Hugh McFadden of Donegal, left, and Cathal Sweeney of Galway during the Donegal and Galway Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 Media Event at the Abbey Hotel, in Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile




Gort Community School Senior Team that defeatrd The Bish in the Semi-Final of the Connacht Post Primary Schools played at the Connacht Centre of Excellence Bekan Back Row (left to night) Tadhg Dean, Ivan Neilan, Cathal Hegarty, Evan Hunt, Peter Zsiga, Evan Duggan, Darach Fahy, Connell Keane, Enda Egan, Donal Moloney, Aidan Linnane, Oisin Reagan. Front Row: (left to right) Caoimhin Marren, Shane Mc Guane, Padraig Murphy, Tom Healy, Oisin Flannery, Jordan Nolan, Sean Gardiner, Jason O Donoghue, Conor Hennelly, Tom Nolan and Cian Ketelaar.


Kevin O'Brien's Corofin survived an early scare before eventually claiming a convincing win at McGovern Park, Ruislip.

The Galway and Connacht champions were rocked in the first five minutes as a determined Fulham Irish struck 1-1 without reply.

That provided Fulham Irish, managed by former Down star Greg McCartan, with plenty of encouragement, but Corofin recovered.

Marty Hughes pinched a goal for Fulham Irish, but Corofin replied registering three majors of their own before the break.

Liam Silke converted a 10th minute penalty, while Colin Brady, and Ian Burke also rattled the Fulham Irish as Corofin led 3-3 to 1-3 at the interval.

After the restart Fulham Irish remained spirited, but Jason Leonard, Cathal Silke, Ronan Steede, and Martin Farragher added points.

Corofin will now face Moorefield in what promises to be an interesting encounter at the penultimate stage next month.


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FETHARD ST MOGUES (Wexford) 0-18 SYLANE (Galway) 0-9 

Fethard St. Mogues of Wexford ground out a deserved nine-point victory over Galway’s Sylane in today’s AIB Club JHC semi-final.
It was a hard fought and physical game, but the Wexford team’s greater class gave them a vital edge for most of the contest.
They led by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time and some very committed defending kept an increasingly desperate Sylane at bay in the second-half.

Glenamaddy/Glinsk 0-14 Headford 1-6
A massive closing quarter, in which a Micheal Heneghan inspired Glenamaddy/Glinsk outscored their opponents Headford by seven points to one, saw the victors take the North U-21 'B' football championship crown and, more importantly, book a place in the 2017 county final against An Cheathru Rua.
In front of a tidy crowd at Tuam Stadium on Saturday, Glenamaddy/Glinsk showed a measure of true grit to come from behind in the closing spell, with Heneghan, who would finish with a personal tally of 10 points from frees, leading the charge with an exhibition of fine kicking.


Photos: (left) Padraic Coyne Chairman of the GPC presents the North Under 21 B Cup to Glenamaddy-Glinsk captain Mark Dolan and (right) Padraic Kelly GPC Secretary presents the North man-of-the-match-award to Micheal Heneghan of Glenamaddy-Glinsk.


Glenamaddy/Glinsk North GPC Under 21 Football Champions
Front Row: (left to right) Cathal Hynes, Stephen Glynn, Jason Connelly, Michael Geary, Jack Divilly, Peter Thomas Keaveney, Michael Heneghan, Mark Dolan, Niall Conneally and Shea Connolly. Back Row: (left to right) David Ryan, James Burke, Padraig Geraghty, Colum Fallon, Dara Gunning, Alan Coyne, Seamus Comer, Cormac Haslam, Aidan Keaveney, Liam Glynn and Ryan McHugh. 


Photo left: Seosamh Ó Flatharta, Coiste Peil,on right, presents the Club Award to Muiris mac Gearailt on behalf of Micheal Breathnachs GAA Club. Photo right: Padraig Neenan, Coiste Peil Secretary, right, presents the Special Achievement Award to Ronan McGrath on behalf of the Carna-Cashel na Piarsaigh Club .


Attending the Coiste Peil na nOg end of year meeting were- Photo left: Seamus O'Grady, outgoing Football Committee Secretary, and John Morrin, Claregalway. Photo right: Muiris mac Gearailt Micheal Breathnach, Brendan McNeilla Moycullen and John Hegarty Coiste Peil.


Noel Larkin presenting a Cheque of €20,000 from Chicago Galway Tribesmen to Tribesmen Galway GAA Supporters Club with (left to right) Tex Callaghan - Galway Senior Hurling Backroom Team. Michael Burke - Treasurer Galway GAA, Noel Larkin - Galway Senior Hurling Selector, Brendan O'Hagan - Chairperson Tribesmen GAA Committee, Gerard Hanniffy- Tribesmen GAA Committee,
David Mulkerrin- Tribesmen GAA Committee and Tom Burke - Tribesmen GAA Committee.

2018A024The Galway senior panel prior to their FBD Connacht Football League opener against Sligo in Bekan last Wednesday. Back: Frankie Burke, Robert Finnerty, Padraic Cunningham, Cathal Sweeney, Paul Conroy, Rónán Ó Beoláin, Johnny Duane, Patrick Sweeney, Ciaran Duggan, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Peter Cooke, John Maher; front: Dessie Connelly, Sean Kelly, Evan Wynne, Eamonn Brannigan, Tom Flynn, Adrian Varley and David Wynne


Galway's John Tobin of Connacht GAA during day two of the GAA Games Development Conference at Croke Park. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile


The Galway Sports Stars banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday night January 27th, will be dominated by the sport of hurling with the county’s glorious run to All-Ireland success celebrated with three different awards – Joe Canning, Player of the Year; Micheál Donoghue, Manager of the Year; and Galway receiving the Team of the Year honour. In the Special Achievement category county champions Liam Mellows’, winning their first county championship in 47, years are acknowledged while one of the county’s greatest ever exponents of the game, Athenry’s P J Molloy will be honoured with the Galway Sports Stars Hall of Fame award for 2017.
The selection panel com prised of: John McIntyre, Connacht Tribune; Billy Coss, Tuam Herald; Mártan Ó Ciadhra, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Frank Farragher, Connacht Tribune; Stephen Glennon, Connacht Tribune; Mark Walsh, Tuam Herald; Michael Glynn, Connacht Tribune; Seán Bán Breathnach, Raidio na Gaeltachta; Keith Kelly, Connacht Tribune; and Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune.


Students from the third level sector were acknowledged by the Connacht GAA in their annual student bursary awards at a ceremony which took place in the Connacht GAA Centre.

The bursary scheme has been in place for eleven years and awards members of the association who are active members in their higher education club. In all 33 promising young Connacht GAA players and administrators have been included in the province’s annual bursary scheme. All five Connacht counties are represented in the initiative which provides financial assistance to students who have displayed potential and commitment on the Gaelic games front.

“The purpose of this bursary scheme is to honour young people who have excelled in the GAA,” said Connacht GAA Council Games manager John Tobin. “This year we have selected 32 outstanding people, all of whom will contribute to the GAA club and life in their colleges, while also young administrators who are involved in their college as team trainers, club officers, and in other crucial roles.”

Enda Fallon, Chairman of the provincial Third Level Committee and delegate to the National Third Level Committee, thanked the council for the provision of the Bursary Scheme as it acknowledged the enormous work carried out by students in promoting Gaelic games in the third level sector.

President of the Comhairle Connacht, Mick Rock, paid tribute to the parents and guardians of these recipients in supporting these young people with both their academic and sporting lives. He complimented the recipients on their achievements to date however he maintained that it was important that young people should strive for a balance with both their studies and sport. He acknowledged the role of the third level Games officers and the various volunteers, both student and staff, in their promotion of Gaelic games in the third level sector.


The list of recipients are as follows;

College Name Code Club County
GMIT Aaron Brady Football Elphin Roscommon
DCU Adrian Cummins Football Calry St Josephs Sligo
NUI, Galway Aoife Donohue Camogie Mullagh Galway
MICL Barry Goldrick Football Claregalway Galway
IT Sligo Bryan Walsh Football Ballintaubber Mayo
Athlone IT Cathal Jordan Football St. Johns Sligo
NUI, Galway Conor Caulfield Hurling Kilconieron Galway
NUI, Galway Conor Cosgrove Hurling Ardrahan Galway
NUI, Galway Conor Fahey Dual Padraig Pearses Galway
Athlone IT Cormac Haslam Football Glenamaddy Galway
NUI, Galway Darragh Burke Hurling St. Thomas’ Galway
St Pats (DCU) Darren Maxwell Football Sean O’ Heslins Leitrim
UCD Eoghan Keegan Football Cloone Leitrim
University of Limerick Fiona McHale Ladies Football Carnacon Mayo
St. Pat’s Drumcondra Fiona Tully Ladies Football St Colmans Handball Roscommon
GMIT Jack Reilly Football Charlestown Sarsfields Mayo
Maynooth University Jimmy Donoghue Football/Refereeing Tulsk Lord Edwards Roscommon
UU Coleraine Kevin O Halloran Hurling Craughwell Galway
NUI, Galway Kieran Forde Handball Annaghdown Galway
University of Limerick Martin Mc Manus Hurling Loughrea Galway
GMIT Matthew Flanagan Football Balla Mayo
NUI, Galway Nathan O Rourke Football Fenagh St Caillins Leitrim
DCU Nathan Rooney Football St Marys Sligo
UCD Patrick Foley Hurling Clarinbridge Galway
GMIT Letterfrack Richard Thompson Football St Croans Roscommon
DCU Riordan O Rourke Football Fenagh St Caillins Leitrim
GMIT Rochelle Mullaney Ladies Football Kilbride Roscommon
University of Limerick Ryan O’ Donoghue Football Belmullet Mayo
UCD Sean Power Football Drumcliffe Rossespoint Sligo
NUI, Galway Shane Bannon Hurling Clarinbridge Galway
NUI, Galway Shane Dowd Football Creggs Roscommon
GMIT Shauna Burke Camogie Craughwell Galway
NUI, Galway William Finnerty Football Salthill Knocknacarra Galway


Galway manager Kevin Walsh during the Connacht FBD League Round 2 refixture match between Mayo and Galway, that Galway won, at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile


Four months before their clash in the Connacht Championship at the same venue, Galway left Castlebar with a dramatic 1-10 to 1-09 FBD Connacht League win over Mayo.
The Tribesmen finished a rain-soaked and wind-lashed encounter with only 12 men after having substitute Damien Comer and defenders Seán Mulkerrins and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh sent off in the final quarter.

However, with the storm at their backs, Galway managed to keep a makeshift Mayo outfit at bay to record their second win of the competition.

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford saw his experimental team muster just 1-01 against the gale-force wind and driving rain in the second half, those scores separated by 35 minutes.
Peter Naughton had hit the net on only his second senior start four minutes into the second half to push the homeside ahead by 1-08 to 0-06.
But that was as good as it got for the home supporters in the crowd of 2,679.
Galway had trailed at half-time by two points, but they produced a big third quarter with Galway United star Padraic Cunningham landing a couple of brilliant scores.
The game turned though on a deflected goal from Patrick Sweeney that levelled the scores (1-08 apiece) on 50 minutes.
Points from Barry McHugh (free) and sub’ Damien Comer then edged the visitors ahead.
And they managed to keep Mayo at arm’s length in the final 25 minutes despite their numerial disadvantage.
Despite shooting six wides, Mayo led at half-time by 0-08 to 0-06 after playing with the aid of the wind and rain in the opening period.
Early scores from Shane Nally and Kevin McLoughlin eased Mayo in front but well-worked points from Paul Conroy, Eoin Brannigan and Barry McHugh (free) tied the game up after a quarter of an hour.
Mayo duly kicked on again to lead by 0-07 to 0-04 on 30 minutes with Brian Reape landing three scores from distance, and they were still setting the pace at the change of ends.
But the worsening weather conditions coincided with a dramatic second half that sets the scene nicely for the teams’ National Football League clash in Salthill next month.

Galway: R Lavelle; E Kerin, SA Ó Ceallaigh, S Mulkerrin; C Sweeney, S Kelly, J Duane; P Conroy (0-2), K Duggan; E Brannigan (0-1), P Cooke, S Walsh; B McHugh (0-3, 3fs), P Sweeney (1-1), P Cunningham (0-2).
Subs: D Comer (0-1) for Duggan; C Darcy for Cunningham (inj); G Bradshaw for C Sweeney; J Heaney for Cooke; F Burke for McHugh; D Wynne for P Sweeney.
Mayo: D Clarke; S Duffy, K Keane, J Oates; M Plunkett, M Hall, S Akram; M Ruane, J Gibbons; S Nally (0-2), K McLoughlin (0-3, 1f), A Gallagher; R O’Donoghue, B Reape (0-4, 3fs), P Naughton (1-0).
Subs: D O’Connor for Nally; G McDonagh for Ruane; J Stretton for Akram; F McDonagh for Gallagher.
Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon)


GALWAY 1-12 SLIGO 0-11 The Galway footballers got their 2018 FBD League campaign off to a winning start after they beat Sligo 1-12 to 0-11 in a wet and windy Connacht GAA Centre last night. Sean Kelly got the only goal of the game 6 minutes before half time for the winners, with Peter Cooke, Adrian Varley and Frankie Burke in good scoring form. Sligo relied heavily on Adrian Marren who scored 0-8 of his sides total.

Scorers for Galway: Peter Cooke 0-4 (4 x frees), Sean Kelly 1-0, Adrian Varley 0-3, Frankie Burke 0-2, Patrick Sweeney, Dessie Conneely and Robert Finnerty (f) 0-1 each.
GALWAY: Ronan O’Beolain; Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Andy Kelly, Evan Wynne; Cathal Sweeney, Johnny Duane, David Wynne; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; John Maher, Peter Cooke, Sean Kelly; Frankie Burke, Patrick Sweeney, Adrian Varley. Subs: Eamon Brannigan for Sean Andy Kelly (20, Black Card), Robert Finnerty for Adrian Varley (52), Dessie Conneely for Frankie Burke (55), Paul Conroy for Ciaran Duggan (60), Padraic Cunningham for Patrick Sweeney (65), Frankie Burke for David Wynne (70, Black Card).




Galway football ‘player of the year awards’ and medals were presented to successful county teams at a presentation dinner recently among them (from left) were Claregalway players Barry Goldrick (Intermediate Award) and Conor Campbell (Minor Award).


Galway players who recieved awards for the 2017 Eirgrid Under-21 Football Championship were (from left) Ronan O Beollain (Micheal Breathnach), Sean Andy O Ceallaigh (Naomh Anna, Leitir Moir), Michael Daly (Mountbellew-Moyllough) and Cillian McDaid (Monivea-Abbey).


Attending the Galway Football Medals Presentation Dinner were standing (from left) Padraic Mac Donnacha, Michael Monaghan, County Chairman Pat Kearney, Pat Sweeney, Padraic Coyne. Seated (from left) Mairtin O Curraoin, Mairead O'Grady, Seamus O'Grady  ('Pa Burke Award' Recipient), Football Committee Chairman Kevin Clancy and County P.R.O. Seamus Finnerty.


Presentation of the 'Pa Grealish Memorial Award' at the Galway Football Presentation Dinner were (from left) Mairtin O Curraoin, Padraic O Clohartaigh, (Carna-Caiseal) Award Recipient, Mrs Phil Grealish, Padraig Mac Donnacha and Seamus O'Grady.


 At the Galway Football Medal Presentation Dinner for the Senior Team that won the FBD League, Division 2 National League and the Under-21 Team that won the Connacht Championship were standing (left to right) Padraig Coyne, Frank Walsh, Austin O'Connell, Noel Dempsey, Noel Gorham, Anthony Coyne, Padraig Kelly. Seated (left to right) Richard McNicholas, Muris Mac Gearailt, Tony Keating, Padraig Mac Donnacha, County Chairman Pat Kearney, Mairtin O Curraoin and Frank Kinneen.




Tim Sweeney R.I.P.

The death occurred on New Year's Day of Tim Sweeney one of finest hurlers ever to play for Galway and his club Fohenagh. Tim, 88,  won two county senior hurling championships with his native club in 1959 and 1960 and starred for Galway for a number of years in the 1950’s. Described as a fleet footed and skilful forward, he was admired by both his colleagues and inter county opponents. He also starred amongst the best of them in the highly rated Railway Cup series of games during that era.
He is survived by his wife Mary, son Patrick, daughters Ann, Marie, Patricia, Cathy and Veronica; his brother Fr Gerry Sweeney SMA, (Clare Galway) sons-in-law Michael (Wynd- ham), Richard (Dolan), Enda (Costello), Anthony (Kenny), Patrick (Hartigan); his 16 grandchildren, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Ar deis de ur a hanam dílis.

The Galway Hurling Team and officials flew out to New York on St. Stephen’s Day to attend a fundraiser in the Big Apple before heading off for a well deserved holiday in sunny Mexico.

The main fundraising event was held in Rosie O’Grady’s and organised by Galway supporters in the city.


Photo: Galway Supporters Club in New York committee members: (left to right) Eugene Kyne (Turloughmore), Jimmy Glynn (Dunmore), Aiden Devanney (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Mike Hynes (Loughrea) and Mike Kelly (Loughrea).


Hurling 'Player of the Year' Joe Canning presented the Secretary of the Galway Supporters Club in New York Sarah Tracey from Killererin with a signed picture of the All-Ireland Hurling Champions.


Galwayman Mike Hynes, formerly from Loughrea, a loyal hurling follower proudly holding the McCarthy Cup at the function for the Galway Team in New York.


At the New York function were Padraig Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh), Ray Murphy (Turloughmore), Francis Forde (Turloughmore), David Burke (St. Thomas’) and Eugene Kyne (Turloughmore).