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The Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill will play host once again to this year’s Breast Cancer Research annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday 17th February. The gala evening, which always marks the start of Galway’s social calendar, is one of the charity's major fundraising events and monies raised help to support the breast cancer research team lead by Prof. Michael Kerin based locally at the Lambe Institute, University Hospital, Galway.
January is just so miserable. The rain, the cold, the lack of money; it is just the worst month of the 12. The only good aspect of January is that there is plenty of football on the TV box and loads of opportunities to collect Fantasy Football points and move up the Galway Advertiser Tribal Leader League in association with St Anthony's Claddagh Credit Union.
Ballina Town took another step towards holding on to their Masters Division One title while Swinford B claimed the Division 2 crown with a game to spare on a wild and wet night in Solar 21 Park on Wednesday last.
Connacht host their final European pool fixture against French visitors Oyonnax on Saturday determined to finish with a flourish and nail down a home quarter-final. Expected to overcome Oyonnax with a bonus point, having produced a 43-15 win in Geneva in round one, Connacht are still not taking anything for granted in their bid to complete this series of games with a win.
After last weekend's hectic round of action in the last 16 of the Connacht Junior Cup it is back to league action for a handful of Mayo sides this weekend. It was a pretty successful weekend for Mayo teams last Sunday, with Ballina, Castlebar, and Ballinrobe all picking up wins - while Westport and Ballyhaunis were put out of the competition by Tuam and Corinthians respectively.
In a season of firsts the men from the shadow of Nephin, are looking to create another first on Saturday - when they play for a place in the All Ireland Club Championship junior final. Lahardane have gone from outsiders for the junior championship in Mayo to, not only Mayo, but Connacht junior champions in the space of a brilliant few months last summer. Now they are just an hour away from Croke Park and a tilt at something that will never be forgotten.
Nocturnal activities saw Tooreen hit the headlines back in 1958 and that tale is the inspiration for the blue devil on the club's crest. On Saturday, the men from east Mayo will face off with a club that hit the headlines for other nocturnal goings on last year, for a place in the All Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship final.
Mayo's interest in the latter stages of the FBD League came to an end last Sunday when Roscommon ran out three point winners over Mayo in Hyde Park - winding up a run a hectic series of games for Mayo when they faced Leitrim, Galway, and Roscommon in a five day run. Speaking after the game on Sunday, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford felt the tight run of games did catch up with his side at the end: "Ahh…. well three games in five days will always catch up with you, especially at this time of year. But look, Roscommon were worthy winners and it’s disappointing that we didn’t stretch on in that final quarter and narrow the gap and to ask questions."
A record entry of almost 1,000 athletes from all Galway clubs competed at both juvenile and adult level at the 2018 Galway Indoor Championships in the Athlone IT Arena last weekend.
Moycullen are focused on achieving another valuable win on the road when they travel to Dublin to face a struggling Eanna BC at Colaiste Eanna on Saturday (7pm).