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Life in general and sport in particular are all about “what ifs”. In the run-up to Mayo's crucial league game against Donegal on Sunday, I can't help but think of another what if. What if Corofin had beaten Castlebar Mitchels last November in the Connacht club final, how would Stephen Rochford have coped with the pressures of managing two high profile teams; with great difficulty, I think is the answer. Despite being robbed of the services of the Castlebar contingent for the first five rounds of the league, because of their run to the All-Ireland club final, the Mitchels have done Mayo football a huge favour in beating Corofin and allowing Rochford to concentrate on matters Mayo. Try to imagine what it would have been like managing both teams; virtually impossible. You would probably cope during the week where you'd have training with both teams on alternative nights but it's the weekends that would constitute the big problem.
Galwegians return to Dublin on Saturday for a tricky assignment against Ulster Bank League title contenders Lansdowne at the Aviva back pitch.
John O’Dowd was a Galway born printer who went to work in Kilkenny and became involved with the formation of a junior soccer league in the area. In 1931, his widowed sister, Mrs Brigid Mulryan from Woodquay, died and left four children. John gave up his Kilkenny job and returned to Galway to mind the children. He worked for a while in the Connacht Tribune and later in the Galway Printing Company.
Tony Burke Motors, a family-owned, award winning Toyota dealership in Ballybrit, Galway, has won the Carzone.ie sponsorship for their chosen local sports teams, the Craughwell U8, U10, U12 and U14 GAA teams. The lucky teams recently received the sponsored kit which consists of a set of branded jerseys, a pair of shorts and socks for every player.
arna Golf Club claimed its first All-Ireland title when the women captured the AIG Insurance Junior Foursomes crown at Knightsbrook on Saturday.
In ancient times, Galway was known as Streamstown because the lower Galway River divided into many streams, thus creating a system of islands. The area was known as ‘Tír Oileáin’, the land of islands. Two place names survive from that period, Tirellan and Terryland.