McGrath Cup Football Preliminary Round – Cork 7-20 Mary I 0-4

Cork defeated Mary Immaculate College Limerick by 7-20 to 0-4 in the Preliminary Round of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 4th at Mallow.

Cuthbert: Romp no benefit to Rebels

By Denis Hurley for the Irish Examiner newspaper

McGrath Cup: Cork 7-20 Mary I 0-4

En route to winning last year’s McGrath Cup, Cork beat both LIT and UL, so they will hope yesterday’s victory over Mary Immaculate College at Mallow proves to be a good omen. Very little else can be taken from a 37-point win, however, and Cork manager Brian Cuthbert admitted afterwards little could be taken from the game bar the progression to a quarter-final tie with Tipperary next weekend.

“It was what it was, to be honest,” he said. “Mary I is a very small college, when they’re up against one of the counties it’s going to be very difficult for them, I wouldn’t be reading too much into it. If you look at our results against college sides last year, it was similar. For the colleges, they get more games but I don’t think anyone wants [big scores like] that.”

While Cork got three points in the opening five minutes, the wait until the 17th for John Hayes to add a fourth suggested Mary I might frustrate the home side. But the ante was upped considerably after that. The score was 0-9 to 0-1 with five minute to half-time when George Durrant found Brian Hurley and he in turned hand-passed across goal for wing-back Jamie O’Sullivan to palm home. Soon after, Michael Cussen – playing his first Cork football game since the 2009 All-Ireland final – sent a nice ball in to Hayes, who sidestepped goalkeeper Anthony O’Connell before finishing.

While Conor Rabbitt got his and Mary I’s second point, Fiachra Ó Deasúnaigh then rounded off a flowing move to leave it 3-9 to 0-2 at half-time for Cork. The Bishopstown man showed up well, as did the likes of Daniel Hazel and George Durrant. The newcomers will be afforded more chances, though, by and large, Cuthbert feels the panel is more settled than a year ago.

“Last year, we were coming into this competition minus seven or eight stalwarts. This year we’re a bit more settled, we know what we have, we don’t have any dual players. “I’d like to think we’re a bit more settled and fellas are a bit more aware of what this is all about. We’ll take it week by week, we’re happy with the work we’ve done but we’ve a long, long way to go.”

A raft of half-time changes did little to weaken Cork, though one – the insertion of Eoin Cadogan into midfield – may have raised a few eyebrows. He got an early goal, when O’Connell’s save rebounded off him and in, while two more subs, Colm O’Neill and Donncha O’Connor, got in some shooting practice too.

Another replacement, Colm O’Driscoll, got the fifth goal after O’Connor picked him out and O’Connor himself raised a green flag late on before O’Driscoll got a second. A game which won’t be remembered for too long but it means more game-time against Tipp next week and possibly more experiments like Cadogan in the middle.

“It’s a case he has been working in Armagh,” Cuthbert said, “so he has missed out on training and we wanted to give him as much ball as we could. “He enjoyed the fact he wasn’t marking someone for a change! Eoin’s a very good player, he’s been in the full-back line a long time for Cork, we’re looking at different options for players and he’d be one of them.”

Scorers for Cork: J Hayes 1-5, C O’Driscoll 2-0, D O’Connor 1-3 (two frees), E Cadogan 1-1, C O’Neill 0-4 C O’Neill (one free, one 45), B Hurley 0-3 (two frees), J O’Sullivan, F Ó Deasúnaigh 1-0 each, D Hazel, M Cussen, K O’Driscoll, G Durrant 0-1 each.

Scorers for MI: C Rabbitt 0-3 (one free), P O’Connor 0-1 (free).

CORK: K O’Halloran; L Jennings, S O’Donoghue, N Galvin; J O’Sullivan, P Hodnett, D Hazel; F Goold, M Cussen; K O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, G Durrant; F Ó Deasúnaigh, J Hayes, B Hurley.
Subs: E Cadogan for Goold, C O’Neill for Hurley, D O’Connor for O’Rourke, J Loughrey for Galvin (all half-time), C O’Driscoll for Hayes (51), R Price for O’Halloran (54).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: A O’Connell (Cork); P Bane (Galway), J Farragher (Galway), T O’Brien (Cork); D Burke (Tipperary), C Brennan (Clare), K Cremin (Cork); D O’Driscoll (Cork), J Leonard (Galway); D Foran (Kerry), D O’Connell (Tipperary), A O’Neill (Cork); D Russell (Galway), P O’Connor (Kerry), C Rabbitt (Galway).
Subs: A Power (Cork) for O’Driscoll (22, black card), L Kelleher (Cork) for Foran (half-time), A Walsh (Cork) for Bane (55), Foran for O’Connor (63, injured), P O’Heney (Tipperary) for Farragher (34),

Referee: S Mulvihill (Kerry)

Fixture Details

Cork v Mary Immaculate College Limerick
Venue: Mallow @ 2pm
Referee: Seamus Mulvihill (Kerry)
Extra time if necessary

The Cork team for Sunday’s game lines out as follows –

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Liam Jennings (Ballincollig)
3. Stephen O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)
4. Noel Galvin (Ballincollig)
5. Daniel Hazel (O’Donovan Rossa)
6. Padraigh Hodnett (Carbery Rangers)
7. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
8. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
9. Michael Cussen (Glanmire)
10. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCarthaigh)
11. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
12. George Durrant (Ballincollig)
13. Fiachra Ó Deasuinaigh (Bishopstown)
14. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)
15. Brian Hurley ( Castlehaven)

16. Ryan Price (O’Donovan Rossa)
17. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
18. Michael Shields (St. Finbarrs)
19. James Loughrey (Mallow)
20. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
21. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
22. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCarthaigh)
23. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)
24. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)

Following his Man of the Match performance in the county final, Ballincollig’s George Durrant merits a call up and is rewarded with the number twelve shirt. Team mates Liam Jennings, Stephen O’Donoghue and Noel Galvin complete the Cork full back line. Michael Cussen returns to inter county football and is named at midfield. Carbery Rangers, John O’Rourke, (inset), leads the attack. For this competition CIT and UCC players are tied to their respective academies and therefore unavailable for Cork team selection.

Management: Brian Cuthbert (Bishopstown) Manager; Owen Sexton (Kilbrittain); Ciarán O’Sullivan (Urhan); Don Davis (O’Donovan Rossa).

McGrath Cup Football Preliminary Round – Waterford 1-16 UL 2-7

Waterford defeated UL by 1-16 to 2-7 in the Preliminary Round of the McGrath Cup Football competition on Sunday January 4th at Carriganore.

Déise shake off gutsy UL fightback

By Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

McGrath Cup: Waterford 1-16 University of Limerick 2-7

Waterford withstood a second-half fightback from UL to post the first victory of Tom McGlinchey’s tenure at a calm Carriganore yesterday. The Déise held an 11-point lead at one stage but two Gearóid Hegarty goals brought the students within three. But Waterford settled and late points from Patrick Hurney and Gavin Nugent secured the win to set up a quarter-final against Cork IT next week. McGlinchey was pleased and his side’s display saw nine different scorers and 1-15 from play.

“It was good to get the win and we are happy we have another game Sunday,” he said. “There was a lot to work on but they started well. We knew UL would be physically fit and they came at us in the second half. The lads weathered the storm well and finished strongly. There is a lot to work on but still very happy with the performance.”

The new boss welcomed back full forward trio Patrick Hurney, Gavin Nugent and Joey Veale to the fold after a year away and they contributed 1-7 from play between them. “We want the best players playing for Waterford and it’s great to have those three back because they hadn’t played last year, for one reason or another. All three made a huge contribution. Joey was a big loss when he went off with an injury but he will be right again. Gavin Nugent carried the game in the second half when we needed him at centre forward and Podge is only getting back training now so once he has another few weeks under his belt, he’ll get better again.”

Michael O’Halloran and Ray Ó Ceallaigh made competitive debuts in an experienced line-up. The hosts started well and a direct approach yielded a 1-8 to 0-2 half-time lead. A flowing three-man move featuring Veale and Paul Whyte allowed Hurney goal after seven minutes. The returning Ballinacourty attacker posted 1-3 in all. Paul Whyte orchestrated things at centre-forward and kicked four points (three from play).

Waterford raced 11 points clear on the restart as David Grey and Tommy Prendergast landed points. But then the students, managed by Liam Kearns, staged a mini-recovery. Gearoid Hegarty caught a Denis Daly delivery on 48 minutes and fired to the bottom corner. The Limerick midfielder touched home a second to leave just three points separating the teams. But late doubles from Hurney and Nugent lifted the pressure off Waterford.

Scorers for Waterford: P Hurney 1-3; P Whyte 0-4 (1f); G Nugent 0-3; S Ahearne, T Prendergast, D Grey, M O’Halloran, J Veale, M Curry 0-1.

Scorers for UL: G Hegarty 2-0; A McLoughlin, C McInerney (1f) 0-2; A Rowan, D Daly, S Killoran 0-1.

WATERFORD: S Enright; T O’Gorman, N Walsh, D Crowley; C Phelan, O Keevers, T Ó hUallacháin; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, P Whyte, M O’Halloran; P Hurney, G Nugent, J Veale.
Subs: D Grey for Veale (25); S Prendergast for T Prendergast (55); D Hallahan for Grey (61); R Ó Ceallaigh for Phelan (62); L Ó Corraoin for O’Halloran (67).

UL: R Lavelle (Galway); E Kiely (Kerry), C Ó Luing (Kerry), F Boland (Mayo); A Rowan (Longford), D Daly (Kerry), D Larkin (Wexford); G Hegarty (Limerick), C McNamee (Offaly); S Killoran (Roscommon), A McFadden (Donegal), E Carroll (Offaly); Daniel McLoughlin (Donegal), C McInerney (Clare), A McLoughlin (Donegal).
Subs: Daire McLoughlin (Cork) for Daniel McLoughlin (29); C O’Brien (Clare) for McNamee (H-T); P O’Connor (Kerry) for Kelly (47); C Fitzgerald (Kerry) for Larkin (60); B O’Shea (Kerry) for A McLoughlin (66).

Referee: K Murphy (Cork)

Fixture Details

Waterford v University of Limerick
Venue: Carriganore @ 2:00pm
Referee: Kevin Murphy (Cork)
Extra time if necessary

Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling Preliminary Round – Tipperary 4-16 Mary I 1-16

Tipperary defeated Mary Immaculate College Limerick by 4-16 to 1-16 in the Preliminary Round of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Friday January 9th at Dr. Morris Park Thurles.

Callanan hat-trick decisive for Tipp

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford Crystal Cup

Tipperary 4-16 Mary Immaculate College 1-16

Seamus Callanan spared Tipperary’s blushes with a deadly second-half hat-trick of goals in last night’s Waterford Crystal Cup preliminary round fixture against Mary Immaculate College.

With the sides deadlocked at 1-14 apiece entering the final 10 minutes, Callanan struck for three goals in as many minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with Clare, a repeat of the last three finals.

Callanan’s blistering treble dug Tipp out of a hole on a blusterly, squally evening in Thurles as the holders got off to a winning start.

Newcomer David Butler also impressed with four points from corner forward, while fellow debutant Sean Maher hit 1-1, including an early second-half goal. However, Tipp panellist Niall O’Meara quickly replied with a superb goal to restore Mary I’s advantage, as the visitors had led by 0-11 to 0-10 at half-time.

But not even a personal haul of 0-10, including eight frees, from Limerick’s David Reidy was enough to spring an upset as Tipp finally clicked through the gears to get over the line.

But, for long periods, this was a real struggle for an experimental Tipperary side, as manager Eamon O’Shea handed starts to newcomers Joe O’Dwyer, Stephen Maher, Liam Treacy, Maher and Butler. O’Shea will hope for a much improved show against Clare but this one was all about blowing off the cobwebs.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), D Butler 0-4, S Maher 1-1, Pádraic Maher, K Bergin (f), D Maher & C Kenny 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: D Reidy 0-10 (8f), N O’Meara 1-1, D O’Donovan & T Gallagher (1 sl), 0-2 each, C Sheahan 0-1.

TIPPERARY: D Egan; J O’Dwyer, P Curran, Stephen Maher; S McGrath, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; K Bergin, G Ryan; D Maher, L Treacy, Patrick Maher; Sean Maher, S Callanan, D Butler.
Subs: J Woodlock for Stephen Maher (41), C Kenny for Butler (51), C Ryan for D Maher (63), Butler for Sean Maher (68), D Guinan for Callanan (68).

MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: M Browne (Cork); R English (Limerick), A Ryan (Tipperary), C Fennessy (Clare); L Corry (Clare), S Kennedy (Tipperary), C Barry (Cork); D O’Donovan (Limerick), D Reidy (Limerick); N O’Meara (Tipperary), D Hannon (Limerick), J Hannon (Limerick); T Gallagher (Tipperary), D Corry (Clare), C Sheahan (Waterford).
Subs: S Taylor (Clare) for Sheahan (43), P Herlihy (Cork) for J Hannon (43), E Quirke (Clare) for Fennessy (50), T Lynch (Clare) for Gallagher (53), K Cleary (Limerick) for O’Donovan (68).

Callanan hat-trick inspires clinical Tipperary to place in Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-finals

Jackie Cahill reports from Dr. Morris Park, Thurles for

In blusterly, squally conditions at Dr. Morris Park in Thurles, the star unleashed a deadly treble.

Waterford Crystal Cup SH preliminary round:
Tipperary 4-16 Mary Immaculate College 1-16

THREE GOALS IN as many minutes from Seamus Callanan sealed Tipperary’s safe passage to the quarter-finals of the Waterford Crystal Cup this evening. In blusterly, squally conditions at Dr. Morris Park in Thurles, Callanan unleashed a deadly treble in the 61st, 62nd and 63rd minutes to help see off the dogged challenge of Mary Immaculate College in this preliminary round clash.

The sides were level at 1-14 apiece before Callanan’s hat-trick eased Tipp’s nerves and ensured a winning start to 2015 for last year’s All-Ireland finalists. Tipp will now face Clare next Sunday in a repeat of the last three Waterford Crystal finals, with the Premier County hoping for a repeat of last year’s victory over Davy Fitzgerald’s men in the Gaelic Grounds decider.

But for long periods, this was a real struggle for an experimental Tipperary side, who handed starts to newcomers Joe O’Dwyer, Stephen Maher, Liam Treacy, Sean Maher and David Butler. It was an experienced head who got them over the line after Maher and Tipp panellist Niall O’Meara, on duty for Mary I, traded goals early in the second half.

At the break, Mary I were 0-11 to 0-10 clear, with Limerick’s David Reidy bagging six of those first-half points for Eamonn Cregan’s visitors. By full-time, however, Tipp had achieved the expected result, with 2014 Hurler of the Year nominee Callanan collecting a total of 3-7.

Butler helped himself to four points from play with Maher collecting 1-1. Reidy was Limerick’s leading scorer with a tally of ten points, including eight frees.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 3-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), David Butler 0-4, Sean Maher 1-1, Pádraic Maher, Kieran Bergin (f), Denis Maher & Conor Kenny 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mary Immaculate College: David Reidy 0-10 (8f), Niall O’Meara 1-1, Darragh O’Donovan & Tadhg Gallagher (1 sl), 0-2 each, Conor Sheahan 0-1.

1. Darragh Egan (Kildangan)
2. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)
17. Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
9. Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
10. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
11. Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney)
12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha)
13. Sean Maher (Clonoulty-Rossmore)
14. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
15. David Butler (Drom & Inch)
18. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch) for Stephen Maher (41).
20. Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh) for Butler (51)
21. Colm Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) for Denis Maher (63)
15. David Butler for Sean Maher (68)
22. Daniel Guinan (Killenaule) for Callanan (68).

1. Mike Browne (Cork)
2. Richie English (Limerick)
3. Andrew Ryan (Tipperary)
4. Cillian Fennessy (Clare)
5. Liam Corry (Clare)
20. Seamus Kennedy (Tipperary)
7. Colm Barry (Cork)
8. Darragh O’Donovan (Limerick)
9. David Reidy (Limerick)
10. Niall O’Meara (Tipperary)
11. Declan Hannon (Limerick)
12. Jody Hannon (Limerick)
13. Tadhg Gallagher (Tipperary)
14. Darragh Corry (Clare)
15. Conor Sheahan (Waterford).
25. Shane Taylor (Clare) for Sheahan (43)
22. Pa Herlihy (Cork) for J Hannon (43)
19. Eoin Quirke (Clare) for Fennessy (50)
28. Tadhg Lynch (Clare) for Gallagher (53)
23. Kieran Cleary (Limerick) for O’Donovan (68)

Referee: Nathan Wall (Cork)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Mary Immaculate College Limerick has been named as follows – Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Liam Treacy (Loughmore-Castleiney), Patrick Maher (Lorrha); Shane Bourke (JK Brackens), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), David Butler (Drom & Inch)

Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round – Cork 1-18 UL 1-15

Cork defeated UL by 1-18 to 1-15 in the Preliminary Round of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Saturday January 10th at CIT Sports Grounds.

JBM’s experimental Cork side impressed in the Waterford Crystal Cup today

Report from by Denis Hurley

Cork 1-18 UL 1-15

CORK DIDN’T HAVE it all their own way as they reached the Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-finals by beating UL at the CIT Sports Stadium today. While Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s side had led by 1-11 to 0-4 at half-time, they were left hanging on in the face of a fightback by the Limerick college and Conor Martin’s 66th-minute point meant that only two points separated the sides, 1-16 to 1-14.
Luke O’Farrell’s ninth point settled Cork again, though, before sub Brian Lawton put four between the team. While Jason Forde did reply for UL, they were frustrated in their search for an equalising goal.

In tough conditions, Cork made the most of having the benefit of the wind in the first half. They led by 0-3 to 0-1 when Leaving Certificate student Dayne Lee took a pass from fellow teenager Peter Kelleher and finished well, and the points continued to come.
O’Farrell, Andy Walsh and Paul Haughney all scored while UL only had two points each from Forde and Clare star Tony Kelly to show for their first-half efforts.

The visitors produced a rousing response in the second period. Sub PJ Scully and Mark Carmody both figured heavily as they brought the deficit back to four points but Cork looked to have quelled the fightback with three in a row. A goal by Martin, followed by a point from Forde and then Martin again, made for a nervy final few minutes for Cork but in the end they did enough. CIT are their opponents in next weekend’s quarter-final.

Scorers for Cork: Luke O’Farrell 0-9 (0-8 frees), Dayne Lee 1-0, Paul Haughney, Stephen Moylan, Brian Lawton 0-2 each, Brian Murray, Peter Kelleher, Andy Walsh 0-1 each.

Scorers for UL: Jason Forde 0-5 (0-3 frees), Conor Martin 1-2, Tony Kelly 0-3, Mark Carmody 0-2, Daire Quinn, David McInerney (free), PJ Scully 0-1 each.

1. Patrick Collins

2. William Kearney
3. Damien Cahalane
4. Seán O’Donoghue

5. Brian O’Sullivan
6. Christopher Joyce
7. Glen O’Connor

8. Paul Haughney
9. Brian Murray

10. Peter Kelleher
11. Alan Frahill-O’Connor
12. Andy Walsh

13. Stephen Moylan
14. Luke O’Farrell
15. Dayne Lee
22. Darren McCarthy for Lee (42)
19. Brian Lawton for Frahill-O’Connor (54)
17. Conor O’Sullivan for O’Donoghue (56)
25. Séamus Harnedy for Kelleher (61)
24. Patrick Horgan for Walsh (61)

1. David McCarthy (Limerick)

2. Jack Brown (Clare)
3. Kevin Walsh (Kilkenny)
4. Brian Troy (Kilkenny)

5. Daire Quinn (Tipperary)
6. David McInerney (Clare)
7. Brian Stapleton (Tipperary)

8. Tony Kelly (Clare)
9. Shane O’Gorman (Wexford)

12. Jason Forde (Tipperary)
11. Conor Martin (Kilkenny)
22. Mark Carmody (Limerick)

13. Tommy Heffernan (Tipperary)
14. Thomas Cleary (Tipperary)
20. Kevin O’Brien (Limerick)
27. PJ Scully (Laois) for Cleary (half-time)
21. Eoin Moriarty (Kilkenny) for Walsh (53)
23. Paul Coady (Carlow) for Heffernan (64)
26. Pa Sheehan (Clare) for O’Gorman (68)

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford).

Team News

The Cork team for Saturday’s game lines out as follows:

Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
William Kearney (Sarsfields)
Damien Cahalane (St.Finbarr’s)
Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)
Brian O’Sullivan (Fermoy)
Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
Glen O’Connor (St.Finbarr’s)
Paul Haughney (Midleton)
Brian Murray (Bishopstown)
Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
Alan Freehill-O’Connor (Youghal)
Andy Walsh (Killeagh)
Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)
Dane Lee (Na Piarsaigh)

Substitutes –

Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk)
Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown)
Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh, lines out at centre back for Cork in their opening round of the Waterford Crystal Cup, at the CIT grounds on Saturday. Paul Haughney, Bishopstown and Brian Murray, Bishopstown, form the mid-field partnership.

The selectors have given Peter Kelleher, Kilmichael, Alan Freehill-O’Connor, Youghal, and Andy Walsh, Killeagh the task of leading the half-forward line on this occasion.

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Cork 1-14 Tipperary 0-12

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-14 to 0-12 in the Quarter-Final of the McGrath Cup on Sunday January 11th at Clonmel Sportsfield.

O’Connor hits the net as Cork see off Tipperary to reach McGrath Cup semi-final

Cork 1-14 Tipperary 0-12

Report by Conor Kane for

A FIRST-HALF scoring exhibition by Donncha O’Connor gave Cork the foundation for a McGrath Cup win which puts them into next weekend’s semi-finals and gives panellists further opportunity to impress.

Rebel manager Brian Cuthbert welcomed the chance for “game-time” for his extended squad after this victory over home team Tipperary in a game which proved relatively high-scoring for the time of year. “It was a tough game,” Cuthbert said afterwards. “Tipp are a good physical team, they could have beaten us in the championship in Cork last year, maybe they should have beaten us. “Certainly they didn’t hold back today but sure you wouldn’t expect them to hold back. It was a case of a tough game and that’s what you want.”

After a brief flurry at the start, when George Hannigan scored after 40 seconds before a Cork player had touched the ball, Tipp quickly found themselves on the backfoot. O’Connor fired over a couple of quickfire points, added to by others by Colm O’Neill, before O’Connor stroked home a penalty after Jamie O’Sullivan was brought down in the 18th minute. That gave them a three-point lead and the scores were never any tighter than that for the remainder of the fixture.

Tipperary manager Peter Creedon described it as “a great workout at this time of year, considering we’re not back that long,” following a protracted senior club championship which only ended on St Stephen’s Day. Colm O’Neill got all four of Cork’s points after the break and they led by eight with 10 minutes on the clock. However, a late burst of scoring by Tipp, two frees by Conor Sweeney and an effort by Robbie Kiely, gave the scoreboard a respectable look.

Scorers for Cork: Donncha O’Connor 1-4 (1-0 pen), Colm O’Neill 0-7 (0-5f, 1 ’45’), Mark Collins, Dan McEoin, John Hayes 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (0-3f), George Hannigan, Barry Grogan 0-2 each, Robbie Kiely, Seamus Kennedy, Michael Quinlivan 0-1 each.

Team News

The Cork team for Sunday’s game will line out as follows –

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. Stephen O’Donoghue (Ballincollig)
3. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
4. James Loughrey (Mallow)
5. Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown)
6. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
7. Daniel Hazel (O’Donovan Rossa)
8. Michael Cussen (Glanmire)
9. Fintan Goold (Macroom)
10. Colm O’Driscoll (Tadgh MacCárthaigh)
11. Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond)
12. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers)
14. Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough)
15. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

16. Ryan Price O’Donovan Rossa)
17. Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s)
18. Padraig Hodnett (Carbery Rangers)
19. Liam Jennings (Ballincollig)
20. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
21. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaig)
22. George Durrant (Ballincollig)
23. Fiachra Ó Deasunaigh (Bishopstown)
24. John Hayes (Carbery Rangers)

Michael Cussen and Fintan Goold continue their midfield partnership from the first round, Colm O’Driscoll gets the nod for this game at ten, while brother Kevin is rested. Dan McEoin, Ilen Rovers, lines out at corner forward. Tom Clancy, James Loughrey and Eoin Cadogan resume their defensive roles.

Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round – Waterford 1-22 LIT 0-18

Waterford defeated LIT by 1-22 to 0-18 in the Preliminary Round of the Waterford Crystal Cup on Sunday January 11th at WIT Sports Complex Carriganore.

O’Halloran stars as Waterford hurlers defeat Limerick IT in Waterford Crystal Cup

Waterford 1-22 Limerick IT 0-18

Report by Tomas McCarthy for

BRIAN O’HALLORAN REGISTERED 1-4 as Waterford battled to victory against a stubborn Limerick IT at a dull Carriganore in this afternoon’s Waterford Crystal Cup first round tie.

His strike ten minutes into the second half offered the home side breathing space to progress to a quarter final meeting away to Limerick next weekend. Pauric Mahony helped out O’Halloran in attack with ten points while ten different sources contributed on the scoreboard. Gavin O’Brien, Austin Gleeson and Pa Walsh also formed a steady half-back line. Derek McGrath offered competitive debuts to Pa Walsh and Michael Kearney and the hosts started brightly. They opened up a four gap before LIT’s defence got to grips and they implemented their short passing game.

Four frees from David Reidy and two from play by Seanie O’Brien levelled the contest at nine points all on 31 minutes. Pauric Mahony scored six points for the Deise in that first half (five frees) and they departed with a 0-11 to 0-9 lead at half time. A Mahony double stretched that advantage to four on the restart but Davy Fitzgerald’s side maintained their interest. Paul Flaherty, Alan Dempsey, Reidy and O’Brien raided points for the plucky students to tie it up again (14 points apiece). Michael Walsh and Pa Walsh retrieved Waterford’s lead before O’Halloran smashed home from close range after 45 minutes (1-16 to 0-14).

LIT reduced the damage to a goal entering the last seven minutes but Waterford shut down the game with O’Halloran as destroyer in chief. The Clashmore man accounted for 1-3 during a busy second half. Substitutes Donie Breathnach and Shane Bennett sealed the win with late singles.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (0-8f), Brian O’Halloran 1-4, Gavin O’Brien, Pa Walsh, Martin O’Neill, Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran, Michael Walsh, Shane Bennett, Donie Breathnach 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick IT: David Reidy 0-9 (0-8f), Seanie O’Brien 0-3, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Alan Dempsey, David Dempsey, Patrick Fitzgerald, Barry O’Connell 0-1 each.


1. Ian O Regan
2. Shane Fives
3. Barry Coughlan
4. Noel Connors
5. Gavin O’Brien
6. Austin Gleeson
7. Pa Walsh
8. Martin O’Neill
9. Shane O’Sullivan
10. Kevin Moran
11. Thomas Connors
12. Pauric Mahony
13. Brian O’Halloran
14. Michael Walsh
15. Michael Kearney
Jake Dillon for T Connors (42)
Shane Bennett for O’Neill (48)
Donie Breathnach for Kearney (57)
Cormac Curran for M Walsh (68)
T Waring for Mahony (71).


1. Aaron Murphy (Limerick)
2. Alan Dempsey (Limerick)
3. Cian Nolan (Clare)
4. David Gough (Clare)
5. Kieran Bennett (Waterford)
6. Barry O’Connell (Limerick)
7. Willie Ryan (Tipperary)
8. Stephen O’Halloran (Clare)
9. Martin Fitzgerald (Kildare)
10. Mark Gennery (Tipperary)
11. Paul Flaherty (Galway)
12. Sean O’Brien (Limerick)
13. David Reidy (Clare)
14. Shane McGrath (Clare)
15. Patrick Fitzgerald (Clare)
Shane Gleeson (Clare) for McGrath (31)
David Dempsey (Limerick) for O’Brien (51)

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – UCC 4-16 Limerick 3-9

UCC defeated Limerick by 4-16 to 3-9 in the Quarter-Final of the McGrath Cup on Sunday January 11th at Mick Neville Park Rathkeale.

Limerick footballers beaten by UCC in McGrath Cup

UCC 4-16 Limerick 3-9

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader Newspaper

THE Limerick senior footballers made a losing start to 2015 in this Sunday’s McGrath Cup quarter-final tie against UCC, 4-16 to 3-9. Limerick were 3-7 to 0-8 ahead entering the final quarter but then the Cork students found another gear to advance to a semi-final meeting with fellow Third Level College, IT Tralee in the early season provincial competition.

Played in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale this Sunday, Limerick lined out with eight of the side that started in the Munster SFC last Summer. However, there were three first time starters in Robert Browne and Cillian Fahy in defence and James Naughton in attack. A further three players made their first Limerick senior inter-county appearance as second half subs; Denis O’Dea, Jason Mullins and Tony McCarthy.

Overall the Cork side were deserving winners and aside from the opening minutes of the second period the Billy Morgan managed side set the tempo. Limerick must now go down the challenge game route to prepare for the February 1 opening round game in Newcastle West against Sligo in Division Three of the National Football League.

Back into contention for that tie will be college-tied Gearoid Hegarty, Darragh Treacy, Donal O’Sullivan and Peter Nash, while manager John Brudair will also be hoping that his injury list shortens with Ian Ryan, Stephen Lucey, Killian Phair and Jamie Lee all ruled out at present.

However, more alarming is that regulars Pa Ranahan, Mark O’Riordan, Eoin Hanrahan and Ger Collins are yet to confirm their plans for 2015. With a keenly contested league on the horizon, the strength in depth of the panel could certainly be tested.

In this McGrath Cup tie, all didn’t look good for Limerick after 15-minutes when trailing 1-5 to no score and playing with the wind. Wing back Tomas Clancy had the UCC goal in the sixth minute. Finally Limerick were on the scoresheet in the 22nd minute when debutante James Naughton kicked the first of his six frees – all from the ground.

Captain Seanie Buckley dragged Limerick back into the game with a 23rd minute goal to leave it 1-2 to 1-5. But an Adrian Spillane goal had UCC 2-6 to 1-4 ahead at the break with Naughton frees accounting for all the Limerick points in the half. Limerick bossed the opening minutes of the second half to lead 3-7 to 2-8 with just over 20-minutes remaining. Buckley’s second goal came in the fourth minute from the penalty spot, while in the 10th minute of the half he again weaved through the defence to blast low to the corner.

Alas Limerick couldn’t build on the lead and UCC kicked an unanswered 1-8 to turn the game back in their favour. Thomas Hickey got both of their second half goals. Limerick only scored twice in the final 23-minutes from Iain Corbett and Naughton (free).

Limerick: Seanie Buckley 3-0 (1pen), James Naughton 0-6 (6frees), Sean O’Dea, Micheal Brosnan and Iain Corbett 0-1 each. UCC: Thomas Hickey 2-5 (0-4frees), Adrian Spillane 1-1, Tomas Clancy 1-0, Conor Horgan 0-3, David Harrington and Conor Cox (1free) 0-2 each, Conor Dorman, Eanna O’Connchuir and Gary O’Sullivan 0-1 each.

LIMERICK: Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins); Colm Moran (Monaleen), Johnny McCarthy (St Kierans), Robert Browne (Fr Caseys); Iain Corbett (Newcastle West), Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher-Broadford), Sean O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); Tom Lee (Ballylanders), Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher-Broadford); Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West), Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher-Broadford), John Riordan (Fr Caseys); Danny Neville (Ballysteen), Mícheal Brosnan (Dromcollogher-Broadford, James Naughton (St Senans). Subs: Jason Mullins (St Patricks) for John Riordan (h-t), Tony McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry) for Colm Moran (53mins), David Ward (Fr Caseys) for Danny Neville (64mins), Denis O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen) for Garrett Noonan (66mins).

UCC (Cork unless stated): Micheal Martin; Jamie Davis, Padraig O’Connor (Kerry), David Culhane (Kerry); Conor Dorman, Sean White, Tomas Clancy; Sean Kiely, Gary O’Sullivan; Adrian Spillane (Kerry), Eanna O’Connchuir (Kerry), Shaun Keane (Kerry); Thomas Hickey (Kerry), Conor Horgan, David Harrington. Subs: Jack McGuire (Kerry) for Padraig O’Connor, b/c (34mins), Conor Cox (Kerry) for Adrian Spillane (42mins), Fintan O’Connor for Shaun Keane (60mins), Kevin Davis for Eanna O’Connchuir (70mins).

REFEREE: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)

Team News

Limerick Manager John Brudair has named his starting team for the McGrath Cup quarter final V UCC in Mick Neville Park Rathkeale on Sunday 11th January.

2 players are making their inter-county debut, Robert Browne at left corner back from Fr.Casey’s ( Abbeyfeale) and James Naughton at left corner forward from St. Senan’s ( Foynes).

1. Brian Scanlon Gerald Griffins
2. Colm Moran Monaleen
3. Johnny McCarthy St.Kieran’s
4. Robert Browne Fr. Casey’s
5. Iain Corbett Newcastlewest
6. Padraig Browne Fr. Casey’s
7. Sean O’Dea Kilteely Dromkeen
8. Thomas Lee Ballylanders
9. Seanie Buckley Dromcollogher/Broadford
10. Cian Sheehan Newcastlewest
11. Garrett Noonan Dromcollogher/Broadford
12. John Riordan Fr. Casey’s
13. Danny Neville Ballysteen
14. Mícheál Brosnan Dromcollogher/Broadford
15. James Naughton St. Senan’s

Harty Cup Q-F – Thurles CBS 2-8 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-10

Thurles CBS defeated Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG by 2-8 to 1-10 in the first of the Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Finals on Friday January 9th at Kilmallock.

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First half goals by Jack Butler and Billy McCarthy helped Thurles to a 2-4 to 0-7 interval lead when playing against a gale force windd. However, the second half was a different affair as a wasteful Thurles went 21 minutes without scoring while racking up a total of 20 wides. Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG defended heroically in the second half and had a couple of chances to send the game to extra time but Thurles held out for a one point victory. After the final whistle, Thurles wing-back Ronan Heffernan received a straight red card and will miss the semi-final.

Narrow victory for Thurles thanks to goals

By Denis Hurley, Kilmallock for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Dr Harty Cup quarter-final

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 2-8 Gaelcoláiste Mhuire AG (Cork) 1-10

Despite posting 15 second-half wides, Thurles CBS held on to advance past Gaelcholáiste Mhuire and into the Dr Harty Cup semi-finals at Kilmallock yesterday. Leading 2-4 to 0-7 at half-time and with the wind to come, competition favourites Thurles appeared set to push on and book their last-four spot with ease. A combination of poor shooting and a dogged Gaelcholáiste display made for a closer-than-expected second-half, but, ultimately, the Cork city school couldn’t get level.

Selector Martin Maher acknowledged afterwards the first-half goals from Jack Butler and Billy McCarthy, which helped them lead 2-4 to 0-7 at the break, were crucial.

“Conditions were difficult,” he said, “both sides had wides and the wind was swirling. We’re just delighted to get over the line. The goals really brought us into the game. They started well but we gained confidence from the first goal and then maybe we were lucky to get the second. There was nothing simple there. It was a quick turnaround coming back after Christmas but we have a few weeks now to prepare for the semi-final.”

Thurles were left standing as AG roared into life, scoring five points in the opening eight minutes, Donal Ó Conaing and Adam Ó Donnabháin impressing in attack and Eadbhard Ó Conaing on top at the back. The Tipperary school served notice of their intentions as Butler was denied by a Darragh Ó Conaill save in the 12th minute and a minute later Thurles’ brightest attacker had the ball in the net, finishing well after Robbie Long’s delivery broke.

Butler followed that with a point and while Donal Ó Conaing responded with a free for the AG, Thurles then struck for a second goal. This time Butler was the provider for midfielder McCarthy, who fired past Ó Conaill. Further points from Ronan Teehan and Robbie Long – who also drew a fine save from Ó Conaill – meant three points separated the sides at half-time and Brendan Kelly’s brace at the start of the second-half suggested an inevitability about the outcome.

In the 36th minute, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire seized a lifeline, however. Somehow, energetic midfielder Dayne Ó Laoi – who will feature for Cork against UL in the Waterford Crystal Cup today – made his way through four challenges and, though he was only able to get in a one-handed shot, the ball nested in the net to leave it 2-6 to 1-7.

Thurles created enough chances to pull clear again but the target remained elusive and they had 10 second-half wides by the 45th minute. The AG couldn’t take full advantage but Ó Laoi, with a great point on the run, did manage to bring them back to within a point. A Donal Ó Conaing free might have levelled but Thurles full-back Enda Heffernan did well to bring the ball down on the goal-line.

Eventually, Thurles’ drought was ended by Butler, though Donal Ó Conaing replied immediately and did so again after Niall Heffernan nailed a difficult free. Deep into injury time, the AG were afforded one final chance when Evan Ó Síocháin found possession on the left but Dillon Quirke forced him wide and his low effort was saved by William Tierney. That was the last action, though an incident after the final whistle saw referee Richard Moloney red-card Thurles’ Ronan Heffernan, who may miss the semi-final against Castletroy College or Youghal’s Pobalscoil na Tríonóide.

Scorers for Thurles CBS: J Butler 1-2, B McCarthy 1-0, B Kelly, R Long 0-2 each, R Teehan, N Heffernan 0-1 (free) each.

Scorers for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG: D Ó Laoi 1-3, D Ó Conaing 0-5 (four frees), A Ó Donnabháin 0-2.

THURLES CBS: W Tierney (Thurles Sarsfields); D Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), J Derby (Thurles Sarsfields), E Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); J Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), C McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), R Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore); B McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), C Moloney (Thurles Sarsfields); R Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), K Duggan (Galmoy), N Heffernan (Moycarkey-Borris); B Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), R Long (Drom & Inch), J Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane).
Subs: M Connors (Drom & Inch) for Duggan (47), M Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Kelly (54, injured), R Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields) for Teehan (60).

GAELCHOLÁISTE MHUIRE AG: D Ó Conaill (Na Piarsaigh); A Ó Súilleabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), R Ó Meara (Na Piarsaigh); A Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh), J Ó Muireasa (Na PIarsaigh), E Ó Caoimh (Na Piarsaigh); L Ó Cochláin (Glen Rovers), D Ó Laoi (Na Piarsaigh); C Ó hAinifín (Na Piarsaigh), E Ó Laoire (Na Piarsaigh), K Ó hEathairn (Na Piarsaigh); D Ó Conaing (Na Piarsaigh), A Ó Donnabháin (Glen Rovers), E Ó Síocháin (Na Piarsaigh).
Subs: B Ó Ceallacháin (Na Piarsaigh) for Breathnach (24, injured), P de Faoite (Glen Rovers) for Ó hEathairn (half-time).

Referee: R Moloney (Limerick)

When – Friday January 9th at 1:30pm

Where – Kilmallock

Referee – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Extra time to be played if necessary

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.

Match Preview

Thurles CBS and Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG will get the Dr. Harty Cup knockout stages off to an exciting start on this Friday when they play the first of the Quarter-Finals for the 2014/2015 season with Kilmallock as the venue. Thurles CBS come in to the game after topping Group 1 by remaining undefeated in a group involving the defending champions Ard Scoil Ris. The only dropped points for Thurles came against a strong West Limerick Colleges side where the teams finished level after an exciting game. The best game for the Thurles school in the competition to date came with a close fought battle with Ard Scoil Ris, winning by a 9 point margin (3-12 to 0-12) after a very good team performance. The winning margin was flattering in the finish but the victory was well merited by a strong, balanced Tipperary side which played well on the day.

For Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG, it was a case of coming through what turned out to be the Group of Death which saw four schools reach Round 5 on the same number of points. The final round victory over SNTN Doon by two points (1-15 to 1-13) was hard earned and only a one point defeat to Castletroy CC in Round 3 prevented Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG from topping Group 2. Daniel Gunning scored the crucial goal in the Round 5 victory over Doon and finished the group stages as his side’s joint top scorer with 1-11 (0-5 free) alongside Cork Minor Dayne Lee (scorer of 2-8 over the three group games. The balance of the Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG side is illustrated best by their average of six different scorers over their three group games.

When the schools met in this competition last season, Thurles CBS had 10 points to spare (0-21 to 0-11) but one suspects on all known form to date that Friday’s battle between two balanced and well coached teams will go down to the wire. Castletroy CC or PS Youghal await the winners in the semi-final.

Paths to the Quarter-Final

Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG

Round 1 – Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-14 De La Salle College 1-10

Round 2 -Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 2-14 St Colmans Fermoy 0-7
Round 3 – Castletroy CC 2-13 Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 0-18

Round 4 – Bye
Round 5 – Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG 1-15 SNTN Doon 1-13

Thurles CBS

Round 1 – Thurles CBS 5-26 St Flannans 0-6

Round 2 – Thurles CBS 1-15 West Limerick Colleges 3-9

Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Thurles CBS 2-15 Blackwater CS 3-3

Round 5 – Bye

For the Record

Thurles CBS Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG
2014 / 2015 Team Management Niall Cahill,
Martin Maher,
John Devane
Éadbhard Ó Croinín,
Liam Searton,
Tadgh Ó Lordáin
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Ronan Teehan Craig Ó hAinfín
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final before losing to St Francis College Rochestown by 1-13 to 0-11 Failed to qualify from the group stages after defeats to Thurles CBS, Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa Doon and Castletroy College
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Qualified for the Quarter-Final where they lost to the eventual winners Midleton CBS by 1-24 to 1-12 Lost to St. Caimins Shannon by 5-21 to 1-11 in the first round
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 7 19 (North Monastery, Cork)
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title 2009 1994
Most recent meeting 2013/2014 Dr. Harty Cup Group Stages – Thurles CBS 0-21 Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 0-11

Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages


A          Hamilton High School Bandon V Ard Scoil Ris – Wednesday January 14th at 1:30pm in Mallow

B          Rochestown V Nenagh CBS – Wednesday January 14th at 1:30pm in Charleville

C         Castletroy CC V PS Youghal – Wednesday January 14th at 1:30pm in Cahir

D         Thurles CBS V Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG – Friday January 9th at 1:30pm in Kilmallock


Fixed for Saturday January 31st

A v B

C v D


Fixed for Saturday February 21st

Team Panels

Thurles CBS Senior A Hurling Panel

1  William Tierney
Thurles Sarsfields

2 Dillon Quirke                                   3 Enda Heffernan                   4 Jack Derby
Clonoulty Rossmore                          Clonoulty Rossmore               Thurles Sarsfields

5 Ronan Heffernan                             6 Jack Skehan                         7 Christopher McCullagh
Clonoulty Rossmore                           Holycross Ballycahill              Moycarkey Borris

8 Billy McCarthy                                9 Cathal Moloney
Thurles Sarsfields                                Thurles Sarsfields

10 Niall Heffernan                              11 Kevin Duggan                   12 Ronan Teehan (C)
Moycarkey Borris                                     Galmoy                                   Gortnahoe Glengoole

13 Jack Butler                                     14 Brendan Kelly                    15 Robbie Long
Upperchurch Drombane                          Rathdowney Errill                Drom & Inch

Subs;16 James McCormack Borris-Ileigh, 17 Eoin Barry Killenaule, 18 Michael Connors Drom & Inch, 19 Kieran Cummins Moycarkey Borris, 20 Martán Fennelly Killenaule, 21 Tom Hayes Moycarkey Borris, 22 Paul Kennedy Drom & Inch, 23 Killian O’Dwyer Killenaule,  24 Rory Purcell Thurles Sarsfields, 25 Michael Purcell Thurles Sarsfields, 26 Matt Stakelum Holycross Ballycahill, 27 Jack Bergin JK Brackens, 28 Bill Darcy Thurles Sarsfields, 29 David Egan Clonoulty Rossmore, 30 Eric Fanning Moycarkey Borris, 31 Stevie Flanagan Holycross Ballycahill, 32 Adam Garrett Thurles Sarsfields, 33 Ronan Gleeson Upperchurch Drombane, 34 Gary Healy Thurles Sarsfields, 35 Diarmaid Leahy Moyne Templetuohy, 36 Faolan Linnane Thurles Sarsfields, 37 Niall Moloney Loughmore Castleliney, 38 Jimmy Ryan Clonoulty Rossmore, 39 Conor Stakelum Thurles Sarsfields, 40 Tom Stakelum Killenaule, 41 Jack Stapleton Killenaule, 42 Micheal Troy Emeralds 

Team Management; John Devane, Martin Maher, Niall Cahill.

Medical Team; Bill McCormack, Pearse Murphy.

Backroom Team; Liam Lanigan, Ayrton Ryan Casey, William Creedon, Patrick Bowden

Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG Senior Hurling Panel

1.Darragh O Conaill

(Na Piarsaigh)

2.  Adam Ó Suilleabhain                     3. Eadbhard O Conaing          4 .Roibeard Ó Meara
(Fánaithe an Ghleanna)                       (Na Piarsaigh)            (Na Piarsaigh)

5. Ailein Breathnach                           6. Jamie Ó Muireasa                7. Eric Ó Caoimh
(Na Piarsaigh)                                     (Na Piarsaigh)                         (Na Piarsaigh)

8. Liam Ó Cochlan                              9. Dayne Ó Laoi
(Fánaithe an Ghleanna)                       (Na Piarsaigh)

10. Ciarán Ó hAinifín (C)                   11.Eoghan Ó Laoire                12.Killian Ó hEathairn
(Na Piarsaigh)                                     (Na Piarsaigh)                         (Na Piarsaigh)

13. Donal Ó Conaing                          14. Adam Ó Donnabhain        15.Evan Ó Siocháin
(Na Piarsaigh)                                     (Fánaithe an Ghleanna)           (Na Piarsaigh)

Subs; 16  Conchúr Ó Briain (Carrig na bhFear) 17 Conchúr Ó Buacháin (Na Piarsaigh) 18 Cathal Ó Cuileannáin (Fánaithe an Ghleanna) 19 Craig Ó hAinfín (Na Piarsaigh) 20. Brian Ó Ceallachain (Na Piarsaigh) 21. Pól de Faoite (Fánaithe an Ghleanna) 22 Cian Mac Giolla Chainnigh (Na Piarsaigh) 23 Daithí Braham (Fánaithe an Ghleanna) 24 Sean Ó Meara  (Na Piarsaigh)     25 Eoin Ó Neill (Fánaithe an Ghleanna) 26. Coilín Ó Suilleabhain (Na Piarsaigh) 27 Jamie Mc Craith(Na Piarsaigh) 28 Marcas Breathnach (Na Piarsaigh) 29 Sean Bairead (Na Piarsaigh) 30 Dean Ó Muireasa (Na Piarsaigh).

Roghnóirí; Éadbhard Ó Croinín, Liam Searton, Tadhg Ó Lordáin.


Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages

Group 1 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 4 3 1 0 6
West Limerick Col 4 2 1 1 5
Blackwater CS 4 1 3 0 2
St Flannans Col 4 0 4 0 0


Group 2 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Castletroy CC 4 3 1 0 6 6
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 4 3 1 0 6 21
St Colmans Fermoy 4 2 2 0 4 9
SNTN Doon 4 2 2 0 4 4
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0 -40


Group 3 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Rochestown College 4 4 0 0 8
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
St Caimins Shannon 4 2 2 0 4
Our Lady’s Templemore 4 1 3 0 2
Charleville CBS 4 0 3 0 0


Group 4 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Hamilton HS Bandon 4 4 0 0 8 18
Nenagh CBS 4 3 1 0 6 6
Midleton CBS 4 2 2 0 4 3
Dungarvan CBS 4 1 3 0 2 -6
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0 -21

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2013

Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978

Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012

McGrath Cup Quarter Final – Waterford 1-11 CIT 0-9

Waterford defeated the Cork Institute of Technology by 1-11 to 0-9 in the Quarter-Final of the McGrath Cup on Sunday January 11th at Clashmore.

Shane Ahearne sets the tone as Waterford edge students

By David Prendergast for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Waterford 1-11 CIT 0-09: Waterford’s Shane Ahearne banged over a point from 60 yards three minutes into this McGrath Cup game to set the tone for the home side. Playing with a strong wind, Tom McGlinchey’s men dictated the play for the opening 25 minute, leading ten minutes from the break 0-6 to 0-1.

In-form form Ahearne struck a further three points to solidify Waterford’s grip. Tommy Prendergast and Paul Whyte supplied the back-up with a point apiece from the Kilrossanty clubmen.

The students finally began to find their feet ten minutes before the break. A hat-trick of points from Darragh Treacy, Jason Loneragn, and Donal Óg Hodnett in the 26th, 27th, and 29th minute served as a warning for Waterford. Michael O’Halloran and Barry O’Mahoney then traded points for a half-time score of 0-7 to 0-5 in favour of Waterford.

CIT shot out of the blocks on the resumption and immediately went to work on overhauling the deficit, with Hodnett shooting four points to put them in front for the first time. That proved to be the students’ last score as former inter-county hurler Liam Lawlor entered the fray in the half-back line and helped shackle CIT’s dangermen.

Waterford Manager Tom McGlinchey was quick to praise Lawlor’s calming influence on the game: “Especially when we were under the cosh, I suppose the first 15 minutes of the second half, his experience told there. When we needed to slow down a bit and keep cool heads on the ball.

Full-forward Gavin Nugent cut the deficit to one before Ray Kelly tied up the game at 0-9 apiece on 60 minutes. The killer score came on 62 minutes. A high ball unsettled CIT goalkeeper Sean Barron and substitute Lorcan Ó Curraoin was on hand to score the goal Waterford craved. Ahearne and Whyte then added late points.

Scorers for Waterford: S Ahearne 0-5 (1f); L O Curraoin 1-0; P Whyte 0-2 (1f); T Prendergast, M O’Halloran, G Nugent, R Kelly 0-1.

Scorers for CIT: D Óg Hodnett 0-5 (5fs); B O’Mahoney 0-2; D Treacy, J Lonergan 0-1.

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, N Walsh, T O’Gorman; T Ó hUallachain, M O’Gorman, R Kelly; S Ahearne, T Prendergast; M Curry, M O’Halloran, P Whyte; P Hurney, G Nugent, D Grey.
Subs: L O Curraoin for Curry (HT); L Lawlor for Grey (42); S Prendergast on for Crowley (63); D Hallahan for Kelly (70).

CIT: S Barron (Waterford); TJ Brosnan (Cork), S Cahill (Limerick), M Taylor (Cork); P O’Sullivan (Kerry), B O’Sullivan (Kerry), D Leahy (Tipperary); K O’Connor (Cork), D Treacy (Limerick); S O’Flynn (Tipperary), J O’Connor (Cork), J Lonergan (Tipperary); P Crowley (Cork), D Og Hodnett (Cork), B O’Mahoney (Cork).
Subs: R Whelton on for Leahy (61); A O’Connor (Cork) for K O’Connor (63); D Daly (Cork) for J O’Connor (70); J O’Donoghue (Cork) for Brosnan (70).

Referee: D Grogan (Tipperary).

AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Fullen Gaels (Lancashire) 2-6 Modeligo (Waterford) 0-10

Fullen Gaels (Lancashire) defeated Modeligo (Waterford) by 2-6 to 0-10 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday January 10th at Páirc an hEireann Birmingham.

Munster champs Modeligo blown away by Fullen Gaels

Fullen Gaels 2-6 Modeligo 0-10

Munster champions Modeligo’s run in this year’s Junior Hurling Championship came to an unscheduled halt at Pairc Na hEireann in Birmingham when they suffered a two-point defeat to a seasoned Fullen Gaels team from Manchester.

The deciding scores in this hard-fought contest were the two goals scored by the winner’s corner-forward, Vincent Morrissey, one in each half, while the accuracy of Colm O’Connell from placed balls was crucial for a team that scored just 0-3 from play.

Trailing by 0-4 to 0-2, Morrissey’s first goal in the 18th minute from a ground strike gave Fullen Gaels a lead they never relinquished and following a player from each side seeing red in the 26th minute as a result of the only unruly period of the hour, they led at the interval by 1-5 to 0-6.

Early second-half scores by Pat Fitzgerald and Tom Devine either side of a Reamonn McEntee point for the winners brought Modeligo to within a point of the British champions but Morrissey struck for his second goal before Kieran McCarthy and Pa O’ Donovan scored consolation points.

SCORERS – Fullen Gaels: R McEntee 0-1, C O’Callaghan 0-4 (3f), P Duggan 0-1, V Morrissey 2-0.

Modeligo – P Fitzgerald 0-1, P O’ Donovan, 0-2 (1f), K McCarthy 0-4 (1f), T Devine 0-3(2f).

Fullen Gaels – T Gulding; S Wallace, L Knocke, C Maskey; A Morrissey, S Garry, N Unwin; J O’Shaugnessy, R McEntee; V Faherty, G Jacob, A O’Neill; C O’ Callaghan, P Duggan, V Morrissey. Sub: D O’ Grady for P Duggan (40 mins).

Modeligo – D O’ Keeffe; R Buckley, B McCarthy, S O’ Donovan; J McGrath, P Fitzgerald, S Troy; P Walsh, T Walsh; N O’ Donovan, P O’ Donovan, K McCarthy; M Troy, T Devine, R Reddy. Subs: L Queally for N O’ Donovan (half-time), J Troy for R Reddy (54 mins), JP Ryan for R Reddy (57 mins).

Ref – G McGrath (Wexford)