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 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)
Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-16 Kildangan (Tipperary) 1-4
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


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


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 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

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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 for more information

For the Record

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

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

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)

(Dr. Crokes)


(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


Sunday November 4th

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

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

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  –

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.