By Cian O'Connell

Corofin's Kieran Fitzgerald has announced his retirement from senior club football.

Fitzgerald, who won an All Ireland medal with Galway in 2001, was an influential figure Corofin's recent success at local, provincial, and national level.

During a decorated career with Corofin, Fitzgerald won 14 Galway SFC titles, seven Connacht club, and four AIB All Ireland crowns.

The news was confirmed in a statement released to The Tuam Herald on Sunday morning.

“It’s hard to put into words the enjoyment and satisfaction I have experienced while playing the sport I love for over 30 years," Fitzgerald says.

“It was an absolute honour to play for Corofin GAA Club and for Galway. Although we had ups and downs, I loved it and if I could do it all again - I would!

“I am continually overwhelmed and humbled by the support and goodwill I have received down through the years from all corners of the GAA community both in good times and bad."

There are still season tickets available for the new GAA Galway football season in 2020.

Everybody who purchases a ticket before January 12th, will be entered into an incredible draw to win a matchday experience for one of Galway’s home games in the Allianz Football League in 2020.

The prize for two Adults and two Children includes

  • Breakfast with the team on the morning of the match
  • Travel on the team bus
  • VIP seats at the game
  • Access to the dressing-room post-match where they will be presented with a signed Galway jersey.

To purchase a season ticket just log onto and enter your details.

The draw for this amazing prize will take place on Sunday morning, January 12th before Galway depart for Castlebar for their opening competitive fixture of 2020 against Mayo in the Connacht League.

Galway played Tipperary and Corofin in challenge games recently as new manager Padraic Joyce and selectors continue their preparations ahead of the new season.

Galways opening league game is on Sunday, January 26th against Monaghan in Pearse Stadium.

For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Paul Byrnes, Galway Senior Football Team Media Manager)


It's a ticket all Galway GAA football fans will certainly want to get their hands on for next season. 
The 2020 Season Ticket Plus launched earlier this week gives you the opportunity to attend a huge selection of games as well as access to other big games and removes all the hassle in trying to get tickets throughout the season. 
The golden ticket costs just €200 for the year which is significantly lower and exceptionally good value compared to what it would cost you to attend every game throughout the year. To start, you get tickets to all of Galway's Allianz League games including 
the play-offs and finals. "With four big matches at home in division one including games against Mayo and All-Ireland champions Dublin having your season ticket plus will be hugely beneficial with a stand ticket guaranteed for all four", Kevin Clancy, Football Chairperson, Galway Co. Board. Galway also play Monaghan and Tyrone at home with big games away to Kerry, Donegal and Meath. 
The season ticket plus also gets you into all Galway club matches in 2020 including the All-Ireland Finals at Croke Park in January. As well as all that you get a ticket to the Connacht semi-final should Galway see off New York in early May and access to buy stand ticket for all of Galway's other championship games. You'll also have access to buying a ticket for the All-Ireland Senior Football Final if Galway qualify. "Its incredible value for an entire season of football. I hope every Galway GAA fan will join us on our journey", Padraic Joyce, Galway Senior Football Manager. 
"I love the idea of the season ticket plus as it removes all the worry and all that hassle in people trying to get tickets for matches every year. It's the perfect Christmas gift for all Galway GAA fans", Paul Conroy, Galway Senior Footballer. 
As well as all that there's an incredible prize to be won. When you purchase a season ticket plus you will automatically be entered into a draw for a truly amazing prize. It's a matchday experience like none other for two adults and two children. This wonderful prize includes attending a private training session with the team in advance of a game. You'll also get the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with the team on the day of the match, travel on the team bus and get 4 VIP tickets for the match itself. The prize also includes a visit to the Galway dressing-room after the match and a jersey signed by the senior football team. 
The Galway GAA Football Season Ticket Plus is now on sale at 
Click to Watch the launch video:


For more information please contact Paul Byrnes, Galway Senior Football Media Manager @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 087 2500051
[Photographs attached by Iain McDonald]


AIB Connacht Club SFC Final

Sunday 24 November 2019


By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

Regardless of the conditions or temperature, Corofin simply possess the great sporting ability of finding a way to win.

First time AIB Connacht Club finalists Padraig Pearses brought plenty of passion to Tuam Stadium, but it was Corofin, who had the poise to secure a 10th provincial crown.

Pearses had thundered into the contest in the third quarter drawing level, but when the most demanding questions were being posed Corofin located the answers.

During a trademark burst Corofin reeled off 1-4 without reply including a splendid Liam Silke goal in the 43rd minute.

That was the decisive play as Jason Leonard’s delicious pass released Ian Burke, who subsequently transferred the ball to Silke. The Pearses net danced and Corofin had regained the initiative.

Michael Farragher, Leonard (two), and substitute Colin Brady extended Corofin’s advantage as the polished Galway team made it four Connacht titles on the spin.

The opening period was tight, tense, and frenetic, but Corofin were still doing enough as the standard bearers departed armed with a 0-5 to 0-2 advantage.

Keen to remain competitive Pearses didn’t land a score from play as Corofin tried to stitch their attacking patterns together.

From nine first half shots Corofin mined five scores which was healthier than Pearses two from six efforts ensuring Kevin O’Brien’s outfit led at the break.

A gritty Pearses outfit, roared on by a significant travelling support, did bring some fury, but the Corofin defence was coping well.
After the restart, though, Pearses, with Paul Carey prominent, clipped four of the next five scores to restore parity.

Suddenly Corofin were encountering some difficulty, but they didn’t panic. In the 43rd minute Leonard’s clever pass enabled Burke to provide the assist for Silke’s goal.

Pearses, who had Niall Daly dismissed for a second yellow card in the dying embers, battled until the bitter end, but sufficient Corofin damage had been inflicted.

Another All Ireland semi-final beckons for Corofin.

Scorers for Corofin: Liam Silke 1-0, Jason Leonard 0-3 (1f), Michael Farragher and Gary Sice (2fs) 0-2 each, Dylan Wall, Colin Brady, and Ronan Steede 0-1 each.

Scorers for Padraig Pearses: Paul Carey 0-3 (2fs), Ronan Daly, Niall Daly, Emmett Kelly (45), and Hubert Darcy (f) 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Kieran Molloy, Conor Cunningham, Dylan Wall; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede; Gary Sice, Michael Farragher, Jason Leonard; Micheal Lundy, Martin Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Dylan McHugh for Cunningham (28, BC), Darragh Silke for Lundy (44), Colin Brady for C Silke (44), Gavin Burke for Wall (56), Dylan Canney for Steede (59), Ciaran McGrath for Martin Farragher (60), Dean Hynes for Michael Farragher (60+4).

PADRAIG PEARSES: Paul Whelan; Mark Richardson, Anthony Butler, Shane Carty; Gavin Downey, David Murray, Ronan Daly; Niall Carty, Conor Daly; Lorcan Daly, Niall Carty, Paul Carey; Emmett Kelly, Hubert Darcy, Conor Payne.

Subs: Tom Butler for N Carty (20, BC), Sean Fahy for Kelly (53), Alan Duffy for S Carty (54, BC), Shane Mulvey for L Daly (60+3), J Kelly for Payne (60+3).

REFEREE: Eamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).


Oughterard 1-16

The Neale 0-11

By Brían Mangan

A brilliant second half surge was enough to power Oughterard to the Connacht Intermediate title after a hard fought win over The Neale under the lights in a freezing cold MacHale Park  tonight. There was absolutely nothing between the teams in the first half as they went in deadlocked 0-7 each but the Galway Champions upped it several gears in the second half to outscore their opponents 1-9 to 0-3 for the half to march on to the All Ireland Semi Final in January.

There was absolutely nothing to separate the sides at the half time break, both teams holding the lead at various stages with both playing good open attacking football looking to commit men forward rather than to defence. The Neale started brighter, their opening score coming after brilliant work from Fergal Sweeney forced a turnover and allowed Padraic Walsh to get his team on the board. The teams exchanged points for the duration of the 30 minutes, with the outstanding Matthew Tierney to the fore kicking 4 for Oughterard, although he did miss two goal chances within a minute of each other in the twelfth minute. He was first denied by a good Patrick Hopkins save and the other time going for the goal after being well set up by the Enda Tierney but seeing his rasper blaze over. Wing backs Brian O’Hllaoran and Cian Monaghan swopped points before The Neale enjoyed a bit of a purple patch midway through the half and led by two through 3 good frees from Sean Cosgrove after getting on top at midfield. Simon Ryan nearly broke the crossbar during this spell with a rocket of a shot but Jordan Wallers goal remained unbreeched. A goal at this point could have been the springboard for a victory for them, but the Neale were unlucky and those are the margins that can swing Provincial Finals. Oughterard regained parity at midfield and Niall Lee pointed after Patrick Walsh’s strike came back off the bar to level the teams on 0-7 at the break after a cracking first halfs action.

Danger man Tommy Conroy (who was otherwise well marked by Eddie O’Sullivan all game) opened the scoring in the second half for The Neale, but this was to be their last score for 25 mins as Oughterard completely took over for the rest of the game. Eric Lee landed a monster point and Brian O’Halloran slotted his second as they put a bit of daylight between the teams in the tenth minute of the half. Outstanding free taking from Enda and man of the match Matthew Tierney was one of the most striking things about the game, with neither missing any of their dead balls and they combined for 1-9 in total. The killer blow came in the 18th minute when Matthew Tierney gained possession twenty yards out, sold a dummy solo with his left foot and calmly stroked home with his right for a touch of class and an 8 point lead for the Galway men which they were never going to be caught from. 1-16 to 0-11 was the final score, and the Neale will be wondering what happened in the second half to derail them having being going so well up to then. Their supporters will be delighted with the season overall however, and will relish the opportunity of senior football in 2020. Oughterard have all that to look forward to aswell, before they take care of the small matter of an All Ireland Semi Final, and on this showing it will take a serious team to stop them.

The Neale: P Hopkins, D Morrin, M Varley, A Varley, B O’Halloran (0-1), S Conroy, S Morrin, D Moran, A O’Sullivan, O Connolly, F Sweeney (0-1), S Cosgrove (0-5fs), S Ryan (0-1), P Walsh (0-1), T Conroy (0-1) SUBS D Keane (0-1), P McGrath, O Coburn, Z Feerick, J Duffy

Oughterard: J Waller, C Hanley, P Walsh, L Moran, C Monaghan (0-2), R Molloy, E O’Sullivan, E Tierney (0-4, 0-3fs), PJ McGauley, P Walsh (0-1), M Tierney (1-5, 0-3fs), E Lee (0-1), B Lambert (0-1), N Lee (0-2, 0-1f), R Monaghan SUBS C Harte, P Gibbons, C Clancy, I Gibbons, P Gibbons, R Gill

Referee Patrick Guckian



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