Munster Groundsman Education Day

The GAA’s 2018 Munster Groundsman Education Day will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday April, 7.

Attendees will hear from a number of key speakers over the course of the day, beginning with Course Director for Greenkeeping and Sportsturf management at Coláiste Stiofain Naofa, Daniel Crowley.

His presentation will focus on how best to develop a maintenance programme for your club’s pitch.

Stephen Forrest will discuss the reconstruction and maintenance of the playing surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, while Donal Kelly and Brian O’Shaughnessy will give a demonstration on artificial pitch maintenance.

The Munster Groundsman Education Day is the latest initiative of the National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup, who last year established an Annual GAA Pitch Award.

Judged by Croke Park Pitch Manager, Stuart Wilson, and Dr Stephen Barker of the Sports Research Institute, Semple Stadium in Thurles was the inaugural winner.

“It was fascinating when we went down to Semple,” Wilson told GAA.ie. “They put in a huge amount of effort and their pitch is in superb condition. You could see that it meant a lot to them, being part of it. They wanted to win it.

“To be fair to all of the Groundsmen, they put a lot of effort into it when we were coming and got the pitches in the best condition they could.

“Last year we definitely saw some improved standards around the country and you’d hope that would continue.

“Perhaps word didn’t get out as well as it could have done to some of the grounds, but I think everyone is aware of it now. I’m looking forward to seeing the pitches in the championship.

“At this time of the year the grounds around the country are put under huge pressure Club matches going later and league starting earlier. Conditions have been really tough.

“If you see the odd pitch that’s struggling a little bit it’s probably not a lot to do with the Groundsman.”

‘Raising standards’ is the motto of the National Pitch Maintenance Group. Any Groundsman who attends the Munster Education Day will surely be able to raise theirs.

Register for this event by contacting Mr. Kieran McGann, National Pitch Maintenance Workgroup. Email: ktmcoare@gmail.com or call +353867773100

Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 0-15 Cork 1-11

Kilkenny defeated Cork by 0-15 to 1-11 in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie Leagues Division 1 Final on Sunday April 8th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.



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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 2-23 Tipperary 2-17

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 2-23 to 2-17 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final on Sunday April 8th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.


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All-Ireland Scór Sinsear Final

The 2017/2018 All-Ireland Scór Sinsear Final will take place on Saturday April 14th at IT Sligo.



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Munster Minor Football Quarter-Final – Kerry 1-15 Tipperary 0-4

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 1-15 to 0-4 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


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Kerry breeze through to semis with emphatic win over Tipperary

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 1-15 Tipperary 0-4

The Kerry minor footballers breezed into the semi-finals of the Munster championship with this emphatic victory over Tipperary.

The winners limited the hosts to one second-half point and it was game over when Tipperary suffered a double-blow on 41 minutes; Kevin Hayes, having conceded a penalty when fouling Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích, was sent off having received a black card to go with his earlier yellow. Paul Walsh nailed the resulting spot kick to send Kerry into a 1-10 to 0-3 unassailable lead.

Captain Paul O’Shea, along with subs Dylan Geaney and Sean Quilter, closed out the win with a succession of points.

The visitors led 0-7 to 0-3 at the break and should have been further in front, with Tipperary goalkeeper Callan Scully producing two fine saves to deny Patrick D’Arcy and Jack Kennelly. Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoích had a third goal chance but blasted over from close range.

Tipperary had only one scorer in the first-half, Christy English, the Ballyporeen youngster kicking Tipperary’s one and only point from play in the first-half seven minutes in. Tipperary play Limerick in a playoff next Wednesday, last chance saloon for both sides.

Scorers for Kerry: P Walsh (1-3, 1-0 pen, 0-3 frees); R Ó Beaglaoích (0-5, 0-4 frees); D Geaney (0-2 frees); P O’Shea, K Falvey, P D’Arcy, S Quilter (0-1 ‘45) J Kennelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tipperary: C English (0-3, 0-2 frees); C Whelan (0-1).

Kerry: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); C Flannery (Dingle), C Moriarty (Annascaul), O Fitzgerald (Gneeveguilla); K O’Donoghue (Legion), D McCarthy (Kenmare), D Murphy (Rathmore); P O’Shea (Kilcummin), D Lyne (Legion); D Rahilly (Rathmore), P D’Arcy (Glenflesk), K Falvey (Annascaul); J Kennelly (Ballydonoghue), P Walsh (Brosna), R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
Subs: D Dineen (Rathmore) for Kennelly (45 mins); J O’Connor (Beaufort) for D’Arcy (47); D Mangan (Laune Rangers) for O’Donoghue (50); S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for Lyne (54); D Geaney (Dingle) for Ó Beaglaoích (56); J McCarthy (Kenmare) for Falvey (60).

Tipperary: C Scully (Nenagh Éire Óg); T McDonagh (Cahir), S Lowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), C McDonagh (Cahir); M O’Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), K Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), J Ryan (Arravale Rovers); B Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), K Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane); D Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), E Daly (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), M Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris); A Flannery (Galtee Rovers), K Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris), C English (Ballyporeen)
Subs: D Farrelly (Clerihan) for Flannery (HT); G Meagher (Inane Rovers) for T McDonagh (38); C Whelan (Mullinaone) for Murphy (44); J O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers) for J Ryan (49); R Byron (Galtee Rovers) for Daly (58).

Referee: D O’Callaghan (Limerick).


Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Students/OAP’s: Can avail of a €5 concession on full price tickets at the designated stile prior to entry with valid ID
U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in advance at participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.


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Munster Minor Football Quarter-Final – Clare 3-13 Limerick 2-9

Clare defeated Limerick by 3-13 to 2-9 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 11th at Cusack Park Ennis.


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Adult General Admission: €10.00
Students/OAP’s: Can avail of a €5 concession on full price tickets at the designated stile prior to entry with valid ID
U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in advance at participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.


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Munster Minor Football Quarter-Final – Cork 4-20 Waterford 0-5

Cork defeated Waterford by 4-20 to 0-5 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday April 11th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Ticket Information
Adult General Admission: €10.00
Students/OAP’s: Can avail of a €5 concession on full price tickets at the designated stile prior to entry with valid ID
U-16’s: Free

Tickets can be purchased in advance at participating Centra and Supervalu outlets.


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Munster MFC S-Final Playoff 1 – Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 1-11

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 2-12 to 1-11 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final Playoff 1 on Wednesday April 18th at Newcastlewest.


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Premier County find the extra gear to set up date with Déise

By Eamonn Dornan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary will meet Waterford next Wednesday in the second round Munster MFC play-off after this extra-time win over Limerick in Newcastle West last night.

Munster MFC play-off

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 2-12

It was Limerick that kicked four late points to ensure extra time, but they could only find one score in extra-time, as Tipperary edged to a four-point victory. There was a penalty for each side in the opening half, after which Limerick were 1-4 to 1-3 ahead. Limerick had moved 0-4 to 0-1 ahead after 10 minutes, with Eoin Murphy kicking successive scores, but then they went 15 minutes without a score. The Tipperary goal came at the mid point of the half, when Kyle Shelly dispatched a low shot to the net from the a penalty.

The next score was another penalty, albeit 10 minutes later, which Dylan Moloney finished in style. Christy English had a point late in the half, but Limerick led by the minimum at the break. Tipperary bossed the early minutes in the second half to move 2-6 to 1-4 clear, with Shelly scoring his second goal. It was 13 minutes into the half when Moloney had a Limerick score with a free, but when Sean O’Connor kicked a Tipperary free, they were 2-7 to 1-6 ahead entering the final quarter.

They weren’t to score again and Limerick found the final four points to force extra time; all were frees, apart from the final score in injury time from Keith O’Kelly. Tipperary were a point up at half-time in extra-time and Limerick failed to score in the second 10-minute period.

Scorers for Limerick: D Moloney 1-5 (1-0p, 5f), E Murphy 0-2, J Hayes, K Guinea (f), K O’Kelly, L Gleeson 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: K Shelly 2-3 (1-0p), C English 0-4 (2f), S O’Connor 0-2 (2f), M O’Meara (f), D Ryan, J Holloway 0-1 each.

Limerick: K Walsh (Ballysteen); M O’Hanrahan (Monaleen), C Carew (Claughaun), S Bradshaw (Pallasgreen); D O’Keeffe (Kilpeacon), T Lyons (Croom), L Gammell (Ballysteen); J Molyneaux (Dromcollogher-Broadford), J Hayes (St Kierans); B Foley (Newcastle West), D Moloney (St Kierans), D Kearns (St Senans); P O’Shaughnessy (Ballysteen), E Murphy (Fr Caseys), P Gallagher (Rathkeale)
Subs: K O’Kelly (Granagh-Ballingarry) for Gallagher (41), L Scannell (Fr Caseys) for O’Keeffe (46), L Gleeson (Newcastle West) for Foley (48), K Guinea (St Kierans) for Gammell (49), R O’Connor (Newcastle West) for Moloney (54), A McMahon (St Patricks) for Hayes, (e-t), L Gammell (Ballysteen) for Molyneaux (64), R O’Connell (Fr Caseys) for Carew (74), D Moloney (St Kierans) for Murphy (76).

Tipperary: C Scully (Nenagh Eire Og); T McDonagh (Cahir), S Lowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), C McDonagh (Cahir); M O’Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), G Meagher (Inane Rovers), J Ryan (Arravale Rovers); B Murphy (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), K Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane); M Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris), D Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), K Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris); K Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris), C English (Ballyporeen), E Daly (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
Subs: S O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials) for Hackett (h-t), R Byron (Galtee Rovers) for Murphy (h-t), C Whelan (Mullinahone) for Ryan, b-c (43), J O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers) for Meagher (57), J Holloway (Carrick Swans) for Daly (58), A Flannery (Galtee Rovers) for Ryan (61), M Hackett for Moycarkey-Borris) for O’Meara (73), D Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) for English (74), D Hickey (Arravale Rovers) for Shelly (80mins).

Referee: J Ryan (Cork)


Fixture Details

Wednesday April 18th
Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final Playoff 1
Limerick v Tipperary
Venue: Newcastlewest @ 6:30pm
Referee: John Ryan (Cork)
Extra Time if Necessary


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Munster MFC S-Final Playoff 2 – Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-6

Tipperary defeated Waterford by 2-11 to 2-6 in the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Football Minor Championship Semi-Final Playoff 2 on Wednesday April 25th at Leamybrien.


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Tipperary forwards on top form against Waterford in Munster MFC play-off

Report by Tomás McCarthy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary 2-11 Waterford 2-6

A five-point margin flattered the home team in the Leamybrien sunshine today as Tipperary were the silkier team on show in this Munster MFC semi-final play-off.

Before a crowd of 540, eight Premier players scored from play including all six forwards. Matt O’Doherty’s side, who controlled the ball for large portions, could afford to shoot fourteen wides on their way to a last-four meeting with Clare at Semple Stadium.

Kyle Shelly and Devon Ryan claimed the Tipp goals in either half but the away team created four further chances for green flags. Shelly and Ryan forced fine saves out of Niall McSweeney, Aidan Behan cleared off the line and top scorer Christy English lashed one off the crossbar.

Waterford haven’t managed a minor victory since 2014. Despite the best efforts of McSweeney, Liam Fennell and James Power, they made too many handling errors and struggled at midfield throughout.

A burst of 1-4 approaching the break gave a wind-assisted Tipp a 1-9 to 1-2 interval lead.

A point attempt from talisman Kyle Shelly on 27 minutes looped over McSweeney and into the back of the net. The full forward proved a handful for Waterford captain Tom Walsh.

Sean O’Connor, Eddie Daly, Keith Ryan and Christy English lifted white flags in this crucial period. The blue and gold bossed the opposition kickouts and recorded eight wides compared to Waterford’s one.

The locals went 1-1 to 0-2 ahead with ten minutes on the stopwatch when midfielder James Power approached from the right and sent a deflected effort past Callan Scully.

Tipp free-taker English cancelled it out with three in a row. Power levelled from a free but it proved their last score of the opening thirty. The Tipp takeover left them seven in arrears at halfway.

Two frees Power reduced the gap to five during the third quarter. The number nine ended with 1-4 to his credit. McSweeney denied Devon Ryan from close range.

On 40 minutes, a Ryan point effort hit the post but he buried the rebound with the aid of the metalwork this time. Max Hackett became Tipp’s eighth scorer at the three-quarter stage and the leaders eased off. They used their full complement of subs.

Liam Fennell gave fiery display at wing-back for Waterford but two quick yellows from referee Alan Long forced him to sit out the closing eleven minutes.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Tom Flynn’s charges battled to the full-time whistle. Their endeavours were rewarded when Aaron Ryan forced in a consolation goal two minutes from time.

Scorers for Tipperary: C English 0-5 (4fs), K Shelly, D Ryan 1-0 each, S O’Connor 0-2 (1f), J Ryan, K Ryan, M Hackett, E Daly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: J Power 1-4 (3fs), A Ryan 1-1, L Fennell 0-1.

Tipperary: C Scully (Nenagh Éire Óg); T McDonagh (Cahir), S Lowe (Moyne-Templetuohy), C McDonagh (Cahir); M O’Meara (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), G Meagher (Inane Rovers), J Ryan (Arravale Rovers); K Hayes (Moycarkey-Borris), K Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane); M Hackett (Moycarkey-Borris), D Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), E Daly (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams); C English (Ballyporeen), K Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris), S O’Connor (Clonmel Commercials).
Subs: C Power (Ballina) for Daly (45), R Byron (Galtee Rovers) for Hayes (48), J Holloway (Carrick Swan) for English (55), D Farrelly (Clerihan) for D Ryan (58), C Whelan (Mullinahone) for J Ryan (58), K Costello (Durlas Óg) for Hackett (61).

Waterford: N McSweeney (Gaultier); S Lennon (Brickey Rangers), T Walsh (Rathgormack), S Boyce (The Nire); L Fennell (Stradbally), C Foley (Ballinacourty), A Behan (Kilrossanty); C Browne (Brickey Rangers), L Walsh (The Nire); H Griffin (Ballinameela), J Power (Rathgormack), S Ronayne (Brickey Rangers); A Ryan (The Nire), M O Floinn (Old Parish), N O’Keeffe (De La Salle).
Subs: R Elliffe (Rathgormack) for Browne (37), T Mooney (Kill) for Boyce (42), P Fitzgerald (Kilrossanty) for O’Keeffe (57).

Referee: A Long (Cork).


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