Galway Ladies GAA

  • The LGFA and TG4 have revised the throw-in time for Mayo’s TG4 Quarter Final clash with Galway.

    Throw in is now at 3pm on Sunday Aug 12th.

    Ref is Niall McCormack. 

    Venue still to be confirmed.


  • CORK manager Ephie Fitzgerald has made three changes to his starting team for Sunday’s Lidl National League Division 1 Final clash with Galway – as the Leesiders chase a 12th top-flight crown.

    Fitzgerald has opted for two switches in defences, with Eimear Meaney coming in for Melissa Duggan, while Daire Kiely replaces Shauna Kelly.

    There’s an enforced change in attack, with Áine O’Sullivan ruled out through suspension following the red card she picked up in the gripping semi-final defeat of Dublin.

    Her replacement is former underage star Sadhbh O’Leary at corner forward, while Fitzgerald has kept captain Doireann O’Sullivan in reserve, as she continues to nurse a back injury.

    Fitzgerald has a wealth of attacking talent to call upon should he need it, with the aforementioned O’Sullivan, Eimear Scally, Saoirse Noonan and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla also listed among the replacements for the Parnell Park tie (4.0, LIVE TG4).

    Galway, who are chasing a very first Lidl NFL Division 1 crown after losing five previous finals, have made just one change from their semi-final victory over Donegal, with Leanne Coen replacing Sarah Conneally in attack.

    Following their Division 2 semi-final defeat of Armagh, Kerry have made just one change for Sunday’s Divisional final against Munster rivals Waterford (2.0, Parnell Park, LIVE TG4).

    Former TG4 All Star replaces Emma O’Sullivan in defence as the Kingdom aim for an immediate return to Division 1 following relegation in 2018.

    There’s also one change on the Waterford team following their semi-final victory over Cavan, with Chloe Fennell coming in for Katy Hayes.

    On Saturday, there’s also a double-header at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones, with the Division 3 and 4 Finals down for decision.

    The Division 3 Final gets underway at 4pm (LIVE, TG4), and Meath have made just one change to the team that defeated Longford in the last four, with Katie Newe coming in at the back for Orlaith Duff.

    Following their victory over Connacht rivals Roscommon, Sligo have plumped for an unchanged starting 15.

    The Division 4 Final, between Ulster rivals Antrim and Fermanagh, gets Finals weekend underway in Clones at 2pm (LIVE TG4) on Saturday.

    Antrim, who shocked pre-match favourites Louth in the semi-finals, are unchanged from that landmark victory.

    Fermanagh, who came from 11 points down to see off Limerick, have also named an unchanged team.

    Cork (v Galway):M O’Brien (capt.); C O’Shea, H Looney, E Meaney; D Kiely, A Hutchings, E Kiely; M O’Callaghan, N Cotter; O Farmer, C O’Sullivan, L O’Mahony; L Coppinger, O Finn, S O’Leary.

    Galway (v Cork):L Murphy; S Molloy, S Lynch, F Cooney; O Murphy, S Burke, C Cooney; L Ward, B Hannon; O Divilly, T Leonard (capt.), M Glynn; L Coen, R Leonard, M Seoighe.

    Kerry (v Waterford):R White; T Breen, A Desmond, C O’Brien; S Murphy, A O’Connell, A Galvin; L Scanlon, A Brosnan (capt.); M O’Keeffe, C Murphy, N Carmody; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, H O’Donoghue.

    Waterford (v Kerry):R Landers; Karen McGrath (capt.), C McGrath, R Casey; Kate McGrath, M Dunford, R Tobin; K Murray, E Murray; K.A. Hogan, M Ryan, C Fennell; E Fennell, M Delahunty, A Wall.

    Meath (v Sligo):M McGuirk; K Newe, S Powderly, S Ennis; S Wall, A Cleary, N Gallogly; M O’Shaughnessy (capt.), O Lally; V Wall, E Duggan, M Thynne; E White, K Nesbitt, S Grimes.

    Sligo (v Meath):N Gormley; A Morrisroe, M McNamara, J Mulligan (capt.); N Brennan, B Byrne, A.M. Coleman; R Goodwin, L.A. Laffey; L Boles, C Gorman, S Naughton; K Walsh, E Kevany, L Casey.


    Antrim (v Fermanagh): A McCann; N Killen, M Hanna, O Corr; K Farren, C Brown, S Tennyson (capt.); A McFarland, L Dahunsi; C Taggart, C Carey, S.L. McLaughlin; M Cooper, M McCurdy, A Taggart.


    Fermanagh (v Antrim):R Gleeson; M Maguire, E Murphy, M Flynn; M McGloin, C Murphy, S McQuaid; R O’Reilly, A Flanagan; J Doonan (capt.), L Maguire, D Maguire; A O’Brien, E Smyth, B Bogue.

  • The Connacht Ladies Senior & Intermediate finals have been fixed for Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar on Sunday June 23rd.

    The Intermediate final between Roscommon and Sligo gets underway at 2pm.

    The Senior final between Mayo and Galway will start at 4pm.

  • Cora Staunton has returned to training with the Mayo ladies football panel ahead of their Connacht Final against Galway.

    The 11-time All-Star will be playing in her 23rd consecutive Championship campaign.

    Staunton missed Mayo's run to the League Final as she was in Australia playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the women's A-F-L.

    The 36-year-old will return to Sydney for a second season in November.

  • Dr. Hyde Park will host a quarter-final double header in the All Ireland Ladies Football Championship this Sunday.

    First up at 3, Galway will face neighbours Mayo.

    And that's followed at 5 by a repeat of last year's semi final - the meeting of Kerry and Dublin.


  • Dublin are All-Ireland senior ladies football champions for the third year in a row.

    They defeated Galway 2-03 to 0-04.

    Earlier, Tipperary won the intermediate title, beating Meath by 2-16 to 1-14.

    Louth are junior champions with a 3-13 to 2-06 win over Fermanagh.

  • Ladies All-Ireland U16 A Football Final 
    Galway 3-16 
    Kerry 3-12 

    Ladies All-Ireland U16 B Football Final 
    Mayo 11-14
    Laois 1-05 

    A sharp and clinical performance saw Mayo crowned All Ireland U16 B Champions for 2018, their first since 2010. Mayo led from the get-go with a stunning team performance at Duggan Park in Ballinsaloe. Unrelenting pressure on the Laois rearguard made it difficult for the O’Moore County to get a foothold in the game.

    Mayo scored an incredible eleven goals in total, the first eight coming in the opening half, two each from Louise Dowling, Ava Lambert, Leah Johnston and one each from Ciara Needham and Captain Tara Needham. Leah Johnston’s goals were put away with aplomb, both in the space of two minutes. However, absolute credit must go to the Laois keeper, Nadine Dempsey who made a string of impressive saves, including one to deny Louise Dowling. While Mayo did get the scoring plaudits, the Laois defence worked hard, wing backs Ciara Needham and Anna Lyons showing well for Mná Laoise. At half time though, Mayo had a convincing 8-05 to 0-02 lead.

    Undoubtedly, Laois had a mountain to climb in the second half and three points from the boot of Lisa Keane kept the scoreboard ticking for the O’Moore County women. However, Mayo continued their scoring prowess with Tara Needham, Louise Dowling and substitute Ciara Middleton all raising green flags. There was some consolation for Laois five minutes from time as substitute Orla Knowles buried the ball in the back of the Mayo net. However, it was too little too late and great scenes of celebration erupted as the referee blew the full-time whistle.

    Mayo scorers: Tara Needham 2-4 (0-1f), Louise Dowling 3-1, Ava Lambert 2-2, Leah Johnston 2-1, Ciara Needham & Ciara Middleton 1-1 each, Aoife Kennedy, Erin Murray, Jennifer Cawley & Maria Cannon 0-1 each.

    Laois Scorers: Lisa Keane 0-4, Orla Knowles 1-0, Emily Lacey 0-1.

    MAYO: Abbiegayle Ronayne; Saoirse Lally, Áine Moffatt, Sherin El Massey; Ciara Needham, Aoife Geraghty, Anna Lyons; Erin Murray, Jennifer Cawley; Aoife Kennedy, Louise Dowling, Leah Johnston; Finola Collins, Ava Lambert, Tara Needham.  

    Subs: Ciara Middleton for Finola Collins (HT), Maria Cannon for Dowling (47), Anita Mahon for Lyons (50), Katie Melvin for El Massey (52), Rachel Beale for Lambert (55)

    LAOIS: Nadine Dempsey; Leah Kelly, Sinéad Farrelly, Georgina Donovan; Grace Salmon, Sarah Larkin, Julia Cahill; Aishling Fitzpatrick, Jenny Murphy; Emily Lacey, Leah Tarpey, Orla Hennessy; Lisa Keane, Della Doherty, Gráinne Lalor.  

    Sub: Danielle Forbes for Donovan (21), Anna Lalor for Dempsey (HT), Kelly O’Neill for Lacey (35), Aoife Gallagher for Lalor (40), Orla Knowles for Tarpey (44)

    Referee: Shane Curley (Galway)

  • Ladies All-Ireland Minor A Final 
    Galway 5-07 
    Cork 2-15

    Minor B Final 
    Kildare 2-15 
    Roscommon 2-06


  • Ladies Connacht Minor Championship 
    Galway 3-11
    Mayo 2-08

  • Ladies Connacht U16 A Final 
    Galway 5-18 Mayo 1-08

  • TG4 Senior Ladies Quarter Final
    Galway 5-11 
    Mayo 0-12 

  • Lidl National Football League Division 1

    Galway 3-11 Westmeath 2-05

    Lidl National Football League Division 4

    Leitrim 1-08 Louth 2-10

  • All-Ireland Ladies Football finalists Galway are set to be without defender Nicola Ward for the start of the new season.

    It's been confirmed that the All-Star suffered knee ligament damage in Kilkerrin-Clonberne's All-Ireland Club final defeat to Mourneabbey.

    Ward had only recovered from another knee injury last summer.

  • Galway 1-15

    Tipperary 1-14




    Aishling Moloney scored an inspirational 1-10 for Tipperary, but Galway held on for victory following a pulsating TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship encounter at the Gaelic Grounds.

    A first-half goal from Lucy Hannon was crucial for Galway, who built up an eight-point interval lead with the wind at their backs, and although Moloney punched to the net four minutes from time, Galway had enough of a lead built up.

    Next weekend Tipperary must defeat Monaghan in the second Group 2 clash to have any hope of reaching the All-Ireland semi-finals, with just one team per group qualifying for the knock-out stages.

    Armed with the advantage of the stormy conditions in the first-half Galway got off to a flying start and Tracey Leonard’s first of six first-half frees, was added to by Lynsey Noone and Olivia Divilly for a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after six minutes.

    With full-back Lucy Spillane looking strong, Tipperary managed to hold Galway’s attack, and they finally impacted the scoreboard at the other end when Moloney was fouled and she kicked the free into the teeth of the wind after ten minutes.

    Even with the wind behind them, Galway were happy to trickle forwards back into defence, and even Leonard popped up in front of her full-back line at times to add to the cover.

    Moloney closed the deficit to one point with a great score from the right, but straight from the restart Galway struck. Lisa Murphy was excellent all day from her kickouts and she launched the attack, which eventually led to Louise Ward running and goal. The Kilkerrin/Clonberne player laid off the ball to Hannon and she fired the ball to the top corner for a splendid goal.

    The loss of Samantha Lambert to a yellow card was a cruel blow for Tipperary after 16 minutes, but even a player short, the Munster side fought admirably. Two points in a row from Moloney and Caitlin Kennedy, meant the goal was all that separated the teams, but there was still a big kick in Galway before the interval.

    And it was led by Louise Ward as Tipperary failed to deal with her direct running down the middle of the defence. Galway scored five points in a row between the 23rd and 30th minutes, two of which were set up by Louise Ward, while her sister Nicola and Mairéad Seoighe also got kicked points as Galway led 1-10 to 0-5 at half time.

    From the restart it was noticeable that the Tipperary forward had increased their intensity in the tackle, and those efforts were awarded with a great score from Orla O’Dwyer. But at the other end Megan Glynn benefited from a Nicola Ward run to restore their half-time cushion.

    Moloney was a massive threat from open play and from frees, and when Emma Morrissey weighed in with a point, Tipp had scored four of the last five points.

    At the opposite end they had Fitzpatrick to thank for an excellent save that denied Glynn, and Moloney’s point in the 46th minute meant the Galway lead was cut to 1-12 to 0-11.

    Fitzpatrick was on her toes again to deny Hannon, and when Moloney punched to the net with five minutes to go they only trailed by one point.

    In the final minute it looked like Tipp would force a draw but a brilliant defensive turnover by Sinead Burke robbed them of the chance and Galway held on to win by the narrowest of margins.


    Scorers – Galway: T Leonard 0-6 (6f), L Hannon 1-1, M Glynn 0-2, L Noone 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, M Seoighe 0-1, N Ward 0-1, A Davoren 0-1, L Ward 0-1.


    Tipperary: A Moloney 1-10 (7f), C Kennedy 0-1, O O’Dwyer 0-1, E Morrissey 0-1, R Howard 0-1.


    Galway: L Murphy; F Cooney, S Lynch, S Burke; L Coen, C Cooney, N Ward; O Divilly, L Ward (c); M Seoighe, M Glynn, L Noone; A Trill, T Leonard, L Hannon.

    Subs: A Davoren for Noone (h-t), S Conneally for Seoighe (44), C Miskell for Trill (49), S Molloy for Coen (53), N Connolly for Lynch (54).


    Tipperary: L Fitzpatrick; C Davey, L Spillane, E Cronin; E Moore, S Lambert (c), O O’Dwyer; A McCarthy, A.R. Kennedy; C Kennedy, E Morrissey, L Dillon; A Fennessy, A Moloney, R Howard.

    Subs: M Curley for Davey (h-t), N Hayes for Kennedy (36), A Carey for Dillon (36).


    Referee: Eamonn Moran (Kerry).

  • Last Monday was huge for Galway star Nicola Ward, as she started running for the first time since injuring her knee last year, while it was also her first day at work in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

    The TG4 All-Star winning defender has been out of action since last November’s All-Ireland Senior Club final defeat to Mourneabbey, but after being forced to defer some of her final year work due to injury, she completed her studies and work experience in Crumlin just as the coronavirus took hold in the country.

    A spell on the sidelines back home in Galway followed, but she has switched base back to Dublin as her new career officially begins.

    “I just finished my degree in nursing five weeks ago, so I have been home since then. There have been a lot of changes in that time,” said Ward, who plays her club football with Galway champions Kilkerrin/Clonberne.

    “I have been lucky to be kept busy up until now with college work and my placement in Crumlin, but I only got that finished up recently and then I had to get all of my registration sorted. But work is good. It’s nice to be back in a routine again. It’s busy but very enjoyable.”

    Ward studied a nursing degree in UCD, which focused on both children’s and general nursing, and after a spell working in St Vincent’s Hospital, she was delighted to be appointed to work in the Crumlin facility treating sick children.

    “Crumlin is different. I wanted to stay working with the kids and part of helping sick kids is you have the responsibility of working with their families too.

    “Working with children it is more mentally tough, but the job is really rewarding. You follow the children through their journey in the hospital, you help them through their sickness and seeing them improve is very satisfying.”

    Ward is also a Lidl Ireland ‘One Good Club’ ambassador and they have partnered up with Jigsaw, a charity that provides mental health information for children and adults working with children.

    Since Jigsaw’s face-to-face services have had to be paused due to the coronavirus, the charity’s online activities have ramped up considerably at

    “The Covid-19 restrictions can affect the mental health of everyone. Luckily the weather has been good and we have been able to get out, but it still can affect the mental health of people,” said Ward.

    “Jigsaw is an online mental health forum for children, but there is help there too for their parents and guardians. The information is a huge help and it is there for everyone. Keeping Jigsaw’s services alive now is more important than ever.”

    Ward took the first tentative steps back to running earlier this week as she seeks to ramp up her return from the knee injury. Surgery to reattach her damaged knee cartilage was successful, and although her recuperation has been slowed in recent weeks, having the familiar face of her twin sister Louise to work with at home has been a real solace, she says.

    “This is my fifth month since surgery – I had done damage to my cartilage, where it fell off the bone. I had hoped to be back for championship in June and if sport returns later on in the year I’ll be okay. But a lot of it depends on how the running goes for me. Hopefully I have no flare-ups and bad reactions but so far I’m easing back into it nice and slowly.

    “I was doing a bit of ball work in the last few weeks. Myself and Louise were out kicking it back and over to each other – that was all I was able to manage. It is a while since we had that kind of time together. We missed out on that the last while, but we are still keen to get back playing before the end of the year.

    “Louise works as a physiotherapist for an agency so she travels around Galway and a few other counties working with the elderly in nursing homes. The regulations that have been put in place mean that people cannot visit then as much as before, but she is doing some classes through Zoom for her clients.

    “Her exercise classes are being done online now and it’s great to have that technology available. They put her up on TV and her clients can join in.

    “For my injury I have the time to get it right, I won’t have to push myself to get back for what we thought was going to be a June return. Whenever the game returns, I’ll be ready.”


  • TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football champions Galway have made two changes in personnel for Sunday’s eagerly-awaited provincial final clash with old rivals Mayo .

    Galway’s last competitive outing was the Lidl NFL Division 1 Final defeat to Cork on May 5 and manager Tim Rabbitt has shuffled his pack for the visit to Elvery’s MacHale Park.

    Fit-again Áine McDonagh, who’s had a difficult run with injuries, returns to the starting line-up, along with Leanne Coen.

    From the team that started against Cork, Orla Murphy and Sarah Conneally drop to the bench, as Galway aim for a third successive TG4 Connacht senior crown, and their seventh in eight seasons.

    Galway (v Mayo): L Murphy; S Molloy, S Lynch, F Cooney; B Hannon, S Burke, C Cooney; L Ward, Á McDonagh; O Divilly, T Leonard (capt.), M Glynn; L Coen, R Leonard, M Seoighe.

  • Galway star Olivia Divilly has been impressing AFLW scouts with her stunning tests, finishing in the top two in three tests during the Draft Combine in Melbourne.

    Divilly is one of three ladies footballers invited to participate in the trial, with Meath’s Vikki Wall and Cork’s Saoirse Noonan.

    Olivia, who played a key role in leading the Tribeswomen to an All-Ireland final this year, has attracted plenty of praise for her display in the drills.

    The Kilkerrin-Clonberne player came first in the Yo-Yo test, which is an endurance exercise that requires participants to complete shuttle runs over a short distance. It is also similar to the well-known beep test.

    Divilly finished the test at level 17.2, which is the third best-ever result in AFLW records. She also came second in the 20-metre sprint after clocking a time of 3.258 seconds.

    There was also a two-kilometre time trial at the combine, with Divilly finishing second in that drill in a time of 7:48.

  • Lidl National Football League Division 1

    Cork 1-12 Mayo 2-8

    Dublin 1-15 Galway 1-17

    Monaghan 1-10 Westmeath 0-11

    Donegal 6-11 Kerry 0-9


    Lidl National Football League Division 2

    Tyrone 6-9 Clare 2-9

    Waterford 4-9 Cavan 1-6

    Tipperary 4-19 Sligo 0-7

    Armagh 3-12 Laois 2-6


    Lidl National Football League Division 3

    Down 3-17 Kildare 4-13

    Longford 2-12 Offaly 2-12

    Wexford 3-12 Meath 2-6

    Roscommon 0-0 Leitrim CONC


    Lidl National Football League Division 4

    Wicklow 2-12 Fermanagh 1-8

    Antrim 0-6 Louth 0-8

    Kilkenny 0-6 Carlow 6-26

    Limerick 6-10 Derry 1-4


  • Ladies All-Ireland U16B Semi-Final 
    Mayo 9-16 
    Armagh 2-06 

    Mayo will play Laois on July 25th with a time and venue to be confirmed 

    Ladies All-Ireland U16A Semi-Final 
    Galway 3-22 
    Donegal 4-04 

    Galway will play Kerry on July 25th with a time and venue to be decided 

  • In Ladies Football,There are places in the final 4 of the All-Ireland Championship up for grabs at Dr Hyde Park this afternoon with 2 quarter final games down for decision.

    Kerry and Dublin meet in a repeat of last year's All-Ireland semi-final from 5.

    In the preceding game, Connacht Championship finalists Galway and Mayo meet once again.

    That game will be live on Midwest Sport with thanks to Corrigan Stores, Ballintubber.