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Athenry County Junior A Hurling Champions 2019
Front Row: (left to right) Enda Gannon, Ryan Shaughnessy, Michael Mullins, Conor Tully, Shane Donohue, David Donohue, Eoin Donnellan (captain), Alan Haverty, Darren Collins, Mark Moran, Darragh Keane, Emmet Ruane, Conor Cannon. Mascots: Bobby and Harry Donohue. Back Row: (left to right) Dara Loughnane, Cathal Keane, Ronan Kindregan, Padraig Corcoran, Stephen Kelly, Ciaran Hardiman, Shane Donohue, Emmet Caulfield, Dermot O'Halloran, Ciaran O'Donovan, Daragh Rohan, Kieth Jordon, Paddy Holland, Jack Gibbons, Kevin Madden, Dean Treacy, Brandon Lee and Matthew Treacy.

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Galway Hurling Committee Chairman Michael Larkin presents the man-of-the-match award to Conor Cannon (left) and in the middle presenting the County Junior A Cup to Eoin Donnellan - on the right is goalkeeper Enda Gannon in action in the final.

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The Athenry team that won the County Senior Hurling Championship in 1994 was honoured at the County Final in Pearse Stadium.
Front Row: (left to right) Kerrill Hanlon, Michael Quinn, P.J. Molloy, Donal Moran, Eddie Brady, Cathal Moran, Pat Higgins, Gerry Dempsey, Eamon Keogh, Pascal Healy, John Hardiman, Michael Cahill, Noel Kelly and Ronan Kilcommins. Back Row: (left to right) Billy Caulfield, Brian Higgins, John Conway, Michael Crimmins, Gerry Keane, Brian Feeney, Paul Hardiman, Brendan Keogh, Joe Rabbitte, Brendan Morrissey, Gerry Rabbitte, Tommy Morrissey, Brian Hanley, Aine Hanley, Declan Higgins, Peadar Monaghan, Brendan Lynskey and Jackie O'Shea.

 

Minor Hurling Team into County Semi-Final

Athenry Minor A hurling side qualified for the county Semi-Final thanks to a well deserved victory over Castlegar at Pearse Stadium. The winners started well and built up a 4 point lead midway through the first half however Castlegar battled back and only one point seperated the sides at the interval.  Athenry took the game to Cashel in the second half and were rewarded with some lovely points. With their defence getting on top and conceding little  Paddy Rabbitte cut through to plant the ball in the Castlegar net to give Athenry an unaissable lead and they ran out deserving winners.

Final score Athenry 1-19 Castlegar 0-10.

Athenry: D Treacy, R Collins, E Lawless, J Dowling, M Hardiman, S Quirke (capt) ,B Haverty ,A Haverty, D Parr, P Rabbitte, A O Brien, R O'Donnell, E Ruane, B Lee, J Treacy. Subs used: D Morrissey, K Langan, R Jennings, E Brady and E Feeney.

Senior Hurling Championship

Athenry seniors may be classed as a developing side, but entered into the summer months off with a perfect record of two wins from two that placeed them top of Group 1 in the Senior B Hurling Championship. A late Noel Keogh goal helped them past Beagh two weekends before­hand, but their viictory this time around was more commanding in nature. James Divilly and Conor Burke set the tone from the halfback line, the duo contributing a point apiece and were complicit in Athenry's second goal, where Keogh was again on hand to apply a finishing touch to what was the best move of the match.

They recorded their third group win, defeating Ahascragh-Fohenagh, but had to withstand a strong second half fightback from 10-point deficit to secure their place in the knockout stages. Goalkeeper John Grealish smothered a late goal opportunity to level the game and Athenry weathered the storm. 
Athenry 4·13 Ahascragh-Fohenagh 2·15
Athenry: John Grealish; Jack MacCullagh. Ian O'Shea. Cathal Moran; James Divilly, Conor Burke. Shane Quirke; Mark Hannon. Martin Cullen (0-1); Ronan Hardiman (0-2). Paddy Hannon 0-0). Noel Keogh; Conor Lawless (1-1), Jack Carr. Cian Burke (0-7. 0-4 frees). Subs: Paddy Rabbitte (1·2). for Paddy Hannon inj.. half-time; Eoin Caulfield, for Cullen. 39 mins, Donal Parr for Keogh. 55 mins.

 

Galway capture first Camogie League Title

Galway produced a perfor­mance fit for the occasion to dethrone four in-a-row-chas­ing Kilkenny and capture a first National League Division I Camogie tite in four seasons at Croke Park. The Tribeswomen were very impressive and well-organised throughout, and were more dominant than the two-point winning margin may suggest. Kilkenny were pedestrian in comparison, playing sec­ond fiddle to Cathal Murray's charges for long spells and went eight points down at one stage, a lead the winners never fully relinquished. 
This was Galway's first league title since 2015 and they were in great form throughout the campaign, easing their way to the final and outclassing Limerick at the semi-final stage.
Galway: Sarah Healy; Shauna Healy, S. Dervan (captain). H. Cooney; T. Kenny, E. Helebert. L Ryan: A.M. Starr, A. Donohue (O-3); N. Kilkenny (0-2), A. O'Reilly (O-1), N. McGrath; C. Dolan (0-8,0-6 Frees. 0-2 45’s). N. Hannilfy (0-2), N. Coen. Subs: S. Spellman for McGrath. 42 mins; M. Cooney for Coen. 51 mins: D. Higgins for Ryan. 62 mins. L. Ryan for Dolan, 63 mins.

Three-in-a-row for Galway Minor Hurling Team

Three is the magic number or at least it was for Galway as they captured a first ever three in-a-row of All-Ireland minor hurling titles at Croke Park in what amounted to a facile 11-point victory over Kilkenny.
Better still, it meant a fourth crown in five seasons, with the only blemish in the Tribes­men's near flawless copybook a lone 2016 semi-final defeat to Tipperary across half a dec­ade. Galway's imperious record over this spell now stands at: played 17, won 15, drawn one and lost one.
Athenry’s Brian Hanley was the man in charge as Galway created history and joined Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny achieving the accomplishment. The first time a county has done so in modern hurling for 48 years. Eoin Lawless played at full back and was flawless throughout game taking home his second All-Ireland Minor Hurling Medal. Mark Hardiman was also a member of the panel.
Final score Galway 3-14 Kilkenny 1-12
GALWAY, M. Egan (Cappataggle): C. Brennan (Clarinbridge), E. Lawless (Athenry), A. Nolan (Kilnadeema-Leitrrm): E. Collins (Carnmore), I. McGlynn (captain. Kilconieron), J. Cooney (Sarsflelds): L Leen (Clarinbrldge), A. Connalre (0-1. Sarsflelds): C. Cunningham (Moycullen). S. McDonagh (2·8, 1·0 penalty, 0-6 trees, 0-1 65, Mountbellew-Moylough). T. Killeen (0-2. Loughrea) G. Thomas (0-1. Ballygar), S. Morgan (Loughrea). R. Davitt (1·2. Oranmore-Maree). Subs: G. Lee (Carinbrldge) for Cunningham. 46 mins, C O’Hanlon (Turloughmore), for Morgan. 51 mins, E. Davoren (Moycullen) for Collins, 56 min: C. Molloy (Kilnadeema-Leitrim), for Davitt 60 min: N. Glynn (Ahascragh-Fohenagh). for Thomas, 62 mins.

No joy for Presentation College in Post Primary School's Final

There was no joy for Presentation College in the All-Ireland Post Primary Senior A Hurling Championship Final at Tullamore.
A year previous, it took St Kieran's College until extra time to eventually overcome a courageous Presentation College, Athenry outfit. Twelve months down the line, it was the Kilkenny nursery once again who pipped their Galway counterparts in another closely contested decider.
Finals are often decided by the hop of the ball and heart-breakingly for the Pres men it was the opposition who got the rub of the green in the 53rd minute with Kieran's sub­stitute Conor Kelly kicking the ball to the net from the base of a huddle. 
The O'Loughlin Gaels clubman's fortuitous break ultimately proved the difference and knocked the stuffing out of the Athenry college who were outscored 1-4 to just two points in the closing ten minutes of the game.
Final score: St. Kieran’s Kilkenny 1-15 Presentation College Athenry 1-12

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The Senior Hurling Team had a six point win 4-13 to 2-13 over Ahascragh/Fohenagh at Loughrea to keep their Championship hopes on track.

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Great Under 6 Hurling Blitz with Craughwell. Thanks to all the boys, their parents and coaches for a great effort.

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Mary McGovern

Mary McGovern R.I.P.

St. Mary's GAA Club was profoundly saddened to hear of the passing of a great club stalwart Mary McGovern. Mary and her husband Sean were great servants of the club over many decades and were to the forefront in setting up and running the club's Lotto. 
Indeed Mary and Sean could be found every Sunday night in the location of the Lotto selling, counting proceeds and checking numbers. Mary took great pride in attending the Sean McGovern School of Hurling every year and in more recent years watching her grandchildren taking part in the tournament set up in honour of  Sean. 
Our club will greatly miss Mary for her great support and her warm friendly outgoing demenour. Mary was a loyal club member and a special Lady.
We extend our deepest sympathies to her son Sean, daughters Ann Marie, Brenda and Niamh, grandchildren, sons in law, brothers, sisters, relatives and her wide circle of friends.
Ar Dheis de Go raibh a hAnam uasal. Ni bhfeidh a leitheid ann aris.

 

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Two Athenry Under 12 Hurling teams played in the Killmacud Crokes Juvenile Hurling Tournament.
The Athenry A team narrowly lost to Waterford's Ballygunner in the final but the B team were successful against the hosts B team. Well done to all the players, manager Paddy Kelly and his mentors

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Under 12 team that won the Michael Brennan Trophy in Ballygar

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Front Row: (left to right) Aubrey O'Brien, Ryan O'Donnell, Mark Moran, Alan Waldron, Donal Parr, Emmet Ruane, Dean Treacy, Shane Quirke (captain), Alan Haverty, Ben Haverty, Darragh Morrissey, Evan Connolly, Eanna Brady, Eoin Feeney, Kelvin Langan. Back Row: (left to right) Mark Hardiman, Brandon Lee, Darren O'Brien, Patrick Cronnelly, Ruairi Collins, Conor Fahy, Jamie Treacy, Cathal Page, Paddy Rabbitte, Eoin Lawless, Eoin Laffey, Darragh Cloonan, David Briggs, Darragh Carthy, Ronan Jennings, Jack Dowling and Mikey Coleman.

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Athenry County Junior C1 Hurling Finalists 2019
Front Row: (left to right) Seamus Crowe, Pat Burke, Michael O'Halloran, Declan Egan, Jamie Quinn, Aaron Van Niekerk, Gary Moroney, Joey Burke, Brain Farrell (captain), Mike Fahy, Brendan Hardiman, Kieran Flannery, Brian O'Regan, Joe O'Connor, Mascots: James Burke, Adam Farrell and Freddie Hardiman. Back Row: (left to right) Darragh Keane, M.J. Quinn, Emmet McGowan, Conor Lane, Geariod O’Brian, David Quigley, Kieran Healy, Anthony Higgins, D.J. Somers, Paul Greaney, Tom Kelly, Cathal Naughton, Barry Kilkelly, Ian Caulfield and Liam Egan.


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Conor Murphy of St Kieran’s, Kilkenny (left) and Presentation College’s Shane Quirke with referee Johnny Murphy before throw-in in the All-Ireland Post Primary Senior A Hurling Championship Final at Tullamore. 

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Congratulations to Carnaun National School winners of the Division 1A Hurling 11 a side Final against Kiltullagh on a score line of 7-10 to 3-6 at Loughgeorge. Well done to all the players and team management

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Galway All-Ireland Senior Camogie Champions 2019
Front Row: (left to right) Catriona Cormican (Cappataggle), Rebecca Hennelly (Ardrahan), Sarah Spellman (Sarsflelds), Catherine Finnerty (Mountbellew-Moylough), Shauna Healy (Ardrahan), Aolfe Donohue (Mullagh), Lorraine Ryan (Kiltullagh-Killimordaly), Emma Helebert (Ballinderreen), Noreen Coen (Athenry), Ailish O'Reilly (Oranmore-Maree), Carrie Dolan (Clarinbridge), Caltrlona Lee (Castlegar), Laura Ward (Sarsfields), Mairead Dillon (Kllconieron), Eilsha Broderick (Castlegar), Clara Donohue (Mullagh). Back Row: (left to right) Sarah Healy (St. Thomas'), Tara Kenny (Sarsfields), Ciara Murphy (Clarinbridge), Leanne Freaney (Craughwell), Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses), Ann Marie Starr (Killimor), Maria Cooney (Sarsfields), Siobhan Coen (Ballinderreen), Heather Cooney (St. Thomas’), Sarah Dervan (captain, Mullagh), Niamh Hanniffy (Oranmore-Maree), Dervla Higgins (Athenry), Ava Lynskey (Ardrahan), Nlamh Murphy (Clarlnbrldge), Nlamh Horan (Kllllmor), Lisa Casserly (Ballinderreen), Molly Mannion (Mountbellew-Moylough), Karen Kennedy (Mullagh), Laura Glynn (Sarsfields) and Leah Burke (Kiltullagh-Killimordaly).

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Galway All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Finalists 2019.
Front Row: (left to right) Fiona Ryan (Ballinderreen), Becky Gilchreest (Cappataggle), Eimear Porter (Killimor), Ava Lynskey (Ardrahan), Laura Glynn (Sarsflelds), Laura Ward (captain, Sarsfields), Lisa Casserly (Ballinderreen), Mairead Dillon (Kllconieron), Tara Ruttledge (Portumna), Elisha Broderick (Castlegar), Lorraine Coen (St. Thomas'), Rachael Hanniffy (Oranmore/Maree), Chloe Broderick (Castlegar). Back Row: (left to right) Clara Helebert (St. Colman's), Grace Finnerty (Mullagh), Niamh Murphy (Clarinbridge), Dearbhalle Walshe (Ardrahan), Leanne Helebert (Ballindereen), Catriona Lee (Castlegar), Clara Donohue (Mullagh), Kate Screene (Skehana­/Menlough), Dervla Higgins (Athenry), Karen Kennedy (Mullagh), Rachel Monaghan (Mullagh), Lou ise Brennan (Turloughmore),Niamh Black (Oranmore-Maree), Niamh Horan (Killimor), Leah Burke (Killimordaly), Molly Mannion (Mountbellew-Moylough) and Leona Rabbitte (Abbeyknockmoy).

 

 

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Back: Laura Glynn (Sarsfields), Molly Mannion (Mountbellew­-Moylough), Niamh Murphy (Clarinbridge), Laura Ward (Sarsfields), Karen Kennedy (Mullagh), Leanne Freaney (Athenry), Niamh Hanniffy (Oranmore-Maree), Sarah Healy (St. Thomas'), Heather Cooney (St. Thomas'), Sarah Dervan (captain, Mullagh), Catriona Cormican (Cappataggle), Dervla Higgins (Athenry), Maria Cooney (Sarsfields), Niamh McGrath (Sarsfields), Lisa Casserly (Balllnderreen), Ciara Murphy (Clarinbridge), Mairead Dillon (Kilconieron), Anne Marie Starr (Killimor): Front: Catriona Lee (Castlegar), Ellsha Broderick (Castlegar), Carrie Dolan (Clarinbridge), Catherine Finnerty (Mountbellew-Moylough), Sarah Spellman (Sarsflelds), Ava Lynskey (Ardrahan), Noreen Coen (Athenry), Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses), Ailish O'Rellly (Oranmore-Maree), Tara Kenny (Sarsflelds), Emma Helebert (Balllnderreen), Shauna Healy (Ardrahan), Lorraine Ryan (Kiltullagh-Killmordaly) and Aolfe Donohue (Mullagh).