All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-13 St. Kierans Kilkenny 3-11

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St. Kierans Kilkenny by 3-13 to 3-11 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Croke Cup (Under 18.5 A Hurling) Final on Saturday March 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Video Footage of the Game


Our Lady’s Templemore take home Croke Cup with narrow win over St Kieran’s College

Our Lady’s Templemore 3-13 St Kieran’s College 3-11

Report by Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

St Kieran’s, a point down at the break, started the second period in whirlwind fashion, posting 1-2 in quick succession. Adrian Mullen, who was well marked by Templemore captain Paddy Cadell in the first half, kicked to the net to send the reigning champions 2-8 to 1-7 clear.

Lyndon Fairbrother replied for Templemore with a superb strike to the roof of Dean Mason’s net on 38 minutes. Back down the field, though, came Kieran’s and despite a fine Eoin Collins save to keep out Diarmuid Phelan’s piledriver, Mullen was on hand to stick the rebound to the net for his second and his team’s third green flag. The Kilkenny college once again moved four points clear, but Templemore refused to lie down and a goal by Ray McCormack on 48 minutes after his initial shot was blocked levelled matters at 3-9 apiece.

The winners, in the crucial period of the game, would hit the next four points. Ciarán Brennan and Adrian Mullen both had goal chances late on to rescue the situation for St Kieran’s. Both shots, however, were repelled.

The Tipperary school will have been disappointed to be only clear at the break – 1-7 to 1-6, their lead significantly eaten into by a Ciarán Brennan goal a minute and a half into first-half stoppages. Credit here to Eoghan Moylan who did exceptionally well to dispossess Pádraig Campion to set up the chance for Brennan who finished excellently from an acute angle.

Brian McGrath supplied the Templemore goal on 11 minutes, the half-forward latching onto a long delivery after ghosting in behind the Kieran’s full-back line. The Munster champions were finding scores easing to come by, with David O’Shea, Diarmuid Ryan, Brian McGrath and Jerry Kelly on target from open players.

They faltered slightly after the break but came good at the crucial time to seal a famous victory for the school – their second ever Croke Cup win and first since 1978.

Scorers for Our Lady’s Templemore: B McGrath (1-8, 0-4 frees 0-2 ’65); L Fairbrother (1-1); R McCormack (1-0); D O’Shea, D Ryan, A O’Meara, J Kelly (0-1 each).

Scorers for St Kieran’s College: A Mullen (2-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 65); C Brennan (1-1); E O’Shea (0-3); D Barron (0-2). T Drea, D Phelan (0-1 each).

Our Lady’s Templemore: E Collins (Drom and Inch); N Quinlan (JK Brackens), P Campion (Drom and Inch), E Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney); E McBride (JK Brackens), A O’Meara (Drom and Inch), P Cadell (JK Brackens); D Ryan (Clonakenny), S Nolan (Drom and Inch); B McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), R McCormack (Borrisoleigh), J Kelly (Borrisoleigh); L Fairbrother (JK Brackens), D O’Shea (JK Brackens), A Ormond (JK Brackens)
Subs: J Ryan (Toomevara) for Nolan (49 mins); S Doyle (JK Brackens) for O’Shea (56); F Purcell (Drom and Inch) for Ormond (60).

St Kieran’s College: D Mason (Ballyhale Shamrocks); T Ronan (Graigue-Ballycallan), M Carey (Young Irelands), L Murphy (James Stephens); B Lawlor (James Stephens), M Keoghan (Tullaroan), K Egan (Graigue-Ballycallan); E O’Shea (O’Loughlin Gaels), T Drea (Young Irelands); A Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks), D Phelan (Danesfort), E Moylan (Dicksboro); D Barron (Thomastown), C Brennan (Bennettsbridge), E Sheffline (Ballyhale Shamrocks).
Subs: S Ryan (Graigue-Ballycallan) for Shefflin (41 mins); P Mullen (Danesfort) for Moylan (56); R Whelan (James Stephens) for Lawlor (56).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork).









All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Paddy Buggy Cup (Under 18.5 B Hurling) Final – John The Baptist Community School 2-14 St Mary’s CBGS 1-8

John The Baptist Community School defeated St Mary’s CBGS by 2-14 to 1-8 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Paddy Buggy Cup (Under 18.5 B Hurling) Final on Saturday March 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.


Video footage of the game



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Hospital’s John the Baptist win All Ireland hurling crown

Report by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

HOSPITAL’S John The Baptist Community School were crowned All Ireland Post Primary School Senior B Hurling champions this Saturday afternoon in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

The south Limerick secondary school lifted the Paddy Buggy Cup with a 2-14 to 1-8 win over St Marys of Belfast. It brings to four the All Ireland GAA tiles won by JTBCS in recent weeks with two camogie and one ladies football title on top of this hurling. Still to come in their ‘drive for five’ is an All Ireland Junior A ladies football final.

The Limerick side were 2-8 to 0-3 ahead after a fine opening half. Hospital settled early and put scores on the board to lead 0-4 to no score after eight minutes with Eoin Sheehan and Michael O’Grady on the mark as well as two Dylan O’Shea frees.

The Antrim side found their feet with three unanswered points with Darren Grego leading the way to reduce the margin to one point at the mid-point of the half. But the Hospital response was impressive.

Sheehan ended 11-minutes without a score and it started a run of five successive scores for Hospital with The Belfast side not to score for the final 15-minutes of the half. The first of the Hospital goals came on 19-minutes with Eoin Sheehan crashing to the net after a flowing move involving Eoin O’Mahony and Tadhg Leddin.

In injury time, Hospital added a second goal – Ryan Tobin doing brilliant to work possession goalwards from his right corner forward position and then beating the goalkeeper from a tight angle with a fine finish.

The second half scores were scarce but the Limerick side always looked winners. Captain Paudie Maher was among the early scores as they led 2-11 to 1-4 as the game entered the final quarter. Ryan Tobin sealed the win with two late points.

HOSPITAL: Byran Heavey (Garryspillane); Mark Quinlan (Garryspillane), Conor Philips (Emly), Kyran O’Donnell (Pallasgreen); Brian O’Grady (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Paul O’Heney (Emly), Kevin Boner (Bruff); Michael O’Grady (Knockainey), Dylan O’Shea (Garryspillane); Sean Teefy (Ballybricken-Bohermore), Paudie Maher (Patrickswell), Eoin Sheehan (Garryspillane); Tadhg Leddin (Hospital-Herbertstown), Eoin O’Mahony (Garryspillane), Ryan Tobin (Garryspillane)
Subs: Bradley McNamara (Bruff) for Tadhg Leddin (46mins), John O’Donnell (Pallasgreen) for Eoin Sheehan (54mins).

ST MARYS: Philip Kennedy (O’Donovan Rossa); Michael Napier (Bredagh), Niall McCann (St Teresas), Sean Wilson (St Johns); Dominic McEnhill (O’Donovan Rossa), Nathan Gibson (Gort na Mona), Aodhan O’Brien (Gort na Mona); CJ McKenna (St Johns), Shea Shannon (St Johns); Colm McLarnion (St Pauls), Odhran O’Callaghan (Carryduff), Darren Grego (O’Donovan Rossa); Gerard Smyth (Lamh Dearg), Paddy Doyle (St Pauls), Tiarnan Murphy (O’Donovan Rossa)
Subs: Caolan Crossan (St Pauls) for Odhran O’Callaghan (41mins), Odhran McKenna (St Johns) for Paddy Doyle (60mins), Manus Smyth (O’Donovan Rossa) for Sean Wilson (61mins).

REFEREE: Gavin Quilty (Kilkenny)




BUGGY CUP FINAL SET TO BE A CRACKER

It has been a massive GAA year in general for John The Baptist who won Munster Senior ‘A’ and Junior ‘A’ Ladies football honours as well as excelling in camogie.

The Hospital-based school have already lifted the Corn Thomais MhicChoilm in Munster hurling after a season that also saw them reach the semi-final stage of the prestigious Dean Ryan Cup.

Along the way to this particular final they have etched out wins over Glanmire, Mitchelstown and CBS Dungarvan and in the Munster final they scored a very impressive 1-19 against Rice College, Ennis, but also conceded three goals which they must watch out for.

And with players like Tipperary minor Paul O’Heney at centre half back, Limerick minors Michael O’Grady and Dylan O’Shea at midfield and Paudie Maher at centre-forward, the Limerick school is exceptionally strong in pivotal areas.

Their opponents, Danske Bank Mageean Cup champions St Mary’s CBGS, are also a fine team.

They showed their battling qualities when they booked a spot in today’s final with a hard-fought win over a fast-developing Naas CBS.

In Shea Shannon, St Mary’s have a very reliable free-taker and, especially in finals, reliable free-takers can often be the difference between winning and losing.

St Mary’s CBGS roared into 0-3 to 0-0 lead against the Kildare school early on and one suspects they will try to do the same again this afternoon – get off to a ferocious start to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of the John The Baptist players.

In that regard live-wire forward Odhran O’Callaghan and colleague Tiarnan Murphy will have to be watched very closely by their Limerick opponents, as they are in great form at present.

St Mary’s are a wise side and even though they played a strong second-half breeze in the Buggy Cup semi-final they still showed enough cuteness to come through, with players like Paddy Doyle scoring at critical times.

It could be telling that they have endured a very tough campaign to get to the final and are battle-hardened.

However, so, too, are John the Baptist Community School who battled hard to get to this stage and dug out a three-point win, 1-10- 1-7, over St Joseph’s Galway in their semi-final.

All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Semi-Final – St. Brendan’s Killarney 3-13 St Colmans Claremorris 1-11

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated St Colmans Claremorris by 3-13 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Under 18.5 A Football) Semi-Final on Saturday March 18th at Cusack Park Ennis.



St Brendan’s power past St Colman’s to book Hogan Cup final spot

Goals were key for the Killarney outfit who are aiming to defend their title.

St Brendan’s College, Killarney (Kerry) 3-13 St Colman’s Claremorris (Mayo) 1-11

Report from the42.ie

TWO GOALS IN three second-half minutes were crucial to defending Hogan Cup champions St Brendan’s College returning to Croke Park for the decider in two weeks’ time.
The Sem overcame a spirited challenge from St Colman’s of Claremorris this afternoon at Cusack Park in Ennis.

Level at 1-8 apiece, 10 minutes into the second-half, a fortuitous goal from the Sem’s David Shaw went underneath Claremorris goalkeeper Brian McGuinness in tricky and slippery conditions to put them back in charge after leading by 0-8 to 1-4 at half-time.

Shaw combined with Cian Gammell and Mark O’Shea in the 43rd minute to fist home his second and the school’s third goal on a day the contributions of Chris O’Donoghue in defence, Gammell at midfield along with those of Niall Donohoe and Dara Moynihan going forward stood out in an eight point win for the Sem.

Conor Diskin and Jack Ronayne were St Colman’s key men on the day as Diskin fisted in their goal in the 21st minute after a Brian Quinn attempt at a point dropped short. The Sem now await the winners of next Wednesday’s second semi-final between St Mary’s Magherafelt of Derry and St Peter’s College of Wexford in the decider on Saturday, 1 April.

Scorers:
St Brendans: D Shaw (2-2), M O’Shea (1-1), D O’Sullivan (0-3, 1f), N Donohoe and D Moynihan (0-2 each), C Flynn, C Gammell and B Courtney (‘45’) (0-1 each)
St Colman’s: E Ronane (0-4, 1f), C Diskin (1-0), J Ronayne (0-3), J Jennings, B Quinn, C Goulding and S McGreal (0-1 each)

Teams
St Brendans College, Killarney
Robert Osborne (Killarney Legion)
Lorcán McMonagle (Dr Crokes)
Chris O’Donoghue (Glenflesk)
Sean O’Leary (Kilcummin)
Jack Griffin (Dr Crokes)
Michael Potts (Dr Crokes)
Niall Donohoe (Firies)
Billy Courtney (Dr Crokes)
Cian Gammell (Killarney Legion)
Dara Moynihan (Spa)
Donnachadh O’Sullivan (Firies)
Barry Keane (Listry)
David Shaw (Dr Crokes)
Mark O’Shea (Dr Crokes)
Ciaran Flynn (Firies)
Subs: Michael Devlin (Killarney Legion) for Flynn (HT), Mark Harnett (Dr Crokes) for Keane (48), Barry Slattery (Killarney Legion) for McMonagle (53), Evan Cosgrave (Firies) for Donohoe (57), Jake Flynn (Firies) for O’Shea (59), Oran O’Donoghue (Glenflesk) for Gammell (60 + 2)

St Colman’s Claremorris
Brian McGuinness (Claremorris)
Kieran Fahey (Davitts)
Kenneth Lydon (Garrymore)
Bradley Hughes (Garrymore)
David Gannon (Claremorris)
Paddy Barry (Claremorris)
Brian Quinn (Claremorris)
Conor Diskin (Claremorris)
Ciaran Golding (Balla)
Stephen McGreal (Claremorris)
Jack Ronayne (Davitts)
Enda Hession (Garrymore)
James Jennings (Mayo Gaels)
Liam Óg Horkan (Garrymore)
Evan Ronane (Davitts)
Subs: Dimitri Trench (Davitts) for Barry (HT), Tomas Morris (Hollymount/Carramore) for Quinn (47), Francis Regan (Mayo Gaels) for Hughes (51)

Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)


The Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Hogan Cup (Senior ‘A’ Football) semi-finals take place on Saturday. At Cusack Park, Ennis, St Colmans, Claremorris take on the fabled and in-form St Brendan’s Killarney.

There are strong family ties within the Colman’s set-up with brothers Pat and Enda Hession being part of the Claremorris squad. They beat St Attracta’s, Tubbercurry, to win the Connacht title at the start of the year and it’s clear that the tie that binds current and past players from the school remains healthy. Current Mayo senior footballers Colm Boyle, Shane Nally, Stephen Coen and Caolan Crowe, all of whom have worn the famous red of Colman’s in the recent past, have been helping the side that currently fields five Mayo minors. It’s clear that ‘Colman’s joint managers Vinnie Walsh and Gareth Duggan have left no stone unturned in their preparations this season as they bid to bring the Hogan Cup back to Claremorris. The Mayo school has won the provincial ‘A’ senior championship five times in the history of the competition: 1970, 1977, 1981, 2009 and 2017. For a school with such a rich history and great tradition of producing wonderful footballers and fine teams, it seems remarkable that their trophy cabinet hasn’t been packed even fuller.

They will meet a really strong St Brendan’s side, however. The Kerry side are reigning Hogan Cup champions and ended a long wait without national success last season. In that final David Clifford contributed a massive 2-5 to help secure a first Hogan Cup success since 1992, and third in all. Dara Moynihan was also superb as St Brendan’s finished with a flourish to deny St Pat’s Maghera a sixth title, and erase the memories of most recent final defeats in 2010 and 2008. The defending champions blew Tralee CBS away in the Munster Colleges SFC final at Austin Stacks Park, putting in a thrilling second half performance to claim a 22nd provincial title.

Their big guns really showed up that day with Billy Courtney outstanding in the middle of the field and Donnchadh O’Sullivan flying it too. AFL trialist David Shaw is also at the heart of their push and is capable of putting on an exhibition of score-taking at any time. Indeed the entire St Brendan’s forward line could yet carry too much potency for St Colman’s, but it should be a great battle.

AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final – Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-9 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-7

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) defeated Slaughtneil (Derry) by 1-9 to 1-7 in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final on Friday March 17th at Croke Park.








Dr. Crokes win AIB GAA All-Ireland Club SFC Final

AIB GAA All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final

Dr. Crokes (Kerry) 1-9 Slaughtneil (Derry) 1-7

Report By John Harrington for GAA.ie

Dr. Crokes dug deep to defeat a brave Slaughtneil in Croke Park this evening and win the AIB All-Ireland Club SFC for the first time since 1992.

Colm Cooper was the team mascot back then, and 25 years later he and this generation of Dr. Crokes players finally reached the promised land after many years of trying and falling just short.

They deserved their victory, but you could argue the decisive moment of the match came just before half-time when Slaughtneil midfielder Pádraig Cassidy was red-carded for striking.

Winning the match with 14-men was always going to be a huge ask for the Derry side, and Cassidy had been a key player for them until his departure, scoring their first-half goal.

Until that red-card there was nothing between the two teams. Slaughtneil were actually the quicker team to settle and seriously troubled Dr. Crokes early on with their clever, skilful, and every effective brand of football.

They played Sé McGuigan and Cormac Doherty in a two-man full-forward line right on the edge of the Dr. Crokes square, and made them the focal point of their attacking strategy.

Once they brought the ball into the Dr. Crokes half with strong running and slick hand-passing, they would then drive it in long and support runners would feed off the breaks from McGuigan and Doherty.

Sweetly struck points on the run from two of those support runners, Shane McGuigan and Christopher Bradley, gave them an early two-point lead as Dr. Crokes struggled to match their energy.

The Kerry and Munster champions slowly settled through, and Brian Looney got them off the mark after six minutes with a nice finish from the left-wing after cutting back inside onto his right foot.

That positive start from Looney was a foretaste of what was to come, and by half-time he would have accumulated three points from play, all of them really classy scores.

Dr. Crokes defender Gavin White had a glorious chance to score the first goal of the game after a turbo-charged run down the middle ripped the Slaughtneil defence asunder, but he steered his shot wide.

Dr. Crokes had still managed to chisel out a one-point lead by the eleventh minute thanks to converted frees from Colm Cooper and Daithi Casey, but a couple of minutes later they were reeling when Padraig Cassidy goaled for Slaughtneil.

Once again their tactic of going long to their two-man full-forward line and feeding off them worked a treat as O’Doherty won a great ball and then fed the on-rushing Cassidy.

The midfielder still had a lot to do, but he showed real composure to cut back inside onto his left-foot to take goal-keeper Shane Murphy out of the equation and clip a low shot to the back of the net.

Another Christopher Bradley point was followed by a Paul Bradley free after an inspirational run from Chrissy McKaigue, and Slaughtneil were leading by 1-4 to 0-3 and looking good.

Dr. Crokes needed players to step up and show some leadership, and it was no surprise that Daithi Casey and Colm Cooper were those men.

Casey tore the Slaughtneil defence open with a powerful solo down the middle and then had the presence of mind to punch a ball that looked like it was about to bounce away from him into the path of Cooper.

The angle was tight, but Cooper produced a typically clinical finish as he angled a low shot past Antoin McMullan and to the back of the net.

The momentum was with Dr. Crokes now, and a point from Casey and two from Looney had them 1-6 to 1-5 ahead in first-half injury-time.

Then came that decisive moment when Cassidy was red-carded just before half-time for striking out at Kieran O’Leary of Dr. Crokes. By the letter of the law, referee Maurice Deegan had little option but to send him off.

Despite being a man down, Slaughneil bravely stuck to their guns for the second-half, lining out again with two inside forwards pushed right up onto the Dr. Crokes square. They scrapped tenaciously for every ball and deserved to draw level after 37 minutes when Paul Bradley flighted over a free.

The longer the game wore on the more likely the numerical advantage of Dr. Crokes would begin to tell, and so it proved. Their ability to bring on two live-wire attacking subs in the shape of Micheál Burns and Jordan Kiely was also an important factor because they both brought a lot of energy and class to the Crokes attack.

A smartly taken point from Burns pushed the Kerry side two up, and then Kiely set off on a jinking run that won a free Colm Cooper converted to push Dr. Crokes 1-9 to 1-6 ahead and put some daylight between the teams.

Slaughtneil refused to die, though. They emptied their bench to bring some much-needed fresh-legs into their hard-working team, and forced Dr. Crokes to concede a free that Bradley pointed to reduce the gap to two.

That proved to be their last score though as Dr. Crokes saw out the game in a very professional manner. They dropped Colm Cooper back into a deep-lying quarter-back role, and successfully played keep-ball for long stretches to run down the clock and keep Slaughtneil at bay.

Scorers for Dr. Crokes: Colm Cooper 1-2 (2f), Brian Looney 0-3, Daithi Casey 0-3 (2f), Micheál Burns 0-1

Scorers for Slaughtneil: Pádraig Cassidy 1-0, Christopher Bradley 0-2, Paul Bradley 0-3 (2f), Shane McGuigan 0-1, Francis McEldowney 0-1

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy; Luke Quinn, Michael Moloney, John Payne; David O’Leary, Gavin White, Fionn Fitzgerald; Ambrose O’Donovan, Johnny Buckley; Alan O’Sullivan, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney; Kieran O’Leary, Daithi Casey, Colm Cooper
Subs: Jordan Kiely for Gavin O’Shea (39), Micheál Burns for Alan O’Sullivan (39), Shane Doolan for David O’Leary (48), Tony Brosnan for Brian Looney (57), Eoin Brosnan for Daithi Casey (62), Christopher Brady for Kieran O’Leary (62)

SLAUGHTNEIL: Antoin McMullan; Brendan Rodgers, Paul McNeill, Karl McKaigue; Keelan Feeney, Christopher McKaigue, Francis McEldowney; Patsy Bradley, Padraig Cassidy; Micheál McGrath, Christopher Bradley, Shane McGuigan; Sé McGuigan, Cormac O’Doherty, Paul Bradley
Subs: Brian Cassidy for Cormac O’Doherty (48), Ronan Bradley for Micheál McGrath (52), Barry McGuigan for Keelan Feeney (52), Gerald Bradley for Sé McGuigan (54)

Ref: Maurice Deegan






Fixture Details

17.03.2017 (Fri)
AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 17:00
Dr Crokes (Ciarraí) v Slaughtneil (Doire)
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)
(E.T. if Necessary)



Ticket Information

Tickets for the games are on sale in advance of Friday’s fixtures from gaa.ie and usual outlets including selected Centra and SuperValu stores and members and supporters are urged to purchase in advance and avoid queuing on the day of the games.

Tickets cost €25 and €5 for children. A rebate of €5.00 is available on €25.00 Cusack/Davin Stand tickets from Block D turnstiles ONLY on the day with a valid student / senior citizens I.D.

There will be a special emphasis on family fun on the day with activities for young and old alike in the stadium as four of our top clubs prepare to take centre stage on one of the highlights of the GAA year.



Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 3-14

Tipperary drew with Kilkenny on a scoreline of 2-17 to 3-14 in Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Saturday March 11th at Semple Stadium Thurles.



Allianz HL D1A: Thurles thriller finishes level

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

TIPPERARY 2-17 KILKENNY 3-14

Report By Jackie Cahill for GAA.ie

Tipperary maintained their unbeaten record in Division 1A of the Allianz League this evening, as sub Steven O’Brien scored a 70th minute point to draw a cracking match with Kilkenny.

Even then, there was time for Tipp to snatch the win, but John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer was wide with two point attempts – one from each flank. In truth, a draw was a fair result as this helter-skelter fixture was a throwback to some of the classic games between the counties in recent years.

TJ Reid scored 3-5 – including two penalty goals for Kilkenny – as Seamus Callanan collected six points for Tipperary. In front of 14,763 spectators, this was rip-roaring stuff and while Tipp led by four points at half-time, 2-11 to 2-7, there was never a suggestion that there would be a clear-cut winner.

The sides traded four goals in an entertaining first half – Tipp striking first in the third minute when John McGrath took advantage of chaos in the Kilkenny full-back line to pounce from close range. But Kilkenny were level at 1-1 each when Reid fired home a bullet in the fifth minute, as Tipp goalkeeper Darragh Mooney was left rooted to the spot.

Tipp reeled off the next four points of the game and by the 22nd minute, they had their biggest lead of the game to date – 2-7 to 1-2 – when Niall O’Meara found the back of the Kilkenny net. O’Dwyer was the provider and O’Meara held his nerve to strike an angled finish across Eoin Murphy and into the far corner.

That goal sent Tipp into a 2-7 to 1-2 lead but in a hugely-physical encounter, Reid was leading the Kilkenny charge. He goaled again on the half hour mark for a penalty, awarded by referee James Owens for a Michael Cahill foul on Alan Murphy.

Again, Mooney had no chance, as Reid struck the ball with venomous speed from the 20m line. Even then, there was still time for six further points in the opening half, Tipp winning that spell by 0-4 to 0-2, to lead by four at the break.

But from the 22nd minute, when Tipp had that eight-point advantage, they were outscored by 0-4 to 1-5 approaching half-time. With 13 minutes of normal time remaining, Kilkenny had the chance to level when Liam Blanchfield was fouled, and Reid blasted past Mooney again.

Richie Hogan, moved into full-forward, was proving a handful and a couple of classy points kept the scoreboard ticking over for the Noresiders. But on four occasions down the home straight, they were deadlocked – and Kilkenny goalkeeper Murphy had a big say in that.

Four minutes from time, John McGrath looked odds-on to goal when he skipped past Paul Murphy, but Eoin Murphy performed heroics to keep him out. On the follow-up, Callanan hit a ground-stroke wide and buoyed by that, Kilkenny edged ahead with a point from Cillian Buckley. O’Brien levelled in the 70th minute – but the two additional minutes failed to provide a winner.

Scorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-6 (3fs, 1 65), John McGrath 1-2, Niall O’Meara 1-1, Sean Curran and Dan McCormack 0-2 each, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer and Steven O’Brien 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 3-5 (2-0 pens, 4fs), Richie Hogan 0-4, Cillian Buckley 0-3, Walter Walsh 0-2.

TIPPERARY: Darragh Mooney; John O’Keeffe, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Tomás Hamill, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Sean Curran, Michael Breen; Dan McCormack, Niall O’Meara, Noel McGrath; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath.
Subs: Kieran Bergin for Breen (35), Jason Forde for McCormack (55), Seamus Kennedy for Cahill (58), Steven O’Brien for O’Meara (68).

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Pádraig Walsh, Conor O’Shea; Conor Fogarty, Shane Prendergast, Jason Cleere; Paddy Deegan, Cillian Buckley; Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan, TJ Reid; Alan Murphy, Walter Walsh, Liam Blanchfield.
Sub: James Maher for A Murphy (40).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford)




Fixture Details

11.03.2017 (Sat)
Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 4
Semple Stadium, Thurles 19:00
Tiobraid Árann v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)


Team News

Focusing on round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has named his starting XV to take on Kilkenny in Roinn 1A in Semple Stadium, tomorrow Saturday, March 11th at 7pm.
His side includes ten of the starting fifteen which lined out against Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland Final with recent injury concerns, Donagh Maher and Niall O’Meara also passed fit to start.
The team lines out as follows;
1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
2. Donagh Maher – Burgess
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Sean Curran – Mullinahone
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


Corn Ui Mhuiri Final – St. Brendan’s 2-20 Tralee CBS 0-11

St. Brendan’s Killarney defeated Tralee CBS by 2-20 to 0-11 in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Football Final on Saturday February 25th at Austin Stack Park Tralee.


Match Coverage

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Sprinkled with eastern promise, St Brendan’s win Corn Ui Mhuiri

Report by Tony Leen for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Corn Ui Mhuiri final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-20 Tralee CBS 0-11: From west to east, the wellspring of Kerry football talent is shifting.

Who knows why these things happen. Neat answers abound. Dr Crokes continue to produce stellar youngsters on an industrial scale, but they’ve been an oasis in East Kerry, which hasn’t won a senior county championship since 1999.

Seamus Moynihan coached the division to the county minor title last year, and the Glenflesk legend’s stock as a mentor rises daily and stealthily. Vince Cooper – you may know his brother – is doing lauded work as the GDA in the region. Each is a contributory influence, doubtless, but seven clubs were represented on the St Brendan’s team that went through the gears seamlessly in Tralee on Saturday to retain the Corn Ui Mhuiri crown with 15 points to spare.

This isn’t a single-engined vehicle. Tralee CBS had been rigorously gut-checked over three intense games against Coláiste Chríost Rí in the semi-final but once David Shaw goaled six minutes after the break for the Sem, their opponents knew they were in the wrong weight division.

Sem manager Gary McGrath is well aware the All-Ireland colleges (Hogan Cup) champions are a talented group but he hasn’t been slow to call in reinforcements in the guise of some of last year’s stellar Leaving Certs to bulk up A v B duels with the class of 2017.

“We play a lot of in-house games with the co-operation of the lads who’ve just gone from the school out of last year’s team. We might play 18 against 15 and they are titanic battles. Some of our so-called ‘training sessions’, they talk about Cody’s sessions in Kilkenny, it’s similar, and it gets us up to match speed.”

The Green stood their ground in an engaging first- half on Saturday, employing a sweeper and utilising the height and mobility of full- forward Gearóid Fitzgerald to keep the Sem honest. Tralee were only a point down after 15 minutes and trailed 0-8 to 0-6 at the break. In truth, though, the Killarney lads were just getting started.

Three fast scores on the resumption and Shaw’s goal stretched the gap to six (1-11 to 0-8). But the time midfielder Billy Courtney powered through for the second goal on 44 minutes, the Sem were 2-14 to 0-9 in front. Done and dusted. There’s eight of the Sem squad with the Kerry minors aiming for a fourth All-Ireland in a row this year (interestingly, Tralee CBS has no player in the currrent minor squad), and if the Killarney school regains the Hogan Cup, that will be four successive Kingdom successes in the schools grade too. And it’s all down to the development squads?

“East Kerry development officer, Vince Cooper, is doing unbelievable work, but the clubs in East Kerry are working very hard too,” McGrath explained. “There’s good co-operation between the schools and the clubs, which is of mutual benefit. It is all feeding into the same pot.”

Three Croke Park county minors from last year – Billy Courtney, Dara Moynihan and David Shaw – contributed 2-6 between them, but Firies centre-forward Donnchadh O’Sullivan is a two-footed talent to keep an eye on over the summer. He claimed seven points on Saturday and his movement caused Tralee a lot of difficulties. All in all though, St Brendan’s look exactly what no school team should so early – seasoned. If over-confidence doesn’t up-end them, it will take some haymaker from an opponent to do so.

CBS manager Marc Ó Sé was annoyed with the margin of the defeat but from Tralee’s starting point this season, a provincial final is progress. “They are an exceptional unit, Hogan Cup champions with strength in depth. We wouldn’t have that depth. But our fellas are in the latter stages of the (junior equivalent) Frewen Cup and are Dunloe Cup champions. The Green had a few barren years but we are definitely on the up.”

It was a first final in nine years for Tralee and the likes of Kieran Dwyer, Brandon Patterson, the O’Connors at midfield and tidy scorer, Michael Kelliher will be enhanced by the campaign.

Scorers for St Brendan’s: D Shaw (1-4), D O’Sullivan (0-7, 4 frees), B Courtney (1-1), J Griffin, M O’Shea (0-2 each), N Donohue, C Gammell, D Moynihan, B Keane (0-1 each).

Scorers for Tralee CBS: M Kelliher (0-4, 3 frees), T. O’Connor (0-2), K Dwyer (free), T Hoare, D Keane, S Quilter, N O’Mahoney (0-1 each).

St BRENDAN’S: R Osborne (Legion); L MacMonagle (Dr Crokes), C. O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), S O’Leary (Kilcummin); J Griffin (Dr Crokes), M Potts (Dr Crokes), N Donohue (Firies); B Courtney (Dr Crokes), C Gammell (Legion); D Moynihan (Spa), D. O’Sullivan (Firies), B. Keane (Listry); D Shaw (Dr Crokes), M O’Shea (Dr Crokes), C Flynn (Firies).
Subs: M Hartnett (Dr Crokes) for Keane (44);; M Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes) for Griffin (56).

TRALEE CBS: S Foley (Kerins O’Rahilly’s); B Patterson (Austin Stacks), T Lynch (St Pat’s), J Myers (John Mitchels); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), K. Dwyer (St Pat’s), N O’Mahoney (Na Gaeil); J O’Connor (Austin Stacks), T. O’Connor (Ballymacelligot); S Donnellan (Churchill), T Hoare (Kerins O’Rahillys), M Scanlon (Castlergregory); D Keane (Ballymacelligott), G. Fitzgerald (Austin Stacks), M Kelliher (John Mitchels)
Subs: S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for Donnellan (41); A Roche (Kerins O’Rahillys) for Scanlon (49); D Fitzmaurice (Austin Stacks) for Kelliher (54); S Hamilton (Churchill) for Hoare (58).

REFEREE: E Walsh


Fixture Details

Saturday 25th February @ 4:30pm
Corn Ui Mhuiri (18.5 A F) final
St Brendans V Tralee CBS
Austin Stack Park
Referee – Eddie Walsh

In the event of a draw, the replay will be scheduled for the 4th March.


When – Saturday February 25th at 4:30pm
Where – Austin Stack Park Tralee
Referee – Eddie Walsh (Kerry)
Next Round – The winners will play the Connacht champions on Saturday March 18th


Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 12s – Free


Live Streaming – The Corn Ui Mhuiri Final will be streamed live on www.munstergaapps.ie

Direct Streaming Link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocOUP5N-fpI


Match Programme

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the 36 page souvenir match programme.


Results to Date

Tralee CBS
Semi-Final 2nd Replay – Tralee CBS 1-10 Colaiste Chriost Rí 0-11
Semi-Final Replay – Tralee CBS 2-11 Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-14 (AET)
Semi-Final – Tralee CBS 1-18 Colaiste Chriost Rí 1-18 (AET)
Quarter-Final – Tralee CBS 2-10 IS Killorglin 1-10
Group A Round 3 – Tralee CBS 1-10 Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 0-4
Group A Round 2 – St. Francis College Rochestown 3-10 Tralee CBS 1-16
Group A Round 1 – Tralee CBS 1-15 Coláiste na Sceilge 0-11

St Brendan’s Killarney
Semi-Final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-17 St Flannans 1-11
Quarter-Final – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-18 PS Chorcha Dhuibhne 0-9
Group C Round 3 – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-24 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-8
Group C Round 2 – St Brendan’s Killarney 1-15 De La Salle College Macroom 1-8
Group C Round 1 – St Brendan’s Killarney 2-23 I.S. Killorglin 1-7


Match Preview

Saturday’s Corn Ui Mhuiri Final will serve as yet another reminder of the healthy state of Kerry underage football as St Brendan’s Killarney look to retain their title against a battle hardened Tralee CBS side.

St Brendan’s Killarney as reigning Corn Ui Mhuiri and Hogan Cup champions have been impressive in their march to this year’s Munster Final. In their five matches to date, they have averaged just under 25 points on aggregate per game. Perhaps an even more impressive stat in their mean defence which has kept opponents to under ten scores in all bar their semi-final when St. Flannans managed to score 1-11. With a sprinkling of All-Ireland Minor Football medal winners in their team, St. Brendan’s will certainly go in to Saturday’s game as deserving favourites.

Tralee CBS on the other hand were not seen as one of the favourites to progress to this stage, in particular when losing out by three points to St. Francis College Rochestown in the group stages. Tralee managed to qualify for the knockout stages as group runners-up and in the Quarter-Final, they were put to the pin of their collar by IS Killorglin before winning out by 3 points. A semi-final versus Colaiste Chriost Rí awaited and what an epic saga that turned out to be as it took 220 minutes of football to separate the sides. In the first game, Colaiste Chriost Rí were the better side early on but Tralee CBS looked destined to progress only for the Cork side to come back to level at the end of normal time and the end of extra time to force a replay. In that replay, it was Colaiste Chriost Rí who found themselves in front only to be pegged back with late Tralee CBS scores at the end of normal time and extra time to ensure a third game was required. In that second replay, Tralee CBS scored an all-important goal early on and that proved decisive in earning a 1-10 to 0-11 victory and with it, a place in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Final.

If you cannot make it to the Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday will be streamed live via www.munstergaapps.ie. Don’t miss out.

Eddie Walsh of Kerry will be the referee for Saturday’s Final and may the best team win.



Harty Cup Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 2-22 St Colman’s 1-6

Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St Colman’s Fermoy by 2-22 to 1-6 in the Dr. Harty Cup Hurling Final on Saturday February 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Watch the full game via the Munster GAA YouTube channel below


Templemore put years of heartbreak to rest as they win first Harty Cup since 1978

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore (Tipperary) 2-22 St Colman’s College (Cork) 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick for the42.ie

THE FAMINE IS over! Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore, are Dr. Harty champions for the first time in 39 years.

Prior to today, Martin Bourke back in 1978 was the only man to captain the school, known then as Templemore CBS, to victory in the prestigious Munster post-primary schools competition. But Paddy Cadell, a member of Tipperary’s 2016 All-Ireland minor winning side, lifted the trophy amid joyous scenes at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, following a 19-point rout of St Colman’s.

In front of 4,924 spectators, Our Lady’s weren’t going to be denied on this occasion. They’d lost four finals (2000, 2002, 2013 and 2016) since winning the competition all those years ago but fielding eight of the players who started in last year’s final loss to Ardscoil Rís, Templemore were inspired.

Brian McGrath, captain of the Tipperary minors last year, scored 1-7, Jerry Kelly was superb at wing forward with five points and midfielder Stevie Nolan, who went off bloodied in stoppage time, contributed four points in a power-packed performance.

Skipper Cadell marshalled a rock-solid rearguard as, from the off, Our Lady’s made their intentions clear, racing into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead within nine minutes. McGrath got the ball rolling with a free before Nolan, Kelly, McGrath again and Andrew Ormonde pointed from play.

9-time champions St Colman’s, in their first Harty final in 14 years, finally got off the mark when wing-back Eoin Roche put over a ninth-minute point but in the opening half, none of their forwards managed to score from play.

Niall O’Leary also contributed from the half-back line while midfielder Diarmuid Lenihan scored two frees.
In contrast, Our Lady’s would finish the first half with five of their six forwards on target, while Nolan contributed three points from midfield.

Ahead to 0-6 to 0-2, Our Lady’s struck for goal in the 17th minute and it was a brilliant Andrew Ormonde effort as he left Kieran Neville trailing in his wake before crashing a shot into the far top corner. Our Lady’s were almost in for a second goal three minutes before half-time but Ray McCormack’s shot was blocked by St Colman’s goalkeeper Eoin Davis. In first half stoppage time, Our Lady’s managed three points to open up a 1-12 to 0-4 interval lead.

They were full value for that 11-point margin, too, and other scores were left out there as Our Lady’s registered eight wides before the break, compared to just two for St Colman’s. Our Lady’s were too hot to handle, as McGrath played the ‘link man’ role brilliantly from centre forward, scoring three points and assisting two more in the first half.

A 24th-minute score vividly illustrated how tuned in Our Lady’s were, as Nolan and McGrath played a one-two before Nolan arrowed over a classy score. David Lardner pointed from play early in the second half as St Colman’s forward finally got on the scoresheet – but that was the sum total of the attacking sextet’s efforts.
O’Leary was the best St Colman’s player on view and after he was shoved into attack, the Castlelyons starlet bagged a 49th-minute goal.

But within a minute, McGrath had cancelled that out at the other end and when he added a free, Our Lady’s were 2-20 to 1-5 ahead. It was a day when a far superior Our Lady’s outfit would respond to whatever was thrown at them and their commitment to the cause was summed up in stoppage time when Nolan threw his head in the way of Lardner’s shot – and was taken off with blood streaming from his face.

Colman’s will now regroup for an All-Ireland quarter-final clash with St Brigid’s of Loughrea, with Our Lady’s safely through to a Croke Cup semi-final on 11 March.

Scorers for Our Lady’s: Brian McGrath 1-7 (0-2f, 0-2 65s), Jerry Kelly 0-5, Stevie Nolan 0-4, Andrew Ormonde 1-1, Lyndon Fairbrother 0-4 (3f), David O’Shea 0-1.

Scorers for St Colman’s: Niall O’Leary 1-1, Diarmuid Lenihan 0-3 (2f), Eoin Roche & David Lardner 0-1 each.

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore:

1. Eoin Collins (Drom & Inch)
4. Sean Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
3. Paraic Campion (Drom & Inch)
2. Eoghan Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney)
5. Neil Quinlan (JK Brackens)
6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens, Capt)
7. Aidan O’Meara (Drom & Inch)
8. Diarmaid Ryan (Clonakenny)
9. Stevie Nolan (Drom & Inch)
10. David O’Shea (JK Brackens)
11. Brian McGrath (Loughmore/Castleiney)
12. Jerry Kelly (Borris-Ileigh)
13. Andrew Ormonde (JK Brackens)
14. Ray McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens)
Subs
19. Shane Doyle (JK Brackens) for McCormack (52)
17. Jack Ryan (Toomevara) for D Ryan (53)
20. Jason Gilmartin (Roscrea) for Ormonde (57)
18. Gearoid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy) for O’Shea (59)
22. Delacy Byrne (Clonakenny) for S Ryan (60)

St Colman’s Fermoy

1. Eoin Davis (St Catherine’s)
2. Eoin Wallace (St Catherine’s)
3. Jamie O’Leary (Castlelyons)
4. Kieran Neville (St Catherine’s)
5. Sean McCarthy (Fermoy)
6. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)
7. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)
8. Shane O’Connor (Bride Rovers)
9. Diarmuid Lenihan (Ballyhooley)
10. Jamie Sheehan (Kilworth)
11. Barry Murphy (Castlelyons)
12. David Lardner (Fermoy)
13. Conleith Ryan (Bride Rovers)
14. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)
15. Adam Creed (Fermoy)
Subs
17. Ross O’Sullivan (Fermoy) for Neville (24)
19. Richard Galvin (St Catherine’s) for Ryan (h.t.)
18. Greg Lardner (Fermoy) for Creed (h.t.)
20. Jake Mehigan (Ballyhooly) for Sheehan (46)
22. Fionnán Hickey (Ballyduff Upper) for Murphy (60+2).

Referee: Rory McGann (Clare)


Match Programme

Don’t miss out on Saturday’s souvenir 48 page match programme with plenty of articles, pen pictures, photos and everything you need to know about the Harty Cup Finals past and present.


Fixture Details

Saturday 18th February
Corn An Artaigh (18.5 A Hurling) final @ 2pm
Our Lady’s Templemore V St Colman’s Fermoy Gaelic Grounds Rory Mc Gann Clare 2pm

Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) final @ 12pm
JTB Hospital V Rice College Ennis Gaelic Grounds Fergal Horgan Tipp 12pm

Extra time to be played if necessary in the Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim final. If there is a draw in the Dr. Harty cup final, the replay will be on the 25/2/2017.


When – Saturday February 18th at 2pm
Where – Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Referee – Rory McGann (Clare)
Next Round – The winners will play the winners of Presentation Athenry or the Leinster runners-up in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on Saturday March 11th.
The losers will play St Brigid’s Loughrea in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final on Saturday March 4th.

Live Streaming – Both the Harty Cup Final and Saturday’s curtain-raiser (Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon) will be streamed live on www.munstergaapps.ie


Admission Prices
Adults – €10
Students / OAP’s – €5
Under 12s – Free


Results to Date
Our Lady’s Templemore
Semi-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-15 Nenagh CBS 0-14
Quarter-Final – Our Lady’s Templemore 3-14 Thurles CBS 1-10
Last 16 – Our Lady’s Templemore 6-27 Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon 0-3
Group F – Our Lady’s Templemore 1-23 St Flannans 1-12

Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy
Semi-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 1-8 CBS Midleton 0-7
Quarter-Final – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 3-12 Christian Brothers College, Cork 1-12
Last 16 – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 4-22 St Flannans 2-19 (AET)
Group E – Coláiste Cholmáin Fermoy 2-15 CBS Midleton 1-14


Match Preview

The Gaelic Grounds Limerick will play host to the Dr. Harty Cup Final on Saturday next when Our Lady’s Templemore take on St. Colman’s Fermoy at 2pm.

St. Colman’s Fermoy sit fourth on the Harty Cup roll of honour with nine titles but it is all of 14 years since their last victory when they finished off a memorable three-in-a-row of Harty Cup successes (2001 to 2003).
This year’s campaign began with a tough opening group game against local rivals Midleton CBS. Despite trailing heading in to the closing stages, a strong finish ensured Colmans won by four points. In the last 16, Colmans played St. Flannans (who had earlier lost in the group stages to Our Lady’s Templemore by 11 points) in Kilmallock. St. Colmans were strong favourites to progress and the Cork school led by 7 points early in the second half. However, St. Flannans play improved immeasurably as they went on a 2-5 to 0-1 run to race in to a three point lead heading in to added time. There was still time for one last Fermoy scoring opportunity and Diarmuid Lenihan duly found the net from a free 40 metres from goal to force extra time. Normal service was resumed in extra time as Colmans ran out winners by 9 points.

A Quarter-Final meeting with CBC Cork now awaited and a dominant first half performance was enough to ensure that Colmans would progress, winning in the end by six points. Another meeting with CBS Midleton in the semi-final was next on the agenda. CBS Midleton had accounted for the 2016 champions Ardscoil Ris after a replay in the Quarter-Final and were fancied to progress by many. However, Colmans scored an all-important goal in a low scoring game and qualified for the Harty Cup Final on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-7.

Our Lady’s Templemore on the other hand had an easier route to the final. A first round meeting versus St. Flannans saw the 2016 Harty Cup finalists lay down a marker by securing an 11 point victory at MacDonagh Park Nenagh. A meeting with Árdscoil Uí Urmaltaigh Bandon in the Last 16 proved to be a no-contest as the Templemore team racked up a facile 6-27 to 0-3 victory. These two games proved little by way of preparation for Templemore’s Quarter-Final meeting with old rivals Thurles CBS. Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Templemore scored two goals and led at half-time. Thurles made it difficult for Templemore for much of the second half but lacked scoring power. A late Templemore goal gave them a flattering 10 point victory.

In the semi-final, a meeting with Nenagh CBS brought a huge crowd to the Toomevara GAA grounds. As with the other semi-final, this was a low scoring affair and a Templemore goal proved to be the crucial score as a battling Nenagh side were unable to match Templemore scoring prowess and lost out by 1-15 to 0-14.

By virtue of their impressive march to the final, allied to the experience of at least half their team being involved in last year’s final will see Our Lady’s Templemore marked down as favourites. Successful Tipperary Minors such as Paddy Cadell, Brian McGrath and Lyndon Fairbrother have led their side well in the campaign to date. Templemore CBS won this title back in 1978 and despite a few final appearances since then, will be looking to bridge that 39 year gap with victory this year.

St. Colmans have been impressive also in their campaign. Aside from the near slip-up against St. Flannans when lady luck was on their side, getting the better of a strong CBS Midleton team on two occasions cannot be underestimated.

Saturday’s game is sure to attract a big crowd to the Gaelic Grounds Limerick so why not arrive early and take in the curtain-raiser, the Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final between John the Baptist Hospital and Rice College Ennis at 12 noon. If you cannot make it to the Gaelic Grounds, both finals on Saturday will be streamed live via www.munstergaapps.ie. Don’t miss out.

Rory McGann of Clare will be the referee for Saturday’s Harty Cup Final and may the best team win.


Dr. Harty Cup Roll of Honour

Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final – John the Baptist Hospital 1-19 Rice College Ennis 3-7

John the Baptist Hospital defeated Rice College Ennis by 1-19 to 3-7 in the Corn Thomáis Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) Final on Saturday February 18th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.


Watch the full game via the Munster GAA YouTube channel below



Fixture Details

Saturday 18th February
Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim (18.5 B Hurling) final @ 12pm
JTB Hospital V Rice College Ennis
Gaelic Grounds Limerick at 12 noon
Referee – Fergal Horgan Tipp

Corn An Artaigh (18.5 A Hurling) final @ 2pm
Our Lady’s Templemore V St Colman’s Fermoy Match Preview
Gaelic Grounds Limerick @ 2pm
Referee – Rory Mc Gann Clare

Extra time to be played if necessary in the Corn Thomais Mhic Cholim final. If there is a draw in the Dr. Harty cup final, the replay will be on the 25/2/2017.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B – Wexford 1-14 Limerick 0-14

Wexford defeated Limerick by 1-14 to 0-14 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B on Sunday February 12th at Innovate Wexford Park.




Allianz HL Div 1B: McDonald stars for Wexford

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

WEXFORD 1-14 LIMERICK 0-14

Report by Michael Dwyer for GAA.ie

A tally of 1-8 from Conor McDonald guided the purple-and-gold to a crucial victory over Limerick in the opening-round of the Allianz Hurling league on Sunday afternoon.

With the wind at their backs Limerick enjoyed a six-point advantage at half-time. However, Wexford’s big guns rose to the challenge.

Rejuvenated by a couple of key substitutions, Wexford held the visitors scoreless for almost 20 minutes. Conor McDonald’s 62nd minute goal stretched Wexford’s lead to four, which was enough to hold off the challenge provided by John Kiely’s Limerick.

Wexford started with a four-man rotating attack. Paul Morris, Lee Chin, Barry Carton and Conor McDonald alternated, with one taking the full-forward spot while the remaining trio took up centre-forward line positions. As a result, David Redmond and Aidan Nolan worked doggedly in defence.

However, Limerick tore through on numerous occasions in the first half. Cian Lynch and Peter Casey directed matters in attack, putting pressure on the Wexford defence.

Points from both Lynch and Casey as well as some eye-catching Seamus Hickey and Graeme Mulcahy efforts contributed to Limerick’s 13th minute lead of seven-points-to-two.

Although a Conor McDonald brace offered hope for the hosts, Limerick dictated matters for the closing quarter-hour.

Following Alan Dempsey’s neat interception, Declan Hannon fired over a point that was the pick of Limerick’s bunch. That stroke gave Limerick a six-point lead at the break.

Although Wexford gained the advantage of the elements after half-time, Limerick were first to threaten as David Dempsey bounded through and forced Mark Fanning to pull off a great save.

While Wexford started to claw back with a trio of points, Peter Casey’s pointed free maintained Limerick’s lead of twelve-points-to-seven on 45 minutes.

It was Wexford who bombarded the visitors from that point onwards. Lee Chin, Aidan Nolan and Barry Carton won puck-outs for the hosts and Davy Fitzgerald made some timely replacements, including Podge Doran, Harry Kehoe, and Nicky Kirwan.

Elegant points from McDonald (two frees), Diarmuid O’Keefe and Harry Kehoe stirred Wexford retaliation before Podge Doran blasted over a 59th minute equaliser. Not even the sheeting rain could deter the home supporters from celebrating Lee Chin’s epic 60th minute effort that put Wexford ahead for the first time.

Conor McDonald widened the gap to five with a quick-fire claim of 1-1. A closing Limerick brace of points could not undo the home-side’s sparkling finish as Wexford fans relished a cracking first-round league victory.

Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 1-8 (4fs, 1 65′), Lee Chin 0-2, Podge Doran 0-2, Harry Kehoe 0-1, Diarmuid O’Keefe 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: Peter Casey 0-5 (3fs), Graeme Mulcahy 0-2, John Fitzgibbon 0-1 (1f), Gearóid Hegarty 0-1, Cian Lynch 0-1, Paul Browne 0-1, Seamus Hickey 0-1, Declan Hannon 0-1, Diarmuid Byrnes 0-1 (1f).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Eoin Moore, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohue, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keefe; Shaun Murphy, Aaron Maddock; Aidan Nolan, David Redmond, Barry Carton; Conor McDonald, Lee Chin, Paul Morris
Subs: Podge Doran for A Maddock (41), Harry Kehoe for P Morris (47), Nicky Kirwan for D Redmond (56), Jack O’Connor for B Carton (71).

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Cahill, Richie McCarthy, Mike Casey; Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey; Paul Browne, James Ryan; Gearóid Hegarty, Cian Lynch, Kyle Hayes; Peter Casey, David Dempsey, Graeme Mulcahy
Subs: (temp. Alan Dempsey for P Casey 30-34), John Fitzgibbon for J Ryan (44), Alan Dempsey for G Hegarty (47), Tom Morrissey for K Hayes (63), Pat Ryan for P Browne (64).

REFEREE: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)


Team News

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Waterford 1-15 Kilkenny 0-17

Waterford defeated Kilkenny by 1-15 to 0-17 in Round 1 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A on Sunday February 12th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.




Allianz HL Div 1A: Waterford claim encouraging win

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A

WATERFORD 1-15 KILKENNY 0-17

Report from GAA.ie

Patrick Curran’s first half goal proved to be the decisive score as Derek McGrath’s side got the better of the Cats at a bitterly-cold Nowlan Park, scoring their first win over Brian Cody’s side in Kilkenny since 2004.

Waterford were up and running in the early stages, Pauric Mahony (2) and Conor Gleeson pushing their side 0-3 to 0-1 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

T.J. Reid narrowed the gap with a pointed free, but the hosts were rocked when Curran broke through to blast his side into a strong lead when he gathered Tom Devine’s 12th minute pass and rattled the net (1-3 to 0-2).

The goal proved to be the big score of the half, but a crucial part of Waterford’s display was Mahony’s accuracy from frees. He posted eight points in the first half from placed balls, a run which kept the Deise in front.

T.J. Reid led the Kilkenny charge, grabbing six points in that opening half (five from frees), but Curran’s goal was a hurdle they couldn’t clear. Ollie Walsh sniped the last point of the half, but the Cats still trailed by four at the break (1-11 to 0-10).

Waterford didn’t hang about in the second half, stretching their lead to six points thanks to early scores from Mahony and Jamie Barron. Kilkenny fought hard to narrow the gap, shooting the next four scores through T.J. Reid (0-3) and sub Walter Walsh, but they couldn’t get the goal they craved to reel in the long-time leaders.

While Waterford endured something of a barren spell in the second half – they went 17 minutes without troubling the scoreboard operator – they did get back on track when Mahony and Barron put four points back between the sides late on.

Still Kilkenny wouldn’t give up. Spurred on by frees from Reid and goalkeeper Eoin Murphy they battled on, making it a one-point game when Kieran Joyce fired over a good score following Richie Hogan’s injury-time pass, but the Deise held out to make a winning start to their League campaign.

Scorers for Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (7fs, 265s); Patrick Curran 1-1; Jamie Barron 0-3; Conor Gleeson 0-1.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ. Reid 0-10, (7fs, 265s); Eoin Murphy (0-1, free); Ollie Walsh, Pat Lyng, Richie Hogan, Liam Blanchfield, Walter Walsh, Kieran Joyce 0-1 each

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Joey Holden, Padraig Walsh, Conor O’Shea; Paul Murphy, Kieran Joyce, Cillian Buckley; Ollie Walsh, Conor Fogarty; Pat Lyng, T.J. Reid, Sean Morrissey; Jonjo Farrell, Liam Blanchfield, Richie Hogan
Subs: Walter Walsh for Sean Morrissey (36), Paddy Deegan for Ollie Walsh (52), Richie Leahy for Pat Lyng (55), Shane Prendergast for Cillian Buckley (60), Conor Martin for Liam Blanchfield (70).

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Shane Fives, Barry Coughlan, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Stephen Daniels, Mikey Kearney; Jamie Barron, Conor Gleeson; Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahony, Michael Walsh; Patrick Curran, Tom Devine, Shane Bennett. Subs: Austin Gleeson for Mikey Kearney (52), Brian O’Halloran for Shane Bennett (55), Jake Dillon for Tom Devine (62), Gavin O’Brien for Patrick Curran (69), Shane McNulty for Stephen Daniels (70).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)


Team News

The Waterford Senior Hurling Team to face Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday is as follows –

1. Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion)
2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
17. Stephen Daniels (De La Salle)
21. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)
10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
13. Patrick Curran (Dungarvan)
23. Tom Devine (Modeligo)
20. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)