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Check out the Connemara Journal for the full articles “The spacious and idyllic GAA Grounds of Cumann Séamus Ó Máille Uachtar Ard were resplendent in summer sunshine for the annual Supermacs-sponsored Cumann na mBunscol, Connemara Divisional Finals on June 11. While a festive atmosphere may have prevailed for the duration of the proceedings, it certainly didn’t detract from the intensely competitive nature of over 40 finals. hese featured a host of schools from the club jurisdictions of Renvyle, Gráinne Mhaols, Naomh Feichín, Carna-Cashel, Na Piarsaigh, Clonbur, Oughterard, Killannin and Moycullen.”
I recently wrote about Letterfrack’s Badminton Club for the Connmara Journal, you can read the full article here “Letterfrack Badminton Club’s quest for a first county league title in 17 years ultimately came unstuck in Salthill on the final day of the season when they lost out to NUIG in the Grade G decider on a scoreline of 5-2. Letterfrack Captain Feichín Walsh, who played on the successful 1997 team, had match point in the second set of the Singles opener against Brian Daniels but the promising NUIG youngster, who hails from Loughrea, held his nerve to steal the set before asserting his dominance in the third and thereby securing a valuable point for his team.” http://connemarajournal.ie/letterfrack-lose-nuig-last/
Salthill-Knocknacarra 2-11 Renvyle 2-7
(After Extra Time)
Neighbouring clubs, Renvyle and Naomh Feichín, will renew their championship rivalry at Junior A level in 2014 but there will be no local derby in the league after Renvyle lost out to intermediate championship outfit, Salthill Knocknacarra in the 3A West decider on November 15th last. Both sides belied the treacherous underfoot conditions and incessant rain to serve up a feast of entertaining free flowing football which was easy on the eye but this will serve as no consolation to the West Connemara men who were more than a match for their more illustrious opponents over the course of the opening sixty minutes. In fairness to Salthill-Knocknacarra, however, they had a slight edge in the fitness all through and the advent of extra time seemed to give them a new lease of life when it was most required. Continue reading
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Annaghdown 2-10 Gráinne Mhaols 1-7
Annaghdown U12s annexed the County Division 2 Championship title in Moycullen on October 5th last when their superior fire power eventually saw off the stubborn resistance of a fiercely determined Gráinne Mhaols outfit. The West Connemara girls fought valiantly to the bitter end and showed tremendous hunger and spirit all through, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. Annaghdown had the quality up front with no less than five of their forwards getting on the scoreboard. The winners’ wider range of attacking options gave them a decided edge all through and there was no doubting their superiority in the finish.
Gráinne Mhaols 2-6 An Cheathrú Rua 0-5
Gráinne Mhaols Under 11s retained their West Galway A title on September 1st last when they overcame the spirited challenge of An Cheathrú Rua in an entertaining final in Clifden. An Cheathrú Rua’s most impressive player, midfielder Mary Nic Dhonnacha, opened the scoring with a well executed point on 4 minutes but Gráinne Mhaols responded immediately with a clinical goal finish from corner forward Una Coyne after great approach play by Ríona Coyne and Isobel Ruddy. Coyne added a point on 6 minutes as her side went on to dominate in general play for the remainder of the opening half. Half backs Katie Flaherty and Ciara McDermott were tight, tenacious and disciplined in their defensive duties, while Emily Mc Conway was showing great industry up front.
St Michaels 0-17 Renvyle 2-10
Renvyle’s gallant Minors went agonisingly close to writing themselves into the history books on Saturday, December 21st last when they lost out by the bare minimum to their city rivals in an enthralling West Board Under 18 Division 2 championship Final in Rosmuc. The West Connemara lads steadfast refusal to throw in the towel in the face of a sustained second half onslaught from the pre-match favourites saw them claw their way back into contention and ultimately almost snatch the most unlikeliest of victories against all the odds. St Michaels were hanging on in those final few frantic moments and went perilously close to paying the ultimate price for not closing out this match at a much earlier juncture.
The opening quarter was tight and tense for the most part, with both sides taking a long time to get into their stride. Renvyle wing back Brendan Regan opened the scoring on 3 minutes after a great individual solo run. St Michaels captain, Dylan Thornton replied with a converted close range free on 5 minutes before powerful midfielder Eamonn Brannigan edged the city side head with the first of his eight points on 7 minutes. Renvyle wing forward Cathal Acton clipped over a neat equaliser three minutes later following a well worked move involving Conor Clarke, Josh Lydon and Barry John Salmon. Slowly but surely, however, St Michaels were gaining the upper hand in midfield and their policy of running directly and at pace through central channels led to the creation of no less than four clear cut goal chances throughout the remainder of the half. None of these opportunities were availed of, however, much to the chagrin and disappointment of their supporters. Continue reading
Hello everyone and welcome to my new site, Paul Gannon Heritage!
My name is Paul Gannon, i’m a native of West Connemara, I live in Renvyle with my wife Collette and our two children, Luke and Amy. I’m the Principal Teacher at Eagles Nest NS, Renvyle. A lifelong member, former player and former Secretary of Renvyle GAA Club, I’m also the founder, former Secretary and current Treasurer of Gráinne Mhaols LGFA Club.
I wanted to start this site because a shared experience is ultimately a better experience.
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