Munster U21 Hurling Q-Final – Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Limerick defeated Tipperary by 2-24 to 0-19 in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final on Thursday June 22nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

BGE Munster U-21 Hurling: Limerick too good for Tipp

Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship quarter-final

Limerick 2-24 Tipperary 0-19

Report By Jackie Cahill for

Pat Donnelly’s Limerick produced a powerful performance against an inexperienced Tipperary side to book a place in the semi-finals of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship.

In front of 3,076 spectators at the Gaelic Grounds, the Shannonsiders avenged last year’s defeat against their neighbours to justify a heavy pre-match favourites tag.

Limerick, littered with senior panellists, are favourites to win the provincial title and on this evidence, they’ll prove stiff opposition for Clare on July 12, and with home advantage.

All six of Limerick’s starting forwards were on target from play as Limerick marched on to the last four, seeing off a mini-Tipperary revival in the second half to win by 11 points.

Playing with the breeze in the first half, and with senior star Kyle Hayes excelling in a sweeper role, the supply of ball into the Limerick forwards was plentiful and of high quality.

Man-of-the-match Tom Morrissey was close to an early goal but he did find the back of the net in the sixth minute, bundling the ball home from close range at the second attempt after Tipp goalkeeper Brian Hogan performed heroics to keep out first Barry Nash and then Morrissey.

That goal helped Limerick to lead by 1-4 to 0-0, as Tipp, with some of their 2016 minor All-Ireland winners making their U21 debuts, struggled to settle into the game.

Mark Kehoe, one of Tipp’s bright sparks on the night, got them off the mark with an eleventh minute point before Billy McCarthy, one of just two senior panellists on the starting U21 team, cut the gap back to five.

But Limerick were just too good and kept the scoreboard ticking over, before senior ace Nash struck the second goal in the 16th minute, bursting clear of Kevin Hassett before beating Hogan from close range.

By half-time, Limerick were 2-12 to 0-8 clear but Tipp, with Ger Browne impressive, opened the second half with clear intent.

Eleven minutes in, Tipp had cut a ten-point half-time deficit back to just six but Limerick responded with six unanswered points to stretch the lead out to 12.

Aaron Gillane, another senior panellist with Limerick and leading scorer on the night, struck four points in a row during that purple patch to hand Donnelly’s young guns breathing space again.

From there until the finish, it was a procession for Limerick, as both managers emptied the bench. Tipp had excellent contributions from Browne, Kehoe and Brian McGrath, while Willie Connors started well, but Limerick had too much class and physicality on the night.

In many people’s eyes, this Limerick team could emulate the class of 2015 by going all the way to an All-Ireland title – and this was a good way to start.

Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-9 (7f), Tom Morrissey 1-4, Barry Nash 1-0, Peter Casey 0-3, Ronan Lynch, Colin Ryan & Barry Murphy 0-2 each, Cian Lynch & Paudie Ahern 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Ger Browne & Lyndon Fairbrother (4f) 0-5 each, Mark Kehoe 0-3, Cian Darcy 0-2f, Billy McCarthy, Willie Connors, Gavin O’Halloran & Tommy Nolan 0-1 each.

Limerick: Eoghan McNamara; Sean Finn, Darragh Fanning, Dan Joy; Ronan Lynch, Kyle Hayes, Josh Adams; Robbie Hanley, Colin Ryan; Aaron Gillane, Cian Lynch, Tom Morrissey; Peter Casey, Barry Nash, Barry Murphy
Subs: Conor Boylan for Hanley (40), Thomas Grimes for Adams (41), Oisin O’Reilly for Murphy (48), Lorcan Lyons for Ryan (53), Paudie Ahern for Gillane (59).

Tipperary: Brian Hogan; Paul Maher, Emmett Moloney, Kevin Hassett; Robert Byrne; Brian McGrath, Enda Heffernan; Billy McCarthy, Ger Browne; Andrew Coffey, Stephen Quirke, Mark Kehoe; Lyndon Fairbrother, David Gleeson, Willie Connors
Subs: Michael Whelan for Maher (blood 37-39), Ronan Teehan for Gleeson (42), Tommy Nolan for Connors (47), Cian Darcy for Fairbrother (47), Paul Ryan for McCarthy (47), Gavin O’Halloran for Heffernan (59).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

Ticket Information

Adult General Admission: €10.00
Students/OAP’s receive €5.00 concession on full price adult tickets with valid id prior to entry
U-16’s: Free

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Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Limerick, Tipperary and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Team News

The Limerick U21 management team of Pat Donnelly Manager (South Liberties), Mike Kiely (Coach/Selector)(Ballybrown), Brian Foley (Coach/Selector)(Adare), Maurice O’Brien (Coach/Selector)(Garryspillane) has released their match team and panel for their Thursday evening’s Munster U21 hurling championship quarter final clash with Tipperary. Pat Donnelly side are home in the Gaelic Grounds and with the throw in at 7.30pm supporters are asked to came early to the grounds. The following is the team and match panel.

1 Eoghan McNamara (Doon), 2 Sean Finn (Bruff), 3 Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen), 4 Dan Joy (Kilmallock), 5 Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), 6 Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), 7 Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 8 Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), 9 Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen), 10 Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), 11 Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), 12 Tom Morrissey (Ahane)(Captain), 13 Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), 14 Barry Nash (South Liberties), 15 Barry Murphy (Doon).
16 Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown), 17 Conor McSweeney (South Liberties), 18 Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), 19 Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen), 20 Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen), 21 Oisin O Reilly (Kilmallock), 22 Paudie Ahern (Killeedy), 23 Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 24 Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)

The Tipperary team to play Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U21 Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow evening, Thursday June 22nd at 7:30pm has been announced by manager William Maher.

It includes 6 of the side that started last years U21 Munster Final with one of those Andrew Coffey captaining the side, while 4 of the 2016 All-Ireland Minor winning team – Brian McGrath, Ger Browne, Mark Kehoe and Lyndon Fairbrother make their U21 championship debut.

The team lines out as follows;

1 Brian Hogan – Lorrha-Dorrha
2 Paul Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
3 Emmett Moloney – Drom & Inch
4 Kevin Hassett – Drom & Inch
5 Robert Byrne – Portroe
6 Brian McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
7 Enda Heffernan – Clonoulty-Rossmore
8 Billy McCarthy – Thurles Sarsfields
9 Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10 Andrew Coffey (Capt.) – Nenagh Éire Óg
11 Stephen Quirke – Moyle Rovers
12 Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
13 Lyndon Fairbrother – JK Brackens
14 David Gleeson – Ballinahinch
15 Willie Connors – Kiladangan

Match Programme

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 32 page souvenir match programme for this game.

Munster Senior Football Final – Cork v Kerry

Cork will play Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday July 2nd at 2pm in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

Ticket Information

Pre Purchase Adult Stand: €35
Juvenile Covered Stand: €5

Green and Blue Terrace: Adult Only:
Pre Purchase Adult Only: €25

Red Terrace Family Terrace (Juvenile Tickets available in this terrace)
Family Adult Pre Purchase: €25
Juvenile: €5

Concession of €10 on Adult tickets for Students/OAP’s prior to entry with valid id at the designated stiles in each area.

Pre purchase discount is valid until Midnight Saturday 1st July. Adult Ticket prices increase by €5 on Match day.


Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Kerry, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Juvenile Club Package

Juvenile Group Application Form

Juvenile Clubs wishing to avail of this package will need to complete the
Juvenile Groups Application Form and return it to Mary O’Mahoney ( by Monday June 26th.

SPIN South West – official supporter of Munster GAA

SPIN South West is delighted to announce its official partnership with Munster GAA.

Speaking about the partnership, Ed Donnelly, Communications Manager for Munster GAA commented: “Munster GAA are delighted to partner with Spin South West to help promote our games, in particular to a younger audience in the province who are our supporters of the future.”.

Commenting on the announcement, Stefan Langan, Marketing Manager for SPIN South West said: “We are proud to partner with such a fantastic organisation like Munster GAA. The partnership will allow us to expand our offering to the South West region through match updates, player interviews & ticket giveaways”.
To celebrate the launch of the partnership, SPIN South West will be giving away tickets to all of the upcoming Munster GAA matches. Tune in to SPIN South West all this week to be in with a chance of winning tickets!

To stay up to date with all the news from Munster GAA and to be in with a chance of winning tickets this season, stay tuned to SPIN South West, Official Supporter of Munster GAA.

For further information:
Stefan Langan, Marketing Manager

Munster Senior Hurling Final – Clare v Cork

Clare will play Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday July 9th at 4pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale via, Centra and Supervalu outlets
on Friday June 23rd.

Buy Before Match Day and save €5

Pre-Purchase Covered Stand: €35
Pre-Purchase Uncovered Stand Adult: €30
Pre-Purchase Adult Terrace: €25
Juveniles U-16’s in all Areas: €5
(Clare are allocated the Killinan End terrace, Cork will be in the Town End Terrace)

Rebate of €10 for Students/Seniors with valid id prior to entry at the designated stiles.

The above prices are pre-purchase prices, applicable until midnight of the night before the game. All adult ticket prices increase by €5 on the day

Tickets can be purchased in Centra and Supervalu stores in Clare, Cork and across Ireland – visit the Munster GAA Ticketing Locator to see participating stores in Munster.

Teacher Summer GAA Courses in Mary Immaculate College

Munster GAA is sponsoring two Teacher Summer Courses in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick from July 3rd to July 7th. The courses are aimed at Primary School Teachers who want to develop their capacities to teach Gaelic Games and Physical Education in the Primary School.

Course 1

Gaelic games in the primary school: a cross-curricular approach (blended)

Presenter: Richard Bowles, Joe Redington and tutors

Venue: MIC

Date: 3,4,5 July onsite with two online units (6, 7 July)

Max No: 25

Fee: €25

Click here to apply – closing date is Friday June 30th but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the course reaches capacity.

Curaclam na Bunscoile specifies that, ‘Gaelic games should be given particular consideration as part of the games programme.’ This course will develop teachers’ basic skills through activities, enabling teachers to apply same in primary school situation. All age groups will be included. There will be a focus on pedagogical issues relating to the games strand and on developing teachers’ understanding and appreciation of games and PE in general. Linkage with other areas of the curriculum will be explored, as will possibilities for integration with other curricular areas.

This course will enable teachers to:

  • adopt a sequential approach to skill development in Gaelic Games
  • promote an awareness of the importance of fundamental movement skills in all physical activity
  • develop their skills in adapting games to ensure the appropriate participation of all children through the use of modified games.
  • contribute to the inclusion of all children in PE activities (with regard to ability, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
  • take account of difference within classes and developing progressive programmes throughout the school
  • The course will pay address particular issues such as gender equity, curriculum integration and linkage within PE, and the role of Gaelic games within a healthy school environment. The course also addresses the needs of schools where coaches who are not primary teachers are employed during the school day to provide specific training in skill development. When allocating places, preference will be given to teachers who have not completed the course in previous years.

    The course is funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan.

    Course 2
    Gaelic Games in the primary school: advanced course

    Presenter: Joe Redington, Richard Bowles and guest tutors

    Venue: MIC

    Date: 3-7 July 2017

    Max No: 25

    Fee: €25

    Click here to apply – closing date is Friday June 30th but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the course reaches capacity.

    This is an advanced course in the teaching of Gaelic games as part of the Physical Education curriculum in primary schools. On successful completion of this course, participants will receive certification as a Level 1 Child Coach in hurling and Gaelic football as approved by Coaching Ireland. To enroll on the course, participants must have already completed a Foundation level coaching course.

    The aims of the course are:

  • To promote the physical, social, emotional development of the child
  • To develop teacher competencies in inclusion, management of external personnel, and general planning
  • To examine opportunities for linkage within PE and integration with other subject areas
  • To foster positive attitudes towards PE and school sport
  • To develop strategies to ensure that school sport policy is in line with the aims of the PE curriculum
  • To assist teachers in implementing a programme that is developmentally appropriate for individual children
  • To examine the role of Gaelic games within the PE curriculum
  • Participants will take part in a series of master workshops where they will develop their own coaching skills through peer-teaching scenarios. A range of teaching methodologies will be explored: direct teaching / guided discovery etc. Internationally recognized concepts like Games Sense, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Sport Education will also be addressed.

    The course is funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan

    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.

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    Munster Council Awards €1m to Clubs

    The Munster Council has announced details of the 2016 Development Grant Scheme, funding club and school capital development projects across the province.

    Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said “I am delighted to announce the awarding of €1 million in grants supporting development projects in 129 clubs and 5 schools throughout Munster. These grants have supported an impressive range of capital development projects, with clubs investing close on €8 million. 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 €460,000 coming from the Munster Council’s own resources.

    For further details, please contact Ger Ryan, Munster GAA PRO on or 086 8149146.

    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 –

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015

    Munster Council GAA commissioned W2 Consulting to undertake an analysis on the return on coaching investment across the province. The review of 2015 coaching investment is a follow up study to the research undertaken in 2011.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Return on Coaching Investment

  • €26.3 million = total value of coaching (increase of 33% on 2011).
  • €1.72 investment by Croke Park / Munster GAA.
  • €15.27 = return on every €1 invested (increase of 27% on 2011).
  • €4.163m = value of coaching generated in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Activity

  • 2.25 million hours of GAA underage activity (increase of 16.5% on 2011).
  • 2,854 weekly underage training sessions held across Munster.
  • 674,840 player contact hours in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 84,355 participants in Munster Schools Programmes.
  • 1.48 million = the number of payer hours generated in Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • 32,544 participants on 373 Cúl Camps in Munster (increase of 22% on 2011). 32% of total National figure.

    Social Benefits

  • Health Benefits and Social Skills are the two most important benefits of children’s GAA involvement according to parents.
  • €9.15 return for parents on every €1 spent on underage GAA membership.
  • €3,542.96 is the lifetime value a GAA player receives from underage GAA activity.
  • €6.17 is the value parents place on one hours GAA training.
  • €4.84 is the value underage players (14 to minor) place on one hour of GAA activity.

    Additional Points

  • 79 Coach Education Tutors in Munster.
  • 10,849 coaches and mentors involved with clubs.
  • 826 Primary and Secondary Schools receiving Go Games Coaching programmes.
  • 46% of clubs with growing playing numbers.
  • Over 46% of clubs experience above average difficulty attracting mentors.

    The report can be downloaded via the link below.

    Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study 2015 – PDF file

    Reproduction of any of the data or information contained within the report must acknowledge Munster Council GAA as the originators of the report

    See below a link to the first survey commissioned by Munster GAA on Munster GAA Return on Coaching Investment back in 2011.

    2011 Munster GAA Return On Coaching Investment Study

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