Galway City Council and Galway GAA to Host Family-Friendly Event for All Ireland Football Final at Pearse Stadium

Live Screening of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final 2024

A Galway Fanzone will be created at Pearse Stadium, Salthill on Sunday 28 July for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final. The fanzone is being organised by Galway City Council and it will be a free, ticketed event. Tickets will be available shortly from www.GalwayCity.ie. More details on tickets will be published when the link is live.

Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Peter Keane said: ‘I am delighted that Galway City Council will host this family-friendly event for the All-Ireland football final – the clash between Galway and Armagh is going to be an epic battle in Croke Park, and it will be great for thousands to be able to watch it on the big screen here in Pearse Stadium. At full time I am hopeful that the Tribesmen will be returning the Sam Maguire back to the West!’

Patrons will be accommodated both on the field, and in the stand depending on their ticket.

The match will be shown on a 10metre x 6metre fully HD screen with a state-of-the-art stadium sound system installed for the event.

Paul Bellew, Chairperson of Galway GAA said: ‘We are delighted the Galway Fanzone will take place in Pearse Stadium on All Ireland Final day. A big thank to you to Galway City Council for making this family friendly event happen and we hope it will prove to be a memorable day for all.’

Patrons should note that:

  • Doors open at 1:30pm – only valid ticket holders will be admitted
  • TV coverage will be shown from 2:15pm. Throw in at 3:30 PM
  • All under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult
  • Consumption of alcohol is not permitted
  • Patrons must obey event stewards and Gardaí
  • Please respect neighbours around the stadium and do not park illegally
  • Dress for the weather – no umbrellas allowed in the Fanzone.
  • Enjoy the game!

No parking is provided in the vicinity of the stadium. Patrons are advised to walk or cycle to the event, or to use public transport. Motorists attending the event should use city centre car parks or car parks in Salthill, and continue to the stadium on foot/ public transport. A limited amount of car parking will be available to the public at (Coláiste Éinde) St.Enda’s Secondary School on Threadneedle Road, H91 X798.

People should note that in the interest of Health and Safety, the Gardaí and Stewards may restrict vehicular entry/egress at times of high pedestrian traffic in the area. The screening on Sunday will result in increased traffic in Galway City, Salthill and Pearse Stadium areas and we urge all supporters to arrive early, in order to avoid traffic congestion and potential delays entering the Stadium.

The usual match day food and drink concessions will be available on site with additional family entertainment to help build up the atmosphere.

This is a ticket only event, no tickets will be available at the ground on the day.  Please have your tickets available for scanning as you approach the stadium.

This event is brought to you by Galway City Council and Galway GAA, in partnership with our colleagues in the emergency services.

Gaillimh Abú!

Full terms and conditions of entry are below:

Terms and Conditions

  • The gates will open at 1:30 on the day. Please arrive in plenty of time and have your ticket(s) downloaded on your phone for scanning.
  • All attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to gain entry to the event. The adult must always remain with the child during the event.
  • This is a family friendly event, and no alcohol is permitted inside the event or in the areas around the stadium. Searching will take place at all entry points to the venue.
  • No bags larger than A4 (210 mm x 297 mm x 210 mm).
  • For health and safety reasons no buggies are allowed onto the pitch.
  • No fireworks, flares, smoke powder, smoke bombs or other pyrotechnics. Any person found in possession or using any of the above will be removed from the ground and referred to An Garda Siochana.
  • This is an outdoor event. Please dress appropriately for the weather. No umbrellas are allowed inside the event.
  • No flexible flagpoles that exceed 1 (one) metre in length and 1 (one) cm in diameter, banners or flags larger than 2.0 (two) x 1.5 (one and a half) metres.
  • No electronically, mechanically, or manually operated sound-emitting devices such as megaphones or speakers.
  • No animals, except for guide and/or assistance dogs.
  • Please obey the parking restrictions in the area. There is no parking anywhere at the ground. City centre car parks are open or public transport should be used.
  • No weapons of any kind or anything that could be adapted for use as a weapon or a projectile.
  • Smoking or vaping is not permitted within the stadium.
  • A maximum of 4 tickets per person will be allowed
  • Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled.

Win with the Tribes – All-Ireland SFC Final Raffle

Win With The Tribes – Official Galway GAA All-Ireland Football Final Ticket

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3rd Prize – 2 All-Ireland Football Final Tickets (Lower Cusack).

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Joyce hopeful Kelly will be available

By Cian O’Connell

Galway manager Padraic Joyce is hopeful captain Seán Kelly will be available to play some part in the All-Ireland SFC Final against Armagh at Croke Park on July 28.

The Maigh Cuilinn clubman was a substitute for the Semi-Final win over Donegal, but has subsequently trained with the Galway panel.

Speaking at a press event ahead of the Armagh encounter, Galway boss Joyce said: “Sean is training away, he trained Tuesday night.

“Look, he probably wasn’t fully ready the last day so we are hoping to get another two weeks into him and we will check him out. Hopefully, he will be available for some sort of time anyway.”

Joyce confirmed that Shane Walsh and Damien Comer will be available for selection. “The boys are fine,” Joyce added. “The boys that came off, the nature of Shane’s injury is that he could not stay any longer on the pitch and we took him off and gave him a bit of rest.

“He needs to put a bit of work in now for a bit of rehab for the next two weeks and if we get as much out of him again in two weeks time, we will be happy enough. Damien is the same.”

Ultimately, it means that Cian Hernon, who suffered a hand injury last week, is the only player unavailable for Galway. “You would be heartbroken for the craytur, he just went over on his wrist here in one of the last plays, he got shouldered on the ball and I think his hand was trapped under the ball and he did quite a bit of damage to his hand,” Joyce remarked.

“It is tough on him because he had been away all year on Erasmus from January to May. He came back in really good shape, he is a great young fellow, I would have great time for him. It is tough for him and his family that he is missing out on it.”

Joyce encouraged about Galway’s battling spirit

By Cian O’Connell

“I think we were a more battled hardened team coming down the stretch,” Galway manager Padraic Joyce reflected following Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final win over Donegal at Croke Park.

“If you look at the games we played – Mayo in the Connacht Final, the Sligo game obviously we were in trouble, but we found a way to win it, and then we have had Derry, Armagh, Westmeath, Dublin the last day, whereas Donegal the last two games they have coasted through probably Clare and Louth easier than they would have liked.

“It showed in the game on Saturday night even, Armagh were the more battle hardened team and they found a way to stick it out. I think that was the difference, we are probably a little bit more developed than Donegal, to be honest.”

During Galway’s 2024 adventure a victory over Dublin was registered, but Joyce acknowledged the importance of building on that success. “After the emotion of beating Dublin the last day, it would have been a damp squib had we lost today,” Joyce remarked.

“It wouldn’t have meant much to us or it wouldn’t have been really talked about. We spoke a lot about that with the lads. In fairness to the lads, we obviously enjoyed that Saturday night after Dublin and the lads got back down to work the following morning.

“They did a recovery session in Blackrock in Salthill like they always do. They got looked after then by Finian Hanley next door for breakfast so it was great. The lads were mighty. And then we focused on Donegal.”

Galway’s diligent defensive work was evident once more in the Donegal triumph. “It’s something I was probably a bit naïve when I came into the job, saying we were playing fancy football, we did for a long time, but obviously we had to shore up our defence,” Joyce says.

“And that is down to the work Cian O’Neill and John Divilly are doing with the lads, they are well structured.

“You look at the lads in there – Johnny McGrath, Jack Glynn, they are not massive giants, Seán Fitzgerald, they are young lads that came in and to a man they are outstanding lads. Seán Mulkerrin, Dylan McHugh with them, playing serious football and are keeping Kieran Molloy and John Daly off that squad as well.

“John and Kieran got a bit of gametime today which is great, they are just really good players and getting great support from the wing forwards as well. It’s pleasing, definitely, and it always gives you a great chance when you are not conceding big scores.”

All-Ireland SFC: Galway reach decider

All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final

Galway 1-14 Donegal 0-15

By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park

This week in Galway, it really was a Year ‘Til Sunday.

When the afternoon arrived it felt even longer, but Galway persevered, finding a way to win a tight match. Pat Comer and David Power’s immortal documentary is still shown by parents to the next generation, eager to educate them about what John O’Mahony and his exciting panel did for football in the west decades ago.

One of the chief protagonists in that triumph, Pádraic Joyce, stood on the sideline, cajoling another gritty performance from his team. Ultimately, it was sufficient to earn a place in the July 28 All-Ireland SFC Final against Armagh.

Donegal had opportunities in the closing stages, but late points from Rob Finnerty and Liam Silke proved decisive.

In such a close encounter Donegal’s failure to score after the 61st minute was costly. Galway only managed two points in that spell, but they mattered deeply.

The opening period moved along at a decent clip with a Shane Walsh score in the 21st minute levelling affairs at 0-5 each. That effort resulted from a Seán Fitzgerald delivery which caused panic in the Donegal full back line, and Galway profited again three minutes later.

Paul Conroy’s ball inside caused confusion in the Donegal defence and eventually it crept over the line for a tonic Galway goal. Jim McGuinness’ charges, spirited and defiant, responded admirably with Paddy McBrearty clipping a gorgeous point instantly.

Finnerty nailed a free for Galway, but Donegal were beginning to get some joy. Ciarán Thompson, Oisín Gallen, and the splendid Michael Langan contributed points.

Conroy replied for Galway before Langan concluded the first half scoring ensuring the teams departed deadlocked, 1-7 to 0-10, at the interval. Delicately poised it most certainly was.

Johnny McGrath, Galway, and Shane O'Donnell, Donegal, in All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final action at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

When the match restarted it was cagey, but nearly every score was seriously hard earned. Walsh converted a free before Gallen and Shane O’Donnell rifled over points. Cillian McDaid manufactured space to kick an equaliser.

McBrearty nudged Donegal ahead. Then the Corofin duo, Dylan McHugh, who was excellent, and Silke guided Galway into the lead. McBrearty had Donegal back on terms.

Then a barren spell occurred with John Maher supplying a vital point for Galway. Langan restored parity, but Donegal didn’t score again. In the remaining moments Finnerty (free) and Silke clipped points which delighted Galway supporters in the 67,002 crowd.

For Donegal, it has been some adventure under McGuinness once again. Galway’s 2024 journey continues.

Scorers for Galway: Rob Finnerty 0-4 (2fs), Paul Conroy 1-1, Shane Walsh 0-3 (2fs), Dylan McHugh and Liam Silke 0-2 each, Cillian McDaid and John Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal: Michael Langan 0-4, Oisín Gallen and Paddy McBrearty (1f) 0-3 each, Shane O’Donnell and Ciarán Thompson (1m) 0-2 each, Caolan McGonagle 0-1.

Galway: Connor Gleeson; Johnny McGrath, Liam Silke, Jack Glynn; Dylan McHugh, Seán Fitzgerald, Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin; Paul Conroy, John Maher; Matthew Tierney, Céin D’Arcy, Cillian McDaid; Rob Finnerty, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Johnny Heaney for D’Arcy (57), Daniel O’Flaherty for Walsh (63), John Daly for Fitzgerald (65), Kieran Molloy for Comer (70+2), Tomo Culhane for McDaid (70+2).

Donegal: Shaun Patton; Eoghan Bán Gallagher, Brendan McCole, Peadar Mogan; Ryan McHugh, Caolan McGonagle, Caolan McColgan; Michael Langan, Jason McGee; Shane O’Donnell, Ciarán Thompson, Ciarán Moore; Paddy McBrearty, Oisín Gallen, Aaron Doherty.

Subs: Daire Ó Baoill for McColgan (30), Jeaic Mac Ceallbhuí for Gallagher (48), Niall O’Donnell for McBrearty (59), Hugh McFadden for McGee (59), Odhran Doherty for Aaron Doherty (63).

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).

All-Ireland SFC: Galway reach decider

All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final

Galway 1-14 Donegal 0-15

By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park

This week in Galway, it really was a Year ‘Til Sunday.

When the afternoon arrived it felt even longer, but Galway persevered, finding a way to win a tight match. Pat Comer and David Power’s immortal documentary is still shown by parents to the next generation, eager to educate them about what John O’Mahony and his exciting panel did for football in the west decades ago.

One of the chief protagonists in that triumph, Pádraic Joyce, stood on the sideline, cajoling another gritty performance from his team. Ultimately, it was sufficient to earn a place in the July 28 All-Ireland SFC Final against Armagh.

Donegal had opportunities in the closing stages, but late points from Rob Finnerty and Liam Silke proved decisive.

In such a close encounter Donegal’s failure to score after the 61st minute was costly. Galway only managed two points in that spell, but they mattered deeply.

The opening period moved along at a decent clip with a Shane Walsh score in the 21st minute levelling affairs at 0-5 each. That effort resulted from a Seán Fitzgerald delivery which caused panic in the Donegal full back line, and Galway profited again three minutes later.

Paul Conroy’s ball inside caused confusion in the Donegal defence and eventually it crept over the line for a tonic Galway goal. Jim McGuinness’ charges, spirited and defiant, responded admirably with Paddy McBrearty clipping a gorgeous point instantly.

Finnerty nailed a free for Galway, but Donegal were beginning to get some joy. Ciarán Thompson, Oisín Gallen, and the splendid Michael Langan contributed points.

Conroy replied for Galway before Langan concluded the first half scoring ensuring the teams departed deadlocked, 1-7 to 0-10, at the interval. Delicately poised it most certainly was.

Johnny McGrath, Galway, and Shane O'Donnell, Donegal, in All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final action at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Johnny McGrath, Galway, and Shane O’Donnell, Donegal, in All-Ireland SFC Semi-Final action at Croke Park. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

When the match restarted it was cagey, but nearly every score was seriously hard earned. Walsh converted a free before Gallen and Shane O’Donnell rifled over points. Cillian McDaid manufactured space to kick an equaliser.

McBrearty nudged Donegal ahead. Then the Corofin duo, Dylan McHugh, who was excellent, and Silke guided Galway into the lead. McBrearty had Donegal back on terms.

Then a barren spell occurred with John Maher supplying a vital point for Galway. Langan restored parity, but Donegal didn’t score again. In the remaining moments Finnerty (free) and Silke clipped points which delighted Galway supporters in the 67,002 crowd.

For Donegal, it has been some adventure under McGuinness once again. Galway’s 2024 journey continues.

Scorers for Galway: Rob Finnerty 0-4 (2fs), Paul Conroy 1-1, Shane Walsh 0-3 (2fs), Dylan McHugh and Liam Silke 0-2 each, Cillian McDaid and John Maher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Donegal: Michael Langan 0-4, Oisín Gallen and Paddy McBrearty (1f) 0-3 each, Shane O’Donnell and Ciarán Thompson (1m) 0-2 each, Caolan McGonagle 0-1.

Galway: Connor Gleeson; Johnny McGrath, Liam Silke, Jack Glynn; Dylan McHugh, Seán Fitzgerald, Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin; Paul Conroy, John Maher; Matthew Tierney, Céin D’Arcy, Cillian McDaid; Rob Finnerty, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Johnny Heaney for D’Arcy (57), Daniel O’Flaherty for Walsh (63), John Daly for Fitzgerald (65), Kieran Molloy for Comer (70+2), Tomo Culhane for McDaid (70+2).

Donegal: Shaun Patton; Eoghan Bán Gallagher, Brendan McCole, Peadar Mogan; Ryan McHugh, Caolan McGonagle, Caolan McColgan; Michael Langan, Jason McGee; Shane O’Donnell, Ciarán Thompson, Ciarán Moore; Paddy McBrearty, Oisín Gallen, Aaron Doherty.

Subs: Daire Ó Baoill for McColgan (30), Jeaic Mac Ceallbhuí for Gallagher (48), Niall O’Donnell for McBrearty (59), Hugh McFadden for McGee (59), Odhran Doherty for Aaron Doherty (63).

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).

Team News: Galway v Donegal, All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final

The Galway Senior Football team to face Donegal on Sunday in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final is announced

Date: Sunday July 14th 2024

Venue: Croke Park at 4.00PM

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Match Commentary on Galway Bay FM and RnaG Spórt

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Best of Luck to Pádraic Joyce, Team Management and our Senior Football squad!

#riseofthetribes #gaillimhabú

John O’Mahony always kept the faith

 

By John Harrington

The reaction to John O’Mahony’s sad and untimely passing last Saturday has underscored two truths – that he was a very decent man, and one of the most innovative managers in the history of Gaelic football.

I had the good fortune of getting to know ‘Johnno’ in 2015 when I worked with him on his autobiography ‘Keeping the Faith’.

It was a hugely enjoyable process from start to finish because Johnno was always such personable company and made the job of ghost-writing his memoir an easy one because he had such a vivid recall of his life in football.

A common compliment from those who played under him is that Johnno was meticulous in his approach to management, and he brought the same level of organisation to writing his book.

For a period of his time as Galway manager he recorded his thoughts on his way to and from training on a Dictaphone, and went so far as to have these transcribed into a document that ran to hundreds of thousands of words. Pure manna for the ghost-writer.

It’s easy to make the argument that O’Mahony is one of the most influential managers in the history of the game because he pioneered many of the staples that are now taken for granted, from video analysis to sports psychology to dietary plans.

When he was appointed Mayo U-21 team manager at the age of 30 in 1983, he spent £1,400 of his own money on a top of the range video camera and recorder, long before most senior inter-county teams even thought of using video analysis.

Johnno even went so far as to get one of his students in St. Nathy’s, Pat Coen, to put a commentary over the video recordings, and his well-drilled U21 team went on to win the All-Ireland that year.

When he was appointed Mayo senior manager at the end of 1987 he made a point of ensuring the players had the fuel they needed to perform to their best.

His wife, Gerardine, always a huge support to Johnno, was a Home Economics teacher, and put together dietary plans for all the players and made healthy smoothies that she brought to training sessions along with bags of whole fruit.

Whenever the team stayed overnight anywhere for a match or a training camp, Ger would get in touch with the hotel to make sure they could provide players with healthy food.

The players were brought to Thomond College in Limerick at the start of every year for fitness testing where everything was tested – body fat, speed, and endurance – and then they’d return a few months later to measure what progress had been made. Par for the course now, but revolutionary in the 1980s.

The nature of Mayo’s defeat to Meath in the 1988 All-Ireland semi-final convinced O’Mahony that his team was mentally weak so he made it a priority to strengthen their minds by bringing in Bill Cogan as a performance coach at a time when there was no such thing as sports psychology in Gaelic games.

He also brought in Mick Doyle, who had coached Ireland’s Triple Crown winning team of 1985, to give a speech at a team-building weekend on what it takes to win at the highest level.

Mayo fell agonisingly short of winning the All-Ireland Final in 1989, but it wasn’t for a lack of self-belief they failed to get over the line that day against hot favourites Cork.

Mayo manager John O'Mahony pictured after defeat to Cork in the 1989 All-Ireland SFC Final. 

Mayo manager John O’Mahony pictured after defeat to Cork in the 1989 All-Ireland SFC Final.

His ability to convince players they should set no limits on their ambition was even more apparent as Leitrim manager.

Bill Cogan was a big part of that set-up too, as Johnno set about demolishing the mindset that Leitrim should simply accept being the poor relations of Connacht football.

He insisted on the team arriving for championship matches on a brand new team coach rather than the convoy of cars and clapped out mini-buses that had been the norm previously.

If the team were staying at a hotel he insisted on the Leitrim county board booking a good one. His motto was ‘Stay five star…Play five star’.

Before the 1994 Connacht Final against Mayo, Johnno arranged for a the team to eat a pre-match meal in a guest house only 500 yards from Hyde Park but which was quiet and secluded because it was on an old estate down a narrow lane surrounded by serene woodland.

His only concern was whether the top of the range Leitrim team-bus would fit through the narrow gateway, so, Johnno being Johnno, he drove to Roscommon a week before the final and measured the gateway himself. There was an inch to spare.

On the day of the match the bus was decked out in Leitrim colours and the Leitrim players were smartly dressed in slacks and polo-shirts. 40 years ago the best a county team might hope for would be matching track-suits, but Johnno’s attitude was that if Leitrim were ever going to be respected they had to do things better than anyone else.

Leitrim, of course, famously won the ’94 Connacht Final and the team was driven through a mobbed Carrick-on-Shannon that evening on an open-top bus that Johnno had booked himself, so confident was he that his team would get the job done.

Leitrim manager John O'Mahony celebrates after the 1994 Bank of Ireland Connacht Senior Football Championship Final match between Leitrim and Mayo at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Leitrim manager John O’Mahony celebrates after the 1994 Bank of Ireland Connacht Senior Football Championship Final match between Leitrim and Mayo at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Those who worked under Johnno will attest to his man-management skills, and they arguably found their greatest expression with the Galway footballers he led to two All-Ireland titles in 1998 and 2001.

That Galway team had some very strong personalities as well as talented footballers, but Johnno had a knack for figuring out what made them all tick as individuals and so got them pulling together in the same direction as a team.

As well as making the most of the hand he was dealt himself, Johnno also like to sneak a peak at the cards the opposition was holding as much as he possibly could.

It’s quite poignant he should pass a week after his good friend Tommie Gorman, because the famed RTE journalist spent countless hours doing video analysis for Johnno during his stints as manager with Mayo, Leitrim, and Galway.

Johnno loved the intrigue of pitting his wits against opposition managers, and had a handful of ‘spies’ who’d watch opposition teams in training and challenge matches and feed him back invaluable intel.

Kildare did their best to keep it under wraps when Glen Ryan injured his thigh while out golfing before the 1998 All-Ireland Final against Galway, but Johnno had such good contacts in Kildare he reckoned he knew about Ryan’s woes before he was even off the golf course.

As well as keeping a close eye on the opposition, Johnno enjoyed putting out a bit of disinformation about his own team if he felt it would serve them well.

Before that 1998 All-Ireland Final he let it be known that Galway would be staying at the Burlington Hotel and even had the Hotel erect a big sign welcoming the Galway team.

So while supporters and media congregated at the Burlington the day before and morning of the All-Ireland Final, in reality the Galway team were staying down the road at the Berkley Court Hotel which was an oasis of calm.

As meticulous as he was in all aspects of management, Johnno knew that ultimately it always came down to the players so you had to empower them to take leadership themselves rather than be too prescriptive.

Galway manager John O'Mahony kisses the Sam Maguire Cup after the 1998 Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final match between Kildare and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Galway manager John O’Mahony kisses the Sam Maguire Cup after the 1998 Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final match between Kildare and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

When Galway trailed Kildare at half-time in that 1998 All-Ireland Final he took them to warm-up room and simply told them it was the biggest day of their lives so it should be their best one too.

He then walked out of the room and left the players to talk it out, and the rest is history as a rampant Galway blew Kildare away in the second-half.

Throughout his management career Johnno regarded himself as a facilitator whose role it was to give everything of himself to help his players be the best they could be.

He had a refreshing lack of ego and he never made it about himself.

In the closing minutes of that 1998 All-Ireland Final when it was apparent that Galway would win the game he did allow himself a moment of indulgence though which you’d be glad of now.

“I enjoyed a couple of minutes of pure bliss on the sideline,” he recalled. “I had been at all the great Kerry v Dublin matches of the 1970s when Mick O’Dwyer and Kevin Heffernan had pitted their wits against one another.

“In the closing minutes of those matches I always closely watched the manager who was about to win, and I tried to imagine how he felt in those moments. It was always my dream to experience that sensation for myself. Now, here it was happening for real.

“It was just heaven on earth. I’ll remember it to my dying day.”

 

John O’Mahony, R.I.P

John O’Mahony, R.I.P

It is with immense sadness that we heard about the sad and untimely passing of our former double All-Ireland Senior Football winning manager, John O’Mahony.

John enjoyed a stellar sporting career leaving an unrivalled legacy in Leitrim, Mayo and Galway winning 8 Connacht Senior Football titles during his various tenures as manager.

He tasted success eight times in the Connacht Football championship leading Mayo in 1988, 1989, 2009; Leitrim in 1994; Galway in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to Nestor Cup wins.

He started his inter-county managerial career leading Mayo’s U21s to the 1983 All-Ireland crown. Undoubtedly, the crowning glory of his managerial career was the winning of the two All-Ireland Senior Football titles with Galway in 1998 and 2001; ending a 32-year famine to return the Sam Maguire Cup to the Tribesmen.

As a player, John won All-Ireland minor (1971) and U21 (1974) medals with Mayo. He was a corner-back in two senior Connacht football finals.

In recent times, John took over as manager of Salthill-Knocknacarra in 2022 and led them to the Galway Senior County final, where they were defeated by Maigh Cuilinn on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-9.

1998 All-Ireland winning Team Captain, Ray Silke said John has left “a phenomenal legacy behind him”. “In 1998 he had a catchphase “to take the opportunity of a lifetime,  in the lifetime of the opportunity”.  Ray said John himself took the opportunity of the lifetime when he managed Mayo very successfully; had phenomenal success with Leitrim in 1994 who beat Galway, Roscommon and Mayo to win that Connacht Final. In 1998 he automatically had respect of the Galway squad citing him as a “very strategic” manager with the expert ability to blend the youth and experience of the squad successfully.” On behalf of the 1998 squad, Ray offered his condolences to Geraldine and the O’Mahony family.

Galway GAA Chairperson, Paul Bellew said “John gave Galway supporters, here and abroad some of the greatest days and memories we ever had. In recent years he continued to contribute to Galway GAA behind the scenes through his involvement in coaching. He will be fondly remembered with great respect by us all for all he achieved.”

Galway GAA extend our sincere condolences to his wife Geraldine, daughters Gráinne, Niamh, Rhona, Deirdre and Cliodhna, brothers Dan and Stephen, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Funeral details announced here: https://rip.ie/death-notice/john-omahony-mayo-ballaghaderreen-561708

Galway Bay FM broadcast a special tribute to John as part of Sunday sport as his remains left Galway on their journey to his home featuring Ollie Turner, Ray Silke, Paul Bellew (Galway GAA) and Vincent Neary (Connacht GAA).
Listen to that tribute in full here:
https://galwaybayfm.ie/sports/john-omahony-tribute-broadcast-on-sunday-sport/

 

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