Northern Gaels North Minor A League winners 2018 WEB


Northern Gaels team that won the North GPC Minor ‘A’ League by beating Caherlistrane in the final.

Back row: Josh Gemmell, Ronan Coyne, Luke Divilly, McDara Geraghty (Capt), Odhan Geraghty, Jack Donnellan, Ryan Keaveney, Jonathan Whyte, James Smyth, Thomas O’Brien, Eoin Collins, Aidan Connolly, Morgan Neary.

Front row: Darragh Keaveney, Liam Tevnan, Conor Raftery, Niall Connelly, Steven Raftery, Ryan Duffy, Damien Mannion, Daniel Coyne, Evan Duffy, Michael Ryan, Thomas Lambe.

(Inset) Padraic Coyne North GPC Chairman presents the Cup to captain McDara Geraghty and right Padraic Kelly North GPC Secretary presents the Man of the Match award to Conor Raftery






Juvenile Hurling Committee Chairman Padraic Lohan presents the County Under 14 Hurling Joe Salmon Cup to Loughrea captain Shane Morgan following his side's victory in the Final at Kenny Park Athenry.


'The joy of winning' Loughrea players celebrating their County Final success


League champions Galway got their championship campaign up and running with an emphatic 2-28 to 1-17 win over Dublin at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.

The dismissal early in the second-half of Dublin defender Cian O’Callaghan minimised any chance of an upset as Galway advanced to a Leinster SHC semi-final meeting with Offaly next month.

It was only Galway’s second ever senior championship win over Dublin in seven meetings.

Galway led by 1-10 to 1-07 at the end of the opening half with seven different scorers contributing to their tally in front of a crowd of 14,316 in a game played in excellent conditions.

The Tribesmen seemed poised for a big interval lead but Dublin struck for a goal on the stroke of half-time to give themselves real hope.

Indeed, Dublin started and finished the half in a flourish, with Chris Crummey getting them off the mark after three minutes with a good point from the right.

Galway took over from there and shot four in a row in a six-minute spell with Joe Canning, Jason Flynn, David Burke and Conor Whelan hitting good scores for the League champions.

Ben Quinn had a Dublin goal disallowed when he was adjudged to have over-carried the ball. But Ger Cunningham’s men enjoyed their best spell of the opening half after that.

Eamon Dillon reduced the margin and then Shane Barrett landed one from distance before Donal Burke tied the match at 0-04 each after 16 minutes.

Dublin continued to press forward and David Treacy edged them in front but they were also guilty of some wayward shooting, hitting 10 wides to Galway’s seven in the first half.

Galway responded to the challenge with four points without reply, with Cathal Mannion, David Burke, Canning and Conor Cooney pushing them 0-08 to 0-05 in the lead.

Treacy hit back with a Dublin free which was quickly cancelled out when Joseph Cooney ensured all Galway forwards were on the mark in the opening half.

Another Treacy point left just two between them but then Galway, who lost corner-back Paul Killeen to a knee injury, struck a major blow with the opening goal.

Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley did well to block an effort from Joseph Cooney but Flynn finished the rebound to the net with a ground strike.

He should have added another three minutes from the break after being set up by a superb pass from Canning but his effort flew over the bar.

And then, just before the break, Donal Burke set up Quinn for a goal for Dublin to leave just three between them at the interval.

Galway doubled that lead in the opening five minutes of the second half with three points from play and Dublin then suffered a massive blow when corner-back O’Callaghan was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card.

That left the Dubs with a mountain to climb and they never looked like mounting a challenge from there as Galway used their numerical advantage to pull away.

They wrapped up the issue when Conor Cooney got Galway’s second goal after 53 minutes, with Dublin unable to mount a rally after that and will now need to regroup for the qualifiers.

Galway: C Callanan; A Touhy, Daithi Burke, P Killeen; P Mannion, G McInerney, A Harte; J Coen, J Canning (0-9, 0-5f); J Flynn (1-02), David Burke (0-03), C Whelan (0-05); J Cooney (0-01), C Cooney (1-03), C Mannion (0-01).

Subs: J Hanbury for Killeen (25), N Burke (0-02) for C Cooney (57), S Loftus for Coen (62), T Monaghan (0-01) for C Mannion (62), E Burke (0-01) for David Burke (67).

Dublin: C Dooley; C O’Callaghan, E O’Donnell, O Gough; C Crummey (0-02), L Rushe, S Barrett (0-01); N McMorrow, S Moran; D Treacy (0-05, 0-04f), B Quinn (1-00), E Conroy; R O’Dwyer, E Dillon (0-02), D Burke (0-03, 0-02f).

Subs: R McBride (0-01) for Conroy (36), F Whitely (0-01) for Treacy (51), J Malone for McMorrow (60), J Hetherton (0-02, 0-01f) for O’Dwyer (65), D O’Callaghan for Burke (65).



Kilbeacanty  Hurling 7s - Bank Holdiay Monday     
  Prelim Q Final      
3pm Kilimordaly Vs  Kilbeacanty PQ1
  Q Finals      
3:20pm Beagh Vs  Craughwell QF1
3:40pm Tubber Vs  Gort QF2
4:00pm Loughrea Vs  Ardrahan QF3
4:20pm St Thomas Vs  Winner PQ1 QF4
  S Finals      
4:40pm Winner QF1 Vs Winner QF2 SF1
5:00pm Winner QF3 Vs Winner QF4 SF2
5:30pm Kilbeacanty 7s Camogie Final   Final
  7s Hurling Final      
6:15pm Winner SF1 Vs  Winner SF2 Final
Kilbeacanty Camogie 7's - Bank Holiday Sunday  
  Prelim Q Final      
1:30pm St Colmans  Vs Kilanena Feakle PQ1
  Q Finals      
1:50pm Kinvara Vs St Thomas QF1
2:10pm Ardrahan Vs Athenry QF2
2:30pm Cappataggle Vs   QF3
2:50pm Inagh/Kilnamona Vs Winner PQ1 QF4
  S Finals      
3:10pm Winner QF1 Vs Winner QF2 SF1
3:30pm Winner QF3 Vs Winner QF4 SF2
  Sheild Final      
4pm Loser SF1 Vs Loser SF2  
  7s Camogie Final      
  June Bank Holiday Monday    
5:30pm Winner SF1 Vs  Winner SF2 Final





Three wins for Galway Teams

Galway McDonagh 4-16 North Clare 0-7
Three in a row and heading for Division one is the mid term progress report for Galway north. Darren O Brien opened the scoring for North Clare before three in a row from TJ Brennan, Conor Molloy and Isaa Dehora set Galway up for a lead they never subsequently surrendered. North Clare's top forward Tom Barry rallied the Clare cause with a free and indeed North Galway were finding it difficult to get their best foot forward due to the honest effort provided by the home side.
Eventually distance was put between the sides as Cillian Lawless and Conor Molloy hit minors before Isaac Dehora struck for the first Galway goal. By the interval, the Galway lads led by 1-8 to 0-5. The Clare defensive shield was shattered five minutes into the new half as Galway hit 1-4 to no score for Clare. Conor Molloy (3), Mark Kennedy (1) with Dehora hitting the second Galway McDonagh goal to surge 2-12 to 0-5 clear and on their way to victory.
GALWAY NORTH: Darragh Connelly (Liam Mellowes), Jack Hughes (Skehana), Mark Gill (Castlegar), Sean Burke (Kilconieron), Sean Joyce (Salthill), Conor Lee (Clarinbridge), TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge)(0-2), Diarmuid O Brien (Ballygar), Dylan O Shaughnessy (Loughrea)(0-1), Cillian Lawless (Athenry)(0-1), Mark Kennedy (Clarinbridge)(0-1), Michael Glynn (Skehana), Damien McGlynn (St Thomas), Conor Molloy (Leitrim/Kilnadeema) (2-9), Iaasc Dehora (Clarinbridge)(2-1). Subs: Neil Connelly (Portumna)(0-1), Cathal Dolan (Kiltormer), Eoin Kerin (Rahoon/Newcastle). Management: Damien Curley and Willie Burke
Galway Maroon 0-24 Offaly 1-13

Galway Maroon recorded their second win of the Campaign when they overcame Offaly in Birr on Wednesday evening. Galway laid a marker early on and when Ross Albertini pointed on the 21st minute, they had built a 0-9 to 0-2 lead. By the interval Galway Maroon led by 0-12 to 0-5 as the spirited Offaly side stayed in contention.

With a decent spread of scorers, Galway led by 0-18 to 0-10 at the three quarters stage before a Brian Duignan goal from a 20 metre free gave Offaly some hope at 1-12 to 0-21 with 7 minutes to go, but the Galway lads closed out the deal to seal a 0-24 to 1-13 win.

Galway Maroon Squad: 1. Darrach Fahy (Ardrahan), 2. Sean Duffy (Killimor), 3. Ronan Flannery (Pearses), 4. Dean Callanan (Craughwell), 5. Adam Clarke (Craughwell), 6. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore) (0-12), 7. Noel Keogh (Athenry), 8. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks) (0-4), 9. Paul Creaven (Killimordaly) (0-3), 10. Ross Albertini (Ardrahan) (0-2), 11. John Fleming (Meelick Eyrecourt) (0-2) 12. Nathan Earner (Meelick Eyrecourt) (0-1), 13. Liam Quirke (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 14. David Jordan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 15. Niall Coen (Ballindereen), 17. Evan Ryan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 20. Alan Callanan (Craughwell) 21. Matthew Lyons (Turloughmore), 22. Oisin Flaherty (Castlegar), 23. Adrian Gavin (Ballygar).
Management: Manager: Niall Canavan (Annaghdown), Selectors: Joe Hession (Turloughmore), Kevin Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim)

Offaly Scorers: Brian Duignan 1-9, Rory Carty 0-4

Galway Tribesmen enjoyed a comfortable win over a spirited Kildare Cadets side on a splendid pitch in the Athlone GAA grounds. Dylan Carroll of Castlegar lead the scoring with 3-2 and his club colleague James Smith scoring 1-5 from play. The other goals were scored by Ronan Mitchell (2) and Jordan Ruffley. The final score did not do justice to a hard-working Kildare Cadets who never wilted despite the Tribesmen's dominance. Next for Galway Tribesmen is a game versus Donegal.

Galway Tribesmen Squad: 1. Mark Connolly (Ahascragh Fohenagh) 2. Diarmuid McCartin (Craughwell) 3. Jack McCullagh (Athenry) 4. John Quinn (Salthill Knocknacarra) 5. Peter Martin (Kilconieron) 6. Jack Keville (Liam Mellows) 7. Jason Niland (St. Thomas) 8. Tom O'Connor (Moycullen) 9. Dara Coleman (Abbeyknockmoy) 10. Luke Lynskey (Killimordaly) 11. Jordan Ruffley (Rahoon Newcastle) 12. Cillian Davoren (Moycullen) 13. Sean O'Brien (Portumna)-Captain 14. Fionn McDonagh (Moycullen) 15. James Smith (Castlegar) 16. Jake Hogan (Sylane) 17. Ronan Mitchell (Mullagh) 18. Conor Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt) 19. Jack Tully (Ballindereen) 20. Stephen Doran (Padraig Pearses) 21. Hugh Moylan (Ballindereen) 22. Dylan Carroll (Castlegar) 23. Aaron Madden (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 24. Adrian Prendergast (Craughwell)

Management: Manager: Gordon Crowley (Liam Mellows) Frank Enright

(Moycullen), Denny Forde (Turloughmore).


Frank Duane Chairperson of the Galway Camogie Board presenting the County Senior Camogie League Cup to Oranmore/Maree's Christina Brennan and Roisin Black.




All-Ireland Under 17 Hurling
Final Referee


Galway Referee John Keane from Rahoon Newcastle who has been appointed to referee the first ever All Ireland U17 Hurling final between Cork and Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday next at 12.00pm. His umpires are Shane Carr, Martin Kearns, Mike Mackey all Rahoon and Tom Lane Menlo Emmett’s. 




Connacht Final glory for Galway Minor Team


Galway captain Sean Mulkerrin lifts the cup following the Electric Ireland Final between Galway and Sligo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


Kevin Molloy, of Electric Ireland, proud sponsor of the Electric Ireland GAA All-Ireland Minor Championships, presenting Evan Murphy of Galway with the Player of the Match award for his outstanding performance in the Connacht Minor Final. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile 




Senior Winners Group
Caherlistrane v St James
Corofin v Maigh Cuilinn
Tuam Stars v Salthill-Knocknacarra
Leitir Mór v Monivea-Abbey
Annaghdown v Mountbellew-Moylough
Senior Losers Group
Milltown v Caltra
Cortoon-Shamrocks v Killannin
Ml Breathnach v Bearna
St Michael’s v Killererin
An Cheathru Rua v Kilconly
Intermediate Winners Group
Oranmore-Maree v Glenamaddy
An Spideal v Headford
Menlough v Claregalway
Oileáin Arainn v Dunmore MacHales
Intermediate Losers Group
St Brendans v Clifden
Athenry v Oughterard
Williamstown v Ballinasloe
Carna Caiseal v Kilkerrin-Çlonberne


Patrick Rabbitte (Athenry) receives the Galway Under 16 Poc Fada Trophy from Steven Cahalan of the Galway Hurling Committee


Mark Fahy (Turloughmore) receives the Galway Senior Poc Fada Shield from Steven Cahalan of the Galway Hurling Committee


Juvenile Hurling Sponsor Tom Monaghan presents the County Under 14 Hurling 'man of the match award' to Loughrea's Shane Morgan.

2017A0338Diarmuid Mulkerrins erupts with joy after clinching his maiden Irish Junior National Under 19 Handball Title.

2017A0337Cumann Peile Mhaigh Cuilinn county playes Dessie Conneely, Peter Cooke and Sean Kelly with Mark Bergen, Super Valu, promoting the Mega Golf Scramble in Ougterard Golf Club on Friday 16th of June.

2017A0336To mark the beginning of a summer of hurling. #HurlingToTheCore celebrates Bord Gáis Energy’s belief that hurling is more than a sport or pastime - it is deeply ingrained in Irish history and stitched into our national identity. In attendance at the Bord Gáis Energy Summer of Hurling Launch is GAA Director General, Páraic Duffy, centre right, with from left, Patrick Curran of Waterford, Joe Canning of Galway, Dave Kirwan, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy, Mark Prentice, Head of Retail, Bord Gáis Energy, and Conor McDonald of Wexford. Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Celtic Challenge Galway Hurling Squads


Galway McDonagh Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Willie Burke, T J Brennan, Sean Burke, Conor Lee, Diarmuid O’Brien, Dylan Shaughnessy, Mark Gill, Jack Egan, Daragh Conneely, Sean Joyce, Jack Hughes, Eoghan Kerin, Damien Curley. Front Row: (left to right) Damien McGlynn, Conor Molloy, Micheal Glynn, Mark Kennedy, Isaac Dehora, Neil Connelly, Cillian Lawless, Caimin Killeen and Cathal Dolan.


Galway Maroon Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Kevin Molloy, Niall Canavan, Jack Glynn, Diarmuid Mullen, Niall Coen, David Jordan, Conor Walsh, Darach Fahy, Enda Egan, Ronan Flannery, Noel Keogh, Oisin Flaherty, Eoin O’Donnell, Joe Hession. Front Row: (left to right) Matthew Lyons, Nathan Earner, Paul Creaven, Evan Ryan, Sean Duffy, Liam Quirke, Ross Albertini, Adam Clarke, Dean Callanan, Eoin Caulfield and John Fleming.


Galway Tribesmen Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Sean O’Brien, Dara Coleman, Jack McCullagh, Jack Keville, Peter Martin, James Smith, Fionn McDonagh, Mark Connolly, Stephen Doran, Adrian Prendergast, Jack Tully, John Quinn, Dylan Carroll. Front Row: (left to right) Aaron Madden, Tom O’Connor, Luke Lynskey, Ronan Mitchell, Jason Niland, Diarmuid McCartin, Cillian Davoren, Conor Larkin, Hugh Moylan and Jordan Ruffley


Celtic Challenge U17 Group A
Galway McDonagh 1-21 Galway Maroon 3-11
The opening round of the Celtic Challenge saw the all Galway meeting of Galway McDonagh and Galway Maroon in the sunshine in Pearse Stadium. Galway McDonagh emerged victorious and laid the platform for the win by building a 1-13 to 0-4 lead at the interval with the aid of the breeze.
Conor Molloy, who finished with 0-10, shot 8 first half points with Mark Kennedy shooting the game’s first goal on 27 minutes to help build that sizeable lead. The McDonagh side were well worthy of that half time lead as they hurled with conviction in that opening period.
The Galway Maroon side, to their credit, lifted their performance in the second half and a 33rd minute Niall Coen goal helped their cause. Still by the 49th minute the Galway McDonagh side still led by 1-19 to 1-7, before Conor Walsh struck for a goal. That score was quickly followed by Niall Coen’s second major and quick fire points from Adrian Gavin and Ross Albertini had the Maroon side back to 3-9 to 1-19 on 54 minutes.
However, that was as close as it got and by the final whistle the Galway Maroon side were left to rue their 12 wides as Galway McDonagh emerged with the bragging rights on a final score line of 1-21 to 3-11.
Galway McDonagh Squad: 1. Daragh Conneely (Liam Mellows), 2. Sean Burke (Kilconieron), 3. Conor Lee (Clarinbridge), 4. Jack Hughes (Skehana), 5. Sean Joyce (Salthill Knocknacarra) 0-1, 6. Mark Gill (Castlegar), 7. Caimin Killeen (Loughrea), 8. Diarmuid O’Brien (Ballygar) 9. Dylan Shaughnessy (Loughrea), 10. TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge) 0-1, 11. Mark Kennedy (Clarinbridge) 1-3, 0-1 free, 12. Michael Glynn (Skehana), 13. Damien McGlynn (St Thomas) 0-1, 14. Conor Molly (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 0-10; 0-6 frees, 0-1 65, 15. Jack Egan (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 0-2, 16. Cillian Lawless (Athenry), 17. Neil Conneely (Portumna), 18. Cathal Dolan (Kiltormer) 0-1, 19. Isaac DeHora (Clarinbridge) 0-2, 20. Eoghan Kerin (Rahoon Newcastle).
Management: Manager Damien Curley (Kiltormer), Willie Burke (Oranmore Maree), Gerry Spellman (Clarinbridge)
Galway Maroon Squad: 1. Darrach Fahy (Ardrahan), 2. Sean Duffy (Killimor), 3. Ronan Flannery (Pearses), 4. Dean Callanan (Craughwell), 5. Adam Clarke (Craughwell), 6. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore) 1-4; 0-4 frees, 7. Noel Keogh (Athenry), 8. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks) 0-1 free, 9. Paul Creaven (Killimordaly), 10. Ross Albertini (Ardrahan) 0-1, 11. John Fleming (Meelick Eyrecourt) 12. Nathan Earner (Meelick Eyrecourt), 13. Liam Quirke (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 14. David Jordan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry) 0-1 free, 15. Niall Coen (Ballindereen) 2-2, 16. Diarmuid Mullen (Turloughmore) 0-1, 17. Evan Ryan (Tynagh Abbey Duniry), 18. Eoin Caulfield (Athenry), 19. Eoin O’Donnell (Ardrahan), 20. Jack Glynn (Turloughmore), 21. Matthew Lyons (Turloughmore), 22. Oisin Flaherty (Castlegar), 23. Adrian Gavin (Ballygar) 0-1.
Management: Manager: Niall Canavan (Annaghdown), Selectors: Joe Hession (Turloughmore), Kevin Molloy (Kilnadeema Leitrim)
Ref: Shane Hynes (Liam Mellows)
Meanwhile in the Connacht Centre of Excellence, Galway Tribesmen recorded an emphatic 4-23 to 0-9 win over Sligo. The opening exchanges saw the sides evenly matched with a Fionn McDonagh goal separating the sides after ten minutes with the score 1-3 to 0-3. Sligo’s Andrew Kilcullen scored two of Sligo’s points. Some excellent defending from Jack McCullagh, Peter Martin and Conor Larkin repelled the Yeats County doing these opening exchange. A period of dominance followed for the Tribesmen with McDonagh finding the net twice and Sean O’Brien scoring 4 points from play. Sligo captain Kevin O ‘Kenney added points for his side before a James Smith goal left the half time score Galway Tribesmen 4-14 Sligo 0-5.
Sligo displayed great resolve in the second half and shored up their defensive structure with Donal Hanley played a deeper role. Jordan Ruffley and Andrew Kilcullen both added a brace of points early in the second half. The Tribesmen had introduced all their substitutes at this point and these keep the scoreboard ticking over with points from Jack Tully, Ronan Mitchell, and Adrian Prendergast. Sligo finished the scoring with points form Andrew Kilcullen and John Cosgrove. Next up for Galway Tribesmen is Mayo in Sylane while Sligo take on the Kildare Cadets.
Galway Tribesmen Squad: 1. Mark Connolly (Ahascragh Fohenagh) 2. Diarmuid McCartin (Craughwell) 3. Jack McCullagh (Athenry) 18. Conor Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt) 5. Peter Martin (Kilconieron) 6. Jack Keville (Liam Mellows) 7. Jason Niland (St. Thomas) 8. Tom O'Connor (Moycullen) 9. Dara Coleman (Abbeyknockmoy) 10. Luke Lynskey (Killimordaly) 11. Jordan Ruffley (Rahoon Newcastle) (Capt) 12. Cillian Davoren (Moycullen) 13. Sean O'Brien (Portumna) 14. Fionn McDonagh (Moycullen) 15. James Smith (Castlegar) 16. Jake Hogan (Sylane) 17. Ronan Mitchell (Mullagh) 18. Conor Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt) 19. Jack Tully (Ballindereen) 20. Stephen Doran (Padraig Pearses) 21. Hugh Moylan (Ballindereen) 22. Dylan Carroll (Castlegar) 23. Aaron Madden (Kilnadeema Leitrim) 24. Adrian Prendergast (Craughwell) 4. John Quinn (Salthill Knocknacarra)

Management: Manager: Gordon Crowley (Liam Mellows) Frank Enright
(Moycullen), Denny Forde (Turloughmore).

Celtic Challenge Galway Hurling Squads


Galway McDonagh Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Willie Burke, T J Brennan, Sean Burke, Conor Lee, Diarmuid O’Brien, Dylan Shaughnessy, Mark Gill, Jack Egan, Daragh Conneely, Sean Joyce, Jack Hughes, Eoghan Kerin, Damien Curley. Front Row: (left to right) Damien McGlynn, Conor Molloy, Micheal Glynn, Mark Kennedy, Isaac Dehora, Neil Connelly, Cillian Lawless, Caimin Killeen and Cathal Dolan.


Galway Maroon Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Kevin Molloy, Niall Canavan, Jack Glynn, Diarmuid Mullen, Niall Coen, David Jordan, Conor Walsh, Darach Fahy, Enda Egan, Ronan Flannery, Noel Keogh, Oisin Flaherty, Eoin O’Donnell, Joe Hession. Front Row: (left to right) Matthew Lyons, Nathan Earner, Paul Creaven, Evan Ryan, Sean Duffy, Liam Quirke, Ross Albertini, Adam Clarke, Dean Callanan, Eoin Caulfield and John Fleming.


Galway Tribesmen Celtic Challenge Squad
Back Row: (left to right) Sean O’Brien, Dara Coleman, Jack McCullagh, Jack Keville, Peter Martin, James Smith, Fionn McDonagh, Mark Connolly, Stephen Doran, Adrian Prendergast, Jack Tully, John Quinn, Dylan Carroll. Front Row: (left to right) Aaron Madden, Tom O’Connor, Luke Lynskey, Ronan Mitchell, Jason Niland, Diarmuid McCartin, Cillian Davoren, Conor Larkin, Hugh Moylan and Jordan Ruffley



Frank Duane Chairperson of the Galway Camogie Board presenting the Intermediate League Cup to Athenry Captain Lorna Hannon.

 Galway Junior's beaten by Leitrim

At Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Friday evening Galway were beaten by Leitrim in the semi-final of the Connacht junior championship by 3-16 to 2-15, its the end of the campaign for the ‘Maroon and White’ and one would have to ask the question if the competition played before a attendance of less that 100 supporters on a Friday evening and both sides had little or no preparation coming in the game because of Under 21 and exams commitments needs a looking at.

The game itself saw the hosts lead at the break by 2-7 to 1-8 with Galway’s scores coming from Paddy Walsh 1-0, Aintaine Ó Laoi 0-2, Martin Coady 0-2, Patrick O’ Donnell  0-2, Niall Lee 0-1 while Leitrim goals were scored by Keith Keegan and Gary Plunket.

In part two Gary Kelly’s penalty put the visitors in front by one point lead coming in the final quarter on a score of 2-13 to 2-12 but Leitrim outscored Galway by 1-4 to 0-2 in the run in with the killer goal coming for Cathal McCrann to ensure a Connacht final slot for Leitrim against Sligo or Mayo.

The Galway team was: Manus Breathnach (0-1) Eoghan Deeley, Christopher Fahy, Caelom Mulry, Patrick O’Donnell(0-2), Dylan Corbett, Padraic Eoin Ó Curraoin, Michael Day (0-1), Paddy Walsh (1-0), Martin Coady (0-3), Alan Molloy (0-1), Noel Varley (0-1), Aintaine Ó Laoi(0-2), Gary Kelly (1-2), Niall Lee (0-1),

Subs used: Damien Reilly, Cillian Ó Conghaile, Craigh Kennedy (0-1), Lorcan Molloy, Thomas Rabbitte.



Galway referees John Keane and Alan Kelly both members of Rahoon/Newcastle GAA Club who have been chosen on the Hurling Championship Referee’s panel and James Molloy Salthill Knocknacarra who have been chosen on the Football panel for the summer ahead.

Féile Peil na nÓg Winning Captains 2017 


On the left - Kevin Clancy Chairman of the Galway Football Committee presenting Dara Hession St. Gabriel’s captain with the Féile Shield A Trophy. On the right Fergal McGinn presenting the Niall McGinn Cup to Corofin’s Féile Peil na nÓg captain Karl Nolan.


Peter Bane, Cathaoirleach Coiste Peil na nÓg presenting the Feile B Shield to  Kinvara Captain Sean Costello. 


The 2017 Féile Peil na nÓg winners were:
Feile Shield B Final: Kinvara 3-7 Killererin 1-1
Feile Shield A Final: St. Gabriel’s 4-9 An Spideal 2-3
Feile Final: Corofin 3-3 Salthill/Knocknacarra 1-5


Juvenile Committee Chairman Padraic Lohan presents the Féile na nGael Skills Star 1st place trophy to Paddy Commins (Gort)


The Féile na nGael Skills Star 2nd place trophy winner Michael Kelly (Meelick Eyrecourt)


The Féile na nGael Skills Star 3rd place trophy winner Dylan Duane (Kiltormer)

office2016189Williamstown Handball Club hosted a memorable One Wall Tournament again this year with many old faces returning and some new ones coming along to experience the club’s hospitality. Play got under way at 7pm on Friday night with juveniles filling all three courts until 10pm when the various grades were whittled down to the last rounds. Saturday saw a mixture of sunshine and showers weather wise, but on the court some of the country’s best handballing talent was to be seen in the juvenile brackets. The skills on show were breathtaking with names like Finn, Yakhyaev, Ó’Dúill, Scollan, Kelly and many more on the lips of both coaches and parents alike. The U16 Boy’s grade saw some of the best talent on show at the weekend and the shear fitness and athleticism was a sight to behold with tiresome rallies and heartbreaking gets all key features of the grade. In the finish there could only be one winner and that accolade went to St. Coman’s Gareth Delaney for 2016. The Boy’s U18 grade saw two future stars of the game reach the final but not before being put to the pin of their collars by the many competitors in this grade. In the final James Prentice from the Ballina Club in Co. Tipperary had just too much for Moycullen’s Diarmuid Mulkerrins and captured the title 15/14, 6/15, 11/7.
In the Ladies ‘B’ final Ellen O’Connor, a long time supporter of the tournament captured the Ladies ‘B’ title which will see her play the senior grade next year. In the final she beat Mayo’s up and coming Shonagh Ruane to claim the title. Again in the Girl’s U14 grade, the talent on show was at a very high level and when the final came around Armagh’s Callíosa Ní Dhúill went head to head against Mayo’s Heather Burke. In a tense affair and with some great shots and gets by both girls, Burke just snatched it at the death and claimed the championship for 2016.

Hope fades as Mulkerrins conquers David.

In the E.M.P. Furniture Ltd Men’s Open final, Martin Mulkerrins faced off against Offaly’s David Hope. With Mulkerrins’ reputation going before him, many thought this was a foregone conclusion but as his name suggests, David was hopeful he could pull off a surprise. In the first game Martin raced into an 8/0 lead and at this point the crowd began to think it was all over. However David came back into the tie steadily and closed the gap in the first game to 9/7. It was side in side out with martin picking off a few vital aces in between times and he eventually took the first game convincingly enough 15/7. The second game started like the first and Martin again picked off scores for fun, using his power and accuracy to lay down a 6/0 lead. David did not give up and fought back to go one up at 7/6 and again at 11/10. David’s serve was causing Martin some problems and the Offaly man was showing he could fly kill as good as the rest of them. When push came to shove, David held his nerve and closed out the second game 15/14 to cause a tiebreak. Martin was not going to be denied his maiden Williamstown One Wall Open Title and he wasted little time in the tiebreak to use his fitness to full advantage as he pushed David from side to side before sealing victory on an 11/2 score line.






A2016140157The GAA community turned out in force to bid farewell to a Galway hurling great and former GAA President Joe McDonagh.

The West’s Awake, a song that has become synonymous with Joe, rang out as his coffin was carried from Mary Immaculate Queen Church in Barna on his way to his final resting place in Rahoon Cemetery.
There was glorious sunshine as hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral Mass for Joe McDonagh. Chief mourners included his wife Peig, son Eoin and daughters Muireann and Eilís.
His son Eoin, in a heartfelt bilingual tribute, spoke of his father’s positivity when he was diagnosed with cancer seven months ago.
Eoin, a member of Barna senior football team, told of Joe’s love of the Irish language, his work ethic, and how even in the past few weeks, the former GAA president was reading minutes of meetings.
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail spoke highly of Joe's presidency and said he taught him what it takes to lead the or­ganisation in the right direction.

Tributes poured in for the former GAA Presidem, who passed away following a shont ill­ness. he was aged 62.
President of lreland, Michael D Higgins and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny were among those who paid tribute to the former Galway Senior All-Ireland Medal win­ning hurler.
He will forever be remem­bered for his spine-tingling ren­dition of 'The West's Awake' after captain Joe Connolly was presented with the Liam Mc­Carthy Cup on the steps of the Hogan Stand in 1980, following Galway's defeat of Limerick that ended 57 year famine.
President Higgins said anyone fortunate enough to know him will "never forget this outstand­ing man and sportsman".
Mr Higgins added: Joe was a giant in the world of gaelic games, both as a player and a leader in the organisation of the GAA. He had an enormous com­mitment to the Irish language, which he spoke beautifully, and showed great leadership in the development of the language over the course of a long career in the GAA.
As the CEO of the VEC, he was also an outstanding educationalist - he made a sig­nificant contribution to voca­tional education, pioneering a number of innovative projects to the benefit of many young people in his country. Joe will be sorely missed by his sporting col­leagues, his community, and in particular by his very wide range of family and friends."
Enda Kenny recalled Mr Mc­Donagh's "charisma and leader­ship qualities" from when he knew him during their college days in the late 1960s. Mr Kenny said: "Joe had ex­quisite Irish and was one of the greatest speakers of our native tongue that I’ve ever heard. In rising through the ranks of GAA administration and reaching the heights of Uachtaran CLG. Joe fo­cused always on bringing young people with him, giving them the leadership and encouragement they needed. Joe isn't as renowned for his footballing prowess as his hurling but he was equally as adept with the big ball as the small. He was a proud Ballinderreen man and while his club has lost a champion, Gal­way has lost a hero."
Joe McDonagh was born in Tuam in 1953 but his hurling club was Ballinderreen.
He lived in Barna and his current club, Barna GAA, of which he had a 26-year association as player, parent, sup­porter and member, this week sympathised with his family-his wife Peig, son Eoin, daughters Muireann and Eilis and sister Eilish.
Joe Connolly, who captained the famous Galway team in 1980, was a friend, and former col­league of his at UCG (nowNUJG), where they won a Fitzgibbon Cup together three years before winning the All-Ireland. Joe Connolly remembered Joe as an innately sociable man. "With Galway then we had the agony and ecstasy of so many days together. We had good days and bad days, but one thing we always had were great nights. Joe was central to that. Like a lot of the hurlers I played with at that time he was great craic and fan­tastic company.
"Joe had a superb hurling career and played in as well a known line as Galway ever had in history. Joe McDonagh, Sean Silke and Iggy Clarke were unbe­lievable players during a wonderful era for Galway.
"At times like this you look back on the brilliant social nights, and of course he will be remembered for what happened after the 1980 All-Ireland Final. It was a memorable occasion. He leaves a lasting legacy in so many ways, he was just a super talent in whatever he did. He was a brilliant linguist with music and singing ability too. His personal­ity was magnetic, when he fin­ished he went into administra­tion going all the way to President, said Joe Connolly.
Chairman of Galway GAA, Noel Treacy said: "There is wide­ spread shock and sadness across the entire GAA world, on the sudden death of our esteemed former President. Our Associa­tion has lost one of its most affa­ble, popular and versatile mem­bers. Joe McDonagh was an outstanding man and his loss is immeasurable."
Joe McDonagh was the first chief executive of Foras na Gaeilge between 2002 and 2006, and served as a board member from 2011 to 2015, when he was appointed chair­man of the board.
GAA President, Aogán O Fearghail, said: "Joe was held in extremely high regard and his company was enjoyed by so many over the course of his long involvement with the GAA in so many different capacities, not least as President from 1997to 2000.
"He and his tenure left an in­delible mark on Curnann Luthchleas Gael and his passion for our games and activities was only matched by his passion for the Irish language. He also had a profound interest in our inter­national network and the further expansion of the GAA over­seas."


Former Galway hurling team members Joe Connolly, Noel Lane, Michael Connolly, Ollie KIikenny, Frank Burke, Iggy Clarke and Bernie Forde lead the guard of honour as the remains of Joe McDonagh are taken to hi s final resting place, in Rahoon Cemetery.


Joe McDonagh former President of the GAA and Galway All-Ireland Hurling Medal Winner


The 1980 Galway All-Ireland Winning Panel with coach Cyril Farrell in the USA
Front Row: (left to right) Noel Lane, Michael Mulkerrins, Jackie Dervan, Sylvie Linnane, Padraic Connolly. Middle Row: (left to right) Seamus Coen, Finbar Gantley, Jimmy Cooney, P.J. Molloy, Sean Silke, Pascal Ryan, Bernie Forde, Niall McInerney, John Ryan. Back Row: (left to right) Iggy Clarke, Gerry Glynn, Jack Lucas, Michael Connolly, Michael King, Michael Conneely, Gerry Curtin, Joe McDonagh, Steve Mahon, Joe Connolly and Cyril Farrell.


 Joe singing 'The West's Awake' with teamates Sean Silke, Frank Burke, John Connolly and Jimmy Cooney.

office2016182Bhí an ghrian san spéir chun fáilte mór do na himeoirí laithróid láimhe d’Aon Bhalla Inis Mór ar an 13ú-15ú Bealtaine 2016. Tháinig slua mór ar an mbád tráthnóna Dé hAoine ag súil go mór leis an comórtas. Le cluichí iontach ar súil ó maidin go dtí tráthnóna ar an Sathrain. Bhí neart craic agus spraoi i rith an lae. Bhí seans ag na cuairteoirí freisin le ‘cúpla focail’ a labhairt agus aithne a chuir ar na h-Oileainí. Bíonn C.L.L Inis Mór ag súil go mór don comórtas Aon Bhalla gach bliain.
‘One Wall On the Rock’ took place on the 13th-15th of May 2016. With competitors travelling from all parts of Ireland to Inis Mór, Aran Islands. With the sun shining and high spirits the tournament kicked off at 9am in the three venues Saturday morning with non-stop games from Under 10 to Masters.
At 3pm the crowds gathered in the Páirc Spraoi to watch the Men’s and Women’s Open competition, welcoming new players to the Open Grade. It was a great opportunity for the young handballer’s to experience the high standard of the One Wall game.
The Women’s Open showed a challenge in the ‘Round Robin’ stage for the top two spots in the Final. Top scores Lorraine Havern and newcomer Eimear Ni Bhiadha proceeded to the final. A fantastic display by both players Havern’s experience lead her to a 28-8 victory. Havern winning the 6th Annual ‘One Wall On the Rock’ title for the first time.
Moycullen’s Martin Mulkerrins proceeded to the final against last year finalist Paudi Quish. Both having reached the final in previous years they were anxious to win out their first ‘One Wall on the Rock’ title. The spectators were spoilt in a fantastic game of handball with both players showing no signs of inexperience with an excellent performance. Mulkerrins overcame Quish with an impressive 26-13 win.
Every year CLL Inis Mór looks forward to hosting their annual tournament, as it allows their young club members the chance to experience handball at home being played at high standards and making new friends in the handball community. The tournament is a unique experience for all players to have the opportunity to play handball on an offshore island.
‘One Wall on the Rock’ will return next year in 2017 for the 7th Annual Competition. 
‘Go mbeidh muid beo ar an t-am seo arís.’
Aon Bhalla Inis Mór 2016 Results:
Fir Oscailte 
Martin Mulkerrins dft Paudi Quish 
Pláta- Richard McNally dft Eddie Burke
Mná Oscailte- 
Lorraine Havern dft Eimear Beatty 
Pláta- Clodagh Nash dft Sinead Hanley
BF10- Ross O Diorain dft Senan Guildea
CF10- Grace Hanley dft Cleonna Ní Dhuilléain
Plate Ella Sweeney dft Jane Hanley
BF13- Mikey Kelly dft Ryan O Tuathail
Pláta- Jack O Domhnaill dft Brian O Culain
CF14 - Syklnn Ní Mháille dft Aoife Nic Giolla Dé 
Pláta- Colleen Judge dft Margret Maeve Gillian
BF15- Eimhin Dillon dft Jason O Tuathail
Pláta- Eoin O Brien dft Padraic Foley
BF17- Peter Donohue dft James Prentice 
Pláta- Caobhán O Maolain dft Sean Hession
Mná- Ashling Ni Mhaolain dft Aine Nic Giolla Dé 
Pláta- Linda Seoighe dft Mairin Ní Chonghaile
FIR C- Dan Breen dft Mike Dillon 
Pláta- Ronan O Curraoin dft Gareth Guinn
Master- Brendan Hurley dft Martin Hanley 
Pláta- Patrick Clancy dft John Mc Guire



Mayo completed a hat trick of wins over Galway in the Connacht Junior final played in Carrick on Shannon, the winners had two points to spare 0-12 to 1-11as they had last year and back in 2012.
Galway  were first on the scoreboard following a Bernard Power point from a 45 after eight minutes but minute’s earlier Mayo goalie Shane Nallen denied Galway a certain goal with a brilliant save. Darren Coen opened the winners account with a point after eleven minutes but Matthew Reddington replied with a point from play to keep his side in front.
Coen then hit three frees to put Mayo two points in front with half time approaching, Andrew Farrell added another before Antaine Ó Laoi and Eric Lee had the final scores of the half for Galway who went in at the break trailing by a single point 0-4 to 0-5.In part two Galway were on the mark with early points from Reddington and Ó Laoi but Coen hit back to level matters on the sixth minute. Reddington replied to put the ‘Maroon and White ‘ahead again but the next score had a major bearing on the game as Ronal Mallee shot the only goal of the game to give Mayo a 1-6 to 0-7 advantage, points from Reddington and Sean Kelly  had the game level as we approached the midway point of the half.

Both sides traded points Reddington and Matthew Forde as the sides remained deadlocked 0-10 to 1-7, Ó Laoi from a placed ball pushed Galway in front only for Gary Keane to tie the sides again and both sides traded points again with Eric Lee and Coen on the mark and with six minutes to go the scoreboard read 1-9 to 0-12. Points from Mallee and Coen in the closing stages sealed the win for Mayo. Galway will be disappointed with the result as they will rue some poor shooting in front of goal as they did more than hold their own in most positions of the field and very unlucky not to have raised a green flag or two.
Galway: B Power, C Reilly, T Comer, A Claffey, W Finnerty, A Kyne, D Wynne, A Molloy, P Walsh, F Cooney, M Reddington, S Kelly, E lee, A Ó Laoi, N Lee.


Senior & Intermediate Championship Round 2 Draw

Senior Winners Group:

Realta Thuama v An Cheathru Rua

An Creagán/Magh Locha v Cealltrach

Naomh Micheál v Micheál Breathnach

Baile Mhuilinn v Corafinne

Naomh Séamus v Maigh Cuilinn

Senior Losers Group:

Carna Caiseal v Cill Fhir Iarainn

Br. na Tra/Cn. na Cathrach v  Leitir Mór

Cill Chonla v Seamróige Cortúin

Cill Ainnin v Bearna

Cathair Loisgreain v Anach Cuain

Intermediate Winners Group:

Baile Clár na Gaillimhe v Oileain Arainn

Ath Cinn v Uachtar Ard

Baile Liam/Mionlach v An Spideal/Muine Mhea/Mainistir

Beal Átha na Slua/Átha’n Rí/An Fhairche v Dún Mór Mhic Éil

Intermediate Losers Group:

Naomh Brendan v Cill Chloirin/Cluain Bheirne

An Clochán v An Spideal/Muine Mheá/Mainistir

Corafinne v Mionlach/Baile Liam

Gleann a’Mhadaidh v Beal Átha na Slua/Átha’n Rí/An Fhairche 

Web May 2016

A20161305The 40x20 Adult Nationals were held in Belfast on the first weekend of May. Moycullen’s Martin Mulkerrins was runner up in the Mens Open. He was beaten in the final by Armagh’s Charly Shanks with a 15-4, 14-15, 11-5 scoreline. Charly is currently the #1 seed and it was fantastic that Martin brought him to a tie-breaker. Ciana Ní Churraoin from Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Micheál Breathnach reached the semi-final in the Ladies Open. Congratulations to Séamús Conneely on Winning the Mens B Plate competition.

The Girls 40x20 Interprovincial Team of Ten took place in Kingscourt, Cavan last weekend. This is the only competition on the handball calendar where a player gets a chance to wear the Connacht jersey and it was a brilliant opportunity for our young players to see and mix with the top juveniles in the country. The Galway representatives were Niamh Heffernan from Claregalway Handball Club, Aisling Ní Maoileoin from Cumann Liathróid Láimhe Inis Mór and Orla Whyte from Mountbellew Moylough Handball Club. A great day’s handball was had by all and the girls can all be very proud of the way they represented their club, county and province. The aggregate scores in the semi-finals was Connacht 55 Ulster 88 and the 3rd and 4th place play off was Connacht 68 Leinster 94. Well done girls on a great effort.

With the 40x20 season coming to a close, the one wall season is now kicking off. Inis Mór is hosting the first Galway competition “One Wall on the Rock” this weekend (13-14 May). This is the only offshore handball competition in Ireland and all the big winners from last year are sure to be back to defend their prestigious titles. Therefore it promises to be an exciting and enjoyable experience for players and supporters alike.




Galway 1-15 Leitrim 1-7

Galway beat Leitrim at Tuam Stadium in the Connacht junior championship semi-final and now have a date with Mayo in the Connacht Final in two weeks time The visitors opened the scoring following a James Glancy point but Michael Day levelled matters minutes later before the first goal of the game arrived from Ryan O’Rourke to give Leitrim a 1-1 to 0-1 advantage.

Matthew Reddington and Alan Molly reduced the arrears with a brace of points and when ‘Man of the Match’ Antoine Ó Laoi scored his side’s goal the hosts lead by 1-3 to 1-1 a lead they never surrendered and went in at the break leading by 1-7 to 1-3.In part two Galway outscored Leitrim by eight points to four to advance to the final on a final score of 1-15 to 1-7

The Galway team was: Bernard Power, Aidan Claffey, Thomas Comer, Tadhg Ó Caoimh, David Wynne, Alan Kyne, Cathal Reilly, Michael Day, Enda Walsh, Fintan Cooney, Matthew Reddington, Colm Brennan, Alan Molloy, Antoine Ó Laoi, and Niall Lee. Subs used: E Lee, P Walsh, D McHugh, E Stritch, and C O’Neill .T O’Malley

Scorers: A Ó Laoi 1-4, M Reddington 0-4, N Lee 0-2, M Day 0-2, A Molloy 0-1, D Wynne 0-1,A Kyne 0-1

Photos Galway Junior panel and Antoine Ó Laoi presented with the 'Man of the Match' award by Connacht President Mick Rock

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St. James’ captain Eoin Finnerty raise the Football Féile Cup after his side’s victory in the final.


Football Committee secretary Larry Lohan presents St. Gabriel’s joint captains Jack Coughlan and Niall Cunningham with the Football Féile Shield.

A superb second half performance in the Final was enough to see Mountbellew/Moylough crowned County Under 21A football champions for 2016.
The victors outscored Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8 to 0-1 in the second period to win the contest at a canter, an unlikely scenario at half-time given the tight nature of the first period.
These two sides are very familiar with each other having met in the county Minor A Final in both 2014 and 2015, with each side having tasted success and defeat.
It is perhaps telling that the current crop of Mountbellew/Moylough U21s were backboned by their victorious 2014 minor team. In contrast, 11 of the Salthill/Knocknacarra side which won last year’s minor final had been drafted straight into the U21 team for this season’s championship.
Final Score: Mountbellew/Moylough 1-18 Salthill/Knocknacarra 1-8.
Mountbellew/Moylough: M Foley; N Conway, P Keaveney, G Donoghue; Colm Mannion (0-1), Ciaran Mannion, M Mannion; M Daly (0-5, 5fs), S Moran; MKelly, E Finnerty (0-6, 1f), N McDonagh (0-1); A McInerney (1-1), C Ryan (0-4), J Foley. Subs: L Donnellan for N McDonagh
(47 mins), E McCormack for J Foley (52 mins), D Gavin for A McInerney (55 mins), F Hughes for M Foley (58 mins), B Mannion for C Ryan (58 mins), S Miland for E Finnerty (58 mins).
Salthill/Knocknacara: D Sheedy; R Knight, R Hunt, E Deely; C O’Connor, W Finnerty, F Ó Gríofa; J Maher, E Conroy; S Kelly (0-1), P Butler (0-4), L Breen; R Finnerty (0-1, 1f), M Mac Donnacha (0-1), E Murphy (1-1). Subs: E McFadden for L Breen (30 mins), R Dempsey for S Kelly (41 mins), S Garvey for F Ó Gríofa (47 mins), N King for R Hunt (54 mins), D Maloney for E Deely (55 mins), J O’Grady for R Knight (58 mins).
Referee: Gerry Guinan


Padraig Stevens presenting the Paraic Mhic Siophain Cup to Eoin Finnerty, captain of the Mountbellew/Moylough Under 21 team.


Football Committee Secretary Seamus O’Grady presents the Under 21 Final man-of-the-match-award to Mountbellew/Moylough’s Eoin Finnerty.

B2015055Aidan Harte nailed the 70th-minute leveller to ensure that Galway and Dublin will do it all over again after they played out a 0-20 to 1-17 draw in their Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park.
The Tribesmen were behind for most of the second-half but Dublin simply couldn't put them away, drilling seven wides and 12 in the entire game.
And with just a point in it approaching full-time, Galway midfielder Harte capitalised on the Dubs' errant shooting by racing clear through the centre to tie it up and force a quarter-final replay.
Galway will be happiest to escape with the replay as Dublin were three ahead with 16 minutes to go and still led with time almost up.
Galway claimed a narrow 1-09 to 0-11 half-time lead but will feel it should have been more after a bright start. Twice they were denied goals in the opening half and on both occasions it was rare Peter Kelly lapses that put Dublin in trouble.
Jason Flynn robbed Kelly in the 27th minute and Canning dispossessed the Dubs full-back soon after but both times Galway couldn't find the net.
Canning was off from early on, converting just two points from placed balls in the first-half. Aside from that, he drilled four wides including the ground stroke that somehow missed the net after his steal on Kelly.
Despite their misses, the visitors threatened to pull ominously clear of Dublin when they led by 1-06 to 0-03 after 20 minutes.
Centre-forward Cyril Donnellan caused Conal Keaney plenty of problems and helped himself to two points. Keaney failed to gather possession in the 20th minute and Joseph Cooney raced away with it to drill Galway's goal.
Dublin's response was emphatic though, picking off four unanswered points in two minutes to all but wipe out Galway's purple patch.
Mark Schutte was Dublin's key man up front. His 2014 championship was effectively over after just minutes due to a dislocated shoulder against Wexford.
The powerful corner-forward gave Johnny Coen a torrid time here, scoring two points and contributing directly to three others. Padraig Mannion did a better job on Schutte after the break.
Galway were just about good value for their half-time lead and must have sensed the game was there for the taking, particularly if they could get talisman Canning more involved.
Canning's woes continued, however, with a poor miss from a free after the restart.
Schutte similarly maintained his form for Dublin with another great point, while Treacy and Danny Sutcliffe were also on the mark.
Dublin increased their lead to three with 16 minutes remaining, 0-17 1-11, and were in pole position.
But two Canning points, including his first from open play, reduced the margin to the minimum again. And the sides were level three times in the run-in as Galway simply refused to wilt.
They will meet again on Saturday in Tullamore (4.45pm) for the right to play either Laois or Offaly in the next round.
Dublin: A Nolan, C O'Callaghan, P Kelly, S Durkin, C Crummy, C Keaney, S Lambert, J McCaffrey (0-01), R O'Dwyer, D Sutcliffe (0-03), C Cronin, L Rushe (0-02), D O'Callaghan, M Schutte (0-03), D Treacy (0-11, 0-08f, 0-02 65).
Subs: M Carton for Kelly, D O'Connell for Cronin, P Ryan for O'Dwyer, S Barrett for O'Callaghan.
Galway: C Callanan, P Mannion, J Coen, J Hanbury, D Collins, I Tannian, G McInerney, J Cooney (1-00), A Harte (0-02), A Smith (0-01), C Donnellan (0-03), J Glynn, C Mannion (0-03), J Canning (0-06, 0-04f, 0-01 65), J Flynn (0-02).
Subs: G Lally for McInerney, P Brehony for Cooney, D Burke for Smith, P Killeen for Tannian, N Healy for Canning.
Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath).




The Galway team that drew with Dublin at Croke Park. Front Row: (left to right) Greg Lally, Shane Maloney, Brian Molloy, Jonathan Glynn, David Collins (Captain), Iarla Tannian, Johnny Coen, John Hanbury, Cyril Donnellan, Andy Smith, Joe Canning. Back Row: (left to right) James Skehill, Niall Healy, Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, Jason Flynn, Aidan Harte, Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Colm Callanan, Cathal Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Paul Kileen, David Burke and Padraig Brehony.

Senior Football Championship  -  Round 2  Draw

Winners Group                                              Losers Group

Carna/Caiseal                                                 Annaghdown

Caherlistrane                                                  An Cheathru Rua

Corofin                                                                        Barna

Cortoon Shamrocks                                         Caltra

Kilkerrin /Clonberne                                       Kilconly

Killannin                                                          Killererin                                            

Leitir Mór                                                        Milltown

Micheál Breathnach                                       Salthill/Knocknacarra

Mountbellew/Moylough                                 St. James                                            

Tuam Stars                                                      St. Michaels                                                                                                   

Intermediate Football Championship  -  Round 2   Draw

Winners Group                                              Losers Group

An Spideal                                                       An Fhairche

Claregalway                                                    Athenry

Corofin “B”                                                     Ballinasloe

Dunmore McHales                                          Glenamaddy

Maigh Cuilinn                                                 Headford

Monivea/Abbey                                              Menlough

St. Brendan’s                                                   Oileáin Arainn

Williamstown                                                  Oughterard

Draws to be made in Lár Ionad CLG, Loughgeorge at 9pm on Tuesday Night next June 2nd

Games to be played on the week-end of 20th/21st of June


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B2015044The Ward and Burke sponsored Galway Under 14 Girls captured the Connacht Crown after a hard fought battle with Roscommon in Ballinlough on Sunday winning by 4-11 to 0-11. The Rossies matched Galway for the 10 mins and were 3 points to 1 ahead before Galway started to play football. 3 points from Ailish Morrissey and one each from Molly Hynes and Kate Geraghty had the Galway girls firmly in control before Molly Hynes found the back of the net in the 18th minute.

Morrissey added another goal before Roscommon pointed for the 4th time in the 21st minute. Molly Hynes of Moycullan found the net again in the final minutes of the half to leave the half time score at Roscommon 0-05 Galway 4-09

Roscommon knew they had to come out all guns blazing in the 2nd half and they added 4 points without reply . In fact it was the 22nd minute of the half before Galway added to the scoreline, this time Caoimhe Moran found the net after a fantastic run and shot. Only the woodwork and some fantastic saves from Karen Connolly in the Galway goal kept the score down and Caoimhe Moran and Saoirse Conroy added 2 late points to leave the final score at Roscommon 0-11 Galway 4-11

Back (L-R) Andrea Trill (Claregalway), Roisin Joyce (Monivea/Abbey), Aoife Coen (Corofin), Evelyn Flanagan, Meave Flanagan, Siobhan Fahy, Yasemin Yelbasi (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Hannah Gullane (Ballinasloe), Karen Connolly (Corofin), Kaitlin Kearney (Claregalway), Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe), Amy Walsh (Claregalway), Carla Kemp (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Megan Davin (Killannin), Clair Enaholo (Tuam/Cortoon)

Front( L-R) Saoirse Conroy (Na Piarsaigh), Caoimhe Moran (Tuam/Cortoon) Chloe Miskell (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Elaine Nee (Na Piarsaigh), Aoife Lynagh (Bearna), Hannah Noone (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Kate Geraghty (Tuam/Cortoon), Ailish Morrissey (Capt, Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Chelsie Crowe (Annaghdown), Lorraine Meehan (Dunmore), Kelsey Forde (Annaghdown), Emer Greene (Dunmore), Emma Glynn (Annaghdown).

Scores: Ailish Morrissey (1-06), Molly Hynes (2-02), Caoimhe Moran (1-01), Kate Geraghty (0-01) Saoirse Conroy (0-01)


Senior Football Club Championship


Titles:     16

Manager:    Stephen Rochford

Last Year:  Winners

Odds:       1/4

First up:   Salthill-Knocknacarra

No side came close in Galway last year. Recharging batteries, maintaining hunger after All-Ireland run appears biggest challenge. Start championship without frontliners Ciarán McGrath, Daithí Burke, Greg Higgins and Kieran Fitzgerald yet possess depth no club can match. Kieran Molloy and Colin Brady could have breakthrough seasons. Club chasing a first-ever three-in-row. Odds say it all.


Titles:     3

Manager:        Val Daly

Last Year:     Quarter-final

Odds:      16/1

First up:   Corofin

Pipped by Milltown in the last eight, Salthill never quite got going last year. Val Daly an eye-catching appointment with an even younger look to the side this season with several experienced players gone. Finian Hanley, Conor Halloran, Barry Kelly and the fit-again Shane Maughan, recovered from a cruciate injury, likely to be key men along with Galway panelist Conor Healy. Have they the firepower to mount a challenge?


SFC Titles:            2

Manager:            John Concannon

Last Year:             Semi-Final

Odds:                    14/1

First Up:               Caherlistrane

Viewed by many observers as best-placed to challenge Corofin on back of a Division 1 three-in-a-row, Milltown unravelled in last September's semi-final. Can they recover and mount a challenge? Darren Mullahy, James Kavanagh, the Blakes and Michael Martin again lead the way. Tomás Tierney has joined their backroom. Big opening match with Caherlistrane.


SFC Titles:            1

Manager:            Stephen Faulkner, Steven Langan & Alan Donoghue

Last Year:             Quarter-Final

Odds:                    28/1

First up:                Milltown

New manager Pat Fallon and Caherlistrane went their separate ways recently. Last year ended in a shock quarter-final defeat to Barna when a pathway to a county final appeared open. Eanna Glynn, Stephen Burke, Shane Bohan, Rory Glynn are fine players while Eric Monahan and Cormac Bane provide scoring power upfront. Losing Oisín Ó Brien to injury a major blow.


SFC Titles:            1

Manager:            Gabriel Naughton

Last Year:             Round 3

Odds:                    80/1

First up:                Kilkerrin-Clonberne

The big question is will Michael Meehan see action? Gabriel Naughton takes over from Cyril Ryan. Mannion's, Padraig and Cathal, who have hurling commitments with Galway, are important players. Conceded heavily against Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the league yet went into last year's opener with Kilconly in similar form before upsetting the odds.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Mick Curley

Last Year:             Round 2

Odds:                    66/1

First up:                Caltra

Kilkerrin-Clonberne have started life under new manager Mick Curley with positive results in Division 3, including an impressive win over Caltra. Enda Daly has retired, leaving a major void in defence. Naturally, much will depend on county man Shane Walsh and Jonathan Ryan in attack while the return of Damien Dunleavy from London is a boost to their chances.


SFC Titles:            5 

Manager:            Padraig O'Neill

Last Year:             Quarter-final

Odds:                    14/1

First up:                Cárna-Caiseal    

Lost a winnable quarter-final to St Michael's before nearly taking last year's Division 1 title against Corofin. Willie Hughes steps down after five years in charge. A lot of fine players dotted throughout side: TJ Forde, Eoin Kerin, Fergal O'Doherty, Ciarán Duggan, Frankie Burke. Damien Comer brings x-factor and goal threat that could carry them a long way. Absence of Niall Coleman a massive blow, however.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Micheál Ó Domhnaill

Last Year:             Round 2

Odds:                    100/1

First up:                Annaghdown

Defeats to Tuam Stars and Mícheál Breathnachs ended their championship last season and only a relegation final win over Menlough saved them from dropping to Intermediate. Among the rank outsiders again this year. As Salthill found out a few seasons back, at their most dangerous first time out yet still face uphill task against Annaghdown.


SFC Titles:            4

Manager:            James Foran

Last Year:             Quarter-final

Odds:                    28/1

First up:                St James'

Nearly 30 years have passed since the Frank Fox last resided in Mountbellew-Moylough. Val Daly has moved on with James Foran taking over. Side contains plenty of experience in Brian Donnellan, Colm Colleran, Joe Bergin, Gary Sweeney and Cathal Kenny with a lot of quality coming off their under-age conveyor belt. A side that should eventually challenge, maybe even this year.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Frank Doherty

Last Year:             Round 3

Odds:                    14/1

First up:                Mountbellew-Moylough

A big year for the Jimmies. 2013 semi-final loss to Saltill was a missed opportunity before last year's shock preliminary quarter-final elimination to Micheál Breathnachs. Started solidly in Division 1 with three wins. In Paul Conroy, Jonny Duane, Eoin Concannon, Dave O'Connell and John Egan have a solid core. Extremely dangerous when in the mood. Can they move to the next level and challenge?


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Pádraic Ó Coirbín

Last Year:             Intermediate champions

Odds:                    80/1

First up:                Barna

Impressive winners of last year's Intermediate championship. Their defeat of Moycullen in the final was one of the games of the season. Lost players from that side since yet still loaded with talent in the Sweeney's, Patrick and Cathal, Edwin Murray, Johnny Heaney and Niall Walsh. Interesting battle with Barna on Sunday.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Gary Cox

Last Year:             Semi-final

Odds:                    40/1

First up:                Killannin

Barna went from the survival specialists of Galway football to almost reaching last year's county final when St Michael's ended their run after a replay. Pat Fallon has moved on as manager with former Roscommon and Salthill player Gary Cox now in charge. Galway panelist Paddy Naughton a key player while county U21 Jason Lyons was among the championship's top scorers last season.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            John Kenny

Last Year:             Finalists

Odds:                    33/1

First up:                Cortoon Shamrocks

St Michael's were the story of last year, confounding all expectations to reach a first-ever final. Kilkerrin-Clonberne, Killererin, Annaghdown and Barna beaten along the way. Eddie Hoare's was one of the players of the championship, while vast experience comes from likes of Alan Glynn and Frank Daly. Eamon Brannigan and David Cunnane among the best young players in the county. Key game first up with Cortoon.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Paul Bradley

Last Year:             Round 3

Odds:                    25/1

First up:                St Michael's

Beaten first time out against St James' last year, Cortoon recovered to pip Kilkerrin-Clonberne before a non-performance against Tuam Stars ended their championship. Donal O'Neill, the Varleys, Paul and Adrian, Cathal Mulryan and county u-21 Joseph Donnellan key players while David Finnegan's return from a cruciate injury is a major boost. Derek Savage still at the coal-face, reportedly playing great football at centre-back.


SFC Titles:            1

Manager:            Seán Ó Domhnaill

Last Year:             Round 3

Odds:                    50/1

First up:                Micheál Breathnachs     

Last year's championship started with a surprise win over Salthill but ended in defeat to Barna. Micheál Breathnachs are their first round opponents, one of the weekend's most interesting games. Experience has been provided by the de Paors, Ciarán and Cillín, in recent seasons while Jack Wyndham was this year's county u-21 full-back.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Maurice Sheridan

Last Year:             Preliminary QF

Odds:                    33/1

First up:                An Cheathrú Rua

Mícheál Breathnachs were well represented in Carriack-on-Shannon with Seán Denvir, Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Peadar Ó Gríofa all in Galway's starting line-up. Maurice Sheridan takes over from Kevin Walsh. A win over St James was the high point last year before Salthill knocked them out. With their main men fit, could get on a decent run.


SFC Titles:            25

Manager:            Alan Flynn

Last Year:             Preliminary QF

Odds:                    14/1

First up:                Kilconly

Alan Flynn remains in charge of the championship's roll of honour leaders. Player pool was decimated last year, with a sizeable chunk of their '12 county final team moving on. County man Gary O'Donnell, Darragh O'Rourke, Aonghus Tierney and Noel Henry key players in defence while much will depend on Jamie Murphy shoulders in attack. Lost out controversially to Caherlistrane last year.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Tommy Newell

Last Year:             Round 2

Odds:                    100/1

First up:                Tuam Stars         

Tommy Newell takes over from Jarlath Jennings. Defeats to Caltra and Salthill ended their championship early last year but they refocused and gained promotion to Division 1. Kevin Brady isn't involved while losing key man Adrian Murphy is a major blow, as is Niall Mullen. A number of quality players emerging like Paul Mannion and Conor Marsden. Tough ask against Tuam Stars.


SFC Titles:            6

Manager:            Billy Joyce

Last year:             Round 2

Odds:                    50/1

First up:                Leitir Mór

Padraic Joyce is still racking up the scores after answering the call and helping Killererin stave off the relegation in '14. Colin Forde's  cruciate injury a huge blow to player, club and county. Manager Billy Joyce continues with Tom McHugh and Tommy Ryder. Galway panellist Tomás Fahy a key man while Mikey Boyle is part of this year's county minor team.


SFC Titles:            None

Manager:            Colm MacDonnacha

Last Year:             Round 2

Odds:                    50/1

First up:                Killererin

Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir were Connemara’s best-performing team in 2013 but last year was a disappointment with consecutive defeats to Annaghdown and Barna. Colm MacDonnacha takes over from Bert Curran and has a physically powerful side with the Breathnachs, Fiachra and Ferdia, and Toto Ó Gríofa central players. Killererin have had Indian sign over them in recent years.


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B2015016This year, Clare are bidding for a fourth All-Ireland U21 hurling title in a row, something achieved just once before in the history of the competition - when Cork won four in a row from 1968-1971.




May 27: (2) Laois v Carlow
May 27: (3) Offaly v Westmeath
May 27: (4) Wexford v Kildare
June 2: (1) Dublin v Kilkenny (Live on TG4)


June 24: 1 v 2
June 24: 3 v 4 (Live on TG4)


July 8:  (Live on TG4)


June 17: Cork v Waterford (Live on TG4)


July 15: Clare v Cork/Waterford (Live on TG4)
July 16: Limerick v Tipperary (Live on TG4)

Final July 30: Live on TG4



July 15: Down v Derry
July 15: Antrim v Armagh

Final July 22


August 22: Galway v Munster champions (Live on TG4)
August 22: Leinster champions v Ulster champions (Live on TG4)


September 12: Live on TG4

A2015GAA045Henry Shefflin is to officially open Kilbeacanty’s new pitch as Ballyhale Shamrocks are set to compete in the 2015 Kilbeacanty Hurling 7s.

The 2015 Kilbeacanty 7-Aside Hurling Tournament takes place this June Bank Holiday Monday (June 1st). This year the tournament coincides with the clubs 130th year anniversary celebrations and the official opening of the recently re-developed pitch in Kilbeacanty. The club are delighted to announce that 10 time All Ireland Winner Henry Shefflin will be in attendance on the day to cut the ribbon and officially open the new pitch. His club and current All Ireland Club Champions Ballyhale Shamrocks will be competing on the day along with a host of local teams from Galway and Clare including the reigning Kilbeacanty 7s and Galway County Champions Gort and recent All Ireland Club Champions St. Thomas’ and Clarinbridge.

This year there is an amazing prize fund of €7,000 in hotel breaks and sports training vouchers on offer to the winning team and Kilbeacanty Hurling Club would like to thank the main sponsors of the tournament Great National Hotels Lady Gregory Gort, Eamon and Terry Shiel New York and Heineken Ireland as well as all other local sponsors who support the tournament each year.

There will also be a BBQ throughout the day and Sean Walsh and the Galway Bay FM Roadcaster will also be present.

So come along to Kilbeacanty on June Bank Holiday Monday for what will be a great days hurling which will also include the finals of the Joe Gillane Juvenile Tournament and enjoy the closing celebrations in McCarthy’s Bar with live music from 7pm.

If you require any information about the tournament please contact a member of the Kilbeacanty Hurling Club committee and see Kilbeacanty Hurling Club on Facebook.​

Photo: 2014 Kilbeacanty 7s Champions Gort

B2015009Cork retained their Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 1 title in Portlaoise as dual star Rena Buckley’s late point sealed victory in a thrilling replay against Galway.
Buckley struck from distance with two minutes remaining on the clock to secure a third successive league title for the Rebelettes, who consistently find a way to dig out a result.
Remarkably, this is Cork’s ninth League success since and including 2005, with Galway left to ponder as they were denied a first Division 1 win on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-10.
The Tribeswomen will feel they missed their chance at Parnell Park a week previously but they were ahead in the 52nd minute when Annette Clarke, who missed a penalty in the first game, put over a super point.
But in a fixture that was level four times in the second half, Galway lost influential captain Geraldine Conneally to a yellow card, and the sin-bin, with nine minutes remaining.
And Cork, despite registering 14 wides, took advantage as Valerie Mulcahy’s seventh point hauled them level, before Buckley fired over the winner.
Cork led by 0-10 to 1-5 at half-time, coming from behind after Patricia Gleeson’s 26th-minute goal handed Galway a 1-5 to 0-7 advantage.
But Cork looked the better team throughout and from the start it was clear that the Leesiders were anxious to shut down the Galway attack.
Geraldine O’Flynn was placed at full-back against Tracey Leonard, scorer of six points from play in the drawn game.
Former Footballer of the Year O’Flynn was screened by Roisín O’Sullivan, operating at centre back for Cork, and Galway found it difficult to cut through the heavy traffic.
But when they did, they picked their way through the red rearguard brilliantly for Gleeson’s goal, lashed high into the net past Martina O’Brien.
Cork’s response was immediate as Mulcahy kicked her fifth point of the half, and her second from play, to level proceedings.
Aisling Hutchings kicked her third point from play to edge Cork again before Galway went close to a second goal.
Edel Concannon’s attempted point bounced back into play and after Louise Ward beat O’Brien in an aerial duel on the rebound, Briege Corkery was on hand to sweep up the loose ball in her own goalmouth, as Galway screamed for a penalty.
Corkery was soon making her mark at the other end of the pitch, kicking the final score of the half to hand Cork a two-point half-time lead.
Leonard had opened the scoring with a free in the second minute but Cork kicked the next four scores to establish an early three-point lead.
Leonard bagged her only point of the half from play to keep Galway in touch but two quickfire points from Hutchings handed Cork their biggest lead of the half, 0-6 to 0-2.
Galway responded with three of the next four scores on offer, before Gleeson drilled home that excellent goal four minutes before the break.
Scorers for Cork: V Mulcahy 0-7 (5f), A Hutchings 0-3, R Buckley 0-2, B Corkery & E Scally 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: P Gleeson 1-0, T Leonard (1f) & A Clarke (1f) 0-3 each, B Hannon, L Ward, C Concannon & M Hoey 0-1 each.
Cork: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, G O’Flynn, R Phelan; V Foley, R O’Sullivan, B Stack; R Buckley, B Corkery; C O’Sullivan, A Hutchings, A Walsh; D O’Sullivan, V Mulcahy, O Finn.
Subs: E Scally for Finn (h.t.), R Ní Bhuachalla for D O’Sullivan (44), A Barrett for Ambrose (47), O Farmer for Walsh (51).
Galway: J Connolly; Á Seoighe, E Flaherty, S Gormally; N Ward, N Connolly, S Burke; L Ward, P Gleeson; B Hannon, A Clarke, O Divilly; G Conneally, T Leonard, C Concannon.
Subs: M Hoey for N Connolly (21), L Joyce for Concannon (49), C Cormican for Divilly (58), R Leonard for Hannon (60).
Referee: M Farrelly (Cavan).

B2015008Galway justified favouritism and set up a mouth-watering Connacht semi-final with Mayo on 14 June after they breezed past Leitrim at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
The Tribesmen had already accounted for New York in the preliminary round and captain Paul Conroy hit six points in a 1-13 to 0-8 victory
Leitrim hadn’t beaten Galway in the championship since 1994 and didn’t look like altering that stat when they trailed 1-07 to 0-06 at half-time after playing with the breeze.
With three of the Corofin All-Ireland-winning contingent present in their starting XV, Kevin Walsh’s men provided all the aces and a 33rd-minute goal from Damien Comer sealed the win.
Conroy slotted Galway’s first from a free in the third minute. Leitrim captain Sean McWeeney drew them level before Ronan Kennedy put the hosts in front.
However despite their endeavour Leitrim’s lack of fire-power was the real difference. Michael Lundy levelled it with a sumptuous effort and it was 1-05 to 0-01 in favour of Galway over the next 18 minutes.
Conroy hit three from frees and one from play with Peadar Óg Ó Griofa also adding from the placed ball.
Tribesmen forward Danny Cummins had a disallowed goal in the 27th minute for a square ball but Comer drove home their advantage after the half-hour.
He rose highest to claim another ball in front his man, turned in the air before blasting home a tonic goal.
Galway were leading 1-07 to 0-03 with the clock ticking into injury-time but Leitrim hit three points before the break. Fergal Clancy, Kevin Conlon and McWeeney all found the target as they went in trailing 1-07 to 0-06 at the interval.
The second-half was a dour affair with Leitrim failing to register their first score until Conlon kicked his third of the day in the 64th minute.
By that stage Galway were out of sight however they weren’t impressing either and the score was 1-10 to 0-07 in their favour.
Gary O’Donnell, Conor and Comer scored while further efforts from Cummins (two) and substitute Patrick Sweeney ensured it was comfortable.
Galway: B O’Donoghue; J Duane, F Hanley, C Sweeney; L Silke, G O’Donnell (0-01), S Denvir; F Ó Curraoin, P Conroy (0-06, 0-05f); G Sice, S Walsh, M Lundy (0-01); P Óg Ó Gríofa (0-01, 0-01f), D Cummins (0-02), D Comer (1-01).
Subs: P Sweeney (0-01) for Walsh (52), T Flynn for Ó Curraoin (61), A Varley for Cummins (66), M Martin for Ó Gríofa (68), D Kyne for C Sweeney (72), G Bradshaw for Denvir (72).
Leitrim: C McCrann; M Murphy, R Gallagher, N Woods; S McWeeney (0-02), G Reynolds, T Mulvey; D Sweeney, S Moran; D Beck, F Clancy (0-01), K Conlan (0-03, 0-02 ’45, 0-01f); R Kennedy (0-01), J McGrail, D Wrynn.
Subs: C Gilheaney for McGrail (41), J Connolly for Mulvey (50), P McGowan (0-01) for Moran (53), B Prior for Murphy (55), S Quinn for Wrynn (66), A McLoughlin for Beck (68).
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

A2015997Ticket Details for this Sunday's Connacht GAA Championship fixtures in Pairc Sean are as follows and important for patrons to purchase in advanc.


Sunday 17th May 2015

Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada

Quarter-Final: Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship

3.30pm: Leitrim v Galway

Final: Connacht GAA Junior Football Championship

1.30pm: Mayo v Galway*

*Extra time to be played in the event of a draw

NB:     Dul Isteach- Ticket Only

  • ¬Stand€25
  • ¬Terrace €20
  • ¬Juveniles (U-16)€5
  • ¬Students & OAP’sFull price must be paid.
  • ¬Family Ticketsavailable for Stand: Adult full price & child €5
  • ¬Group Tickets€30 (10 x juvenile & 1 Adult)

Refunds of €10 will be paid to OAP’s & Students, (with current ID cards), at Ticket box.

Groups: available through the Connacht GAA Office. Entry at Turnstile 1. All children must be accompanied by Group Leader(s)

Patrons are reminded that all persons, (including children, students and O.A.Ps), must have a ticket.

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  • County Board Offices

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A2015991Sarsfields are hosting their annual Golf AM-AM at Loughrea Golf Club from Thursday 21st May to Saturday 23rd May.
Prizes to the value of €3000
GUI and ILGU Handicaps, Maximums - Men 26, Ladies 36.
Teams of 4: Entry €100
Re-Entry €15 per person
1st Prize: Golf in Adare Manor plus B&B in the Castletroy Hotel.
Lots of other prizes to be won.
For a place on the time sheet, please contact Pat Hynes 087 803 9267
For news on this event, see the club website and

A2015984Lorna Joyce’s late point salvaged a replay for Galway in an enthralling Tesco Ladies National Football League Division 1 final at Parnell Park.
Galway, runners-up in 2010, 2007, 2005 and 1979, had holders Cork rattled at the Donnycarney venue but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.
Galway led by four points in the second half when they were awarded a penalty after Cork goalkeeper Martina O’Brien impeded Geraldine Conneally.
The penalty responsibility fell to Annette Clarke, who converted two in last year’s Division 2 decider, but the midfielder dragged her effort wide.
Having wriggled off the hook, Cork netted almost immediately at the other end, Valerie Mulcahy picking up the pieces after Doireann O’Sullivan’s shot was well-saved by Johanna Connolly.
Cork sub Rhona Ní Bhuachalla made a positive impact with eight minutes left, netting a third goal for the Rebelettes as they moved two points clear, 3-08 to 1-12.
But Galway had a kick left in them and after Tracey Leonard kicked her eighth point, and sixth from play, Joyce swung over the leveller.
Leonard had five points from play in the first half for Galway, who trailed by 0-06 to 1-06 at the break.
Ciara O’Sullivan’s 15th minute goal separated the sides, palmed over the line following a neat interchange of passes with Valerie Mulcahy, scorer of 1-05.
The sides had been level twice in the early stages before O’Sullivan’s goal but Leonard kept the Tribeswomen in the hunt with a remarkable display of sharpshooting.
But Galway opened the second half with a run of 1-04 without reply to transform a three-point deficit into a four-point lead.
Points from Clarke and Louise Ward brought Kevin Reidy’s Westerners to within a point before former All-Ireland minor medallist Ward banged home a stunning goal six minutes after half-time.
Leonard added two frees for a four-point lead but resilient Cork were boosted by Clarke’s miss and did enough to claim a replay, which will take place next Saturday, May 16 at a venue to be confirmed. Final score Galway 1-14, Cork 3-8.
Cork: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, R Phelan, B Stack; V Foley, R O’Sullivan, G O’Flynn; R Buckley (0-01), B Corkery; C O’Sullivan (1-00), A Hutchings, A Walsh (0-01); D O’Sullivan (0-01), V Mulcahy (1-05, 0-04f), O Finn.
Subs: E Scally for Finn (38), R Ní Bhuachalla (1-00) for Hutchings (42), L Joyce for Concannon (57), G Kearney for Walsh (51).
Galway: J Connolly; S Gormally, E Flaherty, Á Seoighe; N Connolly, N Ward, S Burke; A Clarke (0-01), G Conneally; B Hannon (0-01), P Gleeson (0-01), L Ward (1-01); O Divilly, T Leonard (0-08, 0-02f), E Concannon 0-1.
Subs: C Cormican for N Connolly (38), O Farmer for D O’Sullivan (57), A Daly for Divilly (51).
Referee: G Corrigan (Down).

A2015GAA040The Connacht Senior Football Championship was launched at the Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan. The six captains from the remaining teams in the competition were all in attendance and they were joined by team managers, Shane Warde (Leitrim), Paul Coggins (London), Noel Connelly (Mayo) and Niall Carew (Sligo) and Selectors Brian Silke (Galway) and Gay Sheerin (Roscommon).
The President of Comhairle Chonnacht welcomed all to the event and stressed the significance and importance of the Connacht GAA Provincial championship to all in attendance, he lauded the special competiveness of the province with each team starting the campaign with the realistic chance of winning provincial honours. New York and London added to the uniqueness of the Championship and Mick praised the five ‘Home’ counties who travel to play overseas to start off their championship campaigns. These games provide a ‘shop window’ to all in New York and London in their efforts to promote Gaelic Games and more importantly our Irish Culture. Paraic Duffy, Provincial PRO, added that the championship draw this year threw up many attractive fixtures with many games that will whet the appetite.

Sunday, 17th May, in Pairc Sean MacDiarmuida will see the next instalment of the Senior Championship with Galway, fresh from their victory in New York, take on the challenge of Leitrim. This game will be preceded by the Connacht GAA Junior Football Championship with Mayo facing Galway.

Preliminary Round
May 3: New York 0-8 Galway 2-18
May 17: Leitrim v Galway, Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, 3.30pm
May 24: London v Roscommon, Ruislip, 3pm
June 14: Mayo v Galway/Leitrim
June 20: Sligo v Roscommon/London
Final on July 19

A2015972Naomh Anna Leitir Móir were crowned West Board Under-21 B football champions when they defeated Clifden by 4-10 to 2-11 in the final at Rosmuc. A stunning individual display by Iarla Ó Curraoín, who scored 2-7 for Leitir Móir overturned a halftime four point deficit.

Photo: Leitir Móir captain Evan Ó Flatharta is presented with the Under 21 B Cup by Máirtin Ó Curraoin, West GPC Chairman 


A2015969Galway Junior Footballers advanced to the Connacht Final where they will meet Mayo as a result of beating Leitrim in the semi-final played at Pairic Mac Diarmada by 1-11 to 0-7. Both sides took time to settle but as the game went on the standard improved and the visitors lead at the break by 1-5 to 0-3 with scores from Matthew Reddington 1-1, Peter Cooke 0-2 and a point each from Patrick Sweeney and Paul Whelehan. Michael Day who was came for Eoghan Commins opened the second half scoring with a well taken point, Reddington then added another to give Galway a six point advantage but the hosts then hit two in a row but Galway finished strong out shooting Leitrim by four points to one with Nial Walsh, Peter Cooke, Aonghus Ó hLarnain and Craig Kennedy finding the target. Dunmore McHales man Matthew Reddington was named ‘Man of the Match’ and presented with the his award by Connacht Council president Mick Rock (pictured)

Galway will now meet Mayo in the Connacht Final on Sunday week in Carrick on Shannon as a curtain raised to the Galway v Leitrim senior clash

The Galway team was: Brian O’Donoghue, Kevin Carey, Declan Kyne, Ciarán Ó Domhnaill, Johnny Heaney, James Shaughnessy, Peadar  Enna Seoighe (Capt), Eoghan Commins, Enda Tierney, Niall Walsh, Peter Cooke, Matthew Reddington, Aonghus Ó hLarnáin, Patrick Sweeney, Paul Whelehan.

Subs used; Michael Day, Craig Kennedy, Thomas Dolan, Fiontan Ó Cuanaigh, Trevor Mullins, Mike Fox.


A2015GAA039Former GAA President Joe McDonagh officially opened Gort's new grounds on Sunday May 3rd with Galway and Clare playing an entertaining challenge game to mark the ocasion before a large crowd. Aidan Harte captained the Galway side who were winners by 3-20 to 0-18. Davy Glennon got two goals to give his side an advantage and Pardaic Breheny adding a third.

Photo by Colm Grealish: Joe McDonagh with Gort Club Chairman John Quinn unveils a plaque to mark the ocasion.

A2015953The EMP Sponsored Galway Minor Ladies captured their third Connacht Title in a row after a hard fought battle with Mayo in Ballyhaunis. The scoreline of, 3-15 to 2-6, might suggest different but for three quarters of the game there was nothing between the teams. Galway were 3 points to 2 ahead with points from Eimear O Kane(2) and one from Caoimhe Boyle when Shauna Howley scored Mayo's first goal in the 16th minute.

For long periods of the 1st half Mayo were camped in the Galway half and only the combination of good goal keeping and the woodwork kept the Mayo score down and on 25 minutes Caoimhe Boyle rattled the net for Galway's first goal. O Kane and Claire Dunleavy added 2 points as the half closed to leave the H-T score at Galway 1-06 Mayo 1-04.

Galway scored the 1st point of the 2nd half with Ciara Naughton on target but Mayo hit right back with a goal from Saoirse Ludden to even up the scores. Eimear O Kane added 2 frees to give Galway the lead again and on 15 minutes disaster for Mayo. Their full back Aoife Brody received a yellow card and 3 minutes later their no 6 Rachel Kearns received a red card. Galway took full advantage of this and added 1-05 without reply, the goal coming from sub Evie Lowndes.

Riona Ni Fhlathara added another goal late on as Galway ran out winners on a score of Galway 3-15 Mayo 2-06

Galway; Dearbhla Gower, Alannah McBrie, Sinead Burke, Ailbhe Davoren, Orla Murphy, Karen Dowd, Ellie Glynn(0-01), Megan Glynn, Siobhan Divilly, Chelsey Blade(0-01), Shauna Hynes, Claire Dubleavy(0-03), Caoimhe Boyle(1-02, Ciara Naughton(0-02), Eimear O Kane(0-06)

Subs: Evie Lowndes (1-00) for O Kane, Sarah Donnellen for Burke, Grace Cahill for Divilly, Riona Ni Fhlathara(1-00) for Boyle, Shauna Molloy forNaughton

Back Row L-R .Ciara Naughton (Caltra), Aoife Donavan (Moycullan), Erin Coyle (Annaghdown), Shauna Naughton (Dunmore), Megan Davoran (Moycullan), Ellie Glynn (Claregalway), Caoimhe Walsh (Kilannin), Lauren Diskin (Dunmore), Claire Dunleavy (Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Eimear O Kane (St Fursey's), Sarah Donnelan (Salthill/K'Carra), Siobhan Divilly (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Caitlin Maloney (Tuam Cortoon), Karen Dowd (Claregalway) Caoimhe Boyle (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)

Front L-R Ailbhe Davoren (Moycullan), Riona Ni Fhlatara (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor), Sheena Heffernan (St Michaels), Grace Cahill (Claregalway), Alannah McBrien (Salthill/K'carra) Evie Lowndes (Moycullan), Derbhla Gower (Corofin), Sinead Burke (Dunmore), Orla Murphy (Claregalway), Chelsey Blade (Corofin), Shauna Hynes (Capt,Miltown), Megan Glynn (Claregalway), Shauna Molloy (St Fursey's)

A2015947Galway overcame a tricky start to claim a comprehensive 2-18 to 0-8 victory over New York in their Connacht SFC preminlinary round encounter at Gaelic Park.
It's been five years since New York gave Galway a major scare in the same venue and with 18 minutes gone there were fears that the visitors were in for another uncomfortable afternoon as they trailed 0-2 to 0-3 with two points from PJ Banville and one from Gary O'Driscoll giving the home side the lead.
However the Tribesmen soon found their rhythm and two quick-fire points from Damien Comer and a couple from Peadar Óg Ó Gríofa helped the visitors to a 0- to 0-4 lead at half-time.
Any hope that the home side had of staging an unlikely victory faded six minutes into the second-half when Gary O'Donnell played Shane Walsh in on goal and he obliged by finding the back of the net to raise the green flag.
Former Wexford man Banville reduced the deficit slightly with a point but Galway had found their stride by then and points from Ó Gríofa, Paul Conroy, Sean Denvir and Damien Comer helped extend their lead to 1-15 to 0-06.
Comer's goal in the 59th minute ended the game as a contest and while Banville tagged on a couple of late points for New York there was no way back for the exiles.
Galway: T Healy, J Duane, F Hanley, C Sweeney, L Silke (0-1), G O’Donnell, S Denvir (0-1), F Ó Curraoin (0-1), P Conroy (0-1), G Sice, S Walsh (1-4), E Hoare, P Ó Gríofa (0-4), D Comer (1-4), D Cummins (0-1)
Subs: P Varley for Denvir, T Flynn for Conroy, M Martin (0-1) for Sice, M Lundy for Hoare, A Varley for Comer.
New York: G Joyce, R McGinley, G McCartan, K Quinn, B Gibbons; K Scally, C Maginn, A Hope, B Connor, J Kelly, N McFeely, D Freeman, JJ Mathews (0-1), PJ Banville (0-7), G O'Driscoll.
Subs: K Moynagh for Maginn, G McCullagh for Hope, D Nation for Connor, E McPhillis for Kelly.


The Galway team that defeated New York in the Connacht Championship at Gaelic Park

A2015945Galway made a serious statement of intent at Semple Stadium, as they followed up an easy semi-final victory over champions Kilkenny, by beating All-Ireland victors Cork to claim their first Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 1 title in 10 years winning by 2-15 to 2-12.
Cork had conceded just 41 points in five games to date in the competition but their packed defensive system was ripped to shreds in the first half, as Galway took them for 2-10, with only one point of that coming from a placed ball.
The Tribeswomen have had a tendency to fade in the second half of games this season, probably a product of their youth, and they repeated that in the second half, allowing an 11-point interval advantage to be whittled down to three by the final whistle.
Apart from a cagey opening, which saw the sides level at 0-2 each, Galway were dominant in every sector for most of the game. Even when Cork came with two early second-half goals, they were a result of long clearances rather than well-crafted scores, and they didn’t make any further leeway until scoring three late points.
By and large, the Leeside forwards were starved of a quality supply, where by contrast, Galway managed to feed wonderful low ball to their forwards and get them in space, despite being faced with up to 10 defending players at times.
Captain Niamh Kilkenny drove them forward, while Niamh McGrath, her sister Orlaith and Ailish O’Reilly were on fire.
Niamh McGrath hand-passed to the net for Galway’s first goal in the 10th minute but the score was all about Kilkenny, who won possession 50m out and beat three defenders before feeding the centre-forward who showed good control and strength to finish.
O’Reilly effected two blocks to set up scores for herself and Orlaith McGrath, and though the latter was forced off with what looked like a knee injury, Galway were undeterred as O’Reilly and Niamh McGrath extended the margin to seven.
Cork were heavily reliant on Orla Cotter for scores from frees and she landed two of her eight points, but O’Reilly set up Molly Dunne for a goal six minutes from half time and with Kilkenny adding a couple of wonderful points, Galway led by 2-10 to 0-5 at the change of ends.
Cork needed a goal and they had one after 43 seconds when skipper Ashling Thompson drove through the middle and fed Julia White, who in turn transferred to Katrina Mackey. The All-Star attacker blasted a ferocious shot to the net.
Amy O’Connor showed her predatory instincts when racing onto a long clearance from Thompson and flicking the sliotar past the advancing Susan Earner before slotting to an empty net. Cotter converted a point and suddenly it was a five-point game.
McGrath settled Galway with a brace of frees and the margin was six until the last five minutes when subs Hannah Looney and Orla Cronin hit the target for Cork and Cotter landed her last free.
Time ran out for the rallying Munster girls though and Galway held on for a deserved victory.
Cork: A Lee, L Callanan, L Treacy, L O’Sullivan, E O’Sullivan, P Mackey, M Cahalane, R Buckley, A Thompson, O Cotter, F Neville, J White, A O’Connor, B Corkery, K Mackey. Subs: G O’Connor for Neville (ht), H Looney for Callanan (46), O Cronin for White (51)
Scorers: O Cotter 0-8(fs); K Mackey 1-1; A O’Connor 1-0, B Corkery, H Looney, O Cronin 0-1 each
Galway: S Earner, T Kenny, S Dervan, H Cooney, S Coen, S Healy, L Ryan, N Kilkenny, E Kilkelly, A Donohue, N McGrath, AM Starr, O McGrath, M Dunne, A O’Reilly. Subs: F Keeley for O McGrath inj (17), J Gill for Starr (54)
Scorers: N McGrath 1-7(0-3fs, 0-1pen); N Kilkenny 0-4; M Dunne 1-0; O McGrath, A O’Reilly 0-2 each
Referee: O Elliott (Antrim)