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                                                             SENIOR HURLING
                                                         CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 2020
                                                  Sunday 4th October 2020. Kenny Park, Athenry.
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                                                               Reiteoir: Alan Kelly
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Senior Club Hurling Championships in 2020. The importance of
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Fáilte ón Cathaoirleach
On behalf of Galway Hurling Committee and Galway               To all our referees and match officials, who have the
GAA we extend a warm welcome to all patrons to                 most difficult jobs of all, we say a big thank you for
Kenny Park, Athenry for the clash of St. Thomas’               your efforts this year. Alan Kelly is the man in charge
and Turloughmore. This is a County final day with a            today ably assisted by linesmen Conor Quinlan and
difference given the challenging circumstances we              Seamus Moran. We wish Alan, his team of umpires
have all faced this year. If anything, this has enhanced       and officials the very best of luck today.
the importance of a very special occasion for the              This year we were delighted to see Brooks extending
players, officials and clubs involved. It is fair to say the   their sponsorship of club hurling in Galway having
best two teams have made it to the final following             previously sponsored our Minor competition. To have
a fantastic championship that gave us no shortage              Brooks commit to sponsoring the Senior, Intermediate
of quality, excitement, and drama. With St. Thomas’            and Minor championships for the next three years
seeking to join an elite club of 3 in a row champions,         is a great endorsement of club hurling in Galway.
Turloughmore are striving to bridge a 35-year gap              Their engagement and support throughout the year
since they last secured this elusive title. It will truly be   has been fantastic and we would like to thank Mark
a momentous achievement whatever the outcome                   Lohan, Liam Brady and the team in Galway for this.
and we wish both clubs the best of luck today.
                                                               In a year of limited attendances, the importance of
Under normal circumstances we would have the                   our local media has become very apparent. Galway
pleasure of honouring the Sarsfields team that                 Bay FM, Connacht Tribune, Tuam Herald and Raidió
regained the Tom Callanan Cup in 1995. While we                na Gaeltachta are fantastic promoters of our games.
cannot do so in person today, we pay tribute to a great        We want to thank them for their continued coverage
team and congratulate them, their families and the             and support of all our competitions no matter what
Sarsfields club on their achievement twenty-five years         the level and ensure it is never taken for granted. The
ago which added to an era of unprecedented success.            streaming of our games has been a lifeline for those
While today is rightly about St. Thomas’ and                   who could not attend this year’s games. It has been
Turloughmore, the completion of our Senior Hurling             a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to have
Championship is testament to the trojan work of GAA            brought over 60 matches across hurling and football
members in every club in Galway. We want to take this          to people in Galway and to many more across the
opportunity to pay tribute to all clubs and particularly       world. Subscriptions will surpass 30,000 this weekend
club officers for their massive contribution, not just to      highlighting the appetite for Galway club action.
the GAA in these times but also to their communities           Again, we want to say a special thanks to Galway Bay
during the hardest times of the Covid 19 pandemic. I           FM for supporting this initiative and to Nemeton for
would like to thank all club officers for their support        their brilliant work in covering so many matches and
and positive engagement throughout the year in                 to such a high standard.
getting our calendar of games played to date.                  Lastly, I want to acknowledge the contribution of
We are almost there with our Intermediate, Junior and          the Hurling Committee, Coiste Iomána na nÓg and
Minor competitions and to have gotten to this point            Galway GAA officials who worked extremely hard
we are indebted to the people that make it happen.             throughout the year to ensure we are here today to
We want to acknowledge the often-underappreciated              see the completion of our flagship competition and
work that goes into our pitches and facilities so we           at the finishing point for many
can play our games. We thank our pitch committees,             more. We wish all the players,
stewards and gate people for facilitating our matches,         management, club officers and
for ensuring the highest safety standards and we also          supporters the very best of luck
thank patrons for their conduct and understanding              today and hope you enjoy the
so far this year when attending games. Today sees              occasion.
the return of the County final to Kenny Park, Athenry
and I would like to take this opportunity to thank
                                                               Mise le meas,
Gerry Larkin, Malachy Hanley and the Kenny Park
Pitch Committee for the preparation that went into             Pól Beilliú
today and for having the ground in such immaculate

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Senior Hurling Championship Final Preview
                                  By Cian O’Connell, GAA.ie
                                                      Lally’s panel were all important factors at Pearse
                                                      Such grit and determination remains part of the
                                                      Thomas’ fabric. Even when Cappataggle were
                                                      posing the most awkward questions, Thomas’
                                                      were able to summon the required answers.
                                                      It is why the drive for a three in a row continues.
                                                      Not that Thomas’ are dwelling on that aspect, they
                                                      have adopted a sensible and pragmatic approach
                                                      throughout the campaign.
                                                      For Turloughmore reaching a first decider
                                                      since 1990 represents a clear sign of progress.
                                                      Throughout the past decade sterling work with
                                                      underage teams hinted at a bright future in
                                                      the senior arena. That is beginning to become
                                                      evident, Joe Hession, Franny Forde, and Barry
                                                      Cullinane have occupied central roles in that
                                                      The fact that the Turlough intermediates
                                                      advanced to the penultimate stage too captures
                                                      just how much development is taking place.
                                                      Young hurlers are being nurtured, but Hession
So much has happened since July 24. That wet          is simply thrilled that these emerging players are
Friday evening Kenny Park provided the backdrop       being exposed to high level knockout fixtures.
for the first game in the 2020 Brooks Galway
                                                      Titles have been collected in the juvenile and
Senior Hurling Championship when Tommie
                                                      Under 21 ranks, but the learning continues
Larkins defeated Loughrea.
                                                      according to Hession.
It supplied a reminder of how important sport
                                                      “Turlough haven’t played in a lot of knockout
is and it started the hurling journey in the west.
                                                      games over the past 10 years,” Hession states.
Fittingly, the famous Athenry venue hosts the
                                                      “I’d say probably five or so. That experience, you
last match of the competition: what an eagerly
                                                      have to gain it. Winning underage and being
anticipated contest it is too.
                                                      successful is a help, but it is only part of the
Since emerging on to the winning stage in 2012,       process.
St Thomas’ have cemented their status as serial
                                                      “It is getting to the senior knockout games which
contenders Corribside. Any team overcoming
                                                      is key for the development of these young lads.”
Thomas’ has earned the victory.
                                                      Presently the most demanding assignment in the
Thomas’ willpower was evident from the outset
                                                      Galway game is spending an hour in the company
this year too. Castlegar, stitched together in
                                                      of a decorated St Thomas’ team.
splendid fashion by Fergal Lynch and Dinny Cahill,
were primed for their opener with Thomas’.            Three of the last four Galway Championships have
                                                      been secured by Thomas’. A significant standard
At one stage in the opening period Thomas’
                                                      has been set, but an emerging Turlough will relish
trailed Cashel by 10 points, but they still found
                                                      this opportunity also.
a way to survive, and subsequently thrive.
                                                      When referee Alan Kelly commences this contest
There were so many moments of substance
                                                      a lively battle awaits. A total of 72 days after it all
and style. David Burke’s flicks, Conor Cooney’s
                                                      started, this eagerly anticipated decider could
finishing, and the increasing depth of Kevin
                                                      go the distance.

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Kenny Park GAA Grounds.

    Covid 19 Health and Safety Procedures Co Hurling Final.

This is a Covid 19 Health and Safety statement on behalf of the Kenny Park GAA Grounds Committee.
•    Patrons are asked to maintain at least one metre distance between yourselves and others.
•    At the end of the Game, patrons present are asked to refrain from entering the pitch area.
•    The presentation of the Tom Callanan Cup will be made on the pitch by Galway Hurling Committee
     Chairman Paul Bellew, in the presence of Championship Sponsors Brooks, to the winning captain.
•    The presentation of the cup will only proceed if Covid 19 guidelines are followed.
•    We ask all present to please respect these guidelines.
Thank you for your support.

          Gerry Larkin                    Malachy Hanley
             Chairman                          Secretary
      Kenny Park GAA Grounds            Kenny Park GAA Grounds

                                      An Réiteoir

                                          Alan Kelly
                                          Alan is a member of the Rahoon Newcastle club. Married
                                          to Elaine they have two daughters Ríona and Aoife.
                                          A member of the National Referees panel since 2007 he
                                          has refereed a number of All Irelands in various grades
                                          including All-Ireland minor, U21 Intermediate and Senior
                                          club finals. He has also been the man in the middle for
                                          National League finals and Railway Cup.
                                          Today he referees his 4th County Senior Final having
                                          previously officiated in 07, 09 and 2011.
                                          His umpires today are Pat Palmer, Paul Monroe, Morgan
                                          Darcy and Seamus Canning.

   Senior Final
                                            Conor Quinlan                      Ogie Moran

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Tom Callanan Cup (Senior)
Named in honour of the late Tom Callanan who was Chairman of the Galway Hurling Board from
1979 until his tragic death in a car accident in 1996. The Kilconieron man presided over the most
successful era in Galway Hurling and it was decided at a meeting of the Hurling Board in 1997 to
name the cup in his memory. He led by example with hard work and fulfilled his role of Chairman
of the Board with decency, honesty and integrity.

          Galway Senior Club Hurling Roll of Honour
Castlegar                 17     1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1944, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958,
                                 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1979, 1984.
Ardrahan                  11     1894, 1895, 1896, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1910, 1949, 1974, 1975, 1978.
Liam Mellows              9      1935, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1954, 1955, 1968, 1970, 2017.
Turloughmore              8      1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1985.
St. Mary’s Athenry        8      1987, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004.
Peterswell                7      1889, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1904, 1905, 1907.
Gort                      7      1914, 1916, 1934, 1981, 1983, 2011, 2014.
Sarsfields                7      1980, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2015.
Portumna                  6      2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013.
Tynagh                    5      1920, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1928.
Craughwell                5      1909, 1915, 1918, 1930, 1931.
Kiltormer                 5      1976, 1977, 1982, 1990, 1991.
St.Thomas’                4      2012, 2016, 2018, 2019.
Kilconieron               3      1908, 1912, 1919.
Mullagh                   3      1906, 1929, 1932.
College Road              2      1892, 1893.
Woodford                  2      1913, 1917.
Army                      2      1947, 1948.
Fohenagh                  2      1959, 1960.
Loughrea                  2      1941, 2006.
Clarinbridge              2      2001, 2010.
Meelick                   1      1887
Killimor                  1      1897
Derrydonnell              1      1911
Maree                     1      1933
Ballinasloe               1      1951
Tommy Larkins             1      1971
Killimordaly              1      1986
Abbeyknockmoy             1      1988
• Finals were not played in the following years: 1888, 1890, 1891, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1942.

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Group Stats 2020
Senior A Championship Group 1
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      Cappataggle           3        2     0       1      58    51        4
2      Loughrea              3        2     0       1      59    54        4
3      Tommy Larkins         3        2     0       1      45    40        4
4      Tynagh Abbey Duniry   3        0     0       3      50    67        0

Senior A Championship Group 2
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      Turloughmore          3        2     0       1      60    52        4
2      Liam Mellows          3        2     0       1      59    50        4
3      Oranmore-Maree        3        1     0       2      48    62        2
4      Clarinbridge          3        1     0       2      55    58        2

 Senior A Championship Group 3
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      St Thomas             3        3     0       0      101   63        6
2      Sarsfields            3        2     0       1      75    59        4
3      Castlegar             3        1     0       2      79    70        2
4      Portumna              3        0     0       3      54    117       0

Senior B Championship Group 1
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      Craughwell            3        2     1       0      84    59        5
2      Gort                  3        2     1       0      67    42        5
3      Ballinderreen         3        1     0       2      55    74        2
4      Kinvara               3        0     0       3      51    82        0

Senior B Championship Group 2
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      Killimordaly          3        2     0       1      66    52        4
2      Ardrahan              3        2     0       1      49    47        4
3      Athenry               3        1     1       1      60    62        3
4      Beagh                 3        0     1       2      42    56        1

Senior B Championship Group 3
Rank   Team                  Played   Won   Drawn   Lost   For   Against   PTS
1      Ahascragh-Fohenagh    3        3     0       0      72    60        6
2      Mullagh               3        2     0       1      63    56        4
3      Padraig Pearses       3        1     0       2      52    58        2
4      Kilnadeema-Leitrim    3        0     0       3      58    71        0

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Sarsfields 1995
The 90’s proved to be a dream decade for Sarsfields GAA Club. They
captured their 5th county title in 1995 defeating Portumna. The
teams met twice in this year. They met in June in a group game with
Sarsfields winning that day by three points. This Sarsfields team
defeated Athenry in the quarter-final and Gort in the semi-final.
Then on October 22nd at Loughrea they once again faced up to a
very young and upcoming Portumna side in the County Final and
Sarsfields won on a score line of 0-17 to 1-9.

Sarsfields Team:
Tommy Kenny, Pakie Cooney, Brendan Cooney, Michael
Cooney, Padraig Kelly, Gerry McGrath, Willie Earls, Noel
Morrissey, Joe Cooney, Michael McGrath, Joe McGrath,
Aidan Donohue, Peter Kelly, Michael Kenny (Capt), Peter

Francis Madden, Michael Ward, John Keane, Paraic Forde, Michael Stratford, Alan
Moran, Tom Stratford, John Kelly, Gabriel Leslie, Adrian McMahon, Donal Keane,
Paul Manicle, Dermot Hynes, Cathal Murray.
Michael Conneely (Manager and Trainer)
Michael Murray and Michael Mulkerrins (Selectors).
Pat Hynes (Chairman), Gerry Leslie (Secretary) and Michael Cooney (Treasurer).

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Turloughmore    TBCHurling Club
                          A Brief History Founded in 1968

At a meeting of the Irish National League held       1981 the first ever County Minor was won while in
in Lackagh on 14th May 1886, Turloughmore            1985 Frank Burke captained the team to victory in
G.A.A. Club was formed. The guiding light of the     the County Senior Championship Final to bridge
Club in those years was Patrick Murray. The club     a 19 year gap.
appeared in their first County Final in 1893 where   In 1991 the club captured their first Junior title
College Road defeated Turloughmore. The first        since the fifties and in 1996 and 1997 back to
County title to come to the parish was in 1907       back Minor titles were won with the club adding
when Turloughmore Sarsfields won the County          another Junior title in 1997. In 2003 and 2005
Junior Hurling Final. In 1935 a group of young       the club captured U14 championship titles and
men gathered in Conneely’s Forge in Carheenlea       in 2007 the U16 and Minor. In 2010 the County
and set up their own team in the area. That team     U14 championship & Feile Na nGael titles were
introduced the famed Black & White colours to        won and then Turloughmore became the first
the Club.                                            Galway team to capture the Christy Ring Feile
In 1949 Cregmore, Coolarne and Turloughmore          title outside the county.
amalgamated and played under the name St.            That feat was repeated in 2018 and 2019 when
Vincent’s. In 1956 all the clubs in the parish       Turloughmore won the Christy Ring Trophy for
amalgamated - Coolarne, Cregmore, Knockdoe           two years in a row, as well as the Galway Feile and
and Lackagh – to play as Turloughmore in the         U14 titles. With Co A titles won in Minor (2013
Senior Championship. The Club captured the           & 2014), U16 (2011 & 2012 and this year 2020),
County Senior Hurling title that same year. The      U14 (2014, 2018 & 2019), U13 (2013, 2017, 2018)
amalgamation of the parish Clubs paved the           and U12 (2015), the club continues to develop its
way for the historic record of Turloughmore’s        young players. A notable highlight came in 2016
six in a row Senior Hurling Championship titles      when the Club’s first U21 title was won, while the
from 1961 to 1966 - a feat never before or since     2 in a row was achieved one year later. The senior
accomplished in Galway Hurling.                      team reached their first County semi final in eight
In 1966 Turloughmore also made the historic          years in 2019 and now have reached their first
breakthrough when capturing the inaugural Joe        senior final since 1990.
Salmon County U14 Championship trophy. In

                           Turloughmore Roll of Honour
Senior        8      1956, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1985
Junior A      6      1907, 1949, 1954, 1991, 1997, 2018
Junior C      1      2018
U-21          2      2016, 2017
Minor         7      1981, 1984, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2013, 2014
U-16          8      1975, 1982, 1995, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2020
U-15          2      2018, 2019
U-14          8      1966, 1988, 2003, 2005, 2010 (Galway & All Ireland Feile Champions), 2014,
                     2018 (Galway & All Ireland Feile Champions), 2019 (Galway & All Ireland Feile
U-13          3      2013, 2017, 2018
U-12          5      1986, 1987, 2008, 2010 (Rionn 5), 2015 (Rionn 1)

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                                                                         Turloughmore Senior Hurling

                                    Back Row L to R:
                                                   Matthew Keating, Brain Callanan, Richard Doyle, James Collins, Ronan Badger, Fergal Moore, Diarmuid Mullen, Damien
                                        Holland, Daniel Loftus, Barry McDonagh, Daithi Burke (Capt), Paul Dullaghan, Brion Connolly, Conor Walsh and Mikey Morris.
                                             Front Row L to R: Brian Murphy, Sean Lyons, Ronan Burke, Conor Shaughnessy, Mark Murphy, Karl Connelly, Mark Fahy, Kevin
                                                       Hussey, Barry Callanan, Sean Linnane, Gary Burke, Sean Loftus, Jamie Holland and Vincent Doyle.

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                          Captain: Daithi Burke
                          Daithi Burke will captain Turloughmore in today’s
                          County Final. The four time All-Star was part of the Galway team that won
                          the All Ireland title in 2017. The Cregmore man has a medal collection
                          that is truly exceptional. He has won an All-Ireland Minor hurling medal
                          in 2009, an All Ireland U21 football medal in 2013, 4 All-Ireland Club
                          Football medals with Corofin, a National Hurling League title and 2
                          Leinster Senior Hurling Championship titles. He has eight county senior
                          football medals with Corofin, as well as numerous Connacht titles. He
                          won a Co Minor Medal with Turloughmore in 2007 as a 15 year old.
                          Daithi has a plethora of personal awards picking up numerous Man of
                          the Match awards as well as being selected on a host of Team of the
                          Year selections.

                                        Paths to Final
                             Rd 1, Won v Liam Mellows 1-17 to 1-15
                           Rd 2, Won v Oranmore-Maree 1-21 to 0-11
                             Rd 3, Loss v Clarinbridge 0-16 to 0-23
                           Quarter-Final, Won v Sarsfields 2-25 to 2-19
                            Semi-Final, Won v Loughrea 2-17 to 1-17

         Turloughmore Senior Hurling Team Management 2020
        L-R: Francis Forde, Cyril Donnellan, Joe Hession, Peter Fahy and Barry Cullinane

     Additional panel members: 31. Sean Lyons, 32. Aaron Shaughnessy, 33. Tom Quirke

   Best wishes to Turloughmore senior hurling team & management in the county final.
                  from The Home of Hurling, Murray’s Bar, Turloughmore

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                                          Mark Fahy

          Mikey Morris                    Ronan Burke                       Daniel Loftus

          Fergal Moore                    Jamie Holland                     Kevin Hussey

                          Daithi Burke                     Sean Loftus

          Sean Linnane                    Conor Walsh                       Barry McDonagh

          Barry Callanan                  Ronan Badger                      Gary Burke

     Fior Ionaid: 16. Paul Dullaghan, 17. Mark Murphy, 18. Karl Connelly, 19. Matthew
     Keating, 20. Brian Murphy, 21. Richard Doyle, 22. Diarmuid Mullen, 23. Brion
     Connolly, 24. Conor Shaughnessy, 25. Vincent Doyle, 26. Damien Holland, 27. James
     Collins, 28. Oisin Fahy, 29. Brian Callanan, 30. James Burke.

      Management: Joe Hession, Francis Forde, Cyril Donnellan, Barry Cullinan and Peter Fahy
      Backroom: Brendan Keane, Denis Forde and Darragh Walsh. Medics: Dr. Brendan Day and
      Kevin D’Arcy. Covid Official: Mary Forde. Club Officers: Chairperson: Tom Shiel, Secretary
      Collette Walsh, Treasurer: Emily Keating.
                              Cúil         Cúiliní     Seachaí        65m      Saor Pocanna
             1st Half

            2nd Half


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   THOMÁIS                        St. Thomas’

                                      Gerald Kelly

       Cian Mahony                    Fintan Burke                     David Sherry

       Cathal Burke                   Shane Cooney                     Sean Skehill

                       David Burke                    James Regan

       Darragh Burke                  Conor Cooney                     Evan Duggan

       Oisin Flannery                 Bernard Burke                    Eanna Burke

  Fior Ionaid: 16. Conor Haverty, 17. Donal Cooney, 18. John Headd, 19. Brendan
  Farrell, 20. Kenneth Burke, 21. Dara Cormican, 22. Damien McGlynn, 23. Damien
  Finnerty, 24. Cian Kelly, 25. Joe Caulfield, 26. Colin Fallon, 27. Anthony Kelly, 28.
  Jason Niland, 29. Kenneth Murray, 30. Victor Manso.

   Manager: Kevin Lally. Selectors: Claude Geoghegan, T.J. Ryan, Kenneth Larkin.

                           Cúil        Cúiliní     Seachaí       65m      Saor Pocanna
          1st Half

         2nd Half


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                                                                         St. Thomas’ Senior Hurling

                                       Standing: Victor Manso, Conor Fahy, Michael Fallon, Conor Haverty, Gerald Kelly, Dara Cormican, John Headd, Cian Mahony, Donal
                                     Cooney, Oisin Flannery, Brendan Farrell, Eanna Burke, Shane Cooney, David Sherry, Cathal Burke, Cian Kelly, James Regan, Fintan
                                                                    Burke, Glen Linnane, Anthony Kelly, Damien Cunningham, Jason Niland.
                                    Sitting: Kenneth Murray, Sean Fallon, Kenneth Burke, Colin Fallon, Damien McGlynn, Damien Finnerty, Darragh Burke, Conor Cooney,
                                                              Bernard Burke, Evan Duggan, Sean Skehill, Joe Caulfield, David Burke, Gary Connolly.

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                                            Paths to Final
                                  Rd 1, Won v Castlegar 2-23 to 3-18
                                  Rd 2, Won v Sarsfields 0-22 to 1-18
                                  Rd 3, Won v Portumna 4-38 to 0-15
                             Quarter-Final, Won v Killimordaly 1-23 to 2-16
                              Semi-Final, Won v Capptaggle 0-17 to 1-15

                            Captain: Conor Cooney
                            Conor Cooney will today captain the St Thomas’ team for the third
                            year in a row having led the Peterswell/Kilchreest outfit in the last two
                            championship successes. The 2017 All Star is much decorated having
                            won 1 All Ireland Snr, 1 All Ireland U21, Leinster Snr, 1 All Ireland Club,
                            3 County Snr, U21 Club and Minor Club together with numerous under
                            age titles. The primary school teacher currently leads the scoring chart
                            for this years championship.

             St. Thomas’ Senior Hurling Team Management 2020
             L-R: T.J. Ryan, Kenneth Larkin, Kevin Lally, Claude Geoghegan, Cathal Daly,
                                  Maureen Duggan, Club Secretary
 Additional panel members: 31. Sean Fallon, 32. Gary Moylan, 33. Adrian Sherry, 34. Conor Fahy,
35. Glen Linnane, 36. Gary Connolly, 37. Michael Fallon, 38. James Barrett, 39. Damien Cunningham.

                    Sportsman of South Galway for 2019         in 1984 for his success with the Galway
                    Joe Larkin Kilchreest was selected         minors. Joe has played a significant role
                    Sportsman of South Galway for 2019.        over the past five decades in the activities
                    He is the third person from the club       of the GAA. He played for the local teams,
                    to be selected for the award which is      acted as an officer, was selector on many
                    accompanied by the magnificent Josie       teams and assisted the promotion of
                    Gallagher Cup. Josie Gallagher was also    hurling among the youth and officiated
                    involved with Thomas’ in the late 1970’s   as a referee. Joe is a serious contributor
                    when he was trainer to the senior team.    to the local club lotto and is a well-
                    Sean Fahy a founder member of the club     recognized for pulling the lotto book
                    was recognised in 1973 and John Fahey      out of his pocket at the drop of a hat.

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St. Thomas’ GAA
                                   A Brief History Founded in 1968
                                                          on the 1st November 1884.
                                                          Kilchreest won the South Board Junior Championship
                                                          in 1928 and again in 1951 when they reached the
                                                          county final, only to fail to Skehana after a replay.
                                                          The club won the South again in 1955 but suffered
                                                          a semi-final defeat at the hands of Moycullen. The
                                                          final championship victory was in the 1960 South
                                                          Junior Final with a win over Kinvara but they lost
                                                          the county semi-final to Abbeyknockmoy in a best
                                                          forgotten game in Craughwell.
       50th Anniversary St Thomas                         Peterswell
 Mikey Coleman, Andy Lynskey, Sean Fahy, Bernie Forde,
                  Brendan O’Donnell                       Peterswell, in the early 1900s, was regarded as
                                                          the top team in senior club hurling in the county.
                                                          During that glorious period, the club won 7 Senior
It is recorded in the minutes of the South Board Championships and 2 Junior Championships. So
held in February 1966 by Mick Silver that ‘while strong was hurling in the parish that in 1902, the
Kilchreest were a strong force for the past 15 years, Peterswell No. 2 team, as they were known, reached
they can no longer field a team and will join with the County Final, only to be defeated by Ardrahan.
Peterswell in Junior.’                                    Many members of those successful teams wore the
Peterswell also had its own troubles. Due to Galway jersey with distinction. From this time until
emigration after the war years the number of hurlers the last senior team of 1935, the men of Peterswell
in the parish dwindled, and this is evident in the could hold their own with any team in the county.
lack of success of the parish team. Both parishes They lost the 1928 county final to Duniry. Due
were associated with hurling since the foundation to emigration after the war years, the number of
of the GAA.                                               hurlers in the parish dwindled and this is evident
Local patrons of the GAA within the parishes in the lack of success of the parish team. The club
recognized the warning signs, that GAA within won the South Junior Championship in 1954 but
their environs was evolving and that to stay relevant the next fourteen years were lean ones with no
required a big step forward in trust and respect team success coming its way.
for each other. A few forward-thinking men took Who would expect a GAA connection between
that giant step forward and extended the hand of south Galway Thomas’ situated in the shadow of
friendship to each other to form St. Thomas’ GAA the Slieve Aughty mountains and the north Galway
club. This prompted an amalgamation to form St. Turloughmore club, but Patricia Burke Cartymore,
Thomas’s in 1968.                                                 roots extend back to Peterswell where
                                                                  her grandfather Tom Burke married Mary
                                                                  Martyn. Tom was part of the Peterswell
On the 15th August 1884, Michael                                  slashers that won seven county titles
Glennon of Kilchreest, was among a                                between 1889 – 1907. His brother Pat was
deputation of seven men, led by Michael                           captain of the team on many occasion and
Cusack, who met in Loughrea with a                                Tom himself captained Connacht (Galway)
view to forming the GAA. Unfortunately,                           in the 1907 Railway shield against Tipperary
this was not to be as the ageing Bishop                           and again against Dublin in 1908 in the
of Clonfert, Dr. Duggan, declined the                             Croke Cup
                                                1904 Connacht
offer to become patron of the fledgling         Championship
association. Instead he recommended                               St. Thomas’
                                                 Medal Patrick
Dr.Croke of Cashel. As a result, the actual Burke Peterswell The club was formed at a meeting held in
founding of the GAA moved to Thurles              (Captain)       Peterswell in early 1968. Officers elected

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St. Thomas’ U12 B County Champions  St Thomas’ 3-6 Carnmore 2-3. Back Row L to R: Niall Smyth, Ian Kelly, Paul Caulfield, Cathal
 Burke, Conor Cooney, James Ragan, Michael Gleese, Donal Cooney, Darragh Burke, Tony Keeley, Front Row L to R: Paul Brady, Cian
   Kelly, Brian Gardiner, James Kelly, Justin Cunningham, Patrick Skehill, David Burke, Anthony Kelly, Gabriel Egan, Bernard Burke,
                                                      Owen Burke, Sean Skehill.

for the first year were: Chairman, Fr. Matt O’Connor;               Mary McAleese, in May 2006, and also the purchase
Vice-Chairman, Sean Fahy; Secretary, Andy Lynskey;                  of additional land to provide a much needed second
Ass. Secretary, Bernie Forde; Treasurer, Paddy Burke .              playing field.
The first year in competitive hurling was a successful              Since 2002 a group of young, talented, dedicated
one. The under 14 team brought the club its first                   hurlers have emerged with championships secured
success by winning the county title. The under
                                                                    in both Minor and U21 in later years. These players
16 county title was won in 1970 and the South
                                                                    now form the backbone of the Senior Championship
Board minor title was won in 1972. The club then
had a group of young committed players and the                      team who have won four Senior Championship
amalgamation was running smoothly and proving                       titles in the last decade in 2012, 2016, 2018 and
to be a success.                                                    2019 and an All-Ireland Club Championship in
The junior team won the South Board Championship                    2013. The success of the club is testament to the
in 1972 but lost to Meelick/Eyrecourt in the County                 hundreds of officers, players, volunteers, members
Semi-Final. However, in 1974 Thomas’ progressed                     and supporters since the foundation of the club. Can
further by winning the County Junior Title after a                  you spot the current senior players before looking
classic confrontation with Castlegar in Ballinderreen.              at the names?
Cyril Farrell was trainer and coach to that team.                   The GAA association fosters in a big way the
In 1978 another milestone was reached when the                      profound sense of place for most people and their
club was promoted to senior ranks after reaching                    attachment to their native parish. It established a
the county intermediate final. Having achieved                      sense of identity, loyalty to the jersey and memories
Senior status, the St Thomas’ club decided that a                   that last a lifetime. This was never as evident as
clubhouse and playing pitch were required. Land
                                                                    in 2020 with the country affected by the Corona
was bought in 1977 and the clubhouse building
                                                                    Virus pandemic the GAA proved their worth in
project was undertaken voluntarily. The hall opened
on the 20th of January 1978.                                        the community, through supporting people in
                                                                    challenging times and connecting with people
Work commenced on the pitch development in
                                                                    safely. The year 2020 will not be easily forgotten.
August 1979 and the grounds were officially opened
by the President of the GAA Mr Paddy Buggy, on                      With lockdowns and limited access to games, live
Sunday 5th June 1983. The past decade has seen                      streaming keep the GAA fraternity somewhat sane
further development in the provision of facilities                  unless you were one of the brigade that scaled the
with the new hall and additional dressing rooms                     walls around Kenny Park to catch a glimpse of your
being officially opened by Uachtarán na hÉireann                    club’s heros. Stay safe one and all.

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Galway Hurlers Reach for the All-Stars
                                                 By Sean Walsh

The game of Hurling has always produced                     Hurling team. The Cannings are not the only set
good hurlers, and that began to be recognised               of Galway hurling brothers to have won All-Stars,
at National level with the establishment to the             though the do lead the way with an exceptional
All Star scheme in 1971. Castlegar man John                 total of 9 Awards between the two star men from
Connolly won Galway’s first ever All Star Award             Portumna.
in that inaugural year. Today as St Thomas take             The Cooneys of Sarsfields come next with 7
on Turloughmore in the 2020 County Final,                   awards – 5 for the legendary Joe and two for
we will see four All Stars in action – namely St            Jimmy, while Castlegar’s John Connolly and 1980
Thomas duo David Burke and Conor Cooney,                    Captain Joe Connolly have a total of 3 awards
with Fergal Moore and Daithi Burke in action for            between them. Ahascragh Fohenagh’s Padraig
Turloughmore.                                               Mannion (2017 & 2018) and his brother Cathal
Ollie and Joe Canning became the first set of               (2015) joined the brotherly grouping in later
Galway brothers to receive All-Stars in the same            years, with 3 Awards won between them also.
year when they were named on the 2009 All-Star

Galway Hurling All-Stars 1971 - 2019
 No.   Name                  Club                    Year    Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos
 5     Peter Finnerty        Mullagh                 1985 5       1986 5     1987 5    1988 5     1990 5
 5     Joe Cooney            Sarsfields              1985 12      1986 12    1987 11   1989 11    1990 11
 5     Joe Canning           Portumna                2008 15      2009 14    2012 14   2017 11    2018 11
 4     Iggy Clarke           Mullagh                 1975 7       1978 9     1979 7    1980 7
 4     Ollie Canning         Portumna                2001 4       2003 4     2005 4    2009 2
 4     David Burke           St Thomas               2012 15      2015 9     2016 9    2017 9
 4     Daithi Burke          Turloughmore            2015 5       2016 4     2017 3    2018 3
 3     Sylvie Linnane        Gort                    1985 4       1986 4     1988 2
 3     Conor Hayes           Kiltormer               1986 3       1987 3     1988 3
 3     Michael Coleman       Abbeyknockmoy           1989 9       1990 8     1995 9
 3     Damien Hayes          Portumna                2005 15      2010 10    2012 12
 2     John Connolly         Castlegar               1971 9       1979 8
 2     Niall McInerney RIP   Liam Mellows            1975 2       1980 2
 2     Sean Silke            Meelick-Eyrecourt       1975 6       1980 6
 2     Frank Burke           Turloughmore            1976 8       1979 11
 2     Jimmy Cooney          Sarsfields              1980 4       1981 4
 2     Steve Mahon           Kilbeacanty             1981 8       1987 8
 2     Noel Lane             Ballinderreen           1983 12      1984 14
 2     Tony Keady RIP        Killimordaly            1986 6       1988 6
 2     Michael McGrath       Sarsfields              1987 10      1988 13
 2     John Cummins          Gort                    1988 1       1989 1
 2     Sean Treacy           Portumna                1989 7       1991 4
 2     Joe Rabbitte          Athenry                 1993 14      2000 11
 2     Kevin Broderick       Abbey-Duniry            1997 13      2001 12

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Interestingly the number 4 corner back position is      Indeed Iggy Clarke won one of his Awards in
the position that Galway have won most awards           1980, despite missing the final due to injury.
in. Ollie Canning (3), Sylvie Linnane (2), Jimmy        Peter Finnerty won all his Awards at no. 5, while
Cooney (2), Kiltormer’s Ollie Kilkenny, Sean            Joe Cooney won three of his at centre forward.
Treacy, Fergal Moore and Daithi Burke have all          Conor Hayes won all of his 3 All-Stars at full back,
won awards at no. 4, thus giving Galway a total         while Michael Coleman won three at midfield,
of 11 awards in that position.                          two of them in the no. 9 position.
The much lauded achievement of being honoured           Going back to today’s game, the two clubs
with an All-Star in every position on the field was     have won a total of 13 Awards between them.
completed for Galway when Damien Hayes was              Turloughmore have 8 – Daithi Burke (4), Frank
named at left corner forward in 2005. Galway’s full     Burke (2), Martin Naughton (1) and Fergal Moore
list of All-Stars shows Peter Finnerty, Joe Cooney      (1), while St Thomas have won 5, with David Burke
and Joe Canning leading the way with 5 awards           (4) and Conor Cooney (1) bringing the honours
each, while Iggy Clarke, Ollie Canning have 4 each      to the club who are seeking the 3 in a row this
as do, fittingly enough, two of today’s opponents       afternoon.
namely David and Daithi Burke.                          Galway’s full list of 95 All-Stars is as follows:

 No.   Name                Club                  Year    Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos YEAR Pos
 2     Padraig Mannion     Ahascragh-Fohenagh    2017 2       2018 5
 1     Joe McDonagh RIP    Ballinderreen         1976 5
 1     PJ Molloy           Athenry               1977 12
 1     Joe Connolly        Castlegar             1980 10
 1     Bernie Forde        Ardrahan              1980 13
 1     Seamus Coen         Mullagh               1985 2
 1     Brendan Lynskey     Meelick-Eyrecourt     1985 11
 1     Ollie Kilkenny      Kiltormer             1987 4
 1     Martin Naughton     Turloughmore          1988 12
 1     Eanna Ryan          Killimordaly          1989 10
 1     Padraig Kelly       Sarsfields            1993 7
 1     Pat Malone          Oranmore/Maree        1993 8
 1     Tom Helebert        Ballindereen          1996 2
 1     Liam Hodgins        Abbey-Duniry          2001 6
 1     Eugene Cloonan      Athenry               2001 14
 1     Derek Hardiman      Mullagh               2005 5
 1     Ger Farragher       Castlegar             2005 13
 1     Fergal Moore        Turloughmore          2012 4
 1     David Collins       Liam Mellows          2012 7
 1     Iarla Tannian       Ardrahan              2012 8
 1     Colm Callanan       Kinvara               2015 1
 1     Cathal Mannion      Ahascragh-Fohenagh    2015 10
 1     Gearoid McInerney   Oranmore/Maree        2017 6
 1     Conor Whelan        Kinvara               2017 13
 1     Conor Cooney        St Thomas             2017 14

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Top Scorers
Senior A and B championship top scorers            Senior A top scorers from play
                                                   Eanna Burke       St Thomas            2.19 (25)
Conor Cooney     St Thomas             2.49 (55)
                                                   Conor Cooney      St Thomas            2.14 (20)
Tadhg Haran      Liam Mellows          3.42 (51)
                                                   Ja Mannion        Cappataggle          1.14 (17)
Brian Burke      Killimordaly          3.40 (49)
                                                   Oisin Flannery    St Thomas            2.10 (16)
Aidan Helebert   Gort                  0.49 (49)
                                                   Barry Callanan    Turloughmore         2.08 (14)
Niall Healy      Craughwell            1.38 (41)
                                                   Sean Linnane      Turloughmore         0.14 (14)
Alan Dolan       Cappataggle           0.40 (40)
                                                   Oisin Connolly    Castlegar            2.07 (13)
Mark Kelly       Ahascragh/Fohenagh    0.36 (36)
                                                   Anthony Burns     Loughrea             2.07 (13)
Conor Walsh      Turloughmore          1.32 (35)
                                                   Alan Dolan        Cappataggle          0.11 (11)
Kevin Cooney     Sarsfields            4.22 (34)
                                                   Niall Collins     Cappataggle          2.05 (11)
Joe Canning      Portumna              1.31 (34)
                                                   Senior B top scorers from play
Brian Molloy     Kilnadeema/Leitrim    2.27 (33)
                                                   Brian Burke       Killimordaly         3.13 (19)
Cian Burke       Athenry               1.30 (33)
                                                   Padraic Mannion   Ahascragh/Fohenagh   2.13 (19)
Evan Niland      Clarinbridge          0.31 (31)
                                                   Jamie Ryan        Craughwell           3.07 (16)
Niall Burke      Oranmore/Maree        1.26 (29)
                                                   Cianan Fahy       Ardrahan             3.05 (14)
Cathal Dervan    Mullagh               0.27 (27)
                                                   Brian Concannon   Killimordaly         1.10 (13)
Eanna Burke      St Thomas             2.19 (25)
                                                   Mark Kelly        Ahascragh/Fohenagh   0.11 (11)
Jason Flynn      Tommy Larkins         0.25 (25)
                                                   Dean Earls        Killimordaly         1.08 (11)
Conor Whelan     Kinvara               2.18 (24)
                                                   Cathal Mannion    Ahascragh/Fohenagh   1.07 (10)
Shane Moloney    Tynagh Abbey Duniry   1.21 (24)
                                                   Roy Lane          Ballindeereen         2.04 (10)
Ger Farragher    Castlegar             0.24 (24)
                                                   Niall Healy       Craughwell           1.07 (10)

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County Senior Hurling Championship
                                           Winning Captains
 2019 Conor Cooney (St.Thomas’)               1977 Andy Fenton (Kiltormer)            1934 Jack Deely (Gort)
 2018 Conor Cooney (St.Thomas’)               1976 Andy Fenton (Kiltormer)            1933 Martin Walsh (Maree)
 2017 D. Collins / A. Callanan (Liam Mellows) 1975 Michael Cunningham (Ardrahan)      1932 Tom Morgan (Mullagh)
 2016 Patrick Skehill (St.Thomas’s)           1974 Michael Cunningham (Ardrahan)      1930 (Craughwell)
 2015 Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)              1973 Ted Murphy (Castlegar)             1929 Pakie Fahy (Mullagh)
 2014 Greg Lally (Gort)                       1972 John Connolly (Castlegar)          1928 (Tynagh)
 2013 Ollie Canning (Portumna)                1971 Tony Breheny (Tommie Larkins)      1925 (Tynagh)
 2012 Robert Murray (St.Thomas’s              1970 Mick Lally (Liam Mellows)          1923 (Tynagh)
 2011 Andy Coen (Gort)                        1969 Stephen Francis (Castlegar)        1922 (Tynagh)
 2010 Paul Callanan (Clarinbridge)            1968 Gerry Mahony (Liam Mellows)        1920 (Tynagh)
 2009 Leo Smith (Portumna)                    1967 Patsy Kelly (Castlegar)            1919 (Kilconieron)
 2008 Ollie Canning (Portumna)                1966 Frank Coffey (Turloughmore)        1918 (Craughwell)
 2007 Ollie Canning (Portumna)                1965 Paddy Fahy (Turloughmore)          1917 Charlie Stanley (Woodford)
 2006 Damien McClearn (Loughrea)              1964 Mickey Cullinane (Turloughmore) 1916 John Hayes (Gort)
 2005 Eugene McEntee (Portumna)               1963 Michael Cullinane (Turloughmore) 1915 (Craughwell)
 2004 Eugene Cloonan (Athenry)                1962 Jackie Gill (Turloughmore)         1914 John Hayes (Gort)
 2003 Ollie Canning (Portumna)                1961 Jimmy Egan (Turloughmore)          1913 Charlie Stanley (Woodford)
 2002 Brendan Keogh (Athenry)                 1960 Tony O’Gorman (Fohenagh)           1912 Owen Comer (Kilconieron)
 2001 Micheal Donoghue (Clarinbridge)         1959 Martin Glynn (Fohenagh)            1911 Patrick Keane (Derrydonnell)
 2000 Joe Rabbitte (Athenry)                  1958 Mick Connell (Castlegar)           1910 John Mitchell (Ardrahan)
 1999 Joe Rabbitte (Athenry)                  1957 John Molloy (Castlegar)            1909 (Craughwell)
 1998 Joe Rabbitte (Athenry)                  1956 Pakie Burke (Turloughmore)         1908 Ned Keane (Kilconieron)
 1997 Padraig Kelly (Sarsfields)              1955 Jimmy Duggan (Liam Mellows)        1907 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1996 Brian Feeney (Athenry)                  1954 Sean Duggan (Liam Mellows)         1906 Amby Briscoe (Mullagh)
 1995 Michael Kenny (Sarsfields)              1953 Stephen Connor (Castlegar)         1905 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1994 Pat Higgins (Athenry)                   1952 Stephen Connor (Castlegar)         1904 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1993 Pakie Cooney (Sarsfields)               1951 M.J. “Inky” Flaherty (Ballinasloe) 1903 Pat Mitchell (Ardrahan)
 1992 Pakie Cooney (Sarsfields)               1950 Stephen Connor (Castlegar)         1902 (Ardrahan)
 1991 Aidan Staunton (Kiltormer)              1949 Tommy Cunningham (Ardrahan)        1901 (Ardrahan)
 1990 Aidan Staunton (Kiltormer)              1948 Vin Basten (Army)                  1900 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1989 Michael McGrath (Sarsfields)            1947 Jim Brophy (Army)                  1899 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1988 Noel Flaherty (Abbeyknockmoy)           1946 (Liam Mellows)                     1898 Pat Burke (Peterswell)
 1987 Mattie Gannon (Athenry)                 1945 Sean Duggan (Liam Mellows)         1897 Paddy Coughlan (Killimor)
 1986 Michael Earls (Killimordaly)            1944 Mike Murphy (Castlegar)            1896 Pat Mitchell (Ardrahan)
 1985 Frank Burke (Turloughmore)              1943 (Liam Mellows)                     1895 (Ardrahan)
 1984 Michael Connolly (Castlegar)            1941 Joe Keller (Loughrea)              1894 (Ardrahan)
 1983 Josie Harte (Gort)                      1940 Matt Hackett (Castlegar)           1893 John Walsh(College Road)
 1982 Sean Cormican (Kiltormer)               1939 Matt Hackett (Castlegar)           1892 John Walsh(College Road)
 1981 Sylvie Linnane (Gort)                   1938 Matt Hackett (Castlegar)           1889 (Peterswell)
 1980 Sean Kelly (Sarsfields)                 1937 Matt Hackett (Castlegar)           1887 Pat Madden  (Meelick)
 1979 Michael Connolly (Castlegar)            1936 Matt Hackett (Castlegar)
 1978 Martin Kerins (Ardrahan)                1935 (Liam Mellows)
•    Finals were not played in the following years: 1888,1890, 1891, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1942.
•    I have been unable to find out the captains of some county championship winning teams as records appear to be in
     short supply. Please contact nialljcanavan@gmail.com if you have details of the captains that are missing from this list.

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