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Galway GAA Golf Classic 2021

On the 20th and 21st July 2021 Galway GAA will be hosting the Galway GAA Golf Classic at Galway Bay Golf Resort. We are delighted that Galway Bay Golf Resort are the Main Sponsor for this event, and we thank them for making their wonderful facility available to us. A winning blend of natural beauty and golfing adventure, the championship golf course at Galway Bay Golf Resort is regarded among the very best golf courses in Ireland. Designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr. the course is superbly blended into stunning backdrop of Galway Bay and the rugged curves of the Atlantic coastline.

The restrictions imposed on us with the Pandemic has meant fundraising initiatives have been limited, so we see this event as an opportunity for friends of Galway GAA to enjoy a social occasion but more importantly assist us with providing necessary funds to ensure our Hurling and Football teams are prepared, with no stone left unturned, to achieve success on the playing fields.

We will have a superb array of prizes including All Ireland Final Tickets for both Hurling and Football finals with overnight accommodation. The cost is €500 for teams of four with any combination of Ladies & Gents; note GUI handicaps apply for the main prizes! Fantastic prizes on offer in several different categories including teams with non GUI golfers. Complimentary food will also be served at the event.  For Tee time bookings you may contact Peter Murphy on 087-2272943, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  To sponsor a tee for €100 please contact Mark Gottsche on 085-2562422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All funds raised will go exclusively, towards the preparation of the Galway Inter-County senior, under 20’s and minor teams, in both Football and Hurling.

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Fintan Burke Galway in action against Dublin

Leinster senior hurling championship semi-final

DUBLIN 1-18 GALWAY 1-14

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Two years on from lighting up their 2019 Leinster SHC campaign with a landmark win over Galway, Dublin repeated the feat at Croke Park to secure a first final spot since 2014.

Chris Crummey's 53rd minute goal was crucial but leaders stood up all over the field for Dublin with Alan Nolan, Conor Burke, captain Danny Sutcliffe and top scorer Donal Burke all outstanding on a memorable day.

Goalkeeper Nolan pulled off a series of saves, including two early on as Galway started by going for goals which didn't arrive.

Conor Burke excelled at midfield and was named Man of the Match while Sutcliffe scored three important second-half points when the 2013 provincial winners were turning the screw.

It was an emotional afternoon for Dublin defender James Madden too who played following the recent passing of his father, Noel.

Dublin will return to Croke Park on July 17 for the final while Galway will have the opportunity to redeem themselves in the qualifiers.

Shane O'Neill's side will rue the 14 wides they struck with six of those surprisingly coming from talisman Joe Canning.

Canning returned to the Galway team after missing their last league game with a mixture of thumb and rib injuries.

He was a key figure early on, rotating throughout the forward line and occupying three different positions in the first five minutes alone.

During that period he was involved in no less than three goal chances though failed to capitalise on any of them.

Canning went for goal with a second minute free though that was blocked, like his shot in open play soon after and it was the Portumna man that played a quick free to Conor Cooney for a fifth minute goal effort that was blocked again by Alan Nolan.

Dublin players, from left, Chris Crummey, Ronan Hayes and Fergal Whitely celebrate after their side's victory over Galway in their Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final match at Croke Park in Dublin. 

Nothing went right for Galway in the opening quarter and Canning racked up four consecutive wides in that period, three from placed balls, as Dublin hit the water break with a 0-4 to 0-1 lead.

Another trademark Gray point from long range on the left, followed by a Conor Burke score, left Dublin 0-6 to 0-1 clear after 20 minutes.

Canning ended the half with five wides though did find his range for long enough to convert three points in a row and another from Conor Whelan hauled Galway back into it.

Joseph Cooney had Galway's fourth goal attempt of the half before the break, Nolan once again coming to Dublin's rescue to leave the Sky Blues 0-8 to 0-6 ahead.

The second-half panned out upon similar lines; Dublin starting the brighter, Galway eventually gaining a foothold and the Dubs ultimately finishing on top.

Few expected that outcome beforehand though Dublin deserved it and were far more efficient when it counted.

They stretched their lead to five during the third quarter with Ronan Hayes among the scorers and opening his account for the afternoon.

Ex-All-Star Sutcliffe then struck his first and second points and Dublin led 0-13 to 0-8 with 43 minutes played.

Kenny's side were within touching distance of a memorable win when they were rocked by a Galway goal.

Whelan burst into life when he gathered up a low ball in from the left, burst beyond Paddy Smyth and struck low to the Dublin net.

That reduced Galway's deficit to just two points but they couldn't kick on from there as Dublin remained cool and calm and picked off enough points to maintain a comfortable lead.

The loss of full-back Eoghan O'Donnell with an apparent hamstring injury after 58 minutes was a real blow to Dublin but they weathered the storm and finished strongly, points from Donal Burke and Sutcliffe sealing the highly significant win.

Dublin scorers: Donal Burke 0-6 (0-4f), Chris Crummey 1-0, Daire Gray 0-2, Danny Sutcliffe 0-3, Ronan Hayes 0-2, Cian O'Sullivan 0-1, Cian Boland 0-1, Rian McBride 0-1, Conor Burke 0-1, Alan Nolan 0-1 (0-1f).

Galway scorers: Joe Canning 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 65), Conor Whelan 1-2, Evan Niland 0-2 (0-1f), Conor Cooney 0-1, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Aidan Harte 0-1.

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Cian O'Callaghan, Eoghan O'Donnell, Paddy Smyth; James Madden, Liam Rushe, Daire Gray; Rian McBride, Conor Burke; Donal Burke, Chris Crummey, Danny Sutcliffe; Cian Boland, Ronan Hayes, Cian O'Sullivan.

Subs: Mark Schutte for Boland 30-f/t (blood), Oisin O'Rorke for O'Sullivan 52, Andrew Dunphy for O'Donnell 58, Jake Malone for Madden 68, Paul Crummey for C Crummey 72, Fergal Whitely for Hayes 75.

GALWAY: Eanna Murphy; Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Darren Morrissey; Padraic Mannion, Daithi Burke, Fintan Burke; Sean Loftus, Cathal Mannion; Conor Cooney, Joe Canning, Adrian Tuohey; Conor Whelan, Joseph Cooney, Brian Concannon.

Subs: David Burke for Tuohey 34, Evan Niland for Loftus h/t, Aidan Harte for S Cooney 56-60 (blood),TJ Brennan for F Burke 58, Harte for J Cooney 61, Niall Burke for C Cooney 67.

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)

 

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Joseph Cooney Galway on the ball

 

 

 

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Paul Kelly scores Galway first goal

Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final

GALWAY 2-11   ROSCOMMON 0-12

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Galway are the first team in the country to have secured their place in a 2021 senior football provincial final, after goals from Paul Kelly and Matthew Tierney proved crucial in a physical encounter with Roscommon this afternoon.

The home side hadn’t beaten Galway at Dr. Hyde Park in the championship since 1990 and when the heavens opened early in the game, it looked as if the conditions might suit the more experienced Rossies, who were always likely to prefer a low-scoring battle.  

In many facets of play, the Rossies were hugely competitive. The kick out battle was evenly contested, the damp and greasy conditions suited defenders and made for plenty of errors on both sides, but while there were plenty of turnovers in both columns, it was Galway who made those turnovers count that bit better, particularly for Tierney’s goal.

This was modern football throughout, as evidenced by the fact that three of the first eight points were scored by corner backs (one from Seán Kelly and two from Conor Daly), while Roscommon wing back Conor Hussey added another. The respective danger men on both sides were well policed, though Paul Kelly was able to sneak in for a crucial goal after 22 minutes, taking a handpass from Paul Cooke after his Moycullen colleague quietly drifted in behind the Roscommon full back line. Cooke had already missed the target with one goal chance after a similar ghosting manoeuvre, but he made sure to make his second chance count.

Enda Smith put in a towering performance at midfield and a fine score from the Boyle man meant it was finely poised at half time, 1-5 to 0-7, with no real wind advantage from there on.

The Galway defence took over from there however, suffocating the Rossie attack and reducing their forward division to just two points from play, with a third coming from substitute Cathal Cregg in his brief period on the field.

Quietly and subtly, the Tribesmen crept two and three points ahead, largely through excellent dead ball scores from Shane Walsh and Matthew Tierney. As the game moved into the last ten minutes, Roscommon were forced to chase the game and that left them vulnerable to the counter attack. One spilled ball from Ciarán Murtagh just ten metres out from the Galway goal led to a swift counter attack up the field, and after Roscommon failed to clear a spilled possession, Tierney was able to strike the ball along the deck and into the bottom corner of Colm Lavin’s net.

Late efforts from Enda Smith and Brian Stack fizzed over rather than under the crossbar as the home side tried to chase the game, but the breakthrough never looked like coming and it was Galway who secured their Connacht final slot, while Roscommon join the lengthy list of counties whose championship season has already come to an end.

Scorers for Galway: Matthew Tierney 1-3 (0-2f, 0-1 45), Paul Kelly 1-2, Shane Walsh (0-2f) & Robert Finnerty 0-2 each, Sean Kelly & Damien Comer 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: Enda Smith 0-3, Donie Smith (0-1 45) & Conor Daly 0-2, Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Hussey, Cathal Cregg, Ciarán Murtagh (f) & Brian Stack 0-1 each.

Galway:  Connor Gleeson; Seán Kelly, Seán Mulkerrin, Liam Silke; Kieran Molloy, Dylan McHugh, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Matthew Tierney; Damien Comer, Peter Cooke, Finnian Ó Laoí; Robert Finnerty, Paul Kelly, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Cathal Sweeney for Ó Laoí (62), Johnny Duane for P Kelly (67), Eamonn Brannigan for Walsh (67), Pádraig Costello for Finnerty (70), Tom Flynn for Conroy (70+3).

Roscommon: Colm Lavin; Brian Stack, Conor Daly, David Murray; Conor Hussey, Niall Daly, Seán Mullooly; Eddie Nolan, Enda Smith; Niall Kilroy, Ciarán Murtagh, Shane Killoran; Conor Cox, Donie Smith, Diarmuid Murtagh.

Subs: Tadhg O’Rourke for Nolan (19), Cathal Cregg for Killoran (41), Conor Devaney for Cregg (47), Ultan Harney for Cox (54).

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter Cooke on the ball 

Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final 2020

GALWAY 4-18 LIMERICK 0-15

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Classy Galway proved too good for Limerick in Friday night’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final.

A ruthless scoring burst of 3-6 in eight second-half minutes proved decisive as Galway raised their game to another level just when it looked like Limerick were starting to build some momentum of their own.

Gavin Lee's fine goal when he soared high to catch a ball before cutting through the Limerick defence to fire the ball to the net was the spark that ignited Galway’s purple patch.

Liam Collins followed up with two more goals that allowed Galway to coast to a comfortable victory that didn’t look so likely after a strong third-quarter performance from Limerick.

Scorers for Galway: L Collins 2-7 (0-3fs, 0-2 65s); C Molloy 0-5; G Lee, R Davitt 1-1 each; C Slattery, G Thomas 0-2 each.

Scorers for Limerick: L Lynch 0-5 (4fs, 1 65); S O’Brien, A English 0-3 each; P O’Donovan 0-2; J Fitzgerald, C Scully 0-1 each.

GALWAY: D Walsh; S Morgan, A Nolan (capt), M Walsh; S O’Hanlon, T Killeen, P Burke; L Leen, K Hanrahan; G Lee, G Thomas, R Killilea; R Davitt, L Collins, C Molloy. Subs: C Slattery for Killilea (36), D Davoren for Hanrahan (49), S Fox for Davitt (55), T Leen for O Hanlon (56), D O’Flaherty for Burke (59)

LIMERICK: T Lynch; J Fitzgerald, V Harrington, R Lyons; B Molyneaux, C Scully, S Whelan; J Kirby, B Duff; L O’Connor, L Lynch, E Hurley; S O’Brien, P O’Donovan (capt), S O’Brien. Subs: D Lynch for Molyneaux (h-t), E Harmon for Duff (43), A Fitzgerald for O’Connor (45).

Ronan Killilea of Galway in action

Ronan Killilea of Galway first to the ball

Canning poised to become top championship scorer in history

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By JOHN FALLON

Media West (Ireland)

Galway manager Shane O’Neill said that it would be a wonderful milestone for Joe Canning if he surpasses Henry Shefflin’s record and becomes the all-time top scorer in championship hurling.

But O’Neill said it’s not something which Canning will be paying much attention to and that his sole focus is helping Galway to succeed, starting with this weekend’s Leinster SHC semi-final clash against Dublin.

“It would be an amazing achievement but you can see what he has achieved. I remember watching him when he made his championship debut and he was superb.

“He’s been an unbelievable example to the younger players from our time here. He really encourages them, really drives them on and he has shown great leadership with the other senior boys.

“It would be an amazing milestone but I don’t think that’s something Joe will be looking at himself. His focus will be on Dublin and the next game,” said O’Neill.

Scoring records, like a lot of GAA statistics, are incomplete but Canning’s haul of 27-473 has him within striking distance of Shefflin, who is credited with a total of 565 points from 71 games.

Canning’s scoring average is higher, hitting 9.2 per game to Shefflin’s 7.9, and his haul of 554 points has come from 60 matches. If Canning repeats his scoring average of 12.2 points last year against Dublin this weekend then he is set to top the charts.

Shefflin took over the top billing from his fellow Kilkenny native Eddie Keher in 2010 who, in turn, had surpassed Christy Ring’s record in 1972. Before that Ring had overtaken Nicky Rackard, who remains the runaway leader in championship goals having hit 59 in just 36 games.

Three of the top four scorers are still playing with Patrick Horgan hot on Canning’s heels with a haul of 23-428 (497 points), with TJ Reid on 447 points, while Tipperary captain Seamus Callanan is seventh on the list with 327 points.

Canning has scored in each of the 60 championship games he has played for Galway. His biggest hauls were the 2-12 against Cork which announced his arrival on the scene in 2008 and the 1-15 he scored against Laois in 2015.

His best season was in 2015 when he scored 5-55 (70 points) in seven games, while his lowest was in 2019 when his championship campaign was hampered by injury and he was confined to a brief spell off the bench against Dublin before they bowed out.

Joe Canning’s championship scoring record 2008-2020:

2008: 2-6 Antrim, 0-9 Laois, 2-12 Cork – Total 4-27

2009: 1-10 Laois, 2-9 Kilkenny, 0-7 Clare, 0-11 Cork, 0-9 Waterford – Total 3-46

2010: 1-3 Wexford, 1-5 Offaly, 1-3 Offaly replay, 0-2 Kilkenny, 1-5 Tipperary – Total 4-18

2011: 0-3 Westmeath, 1-3 Dublin, 1-9 Clare, 0-10 Cork, 1-6 Waterford- Total 3-31

2012: 0-11 Offaly, 1-10 Kilkenny, 0-11 Cork, 1-9 Kilkenny, 0-9 Kilkenny replay – Total 2-50

2013: 0-11 Laois, 1-7 Dublin, 0-7 Clare – Total 1-25

2014: 0-2 Laois, 2-3 Kilkenny, 0-1 Kilkenny replay, 0-5 Tipperary- Total 2-11

2015: 0-6 Dublin, 2-3 Dublin replay, 1-15 Laois, 1-8 Kilkenny, 0-5 Cork, 0-10 Tipperary, 1-8 Kilkenny – Total 5-55

2016: 0-8 Westmeath, 0-8 Offaly, 0-6 Kilkenny, 1-8 Clare, 0-5 Tipperary- Total 1-35

2017: 0-9 Dublin, 0-7 Offaly, 0-10 Wexford, 0-11 Tipperary, 0-9 Waterford – Total 0-46

2018: 0-8 Offaly, 1-12 Kilkenny, 0-12 Wexford, 0-6 Kilkenny, 0-10 Kilkenny replay, 0-12 Clare, 0-8 Clare replay, 1-10 Limerick – Total 2-78

2019: 0-2 Dublin – Total 0-2

2020: 0-9 Wexford, 0-14 Kilkenny, 0-14 Tipperary, 0-12 Limerick – Total 0-49

Total Scored to Date: 27-473 (554 points)

Top championship scorers in history

Henry Shefflin (71 games) 27-484 (565 points)

Joe Canning (60 games) 27-473 (554)

Patrick Horgan (60 games) 23-428 (497)

TJ Reid (63 games) 25-375 (447)

Eddie Keher (50 games) 35-334 (439)

Eoin Kelly (63 games) 21-369 (432)

Seamus Callanan (58 games) 36-219 (327)

Christy Ring (65 games) 33-208 (307)

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