Christy Ring Cup – Kerry 3-16 Down 2-17

Bridging the gap: The crux for hurling’s second tier teams

By Orla Bannon for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Down 2-17 Kerry 3-16

Kerry hurling manager Tom Howard would like to see the GAA doing more to close the gaps between the tiers that exist in the game. Howard took his young Kerry team up to Newry on Saturday for a first round tie in the Christy Ring Cup, winning a tight game in a competition they won in 2011. Whether they win it again this year or not, Howard wonders about the merits of hurling’s current structures.

How do teams like Kerry and Down measure improvement and mark progression? “There are several tiers in hurling still and the gap is getting wider and wider,” he said. “Kerry won the Christy Ring two years ago and came back and played the Christy Ring the following year — that is not doing anything for the standard of Kerry hurling. “Being able to compete at your own level and prove you can be successful at your own level, and then have something that you can step up to is a natural, incremental way of showing you are improving. Of course you don’t want to go too far, because getting beat by 20 points three years in a row is no good either. “Structurally, there are things I think the GAA can do to help.”

The Clare native would like to see an intermediary competition introduced, which would include the strongest of the Christy Ring teams plus the weakest counties currently competing in Leinster. Having the likes of Westmeath, Antrim, London, Laois and Carlow competing in the same arena as Kilkenny is something Howard suggests is a mistake. “For a county like Kerry to go from the Christy Ring into the Munster championship is probably a bridge too far, so I do think there is a need for an intermediary competition. “They could possibly beef up the Christy Ring, which I think there are plans to do. “There are four or five teams who are competing in the Leinster championship, whom in my opinion, clearly are not really good enough to compete for honours. While they are making strides and improving all the time, then they go in to play against the likes of Kilkenny and the gap is too big. “Kerry would be in the same situation in Munster so we need something else to target beyond the Christy Ring in its current format.”

Willie O’Dwyer is ideally placed to assess the chasm between, say, Kilkenny and Kerry. He won five All-Ireland senior hurling titles with the Cats before work commitments took him to Killarney. Aged 28, he had no doubts about a transfer to the Kingdom last year, a move he insists he hasn’t regretted for a second. “I grew up with hurling so when I went to Kerry it was great to play hurling again and it is a privilege to play with these lads,” he said. “They are a good, honest group of lads. You look at the Kilkennys and the Tipps, they have a lot of talent underage and that feeds into the senior set up and really creates a level of competition for places that maybe isn’t there in the weaker counties. “In Kilkenny you have maybe 35, 40 lads who are of an even standard and they are really pushing each other. “But I think the work being done at underage level in Kerry is starting to come through. This year performances are improving. “One problem is that the lads here put in the hard work but the competition is over at the end of May and they’re not getting a chance to show what they can do on the good ground.”

Former Waterford hurler Paul Flynn joined the Down back-room team this year and has been impressed with the standard of hurling. “We have some really good players, players that you’d find anywhere, and there is plenty of interest — but it’s not going to change overnight. It’s got to be a county effort. Clubs have to row in and the county team has to become the priority. “You need everybody going in the one direction.”

On the field, Kerry led from start to finish on Saturday but had to survive a strong second-half comeback from Down. Kerry looked comfortable at half-time when they led by 2-11 to 1-8, O’Dwyer and captain Aidan Boyle scoring the goals. Down inched their way back into the game with a flurry of points, substitute Kevin McGarry getting two of them. Kerry were anxious as Down closed the gap to within a point before defender Liam Boyle, who recently came out of retirement to rejoin the panel, steadied the nerves with a huge point from 70metres. “We’ve had a positive start to the year,” added Howard, “we’ve won five out of six competitive games. We have lost 10 players from last year’s team and we have a lot of 19, 20 and 21-year-olds so it is good to see us winning games and winning tight games.”

Scorers for Down: J Coyle 1-4, P Braniff 0-4 (2f, 1 ‘65), D Toner 1-1, G Johnston, C Woods, K McGarry 0-2 each, P Sheehan, M Turlet 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-9 (7f), W O’Dywer, B O’Leary 1-2 each, A Boyle 1-0, C Harty, D Collins, L Boyle 0-1 each.

DOWN: S Keith; M Conlan, P Flynn, P Hughes; C Coulter, B Toner, B Nicholson; M Ennis, C Woods; P Sheehan, P Braniff, S Nicholson; D Toner, G Johnston, J Coyle.

Subs: M Hughes for B Nicholson (37), K McGarry for Sheehan (54), M Turlet for Coyle (59).

KERRY: B Rochford; B Murphy, L Boyle, P Costello; D O’Connell, T Murnane, D Dineen; J Griffin, B Brosnan; D Collins, B O’Leary, C Harty; S Nolan, A Boyle, W O’Dwyer.

Subs: S Page for Brosnan (HT), P O’Keeffe for Murphy (40), G O’Brien for Harty (44), P Boyle for O’Brien (65).

Referee: Anthony Stapleton (Laois)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Down in the opening Round of the Christy Ring Cup shows 5 personnel changes and a number of positional changes from the side that started the final Allianz Hurling League game against Derry. Brian Murphy and Captain, Paud Costello, come into the full back line, Tom Murnane resumes at no. 6, Brendan Brosnan partners John Griffin in midfield and Willie O’Dwyer resumes at corner forward (Patrick O’Keeffe, Tommy Barrett, Rory Horgan, Gary O’Brien and Sean Maunsell are the players to lose out). The subs list is notable for the inclusion of former Galway Under 21 player, Stephen Page.

The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Brian Murphy Causeway

3. Liam Boyle Ballyduff

4. Paud Costello Ballyduff (Captain)

5. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

6. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7. Darren Dineen St Brendans

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

10. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

11. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Shane Nolan Crotta O Neills

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff (Captain)

15. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

16. P.J. Gorman Ballyduff

17. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

18. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

19. Rory Horgan St Brendans

20. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

21. Mike Lynch Crotta O’Neills

22. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

23. Diarmuid Walshe Ballyheigue

24. Stephen Page Tommy Larkins (Galway)

25. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

26. John Egan St Brendans



Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

Selectors: Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Burke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)

Cadburys GAA Football All Ireland Under 21 Championship Final – Galway 1-14 Cork 1-11

Rebel woe as U21 crown goes west

By John Fogarty GAA Correspondent for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Galway 1-14 Cork 1-11

Galway’s All-Ireland U21 football winning captain Fiontan Ó Curraoin is confident the county’s starlets will shortly convert under-age success into triumph at senior level. In front of a 4,324 Gaelic Grounds crowd on a dreary Saturday, Galway sparkled to win their second Clarke Cup in three years as they held out in a hugely entertaining affair. They did so having led Cork by nine points on one occasion and despite failing to score for the final 18 minutes of the game. For the inspirational Ó Curraoin, this was a second U21 medal and the senior midfielder senses big things from those who are already in Alan Mulholland’s plans or will be in the next year or two. He reasoned: “We have two weeks to look forward to Mayo and hopefully this success will start translating into senior. It’s a boost for the seniors to see the U21 side win the All-Ireland. “But for myself and the rest of the lads who will be involved, it’s about time now we started to push on. “There’s a real sense in this team that we are able to do that and hopefully we will see it in the next couple of years. “Mayo have set the standard in Connacht for the last few years, it’s up to us to push up to that standard. It’s going to be a full house in Pearse Stadium and we are looking forward to it now.”

Having been a part of Mulholland’s team that beat Cavan in the final two years ago, Ó Curraoin revealed he had taken down a collage from his bedroom wall made by his mother to celebrate that achievement. “I took it down at the start of the year, just to focus on this year. It was a new team with a new identity.” Ó Curraoin was a force throughout the 60-plus minutes and behind him Mark Loughnane was terrific in keeping Cork at bay in the first half when, despite Cork’s dominance of possession, they trailed 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time.

As exciting as this game was, Galway led from start to finish and some of their first half points were outrageously good, three of them pearls from a sharp Ian Burke. Cathal Mulryan’s kicking was almost as good whereas Cork’s build-up play against the wind was relatively laborious although a couple of Dan Mac Eoin points towards the end of the half settled them somewhat. Cork had been superb in the third quarter against Tipperary and Cavan and began the second half positively with two Brian Hurley points. But the gap had returned to four by the 37th minute before Damien Comer’s goal threatened to kill the game off as a contest. On the back of it, Varley’s twin brother Paul and another defender David Cunnane pointed and Cork looked all at sea. With little foothold at midfield and no shape to their half-back line, they were struggling badly.

Cunnane’s point turned out to be Galway’s last, though, and an Alan Cadogan point was followed by a wonderful Hurley goal as he fired past Thomas Healy. Points from sub Cathal Vaughan and a Mac Eoin free reduced the margin to three by the 47th minute but the final 14 minutes of action were scoreless as Galway held their heads above the tide. They may have gained a little fortune too with David Gough’s allocation of just one minute of injury-time but it was Alan Flynn’s team who were the more impressive. “Cork threw everything at us and there was a tendency to look after the lead. These guys were involved in a scenario three years when they were nine points up. A couple of goals went in that day and they came out the wrong side of it. Maybe that was coming back into them a little bit.” Flynn said there could be more to come from several of this Galway panel. “Nineteen of the 33 are underage next year, another challenge. That’s the beauty of this competition. It’s nearly a brand new group every year.”

Scorers for Galway: S Walsh (frees),I Burke 0-4 each; D Comer 1-0; C Mulryan 0-3; A Varley, P Varley, D Cunnane 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley (1f) 1-4; D MacEoin 0-3; D Cahalane (45), E Cadogan, J Wall, C Vaughan 0-1 each.

GALWAY: T Healy (Corofin); D Cunnane (St Michael’s), J Shaughnessy (Ballinasloe), M Loughnane (St Gabriel’s); P Varley (Cortoon), D Burke (Corofin), E Walsh (Moycullen); F Ó Curraoin (Micheal Breathnach), T Flynn (Athenry); C Mulryan (Cortoon), S Moran (Claregalway), D Comer (Annaghdown); S Walsh (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), A Varley (Cortoon), I Burke (Corofin).

Subs for Galway: C Rabbitte (Kilkerrin-Clonberne) for Moran (47); J Healy (Annaghdown) for Healy (inj 50); P Ezergailis (Moycullen) for Cunnane (54); G Kelly (Williamstown) for Burke, S Maughan (St Michael’s) for A Varley (both 59).

CORK: D Hanrahan (Douglas); C Dorman (Bishopstown), D Cahalane (Castlehaven), A Cronin (Nemo Rangers); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), T Clancy (Clonakilty), J Wall (Kilbrittain); S Kiely (Ballincollig), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); A Cadogan (Douglas), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rgs), M Sugrue (Bandon); D MacEoin (Ilen Rovers), B Hurley (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers).

Subs for Cork: J Burns (St Finbarr’s) for Kiely (36); C Vaughan (Iveleary) for Sugrue (39); TJ Brosnan (Newmarket) for Wall (43); K Hallisey (Eire Og) for Cadogan (57).

Referee: D Gough (Meath)


Joy for Galway in U21 decider

Cadbury GAA Football All-Ireland U21 Championship Final: Galway 1-14 Cork 1-11

Report from the web site

Galway won their second All-Ireland U21 title in three years with an exciting victory over Cork in a highly entertaining final at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night. The young Tribesmen emerged victorious at a wet Limerick venue, surviving a Cork fightback in the second half, and coming through a scoreless final quarter to lift the Clarke Cup. Galway led by four points at the break after a very impressive first half display, and then 10 minutes after the restart they took control of the game following Damien Comer’s well-taken goal. That score made it 1-12 to 0-8 and when it was followed by two Galway points immediately afterwards, the Connacht champions led by nine points with less than 20 minutes to go.

Cork quickly got back into the game when the outstanding Brian Hurley, who finished with a tally of 1-4, scored a brilliant goal to cut the deficit. Further Cork points from Cathal Vaughan and Dan MacEoin left just three between them with 15 minutes left, and a thrilling final quarter in prospect. However, no more scores were registered in the game, as Galway saw out the victory. The result means Galway captain Fiontán Ó Curraoin, midfielder Thomas Flynn and goalkeeper Thomas Healy all now have two All-Ireland U21 medals, having been part of the team which defeated Cavan in the final at Croke Park two years ago.

Ó Curraoin was immense in the middle for Galway, winning primary possession time after time, and using his physical prowess to superb effect. Cathal Mulryan and Ian Burke were Galway’s next best performers, and they finished with a combined tally of 0-7 from play. Galway led by four at the break, 0-9 to 0-5, after an opening half in which they displayed the full array of their talents. They dominated the first quarter, and led 0-4 to 0-1 at the midway point of the first half. It was only in the final 10 minutes of the half that Cork began to settle into the game, create clear chances from play, and take some scores.

Galway had wind advantage in the first half, and took an early lead when Shane Walsh knocked over two frees. Damien Cahalane got Cork off the mark with a superb 45 into the wind, but two excellent points in quick succession from Mulryan, one with either foot, quickly put Galway in charge. Galway were defending extremely well, getting back in numbers and forcing Cork to kick from unfavourable angles and situations. As well as that, Alan Flynn’s side were getting a number of key blocks in and frustrating their opponents, the pick of which was a brilliant diving block from the impressive Mulryan.

Cork, despite the fact that they were struggling to cope with Galway’s potent combination of hard work and clinical finishing, carved out the only real goal chance of the half. It fell to Luke Connolly, who charged at goal and saw his low shot cleared off the line by Galway full-back James Shaughnessy. While the opening 15 minutes were relatively cagey, both sides found their range in the second quarter. Corner-forward Burke kicked three magnificent points from play for Galway, but Cork kept in touch with scores from Hurley and MacEoin, whose two points both came from play.

Burke had edged Galway 0-9 to 0-4 ahead just shy of the break with an elegant score off his left, but MacEoin had the final say in the half, firing over when cutting in from the left wing. The lead remained four after a blistering opening 10 minutes of the second half, in which the sides exchanged three points each. Hurley kicked two super scores for Cork immediately after the restart to cut the gap to two, but Galway responded with two fine points from the impressive duo of Burke and Mulryan.

Then on 39 minutes came the Galway goal. It started from a move down the right, with Shane Walsh feeding the ball across towards Mulryan. Mulryan’s kick at goal fell to the lively Adrian Varley, and he handpassed to Damien Comer. Comer found himself at point-blank range with the goalkeeper, and he made no mistake, crashing the ball high to the roof of the net. That put Galway seven ahead, and they immediately added points from defenders David Cunnane and Paul Varley to go nine ahead. But Cork showed great spirit, and following a well taken score from Alan Cadogan, got right back into the game when Hurley found the net.

It was a superb goal from the Castlehaven man. A long free from his clubmate Cahalane broke to him close to goal, but he made the absolute most from what was a mere glimmer of a chance, battling past his man and finishing brilliantly across goal into the top right hand corner of the net.

Cathal Vaughan followed up the goal with a point to leave just four in it, and then a fantastic free from MacEoin from way out the field on the right wing put three between the sides with just under 15 minutes left. An injury to Galway goalkeeper Thomas Healy saw him being replaced by his cousin James in the second half, and the young keeper did well when he came on, showing a cool head under a couple of high balls, and catching a crucial ball under the crossbar towards the very end. Cork kept battling in the final quarter, but neither side registered another score, as Galway deservedly took the win, their fifth in total the the U21 grade.

Scorers for Cork: B Hurley 1-4 (1f), D MacEoin 0-4 (1f), D Cahalane 0-1 (1 45′), A Cadogan 0-1, C Vaughan 0-1

Scorers for Galway: S Walsh 0-4 (4f), I Burke 0-4, D Comer 1-0, C Mulryan 0-3, A Varley 0-1, D Cunnane 0-1, P Varley 0-1

Cork: D Hanrahan; C Dorman, D Cahalane, A Cronin; B O’Driscoll, T Clancy, J Wall; S Kiely, I Maguire; A Cadogan, M Sugrue, J O’Rourke; D MacEoin, B Hurley, L Connolly.

Subs: J Burns for S Kiely (34), C Vaughan for M Sugrue (38), TJ Brosnan for J Wall (42), K Hallissey for A Cadogan (57).

Galway: T Healy; E Walsh, J Shaughnessy, D Cunnane; M Loughnane, D Burke, P Varley; T Flynn, F Ó Curraoin; C Mulryan, S Moran, D Comer; S Walsh, A Varley, I Burke.

Subs: C Rabbitte for S Moran (47), J Healy for T Healy (49), P Ezergailis for D Cunnane (53), G Kelly for I Burke (58), S Maughan for A Varley (58).

Referee: David Gough (Meath)

Team News

The Cork U21 Football team will line out as follows:

1. David Hanrahan

2. Conor Dorman 3. Damien Cahalane 4. Alan Cronin

5. Brian O’Driscoll 6. Tom Clancy 7. Jamie Wall

8. Sean Kiely 9. Ian Maguire

10. Alan Cadogan 11. Mark Sugrue 12. John O’Rourke

13. Dan MacEoin 14. Brian Hurley 15. Luke Connolly

16. Patrick Kirby Tadhg Mac Carthaigh

17. Conor O’Sullivan Clyda Rovers

18. Kevin Crowley Millstreet

19. T.J. Brosnan Newmarket

20. Kevin Fulignati Nemo Rangers

21. Jamie Burns St. Finbarr’s

22. Kevin Hallissey Eire Óg

23. Cathal Vaughan Iveleary

24. Thomas Hegarty O’Donovan Rossa

John Cleary and his selectors have kept faith with the same fifteen that defeated Cavan in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.


The Galway Under 21 Football team as follows –

Thomas Healy

Eoin Walsh

James Shaughnessy

David Cunnane

Mark Loughnane

Daithi Burke

Paul Varley

Thomas Flynn

Fiontáin Ó Curraoin

Cathal Mulryan

Sean Moran

Damien Comer

Shane Walsh

Adrian Varley

Ian Burke

James Healy

Gearóid Canavan

Philip Ezergailis

Liam Silke

Eoghan Commins

Conor Rabbitte

Padraig Cunningham

Garry Kelly

Shane Maughan

The team shows one change from the semi-final as Eoin Walsh comes back in at corner back, replacing Gearoid Canavan.

Munster MFC Semi Final Play Off (2) – Kerry 0-15 Clare 0-9

Kerry defeated Clare by 0-15 to 0-9 in the Semi Final Play Off (2) of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship on Saturday at Austin Stack Park Tralee.

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Spillane leads late Kerry blitz

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

KERRY 0-15 CLARE 0-9 – 06 MAY 2013

Kerry’s blitz of four unanswered points in the final five minutes finally saw off a gallant Clare outfit in Tralee. The Kingdom led 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time having played with the wind, thanks to three pointed frees from Jack Savage, three points from Conor Keane and two from Killian Spillane. However, Clare took over around the middle third in the second period and closed the gap to just two points 0-11 to 0-9, with Eimhin Courtney, Paddy O’Malley and Barry Keating on target. But Kerry finished strongly, with two points from Spillane in that late flurry, to secure a flattering six-point win, and now face a home semi-final against Waterford.

Scorers – Kerry: J Savage 0-5 (4fs), K Spillane 0-4, C Keane 0-3 (1f), B Sugrue, K Murphy, M Burns 0-1 each. Clare: P O’Malley (2fs), E Courtney 0-3 each, B Keating 0-2 (1f), L Madigan 0-1.

Kerry – S Ryan; B Sugrue, C O Luing, P O Conchuir; M Flattery, G Horan, F Clifford; K Shanahan, K Murphy; D Foran, J Savage, C Jordan; K Spillane, S O’Connor, C Keane. Subs: Tomas O Se for C Jordan ( 17), M Burns for D Foran ( 36), C O’Connor for K Shanahan ( 55), J Rice for T O Se (60), B O’Sullivan for K Murphy ( 60).

Clare – K Normoyle; D Nagle, J O Dea, F Pyne; J Browne, J Woods, K Malone; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; C O’Dea, P O’Malley, C O hAinifeain; E Courtney, B Keating, J Downes. Subs: L Madigan for J Downes (h-t), C Pyne for J Browne (40), C Galvin for C O’Dea (45), A Davidson for P O’Malley (48), C Finucane for E Courtney (54).

Ref – B Stack (Limerick)

Next Round – the winners play Waterford in the Munster Semi-Final on May 15th in a Kerry or Waterford venue.

PRO Contact Details

Kerry PRO John O’Leary – and 086-302 6041

Clare PRO Sean O’Halloran – and 087 2477803

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at for more information

Team News

The Kerry Team to play Clare in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Minor Football Championship Semi Final Playoff in Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening at 4:00 pm shows three changes in personnel from the side defeated by Cork in last weekend’s replayed Qtr Final. Fionán Clifford comes into the half back line, Kieran Murphy will partner Kevin Shanahan in midfield and Shane O’Connor, who started in the drawn game with Cork, takes over at full forward. The players to lose out are Seán T. Dillon, Eanna Ó Conchúir and Tomás Ó Sé. Cian O’Connor of Castleisland Desmonds and Brian Wall of Beale are added to the substitutes list.

1. Shane Ryan Rathmore

2. Brian Sugrue Renard

3. Cathal Ó Luing An Ghaeltacht

4. Pádraig Ó Conchúir Daingean Uí Chúis

5. Matthew Flaherty Daingean Uí Chúis

6. Greg Horan Austin Stacks

7. Fionán Clifford Waterville

8. Kevin Shanahan Ardfert (Captain)

9. Kieran Murphy Glenflesk

10. David Foran St Senans

11. Jack Savage Kerins O’Rahillys

12. Conor Jordan Austin Stacks

13. Killian Spillane Templenoe

14. Shane O’Connor John Mitchels

15. Conor Keane Killarney Legion

16. Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue

17. Sean T. Dillon St Senans

18. Joe O’Kelly Austin Stacks

19. Cian O’Connor Castleisland Desmonds

20. Michéal Burns Dr Crokes

21. Tomás Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht

22. Brian Wall Beale

23. Barry O’Sullivan Daingean Uí Chúis

24. Tony Brosnan Dr Crokes


Management Team:

Bainsteoir: Mickey Ned O’Sullivan (Kenmare)

Selectors: John O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks), Peter Keane (St Marys)

There are 6 survivors from the Kerry Minor team that was defeated by Dublin in the All Ireland Semi Final in 2012 namely, Cathal Ó Lúing, Padraig Ó Conchúir, Greg Horan, David Foran, Jack Savage and Conor Keane.

For the Record

Clare Kerry
2013 Team Management Michael Neylon
(Corofin – Manager) 

Michael Queally
(Cooraclare – Coach)

Selectors – Noel Normoyle (Kilmihil), Donal O h Ainifein (Ruan), Michael Neylon (Eire Óg), Paul Conway (Kilkee)

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan (Bainsteoir) 

Peter Keane
(Maor Foirne)

John O’Keeffe
(Selector / Physical Trainer)

2012 Championship Performance Defeated Waterford by 2-20 to 0-5 in the first round at Cusack Park Ennis. 

Lost to Kerry by 0-17 to 3-4 in the Munster Semi-Final at Cusack Park Ennis.

Lost to Tipperary in the first round before qualifying for the Munster Final with victories over Waterford, Limerick and Clare. Lost to Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-14 in the Munster Final. Defeated Roscommon by 1-9 to 0-11 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final before losing to Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final by 3-12 to 1-10
Number of Munster Minor Football titles 3 41
Last Munster Minor Football Title 1953 2009
Munster Minor Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 45
Won – 16
Lost – 25
Drawn – 4
Played – 52
Won – 38
Lost – 10
Drawn – 4
Last meeting in the Munster Minor Football Championship 2012 Munster Semi-Final – Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-4 at Cusack Park Ennis on May 16th 2012 – Nine different Kerry players scored as the Kingdom overcame the concession of three goals to qualify for the Munster Minor Football Final.



First Round

Friday April 19th

@ Pairc Ui Rinn                              Cork 2-13 Kerry 2-13

Saturday April 20th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8
@ Fraher Field Dungarvan                        Waterford 3-10 Limerick 3-9

First Round Replay

Friday April 26th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10

Semi-Final Play-off 1

Saturday April 27th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare 1-12 Limerick 0-9

Semi-Final Play-off 2

Saturday May 4th

@ Austin Stack Park Tralee           Kerry v Clare                                                             @ 4:00pm


Wednesday May 15th

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Cork v Tipperary
@ TBC                                               Waterford v Kerry or Clare

Venue Permutations
@ Kerry venue                                 Kerry v Waterford
(last meeting in 2012 Semi-Final Playoff 1 at Fraher Field Dungarvan)

@ Waterford venue                         Clare v Waterford
(last meeting in 2012 First Round at Cusack Park Ennis)

Sunday July 7th

@ TBC                                                                                   @ 12:00 noon

Useful Information

Clare have won at least one game in each of the last five seasons in the Munster Minor Football Championship.

Cork, Kerry and Tipperary have won at least 1 match in the Munster Minor Football Championship every year since 2001. Defeat for Kerry v Clare will see Kerry’s winning streak come to an end.

Kerry have played 52 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship since 2000, the most of any other counties in the province.

Last Meeting – 2012 Munster Semi-Final

Kerry 0-17 Clare 3-4 at Cusack Park Ennis on May 16th 2012

Kerry: G Curran; C Ó Luing, G Crowley, S O’Connor; B Crowley, R Murphy, G Horan; K Murphy, E Ó Conchúir; G O’Shea, J Savage, C Fitzgerald; D Carmody, D Daly, C Keane.

Subs: S Moloney for D Daly (ht); N Sheehy for J Savage (60); G O’Sullivan for C Fitzgerald (60).

Clare: L Corbett; S Garry, F Pyne, J Brown; E Clancy, C Murray, C McNelis; J Malone, E Hanrahan; S Corry, N Deasy, K Malone; B Lynch, E Cleary, C Cleary.

Subs: S McGuire for F Pyne (ht); M O’Leary for K Malone (ht); J Downes for N Deasy (37); E Courtney for E Hanrahan (44); M Bohannon for C McNelis (50).

Scorers –
Kerry – J Savage (3f) 0-5, C Fitzgerald 0-3, C Keane, D Carmody 0-2 each, G O’Shea, B Crowley, R Murphy, S Moloney, N Sheehy 0-1 each.

Clare – C Cleary (1-0 pen, 1-1f) 2-1, J Malone 1-2, E Cleary 0-1f.

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)


Limerick have won one of their last 11 matches in the Munster Minor Football Championship dating back to 2008.

Tipperary are going for 3 Munster Minor Football titles in a row for the first time having won two in a row in 1934 / 1935 and 2011 / 2012.

Tipperary have won their last 7 games in the Munster Minor Football Championship and have won 10 of their last 11 matches over the last three seasons when you include the All-Ireland series.

Since 1956, Cork and Kerry have won every Munster Minor Football title with the exception of 1984, 1995, 2011 and 2012 when Tipperary were successful.

Munster Minor Football Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (41)

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

Cork (29)

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

Tipperary (7)

1934, 1935, 1955, 1984, 1995, 2011, 2012

Clare (3)

1929, 1930, 1953

Limerick (1)


Munster Minor Football Championship – List of Winning Teams

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

Munster Minor Football Cup

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

All Ireland Minor Football Championship

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

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

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

2013 Munster Minor Football Championship Matches played

Cork 2-13 Kerry 2-13 – April 19th @ Pairc Ui Rinn (Munster Quarter-Final)

CORK: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Histon, N Hayes; K O’Neill, S Cronin, R O’Callaghan; P O’Neill, R Harkin; D O’Driscoll, K O’Connor, K Cremin; C O’Driscoll, M Cahalane, J Bushe
Subs: D Quinn for Hayes (21), A Moynihan for C O’Driscoll (26), S White for P O’Neill (44), R O’Sullivan for D O’Driscoll (47), T Horgan for Histon (50), P O’Brien for R Cahalane, C O’Driscoll for Moynihan (both start of extra time), M Prendergast for Horgan (63), D O’Driscoll for Bushe (69), Moynihan for Cremin (77).

KERRY: S Ryan; ST Dillon, C Ó Lúing, P Ó Conchúir; M Flaherty, G Horan, B Sugrue; É Ó Conchúir, B O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, J Savage, D Foran; C Keane, S O’Connor, K Spillane
Subs: K Shanahan for O’Sullivan (half-time), C Jordan for O’Connor (49), F Clifford for Sugrue (55), C Murphy for É Ó Conchúir (56), É Ó Conchúir for Ó Sé (72), M Burns for Foran (77).

Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)

Waterford 3-10 Limerick 3-9 – April 20th @ Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Quarter-Final)

Waterford – C Brown; D Ryan, T Cooney, J Mullaney; B O’Keeffe, B Looby, J Barron; C Curran, T Devine; W Hahessy, M Casey, J Curry; M Troy, C Gleeson, P O’Connor
Subs: J Gleeson for Curry (h-t), K Daly for Casey (44), R Brown for Mullaney (55), C Murray for Troy (57).

Limerick – T Dwyer; S Mullins, J Murphy, D Cussen; S O’Dea, S Cahill, K Ryan; J Naughton, G Reidy; J English, C Sheehan, J Naughton; H Leahy, C O’Shea, J Breen
Subs: J O’Neill for Ryan (40), S Brosnan for Leahy (49), E Murphy for Cussen (49), K Daly for O’Shea (52).

Referee – Kevin Murphy (Cork)

Tipperary 1-10 Clare 0-8 – April 20th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Quarter-Final)

Tipperary – J Brady; D Owens, J Feehan, W Connors; L Boland, R Mulcahy, K Fahey; M Russell, C O’Riordan; M Meagher, J Keane, L Casey; A Tynan, T Kirwan, P Maher
Subs: P Shanahan for Meagher inj.(26), E Maloney for Casey (38), M Connolly for Feehan (56), M O’Connor for Boland (58).

Clare – K Normoyle; F Pyne, J O’Dea, L Howard; K Malone, E Clancy, J Browne; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; J Downes, P O’Malley, C O hAinfein; E Courtney, C Galvin, B Keating
Subs: L Madigan for Galvin (h-t) J Woods for Malone (h-t), O Hanrahan for Browne (35), D Nagle for Clancy (51), C O’Dea for O’Malley (56).

Referee – B Stack (Limerick)

Cork 3-6 Kerry 0-10 – April 26th @ Austin Stack Park Tralee (Munster Quarter-Final Replay)

Cork: A Casey; M McSweeney, K Flahive, D Quinn; S White, S Cronin, K O’Neill; R Harkin, K O’Connor; J Bushe, C Kingston, R O’Sullivan; M Cahalane, A Moynihan, R O’Sullivan
Subs: D O’Driscoll for O’Sullivan, K Histon for Quinn (both 36), R Cahalane for Moynihan (43), P O’Brien for O’Neill (51), C O’Driscoll for Cahalane (60).

Kerry: S Ryan; ST Dillon, C Ó Lúing, P Ó Conchúir; M Flaherty, G Horan, B Sugrue; É Ó Conchúir, K Shanahan; T Ó Sé, J Savage, D Foran; C Keane, C Jordan, K Spillane
Subs: M Burns for Spillane, F Clifford for Dillon (half-time), P Carroll for Foran (50), S O’Connor for Ó Conchúir (54).

Referee: David Grogan (Tipperary)

Clare 1-12 Limerick 0-9 – April 28th @ Cusack Park Ennis (Munster Semi-Final Playoff 1)

Clare – K Normoyle; F Pyne, J O’Dea, D Nagle; J Browne, J Woods, K Malone; E Hanrahan, D Walsh; J Downes, P O’Malley, C O hAinifein; E Courtney, C Galvin, B Keating
Subs: L Madigan for O’Malley; C O’Dea for O hAinifein; A Davidson for Galvin; B Cahill for Browne; C Finnucane for Downes.

Limerick – T Dwyer; S Mullins, E Murphy, J Murphy; D Cussen, G Reidy, S O’Dea; K Fahy, S Cahill; J Naughton, J Breen, J English; B O’Connell, C Sheehan, H Leahy
Subs: G McCarthy for Leah; S Brosnan for English; J O’Neill for O’Dea; C O’Shea for Fahy; K Daly for Naughton.

Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Minor Football Championship

Michael Cahalane (Cork) – 2-10 (0-7 frees)
Barry Keating (Clare) – 1-10 (0-8 frees)
Conor Keane (Kerry) – 1-8 (0-1 ‘45’)
Jack Savage (Kerry) – 0-10 (0-9 frees)
Alan Tynan (Tipperary) – 1-2
Jack Breen (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-3 frees)
James Naughton (Limerick) – 0-5 (0-2 frees)
Jack English (Limerick) – 1-1
Conor Gleeson (Waterford) – 1-1
Paul O’Connor (Waterford) – 0-4 (0-1 free)
Tom Kirwan (Tipperary) – 0-4
Brian O’Connell (Limerick) – 1-1
Kieran Daly (Limerick) – 1-0
Killian Spillane (Kerry) 1-0
Killian O’Connor (Cork) – 0-3
Aidan Moynihan (Cork) – 1-0
Kevin O’Neill (Cork) – 1-0
Tom Devine (Waterford) – 1-0
Kevin Daly (Waterford) – 1-0
Own Goal by Kerry – 1-0
Michael Troy (Waterford) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Don O’Driscoll (Cork) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Josh Keane (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Paddy O’Malley (Clare) – 0-2 (0-2 frees)
Joe Downes (Clare) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Liam Madigan (Clare) – 0-2
Dara Walsh (Clare) – 0-2
Cian Sheehan (Limerick) – 0-2

Richard O’Sullivan (Cork), Stephen Cronin (Cork), Jack Bushe (Cork), Ryan Harkin (Cork), David Foran (Kerry), Matthew Flaherty (Kerry), Conor Jordan (Kerry), Tomás  Ó Sé (Kerry), Éanna Ó Conchúir (Kerry), Willie Hahessy (Waterford), Cormac Curran (Waterford), Henry Leahy (Limerick), Liam Casey (Tipperary) (0-1 free), Paul Maher (Tipperary), Kieran Malone (Clare), A Davidson (Clare) – 0-1 each