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Anglers across Galway are taking part in a unique catch, tag and release programme to help Irish and international scientists learn more about the largest tuna in the world – the Atlantic bluefin tuna.
Second chances are now a thing of the past as the All-Ireland senior hurling championship ramps up a notch this weekend. Galway and Waterford prepare to lock horns for a coveted quarter-final place on Saturday afternoon in Semple Stadium (2pm).
Galway face Mayo this Sunday afternoon in a Connacht final with extra significance. Not only is it a continuation of the old-school straight knock out championship, but, to accommodate the expected large crowds, the game has been moved to Croke Park.
There will be a move of sorts back to normality on Sunday afternoon when the biggest crowd to attend a sporting event in the county since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, will gather in MacHale Park.
Mayo got their 2021 championship off to a flying start after a facile 3-23 to 0-12 victory over a very disappointing, out of sorts and dispirited Sligo outfit in the Connacht quarter final.
The Currach Races … An Tóstal … Rásaí na gCurrachaí … 60,000 people plus in Salthill … lines of people four and five deep along the Prom … Every vantage point taken … specially designed currachs everywhere, up on trailers, sitting on grass verges, at the water’s edge … Always a crowd of people inspecting them … The currachs on the sea like tiny insects, indistinguishable in the mist and drizzle … Mountainy men and island men … báinín … Bréidín … beautiful handknit Aran croiseanna … Caps … caps … thousands of caps … women in many different styles of shawl … some red petticoats … stalls everywhere selling minerals, sweets, fruit … many stages erected along the Prom hosting sean nós singers, dancers, traditional musicians … The atmosphere of a massive aeríocht … Programmes written in the old Irish script … strange accents from Donegal … Three-card trick men … canoe races between the currach races … Trawlers marking the race route … Kerry accents … canúint Chonamara … A cluster of bookies at Blackrock … Bottles of stout and lemonade … Gaelinn spoken in lilting Cork accents … Gaeilge spoken by Aran Islanders who had come in on the Dún Aengus … A marquee for food at Blackrock … another for visiting crews … The Joyces of Inis Bearacháin … Bands playing at the Ladies Beach and at Blackrock … Currach men from Mayo, Sligo, and Clare … Commentary on the races blaring from speakers all over Salthill … A festival dance in the Hangar. This was the All-Ireland Currach Racing Championship which was first held in 1953 in the Claddagh and thereafter for several years in Salthill. The Prom provided the ideal viewing stand, the oarsmen provided the excitement, and the crowds provided the atmosphere.
“Looking at the 15 there may be eight, nine, 10 players either making their debut or their second Championship game for Galway, nobody realises that, but that could be the situation next week,” selector John Concannon says about the emergence of talent Corribside.
It’s a case of job done and on to the next one for Mayo following their 20 point win over Sligo in Markievicz Park on Saturday night.
It momentarily took a few seconds to get used to the noise. What was that? Where is that coming from?
James Horan has selected his starting 15 to be named in the programme for Saturday’s Connacht Senior Football Championship clash with Sligo.