Galway enjoyed a hugely successful night at the GAA handball awards in Dunboyne Castle, winning three awards. Club of the Year went to Inis Mór Árann, Moycullen Handball Club was awarded Venue of the Year, and Martin Mulkerrins was crowned Player of the year - the first Tribesman to be awarded the prestigious title.
Martin Mulkerrins has enjoyed a stellar 2018, becoming the first Galway man to win the 40x20 All-Ireland Championship. This enabled him to captain Team Ireland at the World Championships in Minnesota, where he reached the 40x20 final, falling to Killian Carroll.
Moycullen as the club was named Venue of the Year, having opened a new 40x20 and 60x30 court. They won Club of the Year at the Handball Awards last year and have now received another accolade.
Inis Mór received the Club of the Year Award after an excellent 2018. The club continues to invest in to its handball facilities and the hard work of the handball community was recognised with this award. They become the second Galway club to win this award in the last two years after Moycullen’s success last year.
Niamh Heffernan of Claregalway was nominated for Young Female Player of the Year, Diarmuid Mulkerrins was shortlisted for Young Male Player of the Year, Gerry Kinane of Abbeyknockmoy was among the nominees for Club Person of the Year and Micheál Breathnachs Handball Club nominated for the Media Award.
The GAA Handball 40x20 All Ireland Colleges Championships 2019 take place in Monaghan on Saturday.
Girls Junior Doubes Semi-Final: Sky Ní Mhaille/Eadaoin Nic Dhonnacha, (CCM an Spidéal, Galway ) v Ulster Winners Boys Intermediate Singles Semi-Finals: Jason Ó Tuathail (Colaiste Einne, Inis Mor ) v Eoghan McGinnity (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan ) Girls Senior Singles Semi-Final: Aoife Nic Dhonnacha (CCM an Spidéal, Galway ) v Caitlin Conway (Dean Maguirc ) Girls Senior Singles Final: Mollie Dagg (Col Chiarain Leixlip, Kildare ) or Mary Ellen Phelan (Presentation Thurles ) v Aoife Nic Dhonnacha (CCM an Spidéal, Galway ) or Caitlin Conway (Dean Maguirc ).
Boys Junior Singles Semi-Final: Mikey Kelly (Clarin College, Galway ) v Patrick McCann (Omagh CBS ) Boys Junior Singles Final: John Doheny (Col Mhuire Johnstown ) or Gearoid Healy (Colaiste Mhuire Kanturk ) v Mikey Kelly (Clarin College, Galway ) v Patrick McCann (Omagh CBS ).
Girls Junior Singles Semi Final: Emma Kinane, (HRC, Mountbellow ) v Mairead Fox (Loreto, Omagh ) Girls Junior Singles Final: Noelle Dowling (Pres SS, Kilkenny ) or Leah Minogue (Scarriff CC, Clare ) v Emma Kinane, (HRC, Mountbellew ) or Mairead Fox (Loreto, Omagh ).