Uachtarán nua Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan at the GAA Annual Congress 2018 in Croke Park. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile


Galway captain Johnny Coen leads out his team with Daniel Brogan, age 9, from Carnmore, who on the Late Late Toy Show was given the chance to be the Galway mascot for the day, before the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 3 match between Galway and Offaly at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile


Finian Hanley received a special presentation from Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club to mark his retirement from the Galway senior football team following a fantastic career. Ben Kelly and Tim O’Connell, Finian’s first two coaches, made the presentation. A special thanks to Davitt Photo Centre, Salthill, for doing such a fantastic job on the jersey, photos and frame.



Liam Mellows supporters 3 year old Kirsten Fahy daughter of Liam Mellows player David Fay and 2 year old Kyle Hastings son of Liam Mellows player Jack Hastings before the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Liam Mellows and Cuala at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile


David Burke will bid to play himself into the annals of Galway GAA after it was confirmed he will continue as captain of the hurlers as they try to retain the All-Ireland title. READ MORE

Mattie Kenny (Cuala Manager)


Former Galway team trainer Mattie Kenny will be in charge of Dublin side Cuala in the AIB Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final against Clare's Ballyhea on St. Patrick's Day. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

2017A0077Galway’s quietly effective start to the Allianz League continued at Pearse Stadium with Kevin Walsh’s improving team eking out another solid and satisfactory win.

Dominant for vast chunks of the first half, Galway, missing the injured Damien Comer, absorbed a gutsy Clare effort in the third quarter before confidently closing out the deal.

Clare, without talisman Gary Brennan, struggled to deal with the locals, who struck two fine first half goals from Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh.

After the restart Keelan Sexton did rattle the Galway net, but Gareth Bradshaw, highly effective throughout for the home team, responded with a third Tribe major.

With Paul Conroy splendid at centrefield Galway’s pacy attack caused Clare plenty of problems early on as the promising Michael Daly impressed.

Brannigan burst through for a delightful sixth minute goal, while Walsh added a second on the half hour mark.

At the interval Galway led by 2-8 to 0-5, while points from Johnny Heaney and Barry McHugh extended Galway’s advantage further when the action recommenced.

An Eoin Cleary free was followed by a 44th minute Sexton goal and Clare eventually narrowed the gap down to six.

But 13 minutes from the end Bradshaw reacted quickly when Joe Hayes saved from Heaney to bundle the loose ball over the line for the insurance goal.

There was plenty to admire in this enterprising display from Galway, who have registered two wins and a draw from three matches. That will encourage Walsh ahead of next Sunday’s important trip to Navan for a clash with Meath.

Final Score: Galway 3-13 Clare 1-11

Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-5 (4fs), Gareth Bradshaw 1-2, Shane Walsh 1-1, Eamonn Brannigan 1-0, Gary O’Donnell, Johnny Heaney, Micheal Lundy, Michael Daly, and Paul Conroy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Eoin Cleary 0-4 (3fs), Keelan Sexton 1-0, Jamie Malone 0-3, David Tubridy 0-2 (1f), Liam Markham and Ciaran Russell 0-1 each.

GALWAY:  Rory Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Fiontan O’Curraoin; Tom Flynn, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Shane Walsh, Barry McHugh, Micheal Lundy.

Subs: Gary Sice for Tom Flynn (59 mins), Liam Silke for Johnny Heaney (65 mins), Sean Armstrong for Eamonn Brannigan (66 mins), Cathal Sweeney for Michael Daly (70 mins).


2017A0070The Galway Motion regarding the counties participation of all their county hurling teams in the Leinster Hurling Championships was withdrawn at the GAA Congress. Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail has commended Pat Kearney for withdrawing the motion and assured him the situation facing Galway and Ulster hurling counties will be addressed going forward. (Photo Galway's Michael Larkin speaking at the GAA Congress)


Moycullen's Diarmuid Mulkerirns, Connacht Minor Handball Champion.

 New President-Elect

2017A0067Dublin's John Horan has been elected as the new GAA President-elect at the 2017 GAA Annual Congress in Croke Park. Horan, who recently stepped down as Leinster Council Chairman after his three-year term elapsed, will become the first Dublin GAA President to hold the office since Joseph Stuart who served from 1958 to 1961, and the first native Dubliner since Daniel McCarthy (1921 to 1924).
He was elected on the first-count after polling 144 of the 278 votes cast. Result: John Horan 144, Frank Burke 46, Sean Walsh 46, Martin Skelly 22 and Robert Frost 20.


2017Z039When referee Cathal McAllister blasted the full-time whistle Conor McDonald sped towards Davy Fitzgerald on the sideline.

This was a statement Wexford win worth celebrating as the Model County are generating belief and momentum.

Most importantly of all, though, they are acquiring a winning habit too with a resilient display provided in demanding conditions in Salthill.

Galway, who had introduced Joe Canning to much acclaim, led by six when the Portumna attacker rifled a goal from a penalty two minutes after his entrance to the game.

That major guided Galway 3-12 to 0-15 in front, but Galway were only able to muster one further score in the closing 17 minutes.

During that stint Wexford struck 1-6 including a 57th minute penalty from Mark Fanning which altered the complexion of the game considerably.

McDonald assumed centre stage for the last act rifling over four points as Wexford hit five without reply to earn the spoils.

A physical opening period included two splendid Galway goals which ensured the locals led by 2-7 to 0-11 at the interval.

Wexford led by 0-5 to 0-4 following an interesting opening quarter before Galway pounced for a Joseph Cooney goal in the 16th minute.

David Burke and Niall Morris traded points prior to another productive Galway burst which included points points from Brian Molloy and Conor Cooney.

Then Joseph Cooney turned provider with a delicious assist for Johnny Coen, who rattled the Wexford net with a precise finish.

Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford, though, came thundering back as the interval approached reeling off five points on the spin from Lee Chin, Simon Donohoe, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Aidan Nolan, and McDonald.

Wexford continued to battle after the restart, but they were rocked when Canning struck a powerful penalty to give Galway a healthy cushion.

Fitzgerald’s team are a real work in progress with a McDonald free followed by a goal from Fanning and suddenly Wexford only trailed by two.

Colm Callanan’s pointed free proved to be Galway’s final score as Wexford finished with a flourish. Podge Doran narrowed the gap and then McDonald levelled.

Galway were unable to respond and two McDonald frees in stoppage time earned the visitors a precious away win in the west.

Final score Wexford 1-21 Galway 3-13.

Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 0-7 (5fs), Mark Fanning 1-0 (1-0 pen), Paul Morris 0-3, Lee Chin 0-3 (2fs), Aidan Nolan 0-2, Barry Carton, David Redmond, Matthew O’Hanlon, Simon Donohoe, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Podge Doran 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 0-5 (2fs, 165), Joseph Cooney 1-1, Johnny Coen 1-0, Joe Canning 1-0 (1-0 pen) Conor Cooney 0-3, David Burke, Conor Whelan, Brian Moloy 0-1, Colm Callanan (f) 0-1 each.

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Eoin Moore, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohoe, Matthew O'Hanlon, Diarmuid O'Keefe; Shaun Murphy, Jack O'Connor; Aidan Nolan, David Redmond, Barry Carton; Conor McDonald, Lee Chin, Paul Morris.

Subs: Harry Kehoe for Jack O’Connor (39 mins), Podge Doran for David Redmond (50 mins), Aaron Maddock for Barry Carton (54 mins), Richie Kehoe for Eoin Moore (60 mins), David Dunne for Aidan Nolan (62 mins).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Matt Donoghue, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Gearoid McInerney, Adrian Tuohy, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Davy Glennon, Conor Whelan; Conor Cooney, Joseph Cooney, Brian Molloy.

Subs: Joe Canning for Brian Molloy (50 mins), Ronan Burke for Gearoid McInerney (54 mins), Niall Burke for Conor Whelan (70 mins).

REFEREE: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

2017Z038Favourites Carrickshock produced a dynamic display to win the All Ireland Intermediate Championship at Croke Park.

Carrickshock dominated the first half accumulating a commanding 1-6 to 0-2 interval lead. Jamie Power's 23rd minute goal was a crucial score for Carrickshock, who were firmly in command against Ahascragh-Fohenagh.

The Galway and Connacht champions only registered two first half scores courtesy of Cathal Mannion against Carrickshock, who had reeled off the opening six points of the match.

Four minutes after the break Damien Walsh blasted a second Carrickshock goal as Ahascragh-Fohenagh trailed by nine points.

Former Kilkenny stars Michael Rice and Richie Power added fine scores for Carrickshock, who were never seriously troubled in the closing stages.

Final score Carrickshock (Kilkenny) 2-15 Ahascragh-Fohenagh (Galway) 0-6

Scorers for Carrickshock: R Power 0-6 (1f), D Walsh 1-1, John Power 0-2, K Farrell 0-2 (2fs), D Brennan 0-1, P Tennyson 0-1, M O'Dwyer 0-1, M Rice 0-1.

Scorers for Ahascragh-Fohenagh: C Mannion 0-5 (3fs), L Cosgrove 0-1.

Carrickshock: Jamie Power; D Franks, J Dalton, J Grace; J Cahill, J Tennyson, N Tennyson; B O'Donovan, M Rice; John Power, R Power, D Walsh; K Farrell, D Brennan, M O'Dwyer.

Subs used: J Butler, S Power, P Tennyson, J Murphy, M Rohan.

Ahascragh-Fohenagh: D Kelly; B Kilroy, J Kelly, P Gavin; JP Egan, P Mannion, J Finnerty; S Kelly, L Tully; L Cosgrove, E Delaney, F Donnellan; C Mannion, R Kelly, M Kelly.

Subs used: S Conneely, E O'Ceallaigh, C Cosgrove, S Smyth, D Smyth.


Presentation College Athenry Junior A  team that defeated St Brigids Loughrea  3-9 to 1-4 in the Connacht PPS Junior Final played in Ballindereen.
Back Row: (left to right) Fiona Page (manager), Caoimhe Allen, Tara Stephens, 
Sarah McCartin, Lauren Butler, Katie Diviney, Saoirse Gilligan, Sandra
Greaney, Hannah Finn, Kaci Moran, Lisa Coleman, Kate Moran. Middle Row: (left to right) Katelyn Tuffy, Zoe Gilligan, Anna Howley, Eimear Tully, Aisling Sheehan, Claire Callanan, Sarah Ryan, Nicola Harte, Sinéad Coleman, Róisín Joyce. Front Row: (left to right) Claire Forde, Aoife Raftery, Rachael Tuffy, Caoilfhinn Hennessy, Leah Burke (captain), Leah Crotty, Laura Kelly, Niamh Niland, Nessa Kelly and Anna Kilduff.



Galway footballers Damien Comer, Seán Denvir, Danny Cummins, Declan Kyne and David Wynne with Supermac's Úna McDonagh at the launch of the Supermac's Sponsorship of Galway GAA for 2017. Supermac's sponsors Galway football, hurling, camogie and ladies football at all inter-county levels. 


In attendance at the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final Preview in Croke Park are, from left, Galway's Aidan Harte, Damien O'Neill, Head of Marketing, Allianz Ireland, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail and Tipperary's Noel McGrath. This year, Allianz celebrates 25 years of sponsoring the Allianz Leagues. Visit www.allianz.ie for more information. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


2017A0270Galway’s push for immediate promotion back to the top flight is up and running after easing their way to a 26 points win over Offaly in Tullamore.
Kevin Ryan’s men needed a good start with the strong wind behind them, but Jason Flynn hit 1-2 for the Tribesmen in the first six minutes.
That helped Galway pulled away and by half-time they led by 4-9 to 1-8 with wind advantage to come.
Offaly did not manage to score from play in the second-half against the wind and Shane Dooley was their only scorer after the restart, landing four frees.
Galway were able to pick off scores from all angles and by the end nine of them were on the scoresheet as they got their campaign off to a great start.
Sean Cleary got Offaly moving after seven minutes and Sean Ryan, Shane Dooley and Cillian Kiely also found the range to give them hope.
But Micheal Donoghue’s men looked threatening every time they went forward, constantly opening up the home rearguard.
Conor Whelan soloed in from the right for a goal after 18 minutes, before Cleary responded with a good strike to the net for Offaly.
But Flynn, who amassed a tally of 2-7 by half-time, burst through for his second goal of the match as Galway pulled away.

A couple of frees from Dooley gave them some hope, but Galway stepped up a few gears again and captain David Burke blasted home their fourth goal to lead by ten points at the interval.

It was all one way traffic after the restart with Offaly’s cause suffering a further blow when interval substitute Dermott Shortt picked up two yellow cards in less than 10 minutes.

Galway outscored Offaly by six points to two in the opening 13 minutes of the second-half before Whelan blasted home his second goal of the match after being set up by Conor Cooney.
Cooney himself scored 0-5 in the second-half, four of them from play to add to an effort in the opening half as the St Thomas clubman enjoyed his first run of the year with the county team.
Brian Molloy got Galway’s sixth goal after 54 minutes and continued to pull further ahead with a succession of points as they got their campaign up and running.
Scorers for Galway: J Flynn 2-10 (0-8fs), C Whelan 2-0, C Cooney 0-6 (0-1f), D Burke 1-1, B Molloy 1-0, J Cooney 0-3, A Tuohy 0-1, N Burke 0-1, J Coen 0-1.
Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 0-8 (0-8f), S Cleary 1-1, C Kiely 0-2, S Ryan 0-1.
GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Matthew Donohoe; John Hanbury, Paul Killeen; Aidan Harte, Adrian Tuohy, Gerry McInerney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Davy Glennon, Joseph Cooney, Paul Flaherty; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Conor Cooney.
Subs: Brian Molloy for Flaherty (28), Shane Maloney for Whelan (51), Michael Conneely for Harte (51), Niall Burke for Glennon (51), Tomas Monaghan for Flynn (60).
OFFALY: James Dempsey; Paddy Rigney, Michael Cleary, Danny Maloney; Aidan Treacy, Conor Doughan, Ben Conneely; Paddy Murphy, Cillian Kiely; Shane Dooley, Sean Gardiner, Emmett Nolan; Sean Ryan, Oisin Kelly, Sean Cleary.
Subs: Pat Camon for Maloney (36), Dermot Shortt for Rigney (36), James Mulrooney for Nolan (36), Peter Geraghty for Kelly (54), Tom Carroll for Cleary (59).
Referee: C Lyons (Cork).


Damien Comer hit 1-2 in the second half as Galway produced a strong second half to overpower Fermanagh at Brewster Park.

The visitors trailed by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time, Fermanagh worthy leaders despite the early loss of skipper Eoin Donnelly to a black card.

The bitterly cold wind probably should have favoured Fermanagh in the second half, but was all Galway after Comer gave the perfect start with a goal 10 seconds after the throw-in.

After a quiet first half, himself and Paul Conroy were the influential figures in the comeback in what was a valuable away win for the promotion hopefuls in Division Two of the Allianz Football League.

Despite the loss of their leader Donnelly, Eddie Courtney showed well inside and clipped over the first of his two first-half points.

Galway won several Femanagh kickouts in a row in a good little spell and drew level through Michael Daly and a long-range effort from Conroy.

From three points all, Fermanagh took over in the 10 minutes before half time with four points in a row, three from Sean Quigley. His '45', a long-range and a point to leave Fermanagh in a good place heading into the second half.

But Galway manager Kevin Walsh's half-time team-talk stirred his players and they were a different side after the throw-in.

Comer had the ball in the back of the net after just 10 seconds to undo most of Fermanagh's good first-half work.

Galway won the throw-in and in a flash, Comer's shot across goal planted into the far corner.

Fermanagh tried to keep their noses in front as long as possible and Barry Mulrone scored a neat point from the wing, and Corrigan again edged them ahead after Galway drew level, but the tide was turning.

Two successive points from Michael Daly put them ahead for the first time, at 1-7 to 0-9 in the 54th minute.

They kicked strongly for home, with Barry McHugh nailing three frees into a tricky wind and Conroy winning a kickout, running through and clipping it over the bar.

Galway outscoring the home side by 1-10 to 0-3 in a one-sided second half.

Erne cornerback Cian McManus was sent off following a foul on Gareth Bradshaw near the end, but it was irrelevant to the result.

Scorers for Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 0-3 (1f, 145), Tomas Corrigan 0-2 (1f), Eddie Courtney 0-2, Barry Mulrone, Lee Cullen, Aidan Breen 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Damien Comer 1-2, Barry McHugh 0-4 (4fs), Michael Daly 0-3, Paul Conroy 0-2, Thomas Flynn, Eamonn Brannigan 0-1 each.

FERMANAGH: Chris Snow; Patrick Rehill, Che Cullen, Cian McManus; Declan McCusker, Ryan McCluskey, Barry Mulrone; Eoin Donnelly, Lee Cullen; Aidan Breen, Cathal Beacom, Paul McCusker; Eddie Courtney, Sean Quigley, Tomas Corrigan.

Subs: Ryan Lyons for Donnelly (BC, 9), Ciaran Corrigan for Beacom (HT).

GALWAY: Rory Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O'Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Fiontan O Curraoin; Thomas Flynn, Damien Comer, Michael Daly; Cillian McDaid, Barry McHugh, Sean Armstrong.

Subs: Eamonn Brannigan for Armstrong (41), Sean Kelly for McDaid (42), Enda Tierney for McDaid (70), Cathal Sweeney for McHugh (70).

REFEREE: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

2017GA078St Brigid’s College Loughrea Senior A Team that defeated Presentation College Athenry 1-12 to 0- 14 in the Connacht Post Primary Schools A Final at Pearse Stadium. Pictured above are the St Brigid’s College squad and management.
Front Row: (left to right) Sean Connolly, Johnny Coen, Ronnie Galvin, Evan Ryan, Dylan Shaughnessy, Sean Fallon, Conor Molloy, Damien McGlynn, Brendan Lynch, Ronan Glennon, Donal Mannion, Stephen Molloy (Captain), Jason Nevin, Colin Curley, Keane Holloway, Niall Horan, Martin Coen, Dylan Towolawi, Peter Martin. Back Row:(left to right) David Monaghan, Edward Kiely, Conor Flanagan, Conor Dempsey, Jason Niland, Gary Connolly, Sean Callanan, Anthony Burns, Ben Burke, Ben Moran, Eoin Gaffney, Conor Delaney, Karl Daniels, Conor Haverty, Cathal Watkins, Vinny Kenny, Dara Cormician, Cian Mahoney, David Burke and Martin Raftery.


County Hurling Championship Draws 2017

Senior A (Group 1) Senior A (Group 2) Senior B (Group 1) Senior B (Group 2)

Liam Mellows
Tommy Larkins

Padraig Pearses 
St. Thomas'


Intermediate (Group 1) Intermediate (Group 2)  Minor A (Group 1)  Minor A (Group 2)


An Spidéal

Liam Mellows

Junior A 1 (Group A) Junior A 1 (Group B) Minor B (Group A) Minor B (Group B)

Michael Breaneachs



Bearna Na Forbacha
Menlo Emmets



St. Thomas'
Michael Cusacks

Padraig Pearses

Junior A (Group A) Junior A (Group B)  Junior A (Group C)  
Liam Mellows
Bearna na Forbacha


St. Thomas'
Michael Breaneachs
Tommy Larkins
Junior B (Group A)  Junior B (Group B)  Junior B (Group C)  

Padraig Pearses

Minor B1 (Group A) Minor B1 (Group B)  Minor C (Group A)  
Cois Fharraige
Tommy Larkins
Michael Breaneachs


County Senior & Intermediate Football Championship Draws 2017

Senior Intermediate
St. Michael’s v Naomh Anna Leitir Mór
Monivea/Abbeyknockmoy v Kilconly
Salthill/Knocknacarra v Miltown
Maigh Cuilinn v Mícheál Breathnach
Annaghdown v Killererin
Caltra v St. James’
Killannin v Tuam Stars
Caherlistrane v Bearna
Cortoon Shamrocks v Corofin
Mountbellew/Moylough v An Chearhrú Rua
Oileáin Árann v Clifden
Athenry v Glenamaddy
Carna Caiseal v Oranmore/Maree
Dunmore MacHales v Kilkerrin/Clonberne
Claregalway v Oughterard
Ballinasloe v Headford
St. Brendan's v An Spidéal
Williamstown v Menlough
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Gerry Commins was living a normal life when on March 16, 2016 his whole world changed forever. On that evening he was involved in an accident, whilst working in a voluntary capacity for his local community in Bawnmore Claregalway. It resulted in Gerry sustaining a life changing injury and he is now confined to a wheelchair. Life as Gerry knew it, was no more.
Months of recuperation followed including a lengthy period in the National Rehab Centre in Dun Laoghaire. Gerry returned home, finally, in July. Thankfully, there are incremental steps of improvement each week. For instance he is now driving but everyday difficulties remain and are likely to do so.
Gerry, who lives in Bawnmore with his wife Caroline (nee Roche) and their two children Clodagh (14) and Shane (11), needs to redesign their home to cope with his new everyday living needs. To that end a new extension, with his specific requirements catered for, is to be built. In an effort to help defray the costs of this extension a fundraising Raffle will take place on Easter Sunday Night. 
Let’s make the Journey with Gerry.

On Easter Sunday Night, 16th April 2017 at the Claregalway Hotel: Music on the Night Tickets: €10.00 Or Donate at Athenry Credit Union. BIC ATRUIE21 IBAN IE60ATRU99110010472394 Cheques can be made payable to Journey with Gerry
For further information or if you want to help with Fundraising contact any member of the organising committee: Sonny O’Brien, Jackie Burke, Mary Forde, Mary O’Brien, Tony Stephens, Sean Walsh or Kathleen Burke on 087 1616479 Event Partners: Claregalway Hotel, Galway Sports Medicine Centre, Safety Direct Ticket Sales will commence in February 2017 – Please support.

Galway Sports Star Award Winners


Corofin's Ciaran McGrath
Gaelic Football Award Winner


St. Thomas' David Burke
Hurling Award Winner


Pieta House Fundraiser at Galway Hurling Games
The ‘Charity Chariot’ – the maroon and white clad BMW that will attend every one of Galway hurlers’ competitive fixtures throughout 2017 to raise money for Pieta House. Charioteers with main car sponsors Padraic and Breda Cawley. The Charity Chariot will be officially launched at Cawley's Bar this Saturday evening. Back row: Breda Cawley, Damien Ryan, Rory Moynihan, Eamon Gilligan, Noel Kelly, Cian Larkin, Padraic Cawley. Front row: Caoimhe Moynihan, Daniel Harty, Aoibhinn Moynihan, Keelan Harty and Keeva Ryan.


At Tuam Stadium, Donegal made it two wins from two in the Ladies Football National League as ace forward Geraldine McLaughlin stepped up to the plate with two late scores to earn a 2-10 to 1-12 victory over Galway. The Tribeswomen were ahead for the first time in the game in stoppage-time, but after McLaughlin claimed the equaliser, she popped up with a dramatic winner for Donegal, who are thriving thus far after gaining promotion back to the top flight.


Conor Fahey accepting the 'man of the match' trophy from Michael O’Connor of sponsors NUIG after Holy Rosary College Mountbellew defeated Ballyhaunis Community School in the Connacht C PPS Final.

2017A187Galway's Martin Mulkerrins, representing UCD, won the ICHA men's open singles final for the 5th year in succession at the Collegiate finals in Kingscourt Co. CavanIn a keenly fought final Mulkerrins saw of the challenge of UL's Colin Crehan in 2 straight sets 21-17, 21-16 and claim his 5th title. Mulkerrins also holds 3 USHA, World Collegiate singles title and one doubles title.


Galway's Emer Flaherty (Ladies Football), David Burke (Hurling), Pat McDonagh of Supermac’s, Gary O Donnell (Football) and Heather Cooney (Camogie) at the launch of the 28th year of Supermac’s sponsorship of Galway GAA Teams

To celebrate the announcement of Supermac’s continued support of Galway GAA, passes will be made available to all the county’s juvenile/U16 supporters for the upcoming home Allianz League games in both Football and Hurling for 2017. The passes will be available to collect at Supermac’s stores throughout the county.


Despite a late Galway rally, Kilkenny were still able to claim victory at Nowlan Park.

Richie Hogan's 0-11 haul was influential for Kilkenny, who lead by 0-13 to 0-10 at the interval. Galway battled after the restart, but Hogan was accurate throughout for the 2016 All Ireland finalists.

Jason Flynn, Shane Maloney, and Joseph Cooney struck scores for Galway, but Kilkenny, with Kieran Joyce impressing held out.
Final score Kilkenny 0-20 Galway 0-18


A wild and exciting final quarter culminated with the spoils being divided following a splendid last gasp point by Galway substitute Cathal Sweeney.
In a game that featured several eye catching cameos from replacements, Cork, boosted by the introduction of Colm O’Neill, who struck five second half points, led by two late on.
Galway, though, remained calm as Under 21 player Cillian McDaid and Sweeney nailed scores to ensure the spoils were shared.
During a frenetic climax Cork had Brian O’Driscoll sent off for a second bookable offence as Galway summoned a brave late rally.
Despite failing to score in the first 17 minutes Cork went in 1-3 to 0-5 ahead at the interval as Paul Kerrigan grabbed an opportunistic first half goal.
Mark Collins rifled over two opening period points for Peadar Healy’s team, but Galway responded well after the restart.
Barry McHugh registered six points for Galway, who moved 0-9 to 1-3 in front by the 43rd minute, but Cork replied once more.
Cork struck five of the next seven scores with John O’Rourke and the excellent O’Neill as the teams were deadlocked with eight minutes remaining.
Gary O’Donnell guided Galway in front, but O’Neill (2) and Ruairi Deane nudged the visitors into a 1-11 to 0-12 advantage, but McDaid and Sweeney supplied the last two scores of an eventful encounter.
Final score: Galway 0-14 Cork 1-11
Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-6 (6fs), Danny Cummins 0-3 (1f), Declan Kyne 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Paul Conroy 0-1, Cillian McDaid 0-1, Cathal Sweeney 0-1.
Scorers for Cork: Colm O’Neill 0-5 (1f), Paul Kerrigan 1-0, Mark Collins 0-2, Ruairi Deane 0-1, Luke Connolly 0-1, John O’Rourke 0-1, Niall Coakley 0-1 (f).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O'Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Michael Day; Tom Flynn, Damien Comer, Eamonn Brannigan; Danny Cummins, Barry McHugh, Sean Armstrong.
Subs: Cillian McDaid for Eamonn Brannigan (42 mins), Michael Daly for Sean Armstrong (46 mins), Enda Tierney for Tom Flynn (52 mins), Peter Cooke for Michael Day (69 mins), Cathal Sweeney for Johnny Heaney (70 mins).
CORK: Ryan Price; John McLoughlin, Tom Clancy, James Loughrey; Conor Dorman, Kevin Crowley, Tomas Clancy; Aidan Walsh, Ruairi Deane; Ian Maguire, Mark Collins, Sean Powter; Niall Coakley, Luke Connolly, Paul Kerrigan.
Subs: Colm O'Neill for Coakley (45 mins), John O'Rourke for Sean Powter (48 mins), Brian O'Driscoll for Conor Dorman (52 mins), Donnacha O'Connor for Luke Connolly (60 mins), Barry O'Driscoll for Ian Maguire (67 mins), Gary Murphy for Paul Kerrigan (70 mins)
REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

Tom Ward R.I.P.

Galway GAA followers throughout county are deeply saddened by the death of Tom Ward, who was a long time sports presenter with Galway Bay FM. His distinctive voice and colourful reports of GAA games from venues throughout the country will be missed.

We express our deepest sympathy to his partner Jean, his family, his relatives and many friends especially in the GAA. 


The late Joe McDonagh’s association with Gaelic Games in UCG (now NUIG) will be celebrated at his alma mater when the final stages of the Fitzgibbon Cup are held in Galway on February 24/25 

While in college, Joe played for the UCG football and hurling teams, winning a Freshers Hurling medal in 1972 and featuring in several Sigerson and Fitzgibbon campaigns. 

In ’72 and again in ’73 he partnered Séamus Hogan (Tipperary) at centre field on the UCG teams that lost to UCC and to Maynooth in Fitzgibbon deciders, but as a post graduate student in ’77 he finally collected his medal, having beaten Maynooth in the final,  1-14, 1-12. Interestingly, that team featured four hurlers who subsequently captained their counties in All-Ireland senior finals – McDonagh himself (1979), and his great friends Joe Connolly (Galway 1980), Offaly’s Pat Fleury (1985) and Conor Hayes (’87, ’88). Future Galway manager, Cyril Farrell, was also a member of that 1977 team. 

Joe McDonagh also played in two Sigerson Cup finals, losing to UCD in ’74 and again in ’77, after a replay. 

He played alongside some of the footballing giants of that era, including Paudie O’Mahony and Ger O’ Keefe (Kerry), Martin Carney (Donegal and Mayo), Tony Regan (Roscommon), Gay McManus and John Tobin (Galway). 

His opponents included John O’ Keefe and Ogie Moran (Kerry) , Éamonn O’Donoghue (Kildare), J.P. Keane (Mayo), Mick Carty (Wexford), Pat O’Neill (Dublin), Peter McGinnity (Fermanagh), Paddy Moriarty (Armagh) and many others. 

Friends and foes are expected to turn up to the celebration of Joe McDonagh’s contribution to Cumann Lúthchleas Gael in UCG at a dinner being held in the Westwood Hotel on Friday, February 24 (7pm) as part of the 2017 Fitzgibbon Cup final weekend. 

Full details from Mártan O Ciardha 087 2423600


The Galway Under 16 Camogie Panel at the presentation of their All-Ireland Medals. 
Front Row: (left to right) Eamon Kelly (selector), Valerie Coleman, Ciara Gardiner, Alanah Glynn, Rachel Helebert, Emma Reynolds, Siobhan McGrath, Ciana Reidy, Lauren Gillligan, Aoife Mc Sweeney, Kate Moran, Sarah Healy, Arlene Earls, Eabha Ni Chonlain, Rachel Hanniffy, Kate Screen, Erica Leslie, and Helena Huban (selector). Back Row: (left to right): Muireann Flaherty, Lauren Butler, Katie Mannion, Yvonne Lyons, Amy Helebert, Niamh Horan, Mairead Dillon, Sarah Healy, Ciara Helebert, Mary Larkin, Sinead Cannon, Leah Burke, Saoirse Burke, Ciara Lenihan, Niamh Black, Rebecca Grealish, Rachel Murray, Chloe Quinn- Reilly, and Tony O'Donovan (manager). 


Presentation College Tuam Senior Team that defeated Mercy College Tuam in the Connacht Schools Senior Ladies Football Final played in Tuam Stadium Stadium:
Front Row: (left to right) Niamh Daly, Amy Coen, Laura O'Dea, Louise Coen, Aoife Kilcommins, Laura McTigue, Lara Finnegan, Mary Newell (Captain) Kate Geraghty, Aoife O'Rourke, Shauna O'Shaughnessy, Chelsie Crowe, Caoimhe Moran, Katie Quigley. Back Row: (left to right) Gillian O'Connor (Management) Rachael Connolly, Clodagh Browne, Katelyn Hogan, Laura Daly, Aoife Coen, Vanessa Marley, Katie Fox, Amy O'Donovan, Emma Glynn, Carrie O'Hara, Louise Reilly, Fiona O'Rourke, Amy Shaughnessy, Rebecca Collins, Aoife Coen, Jennifer Leufer, Kirsten Monaghan and Kim Devlin (Management)

A2016111Galway cantered to a comfortable three-point victory,  Galway 1-18 Derry 2-12, over an out-of-sorts Derry who looked a beaten side long before the final whistle at home in Celtic Park

The Oak Leafers had manager Damian Barton serving a touchline suspension and suffered badly in a game they rarely looked like making a contest out of.

By contrast Galway were excellent in this Allianz League Division 2 clash, Johnny Heaney and Eamon Brannigan the stand out performers in an impressive performance from Kevin Walsh's team.

The Tribesmen signalled their intent straight from the throw in as Paul Conroy picked up possession and found Eddie Hoare in a mysterious amount of space from which he sent over the game's opening score with only 12 seconds on the clock.

Derry responded with a lovely Mark Lynch score from out on the right touchline and were in front seconds later when Ryan Bell burst past David Wynne and knocked over the bar when perhaps he could have gone for goal.

Galway looked impressive though and were finding spaces in the Derry half-back line too easily.

A superb Damien Comer point from wide out under the main stand drew the sides level before Galway took controls with five points in succession.

Even a deserved ninth minute black card for corner-back David Wynne who dragged James Kielt to the floor, couldn't upset the visitors momentum.

Conroy, Adrian Varley, Shane Walsh, Liam Silke and Hoare from a free all added scores to make it 0-7 to 0-2 by the quarter-hour mark.

By contrast, Derry were racking up the wides and struggling to make an impact in the Galway half with Walsh's men dominating the middle third of the field.

Ryan Bell was the one Oak Leaf player who looked capable of hurting Galway and he reduced the deficit to five with Derry's first score in 16 minutes but Galway responded immediately with a great run and point from half-back Johnny Heaney.

From there to half-time, it was 'tit-for-tat' Brendan Rogers and Eamon Brannigan swapping scores before late points from Emmett Bradley and Bell again left the home side closer to Galway than they deserved to be at 0-07 to 0-10 at half-time.

Derry made Galway wait out on the pitch before they eventually emerged for the second half but it was the visitors who picked up from where they had left off in the first half, scoring 1-01 inside the opening two minutes.

First Heaney hit a lovely point after a nice Comer pass before Brannigan's pass picked out Varley's who skipped inside and blasted the ball high into the net for double scores at 1-11 to 0-07.

Derry's hopes weren't helped when McFaul received a black card for a needless trip in midfield but Galway's ability to find space was picking holes in a Derry defence that, despite having numbers inside their own 45, were being opened up at will.

Enda Tierney, Heaney, Brannigan and Heaney increased the visitors’ advantage to 1-15 to 0-08 and it could have been worse for Derry had Thomas Mallon not saved low from Silke.

Galway continued to look comfortable despite Derry ringing the changes as the game wore on.

One of those changes, Emmet McGuckin, offered some hope when he appeared to touch home Shane Heavron's high centre but it was too little too late.

Even Niall Loughlin's late goal couldn't change matters as Derry slumped to a first league defeat.

Galway: M Breathnach; D Wynne, D Kyne, E Kerin; L Silke (0-01), G O'Donnell, J Heaney (0-04); P Conroy (0-02), T Flynn; S Walsh (0-01, 1f), E Hoare (0-03, 2f), E Tierney (0-02); E Brannigan (0-03), A Varley (1-01), D Comer (0-01).
Subs: F Hanley for Wynne (BC 9) C Sweeney for J Heaney (61); P Mannion for Brannigan (53); S Denvir for A Varley (61)

Derry: T Mallon; R Ferris, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; M Craig, G McKinless, D Heavron; E Bradley (0-01), B Rogers (0-01); B Heron, J Kielt (0-03, 2f), C McFaul; Ryan Bell (0-06), M Lynch (0-01), D McKinless.
Subs: N Loughlin (1-00) for D McKinless (30); N Holly for R Ferris (HT); SL McGoldrick for B Heron, (41); S Heavron for C McFaul (BC 43); E McGuckin (1-00) for D Heavron, (50); C McAtamney for E Bradley (57).

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)

Photographs: Seamus Finnerty






A2016094The Camogie Association Referees, Volunteer and Media Awards Dinner took place on Saturday in Croke Park at which people were honoured for their contributions to the Association in 2015. Pictured is Sean Geraghty from Sarsfields receiving his Volunteer Award from Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association.

A2016091The ‘mark’ will come into Gaelic football after the motion received the necessary support at Congress.
The new rule will mean that a player who catches that ball cleanly from a kick-out on or past the 45-metre line nearest the kick-out point, without it touching the ground, shall have the option of calling a ‘mark’ and taking a free kick, or alternatively, playing on immediately.
The motion was carried with 68% support.
A motion proposing that all televised games be available on free-to-air TV was defeated, with only 15.3% in favour.
The proposal, if passed, would have meant that subscription channels would not have been able to bid for GAA TV rights.
Earlier, motions to move the All-Ireland finals to earlier in the year and scrap replays were defeated.
The finals motion failed to receive the two-thirds to pass. It had been proposed they would have been played two weeks earlier.
The motion received 60.8% of a 'Yes' vote with 'No' at 39.2% and fell just over 5% short.
Although defeated, moving finals could happen in the future after such a substantial figure in favour today.
The motion to scrap replays was also defeated. Replays remain possible in Championship games except qualifiers.
Congress also decided that Under-21 inter-county football championships are to be replaced by an Under-20 grade.
From 2018, teams will compete between June and August in the new set-up with any player that is named on a senior inter-county team ineligible for the new competition.
There will be no replays and if teams cannot be separated after extra-time, a sudden-death free-taking shoot-out, with details to be confirmed, will be used.
Hurling and club football are not affected by the new rule.
The Minor grade, currently played at under-18, has been changed to under-17, also from 2018.
The age-grade switches are seen as an attempt to alleviate issues of player burn-out in Gaelic games.
The motion proposing a new All-Ireland ‘B’ championship for lower-ranked teams was withdrawn.
(a) A Free Kick
The player shall signify to the Referee that he is availing of and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.
Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’ the Referee will allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds the Referee will cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side. Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposition player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposition player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposition by bringing the ball forward 13m.
If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.
(b) Play on immediately (i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, hand passing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.
(ii) If he is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.”

A2016067After a highly successful 2015 Cheltenham preview night, Tierney’s Bar in Ballygar will once again host what promises to be a most enjoyable festival preview when some of Ireland & Britain’s top form experts & jockeys descent on the North Galway village on Thursday the 3rd March.

See Last year winners that were tipped up on the night.... Winners that were tipped up on the night included Douvan, Un De Sceaux, Faugheen, Don Poli, Moon Racer, Vautour and Peace And Co. Others to be placed at big prices included Sizing John, Djakadam & Sort It Out. Starsports Bookmakers, the main sponsors were rumoured to have lost close on €15,000 on the night on the back of the tipping by the panel. This year’s panel consists of Kevin Blake, Johnny Ward, Mikey Fogarty, Geoff Lester, Jane Mangan & Gavin Lynch.

The preview starts at 8.30pm & the entry fee is €10. The night is in aid of the GAA development currently ongoing in Ballygar to benefit the 4 GAA clubs in the parish.

Pictured at a Cheltenham Preview Night in Tierney’s Bar, Ballygar were: Front Row: (left to right) Jojnny Ward, Paul Carberry, Graham Rossiter. Back Row: Sean Boyce, Gavin Blake, J J Burke and Gavin Lynch

By Cian O’Connell

Galway colleagues for eight years Gary O'Donnell and Paul Conroy will be sideline foes during Saturday afternoon's Connacht Colleges Senior 'C' final at Tuam Stars GAA complex.

Straight after the game O'Donnell and Conroy will board the Galway bus ahead of Sunday's crucial Allianz Football League Division Two trip to Derry.

Presentation College Athenry's remarkable recent sporting success story offers Galway hope in a string of codes with five of O'Donnell's panel tasting 2016 provincial glory in hurling and soccer earlier this month.

Brian Callanan, Fionnan Garvey, Ryan Shaughnessy, Cian Salmon, and Oisin Connolly, grandson of the famous Castlegar stalwart John, have sampled action with the three Presentation Athenry teams.

Colaiste Iognaid, renowned for rowing and rugby, have made encouraging Gaelic Football progress in the past decade with Conroy and Galway's 1998 All Ireland winning captain, Ray Silke, among the staff.

Former Galway hurler Cathal Moore is the principal at Presentation College Athenry where current star Padraig Brehony also works.

Having defeated Gort Community School in the Connacht Hurling decider last weekend O'Donnell, who is in charge of Presentation Athenry with Noel Tyrell (Salthill-Knocknacarra) acknowledges that it is a particularly exciting time. “GAA has been going very well in the school recently as well as the soccer,” O'Donnell said. “A huge effort is being put in. The amount of effort being put in regarding training teams and going to matches is huge. Hopefully we can win on Saturday too.

“A handful of lads are starting on all three teams. It is difficult at the moment because it is a very busy time for them. We are trying to manage them by playing a bit of ball, but it is important not to be killing them too.”

Buses leaving for vital matches is a familiar sight at the school. “There has been no lack of effort from teachers taking teams out training and to matches,” O'Donnell admits. “ Nearly everyday we’ve a few buses going out of the school to different games so there is a huge effort being put in.”

The Presentation Athenry squad is sprinkled with immensely talented and promising players such as dual star Cillian McDaid – a key player for the Galway under 21 footballers.

Fifteen miles away in Galway city Colaiste Iognaid, managed by Darragh Leonard (Claregalway) and Conroy, are similarly intent on gleaning silverware.

A raft of Salthill-Knocknacarra's victorious 2015 Galway and Connacht Minor Championship winning side are involved -including two who are already regulars at senior level for the club - Marcus MacDonnacha and Robert Finnerty, a son of former Mayo forward Anthony, who has made a valuable coaching contribution.

“It is good for the lads as they have worked hard throughout the year,” Conroy commented about the rapid improvements being made. “We lost a Connacht final last year so it is nice to be back in another one. A few people have been working hard GAA wise in the school so it is good to be in a final.

“We have plenty of fine footballers in fairness to them. A good few of them won a minor county title with Salthill last year and some of them are already playing senior. 

“Definitely they have good experience under their belt. We have a couple of lads too from Barna, St Michael’s, and Moycullen too so between the whole lot there is a good bunch. They are good lads too which helps us.”

Indeed, the fact that so many footballers from the city and west currently involved in the various inter-county set-ups hasn't gone unnoticed. “It is good to see the development,” St James' clubman Conroy remarked. “All parts of the county are strong and there is a good spread amongst the senior panel at the minute. 

“If you look down at the under 21 and minor teams from the last few years it is the same way. The city is definitely strong at the minute with three senior clubs and the West of Galway as a whole. That is good to see.”

Paul and Gary


A2016065Was former Galway minor’s hat-trick in 280 seconds - the fastest in an All-Ireland Final?
Dessie Conneely made his mark in Belfast. Marino Institute of Education claimed the Corn na Mac Léinn title in Belfast last weekend and there was no doubting who the star of the show was in their final win.
Dessie Conneely, a Galway minor footballer in 2015, struck 4-2 in Marino’s 5-21 to 1-8 victory over University of Ulster Magee. And the centrepiece of his exploits was the hat-trick he bagged in the space of 4:40 minutes (280 seconds).

A2016060Presentation College Athenry have won the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior A Hurling Final after beating Gort Community School 2-17 to 1-16 at Pearse Stadium.
Evan Niland shot 12 points as Presentation Athenry made it three Connacht Post-Primary School titles in a row beating Gort at Pearse Stadium.
With nine of the Galway minor hurlers that played in last year’s All-Ireland final, part of their ranks, the Athenry school were always going to be favourites.
Gort knew they needed to start brightly against the breeze and full forward Enda Fahy shot them ahead inside the first minute.
Niland hit back and slotted another free before Gort hit 1-3 in four minutes. Brian Mullins blasted the goal after a Jamie Prendergast delivery was batted down by goalkeeper Mark Fahy.
That gave Gort a 1-3 to 0-2 lead after 11 minutes and when Cathal Noonan pointed his second free they had a five-point lead.
But the reigning two-time champions were full of quality and they had the experience to get back into it.
A Cillian McDaid point began their fight back and Sean Loftus hit the back of the net in the 17th minute.
Sean Loftus was captain of the Galway All-Ireland minor side last year and he hit the net for Athenry
Noonan and Niland exchanged frees before Athenry hit the next crucial score, Brian Concannon hammered home a goal after McDaid set him up.
Athenry had a comfortable five-point lead at the break, and Niland hit the first point on the resumption, his seventh free.
But the Gort hadn’t given up the fight, and when Enda Egan hit his second there was just a goal in it after 44 minutes.
Athenry continued to keep that gap until the end, and even though Egan’s third point left the scoreline at 2-16 to 1-16, Niland tapped over a late penalty to seal it.
 Brian Concannon hit the back of the net for Presentation Athenry today Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO
Scorers for Presentation College Athenry: Evan Niland 0-12 (0-10f, 0-1 ’65, 0-1 pen), Sean Loftus 1-2, Brian Concannon 1-1, Liam Forde, Cillian McDaid 0-1 each.
Scorers for Gort Community School: Cathal Noonan 0-8 (0-8f), Brian Mullins 1-1, Enda Fahy 0-4, Enda Egan 0-3.
Presentation College Athenry: 1. Mark Fahy (Turloughmore) 2. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge) 3. Ian O’Shea (Athenry) 4. Fionan Garvey (Abbeyknockmoy) 5. Andrew Greaney (Craughwell) 6. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly) 7. Cillian McDaid (Craughwell) 8. Stephen Parr (Athenry) 9. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore) 10. Patrick Foley (Clarinbridge) 11. Ronan Hardiman (Athenry) 12. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore) 13. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge) 14. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly) 15. Liam Forde (Ardrahan) Subs: 19. Cian Salmon (Clarinbridge) for Walsh (39 mins) 18. Oisin Connolly (Castlegar) for Garvey (49) 22. William Corcoran (Clarinbridge) for Parr (54) 28. Aaron Martyn (Clarinbridge) for McDaid (61) 20. Mark Kennedy for Forde (63).
Gort Community School: 1. Liam Byrne (Kinvara) 2. Darach Fahy (Ardrahan) 3. Shane Cosgrave (Adrahan) 4. Brendan Burke (Ballinderreen) 5. Stephen Fahy (Michael Cusacks) 6. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan) 7. Shane Murtagh (Ardrahan) 8. Jamie Prendergast (Ballinderreen) 9. James Cronin-Rodgers (Kinvara) 12. Michael Lynskey (Ardrahan) 11. Cathal Noonan (Killanena) 16. Brian Mullins (Gort) 13. Mark Caulfield (St Thomas’) 14. Enda Fahy (Michael Cusacks) 15. Enda Egan (Michael Cusacks) Subs: 17. Conor O’Shea (Kinvara) for Caulfield (37 mins). Referee: John Keane (Galway)


Presentation College Panel: Front Row: (left to right) Daragh Daly, Karl Connelly, Aaron Martyn, Mark Kennedy, Ultan McGlynn, Conor Walsh, Andrew Greaney, Brian Concannon, Sean Loftus, Cilian McDaid, Mark Fahy, Fionnan Garvey, Eamonn Hickey, Paddy Holand, Daniel Loftus, Oisin Connolly, Ryan Shoknessy. Back Row: (left to right) Luke Hennihen, Mikey Cullina, Eoin O'Donnell, Brian Callanan, Sean Coleman, Cian Salmon, Shane Bannon, Patrick A Foley, Ian O'Shea, Stephen Parr, Ronan Hardiman, Liam Forde, Jack Fitzpatrick, Evan Niland, Paul Donoghue, Hugh Lane, Rhys Higgins, Eoin Caulfield and William Corcoran.


Gort Community School's Brian Mullins looks for a way past the attentions of Presentation Athenry's Andrew Greaney, Ian O'Shea and Shane Bannon.


Gort Community School's Jamie Prendergast looks to break away from the challenge of Presentation College Athenry's Patrick Foley.


 Presentation College Athenry's Ronan Hardiman and Gort Community School's Stephen Fahy tussle for possession


'Man of the match' Enda Fahy of Gort Community School receives the trophy from Michael O’Connor, NUIG sponsors of the competition.


The Gort Community School team which was defeated by Presentation College Athenry in the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior (A) Hurling Championship Final at Pearse Stadium.
Back Row: (left to right) Darach Fahy, James Cronin-Rodgers, Shane Cosgrove, Brian Mullins, Stephen Fahy, Cianan Fahy, and Mark Caulfield. Front Row. (left to right) Liam Byrne, Enda Fahy, Cathal Noonan, Jamie Prendergast, Enda Egan, Shane Murtagh, Brendan Burke and Michael Lynskey.

A2016092Connacht Post Primary Schools (A) Hurling Champions Presentation College Athenry
Front Row: (left to right) Conor Walsh, Andrew Greaney, Brian Concannon, Sean Loftus, Cillian Mc Daid, Mark Fahy, Fionnan Garvey. Back Row: (left to right) Shane Bannon, Patrick Foley, Ian O Shea, Stephen Parr, Ronan Hardiman, Liam Forde, Jack Fitzpatrick and Evan Niland.

A2016033Allianz Hurling League form apparently counted for nought at Parnell Park where Dublin overcame their opening-round setback against Tipperary to record a comfortable 1-17 to 0-13 win over old rivals Galway in Division 1A.
A week after going down by 14 points in Thurles, Ger Cunningham's side eked out an impressive win thanks largely to David Treacy's 10 points.
Fellow forwards Eamonn Dillon and Niall McMorrow were excellent too as the Dubs overcome Galway for the second time in a matter of weeks following their Walsh Cup semi-final win at the same venue.
It was a bad evening for Galway who ultimately lost the game during the third quarter when they were outscored by 1-05 to 0-01 in a decisive spell.
Galway also lost veteran defender Fergal Moore to a first-half injury while talisman forward Joe Canning was surprisingly taken off at half-time.
The result was all the more unexpected as Galway performed soundly in their opening game in the campaign, beating Cork by six points.
Dublin shook their team up beforehand, making three changes to the official lineout. Darragh O'Connell and Daire Plunkett came into the team at midfield with Sean McGrath in attack while Shane Barrett, Shane Durkin and Colm Cronin all missed out.
There was a change for Galway too as, for the second weekend running, Daithi Burke was named to play in defence but didn't actually start, Moore this time coming in instead.
Dublin looked sharp and highly motivated after their big loss in Tipperary and the likes of David O'Callaghan and Dillon buzzed with intent.
McMorrow picked off two points from the half-forward line also and Dublin deservedly led by 0-10 to 0-07 at half-time.
Canning scored five of Galway's points but four of them came from placed balls and he was subdued generally as the visitors found it difficult to pick up possession in the vital middle third.
The game was effectively decided early in the second-half when Dublin put up that 1-05 tally in the 16 minutes after the restart. Sean McGrath scored the 46th minute goal after a lay-off from Mark Schutte and Dublin were 10 clear with 20 minutes to go.
Galway battled gamely and free-taker Cathal Mannion, David Burke and Andy Smith were on the mark with late points but it was only consolation.
Dublin: C Dooley; E O'Donnell, C O'Callaghan, O Gough; C Crummey, L Rushe, J McCaffrey; D O'Connell (0-01), D Plunkett; S McGrath (1-00), N McMorrow (0-04), D Treacy (0-10, 0-09f, 0-01 65); E Dillon, D O'Callaghan (0-01), M Schutte.
Substitutes: C Cronin (0-01) for McGrath, S Treacy for O'Callaghan, J Madden for McCaffrey.
Galway: J Skehill; F Moore, J Hanbury, P Hoban; P Mannion, G Lally, A Harte (0-01); David Burke (0-01, 0-1f), A Tuohy; P Brehony (0-01), C Mannion (0-03, 0-02f, 0-01 65), N Burke (0-01); C Whelan, J Canning (0-05, 0-04f), D Glennon.
Substitutes: C Flynn for Moore, J Cooney for Canning, A Smith (0-01) for Lally, D Collins for Tuohy. P Claffey for Hanbury.
Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).

A2016031A2016032St. Brendan’s GAA Club, Loughrea are delighted to announce details of their fundraising campaign to support the development of an all-weather AstroTurf playing facility at their club grounds. The development of a floodlit 3,600m² facility will support 5 adult teams and 9 underage teams as well as local schools and clubs who have signed up to a license agreement. There will also be a floodlit running/walking track which with the pitch development will provide safe access to leisure facilities for young and old alike. The AstroTurf pitches will be available to groups also for rent.

Through the Sports Capital Programme 2015, the club have secured grant aid funding of €72,000 which will greatly assist in the overall cost of the development which is expected to cost in the region of €220,000. St Brendan’s GAA Club are currently endeavouring to raise the balance of funding through a donation scheme and further details are available by contacting any committee member. Speaking of the development club Chairman Michael Regan said “Loughrea has been crying out for the provision of recreational facilities for a number of years and is the poor relation when looking at other communities across the county. We are delighted to take the lead on this project on behalf of the community and will be delighted to see the obvious benefits of this development for years to come in terms of allowing our young people to reach their sporting potential by providing opportunity of access to top class facilities. There is a population of 5,500 people in the town of Loughrea and this is an opportunity that we as community cannot let slip”

Planning permission has been secured and the club are currently finalising the specification for the project with a view to progressing tender documents in the coming weeks. It is envisaged the project will be completed and operational in time for the winter season 2016.

For further details check out Loughrea Hurling Club on Facebook or contact any of the following:

Michael Regan – 087 2793931
Shane Donnellan – 087 1202405
Gerry Quinn – 086 3207766
Paul Mc Clearn – 086 3769427

A2016015A winning margin of six points didn't flatter Galway, who dominated in Pearse Stadium after Cork's early flourish and won by 1-27 to 1-21.
A dominant half-back line and busy midfield kept the men in maroon on top for most of that first half, backed by the wind, and but for some wayward shooting they might have had more than six points to spare at the break.
Joe Canning showed some nice touches at full-forward, but it was the man alongside him, Davy Glennon, who tormented the Cork rearguard, helping himself to three points from play and linking well with the half-forwards outside him.
Cork could count themselves lucky with the first-half goal that kept Galway in their sights. On ten minutes a Cormac Murphy delivery was broken near the square by Patrick Horgan: Seamus Harnedy was on hand to collect and goal, but the St. Ita's man had to be substituted immediately afterwards through injury.
Niall Burke soon finished neatly past Anthony Nash, making 1-6 to 1-4 in favour of the home side.
Though Cork responded with points from Bill Cooper and Paudie O'Sullivan, Galway struck five on the bounce to take firm control, and though Cork answered through Patrick Horgan (two frees) and Alan Cadogan, Galway hit the last three points of the half, going in 1-15 to 1-9 ahead.
The visitors bounced back with three points in a row from Horgan on the resumption, two of them frees, before Canning chipped in with a Galway point. Cathal Mannion, Padraig Brehony and Conor Whelan hit three more points and Galway were seven up on the 45th minute: advantage restored.
Though Cork were able to find the range after that, primarily through Horgan, Galway were able to respond in kind, maintaining their lead at their ease.
It was a surprise that Cork were only five adrift going into the last ten minutes, though Galway's wastefulness in front of goal was at least partly responsible.
Late Whelan and Brehony points made it safe for Galway, with Canning providing the flourish with a closing brace.
Scorers for Galway: J. Canning (0-7 frees)(0-9); N. Burke (1-2); D. Glennon (0-4); D. Burke, C. Whelan (0-3 each); P. Brehony, C. Mannion (0-2 each); G. Lally (free), A. Harte (0-1 each).
Scorers for Cork: P. Horgan (0-5 frees)(0-8); S. Harnedy (1-0); P. O'Sullivan, B. Cooper (0-2 each); A. Cadogan, P. Cronin, L. McLoughlin, C. Murphy, A. Nash (free), C. McCarthy, L. O'Farrell, D. Cahalane and C. Lehane (0-1 each).
GALWAY: J. Skehill, J. Coen, J. Hanbury, P. Hoban, P. Mannion, G. Lally, A. Harte, A. Tuohy, D. Burke ( c), P. Brehony, C. Mannion, N. Burke, C. Whelan, J. Canning, D. Glennon.
Subs: D. Collins for Tuohy (HT); J. Flynn for Glennon (55); A. Smith for Harte and F. Moore for Hoban (66).
Cork: A. Nash, S. O'Neill, C. Joyce, S. McDonnell ( c), A. Walsh, W. Egan, D. Cahalane, C. Murphy, L. McLoughlin, B. Cooper, P. O'Sullivan, P. Cronin, A. Cadogan, S. Harnedy, P. Horgan.
Subs: D. Kearney for Murphy (48); C. Lehane for A. Cadogan (50); C. McCarthy for Cronin and B. Lawton for O'Sullivan (58).
Referee: B. Kelly (Westmeath).


2016 Football Championship draws


Kilconly v Maigh Cuilinn

Annaghdown V Caltra

Corofin V Carna Caiseal

Salthill-Knocknacarra v Milltown

Ml Breathnach v Killererin

An Cheathru Rua v Leitir Mór

Bearna v St Michaels

Tuam Stars v Cortoon-Shamrocks

St James v Caherlistrane

Killannin v Mountbellew-Moylough


Athenry V An Fhairche or Ballinasloe

Claregalway v Glenamaddy

Oilean Arainn v Clifden

Dunmore McHales v Corofin

Menlough v Williamstown

An Spideal v Monivea –Abbey

Oughterard v St Brendans

Headford v Kilkerrin-Clonberne

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office2016020The delayed 2015 County Under 21 Hurling Final proved a milestone for Kilnadeema/Leitrim who captured their first title defeating Loughrea by 0-12 to 0-6 at Duggan Park Ballinasloe. The winners, who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their re-amalgamation in 2016, fittingly marked the occasion with their first ever U-21 ‘A’ hurling title – albeit, even if it was the decider of the 2015 competition.
Ironically, 1996 was also the year their opponents Loughrea claimed their one and only crown at this grade but any hopes Emmett Mahony’s outfit had of securing a second for the club had begun to diminish by half-time.
It wasn’t that Loughrea had been wholly outclassed in the opening half of what, ultimately, was a war of attrition in desperate weather conditions and a heavy sod on Duggan Park – it did exceptionally well to host the game – but they never looked like they had the guile to get the upperhand on Des Roche’s charges.
Kilnadeema/Leitrim: E. Dowling; E. Shalvey, D. O’Donoghue, C. Howard; C. Connor, M. Lawless, C. Langan; S. Roche, S. Molloy; B. Molloy (0-8, all frees), J. Kenny (0-1), M. Lynch (0-2); F. Broderick, T. Molloy, L. Kelly (0-1). Sub: D. Towolowi for Broderick (37 minutes).
Loughrea: P. Whelan; S. Pierce, C. Jennings, C. Gibbons; K. Jennings, S. Sweeney, O. Coyle; G. Loughnane (0-5,all frees), J. Mooney; K. Cooney, J. Ryan (0-1), P. Coyle; S. O’Brien, D. McManus, E. Keary. Subs: D. Sweeney for K. Cooney (37 mins.); B. Keary for E. Keary (45 mins.); E. Rooney for P. Coyle (57 mins.).
Referee: L. Gordon (Killimor).

Photograph: Michael Larkin Hurling Committee Chairman presenting the Under 21 Cup to Kilnadeema/Leitrim captain Brian Molloy.


Letrim-Kilnadeema's Jack Kenny gives chase to Loughrea's Joe Mooney during the County Under 21 A Final at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.


Liam Challoner, (sponsor), presenting the 'Man of the Match Award' for the County U-21 A Hurling Final to Kilnadeema-Letrim's Brian Molloy.


Leitrim-Kilnadeema players in happy mood after their County Final victory over Loughrea, from left: Tony Molloy, Liam Kelly, Brian Molloy and Stephen Molloy

A2016006Last year’s Division 1 League runners-up Galway made a winning start this year as they saw off Monaghan by 3-13 to 2-9.
Tracey Leonard claimed the player of the match award after registering 2-6 for the Tribeswomen, with Megan Glynn also netting for the home side at Tuam Stadium.
Galway led by 1-12 to 2-6 at 1-6 at half-time and were off to the ideal start when Leonard found the back of the Monaghan net after just 14 seconds.
Aoife McAnespie and Sharon Courtney scored the Monaghan goals but new Galway boss Willie Ward celebrated his first victory at the helm.

A2016004Cushendall had lost all eight previous All-Ireland semi-finals and knew they would need something special to oust a Sarsfields side with a serious pedigree at this level, having become the first side to retain the club hurling title when they won it in 1993 and ’94.
But they showed scant regard for reputations yesterday and they held the upper hand from start to finish in Navan yesterday to deservedly advance to their first All-Ireland final winning by 3-12 to 1-6.
Man of the Match Neil McManus said it was a special day for the club as they finally put their semi-final nightmares behind them.
The groundwork for the overdue semi-final win was laid in the opening half when Sarsfields had whatever advantage accrued from the diagonal wind.
Ryan McCambridge manned a superb Cushendall defence and while McManus was a threat throughout, so too was Sean McAfee and Paddy McGill.
Sarsfields just didn’t have any men on top like that and the Galway champions, who bridged an 18-year gap when they won the county title before Christmas, were chasing the game from the early stages when Cushendall struck for the opening goal after just four minutes.
A massive clearance from McCambridge was taken by McAfee and when he was hauled down by Sarsfields full-back Darren Skehill, McManus stepped up and drilled the penalty along the ground to the net.
Sarsfields managed just one point from play in the opening half, with four frees from Niall Morrissey all they had to show before Alan Ward pointed just before the break to leave them trailing 1-4 to 0-5.
Cushendall went for the jugular straight after the restart.
McManus fired over two more points and, in between, McAfee collected a long delivery and had the strength and pace to get away from Skehill and shoot to the net, extending their lead by 2-6 to 0-5.
Sarsfields got a glimmer of hope when their captain Joseph Cooney, with the dexterity that was reminiscent of his father Joe, superbly connected to a Morrissey 65 to flick it powerfully to the net.
But that was one of just two scores which Sarsfields managed in the second half, with Morrissey getting another free.
They had no choice but to try for goals to rescue their hopes, but the Cushendall defence was superb and with McGill getting his third point and McManus tacking on the points, the Ulster side kept pulling away and they sealed a deserved win when Karl McKeegan forced home their third goal in the closing stages.
Scorers: Cushendall: N McManus 1-7 (1-5f), P McGill 0-3, S McAfee 1-0, K McKeegan 1-0, C Carson 0-1, A Delargy 0-1. Sarsfields: N Morrissey 0-5 (0-5f), J Cooney 1-0, A Ward 0-1.
Cushendall: E Gillan; D Kearney, M Burke, R McCambridge; A Graffin, E Campbell, S Delargy; S McNaughton, A Delargy; C Carson, N McManus, P McGill; D McNaughton, S McAfee, C McNaughton. Subs: K McKeegan C McNaughton (48 mins), C McAllister for D McNaughton (59 mins).
Sarsfields: C Dolan; E Cleary, D Skehill, C Murray; N Quinn, K Hynes, R Quinn; J Cooney, I Fox; A Ward, K Wade, N Morrissey; I Skehill, N Kelly, K Cooney. Subs: I Kenny for I Skehill (49 mins), J Burke for Wade (50 mins), S Kelly for Morrissey (52 mins), E Spellman for K Cooney (60 mins).
Referee: P O’Dwyer (Carlow).

A2016005Former All-Ireland minor medal winner Sean Morrissey fired 1-06 including the decisive, if fortuitous, match-winning goal as Bennettsbridge claimed a historic AIB All-Ireland club intermediate hurling title success, overcoming Abbeyknockmoy by 1-17 to 1-14.
The reigning AIB All-Ireland junior champions made light of the step up in grade with back to back successes though did require a lucky 56th minute goal at Croke Park to do so.
In fact, with 12 minutes remaining, the Kilkenny and Leinster champions trailed the Galway representatives by four points and looked destined to slip to a dispiriting defeat.
But Christy Walsh's side battled back to level terms with a brace of pointe from both Morrissey and free-taker Nicky Cleere before winning the contest with Morrissey's surprise goal.
The towering attacker was going for a point from the right wing but his shot dropped slightly short and deceived Abbeyknockmoy 'keeper Declan Mullan as it dipped just below the crossbar.
Neither team scored again despite six more minutes of play meaning Bennettsbridge outscored their opponents by 1-04 to no score in the crucial final 10 minutes or so.
It was tough on three-time Galway intermediate champions Abbeyknockmoy as they contributed to a fine contest and looked to have moved into pole position during the third quarter.
The sides were level at 0-10 to 0-10 at half-time but 1-02 without reply from Abbeyknockmoy including a 42nd minute Damien Rooney goal put daylight between the teams.
Abbeyknockmoy led by 1-13 to 0-13 before Paul Flaherty hit his eighth point of the day to open up a four-point gap. That was as good as it got for the Galway men, however, as they didn't score again and looked on in agony as Morrissey ensured It was a double delight for Kilkenny as the county's junior champions, Glenmore, overcome Eoghan Rua, Coleraine in the earlier AIB All-Ireland junior final on a 2-8 to 0-12 scoreline.
But they were left clinging on for dear life after a great start and only scored three points in the final 42 minutes of the contest, two of those from frees.
Alan Murphy's 2-02 haul was crucial and his goals after eight and 18 minutes put Glenmore, the 1991 All-Ireland senior champions, into a 2-5 to 0-2 lead.
But Derry and Ulster champions Coleraine battled back bravely from there to trail by just 2-06 to 0-06 at half-time and further reduced the gap to three after 37 minutes.
That three-point margin remained between the teams until late on when Ciaran Gaile converted his seventh free of the afternoon for Coleraine, cutting the deficit to two. Glenmore battled for their lives though and held on to their advantage to claim a maiden title.
Bennettsbridge: E Cleere; J Moran, R Lennon, C Wafer; J Cleere, E Morrissey, A Cleere; D Wafer, K Blanchfield; N Cleere (0-07 0-07f), S Morrissey (1-06), B Lannon (0-01); W Murphy (0-02), L Blanchfield, H O'Neill (0-01).
Subs: S Wemyss for K Blanchfield, M Shiel for Murphy, K Brennan for Lannon.
Abbeyknockmoy: D Molloy; R Cooley, J Culkin, T Farragher; T Mullins, B Flaherty (0-01), B Costello (0-01); D Rooney (1-00), C Mulry (0-01); D Mullins, C Maher, E Blade (0-01); P Flaherty (0-08 0-05f), B O'Donnell, F Garvey (0-01).
Subs: C Kennedy (0-01) for O'Donnell, P O'Donnell for Blade,
Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow).


At a wet and windy Pearse Stadium Tyrone collected both points in a game they deserved to win, a lucky goal after 12 minutes of the opening half from Tiernan McCann gave the visitors a lead they never lost. They went in at the break leading by four points 1-6 to 0-5, but it looked a lot worse for Galway after twenty eight minutes when they trailed by 1-6 to 0-2 with Liam Silke and Eamon Brannigan on the mark for the Tribesmen. Three late Eddie Hoare pointed frees gave the scoreboard a respectable look at the whistle.

In the second half Galway were first score after fifteen minutes but the visitors then went on a mini scoring spree as the rattled over five points before Galway responded with a late scoring mission of their owm. Damien Comer goal his fourth goal in three games with a point each from Peter Cook, Brannigan and sub Shane Walsh the gap was now down to two points 1-9 to 1-11 but that was as it got and the Tribesmen.  Final score: Tyrone 1-11 Galway 1-9

Galway scores came from: E Brannigan, E Hoare 0-3 (3f), D Comer 1-0, L Silke, P Cooke (1'45), S Walsh 0-1 (1f).

Galway: T Dolan; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; L Silke, G O’Donnell, J Heaney; P Conroy, F O Curraoin; T Flynn, E Brannigan, E Tierney; D Comer, A Varley, E Hoare. Subs: P Cooke for Flynn (23 BC), S Walsh for Tierney (48), S Denvir for Hoare (62), R Greene for Kerin (68), D Cunnane for Kyne (68).

Galway midfielder Fiontain Ó Curraoin gets his pass away despite the attentions of Tyrone's Padraig McNulty during Sunday's Allianz Football League tie at Pearse Stadium.
Photographs: Joe O'Shaughnessy.


Galway's Peter Cooke on the ball against Tyrone during their football league encounter at Pearse Stadium.

macbook2016010At a recent Foundation Level Hurling Course held in the Liam Mellows Club House Ballyloughane.