By Brían Mangan

Galway Intermediate Champions Oughterard looked in serious trouble after 10 minutes of the second half of the Connacht Intermediate Semi Final in Dr Hyde Park, but finished brilliantly to blow Tulsk Lord Edwards away in the final quarter and set up a Final with the Neale next weekend. They led by a point at that stage playing against a strong wind, but led by the brilliant Cian Monaghan and the Tierney’s Enda and Matthew they proved far too strong in the closing stages for the Roscommon champions.

At half time Oughterard led by 1-7 to 1-4, having played with the stiff breeze. The outstanding Matthew Tierney opened the scoring direct from the throw in, landing a beauty on the turn with his left. The next ten minutes were scrappy with both teams struggling to impose themselves, until a superb Oughterard goal lit up the contest in the 15th minute. Ronan Molloy made huge ground up the left wing beating several defenders before delivering a perfectly weighted handpass to his half back colleague Man of the Match Cian Monaghan who smashed home to the top corner. Oughterard threatened to pull away and led by 1-6 to 0-3 after 25 mins, when Callum Fahy skinned his marker to blast past Jordan Waller for a class individual goal for Tulsk and reduce the gap to three. A gutsy Ryan Galvin score  after good work from Cathal O’Rourke on the half time whistle ensured this would be the gap at half time, with Tulsk surely fancying their chances with the gale at their backs for the second 30 minutes.

Callum Fahy and Tadgh O’Rourke kicked the first two points after the restart as Tulsk reduced the gap to one, all the momentum now with the Roscommon team 5 minutes into the half. An Enda Tierney free into the teeth of the breeze steadied the ship for Oughterard, followed by one by Niall Lee, who kicked four altogether and was a constant threat for them throughout. The point of the game then came fror Tulsk after two superb kick passes from county man O’Rourke and sub Dave Carleton gave Callum Fahey a tap over before Carleton added a point of his own to again reduce the gap to the minimum, 1-9 1-8 in favour of Oughterard. A sweetly struck Matthew Tierney free wrestled back control for Oughterard before two in a row by marauding wing back Monaghan and an opportunist goal from Patrick Walsh settled the game as a contest after 23 minutes. Oughterard drove on and had further scores from Monaghan and Lee to finish out impressive 11 point winners in the end in front of a large crowd in Dr Hyde Park.

Tulsk Lord Edwards: R Fahy, E Flynn, D O’Rourke, S Lennon, F Moylan, G Galvin, R Galvin (0-1), T O’Rourke (0-1), D Coyne, L Cribbin, C O’Rourke (0-2, 0-1f), C Fahey (1-2), J Conlon, P Scott (0-1), T Fitzmaurice SUBS: D Carleton (0-1), D Connolly, I Jones, R Feeney

Oughterard: J Waller, C Hanley, Paul Walsh (0-1), L Moran, C Monaghan (1-3), R Molloy (0-1), E O’Sullivan, E Tierney (0-2, 0-1f), PJ McGauley, P Walsh (0-1), M Tierney (0-4, 0-2fs), E Lee, B Lambert, N Lee (0-4, 0-1f), R Monaghan SUBS: C Harte, N McNamara, C Clancy, P Gibbons, D Gibbons, T Finnerty, J Fox

AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Finals



By Daragh Small at Tuam Stadium

Corofin are just 60 minutes away from a fourth-straight Connacht SFC title after victory over Ballintubber.

The reigning All-Ireland champions will face Padraig Pearses in the decider on 24 November, after they beat Tír Chonaill Gaels.

Kevin O’Brien’s men will be hard to beat in the final after Liam Silke’s goal was crucial at Tuam Stadium. It prevented a comeback from a resilient Ballintubber.

Corofin were 0-5 to 0-4 in front at half-time after Jason Leonard landed a late free to give them the lead.

The seven-in-a-row Galway champions hit their stride early with points from Michael Farragher and Kieran Molloy. Diarmuid O’Connor finally landed Ballintubber’s opening point in the 12th minute.

Martin Farragher scored Corofin’s first point in 12 minutes but Ballintubber were level as Stephen O’Malley and Michael Plunkett answered that.

Corofin got their noses in front again through Liam Silke, and they should have had a goal in the 22nd minute. Liam Silke had time and space to get a shot off but Brendan Walsh saved brilliantly before Molloy missed with the rebound.

Cillian O’Connor knocked over his first point from a free with three minutes of normal time left in the first half.

Corofin took a one-point lead into half-time after Leonard’s last ditch free.

Corofin had the breeze in the second half and it took them three minutes to score their goal.

Liam Silke was completely unmarked, caught the delivery from Michael Farragher and finished low to the net. It was a huge score. Leonard sent over a free and Corofin were out in the clear.

However, Cillian O’Connor scored his third free in the 47th minute and that was followed by points from full-back Brian Murphy and Alan Plunkett.

Only a goal separated the sides and Cillian O’Connor closed the gap further with his fourth free, and then his fifth in the 61st minute.

There were five minutes added and substitute Darragh Silke scored the vital free to send Corofin through.

It was a lot more comfortable for Roscommon champions Padraig Pearses in their double-scores victory over Tír Chonaill Gaels at McGovern Park in Ruislip.

Padraig Pearses were already in control at half-time when they took a big 1-6 to 0-2 lead into the break. Hubert Darcy had found the net shortly before the interval.

Paul Carey scored in the opening minute to give the visitors the lead. David Murray, Lorcan Daly and Niall Daly built on that and Padraig Pearses were 0-4 to 0-0 in front after a quarter-of-an-hour.

Darcy fisted a point and then he finished to the net to put his team clear before half-time.

Tír Chonaill Gaels tried to launch an unlikely comeback on the restart but that was thwarted when Conor Payne scored the second Padraig Pearses goal in the 42nd minute.

Scorers for Corofin: Jason Leonard 0-4 (4fs), Liam Silke 1-0, Martin Farragher 0-2, Michael Farragher 0-1, Kieran Molloy 0-1, Liam Silke 0-1, Darragh Silke 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Ballintubber: Cillian O’Connor 0-5 (5fs), Brian Murphy 0-1, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1, Stephen O’Malley 0-1, Michael Plunkett 0-1, Ciaran Gavin 0-1 (f), Alan Plunkett 0-1.

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

Subs: Colin Brady for McHugh (46), Darragh Silke for Lundy (52), Gavin Burke for Sice (59), Conor Cunningham for Wall (60), Ciaran McGrath for Fitzgerald (60+5).

BALLINTUBBER: Brendan Walsh; Brian Murphy, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly; Damien Coleman, Michael Plunkett, Ruaidhri O’Connor; Jason Gibbons, Diarmuid O’Connor; Ciaran Gavin, Alan Dillon, Bryan Walsh; Alan Plunkett, Cillian O’Connor, Stephen O’Malley.

Subs: Keelan McDonnell for Bryan Walsh (52), Padraig O’Connor for Gavin (52), Joe Geraghty for Kelly (55).

REFEREE: Eamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).


By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

For the past fortnight everyone associated with Tuam Stars waited and wondered whether a real opportunity to end a 25 year wait for a Galway title had been squandered.

Leading by two points in stoppage time Tuam nursed plenty of regrets following that gripping game and Corofin just had sufficient guile to survive another awkward examination in the west.

Tuam were hearty and resilient until the bitter end, but Corofin made it seven Galway Championships in a row.

In dreadful conditions with rain spilling from a grim grey sky Corofin, who only struck 0-11 from 31 shots, still did enough to retain the Frank Fox Cup.

Ultimately, what truly mattered for Corofin was to collect silverware and that is precisely what Kevin O’Brien’s charges did.

Tuam, who kicked five points from their first six attempts, just managed to add three more scores out of their remaining 11 efforts.

The opening period was all about Tuam Stars’ passion as the underdogs once again snapped into the contest against an accomplished Corofin outfit.

Reigning AIB All Ireland club champions Corofin were encountering significant bother against the Stars, who battled with admirable grit and determination.

Before the break Corofin only registered 0-4 from 13 attempts illustrating their surprisingly poor shot selection and just how hard the Tuam defence was working.

At the opposite end of the field Tuam were a bit slicker converting nailing 0-5 from nine attempts enabling Tommy Carton’s charges to skip off at the interval armed with a slender lead.

That was chiefly due to the spirit and stamina Tuam demonstrated with Brian Mannion, Gary O’Donnell, and Darragh O’Rourke landing fine efforts from play.

Still the issue was most certainly delicately poised when the teams returned after the restart and Tuam led by 0-7 to 0-6 following a 41st minute Ben O’Connell point.

Then the decisive burst arrived with Corofin mining the next five scores courtesy of Gary Sice (two frees), Ronan Steede, Martin Farragher, and Kieran Molloy.

Suddenly Corofin were 0-11 to 0-7 ahead, and though Jamie Murphy responded with a last gasp free for Tuam, terminating a 23 minute search for a score, it wasn’t enough.

Corofin, who haven’t been defeated in Galway since 2012, remain the standard bearers Corribside.

Scorers for Corofin: Jason Leonard (2fs) and Gary Sice (3fs) 0-3 each, Martin Farragher 0-2, Ronan Steede, Michael Farragher, and Kieran Molloy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tuam Stars: Jamie Murphy 0-3 (2fs), Brian Mannion 0-2 (1f), Darragh O’Rourke, Ben O’Connell, and Gary O’Donnell 0-1 each.

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

Subs: Colin Brady for McHugh (40), Darragh Silke for Lundy (42), Gavin Burke for Mahon (54), Conor Cunningham for D Burke (60), Dylan Canney for Martin Farragher (60).

TUAM STARS: Johnny Trayers; Rory O’Connor, Brian O’Donnell, Brendan Mashengele; Gary O’Donnell, Aonghus Tierney, Darragh O’Rourke; Conor Rhatigan, Paul Collins; Noel Henry, Jamie Murphy, Seamus Kelly; Brian Mannion, Mikey Mannion, Ben O’Connell.

Subs: Gavan Connell for M Mannion (45), Cormac McWalter for Henry (54), Alan O’Connell for Mashengele (60).

REFEREE: Noel Dempsey.                          

Corofin WEB

Kevin Clancy presents the Frank Fox Cup to Corofin captain Michéal Lundy                                 


Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh

11th October 2019

Following interviews for the position of Galway Senior Football Manager, the interview Committee will be recommending Padraic Joyce and his selectors John Divilly, Michéal Ó Domhnaill and John Concannon for ratification to the Management and County Committee at their meeting next week.

Galway G.A.A would like to thank Liam Kearns for his interest in the fortunes of Galway and wish him well in the future.


Seamus Ó Gráda,

Secretary, Galway G.A.A.


Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh



3rd September 2019


Subject:        Galway Senior Football Management


Kevin Walsh (Galway Senior Football Manager), has confirmed to the Chairman of the Galway County Board, Pat Kearney and the Chairman of the Galway Football Committee , Kevin Clancy, that he is stepping down as the Galway Senior Football Manager, after 5 years.

Galway GAA wish to acknowledge Kevin’s tremendous dedication and contribution to Galway Football, and his achievements over the past 5 years.
Galway, under Kevin’s management, achieved promotion to Division 1 and consolidated our position there.
Galway GAA would like to acknowledge the professional structures Kevin put in place and Galway GAA were happy to support Kevin achieve these goals, and provide the necessary resources, and Galway GAA will continue to do this.

Galway GAA have been engaged in the review process with Kevin, over the past week, and following consideration, and Kevin has decided not to continue as Galway Senior Football Manager.



"On behalf of the Galway Senior Management Team, I have informed the Galway County Board that after 5 years in charge of the Galway Senior Football Team we will not be seeking ratification for a 6th year. It was both an honour and a privilege to manage our county to 2 Connacht titles, promotion to Division 1 and maintaining that status. 

When we took over in 2015, we sought to introduce structures to achieve the 2 core objectives of making Galway football more competitive and leaving Galway football in a better position. Over 25 players have made their senior championship debuts for Galway since then and the commitment of the players over the years has been one of the key factors in achieving those objectives. We would like to thank them for their dedication and friendship. 

We wish to acknowledge the substantial contribution of the backroom team in putting in place the systems and processes that have been the foundation of what was built over the past few years. 

In many ways, the forgotten heroes of the modern game are our families. Without their understanding, support and commitment none of this would be possible. 

We would like to thank our sponsors and, in particular, Pat and Una McDonagh of Supermac’s, whose contribution to Galway GAA in general is the envy of counties throughout the country. The media is playing an increasing role in the game and we would like to thank the local media in Galway who were supportive of our efforts with a special word of thanks to Galway Bay FM’s, Kevin O Dwyer. 

We would like to thank the Galway County Board for their support and giving us the opportunity to manage our county. 

Finally, we would like to thank the genuine Galway football supporters. Your passion for the maroon and white never went unnoticed. 

I emphatically believe that there are great things to come for Galway football. Having had the opportunity to work with professionals at the top of their field over the last number of years, I would like to see the recommendations in our reports to the County Board which included facilities and equipment, operations, alignment and development of underage teams through to senior level, finance, competition structures, player development and welfare, medical screening and deep level coaching  implemented in the interests of Galway football going forward. 

I am honoured to have been given my chance to leave Galway football in a better place and I wish the players and new management team every success in the future."

Kevin Walsh


Le meas,

Padraig Ó Cearnaigh   (Chairperson)     

Séamus Ó Gráda  (Secretary)      

Micheál de Búrca (Treasurer)


on behalf of Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe, CLG


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