The following is the Galway team to play Kerry on Satuday evening in Tralee in round 2 of the Allianz League

1 Connor Gleeson
2 Johnny Duane
3 Sean Mulkerrin
4 Johnny Heaney
5 Gary O'Donnell
6 John Daly
7 Cillian McDaid
8 Ronan Steede
9 Cein D'Arcy
10 Eamon Brannigan
11 Damien Comer
12 Finnian Ó Laoi
13 Robert Finnerty
14 Shane Walsh
15 Michael Daly


Johnny Heaney and Tom O'Sullivan in action


Tom Morrissey Limerick and Conor Whelan  Galway at the Media Event this morning prior the meeting in the Allianz League next Sunday

Conor Whelan remains eager to impress

By Cian O'Connell

It turned into one of those manic and memorable evenings. Joy, despair, and disbelief surrounded the last couple of Leinster Championship group games.

Ultimately it ended with Galway’s summer finishing as Dublin celebrated furiously at Parnell Park. When all the sums and equations were completed Wexford, Kilkenny, and Dublin advanced; Galway went reflecting on what might have been.

For the first year since Conor Whelan made his Championship debut Galway wouldn’t contest at least an All- Ireland semi-final. Whelan had become accustomed to those critical Croke Park contests between 2015 and 2018.

Seven months on under new manager Shane O’Neill a different dynamic exists. “If you combine it with the fact that we were knocked out on June 15 it has been a long winter,” Whelan admits.

“You are eager to get up to perform really. Settling in with a new management team is always going to take a period. I think it will probably take a while for Shane and his management team to get to know all of the players.

“The best way to get to know players is games. Ultimately that is what the goal is at the moment. Everyone is in the shop window, you have to perform.”

Whelan acknowledges not being involved in the latter stages of the All Ireland Championship was challenging in 2019. “It was strange,” Whelan replies instantly.

“From our perspective it was a very disappointing way to go. A mixture of injuries and loss of form, we just didn't perform on the day, we ended up losing.

Galway's Conor Whelan in Allianz League Hurling action against Westmeath's Tommy Doyle at Pearse Stadium.

“We lost one game and still ended up being out of the Championship. That was a very bitter pill to swallow, but it just shows the fine margins. We are just eager to get back playing and performing.”

At the Donnycarney venue following a few hours of high drama and mixed emotions Galway eventually exited. “That is the way it goes when it is on a round robin basis,” Whelan says. “So you never get too high after you win and you're hoping that there is always going to be a game down the line if you end up losing, to move on from the defeat, and if you win to keep it going.

“It was just the fact we didn't get a chance to perform again, that was our bow for the summer. It was very disappointing, it definitely took a few days to sink in that you were out of the Championship. That is just the way it goes.”

During the remainder of 2019, Whelan and Colm Callanan were integral contributors as Kinvara won a competitive Galway Intermediate Championship. It brought pleasure.

“There was a bit of a silver lining, we went on a run with the club and ended up coming back up senior for the first time in six or seven years,” Whelan admits. “That was nice too, to be able to cap it off with that.

“We definitely got more time to spend with the club boys than we would previously. We were able to gel together, Colm and myself and the club guys. We went on a run and got a massive run of form. We built week on week, we were lucky enough in the final, but we got there in the end.”

Such a determined attitude is one of the reasons why Whelan remains an integral part of the Galway set-up, graduating to the role of vice captain for the current campaign.

On Sunday Galway proved too strong for a spirited Westmeath outfit, who were unable to cope following the dismissal of Aonghus Clarke.

New Galway hurling manager Shane O'Neill.

“It was the first day out in the League, you obviously are going to have lots of work ons afterwards,” Whelan remarks.

“Probably we struggled to get going for a while at the start and the sending off ultimately paved the way for a fairly substantial win in the end. I don't think the scoreline really reflected the performance, there is lots of areas to work on.”

O’Neill will continue to carry out experiments during the coming weeks ahead of the summer and that policy is important. Adding to the depth of the panel is one of the chief missions.

“I think every lad will get a chance at some stage,” Whelan replies. “All the lads who are getting a chance are full value for it. He isn't just going to hand out chances to people not performing in training.

“I think the League is about finding players and giving lads a chance. If lads can get a run of games and perform and if you perform throughout the League, that is going to reflect on the teamsheet in the Championship.”

The time watching the hurling summer unfold brought opportunity for reflection. Next weekend Galway travel to the LIT Gaelic Grounds for an interesting tussle against Limerick.

An appetite and willingness to work exists in the west according to Whelan. “You are eager to get back, like anything the longer you are out from something the more hungry you are to get back,” Whelan comments.

“Mid June is a very long time ago, especially in hurling terms. Obviously you train so much you are eager to play games and eager to test yourself against other teams to see where you are at. That is what the League is about really.”


Oughterard All-Ireland Intermediate Champions


Oughterard All-Ireland Intermediate Champions


OUGHTERARD: Jordan Waller; Ciaran Hanley, Eddie O'Sullivan, Liam Moran; Ryan Monaghan, Cian Monaghan, Ronan Molloy; Enda Tierney, PJ McGauley; Brian Lambert, Matthew Tierney, Eric Lee; Niall Lee, Patrick Walsh, Paul Walsh. Subs used: Cian Harte for Molloy (15), Daniel Kenny for Lambert (h/t), Conrad Clancy for McGauley (55), Donal Gibbons for R Monaghan (black card, 60) Phillip Gibbons for Patrick Walsh (60), Ian Gibbons for N Lee (62).

Oughterard had scores from: Conrad Clancy 1-1, Niall Lee 0-4 (0-2f), Eric Lee 1-0, Enda Tierney 0-3 (0-2f), Patrick Walsh 0-2, Ryan Monaghan 0-2, Cian Monaghan 0-2, Ian Gibbons 0-1 (0-1f), Matthew Tierney 0-1 (0-1f).

 MAGHERACLOONE: David Kirk; Michael Jones, Peter Ward, Paul McArdle; Killian Rudden, James Ward, Jack Doogan; Jamie Kieran, Gavin Doogan; Barry Kieran, Allan Kieran, Padraig McMahon, Ryan Farrelly, Tommy Freeman, Michael Metzger. Subs used: Conor McKeown for Rudden (h/t), Liam Óg Murray for Metzger (40), Alan McCahey for J Doogan (45), Peter Tuite for B Kieran (50), Niall Marron for Allan Kieran (61).

Magheracloone had scores from : Tommy Freeman 0-5 (0-3f), Gavin Doogan 0-2, James Ward 0-1, Ryan Farrelly 0-1, Michael Metzger 0-1, Jack Doogan 0-1, Padraig McMahon 0-1


WEB HUrling

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Nothing is decided or defined in January, but Galway were fairly content to glean the spoils with the minimum of fuss in Salthill.

Shane O’Neill’s first competitive match in charge yielded a comprehensive victory with a string of experiments also carried out against a willing Westmeath outfit.

The visitors’ were gritty throughout, but a Galway burst which featured 1-5 without reply in the opening period was when the chief damage occurred.

Moments later Westmeath’s Aonghus Clarke was red carded with Galway five clear, but from then until the finish the only issue needed to be determined was the eventual winning margin.

Having edged 0-3 to 0-2 ahead Westmeath started in solid fashion, but then Galway, with Joe Canning and Cathal Mannion prominent, seized the initiative.

The goal arrived in the 17th minute as Padraic Mannion’s inviting pass was gathered by Conor Whelan, who unleashed a blistering effort from an acute angle.

Westmeath’s cause was scarcely aided by Clarke’s dismissal with Galway’s 1-12 from 18 attempts sufficient compared to the visitors’ 0-8 from 13 shots.

When the action recommenced Galway continued to set the agenda despite Westmeath’s spirited display.

In the third quarter Galway spurned a string of goal opportunities, but still outscored the underdogs by 0-4 to 0-1

Tadhg Haran was productive for Galway with his fourth point of the afternoon steering O’Neill’s charges into a commanding 1-17 to 0-9 advantage in the 54th minute.

The Liam Mellows clubman was in splendid form for Galway concluding the game with six from play as they cruised to an emphatic success.

Next Sunday’s trip to the LIT Gaelic Grounds to face Limerick will be a much more revealing affair.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-12 (9fs, 165), Tadhg Haran 0-6, Conor Whelan 1-0, Cathal Mannion 0-3, Sean Linnane, Sean Bleahene, Thomas Monaghan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: Killian Doyle 0-7 (7fs), Darragh Clinton 0-2 (1f), Cormac Boyle 0-1.

GALWAY: Eanna Murphy; Darren Morrissey, Gearoid McInerney, TJ Brennan; Johnny Coen, Padraic Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Sean Linnane, Tadhg Haran; Diarmuid Kilcommins, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion; Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan, Ja Mannion.

Subs: Aidan Harte for Coen (HT), Sean Bleahene for Mannion (43), Thomas Monaghan for Flynn (57), Jack Grealish for Linnane (57), Paul Killeen for Morrissey (68).

WESTMEATH: Aaron McHugh; Adam Ennis, Tommy Doyle, Johnny Bermingham; Shane Clavin, Aonghus Clarke, Aaron Craig; Cormac Boyle, Liam Varley; Killian Doyle, Joey Boyle, Robbie Greville; Darragh Clinton, Eoin Price, Niall Mitchell.

Subs: Brendan Doyle for Bermingham (19), John Gilligan for Varley (HT), Ciaran Doyle for K Doyle (42), Alan Cox for Greville (52), Jack Galvin for Price (62).

REFEREE: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).

Web Football

Allianz Football League Division One


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately a lively and gripping game brought the feel good factor Galway supporters craved.

Stylish initially when demonstrating plenty of skill, it was substance that got Galway the spoils in the end. Monaghan, who trailed by five early in the second half, came roaring back to level, but Galway stayed the distance.

So when referee Maurice Deegan’s final whistle came Galway selector John Concannon embraced new manager Padraic Joyce. It was that sort of morale boosting win with two points pocketed and an important little statement made.

The opening period illustrated Galway’s efficiency and willingness to adopt a direct kicking style throughout.

While Monaghan did frustrate Galway at stages the statistics confirmed that the locals were slick enough in attack.

From 12 first half shots Galway posted 1-8 compared to Monaghan’s 0-8 from 16 attempts so the maroon and white team were content at the interval.

Level at 0-4 each in the 15th minute, Galway then pounced for a goal when Gary O’Donnell, Shane Walsh, and Michael Boyle all combined before releasing the promising Robert Finnerty.

The Salthill-Knocknacarra forward showed a flash of class selling a dummy prior to scoring a goal as if playing in his back garden 200 yards down the road.

Monaghan did respond to the concession with Kieran Hughes and Conor McCarthy drilling points, but Galway remained positive.

Shane Walsh (two) and Adrian Varley struck three points in brisk succession which ensured the home crowd were gaining in belief.

A scare was survived in the 31st minute, though, as following a foul on Dessie Ward, Conor McManus’ penalty extracted a smart save from Connor Gleeson.

Rory Beggan did nail a long range free, but just before the break Gary O’Donnell raided forward to nail a score guiding Galway 1-8 to 0-8 in front at the turnaround.

After the restart Galway pushed the advantage out to five at 1-11 to 0-9 by the 43rd minute, but Monaghan summoned a gutsy reply.

Conor McManus, delightful in attack, spearheaded the revival with Jack McCarron and substitutes Christopher McGuinness and Aaron Mulligan notching scores.

Suddenly with 11 minutes remaining parity had been restored. Were doubts creeping into Galway minds? Walsh and McManus traded frees.

With five left on the clock the issue was delicately poised. Damien Comer calmly fisted a point and then crafted just enough space for another replacement Matthias O Baireid to edge Galway two ahead again.

McManus landed an exquisite free from an awkward angle to leave the minimum between the teams. Galway, though, stayed cool and the locals skipped away from Salthill satisfied.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6 (5fs), Rob Finnerty 1-1, Gary O’Donnell, Cein D’Arcy, Paul Conroy, Matthias O Baireid, Damien Comer, Finian O Laoi, and Adrian Varley (m) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-6 (2fs, 1m), Kieran Hughes and Jack McCarron (1f) 0-2 each, Aaron Mulligan, Christopher McGuinness, Ryan McAnespie, Kieran Duffy, Conor McCarthy, and Rory Beggan (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Connor Gleeson; Johnny Heaney, Sean Mulkerrin, Johnny Duane; Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Cillian McDaid; Paul Conroy, Cein D’Arcy; Michael Boyle, Finian O Laoi, Michael Daly; Rob Finnerty, Shane Walsh, Adrian Varley.

Subs: Damien Comer for Boyle (33), Eamonn Brannigan for O Laoi (49), Matthias O Baireid for Conroy (60), Liam Costello for Varley (60), Sean Kelly for M Daly (67).

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Kieran Duffy, Conor Boyle; Dessie Ward, Karl O’Connell, Michael Bannigan; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Ryan McAnespie, Jack McCarron, Dermot Malone; Conor McCarthy, Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus.

Subs: Aaron Mulligan for Bannigan (46), Christopher McGuinness for Malone (56), Shane Carey for McCarthy (59), Andrew Woods for McCarron (70).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).


Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Date:                   24th January 2020

Re:                     Double Header in Pearse Stadium, Sunday January 26th.

Galway V Westmeath Allianz Hurling League Round 1 at 12.30pm

Galway V Monaghan Allianz Football League Round 1 at   2.30pm

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Sunday January 26th for the Allianz Hurling & Football Leagues Double Header.

  The Galway v Westmeath Hurling game throws in at 12.30pm and the Football game, Galway v

  Monaghan will get underway at 2.30pm.

These games on Sunday will result in increased traffic in the Galway, 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.

Car Parking facilities for Sundays Games will be available to patrons at St. Endas College, on Threadneedle Road, Salthill

Again, 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.

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 You for your co-operation and your support.

Séamus Ó Gráda, Runaí, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

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