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The Galway Sports Stars banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday night January 27th, will be dominated by the sport of hurling with the county’s glorious run to All-Ireland success celebrated with three different awards – Joe Canning, Player of the Year; Micheál Donoghue, Manager of the Year; and Galway receiving the Team of the Year honour. In the Special Achievement category county champions Liam Mellows’, winning their first county championship in 47, years are acknowledged while one of the county’s greatest ever exponents of the game, Athenry’s P J Molloy will be honoured with the Galway Sports Stars Hall of Fame award for 2017.
The selection panel com prised of: John McIntyre, Connacht Tribune; Billy Coss, Tuam Herald; Mártan Ó Ciadhra, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Frank Farragher, Connacht Tribune; Stephen Glennon, Connacht Tribune; Mark Walsh, Tuam Herald; Michael Glynn, Connacht Tribune; Seán Bán Breathnach, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Keith Kelly, Connacht Tribune; and Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune.

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Students from the third level sector were acknowledged by the Connacht GAA in their annual student bursary awards at a ceremony which took place in the Connacht GAA Centre. Read More

2018A024The Galway senior panel prior to their FBD Connacht Football League opener against Sligo in Bekan last Wednesday. Back: Frankie Burke, Robert Finnerty, Padraic Cunningham, Cathal Sweeney, Paul Conroy, Rónán Ó Beoláin, Johnny Duane, Patrick Sweeney, Ciaran Duggan, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Peter Cooke, John Maher; front: Dessie Connelly, Sean Kelly, Evan Wynne, Eamonn Brannigan, Tom Flynn, Adrian Varley and David Wynne

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The 2017 Senior and Intermediate Club All Star Hurling Teams of the Year Sponsored by McCarthy’s of Kilbeacanty is as follows:
Senior Club Team 2017 - 1 Kenneth Walsh Liam Mellows, 2 Gerard O’ Halloran Craughwell, 3 Sean Morrissey Liam Mellows, 4 Declan Cronin Cappataggle, 5 Paul Claffey Cappataggle, 6 David Collins Liam Mellows, 7 Adrian Cullinane Craughwell, 8 Aidan Harte Gort, 9 Jack Hastings Liam Mellows, 10 Tadhg Haran Liam Mellows, 11 Joe Canning Portumna, 12 Aidan Helebert Gort, 13 Shane Dolan Craughwell, 14 Niall Healy Craughwell, 15 Adrian Morrissey Liam Mellows.

Intermediate Club Team 2017 - 1 Brian Kelly Rahoon/Newcastle, 2 James Burke Meelick/Eyrecourt, 3 Colm Meehan Ballindereen, 4 Kieran Meehan Ballindereen, 5 John Hanbury, Rahoon/Newcastle, 6 Sean Collins Ballindereen, 7 Martin Corcoran Meelick/Eyrecourt, 8 Michael Larkin Meelick/Eyrecourt, 9 Kevin Lane Ballindereen, 10 Niall Burke Oranmore/Maree, 11 Conor Whelan Kinvara, 12 James Downey Meelick/Eyrecourt, 13 Roy Lane Ballindereen, 14 Niall Lynch Meelick/Eyrecourt, 15 Cillian O’hEochaidh An Spidéal.

 

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After a super display in this year’s EirGrid GAA U21 Connacht Championship, Galway U21 captain, Michael Daly has been named as the EirGrid GAA U21 Player of the Province for Connacht. 

Hailing from An Creagan/Mach Locha club, Michael landed this award for the role he played in securing Galway’s first U21 Connacht title since 2013.

The Tribesmen disposed of both Leitrim (QF) and 2016 All-Ireland champions, Mayo (SF) on their way to the final where they faced Sligo, a team that had yet to claim a provincial title at this level. Michael gave an outstanding display on Sligo home turf in Markievicz Park, and it was this performance that helped drive the team on to secure a win over Galway (3-20 to 2-14) in extra time.

This is the first year of the EirGrid GAA U21 Player of the Province initiative and it is one that has been put in place to recognise and reward outstanding performances throughout each of the four provinces at U21 level. Each recipient has been carefully selected by the Gaelic Writers Association.  

Director of External Affairs at EirGrid, Rosemary Steen, commented;

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Michael on winning this award. His performance for Galway in the Connacht championship has been fantastic and we are delighted to be able to recognise him for this.

“At EirGrid, we manage and develop Ireland’s electricity grid and we feel strongly that our business mirrors this U21 Championship. We need to ensure that there is a bright future ahead for the young people of Ireland and with the incredible talent on display in this competition with players like Michael involved, we have no doubt that the future of the GAA will be extremely bright”.

Dublin’s Aaron Byrne has been selected as the EirGrid GAA U21 Player of the Province for Leinster and in Munster, Kerry’s, Andrew Barry has been chosen. The Ulster representative will be chosen after the final on Monday, 10th April. 

Dublin will play the winner of Donegal and Derry in the EirGrid GAA U21 Football All Ireland Semi-Final on the 15th April at 14:30. The venue for the game is still to be confirmed.

For more information about EirGrid log on to www.eirgrid.com.