GAA Cúrsa Gaeilge in Coláiste na Rinne

Preasráiteas – Cúrsa Gaeilge CLG i gColáiste na Rinne

Is áil le Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan CLG a fhógairt go mbeidh cúrsa Gaeilge á reachtáil i gColáiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge ar an gCéadaoin 22 Lúnasa. Liam Ó Néill, Uachtarán CLG a sheolfaidh an cúrsa ar an lá.

Cúrsa nua é seo chun deis a thabhairt do dhaoine blaiseadh den Ghaeilge agus den Ghaeltacht a fháil i slí atá taitneamhach agus spéisiúil.

Tá sé mar aidhm ag an CLG an Ghaeilge agus ár gcultúr a chur chun cinn i measc na mball.

Lá iomlán de chainteanna, de ranganna agus d’amhráin a bheidh i gceist agus aíonna atá aitheanta i saol an CLG i láthair. Ina measc siúd beidh Dara Ó Cinnéide (iar chaptaen buachach Chiarraí), MacDara Mac Donnacha (Craoltóir le RnaG agus TG4), Seán Ó Ceallaigh (MEP agus iar Uachtarán an Chumainn), Seán Breathnach (Cathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mumhan), Irial Mac Murchú (Bainisteoir Nemeton TV), agus amhránaithe Aodán Ó Ceallaigh (iománaí agus traenálaí leis na Gaeil Óga in Átha Cliath) agus Ann Mulqueen (cara le Mick Mackey agus amhrán aici faoi).

Tá an cúrsa seo á eagrú taobh le Daonscoil na Mumhan.


Press Release – GAA Cúrsa Gaeilge in Coláiste na Rinne

Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan is pleased to announce that it will be organising an Irish language course in Coláiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co Waterford on Wednesday, 22 August. Liam Ó Néill, President of the GAA will perform the official opening of the course on the day.

This is a new course that intends to give people a chance to practice their cúpla focal while focusing on different elements of the GAA.

The aim of the course is to promote our language and culture among members of the Association.

The day will include talks, classes, singing and discussions of topical matters in the GAA world. There will be numerous guest speakers on the day, all having strong GAA connections, including former Kerry All Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide, Mac Dara Mac Donnacha (TG4 agus RnaG), Seán Ó Ceallaigh MEP and former President, Irial Mac Murchú (Nemeton TV) and local singers Aodán Ó Ceallaigh (trainer with na Gaeil Óga, hurler) and Ann Mulqueen (renowned singer and friend of the late Mick Mackey).


Le tuilleadh eolais / For further information

Déan teagmháil le/ Contact

Míchéal Ó Drisleáin

An Rinn


M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Final

Three All-Ireland Poc Fada holders retain titles

Report from the web site

All three M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada titles were retained for the first time ever on the Annaverna Mountain in Co Louth this afternoon. Tipperary’s veteran goalkeeper Brendan Cummins claimed his sixth senior title, completing the course in 39 pucks. Derry’s Ruairi Convery came second, with Down goalkeeper Graham Clarke finishing in third spot.

Meanwhile, Waterford’s Patricia Jackman took her third Camogie title. Offaly’s Cillian Kiely became the first youngster to take consecutive U-16 titles, beating his record of last year by two pocs. There was double success for Tipp star Cummins, who also won the pairs competition with Antrim’s Kevin McKernan.


GAA Press Release


2012 M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada takes place this Weekend

The 2012 M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada takes place next Saturday August 4, at the Anaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Cooley, County Louth, commencing at 12pm.

The Poc Fada Finals are the only national contests for individual Camogie and Hurling players competing in their relevant categories.

The 2012 Finals feature a number of returning competitors in all events, with no less than three Senior All Ireland Poc Fada Champions competing in the mens event. Gerry Fallon (2009), Graham Clarke (2010) and defending champion Brendan Cummins, who will be looking for a 6th title this weekend.

Cillian Kiely of Offaly will attempt to defend his Under 16 title.

Patricia Jackman will also be looking to defend her senior Camogie title, but will have to contend with stiff competition, including that of Rachel Monaghan, last year’s runner up.

For more information please contact GAA Communications Manager, Alan Milton on 01 – 8658615 or

See below for competitor biographies.

M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – Senior


The 2011 GAA-GPA All-Star goalkeeper made his Senior Hurling debut for Dublin in 2004 and has five Dublin SHC titles along with the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 title with Dublin in 2011.


Derry Senior talisman makes only his second journey to the Anaverna Mountain today, despite taking his fourth Ulster crown last month. The Swatragh clubman finished second on his debut bow in the All-Ireland competition in 2008.


The Drumcullen goalkeeper makes his debut bow on the Anaverna Mountain today, hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Offaly man Albert Kelly, who took All-Ireland honours in 1992, 1993 and 1998.


Charleville, Cork native Jake is hoping to become the first man representing Europe to take All-Ireland Poc Fada honours. He captained Paris Gaels in 2012 and also was the top-scorer in the European Hurling Championship with 4-40.


It is a first trip to the Anaverna Mountain for Joe, who earned his place in this All-Ireland by taking Leinster honours. The 24-year old is joined by fellow Drumcullen clubman Damien Spain in Cooley this afternoon.


The Oran clubman captured M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada honours in 2009, and also claimed the pairs title with James Skehill in 2010. Jerry earned his place on the Anaverna Mountain today finishing second in Connacht.


It’s a first trip to the Anaverna Mountain for Kevin, who finished second to Ruairi Convery in the Ulster Poc Fada. The Sarsfields clubman is also looking forward to an All-Ireland Under 21 semi-final with Antrim later this month.


The Kinvara clubman is the 2012 Connacht Poc Fada champion and is the former Galway Senior Goalkeeper. He has one Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 title with the Tribesmen.


Seamus returns to the Mountain after his second place finish in the Munster final this year. The UCC student took Munster honours in 2010 and finished in eighth spot, in 59 pocs on his first All-Ireland appearance.


The 2010 M Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada Champion who first took on Anaverna Mountain in 2002 will be hoping to once again take honours, after the Ballygalget Clubman came second last year.


The Causeway native has done Kerry hurling proud over the years and has even featured for Limerick hurlers. The 29-year old has won All-Ireland Minor B and U21 B Championships with Kerry, and a Division 2 Allianz Hurling title with Limerick.


Brendan is certainly the recent ‘King of the Anaverna Mountain’ and picked up his fifth M.Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada title last year to match his number of All-Stars. He holds the course record of 48 pocs.


M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – U 16


Strabane clubman Gavin took Ulster honours in 48 pocs, four ahead of Armagh’s Finnen Maguire.


Watergrasshill clubman Colum took Munster honours at Thurles Racecourse thanks to a one-poc victory in 18 pocs.


The Kinvara clubman finished second in the Galway Poc Fada but made amends in Toreen to take Connacht Under 16 Poc Fada honours.


16-year old Cillian is getting a rare chance to defend the All-Ireland title which he won on the Anaverna Mountain last year.


M. Donnelly All Ireland Poc Fada 2012 – Camogie

Maura McAuley (Doire)

Maura played for Derry from 1999 to 2008 and played as a half back. Maura has won various honours for Club, County and College. Maura has 6 Ulster Junior Championships and 2 Ulster Senior Championships with Derry. For Castledawson Maura has won 1 Derry Senior Championship and collected 2 Purcell Cups with University of Ulster Jordanstown

Aoibheann Murphy (Ard Mhacha)

Played with county at under age and senior level, Played with u16 county in 3 all Ireland finals and Armagh seniors in Ulster Final. Plays club camogie with Ballymacnab as a forward and a goal keeper.

Niamh Mackin (An Lú)

24years old, playing with St. Brides Club since U8, Played with county team under age and senior

Rachel Monaghan (Gaillimh)

Galway Minor All Ireland 2009 & 2012. Galway U16 All Ireland 2009 & 2010. 6 Connacht School Medals All Ireland Féile runners up 2008. Poc Fada runner up 2011.

Stephanie Carthy (Áth Cliath)

Member of Naomh Mearnóg Club, Portmarnock.1 Dublin Senior Club Championship 2009. Represented Leinster at both Senior and Junior Level. Played Senior County FOR Dublin and currently playing with the Dublin Juniors. 1 Division 4 National League

Martina McMahon (Luimneach)

Plays corner forward with Limerick Intermediate team and with her club Croagh/Kilfinny. 2 All Ireland titles U/16 “B” and Minor “B” in 2011 and a Féile title in 2008. 2 World Handball titles and is a member of the Irish Handball Team in the Olympics 2012.

Patricia Jackman (Port Láirge)

Intermediate All Ireland 2011. 3 Ashbourne Cups, 2 Ashbourne All Stars, Munster Colleges Title, 2 County Senior Titles, Kilmacud Sevens title, All Ireland Féile na nGael Skills Champion, 4 Waterford and Munster Poc Fada’s, 2 All Ireland Poc Fada’s, 2 National League Division 2 titles, U16B All Ireland and Munster U16B, Junior and Intermediate Titles

All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final – Cork 1-10 Clare 0-10

Cork defeated Clare by 1-10 to 0-10 in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final on Saturday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Cork and Clare have been involved in some titanic tussles this year and Páirc Uí Chaoimh hosted another, with the home team prevailing 1-10 to 0-10.

There was never very much between the teams as Chloe Morey tagged on six points for Clare, with Fiona Lafferty and Claire McMahon also getting on the mark.

The key score though was Katrina Mackey’s goal early in the second half and she added two points in a consummate display. Jenny O’Leary notched up four points as Cork kept their noses in front all the way to the finish, despite the gallant attempts of their opponents in the final quarter.

Round up from the web site

GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-8

Mayo defeat stuns Tipp boss

Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-08

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary manager David Power was “lost for words” after his side relinquished their All-Ireland MFC crown last Saturday at Croke Park. Mayo bounced back from their Connacht final defeat against Roscommon with a stunning eight-point victory over Tipp who lost midfielder Steven O’Brien to a straight red card midway through the second-half and were swamped in the final quarter as Mayo cruised home. The wind-assisted Westerners blitzed Tipp in the opening 20 minutes, opening a 0-9 to 0-1 lead. Philip Quirke’s 24th minute goal dragged off-colour Tipp back into contention and, at half-time, they trailed by just four points, 1-3 to 0-10.

But Mayo boss Tony Duffy had pinpointed the opening 10 minutes of the second-half as the crucial period and his players held firm. And when O’Brien saw red following an incident with Mayo wing-back Kevin Lynch, the game was up for Tipp. “What they have done this year is blow teams away in the first 10 minutes of the second-half,” Duffy explained. “At half-time there was no complacency with us. We knew it was going to be a monumental struggle in the second-half. Lads were well tuned in to starting the second-half well and winning the first 10 minutes. We knew that if we could hang in there and maybe win that 10 minutes we could kick on.”

It appeared Mayo had their homework done as they punched holes in the Tipperary defence with direct running. And, when Tipp’s main dangermen were in possession, Mayo got plenty of bodies around the ball and stripped the ball from their opponents. A modest Duffy said: “If I could explain where the performance came from I would be a very good coach and I’m not. We had them sussed out, we had them well watched. We had DVDs of them. They have a few key players that needed watching, big men they kept swapping, centre-forward, midfield, full-forward. We knew they would interchange, we knew how they would play and we crowded the middle. We crowded in around the full-forward and they didn’t really have a plan B.”

For Tipperary, this was a first minor football championship defeat since 2010. “I’m lost for words, it just didn’t happen,” Power admitted. “We have no excuses to offer, Mayo were the better team. Sport can be cruel as well as being kind. It is very cruel for Tipp and for all those lads that have put in a huge effort. We never got going in midfield and the half forward line, we never got to grips with controlling it.”

But Power insisted Tipperary football remains “in a good place.” “Just because we are after losing today doesn’t mean Tipp football is back to where it was. Tipp football is on the up, these days are going to happen, maybe these days will make the lads hungrier. “We just lacked that bit of hunger today. We can play a lot better than that, then everything Mayo kicked today went over, that’s sport. Every kind of shot was going over the bar.” Tipp did get to within three points of Mayo with 10 minutes left – 1-7 to 0-13 – but the Connacht runners-up won the remainder of the game 0-6 to 0-1.

Scorers for Mayo: A Gallagher 0-4 (3fs), J Quinn, E Lavin (2fs, 1 45) 0-3 each, P Durcan, D O’Connor, S Hennelly 0-2 each, C Burke, C Byrne, D Duffy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Quirke 1-2 (0-1f), C Kennedy, TJ Ryan 0-2 (1f) each, J McGrath 0-2.

MAYO: C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan, C Burke, K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher; E Lavin, S Coen, D O’Connor; J Quinn, S Regan, S Hennelly.

Subs: R Coleman for Hennelly (43), C Byrne for Regan (50), D Duffy for Mullen (55), S Hennelly for Lavin (57), V Roughneen for Coleman (60+1).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, R Mulcahy; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, B Maher; P Quirke, J Martin; I Fahey, J McGrath, G Henry; C Kennedy, S O’Brien, T Kirwan.

Subs: J Lonergan for Martin (22), TJ Ryan for Kirwan (36), J Loughnane for Fitzelle (40), J Shelly for Henry (43), M Meagher for O’Riordan (58).

Referee: F Barry (Kildare)


Slick Mayo end Tipperary’s reign

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

Mayo 0-19 Tipperary 1-8: MAYO TOOK out their Connacht final frustration on Tipperary on Saturday to end the Premier County’s reign as All-Ireland champions

Tipp were reduced to 14 men midway through the second half when midfielder Steven O’Brien received a straight red card for an incident with Mayo wing back Kevin Lynch. However, the Munster side battled on and, with 10 minutes remaining, they were just three points down – 1-7 to 0-13.

But Mayo stepped on the gas again and scored six points to just one reply from Tipperary to cruise into the last four. In the first 20 minutes, dominant Mayo opened up a 0-9 to 0-1 lead. Philip Quirke’s 24th-minute goal dragged Tipp back into contention and at half-time the Premier County trailed by 1-3 to 0-10. But despite Tipp’s wind advantage in the second half, Mayo proved too strong. Tipp’s defeat was their first in the minor football championship since 2010.

MAYO: C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan (0-2), C Burke (0-1), K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher (0-4, 3f); E Lavin (0-3, 2f, 1 45), S Coen, D O’Connor (0-2); J Quinn (0-3), S Regan, S Hennelly (0-2). Subs: R Coleman for Hennelly (43), C Byrne (0-1) for Regan (50), D Duffy (0-1) for Mullen (55), S Hennelly for Lavin (57), V Roughneen for Coleman (60+1).

TIPPERARY: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, R Mulcahy; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, B Maher; P Quirke (1-2, 1f), J Martin; I Fahey, J McGrath (0-2), G Henry; C Kennedy (0-2, 1f), S O’Brien, T Kirwan. Subs: J Lonergan for Martin (22), TJ Ryan (0-2, 1f) for Kirwan (36), J Loughnane for Fitzelle (40), J Shelly for Henry (43), M Meagher for O’Riordan (58).

Referee: F Barry (Kildare).


Easy triumph for Mayo over Tipp in MFC quarter-final

Report from web site

MAYO GOT THROUGH to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship, beating Tipperary 0-19 to 1-8 at Croke Park on Saturday. The tone for the entire match was set in the first 15 minutes, with Mayo taking a quick 0-4 to 0-1 lead through two strikes from Adam Gallagher and further points by Shane Hennelly and wing-back Patrick Durcan. Diarmuid O’Connor and Hennelly put even more daylight between the teams, while the Premier struggled – Colman Kennedy’s wide emblematic of their early woes. Cian Burke, James Quinn and Eoghan Lavin heaped even more misery on Tipp, who finally registered their second point of the game through John McGrath.

Finally, the game became something of a contest when the first goal of the game was scored on 23 minutes. Ian Fahey drove in a free that was going wide but fisted back into play by Tom Kirwan. It fell for Philip Quirke who showed the composure to sidestep his man and blast a shot to the net – just what Tipperary needed. Lavin and Quirke went on to swap points before the whistle, leaving it as 0-10 to 1-3 half way through. Gallagher and McGrath kept the difference at four points once the sides had re-emerged, but Gallagher was proving the undoing of the Tipp defence and his free on 41 minutes put five points in the difference.

The sending off of Steven O’Brien for an off the ball incident spelled further disaster for Tipperary but they did manage to claw back two quickfire points through TJ Ryan and Kennedy. Patrick Durcan and Conor Byrne – a Mayo substitute – restored the barrier between two sides and, with just four minutes remaining, that would soon be that. James Quinn and Darren Duffy grabbed the final scores of the game, Mayo ending the game as they had started it.

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Mayo in the All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park on Saturday shows 3 changes from the team which started against Kerry in the Munster final. Ross Mulcahy, Colin O’Riordan and John McGrath come into the team in place of Darren Cass, Lorcan Egan and Jason Lonergan. The team is

1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)

2. Kevin Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

3. James Feehan (Killenaule)

4. Ross Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers)

5. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)

6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)

7. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

8. Steven O’Brien (Ballina)

9. John Martin (Ballyporeen)

10. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)

11. John McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Greg Henry (Killenaule)

13. Colman Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)

14. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)

15. Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan)

MAYO (MFC v Tipperary): C O’Malley; J Geraghty, S Moran, M Plunkett; P Durcan, C Burke, K Lynch; B Mullen, A Gallagher; E Lavin, S Coen, D O’Connor; J Quinn, S Regan, S Hennelly.

Match Updates

The match will be broadcast live on Tipp FM (

There will also be live updates via Tipperary GAA Twitter (

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

Donegal hang on to reach final four

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final: Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

Donegal are through to the semi-finals of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship for the second year running after a deserved win over Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday. Colm McFadden hit 1-6 for the Ulster champions, who were comfortably in control of the game, and six points clear with five minutes left, before Kerry staged a dramatic late comeback to set up a thrilling finale to a tense game. Kieran Donaghy snaffled a Kerry goal on 65 minutes, and quickfire scores from Paul Galvin and Anthony Maher left just a point between the sides in added time. Kerry went in search of an equalisier, but Donegal hit the final score of the game, two minutes into added time from the boot of Karl Lacey, to seal their place in the last four, where they will play Cork in on August 26.

Donegal led by 1-4 to 0-5 the break after McFadden hit a fortuitous goal from a sideline ball on six minutes. Jim McGuinness’s side were on top for most of the second half and had Kerry at arm’s length for long periods until the Kingdom came charging back in the closing stages. In the end, despite the late lapse in concentration, Donegal thoroughly deserved the win having given yet another powerful display of disciplined defending and artful, counter-attacking football.

The flair shown in the Ulster final win over Down may have been lacking, but McGuinness was always going to implement a modified gameplan to contain the lethal Kerry attack. They did so in style, with Kerry hitting a string of wides in the second half, while Jack O’Connor’s main tactic of hitting Kieran Donaghy early went largely unrewarded until the final seven minutes. Donegal opened with real intent, their veteran inside forward McFadden getting what would prove to be a very fruitful first half off to the perfect start with a second minute score from play. Kerry’s response was equally impressive, Colm Cooper sending over an equaliser with his first touch of the ball.

However, the game was turned on its head on six minutes when Donegal hit a precious goal. McFadden was credited with it, but luck played a huge part. His long delivery from a sideline ball tempted both Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Mahony to contest the ball on the edge of the square, and when it missed both, Kerry goalkeeper Brenan Keeley was powerless as the ball slipped into the empty net. Murphy then added another point immediately after as Donegal asserted their dominance early on in a brutal battle.

Declan O’Sullivan raised Kerry spirits when he found room and slotted over a score that left a goal between the sides, before Bryan Sheehan added his first score of the day, a free from a narrow angle. Kerry made it three in a row when James O’Donoghue nailed a superb effort. It was a precious score because Donegal were packing their defence and denying Kerry the oxygen of space. They were also uncompromising in the tackle and subjected Kerry to a series of big hits, while their appetite was highlighted when Killian Young was stripped of possession and McFadden clipped the ball over the bar.

Thirteen minutes elapsed before either side would score again, with Darran O’Sullivan replacing Young in the meantime and centre-back Eoin Brosnan forced off with an injury. However, Kerry’s 36th minute point was a telling one and gave them an idea of exactly what they needed to do to break Donegal down. Cooper ran at the Donegal defence and traded passes with Donaghy before slotting over another score. Typically, Donegal had the last say of the first half, with McFadden landing a free to give his side a 1-4 to 0-5 lead. Kerry started the second half with a fine Maher point, but struggled badly in the face of intense Donegal pressure, with a pair of Cooper frees their only reward in the third quarter, as Donegal moved well clear with a string of four unanswered points – including two from McFadden – to leave them 1-11 to 0-8 ahead and seemingly home and dry.

The game was turned on its head when Donaghy touched a Donnchadh Walsh pass to the back of the net on 65 minutes, before Galvin and the excellent Maher added scores to leave just one point between the sides with added time approaching. Kerry went in search of the equaliser, but Patrick Curtin fired wide and Lacey tore up the other end to deliver the fatal blow to Kerry’s hopes.

Donegal Scorers: C McFadden 1-6 (1-0 sl, 0-2f), M Murphy 0-3 (0-2f), L McLoone 0-1, K Lacey 0-1, C Toye 0-1.

Kerry Scorers: C Cooper 0-4 (0-2f), Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, B Sheehan 0-1 (0-1f), J O’Donoghue 0-1, K Donaghy 1-0, A Maher 0-2, P Galvin 0-1.

Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; E McGee, K Lacey, A Thompson; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; R Bradley, R Kavanagh; M McElhinney, L McLoone, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Subs: David Walsh for McBrearty (28- 32), N Gallagher for M McElhinney (HT), David Walsh for R Bradley (60), C Toye for McLoone (61), D McLaughlin for McBrearty (71),

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.

Subs: B Maguire for Brosnan (25), Darran O’Sullivan for Young (32), J Buckley for Sheehan, K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (both 46), P Curtin for J O’Donoghue (56),

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Attendance: 56,191


Fired-up Donegal pull plug on Kingdom

Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner web site

It’s official now — August 5, 2012 will be remembered as the day the music died for this once great Kerry team. Martin Carney may have been premature in his assessment that their song was cut short on June 10 when Cork frogmarched them to the Munster SFC exit but yesterday an authoritative Donegal pulled the plug on Kerry’s record player and while their tune isn’t as sweet it proved the loudest.

With their bench having been emptied in the 56th minute, a desperate Kerry came close to doing almost exactly what Dublin did to them last September and overturn a deficit in the last 10 minutes, they ultimately came up short. Deservedly too. Six points down in the 66th minute, Donnchadh Walsh’s squared hand-pass in the direction of two Donegal defenders left Kieran Donaghy looking more hopeful than anything.

However, the Kerry full-forward managed to palm the ball to the net to narrow the gap to three. Prior to the goal, the sizeable Donegal support in the 56,191 crowd were lapping up what they had anticipated was going to be a famous victory. They eventually got it but they had to watch through fingers as Paul Galvin and then Anthony Maher pointed to leave the bare minimum between the teams. Luck was ridden too as a foul on Walsh in a scoring area was ignored by referee Marty Duffy while Paddy Curtin made a poor fist of an equaliser attempt.

With Kerry stretched in search of a leveller, the excellent Karl Lacey strode forward with ease to give Donegal their insurance point, which was greeted with rapturous applause. So, another Ulster team — the third in five years — had sent Kerry packing from the championship. They could have no qualms with it either. In general play, Donegal were the better team, never going behind in the game, and running at the Kerry defence with purpose to extend their half-time lead of two points to six with five minutes to go.

The only time Kerry were on parity with them came in the fifth minute when Colm Cooper replied to Colm McFadden’s opening score of the game. Seconds later, Kerry’s goal was breached when McFadden’s sideline kick managed to find its way past Brendan Kealy. Michael Murphy proved himself a most useful nuisance in distracting Kealy, even with Aidan O’Mahony in close quarters, and Donegal were handed the start they wanted.

Kerry responded with three points on the trot, Declan O’Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan from a free and then James O’Donoghue, as Donegal went 16 minutes with scoring. McFadden broke that duck in the 23rd minute thanks to a poor Killian Young hand-pass, the Kerry defender finding himself replaced nine minutes later. Before that, Eoin Brosnan was lost to injury and it was Kerry’s turn to go through a scoring famine. Seventeen minutes passed between O’Donoghue’s effort and Cooper’s second but it was an excellent point, the Kerry captain combining with Donaghy to fist over after beginning the move 50 metres out.

However, Donegal saw out the half with the last score via a McFadden long-range free to make it 1-4 to 0-5. With Darran O’Sullivan having entered the fray for Young, Anthony Maher collected a pass from him two minutes into the second half to bring one between the sides. Leo McLoone returned fire after a scintillating Donegal attack involving Paddy McBrearty before Cooper punished a Leon Thompson foul on Darran O’Sullivan. Murphy banged over a free after a dubious foul was called on Marc Ó Sé to push Donegal two clear.

Shortly afterwards, Jack O’Connor made the unusual decision to call Declan O’Sullivan ashore with injured Bryan Sheehan also making way. Psychologically, Donegal must have been delighted to see two All Stars leave the action at the same time. Their football for the following 20 minutes certainly exhibited an increased level of confidence. Murphy pinged a second free, which was matched by one from Cooper, but then Donegal converted four chances without reply.

With Karl Lacey becoming more prominent in attack, McFadden and Paddy McBrearty found their range and then substitute Christy Toye made his first touch count with a point to put Donegal five ahead in the 62nd minute. With Kerry firmly being put on the back, Kieran O’Leary was yellow-carded for fouling David Walsh and McFadden gratefully took advantage.

Donaghy’s goal ended a 15-minute gap to the last Kerry score and it certainly tilted the momentum back in Kerry’s favour. It rocked a team who had previously conceded just two goals in Jim McGuinness’s 10 championship games in charge. But they eventually recovered to seal the victory through Lacey, a victory that could turn out to make one team and break another.

Scorers for Donegal: C McFadden 1-5 (1-0 s/l, 2f), M Murphy 0-3 (2f), L McLoone, C Toye, P McBrearty, K Lacey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 0-4 (2f), K Donaghy 1-0; A Maher 0-2; Declan O’Sullivan, J O’Donoghue, B Sheehan (1f), P Galvin 0-1 each.

Subs for Donegal: David Walsh for McBrearty (blood 28-32), N Gallagher for McElhinney (h-t), David Walsh for Bradley (60), C Toye for McLoone (61), D McLaughlin for McBrearty (71).

Subs for Kerry: B Maguire for Brosnan (inj, 25), Darran O’Sullivan for Young (32), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan, J Buckley for Sheehan (inj) (both 46), P Curtin for O’Donoghue (56).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Team News

Kerry (SFC v Donegal, Corke Park, 4pm Sunday): B Kealy; M O’Se, A O’Mahony, S Enright; T O’Se, E Brosnan, K Young; A Maher, B Sheehan; P Galvin, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; J O’Donoghue, C Cooper, K Donaghy.

Kerry V Donegal past meetings

(Complied by Tim Slattery from Austin Stacks GAA Club Tralee)

Kerry and Donegal have never met in the All Ireland Championship. Next Sunday’s game will the first Championship encounter between the counties. Kerry has played Donegal 17 times in the Allianz League since 1965. Kerry Have won 11 Donegal won 6.

Date Kerry Donegal Venue
11/4/1965 Kerry 3-10 Donegal  1-08 Croke Park Semi Final
20/11/88 Kerry0-11 Donegal 1-10 Tralee
19/11/89 Kerry 0-10 Donegal 0-11 Ballyshannon
25/11/90 Kerry 0-12 Donegal 1-12 Ballyshannon
13/3//94 Kerry 0-11 Donegal 0-09 Tralee
19/3/95 Kerry 0-14 Donegal 0-10 Ballyshannon
2/4/95 Kerry 1-10 Donegal 1-08 Tuam Play Off
26/11/95 Kerry 1-11 Donegal 0-06 Ballyshannon
24/11/96 Kerry 2-09 Donegal 2-07 Tralee
26/3/00 Kerry 2-16 Donegal 0-14 Ballyshannon
4/2/01 Kerry 0-14 Donegal 0-09 Killarney
9/3/03 Kerry 1-12 Donegal 0-08 Ballyshannon
3/3/05 Kerry 1-09 Donegal 1-10 Ballybofey
5/3/07 Kerry 0-13 Donegal 1-15 Letterkenny
2/2/08 Kerry 1-07 Donegal 1-08 Ballybofey
2/2/09 Kerry 2-13 Donegal 0-11 Tralee
11/3/1012 Kerry 2-16 Donegal 1-08 Killarney

Match Preview

A first ever championship game between the counties as Donegal arrive in Croke Park as double Ulster champions for the first time while Kerry used the qualifiers to reach the quarter-finals for a 12th successive season. Their only quarter-final defeat was in 2010 when they lost to Down. Donegal have won two, drawn two and three of their seven previous quarter-final appearances. In fact they drew three times (in normal time) but year’s clash with Kildare went to extra-time, with Donegal winning by a point.

The last competitive clash between the counties was on March 11 last when Kerry won an Allianz League game by 2-16 to 1-8 in Killarney. Bryan Sheehan scored 1-7 for Kerry while Michael Murphy kicked 1-5 for Donegal.

How they got here….


Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-10 (Ulster preliminary round)

Donegal 2-13 Derry 0-9 (Ulster quarter-final)

Donegal 0-12 Tyrone 0-10 (Ulster semi-final)

Donegal 2-18 Down 0-13 (Ulster final)

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 0-11


Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster quarter-final)

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 2-10 Westmeath 1-12 (Qualifier Round 2)

Kerry 1-16 Tyrone 1-6 (Qualifier Round 3)

Kerry 2-22 Clare 1-6 (Qualifier Round 4)

Average For: 1-16; Average Against: 1-9

Previous quarter-final appearances


2011: Donegal 1-12 Kildare 0-14 (after extra-time)

2009: Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10

2006: Cork 1-11 Donegal 1-10

2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-11 (Replay)

2003: Donegal 0-14 Galway 1-11 (Draw)

2002: Dublin 1-14 Donegal 0-7 (Replay)

2002: Dublin 2-8 Donegal 0-14 (Draw)

Played 7, Won 2, Drew 2, Lost 3


2011: Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10

2010: Down 1-16 Kerry 1-10

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7

2008: Kerry 1-21 Galway 1-16

2007: Kerry 1-12 Monaghan 1-11

2006: Kerry 3-15 Armagh 1-13

2005: Kerry 2-15 Mayo 0-18

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8

2003: Kerry 1-21 Roscommon 3-10

2002: Kerry 2-17 Galway 1-12

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (draw)

Played 12, Won 10, Drew 1, Lost 1

GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11

Kerry boys escape as Roscommon fail to seal deal

Report from the Irish Times web site

Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11: KERRY ESCAPED with victory by the skin of their teeth, but Roscommon must be wondering how they failed to win.

They kept Kerry to just one point in 24 second-half minutes, but crucially, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan’s boys found the net with the last kick of the first half to lead 1-5 to 0-5. Roscommon flew out at the start of the second half and were soon level as Diarmuid Murtagh and Ruaidhri McManus converted frees and Kevin Finn hit the target from play. Three frees from Jack Savage restored Kerry’s lead and Niall Sheehy and Philip Neilan were both sent off for second yellow card offences. Thomas Corcoran hit two frees from distance as Roscommon made one final push.

KERRY: G Curran; P O’Connor, G Crowley, C Ó Lúing; B Crowley (1-0), R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, J Barry; D Foran, J Savage (0-4, 4f) C Fitzgerald (0-2); D Carmody, N Sheehy (0-3, 1f), C Keane. Subs: S Moloney for Carmody (46); G O’Sullivan for Barry (54).

ROSCOMMON: S Mannion; P Neilan, D Barron, C Kenny; R Daly, C Hussey, N McInerney; U Harney, T Corcoran (0-2, 2f); K Kilcline, E Smith (0-2), R McManus (0-1, 1f); D Murtagh (0-4, 2f), K Finn (0-2), M Gunning. Subs: L Kilcline for Barron (24); B Fannon for McInerney (51); D Feely for Finn (53); Finn for Gunning (58).

Referee: D Gough (Meath).


Kerry through to Minor semi-final

Report from the web site

Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final: Kerry 1-9 Roscommon 0-11

Kerry had to hang on in the closing stages of their Minor Football Championship clash with Roscommon before emerging 1-9 to 0-11 winners. The Kingdom got off to a fine start with points from Jack Savage and Niall Sheehy but Roscommon, through Kevin Finn and the impressive Enda Smith, soon levelled matters.

The Rossies then missed a golden goal chance when Gavin Curran saved a penalty from Diarmuid Murtagh. Sheehy made them rue the miss further he he landed a free to put Kerry ahead again. The sides traded points, Smith for Roscommon and Cillian Fitzgerald for Kerry, but Murtagh redeemed himself somewhat by kicking two points in succession.

Fitzgerald made it five points apiece before the break but the scoring was not yet done. David Foran seized the ball when it comes down off the upright and fed wing-back Brian Crowley. His low drive was good enough for s three-pointer. Murtagh, Kevin Finn and Ruaidhri McManus scored at the start of the second half to wipe out Kerry’s lead and came close to getting a goal of their own before Sheehy put his team clear again.

A Murtagh free tagged them back but Savage responded. Kerry were then reduced to 14 men as Sheehy picked up his second yellow card but Philip Neil from Roscommon soon followed him. Two Savage frees gave Kerry breathing room but a Thomas Corcoran score from the placed ball, which was soon followed by another fine point, made for a tense finish. Ultimately, the Rossies could not manufacture a clearing chance for the equaliser and Kerry won. They will face either Dublin or Monaghan in the semi finals.

Kerry Scorers: Brian Crowley 1-0, Jack Savage 0-4 (0-4f), Niall Sheehy 0-3 (0-1f), Cillian Fitzgerald 0-2.

Roscommon Scorers: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-4 (0-2f), Enda Smith, Thomas Corcoran (0-2f), Kevin Finn 0-2 each, Ruaidhri McManus 0-1 (0-1f).

Roscommon: Shane Mannion; Philip Neilan, Dennis Barron, Cathal Kenny; Niall McInerney, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Ultan Harney, Thomas Corcoran; Kieran Kilcline, Enda Smiwth, Ruaidhri McManus; Diarmuid Murtagh, Kevin Finn, Michael Gunning.

Subs: Liam Kilcline for Denis Barron, Brian Fannon for Niall McInerney, Dara Feely for Kevin Finn, Kevin Finn for Michael Gunning.

Kerry: Gavin Curran; Cathal O Lúing, Gavin Crowley, Patrick O’Connor ; Brian Crowley, Jack Barry, Greg Horan; Kieran Murphy, Ronan Murphy; David Foran, Jack Savage, Cillian Fitzgerald; Darragh Carmody, Niall Sheehy, Conor Keane.

Subs: Sean Moloney for Darragh Carmody, Gary O’Sullivan for Jack Barry.

Referee: David Gough (Meath)


Rossies ‘sick’ after Kingdom stunner

Kerry 1-09 Roscommon 0-11

By Daragh Ó Conchúir for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A relieved Mickey Ned O’Sullivan admitted Roscommon would be feeling “sick” after Kerry edged an entertaining All-Ireland MFC quarter-final at Croke Park. The Connacht champions wasted numerous scoring chances, particularly in the first-half, but Kerry gradually got themselves into it and their “more efficient” work in attack that got them through. The Connacht champions should have had three goals inside the opening nine minutes and shot 12 wides, many from good positions. They kept Kerry to just one point in 24 second-half minutes, but, crucially, O’Sullivan’s boys found the net with the last kick of the first-half to lead 1-5 to 0-5.

Jack Savage slotted an easy free for Kerry from the game’s first attack, but Roscommon were the dominant side early on. The high-fielding Thomas Corcoran was outstanding in the middle and Roscommon were able to break through the Kerry defence at will in the opening quarter. The beaten Munster finalists were struggling to cope with their opponents’ pressure game and power-running and Enda Smith had two efforts on goal blocked – one spectacularly on the line – before Michael Gunning crashed a shot off the crossbar. Niall Sheehy pointed to put Kerry two clear, but Roscommon were level very quickly courtesy of Enda Smith and Kevin Finn.

Diarmuid Murtagh was looking dangerous at corner-forward for Roscommon and he was fouled by Kerry goalkeeper, Gavin Curran for a penalty in the eighth minute. Curran redeemed himself by diving to his right to save Murtagh’s low kick. Kerry were unable to get Sheehy into the play and he was soon moved to centre-forward. He pointed a free after being fouled but it was nip and tuck, the sides level on 0-5 apiece when wing-back Brian Crowley goaled. Roscommon flew out at the start of the second-half and were level by the 38th minute as Murtagh and McManus converted frees and Finn hit the target from play after fine work by Conor Hussey.

Kerry finally ended their barren spell courtesy of Sheehy, after good industry by Conor Keane. Just minutes earlier, Keane had a blistering shot saved by Shane Mannion as Roscommon appeared to be running out of steam. Three frees from Savage helped stretch the margin to three and Sheehy and Philip Neilan were both sent off for second yellow card offences. Corcoran launched two frees from distance as Roscommon made one final push, but Smith shot wide from the last chance of the game and Kerry prevailed.

“Roscommon could be sick,” said O’Sullivan. “In the first-half, they had a lot of the ball and we were still hanging in there. It took us a while to get to the pace of the game but after 15 minutes, we began to control the middle of the field. “They were always going to come at us again, but I liked the fact we went again. I felt we could win it at 40% of possession because we had the forwards to punish them. O’Sullivan feels his charges will benefit from the game, and in particular from having the experience of competing at Croke Park. “Conditions were very difficult for both teams. If you tried anything elaborate at all… It didn’t suit our style of football but this was a very good Roscommon team and their shooting let them down. We were more efficient with our possession. It’s a relief to be this far and anything else now is a bonus.”

Scorers for Kerry: J Savage 0-4(fs); N Sheehy 0-3(1f); B Crowley 1-0, C Fitzgerald 0-2.Scorers for Roscommon: D Murtagh 0-4(2fs); K Finn, E Smith, T Corcoran(fs) 0-2 each; R McManus 0-1(f).

KERRY: G Curran; P O’Connor, G Crowley, C Ó Lúing; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, J Barry; D Foran, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; D Carmody, N Sheehy, C Keane.

Subs: S Moloney for Carmody (46); Gary O’Sullivan for Barry (54).

ROSCOMMON: S Mannion; P Neilan, D Barron, C Kenny; R Daly, C Hussey, N McInerney; U Harney, T Corcoran; K Kilcline, E Smith, R McManus; D Murtagh, K Finn, M Gunning.

Subs: L Kilcline for Barron inj (24); B Fannon for McInerney (51); D Feely for Finn (53); Finn for Gunning (58).

Referee: D Gough (Meath)

Team News

Kerry (MFC v Roscommon) – 1 Gavin Curran (Daingean Uí Chúis) 2 Cathal O Lúing (An Ghaeltacht). 3 Gavin Crowley (Templenoe) 4 Patrick O Connor (Daingean Uí Chúis) 5 Brian Crowley (Templenoe) 6 Jack Barry (Na Gaeil) 7 Greg Horan (Austin Stacks.) 8 Kieran Murphy (Kilcummin) 9 Ronan Murphy (Beaufort) 10 David Foran (St. Senan’s) 11 Jack Savage (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) 12 Cillian Fitzgerald (Churchill) 13 Darragh Carmody ( Na Gaeil) 14 Niall Sheehy (John Mitchel’s) 15. Conor Keane (Killarney Legion)

The Substitutes are as follows: 16 . Stephen Cahillane (Keel) 17 Gavin O’Shea (Dr Crokes) 18 Shane O’Connor ( John Mitchel’s) 19 Sean Moloney (John Mitchel’s) 20 Gary O’Sullivan ( Listry) 21 Evan Doyle (Ballyduff) 22. Denis Daly St .Mary’s 23 Martin Tierney Kerins O’Rahillys. 24 Gerald O’Sullivan Tarbert

Bainisteóir: Mickey Ned O’Sullivan(Kenmare)

Selectors : John O’ Keeffe (Austin Stacks) and Peter Keane (St. Mary’s)

Physical Trainer: Ross Corbett,

Coach: Peter O Brien

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final – Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12

Superb Cork ease into last four

Report from the web site

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final: Cork 2-19 Kildare 0-12

Cork eased into the semi-finals of the 2012 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship with an impressive 13-point defeat of Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday. An own goal by Kildare’s Eoin Doyle and a well-worked effort by Colm O’Neill helped the Rebels to a 2-5 to 0-3 lead after just 18 minutes, before the Lilywhites came thundering back and hit the final five points of the second half to trail by three, 0-8 to 2-5, at the break.

However, Kildare meekly surrendered the momentum they had fought so hard for at the start of the second half, and Cork hit a quite remarkable 10 points in a row to take complete control of the game. Cork had the luxury of missing a couple of glorious goal chances in the second half, while Kildare were reduced to 14 men after 53 minutes, when Doyle’s miserable afternoon ended with a second yellow card. Cork never relented and ruthlessly exposed Kildare’s manifest deficiencies to record a superb win which sets them up nicely for their semi-final on August 26.

Kildare made the ideal start and were 0-2 to 0-0 ahead after four minutes, a Mikey Conway free and a Rob Kelly score from play their reward for dictating the tempo early on. However, Cork were level by the 10th minute, with Paudie Kissane opening their account with a trademark point from play after a surging run out of defence, before Colm O’Neill nailed his first free of the game in fine style. Further converted placed balls from Aidan Walsh and Donncha O’Connor have the Rebels a 0-5 to 0-3, before the Munster champions hit Kildare for two goals in a crazy three-minute spell.

The first was a killer. Paul Kerrigan turned over the ball and drove at the Kildare defence before unleashing a stinging shot which Shane Connolly blocked superbly. But the rebound cruelly hit wing-back Doyle and spilled into the unguarded net. Cork landed another sucker punch in the 18th minute, with Colm O’Neill doing superbly to reach a loose ball and play in Nicholas Murphy with a clever pass. Murphy unselfishly played O’Neill back in and the Ballyclough man had the simple task of fisting the ball to an empty net.

Already eight points down, Kildare’s pre-match plans were in tatters. Manager Kieran McGeeney responded by bringing Daryl Flynn into an overwhelmed midfield and the move paid immediate dividends. An Alan Smith point from play stopped the rot, before Eoghan O’Flaherty drilled a free over to leave six in it. However, it was the score Smith hit on the half hour mark that really gave the Lilywhites some much-needed momentum. Morgan O’Flaherty won a great ball in defence and fed the always dangerous Tomás O’Connor, who in turn found Smith for a brilliant point.

John Doyle was central to the Kildare fightback and he added another from play, before Hugh McGrillen popped up from defence just before the break to strike his side’s fifth in succession, which left them trailing by 2-5 to 0-8 at half-time. The whistle came at exactly the wrong time for Kildare, as they had just seized the momentum, and when the game restarted, it was Cork who took over once again. Kildare had a couple of early chances but both were driven wide. Cork made no such mistakes when they opened the second half scoring through Daniel Goulding in the 43rd minute, the Éire Óg clubman finishing after superb work by Eoin Cadogan and Canty.

Kerrigan added another, before the quicksilver Nemo Rangers man spurned a glorious goal chance, his drilled shot forcing a fine save from Connolly, the Kildare goalkeeper. Donncha O’Connor drilled over the resultant 45. Kildare’s capitulation was complete at this stage, and it was underlined when Walsh waltzed through their defence and blasted a shot over the bar when he really should have hit the back of the net to leave his side 2-9 to 0-8 ahead.

The game was over as a contest when Doyle, who was so unlucky to score an own goal in the first half, was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. Already struggling, Doyle’s dismissal heaped further misery on McGeeney’s side. By now, the Rebels were in cruise control and clipping over scores at will, with Walsh, Kerrigan and Kissane all adding to their tallies as Cork racked up 10 points in a row before John Doyle finally hit Kildare’s first score of the second half in the 61 minutes. However, it was all remarkably one-sided as Cork weren’t even required to hit top gear such was the paucity of the Lilywhites’ challenge.

Cork Scorers: P Kissane 0-2, A Walsh 0-3 (0-1f), F Goold 0-1, P Kerrigan 0-2, C O’Neill 1-3 (0-2f), D O’Connor 0-4(0-2 45, 0-1f), D Goulding 0-2, P O’Neill 0-2, E Doyle 1-0 (OG).

Kildare Scorers: H McGrillen 0-1, M Conway 0-1 (0-1f), R Kelly 0-1, E O’Flaherty 0-1, A Smith 0-4 (0-3f), J Doyle 0-3 (0-2f), D Earley 0-1.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy. Subs: P Kelly for C Sheehan (34), P O’Neill for A O’Connor (39), D Goulding for N Murphy (42), J O’Sullivan for R Carey (47), D O’Sullivan for Canty (62).

Kildare: S Connolly, O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen, E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle, M Foley, R Kelly, E O’Flaherty, M Conway, J Doyle, A Smith, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh. Subs: Daryl Flynn for R Kelly (20), P O’Neill for M Foley, F Dowling for M Conway (both 46), S Johnston for E O’Flaherty (50), D Earley for T O’Connor (56), Lynch for D Earley (70, temp).

Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan)


Rebels get over rustiness and cut loose

Kildare 0-12 Cork 2-19

By Brendan O’Brien, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare have been caught with their pants down now and again in the league – Derry and Down have both handed them 11-point hidings in Newbridge – but this was unprecedented in five years of championship campaigns under the Armagh man. So, kudos to Cork for that, but 13-point canters in August are about as much use as one-sided cruises in February when it comes to the business of preparing sides for the white heat of an All-Ireland semi-final against an opponent such as Donegal. Boil this one down and Cork were put to the pin of their collar for no more than a 15-minute spell prior to the break and maybe another five after it. And all this eight, long weeks after their one and only truly competitive run-out, against Kerry, this summer. In fairness, it showed at times.

Though they purred towards the final whistle, the first-half was one in which both sides struggled to mould the game into anything approaching a pattern thanks to a plethora of spilled balls and some wayward passing. Cork’s rustiness was understandable, Kildare’s less so given they had once again emerged into the last eight via a consistent run of games through the back door against Cavan, Limerick and then Sligo eight days previously. No, more worrying for Conor Counihan was his side’s failure to claim a single score between the 19th and 43rd minutes, but they were at least fortunate to have had Lady Luck on their side at two crucial moments before the drought kicked in. Donncha O’Connor had just handed the Munster champions their fourth point and first lead when Paul Kerrigan fashioned a one-on-one with Kildare goalkeeper Shane Connolly, whose save rebounded off the legs of Eoin Doyle and into the net.

Within five minutes, Kildare had been dealt another dodgy hand when a breaking ball bounced kindly for Colm O’Neill. In fairness, the forward made the most of it by means of a one-two with O’Connor which presented the Ballyclough man with a simple touch to the rigging. Both scores were preceded by debated moments: the first when Eoghan O’Flaherty was penalised for what was Adjudged as a clean pick-up off the ground and the second by a sideline ball that possibly should have been awarded in Kildare’s favour. Kildare have been hurt by more glaring injustices in recent years, but there was time to recover yesterday. With less than 20 minutes played, McGeeney introduced Daryl Flynn into the midfield and the switch kickstarted the Leinster side’s most productive spell.

Suddenly, balls were played in fast and low to Tomas O’Connor at full-forward and the more direct approach harvested five successive points from a Cork rearguard that had become accustomed to a more laboured handpassing approach. The temptation is to surmise that the interval intervened, yet Kildare returned in much the same mood only to spill their momentum on a handful of wides that could have shaved the half-time deficit from three points to one.

And then, just as suddenly, the game turned again. As was the case in the first period, it swung, coincidentally or not, on events initiated on the sideline with Counihan sending Pearse O’Neill and Daniel Goulding on for Alan O’Connor and Nicholas Murphy. Goulding wasn’t on the pitch more than a minute before he ended his side’s alarming stagnation on the scoreboard and little could anyone know then that Kildare were already a third of the way through a barren spell of their own that would almost stretch half-an-hour. Another nine points followed in succession and, had Cork been of a mind to do so, they could have cashed half of them in for goals instead such was the ease with which they sauntered through a dissolving Kildare back line.

Aidan Walsh’s point, when he ran unmolested from midfield through to the Kildare penalty area before tipping over a languid point after 49 minutes, was the most obvious example of how uncompetitive the game became in what was really the blink of an eye. McGeeney said later it was a case of his players vacating their posts in search of the scores that would propel them back into contention but it looked more like a case of a team, individually and collectively, abandoning hope. That they finished the last 15 minutes with just 14 men was a moot point as Kildare were eight points adrift by the time the unfortunate Eoin Doyle saw his day brought to a premature end with a second yellow card. The gut feeling is Cork ended the game with a better team than the one that started, but who can say for sure given Kildare’s surrender? We’ve waited this long to have our curiosity satisfied with this Cork team. Three more weeks won’t hurt.

Scorers for Kildare: A Smith 0-4 (1f), J Doyle 0-3 (1f), H McGrillen, R Kelly, E O’Flaherty (f), M Conway (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: C O’Neill 1-3 (2fs), D O’Connor 0-4 (2 45s, 1f), E Doyle (1-0 own goal), A Walsh 0-3 (1f), P Kissane, P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, D Goulding 0-2 each, F Goold 0-1.

Subs for Kildare: D Flynn for Kelly (20), P O’Neill for Foley (47), F Dowling for Conway (47), S Johnston for E O’Flaherty (50), D Early for O’Connor (56).

Subs for Cork: P Kelly for Sheehan (34), P O’Neill for A O’Connor (40), D Goulding for Murphy (42), J O’Sullivan for Carey (47), D O’Sullivan for Canty (62).

Referee: K McQuillan (Cavan)

Team News

Cork (SFC v Kildare, Croke Park, 2pm Sunday): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy

Kildare (SFC v Cork, Croke Park, 2pm Sunday): : S Connolly; O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle (capt.), T O’Connor, J Kavanagh

Match Preview

This will be only the fourth clash between Cork and Kildare in championship history. They last met in the 2008 quarter-final when Cork won by 2-11 to 1-11 after Kildare staged a great recovery, having trailed by 2-3 to 0-0 after 20 minutes. Prior to that, they met in the 1956 All-Ireland semi-final which Cork won by 0-9 to 0-5. The first championship meeting between the counties was in 1928 when Kildare won an All-Ireland semi-final by 3-7 to 0-2 en route to what was their last All-Ireland success. Cork have only had two championship games so far this year, beating Kerry and Clare to win the Munster championship while Kildare used a familiar route to the quarter-finals, emerging through the qualifiers for a fifth successive season.

How they got here…

Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12 (Munster semi-final)

Cork 3-16 Clare 0-13 (Munster final)

Average For: 1-18 Average Against: 0-13


Kildare 0-19 Offaly 0-6 (Leinster quarter-final)

Meath 1-17 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)

Kildare 3-20 Cavan 1-9 (Qualifier Round 2)

Kildare 0-19 Limerick 0-12 (Qualifier Round 3) after extra-time

Kildare 0-13 Sligo 0-4 (Qualifier Round 4)

Average For: 1-15; Average Against: 0-11

Previous quarter-final appearances


2011: Mayo 1-13 Cork 2-6

2010: Cork 1-16 Roscommon 0-10

2009: Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10

2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 1-11

2007: Cork 1-11 Sligo 0-8

2006: Cork 1-11 Donegal 1-10

2005: Cork 2-14 Galway 2-11

2002: Cork 0-16 Mayo 1-10

Played 8, Won 7, Lost 1.


2008: Cork 2-11 Kildare 0-11

2009: Tyrone 0-16 Kildare 1-11

2010: Kildare 2-17 Meath 1-12

2011: Donegal 1-12 Kildare 0-14 (after extra-time)

Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round 2 qualifier – Clare 1-11 Meath 1-10

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC round 2 qualifier

Clare 1-11 Meath 1-10

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

NAOMI Carroll’s late point sealed a shock victory for Clare against Meath in this afternoon’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies SFC round 2 qualifier at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Clare lost to Cork by eleven points in the Munster semi-final but hit back in spirited fashion to send Leinster finalists Meath crashing out of the All-Ireland series. And it was Carroll who sealed Clare’s passage to the quarter-finals with 55 seconds left on the clock. A tie that was level six times looked destined for extra-time but Carroll, despite being off-balance, fired over the winner to clinch a surprise win.

Meath finished the game with 14 players when Jenny Rispin was sin-binned in the closing minutes but overall, the Royal County didn’t do enough to get the job done. They were over-reliant on captain Katie O’Brien for scores as the St Ultans player finished with 1-7.

O’Brien also levelled the scores at 1-10 apiece with two minutes remaining but that was her sole score of the second half. Meath managed just three points in entire second period, despite playing with the aid of a stiff breeze. But when midfielder Shauna Bennett popped over a 32nd point, Meath were two clear and with a decent platform to build from.

Clare’s response was impressive, however, but a run of four unanswered points – including two from impressive forward Niamh O’Dea – send the Banner County into a 1-10 to 1-8 lead. Meath hit back with scores from Mahon and O’Brien but there was a late sting in the tail as Carroll fired over the priceless winner for the 2009 All-Ireland intermediate champions.

Meath, with O’Brien landing 1-6, led at half-time, 1-7 to 1-6, but had to overturn a four-point deficit to establish that slender interval lead. In a half that was level four times, it was wind-assisted Clare who struck the first real decisive blow in the 12th minute when Ailish Considine’s defence-splitting pass found Maria Kelly through on goal, and the West Clare Gaels player made no mistake with a low finish.

Niamh O’Dea tagged on a point and Clare were 1-4 to 0-3 clear but Meath were on terms at 1-5 apiece five minutes before half-time. The goalscorer was O’Brien, who collected a pass from midfielder Shauna Bennett, dodged a defender and cracked home a rising drove to the roof of the Clare net.

That strike midway through the half breathed fresh life into the Leinster runners-up and it was O’Brien who was pulling the strings, roving to good effect in attack and popping over scores with regularity. O’Brien hit including 1-3 from play but it was a free from the ace forward in the 25th minute that tied the scores at 1-5 each. Considine nudged Clare back in front again but O’Brien would have the final say in the first half, landing two glorious points from play before half-time to inch Meath ahead again.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 0-5 (2f), M Kelly 1-1, A Considine 0-3 (1f), N Carroll 0-2.

Scorers for Meath: K O’Brien 1-7 (0-3f), S Bennett 0-2, F Mahon 0-1.

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; S Kelly, L Kelly, L Ryan; R Looney, L Henchy, M Delaney; M Considine, F Lafferty; N Carroll, N Keane, M Kelly; N Lardner, N O’Dea, A Considine.

Sub: S Harvey for Lardner (h.t.).

MEATH: I Munnelly; O Byrne, A Murray, O Sheridan; E Troy, E Rahill, H Regan; S Bennett, F Mahon; M Sheridan, K O’Brien, J Rispin; V McCormack, A Thompson, B Lynch.

Subs: M Peel for Regan (21), L Dempsey for Thompson (42), J Byrne for Lynch (43), G Doherty for McCormack (55).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final – Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17

Dublin minors edge out Clare at the death

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final: Clare 2-17 Dublin 4-14

Dublin are through to the All-Ireland minor final for the second year running after a dramatic semi-final win over Clare at Croke on Sunday. The game was level and looking like it was going to extra time when, two minutes into added time, Oisín O’Rorke pounced for his second goal of the game to hand victory to his side. Clare had dominated the game for long periods and were 1-11 to 2-6 ahead at half-time, but they failed to capitalise on their dominance and threw away a game they might well have won. Clare moved 0-5 to 0-1 after just 12 minutes, with Jamie Shanahan and Bobby Duggan scoring two points each while Dublin hit an alarming number of early wides.

The opening goal of the game came on the quarter hour mark when Dublin ‘keeper Cian MacGabhann fouled Shane Taylor and Shanahan drilled home the resultant penalty. Dublin responded brilliantly, with O’Rorke bundling home a goal after Caolán Conway’s delivery into the danger area. Conway went for goal himself minutes later but he was denied when Clare goalkeeper Eibhear Quilligan dived full length to stop his shot. Dublin did get their goal a minute later, and it was Conway who outsmarted Quilligan at the second time of asking, catching a high ball and smashing a shot to the back of the net. Clare still led by 2-6 to 1-11 after a highly entertaining first half.

Dublin were level within minutes of the restart, but Clare found the net for a second time in the 41st minute, when Shane O’Donnell finished expertly to put his side 2-14 to 2-9 ahead. Clare were in control until, with five minutes left, Dublin pulled a goal back through Cian Boland, who jabbed Donal Gormley’s effort, which had fallen just short, to the back of the net. Conor McHugh then put Dublin ahead but Clare were level thanks to a score from David Conroy.

However, the game finished in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, with Clare’s Bobby Duggan putting a free just wide and then O’Rorke popping up with the winning goal two minutes into added time, applying the finishing touch to a free which had fallen short.

Team News

The Clare Minor Hurling team to play Dublin is as follows –

1. Eibhear Quilligan Feakle

2. Shane O Brien Clonlara Capt

3. Brian Carey Sixmilebridge

4. Gearoid Ryan Clarecastle

5. Aidan McGuane Kilmaley

6. Conor Cleary St Josephs Miltown

7. Eoin Quirke Whitegate

8. David Conroy St Josephs Doora/Barefield

9. Jamie Shanahan Sixmilebridge

10. Shane Taylor Broadford

11. Alex Morey Sixmilebridge

12. Aidan O Gorman O.C.Mills

13. Bobby Duggan Clarecastle

14. Niall Deasy Ballyea

15. Shane O Donnell Eire Og Ennis

Clare make one change in personnel, and a number of positional changes, from the team that lined out against Down in the All Ireland Quarter Final in Mullingar.

Alex Morey returns from injury, and take up the Centre Half forward position for the first time this year, Jamie Malone reverts to the bench. Niall Deasy moves from wing forward to Full, Jamie Shanahan moves from wing forward to Mid- Field. Aidan O Gorman who started that game at mid –field, moves to wing forward .

Clare are playing in their third All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi – Final in 3 years.

2010, they defeated Dublin in the semi – final, losing out to Kilkenny in the final.

2011 lost to Galway in the semi – final, after extra time.

This will be their 6th game in this years championship, Lost to Waterford in the first round of the Munster Championship. Defeated, Cork and Limerick, to reach the Munster Final, which Clare lost to Tipperary, Defeated Down in the All Ireland Quarter Final.

DUBLIN MH: Cian Mac Gabhann (Kilmacud Crokes); Shane Barrett (Na Fianna), Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala), Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s) ; Eoghan O’’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille), Robert Murphy (Kilmacud Crokes), Seán McClelland (Lucan Sarsfields); Cormac Costello (Whitehall Colmcille), Colm Cronin (Cuala); Conor McHugh (Na Fianna), Seán Treacy (Cuala); Caolan Conway (Kilmacud Crokes); Oisín O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes), Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh), Paul Winters (St Brigid’s)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17

Galway clear penultimate hurdle

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final: Cork 0-17 Galway 0-22

Galway are back in All-Ireland final for the first time since 2005 following a five-point defeat of Cork in a gripping game at Croke Park on Sunday. The Leinster champions answered all the questions that had been asked of them in the build-up to the game and delivered yet another power-packed display full of the intensity and passion that was crucial to their win over Kilkenny. Anthony Cunningham’s side didn’t deliver the kind of scorched earth performance that blew the Cats away in the first half, but they still defended masterfully and were always able to keep Cork at arm’s length in a really entertaining game.

The sides were level at 0-11 apiece after a tense first half, but Galway, led superbly by the inspirational Joe Canning, made a burst for the line in the third quarter and were four points clear, 0-17 to 0-13, by the 53rd minute. As is their wont, Cork’s management emptied their bench and the injection of energy from fresh legs and fresh minds brought Cork back into the game, with sub Cathal Naughton arrowing over a superb score in the 58th minute to leave just two points between the sides.

It looked like Cork were going to repeat what they did in the quarter-final win over Waterford, but Galway came back strongly and hit the final three points of the game to seal a place in the final. Cork were guilty of hitting some bad wides in the closing stages, goalkeeper Anthony Nash sending a free wide and Niall McCarthy hitting another opportunity badly wide. Galway punished Cork’s profligacy when Canning landed a crucial score in the 69th minute, the Portumna man sending over his 11th point of the game after he was fouled by Paudie O’Sullivan. Damien Hayes then popped over another point from play in added time to seal an impressive win.

But Galway thoroughly deserved the win. They defended brilliantly in the final quarter, with Fergal Moore, Niall Donoghue and Johnny Coen all outstanding as Cork moved Pa Cronin into attack and launched a series of testing long balls on top of them. Cork’s goal opportunities were rare, with Cronin missing one of their few chances in the 56th minute, the Bishopstown man flashing a shot over the bar when he had the goal at his mercy. Galway, too, had their chances, but Nash denied them minutes earlier when he made a superb save to deny Niall Burke, tipping the ball out for a 65, which Canning converted.

Canning had another massive afternoon in maroon, although he was well marshalled by Brian Murphy, the 23-year-old playing a lone role in attack, where he scored four points from play and chipped in with another seven from placed balls. Hayes, who was crucial to the win over Kilkenny, had another profitable afternoon, picking off four points from play as he continued in a free role. Cork did have some success up front in the first half, with Paudie O’Sullivan notching three scores from play and Pa Horgan striking a succession of frees, including the leveler in first half added time.

Horgan had Cork ahead inside a minute of the restart, but in the subsequent 10-minute period Galway hit four points without reply, a crucial purple patch which won them the game. Hayes and Canning hit scores from play before Niall Burke finished a fine move in which Canning played a crucial role, winning vital possession in despite the attentions of several Cork defenders and laying off for his better-placed team-mate. So, a second big performance from Galway and they will now go into an All-Ireland final full of confidence that they can end a wait for an All-Ireland title that now dates back to 1988. For Cork, their season ends in disappointment but it was an impressive performance from Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s young side, who will benefit massively from a run that yielded far more than initial expectations.

Galway Scorers: D Hayes 0-4, D Burke 0-2, J Regan 0-2, J Canning 0-11 (0-5f, 0-2 65), A Smith 0-1, N Burke 0-2.

Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-7 (0-6f), J Coughlan 0-1, C McCarthy 0-1, L O’Farrell 0-1, P O’Sullivan 0-3, C Naughton 0-1, D Sweetnam 0-1, P Cronin 0-1, A Nash 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway: J Skehill, D Collins, K Hynes, F Moore, N Donoghue, T Óg Regan, J Coen, I Tannian, A Smith, D Burke, N Burke, J Regan, C Cooney, J Canning, D Hayes. Subs: D Glennon for Cooney (54), C Donnellan for Regan (62), J Glynn for N Burke (67), J Cooney for D Burke (72).

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; T Kenny, E Cadogan, S Óg Ó hAilpín; P Cronin, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, J Coughlan; P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan. Subs: C Naughton for C McCarthy (HT), D Sweetnam for Lehane (46), S Moylan for O’Farrell (51), N McCarthy for Coughlan (55), D Kearney for McLoughlin (68).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 41,537