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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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Cork blasted out an ominous statement of intent as they demolished Galway by 24 points to book a place in the last four of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship.
The defending champions, even without injured 2016 Player of the Year Bríd Stack, were hugely impressive as they notched six goals at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar to set up a clash with Donegal or Mayo on September 2.
A devastating scoring blitz approaching half-time in this All-Ireland quarter-final put paid to the challenge of the Connacht champions – as Cork went from three points behind midway through the first half to 12 clear at the break.
Ephie Fitzgerald’s in-form charges produced arguably their best display under his stewardship, scoring 3-11 without reply in a scintillating spell before and after the break.
Cork were 1-01 to 0-07 adrift before they opened up with both barrels to crush the challenge of Galway, who were without a competitive fixture since beating Mayo on July 2.

Cork, playing against the breeze, were sitting deep and pulling plenty of bodies behind the ball but Galway’s long-range shooting was impressive.
The floodgates would soon open, however, as Cork an unanswered 2-09 approaching half-time to lead by 3-10 to 0-07 at the break.
Galway suffered a blow when midfielder Catriona Cormican went off injured in the after 18 minutes and that seemed to affect the Tribeswomen, who were attempting to manage a seven-week layoff.
Cormican was the scorer of Galway’s seventh point but they sunk without trace as Cork, who improved significantly on their qualifier victory over Monaghan, upped the ante.
Three quick points brought them level at 1-04 to 0-07 before Cork bagged their second goal eight minutes before the break.
Emma Spillane and brilliant player of the match Orla Finn created the opening, before midfielder Niamh Cotter found the net with a classy finish.
Three minutes later, Finn’s quick free found Eimear Scally and she turned inside Galway captain Emer Flaherty before slotting home brilliantly.
With the O’Sullivan sisters, Doireann and captain Ciara, pulling the strings, Cork added four more points before the break and another 1-02 early in the second half to move 17 points clear, 4-12 to 1-07.
Galway’s long wait for a score, which dated back to the quarter-hour, finally ended after more than 20 minutes when Mairéad Seoighe popped over a free.
Tracey Leonard added another free but it was brief respite as Bríd O’Sullivan came off the bench to make a big impact.
Deirdre Brennan registered a consolation goal for Galway in the 41st minute but O’Sullivan netted twice before the finish to add further gloss to the scoreboard from a Cork perspective.
Galway suffered another massive blow with nine minutes left when Flaherty was yellow-carded, leaving the Westerners to finish the game with 14 players.
Bríd O’Sullivan was on target with goals in the 45th and 54th minutes – and Cork’s quest for the seven-in-a-row remains very much course Scorers for Cork: O Finn 0-10 (4f), B O’Sullivan 2-01, E Scally 1-03, Á O’Sullivan & D O’Sullivan (0-01f) 1-2 each, N Cotter 1-00, C O’Sullivan 0-01.
Scorers for Galway: D Brennan 1-00, M Seoighe (1f) & T Leonard (2f) 0-03 each, S Hynes, C Cormican, O Divilly & M Glynn 0-01 each.
Cork: M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, A Hutchings, S Kelly; N Cotter, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: B O’Sullivan for Á O’Sullivan (40), J O’Shea for Farmer (40), M O’Callaghan for Walsh (40), L Colohan for Scally (47), Á Hayes for C O’Sullivan (52).
Galway: D Gower; F Cooney, E Flaherty, S Hynes; Á Seoighe, B Hannon, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cormican; O Divilly, M Seoighe, Á McDonagh; T Leonard, S Conneally, M Glynn.
Subs: D Brennan for Cormican (inj., 19), S Molloy for Á Seoighe (h.t.), D Gorman for Cooney (37), A Davoren for Conneally (47), N Duggan for T Leonard (54).
Referee: N McCormack (Laois).