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  • DUBLIN’S success in winning the League, Leinster and All-Ireland titles has been reflected in the final list of nominations in this year’s PwC All-Star Awards.

    The release today by the GAA and the GPA of the 45 best footballers of the 2018 season has yielded 12 nominations for Dublin who won their fourth senior title in a row.

    The nominations are divided into 3 goalkeepers, 18 defenders, 6 midfielders and 18 forwards. The final 15 that make up the PwC All-Star Football team of 2018 will be presented with their awards at a gala black-tie banquet in Dublin’s Convention Centre on Friday, November 2, which will be screened live by RTE TV.

    Beaten All-Ireland finalists Tyrone received 7 nominations as have Galway and Monaghan. The remainder of the breakdown is Kildare and Donegal 3 each, Kerry 2 and Armagh, Carlow, Fermanagh and Laois receiving 1 each.

    The selection was voted on by a committee made up of GAA media, and chaired by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan.

    Also announced today is the short list for this year’s Footballer of the Year and Young Footballer of the Year award.

    These overall awards will be voted on exclusively by intercounty players and they will choose between Ciarán Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey and Brian Fenton (Dublin) for the senior prize.

    The shortlist for the Young Footballer of the Year prize is still confined to players under 21 and this year’s nominees are Brian Howard (Dublin), David Clifford (Kerry) and Michael McKernan (Tyrone).

     

     

    PwC All-Star Football Nominations

    GOALKEEPERS

    1. Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)
    2. Graham Brody (Laois)
    3. Rory Beggan (Monaghan

     

    DEFENDERS

    1. Eoghan Bán Gallagher (Donegal)
    2. Jonny Cooper (Dublin)
    3. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)
    4. Eoin Murchan (Dublin)
    5. James McCarthy (Dublin)
    6. Che Cullen (Fermanagh
    7. Sean Kelly (Galway)
    8. Eoghan Kerin (Galway)
    9. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Galway)
    10. Gavin White (Kerry)
    11. Eoin Doyle (Kildare
    12. Karl O’Connell (Monaghan)
    13. Drew Wylie (Monaghan)
    14. Ryan Wylie (Monaghan
    15. Padraig Hampsey (Tyrone)
    16. Michael McKernan (Tyrone)
    17. Tiernan McCann (Tyrone
    18. Peter Harte (Tyrone)

     

    MIDFIELDERS

    1. Michael Murphy (Donegal)
    2. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
    3. Thomas Flynn (Galway)
    4. Niall Kearns (Monaghan)
    5. Colm Cavanagh (Tyrone)
    6. Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone)

     

     

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    FORWARDS

    1. Rory Grugan (Armagh)
    2. Paul Broderick (Carlow)
    3. Ryan McHugh (Donegal)
    4. Niall Scully (Dublin)
    5. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)
    6. Brian Howard (Dublin)
    7. Paul Mannion (Dublin)
    8. Dean Rock (Dublin)
    9. Con O’Callaghan (Dublin)
    10. Shane Walsh (Galway)
    11. Damien Comer (Galway)
    12. Ian Burke (Galway)
    13. David Clifford (Kerry)
    14. Daniel Flynn (Kildare)
    15. Paul Cribben (Kildare)
    16. Conor McManus (Monaghan)
    17. Ryan McAnespie (Monaghan)
    18. Niall Sludden (Tyrone)

     

    Footballer of the Year Nominees

    1. Brian Fenton (Dublin)
    2. Ciarán Kilkenny (Dublin)
    3. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

     

    Young Footballer of the Year Nominees

    1. Brian Howard (Dublin)
    2. David Clifford (Kerry)
    3. Michael McKernan (Tyrone)
  • Galway have named their side to face Limerick tomorrow as the Tribesmen bid to win back to back All-Ireland Hurling titles for the first time since 1988.

    The reigning champions will be boosted by the return of Gearoid McInerney who missed last weeks semi-final replay with Clare through an ankle injury.

    He's proved his fitness and starts at centre-back, while John Hanbury has also been passed fit to start at corner back.

  • Galway star Damien Comer says they are preparing for the unknown ahead of the opening weekend of the Super 8s.

    The All Ireland Football Championship's new format gets underway at Croke Park tomorrow, with the meeting Dublin and Donegal and Tyrone and Roscommon.

    Kildare meet Monaghan at headquarters on Sunday, before the Tribesmen take on Kerry.

  • Allianz Football League 
    Division 1 
    Galway 1-11 
    Mayo 0-12 

    Lidl Ladies National Football League 
    Division 1 
    Galway 1-11 
    Mayo 0-08 

     

  • The GAA have confirmed their plans for the games that fell victim to the weather this past weekend.

    Wexford and Galway will play their Hurling League quarter final on Saturday at Innovate Wexford Park where there'll be a 3pm start.

    While Dublin's meeting with Tipperary will serve as the curtain raiser at Croke Park on Sunday with a 1pm throw-in.

    The semi finals will now be played the following week, with the final pushed back to April 7th.

    The round-7 Football games go ahead as planned this coming weekend, with the outstanding Division 2 and Division 4 games to be played across Easter weekend if final positions need determining.

    That would push the football final back a week as well.

    Meanwhile, Na Piarsaigh and Cuala will replay their drawn All Ireland Club hurling final on Saturday at O'Moore Park where there'll be a 5.30 start.

  • Galway and Kilkenny will meet again next Sunday in a replay of the Leinster Senior Hurling final, after yesterday's match finished 18 points apiece.

    Semple Stadium in Thurles is the venue for the replay, which will throw-in at 3pm on Sunday.

    Croke Park is unavailable for the decider, as Michael Buble is playing a concert at the GAAA headquarters on Sat evening.

     

     

  • Galway last night won a first ever Bord Gais Energy Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship at the first attempt, and in the most dramatic fashion.

    Sean Bleahane's goal in added time of exta-time saw Galway beat Wexford on a scoreline of 4-21 to 2-26 at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

    That all came after an Ian Carthy goal for Wexford in the sixth minute of injury time levelled the match.

  • All Ireland Champions Dublin dominate this year's P-W-C All Stars winning seven awards, but Captain Stephen Cluxton misses out.

    Jack McCaffey, James McCarthy, Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny are all honoured for the third time, but Monaghan's Rory Beggan is preferred to Cluxton as goalkeeper.

    Beggan is one of six first time winners in the selection, and one of three Monaghan players.

    Karl O'Connor and Conor McManus are also named, handing the Farney County their best ever representation.

    Colm Cavanagh and Padraigh Hampsey are the only Tyrone players in the selection.

    It is the lowest tally for the All Ireland runners up since 2007.

    David Clifford is Kerry's sole representative.

    Ian Burke represents Galway and Ryan McHugh Donegal.

  • Gardai are advising motorists heading to Castlebar tomorrow (Sunday) for the big match to arrive in plenty of time with around 28,000 spectators expected at MacHale Park.

    Castlebar Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna says from 1pm until 8pm it will be extremely busy around the County Town.

    All approach roads are expected to be extremely busy and patrons are asked to be patient both before the game and afterwards.

    Superintendent McKenna says people should use the car parks and ensure they have no valuables left on display in their cars.

  • Gardai are advising supporters attending tomorrow evening’s Allianz League game between Mayo and Roscommon in Castlebar to arrive early and not to park on the N5.

    Gardai say a crowd of between 12,000-15,000 is expected at Elverys MacHale Park for the game which throws in at 7pm.

    Gardai are advising those attending to arrive as early as possible and not to park on the N5 road – instead they should use the official car parks in the town and at the Military Barracks.

    If people are intending to walk to the ground they should wear florescent jackets so they are plainly visible.

    Supporters are asked to co-operate with Gardai and stewards on duty for the game.

    They are also advising that tickets are on sale prior to the match at local Super Valu and Centra outlets, at the early bird price of €15, as opposed to €20 on match day.

  • Members of Garrymore GAA sourced 100,000 units of PPE on behalf of Western Care Association during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Over the June Bank Holiday weekend Garrymore GAA senior team are doing a 5KM fun run to raise funds to purchase this PPE.

    The Club is inviting everyone with a Garrymore connection, both locally or anywhere else in the world, to join us in the run. 

    Email videos or pictures of your run to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Gearoid McInerney is expected to return to the Galway hurling team for Sunday's All-Ireland final.

    Mc Inerney missed the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Clare due to a calf injury sustained in the drawn game, but has responded well to treatment and returned to light training last week.

    Galway will be hoping to win the All-Ireland hurling title for the second year running, while it's Limerick first final in 11 years, and they're reporting no injury concerns.

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland Junior Final 
    Glanmire 1-22 
    Tourlestrane 3-11 

  • The Gaelic Players Association are reported to have informed their players of the possibility there could be no GAA Championships this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is reported the GPA are set to be asked by the GAA to canvass their members over whether they would be in favour of playing matches behind closed doors if this was the only way of hosting the hurling and football championships.

    The GPA are believed to be in favour of a one month lead in time for their players to prepare for inter-county matches with no club activity for relevant players.

    Later today, the GAA will host a Special Congress where they are expected to sanction a Management Committee to make executive decisions around the calendar.

    Two motions are on the table.

    The first will discuss whether or not to hand over authority to the GAA's management committee.

    Should the first motion be passed then the second would allow the management committee make decisions on competition structures.

  • HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 1 CUP

    Bohola Moy Davitts

    8-15 v 3-17

    Clár Chlainne Mhuiris

       

    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 2 CUP

    Aghamore

    3-13 v 4-9

    Erris St. Pats

       

    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 3 CUP

    Ballintubber

    1-9 v 3-7

    Davitts

       

    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 4 CUP

    Balla

    5-9 v 4-10

    Hollymount-Carramore

       

    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 5 CUP

    Kilmovee Shamrocks

    5-12 v 3-6

    Achill

       

     

  • An internal audit of Galway GAA’s financial affairs, which was ordered by the new treasurer Mike Burke, will be completed by St Patrick’s weekend.

    According to today’s Irish Independent, the audit will focus on broader financial administration issues.

    The audit is separate to a report compiled by a three-man committee who last year found anomalies in the manner in which gate receipts were reconciled at various grounds around the county.

    Galway GAA showed a fairly healthy balance sheet at last December’s convention, when a profit, before depreciation, of €418,773 was recorded, which was up from €79,421 the previous year.

    Beyond a lucrative sponsorship deal with Supermacs, considerable debt has built up with the purchase of land for development of a training centre at Mountain South. The sum owed to Central Council is estimated at around €2.6m, on top of ticket money still owed to Croke Park, dating back to 2015.

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    UCC are the first side through to the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals following a 2-21 to 1-13 victory over UCD.

    While in in the Sigerson Cup, IT Tralee have thrashed IT Sligo on a 6-20 to 1-9 scoreline.

    Connacht PPS Senior C Football Championship 
    Sancta Maria Louisburgh 4-19 Colaiste Einde 3-08 
    Balla Secondary School 6-17 St Mary's Galway 0-04

     

     

     

  • James Horan has been handed a four year term as Mayo Senior Football manager, after he was ratified at a County Board meeting in Castlebar tonight. 

    It was confirmed at the meeting that Daniel Forde will be trainer, Conor Finn S&C, while James Burke and Martin Barrett on also on the backroom team, while Joe Doyle is operations manager.

    In a statement tonight James Horan said: 

    I am delighted to be involved with Mayo and am really looking forward to getting on the field with the players. All clubs (Senior/Intermediate/Junior) within Mayo will be contacted immediately seeking suggestions of players that may have the potential Technical/Tactical/Physical/Mental attributes required for the Inter-county game.

    There has been a coaching movement in Mayo over last number of years that has been staggering in its progression. In conjunction with Clubs & Divisional Boards we have seen huge advances with clubs across the county driving very high standards. That is something I want to be involved with, and help ensure that progress continues. It is busy but very exciting times in Mayo GAA & I cannot wait to get started.

    Also at tonight's meeting Derek Walsh was reappointed Mayo Senior Hurling manager for 2019. 

     

     

     

     

  • It’s believed James Horan could be appointed Mayo Senior Football manager for a second term later tonight.

    The position of Mayo Senior manager is due to be raised at a meeting of the County Board this evening.

    Horan met with Mayo GAA officials earlier this week to discuss his plans for 2019 and his management team.

    The Mayo Senior Hurling management is also on tonight’s agenda.

     

  • Galway hurling legend Joe Canning is giving away five pairs of boots and three of the most prized jerseys he has collected over his career in support of UNICEF Ireland and Do It For Dan.

    The Galway star has set up a GoFundMe page this week with the target of raising €5,000 for the charities, and has already reached over €7,000.

    Anyone who donates to the campaign could possibly win his Portumna All-Ireland club SHC final jersey from 2008/09, a Galway jersey or a signed All-Star jersey which all come with a pair of boots.

    The five winners will be chosen at random and announced on Joe Canning's Twitter account next weekend.