Is údar mór brón do CLG na Gaillimhe an scéala go bhfuil ár n-iar imreoir Contae Jimmy Cooney imithe ar shlí na firínne.
Jimmy had a lifelong involvement in the GAA lining out for the Galway Senior Hurlers in four championships between 1979 and 1983. He starred at left corner back on that historic day, 7th September 1980, when Galway claimed their second All-Ireland Senior Hurling title beating Limerick in the final on a scoreline of Galway 2-15 to Limerick 3-09.
In addition to his All-Ireland success, he also won a Railway Cup Medal with Connacht in 1980.
A winner of two All-Star awards, in 1980 and 1981, Jimmy played his last senior inter-county game in the 1983 All-Ireland semi-final v. Kilkenny.
With his club, Sarsfields, he won three Senior County Medals and was a substitute when they won the All-Ireland Club Hurling title in 1993. Jimmy devoted a lifetime of service to his club fulfilling many roles in Sarsfields club as both player and administrator over a long and distinguished career.
On behalf of Galway GAA, we express our deepest sympathies to his wife Kay, his children Fiachra, Sarah, Ciara and Tara, grandchildren James and Róisín; to his brothers Pakie, Michael, Joe and Brendan, his sisters Mary, Geraldine, Teresa, Breege, Philomena, Martina, Joan and Angela, his nephews, nieces, in-laws, and the extended members of the Cooney family and Sarsfields GAA Club.
He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the whole Galway GAA community.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Funeral Details are confirmed, please see https://rip.ie/death-notice/jimmy-cooney-galway-loughrea-525333
Galway GAA will be accepting nominations and expressions of interest for the following Inter-County Managers’ position in the coming weeks for both U-17 Hurling & Football and U-20 Hurling & Football.
Club nominations and expressions of interest for U-20 Hurling and U-20 Football are now being accepted and the closing date for receipt of nominations for these two positions is Friday August the 11th at 5.00pm.
A written Expression of Interest Letter from the proposed person being nominated by your Club must accompany any nomination from your Club.
Timelines for U-17 Hurling & Football Manager positions will be notified later.
It also lies within the remit of CLG Coiste Contae na Gaillimhe to identify potential candidates for these positions.
Completed and signed Nomination Form to be returned no later than 5.00 p.m. on Friday August the 11th to Séamus Ó Gráda, Runai Coiste Chontae, Pairc an Phiarsaigh, Bothar na Tra, Gaillimh.
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This is followed by the Senior & Intermediate Hurling Club Championship action from August 4th.
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The Galway Senior Hurling Team to face Dublin in the Walsh Cup is announced.
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St. Thomas’ defender hurler, Fintan Burke, is much off the field like he is on it – no-nonsense.
When it’s suggested to him that some rival clubs in Galway like to undermine his own’s achievement of having won six county titles in the last seven years by pointing out they haven’t won an All-Ireland in that time, he’s not having any of it.
“Nowadays there’s a lot of stuff said that you just have to blank out and just put on your ear-muffs,” says Burke.
“Because opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. You just have to let it fade into the background and get on with things. Records and all that craic, I’m not too worried about them now at the moment.”
He means that in every sense possible. He closes his ears to those who try to run St. Thomas’ down, and he’s not the type either to glory in what they’ve achieved.
Winning a fifth Galway title in a row is a serious piece of history for a club that draws its team from such a small area, but don’t expect Burke pat himself on the back any time soon.
“I haven’t really thought about it,” he says. “We’d probably be of the opinion that we’ll have enough time when we’re 40 or 50 sitting at a barstool and looking into a pint thinking about how great we were to win five-in-row, but while you’re here you might as well stay going.”
So how does this group of St. Thomas’ players stay going? Many of them have been on the road a long time now yet they come back year after year with their appetite for success apparently undiminished.
“It’s probably because of how tight the group is,” says Burke. “We’ve obviously had a lot of success the last five, six, seven years. But we’ve had a lot of tough days too. Ballyhale in Croke Park, even Ballyhale last year, Borrisoleigh, Ballyea, we’ve had a lot of disappointing defeats that probably brought us together and cemented our friendship as a group.
“In March, April, or May when you’re trying to get back training and you’re looking outside and it’s milling rain and you’re going training for nothing, essentially, for two months, that’s probably the days you draw on those defeats the most.
“Given the success we’ve had we know how good it is to win so it makes getting out there and doing it that small bit easier.
“Obviously there are days when you’d think it’d be easier to pull up the duvet and hide underneath it and just not go. But when we go training with the lads it’s enjoyable, there’s always that bit of craic. And you’d be looking forward to that as much as anything.”
St. Thomas’ desire to defeat Ulster and Antrim champions, Dunloy, this weekend and make it back to their first All-Ireland Final since 2019 is surely heightened by how disappointing that experience was.
They didn’t hurl anywhere near their potential and were beaten on the day by 17 points, while a miserable afternoon for Burke was made much worse by the fact he ruptured his cruciate ligament in that game.
“Obviously if you look at our track record we’ve made a habit of not showing up for All-Ireland semi-finals or that Final,” he says. “I suppose you could make 100 excuses but the buck lies with us.
“I suppose, yeah, we were very disappointed, but I wouldn’t say we use it as a motivation. The biggest motivating factor for a lot of us is that these days won’t be around for ever and we’re not going to be as successful as we are at the moment forever.
“When some of the older lads call it a day we’re probably going to be under pressure numbers wise which is always going to happen. So I suppose it’s just about making hay while the sun shines really.
“There’s different motivating factors for us and one of them would be that a lot of lads in our panel don’t have an All-Ireland medal. Some of the older lads do but I don’t myself and that’s one you’d like to have in your back pocket before you call it a day.
“In fairness lads don’t be shy about telling you. If there’s a row in the hurling field that’s the first thing they’d be telling you, ‘where’s your All-Ireland club medal?’ It would be nice on a personal level for every lad on the panel who doesn’t have one to have one.”
By John Harrington
Galway GAA have launched a new partnership with Setanta College that will focus on the delivery of athletic development programmes for the county’s underage development squads.
Covering both hurling and football, the design and delivery of the programmes will be carried out by coaches from Setanta. Leading the implementation of the partnership will be Galway native Des Ryan, who has previously worked as Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the Arsenal FC Academy and is now Director of Coaching and Performance at Setanta.
Chairperson of Galway GAA, Paul Bellew, said, “We are delighted to launch our new partnership with Setanta College. There is a firm commitment in Galway GAA to deliver a development pathway that maximizes the potential of our players all the way through to adult level, and this is a significant step forward in doing so in terms of athletic development, sports psychology and nutritional support. Setanta College’s expertise, educational focus and high support environment under the direction of Des Ryan aligns with our aims of assisting players both on and off the field. We look forward to working closely with Des and the team at Setanta in delivering on our shared aims.”
The partnership was officially launched at an event in the Clayton Hotel, Galway, where representatives from both Galway GAA and Setanta provided an overview of the structure of the new partnership to both players and parents. Also supporting the design of the athletic development pathway will be Lukasz Kirszenstein and Jonathan Harris-Wright, Lead Athletic Development coaches with the county’s Senior Hurling and Football teams.
Des Ryan, Director of Coaching & Performance at Setanta College, said, “We have a great interest in developing young people and players at Setanta so we are very excited to embark on this new partnership with Galway GAA. This project will be dual aspirational; firstly, we want all development players to enjoy Gaelic Games and play with their clubs for as long as possible. We also want to help every player be the best version of themselves. A number of players will go onto play for the county Minor, u20 and Senior teams and we will help them to be physically prepared for those challenges. The Athletic Development, Sports Psychology and Nutrition support provided by Setanta will focus on Health, Wellbeing and Physical Development. We will also ensure it will be a high-challenge and high-support environment.”
Setanta College is an internationally renowned provider of higher education in human performance and sports science headquartered in Ireland with a number of international locations. Recently, the college has expanded its offerings to include the development of performance structures through its consultancy practice Setanta Performance.
For more information on Setanta College, visit www.setantacollege.com
One of the longest running sponsorship relationships in Irish sport is set to continue with the announcement today (Tuesday, November 29th) that
Supermac’s and Galway GAA have agreed a 5 year deal. Supermac’s has been sponsoring Galway for over 32 years having started sponsoring Galway hurling in 1991 and subsequently both Galway football and hurling. The deal means that Supermac’s will sponsor all Galway Adult and Youth Intercounty teams in Football and Hurling until 2027. Supermac’s also supports hundreds of local GAA clubs and school teams throughout the country.
Pat McDonagh, Managing Director of Supermac’s, said that “Both myself an Una are delighted to be continuing one of the longest running sponsorship relationships in the country,” he said. “The sponsorship of the county teams is an important part of our relationship with the GAA and the fact that we sponsor hundreds of clubs, schools and teams throughout the country is equally as important to us. We are over 40 years in business and in the 32 years that we have been sponsoring Galway we have always maintained a strong relationship with clubs and schools in the communities in which we are based. We would like to wish all the teams the very best of luck during the upcoming campaigns,” Mr. McDonagh concluded.
Galway County Board Chairperson, Paul Bellew said “Galway GAA are delighted to extend our partnership with Supermac’s for another five years. Pat and Una McDonagh have been fantastic supporters and promoters of the GAA in Galway and indeed nationally for over 30 years now and we thank them for their continued support. This new agreement represents a significant investment over the next five years and is a strong endorsement of our six flagship teams across hurling and football. We look forward to working closely with Pat, Una and the team at Supermac’s over the next five years.”
PwC All-Stars Football 2022
1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore, Kerry)
2. Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil, Derry)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue, Kerry)
4. Liam Silke (Corofin, Galway)
5. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe, Kerry)
6. John Daly (Mountbellew Moylough, Galway)
7. Gavin White (Dr.Crokes, Kerry) Midfielders
8. Conor Glass (Glen, Derry)
9. Cillian McDaid (Monivea-Abbey, Galway)
10. Paudie Clifford (Fossa, Kerry)
11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks, Kerry)
12. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock, Dublin)
13. David Clifford (Fossa, Kerry)
14. Damien Comer (Annaghdown, Galway)
15. Shane Walsh (Kilmacud Crokes, Galway)
PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year nominees
David Clifford (Kerry) Cillian McDaid (Galway) Shane Walsh (Galway)
PwC GAA/GPA Young Footballer of the Year nominees
Lee Gannon (Dublin) Ethan Doherty (Derry) Jack Glynn (Galway)
Is údar mór brón do CLG na Gaillimhe an scéala go bhfuil ár n-iar Chathaoirleach Contae Jimmy Halliday imithe ar shlí na firínne.
Jimmy had a lifelong involvement in the GAA, serving as Chairperson of his club Dunmore MacHales, as well as fulfilling many other roles in the club as both player and administrator over a long and distinguished career.
His love of Galway GAA was relentless and he served as Galway GAA Chairperson from 1986 to 1989, among the highlights of his term in office were the back-to-back All Ireland Senior Hurling titles won in 1987 and 1988.
On behalf of Galway GAA, we express our deepest sympathies to his son Michael, daughters Ailish and Eleanor, sisters Mona, Anne and Jodie, brothers Jack and Michael, his grandchildren and extended family members, on his passing. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the whole Galway GAA community.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Please Note: As a mark of respect to Jimmy, the County Committee Meeting due to take place tomorrow night (Monday 10th) has been postponed and is rescheduled to Thursday night, October 13th in Lár Ionad at 8.00pm.