faultless Dowling.

Clare Scorers: T Kelly 1-2 (1-1f), N O’Connell 0-4 (0-3f), C Galvin 0-3, A Cunningham 0-1, J Conlon 0-2, C McGrath 0-6 (0-4f), B Bugler 0-1, P Donnellan 0-1.

Limerick Scorers: N Moran 0-5, W McNamara 1-0, G Mulcahy 0-2, S Dowling 0-8 (0-8f), G O’Mahony 0-1 (0-1f), S Tobin 1-1, D Hannon 1-0,

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, S Morey; B Bugler, P Donnellan, N O’Connell; C Galvin, S Collins; F Lynch, J Conlon, T Kelly; A Cunningham, C McGrath, D Honan.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P O’Brien; S Dowling, B Geary, D Breen; G Mulcahy, N Moran, S Tobin

Referee: Brian Gavin

Attendance: 20,142

Match Preview

They meet in the championship for the first time since 2008 when Clare won a Munster semi-final clash by 4-12 to 1-16 in Thurles. However, they met twice in this year’s Allianz Hurling League (Div 1B) with Clare winning both games. They out-scored Limerick by 2-24 to 1-13 in the opening round on February 25 and repeated their success, albeit with a narrower margin, in the final on April 7, winning by 0-21 to 1-16. They also met twice in the 2011 League with Limerick winning on both occasions.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2008: Clare 4-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006: Clare 2-21 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1996: Limerick 1-13 Clare 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

1995: Clare 1-17 Limerick 0-11 (Munster final)

2012 Championship

Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final); Clare 1-16 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland qualifiers).

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster quarter-final); Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11; Limerick 8-26 Antrim 1-15 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Team News

LIMERICK SH: 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin); 2. Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), 3. Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), 4. Tom Condon (Knockaderry); 5. Wayne McNamara (Adare), 6. Donal O Grady (Granagh Ballingarry) 7. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock); 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paudie O Brien (Kilmallock); 10. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 11. Brian Geary (Monaleen), 12. David Breen (Na Piarsaigh); 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Niall Moran (Ahane) 15. Sean Tobin (Murroe Boher).
Subs: 16. Aaron Murphy (Hospital Herbertstown), 17. Shane O Neill (South Liberties), 18. David Moloney (Blackrock), 19. Tom Ryan South (Liberties), 20. Seamus Hickey (Murroe Boher), 21. Thomas O Brien (Patrickswell), 22. Declan Hannon (Adare), 23. Kevin Downes (NaPiarsaigh), 24. Thomas Quaid (Effin), 25. Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), 26. Niall Maher (Doon).

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship – Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17

Clinical Cork seal quarter-finals spot

Report from the web site

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Phase III: Cork 3-24 Wexford 2-17

Cork are safely through to the quarter-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship after a 10-point defeat of Wexford at Thurles on Saturday evening. Cork led by 3-7 to 1-11 after an eventful first half in which Luke O’Farrell scored two goals for the Rebels inside the first 19 minutes, before being fouled for a penalty which goalkeeper Anthony Nash finished smartly. Wexford’s first half goal came from Diarmuid Lyng on the quarter hour mark, while Garrett Sinnott hit their second five minutes from time to leave six points between the sides. However, the Rebels finished strongly, hitting the final four scores of the game, before Wexford had David Redmond sent off for a second yellow card in the closing stages.

After a slow start, the sides were kevel at 0-2 apiece when Redmond pointed for Wexford on 13 minutes. However, the game burst into life after 14 minutes when O’Farrell pounced on a long ball by William Egan, beat his marker and billowed the back of the Wexford net. Wexford’s response was immediate. Shaun Murphy played the ball down the line for the roving Lyng and the St Martin’s man had his side level within a minute with a fine finish. But O’Farrell was by now tormenting the Wexford full-back line, and Matthew O’Hanlon in particular, and he had a second goal on 19 minutes when he was quickest to react to a Pa Horgan ball, touching it past the stranded Éanna Martin for his second goal.

Remarkably, the Rebels, who had only scored one goal in the 2012 Championship before today, had a third in the 21st minute, and again it was O’Farrell who did the damage, forcing O’Hanlon to concede a penalty, which goalkeeper Nash smashed to the roof of the net. In fairness to Wexford, their response was impressive. Rory Jacob, Harry Kehoe and Lyng, from a peach of a sideline cut, cut the gap to 3-4 to 1-7, before Cork hit back with further scores from O’Farrell and Horgan.

Having suffered defensively for much of the first half, the Wexford inside forward line was now causing problems for the Rebels. Jack Guiney took over free-taking duties from Lyng and landed two scores, before adding his first from play. When Sinnott hit his first score from play in added time, Liam Dunne’s side had hit the final three points of the half and had the deficit down to two points at the break, 3-7 to 1-11. Wexford failed to carry that momentum into the second half, as Nash and Niall McCarthy extended Cork’s lead, before Sinnott and Jack Guiney replied to leave two points in it in the 41st minute.

However, Cork hit four of the next five scores to take a commanding lead which they would not relinquish, with Horgan finishing with another tidy return of 0-7, while Conor Lehane, Paudie O’Sullivan and Pa Cronin also registered points. Cork were 3-20 to 1-17 ahead in the 65th minute when Sinnott gave the Models hope with a goal, catching a long ball, turning his man smartly and finishing to the roof of the net. However, Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s charges responded clinically, hitting four points in a row – Jamie Coughlan was on target twice in the closing minutes – to seal their place in the quarter-finals.

Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-7 (0-5f), C Lehane 0-2, L O’Farrell 2-2, N McCarthy 0-3, A Nash 1-1 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), L McLoughlin 0-1, C McCarthy 0-1, P O’Sullivan 0-2, P Cronin 0-2, C Naughton 0-1, J Coughlan 0-2 (0-1f),

Wexford Scorers: R Jacob 0-3, D Redmond 0-1, D Lyng 1-3 (0-1 sl, 0-1f), H Kehoe 0-2, J Guiney 0-5 (0-3f), G Sinnott 1-2.

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, B Murphy; T Kenny, E Cadogan, W Egan; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan. Subs: D Sweetnam, C Naughton, S Óg Ó hAilpín, S Moylan,

Wexford: E Martin; E Moore, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter; R Kehoe, C Kenny, D Stamp; D Redmond, D Lyng; J Guiney, G Sinnott, H Kehoe; P Morris, E Quigley, R Jacob. Subs: L Óg McGovern, S Murphy, S Banville.

Match Preview

They meet for the first time in the championship since the 2004 All-Ireland semi-final when Cork, runners-up in Munster, beat Wexford, then Leinster champions by 1-27 to 0-12. The counties also clashed in the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final when Cork won a replay by 3-17 to 2-7 after the first game had ended level (Cork 2-20 Wexford 3-17). Wexford’s last win over Cork in the championship was in the 1956 All-Ireland final which they won by 2-14 to 2-8.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2004: Cork 1-27 Wexford 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2003 Cork 3-17 Wexford 2-7 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)

2003: Cork 2-20 Wexford 3-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1977: Cork 1-17 Wexford 3-8 (All-Ireland final)

1976: Cork 2-21 Wexford 4-11 (All-Ireland final)

2012 Championship

Offaly 2-12 Wexford 1-13 (Leinster quarter-final); Wexford 3-22 Westmeath 2-9; Wexford 4-12 Carlow 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers).

Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 (Munster semi-final); Cork 1-26 Offaly 2-16 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Team News

CORK SH: 1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk); 2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown), 3. Damien Cahalane (St. Finbarr’s), 4. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers); 5. Tom Kenny (Grenagh), 6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), 7. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas); 8. Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk), 9. Pa Cronin (Bishopstown); 10. Conor Lehane (Midleton), 11. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields), 12. Niall McCarthy (Carrigtwohill); 13. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne) 14. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton) 15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
Subs: 16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle), 17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), 18. Stephen Mc Donnell (Glen Rovers), 19. William Egan (Kilbrin), 20. Seán Óg hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh), 21. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields), 22. John Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh), 23. Darren Sweetnam (Dohenys), 24. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), 25. Cathal Naughton (Newtownshandrum), 26. Stephen Moylan (Douglas).

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15

Ryan future in doubt as Fox hunts down Model

Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15

SFC Round 2 Qualifier

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Independent newspaper

JASON Ryan will take time out to consider his position as Wexford boss following Saturday’s defeat to Tipperary at Semple Stadium. The Waterford native has spent five seasons at the helm but may be unwilling to commit for another season. Ryan admitted that he was left “devastated” by a one-point defeat against Tipp in Thurles. Wexford paid the price for missed opportunities against a well-drilled and organised Tipp outfit.

The Slaneysiders had won by 15 points when the sides met in Division 3 of the Allianz League, but this was a remarkable turnaround in the heat of championship battle. And Tipperary’s victory ensured that the Premier County has won two championship matches in the same season for the first time since 2003. But Ryan’s future will be the focus of intense speculation in the coming weeks. In the immediate aftermath of this setback, he insisted: “I haven’t even thought about it.” Less than a fortnight before, Wexford were going toe-to-toe with All-Ireland champions Dublin in the Leinster SFC semi-final.

But the manner of that agonising defeat appears to have left psychological scars that were exposed by the home team. Ryan also held Eric Bradley and Ben Brosnan in reserve, explaining that the pair had carried injuries into the game. Brosnan was nominated for an All Star last year but has endured an interrupted season. And the talented forward was in despair at the death when his long-range effort went agonisingly wide as Wexford chased an equalising point to take the game into extra-time.

Ryan reflected: “It was unfortunate. Ben has trained once since the Dublin game; he tore his hamstring. That’s the risk you take — we were so far behind that we had to bring him in and hope for the best. “Eric has been injured for the last two weeks; hasn’t trained at all. And we learned from the (Division 3) League final against Longford, when we played guys we hoped were okay but weren’t. We had to make a call.” He added: “Tipperary came with a well-organised plan, well executed. “Their players on the day were very committed and they were worthy winners. Instead of focusing on Wexford, Tipp should be praised for their efforts. We had 17 missed scoring chances in the game — there you go. “We didn’t take them and at the end of the day, if you don’t take your chances, you can’t expect to win the game.” Ryan added: “I’m devastated that we’re out of the championship. It’s just absolutely devastating. We had enough opportunities but, like the Dublin game, we didn’t take them. That’s that. But Tipp deserve great credit.”

Tipp boss Peter Creedon paid tribute to his emerging stars, with 19-year-old forward Michael Quinlivan and Man of the Match Brian Fox leading the charge. And Tipperary did it the hard way, finding some extra resolve after Wexford had come from seven points down to draw level with 16 minutes remaining. Donagh Leahy’s 14th-minute goal helped to open up a 1-6 to 0-2 lead for the hosts, but Wexford reeled off four unanswered points. However, the home side still led by a healthy six points at half-time. Another run of four without reply had Tipp rocking in the second half but they held firm and Creedon beamed: “When Wexford came at us in the second half, in fairness to our lads they got the couple of scores that got us going again. “I give credit to young Michael (Quinlivan) and a lot of the forwards. Brian Fox kicked a great score when it was needed. It kept the scoreboard ticking over. We got to 16 points and that is what I thought we would need to win it.”

Scorers — Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-4 (1f), D Leahy 1-0, P Austin, B Fox, A Maloney (2f) 0-2 each, A Campbell, H Coghlan, P Acheson 0-1 each. Wexford: S Roche 0-5 (3f), R Barry 0-4 (3f, 1 45), PJ Banville 0-3, C Lyng 0-2, B Brosnan 0-1.

TIPPERARY — P Fitzgerald 8; A Morrissey 6, P Codd 6, C McDonald 7; B Fox 9, R Kiely 7, A Campbell 7; G Hannigan 8, H Coghlan 7; R Ryan 6, B Mulvihill 6, D Leahy 7; M Quinlivan 8, P Austin 7, P Acheson 7. Subs: A Maloney 7 for Mulvihill (35), S Scully 5 for Ryan (51), A Matassa for Scully (65), B Mulvihill for Austin (66), L Egan for Quinlivan (70).

WEXFORD — A Masterson 7; G Molloy 6, L Chin 6, R Tierney 6; B Malone 6, D Murphy 6, A Doyle 6; A Flynn 6, D Waters 6; R Barry 6, C Morris 5, C Carty 5; PJ Banville 7, C Lyng 7, S Roche 7. Subs: P Byrne 6 for C Carty (44), B Brosnan 6 for Morris (44), E Bradley 5 for Roche (60), N Murphy for Doyle (70).

REF — Michael Duffy (Sligo)


Tipperary 1-13 Wexford 0-15

Report from the RTE web site

Tipperary recorded one of the shocks of the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship by sending fancied Wexford crashing out this afternoon. Peter Creedon’s underdogs recorded a sensational one-point victory against the Slaneysiders at Semple Stadium. Wexford sub Ben Brosnan had a chance to take the game into extra-time deep in stoppage time but dragged a long-range effort wide of the posts. And Tipp held out to record a second championship victory of the season.

Creedon’s men had beaten Offaly in round one of the qualifiers but this latest fixture represented a real step up in class. Wexford had ran Dublin desperately close in the Leinster semi-final and walloped Tipp by 2-20 to 1-08 in Division 3 of the Allianz League earlier this year. But Tipp reversed that result in spectacular fashion – with 2011 All-Ireland minor medallist Michael Quinlivan leading the charge. Quinlivan, 19, hit four points, including three from play, while Brian Fox turned in another magnificent display at right half back. Donagh Leahy’s 14th-minute goal helped Tipp to lead by 1-06 to 0-06 at half-time – and it was a superbly-improvised effort. Leahy was dumped on his backside close to the Wexford goal but somehow managed to swing a left boot at the ball and send a shot past Anthony Masterson in the Wexford goal. And just ten minutes before half-time, Tipp were seven points clear – 1-06 to 0-03 – when Quinlivan popped over a point. But Wexford hit back with a run of four unanswered scores before the break to trail by 0-06 to 1-06 at half-time.

Tipp opened the second half impressively with a brace of scores to move five clear but Wexford’s response was to hit four without reply again. They were now back to within a single point with over 20 minutes remaining and the scene was set for a grandstand finish. And what a finish it was as Wexford drew level through Shane Roche in the 54th minute. Tipp would hit back to lead by two points on three occasions before the finish. Each time, Wexford responded to cut the gap back to the bare minimum but Tipp held out to book their place in round 3.


Tipperary: M Quinlivan 0-04 (1f), D Leahy 1-00, P Austin, B Fox & A Maloney (2f) 0-02 each, A Campbell, H Coghlan & P Acheson 0-01 each.

Wexford: S Roche 0-05 (3f), R Barry 0-04 (3f, 1 45), PJ Banville 0-03, C Lyng 0-2, B Brosnan 0-01

Wexford Team: A Masterson; G Molloy, L Chin, R Tierney; B Malone, D Murphy, A Doyle; A Flynn, D Waters; R Barry, C Morris, C Carty; PJ Banville, C Lyng, S Roche.

Subs: P Byrne for C Carty (44), B Brosnan (0-1) for Morris (44), E Bradley for Roche (60), N Murphy for Doyle (70).

Tipperary Team: P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Kiely, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan; R Ryan, B Mulvihill, D Leahy; M Quinlivan, P Austin, P Acheson.

Subs: A Maloney for Mulvihill (35), S Scully for Ryan (51), A Matassa for Scully (65), B Mulvihill for Austin (66), L Egan for Quinlivan (70).

Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Match Preview

A first championship clash between the counties since February 1919 when Wexford beat Tipperary on a 0-5 to 0-4 scoreline in the 1918 All-Ireland final. They met in the Allianz Football League last March when Wexford won by 2-

20 to 1-8 in Wexford Park. Ben Brosnan (0-7), PJ Banville (1-4), Redmond Barry (1-2) and Ciaran Lyng (0-4) were Wexford’s top scorers.

2012 Championship

Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final); Tipperary1-12 Offaly 0-10 (Qualifiers Round 1).

Wexford 0-15 Longford 2-9 (draw); Wexford 1-13 Longford 0-15 (replay); Dublin 2-11 Wexford 1-10.

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Wexford in tomorrow’s All Ireland senior football championship game is as follows:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killeneule)

4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty)

6. Robbie Kiely (Arravale Rovers)

7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

10. Richie Ryan (Eire Og Annacarty)

11. Brian Mulvihill (Moyle Rovers)

12. Donagh Leahy (Arravale Rovers)

13. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

14. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane) CAPTAIN

TG4 Munster Ladies Football Senior Championship Final – Cork 3-12 Kerry 2-9

Clinical Cork canter to ninth title in-a-row

Cork 3-12 Kerry 2-09

By Ian Cusack for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Cork survived a brave fightback from Kerry to claim their ninth consecutive Munster Ladies SFC title in Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday. Goals from Juliet Murphy and Emma Farmer in the opening quarter looked to have killed off the Kerry challenge before it ever got going and by half-time, Megan O’Connell’s point was all that the visitors had produced.

A combination of Cork complacency and steely determination from Kerry ensured a different and compelling second-half with goals from O’Connell and Lousie Ní Mhuircheartaigh bringing the Kingdom back into it. But this Cork team haven’t won six of the last seven All-Ireland titles by throwing away commanding leads, and they were able to up their game in the final quarter. An expertly taken Valerie Mulcahy penalty put the result beyond doubt with seven minutes remaining.

Despite the win, Cork boss Eamonn Ryan had admitted to some concerns about the display. He explained: “It’s great to get the win but the second-half performance was disappointing. We were very pleased with the first-half, we did everything that we wanted to do. It is hard when you have a big lead but in the second-half we seemed to sit back and we were getting a bit uneasy for a while, but we came back strongly in the end. The victory was the main thing. But the way we sat back in the second-half is a bit worrying.”

Cork took command from the throw-in but they were guilty of wasting some early chances. The hosts hit four wides before Murphy broke the deadlock with a goal on 10 minutes, making no mistake from close range. Just three minutes later Cork had their second goal after Farmer ghosted past three defenders and goalkeeper Edel Murphy to tap into an empty net.

Bernie Breen was working hard in midfield for the Kingdom and Ní Mhuircheartaigh looked hungry for work in attack but they were living off scraps as the likes of Murphy, Annie Walsh and Norita Kelly kept Cork on the front foot. An Orlaith Farmer effort followed by a brace from Murphy and Mulcahy saw Cork take a 2-6 to 0-1 lead into the break with Kerry seemingly playing for pride.

Mulcahy raised two more white flags after the restart but Kerry were playing with greater belief and a point from O’Connell was followed by three without reply from the All-Ireland champions. The comeback intensified when Ní Mhuircheartaigh fisted into the Cork net on 50 minutes. Cork weren’t prepared to simply let the clock win them the game however and Farmer would have netted just two minutes later but she was dragged to the ground by goalkeeper Murphy. Mulcahy coolly sent her spot kick into the top left corner, stretching the lead out to 10 points. Kerry refused to surrender and O’Connell took her tally to 1-2 with a fine goal in the 58th minute. But it was too little too late for the Kingdom and points from Murphy and Ciara O’Sullivan sealed a ninth consecutive Munster title for Cork.

Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 1-6 (1P, 2f), J Murphy 1-3 (3f), E Farmer 1-0, O Farmer, R Ní Bhuachalla and C O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: M O’Connell 1-2, L Ní Mhuirchearaigh 1-2 (1f), S Houlihan 0-4 (1f), P Dennehy 0-1.

CORK: E Harte; A Walsh; B Stack, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, N Kelly, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, A Walsh; O Farmer, G Kearney, C O’Sullivan; V Mulcahy; E Farmer, R Ní Bhuacalla.

Subs: L MacMahon for E Farmer(48), A Sheehan for Ní Bhuachalla (52), A Barrett for Corkery (59), A Hutchings for Walsh (59).

KERRY: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Leonard, A Lyons; E Sherwood, A Desmond, C Kelly; M O’Connell, B Breen; S Joy, L Gavin, S Houlihan; L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, D Corridan, P Dennehy.

Subs: A Galvin for Joy (45).

Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary).

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 – Limerick 1-21 Longford 1-15

Limerick need extra time to dispatch Longford

Report from the web site

Longford 1-15 Limerick 1-21 (after extra time)

A greater scoring spread allied with a strong bench and incalculable courage enabled Limerick to emerge from Longford’s Pearse Park fortress with a memorable round 2 qualifier victory this afternoon. In what was a titanic tussle, one could pinpoint one clear moment when this tie turned. Despite struggling for large periods of the game, Longford had gotten themselves two points up when Francis McGee shot first time off the turf but only found the legs of Limerick goalkeeper Brian Scanlon.

Johnny McCarthy made a rare foray forward to point at the other end from the next attack and Limerick sensed a chance. Points from Ian Ryan and Mike Sheehan brought the sides level, but there was plenty of drama in the four minutes of injury time, as McCormack restored Limerick’s advantage, only for youngster Derry O’Connor to bring us to extra time. Limerick were the team with the belief in that added 20 minutes and were three points ahead at the end of the first period.

Two Seanie McCormack frees reduced the margin to two but Longford had Declan Reilly and David Barden sent off and Limerick made hay from the resultant space, and Derry O’Connor’s goal from the last act of the game secured a brilliant win. Longford dominated early on but a two-point advantage after 15 minutes was scant reflection of that. Limerick clearly took comfort from their opponents’ attacking frailties, taking charge in the second quarter and notching up the five consecutive points.

The long-serving duo of Stephen Kelly and Stephen Lucey led the way, and when Eoghan O’Connor showed good pace and strength to point in the 34th minute, the Shannonsiders were leading by three. Out of nowhere though, Longford struck for a goal. McGee found Niall Mulligan with a sumptuous outside-of-the-boot pass and though Scanlon made a splendid save, the Longford Slashers man made sure at the second attempt. With McGee and McCormack adding points from play, Longford somehow led at half time 1-5 to 0-7.

Limerick continued to assert as they had done in the latter half of the opening period in terms of possession, but this time it was their turn to find the wind no guarantee of scores. What’s more, Longford saw their conversion rate increase exponentially, and with the excellent Francis McGee, McCormack, David Barden and Paul Barden raising white flags, were a goal clear when Scanlon made that brilliant stop that kickstarted a famous Limerick comeback.


Limerick: D O’Connor 1-2; I Ryan (3fs) 0-4; E O’Connor, I Corbett 0-3; S Buckley 0-2; S Kelly, S Lucey, J McCarthy, M Sheehan, CP Smyth(op), B Scanlon(45), S O’Carroll 0-1 each

Longford: S McCormack 0-8(4fs); F McGee 0-4; N Mulligan 1-0; P Barden 0-2; D Barden 0-1

LIMERICK: B Scanlon; A Lane, J McCarthy, L O’Dwyer; J Riordan, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J Donovan, S Buckley; J O’Meara, S Kelly, P Browne; E O’Connor, I Ryan, S O’Carroll. Subs: M Sheehan for Lane (40); I Corbett for O’Dwyer (54); D Quaid for Lucey (65); B O’Brien for Donovan (66); D O’Connor for Kelly (69); E Barry for O’Meara (76)

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; CP Smyth, M Quinn, S Mulligan; B McElvaney, J Keegan; D McElligott, P Barden, N Mulligan; F McGee, B Kavanagh, S McCormack. Subs: D Barden for Keegan (ht); P McCormack for McElligott (ht); P Foy for McElvaney (59); N Farrell for Smyth (70); JJ Matthews for Kavanagh (79); McElvaney for N Mulligan (84)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)


Limerick knock Longford out

Match Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 2: Longford 1-15 Limerick 1-21

Limerick produced a brilliant performance in extra-time to defeat Longford in Round 2 of the Qualifiers at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday. Longford led by three points going into the final ten minutes of normal time, but just as they failed to do against Wexford in the Leinster Championship, they were unable to close out the win and a point in the fourth minute of stoppage time from Limerick’s Derry O’Connor ensured the extra 20 minutes. Longford didn’t recover from this hammer blow, unsurprising given that Seán McCormack’s point in the third minute of extra-time had seemingly all but sealed their passage, and they struggled badly in extra-time. Once Limerick had rescued the draw, they capitalised extremely well, and they dominated the extra period, winning by six points in the end, capping it all off with a late goal from the hero O’Connor.

The pain of Longford’s exit was compounded by two dismissals late on, Declan Reilly and David Barden seeing red in the closing stages. Longford had led at the end of the first 35 minutes following a late burst shortly before the whistle. A goal from Niall Mulligan on 34 minutes, and points from Francis McGee and McCormack turned the game around as Limerick had been leading 0-6 to 0-3 going into the final stages of the opening period.

Longford led 0-3 to 0-1 after 16 minutes, Paul Barden and McCormack hitting early scores for them, but Limerick took over midway through the half, and went on a run of five unanswered points. Stephen Kelly steaded things for them with a good score to put one between them, before efforts from Stephen Lucey and Ian Ryan put Limerick ahead for the first time. A three-point lead was established when goalkeeper Brian Scanlon (45) and Eoghan O’Connor got on the scoresheet, but in truth, Longford had helped Limerick take control by hitting a tally of eight wides in the first half.

They made up for that profligacy with the late rally at the end of the half, but O’Connor equalised for Limerick shortly after the restart. Longford were in front again by the 47th minute, leading by two with McGee one of their main scoring threats. Limerick never let them get too far away from them though, although Longford were able to maintain a slight advantage for most of the second half, which they extended to three points with an effort from Paul Barden in the 61st minute. Limerick managed to get level with about two minutes of injury time left, but then McCormack’s point looked to have settled it for once and for all. O’Connor thought otherwise though, and he went on to grab further headlines when his goal at the very end of extra-time completed a memorable win for the Treaty County.


Graft and craft get Limerick through


Limerick 1-21 Longford 1-15 (AET)

By Cian O Connell for the Irish Examiner web site

This was a gripping game that ebbed and flowed throughout and eventually ended in a merited Limerick success. But Longford departed the championship with arguably the worst sporting feeling of the lot: reflecting on what might have been. For Limerick, this win was achieved with a potent mixture of graft and craft. The work ethic was admirable from early on as Longford were never allowed attain their usual running fluency.

Maurice Horan had planned sensibly, with Paudie Browne giving the defence a dig out to keep his side solid throughout. In extra-time Limerick had the legs and the skill to scorch clear. None of that made it easy to take for Glenn Ryan. “I would say it’s our worst 90 minutes of football. “We finished the game the way we started. We began very flat and unfortunately we finished very flat. “Throughout the afternoon we felt we never got to the same level as we did in previous performances. “I don’t want to make excuses, but we have encountered a lot of tough physical games this year and with a small bunch of players it was always going to be hard to repeat the success week in week out. We played 14 competitive games this year so maybe that was a factor too.”

Nobody could argue with Ryan’s assessment because Longford were never fluid, even though a Niall Mulligan goal helped them go in 1-5 to 0-7 ahead at the interval. Limerick had offered glimpses of their potential, but with six minutes of normal time remaining still trailed by three. Points from the effective Johnny McCarthy, Ian Ryan and substitute Mike Sheehan had them level before Seanie McCormack, outstanding for Longford, nudged the locals ahead again. The speedy Derry O’Connor forced extra-time and Limerick seized the initiative.

With Limerick bright and busy, Longford had Declan Reilly and replacement David Barden dismissed on 85 and 89 minutes. Limerick’s triumph was confirmed when O’Connor blasted an insurance goal and Horan, who took the maximum out of his resources, was delighted to register a victory. “Longford are a very good team,” he said. “They have one of the best records in the country this year. People might not know that, but they have only lost one competitive game. I think Cork have lost more. “Losing the Munster semi-final to Clare was a disaster for us. We had five weeks to lick our wounds. The boys are so proud that we turned it around. We couldn’t let that loss against Clare define our year.”

Over the past five weeks Limerick took crumbs of comfort ahead of this trip to Longford to help cleanse the Clare loss from the system. “We kept trying to come around the fact that we lost that game to Clare, it was a gradual process. Small things counted for us. When we had a good training session that helped our focus and we started putting the blocks back together one by one,” was what a thrilled Horan reckoned.

For Longford, Ryan will take time to deliberate whether or not he will remain on as manager. “No it is too soon to make any decisions. It is a hard defeat to take because I still think we are capable of going further in the championship. “Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to have any spark in our legs at all. Even during the week the management team were conscious of that fact. In training we tried to keep the lads fresh but for some reason our energy levels dipped during the contest against Limerick.” For the winners, Stephen Lucey was happy they pinched a victory rather than suffering another harrowing reversal. “At half-time we came in and were a point down and some of us were nearly patting one another on the back. Stephen Kelly said that he would rather be taken off after five minutes and win, but we battled back. Longford did well and fair play to them, but the young lads that came in for us showed great composure.”

Scorers for Longford: S McCormack 0-8 (4fs), F McGee 0-4, N Mulligan 1-0, P Barden 0-2, D Barden 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: I Ryan 0-5 (3fs), D O’Connor 1-2, I Corbett, E O’Connor 0-3 each, S Buckley 0-2, S Kelly, S Lucey, J McCarthy, M Sheehan, S O’Carroll, B Scanlon (45) 0-1 each.

Subs for Longford: D Barden for Keegan (36), P McCormack for McElligott (36), P Foy for McElvaney (60), N Farrell for Smyth (70), JJ Matthews for Kavanagh (78), B McElvaney for N Mulligan (86).

Subs for Limerick: M Sheehan for Lane (36), I Corbett for O’Dwyer (54s), D Quaid for Lucey (65), B O’Brien for Donovan (66), D O’Connor for Kelly (68), E Barry for O’Meara (74).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

Match Preview

A first championship clash between the counties. They last met in the Allianz League in February 2010 when Limerick won a Division 4 game by 1-8 to 0-9 in Pearse Park. Longford beat Derry by 0-17 to 2-8 in the qualifiers last Saturday while Limerick arrive in Round 2 as beaten Munster semi-finalists.

2012 Championship

Longford 2-9 Wexford 0-15 (draw); Wexford 1-13 Longford 0-15 (Leinster quarter-final);

Longford 0-17 Derry 2-8 (Qualifiers Round 1) Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7; Clare 1-13 Limerick 0-15 (Munster semi-final)

Team News

LIMERICK SF: 1. Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffin’s); 2. Andrew Lane (St.Senan’s), 3. Johnny McCarthy (St.Kieran’s), 4. Lorcan O’Dwyer (Pallasgreen); 5. John Riordan (Fr. Casey’s), 6. Stephen Lucey (Croom), 7. Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen); 8. Jim Donovan (St Kieran’s), 9. Sean Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); 10. Eoghan O’Connor (St. Mary’s/ Sean Finn’s), 11. Stephen Kelly (Newcastlewest), 12. Paudie Browne (Fr. Casey’s); 13. Ger Collins (Monaleen) Capt, 14. Seamus O’Carroll (Cappagh Kilcornan), 15. Ian Ryan (St. Senan’s).