All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 2A – Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10

Clare defeated Laois by 0-14 to 1-10 in Round 2A of the the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Sunday July 10th at Cusack Park Ennis.

Clare steal it at the death to edge Laois

Clare 0-14 Laois 1-10

Report for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare have shown massive potential in recent years, and after they won Division 3 in the league, this last-minute victory over Laois could push them on to greater things in 2016, writes Daragh Small.

Colm Collins’ men were on the brink of defeat in their Round 2A qualifier at Cusack Park in Ennis, but points from substitutes Sean Malone and Shane McGrath helped them over the line. Stephen Attride scored Laois’ goal in the first-half and they led 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time, but they couldn’t sustain that in the second-half.

Laois made a great start and points from John O’Loughlin and Donie Kingston gave them a 0-2 to 0-0 advantage after five minutes into the breeze. Clare eventually got their first point through Eoin Cleary in the tenth minute and Cathal O’Connor tied up the game. Laois were more incisive, and three points in a row from Conor Meredith, David Conway and Darren Strong gave them a 0-6 to 0-3 lead by the 22nd minute.

But they couldn’t make the lead comfortable, and Clare scored three unanswered points to level the match. Cleary, Jamie Malone and Keelan Sexton were all on target before Laois hit a goal. Attride pushed forward from wing-back, and his endeavour was rewarded when he got on the end of a Kingston hand-pass to blast the ball past Joe Hayes in the Clare goal.

Jamie Malone got a point back but O’Loughlin scored his second point to give Laois a 1-7 to 0-7 half-time lead. As the conditions worsened at the start of the second-half Laois remained in control. Cleary kicked an early point for Clare but O’Loughlin responded after Darren Strong got a black card.

Then when Tubridy kicked a free, Paul Cahillane and Kingston kicked two points in a row. The game looked to be getting away from Clare as they trailed 1-10 to 0-9 in the 51st minute.

But Clare came with one final drive and hit five unanswered points. Gary Brennan and Cleary landed two quick frees and Shane Hickey brought them within one point, before substitute Sean Malone tied the game. And then just as five minutes of injury-time were signalled Shane McGrath popped up with the winner, while Jamie Malone got a black card for Clare at the death.

Clare scorers: E Cleary 0-4 (0-4f), J Malone 0-3, G Brennan 0-1 (0-1f), C O’Connor 0-1, K Sexton 0-1, D Tubridy 0-1 (0-1f), S Hickey 0-1, S Malone 0-1, S McGrath 0-1.

Laois scorers: J O’Loughlin 0-3, D Kingston 0-3 (0-2f), S Attride 1-0, C Meredith 0-1, D Conway 0-1, D Strong 0-1, P Cahillane 0-1 (0-1f).

Clare: Clare: J Hayes; S Hickey, K Hartnett, M McMahon; S Collins, G Kelly, C O’Dea; G Brennan, C O’Connor (S McGrath 56); J Malone (Tubridy 74, black card), K Sexton (E Coughlan 55), P Lillis (S Malone 65); E Cleary, D Tubridy (P Collins 48), P Burke (D Ryan 35).

Laois: G Brody; D O’Connor, M Timmons, G Hanrahan; S Attride, K Lillis, D Strong (A Farrell 42, black card); B Quigley, J O’Loughlin; K Meaney (J Farrell 62), C Begley (M Campion 45), P Cahillane (R Munnelly 51); C Meredith, D Kingston, D Conway (G Walsh 49).

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

They meet for the fourth time in the qualifiers, with Laois having won the previous three as follows:
2013: Laois 3-17 Clare 0-10 (Round 2, Ennis)
2002: Laois 1-19 Clare 1-6 (Round 2, Portlaoise)
2001: Laois 0-13 Clare 1-8 (Round 2, Portlaoise)

Laois will be having their fifth game in the this year’s championship, having played twice in Leinster, followed by a qualifier double against Armagh when a re-fixture was ordered after they won the first game by three points.

Clare 0-16 Limerick 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Kerry 2-23 Clare 0-17 (Munster semi-final)
Laois 3-16 Wicklow 0-18 (Leinster 1st round)
Dublin 2-21 Laois 2-10 (Leinster quarter-final)
Laois 1-10 Armagh 0-10 (Qualifier Round 1)
Laois 1-11 Armagh 1-10 (Qualifier Round 1) Re-fixture

Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Final – Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-24 to 0-10 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Tipp outclass Limerick in Munster MHC Final

Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship Final


By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick for

TIPPERARY stormed to Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship glory at the Gaelic Grounds this afternoon.

The Premier County ran out massive 17-point winners against hosts Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. Jake Morris collected 1-4 from play and Lyndon Fairbrother notched seven points, including four from play, as Liam Cahill’s charges retained their provincial crown.

On a miserable afternoon for Limerick, they were reduced to 14 players four minutes after half-time when Brian Nash was dismissed for a second bookable offence. That came shortly after a 33rd minute goal for Morris, a superb low effort past Mark O’Kelly after Paddy Cadell had somehow managed to get his pass away under extreme pressure.

From there until the finish, it was a procession for Tipperary as they cruised to a 39th Munster minor hurling crown. The writing was on the wall for Limerick from a long way out as Tipp looked the more fluent outfit.

They’ve come a long way in a short space of time under Cahill and watching them in action this afternoon, it’s almost remarkable to think that Tipp lost their championship opener to Waterford. But a do-or-die victory over Clare set Tipp up for a crack at Cork in the semi-final, a game they won at Páirc Uí Rinn, and their season opened up.

Today, they produced some brilliant hurling in difficult weather conditions to storm past Limerick, who admittedly had to play the vast majority of the second half a player light. At half-time, Tipp led by 0-13 to 0-7, with Fairbrother, Morris and Mark Kehoe prominent.

Limerick managed just six points from play on the day and that was never going to be good enough against a Tipp wide with scoring contributions from nine players. The sending-off ended any faint hopes of a Limerick revival and they were even denied a consolation goal late on. Sub Aaron Kennedy put the ball in the net but referee Rory McGann had already signalled for a 20m free, which was diverted out for a ’65.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Morris 1-4, L Fairbrother 0-7 (3f), B McGrath (2f) & D Walsh 0-3 each, G Browne & M Kehoe 0-2 each, R Doody, C English & S Neville 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: P O’Brien 0-3f, K Hayes & C Boylan 0-2 each, C Magnier Flynn, J Flynn & A Kennedy (f) 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: C Barrett; J Cahill, M Whelan, K O’Dwyer; T Murphy, B McGrath, C Flanagan; P Cadell, G Browne; C Darcy, J Morris, R Doody; C English, M Kehoe, L Fairbrother
Subs: D Walsh for English (27), S Neville for Darcy (49), C Stakelum for Doody (temp, 53), G Dunne for Flanagan (59), K Breen for Murphy (60).

LIMERICK: M O’Kelly; B Nash, R Connelly, B Timmons; J Adams, F Hourigan, M O’Grady; D Carroll, J Flynn; B Ryan, K Hayes, C Boylan; P O’Brien, C Magnier Flynn, C Nicholas
Subs: J Boylan for Timmons (19), D Woulfe for Ryan (36), A Kennedy for O’Brien (36), C McCarthy for Adams (40), A Barrett for O’Grady (53).

Ref – R McGann (Clare)

Team News

The Limerick management team of Pat Donnelly (Manager) (South Liberties), selectors Brian Foley (South Liberties), John Mulqueen (Bruff) and Anthony Daly (Coach) has released their team and panel to face Tipperary this Sunday afternoon in the Munster minor hurling championship final at the Gaelic Grounds at 2pm. The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows

Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Brian Timmons Murroe/Boher), 5. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 6. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 11. Cal McCarthy (Kilmallock, 12. David Woulfe (Kilmallock), 13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Cian Magnier Flynn (Killeedy)15. Paul O’Brien (Mungret/St Pauls). 16. Jamie Power (Monaleen), 17. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 18. Michael Bourke (Garryspillane), 19. Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh, 20. Ronan Connelly (Adare), 21. John Flynn (Patrickswell), 22. Aaron Kennedy (Murroe/Boher), 23. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 24. Paul O’Riordan (Bruff).

Tipperary minor hurling team manager Liam Cahill has also named his side to face Limerick in their Munster Final clash which throws in at 2pm in the Gaelic Grounds.

Liam has kept faith with his side that started last week’s semi-final win, meaning Eoin Barry wears the no. 13 shirt having being called up before throw-in in that semi-final.

The Tipperary Minor team to take on Limerick lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
4. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
5. Gavin Dunne – Holycross-Ballycahill
6. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
7. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
8. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
9. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
11. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
12. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
13. Eoin Barry – Killenaule
14. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 5-19 to 0-13 in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 10th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

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Tipperary rip Waterford’s system to shreds to claim Munster Championship

Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13

Report from the Irish Examiner newspaoer

Tipperary retained their Munster Munster Senior Hurling Championship title with consummate ease as John McGrath claimed a hat-trick of goals to end this game as a contest early in the second half , writes John Fogarty, GAA Correspondent. The 21-point margin equalled their winning gap over Waterford in 2011.

McGrath added two of them after the break, one from a penalty, to kill off a Waterford challenge that never truly ignited. Waterford will now face Wexford in an All-Ireland quarter-final on July 24, while Tipperary will be out again in an All-Ireland semi-final on August 14.

Leading 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time, Tipperary took full advantage of the wind in the second half when Darren Gleeson’s assisted deliveries caused no end of bother to the Waterford full-back line.

Not only did McGrath find the net twice but he also laid on another goal for Michael Breen, whose goal-scoring from midfield has become a major weapon for this Tipperary side. Seamus Callanan, enjoying more freedom as the game developed, added a fifth goal in the final minute of regulation time.

Waterford were the more aggressive team for the opening nine minutes but their confidence was rocked when McGrath took advantage of Stephen O’Keeffe’s failure to negotiate a tame Niall O’Meara shot. They recovered with the next three points but none of the came from play and by half-time they had registered just two outside of placed balls.

Their wide count of nine at the interval eclipsed their points tally of seven and they were unable to find their range for 20 minutes. In that period, Tipperary reeled off five scores, four of them frees as the Déise defence struggled to keep tabs on the movement of the Tipperary forwards.

Too often the Waterford attack were forced either to turn back and look for help. Other times they ran into cul de sacs or shot from low percentage areas. Tipp, on the other hand, kept the scoreboard ticking over as they found latitude with clever support play in a packed defence.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (1-11, 8 frees, 1 65); J. McGrath (3-2, 1-0 pen); M. Breen (1-1); Pádraic Maher, N. McGrath, Patrick Maher, J. Forde, A. McCormack (0-1 each).

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony (0-6, 4 frees); P. Curran (0-5, 3 frees); A. Gleeson (0-2, sidelines).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher; B. Maher (c), M. Breen; D. McCormack, Patrick Maher, N. McGrath; J. McGrath, S. Callanan, N. O’Meara
Subs for Tipperary: J. Forde for N. O’Meara (51); S. Curran for D. McCormack (56); K. Bergin for B. Maher (61); A. McCormack for N. McGrath (66); D. Maher for R. Maher (67).

WATERFORD: S. O’Keeffe; S. Fives, B. Coughlan, N. O’Connor; Philip Mahony, T. de Burca, D. Fives; J. Barron, K. Moran (c); S. Bennett, Pauric Mahony, M. Walsh; M. Shanahan, A. Gleeson
Subs for Waterford: T. Devine for M. Shanahan (49); J. Dillon for M. Walsh (50); C. Dunford for A. Gleeson (56); C. Gleeson for N. Connors (57); B. O’Halloran for P. Mahony (60).

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford is as follows –

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Mary’s
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Tipperary on Sunday in the Munster Final has being named! Best wishes to Derek and all his team! #DeiseAbú

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
18. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
20. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)

Statement re Sale of Tickets for Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Finals

A limited number of stand tickets including juvenile tickets will be put on public sale for the Munster Senior Hurling Final from 12 noon on Monday, June 27th. They will be available online at and in participating Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide.

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Terrace tickets will be freely available online and through participating Centra and SuperValu stores. Tickets will mainly be allocated to competing counties in the senior and minor finals and will be available through county boards and clubs.

Ticket prices are as follows
Covered (Mackey) Stand: Adult €35, Juvenile €5, Student/OAP: Purchase Adult tickets and receive a €10 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry upon the production of valid ID

Uncovered Stand: Adult €30, Juvenile €5, Student/OAP: Purchase Adult tickets and receive a €10 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry upon the production of valid ID

Terrace: Adult €25, Juvenile €5, Student/OAP: Purchase Adult tickets and receive a €10 concession at designated turnstiles prior to entry upon the production of valid ID (Note – Tipperary have been allocated the Caherdavin End Terrace, Waterford have been allocated the City End Terrace)

Please use the ticketing locator at which is for Centra and SuperValu stores in the Munster counties only.

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Traffic Management Plan

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary v Waterford
Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Final – Limerick v Tipperary
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
10th July 2016
Throw-ins: 14:00 & 16:00

Press Release

The venue for this year’s Munster Minor and Senior Hurling Finals is the Gaelic Grounds which is situated on the Ennis Road in Limerick.

Supporters are requested to take note of the following: –

• The Ennis Road will be closed to traffic.
• There is no parking in the vicinity of the Gaelic Grounds.
• Supporters are requested to arrive in Limerick at least 1½ hours before the senior match starts [4pm].
• Vehicles should be parked on the city (south) side of the River Shannon.
• Normal traffic flow should be restored approx. 1 hour after the senior match finishes.

The GAA have made provisions for Park & Ride from the following locations: –

• Limerick Dog Track, Dock Road, Limerick
• Kilmurray Inn, Castletroy, Limerick
• Mungret GAA, Mungret Village
• Wickes Carpark, Ballysimon Road.

Details of Limerick City parking can be obtained from

Vehicles parked illegally or causing an obstruction will be subject to tow-away operations.

The following is the Garda Traffic Management Plan to cater for the above Munster Hurling Finals, at the Gaelic Grounds, Ennis Road, Limerick City on Sunday the 10th July, 2016.

The Garda advice to patrons is to arrive in plenty of time to park up cars legally, i.e. not causing obstruction, on green areas or on locations where parking is prohibited. Cars illegally parked will be ticketed and those causing obstruction are likely to be towed away by Gardai.

Patrons are advised to use Street & Off Street Parking in the City and avail of the Bus Eireann service from Lower Henry Street to travel or to take the 15/ 20 minutes to walk out to the venue as they will be caught up in traffic if they cross the bridges in the City out to the venue.

The following road closures and diversions will be in place on Sunday 10th July, 2016.

Closures/ Diversions
Road Closures/ diversions will apply from 12pm onwards at the following locations;

• Ennis Rd. at its junction with Ivan’s Cross – traffic will be diverted to Northern Ring Road and towards Clonmacken
• Ennis Rd. at its junction with Sarsfield Bridge – traffic will be diverted along Clancy Strand. O’Callaghan Strand will be closed off to traffic.
• Condell Road/ Lower Shelbourne Road – traffic will not be permitted to travel onto North Circular Road or onto Shelbourne Road.
• Shelbourne Road/ Hassetts Cross – no traffic will be permitted to travel up Shelbourne Road
• Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Drive
• Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Upper
• Old Cratloe Road at its junction with Mayorstone Upper & LIT Roundabout (Merval Pk)
• Coonagh Roundabout – Closed to all inbound traffic from 2pm. Divert onto the Condell Road for Parking in City Centre.

Traffic Parking Provisions

They meet for a second successive year in the Munster final, with Tipperary bidding to repeat last year’s triumph when they won by five points (0-21 to 0-16) in Semple Stadium. This time it’s in the Gaelic Grounds, the first occasion the Limerick has venue has staged a Munster final between Tipperary and Waterford since 1963, when Waterford won by 0-11 to 0-8 in front of a crowd of 36,000.

2015: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)
2012: Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final
2011: Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 (Munster final)
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 (Munster final)

Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13, Semple Stadium (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16, Semple Stadium (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary’s Top Scorers
Seamus Callanan…..1-14 (0-7 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Michael Breen………2-1
John O’Dwyer………0-7 (0-2 frees, 0-1 ‘65’)
Noel McGrath………0-5
Waterford 1-21 Clare 0-17, Semple Stadium (Munster semi-final)

Waterford’s Top Scorers
Austin Gleeson……….0-6 (0-1 line)
Pauric Mahony………..0-6 (0-5 frees)
Maurice Shanahan……1-2
Kevin Moran……………0-3

This will be the 11th Munster final meeting between the counties with Tipperary leading 8-2 from the previous ten clashes. Waterford’s two successes were in 1963 and 2002.

2015: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16
2012: Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16
2011: Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19
2009: Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16
2002: Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12
1989: Tipperary 0-26 Waterford 2-8
1963: Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-8
1962: Tipperary 5-14 Waterford 2-3
1958: Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-5
1925: Tipperary 6-6 Waterford 1-2

Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (2015 Munster final)
Tipperary led by 0-10 to 0-9 at half-time and while Waterford drew level early in the second-half Tipperary drove on and ran out five-point winners. Seamus Callanan 0-6 (0-4 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’) and John O’Dwyer 0-5 (0-2 frees) were top scorers for Tipperary while Maurice Shanahan 0-8 (0-3 frees, 0-2 ‘65’) was Waterford’s main marksman.

Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 1-17 (Allianz HL, 6 March 2016, Semple Stadium)
Tipperary led by 0-12 to 0-8 at half-time and by 0-14 to 0-9 after 45 minutes before Waterford launched a spirited revival, outscoring their rivals by 1-7 to 0-1 over the next 20 minutes. It was level in stoppage time before a long range point by Austin Gleeson clinched a Waterford win.

Tipperary: 41 (1895-96-98-99-1900-06-08-09-13-16-17-22-24-25-30-37-41-45-49-50-51-58-60-61-62-64-65-67-68-71-87-88-89-91-93-2001-2008-2009-2011-2012-2015)
Waterford: 9 (1938-48-57-59-63-2002-2004-2007-2010)

*Tipperary are seeking their sixth successive championship win over Waterford, who last beat the Premier men in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final.

*Waterford haven’t scored a goal in their last three Munster finals as follows. 2015: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16; 2012: Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16; 2011: Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

*The winners qualify for the All-Ireland semi-final on August 14; the losers meet a qualifier winner in the All-Ireland quarter-final on July 24.