All-Ireland pennants are very hard to come by so Charleville were overjoyed when they claimed their second win in the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield since 2006 with a heart-stopping 3-2 over Castlebar at a wet and windy Westport.
Clonoulty-Rossmore suffered a setback when losing to Toomevara 0-19 to 1-18 at The Ragg last evening in a game that finished in a welter of excitement as Clonoulty sought to wipe out an eight-point gap in the closing 10 minutes.
In the end it, was their performance in the third quarter that laid the foundation for Watergrasshill’s victory over Inniscarra in the first round of the Cork PIHC in Páirc Uí Rinn tonight. The game was tied at the change of ends, as it had been on four other occasions in the opening period.
Extending their unbeaten provincial run to 12 games, Na Piarsaigh cruised into a second successive Munster final with an emphatic win over Clonoulty-Rossmore but lost key men Shane Dowling and Ronan Lynch to injuries.
As he takes the call in the office of his Toyota dealership in Clonmel, John Kennedy looks at the framed photograph of Clonoulty-Rossmore’s 1997 senior county-winning team. The win, over Mullinahone, doubled the two-time All-Ireland SHC winner’s county senior medal haul, following the 1989 success against Holycross-Ballycahill.
What’s another year? That is the rhetorical question the GAA hierarchy are asking as a motion to change the U21 All-Ireland hurling championship to U20 to fall into line with Gaelic football is being prepared.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has criticised frontline gardaí for rejecting the “specific findings” of the false breath-tests investigation and attempting to wash their hands of responsibility for the affair.
The grandmother of Golden Globe winning actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was remembered at her requiem Mass over the weekend as a special lady who was so loved that 24 people crowded around her bed as she took her last breath in hospital.