Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Br. Edmund Ignatius Rice Cup Senior D Football Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Belmullet 3-8 Salesian College Pallaskenry 1-5

Our Lady’s Belmullet defeated Salesian College Pallaskenry by 3-8 to 1-5 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools  Br. Edmund Ignatius Rice Cup Senior D Football Semi-Final on Saturday March 8th at Corofin GAA Club, County Galway.

GAA Lá Gaeilge in Coláiste na Rinne

Preasráiteas

Lá Gaeilge CLG i gColáiste na Rinne

Is áil le Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan CLG a fhógairt go mbeidh an tríú Lá Gaeilge CLG á reachtáil i gColáiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge ar an Satharn 8 Márta 2014. Beidh an teacht le chéile seo mar chuid d’imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge agus beidh clár suimiúil leagtha amach don lá.

Tugann an teacht le chéile seo deis do dhaoine blaiseadh den Ghaeilge agus den Ghaeltacht a fháil i slí atá taitneamhach agus spéisiúil. Tá sé mar aidhm ag an CLG an Ghaeilge agus ár gcultúr a chur chun cinn i measc na mball agus is ag tógaint ar an mbunús sin a eagraítear an lá seo.

Is deis iontach an lá seo d’Oifigigh Gaeilge is Cultúr teacht le chéile chomh maith agus dualgais is pleananna dá gclubanna féin a phlé. Scaipfear an clár don Lá Gaeilge CLG 2014 go luath sa bhliain nua.

Press Release

GAA Lá Gaeilge in Coláiste na Rinne

Coiste Cultúrtha na Mumhan is pleased to announce that it will be organising an Irish language day in Coláiste na Rinne, An Rinn, Co Waterford on Saturday, 8 March 2014. This is the third year of the event which is hoped to attract people with an interest in GAA and an Ghaeilge in particular from the provinces of Munster and Leinster.

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

The day will include talks, workshops and discussions of topical matters in the GAA world. There will be numerous guest speakers on the day, all having strong GAA connections. The full list of speakers and workshops will be available in early January.

CRÍOCH

Le tuilleadh eolais / For further information

Déan teagmháil le/ Contact

Míchéal Ó Drisleáin

An Rinn

087-7938709

odrisleain@gmail.com

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Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Junior A Hurling Semi Final – Midleton CBS 2-7 Presentation College Athenry 1-9

Midleton CBS defeated Presentation College Athenry by 2-7 to 1-9 in the Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Junior A Hurling Semi Final on Saturday March 8th at Claughan, Limerick.

JUST two weeks ago, Presentation College, Athenry were on a serious roll. They were crowned NUI Galway sponsored Connacht Post Primary A hurling champions for the first time in three years after beating St Brigid’s Loughrea – and also nabbed the Connacht Junior Championship a few days later. That win duly set them up for last weekend’s mouth-watering tussle with Midleton CBS in the Niall McInerney Cup semi-final.

We predicted this clash could well be the pick of the lot and were proved correct. The Cork side, coached by former Rebel senior hurler Ronan Dwane and Sean Hurley, hung on by the narrowest of margins to seal a final place on a 2-7 – 1-9 scoreline.

Much work has gone into the Cork underage set-up in the past two years and their Rebel Og and schools development programme is clearly starting to pay dividends.

Beating Athenry was a massive achievement. It was the first time that this competition had gone beyond provincial championship stage and Athenry had a heap of Galway underage hurlers at their disposal, keen to win a national title. Numbers in the western school had grown too, from 700 to 1000 students in the very recent past. They had nine local clubs feeding them and with the momentum from their senior team they were expected to come through – albeit after a thunderous battle.

Star players Sean Loftus, Evan Niland and Andrew Greaney didn’t leave them down in a dry, but windswept Claughan. But the Cork men, down five points at the break, came back to avail of the breeze and reach the Masita Niall McInerney Cup final by just a point.

What an exhibition of hurling was served up. Barely able to progress beyond the halfway line against a driving wind in the first half, Midleton struggled to cope with the talented Greaney and Cian Salmon. The Galway side should have been further ahead at the break but players like emerging Cork star Seadna Smith played a pivotal role in keeping his side in the game. Another Cork underage talent. John Looney, scored a hugely important goal which eased his team into a more stable tempo.

And in the second half Midleton went up another gear. In the air Smith seemed unbeatable and put in a man-of-the-match display covering his defence and keeping Athenry at bay. The westerners packed their defence but to no avail – they were left to endure a heartbreaking defeat after an hour of committed hurling in desperate conditions. It will take a huge effort from Kilkenny CBS to stop the defiant Cork team in the final at the end of this month.

Fixture Details

Saturday 8th March 2014

Masita GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Niall McInerney Cup Semi Final (Junior Hurling ‘A’)

Presentation College Athenry V Midleton CBS 2pm

Referee: John O’Brien (Tipperary)

Claughaun GAA Club, Limerick

Match Preview

On a hectic weekend for post-primary action, there are other mouth-watering games to take in. Saturday’s Masita Niall McInerney Cup (Junior hurling) semi-final between Presentation Athenry and Middleton CBS could well be the pick of the lot.

‘It should be a great game,’ admits Athenry joint-manager Colm Larkin who looks after the team with Ciaran O’Donovan, the former Galway minor and under-21 star.

‘It’s the first time we’ve been involved at All-Ireland stage at this level and that’s brilliant because essentially we are trying to develop young hurlers, give them back to their clubs at a developed stage and hopefully one or two will go on to play for their county team.’

Sean Loftus, Evan Niland and Andrew Greaney are key figures for this Galway team but the school’s hurling fraternity has seen a rise in fortunes in the past few years. School numbers have rose from 700 to near 1,000 and last weekend they beat St Brigid’s Loughrea in both the senior and junior Connacht Post Primary finals. Nine clubs are represented on the current team which is indicative of the work going on at local level.

‘The lads here put in a huge effort,’ Larkin says. ‘The bottom line is that we have to look after them too. Most of them have played under-14 or 16 for Galway and they could be currently playing with four or five different teams, including under-21 sides.

‘We are careful how we train them; sometimes we send them to tog in if we feel they are tired. We want to be fresh for Midleton; we know there’s a huge effort going on down there. We don’t know much about them but that’s the glory of a competition like this.’

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final – PS Dhuibhne 3-14 DLS Macroom 3-9

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne defeated DLS Macroom by 3-14 to 3-9 in the Corn Uí Mhuirí Final on Saturday March 8th at Dr. Crokes GAA Club Killarney. In an entertaining high scoring game, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne led by 2-8 to 2-3 at half-time having played with the wind in the first half.

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Before an attendance of 1098, DLS Macroom kept plugging away and with 8 minutes remaining the Cork team had reduced the arrears to just 2 points, 2-11 to 2-9. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne added another couple of points before they scored their third goal on 58 minutes, all three of which were scored by full-forward Cathal O Bambaire and that effectively wrapped up the title for Dingle. There was still time for a consolation goal for Macroom scored by James Moynihan but it was Dingle’s day, securing their third  Corn Uí Mhuirí title in a row.

Afterwards, Barra Ó Súilleabháin accepted the cup on behalf of a jubilant Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne team and their supporters. Best of luck to both schools in the All-Ireland series and thanks to Dr. Crokes for the use of their excellent facilities and to referee Richard Moloney and his officials.

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne win third Munster Colleges football title in a row

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 3-14 De La Salle 3-9

Report by Denis Hurley for thescore.ie

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE of Dingle clinched a third successive Corn Uí Mhuirí (Munster Colleges SAFC) title today as they withstood a fightback from Macroom’s De La Salle at Dr Crokes’ grounds in Killarney. Midway through the second half, the side managed by Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice looked safe as they possessed a five-point lead and the fight appeared to be gone from Macroom.

They managed to call upon extra reserves, however, and reeled off three unanswered points, two from Cian Healy and one by Barry O’Leary, to come to within two. A free from Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh ended Corca Dhuibhne’s drought though and they ensured that they did enough to claim victory. Cathal Ó Bambaire scored his and his side’s third goal late on, making John Murphy’s response for Macroom a consolation.

With the wind in the first half, Corca Dhuibhne threatened to put themselves out of sight as Macroom, playing two extra men in defence, struggled to make any attacking headway. They got a lifeline when Joseph Ryan converted a penalty – after being fouled himself – to make it 0-7 to 1-2. Immediately, Cathal Ó Bambaire responded in kind for the holders only for James Moynihan to score a second Macroom goal, poking home after Peter Kelleher punched the ball against the post. Had they held out until half-time, then maybe things would be different but Corca Dhuibhne fashioned another goal chance, Tomás Ó Sé putting Ó Bambaire in for a second green flag.

That made it 2-8 to 2-3 at the interval, and with Tomás Ó Sé and Maitiú Ó Flatharta shining, Corca Dhuibhne forged further clear in the second half. Macroom responded, but when the big questions were asked, Corca Dhuibhne had the answers.

Scorers for Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Cathal Ó Bambaire 3-2, Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh 0-4 (frees), Tom Ó Súilleabháin, Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh 0-2 each, Tomás Ó Sé, Briain Ó Beaglaíoch, Seán Ó Bambaire, Maitiú Ó Flatharta 0-1 each.

Scorers for De La Salle: Joseph Ryan (0-2 frees), James Moynihan 1-2 each, John Murphy 1-0, Cian Healy 0-3, Barry O’Leary (free), Peter Kelleher 0-1 each.

POBALSCOIL CHORCA DHUIBHNE: Daithí Ó Conchúir (Dingle); Conchúir Ó Súilleabháin (An Ghaeltacht), Briain Ó Beaglaíoch (An Ghaeltacht) Tom Ó Súilleabáin (Dingle); Maitiú Ó Flatharta (Dingle), Caoimhghín Ó Beaghlaíoch (An Ghaeltacht), Seán Ó Gairbhia (An Ghaeltacht); Barra Ó Súilleabháin (Dingle), Marc Ó Conchúir (Dingle); Roibeárd Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht), Briain Ó Raoil (Lispole), Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht); Conchúir Ó Géibheannaigh (Dingle), Cathal Ó Bambaire (Dingle), Séamus Ó Muircheartaigh (An Ghaeltacht).

Subs: Seán Ó Bambaire for Ó Géibheannaigh (43), Cathal Ó Gairbhia (An Ghaeltacht) for R Ó Sé (55), Colm Ó Muirthile (Lispole) for T Ó Sé, Cian Ó Murchú (An Ghaeltacht) for Seán Ó Gairbhia (both 60).

DE LA SALLE: Alan Duggan (Clondrohid); Kevin Dwyer (Macroom), Dermot O’Callaghan (Aghinagh), Brian McMahon (Iveleary); Marco Healy (Iveleary), Seán Kelleher (Aghinagh), Daniel Cahalane (Kilmurry); Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Barry O’Leary (Iveleary); John Murphy (Macroom), James Moynihan (Canovee), William Coakley (Aghinagh); Cian Healy (Newcestown), Joseph Ryan (Kilmurry), Finbar McSweeney (Iveleary).

Subs: Don Creedon (Macroom) for Healy (52).

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick).

Fixture Details

Saturday March 8th

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne V DLS Macroom

Dr. Crokes GAA grounds in Killarney at 2:00pm

Referee: Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Admission Prices

Adults €10
Student/OAP’s €5
U-14’s Free

Match Preview

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final – Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne v De La Salle Macroom

The eagerly awaited Corn Uí Mhuirí Final for 2014 takes place on Saturday next March 8th when Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne look to win their third title in a row against Cork opponents in the shape of De La Salle Macroom. Dr. Crokes GAA grounds in Killarney is the picturesque venue for this final and with the forecast predicting Saturday to be the warmest day of 2014 to date, it augurs well for an entertaining final.

The Macroom outfit will be looking to win their second ever title at this grade following success in 2006. Since then, they have been knocking on the door with final appearances in 2010 and 2012, the latter of which they lost out to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne. On that occasion, the Kerry school raced in to a 1-7 to 0-3 interval lead only to see Macroom stage an impressive second half comeback. With only three points separating the teams going in to the final stages, it looked like either side could win it but Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne hit 1-2 without replay in the final stages to run out deserving winners by 2-10 to 0-8. There were great celebrations in Dingle and the surrounding areas given that the school had achieved history by winning the Corn Uí Mhuirí title for the first time and yet a mere 24 months later, they are on the cusp of winning three in a row.

Dominating a post-primary schools competition to secure three titles in a row is a rare feat and demonstrates the hard work not only being done inside the confines of the school but also within the structures of the clubs feeding in the players. The last school to win three titles in a row in this competition was Colaiste Na Sceilge, successful in 2001, 2002 and 2003 while St. Brendan’s Killarney, Tralee CBS and Coláiste Chríost Rí are the only other schools to achieve this feat.

Barra Ó Súilleabháin (Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne & Daingean Uí Chúis) and Peter Kelleher (DLS Macroom & Kilmichael) will lead their teams in to the 2014 final and interestingly, both line out at midfield where they also played in the 2012 final. As ever, the midfield battle will be intense and the winner in this sector will help to provide a platform for their forwards to thrive and secure the required scores for victory.

Scoring however has been at a premium, especially for the opponents of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in their march to the final. Over 5 matches (including two periods of extra time), the Kerry school has conceded a paltry 5-31 or an average of less than 10 points per game. While the defensive unit of DLS Macroom isn’t too shabby (conceding 12 points per game to date), their forward division has looked lively on occasion, clocking up 8 goals and 45 points (an average of over 17 points per game). As in the title of the 2003 Jack Nicholson movie – “Something’s Gotta Give” and Saturday’s final will provide the answers.

In the semi-finals, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne recorded a 1-13 to 1-7 victory over St. Brendan’s Killarney though the game was in doubt until a late penalty goal by Seán Ó Bambaire. DLS Macroom had a tougher semi-final, requiring extra time before dispatching of St Fachtnas Skibbereen by 1-9 to 1-7. Along with their Kerry opposition, the DLS Macroom school has been the most consistent team in this competition, qualifying for the semi-final in each of the last four seasons. The fact that Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne have defeated DLS Macroom in each of the previous three seasons (twice in the semi-final and in the 2012 final) only adds extra incentive (if it were needed) to the Cork school to go one better on this occasion.

Throw-in is at 2:00pm and Richard Moloney of Limerick has been entrusted with the whistle for the day – good luck to Richard, his officials and both teams for what promises to be a memorable day in the sunny South-West.

Preview by Ed Donnelly

Paths to final

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 2-28 IS Killorglin 1-07 (Round 1)

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-10 Clonmel CBS 0-04 (Round 2)

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 0-12 Col Chriost Ri 1-06 AET (Q/F)

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-13 Col Chriost Ri 2-07 AET (Q/F Replay)

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 1-13 St Brendans Killarney 1-07 (S/F)

De La Salle Macroom

De La Salle Macroom 4-11 Meanscoil Tralee 2-10 (Round 1)

De La Salle Macroom 2-12 St Flannans College 1-09 (Round 2)

De La Salle Macroom 1-13 IS Killorglin 1-07 (Q/F)

De La Salle Macroom 1-09 St Fachtna’s Skibbereen 1-07 AET (S/F)

Team Management

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne; Bainisteoir; Eamonn Mac Muiris, Traenalai; Tomas O Grifin, Roghnoiri; Sean O Dalaigh, Tom O Beaglaioch. Maoir Uisce; Cathal O Se, Alan O Suilleabhain.

De La Salle Macroom; Noel Dunne & Eric Grahan

Team Captains

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Barra O Suilleabhain

De La Salle Macroom; Peter Kelleher 

Roll of Honour

Colaiste Bhreannainn (20) 1929, 30, 37, 38, 42, 43, 46, 47, 63, 69, 72, 73, 74, 77, 86, 92, 94, 2008, 2010

Tra Li (15) 1931, 32, 33, 34, 40, 41, 44, 45, 48, 53, 55, 76, 99, 2000, 07

Colaiste Chriost Ri (15) 1967, 68, 70, 78, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85, 87, 89, 97, 98, 2004, 2011

Colaiste Iosagain (7) 1949, 51, 52, 54, 57, 71, 81

DLS, Port Lairge (5) 1958, 61, 62, 64, 65

Col. Na Sceilge (4) 2001, 02, 03, 09

An Mhain. Thuaidh (3) 1935, 36, 88

Sciobairin (3) 1982, 90, 91

Colaiste Fhlannain (3) 1959, 93, 95

P. S. Chorca Dhuibhne (2) 2012, 2013

Colaiste Mhichil, Luimneach (2) 1956, 60

Carraig an Tobair (1) 1918

Ardscoil, Cluain Meala (1) 1928

Colaiste na Mumhan (1) 1939

Baile an Roistigh (1) 1950

Colaiste Iognaid Ris (1) 1975

Cill Orglain (1) 1996

C.S.N. Baile an Easpaig (1) 2005

Maighchromtha (1) 2006

Match Coverage

The Corn Ui Mhuiri Final will be broadcast live on Radio Na Gaeltachta and Radio Kerry from 2pm onwards on Saturday the 8th March 2014. The game will also be streamed live via the Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne School website at www.pcd07.ie/beo or alternatively can be watched live from www.pdu.ie/video. You can also keep up to date with live scores via Munster GAA Twitter (https://twitter.com/MunsterGAA). 

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