David Burke lifts the Bob O'Keeffe Cup





Galway retain Bob O’Keefe Cup

Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15

Galway will go down in history to-day as the first Connacht team to win the Leinster final at a Munster venue in a game that produced 47 scores at Thurles. The winners lead by eleven points after twenty first half minutes 1-9 to 0-1 and by the break Kilkenny had the lead cut to eight 1-8 to 1-16 thanks to a Ger Aylward goal just before the break. The intensity of the replay was much higher that last week as Galway had Kilkenny out played and out scored in the opening twenty minutes and one wondered was there any back for the Cats but there was as the lead was down to a single point 1-20 to 3-13 in the final quarter but this Galway did not panic and hit back with points from Joe Canning and a brace from Cathal Mannion

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (6f) Cathal Mannion 0-6, Conor Whelan 0-4, Jonathan Glynn 1-1, Niall Burke 0-2, Aidan Harte 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1, J Flynn 0-1

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65) Colin Fennelly 1-1, Richie Hogan 1-1, Ger Aylward 1-0, Joey Holden 0-1, Conor Fogarty 0-1, James Maher 0-1, John Donnelly 0-1,

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Bourke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Conor Cooney for Niall Burke, Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney, Sean Loftus for David Burke

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh; Paddy Deegan, Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; John Donnelly, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Walter Walsh, Ger Aylward. Subs: Liam Blanchfield for Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan for Billy Ryan), Colin Fennelly for Richie Leahy, Robert Lennon for Enda Morrissey, Luke Scanlon for John Donnelly

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Galway Junior Panel in Nowlan Park stand for Amhrán na Bhfiann 

Galway Junior Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 2-22 Kilkenny 2-08

Galway qualified for the All-Ireland Junior final with a well merited win over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and will now face Kerry in the final, the winners lead at the break by 2-12 to 1-3 and in truth is was done and dusted by then, and the Tribesmen will face a tougher challenge in the final against the ‘Kingdom ‘who have won the last three All-Irelands beating Mayo twice and Meath while Galway will have to go back to 1985 when they overcame Warwickshire in the final after beating Kerry after a replay in the home final.

Padraic Cunningham gave a ‘Man of the Match’ display for the winners at full foward scoring 0-6 and was also involver in setting up a number of scores for the team, Jonathan Ryan with 1-3 and Gary Kelly 0-6 were the other top marksmen. Alan Molloy and Michael Day were in top form and controlled the midfield sector while in defence all six backs performed well in front of captain Maghnus Breathnach who turned in another sound performance.

Galway scorers were: J Ryan 1-3, G Kelly 0-6, P Cunningham 0-6, M Reddington 1-1, M Day 0-3, A Ward 0-1, A Ó Laoi 0-1, S Gaffney 0-1.

Kilkenny scorers were: J Walsh 1-1, M Jones 1-0, I Duggan 0-2, S Stapleton 0-1, J Culleton 0-1,M Malone 0-1, C O’Carroll 0-1, M Jones 0-1,

Galway team-Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway),Cathal Reilly (Corofin), Adrian Ward (Kilkerrin Clonberne),Sean Ó Currin(Carna –Caiseal),Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard),Alan Molloy (Corofin),Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laoi (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathan Ryan (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), Pádraig Cunningham (Headford), Gary Kelly(Williamstown).

Subs: Matthew Reddington for Gleeson, Aongus Ó hIarnáin for O’Curraoin, Darren Hennessy for Molloy, Oisin Canney for Currin, Shane Gaffney for Cunningham, Thomas Rabbitte for Kelly

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Eddie O'Sullivan keeps his eye on the ball

The Galway U-21  Panel pictured   this evening prior to the Leinster Final

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Galway Captain Fintan Burke with the Leinster Cup

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Sean Bleahene Celebrates after scoring the Winning Goal  in extra time

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Tomas Monaghan in Action Final Score GALWAY  4-21 WEXFORD 2-26






Galway Minor beat Mayo

The Galway Minor panel pictured in Tuam Stadium before the Mayo Game 

Galway advance to Connacht Minor Final

Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-9

At a sun drenched Tuam Stadium Galway had three points to spare over Mayo in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship on Friday evening, it’s the Tribesmen third win in the group and as a rest they have advanced to the provincial final in two weeks time. The winners had a narrow two points lead at the break 0-11 to 1-6 despite conceding    a goal from Jack Mahon, Donal O’ Fathartha’s side had will be happy to reach the first ever Connacht U-17 final following on from the U-18 finals wins in recent years.

Matthew Cooley was again Galway’s top marksman as he shot 0-4 points having scored three in the first quarter, points followed from Ryan Monaghan and Cathal Sweeney; the visitors had early points from Ultan O’Reilly and Frank Irwin, in the second quarter the visitors hit a purple scoring 1-2 without reply with points from Martin Bell and Enda Hession before Mahon scored the only goal of the evening with ten minutes to go to the break to push his side a point a head 1-4 to 0-6.

The winners hit four more points to go in at break two points in front, and in part two Sweeney and Liam Judge added early points to push the hosts four in front, but Mayo responded with a brace of points from Ultan O’Reilly before Tony Gill restored Galway’s lead to three points 0-14 to 1-8, Mayo were guilty of wasteful shooting in that second half but the winners kept their cool in the sweltering heat to advance to the decider.

Galway had scores from Matthew Cooley 0-4, Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Daniel Cox 0-3, Ryan Monahan 0-1, Conor Raftery 0-1, Éanna McCormack 0-1, Liam Judge 0-1 and Tony Gill 0-1

The Galway team was : Donie Halloran; Ethan Walsh, Seán Black, Cian Deane; Ryan Monahan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, Conor Raftery; Liam Judge, Éanna McCormack, Oisín McCormack; Oisín Gormally, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley. Subs used Aidan Halloran, Eoghan Tinney, Sean Horkan, and Conor Halbard


Micheál Donoghue expects significant Kilkenny challenge

By Cian O'Connell

Galway chalked up four impressive Leinster Hurling Championship wins during the round robin series, but manager Micheal Donoghue expects a demanding Kilkenny challenge at Croke Park on Sunday. It promises to be an interesting provincial decider at GAA headquarters, but Donoghue feels Kilkenny are primed to pose serious questions of the All Ireland champions' resolve.
Galway overcame Kilkenny at Pearse Stadium last month and the Clarinbridge native is adamant that another fascinating encounter looms. "It was a big game for us in terms of it was the first one for us at home," Donoghue remarks about the Kilkenny triumph.

"As I said, we always put huge emphasis on our home games. No two games are the same anyway, that's definitely in the memory bank. "Look, we have huge respect for them. They've been the standard bearers for so many years. We know that it's going to be a totally different game again on the first of July. .

"In terms of ourselves it's just about preparing well over the next couple of weeks and being ready for a big challenge again." Donoghue believes that Kilkenny will benefit hugely from the gritty manner of their dramatic triumph over Wexford. "Yeah, I think so," Donoghue admits. "They came in as League champions; they have huge form behind them.

"Obviously the Wexford game was going to be massive down there and they put in a massive performance. Nine points down, they showed huge team spirit and just the desire to go on. So we know it's going to be a hard game." During his tenure Donoghue has shown a real willingness to give emerging players an opportunity to shine, especially during the Allianz Hurling League.
That is vital for Galway going forward, but there is also an acceptance that the Tribesmen need to maintain the form currently being displayed. "Yeah, I think so, but you've seen the last couple of weeks," Donoghue adds.

"You want to keep momentum, you want to keep going. With the league this year, reflecting back on it, when we had the team holiday we had to pull out of the Walsh Cup whereas last year it gave us an opportunity to look at more lads and earlier, we probably missed a bit of that early on.

"I know we still looked at a lot of lads, but maybe for some of the newer lads they would have gotten games earlier. It's something we'll definitely look at again for next year. "I think you have to use that opportunity to give them the chance to get in with the group and just in terms of our own game-plans and whatever we want to - whatever we're trying to do - to get them in as quick as you can."

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