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Date with destiny for Galway senior hurlers

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The All Ireland semi-final Galway squad: Back row, left to right, Éanna Burke, Pádraig Brehony, Fergal Moore, Jason Flynn, Shane Moloney, Pádraig Mannion, Colm Callanan, 
James Skehill, Gearoid McInerney, Conor Whelan, Dean Higgins, Joseph Cooney, Cyril Donnellan, Daithí Burke, Colm Flynn, Joe Keane, Ronan Burke.
Front row, left to right, Niall Healy, Greg Lally,Jonathan Glynn, Joe Canning, David Burke, Iarla Tannian, John Hanbury, Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen, Andy Smith, Cathal Mannion, Paul Killeen, David Collins, Paul Flaherty.

Cycling home from work in Galway city to Moycullen on Tuesday evening, the same car passed me three times in the ongoing traffic jam that has existed at the edge of the Connemara village for the past nine months.

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Three key battles for Sunday’s clash with Kilkenny

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Joe Canning v Joey Holden

Canning has been labelled one of the really supreme hurlers on the inter-county scene over the past seven years.

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Constant improvement is key for Galway

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The flame still burns strong: Anthony Cunningham is ready to set fire to Kilkenny's challenge on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile

"Brian's a fierce competitor and he'd fight for every ball there, whether it's a Galway ball or a Kilkenny ball - and so would I.  The thing we'd love to be doing is  still playing," says Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham of his Kilkenny opposite Brian Cody.

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Flynn has hurled this final many times before

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

One more step to go: Jason Flynn and Eugene Cloonan celebrate after the final whistle against Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile

"When you're younger, you play enough All Irelands up against the gable end of the house. I must have played in 50 All Irelands around the side of the house already, and  I won them all. "

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Talking the talk and walking the walk

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

When you sit down and talk Galway hurling with David Collins, you can imagine what it is like to be in the dressing room and ready to go to war in maroon and white. If passion alone won a Celtic cross, then Collins would be weighed down with them at this stage of his career. But, alas, the 31-year-old  Liam Mellows' man has just the one from the u-21 championship  in 2005.

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Galway to win 

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Former All Ireland winning Galway hurler Pete Finnerty says: "Galway to win". Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

First match for Galway: 

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Galway minors looking forward to clash with Tipperary

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The Galway minor hurlers will get proceedings under way next Sunday at Croke Park when they take on a highly-rated Tipperary in the All-Ireland minor final (1.15pm).

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Watch the hurling final live in the cinema

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Galway fans who cannot make it to Croke Park for the All Ireland hurling final can watch all the action for free at an Odeon cinema.

For the fourth year Odeon cinemas in partnership with the GAA will screen the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling on Sunday September 6 when Galway will take on All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny.  

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Hectic weekend of GAA in Dublin this Saturday and Sunday

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

GAA patrons in both Galway and Mayo have one thing in common this week: a frantic search for tickets for next Saturday and Sunday’s two sell-out games at Croke Park.

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New season, but Champions Cup remains the ultimate prize

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

A new season, but with the same goal.  Connacht open their Guinness Pro 12 League with a home fixture against the Newport Gwent Dragons more prepared than previous seasons to achieve Champions Cup qualification.

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United need to boost home record as relegation battle continues

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

As an intriguing SSE Airtricity League premier division relegation battle continues, Galway United's Eamonn Deacy Park clash with Longford Town on Saturday evening can certainly be classed as crucial.

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Galway WFC off to winning start

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

Galway WFC enjoyed a flying start to their new season on Sunday when overcoming  intermediate side St Catherine’s in Dublin.  The 4-0 victory ensures Galway WFC progress to the Continental Tyres FAI Womens Senior Cup quarter-finals.

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Title fight for Galway kick boxer

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The Galway Minor and Senior hurling teams might be busy preparing for the All Ireland finals on Sunday but so too is Black Dragon kickboxer Catherine Cullinan from Claregalway. 

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It is time for fair play for all counties

Thu, Sep 03, 2015

His attention is currently turned to ensuring things go right for the Galway minor hurlers on Sunday, but Galway minor manager Jeffrey Lynskey also wants to see fairer play for counties like Galway so they can progress and develop players.

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Returning players gives Dunne more options ahead of Cork clash

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Galwy United goal scorer Jake Keenan and Dundalk's Ronan Finn in action from the FAI Cup game at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.    Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

A critical SSE Airtricity League premier division contest beckons for Galway United when they travel to Turners Cross tomorrow to face Cork City.

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Connacht take pre-season scalp in Thomond Park

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

ckled by CJ Stander, Munster. Pre-Seasown Friendly, Munster v Connacht at Thomond Park, Limerick.

Connacht pulled off a worthy pre-season scalp when they overcame Munster at Thomond Park by 28-12 in their final pre-season warm-up fixture.

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U-21 defeat to Limerick provides a reality check

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

22 August 2015; Diarmuid Byrnes, Limerick, in action against Ronan O'Meara, Galway. Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 Championship, semi-final, Limerick v Antrim. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

After the stunning victory over Tipperary in the All-Ireland senior semi-final and the euphoria of that win and  the minor success over Kilkenny, it was tempting to believe Galway were going to have it all their own way for the next few weeks in intercounty hurling.

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Mayo can beat Dublin if they play to their optimum

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

This Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final clash between 2013 All-Ireland champions Dublin and the team they defeated by a single point in that final, Mayo, has the entire country anticipating a humdinger of a game.

Croke Park is a total sell-out, so there will be 82,000 plus a few stragglers at the game, and about 750,000 viewers tuning in on TV.

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The pro who stayed at home

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

The late Peter O'Connor.

A well known Galway golfer, Peter O’Connor, otherwise known in the golfing world as “Snowball”, recently passed away at the age of 89.

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Breathnach achieves new PBs in British League

Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Claregalway race winner Matt Bidwell of Galway City Harriers, followed by Jason Broderick of Craughwell AC.

Galway's Sean Breathnach produced a superb performance in Liverpool in the British Athletics League recently.

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