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Kilkenny’s Next Challenge

Ashbourne Kilkenny

All Towns Cup finals are hard to lose but each has its own unique twist, for Kilkenny, Sunday’s extra time loss to Ashbourne was a perplexing defeat. They had their chances, didn’t take them but still found it hard to fathom how it all got away from them on Sunday evening. A powerful first half […]

Play-Off Repercussions


On a weekend of high drama and huge celebrations it is easy to forget the sides that lost out and the consequences of such defeats. This is no more than evident the annual play off between the Ulster Bank League Round Robin runners up and the 15th ranked side in Division 2b. On Saturday Instonians […]

Clogher Valley Take Title

Clogher Valley

Ulster Powerade Towns Cup Clogher Valley 15 Donaghadee 7 Monday’s triumph makes it three Towns Cup titles  two Junior league titles, a Junior Cup and an All Ireland Final appearance in four years. An incredible run for the club from just outside five mile down. Against a Donaghadee team determined to upset the odds, David […]

Munster Junior Cup Details

Skibbereen Clonmel

Munster Junior Cup Skibbereen 13 Clonmel 26 Skibbereen Scorers: Shane Newman 1 try; Ger Hurley 1 con, 2 pens. Clonmel Scorers: Brian Smith 2 tries; John Long and Luke Hogan 1 try each; Conor Cooney 3 cons. A firecracker start from the visitors all but sealed victory in the early stages on Sunday. Two tries […]

Podcast – Towns Cup Review


Ashbourne are Towns Cup champions for the first time in their history after Sunday’s extra time win over Kilkenny. Our eighth and final podcast of the season comes to you from the marquee at Tullow RFC’s home ground after the game. Monkstown FC and Leinster Juniors Coach David Mahon and Newbridge RFC coach Niall Moran […]

PTC: Ashbourne 6, Kilkenny 3


Towns Cup Final Ashbourne 6 Kilkenny 3 (aet) Rob Murphy at Black Gates in Tullow On the full time whistle, Ashbourne resembled a group of weary yet elated nomads. They had reached their destination, Towns Cup champions but only after taking umpteen wrong turns and running down one or two cul de sacs during the […]

Connemara Champions


Cawley Cup Final Connemara 32 Westport 16 By Trevor Watson of the Mayo News Connemara Scorers: Ian Heanue, Barry Gibbons, Jack Vaughan and Dave McDonagh 1 try each; Shane Sweeney 3 cons, 2 pens. Westport Scorers: Kevin Corcoran 1 try; Dwayne Corcoran 3 pens. Three first-half tries paved the way for an emphatic Connemara victory […]

Munster Results


The quarter finals of today’s Munster Junior Cup provided plenty of drama with three Junior clubs still standing in the last four. Clanwilliam will host Clonakilty and Ul Bohemian 2nds will host Clonmel in the May 4th semi finals after a day of dram. At Clanwilliam Park, the home team produced a brilliant display to […]

Ashbourne Win Towns Cup

Ashbourne RFC

Provincial Towns Cup Final Ashbourne 6 Tullow 3 We can dance around the words or we can just keep it simple. Sunday’s Towns Cup final was no classic. This was war of attrition in every way with the second half downpour that continued right through extra time, only adding to the bogged down feel to […]

Kanturk Go Senior


Ulster Bank League Play OffInstonians 13 Kanturk 24 The Kanturk story is a remarkable one and it will be told in more detail on these pages in the coming days but first things first, let’s just mark down that the Duhallow men are in the All Ireland League after Saturday’s stunning display at Shaws Bridge. […]

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