Wexford and Tipperary both hit the goal trail as they qualified for the Lidl National Football League Division 3 Finals. Here is a wrap up of the net busters from these vital matches.
See an interview with new Galway captain Emer Flaherty after Sunday’s Lidl National League victory over Kerry in Corofin.
The double All Star and former All Ireland winner will now lead a 39-strong panel into the last two League games against Cork and Dublin.
‘It’s an honour of course’, says Emer. ‘I was delighted to accept and we’ll take the Cork game like any other game. It’s always a huge challenge and we’ll look for a good performance’.
Cork and Galway top Division One on twelve points each
Galway have continued their impressive start to 2017 by beating Kerry to go clear at the top of the Lidl National League with Cork, but Roisin Leonard is not getting carried away.
’There’s been a lot of hype about us during Leagues in the past and then we’d lose in Championships’, says the Corofin girl after scoring two goals on her home pitch in the defeat of Kerry.
‘So we’re kinda all talk and no action, but this year hopefully it’ll be all action and no talk!’
Galway will go to Cork next Sunday in a top-of-the-table clash.
Kerry’s Anna Galvin collected the O’Connor Cup at McHale Park in Castlebar after her UL team defeated UCC by 2-5 to 0-8.
‘I feel pride, joy and relief’, says Anna. ‘I couldn’t be more proud of the team I was captain of today. They are the best team to ever be part of and I will never forget any of my years in UL’.
On the eve of the 30th O’Connor Cup weekend, Chairperson of the Ladies HEC Fiona Hudson looks forward to an historic celebration of Ladies Gaelic Football at GMIT Mayo.
For the first time, six Finals at different grades will be played over the three-day competition with winners to be decided for the Moynihan, Donaghy, Lagan, Lynch, Giles and O’Connor Cups.
‘We decided to make a big deal of the event in the 30th year’, says Hudson. ‘We have 1600 players registered and this format gives all of our players a chance to play at the weekend’.
‘What we needed was a reaction and we got it’ – Dublin captain Sinead Aherne speaking after her team’s defeat of Donegal at Parnell Park in the Lidl National League.
The Dubs lost to Cork last week and then threw away a five-point first-half lead to go in level with Donegal. They faced a stiff breeze in the second-half but dominated the early exchanges and grabbed two crucial goals.
In the end, Dublin won by 2-17 to 3-7 and are now joint top of Division One with Cork and Galway after four rounds of the League.
With only six of their 2016 All Ireland Final team, a very young Cork selection bounced back from defeat in Armagh to beat Dublin by six points at Mallow in the Lidl National League.
‘It’s great for the younger players to get this chance. Hopefully the older girls will come back in the long run but there’s advantages to them taking time off as well’.
Champions Cork suffered a rare defeat to Armagh at Clonmore in the second round of Lidl National League games, 0-12 to 0-9.
‘It’s nice to win’, says veteran Mairead Tennyson who had never previously played on a winning team against Cork.
Cora Staunton, Yvonne Byrne and Martha Carter all made their return to the starting line up as Mayo opened their league campaign against Galway. However, all did not go to plan as Galway came away with the victory but Cora Staunton reflected on her return and their first match of the season with Jerome Quinn.
See a special report from St Paul’s Bessbrook in Armagh where girls are doing it for themselves. As part of a new initiative from Ulster Ladies Gaelic Football, 16/17 year-old girls are being coached so that THEY can become the coaches of the future.
‘The girls were brilliant’, says Master Coach Maggie Farrelly who put the teenagers through a two-day ‘Unlocking the Potential’ pilot course in the school, with one day in the classroom and one day of practical experience. ‘This course has given those with potential a bit of confidence and a starting point to go into coaching’.
Apart from the likes of Monaghan manager Paula Cunningham, Ladies Football is dominated by male coaches but Ciaran Murtagh from Ulster LGFA hopes to change the mindset: ‘Traditionally Daddy becomes the Coach but we are targeting girls at a young age and we want them to go back to their clubs and deliver sessions there’.
‘Ulster is lagging behind and we are losing 18-year-olds but this is a long-term strategy and we have to build from the grass roots up to break the mould. Ultimately, we hope this will encourage more young girls to play our games’.
In March, Ulster will host a Conference focussing on Female Participation in Gaelic Sport, scheduled for March 11th at the Armagh City Hotel.
Video report by Jerome Quinn Media for Ulster Ladies Gaelic.
After captaining her Donaghmoyne side to back to back All Ireland Club titles former Monaghan star, Amanda Casey, reflected on a great achievement for her club who have now won 5 All Ireland titles in 10 years and also became the first ulster club to claim two All Ireland titles in a row.
See an interview with TG4 Players Player of the Year Brid Stack and presentation at the All Stars night at the CityWest Hotel, plus 2016 match footage.
LGFA President Marie Hickey is urging LGFA members to join us in Croke Park to set our record attendance at the TG4 All Ireland Finals. 2001 saw Laois play Meath in front of 33,000 spectators and this year the aim is to eclipse that number.
Lidl continue to show their serious support by giving more than €170,000 to our clubs around the country. Check out how much of a difference they have made to Ladies Football
10 time All Ireland winning Cork star, Bríd Stack, has urged supporters of her and every county to get out and support their county throughout the championship. Stack says that having that support is an immeasurable difference for a team and is like having a 16th player.
LGFA President Marie Hickey appeals to supporters to ‘Change the Record’ in this Summer’s TG4 All Ireland Championship.
Speaking at the launch of the Championship in Croke Park, Hickey said it was time for members to act by attending games more often.
‘We need you out there now, we need you supporting our players, we need to increase the profile of our games – that it’s not all just talk and that people come out and support the games’.
The 2016 Lidl Teams of the League were announced at Croke Park with the best players from their respective Divisions being selected on the best XV. Here are the Lidl Division 2 Team of the League receiving their awards from Marie Hickey, President of the LGFA and Aoife Clarke, Heard of Communications for Lidl with the event being MC’d by RTE’s Marty Morrissey
The 2016 Lidl Teams of the League were announced at Croke Park with the best players from their respective Divisions being selected on the best XV. Here are the Lidl Division 1 Team of the League receiving their awards from Marie Hickey, President of the LGFA and Aoife Clarke, Heard of Communications for Lidl with the event being MC’d by RTE’s Marty Morrissey
The 2016 Lidl Teams of the League were announced at Croke Park with the best players from their respective Divisions being selected on the best XV. Here are the Lidl Division 3 Team of the League receiving their awards from Marie Hickey, President of the LGFA and Aoife Clarke, Heard of Communications for Lidl with the event being MC’d by RTE’s Marty Morrissey
The 2016 Lidl Teams of the League were announced at Croke Park with the best players from their respective Divisions being selected on the best XV. Here are the Lidl Division 4 Team of the League receiving their awards from Marie Hickey, President of the LGFA and Aoife Clarke, Heard of Communications for Lidl with the event being MC’d by RTE’s Marty Morrissey
The Galway Senior Ladies are giving up their Smart Phones to help raise vital funds for Pieta House.
Edel Concannon and her fellow county stars have taken the action prompted by the observation that so many people spend so long on their social media without engaging in conversations within the room. There is also an established link between use of Social Media and mental health problems.
Will you help Galway raise vital funds for Pieta House? Donate here: www.ifundraise.ie/talkforpieta
Champions Cork gave their best performance yet under manager Ephie Fitzgerald to demolish Galway and keep their Lidl National League title hopes alive.
‘People assume that there is a transition period because of long-term injuries and a few retirements but in Cork we can’t afford to have transition’, says Ephie after the 6-15 to 1-11 victory.
’There’s plenty of competition for places and the players who came in today certainly put their hands up for next week’.
Cork must beat Armagh in their last game to have any chance of holding on to their title.
It was a great opening weekend in the Lidl National Football League for Mayo who made the journey to Cork to face the champions in their Division 1 opener. Cora Staunton was the star attraction and the 22 season veteran delivered in some style despite an early penalty miss, she went on to score 1-06 from their tally of 2-08. Ephie Fitzgerald would have hoped for a different result in his first game in charge and will now have to lift his side for their visit to Kerry in the next round.
Unexpected hero Hazel Kingham kicked the last two points of Donaghmoyne’s All Ireland Senior Final win over Mourneabbey at Parnell Park.
The full-back followed her marker upfield and got on the end of attacks with two superb finishes, though she was quick to deflect praise onto All Star goalkeeper Linda Martin.
‘Our manager said that today someone different had to step up, and today Linda did us proud’.
The remarkable Monaghan team won by 0-11 to 0-8 and they have now won four All Irelands in ten years.
If there is such a thing as a triple hat-trick hero, then Siobhan Sheerin from little Glenelly in Tyrone is it.
The livewire full-forward fired three quick goals to kill off Donaghmoyne in the Ulster Intermediate Final at Killyclogher on Sunday and so finished her Ulster campaign with three hat-tricks in three games.
‘When I got the second goal I could hear the crowd shouting for a hat-trick so I had to go for it’, Siobhan explained after the game, while her captain Grace Donnelly described the Player of the Match performance as ‘extra-special’.
Donaghmoyne gained a measure of revenge for their defeat in the 2014 Ulster Championship final by defeating the same opposition, Termon from Donegal, to take their Ulster crown in Killyclogher last weekend.
This was an important victory for the 2013 All Ireland Club Champions who will be hoping to emulate the achievements of Termon by annexing the All Ireland title themselves.
The 2FM Roadcaster joined us live for the 2015 National Gaelic4Mothers&Others Blitz Day and what a day it was. A brilliant day for everyone involved!!
The TG4 All Ireland finals delivered a European record crowd of over 30,000 as well as three fantastic games with memories that will last forever.
Here is a video that captures the magic of the All Ireland Finals neatly in one package.
We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
The TG4 Ladies All Ireland Finals are taking place this weekend when Louth, Scotland, Waterford, Kildare, Cork and Dublin all come to Croke Park for the biggest day in the Ladies Gaelic Football calendar.
The captains from the competing counties joined our president, Marie Hickey, in urging supporters to answer the challenge and come to Croke Park to support the game and to help create a record for attendance at a European women’s sporting event in 2015.
The Scotland Ladies created a little piece of history as they overcame Derry in their TG4 All Ireland Semi Final to qualify for the All Ireland Final in Croke Park on September 27th.
Despite a tough challenge from Derry the Scottish team were not to be denied and they are now preparing for their date with destiny when they take on Louth in the TG4 Junior All Ireland Final.
We got the best of the reaction from some delighted Scottish players.
The Intermediate teams of Leitrim, Waterford, Kildare and Offaly are only 60 minutes from Croke Park and the TG4 Intermediate All Ireland Final. Here is a brilliant promo video that will get you right in the mood for the first of the semi finals that is on tomorrow at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick at 4:15pm.
Offaly held out to defeat a very experienced Fermanagh side in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate quarter final in a match where the Leinster side would have been considered underdogs going into this tie but with the returned Mairead Daly they were able to rally in the final few minutes despite conceding a goal to Fermanagh star Caroline Little.
For many years it has been acknowledged that Áine Tighe is amongst the very best forwards playing the game. However, that recognition of her status is only now gaining momentum as the imposing attacker is producing some of her best football to date as Leitrim continue to progress through the TG4 Intermediate Championship.
Here is more proof of her class as she led Leitrim to a great win over Clare. The star attacker accounted for 3 goals and made the 4th.
Here is all the action and reaction from the history-making Donegal ladies gaelic footballers after they defeated Monaghan in Clones to become TG4 Ulster Senior champions for the first time.
‘It’s a great day for Donegal football’, declared captain Katy Herron, while two-goal hero Geraldine McLaughlin praised their management for taking the team when ‘no-one wanted them’ in 2014.
Manager Davy McLaughlin and Player of the Match Aoife McDonnell also contribute to this report by Jerome Quinn Media for Ulster Ladies Gaelic.
Gráinne McGlade is a natural leader for an improving Cavan side that will take on Down in their TG4 First Round Qualifier in Clones on July 25th. The Cavan star spoke to us about playing with an improving Cavan side, the need for even more support and the inspiration provided by their All Ireland winning Under 14’s!
Cavan are the opposition for Down when they meet in the first round of qualifiers in Clones on Saturday July 25th. Down have not had the best of years to date but that is not dampening the expectations of Annamarie Magee who is looking forward to the encounter.
The Galway Senior Ladies Football Team continue their preparations for their 2015 Championship campaign. The Tribeswomen were narrowly beaten after a replay by Cork in the National League Final and then became Connacht Champions after a very narrow victory over neighbors Mayo. They are now preparing for their TG4 All Ireland Quarter final against either Meath or Cork.
In Part 2 of our behind the scenes video with Galway we concentrate on the up and coming talents that are the Ward twins Nicola and Louise who talk about watching the 2004 All Ireland Final that Galway won in 2004 and playing with some of those heroes.
Time to get behind your county as they prepare to launch their bid to reach Croke Park on September 27th. Be the Difference, Be There. #BetheDiff
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association are welcoming interested referees to take part in the Referee Accelerate programme which will be their next step on the path to becoming an intercounty referee and possibly one day running out to take charge of an All Ireland Final in Croke Park.
After a wonderful reception for our new Goalkeeping Workshop we are revisiting the course with feedback from some of our participants. This was an excellent workshop that we hope to revisit in the future so keep an eye on www.ladiesgaelic.ie for details on other courses
The Cork ladies made it a wonderful 3 TESCO NFL Division 1 titles in a row and a 9th Division 1 title since 2005 when they won their first ever.
Their latest title came after an epic battle with Galway which saw the Cork Ladies clinch the title by a single point after a replay.
We spoke to Cork Ladies stars Ciara O’Sullivan, Rena Buckley and Valerie Mulcahy about winning the three in a row!
After a wonderful display of football between Cork and Galway in the drawn TESCO NFL Division 1 final thoughts very quickly turned to the replay.
We spoke to Cork captain Ciara O’Sullivan and manager Eamonn Ryan along with Galway’s Kevin Reidy to set the scene for this weekend’s replay which promises to be a brilliant game.
The Armagh Ladies were in superb form as they defeated the much fancied Donegal side in the TESCO NFL Division 2 Final. Despite a rocky start with an early Donegal goal it was to be Armagh’s day as they hit the front and never looked back. We spoke with the players after their great win and manager James Daly who explained that he is growing his hair and beard to raise awareness for Cancer and will have an Ulster v Rest of Ireland charity match later in the year after which he will finally shave!
Stephanie O’Reilly was the delighted captain of the Sligo Ladies who bridged a 13 year gap to their last League Final victory. The captain sank to her knees in sheer delighted as the final whistle blew to signal the Sligo Ladies victory over a much fancied Waterford side.
Stephanie explained to us how much this victory meant to her county.
This weekend the TESCO NFL Divisions 1,2 and 3 finals take place at Parnell Park on Saturday. We gathered the captain’s of all 6 teams together to preview the big games.
LGFA President Marie Hickey urges ‘all members of the association to come out and support the games’ which start at 12.15pm when Waterford take on Sligo in the Division 3 decider.
There’s an all-Ulster affair in Division 2 with Armagh taking on unbeaten Donegal at 2.00pm, while champions Cork will play Galway in the Division 1 Final at 3.45pm.
Players on this video are Doireann O’Sullivan (Cork), Ger Conneally (Galway), Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh), Katy Herron (Donegal), Stephanie O’Reilly (Sligo) and Linda Wall (Waterford).
Video by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA.
Galway produced a fantastic performance to defeat Dublin and reach the TESCO National Football League Division 1 final. Cork now await Galway in the final but Dublin made the Westerners work for their place in the May 9th decider in Parnell Park. We spoke to Galway manager Kevin Reidy and captain Geraldine Conneally after the match.
Drumagh Sarsfields proved to be ‘Home Sweet Home’ for Tyrone captain Neamh Woods in the Tesco Homegrown National League Division One survival battle with Laois on Sunday, April 12.
Playing on her home pitch, the former All Star led Tyrone to a victory that secured their status in the top flight for 2016.
‘It was brilliant (for the club) to host the game and extra special for me to win today’, said Neamh.
Tyrone now look forward to meeting Cavan in the Championship and veteran Gemma Begley feels the Red Hands can have a bright future.
’There’s some great talent here and I have faith in the team. It’s all down to organisation and commitment’.
Gemma Begley (Tyrone) and Martina Dunne (Laois) give their immediate reaction to their Tesco National Football League Division One relegation battle at Drumragh on Sunday, April 12.
‘It’s great to finish on a high’, says Gemma after Tyrone secured another year in the top flight, while Martina is looking forward to the Championship. ‘It’s very disappointing but the only thing is that we scored 1-10 which is our best all through the League’.
The report also includes goals by both Number 10s – Joline Donnelly for the home side and Charlotte Delaney for Laois.
Video by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA.
The Irish Examiner O’Connor Cup gets underway tomorrow in Cork Institute of Technology as third level colleges descend on Cork to take part in the Donaghy, Lynch, Giles and O’Connor Cups. We spoke to the captain’s of each of the competing colleges to see how much they are looking forward to the competition ahead.
Galway and Kerry went head to head in Round 5 of the TESCO NFL in a crucial match in the race for the knock out stages. After a good game it was to be the Tribes that came through with the points and their captain Geraldine Conneally and selector Willie Ward along with Cáit Lynch, captain of the defeated Kerry team and their manager Alan O’Neill all spoke to us after a tense encounter.
The Top of the Table clash between Division 2 leaders Cavan and third place Armagh in Round 5 of the TESCO National League was the biggest game in the division at the weekend and it proved to be a cracker.
Only a point seperated the two teams at the final whistle with Cavan edging the Ulster champions in a match that showed loads of quality, here is 6 minutes of action from that clash.
Monaghan and Cork played out a thriller in the TESCO NFL Division 1 Clash at Blackhill yesterday in front of a bumper attendance. This was a ding dong battle between two of the top sides in ladies football as Monaghan raced into an early lead only to be pegged back by a resilient Cork team but the home side held out at the finish.
This was a super game with the best of the action captured for us by Jerome Quinn
The TESCO National Leagues were launched around the country this week with some of the best players in the game visiting iconic locations to kick off the new season. We were joined at the Giant’s Causeway by Shannon McCrystal (Derry), Edel Campbell (Fermanagh) and Aoibhinn Kiernan (Cavan) who braved the cold conditions to talk to Jerome Quinn.
The TESCO National Football Leagues were launched today in Croke Park with players from last year’s 4 Divisional Champions, Roscommon, Armagh, Galway and Cork talking to us about the season ahead and the need for everyone to get behind their county.
Donegal’s Denise Dunnion has won Jeromne Quinn’s ‘Score of the Year’ in Ladies Gaelic Football for a superb point taken from an acute angle in the New York Senior Final.
Originally from Four Masters and a sister of the current Donegal Chairman Sean Dunnion, Denise has been a leading player in the Big Apple for a decade. The right-corner-forward curled her score over the bar from wide on the left and scored a total of 1-3 in Kerry/Donegal’s first ever New York title success.
Fermanagh All Star nominee Marcella Monahan was voted into second place for her unstoppable shot to the top corner of the Waterford net in the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship at St Peregrine’s in Dublin. With her team trailing by three points in the second-half, the half-back from Newtownbutler raced forward and fired a brilliant goal that proved to be a turning point in the game and in Fermanagh’s season.
There had to be a Cork girl in the Top three though not many would have expected it to be Linda Barrett for scoring a terrific team goal for Queensland in the Australasia Final in Melbourne. From Mallow, Linda played for the Rebel county before transferring to the East Celts in Brisbane. The midfielder was involved twice in the well-worked move against New South Wales, linking play and then firing to the net.
Jerome points out that these ‘Best Scores’ are only from games that he filmed in 2014, but still, the fact that two of the Top Three ‘Best Scores’ are from outside Ireland is further proof that both the standard of play and the numbers involved in Ladies Gaelic Football are rising rapidly every year. Furthermore, there was another contender from the Asian Finals where Ladies footballers outnumbered men taking part for the first time, and where a thrilling Ladies Final was given top billing on Finals Day.
Jerome Quinn Media and his camera are a fixture at Ladies Gaelic Football fixtures and the man himself has produced his top 10 scores of 2014. The list includes come cracking scores from right across the country and the globe- enjoy!
Murroe Boher claimed the 2014 TESCO Homegrown Junior All Ireland Club Title after producing a brilliant display in the All Ireland Final. Relive the joy of the day with their captain, manager, players and team photographer and club stalwort, Tom Russell.
See a report from the 2014 Tesco Homegrown All Ireland Junior Final in Ballinasloe as Limerick’s Murroe Boher beat St Ciaran’s from Roscommon to become champions in their first year with an adult team.
The report includes interviews with Murroe Boher captain Louise Crowley, Noel Regan and Donal Ryan from the management team, and proud Dad/Photographer Tom Russell.
Termon from Donegal became the first ever club from that county to taste All Ireland Club glory as they defeated Cork’s Mourneabbey thanks to a devastating display from captain, Geraldine McLaughlin who scored 3-08 of their 3-12 en route to TESCO Homegrown Senior All Ireland Club Glory.
‘To be All Ireland champions, number one in Ireland, it’s just indescribable, it’s unreal’, says captain and goal hero Geraldine McLaughlin.
Winning manager Francie Friel and full-back Emer Gallagher also contribute to the report by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA.
Murroe Boher overcame St. Ciaran’s from Roscommon to bring the TESCO Homegrown Junior All Ireland Club Championship back to Limerick as they became champions in their first year with an adult team.
‘It’s amazing to win it with your best friends, a brilliant feeling’, says Player of the Match Niamh Richardson after the game.
Cork pulled off the great escape to overturn Dublin in the TG4 All Ireland final in Croke Park and they were in jubilant form after pulling off the amazing comeback. Briege Corkery, Geraldine O’Flynn and Eamonn Ryan all gave their reaction after their incredible victory, their 9th in 10 years.
See an LGFA report from the 2014 TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Final as Down defeat Fermanagh in Croke Park on September 28.
Jerome Quinn gets after-match reaction from Fegan twins Sinead and Orla, joint captain Niamh McGowan and midfielder Karen McMullan who also won an All Ireland Camogie medal earlier in the month.
‘To win two All Irelands in the space of two weeks is fantastic’, said Karen. ‘I’m part of a panel with both Camogie and Ladies Football so I’m just honoured and privileged’.
This report includes original match footage and ‘famous’ Down mascot Orla Curran running out onto Croke Park at the start of the game with Down joint captain Kyla Trainor.
See how the Model County bounced back from heartbreaking defeat in 2013 to win the 2014 TG4 All Ireland Junior Final in Croke Park on September 28.
Player of the Match Mary Rose Kelly talks about her matchwinning saves against New York while captain Clara Donnelly and star forward Fiona Rochford also reflect on the success.
Tomorrow is TG4 All Ireland Final day but here are 6 of the best goals from this years Championship to date. Which goal do you pick as your ‘Goal of the Year’ ahead of the big one tomorrow?
Our LGFA TV crew preview the TG4 All Ireland Senior Final between Dublin and Cork. This match is expected to be a cracker and our experts, Tyrone All Star Gemma Begley and Dublin legend Christina Collins, examined the two teams and tell us what to look out for. Thanks to Avenir Sports for the fantastic footage and in depth analysis of the two teams.
Ticket available at €25 for adults and €10 students & OAP’s and are available from tickets.ie, usual GAA outlets or around the ground at Gill’s Corner, Official GAA Ticket Office on Dorset Street and at the GAA Ticket Van in Ballybough at the end of Clonliffe Road
Eamonn Ryan of Cork is possibly the greatest manager in gaelic games. This is his 9th All Ireland final with the Cork Ladies Football team and he has not lost to date. Jerome had a chat with Eamonn and got a great insight into this great man.
The TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Final takes place this Sunday at 1:45pm in Croke Park on Sunday. Dublin legend, Christina Collins and Tyrone All Star, Gemma Begley joined us to preview the final between Dublin and Wexford. Tickets available on www.tickets.ie
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Thanks to Avenir Sports for the footage and statistics.
Deirdre O’Reilly will take to the Croke Park field for Cork on Sunday, September 28th in search of her 9th TG4 All Ireland title. She is fully focused and totally committed on winning for her county and tells us about the build up to the big game and how she balances her football life with her work. The TG4 All Ireland Finals take place in Croke Park on September 28th with New York playing Wexford at 11:45 in the Junior Final, Down play Fermanagh in the Intermediate final at 1:45pm and Dublin meet Cork in the Senior Final at 4:00pm. Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie Be the Difference, Be There #BetheDiff
Here is your chance to get an amazing insight into the day to day life of a top level intercounty player. Niamh McGowan is the captain of the Down Ladies GAA team. She works by day as a physio but she is best known to us as the centre half back for the Ulster Ladies Gaelic champions who will be taking on Fermanagh Ladies GFA in Croke Park on September 28th. Remember, tickets for the TG4 All Ireland finals are available now via tickets.ie. Adults €25, Students and OAP’s €10 and all under 14’s €8. The TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Finals. Be the Difference. Be There!
For the second year in a row Fermanagh have reached the semi final of the TG4 Intermediate All Ireland Championship. At the same stage last year they were 50 seconds away from Croke Park leading by 4 points but what followed was the greatest comeback witnessed in Ladies Gaelic Football.
However, Fermanagh have overcome that heartache and returned to the semi finals where they are determined to put things right and lay the ghosts of 2013 to rest.
Long-serving Down forward Kyla Trainor played a key role at both ends of the pitch in helping her team qualify for the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Semi-finals.
The joint-captain scored 1-3 as Down surged into a ten-point lead against Sligo at Clones but Kyla was then required to help out in defence when the lead was reduced to just one point in the closing stages.
Kyla will need to be in top form against Connacht opposition again as they face Leitrim this weekend in their TG4 Intermediate Semi Final
‘She’s a class act’ says Down manager Mark Copeland. ‘Kyla has been with the Senior team for 13 years and she’s a great leader, a brilliant player, a great asset to have and one we will look to for the semi-finals’.
Wexford were amongst the first counties to make it through to the TG4 All Ireland Finals when they overcame their Leinster rivals, Louth in a tense TG4 All Ireland Junior Final. Goals were the difference for Wexford as they will now go on to meet New York in the final.
New York returned to the TG4 Junior All Ireland Final after enjoying a fine victory over Derry in Ashford at the weekend. The New York ladies will feature in the final for the first time since 2011 when they meet Wexford in the decider on September 28th.
Their meeting with Derry was an action packed encounter with goals galore and all can be seen in this highlight package.
The TG4 Junior All Ireland Semi Finals take place on Sunday in Ashbourne when Wexford meet Louth and New York take on Derry after making the journey across the Atlantic. The Junior captains took some time to speak with Jerome Quinn at Croke Park recently as they took part in Players as Pundits.
Probably the most exciting finish to an inter-county game at the weekend was at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones where Sligo nearly snatched victory from Down in their TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Quarter-final.
Down led by ten points well into the second-half but Sligo reduced the gap to just one point and had late chances to win. In the end, the Mourne girls held out on a scoreline of 2-14 to 3-10.
‘The girls are absolutely devastated’ said Sligo manager Pat Costello. ‘They gave it everything but it wasn’t to be’.
Down manager Mark Copeland knew luck had been on his side. ‘If I’m honest, they were unfortunate not to draw or nick a win. We’re relieved but it’s about getting over the line and we’re pleased to be in the semi-finals’.
Costello now sees Down and Waterford as being Championship favourites, with Fermanagh a ‘dark horse’.
The Second Round of the TG4 Championships take place this weekend with the Intermediate and Senior championships approaching the real business end.
Some of the players involved spoke to us about their hopes for the year and had their first go at being pundits.
See who these players think will win the championship and also a very important message from Fiona McHale.
Cork reclaimed their Munster crown from Kerry after another close encounter but goals from Valerie Mulcahy and Grace Kearney were to prove to be the difference between the two counties. Here are the two majors that they scored.
The TG4 Ladies Football Championships are getting underway throughout the country this Summer. The players have sacrificed so much and worked so hard as they make the journey through to the TG4 All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on September 28th.
Now the time has come for you to get behind you county. Be the Difference. Be There.
Johanna Maher is one of the best players at Westmeath’s disposal as they prepare to get their TG4 Leinster Championship campaign underway against Dublin this weekend.
We caught up with Johanna a few weeks back where she talked football and predicted the championship winners for 2014.
Cora Courtney is one of the leading lights in Monaghan and Ladies football in general having received a TG4 All Star in 2013 and keeping up her fine form into 2014 as she was the only Monaghan player selected on the TESCO Homegrown Division 1 Team of the League.
The Donaghmoyne star took a bit of time to answer a few questions ahead of her Ulster Championship opener against Cavan this week. Cora has some interesting things to say about their preparations and about their great rivals Cork.
Dublin are ranked highly as TG4 All Ireland Senior Championship contenders following a bright league campaign with success to in the Aisling McGing U21 Final.
One of their undoubted stars is Lyndsey Davey. Davey has been playing championship football from a very young age winning an All Star award in 2005 and being part of the All Ireland winning Dublin team in 2010.
Davey has discovered some of her best form in 2014 and will be looking to bring it into championship starting against Kildare this weekend.
Lyndsay was grilled by our reporter, Jerome Quinn who found out her favourite player, toughest opponent and her skills outside football.
Tyrone get their 2014 Ulster Championship campaign underway this weekend when they face Armagh at the Athletic Grounds. This is sure to be a hotly contested match between two teams that have loads to prove as they look to achieve Ulster Championship glory.
Tyrone’s captain, Gemma Begley recently spoke to us about the championship and who she expects to be the real contenders for ~TG4 All Ireland glory
The 2014 Tesco Homegrown Teams of the League Awards presentation in Croke Park turned out to be a very special night for the Daly family from Armagh.
Katie Daly was named as the winner of the Division 3 goalkeeper award on her 20th birthday while her Dad James picked up the Monthly Manager award for May.
See interviews with both Katie and James, and a report on the evening by Jerome Quinn for the LGFA.
Successful MMI Interprovincial winning manager, Paula Cunningham, gave a great interview after leading her Ulster side to their 3rd title in a row. Paula tells us how much it means to her to win this crown, how it helps her make up for previous disappointments and about her hopes for Ulster football in the coming years.
Ulster completed a fantastic 3-in-a-row of MMI Interprovincial titles when they overcame Connacht in the final in Kinnegad at the weekend. Gemma Begley was the captain and scorer in chief for the 3-in-a-row winners.
Jerome Quinn captured the best of the action in these extended highlights from the tournament final.
Goalkeeping hero Linda Martin and goalscoring captain Gemma Begley react to Ulster’s third victory in-a-row at the MMI Group Interpros at Kinnegad on May 24.
‘It’s a great standard of football, the top inter-county players are all here’ said Begley after her team defeated Connacht in a top-quality decider by 2-8 to 2-7.
Monaghan’s Martin saved three penalties and scored one in a shoot-out to win a place in the Final and win a third medal. “I’ve been here for the three of them, playing with girls you’re usually playing against, it’s great to come together, it’s a great tournament’.
The report also includes superb goals scored by Cora Staunton and Aine Tighe for Connacht and Valerie Mulcahy for Munster.
Armagh were the victors in the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 3 showdown with Waterford but after the final whistle thoughts immediately switched to the Championship and their meeting with Tyrone.
Manager James Daly and captain, Caroline O’Hanlon shared their thoughts with us immediately after their Division 3 victory
Cork weathered an early Dublin storm to go on and win the 2014 TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 1 title for the second year in a row last weekend. However, as thoughts turned to Championship the jubilant Rebellettes were under no illusions that Dublin have given them fair warning that they will be a force in the latter stages of the Championship.
Galway entered the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Division 2 Final as hot favourites following an unbeaten league campaign but they met a stubborn and talented Westmeath team who were determined to put in a good show.
Galway were never truly safe until they scored a third goal but in the end they did triumph. Captain, Sinead Burke, All Star Annette Clarke and Manager Barry Downey gave their reaction to finally achieving promotion to Division 1 after reaching the decider for the third year in a row.
It was a brilliant day of football at Parnell Park for the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals. 6 counties arrived at the Dublin venue with hopes of victory but in the end only 3 could be successful.
Armagh claimed the Division 3 title as they accounted for Waterford thanks to a powerful first half performance, Galway claimed the Division 2 title after eventually shaking off a determined Westmeath challenge and the irrepressible Cork made it two in a row as they claimed their 8th Division 1 title.
Cork and Dublin will meet in the TESCO Homegrown Division 1 Final in Parnell Park on May 10th and remarkably it will be their first meeting in a senior final since 1988 and their first ever in a Division 1 decider. Cork are searching for their 8th Division 1 crown whilst Dublin are seeking their first ever title as this will be their maiden appearance in the decider.
Doireann O’Sullivan from Cork and Lyndsey Davey from Dublin spoke to Jerome Quinn about the upcoming matches and what it will mean to their counties if they should win.
Galway and Westmeath are set to do battle in the TESCO Homegrown Division 2 National Football League Final on Saturday at 2pm in Parnell Park. Galway’s Sinead Burke and Westmeath’s Johanna Maher are captains of their respective sides and they both spoke to Jerome Quinn to talk about their chances in the final and to answer the all important question- Who will wear Maroon?
The TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals take place this weekend at Parnell Park with the action getting underway when Armagh and Waterford meet in the Division 3 Final at 12:15pm.
Armagh will start the match as favourites having reached the Division 3 final without having dropped a point but they will be very much on guard as they lost the 2013 decider to Down despite a similar record. Waterford met Armagh in the 2012 TG4 All Ireland Final where they suffered defeat so they will not lack in motivation for this encounter.
Armagh captain, Caroline O’Hanlon and Waterford captain, Michelle McGrath spoke to Jerome Quinn about the final, check out this video to get their views.
See players from all six teams involved in Saturday’s Tesco Homegrown National League Finals take part in challenges at Parnell Park ahead of the games.
Doireann O’Sullivan (Cork), Lindsey Davey (Dublin), Sinead Burke (Galway), Johanna Maher (Westmeath), Caroline O’Hanlon (Armagh) and Michelle McGrath (Waterford) all joined in the craic and the photocall for Saturday.
LGFA President Pat Quill assesses the Division One Final between reigning champions Cork and Dublin who are appearing in their first ever League Final.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has taken it’s first step into video production ahead of the TESCO Homegrown National Football League Finals.
This superb new video features top players from Monaghan, Cork, Kerry and Dublin and shows the work that goes into becoming an elite ‘Homegrown Hero.’
We hope you like it? Tell us what you think on Twitter: @LadiesFootball or Facebook www.facebook.com/LadiesGaelicFootball
Ladies Gaelic Football as an intense and skillful sport. To be amongst the best takes Hard Work, Dedication, Focus and Commitment. Sinead Goldrick (Dublin), Valerie Mulcahy (Cork), Aislinn Desmond (Kerry) and Caoimhe Mohan (Monaghan) are amongst the best of the best. See what they do to become Homegrown Heroes! The TESCO Homegrown Division 1, 2 and 3 NFL Finals take place at Parnell Park in Dublin on Saturday, May 10th. Armagh play Waterford in Division 3 at 12:15. Galway play Westmeath at 2:00pm in Division 2 and Cork meet Dublin at 3:45pm in the Division 1 Final
Dublin Ladies made it a day of double delight for the county in the National League by qualifying for their first ever Tesco Homegrown NFL Final.
Gregory McGonigle’s new team defeated his former county Monaghan in a high-scoring thriller by 4-15 to 1-20. Lyndsay Peat scored three goals as Dublin led by 15 points in the second-half before a late Monaghan comeback.
Dublin will now play Cork in the decider at Parnell Park on Saturday week.
Video by Jerome Quinn.
Sharon Courtney from County Monaghan spoke to us at the launch of the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Championship about their hopes this year.
Amy O’Shea speaks about Cork’s chances in the 2011 Championship.
Mayo captain Yvonne Byrne has already lifted the Connacht trophy but will the Brendan Martin Cup be going back west in 2011? Here she offers us an insight into her time as Mayo’s shot stopper…and ahead of their Quarter-Final clash with Kerry, no doubt the belly dancing, yoga and light reading will help her relax as she anticipated the challenge of the Kerry forward unit!
Meath captain Grainne Nulty gives us an insight into how she feels the TG4 Senior Championship will pan out
Catriona Cormican speaks about Galway’s chances in this year’s Championship
Tyrone’s Neamh Woods speaks about the 2011 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Bernie Breen speaks about Kerry’s chances in this year’s Senior Championship
Louth’s Susan Byrne speaks to us ahead of Louth’s TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship campaign
Roscommon’s Marla Candon speaks about Roscommon chances in this year’s TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship
London captain Louise Quinn talking to Ladies Football TV ahead of the clash against Antrim.
Ahead of their clash with Longford , Aisling Doonan from Cavan talks to Ladies Football TV and gives her thoughts ahead of the TG4 Intermediate Championship amongst other things. She also gives huge shout outs to Donna English, Peter Canavan and Rory McIlroy amongst others!
Michelle Devanney from Longford tips Westmeath to cause a stir in the TG4 Intermediate Championship – she talks about their focus for the championship.
Leitrim’s Sinead Fowley talks to Ladies Football TV and gives her take on the upcoming year for Leitrim ahead of their clash with Limerick in the TG4 Intermediate Championship.
Yvette Moynihan from Limerick gives us an insight into what it is like to mark Dymphna O’Brien on a weekly basis – Leitrim take note!! And IRFU take note…any deep tissue injuries to athletes like Tommy Bowe, Yvette is available!!
Waterford’s Mary Foley speaks to Ladies Football TV ahead of the Déise’s clash with Westmeath.
All-Ireland champions Dublin will defend their crown against Kildare – in this clip we hear the thoughts of Jackies’ captain Cliodhna O’Connor ahead of the game and ahead of this year’s TG4 Senior Championship.
Kildare’s Donna Berry speaks to Ladies Football TV ahead of their do or die game against Dublin in Pearse Park
During the TG4 Champuionship Launch Maebh Moriarty spoke to Ladies Football TV.
Bernice Byrne from Sligo gives an insight into the movers and shakers in the TG4 Senior Championship and gives an interesting insight into the form team in the West.
Offaly’s Patrice Stapleton gives a big shout out to “Asho” from Wicklow (she may be refering to Aisling Ní hAnnaidh?!) and also to Katie Taylor – so lots of love going to the Bray contingent from the Offaly camp!
Wicklow’s Caitriona McKeon talks to Ladies Football TV ahead of their campaign and having already secured a Leinster Title they will be hoping for further success over the coming months
The Lake County’s Elaine Finn who is still buzzing from her county’s first ever National Title earlier this year!
Tricia Melanaphy gives us an insight into how Fermanagh are approaching
Kathryn Boden, Bryansford and Down footballer (and Thorpedo fan!) outlines her views on the year ahead and offers us an insight into her own life outside of the pitch!
Donegal captain Aoife McDonnell interviewed at the TG4 Champiosnhip launch – as reigning All-Ireland Intermediate Champions it will be interesting to see how they fare Senior Championship
We recently held our TG4 Championship Launch in Croke Park. Check out some of the Action!