With sport at a virtual standstill due to the Coronavirus these are testing times for fans all over the country. However, in recent weeks we've seen young and old stuck at home inspire us with their creativity be it a video, a drawing or skills challenge. 
Now Galway GAA are inviting individuals or your club to enter a very special competition to win a magnificent prize.
It's an exclusive and private training session in your own home when all restrictions are lifted and it's safe to do so with Galway Senior Football Manager Padraic Joyce and captain Shane Walsh.
There will also be a number of runners up prizes including a signed Galway hurling and football jersey. 
"It's an incredible prize. Imagine Padraic Joyce and Shane Walsh in your own back garden putting you through your paces" says Pat Kearney, Chairperson, Galway GAA. 
All you have to do is email us a drawing, photograph or a "30 film that captures everything you love about Galway GAA to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
"We've seen some great material on social media in recent weeks so looking forward to seeing what Galway GAA fans come up with for this exciting competition" says Padraic Joyce, Galway Senior Football Manager. 
The closing date for entry is Friday, May 29th.  
Click on the COLOURING BOOK   to download the templates

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."

2020 Allianz League Football Stats

  Monaghan Kerry Donegal Tyrone Meath
1 C Gleeson C Gleeson C Gleeson C Gleeson C Gleeson
2 J Duane J Duane S Kelly S Kelly S Kelly
3 S Mulkerrin S Mulkerrin S Mulkerrin S Mulkerrin S Mulkerrin
4 J Heaney J Heaney J Heaney J Heaney J Heaney
5 G O'Donnell G O'Donnell G O'Donnell G O'Donnell L Silke
6 J Daly J Daly J Daly L Silke J Daly
7 C McDaid C McDaid C McDaid C McDaid G O'Donnell
8 P Conroy R Steede R Steede R Steede R Steede
9 C D'Arcy C D'Arcy C D'Arcy C D'Arcy T Flynn
10 M Boyle E Brannigan F Ó Laoi E Brannigan E Brannigan
11 F Ó Laoi D Comer D Comer D Comer C D'Arcy
12 M Daly F Ó Laoi M Daly M Daly M Daly
13 R Finnerty R Finnerty R Finnerty R Finnerty Mt Farragher
14 S Walsh S Walsh S Walsh A Varley S Walsh
15 A Varley M Daly M Boyle S Walsh A Varley
Subs D Comer S Kelly R Ó Beolain T Flynn P Conroy
  E Brannigan M Tierney F Ó Laoi P Conroy G Bradshaw
  M Ó Bairead T Flynn C Campbell D Conneely R Finnerty
  L Costello L Costello A Varley C Campbell D Silke
  S Kelly A Varley P Conroy S A Ó Ceallaigh M Bairéád
Scorers S Walsh 0-6 S Walsh 1-4 S Walsh 0-4 S Walsh 1-8 S Walsh 0-7
  R Finnerty 1-1 E Brannigan 0-3 S Kelly 1-0 P Conroy 1-1 P Conroy 0-4
  G O'Donnell 0-1 J Heaney 1-0 J Heaney 1-0 A Varley 0-4 R Steede  1-1
  C D'Arcy 0-1 D Comer 0-2 R Finnerty 0-2 E Brannigan 0-4 M Daly 0-1
  P Conroy 0-1 C McDaid  0-1 M Daly 0-1 R Steede 0-3 E Brannigan 0-1
  M Ó Bairead 0-1 M Daly 0-1 D Comer 0-1 D Comer 0-2  
  D Comer 0-1     M Daly 0-2  
  F Ó Laoi 0-1     R Finnerty  0-1  
  A Varley 0-1        
  Galway  1-14 Galway 2-11 Galway 2-8 Galway 2-25 Galway 1-14
  Monaghan 0-16 Kerry 1-15 Donegal 2-7 Tyrone 0-12 Meath 1-12


2020 Allianz League Hurling

  Westmeath Limerick Tipperary Waterford Cork
1 E Murphy E Murphy J Skehill J Skehill E Murphy
2 D Morrissey S Loftus D Morrissey S Loftus D Morrissey
3 G McInerney G McInerney G McInerney G McInerney G McInerney
4 TJ Brennan TJ Brennan P Killeen D Morrissey S Loftus
5 J Coen P Mannion P Mannion P Mannion P Mannion
6 P Mannion S Cooney S Cooney S Cooney S Cooney
7 A Tuohey A Harte F Burke F Burke F Burke
8 S Linnane S Linnane J Coen C Mannion A Harte
9 T Haran A Tuohey A Harte A Tuohey C Mannion
10 D Kilcommins D Kilcommins C Mannion N Burke J Flynn
11 J Canning C Mannion C Whelan B Concannon N Burke
12 C Mannion J Canning E Niland T Haran A Tuohey
13 J Flynn J Flynn C Cooney S Bleahene B Concannon
14 C Whelan C Whelan J Flynn C Whelan C Whelan
15 J Mannion B Concannon B Concannon C Cooney C Cooney
Subs A Harte C Cooney S Loftus S Linnane D Burke
  S Bleahene S Bleahene A Tuohey J Flynn S Linnane
  T Monaghan D Burke D Burke C Walsh E Niland
  J Grealish P Killeen N Burke T J Brennan TJ Brennan
  P Killeen J Grealish K Cooney E Niland C Walsh
Scorers J Canning 0-12 J Canning 0-7 E  Niland 0-14 C Whelan 0-4 B Concannon 1-2
  T Haran 0-6 C Whelan 0-2 C Whelan  2-0 C Mannion 0-3 C Mannion 0-5
  C Whelan 1-0 C Cooney 0-1 B Concannon 0-4 T Haran  0-3 J Flynn  1-1
  C Mannion 0-3 S Cooney 0-1 C Mannion  1-0 E Niland  0-2 C Cooney 0-3
  S Linnane  0-1 A Harte 0-1 J Coen  0-1 B Concannon 0-2 N Burke 0-2
  S Bleahene 0-1 S Bleahene 0-1 C Cooney  0-1 S Loftus  0--1 E Niland  0-2
  T Monaghan 0-1 C Mannion 0-1 J Flynn  0-1 S Bleahene 0-1 A Harte  0-1
          A Tuohey 0-1
          D Burke 0-1
  Galway  1-24 Galway 0-14 Galway 3-21 Galway 0-16 Galway 2-18
  Westmeath 0-10 Limerick 1-19 Tipperary 3-13 Waterford 0-17 Cork 1-16


Communities right across the city and county are pulling together in wonderfully innovative ways to make life that little bit easier for people most affected by the pandemic, particularly those stuck at home cocooning. One organisation at the heart of the effort is the GAA, who through their clubs have made trojan efforts to help those most in need at this time. For many, the GAA is a huge social outlet and it's absence is hugely felt every day both at club and county level. At this time of the year we should be looking forward to another Championship season but that seems a long way off at the moment.

Paul Byrnes, former Executive Editor of GAA with RTE Sport and a native of Oranmore together with the recently appointed 'Community Champion' for Galway City Brendan Mulry have come up with an initiative to make a difference.

For the duration of the lockdown period a number of Galway hurling and football legends including 3-time All Ireland winning manager Cyril Farrell, All-Ireland winning captain Ray Silke, 2-time All-Ireland winning manager John O'Mahony and Joe Connolly who captained Galway to All-Ireland success in 1980 have all very kindly made themselves available to talk to GAA fans over the next few weeks who are cocooning. "We are very lucky to have the likes of Cyril, John, Ray and Joe on board who have given us so many magical and memorable moments in the maroon and white," said Paul Byrnes.

If you would like to receive a call from one of our legends or would like to arrange a call on behalf of a family member or friend just contact your 'Community Champion' Brendan Mulry on 087 2194243 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will arrange the calls over the coming weeks. Brendan Mulry said; "While there aren't any hard and fast rules, the focus is really on those fans who maybe need this most. Think of a parent or grandparent who is at home isolating who would love to chat all things GAA with a legend of the game."

Pat Kearney, Chairperson of Galway GAA said; "This a great idea at these unprecedented times. Galway great, Iggy Clarke who chairs our Health and Wellbeing Committee has done a huge amount of work in recent weeks taking calls from all over the county and is available if anybody want to get in touch with him. We are all hugely missing the GAA and look forward to the day when we can play our competitions again and the likes of Tuam, Kenny Park and Pearse Stadium are open to our players and supporters to enjoy".

Each Local authority across Ireland has had a Community Champion appointed in recent weeks. Through Community mobilisation, the aim of the programme is to make sure that those cocooning and people with additional needs have access to the highest quality information and support. If you need help, want to help, or are already helping please contact your Community Champion, Brendan Mulry for Galway City on 087 2194243, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Steve Dolan for Galway County on 087 4068766 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Cian O'Connell

The Galway Senior Hurling Championship was due to commence on Saturday, but two Corribside clubs united to fundraise money for front line workers.

Two former All Ireland champions, Clarinbridge and Sarsfields, combined with more than €3,000 already secured to purchase food supplies and personal protective equipment for those working in University Hospital Galway and Portuiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe.

"It was an initiative one of the lads, Ger Conolin, came up with," Clarbinbridge Chairman Bernie Conlon explains. 

"We were to play yesterday morning (Sunday) and we just wondered whether the two clubs could join together.

"I contacted Sarsfields, Michael Hynes is their Chairman. He ran it by a few of his club members in the executive and they were delighted to come onboard.

"We set up the gofundme page and we put it across our Twitter and Facebook. It snowballed really. Other clubs might do it going forward."

The reaction has been very positive with Clarinbrige and the Sarsfields clubs delighted to contribute during this testing time.

"It has worked out and it was just a matter of seeing what we could raise then," Conlon adds. "A lot of the Sarsfields people would be nearer to Portuniuncla Hospital and it is also for University Hospital Galway.

"If people were going to a game obviously you'd be paying in at the gate, so why not donate something."

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