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Munster Championship Launch – Lismore Castle

PRESS RELEASE FOR MUNSTER GAA LAUNCH 2009
LISMORE CASTLE | THURSDAY | MAY 7TH

Leading GAA figures gathered today in the salubrious surroundings of Lismore Castle for the official launch of Munster GAA’s programme of events, activities and initiatives for the 2009 season.

In attendance were Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman, GAA President Criostóir Ó Cuana, representatives from GAA Hurling Championship sponsors Guinness, Etihad Airways and RTE Sport, representatives from GAA Football Championship sponsors Toyota, Ulster Bank and Vodafone, as well as inter-county players and managers along with county and provincial officials.

Munster GAA Hurling Championship
Speaking at the launch Jimmy O’Gorman said: “The 2008 Munster GAA Hurling Championship offered excellent entertainment and all five counties in this year’s competition will feel they can go on and claim the provincial crown in 2009. Tipperary are the reigning champions, Waterford and Limerick are the All Ireland finalists of the last two years, Cork are still regarded as one of the top teams in the country and Clare will be looking to build on their progress in reaching the Munster Final last year. It really should be a terrific Hurling summer down South”.

The draw for the Munster GAA Hurling Championship has produced some intriguing clashes. The opening game of the competition pits arch rivals Cork against reigning Munster Champions, Tipperary, on May 31 in Semple Stadium with the winner advancing to a meeting with Clare on June 21. The Limerick v Waterford clash on June 14 promises to be another gripping encounter between two recent All-Ireland finalists. The Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final will take place on July 12.

Munster GAA Football Championship
Munster GAA Chairman Jimmy O’Gorman said that the Munster football Championship was potentially one of the most open and exciting in many years. “The success of Kerry, Cork and Tipperary in winning the Division 1, 2 and 3 titles respectively in recent weeks shows the overall strength of Munster football at the moment. Waterford also had some encouraging results in Division 4 this year and if Limerick can reproduce their form of 2008, they could be a match for anyone”.

Reigning Munster Football Champions Cork face Waterford in Fraher Field on June 24 while, on the same day in Semple Stadium, National League Champions Tipperary will be seeking revenge against Limerick in a repeat of last year’s opener with the winners advancing to face Clare in the semi-final two weeks later. Kerry await the winners of the Fraher Field clash on June 7, a fixture which will mark the official opening of the revamped Fitzgerald Stadium. The Munster GAA Senior Football Championship Final will take place on July 5.

Match Initiatives
Munster GAA announced that it is to extend the family ticket allocation for all games to include all sections of stadia. County flags have been commissioned and will be distributed free of charge to all children attending the early stages of Munster GAA Senior Championship games. In addition, reduced priced ticket packages will be available to supporters who follow both hurling and football teams in their counties. Details of a special discount rate available to all holders of 2009 Munster GAA tickets at participating hotels in Killarney were also announced.

Speaking at the launch GAA President Criostóir Ó Cuana said that “Munster GAA Championship fixtures are special every year and I congratulate Munster GAA on the initiatives announced to give an added incentive to our supporter to come along and support their counties in a fun filled family atmosphere.”

Munster Crest & Website
The new Munster GAA crest and Munster GAA website have also been unveiled. The Munster GAA website munster.gaa.ie will provide up to date information and resources to clubs and supporters worldwide.

125 Year Celebrations
As part of the 125 year celebrations Munster GAA will be honouring the captains of the winning hurling and football teams of the last 25 years as guests of Munster GAA at this year’s Munster GAA Championship finals. In addition, Munster GAA will select a team of the last 25 years in both Hurling and Football

Sunday Game – Munster Hurling Special
The magic and excitement of the Munster Hurling Championship is to be highlighted as part of a Sunday Game special on RTE on Sunday, July 5th. In a first for the Sunday Game, a selected live studio audience will be present to interact and contribute to the programme.

New Munster GAA Headquarters – more information

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Excitement building for Munster Championship

Some of the GAA’s biggest names have been sharing their views about the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling and Football Championships. Tipp’s Paul Curran is asking the Premier public to give Lar Corbett a chance to get up to the pace of championship training while Kerry’s Eoin Brosnan admits that the Kingdom don’t want to end their season before it takes off by thinking too far ahead and reversing the outcome of their result in last year’s All Ireland final. The pair were amongst a host of stars who were in attendance at the Munster GAA Championship launch in Mallow where details were also given of some new ticket deals for the provincial series.

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC Semi-Final – Kerry 1-13 Galway 1-7

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final

GALWAY 1-7 KERRY 1-13

By JASON BYRNE

KERRY are through to a first TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final since 1993 following Saturday’s six-point victory over Connacht champions Galway. The Kingdom, beaten at this stage of the competition in 2010 and 2011, finally smashed their semi-final hoodoo to set up a final showdown with holders Cork or League champions Monaghan on September 30. William O’Sullivan’s Kerry breezed into the showpiece decider as they ruthlessly disposed of Galway at St Brendan’s Park, Birr.

Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh and Sarah Houlihan were in free-scoring form for the winners as they shared ten points between them. The opening half was score for score with Kerry opening proceedings thanks to Lorraine Scanlon before late inclusion Gillian O’Connor hit Galway’s reply. Beaten Munster finalists Kerry were defending and attacking in numbers, and Deirdre Corridan gave them the edge once more before Lorna Joyce replied for Galway, just after Edel Concannon missed a gilt-edged goal chance for Gabriel Naughton’s side.

Kerry ace Ní Mhuircheartaigh opened her account from a free to make it 0-3 to 0-2, but once again Galway hit back within minutes as Concannon, scorer of 1-7 against Clare in the quarter-final, fired over a free. Ní Mhuircheartaigh was causing Galway all sorts of problems and gave Kerry the edge again before Concannon notched another free and by this stage, Kerry had registered five wides from scoreable positions. Ní Mhuircheartaigh then ensured a more impressive Kerry led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break and the second half onslaught would book their berth in the decider.

However, it was Galway who got off to a dream start after the break when Annette Clarke fed Sinead Burke, who was moved into attack, and she squared for Concannon to make amends for her first half miss. For the first time Galway were in the lead, but Kerry hit back with a whopping 1-6 without reply to stun Galway who had no answer to their driving style of attack. Sarah Houlihan pelted over two frees and Ní Mhuircheartaigh followed suit, before Kingdom substitute Patrice Dennehy saw a rasping effort hit the post.

But midway through the half, Kerry netted when a long Bernie Breen ball saw her fellow midfielder Lorraine Scanlon at hand to deflect it in, with the new rules allowing the goal to stand. Two more frees from Houlihan put Kerry 1-11 to 1-4 in front before Galway finally got their first point of the half from Tracey Leonard’s free. Shortly before, Concannon had driven an effort goal bound but it was well blocked by Kerry’s Allstar goalkeeper Edel Murphy. Caroline Kelly and Houlihan completed Kerry’s scoring before Sinead Burke and a Becky Walsh free were all the Connacht champions could muster in their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2005.

Galway scorers: E Concannon 1-2 (0-2f), L Joyce, S Burke, B Walsh, T Leonard and G O’Connor 0-1 each.

Kerry scorers: S Houlihan 0-5 (2f) L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-5 (2f), L Scanlon 1-1, C Kelly and D Corridan 0-1 each

Galway: L Higgins; M Coyne, S Conneally, R McPhilbin; B Hannon (B Walsh 51mins), E Flaherty, S Burke; E Curley, A Daly; G Conneally, L Joyce, C Hehir (T Leonard 51mins); G O’Connor (D Brennan 31mins), A Clarke (N Duggan 57mins), E Concannon (E Gannon 51mins).

Kerry: E Murphy; C Lynch, A Leonard, A Lyons; J Brosnan, A Desmond, C Kelly; L Scanlon, B Breen; S Houlihan, E Sherwood, L Galvin (M Quirke 54mins); M O’Connell (P Dennehy 51mins), D Corridan, L Ni Mhuircheartaigh