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  • 13:33
    Today’s feature match sees the two best hurling teams in the world go head to head as Cork and Tipperary battle for the chance to play Waterford in the Munster senior hurling final. Of course that’s only true if we all agree that Kilkenny are on a different planet to every other team in the country right now.
    Most commentators agree that any remote chance of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland crown being snatched from them lies with either Tipp or Cork. Rejuvenated under Jimmy Barry-Murphy Cork and playing at home Cork may feel that they have enough to see off the 2010 All-Ireland champions. The rest of us may feel that whoever wins is merely playing for an All-Ireland runners-up medal.
    Before then we head to Ulster to watch the mighty Down (I am NOT biased) to take on lowly Monaghan (repeat – I am NOT biased).  While Monaghan clearly lack the ball-playing finesse (not biased) of James McCartan’s heroic charges, Down do have a habit of underperforming in Ulster. May the best team win….so long as that best team line out in red and black.
    On top of that we’ll be keeping you up to date with the hammering that should happen in McHale Park where Mayo look set to devour Leitrim. I could be wrong there but we all know I’m not.
    So get ready for another Sunday full of the very best GAA action with me, Ciaran Daly, an objective sports journalist of the utmost integrity. An Dún abú!
  • 13:34
    Fixtures

    Munster senior hurling championship semi-final
    Cork v Tipperary (Páirc Uí Chaoimh) 4pm
    Connacht senior football championship semi-final
    Mayo v Leitrim (McHale Park) 3.30pm
    Ulster senior football Championship semi-final
    Down v Monaghan (Morgan Athletic Grounds) 2pm
  • 13:36
    Colm O’Rourke really knows how to entice viewers into watching. His pessimism is staggering. Eeyore the Donkey is more upbeat.
  • 13:40
    Yesterday’s results

    Leinster senior hurling championship semi-final
    Dublin 0-9 Kilkenny 2-21
    All-Ireland senior Championship preliminary round
    Wexford 3-22 Westmeath 2-9
    All-Ireland senior championship preliminary round
    Limerick 6-21 Laois 1-11
  • 13:40
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Minor Championship S-F@FT: Down 0-8 Monaghan 0-11. #gaa2012
  • 13:42
    About last night. Kilkenny. We’re running out of superlatives but my oh my, what a performance. Ok, so realistically maybe no one expected Dublin to beat Kilkenny but certainly when I spoke to a few of the game’s best known pundits a few weeks ago they pointed to last night’s match as a potential tough test for the reigning champions. Brian Cody’s players weren’t up for a close game though. They steamrolled a decent Dublin outfit and Henry Shefflin scored his 500th championship point in the process. There’s no doubt about it at this stage surely – this Kilkenny team are the greatest ever to have played the game.
  • 13:46
    And so to a youtube tribute to Henry Shefflin. A fine point in his illustrious hurling career but really the dramatic music is what makes this video. Turn it up and wonder what the person who uploaded it was thinking by underscoring it with such dark audio.
  • 13:46
  • 13:55
    officialgaa via Twitter @officialgaa will have regular updates from all today's Championship matches, starting at 2pm with Down v Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 13:58
    DOWN: B McVeigh; D McCartan, B McArdle, G McCartan; D O’Hagan, K McKernan, C Garvey; A Rodgers, K King; D Hughes, M Poland, A Carr; D O’Hare, C Laverty, E McCartan

    MONAGHAN: M Keogh; D Wylie, V Corey, C Walshe; D Hughes, D Mone, K O’Connell; O Lennon, D Clerkin; P Dooney, S Gollogly, J Turley; K Hughes, P Finlay, C McManus
  • 14:00
    And before the throw-in to the Down v Monaghan match we should return to the issue that has cast a shadow of the GAA in the past week. Mullane v Davy Fitz – an encounter so fraught with tension that it demands to be given ‘gate’ as a suffix. We’ll settle on ‘Curse-gate.’

    In case you’ve been in a coma this week I’ll recap. John Mullane celebrated wildly in front of former manager Davy Fitzgerald at the final whistle when Waterford overcame Clare in the Munster semi-hurling final.

    Later on the Sunday Game it had transpired that Davy Fitz had been caught on camera cursing at someone (it remains unclear exactly who that was). Imagine, cursing at a GAA match. I know, I can’t believe it either.

    Well RTE told us it merited investigation and ‘Curse-gate’ was born. Then on ‘Championship Matters’ John Mullane spoke with Marty Morrissey, Alan Kerrins and our own Malachy Clerkin about the whole episode. Sense prevailed and as usual Malachy Clerkin was the voice of reason. Check out the discussion.
  • 14:01
  • 14:02
    We’re off in Armagh. Any predictions? A warning – don’t tip Monaghan!
  • 14:04
    CiaranJDaly via Twitter If you aren't already following the Irish Times GAA liveblog with me, then get on it now. I mean it - Pronto! http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/gaa/liveblog/55951eebaa
  • 14:05
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@5': Down 0-0 Monaghan 0-1. Darren Hughes powers over a superb free from distance. #gaa2012
  • 14:05
    3 mins – Darren Hughes points a free to put Monaghan temporarily in front. Monaghan 0-1 Down 0-0
  • 14:07
    5 mins – Paul Finlay just scored a disgustingly good score, hugging the touchline. Monaghan 0-2 Down 0-0


  • 14:08
    6 mins – Monaghan 0-3 Down 0-0. Ok, Down, we know you like to make it tough on your fans but come on.
  • 14:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@8': Down 0-0 Monaghan 0-3. Finlay's point was a real blockbuster, from the left wing. #gaa2012
  • 14:08
    Guest Darren Hughes points a free to put Monaghan temporarily in front. Monaghan 0-1 Down
  • 14:08
    Guest i dont get it?
  • 14:08
    Guest disgustingly good score? can we use these terms?
  • 14:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@8': Down 0-0 Monaghan 0-3. Finlay's point was a real blockbuster, from the right wing. #gaa2012
  • 14:08
    Guest your starting to sound a bit biased Mr Daly
  • 14:09
    How could someone who signs off their introduction with ‘An Dún abú’ be accused of bias? I don’t understand…..
  • 14:10
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@10': Down 0-1 Monaghan 0-3. Ambrose Rogers responds with a good free. #gaa2012
  • 14:10
    9 mins - Down are on the score-sheet. They still trail. Monaghan 0-3 Down 0-1
  • 14:14
    11 mins – Monaghan are definitely the better side so far. Yes, I am saying that begrudgingly and that’s without Tommy Freeman.
  • 14:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@14': Down 0-1 Monaghan 0-4. McManus with a beauty. Monaghan playing well. #gaa2012
  • 14:15
    14 mins – Monaghan 0-4 Down 0-1.
  • 14:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@16': Down 0-1 Monaghan 0-5. McManus pops over a free. #gaa2012
  • 14:16
    15 mins – It’s another point for Monaghan. 0-5 to 0-1 they lead.
  • 14:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@18': Down 0-1 Monaghan 0-6. Finlay free, Monaghan in charge. #gaa2012
  • 14:18
    16 mins – Paul Finlay adds another. This is one-way traffic. No one likes one-way traffic. Apart from people from Monaghan. They love one-way traffic systems. Monaghan 0-6 Down 0-1
  • 14:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@20': Down 0-1 Monaghan 0-7. Another Finlay free, his third point overall so far. #gaa2012
  • 14:20
    Conor McManus has been excellent for Monaghan
  • 14:20
    19 mins - Finlay scores another. Mon 0-7 Down 0-1
  • 14:21
    Finally, Monaghan have the good grace to fire wide.
  • 14:23
    Vinny Corey has got further forward than any Down forward.
  • 14:23
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@24': Down 0-2 Monaghan 0-7. Darren O'Hare taps over a free. #gaa2012
  • 14:24
    22 mins - Rodgers fouled. Free converted by O’Hare. Monaghan 0-7 Down 0-2
  • 14:25
    Midfielder Ambrose Rodgers denied a goal by a good save. Down showing slights signs of improvement.
  • 14:26
    25 mins – Conor McManus scores his fourth point of the game. Monaghan 0-8 Down 0-2
  • 14:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@26': Down 0-2 Monaghan 0-8. McManus hits a free, and that's his fourth point. #gaa2012
  • 14:27
    I don’t care if Benny Coulter’s in a coma, Down need him on that football pitch.
  • 14:29
    This game needs a goal. A Down goal. I’m worried that neutrals will lose interest. That’s all.
  • 14:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@30': Down 0-2 Monaghan 0-9. Another McManus free, and Monaghan lead by seven. #gaa2012
  • 14:30
    29 mins – Conor McManus launches over another fantastic free. Monaghan 0-9 Down 0-2
  • 14:32
    A text I’ve just received from a Down-supporting friend – ‘I don’t know who’s performing worse – Down or the referee.’

    When a team is losing you can always blame the ref. He’s been blameless enough today.
  • 14:32
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship Latest: Mayo 1-5 Sligo 0-3. #gaa2012
  • 14:33
    When was the last time Down crossed the half-way line?
  • 14:34
    33 mins - Paul Finlay scores yet another. Monaghan 0-10 Down 0-2
  • 14:34
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@34': Down 0-2 Monaghan 0-10. Finlay puts one over with his right foot this time. #gaa2012
  • 14:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@35': Down 0-2 Monaghan 0-11. What a display from Monaghan, Dick Clerkin gets their latest. #gaa2012
  • 14:35
    34 mins - Dick Clerkin getting in on the act now. Good score. Mon 0-11 Down 0-2
  • 14:36
    PENALTY! Conor Laverty with a superb run into the heart of the Monaghan defence before he was taken out.
  • 14:36
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Intermediate Championship@HT: Cork 0-6 Tipperary 3-10. #gaa2012
  • 14:37
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@37': Down 1-2 Monaghan 0-11. Aidan Carr puts away a penalty. #gaa2012
  • 14:37
    36 mins –GOAL!  Aidan Carr just about slots it under Keogh in the Monagahn goal. Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-2
  • 14:39
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@HT: Down 1-2 Monaghan 0-11. Monaghan dominant but Aidan Carr penalty gives Down hope. #gaa2012
  • 14:39
    Half-time : Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-2
  • 14:42
    Monaghan have been better absolutely everywhere. Finlay, Clerkin, McManus, Gollighly have been outstanding. Down have been toothless. The positives Down can take from the first half are that they got a goal right at the end and their jerseys look great.
  • 14:43
    Now let’s hear what the lads in the RTE studio have to say
  • 14:46
    Pat Spillane praises Ulster football before rubbishing it. Well, I never…
  • 14:48
    Right now James McCartan is delivering the greatest speech of his managerial career. Or he’d need to be because if not Down are going out with a whimper.

  • 14:49
    Meanwhile, in the Monaghan changing room Tommy Freeman is being wrapped up in cotton wool in preparation for the Ulster final.
  • 14:54
    The attendance at the Down v Monaghan match – 11,149. People are obsessed by attendances. People in the GAA that is.
  • 14:57
    The spectre of Marty Clarke looms large over this Down team according to Pat Spillane.  Damn you Australia with all that you have to offer.
  • 14:58
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Minor Championship@FT: Mayo 1-6 Sligo 0-6. #gaa2012
  • 14:58
    We’re back on in Armagh. Liam Doyle, Dan Gordon and Benny Coulter were all late additions to the Down subs bench.
  • 15:00
    37 mins – Aidan Carr puts a free wide. Not exactly the start they needed to the second half.
  • 15:01
    Another wide from Down. Dubious. It looked over. That’s my bias speaking.
  • 15:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@40': Down 1-2 Monaghan 0-11. Down start the second half with three wides in a row. #gaa2012
  • 15:02
    GAA players love spitting on their hands, don't they?
  • 15:03
    Down have had more possession in the first five minutes of this half than they had for the entire first half. They are being as ineffective with it as they were without it.
  • 15:04
    42 mins – Donal O’Hare scores a free. Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-3
  • 15:06
    Did Dick Clerkin and Owen Lennon come out for the second half?
  • 15:07
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@45': Down 1-4 Monaghan 0-11. Kevin Duffin finally kicks Down's first score from play. #gaa2012.
  • 15:07
    44 mins - Duffin with another point. Did someone say comeback? Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-4
  • 15:09
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@47': Down 1-5 Monaghan 0-11. Donal O'Hare kicks Down's third score in a row. #gaa2012
  • 15:09
    46 mins - Walshe penalised for an off-the-ball challenge on O’Hare. If I was the ref, I’d have bought Walshe’s innocent face. O’Hare converts. Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-5
     
  • 15:10
    Down are even winning balls in the defence. It’s like living in the twilight zone.
  • 15:11
    47 mins - Conor Laverty scores a fantastic point. Down’s best player by some distance. Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-6
  • 15:11
    Down have been amazing since half-time. Now, I’m not one to begin whispers of performance enhancing drugs but…
  • 15:12
    49 mins – Another Laverty score. Monaghan 0-11 Down 1-7
  • 15:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@48': Down 1-7 Monaghan 0-11. Conor Laverty leaves a point between the sides. #gaa2012
  • 15:13
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F@51': Down 1-7 Monaghan 0-11. Tommy Freeman has been brought on by Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 15:13
    Monaghan sub - Duffy on for Hughes
  • 15:14
    Eoin McCartan picks up a yellow card. I think he did that just to remind everyone he is still on the pitch.
  • 15:15
    Down appeal for a penalty. The fans have appealed for about five in this game and they’ve only been in the square about three times.
  • 15:17
    RTE think it should have been a penalty. I don’t. What do you think?
  • 15:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F Latest: Down 1-7 Monaghan 0-12. Darren Hughes nails a 45 for Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 15:18
    55 mins - Darren Hughes gets Monaghan’s first score of the second half. Monaghan 0-12 Down 1-7
  • 15:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F Latest: Down 1-8 Monaghan 0-12. Aidan Carr lands a fine point from play for Down. #gaa2012
  • 15:19
    56 mins – Aidan Carr reduces the difference to one point again. Mon 0-12 Down 1-8
  • 15:20
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship S-F Latest: Down 1-8 Monaghan 1-12. Tommy Freeman with a clinical finish for Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 15:20
    56 mins -GOAL! Who else but substitute Tommy Freeman! A quick free taken to Freeman who smashed it into the top corner.  Mon 1-12 Down 1-8
  • 15:20
    Down players protesting about the quick free. No cause for complaint really.
  • 15:22
    Down fans increasingly frustrated with the referee? Unfair criticism?
  • 15:22
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@60: Down 1-9 Monaghan 1-12. Donal O'Hare with another free for Down. #gaa2012
  • 15:23
    59 mins - Donal O'Hare makes it Mon 1-12 Down 1-9
  • 15:25
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@62': Down 1-10 Monaghan 1-12. Another O'Hare free makes it a two-point game. #gaa2012
  • 15:25
    Liam Doyle replaces substitute Kevin Duffin for Down
  • 15:26
    I think there’s another goal somewhere in this game. There I said it. Let’s not remember this comment if it doesn’t happen.
  • 15:26
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@65': Down 1-10 Monaghan 1-13. Paul Finlay kicks a crucial free for Monaghan. #gaa2012
  • 15:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship Latest: Down 1-10 Monaghan 1-13. Benny Coulter has been brought on for the final few minutes. #gaa2012
  • 15:28
    Benny Coulter who broke his ankle about seven weeks ago is going to come on for Down. Not that they’re getting desperate.
  • 15:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@67': Down 1-11 Monaghan 1-13. Benny Coulter nails a score with his first touch of the game. #gaa2012
  • 15:29
    Coulter’s first touch is a score.  That sound you’re hearing is me eating my words. I called Down desperate by bringing Benny on. Maybe, just maybe I was wrong.
  • 15:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@68': Down 1-12 Monaghan 1-13. Liam Doyle lands a free to leave one between the sides. #gaa2012
  • 15:30
    67 mins – And there’s one between the sides. Doyle scores to make it Monaghan 1-13 Down 1-12
  • 15:31
    I won’t say it’s been a game of two halves, I won’t say it’s been a game of two halves, I won’t say it’s been a game of two halves….
  • 15:32
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@70': Down 1-13 Monaghan 1-13. Down are level. Aidan Carr lands a pressure kick in added time. #gaa2012
  • 15:32
    69 mins – We’re level! Aidan Carr I never doubted you……*

    *Aidan Carr I did doubt you.
  • 15:33
    70 mins – Down lead. Darren O’Hagan fists over from close range. What a match!
  • 15:33
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Championship@71': Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13. Down are ahead! Darren O'Hagan with the score in added time. #gaa2012
  • 15:34
    71 mins – Clerkin fires wide. It looked like a replay.
  • 15:35
    Full-time – Monaghan 1-13 Down 1-14
  • 15:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Ulster GAA Football Champ@FT: Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13. Down complete a remarkable comeback to make first Ulster final since 2003. #gaa2012
  • 15:36
    The best thing about that match is that Pat Spillane has had to eat humble pie. He had to say he enjoyed a game in Ulster
  • 15:38
    William Whitla, Tommy Bowe, Charlene McKenna and Tommy Freeman, your boys took one hell of a beating…
  • 15:38
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Champ Latest: Mayo 0-2 Leitrim 0-2. Daniel Beck and Darren Sweeney level matters for Leitrim. #gaa2012
  • 15:39
    I’m going out on a limb and saying Ulster has produced the best matches of the Championship this year. Tell me I’m wrong. Go on, just try it.
  • 15:39
    Leitrim are level with Mayo. Repeat. Leitrim are level with Mayo. I predict that will last all of 30 seconds.
  • 15:39
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Champ Latest: Mayo 0-3 Leitrim 0-3. Kevin McLoughlin and Emlyn Mulligan trade scores. #gaa2012
  • 15:40
    drumgath aiden carr i take it all back. delighted for liam doyle he symbolises the comeback
  • 15:40
    Doyle, Carr and Coulter were all instrumental in the comeback. Laverty was the outstanding player. Credit to James McCartan too, he made the right changes at the right time.
  • 15:41
    Where did it all go wrong for Monaghan?
  • 15:42
    CiaranJDaly via Twitter RT @MarloweCanning: @CiaranJDaly I watched that game... I got in to it. It was wierd, like I was a wee lad again. Live blog was great as ...
  • 15:44
    Yes,  I did retweet praise of this blog and yes I realise what kind of person that makes me but I don’t care right now. Down are in their first Ulster final since 2003.
  • 15:44
    Who’s most likely to be cursing down the sideline today in Páirc Uí Chaoimh?
  • 15:48
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F: Cork v Tipperary. Both sides line out as selected during the week. #gaa2012
  • 15:48
    For the record Jimmy Barry-Murphy will hereafter be abbreviated to JBM, not only for the sake of handiness but to make him cool like AVB (or as non-cool people know him, Andre Villas-Boas). Admittedly Jimmy Barry-Murphy doesn’t quite sound as continental as Andre Villas-Boas but he’s equally as cool.
  • 15:50
    officialgaa via Twitter @officialgaa The accepted county nickname for Mayo is the Westerners.
  • 15:50
    I’d like to think my prediction of Mayo hammering Leitrim is what has inspired Leitrim to keep in touch with their more illustrious opponents.
  • 15:51
    officialgaa via Twitter Epic Down comeback stuns Monaghan, read the report on GAA.ie http://gaa.ie/de762d #gaa2012
  • 15:51
    CiaranJDaly via Twitter @MarloweCanning Infamous Pete, infamous
  • 15:53
    Nicky English tipped (yes that pun was intended) Tipp to beat Cork in the Irish Times. Read what the great man had to say here.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0623/1224318510731.html
  • 15:54
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@24': Mayo 1-6 Leitrim 0-5. Goal for Mayo, Alan Freeman gets it. #gaa2012
  • 15:54
    Looking forward to Conor Lehane’s championship debut
  • 15:55
    In case you hadn’t heard there’s no Eoin Kelly for Tipp. He's on the bench with Lar Corbett.
  • 15:57
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship S-F Latest: Wexford 1-15 Laois 1-8. #gaa2012
  • 15:57
    The lads in the RTE studio are going with Nicky English’s tip of Tipp. Tip top if you will. Even I know that's weak.
  • 15:58
    So Mayo are now four points up. I’m not saying I’m some kind of football prophet – that’s probably for other people to say – but all I will say is that I’m some kind of football prophet.
  • 15:59
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Champ S-F@29': Mayo 1-7 Leitrim 0-7. Mulligan free, his fifth point overall, puts three in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:00
    What’s your preferred rendition of the National Anthem? Solo singer? Pipe band? The new-age rap version that I’ve been working on?
  • 16:01
    The match of the Munster hurling championship has begun. No hype to live up to….
  • 16:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@1': Cork 0-0 Tipperary 0-1. Noel McGrath hits the opener. #gaa2012
  • 16:01
    1 min – Noel McGrath gets us going. Cork 0-0 Tipp 0-1
  • 16:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@31': Mayo 2-7 Leitrim 0-7. Second goal for Mayo, this time it's Andy Moran. #gaa2012
  • 16:01
    We're level.
  • 16:02
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@2': Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-1. Pat Horgan levels it up . #gaa2012
  • 16:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@3': Cork 0-2 Tipperary 0-1. Darren Sweetnam points but the goal chance was on. #gaa2012
  • 16:03
    Two goals now between Mayo and Leitrim. Moran scored the second for Mayo. Leitrim will have to do Moran that in the second half. I will never not need puns in my life.
  • 16:03
    Good pace to this game here in Páirc Uí Chaoimh
  • 16:04
    Lehane’s the man!
  • 16:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@5': Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-1. Conor Lehane puts Cork two ahead. #gaa2012
  • 16:05
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@34': Mayo 2-9 Leitrim 0-7. Cillian O'Connor and Barry Moran extend the lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:06
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@7': Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-2. Pa Bourke taps over a free. #gaa2012
  • 16:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@9': Cork 0-4 Tipperary 0-2. Cathal Naughton restores the two point lead. #gaa2012
  • 16:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@HT: Mayo 2-9 Leitrim 0-7. Freeman and Moran goals put Mayo in charge. #gaa2012
  • 16:08
    Cork have definitely be better in the opening 10 minutes. That's why I get paid the big bucks - for such insightful observations.
  • 16:09
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@10': Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-3. Gearóid Ryan and Pa Cronin trade points. #gaa2012
  • 16:10
    That’s a fantastic score from Pa Cronin. Superb fielding and spun and hit it immediately. Cork 0-5 Tipp 0-4 (Noel McGrath just got one back immediately for Tipp)
  • 16:11
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@12': Cork 0-6 Tipperary 0-4. Noel McGrath and Pat Horgan hit quickfire points. #gaa2012
  • 16:11
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling S-F Latest: Wexford 1-22 Laois 1-9. #gaa2012
  • 16:12
    11 minutes gone. 10 points scored. This is why people argue that hurling is better game to watch than football
  • 16:13
    Double scores now.
  • 16:14
    Tipp are three points down without having been in the game really. Worrying for the Rebels.
  • 16:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@15': Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-5. Pa Bourke responds to two Cork points, three in it now. #gaa2012
  • 16:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@16': Cork 0-9 Tipperary 0-5. Pat Horgan fires over his fourth free. #gaa2012
  • 16:16
    Horgan with a point that even after 15 years of practice I could never have scored. Cork lead 0-9 to 0-5
  • 16:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@17': Cork 0-9 Tipperary 0-6. Pa Bourke is flying, and he hits a nice score. #gaa2012
  • 16:16
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@17': Cork 0-9 Tipperary 0-7. Another for Tipp, Brian O'Meara with this one. Great game. #gaa2012
  • 16:17
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@18': Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-7. Jamie Coughlan responds for Cork. #gaa2012
  • 16:17
    Tipp are so efficient with the ball. I realise that doesn’t necessarily sound like the biggest compliment to pay but they use it so well. Rarely wasted.
  • 16:18
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@19': Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-8. Pa Bourke puts two in it with a free. #gaa2012
  • 16:18
    I put it to you that hurlers wear shorter shorts than footballers. Discuss.
  • 16:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship S-F@FT: Wexford 1-24 Laois 1-10. #gaa2012
  • 16:19
    Maths update – 18 minutes played. 18 points scored. Average = 1 point per minute. Nobel prize here I come.
  • 16:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@22': Cork 0-12 Tipperary 0-8. Paudie O'Sullivan and Pat Horgan flash points over. #gaa2012
  • 16:21
    20 mins - O’Sullivan got a score for Cork on the break before Horgan added another. Tipp definitely enjoying more possession but Cork still four ahead. Cork 0-12 Tipp 0-8
  • 16:22
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@23': Cork 0-12 Tipperary 0-9. Another point from Pa Bourke, three in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:23
    There hasn’t been a point this minute. The game’s gone stale.
  • 16:25
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@25': Cork 0-12 Tipperary 0-10. Bourke puts over a 65', he's now hit 0-6. #gaa2012
  • 16:25
    Two points between the sides. I love when a match lives up to expectations.
  • 16:27
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@27': Cork 0-12 Tipp 0-11. Bourke hits a 2nd 65' in a row, placed ball striking is top class. #gaa2012
  • 16:27
    Pa Bourke doing the work for Tipp.  Cork lead by one. 0-12 to 0-11. Eight minutes until half-time
  • 16:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@29': Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-11. Horgan nails another free, he and Bourke have been faultless. #gaa2012
  • 16:29
    Bonnar Maher has been excellent for Tipp. Interesting battle between him and Eoin Cadogan
  • 16:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@41':Mayo 2-10 Leitrim 0-8. Mulligan's sixth point leaves eight in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:30
    The ball was in the net but the ref had blown his whistle before it went in. Square ball. Right decision. No Cork goal
  • 16:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@31': Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-11. Cork have a goal disallowed because of a square ball. #gaa2012
  • 16:31
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@32': Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-12. Brendan Maher puts over his first point, one in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:33
    I don’t want to alarm any Cork fans but Lar Corbett is coming on…
  • 16:33
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@34': Cork 0-13 Tipperary 0-12. Lar Corbett comes on for Tipp to a rapturous reception. #gaa2012
  • 16:35
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@35': Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-12. Horgan nails one from play, Cork lead by two. #gaa2012
  • 16:35
    Horgan scores a huge point. There were a few scraps across the pitch for possession. It broke to Horgan eventually and he put it over with ease. It’s Cork 0-14 Tipp 0-12
  • 16:36
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@HT: Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-12. Bourke missed a short free just before the HT whistle. #gaa2012
  • 16:37
    Half-time: Cork 0-14 Tipp 0-12
  • 16:37
    Pa Bourke had a chance to tap over and went for goal right at the end. Strange decision methinks. That was an outstanding half of hurling though. Nothing in it and by nothing I mean two points.
  • 16:41
    Hard to beat the GAA sometimes. The hangover from the Euros is still around, the Irish rugby team were hammered but the Ulster football championship and now the Munster hurling championship have really provided top-notch entertainment.
  • 16:41
    officialgaa via Twitter Attendance at the Munster GAA Hurling Championship semi-final is 32,568. #gaa2012 #nothingbeatsbeingthere
  • 16:42
    No such thing as defensive hurling in Munster.
  • 16:43
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@55':Mayo 3-15 Leitrim 0-8. Moran gets his second goal, and Mayo lead by 16 points. #gaa2012
  • 16:44
    32,568 people in Páirc Uí Chaoimh today. 32,568 people without regrets today.
  • 16:46
    Let it end for Leitrim. They’re 16 points behind Mayo.  Mayo have been working on their fitness to be fair. Their body fat percentage is bound to be incredibly low. Low fat Mayo. That long set-up wasn't worth the pathetic punch-line.
  • 16:48
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@59': Mayo 3-16 Leitrim 0-9. Alan Dillon keeps the Mayo fires burning. #gaa2012
  • 16:50
    So are the RTE panel and Nicky English wrong? Can Cork hold on in the second half? Can Lar Corbett go through a match without scoring a goal? Do you get tired of my unending questions?
  • 16:52
    Cyril Farrell sticking with Tipp. Ger Loughnane tipping Lar to score a goal and Tipp to win.
  • 16:52
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@65':Mayo 3-17 Leitrim 0-9. The game has fizzled out, Mayo heading for the final. #gaa2012
  • 16:53
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@37': Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-13. O'Meara puts one in it with the 1st score of the second half. #gaa2012
  • 16:53
    In case you didn't realise the Tipp v Cork game is back on. And there's been a point already. For Tipp. It's Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-14
  • 16:55
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@38': Cork 0-15 Tipperary 0-13. Horgan restores the two-point buffer with a free. #gaa2012
  • 16:55
    So you’d have thought that the pace of the first half couldn’t have been matched in the second? Two minutes gone. Two points scored. One for each team.
  • 16:57
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@41': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 0-13. Paudie O'Sullivan puts three in it. #gaa2012
  • 16:58
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@42': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 0-14. Another fine free from Bourke. #gaa2012
  • 16:59
    Pa Bourke is a fundamentally Irish name but I could also see an old man going by the same name sitting out on his porch whistling and shooting vermon beside the Mississippi river.
  • 16:59
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@70':Mayo 4-20 Leitrim 0-10. McLoughlin with the latest goal. #gaa2012
  • 16:59
    Lar Corbett hasn’t scored his mandatory goal yet. Cork defence – you have been warned.
  • 17:00
    Just the 22 points between Mayo and Leitrim now.
  • 17:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@44': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 0-15. Another Bourke free, and there is only one in it. #gaa2012
  • 17:01
    officialgaa via Twitter Connacht GAA Football Championship S-F@FT:Mayo 4-20 Leitrim 0-10. Mayo into final against Sligo after big win. #gaa2012
  • 17:03
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@46': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-15. Noel McGrath buries to the net after a Corbett pass. #gaa2012
  • 17:03
    45 mins - GOAL! Noel McGrath buries the ball in the Cork net. The surprise is that it wasn’t Lar Corbett. Tipp 1-15 Cork 0-16
  • 17:04
    Conor Lehane is an exciting prospect but before the goal he ran himself into a bit of a cul-de-sac
  • 17:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@47': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-16. Padraig Maher fires one over, three in it. #gaa2012
  • 17:04
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@48': Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-16. John O'Brien has been sent off for Tipperary. #gaa2012
  • 17:04
    Tipp lead by a goal but are down to 14 men. John O’Brien is off for a second bookable offence. Silly challenge really.
  • 17:06
    Something I’d genuinely love to know. In a game this intense, if Tipp do go on to lose, do the Tipp lads give John O’Brien hell for getting himself sent off needlessly like that?
  • 17:06
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@50': Cork 0-17 Tipperary 1-16. Horgan puts two in it with a free. #gaa2012
  • 17:08
    Daniel Kearney replaces Sweetnam in the Cork midfield
  • 17:08
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@51': Cork 0-17 Tipperary 1-17. Brendan Maher puts over his second point. #gaa2012
  • 17:09
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@52': Cork 0-18 Tipperary 1-17. Cian McCarthy flashes one over. #gaa2012
  • 17:09
    McCarthy scores a point to reduce the arrears to two. Tipp 1-17 Cork 0-18
  • 17:10
    Brendan Cummins is still such a good goalkeeper. He’s a record-breaker for a reason
  • 17:10
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@54': Cork 0-19 Tipperary 1-17. O'Sullivan puts just one in it now. Some game on Leeside. #gaa2012
  • 17:10
    Aaron hard to be impressed by either side both very mediocre,Cats will have a field day if they face either down the road unless the improve dramatically!
  • 17:12
    You must be from Kilkenny Aaron where you’re spoiled with hurling of the highest quality year in year out. It’s an exciting spectacle – there’s no doubt about that surely.
  • 17:12
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@55': Cork 0-20 Tipperary 1-17. Lehane levels it up. It's going to the wire. #gaa2012
  • 17:12
    So 15 minutes to go and we’re level. This is perfectly poised.
  • 17:13
    James Woodlock on for Brendan Maher
  • 17:14
    Gervis Just back from down v Monaghan games. Fantastic comeback and a good advert for ulster football. The referee was a disgrace, I think both fans would agree on that. Terrible performance
  • 17:14
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@58': Cork 0-20 Tipperary 1-18. Pa Bourke puts Tipp back ahead. #gaa2012
  • 17:15
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@59': Cork 0-20 Tipperary 1-19. Pa Bourke from play this time, he's hit 0-11. #gaa2012
  • 17:15
    A few questionable decisions maybe Gervis but maybe it’s a case of ‘better to have wronged and won than never to have been wronged at all’...or something like that.
  • 17:16
    Still no Eoin Kelly for Tipp
  • 17:17
    Am I wrong in sensing a turning of the tide in favour of Tipp heading into the last 10 minutes here?
  • 17:17
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@60': Cork 0-21 Tipperary 1-20. Coughlan and McGrath trade scores. #gaa2012
  • 17:17
    Aaron No doubt from a neutral point of view its quite the spectacle but while Tipp will win this out it will be hard to take any positives for them,to have an average side like cork give you a run for your money doesn't bode well for tipp.
  • 17:18
    You're probably right. I said this earlier Aaron - the reality is that these teams are probably playing for an All-Ireland runners-up medal.
  • 17:19
    Noel McGrath is a fantastic hurler.
  • 17:19
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@62': Cork 0-21 Tipperary 1-21. Noel McGrath puts Tipp three clear. #gaa2012
  • 17:20
    Conor Lehane’s debut is over. An exciting prospect for the future.
  • 17:20
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@64': Cork 0-21 Tipperary 1-22. Tipp are edging away, Bourke puts them four clear with a free. #gaa2012
  • 17:21
    Maybe O’Brien knew his sending-off would inspire Tipperary to push on. Maybe he’s a tactical genius.
  • 17:21
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@65': Cork 0-22 Tipperary 1-22. Daniel Carney puts three in it again. #gaa2012
  • 17:22
    Tipp lead by a goal. There are five and a half minutes left. Anything could happen between now and the end of this game.
  • 17:23
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@67': Cork 0-23 Tipperary 1-22. Horgan puts another over, and only two it. #gaa2012
  • 17:24
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@68': Cork 0-23 Tipperary 1-22. Eoin Kelly comes on for Tipperary. #gaa2012
  • 17:24
    Pa Bourke goes off and Eoin Kelly comes on. Now, that’s what you call a replacement.
  • 17:25
    Cian McCarthy fires wide. He should’ve hit the target at least really.
  • 17:25
    Aaron Well that's True,and to be fair The Munster Championship is thee most entertaining provincial championship year in-year out always some great games and very competitive,The Leinster championship will never be as good mainly because their is only one side.
  • 17:25
    Tommy Anything could but probably won't. Tipp been impressive holding the lead even when down a man...cracking match have a tenner on Tipp!
  • 17:26
    Tommy, it looks like you're going to make some money today.
  • 17:26
    Aaron Bad miss :/
  • 17:26
    Backs up your theory about the standard of hurling certainly. Let's be kind and put it down to inexperience.
  • 17:27
    officialgaa via Twitter Impressive Mayo see off Leitrim to move into Connacht final, read the report on GAA.ie http://gaa.ie/61c6b6 #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@71': Cork 0-23 Tipperary 1-22. In injury time, Tipp still lead by two. #gaa2012
  • 17:28
    Cork have one minute to rescue this.
  • 17:28
    Tommy Cracking defense Tipp...
  • 17:28
    There was a super hook in there
  • 17:29
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@72': Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22. Horgan puts one it, seconds left. #gaa2012
  • 17:29
    The allocated two minutes of injury time are up
  • 17:30
    officialgaa via Twitter Munster GAA Hurling Championship S-F@FT: Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22. It's all over, Tipp win by one. Great game of hurling. #gaa2012
  • 17:30
    Aaron Tommy put some money on Waterford in the final,Mullane and Co must be licking their lips :P
  • 17:32
    Full-time: Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22
  • 17:32
    Tommy Aaron - You're not wrong there! Odd's won't be great I'd say....
  • 17:32
    Should be another cracker
  • 17:33
    Aaron I'm genuinely backing Waterford put some money on them you'll see ;)
  • 17:33
    This is turning into a betting shop. And as such I feel entitled to a percentage.
  • 17:35
    Declan Ryan is one relieved man. I'd imagine JBM is one dejected man (with a cool acronym-based nickname)
  • 17:35
    Tommy Will put today's winnings on them then! It will be a smashing game for sure
  • 17:36
    CiaranJDaly via Twitter RT @okmick: Can't help feel that the GAA Championships have really started after that game today.. Classic game. #corktipp #hurling
  • 17:39
    Aaron JBM's doing a decent job with the players he's got.
  • 17:40
    He's definitely rejuvenated Cork since his return to the fold.
  • 17:44
    Tommy My better half is now off out to buy a "hurley ball" she can hit with the hurl her mate gave her, Hurley ball...she's such a Dub....
  • 17:45
    Well, this is awkward.....I'm from Ulster so....you know....your other half could probably hurl rings around me.....No doubt about it. Kilkenny aside, Munster is the hot-bed for hurling talent in Ireland.
  • 17:51
    officialgaa via Twitter Thanks for following @officialgaa, and congratulations to Down, Mayo and Tipperary, who all reached provincial finals today. #gaa2012
  • 17:53
    Tommy Eh - I'm a Kerry man originally so need to find fault wherever possible after last years...er upset...
  • 17:54
    It must be so tough on you Kerry fans. Having to finish runner-up in every year that you don't win. When will Kerry fans catch a break?
  • 17:58
    Tommy Exactly, you're dead right. Look at Jackie Healy Rae for instance. He was a polished athletic man until last year...devastating on all concerned.
  • 18:02
    Results
    Munster senior hurling championship semi-final
    Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22
    Connacht senior football championship semi-final
    Mayo 4-20 Leitrim 0-10
    Ulster senior football Championship semi-final
    Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13
  • 18:04
    How can so little mean so much? One-point. One solitary score. It proved to be the difference between Tipperary and Cork in what was a thrilling Munster hurling championship semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

    One little point and yet it means so much. Tipperary progress to face a fired-up Waterford in the Munster decider and will garner belief that they are the team to challenge Kilkenny’s dominance this year. One little point is the reason that Cork will go to the qualifiers dejected, perhaps reflecting that they aren’t ready yet to make a serious All-Ireland challenge this year.

    One little point proved to make a huge difference in Ulster too. Down’s one-point victory over Monaghan at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh propelled them to their first Ulster final since 2003 and perhaps helped to make a larger point. Ulster may not necessarily be only about Donegal or Tyrone. That one point victory perhaps underlines that Down’s appearance in the 2010 All-Ireland final was not a fluke. That one little point may have wider connotations for Monaghan too. It may mean a different Monaghan team entirely lining out in the Ulster championship next year. This year that one point means Monaghan must face the qualifiers.

    One point too was crucial in Connacht. If you took that one point and multiplied it by 23 then Leitrim would have actually beaten Mayo. As it was they lost by 22 points and ruined my whole ‘one-point’ theme that I’ve been running with here.

    Today provided two fantastic spectacles. Down’s spirited comeback in Ulster and a typically brilliant Munster hurling semi-final in Cork showed that despite sometimes seeking solace in soccer or attempting to revel in rugby, you just can’t beat gaelic games in the summer in terms of enjoying first-class sporting action. So don’t even dare to think about missing next week’s games, same time, same place and same website – www.irishtimes.com See you then.