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Galway GAA
Irish: Gaillimh
Province: Connacht
Nickname(s): The Tribesmen
County colours: Maroon and White
Ground(s): Pearse Stadium, Galway
St. Jarlath's Park, Tuam
Dominant sport: Dual County
NFL: Division 1
NHL: Division 1
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam McCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: O'Duffy Cup
Standard colours

The Galway County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe) or Galway GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Galway. The county board is also responsible for the Galway inter-county teams



The first county in Connacht to organise also contested the first All Ireland hurling final in 1887. Galway provided a much needed boost to football in the 1930s and 1960s and hurling in the 1980s.

Gaelic football

Galway and Down in action in the 1965 National League semi-final

In a county so well known for its race meeting, pedigree counts. Jimmy Duggan was on Galway football teams that lost three-in-a-row in the 1940s, his son Jimmy was on teams that lost three finals in four years between 1971 and 1974. Michael Donnellan was on the 1925 team that won an All Ireland by default, and the 1934 team which won it without question. His sons, John Donnellan and Pat Donnellan were on the three-in-a-row teams of the 1960s and grandson Michael sent the pass to Padraig Joyce for a breakthrough goal to win the first of two All Irelands in a four year period in 1998.

1966 was perhaps Galway's most successful year ever in Gaelic football. The winning of the Connacht crown began in Castlebar versus Roscommon on the score 1-11 to 0-5. The final versus Mayo in Castlebar was an absolute thriller and Galway were lucky to edge ahead in the end by 0-12 to 1-8. This was one of the best Connacht finals since the great battles between the same counties in the 30's. The semi-final win over Cork was a close affair as Johnny Geraghty made two wondrous saves from Niall Fitzgerald in the second half. Galway eked out a win 1-11 to 1-9 with Jimmy Duggan again outstanding and Coleen McDonagh fitting in well and Cyril Dunne (1-7) best in attack. Meath defeated Down in the other semi-final and were firm favourites to beat Galway in the final. Galway travelled as a united front to the final and pulverized Meath to win comfortably by 1-10 to 0-7. That victory sealed a memorable "3 In A Row" of All-Ireland titles.

Despite some perceptions of the seventies as Roscommon's decade in Connacht football, the statistics show that they were matched by Galway. Both appeared in seven of the ten Connacht Senior Football finals, Galway having five victories and Roscommon four. Galway lost in three All Ireland Finals and two Semi-Finals.

Football in Galway was set back by the defeat of the 1983 team by the depleted Dublin team, down to 12 men after three were sent off. Galway struggled. That team had led the eventual All Ireland champions Offaly for most of the 1982 All Ireland semi-final, succumbing to a point from goalscorer Brendan Lowry. Depleted by four injuries and a fifth to free-taker Gay MacManus, Galway were well beaten in 1984, but near-misses in semi-finals against Tyrone in 1986 and Cork in 1987 (when Larry Tompkins forced a replay) left the county out of the reckoning until another three-point defeat at the hands of Tyrone in 1995. However, that return to the semi final stage after an eight year break was to be the catalyst for further breakthroughs. Led by Mayo-born manager John O'Mahoney, and with outstanding performances from Ja Fallon and Michael Donnellan and a superbly taken goal from Padraig Joyce, Galway succeeded in 1998 and came back for an astonishing demolition of Meath in 2001 after losing the 2000 final in a replay to Kerry. In 2005, Galway won the Connacht Finals by beating Mayo 0-10 to 0-8. They then lost to qualifiers, Cork 2-14 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Quarter Finals. In 2008, they again won the Connacht finals over Mayo 2-12 to 1-14. Then Galway fell to the eventual All-Ireland Runners-Up, Kerry, by a score of 1-21 to 1-16. In 2009, Galway opened the championship in London where they won 1-18 to 1-7. In the Semi-final, Galway took on Sligo. With a tied match in injury time, Joe Bergin added his only point of the match followed by a Sean Armstrong goal. Galway was off to their 5th straight Connacht Final where they would face Mayo. Mayo was coming off a blow-out of Roscommon (3-18 to 0-7). Mayo was walking through the Final leading 2-11 to 0-10 with little time left. Galway then began a comeback that started with a Micheal Meehan free. Meehan nearly scored a goal but Kenneth O'Malley of Mayo batted the ball over the bar. In the 72nd minute, Galway trailed by 3 points when Michael Meehan got a high kick pass and struck the net to tie the match. But, Peadar Gardiner of Mayo put over the winning point in the 73rd minute ending Galway's comeback(2-12 to 1-14). Galway was sent off to the final round of the qualifiers where they lost to Donegal 0-14 to 0-13 ending their 2009 campaign that started very promising. Joe Kernan of Armagh is now the new Galway GAA Manager



Galway Gaelic Football Squad

Manager: Joe Kernan

Correct as of the 2008 Connacht SFC Final against Mayo

Number Player Position Local Club
1 Paul Doherty Goalkeeper Tuam Stars
2 Gareth Bradshaw Right Full Back Moycullen
3 Finian Hanley Full Back Salthill-Knocknacarra
4 Damian Burke Left Full Back Corofin
5 Declan Meehan Right Half Back Caltra
6 Diarmuid Blake Centre Back Milltown
7 Gary Sice Left Half Back Corofin
8 Barry Cullinane Midfield Claregalway
9 Niall Coleman Midfield Annaghdown
10 Cormac Bane Right Half Forward Caherlistrane
11 Pádraic Joyce Capt. Centre Forward Killererin
12 Nicky Joyce Left Half Forward Killererin
13 Matthew Clancy Right Full Forward Oughterard
14 Michael Meehan Full Forward Caltra
15 Fiachra Breathnach Left Full Forward Leitir Mor

Notable players

Team of the Millennium

This was a team chosen in 1999 by a panel of Galway GAA past presidents and journalists. The goal was to single out the best ever 15 players who had played for Galway in their respective positions, since the foundation of the GAA in 1884 up to the Millennium year, 2000. The players in bold also made the All-Ireland selection of the GAA Team Of The Millennium.

Johnny Geraghty
(Father Griffins)

Right Corner Back Full Back Left Corner Back
Enda Colleran
Noel Tierney
Tom Dillion
(Ahascragh & St Grellan's)

Right Half Back Centre Back Left Half Back
John Donnellan
(Dunmore McHales)
Tommy Joe Gilmore
(Cortoon Shamrocks)
Seán Óg De Paor
(An Cheathrú Rua CLG)

John "Tull" Dunne
(St Grellan's)
Mattie McDonagh

Right Half Forward Centre Forward Left Half Forward
Cyril Dunne
(St Grellan's)
Seán Purcell
(Tuam Stars)
Seamus Leydon
(Dunmore McHales)

Right Corner Forward Full Forward Left Corner Forward
John Keenan
(Dunmore McHales)
Frank Stockwell
(Tuam Stars)
Brendan Nestor
(Dunmore McHales)


The story goes that a priest noticed that some of the Galway hurling team leaving mass early one Sunday morning, because they were on their way to Dublin to play a big match. He put a curse on them, that they would never win another All-Ireland (they were champions in 1923). Connacht's reaching the Railway Cup final in 1969 and holding Munster to a draw before succumbing in the replay boosted the game in the province but disaster followed, Galway losing to London in the 1969 championship and Connacht losing at home to Ulster in the preliminary round of the 1970 Railway Cup on a day they ran up 20 wides. By the time their hurlers were heavily beaten in 1975 and 1979 finals the curse was part of the folklore.

Then Castlegar won the All-Ireland Club Championship in 1980, Galway beat Munster in that year's Railway Cup final, in September Galway beat Limerick in a five-goal thriller to win the All-Ireland. John Fahy's Vocational Schools team won an unprecedented eight-in-a-row, Galway players won five more Railway Cups, Galway won minor titles in 1992 and 1994, under-21 in 1996, and Eugene Cloonan leads a new breed of hurler which has grown accustomed to crossing camans with Cork through under-age competition.

The youth and skill of the team which won All Irelands in 1986 (adding the League and Railway cup as well) and 1987 was suggestive of more to come. John Commins penalty and race back to the line was one of the great images indicating the spirit of the team. Galway were narrowly beaten by Tipperary in a controversial 1989 semi-final and Cork in the final of 1990, while the brilliance of the 1993 final defeat by Kilkenny is sometimes forgotten because of the drama that ensued in the following years. Galway clubs took three successive All Ireland titles in 1992-94 and Athenry three in 1997, 2000 and 2001. For the 2009 Hurling Championship, Galway played in the Leinster Championship, starting a trial period of three years there.


Galway Hurling Squad

This is the following team which lined out against Waterford in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship on the 26th July 2009 in Semple Stadium

Number Player Position Local Club
1 Colm Callanan Goalkeeper Kinvara
2 Damien Joyce Right Corner Back Cappataggle
3 Eugene McEntee Full Back Portumna
4 Ollie Canning Captain Left Full Back Portumna
5 Fergal Moore Right Half Back Turloughmore
6 John Lee Centre Back Liam Mellowes
7 Eoin Lynch Left Half Back Portumna
8 Ger Farragher Midfield Castlegar
21 Kevin Hynes Midfield Sarsfields
10 Aonghus Callanan Right Half Forward Liam Mellowes
11 Cyril Donnellan Centre Forward Padraig Pearses
12 Andy Smyth Left Half Forward Portumna
13 Damien Hayes Right Full Forward Portumna
14 Joe Canning Full Forward Portumna
15 Niall Healy Left Full Forward Craughwell
16 James Skehill Goalkeeper Cappataggle
17 Conor Dervan Right Corner Back Mullagh
18 Ger Mahon Right Corner Back Kinvara
19 Damien McClearn Full Back Loughrea
20 Richie Murray Midfield St. Thomas's
9 Fergal Healy Midfielder Craughwell
22 Kevin Hayes Center Half Forward Portumna
23 Alan Kerins Centre Half Forward Clarinbridge
24 David Tierney Left Half Forward Kilnadeema/Leitrim
25 Eoin Forde Right Half Forward Clarinbridge
26 Andy Coen Right Half Back Gort
27 Joe Gantley Full Forward Beagh
Injured Shane Kavanagh Full Back Kinvara
Injured Adrian Cullinane Left Half Back Craughwell
Injured David Collins Captain Right Half Back Liam Mellowes
Management Team
John McIntyre Manager Lorrha-Dorrha
Joe Connolly Selector Castlegar
John Moylan Selector Beagh
John Hardiman Selector Athenry

Notable players



  • All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships: 1
    • 1997 Runners-Up 1932, 1933, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1960, 1962, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2008
  • All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championships: 7
    • 1972, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003 Runners-Up 1973, 1989, 1992
  • All-Ireland Minor Camogie Championships: 9
    • 1977, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004
  • All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championships: 1
    • 2004
  • National Camogie League (Senior): 3
    • 1994, 2002, 2005
  • National League (Junior): 3
    • 1985, 1995, 2003

Ladies' Gaelic football


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