Gaelic Athletic Association
The Gaelic Athletic Association is an Irish international amateur sporting and cultural organisation, focused on promoting indigenous Gaelic games and pastimes, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, Gaelic football, Gaelic handball and rounders. The association promotes Irish music and dance, the Irish language; as of 2014, the organisation had over 500,000 members worldwide, declared total revenues of €65.6 million in 2017. Gaelic football and hurling are the most popular activities promoted by the organisation, the most popular sports in the Republic of Ireland in terms of attendances. Gaelic football is the second most popular participation sport in Northern Ireland; the women's version of these games, ladies' Gaelic football and camogie, are organised by the independent but linked Ladies' Gaelic Football Association and the Camogie Association of Ireland respectively. GAA Handball is the Irish governing body for the sport of handball, while the other Gaelic sport, rounders, is managed by the GAA Rounders National Council.
Since its foundation in 1884, the association has grown to become a major influence in Irish sporting and cultural life with considerable reach into communities throughout Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. On 1 November 1884, a group of Irishmen gathered in the Hayes' Hotel billiard room to formulate a plan and establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland's unique games and athletic pastimes, and so, the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded. The architects and founding members were Michael Cusack of County Clare, Maurice Davin, Joseph K. Bracken, Thomas St George McCarthy, a District Inspector in the Royal Irish Constabulary, P. J. Ryan of Tipperary, John Wise-Power, John McKay. Maurice Davin was elected President, Wyse-Power and McKay were elected Secretaries and it was agreed that Archbishop Croke, Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davitt would be asked to become Patrons. In 1922 it passed over the job of promoting athletics to the National Athletic and Cycling Association.
The association has had a long history of promoting Irish culture. Through a division of the association known as Scór, the association promotes Irish cultural activities, running competitions in music, singing and storytelling. Rule 4 of the GAA's official guide states: The Association shall support the Irish language, traditional Irish dancing, music and other aspects of Irish culture, it shall foster an awareness and love of the national ideals in the people of Ireland, assist in promoting a community spirit through its clubs. The group was formally founded in 1969, is promoted through various Association clubs throughout Ireland; the association has many stadiums scattered throughout Ireland and beyond. Every county, nearly all clubs, have grounds on which to play their home games, with varying capacities and utilities; the hierarchical structure of the GAA is applied to the use of grounds. Clubs play at their own grounds for the early rounds of the club championship, while the latter rounds from quarter-finals to finals are held at a county ground, i.e. the ground where inter-county games take place or where the county board is based.
The provincial championship finals are played at the same venue every year. However, there have been exceptions, such as in Ulster, where in 2004 and 2005 the Ulster Football Finals were played in Croke Park, as the anticipated attendance was to far exceed the capacity of the traditional venue of St Tiernach's Park, Clones. Croke Park is the association's flagship venue and is known colloquially as Croker or Headquarters, since the venue doubles as the association's base. With a capacity of 82,300, it ranks among the top five stadiums in Europe by capacity, having undergone extensive renovations for most of the 1990s and early 21st century; every September, Croke Park hosts the All-Ireland inter-county Hurling and Football Finals as the conclusion to the summer championships. Croke Park holds the All-Ireland club football and hurling finals on every St. Patrick's Day. Croke Park is named after Archbishop Thomas Croke, elected as a patron of the GAA during the formation of the GAA in 1884; the next three biggest grounds are all in Munster: Semple Stadium in Thurles, County Tipperary, with a capacity of 53,000, the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick, which holds 50,000, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, County Cork, which can accommodate 45,000.
Other grounds with capacities above 25,000 include: Fitzgerald Stadium, in Killarney, a capacity of 43,180 MacHale Park in Castlebar, the largest stadium in Connacht, a capacity of 42,000 St Tiernach's Park in Clones, County Monaghan, hosts most Ulster finals, a capacity of 36,000 Kingspan Breffni Park, in Cavan Town, County Cavan, which hosted International rules football series games in 2013, a capacity of 32,000 Casement Park, in Belfast, a capacity of 32,600 O'Moore Park, in Portlaoise, County Laois, a capacity of 27,000 Healy Park, in Omagh, County Tyrone, a capacity of 26,500 Pearse Stadium in Galway, which has hosted International rules football series games, a capacity of 26,197Research by former Fermanagh county footballer Niall Cunningham led to the publication in 2016 by his website, gaapitchlocator.net, of a map of 1,748 GAA grounds in Ireland, ranging from 24 grounds in his own county to 171 in Cork. The association has, since its inception, been associated with Irish nationalism, this has continued to the present in relation to Northern Ireland, where the sports are played exclusively by members of the ma
2014 Galway Senior Hurling Championship
The 2014 Galway Senior Hurling Championship was the 117th staging of the Galway Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment in 1887. The Preliminary Round and First Round draws. Gort won the final on 14 December 2014. 22 teams contested the 2014 championship. The competition consisted of 2 full rounds of games, followed by a group stage and quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final - as well as qualifier group to help decide which team will be relegated and a Shield Competition. At a Galway Competitions Control Committee meeting on 2 October 2014 it was ruled that Turloughmore would forfeit their Group C game against Beagh, played on 14 September 2014 due to the fielding of an ineligible player. Turloughmore's Matthew Keating had been granted an inter-county transfer to Long Island Gaels in New York deeming him ineligible to play in the Galway Senior Hurling Championship as it is not permitted for a player to play in two different championships in a single year; the group game was forfeited without award of the 2 points to Beagh.
Beagh moved to second in the group and were therefore eligible to play Ardrahan in the quarter finals. All this despite the fact that Turloughmore and Ardrahan had contested the quarter final on 27 September 2014 - a game which has now been declared null and void. Turloughmore appealed the decision to the Connacht Council on 8 October 2014 who upheld the decision. A further appeal was lodged with the Disputes Resolution Authority. On 11 October 2014 the Galway County Board released a statement stating that they will establish a new investigation committee to reprocess the request from Beagh to investigate the composition of the Turloughmore team that played in the Galway Senior Hurling Championship Game on 14 September 2014; the quarter final between Ardrahan and Beagh scheduled for 12 October 2014 was postponed. The new investigation on 22 October 2014 confirmed the initial ruling - that Turloughmore be eliminated from the championship. Turloughmore’s final appeal against their expulsion from the competition failed on 17 November with an official statement released saying "At a hearing before the Disputes Resolution Authority Tribunal, held in Mullingar on Monday evening, 17 November 2014, the appeal of CLG Turloughmore against the decision of the Galway Competitions Control Committee was unsuccessful.”This allows the Galway Senior Hurling Championship to recommence immediately."
A single game open draw from the 20 teams excluding the senior and intermediate champions of 2013 - Portumna and Kilnadeema-Leitrim. 20 Teams: the winner of the Preliminary to Round 1 game plus 19 other teams - all teams excluding the loser of Preliminary to Round 1 game and the 2013 Intermediate Champions Kilnadeema-Leitrim. The 10 games of this round were to be decided by open draw - the winners progressed to the group phase, the losers to Round 2. Another single game open draw - this time from the losers of the Round 1 games; the teams that took part in the Preliminary to Round 1 game were exempt from this game. The loser of this game progressed to the qualifier/relegation group phase. 10 Teams: the losing team from the Preliminary to Round 1 game, losing teams from Round 1 plus the winner of the Preliminary to Round 2 game. The winners of the 5 games progressed to the group phase, the losers to the qualifier/relegation group phase. 16 Teams: the 10 winners from Round 1, the 5 winners from Round 2 and the 2013 Intermediate Champions Kilnadeema-Leitrim.
An open draw made in the Maldron Hotel, broadcast live on Galway Bay FM on 13 May 2014 decided 4 groups containing 4 teams each. The top two teams in each group qualified for the Quarter-finals; the third and fourth placed. Game between Turloughmore and Beagh has been declared void; the original fixture on 19 July in Athenry was postponed due to torrential rain at half time. The score at the time was Craughwell 0-7 - 0-6 Beagh
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. It is administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association; the game has prehistoric origins, has been played for 4,000 years. One of Ireland's native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie, it shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty, played predominantly in Scotland. The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurl to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents' goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, equivalent to three points; the sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It slapped with an open hand for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick, the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.
Provided that a player has at least one foot on the ground, a player may make a shoulder to shoulder charge on an opponent:, in possession of the ball, playing the ball when both players are moving in the direction of the ball to play itNo protective padding is worn by players. A plastic protective helmet with a faceguard is mandatory for all age groups, including senior level, as of 2010; the game has been described as "a bastion of humility", with player names absent from jerseys and a player's number decided by his position on the field. Hurling is played throughout the world, is popular among members of the Irish diaspora in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. In many parts of Ireland, hurling is a fixture of life, it has featured in art forms such as film and literature. The final of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was listed in second place by CNN in its "10 sporting events you have to see live", after the Olympic Games and ahead of both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship.
After covering the 1959 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final between Kilkenny and Waterford for BBC Television, English commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme was moved to describe hurling as his second favourite sport in the world after his first love, football. In 2007, Forbes magazine described the media attention and population multiplication of Thurles town ahead of one of the game's annual provincial hurling finals as being "the rough equivalent of 30 million Americans watching a regional lacrosse game". UNESCO lists Hurling as an element of Intangible Cultural Heritage. A team comprises 15 players, or "hurlers" The hurley is 24 to 36 inches in length The ball, known as a sliotar, has a cork centre and a leather cover. A ball hit over the bar is worth one point. A ball, hit under the bar is called a goal and is worth three points; as of 2010, all players must wear helmets A hurling pitch is similar in some respects to a rugby pitch but larger. The grass pitch is rectangular. There are H-shaped goalposts at each end, formed by two posts, which are 6–7 metres high, set 6.5 m apart, connected 2.5 m above the ground by a crossbar.
A net extending behind the goal is attached to lower goal posts. The same pitch is used for Gaelic football. Lines are marked at distances of 21 yards and 65 yards from each end-line. Shorter pitches and smaller goals are used by youth teams. Teams consist of fifteen players: a goalkeeper, three full backs, three half backs, two midfielders, three half forwards and three full forwards; the panel is made up of 24–30 players and five substitutions are allowed per game. An exception can now be made in the case of a blood substitute being necessary. From 1 January 2010, the wearing of helmets with faceguards became compulsory for hurlers at all levels; this saw senior players follow the regulations introduced in 2009 at minor and under 21 grades. The GAA hopes to reduce the number of injuries by introducing the compulsory wearing of helmets with full faceguards, both in training and matches. Hurlers of all ages, including those at nursery clubs when holding a hurley in their hand, must wear a helmet and faceguard at all times.
Match officials will be obliged to stop play if any player at any level appears on the field of play without the necessary standard of equipment. Senior inter-county matches last 70 minutes. All other matches last 60 minutes. For teams under-13 and lower, games may be shortened to 50 minutes. Timekeeping is at the discretion of the referee. If a knockout game finishes in a draw, a replay is staged. If a replay finishes in a draw, 20 minutes of extra time are played. If the game is still tied, another replay is staged. In clu
Galway Senior Hurling Championship
The Galway Senior Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Galway County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Galway in Ireland. The series of games are played during the summer and autumn months with the county final being played at Pearse Stadium in November. Played as a knock-out competition, the championship consists of a group stage followed by a knock-out series of games; the Galway County Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Galway county final automatically represent Connacht and join the champions of the other three provinces to contest the All-Ireland Championship. Twenty-four teams participate in the Galway County Championship; the title has been won at least once by 29 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Castlegar. St. Thomas's are the title-holders after defeating defending champions Liam Mellows by 2-13 to 0-10 in the 2018 championship final.
Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. In 1886, county committees were established, with the Galway County Board affiliating on 26 October 1886; the inaugural championship was played during the summer of 1887. Delays and objections were commonplace in the early years, with a number of championships remaining unfinished. Senior A For the group stage there are two groups of six teams. Teams play the other five teams in the group once and match points are awarded depending on the result of each game, with teams receiving two points for a win, one for a draw. Following the completion of the group stage, the top two teams from each group automatically qualify for the quarter finals; the third and fourth-placed teams from each group play in the preliminary quarter finals. Senior B For the group stage there are two groups of six teams. Teams play the other five teams in the group once and match points are awarded depending on the result of each game, with teams receiving two points for a win, one for a draw.
Following the completion of the group stage, the winners of each group qualify for the preliminary quarter-finals. The second and third placed teams play-off with the two winners qualifying for the preliminary quarter finals. Senior A The bottom-placed teams from each group play-off with the losing team relegated to the Senior B section for the following year. Senior B The bottom-placed teams from each group play-off with the losing team relegated to the Galway Intermediate Hurling Championship for the following year. Preliminary quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round; the 4 winning teams advance to the quarter-final. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship. Quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round; the 4 winning teams advance to the semi-finals. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship. Semi-finals: 4 teams contest this round; the 2 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 2 losing teams are eliminated from the championship. Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.
Fixtures in the opening rounds of the championship are played at a neutral venue, deemed halfway between the participating teams. Some of the more common venues include Duggan Park and St. Brendan's Park; the final has been played at Pearse Stadium in Salthill. Managers in the Galway Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, sourcing of players, their influence is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches; the most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Galway Senior Hurling Championship titles, is as follows: 1880s: 1 each for Meelick and Peterswell 1890s: 3 for Ardrahan 1900s: 4 for Peterswell 1910s: 2 each for Kilconieron, Woodfield and Craughwell 1920s: 5 for Tyangh 1930s: 4 for Castlegar 1940s: 3 for Liam Mellows 1950s: 5 for Castlegar 1960s: 6 for Turloughmore 1970s: 3 each for Castlegar and Ardrahan 1980s: 2 each for Sarsfields and Gort 1990s: 4 each for Sarsfields and Athenry 2000s: 5 for Portumna 2010s: 2 each for Gort and St. Thomas' Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles: 65 years: Loughrea 47 years: Liam Mellows 47 years: Gort 39 years: Ardrahan 28 years: Gort Official Galway Website Galway on Hoganstand Galway Club GAA
Claregalway GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Claregalway, County Galway, Ireland. The club is a member of the Galway GAA. Underage teams up to U-16's play in the Galway league and championships, while the Minor, Under-21 and Senior teams compete in all further levels. Although not a traditional stronghold of football, the success of the County Galway football teams in the 1950s/60s stimulated the imagination of local football enthusiasts, it was not long after Galways "Three In A Row" that the football club was founded in 1968. Notable players include Brian O'Donoghue, Danny Cummins, Adrian Faherty. Danny and Adrian are members of the county panel. Current Cork panellist Paddy Moran is a former underage star with the club. At present, the club competes in the Senior Championship after being promoted in 2017 under the stewardship of Michael Coyle after winning out in a replay against Shane Walsh in Tuam Stadium in cold conditions. Danny Cummins Adrian Faherty James Nallen Brian O'Donoghue Galway Junior Football Championships: 4 1986, 1993, 1998, 2007 Galway Intermediate Football Championship: 2 2002, 2017 Galway Under-21 B Football Championship 2002 Official Claregalway GAA Club website
Cortoon Shamrocks GAA
Cortoon Shamrocks is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in County Galway, Ireland. The club is a member of the Galway GAA. Galway league and championships and they compete at all levels of Galway football. Cortoon Shamrocks are a Gaelic football club Cortoon are one of the oldest clubs in the county, are unique in that they are the second senior football team in the one parish in Galway. Cortoon is a half parish of Tuam and with Tuam Stars, Cortoon success has been hard come by, they achieved Senior status in the early seventies in a team powered by Tommy Joe Gilmore and Mickey Rooney, they managed to reach the semi final on two occasions, losing to Caltra and Milltown. They dropped again from senior status twice, but fought hard to regain senior status. Cortoon is a half parish of Tuam. 2008 proved to be a memorable year in the history of Cortoon football. In the 2008 Galway Senior Football Championship, Cortoon started by knocking out Annaghdown in the first round. Following that, they stunned reigning Champions Killererin, winning by a scoreline of 3-09 to 0-07.
Taking confidence from such a great performance, Cortoon went on to defeat 2006 All-Ireland Club Champions Salthill-Knocknacarra by one point and in the clubs third county semi final, they beat a fancied NUIG team by the same margin. They had reached their first Senior Football Final, played Corofin in the decider. However, experience won through for Corofin as they won by 3 points in a tight contested final, 0-08 to 0-05. Notable players include Derek Savage, former member of the county panel and a key part of Galway's 1998 and 2001 All-Ireland Football triumphs, Michael Martin, All-Ireland Minor medal winner with Galway in 2007. Past legends include Tommy Joe Gilmore, voted centre half-back on the Galway "Team Of The Millennium". Galway Intermediate Football Championship: 1 Galway Senior Football League: 1 Star Young Player: Peter Fleming Tommy Joe Gilmore Donal O'Neill Derek Savage
Corofin GAC is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Corofin, County Galway, Ireland. The club is a member of the Galway GAA. Underage teams up to U-16's play in championships; the senior team have won four of Galway's six All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships. The club was formed in 1925 as a result of an amalgamation between nearby Belclare. Corofin have enjoyed prolonged success over the 2000s and 2010s; the club has won seventeen Galway Senior Football Championship titles since 1991 along with nine Connacht Senior Club Football Championship titles in that time, in 1998, 2015, 2018 and 2019 they brought home the Andy Merrigan Cup for winning the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. During this time success at all underage levels has been achieved including All-Ireland feile winners in boys and girls. Corofin have played in 8 All Ireland semi -finals, winning 3 and losing 5. 1992 - Dr Crokes 3-4 Corofin 1-5 1996 - Laune Rangers 0-8 Corofin 0-6 1998 -Corofin 0-11 Dungiven 0-9 2009 - Kilmacud Crokes 2-11 Corofin 0-11 2010 - St Gall's 1-15 Corofin 1-11 2015 - Corofin 1-13 St Vincents GAA 1-9 2017 - Dr Crokes 2-11 Corofin 0-08 2018 - Corofin 1-06 Moorefield 0-06 Galway Senior Football Championship: 1932, 1946, 1977, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Runners-up: 1889, 1936, 1964, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2010 Connacht Senior Club Football Championship: 1991, 1995, 1997, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 Runners-up: 1977, 2000, 2006, 2015 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship: 1998, 2015, 2018, 2019 Galway Minor Football Championship: 1962,1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012 All-Ireland U-14 Feile Club Football Championship: Bernard Power Liam Silke Kieran Fitzgerald Cathal Silke Conor Cunningham Kieran Molloy Ciaran McGrath Dylan Wall Dylan McHugh Michael Farragher Ronan Steede Daithi Burke Gary Sice Michael Lundy Jason Leonard Ian Burke Martin Farragher Colin Brady Ciaran Brady Justin Burke Barry O'Donovan Darragh Joyce Damien Burke Jimmy Duggan Martin McNamara Ray Silke Martin Farragher Darragh Joyce's talent was recognized all over the world when he got scouted to travel down under in 2011.
He had potential to be special until the "few quiet ones" with the lads caught up with him. Official Corofin GAA Club website