Favourites expected to progress

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Corofin who are many people’s favourites to lift the Frank Fox cup later this year will resume action this Saturday against Tuam Stars in Tuam Stadium at 7pm.

Corofin, managed this year by club chairman Jimmy Sice, have only had one game to-date - that being a facile win over Menlough.

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Santa’s Son to bring Christmas early to Ballybrit

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Well readers, the 2008 Galway Races are virtually upon us and with the prophets of doom and gloom working overtime for the last two months this year’s festival has taken on the role as a barometer of the country’s financial state as well as being the top racing festival in the fair island of ours.

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Galway crash out in Thurles

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

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Showjumping season prepares for thrilling finale

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

The Fahey Sales Grand Prix league is set for a thrilling finale in the coming weeks with three of the region’s leading riders battling it out for top honours. Darragh Kenny from Offaly won Saturday’s Loughrea Grand Prix but it was the performance of Ballinasloe’s Damian Griffin that proved crucial as his second place finish moved him within five points of overall leader and reigning champion Carl Hanley.

Claremorris native Hanley leads on 38 points ahead of next weekend’s penultimate event in Turlough Castlebar while Griffin has 33 and Crossmolina’s Matt Gordon is on 27. The league will finish in two weeks time in Claregalway with points and a half on offer for the top 10 riders.

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United need to be safe and solid tomorrow

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Suddenly a drop of optimism has crept back into Galway United's heart. The curious restorative powers of a scarcely merited away victory frequently can have that kind of effect on a football team. Galway showed courage and character in the Carlisle Grounds and Derek Glynn then provided the moment of craft and conviction that burned Bray Wanderers.

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Is this the end of the road for Loughnane?

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

So will the Ger Loughnane era conclude without silverware or even a scalp? Deliberation surrounded Tuesday night's Hurling Board meeting, but the topic hasn't been completely resolved. Loughnane is expected to meet with officials soon for a crucial discussion where future intentions will be revealed.

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The Galway Races — a brief history

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

The Galway Races are such an intrinsic part of the local as well as national culture, it seems like they have been taking place forever. For many people the Galway Races are the event to go to and they are looking forward to it all year long. To some the main attraction of the event is the old friends and new people you get to meet, to others it’s the atmosphere of excitement and glamour, and to others still it’s the very passion for watching horses race and perhaps engage in a little betting. Although the first Ballybrit race meeting, lasting two days, took place in 1869, a lot has changed since.

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Know the form before you bet

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

The Galway Races, to some, might just be a perfect occasion to meet up with some old friends and make new acquaintances, but others simply cannot stay away from betting some part of their income on the horses. This, tempting and exciting as it is, could lead to undesirable consequences if done without at least a basic knowledge of the game. Before you pick your potential winner, make an effort to find out about the horses, the track, and the money involved in the game.

If you are serious about getting involved in the horse racing business, you must get to know the different types of races. Each of them has different requirements and different consequences for the horses that compete in them. There are no better and worse race types; whichever one you decide to go for, you’ll still experience the same fervour of the game!

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Flower power at Wendy’s

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

At Wendy’s beauty rooms in Loughrea you can discover Aromavedic holistic treatments, unique holistic face and body rituals drawing on the ancient Indian Ayurvedic techniques and using specific aromatherapy oil blend to create an atmosphere of delight, energy, or relaxation to suit the client’s mood.

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Anthony Ryan’s announces bumper Ladies’ Day prize package

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Leading department store Anthony Ryan’s will continue its sponsorship of the Best Dressed Lady competition this Lady’s Day, Thursday July 31, at the Galway Races.

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United head to Bray for another crucial contest

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

As the weeks roll by the margin for error diminishes, ensuring Galway United's season has entered a truly revealing phase. Now is the time to deliver. Positive results need to be accumulated fast and frequently, and tomorrow’s clash with Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds provides an ideal opportunity.

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Connacht sign strong centre

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

There was further positive pre-season tidings for Connacht as news filtered through that powerful Samoan centre Niva Ta’auso will join the western province.

Ta’auso, who has made 22 appearances in the Super 14 competition, won’t be available for Connacht until October when the current campaign in New Zealand concludes. The 28-year-old is playing there for Counties Manukau, and Connacht manager Tim Allnut believes that Ta’auso will add a fresh dimension to the squad in the autumn. "Niva is a very powerful strong running centre. He's a linebreaker and a good distributor of the ball and we feel he'll improve our play in a crucial area."

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County football championship about to get interesting

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

With Galway's 44th Connacht title secured, all focus switches to club action next weekend as the Claregalway Hotel Galway SFC resumes. There are no more second chances for the 18 sides that remain in contention for the Frank Fox Cup. In total, seven senior ties are down for decision including the eagerly awaited clash of Caltra and Moycullen, while county champions Killererin take on Cortoon Shamrocks in the weekend's other stand-out tie.

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Who will survive?

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

The Claregalway Hotel senior football championship really takes off this weekend with some clashes up for decision.

The game that stands out as in the “must attend” category is Killererin and Cortoon Shamrocks on Sunday in Tuam Stadium at 6.30pm.

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Early supremacy sets up smashing Galway win

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Like many other pundits and indeed Galway supporters - if they are prepared to admit it after the event - I travelled to Castlebar last Sunday expecting a very close game, but I felt that Mayo would just sneak over the end line in the closing stages.

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Galway hurlers enter the real championship

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

This month 10 years ago in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park Waterford gave Galway a good trimming in Cyril Farrell’s last day in the managerial hot-seat. The Déise men won handily on a score-line of 1-20 to 1-10 with Tony Browne in superb form, hitting 0-7 from midfield.

Waterford had been beaten in the Munster final by Clare that year but they bounced back from that bitter defeat to give a much improved display in seeing off the Tribesmen.

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Galway go to Semple Stadium for clash with Cork

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

On Saturday night in Thurles a thrilling touch of the Irish sporting summer will be available as the All Ireland hurling championship is now in the long desired do-or-die phase. Whoever loses from here on in will be a mere afterthought in the tale of 2008 so there shouldn’t be any shortage of intensity or incentive.

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