Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s tournament

The countdown is well and truly underway for the upcoming Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s tournament, which will be held by Rathkeale GAA Club, in memory of Shane Hourigan, who was sadly taken from the parish in January 2014. As a former club secretary and chairman, Rathkeale lost a great club-man that day, however Limerick GAA also lost a well-known and highly respected referee. Shane will be remembered amongst all Gaels for his enthusiasm and commitment to the promotion of our games and with that Rathkeale GAA Club plan to honour Shane by running this tournament annually in his memory.

The eagerly anticipated competition will be a one day event and will take place on August 6th in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. The tournament will pit the very best of Limerick footballers together, with top class competitive football guaranteed by the 20+ teams who have already signed up for this fantastic football feast, sponsored by Downes Eurospar, Rathkeale.

Teams will compete on a league basis from 10.00am, with each team guaranteed at least 3 action packed games, with the very best progressing to the last 16 knock out stages. This will lead onto the quarter-finals, semi-finals and obviously the grand finale, when one of Limerick’s finest will be crowned Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s Champions 2016.

With fantastic prizes on offer to the winning team, Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s promises to be a colourful family day with shop facilities, food, sandwiches, teas & coffees all on offer to mark this wonderful occasion. So please come out and support a great event and an even better Limerick Gael in the memory of Shane Hourigan.

So save the date, August 6th from 10:00am, Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale. Bring the family, or even better, hire a bus and bring the parish and we’ll see you there on the day! Limerick Big Ball Club 7’s – Keep the Spirit.

Updates, Fixtures and Group scheduling to follow in the coming weeks or check out the latest updates on Rathkeale’s Facebook page on!/Rathkealegaa or Twitter @RathkealeGAA


All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Kerry 2-18 Mayo 2-11

Kerry defeated Mayo by 2-18 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday August 6th at Croke Park.

Kerry are All-Ireland junior football champions again as they see off Mayo

Kerry 2-18 Mayo 2-11

Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke Park for

JUST LIKE LAST year Kerry hit 2-18 in an All-Ireland junior final this afternoon, just like last year they were crowned champions and just like last year Mayo were the side they put to the sword.

This was a trickier game than the 2015 decider – Mayo hit 2-4 without reply early in the second-half to trim Kerry’s advantage to three points – but ultimately Kerry were deserved victors with a devastating display of attacking play in the opening period paving the way for success. Kerry overcame a tentative start to the game as they trailed 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening quarter and they didn’t bag a point from play until the 22nd minute.

But they cut loose before the interval, striking a stunning haul of 2-8 without reply to leave Mayo reeling. Two goals from Dromid Pearses club player Niall O’Shea gave Kerry a commanding platform. The opening strike arrived in the 20th minute when his marker Eoin O’Donoghue slipped in the left corner, allowing O’Shea to race inside and billow the net in front of Hill 16.

O’Shea’s second goal in the 28th minute came from an equally emphatic finish yet it owed much to a surging run forward by wing-forward Brian Ó Seanacháin as he cut apart the Mayo defence. Kerry’s forward excelled in that time frame. An Ghaeltacht’s Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir picked off 0-4 in the first-half with some brilliant shooting and caused huge problems for the Mayo rearguard. Centre-forward and captain Paul O’Donoghue’s place kicking was superb while Kieran Hurley made a big impact as the half progressed.

At the break Kerry were cruising as they possessed a 2-10 to 0-4 advantage with Hurley then chipping over the first point of the second-half to stretch their lead. But Mayo mounted an excellent recovery. Their dangerous forward duo Darren Coen and Conor Keane hit a brace of points apiece.

Those scores sandwiched two Mayo goals – the first from Michael Forde as fortunate as the ball spilled from goalkeeper Darragh O’Shea’s hands to the net and then substitute Robert Holian drilled a shot in for their second goal. Mayo were back in contention as they trailed 2-11 to 2-8 with 40 minutes on the clock but then Kerry steadied themselves. David Foran (2), Andrew Barry, O’Donoghue and Dara Roche ensured they added five points without reply and they were in a comfortable position heading down the home straight, in front 2-16 to 2-8.

Kerry could have grabbed a couple of more goals but Mayo’s Mattie Flanagan denied Foran and O’Shea with point-blank saves.
Mayo tried their best to make inroads into Kerry’s lead late on but they couldn’t find the net and Ó Conchúir floated over a lovely late point off his left to seal Kerry’s success.

Scorers for Kerry: Niall O’Shea 2-0, Sean Micheál Ó Conchúir 0-5 (0-2f), Paul O’Donoghue (0-1f, 0-1 ’45), Kieran Hurley, David Foran 0-3 each, Jason Foley, Andrew Barry, Adrian Spillane, Dara Roche 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mayo: Darren Coen 0-5 (0-4f), Conor Keane 0-4, Michael Forde 1-1, Robert Holian 1-0, James Kelly 0-1.


1. Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue)
2. Fionán Clifford (Waterville)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
4. Cathal Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht)
5. Patrick Clifford (Templenoe)
6. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)
7. Robert Wharton (Renard)
8. Adrian Spillane (Templenoe)
9. John C. O’Connor (Kerins O’Rahilly’s)
10. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)
11. Paul O’Donoghue (St Mary’s – captain)
12. David Foran (St Senan’s)
13. Niall O’Shea (Dromid Pearses)
14. Kieran Hurley (St Pat’s)
15. Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir (An Ghaeltacht)
17. Kevin O’Sullivan (Kenmare) for Clifford (39)
22. Dara Roche (Glenflesk) for Hurley (47)
19. Laurence Bastible (John Mitchels) for Foley (49)
18. Dara O’Shea (Kenmare) for Ó Seanacháin (54)
21. Michael O’Donnell (Austin Stacks) for Spillane (57)
23. Adam Barry (Brosna) for Foran (62)


1. Mattie Flanagan (Balla)
7. Jason Forkan (Kiltimagh)
3. Niall Freeman (Aghamore)
4. Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet)
5. Barry Duffy (Balla)
6. James Kelly (Belmullet)
24. Padraig Feerick (Hollymount-Carramore)
8. Michael Togher (Belmullet)
9. Peter Collins (Islandeady)
10. Brian Reape (Moy Davitts)
11. Michael Forde (Ballycastle)
12. Kevin Gibbons (Louisburgh)
13. Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore)
14. Andrew Farrell (Killala, Captain)
15. Conor Keane (Hollymount/Carramore)
17. Sean Gaughan (Belmullet) for Collins (inj) (15)
18. Ronan Mallee (Kiltimagh) for Farrell (half-time)
20. Robert Holian (The Neale) for Reape (half-time)
23. Shairoze Akram (Ballaghaderreen) for O’Donoghue (black card) (35)
21. Ronan Doherty (Ardnaree) for Feerick (48)

Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Donegal)

The Kerry Junior team to play Mayo in the All Ireland Junior Football Final in Croke Park on Saturday (2pm) shows 3 changes in personnel from the side that defeated Lancashire in the Semi final.

Patrick Clifford, who was introduced in the semi final, comes into the half back line in place of Laurence Bastable; John C. O’Connor, who was also introduced in the semi final, starts in midfield in place of Michael O’Donnell and team Captain, Paul O’Donoghue, is recovered from injury and regains his place at centre forward in place of Kevin O’Sullivan who deputised for him against Lancashire.

The team lines out as follows:

1 Darragh O’Shea Ballydonoghue
2 Fionán Clifford Waterville
3 Jason Foley Ballydonoghue
4 Cathal Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht
5 Patrick Clifford Templenoe
6 Andrew Barry Na Gaeil
7 Robert Wharton Renard
8 Adrian Spillane Templenoe
9 John C. O’Connor Kerins O’Rahillys
10 Brian Ó Seanacháin Ballydonoghue
11 Paul O’Donoghue (C) St Marys
12 David Foran St Senans
13 Niall O’Shea Dromid Pearses
14 Kieran Hurley St Pats
15 Sean Michéal Ó Conchúir An Ghaeltacht
Fir Ionaid:
16 Kieran Fitzgibbon Kenmare
17 Kevin O’Sullivan Kenmare
18 Dara O’Shea Kenmare
19 Laurence Bastible John Mitchels
20 Sean T Dillon St Senans
21 Michael O’Donnell Austin Stacks
22 Dara Roche Glenflesk
23 Adam Barry Brosna
24 Lee O’Donoghue Glenflesk

Bainisteóir: Stephen Wallace (Ardfert)
Róghnóirí: Timmy O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys), Jimmy Keane (Brosna), Brian Hickey (Skellig Rangers).

Additional Players on the Kerry Junior Panel:
Daniel Daly (St Marys),
Conor O’Shea (St Marys), Shane Fitzmaurice (Brosna), Darren Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), Stephen O’Sullivan (Templenoe) and Ciarán Keating (Skellig Rangers) were not considered due to injury.

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Kilkenny 5-16 Clare 1-16

Kilkenny defeated Clare by 5-16 to 1-16 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday August 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

All Ireland IHC Final: Kilkenny claim silverware

Kilkenny 5-16 Clare 1-16

By Eoin Brennan at Semple Stadium for

A physically dominant Kilkenny blitzed Clare with five goals to secure their first All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling title in six years in Semple Stadium this evening. In front of 1,401 the determined Cats banished previous final losses in 2011, ’12 and ’13 to reclaim the Michael Cusack Cup in style as they hit the Banner for four first half goals.

Clare had started well, moving 1-2 clear after 10 minutes thanks to a Ryan Taylor goal, but they would be sucker-punched for three goals inside six minutes, with Kilkenny’s full-forward line of Billy Ryan, Nicky Cleere and John Walsh all getting in on the goalscoring action before a fourth for Luke Scanlon ensured a 4-5 to 1-7 half-time advantage.

Clare fought back after the restart, mainly through captain Shane McGrath’s frees, but Kilkenny were always able to reply with Ryan and Walsh in particular causing the Banner huge problems.

Clare would get to within four points of their opponents, but despite being reduced to 14 men following a second yellow for Evan Cody in the 52nd minute, Kilkenny finished with aplomb, outscoring a flagging Banner by 1-6 to 0-1 including an injury-time goal for Walsh to garner the first adult hurling championship honours of the year.

Scorers for Kilkenny: J Walsh 2-2, B Ryan 1-4, N Cleere 1-4 (4fs), L Scanlon 1-2, A Murphy 0-2 (2fs), J Langton 0-1, S Morrissey 0-1.

Scorers for Clare: S McGrath 0-10 (8fs), K Hehir 0-3, R Taylor 1-0, J McCarthy 0-2, D Russell 0-1.

Kilkenny: A Duggan; E Cody, T Aylward, L Hickey; J Cleere, C Delaney, J Brennan; J Langton, L Scanlon; A Murphy, C Tobin, R Leahy; B Ryan, N Cleere, J Walsh
Subs: S Morrissey for Tobin (45), Jack McGrath for Leahy (54), S Donnelly for Murphy (60).Clare: D Vaughan; R Hayes, E Quirke, C Cooney; A McGuane, S Taylor, J McCarthy; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath, D Corry; D Russell, M O’Neill, R Taylor.

Clare: D Vaughan; R Hayes, E Quirke, C Cooney; A McGuane, S Taylor, J McCarthy; D Conroy, K Hehir; O Donnellan, S McGrath, D Corry; D Russell, M O’Neill, R Taylor
Subs: D Walsh for Taylor (2), E Enright for Hayes (HT), P O’Loughlin for Donnellan (40).

Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Team News

Clare (IHC v Kilkenny): Daniel Vaughan; Rory Hayes, Eoin Quirke, Ciaran Cooney; Aidan McGuane, Shane Taylor, Jason McCarthy; David Conroy, Kevin Hehir; Oisin Donnellan, Shane McGrath, Daragh Corry; Danny Russell, Michael O’Neill, Ryan Taylor
Subs: Liam Doyle, Eoin Enright, Dara Walsh, Barry Fitzpatrick, Colin Burke, Pauric O’Loughlin, Colin Crehan, Micheal O’Shea, Cian Moloney

Kilkenny (IHC v Clare): Aaron Duggan; Evan Cody, Tom Aylward, Luke Hickey; Jason Cleere, Conor Delaney, Geoff Brennan; Jack Langton, Luke Scanlon; Alan Murphy, Conor Tobin, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Nicky Cleere, John Walsh
Subs: Kevin Nolan, James Gannon, Enda Malone, Jack McGrath, Shane Murphy, Sean Morrissey, Shane Donnelly, Mark Aylward, Willie Brennan

Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter-Final – Kerry 7-22 Donegal 1-4

Kerry defeated Donegal by 7-22 to 1-4 in the Bord Gais Energy GAA Hurling All-Ireland U21 B Championship – Richie McElligott Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday August 6th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Seven-goal Kingdom cruise on

Kerry 7-22 Donegal 1-4

Kerry set up an All-Ireland U-21 ‘B’ hurling semi-final against Meath in two weeks’ time after a facile 7-22 to 1-4 victory over Donegal in Thurles on Saturday.

Backed by nine senior panellists, the seven-time champions had little trouble in dispatching the Ulster side who had recently secured the All-Ireland Under 21 ‘C’ honours for the second year in succession.

Despite the best efforts of Jack O’Loughlin, Paul Nelson and Aaron McCauley, Donegal had to concede they were second best to a sharper and more balanced Kerry side.

The youngsters from the Kingdom quickly gathered momentum with first-half goals through Michael O’Leary (2), Philip Lucid, Fionán O’Sullivan and Jordan Conway to ensure an unassailable 5-11 to 0-2 half-time advantage.

Indeed, the game petered out once Conway completed his hat-trick of goals by the end of the third quarter. And while McCauley did pull back a rather fortunate goal from distance, the Kingdom finished with the last seven points to complete a confident display in which all of their impressive tally of 7-22 came from play.

Scorers – Kerry: J Conway 3-1; P Lucid 1-6; M O’Leary 2-1; C Hussey 0-3; F O’Sullivan 1-0; F Horgan, J Buckley, J Wallace 0-2 each; J Brick, K Carmody, D Egan, M Flaherty, J Goulding 0-1 each. Donegal: A McCauley 1-2 (1-1f); J O’Loughlin, S Curran 0-1 each.

KERRY – S Murphy; F Horgan, D Shanahan, B Lyons; J Buckley, J Diggins, K Carmody; P Lucid, P O’Connor; J Goulding, M O’Leary, J Brick; C Hussey, F O’Sullivan, J Conway
Subs: D Egan for Hussey (36), M Flaherty for O’Connor (37), C Kearney for Diggins (40), J Wallace for Brick (42), D O’Carroll for O’Leary (43).

DONEGAL – D Laverty; C Griffin, D McLaughlin, C Rami; S Anderson, J O’Loughlin, E Lynch; S Doherty, J McBride; O Rooney, S Curran, C Grant; A McCauley, P Nelson, C O’Grady
Subs: D Wilson for Lynch (7), D McCarthy for Rami (38), T Clare for Doherty (43), M Diver for Griffin (50), T Doherty for McBride (60).

REF – P Burke (Kilkenny)

Kerry Under 21 Hurling Team V Donegal – All Ireland Under 21 B Championship
Saturday 6th Aug 2016 4PM in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

1 Stephen Murphy Causeway
2 Fionán Horgan St Brendans
3 Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw
4 Billy Lyons Causeway
5 John Buckley Lixnaw
6 Jason Diggins Causeway
7 Keith Carmody (C) Causeway
8 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue
9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley
10 Jack Goulding Ballyduff
11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney
12 Jordan Brick Kilmoyley
13 Cian Hussey St Brendans
14 Fionán O’Sullivan Kenmare
15 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills
Fir Ionaid:
16 David Silles Lixnaw
17 Jason Wallace Lixnaw
18 Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff
19 Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney
20 Matthew Flaherty Dingle
21 Adrian O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills
22 Cathal Kearney Ballyduff
23 Joe Diggins Causeway
24 Eoin Ross Ballyduff

Additional Members on the Kerry Panel: David Egan (Abbeydorney), Ronan O’Donovan (Abbeydorney), Brendan Dunne (Ballyheigue), Kieran McCarthy (Kilmoyley), Robert Collins (Kilmoyley), Willie O’Connor (Lixnaw), John Hussey (Ballyduff).

Bainisteoír: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)
Roghnoirí: D.J. Leahy (Causeway), John Lucid (Ballyheigue), Aidan O’Mahony (St Brendans)
Physio: Trudy Ryan
Liason Officer : Ger McCarthy