All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Clare 5-32 Laois 0-12

Clare defeated Laois by 5-32 to 0-12 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at Cusack Park Ennis.

Shanagher goals help Clare to 36-point win

Clare 5-33 Laois 0-12

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Four goals from Aaron Shanagher helped Clare to a facile 36-point win in this extremely one-sided hurling qualifier contest. The outcome had been decided long before the break, Clare enjoying a 2-14 to 0-5 heading back down the tunnel at half-time. Laois’ cause wasn’t helped by being reduced to 14 men on 27 minutes, Ben Conroy sent off on a second yellow card. The visitors also lost Cahir Healy to injury in the same play.

Clare hit an unanswered 1-5 between there and the break, Aaron Shanagher pouncing for his second goal in first-half stoppages. His first arrived on six minutes after Laois’ keeper Enda Rowland produced a superb save to deny David Reidy. Laois lived with their opponents for the first 20 minutes or so, but it was one-way traffic thereafter.

The second-half was 11 minutes old before Laois managed their sixth point of the contest, Willie Hyland ending a 21-minute barren spell for Cheddar Plunkett’s side. Clare had already tagged on eight points without reply since the resumption and two further goals from Shanagher on 50 and 51 minutes put Clare 30-points clear (4-24 to 0-6). Podge Collins struck Clare’s fifth goal six minutes from the end. Laois finished with 13-men as Cha Dwyer was sent off on a second yellow.

Scorers for Clare: A Shanagher (4-1); T Kelly (0-10, 0-3 frees); P Collins (1-3); C O’Connell (0-5, 0-4 frees); D McInerney, S O’Donnell (0-3 each); C Cleary, C Galvin, J Conlon (0-2 each); S Golden (0-1).

Scorers for Laois: W Hyland (0-3, 0-3 frees), E Rowland (0-2 frees), C Dwyer (0-2 each); M Whelan, PJ Scully (0-1 free), W Dunphy, M Kavanagh, N Foyle (0-1 each)

Clare: A Fahy; O’Brien, C Dillon, P O’Connor; J Browne, D McInerney, B Bugler; C Cleary, D Reidy; Calvin, J Conlon, T Kelly; P Collins, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher
Subs: D Fitzgerald for McInerney (43 mins); S Morey for Cleary (43): C O’Connell for Kelly (47); S Golden for Reidy (46); C Ryan for Conlon (51)

Laois: E Rowland; R Mullaney, P Purcell, D Palmer; C Stapleton, C Healy, M Whelan; J Lennon, L Bergin; B Conroy, C Dwyer, PJ Scully; W Hyland, N Foyle, W Dunphy
Subs: R King for Bergin (10 mins, inj); P Lawlor for Healy (28, inj); M Kavanagh for Scully (40); 46 D Maher for Stapleton (49); J Phelan for Dunphy (58)

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

They meet for the fifth time in the championship with Clare having won the previous four as follows:
2013: Clare 1-32 Laois 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007: Clare 2-14 Laois 0-11 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2004: Clare 7-19 Laois 2-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1914: Clare 5-1 Laois 1-0 (All-Ireland final)

Clare lost to Waterford by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Munster semi-final while Laois lost to Offaly by 3-22 to 2-14 in the Leinster quarter-final.

The winner enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Cork v Dublin, Westmeath v Limerick, Wexford v Offaly while the losers are finished for the season.

Team News

Goalkeeper Andrew Fahy has been named to start Clare’s All Ireland Hurling qualifier on Saturday evening against Laois at Cusack Park. In attack Aron Shanaghan replaces the injured Conor McGrath.

Clare: A Fahy; O O’Brien, P O’Connor, C Dillon; J Browne, C Cleary, B Bugler; D McInerney, D Reidy; C Galvin, P Collins, T Kelly; J Conlon, S O’Donnell, A Shanagher.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Cork 1-26 Dublin 1-23

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-26 to 1-23 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Cadogan quality key to Cork win

Cork 1-26 Dublin 1-23

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Man of the match Alan Cadogan and Pa Horgan sent over insurance points late in additional time for Cork to stave off the challenge from 14-men Dublin in this first round All-Ireland SHC qualifier. Cork were four points up on the hour mark having recovered impressively from a Eamonn Dillon goal eight minutes earlier.

However, in keeping with a game where neither side were convincing they were reeled in by the 66th minute with four Dublin scores in a row and although they came back again via points from Bill Cooper and Conor Lehane a ninth David Treacy point put the minimum between the sides once more.

Yet it was the quality of Cadogan that once again sparkled in the Páirc Uí Rinn evening sunshine when he turned his marker and converted a score before Horgan flew over his 11th point of the game.

It wasn’t until the 19th minute that Cadogan first touched the ball but he was clinical, turning and finding the posts. Three minutes later and he repeated the trick before his 25th minute goal, the industrious Luke O’Farrell putting the ball into him. Cadogan had four scoring chances in total during the first half and took each of them. The same couldn’t be said for Lehane and Seamus Harnedy who looked short of confidence on the left wing.

Cork were two points up when Chris Crummey was dismissed for a second yellow card, Paud O’Dwyer sending him to the line after a dangerous foul on John Cronin. Yet Dublin managed to go into the break just two down, 1-10 to 0-11.

Cork looked unnerved when clearing their lines, particularly from their left flank, and Chris Bennett was giving Damien Cahalane a hard time of it. Both teams hit some dreadful wides. Treacy was switched off free-taking duty after missing a couple earlier in the first half. Cork totted up nine wides in the opening period.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-12, 8 frees); A. Cadogan (1-5); C. Lehane (0-3); D. Kearney (0-2); L. O’Farrell, W. Egan, B. Lawton, B. Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: D. Treacy (0-9, 7 frees, 1 65); P. Ryan (frees), C. Bennett (0-4 each); E. Dillon (1-0); N. McMorrow, S. Barrett (0-2 each); J. McCaffrey, C. Crummey (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; M. Ellis, D. Cahalane, K. Burke; A. Walsh, C. Joyce, C. Murphy; W. Egan, B. Cooper; L. O’Farrell, S. Harnedy (c), J. Cronin; A. Cadogan, P. Horgan, C. Lehane
Subs for Cork: C. O’Sullivan for C. Murphy (h-t); D. Kearney for J. Cronin (46); B. Lawton for W. Egan (49); L. McLoughlin for K. Burke (63); S. Kingston for S. Harnedy (68).

DUBLIN: G. Maguire; E. O’Donnell, C. O’Callaghan, J. Madden; C. Crummey, L. Rushe (c), S. Barrett; J. McCaffrey, N. McMorrow; D. Treacy, R. O’Dwyer, E. Dillon; P. Ryan, C. Bennett, M. Schutte
Subs for Dublin: N. Corcoran for J. Madden (h-t); S. Treacy for P. Ryan (44); D. O’Connell for J. McCaffrey (46); F. McGibb for M. Schutte (63); D. Plunkett for C. Bennett (67).

Sent off: C. Crummey (second yellow, 30).

Referee: P. O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Ticket Information

All tickets for this game are unreserved and are only available from and Supervalu/Centra Stores.

Ticket Prices – Adults €20; OAP/Students concessions on day €10; Under 16’s €5

Dublin are seeking their first championship win over Cork since the 1927 All-Ireland final when they won by 4-8 to 1-3. The counties have met eight times in the championship since then, with Cork winning them all.
The most recent meeting was in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final when Cork won by 1-24 to 1-19 after Dublin had won the Leinster title for the first time since 1961

2013: Cork 1-24 Dublin 1-19 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2008: Cork 1-17 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2007: Cork 3-20 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland qualifier)
1952: Cork 2-14 Dublin 0-7 (All-Ireland final)
1944: Cork 2-13 Dublin 1-2 (All-Ireland final)

Dublin beat Wexford by 2-19 to 0-12 in the Leinster quarter-final before losing the semi-final to Kilkenny by 1-25 to 0-16. Cork lost the Munster quarter-final to Tipperary by 0-22 to 0-13.

Dublin 4-21 Cork 2-17 (Div 1A, Croke Park, March 5)
It was all very easy for Dublin who led by 3-12 to 0-9 at half-time. David Treacy 1-7 (0-5 frees) and Eamonn Dillon 2-3 were Dublin’s top scorers while Patrick Horgan 0-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’) and Seamus Harnedy 2-0 were Cork’s leading marksmen.

The winners enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Clare v Laois, Westmeath v Limerick, Wexford v Offaly while the losers are finished for the season

Team News

The Cork team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Hurling Championship Qualifier on tomorrow Saturday July 2nd in Pairc Ui Rinn) has been announced as follows

Cork Team

1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
3. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
4. Killian Burke (Midleton)
5. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
6. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
7. William Egan (Kilbrin)
8. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
10. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s)
11. John Cronin (Lisgoold)
12. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)
15. Luke O’Farrell (Midleton)

16. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfield)
18. Michael Russell (Aghada)
19. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
20. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
21. Mark Coleman (Mark Coleman)
22. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfield)
23. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
24. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
25. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
26. Shane Kingston (Douglas)

Dublin: G Maguire; E O’Donnell, C O’Callaghan, O Gough; S Barrett, L Rushe, C Crummey; D Plunkett, J McCaffrey; R O’Dwyer, N McMorrow, D Treacy; P Ryan, E Dillon, M Schutte.


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers Round 1 – Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18

Limerick defeated Westmeath by 1-24 to 0-18 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifers on Saturday July 2nd at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Second half seals Limerick win over Westmeath

By Declan Rooney for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-24 Westmeath 0-18

Limerick needed a strong second-half display to finally shake off Westmeath and reach the second round of the hurling qualifiers at Cusack Park. Graeme Mulcahy’s goal and 14 points from Shane Dowling proved crucial for TJ Ryan’s side who had Seanie O’Brien sent off five minutes before the interval.

And just like happened to Limerick against Tipperary in this year’s Munster championship, the team with the numerical advantage fell away in the second half as Dowling pointed ten after the break to seal the spot in the draw for Limerick. Brendan Murtagh crucially missed a penalty early in the second-half and Limerick pushed on after that. Limerick claimed a massive 12-point win when these sides met in the opening round of the qualifiers at the same stage last year.

After their disappointing semi-final exit in the Munster championship at the hands of Tipperary, Limerick needed to bounce back against a resurgent Westmeath. But the home side only led 0-13 to 1-9 at half-time despite playing with a stiff breeze in the first-half.

Limerick captain Nickie Quaid chose to play into the wind in the opening half, but they were unstoppable early in the game, Kevin Downes got their first point after 11 seconds, and they went on to take a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after ten minutes. Niall O’Brien opened Westmeath’s account in the sixth minute, but Shane Dowling scored three points, and with two from Declan Hannon Limerick were in charge.

Clarke ended the scoring drought for Westmeath, and they followed that up with five point in a row to take the lead for the first time, in the 22nd minute. That was Niall O’Brien’s fifth point of the half, but Limerick hit back, and after Hannon and Dowling got a point each, Mulcahy scored the goal in the 26th minute.

Limerick should have pushed on from there, but Westmeath continued to take the fight with Niall O’Brien unerring from the placed-ball. Seanie O’Brien got a straight red for an off the ball incident in the 30th minute and Westmeath scored three of the last four points in the half with Aonghus Clarke and Clarke’s point just before half-time, gave them a 0-13 to 1-9 lead at the break.

But after playing with the breeze at their backs in the first-half and not building up a sufficient lead, Westmeath needed to score first. Limerick hit the first two points, and when Murtagh failed to convert a 49th minute penalty Westmeath’s chances faded.

Dowling and O’Brien continued their personal battle, but Limerick always had the edge and could have stretched clear had Maloney not performed more heroics in the Westmeath goal.

Scorers: Limerick: S Dowling 0-14 (0-10f, 0-2 ’65), D Hannon 0-3, G Mulcahy 1-0, K Downes 0-3, J Ryan 0-1, D O’Donovan 0-1, P Browne 0-1, D Reidy 0-1.

Westmeath: N O’Brien 0-11 (0-8f, 0-1 sl), A Clarke 0-2, B Murtagh 0-2 (0-1f), A Craig 0-1, A Devine 0-1, C Boyle 0-1.

Limerick: N Quaid; S O’Brien, D Morrissey, R English; D Byrnes, G O’Mahony, P O’Brien; J Ryan, D O’Donovan; B Nash, D Hannon, P Browne; K Downes, S Dowling, G Mulcahy
Subs: G Hegarty for Nash (50), R McCarthy for D Morrissey (59), D Reidy for Hannon (59), A Dempsey for Ryan (63), T Condon for English (66).

Westmeath: P Maloney; C Shaw, T Doyle, T Gallagher; A Craig, A Clarke, A McGrath; C Boyle, E Price; N O’Brien, B Murtagh, A Devine; D Egerton, D McNicholas, N Mitchell
Subs: R Greville for McNicholas (47), L Varley for McGrath (49), K Doyle for Mitchell (55), G Greville for Shaw (69).

Referee: Alan Kelly (Galway)

They had never met in the championship prior to last season and now they are heading for a second clash in a year. Limerick beat Westmeath by 4-15 to 1-12 in the Round 1 qualifier in Mullingar last year.

Shane Dowling (1-3), Kevin Downes (1-2) and Paul Browne (1-1) were top scorers for Limerick while Brendan Murtagh (0-6) and Cormac Boyle (1-2) were Westmeath’s main marksmen.

This will be Limerick’s second game, having lost to Tipperary by 3-12 to 1-16 in the Munster semi-final while Westmeath have had four games, winning three and losing one as follows.
Westmeath 2-22 Offaly 1-11 (Leinster Round Robin)
Westmeath 1-18 Kerry 1-13 (Leinster Round Robin)
Westmeath 0-22 Carlow 2-15 (Leinster Round Robin)
Galway 3-27 Westmeath 0-19 (Leinster quarter-final)

The winner enter the round 2 draw with the winners of Cork v Dublin, Wexford v Offaly, Clare v Laois while the losers are finished for the season.

Team News

Limerick senior hurling manager TJ Ryan and his management team has released their starting fifteen for this Saturday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifier clash with Westmeath. With a 5pm throw in at Cusack Park Mullingar, TJ Ryan’s fifteen will be as follows, 1. Nickie Quaid (Effin)(Captain), 2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry), 3. Dan Morrissey (Ahane), 4. Richie English (Doon), 5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell), 6. Gavin O Mahony (Kilmallock), 7. Seamus Hickey (Murroe/Boher), 8. James Ryan (Garryspillane), 9. Paul Browne (Bruff), 10. Gearoid Hegarty (St Patrick’s), 11. Shane Dowling (Na Piarsaigh), 12. Barry Nash (South Liberties), 13. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), 14. Declan Hannon (Adare) and 15. Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh)

Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2016

The Munster GAA Poc Fada Final 2016 took place in the Michael Cusack Centre, Carron, County Clare on Saturday July 2nd.


Place Name Club County Score
1st James McInerney Newmarket on Fergus Clare 28
2nd Aaron Murphy Hospital/Herbertstown Limerick 29
3rd Declan Dalton Fr O’Neills Cork 29
4th Paul Carroll Burgess Tipperary 32
5th Stephen Murphy Causeway Kerry 34


Place Name County Score
1st Gearóid O’Connor Moyne Templetuohy Tipperary 19
2nd Luke Philpott Banteer Cork 20
3rd Fiachra Donnellan Feakle Clare 20
4th Dylan Cahill St Kierans Limerick 23
5th Gavin Dooley Causeway Kerry 23
6th Michael Kiely Abbeyside Waterford 23