Birr win Pat Carroll Cup

November 8, 2018



Birr bridge thirteen year gap

Birr 0-21 Kinnitty 0-13


BIRR claimed the Pat Carroll Cup for the first time since 1997 after they defeated Kinnitty in Sunday’s Division 1 HL decider in Kilcormac.


The sides were deadlocked on five separate occasions during a lively enough opening twenty minutes however, after establishing a 0-9 to 0-6 interval cushion Paul Murphy managed Birr convincingly powered to victory, outscoring Joe Tynan’s side by 0-12 to 0-7 during the concluding thirty minutes.



Birr: Simon Whelahan (0-7, 0-6 frees), Brian Whelahan (0-2), Bryan Lonergan (0-2), Neil Rogers (0-2), Paul Molloy (0-2 frees), Sean Ryan (0-1), Thomas Bolger (0-1), Gary Hanniffy (0-1), Barry Whelahan (0-1), Dylan Hayden (0-1), Paul Cleary (0-1 free).

Kinnitty: Colm Coughlan (0-4 frees), Odhran Kealey (0-2), James Dempsey (0-2 frees), Matthew McRedmond (0-1), Eoin McGuinness (0-1), Shane Kinsella (0-1), Richie McRedmond (0-1), Justin Kinsella (0-1).


Birr 8 (3 1st half); Kinnitty 16 (8 1st half).


BIRR: Brian Mullins; John Paul O’Meara, Paul Cleary, Mark Quinlan; Barry Harding, Paul Molloy (capt.), Brian Watkins; Barry Whelahan, Gary Hanniffy; Neil Rogers, Dylan Hayden, Bryan Lonergan; Simon Whelahan, Sean Ryan, Thomas Bolger.

Subs.: Brian Whelahan for Barry Whelahan inj (10 mins), Michael Verney for P Molloy inj (27 mins), Brendan Murphy for B Harding inj (blood 39 – 41 mins).

KINNITTY: James Dempsey; Kieran Bergin, Fearghal Kealey, Paul O’Donnell; Christopher Leonard, Liam Bergin, Liam Brewer; James Rigney, Matthew McRedmond; Mark Robinson, Eoin McGuinness, Shane Kinsella; Richie McRedmond, Odhran Kealey, Colm Coughlan (capt.).

Subs.: Enda Grimes for L Bergin inj (10 mins), Justin Kinsella for R McRedmond inj (half time), Aodhan Kealey for E Grimes (39 mins), John Clendennen for E McGuinness (46 mins).

REFEREE: Noel Flynn, Kilcormac/Killoughey.