Walter Walsh (hurler)
Walter Wally Walsh is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-forward for the Kilkenny senior team. Born in Rosbercon, County Kilkenny, Walsh first arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Kilkenny minor team, Walsh made his senior debut during the 2012 championship and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen. Since he has won three All-Ireland medals, one Leinster medal and two National Hurling League medals, at club level Walsh is a Leinster medalist at junior level with the Tullogher-Rosbercon club. Walsh has enjoyed success with Tullogher-Rosbercon during his short club career. In 2008 Walsh was only seventeen years-old when he was a key forward on the top team. He won a Leinster medal that year as Wexford side Clongeen were accounted for on a line of 1-19 to 3-8. Tullogher were subsequently beaten by Dripsey in the All-Ireland final, Walsh first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Kilkenny minor team in 2008.
He won a Leinster medal that year before lining out in the All-Ireland decider against Galway, Kilkenny were outplayed for much of the game, however, a late goal secured a 3-6 to 0-13 victory and an All-Ireland medal for Walsh. In 2009 Walsh added a second consecutive Leinster medal to his collection, Walsh played with the Kilkenny under-21 team, however, he enjoyed little success in this grade. He won a Leinster medal in this grade in 2012 following a huge 4-24 to 1-13 defeat of Laois, the Cats were considered warm favourites for the All-Ireland title, Clare won the decider by 2-17 to 2-11. By this stage Walsh had joined the Kilkenny senior team and he made his championship debut at full-forward in the All-Ireland final replay against Galway. He scored 1-3 from play and collected his first All-Ireland medal as Kilkenny defeated Galway by 3-22 to 3-11, Walsh finished off a memorable debut by claiming the man of the match award. In 2016, Walsh won an All-Star for his performances throughout the season inspite of suffering defeat in the All Ireland final to Tipperary
Phil Hogan is an Irish politician who currently serves as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development since November 2014. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he represented the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency in Dáil Éireann as Teachta Dála between 1989 and 2014, phil Hogan was born in Kilkenny in 1960. He grew up on a farm in the south-east of Ireland and he was educated locally in St. Josephs College, and in St. Kierans College, Kilkenny. Afterwards, he attended University College Cork, where he graduated with a degree in Economics and he received a Higher Diploma in Education from the same university. After completing his university studies, he returned to Kilkenny to manage his family farm, during that time period, he founded an insurance and real estate business in Urlingford, Kilkenny in the 1980s. Hogan first became involved in politics at an age, when he became a local councillor for Kilkenny County Council at the age of 22. He would retain that seat in the 1985 Local Elections when he topped the poll in his area, around the time of his 25th birthday he was elected Chairman of Kilkenny County Council.
He was the country’s youngest council chairman and he would serve in this role on two separate occasions, first between 1985–1986 and between 1989–1990. In addition to his political activities, Hogan was an active member of the South-Eastern Health Board between 1991 and 1999. From there, Hogan decided to contest the 1987 general election in an unsuccessful bid, soon after, Hogan was subsequently elected to Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, serving between 1987 and 1989. After serving as a Senator in Seanad Éireann for two years, Hogan was subsequently elected to the house for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency in the 1989 general election. During his first few years, Hogan worked closely with the Fine Gael leader at the time, Hogan served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works between December 1994 and February 1995. However, he tendered his resignation when a staff member accidentally sent out budget details to a journalist before it was announced in the Dáil Chamber.
At the time, opposition parties described Hogan as ‘the fall guy’ for the budget leaks, Hogan was quoted as saying that he no regrets about his decision to resign. My only concern in all of this is to ensure that the integrity of the government is maintained, following his resignation, Hogan returned to a backbench position in the government. Despite the controversy surrounding the incident, Hogan was promoted to the chairmanship of the Fine Gael parliamentary party at the age of 35, a position he held until 2001. As Chairman, Hogan had the opportunity to develop the organisational roots of Fine Gael, in the run-up to the 2002 general election, Hogan was appointed Director of Organisation in Fine Gael. Upon the resignation of Michael Noonan as party leader of Fine Gael after the poor results in that election
The Belfast Telegraph is a daily newspaper published in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Independent News & Media. It was first published as the Belfast Evening Telegraph on 1 September 1870 by brothers William and its first edition cost half a penny and ran to four pages covering the Franco-Prussian war and local news. The evening edition of the newspaper was called the Sixth Late. Its competitors are The News Letter and The Irish News but the editions of the London-based red tops are competitors. The Belfast Telegraph was entirely broadsheet until 19 February 2005, when the Saturday morning edition was introduced, the weekday morning Compact Edition, launched on 22 March 2005, struggled to replicate the evening newspapers success. Its editorial content has been much more tabloid, with a greater entertainment story count than the evening paper, much prominence is given to English-based sport, and some general features and columns are shared with The Independent and Irish Independent. The paper now publishes two editions daily, Belfast Telegraph final edition and the North West Telegraph which is distributed in Derry, circulation was 109,571 for the period July to December 2002.
Circulation was 68,024 for the period January to June 2009, circulation was 49,228 for the period January to June 2013. Circulation was 41,912 for the period January to June 2016, circulation was 40,042 for the period July to December 2016. The Belfast Telegraph is the title of Independent News & Media Ltd. It carries many supplements including, nijobfinder - appears in the paper every Tuesday and Friday, the nijobfinder brand launched its website in December 2008, www. nijobfinder. co. uk, which quickly rose to prominence to provide be the number one Job Site in Northern Ireland. An ad in nijobfinder is read by 466,000 people making it the no 1 resource for finding employment in Northern Ireland, nicarfinder - is the Wednesday supplement, every ad published with nicarfinder is seen by 130,000 people. Nicarfinder launched a new version of their website, www. nicarfinder. co. uk, in May 2012, it has one of the most powerful search engines offering users unique functionality in car search. HomeFinder - the property supplement, focusing on the home - from interior decor, to house prices, propertynews.
com is the topmost property website in Northern Ireland, showing thousands of houses currently on the market and content from the Home Finder. Weekend Supplement OutThere Guide - the OutThere guide is printed monthly and is a resource for those socialising around Northern Ireland, family Life - won supplement of the year in the 2016 CIPR NI Media Awards They ceased to print the Irelands Saturday Night sports evening newspaper in July 2008. A sister paper is Sunday Life, associated is Ads for Free. And the paper holds the contract for The Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Daily Star, The Daily Star. The Belfast Telegraph was named as Best UK Regional Newspaper of the Year 2012 by the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards
Iarla Tannian is an Irish hurler who currently plays at centre back for the Galway senior team. Tannian made his first appearance for the team during the 2007 National Hurling League. Since he has won one Leinster winners medal and one National Hurling League winners medal and he was named as the Man of the match by The Sunday Game panel in the drawn 2012 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on 9 September. At club level Tannian plays with the Ardrahan club, team Fitzgibbon Cup 20052007 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 2012 National Hurling League 2010 Walsh Cup 2010 Individual All Ireland Final Man of The Match 2012 GAA GPA All Stars Awards 2012
Croke Park is a GAA stadium located in Dublin, Ireland. Named in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, it is often called Croker by some GAA fans and it serves both as the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Since 1884 the site has been used primarily by the GAA to host Gaelic games, most notably the annual All-Ireland finals in football and hurling. Both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Special Olympics, during the construction of the Aviva Stadium, Croke Park hosted games played by the Ireland national rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team. The area now known as Croke Park was owned in the 1880s by Maurice Butterly and known as the City and Suburban Racecourse, from 1890 it was used by the Bohemian Football Club. In 1901 Jones Road hosted the IFA Cup football final when Cliftonville defeated Freebooters, recognising the potential of the Jones Road sports ground a journalist and GAA member, Frank Dineen, borrowed much of the £3,250 asking price and bought the ground in 1908.
In 1913 the GAA came into ownership of the plot when they purchased it from Dineen for £3,500. The ground was renamed Croke Park in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke, in 1913, Croke Park had only two stands on what is now known as the Hogan stand side and grassy banks all round. In 1917, a hill was constructed on the railway end of Croke Park to afford patrons a better view of the pitch. This terrace was known as Hill 16 as it was built from the ruins of the 1916 Easter Rising, in the 1920s, the GAA set out to create a high capacity stadium at Croke Park. Following the Hogan Stand, the Cusack Stand, named after Michael Cusack from Clare, was built in 1927,1936 saw the first double-deck Cusack Stand open with 5,000 seats, and concrete terracing being constructed on Hill 16. In 1952 the Nally Stand was built in memorial of Pat Nally, seven years later, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the GAA, the first cantilevered New Hogan Stand was opened. The highest attendance recorded at an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was 90,556 for Offaly v Down in 1961.
Since the introduction of seating to the Cusack stand in 1966, during the Irish War of Independence on 21 November 1920 Croke Park was the scene of a massacre by the Royal Irish Constabulary. The Police, supported by the British Auxiliary Division entered the ground, the dead included 13 spectators and Tipperary player, Michael Hogan. Posthumously, the Hogan stand built in 1924 was named in his honour, in 1984 the organisation decided to investigate ways to increase the capacity of the old stadium. The design for an 80,000 capacity stadium was completed in 1991, Gaelic sports have special requirements as they take place on a large field. A specific requirement was to ensure the spectators were not too far from the field of play and this resulted in the three-tier design from which viewing games is possible, the main concourse, a premium level incorporating hospitality facilities and an upper concourse
Barry Kelly (referee)
Barry Kelly is an Irish hurling referee. Born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, he has one of the top referees over the last few years and has officiated at several All-Ireland finals in minor, under-21. He is a member of the St. Oliver Plunketts club in Mullingar and he attended CIT, where he studied biomedical engineering. Kelly has refereed four All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Finals -2006,2008,2012 and he has twin sons and Theobald. His wife Catherine died after an illness at St. Jamess Hospital in 2013
Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. Dublin is in the province of Leinster on Irelands east coast, the city has an urban area population of 1,345,402. The population of the Greater Dublin Area, as of 2016, was 1,904,806 people, founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Irelands principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800, following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, renamed Ireland. Dublin is administered by a City Council, the city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as a global city, with a ranking of Alpha-, which places it amongst the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, economy, the name Dublin comes from the Irish word Dubhlinn, early Classical Irish Dubhlind/Duibhlind, dubh /d̪uβ/, alt.
/d̪uw/, alt /d̪u, / meaning black and lind /lʲiɲ pool and this tidal pool was located where the River Poddle entered the Liffey, on the site of the castle gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle. In Modern Irish the name is Duibhlinn, and Irish rhymes from Dublin County show that in Dublin Leinster Irish it was pronounced Duílinn /d̪ˠi, other localities in Ireland bear the name Duibhlinn, variously anglicized as Devlin and Difflin. Historically, scribes using the Gaelic script wrote bh with a dot over the b and those without knowledge of Irish omitted the dot, spelling the name as Dublin. Variations on the name are found in traditionally Irish-speaking areas of Scotland, such as An Linne Dhubh. It is now thought that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements where the modern city stands. Baile Átha Cliath, meaning town of the ford, is the common name for the city in modern Irish.
Áth Cliath is a name referring to a fording point of the River Liffey near Father Mathew Bridge. Baile Átha Cliath was an early Christian monastery, believed to have been in the area of Aungier Street, there are other towns of the same name, such as Àth Cliath in East Ayrshire, which is Anglicised as Hurlford. Although the area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times and he called the settlement Eblana polis. It is now thought that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements where the modern city stands. The subsequent Scandinavian settlement centred on the River Poddle, a tributary of the Liffey in an area now known as Wood Quay, the Dubhlinn was a small lake used to moor ships, the Poddle connected the lake with the Liffey. This lake was covered during the early 18th century as the city grew, the Dubhlinn lay where the Castle Garden is now located, opposite the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle
The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. The county board has its office and main grounds at Nowlan Park and is responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels. The Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1887, Brian Cody has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since the 1999 championship. Mark Bergin will be senior hurling captain for the 2017 season, in 1922 Kilkenny won their sixteenth Leinster title before lining out in the All-Ireland final against Tipperary. In an exciting game Tipperary were winning by three points with three minutes to go, but Kilkenny fought back to two goals to secure the victory. It would be years before Kilkenny would beat Tipperary in the championship again. Further Leinster titles soon followed, Galway accounted for ‘the Cats’ in the All-Ireland semi-finals, in 1926 Kilkenny faced Cork on a snow-covered Croke Park in the All-Ireland final, victory on that occasion went to ‘the Rebels’.
The 1930s proved to be one of Kilkenny’s most successful decades, the 1930s saw ‘the Cats’ battle it out with Limerick for the title of team of the decade. In 1931 Kilkenny were back as Leinster champions before squaring up to Cork in the All-Ireland final, at half-time Cork lead, Kilkenny fought back to secure a draw. The replay saw Lory Meagher give one of his most outstanding displays on the hurling field, once again Cork lead at half-time, Kilkenny fought back to force a second draw. In the third game of the thrilling series Kilkenny were without the services of Meagher. On that occasion Cork secured the victory by seven points,1932 saw Kilkenny back in the All-Ireland final. Clare, surprise winners in Munster, provided the opposition, in an exciting game ‘the Cats’ won by a goal and claimed their first championship in a decade. The following year Kilkenny were back in their third championship decider. Once again, the game was an affair, however. In 1935 Kilkenny regained their Leinster crown before lining out in the All-Ireland final, Limerick provided the opposition once again.
In a close game Kilkenny beat the Munster men by a single point,1936 saw an All-Ireland rematch between Kilkenny and Limerick, however, on this occasion Limerick had the measure of ‘the Cats’ and trounced them by 5–6 to 1–5. The following year Kilkenny had a chance to redeem themselves in their third championship decider
2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final
The 2008 All-Ireland Hurling Final was a hurling match played on 7 September 2008 in Croke Park, between Kilkenny and Waterford. The match was the 121st All-Ireland Hurling Final and the culmination of the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and it was the fourth time that the teams will have played each other in the final, having played each other previously in 1957,1959 and 1963. Kilkenny won their 31st All-Ireland Championship and in doing so overtook Cork on the roll of honour, the Kilkenny win witnessed the county doing 3 in a row for the first time since 1913. The match represented Waterfords sixth appearance in the All-Ireland Final and their first for 45 years since 1963, Waterford have not won the All-Ireland Championship since 1959. This particular fixture has been infrequent in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship due to the structure of the championship from 1888 to 1996. Kilkenny have played Waterford a total of six times in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Kilkenny have 4 victories, Waterford have one and the remaining fixture ended as a draw.
The last encounter between the two occurred in 2004 where a Henry Shefflin-inspired Kilkenny side ran out semi-final winners on a scoreline of Kilkenny 3–12. Kilkennys path to the All-Ireland Hurling Final turned out to be a straight forward affair in comparison to Waterford. Kilkennys Leinster Championship campaign started off in OMoore Park, Portlaoise on 15 June 2008 against Offaly, the match turned out to be a very one-sided affair with Henry Shefflin scoring 11 points on his return from a long term injury. Kilkenny eventually ran out winners on a scoreline of Kilkenny 2–24 Offaly 0–12. Kilkenny moved onto the Leinster Hurling Final where they would face a Wexford side who took a replay to defeat Dublin in the other semi-final, as in previous year, the Leinster Final turned out to be a one sided affair. Wexford stuck with Kilkenny for the first half but the cats pulled away in the second half, Kilkenny became Leinster Champions for the ninth time in ten years on a scoreline of Kilkenny 5–21 Wexford 0–17.
After the completion of the All-Ireland Qualifier Series, Cork revealed themselves to be Kilkennys All-Ireland Semi-final opponents, the fixture was much hyped by the Irish media, in light of both teams respective records over the past 5 years. A large crowd at Croke Park viewed an entertaining match which pitted the 2006 finalists against each other, the sides stuck with each other, point for point at the start, resulting in a score of 6 points each after 20 minutes. However, Cork went without a score for a period of the first half resulting in Kilkenny leading by 8 points at half time. Cork opened the half with a barrage of points, but Kilkenny held strong. Kilkenny qualified for their final in ten years. Waterford started off the year with a Munster Championship first round clash with Clare at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on 1 June 2008