Galway Clubs at Go Games in Croke Park


Claregalway Copy


Headford Web


Annaghdown web


Caltra Web


Clifden WEB


Padraig Pearses Copy


Corofin Win League Title


Corofin Panel Web

The Corofin League winning panel

Back row : Ronan Steede, Brian Raftery, Eanna Langan, Cathal Reily, Ciaran Brady ,Kieran Molloy, Dylan McHugh, Bernard Power, Barry O Donovan, Garry Sice, Tom Healy, Enda Fleming, Shane Monaghan.

Front row: Gavin Burke, Darragh Silke, Colin Brady, Cathal Newell, Dylan Canney, Dylan Wall, Liam Silke, Ross Mahon , Jason Leonard, Micheal Lundy, Conor Newell, Cathal Silke.

(Inset  Seamus O'Grady presents the Mike Kenny Memorial to captain Micheal Lundy)




Pearses win North Junior 'A' Championship


Pearses Junior A North Winners Web

Back row:: Leo Morrissey, Kevin Clancy, Tomas Flannery, Shane Raftery, Edmund Flannery, Sean Hardiman, Enda Cunniffe, Ronan Flannery, Ronan Bellew, Tommy McDonagh, Dermot Skehill, Joe Flannery.

Front row: John Lally, Ronan Skehill, Kerrill Hardiman, Gary Lally, Ronan Carr, Richie Lally, Damien Wynne, Fearghal Flannery, Alan Naughton, Alan Finn, Paul Lally.

Galway win Ted Webb Cup and Shield


galway City West Ted Webb Cup winners Web


Back: Dara Mahon (Barna), Dara Creighton (Oughterard), David Hurley (St Michael's), Nathan Molloy (Clifden), John McLaughlin (Moycullen), Declan O'Loughlin (Micheál Breathnach), Tomo Culhane (Clane, Kildare), James Webb (Oughterard), Rory King (Clifden), James McLaughlin (Moycullen), Aaron Flynn (St Michael's), Daniel McNulty (captain, St James'), Cian Hernon (Barna), Darragh Kennedy (Clifden); front: Dylan Cummins (Barna), Diarmuid Munroe (Salthill-Knocknacarra), Rory McDonnell (Salthill-Knocknacarra), Patrick Keane (Clonbur), Warren Seoighe (Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir), Sean Kearney (Clonbur), PJ Ward (St Michael's), Ethan Fiorentini (St Michael's), Ian Casserly (St James'), Evan Nolan (Salthill-Knocknacarra), Daniel Cox (Moycullen) and Eoin Finnerty (St James').


Galway North v Mayo East West 49031 web


 Back: Niall Cunningham (St Gabriel's), Cian Bowes (St Gabriel's), Alex Evans (Loughrea), Kyle O'Neill (Caherlistrane), Reece Burke (Annaghdown), Mark Colleran (Tuam Stars), Brendan Carr (Dunmore MacHales), Luke Divilly (Northern Gaels), Cormac Feeney (Athenry), Padraig Downey (St Gabriel's), Donie Holleran (Cortoon Shamrocks), Shane McGrath (Dunmore MacHales), Oisin Francis (Claregalway), Cathal Fallon (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), Shane Loughrey (Caltra), Derek Wynne (Monivea-Abbey), Morgan Neary (Northern Gaels); front: Nathan Grainger (Claregalway), Alan Naughton (Caltra), Conor Mitchell (Dunmore MacHales), Dylan Whelan (Annaghdown), Eanna O'Rourke (St Gabriel's), Keith O'Reilly (captain, Monivea-Abbey), Jonathan McGrath (Caherlistrane), Evan Duffy (Northern Gaels), Dylan Brady (Dunmore MacHales), Ryan Duffy (Northern Gaels), Mark Shaughnessy (Cortoon Shamrocks) and Darragh McCabe (Caltra). Missing from photo: Eoin Sweeney (Kilconly), Luke Fahy (Kilconly),  Daniel Concannon (Kilconly) and Gerard Colleran (St Gabriel's


Corofin win All-Ireland Sevens

Corofin win All-Ireland Sevens

Corofin All Sevens Captions Web

Corofin winning panel

Back row:Dylan Canny,Bernard Power, Jason Leonard, Ciaran Brady, Kieran Molloy, Ross Mahon, Darragh Silke.

Front row: Martin Farragher, Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall

Galway beaten by Limerick in All-Ireland Final


Galway all ireland finalists


Joe Canning goal


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


By John Harrington at Croke Park

Limerick’s long wait is finally over.

45 years of hurt were washed away when Declan Hannon became the first Treaty County captain since 1973 to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup to the skies after a heart-stopping All-Ireland Final.

It looked like the Shannonsiders were coasting towards a comfortable win when Shane Dowling’s 68th minute goal gave them an eight-point lead, but the hurling gods simply refused to let arguably the greatest hurling championship of all time end with anything other than a cymbal crashing crescendo, in the ten minutes of injury-time played Galway summoned an almighty late charge that saw them score 2-2 and win a last-gasp free that gave Joe Canning a chance to level it at the death.

It was just outside his range though, and when the ball dropped into a forest of hurleys and hands it was Limerick’s Tom Condon who won it, He managed to wriggle clear from the pack and hand-passed it out to Tom Morrissey on the wing as James Owens blew the final whistle to send every Limerick person in the stadium to seventh heaven, maybe doing it the hard way will have made it feel all the more special for Limerick, but for a long time it looked like they were going to win this match with surprising ease.

Galway have made a habit of starting quickly in matches this year, but right from the start they were very much on the back-foot in this match, Limerick’s industry without the ball was hugely impressive, and it meant Galway men had barely a second to get their head up before being engulfed in green.

The Limerick forwards were setting the tone in this regard, harrying and hassling for all their worth, and the sight of a Galway ball-carrier being set upon by packs of hungry tacklers was quickly becoming commonplace. Limerick betrayed their nerves with some poor shooting, but overall the way they settled into the match was hugely impressive as they quickly raced into a three-point lead.

Aaron Gillane, who was being picked up by Daithi Burke, opened the scoring, and then Kyle Hayes and Graeme Mulcahy followed up with two more points, the Hayes point summed up Limerick’s attitude in the opening exchanges, and he burst a gut to intercept an Adrian Tuohey short pass from defence, and then lanced the ball confidently over the bar

Tom Morrissey celebrates after scoring Limerick's second goal of the match. 

There was more method to Limerick’s attacking play than Galway’s. The Tribesmen were lumping the ball long into Jonathan Glynn and hoping for the best, but Limerick full-back Mike Casey was sticking doggedly to his task despite a big disadvantage in height and weight

A Joe Canning ’65 and a nice point from David Burke got Galway off the mark, and by the 15th minute they had drawn level on five points apiece, they briefly moved into the lead when Joe Cooney pointed, but then Limerick landed the heaviest blow of the match yet when they scored a scrappy goal. Hayes did brilliantly to pick out Mulcahy with a cross-field ball but as the corner-forward bore down on goal he was stripped of possession. He managed to scuff the ball on the ground in front of him and then got a lucky break when James Skehill’s attempt to smother it seemed to ricochet of McInerney and back into Mulcahy’s path which allowed him to scuff it over the line from close range.

By the 28th minute Limerick were 1-8 to 0-6 ahead thanks to a Tom Morrissey point and two inspirational long-rangers from their increasingly influential captain Declan Hannon. They really should have been even more than five points ahead by now though, because they’d also hit 10 wides, many of them of the poor variety. Galway were just about hanging in there, and three points in a row from Burke, Canning (f) and Joseph Cooney had the gap down to three as the first-half bled into injury-time. There was one last Limerick flourish before half-time though, as a Gillane free and a classy Seamus Flanagan gave them a four point lead going to the dressing-room that probably didn’t fully reflect how dominant they had been, they weren’t as profligate in the second-half though, and before long their dominance was being reflected in a more substantial manner on the score-board,

Centre-forward Kyle Hayes was starting it lord it over Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney, and three points from him had helped Limerick into a 1-15 to 0-10 lead by the 44th minute Galway were looking like a tired team now as they struggle to cope with the pace a faster, hungrier Limerick side were setting. The greatest hurler of his generation further gilded that status by playing some incredible hurling in the final 30 minutes of the match, his initial surge saw him score two classy points from play, but Galway were back on life-support when Tom Morrissey then struck for Limerick’s second goal he did brilliantly to dispossess McInerney and go around Adrian Tuohey before controlling the ball with great skill one-handed on his hurley and then lashing it to the back of the net. Back came Canning with three more points for Galway to reduce the gap to a manageable five before Dowling floored the Tribesmen again with Limerick’s third goal

Once more, the work ethic of the Limerick forwards played a crucial part in the score as Peter Casey blocked Tuohey’s attempted clearance and then played in Dowling who finished emphatically to the right-corner. You figured that had to be that, but Galway were resuscitated when Conor Whelan escaped Richie English for the first time in the match to score a life-line of a goal.

Five minutes later Canning lashed a 21 yard free to the back of the net, and suddenly there were only two points between the teams, Limerick leading by 3-15 to 2-16. Limerick supporters must surely have been thinking this could be ’94 all over again, especially when Niall Burke intercepted a miscued Graeme Mulcahy pass and pointed to reduce the gap to just one.

But Mulcahy atoned for that sin by then scoring a brilliant point to edge Limerick two ahead once more, there was time for even more late drama though as Canning nervelessly nailed a ’65 in the eight minute of injury-time, presumably after being told there would be time for one more passage of play after the resulting puck-out. He couldn’t produce any more heroics though as his last-gasp free from around 90 yards fell short, and Limerick cleared their lines to send their supporters delirious

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-10 (1-5f), Conor Whelan 1-0, Joseph Cooney 0-3, David Burke 0-3, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (46), Paul Killeen for John Hanbury (57), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (58), Sean Loftus for Johnny Coen (60), Fearghal Flannery for James Skehill (61)



Galway Hurlers retain All-Ireland Minor Title






Galway retain Minor All-Ireland Hurling Title


Resurgent Galway came from behind with a stunning second-half display at Croke Park to secure back to back Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling titles, their 12th at the grade, Jeffrey Lynskey's side were two points behind early in the second-half but turned on the style from there, outscoring Kilkenny by 0-11 to 0-2 to win with plenty to spare.

It's their second seven-point win over the Cats this season having also prevailed by that margin when the sides met in the All-Ireland quarter-final group stage, this was a far more significant win and means Galway have now claimed three of the last four titles under Lynskey's guidance.

It was tough on Kilkenny who felt they were better than the seven-point defeat suggested though eight first-half wides ultimately cost them, The Leinster finalists couldn't have asked for a better start and dominated the opening exchanges, carving out a whopping eight scoring chances in the first five minutes, they took four of them as Darragh Maher opened the scoring inside 30 seconds and was joined on the score-sheet by free-taker Conor Kelly and Ciaran Brennan, But they also clipped four wides in that period and were powerless to prevent Galway from roaring into the game when they finally gathered themselves.

The holders were handed an opportunity to haul themselves right back into the game when, trailing by those four points, they were awarded a penalty following Padraig Dempsey's foul on Niall Collins

O'Shea blasted it over and while they'd have preferred a goal the score ignited a scoring blitz Galway hitting six points in a row to take the lead, they led 0-7 to 0-5 after 14 minutes though true to the pattern of a half of hurling that ebbed and flowed, Kilkenny responded with four points in a row to lead again.

But it was all downhill from there for them as Galway finished with gusto and motored down the home straight to a famous win, Galway got a strong kick from their bench with Colm Cunningham and Sean McDonagh registering 0-3 between them in the second-half.

Scorers for Galway: Donal O'Shea 0-10 (6fs, 1 65, 1 pen), Dean Reilly 0-3, Diarmuid Kilcommons 0-2, Sean McDonagh 0-2, Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses) 0-1, Oisin Flannery (St Thomas') 0-1, Colm Cunningham 0-1, Evan Duggan 0-1.

Galway team: Patrick Rabbitte; Michael Flynn, Shane Jennings, Oisin Salmon; Shane Quirke, Sean Neary, Evan Duggan; Jason O'Donoghue, Oisin Flannery (St Thomas'); Diarmuid Kilcommins, Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses), Adam Brett; Dean Reilly, Donal O'Shea, Niall Collins.

Subs: Colm Cunningham for O'Donoghue (33), Connell Keane for Brett (34), Sean McDonagh for Flannery (Padraig Pearses) (41), Ian McGlynn for Flannery (St Thomas') (45), Keelan Creaven for Collins (49).





Dublin beat Galway in All-Ireland semi-final

Galway beaten by Dublin in All-Ireland Semi-Final


Sean Armstrong on the Ball

Dublin now aim for Four in a Row

Dublin 1-24 Galway 2-12

The Leinster champions had a comfortable win over Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final played in Croke Park today, the first half was very competitive and when Damien Comer punched a goal from a Ciaran Duggan long delivery against two defenders and it also caught Cluxton off his line, but the goalie made amends later when he got down to flick a Eamonn Branigan penalty out for a 45, Dublin hit back with three points from Ciaran Kilkenny, Brian Fenton and Dean Rock.

Ian Burke was in top form in that opening half scoring a point and also setting up a number of other scores, Shane Walsh pointed two late frees as Galway went in at the break two points down 1-7 to 1-9. In part two the winners bagged a brace of early points before Tom Flynn kicked a fine Galway point as Galway now trailed by three after 49 minutes 1-11 to 1-8. In the final quarter Dublin took control scoring six points without reply as Galway could not reproduce their first form and a late Shane Walsh goal took the bad look of the scoreboard as the Dubs march on and for Galway it was a disappointing end to a year that promised so much.

Dublin scorers: Con O’Callaghan 1-3, Dean Rock 0-5 (4f), Paul Mannion 0-4, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-3, Cormac Costello 0-3 (1f), Brian Fenton 0-2, Kevin McManamon 0-2, Brian Howard 0-1, Paul Flynn 0-1.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 1-5 (3f), Damien Comer 1-1, Ian Burke 0-2, Thomas Flynn 0-1, Johnny Heaney 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Daly 0-1.

DUBLIN team: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Philly McMahon, Eoin Murchan; John Small, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan. Subs: Michael Fitzsimons for Cian O’Sullivan (28), Cormac Costello for Niall Scully (44), Kevin McManamon for Dean Rock (56), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Eoin Murchan (58), Darren Daly for John Small (56), Paul Flynn for Jack McCaffrey (68)

GALWAY team: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Ciaran Duggan, Thomas Flynn; Shane Walsh, Sean Armstrong, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Eamonn Brannigan. Subs: Michael Daly for Sean Armstrong (46), Peter Cooke for Eamonn Brannigan (50), Gary O’Donnell for Cathal Sweeney (56), Adrian Varley for Johnny Heaney (59), Kieran Molloy for Eoghan Kerin (66), Johnny Duane for Gareth Bradshaw (68)


Ian Burke in action

Galway Minor Footballers in All-ireland Final

Galway in All- Ireland Minor Footbal Final


Minors celebrate win Sean Black, Tony Gill, Conor Halbard and Tomo Culhane


Eoghan Tinney Scores his Goal


Aidan Halloran 'Man of the Match'


Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 3-13 Meath 2-9

Galway qualified for the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor final with a second half goal scoring spree but overall it was a great performance from the ‘Maroon and White’ as Eoghan Tinney, Oisin McCormack and Tony Gill found the net to guarantee a final slot in early September.

The winners trailed at the break by four points 0-6 to 2-4 with Cathal Sweeney scoring three early points but goals from Luke Mitchell and Luke Kelly gave the Royals that half time advantage but it was in part two that Donal Ó Fátharta charges hit top gear outscoring Meath by 3-7 to 0-5 in that period, Tinney got the winners opening goal nine minutes after the break and by the 45th minute McCormack and Gill had added two more to give Galway a six point advantage that they would never loose.

In the final Galway will face the winners of tomorrows Kerry and Monaghan game

Galway scorers: Aidan Halloran 0-4, Tony Gill 1-0, Oisin McCormack 1-0, Eoghan Tinney 1-0, Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Ryan Monahan 0-2 (2f), Tom Culhane 0-1, Conor Raftery 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Paul Kelly 0-1. Meath scorers: Luke Mitchell 1-4 (2f), Luke Kelly 1-0, David Bell 0-2 (2f), Matthew Costello 0-1, Bryan McCormack 0-1, Sean Coffey 0-1

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Ethan Walsh, Sean Black, Cian Deane; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisin Gormally; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley. Subs used: Oisin McCormack for Daniel Cox (ht), Cian Hernon for Liam Judge (33, black-card), Eanna McCormack for Oisin Gormally (40), Tomo Culhane for Matthew Cooley (52), Conor Halbard for Eoghan Tinney (56)

MEATH team: Sean Brennan; James O’Hare, Harry O’Higgins, Cathal Hickey; Conor Farrelly, Conor Harford, Sean Coffey; Adam Reilly, Cian McBride; Darragh Swaine, Matthew Costello, Bryan McCormack; David Bell, Luke Kelly, Luke Mitchell. Subs used Colin Hawdon for Bryan McCormack (41), Niall Bennett for Adam Reilly, Brian O’Hanlon for Darragh Swaine, Oisin McCloskey for Conor Farrelly (all 50), Luke Newe for Oisin McCloskey (52), Joseph Moore for Luke Kelly 955)





Galway going for Two In A Row

Galway Beat Clare in All-Ireland Semi-Final Replay


The Galway panel  prior to the replay against Clare


Jonathan Glynn scores Galway's Goal


Joe Canning on the ball


Galway Head for Two- In- a Row

All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay

Galway 1-17 Clare 2-13

Galway are on track to retain the McCarthy Cup after beating Clare by the bare minimum in Semple Stadium Thurles this afternoon after the Banner who trailed by nine points at one stage came close to ending the Tribesmen run in the championship.

The winners made a brighter start and lead by lead by nine points to two after nineteen minutes and when Jonathan Glynn goaled the champions went in at the break leading by 1-9 to 0-6 , Joe Canning increased their lead to seven early in the second half but then Clare began to up their performance by a gear or two when Shane O’Donnell hit their opening goal and then Peter Duggan scored two pointed frees it was a two point ball game.

Niall Burke and Canning responded with a point a each but when Peter Duggan scored Clare’s second goal the lead was cut to a single point after 55 minutes but Clare could never go ahead and shot 19 wides on the day as the ‘Maroon and White’ just got to the winning post and a date in Croke Park with Limerick on All-Ireland final day.

Galway Scorers : Joe Canning 0-8 ,Jonathan Glynn 1-0, Conor Whelan 0-3, David Burke 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1

Clare Scorers : Peter Duggan 1-6, Shane O’Donnell 1-1, Ian Galvin 0-2, Podge Collins 0-1, Tony Kelly 0-1, John Conlon 0-1, Arron Shanagher 0-1

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Aidan Harte, Padraig Mannion, Joseph Cooney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs used: Sean Loftus for John Hanbury ,Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney ,Davey Glennon for Jonathan Glynn

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, David Fitzgerald; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Padraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell. Subs used : Ian Galvin for David Reidy , Cathal Malone for David Fitzgerald, Rory Hayes for Patrick O’Connor ,Michael O’Malley for Jamie Shanahan ,Arron Shanagher for Podge Collins


Coror Cooney in action

Monaghan beat Galway in Super Eight

Galway beaten by  Monaghan in  Pearse Stadium

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All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1


By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Unsurprisingly this Monaghan win was celebrated furiously in the west as Malachy O’Rourke’s team secured a first All Ireland semi-final appearance since 1988.

Monaghan were primed for this tussle in the west and Galway just couldn’t cope with the grit and determination summoned by the visitors.

Many wondered whether David Clifford’s splendid last gasp goal for Kerry in Clones a fortnight ago would derail Monaghan’s hopes of progression, but the response at Pearse Stadium was emphatic.

The opening period went according to plan for Monaghan, who were roared on by a passionate travelling support in Salthill.

Galway were frustrated for vast chunks of the first half by Monaghan, who thundered into the physical exchanges departing at the break armed with a 0-7 to 0-5 advantage.

Monaghan ran the ball smartly with Ryan McAnespie clipping two fine points, while Darren Hughes worked diligently throughout the pitch.

Vinny Corey and Colin Walshe also ventured forward to nail fine scores for Malachy O’Rourke’s outfit, who settled smartly to accumulate a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 25th minute.

Fintan Kelly, Corey, Hughes, McAnespie, and Walshe all contributed scores, but Galway did improve as the interval approached.

Peter Cooke lofted a nice point from distance which drew a response from McManus (free) and McAnespie as Monaghan edged four clear,

Gary O’Donnell and Shane Walsh (free) narrowed the gap, but Monaghan, primed to force turnovers, deservedly led by two at the turnaround.

After the restart, though, Monaghan continued to inflict damage clipping four of the next five points with McManus and Hughes prominent.

Suddenly Monaghan’s cushion was five and Galway were in significant bother when Eamonn Brannigan mined a point.

Dermot Malone, who was hugely industrious for Monaghan, and Ian Burke traded scores, but O’Rourke’s team were dominant.

Malone stitched the play effectively as a McAnespie point was followed by frees from McManus and Rory Beggan. Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe, and Damien Comer were all sent off for second yellow cards offences in the dying embers of the game, but it scarcely bothered Monaghan.

Fittingly McAnespie iced the Monaghan cake deep into stoppage time and they will head for Croke Park next weekend heartened.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-5 (4fs), Ryan McAnespie 0-4, Darren Hughes 0-2, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey, Dermot Malone, Fintan Kelly, Rory Beggan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh (2fs) 0-2 each, Peter Cooke, Ian Burke, Gary O’Donnell, and Damien Comer 0-1 each.

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Kieran Duffy; Karl O’Connell, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Fintan Kelly, Dermot Malone, Shane Carey; Conor McCarthy, Ryan McAnespie, Conor McManus.Subs: Jack McCarron for McCarthy (58), Neil McAdam for Kearns (63), Paudie McKenna for Carey (66), Dessie Mone for O’Connell (68).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan; Adrian Varley, Damien Comer, Ian Burke.Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Varley (43), Ciaran Duggan for Cooke (52), Johnny Heaney for O’Ceallaigh (57), Padraic Cunningham for Brannigan (60), David Wynne for Kerin (63), Danny Cummins for Burke (68)

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Galway Minor footballers beat Clare in Q/Final

Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Semi-Final 

Galway Minor Panel that beat clare

The Minor panel prior to the game against Clare

James McLoughlin

James McLoughlin reaches high

Galway finish strong in Minor Football Q/Final

Galway 0-18 Clare 0-11

Galway will meet Meath in two weeks time in the All-Ireland Minor football semi-final after they beat beat Clare in Tullamore by seven points, the winners started slowly and failed to register a score in the opening twenty five minutes as the Banner with aid of the breeze went into a seven point lead, the winners scored three pointed frees in the last four minutes from Ryan Monaghan to trail at the break by 0-3 to 0-8, Clare fully deserved the lead as Galway struggled all over the field to come to grips with the free flowing play of the Clare men.

Galway were a different outfit after the break and out scored Clare by ten points to three over the thirty minutes, the sides were level with fifteen minutes to go at 0-9 each when Tony Gill pointed and the winners went on the to dominate final quarter .

Galway’s scorers: Ryan Monahan 0-6 ,Oisin Gormally 0-3, Conor Raftery 0-2, Eoghan Tinney 0-2, Aidan Halloran 0-1, Tomo Culhane 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Niall Cunningham 0-1, Tony Gill 0-1

Galway team: D Halloran; E Walsh, S Black, C Deane; R Monaghan ,T Gill ,C Sweeney; C Raftery, J McLoughlin; L Judge, A Halloran, É McCormack; E Tinney ,D Cox, M Cooley.

Subs: C Halbard for Black, O Gormley for McCormack, T Culhane for Cooley, N Cunningham A Halloran, S Horkan for McLoughlin

Liam Judge

Liam Judge on the ball






Galway and Clare all square in Semi-Final

Conor Cooney Goals

Conor Cooney goals for Galway

Conor Whelan

Conor Whelan in action

Galway and Clare stalemate at Croke Park

Galway and Clare must do it all again next Sunday in Thurles at 2.00 after they finished 1-30 each in the All- Semi-Final after extra time in Croke Park on Saturday

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-12 (6f, 2 sidelines), Conor Cooney 1-1, Cathal Mannion 0-4, David Burke 0-3, Conor Whelan 0-3, Jason Flynn 0-3 (1f), Johnny Coen 0-2, Jonathan Glynn 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-14 (11f), John Conlon 0-4, Arron Shanagher 1-0, Shane O’Donnell 0-3, Tony Kelly 0-3 (1 sideline), Ian Galvin 0-2, David Fitzgerald 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Jason McCarthy 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jonathan Glynn. Subs: Niall Burke for Joseph Cooney (52), Paul Killeen for Gearoid McInerney (54), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (63), Sean Loftus for Adrian Tuohey (70), Joseph Cooney for David Burke (82), Conor Cooney for Conor Whelan (82), Davy Glennon for Joe Canning (83).

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor, Jack Browne; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Padraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell. Subs: David Fitzgerald for Cathal Malone (47), Conor McGrath for Padraic Collins (59), Ian Galvin for David Reidy (60), Arron Shanagher for Shane O’Donnell (67), Shane O’Donnell for Conor McGrath (82), Jason McCarthy for Jamie Shanahan (82).


Aidan Harte battles hard


Galway beaten in All Ireland Junior Final

Galway’s poor shooting let Kerry off the Hook

All-Ireland Junior Final

Kerry 2-13 Galway 2-11

In Ennis Kerry continued their dominance of the competition with a two point win over a Galway team who shot 15 wides and were still in the game as it ticked into injury before a crowd of over 700, the kingdom got the better start and lead by 1-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes thanks to goal from Paudie Clifford and three minutes later Padraic Cunningham was denied a goal by Kerry’s keeper Darragh O’ Shea but Cunningham did find the net with nine minutes to the break and hid side in trailing by just one points at the whistle 1-6 to 1-7.

In part two Kerry rattled off three early points to lead by to lead by four but the Maroon and White hit a purple patch scoring 1-2 without reply with Jonathan Ryan finding the net and Galway lead by one point 2-8 to 1-10 after forty five minutes, but Kerry finished strong and when Clifford was fouled in the square Niall O’Sé converted the spot kick to give the ‘Kingdom’ a four in a row success at Junior.

Galway scorers were:: Jonathon Ryan (1-2, 1f), Padraic Cunningham (1-1), Shane Gaffney (0-4, 4f), Alan Molloy, Michael Day, Antaine Ó Laói and Martin Coady (0-1 each).

Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway), Cathal Reilly (Corofin),Aidan Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Seán Ó Currin (Carna/Caiseal), Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard), Alan Molloy (Corofin), Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laói (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathon Ryan (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Pádraic Cunningham (Headford), Martin Coady (Oughterard).
Subs :D Hennessy for Day, Day for Hennessy, M Reddington for Gleeson, T Rabbitte for Ward, S Gaffney for Coady, D Hennessy for Ó Curraoin, A Ó hIarnáin for Ryan, J Kirrane for O’Reilly

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The Galway Junior panel in Ennis

Galway beat Kildare in Newbridge


Galway Senior Footballers defeat Kildare in the Super 8's Round 2


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Sean Armstrong against Kildare

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Eoghan Kerin defending against Kildare

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By Cian O'Connell at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge

This was another afternoon providing deep satisfaction for Galway, who carved out another encouraging Championship win in Newbridge.

Kildare contributed handsomely to a gripping game, but Galway just had a bit more punch to earn a valuable victory.

During a thrilling encounter 13 different Galway players delivered scores for Kevin Walsh’s charges, who shaded an intriguing battle.

A splendid opening period packed with dynamic counter attacking football blazed with Galway eventually departing at the break armed with a slender 0-11 to 0-10 advantage.

It was chiefly due to a decent three point on the spin burst as the interval approached following some excellent Kildare play.

Though Galway, prompted by the promising Michael Daly, who was unfortunately forced off injured, accumulated a 0-5 to 0-3 lead by the 14th minute,Kildare came thundering back clipping seven of the next 10 scores.

Most of those could be classed as delightful with Neil Flynn, Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, and Fergal Conway all rifling over gorgeous efforts. Unsurprisingly a passionate crowd approved as Kildare converted 0-10 from their first 12 attempts.

Galway were encountering some duress, but Tom Flynn remained relevant at centrefield and Galway concluded the half strongly.

Galway's Michael Daly was forced off with a leg injury.

Shane Walsh landed a routine free and then nailed one from play, while Tom Flynn thumped over a long distance kick to ensure the visitors were narrowly in front at the turnaround.

After the restart the white flags weren’t being waved with the same frequency, but it was still absorbing as Walsh and Gareth Bradshaw mined points either side of a Paddy Brophy score.

Then Kildare were rocked by the 45th minute dismissal of Daniel Flynn, who was red carded for an off the ball incident.

Further Galway points from Eamonn Brannigan and Ian Burke guided the maroon outfit 0-15 to 0-12 ahead with 15 minutes left to play.

Gary O’Donnell edged Galway four clear, but Kildare, defiant until the bitter end, narrowed the gap as Paddy Brophy and two Neil Flynn points brought them back into contention.

Serious questions were being posed of Galway’s resolve, but the Tribesmen located the necessary answers as late Sean Kelly and Comer points sealed the deal.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Damien Comer 0-3, Michael Daly 0-2, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn, Sean Kelly, Ian Burke, Eamonn Brannigan, Gary O’Donnell, and Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: Neil Flynn 0-5 (3fs), Paul Cribbin 0-3, Daniel Flynn, Fergal Conway, and Paddy Brophy 0-2 each, Kevin Flynn and Chris Healy 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Daly (11), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (51), Gary O’Donnell for Heaney (54), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (58, BC), Johnny Duane for O’Ceallaigh (67), Fiontan O’Curraoin for Flynn (70).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, Mick O’Grady, David Hyland; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy.

Subs: Niall Kelly for Moolick (50), Chris Healy for K Cribbin (54), James Murray for Kelly (58), David Slattery for P Cribbin (62), Eamonn Callaghan for Brophy (67, BC), Fionn Dowling for Conway (70+4).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

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Gareth Bradshaw against Kildare

Galway v Kerry All-Ireland Junior Final

The Galway team that last won the All-Ireland Junior Title in 1985


Back row: Seamus Burke, Peter Greaney, Tom McHugh, Padraic Coyne, Gerry Dolan, Hugh Bleahen, Ger Burke.

Front row: Francis Stockwell, Padraic O’Dea, Gerry Daly, Conor O’Dea, Tom Heavey, Michael Melia, Seamus Glynn, Kieran Flaherty.

This Saturday at 2.00 p.m in Cusack Park Ennis Galway play Kerry in the All-Ireland Junior Football Final, the team is managed by Matt Duggan from Annaghdown with Padraic Coyne (Milltown),Pádraig Mac Donnacha (An Cheathrú Rua), and Gerry Keane (An Fhairche) his selectors.

Kerry have won the last three finals beating Mayo twice and Meath last year while Galway last tasted victory in 1985

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Galway Beat Kerry in Quarter Final Phase One

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Tomas Flynn in Action

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Damien Comer in full flight

All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final (Phase 1)

GALWAY 1-13 KERRY 1-10

Galway rolled back the clock in Croke Park to defeat Kerry in the Super Eights phase 1 and claim their first win over the kingdom since in championship since 1965, the winners continued on from their League form and showed the same self –belief that brought the final, the game was not a classic by any means but in the end a victory was the goal and now its on to Newbridge next week and a game with Kildare who will be all fired up to gain two points if they are to stay in contention for honours.

The rain came to Croke Park and it was strange to have the lights on the game as the weather conditions made it difficult for the players with the pitch like a skating ring, Kerry opened the scoring when Kevin McCarthy pointed after three minutes, Ian Burke and Paul Conroy had the Galway’s opening points to put them ahead by the 18th minute. It would be Conroy’s only score of the game as he suffered a serious leg injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

David Clifford had a side’s level two minutes later and they went one up when Shane Murphy popped over a 45 and Damien Comer then shot over the bar, with eight minutes injury added we had three late points Paul Geaney for Kerry and Shane Walsh and Ian Burke for the winners to give their side a one point lead at the break 0-6 to 0-5, in part two both sides upped a gear and after fifteen minutes it was a level ball game at eight points each, Walsh restored Galway’s lead with a well taken point and the Tribesmen began to grow in confidence and an excellent point from Declan Kyne showed that that belief, Adrian Varley not for the first time this year made a huge impact as a sub scoring two points and when another sub Patrick Sweeney scored a goal to give   Galway give a seven point lead but Kerry scored 1-1in the dying minutes to make it a three point win for the Tribesmen.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 0-5 (4f), Patrick Sweeney 1-0, Ian Burke 0-2, Adrian Varley 0-2, Damien Comer 0-1, Paul Conroy 0-1, Declan Kyne 0-1, Sean Kelly 0-1.

Kerry scorers: David Clifford 1-5 (1f), Paul Geaney 0-2, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (’45)

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Michael Daly, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien comer, Shane Walsh. Subs: Peter Cooke for Paul Conroy (25), Adrian Varley for Michael Daly (55), Gary O’Donnell for Gareth Bradshaw (64), Patrick Sweeney for Damien Comer (65), Johnny Duane for Thomas Flynn (74), Frankie Burke for Ian Burke (76)

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Seán Ó Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Tom O’Sullivan for Brian Ó Beaglaoich (ht), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (47), Micheál Burns for James O’Donoghue (52), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (65), Donnchadh Walsh for Sean O’Shea (65), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (65)

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Cathal Sweeney on the ball

Galway win first ever Connacht U-17 Minor Final

The Galway team that beat Roscommon in the U-17 Minor  Connacht Final

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Conor Raftery Galway captain with the Tom Kilcoyne Cup

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Man of the Match Matthew Cooley

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Galway first Connacht u-17 Champions

Galway 2-13 Roscommon 2-9

Galway collected their forth crown in a row when they beat the Roscommon in the Minor final in Hyde Park this evening, it was the first ever minor title at U-17, the winners goals came from Eoghan Tinney and Conor Raftery while Man of the Match Matthew Cooley shot five points .

 Galway scorers: Matthew Cooley 0-5, Ryan Monaghan 0-4 (4fs), Eoghan Tinney 1-1, Conor Raftery 1-0, Paul Kelly, Daniel Cox and Aidan Halloran 0-1 each.

 Roscommon scorers: Adam McDermott 0-5 (3fs), Shane Cunnane 1-1 (1-0 pen), Fearghus Lennon 1-0, Enda Crawley, Darragh Murray and Ruaidhri Fallon 0-1 each.

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Cian Deane, Seán Black, Ethan Walsh; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, Conor Raftery ; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisín McCormack; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley.

Subs: Conor Halbard for Gill, Sean Horkan for McCormack, Oisin Gormally for Judge

ROSCOMMON team : Daniel Connolly; Robbie Dolan, Kealan Gunning, Cathal Brogan; Jonathan Hester, Darragh Murray, Jack Lohan; Enda Crawley, Shane Cunnane; Ruaidhri Fallon, Eoghan Derwin, Richard Walsh; Fearghus Lennon, Adam McDermott, James Fitzpatrick.

Subs: Liam Ormsby for Derwin, Aaron McDermott for Walsh, Charlie Carthy for Crawley, Colin Walsh for Lennon.

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David Burke lifts the Bob O'Keeffe Cup





Galway retain Bob O’Keefe Cup

Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15

Galway will go down in history to-day as the first Connacht team to win the Leinster final at a Munster venue in a game that produced 47 scores at Thurles. The winners lead by eleven points after twenty first half minutes 1-9 to 0-1 and by the break Kilkenny had the lead cut to eight 1-8 to 1-16 thanks to a Ger Aylward goal just before the break. The intensity of the replay was much higher that last week as Galway had Kilkenny out played and out scored in the opening twenty minutes and one wondered was there any back for the Cats but there was as the lead was down to a single point 1-20 to 3-13 in the final quarter but this Galway did not panic and hit back with points from Joe Canning and a brace from Cathal Mannion

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (6f) Cathal Mannion 0-6, Conor Whelan 0-4, Jonathan Glynn 1-1, Niall Burke 0-2, Aidan Harte 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1, J Flynn 0-1

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65) Colin Fennelly 1-1, Richie Hogan 1-1, Ger Aylward 1-0, Joey Holden 0-1, Conor Fogarty 0-1, James Maher 0-1, John Donnelly 0-1,

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Bourke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Conor Cooney for Niall Burke, Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney, Sean Loftus for David Burke

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh; Paddy Deegan, Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; John Donnelly, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Walter Walsh, Ger Aylward. Subs: Liam Blanchfield for Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan for Billy Ryan), Colin Fennelly for Richie Leahy, Robert Lennon for Enda Morrissey, Luke Scanlon for John Donnelly

Galway in Junior Football Final

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Galway Junior Panel in Nowlan Park stand for Amhrán na Bhfiann 

Galway Junior Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 2-22 Kilkenny 2-08

Galway qualified for the All-Ireland Junior final with a well merited win over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and will now face Kerry in the final, the winners lead at the break by 2-12 to 1-3 and in truth is was done and dusted by then, and the Tribesmen will face a tougher challenge in the final against the ‘Kingdom ‘who have won the last three All-Irelands beating Mayo twice and Meath while Galway will have to go back to 1985 when they overcame Warwickshire in the final after beating Kerry after a replay in the home final.

Padraic Cunningham gave a ‘Man of the Match’ display for the winners at full foward scoring 0-6 and was also involver in setting up a number of scores for the team, Jonathan Ryan with 1-3 and Gary Kelly 0-6 were the other top marksmen. Alan Molloy and Michael Day were in top form and controlled the midfield sector while in defence all six backs performed well in front of captain Maghnus Breathnach who turned in another sound performance.

Galway scorers were: J Ryan 1-3, G Kelly 0-6, P Cunningham 0-6, M Reddington 1-1, M Day 0-3, A Ward 0-1, A Ó Laoi 0-1, S Gaffney 0-1.

Kilkenny scorers were: J Walsh 1-1, M Jones 1-0, I Duggan 0-2, S Stapleton 0-1, J Culleton 0-1,M Malone 0-1, C O’Carroll 0-1, M Jones 0-1,

Galway team-Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway),Cathal Reilly (Corofin), Adrian Ward (Kilkerrin Clonberne),Sean Ó Currin(Carna –Caiseal),Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard),Alan Molloy (Corofin),Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laoi (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathan Ryan (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), Pádraig Cunningham (Headford), Gary Kelly(Williamstown).

Subs: Matthew Reddington for Gleeson, Aongus Ó hIarnáin for O’Curraoin, Darren Hennessy for Molloy, Oisin Canney for Currin, Shane Gaffney for Cunningham, Thomas Rabbitte for Kelly

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Eddie O'Sullivan keeps his eye on the ball