All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Limerick 3-16 Galway 2-18

Limerick defeated Galway by 3-16 to 2-18 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday August 19th at Croke Park.

Match Highlights

Limerick win first All-Ireland SHC title since ’73

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


By John Harrington for

Limerick’s long wait is finally over.

45 years of hurt were washed away when Declan Hannon became the first Treaty County captain since 1973 to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup to the skies after a heart-stopping All-Ireland Final.

It looked like the Shannonsiders were coasting towards a comfortable win when Shane Dowling’s 68th minute goal gave them an eight-point lead.

But the hurling gods simply refused to let arguably the greatest hurling championship of all time end with anything other than a cymbal crashing crescendo.

In the ten minutes of injury-time played Galway summoned an almighty late charge that saw them score 2-2 and win a last-gasp free that gave Joe Canning a chance to level it at the death.

It was just outside his range though, and when the ball dropped into a forest of hurleys and hands it was Limerick’s Tom Condon who won it.

He managed to wriggle clear from the pack and hand-passed it out to Tom Morrisssey on the wing as James Owens blew the final whistle to send every Limerick person in the stadium to seventh heaven.

Maybe doing it the hard way will have made it feel all the more special for Limerick, but for a long time it looked like they were going to win this match with surprising ease.

Galway have made a habit of starting quickly in matches this year, but right from the start they were very much on the back-foot in this match.

Limerick’s industry without the ball was hugely impressive, and it meant Galway men had barely a second to get their head up before being engulfed in green.

The Limerick forwards were setting the tone in this regard, harrying and hassling for all their worth, and the sight of a Galway ball-carrier being set upon by packs of hungry tacklers was quickly becoming commonplace.

Limerick betrayed their nerves with some poor shooting, but overall the way they settled into the match was hugely impressive as they quickly raced into a three-point lead.

Aaron Gillane, who was being picked up by Daithi Burke, opened the scoring, and then Kyle Hayes and Graeme Mulcahy followed up with two more points.

The Hayes point summed up Limerick’s attitude in the opening exchanges. He burst a gut to intercept an Adrian Tuohey short pass from defence, and then lanced the ball confidently over the bar.

There was more method to Limerick’s attacking play than Galway’s. The Tribesmen were lumping the ball long into Jonathan Glynn and hoping for the best, but Limerick full-back Mike Casey was sticking doggedly to his task despite a big disadvantage in height and weight.

A Joe Canning ’65 and a nice point from David Burke got Galway off the mark, and by the 15th minute they had drawn level on five points apiece.

They briefly moved into the lead when Joe Cooney pointed, but then Limerick landed the heaviest blow of the match yet when they scored a scrappy goal. Hayes did brilliantly to pick out Mulcahy with a cross-field ball but as the corner-forward bore down on goal he was stripped of possession.

He managed to scuff the ball on the ground in front of him and then got a lucky break when James Skehill’s attempt to smother it seemed to ricochet of McInerney and back into Mulcahy’s path which allowed him to scuff it over the line from close range.

By the 28th minute Limerick were 1-8 to 0-6 ahead thanks to a Tom Morrissey point and two inspirational long-rangers from their increasingly influential captain Declan Hannon.

They really should have been even more than five points ahead by now though, because they’d also hit 10 wides, many of them of the poor variety.

Galway were just about hanging in there, and three points in a row from Burke, Canning (f) and Joseph Cooney had the gap down to three as the first-half bled into injury-time.

There was one last Limerick flourish before half-time though, as a Gillane free and a classy Seamus Flanagan gave them a four point lead going to the dressing-room that probably didn’t fully reflect how dominant they had been.

They weren’t as profligate in the second-half though, and before long their dominance was being reflected in a more substantial manner on the score-board.

Centre-forward Kyle Hayes was starting it lord it over Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney, and three points from him had helped Limerick into a 1-15 to 0-10 lead by the 44th minute.

Galway were looking like a tired team now as they struggle to cope with the pace a faster, hungrier Limerick side were setting. One man in maroon simply refused to give in though – Joe Canning.

The greatest hurler of his generation further gilded that status by playing some incredible hurling in the final 30 minutes of the match.

His initial surge saw him score two classy points from play, but Galway were back on life-support when Tom Morrissey then struck for Limerick’s second goal.

He did brilliantly to dispossess McInerney and go around Adrian Tuohey before controlling the ball with great skill one-handed on his hurley and then lashing it to the back of the net.

Back came Canning with three more points for Galway to reduce the gap to a manageable five before Dowling floored the Tribesmen again with Limerick’s third goal.

Once more, the work ethic of the Limerick forwards played a crucial part in the score as Peter Casey blocked Tuohey’s attempted clearance and then played in Dowling who finished emphatically to the right-corner.

You figured that had to be that, but Galway were resuscitated when Conor Whelan escaped Richie English for the first time in the match to score a life-line of a goal.

Five minutes later Canning lashed a 21 yard free to the back of the net, and suddenly there were only two points between the teams, Limerick leading by 3-15 to 2-16.

Limerick supporters must surely have been thinking this could be ’94 all over again, especially when Niall Burke intercepted a miscued Graeme Mulcahy pass and pointed to reduce the gap to just one.

But Mulcahy atoned for that sin by then scoring a brilliant point to edge Limerick two ahead once more.

There was time for even more late drama though as Canning nervelessly nailed a ’65 in the eight minute of injury-time, presumably after being told there would be time for one more passage of play after the resulting puck-out.

He couldn’t produce any more heroics though as his last-gasp free from around 90 yards fell short, and Limerick cleared their lines to send their supporters delirious.

Scorers for Limerick: Graeme Mulcahy 1-2, Tom Morrissey 1-1, Kyle Hayes 0-4, Shane Dowling 1-0, Aaron Gillane 0-3 (2f), Declan Hannon 0-2, Seamus Flanagan 0-1, Cian Lynch 0-1, Darragh O’Donovan 0-1, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-10 (1-5f), Conor Whelan 1-0, Joseph Cooney 0-3, David Burke 0-3, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Michael Casey, Richie English; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrisey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: Richie McCarthy for Mike Casey (50), Shane Dowling for Gearoid Hegarty (56), Peter Casey for Seamus Flanagan (64), William O’Donoghue for Darragh O’Donovan (67), Tom Condon for Richie English (72)

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion
Subs: Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (46), Paul Killeen for John Hanbury (57), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (58), Sean Loftus for Johnny Coen (60), Fearghal Flannery for James Skehill (61)

Ref: James Owens (Wexford)

Match Preview

Team News

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joesph Cooney, Joe Canning, Johnny Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; Darragh O’Donovan, Cian Lynch; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes; Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.

M Donnelly Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League

Round Three of the M Donnelly Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League 2018 will be hosted by Munster at the St. Joseph’s Doora Barefield GAA Club, Gurteen, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday August 25th at 11am.

Round Three – Clár an Lae

Match 1 Munster V Leinster 11.00am 11.25am
Match 2 Connacht V Ulster 11.30am 11.55am
Match 3 Munster V Ulster 12.05pm 12.30pm
Match 4 Leinster V Connacht 12.35pm 13.00pm
Match 5 Leinster V Ulster 13.10pm 13.35pm
Match 6 Munster V Connacht 13.40pm 14.05pm

Table (after Round Two)

Table P W D L For Against Diff Total
Leinster 6 5 1 0 12 3 9 28
Ulster 6 2 2 2 4 14 -10 18
Connacht 6 2 0 4 14 13 1 14
Munster 6 1 1 4 6 6 0 12

Leading Goal Scorers (After Round Two)

Name Goals Team
S. Melville 8 Connacht
A. Hennebry 5 Leinster
L. Madden 3 Leinster
A. Hynes 3 Connacht
M. Noonan 3 Munster

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Munster Senior Hurling Final – Cork 2-24 Clare 3-19

Cork defeated Clare by 2-24 to 3-19 in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final on Sunday July 1st at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Match Highlights

Second half revival puts Clare to the sword as Cork retain Munster title

Report By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner

Clare 3-19 – 2-24 Cork

A composed second-half display from Cork saw them retain their Munster SHC title as they put Clare to the sword for the second year in a row and the second time this summer.

The Banner were brilliant for a lot of the first half but folded after the break where John Conlon’s influence was drowned out by a more effective Cork defensive display.

Watched by a 45,364 crowd in Semple Stadium, Cork were on level terms in the 45th minute and by the time Clare scored again in the 52nd they had gone two ahead. Their second goal came in the 59th minute when the dynamic Darragh Fitzgibbon and Bill Cooper linked up to give Seamus Harnedy the platform to strike past Donal Tuohy.

Clare’s shooting into the Town End left a lot to be desire and they hit seven wides in the second half, Peter Duggan contributing four of them. He also had a free blocked as Shane O’Donnell struck poorly when Anthony Nash hit the ball directly to him.

A late goal by Ian Galvin gave Clare a flicker of hope but Cork were able to see out the remaining seconds and deservedly so following some beautiful hurling from Fitzgibbon, Patrick Horgan and Harnedy.

The first half was literally spilling over with a multitude of sidelines in the opening exchanges. Conlon’s blistering form was evident early on as he sent over his third point in the 13th minute to give Clare a 0-5 to 0-3 lead.

Cork were unlucky not to pick up a couple of frees but there was little doubt Clare were the better team and while Horgan brought the sides level in the 16th minute Anthony Nash was picking the ball out of his net seconds later when David Reidy finished off an attack produced by Tony Kelly’s lengthy solo run.

David Reidy goal for Clare

Another Conlon point followed, Damien Cahalane was relieved of marking duties on him, and Clare’s advantage grew to five points when Duggan fired over a brace of frees.

Clare’s second goal also came from a free, a launcher from Tuohy which was coming down at the edge of the square when Duggan touched it to the net. Again, Conlon followed it up with a point.

Luke Meade’s goal on the cusp of the break after Seamus Harnedy had fielded strongly and Mark Coleman’s sideline cut gave Cork some solace going into the break despite being 2-11 to 1-10 down.

Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-11, 6 frees, 1 65); S. Harnedy (1-4); L. Meade (1-1); D. Fitzgibbon, D. Kearney, M. Coleman (1 sideline) (0-2 each); C. Lehane , B. Cooper (0-1 each).

Scorers for Clare: P. Duggan (1-7, 0-6 frees); J. Conlon (0-5); D. Reidy (1-2); I. Galvin (1-0); P. Collins (0-2); C. Galvin, C. McGrath, T. Kelly (0-1 each).

CORK: A. Nash; C. Spillane, D. Cahalane, C. Spillane; C. Joyce, E. Cadogan, M. Coleman; D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper; L. Meade, P. Horgan, D. Kearney; S. Kingston, C. Lehane, S. Harnedy (c).
Subs for Cork: R. O’Flynn for S. Kingston (59); M. Cahalane for L. Meade (64); L. McLoughlin for D. Kearney (66); D. Brosnan for B. Cooper (blood 70+2 to f-t).

CLARE: D. Tuohy; P. O’Connor (c), D. McInerney, J. Browne; S. Morey, C. Cleary, J. Shanahan; C. Galvin, C. Malone; P. Duggan, T. Kelly, D. Reidy; P. Collins, J. Conlon, S. O’Donnell.
Subs for Clare: J. McCarthy for C. Malone (50); C. McGrath for S. O’Donnell (55); D. Corry for D. Reidy (63); I. Galvin for C. Cleary (68).

Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath).

Munster GAA Press Release – Flares / Smoke Bombs warning

Thursday June 28th 2018

Munster GAA and the Thurles Gardai are warning supporters attending Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Final in Thurles that those who bring flares, smoke bombs and any other pyrotechnic devices in to the ground will be ejected and may face arrest.

John Brennan, Munster GAA Operations Manager (today) said “these devices are extremely dangerous, particularly when used in a confined space, such as a terrace with thousands of fellow supporters present. Flares can burn at a very high temperature and present a serious safety risk to those holding them and to those in the general vicinity, especially young children. Smoke bombs also burn at high temperatures and can be dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties. These items are not designed for use in confined spaces and it is against ground regulations to enter the stadium and set them off.

He added “We want all supporters to enjoy the occasion in Thurles on Sunday and we ask the very small number of supporters who bring these items to games to refrain from doing so.

Ticket Information

Adult Stand Pre Purchase: €35.00
Adult Terrace Pre Purchase: €25.00
Juvenile Stand & Terrace: €5.00
Student/Senior’s will receive €10.00 concession with valid ID at the designated stile prior to entry.
Adult prices increase by €5.00 at midnight 30th of June.

Ticket Update – Munster Senior & Minor Hurling Finals
Munster GAA can confirm that a limited number of returned tickets will go on sale via and participating Centra and Supervalu Outlets (Ticketing Store Locator) from 6pm today (Wednesday) while stocks last.

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Team News

Clare: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor (captain), David McInerney, Jack Browne, Seadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan,Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Podge Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell.

Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 3-18 Cork 2-4

Kerry defeated Cork by 3-18 to 2-4 in the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final on Saturday June 23rd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Match Highlights

Munster Senior Football Championship Final

KERRY 3-18 CORK 2-4

Report By John Harrington for

Kerry’s young gun-slingers shot Cork full of holes in this evening’s one-sided Munster SFC Final at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. With an average age of just 24 this Kerry team is going to be around for a while, but they’re clearly determined to make their mark now and won’t be content this year with just a Munster Championship.

They toyed with Cork at times this evening. Some of their attacking thrusts were a joy to behold, and they turned over opposition ball carriers time and again with aggressive and co-ordinated tackling. But as comfortable as the win was, it’s clear too that this Kerry side is still a work in progress.

Some of their defending would have made Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s video analysts smile, and if Kerry have serious ambitions about knocking Dublin from their pedestal this year they’ll need to tighten up that aspect of their play.

And as slick as they looked this evening, it’s hard to know yet just how good this young Kerry team is until they’re faced with serious adversity and have to dig deep.

That never happened in this match, because apart from a quick start, Cork were well off the pace. Time and again men in red jersies were left in the wake of jet-heeled Kerry players, and with what limited possession they had they struggled to put together cohesive attacking moves with any real consistency.

Cork’s challenge petered out fairly meekly in the end, but for the first ten minutes of the contest they at least gave their supporters something to really shout about.

The match couldn’t really have gotten off to a more dramatic start, with the Rebels scoring a goal in the second minute and Kerry replying in kind not long afterwards.

Cork’s goal was a product of their own opportunism and some slack Kerry defending as Ruairi Deane collected a pass from Sean White and soloed towards goal.

He muscled his way in along the end-line and when he hand-passed a ball across the face of the Kerry goal there was the unexpected figure of Cork full-back Jamie O’Sullivan to palm it to the net. The Cork defender collided with the post in the process of scoring which forced him off the field for a few minutes, and his absence was costly.

Jamie O’Sullivan goal for Cork

You’d imagine if he had been on the field he would have had the defensive instincts to intercept Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien when he picked the ball up on the Cork ’45 and made a bee-line towards goal. He was allowed bring the ball all the way as far as the ’14 yard line and then blasted it emphatically to the back of the Cork net.

Stephen O’Brien goal for Kerry

When Paul Geaney then kicked a point to put Kerry 1-2 to 1-0 ahead it looked like they were beginning to settle into a comfortable rhythm, but they sustained another sharp shock on nine minutes when they conceded a second goal.

It was pretty much a carbon copy of the first as once again Ruairi Deane was allowed to solo towards goal, come in along the end-line, and hand-pass it across the face of the goal, and this time Mark Collins was on hand to palm it to the net. It was poor defending by Kerry, and you can be sure both goals will be mentioned in training next week by manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Mark Collins goal for Cork

When Luke Connolly followed up the Collins goal with a brilliant point from play it drew a crescendo of cheers from the home supporters, but they’d have nothing else to shout about for the remaining 25 minutes of the half.

Kerry took complete control of the match, and that was largely thanks to the manner in which they pushed up successfully on the Cork kick-out.

With no targets to kick short to, Cork goalkeeper Mark White was forced to go long and his outfielders were cleaned out in the middle third by Kerry’s ball winners.

Kerry kicked nine unanswered points from the 10th minute to the half-time whistle to storm into a 1-10 to 2-1 lead, with the inside forward line of Geaney, David Clifford, and James O’Donoghue doing most of the damage.

Clifford was poetry in motion whenever he ran with the ball, and the two points he scored in the first half were typically classy efforts. As good as Clifford is, at this point in his career he’s still very much the apprentice in the Kerry attack to master magician Geaney.

The Dingle man kicked three brilliant first-half points, and then effectively killed the game stone dead when he hammered home Kerry’s secondd at the start of the second-half. From that moment on it was only a question of just how handsome a margin Kerry would win the match by.

Quite handsome, as it turned out. The introduction of substitutes like Kieran Donaghy, Darran O’Sullivan, and Barry John Keane meant Kerry never let up, and even if they were sloppy at times the scores kept mounting steadily.

Geaney had already kicked two more nice points when he capped a man of the match display with his second goal in the final minute of normal time.

In the end it was a stroll in the sun for this talented Kerry team, but it’ll be very interesting to see how they cope with the tougher tests ahead that await them in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final series, like the impending showdown with Connacht champions Galway.

Scorers for Kerry: Paul Geaney 2-5, Sean O’Shea 0-4 (2 ’45, 1f), James O’Donoghue 0-3 (1f), Stephen O’Brien 1-0, David Clifford 0-2, Paul Murphy 0-2, Gavin White 0-1, Barry John Keane 0-1

Scorers for Cork: Mark Collins 1-1, Jamie O’Sullian 1-0, Luke Connolly 0-2, Peter Kelleher 0-1

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Berry; Micheál Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue
Subs: Kevin McCarthy for Stephen O’Brien (23 black card), Darran O’Sullivan for Micheal Burns (ht), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (53), Kieran Donaghy for David Clifford (55), Barry John Keane for James O’Donoghue (58), Killian Young for Tadhg Morley (64)

CORK: Mark White; Kevin Crowley, Jamie O’Sullivan, Sam Ryan; Stephen Cronin, Kevin Flahivev, Tomas Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Ian Maguire; Kevin O’Driscoll, Sean White, John O’Rourke; Mark Collins, Ruairi Deane, Luke Connolly
Subs: James Loughrey for Sam Ryan (20, black card), Paul Kerrigan for Ruairi Deane (33, black card), Brian Hurley for John O’Rourke, Peter Kelleher for Kevin O’Driscoll (both half-time), Brian O’Driscoll for Stephen Cronin (58), Colm O’Neill for Aidan Walsh (59)

Ref: Ciarán Branagan (Down)

Garda Message for Supporters

We are expecting a substantial attendance at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sat 23rd June 2018.

Cork City Traffic will be busy generally & we wish to advise that they will be some traffic delays / congestion.


Bus Eireann Shuttle bus to venue from Lapps Quay 16:00 to 19:00

Bus Eireann post-match service to City from Blackrock Rd (Venue Bar)



Team News

CORK (SFC v Kerry): M White (Clonakilty); S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), K Flahive (Douglas); K Crowley (Millstreet), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), T Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh (Kanturk), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); K O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), R Deane (Bantry Blues); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), M Collins (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
Subs: R Price (O’Donovan Rossa), J Loughrey (Mallow), M Taylor (Mallow), C Kiely (Ballincollig), B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), R O’Toole (Éire Óg), P Kelleher (Kilmichael), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Hurley (Castlehaven), B Hurley (Castlehaven), C O’Neill (Ballyclough).

Kerry: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Tadhg Morley, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Michael Burns, Seán O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue.

Ticket Information

Premium Level Tickets: €90.00 – No Concessions or juvenile tickets available.
Adult Stand Pre Purchase: €35.00
Adult Terrace Pre Purchase: €25.00
Juvenile Stand & Terrace: €5.00
Student/Senior’s will receive €10.00 concession with valid ID at the designated stile prior to entry.
Adult prices increase by €5.00 at midnight 22nd of June.

Tickets are available for purchase via
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NOTE – All Stand tickets are now sold out for this fixture. Terrace tickets remain on sale

2018 Munster GAA Club Forum

Report – Munster Club Forum – Pairc Ui Chaoimh 20/1/2018

Presentations for Download

Derek McGrath – Guest Speaker

Kieran Leddy – Bringing it all together – Coaching & Administration, Working Effectively

Stephen McDonnell – Volunteers the Lifeblood of Our Club – Recruiting & Retaining

Fionn Fitzgerald – Our Club Our Future – Why Our Club Needs a Plan?

Garryspillane GAA Club – Case Study – Best Coaching Practice in Clubs

Laune Rangers GAA Club – Case Study – Developing a Club Pan – How it works in Practice

Kevin O’Donovan – Utilising Your GDA – A Vital Resource

Micheal Quirke – Sharing and Learning Together – A Pathway for Clubs

Paudie Butler – Linking Juvenile to Adult Clubs – Player, Coach & Administrator

Building For Our Future – Best Practice in Club Development

The 2018 Munster GAA Club Forum will take place on Saturday January 20th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh with an impressive line-up of topics and speakers.

This event has now SOLD OUT. Contact your local County GDA’s if you wish to put your name on a waiting list should places become available due to cancellations.

Booking Details

The cost is €20 per person or €50 for a club (between 3 and 10 club members). Lunch is provided.

List of Speakers

If you have any questions, please e-mail Munster GAA at

Munster GAA Coaching Calendar

The Munster GAA Coaching and Games Development team organise numerous courses through the six counties of Munster every year.

See below a Coaching Calendar which indicates the available courses in the near future.

Munster GAA Awards €1M to Clubs in Development Grants

The Munster Council has announced details of the 2017 Development Grant Scheme, which has provided €1,004,700 in funding for club and school capital development projects across the province.

List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants

Under the scheme, Clare received €118,600 from 10 applications, Cork received €344,229 from 38 applications, Limerick received €185,258 from 18 applications, Kerry received €93,308 from 15 applications, Tipperary received €202,413 from 23 applications and Waterford received €60,886 from 7 applications. Funding is allocated based on the amount spent and on the category of development.
Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said “I am delighted to announce the awarding of €1 million in grants supporting development projects in 108 clubs and 3 schools throughout Munster.”

“These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing close on €7,750,000 million in upgrading their facilities. This level of expenditure is testament to the strength of the GAA in the province and reflects the impressive vision of our clubs to continually improve facilities for players and supporters alike.”

He added “The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we get from the many thousands of people who attend our games each year. We are very fortunate to have such loyal support in the province and we are delighted to be able to redistribute income from games to the clubs and schools.”

Of the fund available this year, Central Council provided €540,000, with the balance of €464,700 coming from the Munster Council’s own resources.

List of organisations who will receive Munster GAA Development Grants

Munster GAA – Where does the money go?

In 2016, the Munster Council had an income of €6,645,000, of which €2,800,000 came from Croke Park, with the remaining €3,845,000 self-generated through gate receipts, match programme sales etc.

The list below sets out expenditure of €5,586,000 on various grants and allocations to counties as well as the normal expenses associated with holding games, printing match programmes and so on. This expenditure accounts for 84% of all income. After all distributions were made, a surplus of €127,000, or 2% of income was recorded.

  • €2,009,000: Games Development: This assists with the promotion and development of the games in the province, including assisting with the employment of 42 full time coaching staff in the province, including 8 coaching staff in Munster’s 3rd level institutions. It also includes payments to the counties in the Hurley and Helmet Subsidy, County Cúl Camp allocations, County Academy grants, Coach Education grants and so on.
  • €990,000: Club Development Grants: This scheme supports the development of facilities in clubs and schools across the province. Last year, 110 clubs benefited from this scheme.
  • €571,000: Matchday Costs: These are the costs associated with holding game, including the cost of policing, stewarding, ticket sales, medical cover, catering etc.
  • €447,000: Rent of stadia: 15% of the gross gate for each games is paid directly to the stadium hosting the game, which assist them with the running costs associated with a county ground, such as insurance, pitch maintenance etc.
  • €316,000: Team Expenses: This is the amount paid to teams competing in games organised by the Munster Council and competing in the Senior All Ireland finals. These payments help to meet the cost of transport, food etc.
  • €219,000: Grants to Kindred Bodies: These are grants paid to those organisations promoting Gaelic Games in primary schools, post primary schools and third level colleges and also assists with the organisation of events such as the Primary Game.
  • €184,000: Central Council Ticket Sales: This is the amount paid to Central Council for ticket sales handled by the Munster Council.
  • €182,000: Player Injury Fund: 6% of the gross gate for each game is paid directly to the GAA Player Injury Fund, which assists in with the treatment cost associated with injuries.
  • €153,000: County Facilities: This is the amount paid to County Boards in capital grants to support the development of county facilities, such as Centres of Excellence and so on.
  • €113,000: Match Day Student/OAP Concessions: This is the amount Students and OAP’s receive back on the cost of their match day ticket, usually €5 or €10 per ticket.
  • €102,000: Match Programme Allocations: Once costs of production are taken out, the remaining amount from Match day income is divided amongst the competing counties.
  • €98,000: Scholarships: Amounts paid to students in 3rd level scholarships and to Post Primary Students attending Gaeltacht Colleges.
  • €95,000: Match Programme Production: This is the cost of producing Match day programmes, including printing, distribution etc.
  • €80,000: Other Grants: Amounts paid to counties through various other grant categories. For example, Clare and Waterford receive €30,000 as a payment in lieu of hosting of major championship games.
  • €28,000: Medals and Trophies: Amount spent on medals for winning teams.

  • New Munster GAA Post Primary Schools Web Site

    Munster GAA PPS web site launched

    Munster GAA Post Primary Schools have today launched a new web site.

    With the Dr. Harty Cup beginning this Wednesday followed by the Corn Ui Mhuiri next week, the new site at is another step along the road in our pursuit to make Post-Primary Schools GAA activities accessible to a wide audience both in schools and in the general public.

    The new web site includes all fixtures & results, match reports, photos, school contact details, an extensive roll of honour section and integration with our popular @munsterpps Twitter account.

    All feedback is welcome and can be sent to

    Visit the Munster GAA PPS Web Site –