The Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Cork GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Cork and the Cork inter-county teams. It is one of the constituent counties of Munster GAA. Cork is one of the few'dual counties' in Ireland, competing in a similar level in both Gaelic football and hurling; as of the end of the 2015 National Leagues, Cork compete in the top division of both sports. However, despite both teams competing at the top level of the game for most of the county's history, the hurling team has experienced more success, winning the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 30 times. By comparison, Cork has only won All-Ireland Senior Football Championship seven times. Traditionally football is strongest in the western half of the county, with the O'Donovan Rossa club of Skibbereen the only Cork team from outside the city to have an All-Ireland Club Football title. Hurling is the dominant sport in the east, with teams such as Sarsfields and Midleton having won Cork's club championship multiple times.
There are exceptions to this rule of thumb, with hurling pockets in football areas and vice versa. One example is Fermoy in east Cork; the city of Cork traditionally has strong teams in both sports, with Nemo Rangers being the record-holders for All-Ireland Club Football Championships won, Blackrock having three All-Ireland Club Hurling titles. As well as this, the St Finbarr's club in the city has 25 in hurling. Cork's current GAA crest is based on the traditional coat of arms of Cork city. Like the coat of arms, the crest features the King's old castle and the Queen's old castle with the Shandon Steeple in between; the centre foreground of the crest features a ship. This is due to Cork's history as a port city shown in the city motto "Statio Bene Fida Carinis", which translates to "A safe harbour for ships"; the badge features two footballs, along with a crossed pair of hurleys. Cork's traditional colours are red and white. In its early days of competing, the county wore a blue jersey with a saffron-coloured'C' emblazoned on the chest.
This was changed in 1919 when the Cork hurlers were preparing to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Final. In the week leading up to the game, British forces broke into the county board offices on Maylor Street in the city centre and seized the Cork jerseys; because of the loss of their kit, the county board borrowed jerseys from the now-defunct Father O'Leary Temperance Association team. Cork went on ending a sixteen-year spell without a trophy. Following this win Cork decided to wear the'lucky' red jerseys in their future games; this red and white colour scheme has led to the Cork strip being nicknamed the bandage. A colour clash with Louth in the 1957 All-Ireland Football Final saw Cork wear the blue jerseys again, but this occasion saw the team wear the blue jersey of the province of Munster. In 1976 Cork's footballers became involved in an incident known as'the three stripes affair'. Before the Munster football final Cork were offered a set of Adidas jerseys; the use of these jerseys caused controversy as it seemed to undermine the promotion of Irish manufacturers.
Cork's alternative colours are traditionally white shorts. These alternate colours were worn in the 1973 All-Ireland Football Final when Cork defeated Galway to claim their fourth title, they were worn again in the 2010 Final. Since Cork have worn their traditional red jerseys on all occasions. Gaelic football has always been seen as the weaker of the two sports in Cork; the game is strongest in Cork city. Success at senior level, has been much more sporadic that with hurling; the biggest hindrance to success has been the presence of next door neighbors Kerry. Cork has been the second strongest county in Munster since the 1940s and one of the best in the country. Many good Cork teams were unable to overcome Kerry when they met in the Munster final. Cork began the 1970s with three Munster titles in 4 years and the 1973 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, but they ran up against the great Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s. In 1976, the two teams drew in the final of the Munster Senior Football Championship.
The replay went to extra-time, before two controversial refereeing decisions saw Kerry victorious. Cork fell back after that for a number of years. In 1983 Kerry were aiming to capture a record ninth Munster title in-a-row, Cork pulled off one of their surprise victories. Kerry, won the next three Munster and All-Ireland titles. In 1987 Billy Morgan was back with Cork, this time as manager; that year Cork reclaimed the Munster Championship crown from the Kingdom. It was the first of four Munster titles in-a-row, they reached the All-Ireland final. In 1988 Cork were defeated by Meath for the second consecutive year after a replay. Having lost the previous two All-Ireland finals Cork were hungrier for success in 1989; that year they captured the National Football League before facing Mayo in the championship decider. The game ended in victory for Cork. In 1990 Cork squared up to Meath in the All-Ireland final for the third time in four years. In a close game Cork emerged victorious by two points to claim a second consecutive championship.
Cork surrendered their provincial title for the next two years, they reclaimed it in 1993. That year they reached another All-Ireland final, however, it
Camogie is an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women. Camogie is played by 100,000 women in Ireland and worldwide among Irish communities, it is organised by An Cumann Camógaíochta. UNESCO lists Camogie as an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage; the game consists of 2 thirty-minute halves. There is a half time interval of 10 minutes. In event of extra time halves must consist of 10 minutes each; each team has 15 players on the field. Within the 15 players the team must consist of 1 goal keeper, 3 full back players, 3 half back players, 2 centre-field players, 3 half forward players and 3 full forward players. There is a minimum requirement of 12 players on the pitch at all times; the field is not of a fixed size, but must be between 130m long by 80m wide, 145m long by 90m wide. H-shaped goals are used. A team achieves a score by making the ball go between the posts. If the ball goes over the bar for a "point", the team earns 1-point. If the ball goes under the bar for a "goal", the team earns a 3-points.
The annual All Ireland Camogie Championship has a record attendance of 33,154 while average attendances in recent years are in the region of 15,000 to 18,000. The final is televised; the rules are identical to hurling, with a few exceptions. Goalkeepers wear the same colours as outfield players; this is because no special rules apply to the goalkeeper and so there is no need for officials to differentiate between goalkeeper and outfielders. A camogie player can handpass any score from play Camogie games last 60 minutes, two 30-minute halves. Ties are resolved by multiple 2×10-minute sudden death extra time periods. Dropping the camogie stick to handpass the ball is permitted. A smaller sliotar is used in camogie – known as a size 4 sliotar – whereas hurlers play with a size 5 sliotar. If a defending player hits the sliotar wide, a 45-metre puck is awarded to the opposition After a score, the goalkeeper pucks out from the 13-metre line; the metal band on the camogie stick must be covered with tape.
Side-to-side charges are forbidden. Two points are awarded for a score direct from a sideline cut. Camogie players must wear skorts rather than shorts. Experimental rules were drawn up in 1903 for a female stick-and-ball game by Máire Ní Chinnéide, Seán Ó Ceallaigh, Tadhg Ó Donnchadha and Séamus Ó Braonáin; the Official Launch of Camogie took place with the first public match between Craobh an Chéitinnigh and Cúchulainns on 17 July at a Feis in Navan. The sport's governing body, the Camogie Association or An Cumann Camógaíochta was founded in 1905 and re-constituted in 1911, 1923 and 1939; until June 2010 it was known as Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael. Máire Ní Chinnéide and Cáit Ní Dhonnchadha, two prominent Irish-language enthusiasts and cultural nationalists, were credited with having created the sport, with the assistance of Ní Dhonnchadha's scholarly brother Tadhg Ó Donnchadha, who drew up its rules. Thus, although camogie was founded by women, independently run, there was, from the outset, a small yet powerful male presence within its administrative ranks.
It was no surprise that camogie emanated from the Gaelic League, nor that it would be dependent upon the structures and networks provided by that organisation during the initial expansion of the sport. Of all the cultural nationalist organisations for adults that emerged during the fin de siècle, the Gaelic League was the only one to accept female and male members on an equal footing. Under Séamus Ó Braonáin's original 1903 camogie rules both the match and the field were shorter than their hurling equivalents. Matches were 40 minutes, increased to 50 minutes in 1934, playing fields 125–130 yards long and 65–70 yards wide. From 1929 until 1979 a second crossbar, a "points bar" was used, meaning that a point would not be allowed if it travelled over this bar, a somewhat contentious rule through the 75 years it was in use. Teams were regulated at 12 a side, using an elliptical formation although it was more a "squeezed lemon" formation with the three midfield players grouped more together than their counterpart on the half back and half-forward lines.
In 1999 camogie moved to the GAA field-size and 15-a-side, adopting the standard GAA butterfly formation. The name was invented by Tadhg Ua Donnchadha at meetings in 1903 in advance of the first matches in 1904. Men play using a curved stick called in Irish a camán. Women would use a shorter stick, at one stage described by the diminutive form camóg; the suffix -aíocht was added to both words to give names for the sports: camánaíocht and camógaíocht. When the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1884 the English-origin name "hurling" was given to the men's game; when an organisation for women was set up in 1904, it was decided to anglicise the Irish name camógaíocht to camogie. An Cumann Camógaíochta has a similar structure to the Gaelic Athletic Association, with an Annual Congress every spring which decides on policy and major issues such as rule changes, an executive council, the Árd Chómhairle which deals with short-term issues and governance; the game is administered from a headquarters in Croke Park in Dublin.
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The Clare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Clare GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Clare. Clare plays its home games at Cusack Park in Ennis; the Clare Hurling team compete in the Munster championship which it has won six times, most in 1998. Clare has won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship four times in its history, they won their first title in 1914 and it took another 81 years for them to win their next title in 1995, which remains the record wait for a successive title in Senior Championship history. Clare won their most recent two titles in 1997 and 2013. Clare compete in Division 1 of the National Hurling League. Cusack Park is the primary home of the Clare Hurling, Gaelic Football and Peil na mBan teams at all grades. Named after the founder of the GAA, Michael Cusack, the ground had an original capacity of about 28,000, but following a 2011 safety review, the certified capacity was reduced to 14,864.
Three sides of the ground are terraced - the two areas behind the goals and one terraced length of the pitch, covered. In 2006 there were media reports of substantial offers from property developers to buy the stadium and relocate it to a new 42,000 capacity site outside the town centre; however by 2009 it appeared unlikely given the recent Celtic Tiger crash. Between 2009-12, Clare GAA invested over €500,000 in refurbishment works including pitch drainage and fencing around the pitch. In 2015 a major renovation started, this included the demolition and re-erection of the main stand and construction of a new entrance/exit at the north side of the stadium. Once completed in late 2017 the official capacity was increased to 19,000 people for the start of the 2018 season. On the 17th June 2018 the stadium was sold out for the first time since re-opening for the visit of local rivals Limerick GAAThe knockout stages of the Clare Senior Hurling Championship and the Clare Senior Football Championship are held annually in the stadium.
At senior level, Clare have won 4 All-Ireland championships. Early Successes In 1889, Clare won their first provincial title after receiving a walkover from Kerry in the final. Clare contested the All-Ireland final, but lost to Dublin 5-1 to 1-6. 1914 saw Clare claim another Munster title when they beat Cork by 3-02 to 3-01. Clare defeated Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final by 6-06 to 0-00 to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time their history. In the final Clare beat Laois by 2-04 to 1-02 and Amby Power became the first man to captain Clare to an All-Ireland hurling title. In 1932, Clare captured another provincial title, defeating Cork on a scoreline of 5-02 to 4-01, they went on to contest the All-Ireland final, but lost to Kilkenny by 3-03 to 2-03. The Revolutionary Years Under Ger Loughnane After losing Munster finals in 1993 and 1994, Len Gaynor was replaced as manager by Ger Loughnane. Clare made a return to the provincial decider in 1995 after a 2-13 to 3-09 victory over Cork in the semi-final.
In the final minutes of the game, Cork were leading by two points when Clare earned a sideline, taken by Fergie Tuohy. It travelled to the edge of the square, where Ollie Baker doubled on the sliotar, scoring a goal, to put Clare through. In the final, Clare faced Limerick. Clare dominated the game and ran out easy victors by 1-17 to 0-11; this was Clare's first Munster title in 63 years. In the All-Ireland semi-final, Clare played Galway. 2-01 from Ger O'Loughlin and 0-07 from Jamesie O'Connor saw Clare account for the tribesmen by 3-12 to 1-13. Offaly, reigning All-Ireland champions, awaited Clare in the final. In the second half, an Anthony Daly free rebounded off the post and fell to Eamonn Taaffe at the edge of the square, who sent the ball crashing to the back of the Offaly net. Clare ran out 1-13 to 2-08 victors. In 1996, Clare were defeated in the opening round of the Munster Championship by Limerick on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-15; this put an end to Clare's championship. In 1997, Clare defeated Cork to qualify for the Munster final against Tipperary.
The match was held in Cork and Clare edged a tight affair by 1-18 to 0-18. Clare defeated Kilkenny by 1-17 to 1-13 in the All-Ireland semi-final. In the subsequent All-Ireland final, Clare were faced by Tipperary who went through the back door to reach the final. A late Tipperary goal saw the Premier county take lead but the teams were tied at 2-13 to 0-19 entering the closing stages. Jamesie O'Connor scored a point to win Clare the All-Ireland, he finished the match with 0-07 and his outstanding performances throughout the year would see him win the Hurler of the Year award. In 1998, Clare retained the Munster title. Clare defeated Cork by 0-21 to 0-13 to qualify for the final. A late goal from a Paul Flynn sent the match to a replay. Clare won out 2-16 to 0-10 winners. In the semi-final of the All-Ireland Clare faced Offaly; the game ended 1-13 apiece. In the replay Clare were leading in the closing stages by 2-10 to 1-16, however the referee accidentally blew the match up early; when the whistle blew there was disarray in Croke Park as the disgruntled Offaly supporters began a sit-down protest on the pitch.
As the game hadn't been completed to 70 minutes, the semi final had to be replayed. On this occasion, Offaly won out by 0-16 to 0-13. In 1999, Clare defeated Tipperary to qualify for the Munster final, set up the possibility of Clare winning their third successive Munster title. Cork won on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-14. In the All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway, Clare ran o
For a list of honours won by Tipperary in hurling, football and handball competitions see Tipperary GAA honours. For a history of GAA in Tipperary in see History of Tipperary inter county teams; the Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Tipperary GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tipperary and the Tipperary inter-county teams. County Tipperary holds an honoured place in the history of the GAA as the organisation was founded in Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, on 1 November 1884. Tipperary GAA has jurisdiction over the area, associated with the traditional county of County Tipperary. There are 9 officers on the Board including Sean Nugent. In the early days of the GAA Tipperary did not have an official jersey. Tipperary wore the colours of the county champions. One example was a white jersey with a green diagonal sash; this jersey design is associated with Tipperary's most historic match in either code, the Bloody Sunday senior football encounter with Dublin at Croke Park in 1920.
The current jersey is blue with a gold central band. These colours were adopted from the Boherlahan who were county champions in 1925; these colours were the colours of the Tubberadora team which became Boherlahan. There have been several minor adjustments to the sleeve and collar areas over the years and since the introduction of sponsorship in recent decades which necessitates the reservation of space for company logos; the Tipperary GAA crest used was the coat of arms of the Butler family and Earls of Ormond, whose arms were adopted by local authorities within their geographic area of influence in South Leinster and East Munster, most notably the county councils of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wexford and which among other refinements, included a central band of colours, surrounded by star-like designs. This crest was used until the late 1990s when the current crest, depicting the Rock of Cashel with two crossed hurleys and a football was adopted. Four Tipperary men have served as President of the GAA.
Maurice Davin is the only man to have served two terms as President while Seán Ryan represented Dublin from 1928 to 1932, though a native of Kilfeacle, County Tipperary. Mr. Ryan a solicitor based in the capital, was the Association's legal advisor over a long period and played a central role in the acquisition and vesting of many club and county grounds in the GAA. Maurice Davin 1884–1887 Maurice Davin 1888–1889 Seán Ryan 1928–1932 Séamus Gardiner 1943–1946 Séamus O'Ríain 1967–1970 In the All-Ireland series, Kilkenny are Tipp's main rivals; this rivalry has lasted since Kilkenny's coming to power in the early 20th century. Tipp are the only team to have beaten Kilkenny in the All Ireland senior hurling championship more times than they have lost. Another rival of Tipperary is Cork in the Munster Championship; these teams have met 80 times more than any other rivalry in hurling. They have met them countless times in the National League and pre-season challenge tournaments. A Tipp and Cork Munster hurling final in Semple Stadium is claimed by supporters of both counties to be the most traditional Munster final and the games between them are nearly always close.
The draw and replay games of 1987 and 1991 and the 1949–1954 rivalry encapsulates this rivalry and the 1991 replayed final in Thurles is claimed to be one of the greatest Munster hurling finals. This is one of the few rivalries in the provincial championships, contested by two teams of similar stature whose honours and titles complement each other on a equal basis. Kilkenny and Wexford in hurling have major difference in titles and in football and Meath have a gap between their respective winnings; the football teams of Galway and Mayo enjoy a similar rivalry and whose honours are divided in equal measure. Tipp have a strong rivalry with the other county teams in Munster and have had major tussles with Limerick in the 1930s and 40s when the latter's star was in the ascendent, though Tipp enjoy a major advantage in titles and honours won; the Tipp – Clare rivalry came with Clare's coming to power in the 1990s and the Tipp-Waterford rivalry was forged in the period 1957-63 and renewed again due to Waterford's resurgence in the 2000s, when that county enjoyed its most successful period of the modern era.
Tipperary's team colors are royal gold. Tipperary wear blue jerseys with a horizontal gold bar across the center along with white shorts and blue socks; the Tippeary team crest features the Rock of Cashel prominently with two crossed hurleys and a Gaelic football below. In the year'1884' when Tipperary GAA was founded is in the center of the crest; the teams of the Tipperary County Board, together with Kilkenny GAA and Cork GAA lead the roll of honour in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Board's teams have won 27 All-Ireland titles as of 2016 - the third most successful of all county boards. Three teams have the distinction of twice winning three All-Ireland Finals in a row and; the team of the 1960s is considered the greatest of all Tipperary teams. The County's fortunes have declined during the last half-century to the extent that only five All-Ireland Championships have been annexed in the period 1966 - 2014. For more detail on hurling history, see here. Manager: Liam Sheedy Selectors: Tommy Dunne, Darragh Egan S&C Coach: Cairbre Ó Cairealláin Physio: Paddy O'Brien Squad as per Tipperary v Clare, 2018 Munster Senior Hurling Ch
Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It is on the east coast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster, at the mouth of the River Liffey, is bordered on the south by the Wicklow Mountains, it has an urban area population of 1,173,179, while the population of the Dublin Region, as of 2016, was 1,347,359, the population of the Greater Dublin area was 1,904,806. There is archaeological debate regarding where Dublin was established by the Gaels in or before the 7th century AD. Expanded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin, the city became Ireland's principal settlement following the Norman invasion; the city expanded from the 17th century and was 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 a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts and industry; as of 2018 the city was 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.
The name Dublin comes from the Irish word Dubhlinn, early Classical Irish Dubhlind/Duibhlind, from dubh meaning "black, dark", lind "pool", referring to a dark tidal pool. 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, Irish rhymes from County Dublin show that in Dublin Leinster Irish it was pronounced Duílinn; the original pronunciation is preserved in the names for the city in other languages such as Old English Difelin, Old Norse Dyflin, modern Icelandic Dyflinn and modern Manx Divlyn as well as Welsh Dulyn. Other localities in Ireland bear the name Duibhlinn, variously anglicized as Devlin and Difflin. Scribes using the Gaelic script wrote bh with a dot over the b, rendering Duḃlinn or Duiḃlinn; those without knowledge of Irish omitted the dot. Variations on the name are found in traditionally Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland, such as An Linne Dhubh, part of Loch Linnhe.
It is now thought that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name. Beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements; the Viking settlement of about 841, a Gaelic settlement, Áth Cliath further up river, at the present day Father Mathew Bridge, at the bottom of Church Street. Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", is the common name for the city in modern Irish. Áth Cliath is a place 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 occupied by Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. There are other towns of the same name, such as Àth Cliath in East Ayrshire, Anglicised as Hurlford; the area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times, but the writings of Ptolemy in about AD 140 provide the earliest reference to a settlement there.
He called it Eblana polis. Dublin celebrated its'official' millennium in 1988, meaning the Irish government recognised 988 as the year in which the city was settled and that this first settlement would become the city of Dublin, it is now thought the Viking settlement of about 841 was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name. Beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements which became the modern Dublin; 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 pool on the lowest stretch of the Poddle, used to moor ships; this pool was fully infilled during the early 18th century, as the city grew. The Dubhlinn lay where the Castle Garden is now located, opposite the Chester Beatty Library within Dublin Castle. Táin Bó Cuailgne refers to Dublind rissa ratter Áth Cliath, meaning "Dublin, called Ath Cliath". Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century and, despite a number of attacks by the native Irish, it remained under Viking control until the Norman invasion of Ireland was launched from Wales in 1169.
It was upon the death of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn in early 1166 that Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, proceeded to Dublin and was inaugurated King of Ireland without opposition. According to some historians, part of the city's early economic growth is attributed to a trade in slaves. Slavery in Ireland and Dublin reached its pinnacle in the 10th centuries. Prisoners from slave raids and kidnappings, which captured men and children, brought revenue to the Gaelic Irish Sea raiders, as well as to the Vikings who had initiated the practice; the victims came from Wales, England and beyond. The King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, after his exile by Ruaidhrí, enlisted the help of Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, to conquer Dublin. Following Mac Murrough's death, Strongbow declared himself King of Leinster after gaining control of the city. In response to Strongbow's successful invasion, King Henry II of England affirmed his ultimate sovereignty by mou
The Louth County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Louth GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, is responsible for Gaelic games in County Louth. The county board is responsible for the Louth inter-county championship; the earliest recorded inter-county football match took place in 1712 when Louth faced Meath at Slane. A fragment of a poem from 1806 records a football match between Louth and Fermanagh at Inniskeen, Co Monaghan; when Louth GAA sent the team into training in Dundalk for the 1913 Croke Memorial replay under a soccer trainer from Belfast, the move caused more than a ripple through the Association. For thirty years full-time training in bursts of a week or so before a big match were common. After that the two or three times a week gatherings became more popular. Between 1945 and 1953 Louth and Meath met 13 times; the crowds got bigger each time as they played draw after draw in the Championship. The attendance of 42,858 at a thrilling 1951 replay remained a record for a provincial match other than a final for forty years the four match series between Meath and Dublin in 1991.
The rivalry with Meath has never fizzled out, as witnessed by a stirring Leinster semi-final in 1998. Nor has controversy, as witnessed by Graham Geraghty's "wide" 45th minute point. In 1957 showband star Dermot O'Brien was late for the All-Ireland final and joined the team when the parade was completed. Prior to the game O'Brien had captained the side in the semi final success, when the regular captain Patsy Coleman had been injured. Both Ardee men tossed a coin to see. O'Brien won the toss. Coleman today still has the match ball. O'Brien played a key role as Louth beat Cork with the help of a goal from Sean Cunningham with five minutes to go. Dermot O'Brien died on 21 May 2007; as both Cork and Louth wear Red and White, on that day Louth wore the green of Leinster, while Cork wore the blue of Munster. Eamonn McEneaney was manager from 2006 to 2009 and guided them to their most recent success, the O'Byrne Cup when they defeated DCU in the 2009 final played in the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. On 27 June 2010, Louth reached their first Leinster Senior Championship Final in 50 years.
During the Leinster Final on 11 July that year and controversy erupted when, during the 74th minute of the match against Meath, a goal was awarded by the referee after brief consultation with only one of the match umpires. However, Meath received the cup. Louth have been represented by two players in the International Rules versus Australia in recent years, Paddy Keenan and Ciaran Byrne. On 11 July 2010, Louth reached the Leinster Senior Football Championship Final where they took on neighbours Meath. Meath won what was a controversial match. Deep into injury time in the 74th minute of the match, the referee awarded a contentious goal to Meath, he did so after a brief consultation with only one of the match umpires, although television coverage of the game showed that the ball had been carried over the line by Meath player Joe Sherdian. Prior to the referee's decision, Meath were trailing Louth by one point; the referee blew his whistle shortly afterwards. The "goal" proved to be the decisive score.
Irate Louth fans stormed the pitch and commenced a process of chasing and physically assaulting the referee, who had to be led away by a Garda escort in scenes broadcast to a live television audience. Other scenes of violence saw bottles being hurled from a stand, one striking a steward who fell to the ground and Meath substitute Mark Ward was hit by a Louth fan; the situation led to much media debate in the days that followed, the violence was condemned and there were many calls in the national media for the game to be replayed. GAA President Christy Cooney said the events were a "watershed" and one where the "circumstances were bizarre. I have never seen circumstances like it as long as I have been a member of this Association", he promised life bans for those. The day after the match the GAA released a statement confirming that Sludden admitted he had made an error; the GAA stated that the rules left it powerless to offer a replay and that this would be decided by Meath. Following a Meath County Board meeting it emerged that, in his match report, the referee had blown for a penalty for Meath but when the ball ended up in the net he decided to award the "goal" instead.
The county board decided not to offer a replay and judged that that would be "the end of the matter". This decision was met in some quarters with mixed feelings and commented upon in one national newspaper, the Evening Herald, by three times All-Ireland winning manager Mickey Harte who said the Meath county board was more culpable because their officers had time to form a considered opinion. In the statement, the Louth County Board spoke of the enormous sense of injustice, being felt in Louth GAA, they questioned the referee's official report saying it was contrary to Playing Rules where he indicated in his report that he blew the whistle for a penalty, but changed his mind and awarded a goal instead. The referee wrote that "he made a terrible mistake". Louth County board referred to Rule 6.41 Award //facts of game: The award of the game rests with the committee / council in charge acting on the referees report. In doing so the Louth County Board intimated that the committee/council in charge erred in leaving the matter to Meath County Board to offer a replay without seeking clarification from the re
The Derry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Derry GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland. It is responsible for gaelic games in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland; the county board is responsible for the Derry inter-county teams. Gaelic football is the most popular of the county board's Gaelic games; the senior football team won an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1993, has won six National League titles and seven Ulster Championships. Within a year of the GAA's foundation in 1884, GAA clubs were established around the county in Derry and Magherafelt. However, the administration of Gaelic sports in the county took some time to get properly organised. A Derry county board was paid affiliation fees to the GAA Central Council. By the following year, although 14 clubs were active, the GAA President Maurice Davin told the national Congress that the county lacked enough clubs to have its own board. South Derry and North Derry regional boards were established in the 1890s.
In the early decades, the Derry GAA competitions took in a number of clubs from County Donegal and Tyrone. At various times clubs in South Derry played in the Antrim Tyrone leagues; the local Catholic Church's opposition to playing games on Sundays hampered growth in the 1890s, but there was something of a revival in the 1900s in hurling. The county competed sporadically in the Ulster Football Championship from 1904. After the disruption caused by political conflict in the 1910s and early'20s, the county board was re-established in 1926, definitively in 1929, since when it has remained in existence. Derry home games are played in the county grounds at Celtic Park. Derry and Owenbeg, Dungiven. Home football games are sometimes held in Watty Graham Park, Glen or Dean McGlinchey Park, which are regarded as secondary stadia. Hurling games are held at Lavey or Fr McNally Park, Banagher; the current senior football manager is Brian McIver of Balinderry, while Ger Rogan has been appointed Derry senior hurling manager for the incoming season.
Both managers take charge of their respective Under 21 County teams. The Minor football manager is Barry Dillon; the GAA in the county is administered by a County Committee with a representative from each GAA club in the County, a Management Committee and a variable number of sub-committees. The county administrative headquarters and centre of excellence are located at Dungiven. In 1947 Derry won the National Football League; the group leaders were invited to play in the League semi-finals because heavy snow had disrupted the competition. Francie Niblock scored one of the finest goals in League history in Croke Park as Derry beat Clare. In 1958, the county won its first Ulster Senior Football Championship and caused a massive shock in that year's All-Ireland semi-final, beating Kerry thanks to a Sean O'Connell goal three minutes from the end. In the final, Derry scored a goal ten minutes into the second half through Owen Gribben, but Dublin secured victory with Paddy Farnan and Johnny Joyce goals.
In 1965 the Derry Minor team won the All-Ireland Minor Championship, three years at Under 21 the bulk of that team captured the All-Ireland Under 21 Championship. Derry won the Ulster Senior Championship three times in the 1970s, but failed to advance past the All-Ireland semi-final stage on each occasion. In 1973 Anthony McGurk became the first player from Derry to be awarded an All Star Award; the 1980s saw the county win two further All-Ireland Minor Championships and their fifth Ulster Senior Championship. The 1990s was the county's most successful decade ever, they won the county's second National League title in 1992, before winning the Ulster Championship and the county's first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1993. Derry won back-to-back National Leagues in 1995 and 1996, the Under 21s won the 1997 All-Ireland Under 21 Championship. In 1998 Derry won another Ulster Senior Championship; the Derry side of the 1990s has been rated as one of the best of the last 20 years and would have achieved more only a couple of shock defeats such as Down in 1994, Tyrone in 1995 and Cavan in 1997.
Derry won the 2000 National League and the county's Minors won their fourth All-Ireland Minor Championship in 2002. Derry won the 2008 National League. In recent years they have been overshadowed in the Ulster Senior Championship by the emergence of Tyrone and Donegal, but having topped Division 2 of the NFL in 2013, Derry returns to the Division 1 for the 2014 season. For more details on this topic including team line-ups, see here Two Derry players have been awarded the Texaco Footballer of the Year award. Ballymaguigan's Jim McKeever won the inaugural award in 1958, while Henry Downey of the Lavey club received player of the year for his performances in helping Derry win the 1993 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Since the 1960s there has been a tradition of annually selecting the best footballer in each position, to create a special team of the year. Between 1963 and 1967 these players received. In 1971 these awards were formalised into the annual All Stars Awards. Including Sean O'Connell's Cú Chulainn award in 1967, Derry have received 28 All Stars.
A. ^ Cú Chulainn Award Since 2006 the Gaelic Players Association have chosen their own team of the year. 2007: Paddy Bradley A number of Derry players have been selected to play International rules football for the Ireland team against Australia.