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Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 1-16 Hamilton High School Bandon 1-11

January 19, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ard Scoil Ris defeated Hamilton High School Bandon by 1-16 to 1-11 in the Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final on Monday January 19th at Charleville.

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Ardscoil Rís see off plucky Hamilton High

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Harty Cup Quarter-Final

Hamilton Hight School 1-11 Ardscoil Rís 1-16

Ardscoil Rís continued their march towards a fourth Harty Cup crown in six years when dismissing the brave challenge of Hamilton High School Bandon in this quarter-final clash. Yesterday’s heated encounter was a repeat of last year’s semi-final, a fixture Ardscoil Rís romped home 2-14 to 1-4, and while this latest instalment was far from one-sided, the holders never looked in any danger of emerging second best at Charleville.

Having toiled against the elements in the first period, Ardscoil still returned to the dressing room with their noses in front, 0-8 to 0-7. It was a lead they would never relinquish, 1-4 without reply during a six-minute burst midway through the second-half proving the game’s crucial period.

A Sean O’Donovan goal seven minutes out provided the Bandon students with a flicker of hope, but they were unable to make any further inroads. A meagre tally of 1-1 during the final 23 minutes highlighted Hamilton’s second-half struggles, a late injury to midfielder Luke Meade compounding their woes.

“We are relieved to get through, we ground it out in the end,” said Ardscoil Rís selector Niall Moran. “Conditions weren’t for fast hurling, but luckily enough we got the goal at the right time. Momentum is huge on a day like today. We got a kick from the goal and we drove on from there.”

Little or nothing separated the sides during the early exchanges and the contest was level on no fewer than five occasions in the first period. Four points inside the opening 18 minutes from Bandon full-forward Eoin O’Reilly, added to a Chris O’Leary free, settled the Cork outfit, but, even at this early stage, it was clear Ardscoil Rís carried a greater overall balance.

Half-forward Michael Mackey proved tormentor-in-chief, hitting three first-half points, with Ronan Lynch (0-2 frees), Conor Holihan (0-1 free), Conor Boylan and the impressive Aaron Gillane all finding the target. Their interval advantage could have been far more substantial was it not for the intervention of the crossbar and a fine double-save from Hamilton keeper Cathal Dart-O’Flynn.

Placed ball efforts from O’Leary and O’Reilly, accentuated by a fine Colm Dineen effort, levelled matters at 0-10 apiece on 37 minutes. With proceedings delicately poised, now was Hamilton’s time to strike. They didn’t, and tradition shone through in the ensuing passages of play.

Ronan Lynch, set-up by Peter Casey, pounced for an Ardscoil Rís goal on 45 minutes. Casey (0-2), Gillane and Mackey splits the posts subsequently and the gap stretched to seven. O’Donovan’s goal cut the deficit momentarily, but Gillane and Mackey would ensure Ardscoil Rís had the final say.

Scorers for Ardscoil Rís: M Mackey (0-5); R Lynch (1-2, 0-2 frees); A Gillane (0-4); P Casey (0-3); C Holihan (0-1 free), C Boylan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Hamilton High: E O’Reilly (0-6, 0-3 frees); C O’Leary (0-3, 0-2 frees); S O’Donovan (1-0); D Curran, C Dineen (0-1 each).

ARDSCOIL RÍS: S Mullane (Mungret); C Holihan (Na Piarsaigh), S Phelan (Broadford), N Fox (Parteen); R Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), S Hogan (Adare), M Andrews (Na Piarsaigh); T Grimes (Na Piarsaigh), J Flynn (Patrickswell); K Howard (Old Christians), A Gillane (Patrickswell), M Mackey (Adare); P Casey (Na Piarsaigh), E Ryan (Adare), C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh).
Subs: E Mulcahy (Munget) for Howard (49 mins), M Connolly (Adare) for Boylan (53), J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Andrews (55).

HAMILTON HIGH: C Dart-O’Flynn (Valley Rovers); E O’Brien (Ballinascarthy), L Murray (Ballinascarthy), W Hurley (Valley Rovers); J O’Mahony (Bandon), C O’Leary (Valley Rovers), J Kelleher (Newcestown); L Meade (Newcestown), J Mulcahy (Bandon); D Curran (Newcestown), S O’Donovan (Newcestown), T O’Sullivan (Courcey Rovers); C Dineen (Newcestown), E O’Reilly (Newcestown), B Crowley (Valley Rovers).
Subs: I Crowley (Valley Rovers) for O’Mahony (HT), C Maguire (Courcey Rovers) for O’Sullivan (46 mins), A O’Callaghan (Valley Rovers) for O’Brien (55), T O’Sullivan for Meade (58, inj).

Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary)

Champions Ardscoil Ris book Harty Cup semi-final spot

by Jerome O’Connell for the Limerick Leader newspaper

CHAMPIONS Ardscoil Ris continued on the defence of their Harty Cup title this Monday when booking an eighth successive semi-final spot thanks to a 1-16 to 1-11 win over Bandon’s Hamilton High School. This five point quarter-final victory in Charleville books a January 31 semi-final with Cork’s Rochestown.

The all-important score came in the game’s 44th minute when Ardscoil Ris captain Ronan Lynch rattled the Bandon net. That put Limerick’s North Circular Road secondary school into a 1-10 to 0-10 lead entering the final quarter of this Munster senior A Post Primary Schools encounter.

The three-time champions restricted their Cork opponents to just 1-1 in the final 25-minutes, which was the period that decided the tight encounter. Bandon’s Hamilton High School had the wind in the opening 30-minutes but trailed 0-8 to 0-7 at half time. Ardscoil Ris had Mikey Mackey in fine form in that opening half with three points from play.

At the other end of the field Eoin O’Reilly troubled Ardscoil Ris with three points of his own, but not conceded a first half goal was important for the Limerick side. Indeed Niall Moran’s side went closest to a first half goal with Mackey and Conor Boylan both denied in the 22nd minute. The early minutes of the second half were again tit-for-tat with Peter Casey and Aaron Gillane among the Ardscoil Ris scorers.

Then Ardscoil moved Ronan Lynch from centre back to midfield and profited within minutes when he raced onto a handpass from Casey to fire to the net. Casey, Gillane and Mackey all added quick points to the goal and all of a sudden Ardscoil were 1-13 to 0-10 clear with 10-minutes to play.

Bandon did hit back in the 52nd minute with a fine Sean O’Donovan goal but Ardscoil’s lead was sufficient to hold out. Castletroy College will bid to join Ardscoil in the semi-final on Wednesday when they play Youghal in Cahir in their quarter-final.

Scorers: Ardscoil Ris: Mikey Mackey 0-5, Ronan Lynch 1-2 (0-2 frees), Aaron Gillane 0-4, Peter Casey 0-3, Conor Houlihan (free) and Conor Boylan 0-1 each. Bandon: Eoin O’Reilly 0-6 (3frees), Chris O’Leary 0-3 (2frees), Sean O’Donovan 1-0, Darragh Curran and Colm Dinneen 0-1 each.

ARDSCOIL RIS: Sean Mullane (Mungret); Sean Hogan (Adare), Sean Phelan (Broadford), Michael Andrews (Na Piarsaigh); Conor Houlihan (Na Piarsaigh), Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh), Nathan Fox (Parteen); John Flynn (Patrickswell), Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh); Kevin Howard (Old Christians), Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell), Mikey Mackey (Adare); Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh), Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), Eoin Ryan (Adare). Subs: Eoghan Mulcahy (Mungret) for Howard (49mins), Mark Connolly (Adare) for Boylan (52mins), Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh) for Andrews (56mins).

BANDON: Cathal Dart; Luke Murray, William Hurley, Eoin O’Brien; James Kelleher, Chris O’Leary, Joe O’Mahony; Luke Meade, Jonathan Mulcahy; Tadgh O’Sullivan, Sean O’Donovan, Darragh Curran; Colm Dinneen, Eoin O’Reilly, Billy Crowley. Subs: Ian Crowley for Joe O’Mahony (h-t), Cathal Maguire for O’Sullivan (46mins), Andrew O’Callaghan for Eoin O’Brien (56mins), Tadgh O’Sullivan for Meade, inj (58mins).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

When – Monday January 19th at 3:00pm

Where – Charleville

Referee – Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)

Extra time to be played if necessary

Admission Prices

Adults – €5
Students / OAP’s – €3

All Media and Munster Council passes accepted.

Match Preview

February 9th 2013 is a significant date in the history of the Dr. Harty Cup competition this decade. On that date, Our Ladys Templemore recorded a 1-13 to 0-14 victory over Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in a Semi-Final Replay. The significance?  That game remains the only knockout Harty Cup fixture which Ard Scoil Ris have lost since 2010. This amazing record of dominance has seen the Limerick school being crowned champions in 3 of the last 4 competitions played (2010/2011, 2011/2012 & 2013/2014). Despite losing to Thurles CBS in the group stages before Christmas in October, Ard Scoil Ris have refocused and are back again in a Quarter-Final looking for further success. Led by Ronan Lynch and a handful of other county minors from Limerick & Clare, this is a strong Ard Scoil Ris side which will take beating now that the action has heated up as we reach the knockout stages.

Hamilton High School Bandon on the other hand come in to this game as only one of two teams to win all their games thus far in the competition, coming through a tough Group 4 campaign with four wins from four. Their one point win over a Midleton CBS team fancied to win their group illustrated their pedigree, a game in which they not only came from behind to secure victory but also saw 9 different players contribute to their tally of 2-16 which demonstrates a balance to their team which will be an important attribute against the defending champions. The Bandon school are in good form up front, scoring 13 goals in four games en route to recording an average aggregate score of 22.75 points per game. Anything approaching that tally will see them progress to the semi-finals for the second consecutive year.

Paths to the Quarter-Final

Hamilton High School Bandon

Round 1 – Bye
Round 2 – Hamilton HS Bandon 4-10 Nenagh CBS 2-13
Round 3 – Hamilton HS Bandon 5-13 HS Clonmel 3-13
Round 4 – Hamilton HS Bandon 2-16 Midleton CBS 0-21
Round 5 – Hamilton HS Bandon 2-13 Dungarvan CBS 0-11

Ard Scoil Ris

Round 1 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-20 Blackwater CS 0-9
Round 2 – Bye
Round 3 – Thurles CBS 3-12 Ard Scoil Ris 0-12
Round 4 – Ard Scoil Ris 1-21 West Limerick College 0-11
Round 5 – Ardscoil Ris 3-14 St. Flannans 2-11

For the Record

  Hamilton High School Bandon Ard Scoil Ris
2014 / 2015 Team Management Aidan O’Donoghue (Kilbrittain) Philip Crowley (Bandon) James Desmond (Newcestown) & Robert Honahan (Bishopstown) Niall Moran,
Paul Flanagan,
Fergal Lyons &
Barry Hennessy
2014 / 2015 Team Captain Chris O’Leary Ronan Lynch
2013 / 2014 Dr. Harty Cup  Performance Qualified for the semi-final before losing to Ard Scoil Ris by 2-14 to 1-4 Won the Dr. Harty Cup, defeating Scoil Na Troinoide Naofa Doon by 2-13 to 0-4 in the final.
2013 / 2014 Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling Performance Did not take part. Qualified for the Under 16 ½ B Hurling Quarter-Final before losing to Causeway CS by 0-20 to 1-7 Qualified for the Final where they lost to Midleton by 1-14 to 2-10.
Number of Dr. Harty Cup titles 0 3
Last Dr. Harty Cup Title N/A 2013 / 2014
Most recent meeting 2013/2014 Dr. Harty Cup Semi-Final – Ard Scoil Ris 2-14 Hamilton HS Bandon 1-4

Dr. Harty Cup Knockout Stages


A          Hamilton High School Bandon V Ard Scoil Ris – Monday January 19th at 1:30pm in Mallow
B          Rochestown V Nenagh CBS – Thursday January 15th at 1pm in Charleville
C         Castletroy CC V PS Youghal – Wednesday January 21st at 1:30pm in Cahir
D         Thurles CBS V Gaelcolaiste Mhuire AG – Friday January 9th at 1:30pm in Kilmallock


Fixed for Saturday January 31st

A v B
C v D


Fixed for Saturday February 21st

Team Panels

Ard Scoil Rís Senior Hurling panel 2014/2015

1.Sean Mullane Mungret
2.Michael Andrews Na Piarsaigh
3.Sean Phelan Broadford
4.Jerome Boylan Na Piarsaigh
5.Conor Holihan Na Piarsaigh
6.Thomas Grimes Na Piarsaigh Vice Captain
7.Nathan Fox Parteen
8.Sean Hogan Adare
9.Aaron Gillane Patrickswell
10.Eoghan Mulcahy Mungret
11.Michael Mackey Adare
12.Paraic O Loughlin Clonlara
13.Peter Casey Na Piarsaigh
14.Conor Boylan Na Piarsaigh
15.John Flynn Patrickswell

16.Eoghan Foley Na Piarsaigh
17.Eoin Ryan Adare
18.Kevin Howard Old Christians
19.Gerard Kearns Claughaun
20.Sean Moran Mungret
21.David Fitzgerald Clonlara
22.Jeff Ryan Parteen
23. Mark Connolly Adare
24.Kevin Daly Na Piarsaigh
25.Paul Moloney Broadford
26.Cian Moriarty Clonlara
27.Michael Danagher Cratloe
28.Rory Duff Mungret
29.Luke Buckley Adare
30.Michael Fitzgibbon Mungret
31.Ronan Lynch Na Piarsaigh Captain
32.Brian Curtin Adare

Team Management; Niall Moran, Paul Flanagan, Fergal Lyons & Barry Hennessy

Hamilton High School Senior Hurling Panel

  1. Cathal Dart – O’Flynn (Valley Rovers)
  2. Joe O’Mahony (Bandon)
  3. William Hurley (Valley Rovers)
  4. Luke Murray (Ballinascarthy)
  5. James Kelleher (Newcestown)
  6. Chris O’Leary (Valley Rovers) – Captain
  7. Eoin O’Brien (Ballinscarthy)
  8. Luke Meade (Newcestown) – Vice Captain
  9. Jonathan Mulcahy (Bandon)
  10. Darragh Curran (Newcestown)
  11. Eoin O’Reilly (Valley Rovers)
  12. Cathal Maguire (Courcey Rovers)
  13. Colm Dinneen (Newcestown)
  14. Séan O’Donovan (Newcestown)
  15. Billy Crowley (Valley Rovers)


  1. Peter O’Riordan (Newcestown)
  2. Andrew O’Callaghan (Valley Rovers)
  3. Ian Crowley (Valley Rovers)
  4. Séan O’Regan (Valley Rovers)
  5. Colm Butler (Valley Rovers)
  6. Tadhg O’Sullivan (Courcey Rovers)
  7. Tomás Sheehan (Kilbrittain)
  8. Timmy McCarthy (Bandon)
  9. Danny O’Sullivan (Valley Rovers)
  10. Mikey Dormon (Courcey Rovers)
  11. Joe Bernard (Valley Rovers)
  12. Niall O’Driscoll (St. Oliver Plunketts)
  13. Donal McCarthy (Valley Rovers)
  14. Ben Murray (Ballinascarthy)
  15. John McCarthy (Courcey Rovers)
  16. Ted Kearney (Barryroe)
  17. Gearóid O’Donovan (Diarmuid Ó Mathúnas)
  18. Daniel Kenneally (Valley Rovers)
  19. Aaron Lyons (Valley Rovers)
  20. Tadhg Kearney (Kilbrittain)

Team Management; Aidan O’Donoghue (Kilbrittain)Philip Crowley (Bandon)James Desmond (Newcestown) & Robert Honahan (Bishopstown)

Dr. Harty Cup Tables after Group Stages

Group 1 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Thurles CBS 4 3 0 1 7
Ardscoil Ris 4 3 1 0 6
West Limerick Col 4 2 1 1 5
Blackwater CS 4 1 3 0 2
St Flannans Col 4 0 4 0 0


Group 2 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Castletroy CC 4 3 1 0 6 6
Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG 4 3 1 0 6 21
St Colmans Fermoy 4 2 2 0 4 9
SNTN Doon 4 2 2 0 4 4
DLS Waterford Col 4 0 4 0 0 -40


Group 3 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points
Rochestown College 4 4 0 0 8
P.S Youghal 4 3 1 0 6
St Caimins Shannon 4 2 2 0 4
Our Lady’s Templemore 4 1 3 0 2
Charleville CBS 4 0 3 0 0


Group 4 Teams Played Won Lost Draw Points Score difference
Hamilton HS Bandon 4 4 0 0 8 18
Nenagh CBS 4 3 1 0 6 6
Midleton CBS 4 2 2 0 4 3
Dungarvan CBS 4 1 3 0 2 -6
HS Clonmel 4 0 4 0 0 -21

Dr. Harty Cup Roll Of Honour

St. Flannan’s, Ennis (21) – 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

North Monastery, Cork (19) – 1919, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1994

Limerick CBS (10) – 1920, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1932, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1993

St Colman’s College, Fermoy (9) – 1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Thurles CBS (7) – 1933, 1938, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1956, 2009

St. Finbarr’s, Cork (7) – 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1984

Rockwell College (5) – 1918, 1923, 1924, 1930, 1931

Ardscoil Rís, Limerick (3) – 2010, 2011, 2013

Midleton CBS  (3) – 1988, 1995, 2006

De La Salle College Waterford (2) – 2007, 2008

St. Munchin’s  (1) – 1922

Mount Sion (1) – 1953

Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town (1) – 1959

Rice College, Ennis (1) – 1962

Coláiste Chríost Rí (1) – 1968

Colaiste Iognaid Ris, Cork (1) – 1975

Templemore CBS (1) – 1978

Colaiste na nDeise (1) – 2012


January 19, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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