The Galway County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland.
Henry Shefflin cut a desolate figure as he entered the media interview room after Saturday night’s Leinster final, that ended in a third provincial title in succession for Kilkenny in a poor game watched in a stadium barely over a quarter full. Kilkenny were full value for their victory, reversing a round robin-defeat in Salthill five weeks before.
I was working in the gym late last year when I passed by a woman sitting in reception. As soon as she copped me, I could tell she fancied a chat. Big Dubs fans, she said. Has been all her life. Gutted about losing to Mayo.
On the wall of John O’Mahony’s front room in Ballaghaderreen, there’s a framed photograph from the 1989 archives, captured minutes after Mayo had lost to Cork in their first All-Ireland final for 38 years.
Cork’s rehabilitation after their embarrassing All-Ireland hurling final defeat continued in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where this win over Galway secured qualification for the knock-out phase of the Allianz Hurling League for the first time in five seasons.
Former minister of state Noel Treacy, who died on February 2 at the age of 70 , started his parliamentary career in 1982 with a by-election victory in the highly competitive constituency of Galway East. On his first day in the Dáil, he was led by government chief whip at the time, Bertie Ahern, into the chamber where he was greeted by ceann comhairle John O’Connell and shook hands with then-taoiseach Charles Haughey. Opposition leader Garret FitzGerald, who was typically immersed in notes, looked up in amazement as the new Fianna Fáil TD stood in front of him and shook his hand.
Dervla Higgins has had a few swerve balls thrown her way in her bid to establish herself as a Galway player and while nothing is certain in an environment that emphasises equality of opportunity regardless of reputation, the Athenry defender is now one of the premier corner-backs in the land and a front-runner for an All-Star when the awards are announced next month.
It’s a dazzlingly beautiful morning in Dublin’s Docklands and Gerry Hussey exudes the serene optimism and inspirational patter of a newly anointed guru. His day began with a mental gratitude checklist, some relaxing breathing and a check in on his own emotions; he was feeling good. He had lots to do – not least our conversation – but he decided to put aside emails and other obligations and spend time with his dad, who is staying with him.
It’s the guts of two hours from Portlaoise to east Galway, but former Laois star Tommy Fitzgerald has no problem making the trip to coach a star-studded St Thomas’ squad – and his faith was rewarded with a fourth county title in succession last Sunday.
A story appeared in The Clare Echo last Tuesday declaring that Davy Fitzgerald was about to be appointed Galway senior hurling manager, with a team of assistants lined up, a number of them with experience of working in the county as club coaches.
Welcome to Galway, Henry – we know you’ll love it. You did enough damage to us down here, in Croke Park, Nowlan Park and a lot more parks over the years that we feel you owe us. It’s payback time!
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