•The first annual general meeting of the Galway Hurling Supporters Club will be held next Thursday (February 25 ) at the Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea, Co Galway at 8pm. The club, which was set up last year, already boasts more than 600 members, and chairman Eamon Bradshaw is hoping this will increase to more than 2,000 this year. Bradshaw is calling on everyone interested in hurling to attend the AGM where officers will outline its activities during 2009, financial support for the Galway hurling reams, members aspirations for 2010, planned events during 2010, and benefits for members. The club has its own website, www.ghsc.ie, which has attracted hits from all over the world.
• The Galway football championship draws for 2010 were made this week, which sees champions Corofin up against Cortoon Shamrocks in the opening round. The championships are again sponsored by the Claregalway Hotel.
Senior:Caherlistrane v Leitir Mor; Corofin v Cortoon Shamrocks; Claregalway v Salthill-Knocknacarra; Tuam Stars v Annaghdown; Milltown v Michael Breathnach; Bearna v Caltra; Mountbellew-Moylough v Killererin; St Michaels v Moycullen; An Ceathru Rua v Killanin; St Brendans v Kilkerrin-Clonberne. Intermediate, St Kerril’s v Carna; Caiseal Menlough v Williamstown; St James v Athenry; Glenamaddy v Monivea-Abbey; Corofin v Oranmore-Maree; An Spideal v Clifden; Kilconly v Dunmore McHales; Oughterard v Caherlistrane.
•Hot to trot? Some of the Galway senior hurling team will be swapping their sports gear for something altogether more fashionable when they take to the catwalk for the Clarinbridge GAA Club fashion show fundraiser on Friday March 5 at Kudos Night Club, Keanes, Oranmore. The clothes are being supplied by all the local boutiques in Clarinbridge village and Hanley’s in Galway, while joining the hurlers will be local business owners and a few well known characters from the village. Describing the catwalk action will be hurling commentator Sean Walsh. A host of spot prizes will be won on the night, including a €500 voucher. Tickets for the fundraiser cost €20. For further information contact Brian Burke 086-8612915 or Liam Donoghue 087-6179925.
• This year’s Ulster Bank Fitzgibbon Cup hosts, NUIG, have qualified for the quarter-finals following their 2-12 to 1-12 win over Cork IT. NUIG, winners of Group A, will meet St Pat’s College, who were runners-up in Group C next Wednesday (February 24 ). A win over St Pat’s would see them take on the winners of the LIT v UCD quarter-final. The semi-finals and finals take place at NUIG on Friday March 5 and 6. The other quarter-final pairings are UL v UCC and Waterford IT v DIT.
•City GAA club Fr Griffin–Eire Og has appointed former Salthill-Knocknacarra All-Ireland senior winning coach Eoin O’Donnellan to direct their campaign for promotion in 2010, and he is joined by Mike Barrett and Gerry McLoughlin. O’Donnellan has taken the role of team coach with no involvement in the selection of the panel, The club missed promotion two seasons ago in a county final replay and is making a strong bid this year to move up the Galway football ranks. Training is held on Monday and Wednesday nights. Further details are available from Thomas Cox 086 828 6363 or from the club website www.griffinseireog.com