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


The Galway Minor team to play Kerry in the All-Ireland football semi-final on Sunday is as follows

1-Donie Halleran

2-Jonathan McGrath

3-Ruairí King

4-Liam Tevnan

5-Cian Hernon

6-Ethan Fiorentini

7-Kyle O’Neill

8-James McLaughlin

9-Daniel O’Flaherty

10-Evan Nolan

11-Warren Seoige

12-Dylan Brady

13-Nathan Grainger

14-Tomo Culhane

15-Daniel Cox

Galway U-20 team to play Dublin on Saturday in Pearse Park Longford  at 5.00pm

1-Oran Burke

2-Ross Mahon

3-Sean Mulkerrin (Capt)

4-Eoin McFadden

5-Liam Boyle

6-Cian Potter

7-Jack Kirrane

8-Mathias Barrett

9-Brian Harlowe

10-Matthew Tierney

11-Darragh Silke

12-Tony Gill

13-Padraig Costello

14- Liam Costello

15-Rory Cunningham

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