AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Semi-Final – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 2-15 Rockchapel (Cork) 1-8

O’Brien stars as Kenmare power to Munster final

By Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 2-15 Rockchapel (Cork) 1-8

A year ago to the day, Stephen O’Brien was playing with UCC against Crokes in the Munster Club SFC final at Fitzgerald Stadium. That day his side lost by seven points but yesterday he inspired his Kenmare side to victory in this Munster JFC semi-final. O’Brien, who has been called up to the Kerry senior panel, kicked all his scores from play in a one-sided game. Kenmare’s attack was too strong for Rockchapel as, apart from O’Brien, three-time All-Ireland senior winner Paul O’Connor was on hand.

Ian Guiney converted a Rockchapel free in the opening minute but Kenmare responded a minute later with Mark Crowley flicking an Aaron O’Callaghan centre to net. Midfielder DJ O’Callaghan scored Rockchapel’s only first half point from play in the fourth minute before the floodgates opened. A succession of unanswered Kenmare points followed from O’Brien (four), DJ Brennan, Paul O’Connor and Kevin O’Sullivan, as Kenmare raced 1-7 to 0-2 clear. In the 21st minute, when Paul O’Connor’s attempt for a point dropped short, O’Brien flicked it to the Rockchapel net and by half-time, Rockchapel trailed, 2-10 to 0-3.

To their credit, Rockchapel restored some pride as they took the game to Kenmare, and a flicked goal by William Murphy in the 34th minute gave them hope. But it was shattered minutes later when full-back Batt Curtin received a second yellow. Rockchapel won the second half 1-5 to 0-5, but only managed 1-2 from play in the hour and even when Jimmy Wharton’s second yellow evened the numbers, Kenmare were safe. They face Cappamore (Limerick) in Sunday’s Munster final in Mallow.

Scorers for Kenmare: S O’Brien 1-6, M Crowley 1-0, P O’Connor 0-3 (2fs), K O’Sullivan 0-3, DJ Brennan 0-2, A O’Leary 0-1

Scorers for Rockchapel: W Murphy 1-0, D Curtin 0-3fs, L Collins (1f), I Guiney (2fs) 0-2 each, DJ O’Callaghan 0-1,

KENMARE: H Murphy; D Crowley, T O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; A O’Callaghan (R O’Sullivan 40), S O’Leary, A Crowley; S Dalton, J Wharton; A O’Leary, M Crowley, K O’Sullivan; DJ Brennan (S Duncan 56) .

ROCKCHAPEL: T Collins; P Murphy (M Doody 25, {M Stack 49}), B Curtin, E O’Callaghan; B Cahill, K Collins, J O’Callaghan; DJ O’Callaghan, J Doody; J Forrest, D Curtin, W Murphy; I Guiney (C Murphy 53), S Hickey, L Collins (DJ O’Sullivan 43 {K Burke 58}).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)

 

Next Round – the winners play Cappamore (Limerick) in the Munster Final on December 9th in Mallow.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) Rockchapel (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Junior Football titles
(by County)
7 2
Last Munster Club
Junior Football Title
(by County)
2011
Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
2007
Canovee (Cork) 1-6 O’Callaghan’s Mills (Clare) 1-5
Munster Club Junior Football Championship Record since 2003 for each county’s representative Played – 24
Won – 22
Lost –  2
Drawn – 0
Played – 16
Won – 9
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Football Championship involving participating county representatives November 13th 2011 (Munster Semi-Final at Waterville)
Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-14 Kanturk (Cork) 2-4
(after extra time)

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Junior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday November 18th

@ Borrisokane                      Cappamore (Limerick) 2-7 Borrisokane (Tipperary) 0-6

Sunday November 25th

@ Kilmacthomas                  Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-23 Kilmacthomas (Waterford) 0-3

Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Saturday November 24th

@ Cappamore                      Cappamore (Limerick) 1-6 Clarecastle (Clare) 0-4

Sunday December 2nd (Replay date – Saturday December 8th)

@ Fitzgerald Stadium          Rockchapel (Cork) v Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 2:00pm

Killarney

Final  (Extra time)

Sunday December 9th (Replay date – Saturday December 15th)

@ Mallow                          Cappamore (Limerick) v Rockchapel (Cork) or Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry)

Odds and Ends

Kerry’s representatives have won 12 consecutive matches in this competition dating back to 2008.

The Kerry and Cork representatives have met in each of the last 3 years of the Munster Club Junior Football competition with Kerry winning on each occasion – though none of those games was in the Munster Final.

The Kerry and Cork representatives in this competition met in the first four finals with Kerry clubs winning three – 2003 (Carbery Rangers, Cork), 2004 (Finuge, Kerry), 2005 (Ardfert, Kerry), 2006 (Duagh, Kerry).

The last Kerry v Cork Munster final in this grade came in 2006 when Duagh (Kerry) defeated Adrigole (Cork) by 1-9 to 0-11.

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 5 titles while Cork have 1 title courtesy of Canovee in 2008.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Carbery Rangers (Cork) 0-13 Annascaul (Kerry) 0-11

CARBERY RANGERS, CORK: Kevin Santry; Gearoid Ryan, Anthony Roche, Eugene Murphy; Stephen Murray, Jeremy Murphy, Johnny Murphy (Captain); Michael O’Sullivan, Kevin McMahon; Niall Hayes, John Hayes, Seamus Hayes; Mark Ronan, Declan Hayes, Maurice Moore.

2004 – Finuge (Kerry) 2-13 Aghabullogue (Cork) 3-4
FINUGE, KERRY: John Coleman (Captain); Enda Galvin, Pat Corridan, Michael Quilter; Eamonn Breen, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Michael Cronin; Trevor McKenna, Conor Galvin; Maurice Corridan, Paul Galvin, Roibeard Thornton; Raymond Galvin, John Griffin, Michael Conway.
Subs: Paudie Lyons for Quilter (second half); Jack Corridan for Thornton (36th minute); Ger Lovett for Conway (47th).

2005 – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 Erin’s Own (Cork) 0-10
ARDFERT, KERRY: Dermot Dineen, Simon Sinnott, Conor Flaherty, Johnny Stack, Sean Flaherty, Eamon Corridan, Mike Moloney, Jonathon Best, Martin Ferris, Brendan Flaherty, Eamon Ferris, John Dowling, Shane Griffin (Captain), Stephen “Santy” Wallace, James O’Halloran.
Subs: Brian Moloney for James O’Halloran, Patrick Donegan for Simon Sinnott

2006 – Duagh (Kerry) 1-9 Adrigole (Cork) 0-11
DUAGH (KERRY): John Halpin; Aenghus Carmody, John O’Brien, Diarmuid Nolan; Kieran Quirke, Thomas Dillon, Peter Sheeran; Anthony Maher, Jeremiah Kelly; Brendan O’Brien, Aidan Kelly (Captain), Declan Griffin; Tim Scanlon, Denis Lane, Eoin Horgan
Subs: Daniel O’Donoghue for Scanlon; Alan O’Brien for Brendan O’Brien

2007 – Canovee (Cork) 1-6 O’Callaghan’s Mills (Clare) 1-5
CANOVEE (CORK): Tim Lyons; James McCarthy, James Scanlon (Captain), Timmy Lyons; John O’Brien, Tommy Murphy, Brian Ahern; Eamonn Lyons, Brian O’Donoghue; Tomas O’Mahony, Pat Dunlea, Denis O’Sullivan; Con Dunne, Kevin Walsh, Paul Healy
Sub: D. Cronin for Healy

2008 – Skellig Rangers (Kerry) 0-11 Bruff (Limerick) 0-7
SKELLIG RANGERS (KERRY): Michael Brennan; Brian O’Sullivan, Wayne O’Sullivan, C Martin; K Martin, C O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Sullivan; Aidan O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Sullivan (Captain); John O’Driscoll, Brian Hickey, B Driscoll; Sean Courtney, Chris O’Driscoll, B Casey.
Subs: B O’Driscoll for John O’Driscoll (50), B O’Sullivan for Seamus O’Sullivan (60), D O’Sullivan for Casey (60), D Keating for McGill (62)

2009 – Castlegregory (Kerry) 1-20 Mountcollins (Limerick) 0-4
CASTLEGREGORY (KERRY): Shane Kenny; Gavin O’Connor, Joe Scully, Joe O’Connor; Sean O’Mahony, Steven Browne, Adrian Finn (Captain); Shane Hennessy, Ryan Kelliher; JB Spillane, Alan Fitzgerald, Brendan Lynch; Colm O’Mahony, Alan Lynch, Alan McNamara.
Subs: Colm Sills for Joe O’Connor, John Fitzgerald for Alan Lynch (both 37), D Heasman for Kelliher, Liam Maunsell for Sean O’Mahony (both 42), Sean O’Connor for Alan Fitzgerald (47)

2010 – St. Marys (Kerry) 2-12 Bruree (Limerick) 0-4
ST. MARYS (KERRY): D. Horgan; B. Curran, S. Curran, G. O’Driscoll (Captain); D. O’Sullivan, N. O’Driscoll, K. Curran; John Golden, Bryan Sheehan; Austin Constable, R. Keane, A. Walsh; Daniel Daly, P. O’Donoghue, J.A. O’Sullivan
Subs: I. Casey for N. O’Driscoll (inj. 30); C. Quirke for O’Donoghue (47); L. Sheehan for Keane (53); D. Walsh for Constable (53); D. Keating for J.A. O’Sullivan (54)

2011 – Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
DROMID PEARSES (KERRY):  Alan Hogan; Padraig O’Sullivan, Dominick O’Sullivan, Cian Hallissey; Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Shea, Michael Sheehan; Thomas Curran, Colm O’Connor; Ger O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Connor (Captain); Eoin O’Leary, Niall O’Shea, John Curran
Subs: Michael O’Connor for O’Leary (42); Christy Farrelly for Hallissey (43); Jamesy Ml. O’Sullivan for G. O’Sullivan (54)

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (7) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Cork (2) – 2003, 2007

 

AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship Final – Kildorrery (Cork) 1-11 St. Kieran’s (Limerick) 0-12

Awesome O’Brien the hero again for Kildorrery

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kildorrery (Cork) 1-11 St Kieran’s (Limerick) 0-12

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An unanswered 1-2 in the space of three second-half minutes turned the AIB Munster JHC final Kildorrery’s way at Mallow yesterday. For much of the contest, St Kieran’s of Limerick had edged a tight and tense affair, holding a precious 0-9 to 0-8 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. All of a sudden a goal, quickly followed by two points, put Kildorrery into the game’s biggest lead, and though Kieran’s never fell away, they had lost their momentum and could not pull level again.

The identity of Kildorrery’s main man was wholly unsurprising. During their campaign, from divisional championship through to county and onto provincial, Peter O’Brien has been the main score-getter and that was the case again. Despite being hindered with an injury which meant he was sited at full-forward for most of the game, O’Brien finished with 1-6, the goal coming in the 48th minute after Will Fouhy’s mazy run.

That was followed by an inspirational point from the left corner and then O’Brien turned provider for Richard McEniry to open up a four-point lead. It was hardly surprising that Kildorrery selector Pat Fenton was so fulsome in his praise for O’Brien. “Peter did the business, even though he was struggling,” he said. “He has great heart, he’s a never-say-die guy. “There are no bad hearts in Kildorrery, after all the tough games we’ve had! “It’s a wonderful feeling to think that we are Munster champions, going back four or five years we were struggling to win a first round in North Cork. All the parish, to a man and woman, supported us, there were people coming up to me who I thought didn’t know me and were wishing us well.”

It matters little now, but Kildorrery took a while to settle, and trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 in the first 10 minutes, Johnny McCarthy instrumental for Kieran’s while Jack Ben Harnett had been unlucky with a goal effort. Kildorrery could not get O’Brien on the ball enough but he did what he could with limited supply and three from him, including two frees, had them 0-4 to 0-3 in front.

The momentum was going one way and then the other, though, and Kieran’s again seized the initiative as Donie Nolan scored two points but injured himself in executing the latter, when a goal was on, That made it 0-6 to 0-5 and they could have pushed even further in front when Ray Cahill was fouled for a penalty but James Muckell fired his shot over the bar. Nevertheless, when sub Ian Mackessy added a free in injury time, it meant that the Limerick side led by three at half-time.

While an O’Brien brace in the second half’s formative moments had Kildorrery back in touch, poor shooting generally was letting them down despite enjoying much of the play, with Michael Walsh dominant at centre-back. After Mackessy and Kildorrery’s Dave Kelly had exchanged points, Eamonn O’Connor and then Finbarr Stapleton had goal chances for the North Cork side, denied by John Greaney’s double-save, before O’Brien struck.

With a 1-10 to 0-9 lead and 10 minutes left, Kildorrery were clear favourites, but Kieran’s plugged away and Mackessy, Cahill and McCarthy all scored to bring the deficit back to a point. Stapleton gave Kildorrery some breathing space again, though, and the late pressure was withstood to set off wild celebrations and extinguish the bad memories of recent football losses.

“I think we can finally put to bed the heartache of the last few years and move on,” O’Brien said. “The last four or five years, the talk has been about the finals that we have lost but now we can talk about how good this team is. “We have three trophies this year and hopefully we can add another, we have Thomastown next. It’s a dream come true, I never thought I’d be playing for Kildorrery in December!”

Scorers for Kildorrery: P O’Brien 1-6 (0-4f), E O’Connor 0-2, D Kelly, R McEniry, F Stapleton 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Kieran’s: J McCarthy, I Mackessy (0-3f) 0-3 each, D Nolan (0-1f), J Muckell (0-1 penalty) 0-2 each, R Cahill, D Treacy 0-1 each.

KILDORRERY: J McEniry; N Kelly, S Fitzgerald, L Kelly; J Howard, M Walsh, M Lillis; C Ó Baoill, J McCarthy; E O’Connor, R McEniry, W Fouhy; D Kelly, P O’Brien, F Stapleton
Sub: S Kelly for Fouhy (52).

ST KIERAN’S: J Greaney; B McCarthy, P McCarthy, M Windle; S Windle, P Windle, M Flynn; A Molyneaux, JB Harnett; R Cahill, J McCarthy, D Treacy; D Collum, D Nolan, J Muckell
Subs: I Mackessy for Nolan (27, injured), T Doyle for M Windle (55).

Referee: Damian Fox (Clare)

Next Round – the winners play the Leinster Champions on January 26th / 27th in the All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Semi-Final.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

St. Kieran’s (Limerick) Kildorrery (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Junior Hurling titles
(by County)
1 6
Last Munster Club
Junior Hurling Title
(by County)
2009
Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14
2011
Charleville (Cork) 3-15 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 16
Won – 8
Lost – 8
Drawn – 0
Played – 24
Won – 21
Lost –  3
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives December 11th 2011 (Munster Club Final) at Mallow –
Charleville (Cork) 3-15 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8

Munster GAA HURLING Club Junior Championship 2012

Quarter-Final

Saturday November 10th

@ Feenagh                            St. Kierans (Limerick) 0-14 Kilsheelan-Kilcash (Tipperary) 1-2


Semi-Finals
Sunday November 18th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney       St. Kieran’s (Limerick) 1-11 Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-7

@ WIT GAA Grounds                       Kildorrey (Cork) 4-19 Butlerstown (Waterford) 0-11

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 9th (Replay date – Saturday December 15th)

@ Mallow                                           St. Kierans (Limerick) v Kildorrey (Cork)         @ 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Cork clubs have won at least 1 match in each of the years of the competition since beginning in 2003 and have won 10 of their last 11 matches over the last five seasons, including the last 2 titles courtesy of Meelin and Charleville.

The Limerick representatives in the Munster Junior Hurling Championship have won at least 1 match in each of the last 4 seasons. Limerick’s record during that period is Won 6 Lost 2.

Since 2003, the average winning margin of victory in the Munster Club Junior Hurling Final has been 10.6 points. The winning club has averaged 21.0 aggregate points while the losing club has averaged 10.4 aggregate points.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (6) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011

Clare (1) – 2003

Tipperary (1) – 2007

Limerick (1) – 2009

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 4 titles while Limerick have 1 title courtesy of Blackrock in 2009/2010.

Munster GAA Club HURLING Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Newmarket-on-Fergus (Clare) 3-10 Dromina (Cork) 1-10

NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS, CLARE: Kieran Devitt, Damien Mulcahy, Anthony Kilmartin, John McInerney, Jimmy Clancy, Dara Naughton , Robert Mullins, Rory Murphy (Captain), Marty Meehan, Shane Liddy, James McInerney, Robert Shanahan, Shane O’Leary, Cathal Kilmartin, Bernard Gaffney
Subs : – Keith Begley for Shane Liddy, Bruce Orpen for Robert Mullins

2004 – Ballygarvan (Cork) 0-16 Tramore (Waterford) 1-5
BALLYGARVAN, CORK: Joe Kennefick; Dona Sweeney, Joe Spillane, Daniel Browne; Ger Spillane, Cian O’Conchur, Alan Butler; Finbarr Barry, Stephen White; Ken Ashman, Shane O’Leary, Gary White; Morgan Sheehy, Michael Dowd, Liam Dillon
Subs: Robert Bouse for G. Spillane (injured); Brian Daly for Dowd (injured)

2005 – Fr. O’Neills (Cork) 1-12 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 0-7
FR. O’NEILLS, CORK: David Dorgan, Brian O’Driscoll, Dick O’Neill, John O’Mahony, Ray O’Neill, Brian O’Callaghan, Billy Murphy, Jerh Holland (Captain), Ger O’Leary, Colin Buckley, Eoin Conway, Edmund Holland, Podge Butler, John Flavin, Kieran Wall
Subs used: Eoghan McCarthy for Colin Buckley
Unused Subs: Paul Colbert, Quintin Higgins, Eoin Griffin, David Colbert, Mike O’Brien, Rob Murphy, Shane Harrington, James O’Donoghue, James Walsh, Luke Swayne, Ger Hennessy, Shane Donnelly.

2006 – Kilworth (Cork) 4-16 Knockshegowna (Tipperary) 1-7
KILWORTH, CORK: Kieran Walsh (Captain); Alan Kenny, John Hegarty, Damien McNamara; Maurice McNamara, Will Twomey, Mark O’Connor; Dion Cahill, Elton Pierce; Thomas Twomey, Brian Tobin, Joe Cahill; Paudie Lynch, Adrian Mannix, Damien O’Donoghue.
Subs: Declan Tobin for John Hegarty (injured), Aidan Kenny for Thomas Twomey, James Moakley for Brian Tobin, Ned O’Brien for Adrian Mannix, Noel Gowen for Dion Cahill

2007 – Moyle Rovers (Tipperary) 3-10 Barryroe (Cork) 0-9
MOYLE ROVERS, TIPPERARY: Ian Browne; Michael Mulcahy, Noel Wall (Captain), Padraig Kelly; Seán Keating, Daniel Lyne, Ronan Desmond; Martin Dunne, Peter Acheson; Barry Whelan, Eddie Whelan, Sean Carey; Brian Mulvihill, Paul Johnson, Declan Browne
Subs: James Williams for Johnson, John Shanahan for Mulvihill, Kevin Condon for Carey, David Lorigan for Barry Whelan, Denis McGrath for Eddie Whelan

2008 – Dripsey (Cork) 2-11 Kilgarvan (Kerry) 1-3
DRIPSEY, CORK: Aidan Buckley; Barry Kelleher, John O’Mahony, Liam Buckley; John Carey, John O’Riordan, Pat O’Riordan; David Foley, Conor Hayes; Gary Murphy, Diarmuid O’Riordan (Captain), Mark O’Sullivan; David O’Sullivan, John Hogan, David Buckley.
Subs: Ger Manley for Hogan (44th); Thomas Ryan for Buckley (45th)

2009 – Blackrock (Limerick) 1-12 Fermoy (Cork) 0-14
BLACKROCK, LIMERICK: Pat Heffernan; Nigel Hosford, TG Ryan, Tommy Clifford; Ritchie Murphy, Dave Moloney, Niall Moloney; Brian Moloney, Pa McGrath; Kevin Palmer, Ritchie McCarthy, Simon Hennessy; Ruairi O’Shaughnessy, Brendan Hennessy (Captain), Aidan Murphy.
Subs: Barry O’Shaughnessy for Palmer (38), Declan Danaher for Hennessy (48), Ken Douglas for McGrath (54)

2010 – Meelin (Cork) 5-18 St. Patricks (Tipperary) 0-9
MEELIN, CORK: Stephen M. O’Sullivan;  Mike Forrest, Denis O’Riordan, Diarmuid Lenihan;  William Buckley, Kevin Collins, Jerry Forrest (Captain); Liam Collins, William Murphy;  John Forrest, Shane O’Riordan, Brendan O’Sullivan; Eamonn Brosnan, Jeremy Curtin, D.J. O’Sullivan
Subs:  Conor Murphy for B. O’Sullivan (46);  T.J. Brosnan for D. O’Riordan (49); Ben Collins for J. Curtin (50);  Joseph O’Doherty for W. Buckley (50); Liam O’Sullivan  for S. M. O’Sullivan (55)

2011 – Charleville (Cork) 3-15 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8
CHARLEVILLE, CORK: Cyrian Curtin; Micheal O’Flynn, Conor Fitzgerald, Alan Dennehy; Barry McCarthy, Colm O’Flynn, Brendan Dennehy; James Casey, Daniel O’Flynn (Captain); Derry Murphy, Gavin Kelleher. Alan O’Connor; Andrew Cagney, Mervyn Gammell, James O’Brien
Subs: Mark Kavanagh for Kelleher (41), P.J. O’Halloran for Gammell (58), Denis O’Sullivan for M. O’Flynn (58), Fergus O’Callaghan for Cagney (58), James Foley for D. O’Flynn (58)

AIB Munster GAA Football Junior Club Championship Final – Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-20 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-8

Captain O’Connor inspires Kenmare

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 0-20 Cappamore (Limerick) 2-08

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The outcome was never really in doubt as Kenmare Shamrocks claimed the AIB Munster Club JFC at Cappamore’s expense in Mallow yesterday. Though Cappamore gave a good account of themselves and managed 2-8 against a Kenmare defence that will face tougher questions in the All-Ireland series, the Kerry side’s attacking play was a sight to behold at times, despite never needing to use top gear. Captain and full-forward Paul O’Connor sparkled for the winners, kicking 10 points while Stephen O’Brien alongside him scored four and DJ Brennan, named at right half-forward but capable of popping up anywhere, added three. At centre-forward, Mark Crowley knitted the play together well and got on the scoresheet too, while in midfield Jimmy Wharton and Shane Dalton combined superbly.

For manager Pat O’Connor, it was about getting the job done, and acknowledging the efforts off the pitch as well as on it. “The real leader of the team has to be Enda Crowley, the trainer,” he said. “He did his cruciate two years ago, and that robbed him of a starting place and at 31 years of age the guy could have packed it in, but he turned it around and trained the team. He put his heart and soul into it. “As much and all as it’s a victory for the players, it’s a victory for Enda, I’m delighted for him. This started last January, we took every game as it came and gave every team the same respect, starting with Sneem all the way through to today.”

While two O’Connor points had Kenmare off the mark early on, Cappamore’s most dangerous forward Andy Murphy soon levelled but in general, Kenmare had far more of the play. Cappamore fielded player-manager Diarmuid Sheehy as a sweeper between the two lines of defence, but while he didn’t do badly, it meant that whenever the Limerick side did get the ball away it came back just as quickly, and when Crowley pointed in the 16th minute Kenmare led by 0-9 to 0-2.

Following a Murphy free for Cappamore, though, Kenmare goalkeeper Kieran Fitzgibbon sent his kickout straight to Tommy O’Donoghue, whose handpass allowed John Ryan an easy goal, and when Murphy pointed again there was suddenly only two points in it. Even so, Kenmare didn’t look troubled and Crowley and O’Connor (two) gave them breathing space again, the half-time score 0-14 to 1-6. With spare man Aidan Crowley doing well, Kenmare continued where they left off early in the second-half, and if you wanted an exemplar point it was O’Connor’s in the 44th minute, a superb effort after good ball-retention. More chances went abegging, but three more, from Brennan, O’Connor and O’Brien, respectively, after a wonderful run through the defence, had them 0-19 to 1-8 ahead with 12 left. Murphy, with a great turn and shot, fired in a goal but a comeback was never in the offing. After O’Connor answered with a Kenmare point, the final seven minutes were merely a procession for the Kerry champions.

Scorers for Kenmare Shamrocks: P O’Connor 0-10 (5fs), S O’Brien 0-4, DJ Brennan 0-3 (1f), M Crowley 0-2, K O’Sullivan 0-1.

Scorers for Cappamore: A Murphy 1-5 (3fs), J Ryan 1-1, T O’Donoghue, J O’Donnell 0-1 each.

KENMARE SHAMROCKS: K Fitzgibbon; D Crowley, T O’Sullivan, C O’Sullivan; A O’Callaghan, S O’Leary, A Crowley; S Dalton, J Wharton; DJ Brennan, M Crowley, K O’Sullivan; A O’Leary, P O’Connor, S O’Brien.

Subs: S Duncan for O’Sullivan (55), S Ryan for DJ Brennan (59), R O’Sullivan for A O’Leary (60).

CAPPAMORE: B Leahy; D Keating, P Leahy, S Humphreys; B Sheehy, M Treacy, S Sheehy; C Doherty, C Sheehan; J Campbell, T O’Donoghue, D Deere; A Murphy, J Ryan, D Sheehy.

Subs: B Creamer for Campbell (25), E Gleeson for Humphreys (ht), J O’Donnell for Doherty (40), N Leahy for S Sheehy (46), E O’Donoghue for Ryan (57).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

 

Next Round – the winners play the winners of the Leinster champions and the British champions on January 26th / 27th 2013.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) Cappamore (Limerick)
Number of Munster Club Junior Football titles
(by County)
7 0
Last Munster Club
Junior Football Title
(by County)
2011
Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
N/A
Munster Club Junior Football Championship Record since 2003 for each county’s representative Played – 25
Won – 23
Lost –  2
Drawn – 0
Played – 14
Won – 6
Lost –  8
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Junior Football Championship involving participating county representatives December 12th 2010 (Munster Final at Mallow)
St. Mary’s (Kerry) 2-12 Bruree (Limerick) 0-4

 

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Junior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday November 18th

@ Borrisokane                      Cappamore (Limerick) 2-7 Borrisokane (Tipperary) 0-6

Sunday November 25th

@ Kilmacthomas                  Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 1-23 Kilmacthomas (Waterford) 0-3


Semi-Finals
Saturday November 24th

@ Cappamore                      Cappamore (Limerick) 1-6 Clarecastle (Clare) 0-4

Sunday December 2nd

@ Fitzgerald Stadium          Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) 2-15 Rockchapel (Cork) 1-8

Killarney


Final  (Extra time)

Sunday December 9th (Replay date – Saturday December 15th)

@ Mallow                          Cappamore (Limerick) v Kenmare Shamrocks (Kerry) @ 3:30pm

Odds and Ends

Kerry’s representatives have won 13 consecutive matches in this competition dating back to 2008 and the last four Munster titles.

The Limerick Junior Football representatives have won at least 1 match in this competition in 4 of the last 5 years and qualified for the Munster Club Junior Football Championship Final in each of those four years – the exception being 2011 where Sean Finns lost to Kildangan (Tipperary) by two points in the Quarter-Final.

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship

In the Club Junior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry top the charts with 5 titles while Cork have 1 title courtesy of Canovee in 2008.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship – List of Winning Teams

2003 – Carbery Rangers (Cork) 0-13 Annascaul (Kerry) 0-11

CARBERY RANGERS, CORK: Kevin Santry; Gearoid Ryan, Anthony Roche, Eugene Murphy; Stephen Murray, Jeremy Murphy, Johnny Murphy (Captain); Michael O’Sullivan, Kevin McMahon; Niall Hayes, John Hayes, Seamus Hayes; Mark Ronan, Declan Hayes, Maurice Moore.

2004 – Finuge (Kerry) 2-13 Aghabullogue (Cork) 3-4
FINUGE, KERRY: John Coleman (Captain); Enda Galvin, Pat Corridan, Michael Quilter; Eamonn Breen, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Michael Cronin; Trevor McKenna, Conor Galvin; Maurice Corridan, Paul Galvin, Roibeard Thornton; Raymond Galvin, John Griffin, Michael Conway.
Subs: Paudie Lyons for Quilter (second half); Jack Corridan for Thornton (36th minute); Ger Lovett for Conway (47th).

2005 – Ardfert (Kerry) 1-8 Erin’s Own (Cork) 0-10
ARDFERT, KERRY: Dermot Dineen, Simon Sinnott, Conor Flaherty, Johnny Stack, Sean Flaherty, Eamon Corridan, Mike Moloney, Jonathon Best, Martin Ferris, Brendan Flaherty, Eamon Ferris, John Dowling, Shane Griffin (Captain), Stephen “Santy” Wallace, James O’Halloran.
Subs: Brian Moloney for James O’Halloran, Patrick Donegan for Simon Sinnott

2006 – Duagh (Kerry) 1-9 Adrigole (Cork) 0-11
DUAGH (KERRY): John Halpin; Aenghus Carmody, John O’Brien, Diarmuid Nolan; Kieran Quirke, Thomas Dillon, Peter Sheeran; Anthony Maher, Jeremiah Kelly; Brendan O’Brien, Aidan Kelly (Captain), Declan Griffin; Tim Scanlon, Denis Lane, Eoin Horgan
Subs: Daniel O’Donoghue for Scanlon; Alan O’Brien for Brendan O’Brien

2007 – Canovee (Cork) 1-6 O’Callaghan’s Mills (Clare) 1-5

CANOVEE (CORK): Tim Lyons; James McCarthy, James Scanlon (Captain), Timmy Lyons; John O’Brien, Tommy Murphy, Brian Ahern; Eamonn Lyons, Brian O’Donoghue; Tomas O’Mahony, Pat Dunlea, Denis O’Sullivan; Con Dunne, Kevin Walsh, Paul Healy
Sub: D. Cronin for Healy

2008 – Skellig Rangers (Kerry) 0-11 Bruff (Limerick) 0-7
SKELLIG RANGERS (KERRY): Michael Brennan; Brian O’Sullivan, Wayne O’Sullivan, C Martin; K Martin, C O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Sullivan; Aidan O’Sullivan, Stephen O’Sullivan (Captain); John O’Driscoll, Brian Hickey, B Driscoll; Sean Courtney, Chris O’Driscoll, B Casey.
Subs: B O’Driscoll for John O’Driscoll (50), B O’Sullivan for Seamus O’Sullivan (60), D O’Sullivan for Casey (60), D Keating for McGill (62)

2009 – Castlegregory (Kerry) 1-20 Mountcollins (Limerick) 0-4
CASTLEGREGORY (KERRY): Shane Kenny; Gavin O’Connor, Joe Scully, Joe O’Connor; Sean O’Mahony, Steven Browne, Adrian Finn (Captain); Shane Hennessy, Ryan Kelliher; JB Spillane, Alan Fitzgerald, Brendan Lynch; Colm O’Mahony, Alan Lynch, Alan McNamara.
Subs: Colm Sills for Joe O’Connor, John Fitzgerald for Alan Lynch (both 37), D Heasman for Kelliher, Liam Maunsell for Sean O’Mahony (both 42), Sean O’Connor for Alan Fitzgerald (47)

2010 – St. Marys (Kerry) 2-12 Bruree (Limerick) 0-4
ST. MARYS (KERRY): D. Horgan; B. Curran, S. Curran, G. O’Driscoll (Captain); D. O’Sullivan, N. O’Driscoll, K. Curran; John Golden, Bryan Sheehan; Austin Constable, R. Keane, A. Walsh; Daniel Daly, P. O’Donoghue, J.A. O’Sullivan
Subs: I. Casey for N. O’Driscoll (inj. 30); C. Quirke for O’Donoghue (47); L. Sheehan for Keane (53); D. Walsh for Constable (53); D. Keating for J.A. O’Sullivan (54)

2011 – Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
DROMID PEARSES (KERRY):  Alan Hogan; Padraig O’Sullivan, Dominick O’Sullivan, Cian Hallissey; Denis “Shine” O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Shea, Michael Sheehan; Thomas Curran, Colm O’Connor; Ger O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Connor (Captain); Eoin O’Leary, Niall O’Shea, John Curran
Subs: Michael O’Connor for O’Leary (42); Christy Farrelly for Hallissey (43); Jamesy Ml. O’Sullivan for G. O’Sullivan (54)

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Junior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (7) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Cork (2) – 2003, 2007

 

AIB Munster Club SFC Final – Dr. Crokes 0-19 Castlehaven 0-12

Crokes get the job done early

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes 0-19 Castlehaven 0-12

Click here to view photos from the Munster Final

Click here to listen to an interview with Dr. Crokes Noel O’Leary

Click here to listen to an interview with Castlehaven’s John Cleary

A second successive seven-point Munster final win against Cork opposition for Dr Crokes — but this one ranks higher. On an afternoon when both Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s scoreboards malfunctioned in the second-half, it was perhaps fitting the result hid the true nature of their dominance over Castlehaven. While they put three goals past UCC at the same stage last year, here they etched their superiority into the game from the outset and never let up. Going 0-4 to 0-0 ahead after eight minutes, they were hardly threatened thereafter and that margin turned out to be the closest Castlehaven got to them for the remainder of the game.

A far cry now from the team that folded against Nemo Rangers in a delayed 2010 Munster final in Mallow 23 months ago, they have well and truly graduated from the school of hard knocks. In this latest exam, they succeeded in the face of adversity. Despite several off-the-ball fouls and late tackles, Crokes pinged and pushed the ball around with all too much ease on an excellent surface. While Tír Chonaill Gaels will occupy their minds in the short term, not to mention Rathmore in next weekend’s East Kerry final, it’s All-Ireland honours and the possibility of a rematch with Crossmaglen that burn their fires.

Yesterday, there was no indication of the fragility they were exposed to in last February’s All-Ireland semi-final in Portlaoise. The fluidity demonstrated these past few months was once again evident in front of the 2,000-plus crowd. But one of the biggest improvements from last year has been the defence. Against UCC, they coughed up two goals but the last time David Moloney picked the ball out of his net was in the county semi-final against Laune Rangers. Across county and provincial championships, they have conceded just two goals while their average score in Munster was an extremely healthy 0-10.

Colm Cooper’s shoulders look less burdened too. Like he has done for much of the last few months, he has provided and distracted as Brian Looney and Kieran O’Leary produced the lion’s share of Crokes’ scores. Looney carried on his impressive form of late with an exhibition of finishing, slotting over seven points — all but one coming from play. John Payne in the full-back line was in impervious mood, a first-half free the only blot on his copybook. Losing Eoin Brosnan to a calf injury in the first-half may have shaken Crokes in the past but on this occasion they hardly looked troubled by his absence so Luke Quinn switched to centre-half back to act sentry against Mark Collins.

Crokes were six points up, 0-8 to 0-2, when Brosnan exited the fray in the 22th minute and extended it to seven by the break, 0-11 to 0-4. Their entire forward-line scored from play by the 28th minute when Jamie Doolan gleefully accepted a sumptuous foot-pass from Cooper and slotted over. Indeed, Crokes’ use of the foot which, along with their support-play, set them apart from Castlehaven in the opening half. Cooper’s fisted point in the seventh minute came after a fine Daithí Casey diagonal kick into the inside forward line.

Looney’s 20th minute point, his second of the game, was a wonderful score as well which followed a flurry of quick, accurate exchanges. For each of Castlehaven’s first-half scores, Crokes responded each time and were masterful in keeping Damien Cahalane as anonymous as possible. Cahalane’s influence did grow as the game developed but the quick restart they desperately needed was beyond them. Instead, a Seán Dineen point was sandwiched between a Cooper free and another from Looney.

Collins responded to restore Castlehaven’s seven-point deficit only for Ambrose O’Donovan to combine with Cooper to send a shot past Paudie Hurley which hit the post. If Castlehaven were counting their blessings then, they were cursing their luck three minutes later when Dineen was dismissed by referee Michael Meade for a high tackle on Cooper. He could have no complaints and with it Castlehaven’s challenge expired. Collins scored next but the following five points all came from Crokes.

11 points ahead, Crokes called on the bench and Castlehaven were allowed to give the scoreline some respectability — outscoring Crokes five to one in the final eight minutes. This was a steep learning curve for a young Castlehaven outfit who will surely keep this one in the memory bank for future reference. Crokes have been those soldiers but they look primed to put all their desolation days behind them.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: B Looney 0-7 (1 45), C Cooper (2fs), K O’Leary 0-3 each, J Buckley, J Doolan 0-2 each, D Casey, C Brady 0-1 each.

Subs for Dr Crokes: S Doolan for Brosnan (inj 22); G O’Shea for Brady (49); D O’Leary for Myers (52); A Kenneally for J Doolan (57); K Ward for Fitzgerald (inj 60).

Scorers for Castlehaven: M Collins 0-6 (4fs), D Cahalane 0-2 (1 45), B Hurley (f), S Dineen, S Cahalane, D Burns 0-1 each.

Subs for Castlehaven: A Cahalane for M Cahalane (30); T O’Donovan for Limrick (h-t); D Burns for S Hurley (50); S Collins for Whelton (55).

Sent off: S Dineen (40, straight red)

Referee: Michael Meade (Limerick)

Next Round – the winners play Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) in the All-Ireland Club Quarter-Final on Sunday December 16th.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) Castlehaven (Cork)
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles

(Dr. Crokes
1990, 1991, 2006, 2011)

(Castlehaven
1989, 1994, 1997)

Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
2011 1997
Number of Munster Club Senior Football titles
(by County)
14 27
Last Munster Club
Senior Football Title
(by County)
2011 

(Dr. Crokes)

2010 

(Nemo Rangers)

Munster Club Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 24
Won – 15
Lost –  9
Drawn – 0
Played – 28
Won – 22
Lost –  6
Drawn – 0
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship involving participating county representatives December 4th 2011 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney
(Munster Club Final)
Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-14 UCC (Cork) 2-10

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Club Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday November 4th

@ Quilty                                  Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 2-8 Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 0-13

@ Clonakilty                          Castlehaven (Cork) 1-15 Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) 0-7

Semi-Finals
Sunday November 18th

@ Dr. Crokes GAA Club  Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-14 Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary)  0-6

@ Clonakilty                          Castlehaven (Cork) 1-5 Stradbally (Waterford) 0-7

Final (Extra time)

Sunday December 2nd (Replay date – Saturday December 8th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh            Dr. Crokes (Kerry) v Castlehaven (Cork) 2:00pm

Odds and Ends

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) are looking to retain the Munster Club Senior Football title for the first time since the Killarney based club won back to back titles in 1990 and 1991. The last club to win successive Munster Club Senior Football titles was Nemo Rangers (Cork) who captured three titles in a row from 2000 to 2002.

Since 2000, Cork hold the best record in the Munster Club Championship with 22 victories and 6 Munster Club titles during that period.

Kerry’s record in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship sees them with 14 titles, just over half the total of Cork clubs (27). Since 2000, Kerry have captured 3 Munster club titles. During Kerry’s Golden Years at Inter-County level, Kerry won just 3 of the 12 Munster Club Senior Football titles on offer (Austin Stacks – 1976 & Castleisland Desmonds 1984 and 1985).

Since St. Patrick’s Day 1996, only 1 of the last 16 Munster Club Senior Football champions (6%) have won the All-Ireland Club Senior Football titles – Nemo Rangers in the 2002/2003 season. Prior to 1996, Munster Clubs captured 15 All-Ireland’s at this grade, an average of 60% dating back to 1971.

From 1964 to 1997, no club outside of Kerry or Cork won the Munster Club Senior Football title (Thomond College representing Limerick won the 1977 title). Since 1998, Kilmurry/Ibrickane (2), Doonbeg and Dromcollogher-Broadford have been successful in winning the Munster Club Senior Football titles.

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (27) – 1966, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2010

Kerry (14) – 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2011

Clare (3) – 1998, 2004, 2009

Limerick (2) – 1977, 2008

Munster GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1964  – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sfclub_teams

All Ireland GAA Club FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork top the charts with 11 titles followed by Kerry with 5. Limerick have 1 All-Ireland Club Football title courtesy of Thomond College in 1977/1978.

Munster Club Senior FOOTBALL Cup

Club Championship Senior Football Cup – Michael O’Connor Cup

Presented by Munster Council in 1991 to commemorate late Chairman & Treasurer.

AIB All-Ireland GAA Football Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-12 Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) 0-6

Crokes in fine fettle for new year

By Brendan O’Brien, Ruislip for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Crokes 3-12 Tir Chonaill Gaels 0-06

Dr Crokes manager Noel O’Leary reckoned afterwards his side had lost just three of the 50 or so games played in 2012. There was never any danger of that figure becoming four. His opposite number, Paddy Clarke, had played up his side’s chances of causing what would have been a seismic shock last week, but there was less than a quarter of an hour played before the penny dropped. The rest was mere padding. For Crokes, it may be more accurate to describe it as a chore given the workload their year of stockpiled successes has subjected them to. “It was a long year, a great year for us and the club in general,” said midfielder Ambrose O’Donovan. “It was always going to be tough coming over here and we have done what we had to today on a tough, heavy pitch. “This was our eighth game on the trot and the legs got very heavy in the second-half. We knew we had to batten down the hatches a bit and get through it and we pulled through in the end.”

Pre-judging the capabilities of teams from the UK or USA is never easy. The Gaels impressed in securing their 14th London championship in what is their 50th year in existence but that was back in October and they hadn’t togged out since. Crokes were coming from the opposite end of the spectrum. Games have toppled on them thick and fast even as the year dragged to a close and last week, found them overcoming Rathmore in the O’Donoghue Cup final. Luke Quinn and Shane Myers sat out that one but both wing-backs were back in the 15 for a game played out in front of a decent crowd and a Tricolour that rested at half-mast after the passing of Kingdom legend Páidí Ó Sé.

The Gaels presented with a panel hailing from 15 counties, and they looked poised to present a serious examination for the visitors after an opening in which Kevin McMenamin displayed his class. The former Donegal player twice engineered space for himself in the first five minutes and his finishing was just as clinical. Had he got his fingertips to a through ball from Ciaran Wall on 14 minutes he may have had a goal, too. By then, Crokes were already finding their feet on the undulating and unforgiving Ruislip turf and McMenamin’s near miss was compounded less than a minute later when Kieran O’Leary claimed the first goal. O’Leary spent the afternoon being shadowed by Peter Sherry, who once played in an All-Ireland semi-final with Fermanagh, but the Crokes captain rounded his man with ease before firing low past the goalkeeper and a defender on the line. Crokes needed just 12 minutes to claim two more. Both goals had their genesis in sublime flick-ups on the run from Brian Looney firstly and then Colm Cooper and both were finished by Chris Brady. The second, fashioned after a defence-splitting Cooper fist pass, was probably that bit better.

Crokes were bending the game to their will at that point, with O’Donovan and Johnny Buckley bossing the middle. By the time the half-time whistle sounded, they had 3-7 to their credit and all but one point had come in the preceding 21 minutes. The Gaels management could have pointed the finger at any line of the pitch as that most in need of aid but they chose their forward division with Ciarán Boyle and Luke Kavanagh thrown on in an attempt to make some ball stick and relieve the pressure on their backs.

It didn’t work. McMenamin was a marked man after his opening and no-one else was capable of picking up the slack. The final margin could have been whatever Crokes wished it but they eased off the throttle in the second period. The game may have been beyond the Londoners but teams of Crokes’ character don’t cross their paths all that often and the Gaels carried on and enjoyed their best period in the 15 minutes after the interval. The only black mark was their finishing. Though they launched a succession of forward probes in that time, they were left to rue the fact that five of them ended with dispiriting wides. Even McMenamin was guilty. Twice. Eventually, Crokes roused themselves as if aware that to round off such a memorable year with a plodding performance would be a dereliction of duty and the last three points came courtesy of the men from Kerry. A marathon season is finally over but Ballymun await.

Scorers for Tir Chonaill Gaels: K McMenamin (0-3, 0-1 free); E O’Neill (0-2 frees); P Sherry (0-1).

Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Brady (2-1); K O’Leary (1-2); C Cooper (0-4, 0-2 frees); L Quinn (0-1); J Buckley (0-1); B Looney (0-1); A Kenneally (0-1); D Casey (0-1 free).

TIR CHONAILL GAELS: B McBrearty; T Gribben, D Harrington, B Collins; M McConville, E McConville, P Sherry; M Gottsche, C Doyle; E Mageean, F Horan, B Mitchell; C Wall, E O’Neill, K McMenamin.

Subs: L Kavanagh for Mageean (18); C Boyle for Wall (22); J McGrath for Mitchell (30); A Concannon for Horan (50).

DR CROKES: D Moloney; J Payne, M Moloney, F Fitzgerald; L Quinn, S Doolan, S Myers; A O’Donovan, J Buckley; K O’Leary, D Casey, B Looney; C Brady, C Cooper, J Doolan.

Subs: A Kenneally for Looney (49); D O’Leary for Myers (54); G O’Shea for Doolan (56). B Falvey for Casey (58).

Referee: D Fahy (Longford)

 

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final: Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) 0-6 Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 3-12

Dr. Crokes successfully negotiated their way past a tricky assignment in London on Sunday, beating Tír Chonaill Gales by a clear 15-point margin at Ruislip. The Munster champions are through to the semi-finals of the competition for the second year running, where they will face Dublin kingpins Ballymun Kickhams on February 16. Having lost in each of their last 13 games at this stage of the competition, Gaels were up against it from the start, and their hopes of causing an upset were in ruins when Crokes hit three first half goals.

Kieran O’Leary (pictured in action above) struck his side’s opening goal to leave the Kerry champions 1-5 to 0-2 ahead midway through the first half. Brady then hit the back of the net twice before the break, as Crokes raced into an unassailable 3-7 to 0-3 lead. Although Gaels opened the second half scoring, Crokes eased into the last four comfortably with a controlled second half display.

Match Preview

Sunday, December 16

AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final

Tír Chonaill Gaels (London) v Dr. Crokes (Kerry), Emerald Grounds, Ruislip, 1.30pm

With the four provincial championships decided in recent weeks, the All-Ireland series stages of the AIB Club Championship begin this weekend with the meeting of London champions Tír Chonaill Gaels and Kerry kingpins Dr. Crokes at Ruislip. The Exiles, who beat Kingdom Kerry Gaels at the Emerald Grounds on October 14 to claim their 14th county title, will be banking on ‘home’ advantage to tip the balance in their favour against a Crokes side that has played 11 matches in the last 12 weeks.

Gaels have been largely inactive since mid-October, while Crokes star Colm Cooper spoke this week of the fatigue that has set in in the Kerry champions’ camp after such a demanding end to the calendar year. Crokes, certainly, could have done without a trip across the water for a tricky quarter-final assignment so close to Christmas, having retained their Munster title with a clinical defeat of Castlehaven just a fortnight ago. The Kingdom outfit didn’t even have the luxury of a week off to enjoy their latest provincial success, as they were back in action last Sunday, when they beat Rathmore to claim the East Kerry title thanks to three Chris Brady goals.

Crokes do, however, travel to London with some inside information on their opponents, as two of their players, Mike Moloney and Shane Doolan, played in the English capital last year with Kingdom Kerry Gaels and the Exiles’ inter-county side. Dr. Crokes’ last outing in an All-Ireland quarter-final was back in 2006, when Colm Cooper scored 2-6 in a 2-12 to 0-5 win over another London side, St Brendan’s.

On Sunday, they will have to cope without inter-county star and vastly experienced centre-back Eoin Brosnan, who is ruled out through injury, while manager Noel O’Leary is hopeful that Luke Quinn, Shane Doolan and Kieran Ward will all overcome injuries sustained in last weekend’s local decider. With a glamour semi-final tie against Dublin champions Ballymun Kickhams in prospect for the winners, Cooper warned this week against taking their underdog rivals for granted. “People are saying we’ll handle it and we’ll play Ballymun after Christmas and that will be the real test,” he said. “But I wouldn’t subscribe to that at all. I’ve been at enough matches to know that is silly talk, especially at this time of year.” While Cooper is naturally cautious ahead a potentially hazardous trip to London, Tír Chonaill have a poor record in the quarter-finals having lost at this stage on four occasions since 2005.

However, Gaels do have an ace in their pack in the shape of manager Paddy Carr, who won an All-Ireland title with Kilmacud Crokes back in 2009. Although based in Ireland, Carr’s considerable experience was a key factor in their reclaiming of the county title this year. Gaels have also had the benefit of a recent visit from All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, who took a training session with the team last month. “Jim McGuinness came down with the Sam Maguire and gave us a big talk after training that went on for ages. It was great,” said Gaels defender Dave McGreevy afterwards. “You could see with Donegal this year that all the players bought into their game plan and he explained to us how that worked. From listening to him speak it was blatantly obvious why the man has won an All-Ireland. We took on board everything he said.” Gaels have had 13 successive unsuccessful attempts to break their hoodoo at this stage of the competition, and they may need all the inspiration they can to beat a quality Crokes outfit on Sunday.

Corn Mhic Chraith U/15 C Football Final – PS Sliabh Luachra 5-15 Hospital C.S. 1-8

CORN MHIC CRAITH UNDER-15 FC FINAL: Pobal Scoil Sliabh Luachra 5-15, Community School Hospital 1-9

Report from the Corkman newspaper

POBAL Scoil Sliabh Luachra (Rathmore) proved far too good for Community School Hospital in the Corn Mhic Craith Under 15 FC at Mallow on Wednesday.

The winners dominated all through playing an attractive brand of football and their ability to take scores at their ease was the main difference. Dean Fitzgerald and Shane O’Sullivan at centre forward and full forward respectively were commanding figures all through.

Mark Ryan at corner forward was also very threatening Hospital had an outstanding player in wing forward David Hannon while Darragh Carroll and Tadgh Leddin also did well. Three goals in the first quarter by Sean O’Sullivan gave the Rathmore side a vital advantage.

Hospital had an early point by Jamie McCarthy but had to wait till the 28th minute for their second point by David Hannon. In injury time David Hannon put Thomas Breen through for a goal. At the break the winners led 3-5 to 1-2. Four points on the resumption for Sliabh Luachra were followed by a goal by Mark Ryan that opened up a 4-9 to 1-3 lead.

The South Limerick side battled hard but lacked power up front. In the 46th minute Pat Warren goaled for the winners after a four man movement. There was no way back for Hospital but they continued to try to the very end. They had points by David Hannon and Darragh Carroll but their was no denying Sliabh Luachra their first ever victory in this championship.

After the game Tom Collum Colleges Administrator presented the Mhic Craith Cup to the winning captain Dean Fitzgerald.

SLIABH LUACHRA RATHMORE: J Cronin (Gneveguilla) D O’Callaghan (Rathmore) C O’Connor (Gneveguilla) T Fleming (do) R O’Brien (Cullen) K O’Connor (Gneveguilla) P O’Connor (Knocknagree) J J Herlihy 0-1, (Gneveguilla) D Cronin 0-1, (Rathmore) B Friel 0-2, (do) D Fitzgerald 0-2, (01f) (do) P Warren 1-0, (Gneveguilla) J O’Leary 0-2 (0-1f) (do) S O’Sullivan 3-4 (0-1f) (do) M Ryan 1-3, (Rathmore).
Subs: J Brosnan (Gneveguilla) for J O’Leary, S Lucey (Glenflesk) for M Ryan, P Jacob (Glenflesk) for J Cronin.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL HOSPITAL: J Donovan (Galbally) J Bulfin (Bruff) P J Butler (Pallasgreen) T Leddin (Hospital-Herbertstown) F Murphy (Kilteely-Dromkeen) M O’Grady (Knockainey) D O’Shea (Hospital-Herbertstown) D Carroll 0-2, (Newport) M O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen) D Hannon 0-4, (Pallasgreen) R Buckley 0-1, (Knockainey) C O’Grady (Hospital-Herbertstown) J McCarthy 0-1, (Kilteely-Dromkeen) T Breen 1-0, (Hospital-Herbertstown) N Byrne 0-1, (Galbally)

REFEREE: Michael Sheehan (Liscarroll)

Bord Gais Energy Munster GAA Awards 2012

PRESS RELEASE

01 December 2012

Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards

The Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Awards took place on Saturday, December 1st at a gala dinner in the Malton Hotel in Killarney.

Click here to view a video review from the Awards Night

Click here to view photos from the event

Award winners can e-mail pro.munster@gaa.ie for original copy of selected photos

The full list of Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Award winners for 2012 are as follows –

  • 2012 Munster GAA Minor Footballer of the Year – Colman Kennedy (Tipperary)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Under 21 Hurler of the Year – Tony Kelly (Clare)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Intermediate Hurlers of the Year – David Butler (Tipperary)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Junior Footballer of the Year – David Callaghan (Kerry)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Minor Hurler of the Year – John McGrath (Tipperary)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Under 21 Footballer of the Year – Donal Og Hodnett (Cork)
  • 2012 Munster Camogie Player of the Year – Fiona Lafferty (Clare)
  • 2012 Munster Ladies Footballer of the Year – Brid Stack (Cork)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Handballer of Year – John Ferncombe (Tipperary)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Services to Refereeing Award – John Motherway (Cork)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Services in Education Award – Tim O’Byrne (Waterford)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Media Award – Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Distinguished Service Award – Harry Greensmyth (Limerick)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Special Merit Award – Michael McDonnell (Limerick)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Hall of Fame Football Award – Denis Coughlan (Cork)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Hall of Fame Hurling Award – Pat Hartigan (Limerick)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Club of Year – Dr. Crokes (Kerry)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Senior Hurler of Year – Patrick “Bonner” Maher (Tipperary)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Senior Footballer of Year – Donnacha O’Connor (Cork)
  • 2012 Munster GAA Managers of Year – Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor (Clare)
  • 2012 Irish Examiner Munster GAA Supporter of the Year – Donal O’Leary (Kerry)

Photos will be circulated after the event to the local and national newspapers and also on request

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Additional Information

Minor Football Player of the Championship – Colman Kennedy (Tipperary)

Colman Kennedy from Clonmel Commercials will always be remembered in Tipperary for the stunning goal he scored in the 2011 All Ireland minor football final to put Tipperary ahead and on the way to victory against a heavily fancied Dublin team. He continued his goal scoring prowess in this year’s Munster campaign which saw Tipperary defeat Kerry, Cork and Kerry again to win back to back titles. He scored 3-5 in the Munster campaign including a crucial goal against Kerry early in the second half of the Munster final to bring Tipperary right back into contention. Colman is son of John Kennedy, a native of Clonoulty Rossmore, who won All Ireland senior hurling medals in 1989 and 91. Colman played an important in helping Clonmel Commercials win 3 in a row county minor A football titles since 2010. He also plays hurling with St. Mary’s. He won a county senior football medal with Commercials this year and was named Man of the Match in the county final for a performance whose highlight was a great second half goal that turned the game decisively in Commercials’ favour.

Intermediate Hurling Player of the Championship – David Butler (Tipperary)

David Butler comes from a family steeped in GAA history, his father Tommy won an All Star for Tipperary in 1978, his brother Seamus hurled for Tipperary at all levels and his uncle Paudie was National Director of Hurling for several years. David, currently a trainee teacher in University of Limerick, has, at just 22 years of age, achieved many successes on the hurling field. While attending Thurles CBS, David won Croke, White (U15), Fitzgerald, Harty Cup and All Ireland Colleges titles. After leaving Thurles. At the University of Limerick he has won both Senior hurling league and Fitzgibbon Cup medals.

David has been an integral part of his club Drom-Inch’s recent successes with the most notable being in 2010 when they finally captured the much sought after senior hurling county title for the first time in the club’s history. David has won juvenile county titles as well as divisional titles at several grades in both hurling and football. Given his rapidly rising stock in the hurling world, it was only fitting that he became part of the Tipperary Intermediate hurling team this year and in turn became a very valuable player for the team. David contributed 1-4 in the Munster final defeat of Clare and also was on hand again to bag 1-2 in the All Ireland final defeat of Kilkenny. He is a well deserved recipient of the Munster Intermediate Player of the Year award.

Junior Football Player of the Championship – David Callaghan (Kerry)

David O’Callagahan of the St Pats of Blennerville club has represented Kerry in all grades from Minor, U21, Junior and Senior. He first played minor in 2005 and subsequently played in the U21 Championship in 2007.

David made his Senior debut against Cork in the Allianz League in 2010. In all he has played ten times for Kerry at Senior level, scoring six points. A serious leg injury interrupted his 2011 inter-county season. In 2012 he re-joined the Kerry Senior panel for the Allianz League and he played five times during this campaign.

It was as a member of the All-Ireland Junior winning team in 2012, that David really made his mark for Kerry. He put in some very solid performances and perhaps his best was against Clare, where he scored 2-02 following by a tally of 3 point v Mayo in the All-Ireland Final.

David’s club career is continuing. St Pats had a very solid year and they easily maintained their status in Division 2. He is hoping that the new Kerry Manager, Eamon Fitzmaurice, will include him in the forthcoming McGrath Cup and Allianz League campaign

Minor Hurling Player of the Championship – John McGrath (Tipperary)

John McGrath comes from the well-known McGrath clan in the famed Loughmore Castleiney dual club in Mid Tipperary. He is son of Pat McGrath and brother of Noel, both of them All Ireland senior hurling medallists. John carved his own unique piece of history in the family when he became a dual minor medallist winning a football All Ireland in 2011 and a hurling one this year. He was also a dual minor Munster medallist this year. He was the scoring powerhouse of the Tipperary minor hurlers this year and scored 1-20 in Tipperary’s 3 game Munster minor campaign. His accuracy from frees was particularly important in the Munster final against Clare and again in the drawn All Ireland final against Dublin. A versatile player, he is comfortable in midfield or in any position in the forwards. He is a student at Our Lady’s Templemore and is one of the leading players on their Harty Cup team. He has also won several Mid Divisional and County titles at underage level with his club in both hurling and football. He also holds Mid Division senior hurling and football titles.

Under 21 Hurling Player of the Championship – Tony Kelly (Clare)

Nineteen year old Tony Kelly comes from the Ballyea Club and has already played all levels for his Club and County. His father Donal played all levels for Ballyea and Clarecastle whilst his sister Lorraine has starred for the Clare Senior Ladies Football side.  At County level, Tony helped Clare to win Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling titles and also lined out with the Clare Intermediate and Senior Hurlers in the Championship. Tony won Munster Minor Hurling medals in 2010 and 2011.

Under 21 Football Player of the Championship – Donal Og Hodnett (Cork)

Dónal Óg Hodnett hails from the O’Donovan Rossa club based in Skibbereen in West Cork. A student at CIT, his brother Eoin also played U21 Football for Cork, though neither featured at minor level. Donal Óg played in his club’s County U21 A Football Final victory over Carrigaline in 2011, and scored 1-4 in their victory in this year’s Tadhg Crowley Cup, when they overcame Doheny’s on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-7.  He contributed hugely to Cork’s Munster U21 Football Final victories over Kerry in both 2011 and 2012, scoring 1-4 in last year’s Final and 1-1 this year, all from play. In both years, Cork were beaten in the All-Ireland Championship by the eventual winners, Galway and Dublin. Donal Óg took over the Cork captaincy this year after Rory O’Sullivan was injured in the semi-final. 

Camogie Player of the Year – Fiona Lafferty (Clare)

Fiona Lafferty is quite rightly considered to be one of the leading lights in Clare Camogie, and has been for a long number of years. Fiona has played camogie at all levels, helping her Club win honours at U14, U16, Minor, Junior, Intermediate & Senior level. She was a young but vital member of the Kilnamona team that won the Féile na nGael Div 2 title in 2001. Since then she has worked to improve her game and reach the standards that are required at Senior Inter County level. Her consistency has paid off as she has been awarded Player of the game in numerous matches.

Fiona has featured strongly on the Munster Gael Linn team over the years, and such is her diversity as a player that she can assume a strategic role in any area of play. She plays as strongly in the backs as she does in forwards. Fiona also helps to train and encourage younger players at both Club and County level. Fiona is also a strong supporter of fundraising for both her Club and County and plays a key role in all fundraising activities.

Ladies Footballer of the Year – Brid Stack (Cork)

Brid is a superb ambassador for Ladies Gaelic Football, her honours include 7 All Ireland senior, 9 Munster senior, 6 National League Division 1, one National. League Division 2, two All-Ireland Under 18, one Munster junior & intermediate & All Ireland club, 3 Inter-provincials and 5 All Stars as well as numerous player of the match awards.

Brid had another outstanding season in 2012 as Cork captured the All Ireland title for the seventh time in. She also won her 5th All Star award a testament to her consistency. She is noted for her defensive qualities along with her forays up field to create many a vital score.

At 25, she has given sterling service to Liscarroll, her club, her County and province over the past decade and has captained Munster on two occasions in the interprovincial competition lifting the Mick Talbot Cup to the delight of the province. She coaches and manages at Carrigaline Community School in the Munster Post Primary schools competitions where she also teaches. She is a truly deserving winner for Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Player of the year 2012.

Handballer of the Year – John Ferncombe (Tipperary)

A native of Holycross John Ferncombe plays his handball with Cashel Handball Club which has a long tradition of success since its founding in 1974. This year John outweighed his own expectations by winning County, Munster, All-Ireland and World titles. His winning streak began in January when he won the County Singles 40×20 Junior B title. In February he went on to win the Munster final and proceeded to take All-Ireland honours in the same grade in March by convincingly defeating Antrim opponent in Leixlip. John then teamed up with fellow club mates to win the 60×30 club plate title.

October saw John’s attention turn to the World Handball Championships which were held in Dublin’s Citywest. There were over 2,000 entries for these championships. After four rounds of matches in the singles John joined forces with club mate Denis White to contest the Mens C Doubles which had the largest entry of all grades in the Championships over 180 players. After four days and six gruelling matches, John claimed his World Gold Medal which added to Cashel Handball Clubs tally of five Gold and one Silver.

Services to Refereeing – John Motherway (Cork)

A native of Barryroe in West Cork, John Motherway came east to Aghada to work in Calor Gas. He began his refereeing career in the 1970s, and officiated at three East Cork Finals and two County Senior Hurling Finals, 1995 and 1999, as well as a variety of other County finals. For a number of years, he was the top referee in the county, and having finally hung up his whistle, he has continued to serve as a Referees’ Tutor, travelling the length and breadth of the province delivering courses to both new and established referees, and even passing on his expertise to referees in the United States. He has served on the National Referees’ Committee, and as Referees’ Administrator in Cork, and continues his role as a mentor right up to the present day.

Services in Education – Tim O’Byrne (Waterford)

Tim O’Byrne, having qualified as a teacher in 1975, joined the staff of Mount Sion C.B.S. From here he joined a local committee led by the late James McGinn and Bro Griffey where they invited four city schools to take part in a hurling league. Tim saw the future potential of this. For organisational purposes the Waterford County was divided into the Eastern and Western divisions – Tim served as Eastern Chairman for nearly 15 years and also as County Chairman for a further 10 years. He is presently Chairman of Munster Cumann na mBunscol as well as being on the National Executive. He has overseen the smooth transition from competitive games at under 12 level to the present Go Games Model. Today the activities of Cumann na mBunscol include – The Primary Games, Hurling, Camogie, Football (both boys and girls), Mini-Sevens, Indoor Hurling and Camogie, Handball and Rounders as well as organising School Quizzes and Art Competitions. Within Waterford, Tim currently holds the position of Eastern Secretary of the Adult Board having also served as Secretary of Bord na nOg. He is also a member of the Executive of Waterford GAA. In his spare time he also finds time to referee. He has refereed 3 Senior Football and 1 Senior Hurling County Final as well as numerous other games and finals.

Media Award – Weeshie Fogarty (Kerry)

The great Kerry footballer Maurice Fitzgerald had the pleasure of launching Weeshie Fogarty’s book, My Beautiful Obsession – Chasing the Kerry Dream, recently. During his remarks Maurice called Weeshie the President of Kerry. Mention the name Weehsie and immediately, you think of this unique Kerryman. This honorary title is well deserved.

His long running radio programme, Terrace Talk, has been essential listening for all sports fans for many years.  Matches are analysed in detail. People from all walks of life are interviewed. Time is given to the interviewee and the discussion is not rushed. This allows a more detailed examination of the topics and by extension leads to a more pleasurable listening experience.  These interviews will in time, be seen as an important audio historical record of life and sport in the late 20th and early 21st century Kerry.  He also now has a weekly article in The Kerryman each week. His fantastic web site www.terracetalk.com is a full encyclopaedia of Kerry Football-everything you want to know is here.

Weeshie born in Killarney began his playing career with Kerry in 1959. While he freely admits he wasn’t the best player to come out of Kerry, he certainly enjoyed his playing career and when he retired from playing, he became a very accomplished referee. Weeshie is synonymous with all things that made Kerry people famous.

Distinguished Service to GAA – Harry Greensmyth (Limerick)

Harry Greensmyth was a founder member of the South Liberties camogie club and he was treasurer of the Limerick camogie board during these years. In 1972 he became involved in South Limerick Bord na nOg. In 1978 he was elected secretary of this board. He was the first PRO of the south Limerick senior board a position he held until recent years when the five year term came into use. His position as PRO took him into writing match reports for local press, the Limerick Leader and recently the Vale Star. He received a McNamee award in 2004 on behalf of Garryspillane for his book The Bouncers.

He is a well-known contributor to GAA programmes, has edited three issues of the Limerick GAA Yearbook. He wrote a history of South Liberties club – Hospital / Herbertstown club – Blackrock club – Garryspillane club and county Bord na nOg. His many books include Rambling through Knockainey, Frank B Dinneen – John Flanagan – Fr. Matt Ryan a land league priest – Knockea national school with Mary Lynch – Donoughmore parish with Tom Toomey and Croom parish incorporating the GAA in Croom. Harry has also trained many teams to win county titles from Na Fianna, Knockainey, Hospital Herbertstown and South Liberties, the latter of which he trained to win the 1972 Limerick Senior Hurling Championship.

Special Merit Award – Michael McDonnell (Limerick)

Limerick native Michael McDonnell played hurling and football at all levels with Croom. At the tender age of 18, Michael became Club Treasurer and held the position for 23 years, culminating in restructuring the club finances which led to the purchase of the club grounds and the installation of flood lighting. Michael has served as South Limerick Senior Board Vice-Chairman, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer as well as being Chairman of South Limerick Bord na nOg in the late 1970s. In recent times, Michael has been Secretary of Neville Park Development Committee and overseen the development work at the Rathkeale GAA grounds which has provided four new dressing rooms, five pitches and a hurling alley.

Hall of Fame in Football – Denis Coughlan (Cork)

Born in 1945, Denis Coughlan is a dual GAA legend in Cork, having played hurling and football with his local clubs, Glen Rovers and St. Nicholas’ respectively, and with the Cork Senior teams in both codes. He won his first County Senior Hurling title in 1964, and was involved in five further victories as a player; in 1967, 69, 72 and 76, adding Munster Club titles in 1972 and 76, and winning the All-Ireland Club Championship in 1972 and 1976. He played in his club’s County Senior Football victory in 1966, and also in the Munster Club victory that year.

He won Munster and All-Ireland U21 Hurling medals with Cork, and in 1967, captained the Cork Senior Football team to Munster glory, only to lose to Meath in the All-Ireland Final. In 1969, he won his first Munster Senior Hurling medal with Cork, and went on to captain the team in 1973, a year in which he also won an All-Ireland Senior Football medal, Cork’s first victory since 1945. Having retired from hurling in 1974, Denis returned in 1976, and was part of the historic three-in-a-row team that brought All-Ireland glory to Cork in 1976, 77 and 78, a feat which has gone unequalled since.  In total, Denis Coughlan has won no less than three All-Ireland and five Munster Senior Hurling titles, one All-Ireland and four Munster Senior Football titles, along with Railway Cup medals in both Hurling and Football and a variety of club and other honours. He continues to remain actively involved with his club and at various other levels in the GAA. A truly worthy recipient of the Football Hall of Fame Award.

Hall of Fame in Hurling – Pat Hartigan (Limerick)

Pat Hartigan at the age of fifteen had White Cup and Dean Ryan Cup medals which were to be followed shortly with two Dr Harty Cup and one All Ireland Colleges medal. Pat continued on to play Minor and U21 hurling and football up to 1971 and in 1968 he played on eight different Limerick teams in six months. During this time he also won All Ireland titles in the shot putt and discuss. Pat played in five National Hurling League finals but was only once on the winning side (1971). Playing in five Munster Senior Hurling finals he won two, and there was the ultimate decoration of an All-Ireland Senior hurling medal in 1973. Pat won five successive All Star awards from 1971 through 1975 and was a winner also on the Cooley Mountains in 1981 and 1983 with the annual Poc Fada Competition. He has county senior hurling titles in 1972, 1976, and 1978 with his own club, South Liberties.  An accidental training ground eye injury has cut his career short but he is a truly worthy recipient of the Hurling Hall of Fame Award.

Club of the Year – Dr. Crokes (Kerry)

The Dr. Crokes GAA club was founded in 1886 and today have teams in every age group from under 6 to Senior. The club have an illustrious history which has included 9 Kerry Senior Football titles, 4 Munster Club titles and an All-Ireland Club title in 1992. After winning the Kerry County Final in 2000, the club suffered some agonising defeats, losing the Kerry County Finals of 2005, 2006 and 2009. The club did win the Munster Club title of 2006 before losing out after a replay in the All-Ireland Club final in the spring of 2007. Not deterred by these set-backs, the good work at underage level continued and the Kerry Senior Football title returned after a ten year gap in 2010, a title they have retained over the last couple of years en route to a memorable three in a row. Dr. Crokes won the Munster Club title in 2011 and are looking to retain that title this weekend. Aside from their Senior success, in 2012 to date the club have won the County Under 14 Football title, East Kerry Minor League & Championship titles, the County Under 21 Club Plate Final and the Kerry Junior Football Division 1 League title. Dr. Crokes are deserving winners of the 2012 Club of the Year award.

Senior Footballer of the Year – Donncha O’Connor (Cork)

From Ballydesmond, Donncha O’Connor made his début with the Cork Senior Football team in 2006 at the age of 25. Despite his relatively late breakthrough into inter-county football, he is now Cork’s second-highest scorer of all time with 9-25 to his credit from thirty-eight appearances, and only Colin Corkery has scored more in the red jersey. The highlight of Donncha’s career to date has undoubtedly been winning an All-Ireland Senior Football medal in 2010, to which achievement he contributed 1-5 in the semi-final against Dublin, and five points in the Final against Down. In total, Donncha has won four Munster Senior Football titles, four Allianz League titles, and of course that all-important Celtic Cross. He also won Munster and All-Ireland Junior Football medals in 2005, and was part of the Munster team that won the Inter-Provincial series in 2008.

In 2012, Donncha was Cork’s top scorer in the Allianz Football League, scoring 1-17 in Cork’s League-winning campaign. He was honoured with the Man of the Match Award for his performance against Kerry in the Munster Semi-final, having scored six points in that game. Cork went on to beat Clare in the Munster Final, giving Donncha his fourth Munster Senior Football Championship medal. Donncha was also part of the Duhallow team which reached the Cork County Senior Football Final this year, scoring forty-eight points during a campaign which ended in a one-point defeat to Castlehaven in the final. A lynch-pin of the Cork Senior Football team since his début in 2006, Donncha O’Connor is a worthy recipient of this award.


Senior Hurler of the Year – Patrick “Bonner” Maher (Tipperary)

Patrick “Bonner” Maher is one of hurling’s hardest working players. Having missed the start of the 2012 Championship through injury he made an immediate impact when he came on with less than 30 minutes to go against Limerick. His performance helped secure a victory for Tipperary and he went on to play a big part in their wins over Cork and Waterford to win his third Munster title. In his career to date, Patrick has won All-Ireland medals at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level in addition to winning a County Intermediate Hurling title with his club Lorrha. Patrick is a richly deserving winner of this year’s Munster Senior Hurler of the Year award.

Manager of the Year – Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor (Clare)

Donal Moloney and Gerry O Connor’s success with Clare Under age teams over the last number of years, is on a par with anyone who has ever managed a Clare team over any period of time. The pair won two Munster Minor Titles in 2010 and 2011 and this year they have captured the Munster and All Ireland under 21 Hurling Championship.

Both from the Eastern part of the county, Donal from Scarriff, and Gerry just few miles out the road in Killanena. Gerry won under 16, Minor and Under 21 titles with his Club Killanena. His first coaching job was with the Urban Board in Ennis, where he now resides, his two sons Niall and Enda were part of the urban Board at the time, which caters for under 12 Development in the town of Ennis.

Donal learned his hurling skills with his Club Scarriff, where they enjoyed great success in the 80s, winning the Under 21 A Championship in 1987. Donal was a member of the County Minor Panel in 85, which lost narrowly to Tipperary in the Semi-Final, He played at Full Back for the County under 21s in 88, and made his Senior Debut in 1990. He was part of the Clare Team that won Munster and All Ireland Junior Championship in 1983.

In 2007 Donal and Gerry teamed up to take charge of the County Under 16, and in 2009 took charge of the Clare Minors. The roller Coaster began in 2010 when Clare won the Munster Minor Title, and lost out narrowly to Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final. They followed that up a year later with another Munster Minor Championship. They progressed to the Under 21s in 2012, and won the Munster and

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