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


Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final

CORK 3-20 GALWAY 3-14

By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

These are encouraging times for Cork football with the Electric Ireland Minor title added to the collection at GAA headquarters.

A compelling encounter was decided by the remarkable resilience demonstrated by a Conor Corbett inspired Cork, who delivered with substance and style to secure a memorable extra-time success.

Having already tasted EirGrid Under 20 glory in 2019 this was another pleasant afternoon for Cork.

Ultimately Galway left reflecting on what might have been. Seconds away from triumphing Galway were beaten by a determined Cork, who were cool and calculated under duress.

Tight, tense, and tactical the opening period was satisfactory for Galway, who departed at the break armed with a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage.

That was chiefly due to the damage inflicted by a smart full forward line which glimmered with potential throughout.

The splendid Tomo Culhane was surrounded by two lively attackers in Nathan Grainger and Daniel Cox, who were motoring smoothly as Donal O’Fatharta’s outfit set the agenda.

At the opposite end Cork captain Conor Corbett did mine three first half points causing Galway problems with his considerable ability.

While neither team register a score until the eighth minute Galway went on to enjoy a productive burst prompted by Culhane.

Cork were struggling to contain the Salthill-Knocknacarra clubman, who clipped four points to edge Galway 0-4 to 0-2 ahead by the 16th minute.

When the interval rolled around the gap was extended to three with Culhane briskly adding two frees either side of a Patrick Campbell effort.

Nathan Grainger, Galway, and Joseph O'Shea, Cork, during the Electric Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park.

Galway had moved 0-10 to 0-6 in the ascendancy, but were then rocked by a Cork spell of supremacy which yielded 1-2 without reply.

Cork’s goal arrived in the 37th minute when Jack Cahalane rattled the Galway net following a Michael O’Neill pass.

Suddenly Cork only trailed by one and they were back trading on parity when Darragh Cashman thumped over a point.

A subsequent Corbett score had Cork 1-8 to 0-10 in front, but Nathan Grainger levelled in the 43rd minute ensuring the issue was delicately poised entering the last quarter.

It remained gripping until the end of normal time as the lead switched hands on numerous occasions.

Daniel Cox’s thunderbolt goal in the 57th minute had Galway 1-12 to 1-11 ahead but Michael O’Neill equalised from a free.

Culhane steered Galway in front. Cork’s response was a Luke Murphy point. The drama continued when Galway substitute Niall Cunningham slammed a goal in the third minute of additional time.

Once more Cork came swinging with Corbett replying with the major required; 2-13 each. Culhane had a last gasp opportunity with a free from an awkward angle. It was waved wide. Extra-time was required.

Cork started with energy and intent as a Ryan O’Donovan goal was quickly followed by a point from the crafty Corbett and when O’Neill added two more Bobby O’Dwyer’s side were six to the good.

Even though the bustling Cunningham blasted a goal in the dying embers, Galway couldn’t recover.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Corbett 1-7, Michael O’Neill 0-6 (3fs), Jack Cahalane 1-1, Ryan O’Donovan 1-2, Darragh Cashman 0-2, Patrick Campbell and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Tomo Culhane 0-10 (7fs), Niall Cunningham 2-0, Daniel Cox 1-2, Nathan Grainger 0-2.

CORK: Cian O’Leary; Daniel Peet, Neil Lordan, Joseph O’Shea; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Darragh Cashman; Eoghan Nash, Jack Lawton; Hugh Murphy, Patrick Campbell, Kelan Scannell; Michael O’Neill, Jack Cahalane, Conor Corbett.

Subs: Sean Andrews for Peet (35), Nathan Gough for O’Shea (46), Luke Murphy for Nash (51), Ryan O’Donovan for Cahalane (60), Tadhg O’Donoghue for Walsh Murphy (69), Jack Cahalane for Campbell (76), Eoghan Nash for Lawton (76).

GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath, Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox.

Subs: Conal Gallagher for O’Flaherty (52), Niall Cunningham for Grainger (56), Darragh Kennedy for Nolan (56), James Webb for Hernon (57), Mark Colleran for Brady (65), Daniel McNulty for O’Neill (76), Alan Naughton for Cox (76).

REFEREE: Noel Mooney (Cavan).


The Galway Minor team to play Cork in the All-Ireland Final on Sunday is as follows:

1- Donie Halleran- Cortoon-Shamrocks

2- Jonathan McGrath -Caherlistrane

3- Ruairí King -Clifden

4- Liam Tevnan –Northern Gaels

5- Cian Hernon -Bearna

6 -Ethan Fiorentini –St Michaels

7 -Kyle O’Neill -Caherlistrane

8 -James McLaughlin-Maigh Cuilinn

9 -Daniel O Flaherty-Salthill-Knocknacarra

10- Evan Nolan –Salthill-Knocknacarra

11- Warren Seoige –Leitir Mór

12 -Dylan Brady-Corofin

13- Nathan Grainger -Claregalway

14 -Tomo Culhane –Salthill-Knocknacarra

15- Daniel Cox-Maigh Cuilinn





Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh



29th August 2019


Subject:        Galway Senior Hurling Management


Galway GAA County Committee wish to record their sincere gratitude and thanks to Team Manager, Micheál Donoghue (Clarinbridge), Team Selectors Francis Forde (Turloughmore), Noel Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt), Damian Joyce (Cappataggle) and their complete backroom team and support staff for their commitment, dedication and sterling service shown to the Galway Senior Hurling team since taking up their position in December 2015.


During their tenure, over the past four seasons, this management team have been instrumental in bringing the glory days back to Galway hurling; winning a National Hurling League title (2017), Leinster Senior hurling titles (2017 & 2018) and landing the coveted All Ireland Senior Hurling title in 2017, Galway’s first All-Ireland Senior Hurling title since 1988.


Michéal and his management team have worked tirelessly during this period, bringing a professional and thorough approach to the role, and in doing so they ensured that the Galway Senior Hurling team achieved their ultimate desired goal of winning the Liam McCarthy Cup.

We also thank their families for the sacrifices that they have made over these four wonderful years for Galway hurling.


All in Galway GAA wish them every success in the future.


Le meas,


Padraig Ó Cearnaigh   (Chairperson)     

Séamus Ó Gráda  (Secretary)      

Micheál de Búrca (Treasurer)


on behalf of Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe, CLG




The following is the draws for the Intermediate Quarter Finals

1-Oughterard v Caltra

2- Headford v Cortoon-Shamrocks

3-Dunmore MacHales v Oranmore -Maree

4-Kilconly v Michéal Breathnach

Weekend of 7/8 September

Intermediate Relegation -Knockout

1-Williamstown v Oileán Árann

2-Clifden v St Gabriels






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