A PREVIEW night ahead of the Offaly Senior Hurling final will take place this Friday night (16th October) in Brian Whelahan's Bar in Birr. Local journalists, Brian Lowry of the Midland Tribune and Midlands 103’s Head of Sport Will O'Callaghan have come together to co-host the event that will raise money for the Mary Kenny Offaly Hospice and Cancer Research Fund.
Offaly and Belmont hurler David Kenny will among a panel of experts on the night as the Mary Kenny Offaly Hospice and Cancer Research Fund was set up in memory of his late mother.
Proceedings kick off at 9pm on Friday night where a host of guests will take to the stage to give their views on both the Senior final between Coolderry and St Rynagh's and the novel Minor decider between Ferbane/Belmont and Na Fianna. They’ll also look at Lusmagh's recent triumph in the Intermediate championship and Clara's success at Junior level.
There is no admission charge on the night, with buckets available for patrons to make donations as they please to the Offaly Hospice fund.
Panel members include players from clubs that have come up against Sunday's finalists while it is also hoped to have a selection of other well-known individuals from around the County to talk about all things hurling.
All-Ireland Final referee Brian Gavin, former Coolderry boss Ken Hogan, Birr's Michael Verney, K/K's Trevor Fletcher and Kinnitty's Colm Coughlan, to name just a few, will all take part in the preview. It is hoped to hold a raffle on the night and again, all proceeds will go to charity. Brian Whelahan of Whelahan's Bar is opening his doors for the preview night and has weighed in behind the concept.
It promises to be an enjoyable night with plenty of chat and debate ahead of the big games at the weekend while also helping out a very worthwhile and local charity.
Edenderry 1-12 Rhode 1-10
Edenderry won their 11th Tullamore Court Hotel, Offaly Senior Football title when they defeated neighbours Rhode, in a highyl entertaining game, in front of 4,630 supporters at O’Connor Pk on Sunday.
It may have been a very close run thing with only two points separating the sides at the end and Edenderry’s 12th point coming from sub, Gary Blong, deep in injury time but the better team won.
It was an excellent performance by Edenderry in a very exciting game of football and Rhode did not play well enough on the day to have won. They could have forced a replay as Niall McNamee and Anton Sullivan missed good late chances when just a point separated the sides but they had no complaints at the result.
Rhode made a dream start with a Ruari McNamee goal after just twenty seconds but it quickly became evident that Edenderry meant business as they worked hard at closing down opponents.
A brilliant 26th minute Derek Kelly goal helped Edenderry to a 1-7 to 1-6 half time lead and it was clear that they were not going away.
The sides were level on three occasions in the second half but man of the match, Sean Doyle and Jordan Hayes gave Edenderry a crucial two point lead with fifteen minutes left and they were able to hold on in a frantic and low scoring closing quarter.
EDENDERRY: Cormac Hurley; Alan Pender, Davd Hanlon, Sean Pender (Capt); Adam Mahon (0-1), Colm Byrne, Sean Moriarty (0-1, ‘45’); Richie Dalton (0-2), Stephen Guing; Keith McGuinness (0-1, f), Derek Kelly (1-1, 1f), Oran Lawton; Sean Doyle (0-4, 3f), Aaron McDonnell, Jordan Hayes (0-1). Subs - Ciarán Hurley for Lawton (h/t), Alex Kenny for McDonnell (48m), Mark Young for McGuinness (60m), Gary Blong (0-1) for Hayes (61m).
RHODE: Ken Garry; Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden; Ciarán Heavey, Brian Darby, Eoin Byrne; Alan McNamee (Capt), Darren Garry (0-2); Niall Darby (0-1, f), Conor McNamee (0-1), Stephen Hannon; Anton Sullivan, Ruairi McNamee (1-1), Niall NcNamee (0-5, 1f). Subs - Glenn O’Connell for Byrne (37m), Shane Sullivan for Kavanagh (47m), Paul McPadden for Hannon (48m), Pauric Sullivan for D Garry (56m), Pascal Kellaghan for R McNamee (57m).
Referee: David Walsh.
Coolderry and St Rynagh’s will meet in the final of The Molloy Environmental Senior Hurling Championship for the first time since 1986, following their wins over Birr and Kilcormac/Killoughey respectively, in front of 4,376 supporters in O’Connor Pk on Sunday afternoon
Coolderry 2-15 Birr 1-10
Coolderry proved too strong for neighbours Birr in the opening game, eventually running out eight point winners after trailing by one at the break. Coolderry also hit 10 wides to Birr’s 7.
Aided by the wind in the first half Birr had the opening score courtesy of Eoghan Cahill after just a minute. The remainder of the half was very even with never more than two points between the sides and they were level on five occasions before Birr went in leading 0-9 to 0-8 at the break. Inside a minute of the resumption Birr had stretched their lead to two points, but amazingly they would add just one more score as Coolderry took control and added 2-7 to their total. The turning point of the game came in the 7th minute of the second half when Coolderry captain Brian Carroll goaled from close range. Two minutes later Kevin Connolly hit goal number two and despite Emmett Nolan hitting the net for Birr in the 47th minute Coolderry were never in trouble and qualified to play in their 44th senior final on a 2-15 to 1-10 scoreline
Teams & Scorers:
Coolderry: Stephen Corcoran, Stephen Connolly, Trevor Corcoran, Stephen Burke, Alan Corcoran, Joe Brady, Kevin Brady, David King 0-3, Barry Teehan, Conor Molloy, Kevin Connolly 1-0, Martin Corcoran, Brian Carroll (Capt), 1-1, Eoin Ryan 0-2, Damien Murray 0-8 (0-7f, 0-1 65’) Subs: Andrew Connolly 0-1 for M Corcoran
Birr: Brian Mullins, Michael Verney, Eoin Hayes, Conor O’Callaghan, Brian Watkins 0-1, Dylan Hayden, Sean Ryan, Barry Whelahan, Barry Harding 0-2, Eoghan Cahill 0-6 (0-5f), Rory Hanniffy (Capt), Brendan Murphy, Stephen Lonergan, Emmett Nolan 1-1, Colm Mulrooney Subs: Donal Ryan for Barry Whelahan, Thomas Bolger for Mulrooney, Aaron Whelahan for Cahill, Craig Taylor for Lonergan
Ref: Brian Gavin (Clara)
St Rynagh’s 1-22 Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-16
St Rynagh’s were never in trouble as they easily qualified for their third final in four years with a six point win over K/K in the second semi-final.
Playing with the aid of the wind Rynagh’s were quickest out of the blocks and hit the first four points of the game. K/K had cut the deficit back to two when Stephen Wynne goaled for The Banagher/Cloghan side in the 10th minute. By the 24th minute Rynagh’s were five points in front 1-7 to 0-5. However, in the final minutes of the half they hit six points without reply to go in leading 1-13 to 0-5 at the break.
K/K did not go down without a fight but failed to make serious indents in the Rynagh’s lead on the resumption. They did outscore the challengers 1-11 to 0-9 in the second half, their goal coming in the final minute from Ger Healion, but it was Rynagh’s who booked their place in the final to set up only their third meeting with Coolderry on county final day. St Rynagh’s won the deciders of 1965 & 68, while Coolderry were victorious in 1986
Teams & Scorers:
St Rynagh’s: Conor Clancy, Daniel Maloney, Dermott Shortt (Capt), Niall Wynne, Conor Hernon, Gary Conneely, Pat Camon, Sean Dolan, Nigel White, Matthew Maloney 0-1, Stephen Wynne 1-12 (0-8f, 0-1 65’), Ronan Hughes 0-2, Aidan Treacy, Joseph O’Connor 0-2, Stephen Quirke 0-4 Subs: Ben Conneely 0-1 for Hernon, Simon Óg Lyons for N White, Ger Scales for Treacy, Ger Rafferty for M Maloney, Paul Quirke for S Quirke
Kilcormac/Killoughey: Conor Slevin, Con Mahon, Ger Healion 1-0, Alan McConville, Enda Grogan, Peter Healion, Brian Leonard, Damien Kilmartin, Killian Leonard, Ciaran Slevin 0-9 (0-5f), Kevin Grogan, Peter Geraghty, James Gorman, Dan Currams 0-2, Cillian Kiely 0-3 Subs: Thomas Geraghty 0-2 for K Leonard, Cathal Mahon for Con Mahon
Ref: Tony Carroll (Kinnitty)
2016 Leinster Championship
Eirgrid Leinster U21 Football Championship 2016
1. Wicklow v Carlow
2. Wexford v Longford
3. Louth v Laois
4. Wexford/Longford v Westmeath
5. Kildare v Offaly
6. Louth/Laois v Wicklow/Carlow
7. Meath v Dublin
Match 4 v Match 5
Match 6 v Match
Bord Gais Energy Leinster U21 Hurling Championship 2016
1. Kilkenny v Westmeath
2. Dublin v Wexford
3. Carlow v Laois
4. Kildare v Offaly
5. Match 1 v Match 2
6. Match 3 v Match 4
Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship 2016
Kilkenny v Wexford
Dublin v Offaly
Kildare v Wicklow
Meath v Laois
Carlow v Louth
Westmeath v Longford
* Subsequent rounds to be decided by Leinster GAA CCC at a later date
Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship 2016
The 2015 Leinster finalists Kilkenny and Dublin are seeded into the next round
Wexford v Westmeath
Laois v Offaly
Carlow v Kildare
Wicklow v Meath
* Subsequent rounds to be decided by Leinster GAA CCC at a later date
For the second year in a row Rhode and Edenderry will meet in the Tullamore Court Hotel Offaly Senior Football final, after they both had easy wins over Clara and Tullamore respectively, in front of 2,304 supporters in O’Connor Pk on Sunday last.
Edenderry 2-14 Tullamore 2-7
Edenderry easily disposed of the challenge of Tullamore in the opening Tullamore Court Hotel Senior football S/F. In all ten different players contributed to Edenderry’s success and the scored 2-11 from play. First half goals from Adam Mahon and Sean Doyle gave Edenderry at 2-8 to 0-3 half time lead and despite being outscored 2-4 to 0-6 in the second period they never looked in trouble. Edenderry lined out without the suspended Richie Dalton, while Tullamore were without the services of the injured Paul McConway and Shane Dooley who was out of the country.
Teams and scorers:
Edenderry: Cormac Hurley, Alan Pender, David Hanlon, Sean Pender (Capt) 0-1, Adam Mahon 1-0, Colm Byrne 0-1, Sean Moriarty 0-2, Derek Kelly 0-3 (0-2f), Stephen Guing, Keith McGuinness 0-2, Mark Young, Oran Lawton, Sean Doyle 1-1 (0-1f), Aaron McDonnell 0-1, Jordan Hayes: Subs: Ciaran Hurley 0-1 for Hayes, Stuart Cullen 0-2 for Lawton, Alex Kenny for Derek Kelly, David Moloney for Young
Tullamore: Gavin Shiel, Dean Carroll, James Keane, Paul O’Toole, Declan Hogan, Mark Conlon, Ger Ward, Aaron Hensey 1-0, Michael Brazil, Nigel Bracken, Kevin Williamson 1-1 (0-1f), Shaun Martin, Johnny Maloney (Capt) 0-3, Pa Cosgrove 0-1, Johnny O’Donoghue 0-1 Subs: Adam Shelly for O’Donoghue, Shane Kelly for Ward, Steven Keogh for Cosgrove, Brian Hogan for Declan Hogan, Johnny Kavanagh 0-1 for S Martin, Pauric Brazil for N Bracken
Ref: Davy Walsh
Rhode 0-12 Clara 1-5
The final scoreline might indicate a close contest, but nothing could be further from the truth as Rhode coasted to yet another county final when they completely outclassed Clara in this second s/f played at O’Connor Pk on Sunday afternoon. Clara had the opening score of the game after 60 seconds, but didn’t score again for 46 minutes, by which stage Rhode had 10 points on the board. Rhode led by 0-6 to 0-1 at the break. Clara lined out without the injured Scott Brady, while Rhode were without the services of the suspended Anton Sullivan and the injured Niall Darby. Pauric Sullivan made an appearance for Rhode less than five months after cruciate knee surgery. Niall McNamee was once again the star of the show hitting 0-7.
Teams and scorers:
Rhode: Ken Garry, Jake Kavanagh, Eoin Rigney, James McPadden, Ciaran Heavy, Brian Darby 0-2, Eoin Byrne, Alan McNamee (Capt), Darren Garry, Glenn O’Connell, Conor McNamee, Stephen Hannon, Paul McPadden 0-2 (0-1f), Ruairi McNamee 0-1, Niall McNamee 0-7 (0-3f) Subs: Shane Sullivan for O’Connell, Gareth McNamee for Jake Kavanagh, Donal Hickey for Ruairi McNamee, Pauric Sullivan for Conor McNamee
Ref: Fergal Smyth
GAA HQ are going to design the wall directly outside the Hogan Stand dressing rooms with an image made up of supporters' photographs in their county colours.
They are looking for people from Offaly to use twitter to send them your photos by tweeting an image in Offaly colours and using the hashtag #BeThereAllTheWay
Just forward a tweet as outlined below:
Tweet a photo in XXX [insert name of county] colours to #BeThereAllTheWay & it could appear on the GAA twitter wall in @CrokePark
Full details are on GAA.ie » http://www.gaa.ie/dbc66c
This is your chance to get on that twitter wall.
At a meeting of Offaly County Board on Tuesday night, Eamonn Kelly's appointment as Offaly Senior Hurling manager was ratified.
The Working Group consisting of Liam Sheedy (Chair), Rory Hanniffy, Joe Brady, Tommy Byrne, Padraig Boland had recommended Eamonn as Manager of Offaly Senior Hurlers for the year ahead.
Eamonn played hurling and football for Tipp, winning 2 All Ireland Junior medals and an U21 All Ireland medal. He managed various underage Tipperary teams, and the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team and was a selector with the successful U21 team.
He also Managed his own club, Kildangan, to All Ireland Intermediate success and the UL Fitzgibbon cup team in 2006/07 as well as Kerry to win 2 league wins in 2014/15 and was at the helm for their promotion to div 1b in 2015, a year in which they also became Christy Ring champions.
Offaly County Board are delighted that the working group has agreed to remain on as a monitoring group who will work with Eamonn and a Leadership Team to be drawn from the new hurling panel on a monthly basis. Liam Sheedy will continue to chair that process. Additionally Liam will act as a mentor to Eamonn Kelly in his role and will engage with Offaly Hurlers throughout the season – attending and inputting into training sessions as agreed with Eamonn and Offaly County Board.
Sean first came to prominence as a minor and was a member of the Offaly Minor team that won the county’s first Leinster title in 1947. It was no surprise, to football observers, when Sean made his senior debut for Offaly in the Championship of 1949, coming in as a substitute against Westmeath.
He made his full debut the following spring when he lined out at right half forward against Roscommon in the league. Two months later he filled the mid-field berth when Offaly lost to Kildare by a point in the 1950 Championship. For the next 13 years Sean was a constant at mid-field for Offaly and in all played 82 League and Championship games, and in 76 of those Sean was the No1 choice at mid-field. He was a member of the side that won the inaugural O’Byrne Cup in 1954 and later that year Captained Offaly when they contested the 1954 Leinster Senior final. He went on to win Leinster medals in 1960-'61 as well as a Railway cup medal in the latter year. The injury which was to leave him on the subs bench in the 1961 All-Ireland final may well have cost Offaly the title. Sean played his last game for Offaly when he lined out at mid-field against Louth in the National Football League on October 21st 1963.
Sean won Offaly Senior Football Championship medals with Edenderry in 1951, 53 & 57, captaining the side in 1957. He also served as Chairman of Edenderry GAA club.
A man who made an outstanding contribution to Offaly football and GAA life in general, he was inducted into the Offaly GAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
To his wife Gretta, son John, Daughters Mary and Noelle, his sister Mona and extended family, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
The Offaly Senior Football Team to play Kildare this Saturday 4th July in O'Connor Park, Tullamore @ 2pm is as follows:
1. Alan Mulhall
2. Brian Darby
3. Paul McConway (Capt)
4. Cian Donohue
5. Niall Darby
6. Johnny Moloney
7. Joseph O’Connor
8. Conor McNamee
9. Niall Smith
10. Peter Cunningham
11. Graham Guilfoyle
12. Anton Sullivan
13. Bernard Allen
14. Nigel Dunne
15. William Mulhall
The Offaly Senior Hurling Team to play Clare this Saturday 4th July in Cusack Park, Ennis @ 7pm is as follows:
1. James Dempsey
2. Niall Wynne
3. Dermot Shortt
4. David King
5. Eanna Murphy
6. Colin Egan
7. Pat Camon
8. Emmet Nolan
9. Sean Ryan
10. James Mulrooney
11. Dan Currams (Capt)
12. Paddy Murphy
13. Shane Dooley
14. Joe Bergin
15. Brian Carroll
Offaly team to play Wexford in the semi-final of the Bord Gais Energy Leinster GAA U21 Hurling Championship in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Wednesday evening 24th June @ 7.30pm shows one change to the team that beat Westmeath in the quarter final. Cathal Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey lines out at No. 8 instead of Kevin Dunne, Seir Kieran who is unavailable.
1. Kevin O'Connor, Kinnitty
2. Darragh Corbett, Shannonbridge
3. Daniel Doughan, Shinrone
4. Paddy Rigney, Kinnitty
5. Ger Crowe, Tullamore
6. Conor Doughan (Capt), Shinrone
7. Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac/Killoughey
8. Cathal Mahon, Kilcormac/Killoughey
9. Padraig Guinan, Drumcullen
10. Matthew Maloney, St Rynaghs
11. Johnny O'Toole Greene, Shamrocks
12. Joe Maher, Belmont
13. Adrian Cleary, Shinrone
14. Emmet Nolan, Birr
15. Dylan Murray, Kilcormac/Killoughey