VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: A staged photograph of The Ryder Cup trophy as the five-man Ryder Cup panel meet to discuss the 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Captaincy at Wentworth on February 18, 2015 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement, made today by Ryder Cup Europe, will see golf’s greatest team event staged on the Continent of Europe for the third time. The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, only 17km from the centre of Rome, will follow in the footsteps of Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018) – when the 44th edition of the match between Europe and the United States is staged in the autumn of 2022. Four nations – Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process to identify the country best qualified to follow Hazeltine National in Minnesota next year; France in 2018 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, as host of the biennial contest. Initially the number had been seven when the process began in June last year, but Denmark, Portugal and Turkey withdrew their interest in the early stages.Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – led a five-strong Bid Evaluation Committee comprising Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development David MacLaren and European Tour Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Orr, who thoroughly examined and evaluated all four Bids, including undertaking a series of site inspections.The objective of the process was to enable Ryder Cup Europe to arrive at the correct sporting and commercial decision in terms of the host for 2022.To that end, the Bid Evaluation Committee judged the candidates on five specific criteria: (i) Demonstrable Government, Political, Institutional and Golfing Community support; (ii) Commitment to the development of a world-class golf facility (new or existing) to host The 2022 Ryder Cup; (iii) Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city; (iv) Commercial opportunities available to The Ryder Cup; and (v) Contribution of the Bid Country to the development of golf in terms of Legacy, Contribution to the professional game, Integration of golf within tourism and business communities, Development of levels of golf participation, Professional tournament golf at all levels, and contribution to The Ryder Cup: eg Player eligibility and participation.The Bid Committee was assisted in their evaluation procedure by three prominent external advisers in Michael Payne, Nick Bitel and Paul Bush, who brought considerable experience from their specialist sporting backgrounds, namely the Olympic Movement, the London Marathon and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.The Italian bid was consistently strong across all the areas evaluated and in particular in their pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of the golf course at Marco Simone to the highest standards demanded by Ryder Cup Europe, in addition to a hugely significant commitment to the Italian Open in terms of guaranteeing a €7 million prize fund for the championship for 11 years, beginning in 2017. In 2016, the prize fund will double from its current figure of €1.5 million to a minimum of €3 million.Keith Pelley said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.“With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022 being the respective host cities for Europe’s next two stagings of biennial contest against the United States, the magical appeal of The Ryder Cup is set to continue.“In addition, we have exciting plans for the development of The European Tour and our International Schedule for the benefit of all our players, and Italy shares this ambition. Their commitment to the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”Richard Hills said: “The Italian bid was consistently strong and impressive across the board in terms of infrastructure, commercial structure and Government support. It was a worthy gold medalist in this particular contest, although there were three impressive silver medalists too in Austria, Germany and Spain, who conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the process.“The plans outlined for the golf course at Marco Simone are spectacular alongside the commitment to develop all levels of golf in Italy, and we look forward very much to working with the Italian 2022 Ryder Cup team over the coming years.”The awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s legacy in the contest which began when Costantino Rocca became the first Italian golfer to play in the match at The Belfry in England in 1993. The United States won on that occasion but Rocca tasted victory on his next two outings – at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995 and at Valderrama in 1997 where he famously beat Tiger Woods 4 and 2 in the final day singles.Since then, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have carried the Italian flag into the biennial contest, appearing together in Europe’s narrow victory at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 while Francesco was part of the triumphant European team two years later, his half point in the final singles match, again against Tiger Woods, putting the seal on the remarkable Miracle of Medinah.Since the inception of The European Tour in 1972, Italy has hosted 54 European Tour tournaments with nine Italian players having lifted a total of 20 European Tour titles between them, the most successful being Rocca with five. In addition Italy has played host to 82 European Challenge Tour events and eight tournaments on the European Senior Tour.Following today’s announcement, there will be an official press conference to celebrate the awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup, in Italy on Wednesday December 16.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Pat Kearney from Kilbeacanty is the new Chairman of Galway County GAA Board after defeating Kevin Clancy 127 votes to 126 at last night’s convention in the Salthill Hotel. There was unanimous support for the Liam Mellows Motion to ask Congress to admit Galway’s Minor and U21 teams to Leinster and the new Chairman was quick to outline the work he has ahead of him when he spoke to John Mulligan… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Pat+Kearney+New+Chairman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The exact dates, kick-off times and live television coverage for the decisive Round 5 and 6 fixtures in the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been announced by EPCR today. With the five pool winners and the three best runners-up set to book their places in the quarter-finals of both tournaments, the tension-packed January matches will once again produce a dramatic conclusion to the pool stages.Click here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Champions Cup fixturesClick here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Challenge Cup fixturesWith the incentive of earning a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup added to the mix, the exact make-up and ranking of the qualifiers for the knockout stages won’t be decided until the final pool games on Sunday, 22 January 2017. From then on, the road to the Edinburgh finals at BT Murrayfield on 12 and 13 May will become clearer.5 things to know about the Champions Cup:Before the new tournament format was introduced in 2014/15, no pool winner had qualified for the last eight in Europe’s top flight on less than 17 points since bonus points were introduced in 2003/04, however, Exeter Chiefs booked their place in last season’s Champions Cup quarter-finals with 16 points which indicates that there is still much to play for next month.Leinster Rugby and Montpellier get Round 5 underway at the RDS Arena on Friday, 13 January live on Sky Sports. Both clubs have won one of their past three meetings with the other match drawn. Montpellier have lost on each of their two visits to Ireland in European club rugby’s elite tournament.With the fixtures in the same Champions Cup pools kicking off at the same time in Round 6, and with all games televised live by either BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports, France Televisions or Sky Italia, the final weekend of the pool stage is certain to generate the customary nerve-tingling excitement.The rescheduled Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster Rugby on Saturday, 7 January will have a major bearing on the Pool 1 standings going into Rounds 5 and 6.With qualification for the knockout stage at stake in Rounds 5 and 6, there’s plenty for supporters to get excited about. This season, the tournament has attracted over half a million fans through turnstiles across Europe.5 things to know about the Challenge Cup:The Challenge Cup returns on Thursday, 12 January when Bayonne host TOP 14 rivals La Rochelle at Stade Jean Dauger live on beIN Sports. The reverse fixture in October attracted a crowd of 14,634, the third-highest for a pool match in the tournament’s history.Attendances in the Challenge Cup have increased by over 18% compared with the same period last season. There have been five five-figure crowds to date including one from the English West Country derby between Bath Rugby and Bristol Rugby. The two lock horns again at Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday, 13 January live on BT Sport.Four former tournament winners – Bath Rugby, Cardiff Blues, Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins – are all in contention to secure quarter-final places.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 points after four rounds and they defend that record at home against Lyon in Round 5 on Sunday, 15 January.The pool stage ends on Sunday, 22 January with the reverse fixture of the match that kicked off the season when Stade Français Paris host the 2016 runners-up Harlequins at Stade Jean Bouin live on beIN Sports. Connacht will play Zebre in round five on Saturday the 14th of January at 1pm with their final pool game against Toulouse now confirmed for 4.15pm local time, 3.15pm Irish time on Sunday the 22nd of January. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
12:00 Hula Hoops Men’s NICC FinalBlue Demons v UCD Marian Sunday 29th January 2017 (Session 4)10:30 Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup FinalKillester BC v DCU Mercy 20:00 Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup FinalPyrobel Killester v Griffith Swords Thunder Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 2)10:00 Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup FinalDCU Mercy v Ambassador UCC Glanmire 14:00 Hula Hoops Women’s NICC FinalMuckno Lakers/Limerick Celtic v Maree BC The finals will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 27th, 28th and 29th and you can find out about tickets – which are available to purchase online – here. 17:15 Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup FinalLiffey Celtics v Ambassador UCC Glanmireprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 20:00 Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup FinalBFG Neptune v KUBS BC After a thrilling weekend of Hula Hoops Cup semi-final action hosted in Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall in Co. Cork (read more about that here), the schedule for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals has officially been announced today. Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 3) 17:30 Hula Hoops President’s Cup FinalBFG Neptune v EJ Sligo All-Stars 14:30 Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup FinalMarble City Hawks v Ulster Rockets The schedule for the weekend is as follows:Hula Hoops National Cup Final Schedule 2017Friday 27th January 2017 (Session 1) 18:00 IWA National Cup Final: Limerick Scorpions/Fr Mathews v NI Knights/Killester 12:30 Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup FinalKUBS BC v Neptune BC
Quarter Final Draw Limerick League v Carlow or NEFLWexford League v Kerry or AUL DublinInishowen League v Roscommon or Cavan/MonaghanClare League v Leinster Senior LeagueTies to be played on or before weekend of the 5th March 2017 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The silverware on display before the Oscar Traynor Trophy Final at AUL Complex, Clonshaugh, Dublin. Photograph by John Kelly. PLAY-OFF GAMESKerry League v AUL (Dublin)Roscommon League v Cavan/Monaghan LeagueTies to be played on or before weekend of the 18th of February 2017 The draws for the Playoffs and the Quarter Finals of the Oscar Traynor Cup have been made. The Roscommon and District League have to play the Cavan/Monaghan League in a play off with the winners away to the Inishowen League in the Quarter Final. The other Play Off will see the Kerry League at home to the AUL League from Dublin with the winners away to the Wexford League.
Galway: 1. Pat Comer; 2. Enda Geraghty; 3. Francis McWalter; 4. Eoin O’Donnellan; 5. John Fallon; 6. Damien Tummon; 7. Tomas Mannion; 8. Alan Mulholland; 9. Kevin Walsh; 10. Tommy Wilson; 11. Val Daly; 12. Conor O’Dea; 13. Sean De Paor; 14. Conor McGauran; 15. Niall Finnegan. Subs: Ja Fallon and Ian O’Donoghue. Galway will go in search of a first National Football League victory over Cork since 1992 when the sides meet in the Division 2 opener next Sunday in Pearse Stadium. The last two Galway managers, Kevin Walsh and Alan Mulholland both lined out at midfield that day in Pairc Ui Chaoimh when John Tobin’s men won by 0-9 to 0-6, with Niall Finnegan chipping in with 0-3 for the winners. That Galway team 25 years ago was: The Connacht Tribune match report is below:print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Sunday 8th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Westmeath (H) v Galway, 2.00pm, St Lomans, (G Carmody, Roscommon)Galway know what they have to do ahead of Sunday’s visit to Westmeath – and that’s to claim maximum points.If they do that, and Donegal beat Cork, they’ll finish ahead of Donegal in the standings under rule, provided that Mayo don’t draw with Monaghan to make it a three-way tie.A win for Cork against Donegal on Saturday would lessen the pressure slightly on Galway manager Stephen Glennon and his Tribeswomen, who will have a better idea of the permutations following Saturday’s pivotal game.But all things considered, Galway still have to win and that might not be straightforward against a Westmeath side that ensured survival with victory over Kerry last weekend.With the shackles off, Westmeath can go and express themselves and an interesting tie lies in store at St Lomans. It’s two from three also in Division 2 to join Tipperary and Waterford in the last four, with Ulster trio Tyrone, Armagh and Cavan in the running.At the bottom, Sligo need to beat Laois and hope that Clare gain a positive result in their game with Armagh to avoid relegation.The main issues in Division 3 have been decided but the final round of re-fixed round 5 games will determine the semi-final pairings.In Division 4, three semi-final slots have already been decided, while Antrim have their fate in their own hands, knowing that victory over Derry will see them edge out Fermanagh, who currently occupy fourth spot.Antrim’s game with Derry is pencilled in for next Tuesday, with ten other matches to be played before then. In the top flight, holders Cork and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin are safely through to the last four, where they’ll be joined by two other counties, with Galway, Mayo and Donegal in the hunt. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 – Round 5Clare (H) v Armagh, 12.00pm, Miltown Malbay, (K O’Brien, Limerick)Clare are currently third from bottom of the Division 2 standings, level with Laois and three points clear of Sligo.But even if the Banner County do get dragged into a three-way tie, their superior scoring difference will see them safe.Even a point at home to Armagh will be good enough for Clare but the visitors need the points desperately as they’re still in the hunt for a top four finish.Even a point might be good enough for Armagh, provided Tyrone beat Cavan, but a win would guarantee a semi-final place for the Orchard County. Dublin (H) v Kerry, 4.00pm, DCU, St Clare’s, (N McCormack, Laois)Dublin are safely through to the semi-finals and manager Mick Bohan may take the opportunity to run the rule over some fringe players ahead of the semi-finals.But top spot is also up for grabs and Dublin can put the pressure on Cork, who also play on Saturday evening, by taking care of business against Kerry.A win for the Sky Blues would take them back to the summit, temporarily at least, before Cork’s visit to Donegal.If Dublin and Cork both win, they’ll be level at the head of affairs on 18 points each, but Dublin would finish the group stages at the head of affairs, having beaten Cork at Croke Park at the start of the campaign.So there’s still a lot to play for as already relegated Kerry make the trip to DCU, St Clare’s, on Saturday afternoon.In a lovely gesture, Dublin have also confirmed that gate receipts from the tie will be sent to the Fatima Centre in Bangkok, visited recently by members of the TG4 All Star touring party.Bohan and the Dublin players who travelled to Bangkok have also confirmed a contribution from themselves.Kerry will play for pride at the end of a week that saw manager Graham Shine vacate his role. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 – Round 5Offaly (H) v Wexford, 2.00pm, Clonbullogue, (K Delahunty, Tipperary)Offaly can’t make the top four while Wexford are safely through.Anthony Masterson’s Wexford can’t be caught either at the head of affairs but they’ll be anxious to sign off the group stages with maximum points.Offaly, for their part, will want to produce a positive display before thoughts turn to championship. Tyrone (H) v Cavan, 2.00pm, Drumragh, Clanagogan, (D Carolan, Down)A straight shoot-out for a top four place. Tyrone will start the day two points clear of Cavan, who make the trip to Drumragh.The destiny of both counties is in their own hands and this promises to be a fiercely tense and exciting battle.Both sides have been scoring heavily but Tyrone have leaked more than Sunday’s opponents.Cavan were beaten Division 2 finalists last year, after a replay with Westmeath, but they might not even make the semi-finals this time. A nervy weekend lies in store for many counties with the race for semi-final spots and the outstanding relegation issue (in Division 2) to be decided in the Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues. Mayo (H) v Monaghan, 2.00pm, Swinford Amenity Park, (M Farrelly, Cavan)A home win for Mayo will ensure a League semi-final spot for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland senior final runners-up.It’s been a mixed bag of a campaign for Peter Leahy’s charges, who’ve won three, lost two and drawn one.But they were awarded three points when Kerry fielded an unregistered player and that’s boosted Mayo’s table position considerably.Instead of being in a position where they had to rely on results elsewhere, Mayo’s top four destiny is now in their own hands.Visitors Monaghan staved off the threat of relegation for another season and will be looking to finish their League campaign on a high, ahead of the summer’s championship campaign. Sligo (H) v Laois, 1.00pm, Sligo IT, (D Callaghan, Donegal)Sligo need to win and hope that Clare gain a positive result against Armagh to avoid relegation.Sligo are currently bottom of the pile, without a point from six outings, but they’ll face off against second from bottom Laois, who are three points ahead of them.However, even if Sligo do win, they’re likely to go down if the Yeats County, Laois and Clare all finish on three points, due to an inferior score difference.A victory for Sligo, and at least a draw for Clare, would leave Sligo and Laois level at the bottom on three points each.In that case, Sligo would survive on the head to head rule, with Laois going down. Saturday 7th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Donegal (H) v Cork, 6.00pm, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, (G. McMahon, Mayo)Donegal, beaten Division 1 finalists last year, must beat champions Cork in Letterkenny on Saturday evening and hope that Galway slip up against Westmeath on Sunday.A Donegal win will take them three points clear of Galway, before the Tribeswomen take to the field less than 24 hours later.If Galway and Donegal finish level on 13 points each after the weekend, Galway will go through having kicked more points (16) in their draw with Donegal in round 2.Matters could be complicated further if both Galway and Donegal win, and Mayo draw at home to Monaghan.In that case, three teams will be level on 13 points each, meaning that score difference will come into play.Donegal currently boast the best score difference of the trio (+50), compared to Mayo (+9) and Galway (+8) ahead of the weekend’s games.Donegal’s weekend meeting with Cork is the first time that the counties have clashed since last year’s classic League final at Parnell Park, which the Rebelettes won by just a point. Tipperary (H) v Waterford, 2.00pm, Sean Tracey Park, (E Moran, Kerry)Both of these sides are safely through to the semi-finals but this head to head clash will determine who finishes on top.A win for Waterford would see them pip Tipp, who themselves are hoping to make it seven wins from seven by securing victory against their neighbours on home soil.These are two counties who have found Division 2 to their liking this season and they could yet meet in novel TG4 Munster senior final later in the summer, as both are on opposite sides of the draw.For now, though, there are important League points at stake and there’s also a distinct possibility of a repeat meeting in the knockout stages. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Fermanagh (H) v Kilkenny – Conceded by Kilkenny Tuesday 10th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Antrim (H) v Derry, 7.00pm, (K Bogle, Tyrone)Antrim are another county with their fate in their own hands, knowing that a victory over Derry next Tuesday evening will see them into the last four.It’s an anxious wait for the Saffrons to play the outstanding fixture in the group stages of Division 4 but they do know what’s required.They’re three points behind Fermanagh as things stand but victory over Ulster rivals Derry would see them edge out the Ernesiders on the head to head rule.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
24 June 2018; Galway captain Tracey Leonard lifts the trophy following her side’s victory during the TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** TG4 Connacht ladies senior football final Galway 0-17 Mayo 1-12 By Declan RooneyTracey Leonard played a captain’s role as her six points fired Galway to a sixth TG4 Connacht senior title in the last seven years and to victory over arch rivals Mayo at MacHale Park.A Fiona Doherty goal and six points on a bright return to action from Cora Staunton kept Mayo in touch, but despite having Charlotte Cooney sin-binned during the second-half, Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe kicked the winning points late on as Galway claimed back-to-back victories.After winning the toss Mayo captain Sarah Tierney elected to play against the strong breeze in a scorching Castlebar venue, and it was the Tribesgirls that made that most of that advantage early on.Roisin Leonard got them off the mark after 29 seconds before Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard made the most of gaping holes in the heart of the Mayo defence to kick scores.Following her late introduction to the team before throw-in Staunton’s first involvement was to balloon a fifth-minute free high across goal, but she soon found her target on the heels of a Niamh Kelly point to cut Galway’s lead to 0-3 to 0-2.Galway continued to exploit the space in front of the Mayo full-back line and Aine McDonagh stretched their lead after nine minutes. That lead was four points by the 18thminute as Tracey and Roisin Leonard landed good scores, but a sweet Staunton point from distance kept Mayo in touch and they only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.Grace Kelly could have put a point between the sides straight after the restart but her free came back off the post, and it was Galway who then kicked on through Roisin Leonard.Staunton then took on the free taking duties from the right and got Mayo back in the game, and after Seoighe worked hard to score for Galway, Staunton gathered a break to score for Peter Leahy’s troops.Niamh Kelly’s direct running saw Mayo close to within a point, and when Charlotte Cooney was sin binned in the 45thminute Galway faced a real test.Galway responded with points from Sarah Conneally and Emer Faherty, but a stunning goal from Fiona Doherty pulled Mayo back to within a point with ten minutes remaining. Sinead Cafferky levelled matters with a great score four minutes from time, but Tracey Leonard and Seoighe hit two quick scores to put Galway out of sight.Galway now go on to face Waterford and the losing Leinster finalists in the group stages, while Mayo take on the Leinster champions and Cavan.ScorersGalway: T Leonard 0-6 (2f), R Leonard 0-3 (1f), M Seoighe 0-3, E Faherty 0-1, N Ward 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, A McDonagh 0-1, S Conneally 0-1.Mayo: C Staunton 0-6 (4f), F Doherty 1-0, N Kelly 0-2, G Kelly 0-2 (1f), S Cafferky 0-2Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, F Cooney; C Cooney, N Ward, E Faherty; A McDonagh, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard (c), A Davoren; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.Subs: S Conneally for Coen (39), N Connolly for Lynch (39), L Ward for R Leonard (54), D Brennan for Davoren (60).Mayo: A Tarpey; E Lowther, S Tierney (c), D Caldwell; K Sullivan, R Kearns, D Hughes; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, F Doherty, S Cafferky; G Kelly, S Rowe, C Staunton.Subs: O Cannon for McManamon (55), M Corbett for Hughes (56), S Howley for G Kelly (57).Referee: G Carmody (Roscommon).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
GCH took double Silver medals at U15 level- in the U15 Girls 4 x 100m relay, the squad of Ava McKeon, Aishling Healy, Leana Nic Dhonncha, Roisin Dalton, Eve Ayo and Emma Moore placed second as did the GCH U15 Boys 4x100m squad of Luke Dahler, Daragh Jennings, Danny O’Toole, Conor Hoade and Mathieu Madden.GCH U17 boys 4x100m team also won silver via Richard Kamsen, Jonathan McGrath, Robert McDonnell, Eoghan Jennings, Eli Sheedy and Samuel MaddenThe talented South Galway AC U14 Boys team won Silver medals in the 4x100m relay via the squad of Andrew Horan, Ruairi Dillon, David and Stephen Mannion and Rian Dunne Leavy.South Galway AC athletes Rian Dunne Leavy, Andrew Horan, Stephen Mannion, David Mannion and Ruairí Dillon who won silver at the All Ireland Track finals on Saturday in Tullamore in the U14 4 x 100m relay.In individual action, Sarah Oifoh of Tuam AC won bronze in the U14 Girls 80m sprint. Craughwell’s Alicia Locteau won a superb U14 High Jump Silver.The Juvenile championships continue this weekend with two days of action on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, again in Tullamore Stadium. Jack Dempsey GCH who competes for Ireland in the World U20 Championship this weekendJack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers travels to Tampere in Finland this week to compete on the Irish 4x100m Relay squad at the U20 World Championships, one of the premier global athletics championships. The relay qualifying heats take place Friday next, 13th July. Headford 8k Dariusz Monkewiecz was the winner of this year’s Headford8k held Saturday evening last clocking a time of 28.10 for victory. Daire Comer of Tuam AC was second, with local man David O’Connor, running with Trim AC third.Regina Casey of GCH was first lady home in 29.43, with Emma Grimes of GCH making her debut with a fine time of 32.04 for second, just ahead of Joan Flynn from Mullingar who placed third.Close on 200 runners completed the 14th edition of the charity fundraising race, on a great evening for racing.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Top coach Matt Lockett of GCH has been appointed as team endurance coach to the Irish distance athletes competing in Finland. National League The National Track and Field League’s second and final qualifying round was held on Sunday last in Athlone. Galway City Harriers Men’s team and, Galway Ladies both qualified for the National League Premier Division final to be held August 19th next in Tullamore with Galway Men’s team performing strongly also in Division One.GCH Men’s squad had wins from Cillin Greene over 200m with a season best time of 21.60 and Brendan Staunton in the Shot Putt with a PB throw. Staunton also placed well with second in the Discus with Brendan McDonnell clocking a fast 15.01 in the 5000m for second also. GCH also scored heavily via Henrique Nkolovata, who performed well in three events over sprint hurdles and in the Long Jump and Triple Jump, Seamus Leddy in the 3k Walk, team manager Cliff Jennings in the Hammer and Weight throws, Jonah Erugo in the High Jump and 400m, Darren Costello in the 100m, Eoghan Jennings in the Pole Vault and 400 Hurdles and James Frizzell and Neil Keane in the middle-distance races.Galway Ladies placed top of their pool on the day and qualified for the final comfortably. The team secured victories via wins by Maeve Curley in the 1500m Walk, Nicole King over 400m, Emma O’Hara in the Hammer, and by the Relay sprint squad over 4x100m. There were second place scores for team captain Sarah Finnegan over 100m Hurdles, Sinead Treacy in the 200m, Sarah Gilhooley in her debut in the 3000m Steeplechase and Barbara Dunne who also debuted in the 3000m flat. The squad also saw points scores from Aisling Joyce in the 1500m, Aoife Sheehy over 400 Hurdles, Seren O’Toole in the Long Jump, Chloe Casey in the Shot, Cian Reidy in the Pole Vault, Katie O’Donoghue in High Jump, Laura Cunningham in Triple Jump, Sinead Gaffney over 800m and Lydia Doyle in sprints and relay.Galway Men’s team placed eighth with a solid overall performance, with National champion Brendan Lynch securing victory for the team over 400m Hurdles, alongside excellent second places for Tommy Farragher in the Hammer, Daniel Callanan in the Triple Jump and Ryan Gallagher in the High Jump and a strong all round team performance that cemented their second year in the Division. World U20 Championships GCH 4*400m U17 Relay gold medallists Samuel Madden, Jonathan McGrath, Robert McDonnell and Eoghan Jennings. Galway City Harriers Relay teams also struck gold, winning the National U17 4x400m Relay title with a team comprising of Samuel Madden, Jonathan McGrath, Robert McDonnell and Eoghan Jennings.GCH 4x400m U17 Relay gold medallists (L-R): Samuel Madden, Jonathan McGrath, Robert McDonnell and Eoghan Jennings. National Juvenile ChampionshipsDay two of the National Juvenile Track and Field competition was held in Tullamore Sunday last, and featured the Juvenile Relays at U12-19 and the Juvenile B Championships. The events saw great success for Galway relay squads especially.Craughwell AC U19 Girls became National 4x400m relay champions for 2018 with a squad of Shauna Tobin, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham, Siona Lawless and Arlene Earls. The U19 team also won bronze in the 4x100m Relay event.Craughwell U19 Girls National U19 4×400 Relay winning team (L-R): Shauna Tobin, Ciana Reidy, Lorraine Delaney, Laura Cunningham and Arlene Earls.
The sun is shining bright outside, you are stuck in a stuffy office with everyone moaning about the heat. There are perspiration marks on your new designer top, your makeup is running down your face and your boss has just sprung a ridiculous meeting for this evening at 5pm when you thought you’d be gone home by 4pm. Could things get any worse on such a beautiful day outside? When all you want to do is head for the beach and chill in the sun, whilst devouring a 99 cone and maybe enjoy a BBQ and beer in the evening sunshine. Oh, and give said boss a piece of your mind for keeping you all at work on such a glorious day.In an ideal world, you would tell the boss to get lost, to stick his evening meeting where the sun doesn’t shine. You’d tell the smelly guy two seats up from you to go take a flipping shower and change his clothes, which reek of 2-day old sweat, and then you would swan off into the sun for a chilled out afternoon and yet still have a job to go to tomorrow.Now whilst that all sounds very badass, it’s not going to help you with your career, or your relationships with your colleagues. So, why not camouflage your badass bitchiness and get the crew from the office to take on a proper challenge like Tough Mudder Ireland in Loughcrew Co. Meath on July 21st and 22nd, where anything goes – and what goes on at Tough Mudder, stays at Tough Mudder.Where one’s pushing of the smelly sweaty guy into a 20ft skip full of freezing water at Arctic Enema won’t make you the office beatch – in fact, they will probably promote you. Where splashing the boss with muddy water and laughing at him or her getting stuck in the mud at Swamp Stomp won’t get you fired. Where that girl who keeps bringing egg sandwiches into the office during a heatwave can’t go to HR about you because you purposely let her hand go whilst climbing Everest so she slid all the way to the bottom on her arse and split her shorts… that’ll teach her to bring eggs to the office.Yeah, you can do all that and more. You might even surprise yourself at how badass brilliant the day could be. Who knows, you might even get to know some of your co-workers a bit better, and despite them being less than friendly in the office they might appreciate some of your efforts to have more fun – despite crawling through mud, getting hit with 10,000 volts of electricity and generally making a show of yourselves!But hey, it’s Summer, time for some fun regardless of fitness or ability. 10 miles or 5 miles, 30 obstacles or 15 obstacles, the Tough Mudder Ireland adventure will give you something to talk about at coffee and lunchtime instead of listening to yer wan go on about her 10 holidays abroad a year. Seriously!!To find out more about becoming a Bad Ass Tough Mudder and get some kudos with the office mean girls with a group discount for your company, email firstname.lastname@example.org WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email