Conference on Artificial / 3G Pitches

National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup

NGDC Abbotstown – Saturday 4th November 2017

Conference – Artificial / 3G Pitches

Workshop — County Pitches – County Groundsmen

  • 9.30 – 10.00 am: Registration, Light Refreshments and Introduction
  • 10.00 am – 10.30 am: Mr Derry Enright on value & usage of artificial Pitches
  • 10.30 am – 11.15 am: Mr Alastair Cox on setting standards of performance of synthetic turf surfaces.
  • 11.15 am – 12. 00 pm: Mr Curtis Allen and Mr Ian Lauder on Synthetic Turf Machinery.
  • 12.00 am – 12. 45 pm: Demonstration of synthetic turf machinery by Charter House Machinery.
  • 12.45 – 1.30pm: Refreshments
  • 1.30 pm – 3.30pm: Workshop for County Groundsmen

This is a unique opportunity for Groundsmen, County / Club Officers (operationally responsible) involved with Artificial / 3G Pitches to hear a number of top professionals with international experience on the maintenance and up keep of synthetic turf surfaces.

Note the Workshop is for all County Groundsmen

Registration to Mr Kieran McGann: – National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup

Per Email ktmcoare@gmail.com Any Queries +35386773100

Before Date: – Friday 27th October, 2017


AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Ardmore (Waterford) 4-20 St. Patrick’s (Limerick) 0-11

Ardmore (Waterford) defeated St. Patrick’s (Limerick) by 4-20 to 0-11 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – Knocknagree (Cork) 5-15 Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams (Tipperary) 0-8

Knocknagree (Cork) defeated Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams (Tipperary) by 5-15 to 0-8 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 5th at Mallow.

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kilmaley (Clare) 0-24 An Rinn (Waterford) 1-8

Kilmaley (Clare) defeated An Rinn (Waterford) by 0-24 to 1-8 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 5th at Cusack Park Ennis.

AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – St Senans (Limerick) 0-12 Kiladangan (Tipperary) 0-8

St Senans (Limerick) defeated Kiladangan (Tipperary) by 0-12 to 0-8 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 5th at Toomevara.

AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Ballygunner (Waterford) 1-18 Sixmilebridge (Clare) 1-17

Ballygunner (Waterford) defeated Sixmilebridge (Clare) by 1-18 to 1-17 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 5th at Walsh Park Waterford.



Ballygunner through to Munster club SHC final

Ballygunnar (Waterford) 1-18 Sixmilebridge (Clare) 1-17

Report By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Ballygunner have qualified for the Munster club SHC final with a one-point win over Sixmilebridge in Walsh Park, Waterford.

Sixmilebridge opened with the breeze and a Jamie Shanahan pointed free: they had Ballygunner under pressure early on and even though they squandered some good chances, on 10 minutes they led by one, 0-3 to 0-2.

Pauric Mahony’s frees kept the home side in touch moving into the second quarter, veteran Niall Gilligan moving the Clare men two ahead before Mahony, inevitably, made it a one-point game, 0-5 to 0-4.

Ballygunner had a sniff of goal – Conor Power rounded his man and let fly, but Derek Fahy turned the ball around the post. Shanahan (free) and Shane O’Sullivan swapped points before Alan Mulready nudged Sixmilebridge two ahead. Again Mahony replied; again Shanahan made it a two-point game, 0-8 to 0-6 on 24 minutes.

Shanahan added another free, giving the visitors a three-point advantage for the first time. In the minute before the break he managed a long-range free for the sideline, and Gilligan curled over another, and suddenly it was 0-11 to 0-6.

Billy O’Keeffe got a point for Ballygunner immediately on the resumption and Alex Morey responded with a beauty. Peter Hogan hit the crossbar and JJ Hutchinson pointed the rebound, and the game livened up considerably. Another Mahony free and the gap was three, 0-12 to 0-9, with Ballygunner’s forwards far livelier.

Hutchinson hit another and a Mahony free cut Sixmilebridge’s lead to one on 36 minutes; by the 39th Mahony had levelled with his first from play.

The Clare side responded – Shane Golden’s shot for goal was beaten back by Stephen O’Keeffe: Cathal Malone pointed from the rebound, and Mahony equalised in turn from free: 0-13 each on 44 minutes.

Billy O’Keeffe nudged Ballygunner one ahead turning into the last quarter and the signs looked ominous for Sixmilebridge.

They rallied, however: Shanahan hit a free and Brian Corry nudged them one ahead – only for Mahony to tie it up once more.

David O’Sullivan saw a chance of goal then for the Gunners but Fahy turned it aside: Mahony pointed the 65 but a Shanahan snap shot levelled matters, and then the same man put his side ahead with four minutes left.

Then Hutchinson struck for the vital goal, crashing home a loose ball in the Clare side’s square, with O’Keeffe adding another before Hutchinson again pointed.

There was time for Seadna Morey to surge upfield for a late ‘Bridge goal, but Ballygunner had done enough for the win.

Scorers for Ballygunner: P. Mahony (0-11, frees, 0-1 65); JJ Hutchinson (1-3); B. O’Keeffe (0-3); S. O’Sullivan (0-1).

Scorers for Sixmilebridge: J. Shanahan (0-9, 0-6 frees); S. Morey (1-0); N. Gilligan (0-2); S. Golden, A. Dunleavy, B. Corry, A. Morey, C. Malone, C. Deasy (0-1 each).

BALLYGUNNER: S. O’Keeffe, E. Hayden, B. Coughlan, I. Kenny, P. Mahony, W. Hutchinson, S. Walsh (jc), H. Barnes, S. O’Sullivan, P. Hogan, D. O’Sullivan, P. Mahony (jc), C. Power, JJ Hutchinson, B. O’Keeffe.
Subs: B. O’Sullivan for S. Walsh (41); D. Walsh for Hogan (59)

SIXMILEBRIDGE: D. Fahy, N. Purcell, S. Morey, B. Fitzpatrick, A. Quilligan, C. Morey, E. McInerney, J. Shanahan, C. Deasy, C. Malone, N. Gilligan, S. Golden, B. Corry, A. Morey, A. Mulready.
Subs: K. Lynch for Dunleavy (53); B. Carey for McInerney (55).

Referee: J. Murphy (Limeric



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Adult General Admission: €15.00
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U-16’s are free

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AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Kanturk (Cork) 1-20 Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-12

Kanturk (Cork) defeated Ballyduff (Kerry) by 1-20 to 2-12 in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 5th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Kanturk ‘glad to be leaving Tralee with the win’

Report by Mortimer Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

AIB Munster Club IHC semi-final – Ballyduff (Kerry) 2-12 – Kanturk (Cork) 1-20: Kanturk advanced to the AIB Munster Club IHC final after surviving a storming Ballyduff comeback in yesterday’s rip-roaring semi-final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

The Cork champions raced 0-8 to 0-0 clear inside 13 minutes, as Ballyduff appeared stuck in first gear. However, the Kerry champions, who were playing against a stiff wind, began to claw their way back into the game.

In the 14th minute, Jack Goulding floated in a high ball to Aidan Boyle, who fed brother Pádraig for the game’s first goal. Points from Pádraig and Mikey Boyle followed and Ballyduff looked to be growing in confidence with each passing minute. Three Liam O’Keeffe points and efforts from Alan O’Keeffe, along with Aidan and Ian Walsh, saw Kanturk lead 0-12 to 1-3 at the interval with the visitors also leading the wide count 9-7.

The second half turned into an epic contest, with Mikey Boyle and Jack O’Sullivan disrupting Kanturk in the middle, while Padraig O’Grady, Eoin Ross and Paud Costello were immense for the home outfit. Scores from the Goulding brothers David and Jack hauled Ballyduff to within four points entering the final 10 minutes.

The Walsh brothers, John Browne and Alan Sheehy were outstanding for Kanturk as Ballyduff came in waves looking for the equaliser, which came in the 58th minute when Paul O’Carroll scooped the ball past Anthony Nash to make it 0-18 to 2-12 with the game entering injury time. The sides traded wides before Kanturk broke at pace and caught Ballyduff on the counter-attack. Despite the best efforts of PJ O’Gorman, Ian Walsh found the Ballyduff net and points from Walsh and Lorcan O’Neill sealed victory for Kanturk.

Kanturk manager Donagh Duane didn’t hide his delight: “I am so relieved to have got over the line. We knew this Ballyduff team would take us all the way down to the wire, because they have such a passion about their hurling in North Kerry. They never gave up. A big strong physical team with a good wind behind them in the second half, they were always going to keep battling. They got the goal to level the contest, but in fairness we kept calm. We knew there was time and an opportunity there. Luckily we got the goal and we tagged two points on to settle us down.”

He added: “I am proud of the lads, because their character all year has been incredible and, for such a young team, they never panic, but huge credit to Ballyduff and those Boyle boys, they are some hurlers. We are glad to be leaving Tralee with the win.”

Scorers for Kanturk: I Walsh (1-4), L O’Keeffe (0-5, 3 frees) L O’Neill and A O’Keeffe (0-3 each), A Walsh (0-2), L McLoughlin (0-2, 1free, 1 ’65), J Fitzpatrick (0-1)

Scorers for Ballyduff: P Boyle (1-5, 5 frees), P O’Carroll ( 1-0), D Goulding and M Boyle ( 0-2 each), A O’Carroll, A Boyle and J Goulding ( 0-1 each)

BALLYDUFF: P J O’Gorman; A O’Connor, P O’Grady, C Kearney; D Goulding, P Costello, E Ross; D O’Carroll, A O’Carroll; L Boyle , A Boyle, J O’Sullivan; P Boyle, M Boyle, J Goulding.
Subs: P Carroll for A O’Connor (44), G O’Brien for L Boyle (50).

KANTURK: A Nash: P Walsh, J McLoughlin, A Sheehy ; J Browne, D Browne, M Healy; L McLoughlin, R Walsh; I Walsh, L O’Neill, A Walsh; D Kennelly, A O’Keeffe, L O’Keeffe.
Subs: J Fitzpatrick for M Healy (49).

Referee: R McGann (Clare)

AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) 2-26 Blackrock (Cork) 0-10

Na Piarsaigh (Limerick) defeated Blackrock (Cork) by 2-26 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday November 5th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Match Highlights


Na Piarsaigh dispatch Blackrock with ease to secure Munster club final spot

Na Piarsaigh 2-26 Blackrock 0-10

Report By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Na Piarsaigh dispatched of Blackrock with ease to advance to a fourth Munster club hurling final in seven years.

The Caherdavin club has never been beaten in Munster competition and will look to keep that record intact in a fortnight’s time when they meet Ballygunner.

This Munster semi-final was done after 17 minutes, Na Piarsaigh striking two goals in little over a minute and a half to rubberstamp their early dominance and put sufficient daylight between the sides.

The Limerick champions had built up a 0-8 to 0-3 lead when Adrian Breen slipped Peter Casey inside the cover and the All-Ireland U21 winner crashed the sliotar to the roof of Gavin Connolly’s net on 16 minutes.

John O’Sullivan pointed in a swift reply by the Rockies, but in the ensuing passage of play, David Breen hopped the sliotar in front of Connolly for Na Piarsaigh’s second goal. At 2-8 to 0-4, it was as good as game over.

Ronan Lynch’s fourth free of the half and a pair of points from the lively Casey had the home outfit 2-11 to 0-6 to the good at half-time.

Lynch threw over two frees before Alan O’Callaghan registered Blackrock’s first score of the second half. They wouldn’t score again for 17 minutes and only managed four points throughout the entire second period.

Gavin Connolly was twice called into action to deny Peter Casey. At the other end, Ronan Lynch finished with 15 points.

A rout.

Scorers for Na Piarsaigh: R Lynch (0-15, 0-10 frees, 0-2 65s, 0-1 sc); P Casey (1-3); D Breen (1-0); A Breen (0-3); K Ryan, N Buckley, W O’Donoghue, C Boylan, K Downes (0-1 each).

Scorers for Blackrock: M O’Halloran (0-4, 0-4 frees); D Cashman, D O’Farrell, G O’Regan, A O’Callaghan, J O’Sullivan, L O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Na Piarsaigh: P Kennedy; J Boylan, M Casey, N Buckley; A Dempsey, C King, T Grimes; R Lynch, W O’Donoghue; C Boylan, D Breen, D Dempsey; A Breen, K Downes, P Casey.
Subs: G Brown for D Dempsey (HT); K Ryan for Casey (33-38, 43); M Foley for Grimes (48); J O’Brien for Buckley (55); K Kennedy for J Boylan (58)

Blackrock: G Connolly; J Cashman, D Stokes, G Norberg; A Murphy, N Cashman, D Meaney; S Murphy, D O’Farrell; J O’Sullivan, A O’Callaghan, G O’Regan; M O’Halloran, T Deasy, D Cashman.
Subs: A Hogan for D Cashman (HT); L O’Sullivan for J O’Sullivan (45); C O’Leary for Deasy (48, inj); E O’Farrell for A O’Callaghan, B Ahern for Norberg (both 58)

Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).



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Dean Ryan Cup Under 16.5 A Hurling Final – Thurles CBS 3-15 Midleton CBS 2-15

Thurles CBS defeated Midleton CBS by 3-15 to 2-15 in the Dean Ryan Cup Under 16.5 A Hurling Final on Wednesday November 8th at Clonmel Sportsfield.



Thurles CBS sit on top of the Dean Ryan Cup roll of honour with 12 titles, their last success in 2010. Midleton CBS have won 7 Dean Ryan Cup Finals, their most recent successes coming in 2014 and 2015.

Midleton have had the tougher route to the final, securing a narrow win over Our Lady’s Templemore in Round 1 before having 10 points to spare in the Quarter-Final versus Ardscoil Ris Limerick. In the semi-final, Midleton CBS showed all their skills and determination by securing a narrow one point victory in a cracking game with St. Flannans. Midleton led early on but trailed by three points early in the second half. Midleton went in front again only for Flannans to draw level in the closing stages before a Kyle Quinn Waites point in the 58th minute ensured victory for the Cork based school.

Thurles CBS had a bye in Round 1 before playing St. Colman’s Fermoy in the Quarter-Final. Despite trailing after the first quarter, Thurles led at the interval by 7 points before going on to win by 21 points. In the semi-final versus John The Baptist CS Hospital, the sides were level after 15 minutes before a fortuitous goal helped Thurles to an 8 point half-time lead. The Tipperary based school ran in four second half goals to run out 25 point winners.


Dean Ryan Cup Roll of Honour


Paths to the Final

Midleton CBS

Scoring For – 7-53 Scoring Against 4-46

Semi-Final – Midleton CBS 2-17 St. Flannans College Ennis 2-16 – Match Report
Quarter-Final – Midleton CBS 1-22 Árdscoil Rís Limerick 0-15 – Match Report
Round 1 – Midleton CBS 4-14 Our Ladys Templemore 2-15 – Match Report

Thurles CBS

Scoring For – 8-47 Scoring Against 3-16

Semi-Final – Thurles CBS 5-18 John The Baptist Community School 0-8 – Match Report
Quarter-FInal – Thurles CBS 3-29 Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-8 – Match Report


AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final – Dromid Pearses (Kerry) 0-14 Naomh Eoin (Clare) 0-10

Dromid Pearses (Kerry) defeated Naomh Eoin (Clare) by 0-14 to 0-10 in the AIB Munster Junior Club Football Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday November 5th at Pairc Eoin, Cross, County Clare.