Kilsheelan man captains Tipperary Minor Hurling team to All Ireland success. 2012


MINOR FOOTBALL: They competed as Kilsheelan Gaels as they had four players from Newcastle due to lack of numbers. They made it to the South Final where their opponents were Commercials but they were well beaten on a scoreline of 2-18 to 0-5.

TEAM: John Smyth, Paudi O’Donovan, Kevin Guiry, Cormac Fahey, Tadgh Lonergan, Bill Maher, David Smyth, Brian Hyland (N), Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Anthony Condon (N), Diarmuid Devanney (N), Kevin Kehoe, Paul Maher 0-2, Joe O’Neill and James Lonergan (N).

SUBS: Colin Gleeson 0-2 and Kevin Kirwan.

U/21 FOOTBALL: This competition was on a league system and we were drawn in the same group as Mullinahone, Carrick Swan and Ballingarry. Age and physical strength being a major problem as we had only two players aged nineteen with all the others younger.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL: They lost to Fethard, Mullinahone, Killenaule and Cahir. The only victory was a 5-8 to 0-5 scoreline over Fr Sheehys.

SENIOR FOOTBALL: In the first round of the South championship Kilsheelan had to give way to a fitter and better Moyle Rovers side on a score of 1-19 to 0-6. Against Killenaule, Eoin Ryan looked to have given Kilsheelan victory but it was Killenaule’s John O’Dwyer who had the final say firing over the bar to level matters on  1-10 to 0-13

They secured their first win against Mullinahone on a 3-9 to 0-5 scoreline.

In the final round of the championship it was do or die against Fethard and Kilsheelan were bitterly disappointed to be knocked out of all football competitions.

TEAM: Colm Sweeney, Paul Kennedy, Shane Prendergast, David Corcoran, Kevin Larkin, Willie Ryan, Naoise O’Cuinneagain, Tommy Ryan 0-5, Eoin Ryan 0-1, John Roche, Adrian Walsh 0-5, Ross Larkin 0-1, Donnacha Lonergan, Jimmy Ryan and Edward Sweeney.

SUBS: Niall Walsh, Eoin Kehoe and Ian Coughlan.

In the County Senior Football championship Kilsheelan were beaten by  Eire Og-Anacarthy in New

MINOR HURLING: In the first round of the championship Kilsheelan Gaels took on Skeheenarinky and got their campaign off to a winning start.  They lost to St Marys in their next outing.
In the third round Kilsheelan Gaels took on Moyle Rovers in Ned Hall Park. Both teams had already won one game and lost one so a win was vital for both sides. Kilsheelan were not to be denied a deserved draw when Diarmuid Devanney pointed with the final score of the match as the scoreline read 2-9 to 1-12. They beat Ballingarry but had to give best to Mullinahone. In their final match they played Carrrick Swan where they competed well but had some missed opportunities as the clock ticked down and could not pull back the lead as the Swan went out deserving winners on a scoreline of 2-17 to 2-13.

TEAM: Tadgh Lonergan, Shane Brunnock, Kevin Guiry, Sean Ryan 1-0, David Smyth, Paul Maher, Kevin Kehoe, Bill Maher 0-2, Eoin Kehoe 0-1, Anthony Condon (N), Diarmuid Devanney (N) 1-9, John Smyth, Paudie O’Donovan, Joe O’Neill and Colin Gleeson.

SUBL James Lonergan (N) 0-1.

U/21 “B” HURLING: In the U/21 “B” hurling championship Kilsheelan again linked up with Newcastle and played as Kilsheelan Gaels. They lost in their first outing to Clonmel Og. The next game was due against Skeheenarinky but as Kilsheelan did not have sufficient players on the day they had to concede a walkover.

JUNIOR “A” HURLING: In the first round of the Junior "A" Hurling Championship Kilsheelan-Kilcash lost out to great rivals St. Patrick's. They then claimed victory over Newcastle by 1-16 to 0-6.

We then crossed paths with Ballylooby-Castlegrace where we registered a win on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-8.

In the final round we met Skeheenarinky in Goatenbridge. Both teams had already reached the knockout stages so final positions in the group were to be established. Kilsheelan eased to victory here with a 2-14 to 1-10 result.

In the Quarter Final they beat Clonmel Og and in the Semi Final Ballingarry had to surrender as Kilsheelan ran out easy winners on a scoreline of 4-14 to 1-9.

In the South Final they were convincing winners over Skeheenarinky in Clonmel by 2-20 to 4-6.

TEAM: Ian Coughlan, Paul Kennedy, Jimmy Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Conor Davin Murphy, Shane Prendergast, Senan O’Halloran, Bill Maher 1-1, Willie Ryan 0-2, Tommy Ryan 0-1, Pakie Larkin 0-1, John Roche 0-8, John Kehoe 0-2, Niall Walsh 1-1 and Alex Harte 0-4.

SUBS: Tadgh Lonergan, Keith Robinson, David Corcoran, Edward Sweeney and Kevin Guiry.

They booked their place in the last four of the County championship with an empathic nine point victory over Knockavilla Kickhams. A superb team performance saw them claim a Final berth with a victory over Loughmore-Castleiney in Boherlahan.

In the Munster Club Quarter Final Kilsheelan took on St Kieran’s of Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds. Kilsheelan tried hard throughout but found it difficult to penetrate the St Kieran’s defence and seemed to lack the scoring power. St Kierans were a strong physical side and were able to out muscle the lighter Kilsheelan team. Kilsheelan lost nothing in defeat and their hopes are now firmly set on winning the Club’s first adult County title in the coming weeks.

An historic day for the parish when Kilsheelan claimed its first adult hurling title edging out Moycarkey-Borris in a cracking County Junior Hurling Final at Boherlahan. Beaten in four previous finals, this was a victory celebrated in style.

The better side on the day won no question about that, even if the extent of their superiority was marginal. Having been knocked out of the Munster club championship a week previous, Kilsheelan bounced back in a most positive fashion showing great determination and hunger.

This was best personified by such as Bill Maher, Pakie Larkin and Adrian Walsh but Conor Davin Murphy, Donnacha Lonergan, Willie Ryan, John Roche and goalkeeper Ian Coughlan were others who greatly influenced the team performance.

TEAM: Ian Coughlan, David Corcoran, Jimmy Ryan, Kevin Larkin, Conor Davin Murphy, Shane Prendergast, Donnacha Lonergan, Tommy Ryan Willie Ryan 0-1, Adrian Walsh 0-1, Niall Walsh, Pakie Larkin 1-0, Edward Sweeney, John Roche 0-4 and Bill Maher 0-2.

SUB: Alex Harte for Edward Sweeney.


U/8 Girls: This year a girl’s U/8 football team was set up in the Club

U/10: Began the year with a panel of 29 children and The Club can be very proud of all the children who put on a jersey at this level.

U/12: In the football season, we played 24 games, winning 18 of them, drawing three and losing three which was an impressive track record for any team.

This brought us on to the hurling season, albeit belatedly given our prolonged run in the football. We entered two teams in the Premier Games hurling, and were drawn in Group 2 along with Ballybacon, Clerihan, Killenaule, Mullinahone, St Patricks and Skeheenarinky and Group 4 with Clonmel Og, Fr Sheehys and Newcastle. Unfortunately our Group 4 team did not progress from the group stages.

Our Group 2 team however, did manage to reach the Semi-Finals in Ardfinnan, where we were narrowly beaten by a very strong Clerihan team who won the South Title.

The panel for this game was:  Zach Crotty, Billy Murphy, Lee Ryan, Brian Flavin, Kian Quinn, John O’Dwyer, Cathal Kelly, Mark Stokes, Jack O’Gorman, Billy O’Connor, Jason Madigan, Sean Freaney, Jamie Roche and Shane Cosgrave.

U/16: We only had five players of the age in Football so we were always going to struggle. However we managed to fulfill all our matches.

Preparations for the Hurling Championship began in May. We excelled ourselves in this championship and were only one point away from qualification for a Semi Final place.

ALL IRELAND CAPTAIN BILL MAHER: Following on from his Minor Football All Ireland victory in 2011 – what an honour it was for the Club when Bill Maher held aloft the Irish Press Cup in Croke Park as captain of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team to win the All Ireland. This was also the first time a Kilsheelan-Kilcash player captained an All Ireland winning side. The homecoming to Kilsheelan was an historic occasion for the Club and a huge crowd of young and old alike turned out to give Bill and his team a hero’s welcome. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

CLUB PRESENTATION TO SEAN NUGENT: In early January the Club made a presentation to our new County Board Chairman Sean Nugent from his own Club. This was a great achievement for Sean and his family and for all involved in Kilsheelan-Kilcash club. Sean has been a long time supporter and player with Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Tipperary and the GAA so to become the first person from the Club to fill this position was a huge honour. We had a wonderful night in Kilsheelan with many people from other clubs and Divisions in attendance. We know Sean is a very capable worker and chairman and will lead the County in the right direction.

CLUB SOCIAL: This year we held our social in Robinsons and we had the presentation by the County Board Chairman Sean Nugent to our junior hurlers who won the South Title in 2011. It was 14 years since we last one a Title so it got great support on the night, Also a special presentation was made to James & Bridget Holohan for all his work and service to the Kilsheelan-Kilcash Club down through the years. A lovely framed collage of appropriate photos was presented to James by Club Chairman Jerry Kehoe.

PRESENTATIONS: A presentation was made by the Tipperary Association in Dublin to David Power in Fitzgerald’s Hotel on Saturday April 28th for his contribution in the Minor Football All Ireland victory in 2011. The Club was represented on the night by Chairman Jerry Kehoe and his wife Bernadette, Billy and Liam Stokes and Sean Nugent County Board Chairman.

On May 2nd the Club was honoured when Bill Maher became the first Kilsheelan-Kilcash player to be captain of a Tipperary team when he was chosen to captain the Minor hurlers in the Munster championship.

BEREAVEMENTS: This was a sad year for the Club when in March we lost our Secretary of 16 years James (Jim) Holohan after a short illness. James was also PRO for the Club for many years. The Club members and players did trojan work during the funeral when they took over the stewarding car parking, etc and also provided refreshments in the GAA centre on the evening of the removal. Others past players and loyal supporters who passed to their eternal reward included Paddy Kearney, Eddie Quinlan and Neddie Cronin. A mass for all deceased members was celebrated in December.

Detailed Reports of all games available under Match Reports


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