Tom Dillon (pictured above with fellow clubmen Padraig and Cathal Mannion with the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2017) was left cornerback on the Galway team who won the 1956 All-Ireland Senior football final when they beat Cork by 2-13 to 3-7 and was at the time of his passing president of Ahascragh/Fohenagh GAA Club.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


In an interview with Galway Bay FM Ollie Turner in 2015, Tom spoke about the importance of Galway’s victory in 1956


Galway Senior Football Team All Ireland Champions 1956

Tom is in the back row, 8th from L to R.

Connacht Senior Football Championship Final


By John Fallon at Pearse Stadium

Roscommon staged a remarkable comeback to capture their 23rd Connacht SFC title at Pearse Stadium.

Roscommon trailed by five points at half-back, but Galway only managed to score two points when they had the breeze in the second-half.

It completed a miserable weekend for the Tribesmen, with their hurlers having lost to a Dublin team managed by Galway native Mattie Kenny on Saturday.

Now former Galway player and manager Anthony Cunningham has created history by managing a team to provincial glory in two codes after masterminding a superb comeback.

The sides were level three times in the opening 21 minutes but Galway pulled away from there to score five points without reply and lead by double scores — 0-10 to 0-5 — at the interval.

The heavy rain made it extremely difficult and they twice exchanged points in a lively opening with Conor Devaney and Ronan Daly hitting the target for Roscommon, while Michael Daly and Antaine Ó Laoí responded for Galway.

Shane Walsh, with two efforts, and Fionán Ó Curraoin pushed Galway in front with a point from Conor Cox leaving it 0-5 to 0-3 after 12 minutes.

Roscommon drew level at 0-5 apiece after 21 minutes but Galway’s ability to win a lot of possession around the middle of the field saw them open up a five points lead by the break.

Ó Laoí got his second point, Walsh added another free with Eamonn Brannigan, on the for injured Ó Curraoin, also finding the range before the champions extended the lead to five before the interval thanks to Michael Daly and centre-back Gareth Bradshaw.

Roscommon made a superb start to the second-half, with Niall Kilroy giving them a boost with a good point before Cathal Cregg put Diarmuid Murtagh through and the St Faithleachs’ clubman finished in excellent fashion.

That goal lifted Roscommon and they drew level after 42 minutes with another fine point from Cox before Murtagh edged them in front with a free after 50 minutes.

Galway, now with the wind, only got their first score of the second-half after 22 minutes when Michael Daly levelled the match, but almost immediately Niall Daly went forward and restored Roscommon’s lead and then Shane Killoran doubled it when he burst through the Galway defence.

Another free from Murtagh pushed Roscommon a goal in front with five minutes remaining.

Walsh cut the gap to two but Roscommon sealed the win thanks to a couple of points from Cox, prompting a pitch invasion by the delighted Rossies.

Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 1-3 (2fs), Conor Cox 0-5 (2f), Niall Daly 0-1, Ronan Daly 0-1, Shane Killoran 0-1, Conor Devaney 0-1, Niall Kilroy 0-1

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (2fs), Michael Daly 0-3 (1f), Antaine Ó Laoí 0-2, Gareth Bradshaw 0-1, Fiontán Ó Curraoin 0-1, Eamonn Brannigan 0-1.

ROSCOMMON: Darren O’Malley; Conor Daly, Seán Mullooly, David Murray; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Conor Devaney, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith.

Subs: Hubert Darcy for Devaney (26), Colin Compton for Smith (57), Cian McKeon for Cregg (62), Andrew Glennon for Murtagh (68), Brian Stack for Killoran (70+5).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Liam Silke, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly; Thomas Flynn, Fionán Ó Curraoin; Peter Cooke, Michael Daly, Johnny Heaney; Antaine Ó Laoí, Ian Burke, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Eamonn Brannigan for Ó Curraoin (21), Sean Kelly for Cooke (54), Cillian McDaid for Heaney (62), Adrian Varley for M Daly (62), Martin Farragher for Burke (68), Kieran Molloy for O’Donnell (70+6).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

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Kevin Walsh: 'It wasn’t a consistent performance'

By Cian O'Connell

Galway manager Kevin Walsh acknowledged it was a deeply disappointing Connacht SFC Final for his team on Sunday.

A pumped up Roscommon outfit dominated the second period to claim silverware at Pearse Stadium.

An inability to win possession after the restart was critical according to the Galway manager. “In the second half we just didn’t seem to get our hands on the ball," Walsh reflected.

Having accumulated a 0-10 to 0-5 interval lead Galway only managed to land two further scores in the second period.

"We overturned the ball maybe two or three times at the start of the second half, when we were attacking, and the next 20 minutes we didn’t seem to get our hands on the ball," Walsh added.

“I could be reading it wrong, obviously ye probably had more time to watch it, but we’ll have to evaluate it during the week. One thing for sure is it wasn’t a consistent performance.

"I think we probably didn’t get our hands on the ball enough. They seemed to be winning all the breaking ball and running at us. We certainly weren’t as good defensively in the second half.”

Fiontan O'Curraoin, who was prominent early on for Galway, suffered an injury which hurt the locals. With Paul Conroy and Ciaran Duggan already sidelined it was another setback for Galway.

"I've never blamed injuries during the year," Walsh remarked. "He had a very good first 15 minutes when he was there, kicked a huge point and caught a ball in the square. He was very good, but in fairness to Eamonn Brannigan he kicked a point in the first half and maybe fouled for one.

"So he did well, but maybe as the game wore on that midfield area where we had all the big guys like Conroy and Duggan and Fiontan, they just weren't there at that point and maybe it had a bearing on getting their hands on the ball."

Galway Senior Football team to face Roscommon in the Connacht S.F.C Final on Sunday

  1. Bernard Power (Corofin)
  2. Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown)
  3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Naomh Ánna, LeitirMór)
  4. Liam Silke (Corofin)
  5. Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
  6. Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen)
  7. John Daly (Mountbellew Moylough)
  8. Thomas Flynn (Athenry)
  9. Fiontán Ó Curraoin (Michéal Breathnach)
  10. Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin Clonberne)
  11. Michael Daly (Mountbellew Moylough)
  12. Johnny Heaney (Killanin)
  13. Antaine Ó Laoí (An Spidéal)
  14. Ian Burke (Corofin)
  15. Danny Cummins (Claregalway)



Connacht Football Final in Pearse Stadium, Sunday 16th June 2019.

Galway V Mayo Connacht Junior Final at 1.00pm

Galway V Roscommon Senior Football Connacht Final at 4.00pm

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Sunday next, 16th of June for the Connacht Football Final.

The Junior Final between Galway and Mayo, will throw-in at 1.00pm and the Senior Final between Galway and Roscommon, will throw-in at 4.00pm.

These games on Sunday will result in increased traffic in the Galway City, Salthill and Pearse

Stadium areas and we urge all Supporters to arrive early, in order to avoid traffic congestion and potential delays entering the Stadium.

An Garda Síochana will implement a local area Traffic Management Plan and this will result in a number of access roads in the residential areas adjacent to Pearse Stadium being closed. It is important to note that only residents with Car Pass Permits and those with Official Car Park Passes will be allowed access to those Residential areas.

There are ample Car Parks in Galway City and Salthill and we encourage patrons to use these car parks and walk or take public transport to/from Salthill. The 401 Bus from Eyre Square to Salthill will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day. There will be extra service to and from Salthill as it serves a location less than 10 minutes’ walk from Pearse Stadium. Only buses that depart Salthill at or before 18:00 will guarantee connection with the 19:25 train to Oranmore, Athenry, Attymon, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, Athlone, Roscommon and Castlerea. Normal Bus Eireann city service fares will apply on the route. Outside of 13:00 to 19:00, the normal scheduled route will operate on 401.

Car parking available at St. Mary’s College on St. Mary’s Road and at St. Enda’s College on Threadneedle Road.

Garda Traffic Cordon

Pearse Stadium will open to patrons at 12pm and a Garda Traffic Cordon will be in place restricting vehicular access to residents and permit holders only from 12pm until 7.00pm. Barriers will be in place on either end of Dr Mannix Road, at Rockbarton Road, at Dalysfort Road and on Rosary Lane. There will be no through traffic on any of these routes between the times indicated. We ask all Supporters to arrive early, to park in the designated Car Parks and to park legally and responsibly, at all times. Designated Car Parks will be signposted.

Recommended Traffic Access Route

It is expected that the majority of both visiting supporters will approach the city via the M6 and it is recommended that they continue on M6/N6 route across Quincentenary Bridge and continue along Bishop O’Donnell Road. Progress through the city (unless intending to park and walk/bus to Salthill) is not recommended as the pedestrian crossing at Spanish Arch will be particularly busy on Sunday as will the retail parks and supermarkets on city part of Headford Road.

Finally, we appeal to all Supporters to be conscious, mindful and respectful to the needs of our neighbours and local residents.

Please distribute and communicate this important notice to all your Clubs, Supporters and your Local Media.

In Summary:

1. Please ensure that you buy your ticket in advance!

2. Please travel with care and arrive early!

2. Please use designated Car Parks and park legally and responsibly.

3. Please be respectful and mindful of the needs of Local Residents

4. Enjoy the game

Thank your co-operation and your support.

Séamus O Gráda, Runaí, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe




U20 John Kerins Cup

Galway v. Dublin

Duggan Park, Ballinasloe

Time: 1pm on Saturday 15th June 2019

  1. Oran Burke (Corofin)
  2. Ross Mahon (Corofin)
  3. Sean Mulkerrins (Capt)  (Oileáin Arann )
  4. Eoin McFadden (Salthill/Knocknacarra)
  5. Jack Glynn (Claregalway)  
  6. Ciaran Potter (Annaghdown)         
  7. Mikey O’Brien (Headford)
  8. Mathias Barrett (Leitir Mor)
  9. Michael Collins (Tuam Stars)
  10. Matthew Tierney (Oughterard)
  11. Gavin Burke (Corofin)
  12. Liam Judge (Caherlistrane)
  13. Padraig Costello (Dunmore McHales)
  14. Liam Costello (Milltown)
  15. Rory Cunningham St Brendan’s


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