JOHN THOMAS McNAMARA, the former leading Irish amateur rider, has died at the age of 41. McNamara, who was widely considered to be one of the leading amateur riders of his generation, was paralysed after suffering a broken neck after a fall on Galaxy Rock at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. It was 15 months before McNamara was able to return home from Southport hospital having been paralysed from the neck down, but gained many admirers for his courage in the face of adversity. As a rider, McNamara will be remembered by many for his ice-cool performance aboard the tricky ‘Rith Dubh’ in the 2002 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where his patience and horsemanship came to the fore as he coaxed ‘Rith Dubh’ ahead on the line. He also won the National Hunt Chase in 2012 aboard ‘Tea for three’, the Foxhunters’ Chase in 2007 on ‘Drombeag’ and the 2005 Cross Country Chase on ‘Spot the difference’.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: J T McNamara riding Teaforthree win The Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Steeple Chase on ladies day during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham racecourse on March 14, 2012 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Motorsport Ireland has enthusiastically welcomed the announcement by Citroën Racing that rising Irish star Craig Breen will be one of their drivers when the car manufacturer returns as a works team in the FIA World Rally Championship next season. FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 -WRC Tour de Corse (FRA) – WRC 28/09/2016 to 02/10/2016 – PHOTO : @World It is the first time that an Irish-licenced driver has been signed to a works team in the WRC. Waterford man Breen, who came to prominence this season for the Abu Dhabi Total WRT, and his co-driver Scott Martin have been added to the Citroën team along with French driver Stéphane Lefebvre and his co-driver Gabin Moreau. They join Northern Irish driver Kris Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle (Kerry), who were confirmed on the team at the end of last year.It means Citroën have two crews considered to be among the most promising young talents in the WRC alongside Dungannon veteran Meeke and Nagle.Alex Sinclair, CEO Motorsport Ireland said: “It is an incredible achievement for any driver to secure a works drive. Craig has come through our youth programmes and fought hard over the years to prove himself as one of the world’s best and this is a just reward for all his effort. With Paul Nagle co-driving for Kris Meeke, the representation of Irish competitors, from both the North and South is phenomenal.”Craig Breen, Citroën Racing works driver, said: “I’m so excited to tell you all that Scott and I will be driving for Citroën Racing in the WRC for the next two years! This is the stuff that dreams are made of, thank you so much to everybody who has made this possible!”He has driven for Citroën in a DS 3 in four WRC rounds this year achieving top 10 finishes in each. The season highlights included claiming a maiden podium with third place in Finland and finishing fifth in Corsica last weekend.Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal: “We had several scenarios regarding the choice of our crews for the future. Kris Meeke was confirmed at the end of last year and has become the natural leader of the team.“In choosing two young crews to complete the line-up, I don’t think we can be accused of having gone for the easy option. But this original solution is very much aligned with Citroën’s mindset. And having seen them compete this season for the Abu Dhabi Total WRT, we believe in the potential of Craig Breen and Stéphane Lefebvre.They have the natural talent, motivation and work ethic to win rallies. I would also say we are proud to take these young drivers up to the top level of the sport.”The choice is very much in line with Citroën’s long-held policy aimed at identifying and developing talented young rally drivers. In the last 15 years or more, Citroën has identified some of the best in the business: Loeb, Ogier, Sordo, Neuville, Camilli and of course Meeke. Breen and Lefebvre are destined to add their names to this illustrious list!Citroën Racing continues to prepare for its return as a works team in the FIA World Rally Championship. Since April of this year, the Citroën C3 WRC has completed seven development tests, both on gravel and tarmac, and is now very close to the final version.Already involved in the development of the Citroën C3 WRC, Kris Meeke, Craig Breen, Stéphane Lefebvre and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi will continue to conduct testing until the new car completes homologation. At the same time, they will be competing at this year’s Rally de España (Meeke, Breen, Al-Qassimi) and Wales Rally GB (Meeke, Breen, Lefebvre) in order to acquire experience driving the current cars.At the start of the season the team will enter two Citroën C3 WRCs – one for Meeke and the other for either Breen or Lefebvre. The exact distribution of events to drivers will be announced at a later stage and Citroën will start entering three cars as soon as possible.The FIA’s World Motorsport Council recently decided it would let manufacturers enter three cars, the top two scoring points towards the Manufacturers World Championship.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Loughrea, (Round 2), Oranmore-Maree V Meelick-Eyrecourt 19:00, Ref: Liam GordonDivision 4 League, Venue: Ballinasloe, (Round 3), Ballinasloe V Glenamaddy 20:00, Ref: Martin FlahertyJohn Dunne Cup , Venue: Pairc Ros a’Mhil, (Semi Final ), An Cheathru Rua V Barna 20:00, Ref: Tommy Faherty (S)Car Parts Warehouse Division 7 (West), Venue: South Park, (Round 4), Gaeil na Gaillimhe V An Cheathru Rua 20:00, Ref: Frank WalshDivision 6 (North), Venue: Claregalway Knockdoemore, (Round 4), Claregalway V Caltra 20:00, Ref: Austin O ConnellDivision 8A (North), Venue: Dunmore, (Round 3), Dunmore MacHales V Milltown 20:00, Ref: Charlie Ward Sat 03 Jun Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Duggan Park , (Round 3), Loughrea V Cappataggle 18:30, Ref: Seamus MoranSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Duggan Park , (Round 3), Portumna V Turloughmore 13:00, Ref: Shane HynesSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Loughrea, (Round 3), Beagh V Castlegar 17:00, Ref: Leonard FaySenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Clarinbridge 17:00, Ref: Eoin ShaughnessySenior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Abbeyknockmoy 14:00, Ref: John Mc DonaghSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Duggan Park , (Round 3), Athenry V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 17:00, Ref: Joe LarkinSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Pearse Stadium, (Round 3), Killimordaly V Moycullen 19:00, Ref: Paul FahyIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 5), Clarinbridge V Kinvara 15:30, Ref: Richard Mc NicholasIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Loughrea, (Round 3), Killimor V An Spideal 15:30, Ref: Michael ConwayIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Craughwell, (Round 3), Annaghdown V Kilbeacanty 16:00, Ref: Derek KellyIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Carnmore, (Round 3), Ballinderreen V Rahoon-Newcastle 18:00, Ref: Kevin EganJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 3, Venue: Turloughmore, (Round 4), Gort V Skehana 17:00, Ref: Adrian MooneyCar Parts Warehouse Division 5 (West), Venue: Ros Muc, (Round 5), Na Piarsaigh V Salthill-Knocknacarra 19:00, Ref: Padraig Mac DonnchaCar Parts Warehouse Division 6 (West), Venue: Carna, (Round 5), Carna-Caiseal V Naomh Anna, Leitir Mir 19:00, Ref: Mairtn O Curraoin (coilm)Division 5 (North), Venue: Mervue, (Round 4), St. James V Milltown 18:30, Ref: Richard Mc NicholasDivision 5 (North), Venue: Glinsk G.A.A.Pitch, (Round 4), Glinsk V Corofin 18:30, Ref: John CahillDivision 7 (North), Venue: Barnaderg , (Round 3), Killererin V St Brendan’s 18:30, Ref: Gerry MooreDivision 7 (North), Venue: Caherlistrane, (Round 4), Caherlistrane V Tuam Stars 18:30, Ref: John DevlinSun 04 Jun Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Duggan Park , (Round 3), Tommy Larkins V Mullagh 14:00, Ref: John KeaneSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Duggan Park , (Round 3), Sarsfields V Padraig Pearses 15:30, Ref: Peter MurphySenior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Gort V St Thomas 18:00, Ref: Alan KellySenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Ardrahan V Carnmore 16:30, Ref: Ger O ConnorJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Ahascragh, (Round 4), Loughrea V Ballygar 12:00, Ref: David DillonJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Abbeyknockmoy, (Round 2), Abbeyknockmoy V Kiltormer 12:00, Ref: Vincent BurkeJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Killimordaly, (Round 2), Killimordaly V Ahascragh/Fohenagh 12:00, Ref: James LundonJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Killimor, (Round 2), Killimor V Mountbellew/Moylough 12:00, Ref: John RosneyJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 3, Venue: Baile Doite Pitch & Clubhouse, (Round 3), Moycullen V Portumna 12:00, Ref: Pat McGrathDivision 8A (North), Venue: Glenamaddy, (Round 3), Glenamaddy V Corofin 12:00, Ref: Anthony CoyneDivision 8B (North), Venue: Mountbellew, (Round 3), Mountbellew/Moylough V St Gabriel’s 14:00, Ref: Sean LyonsMon 05 Jun U14 A Hurling Championship, Venue: Kenny Park, (Cup Final), Craughwell V Loughrea 19:30, Ref: Paul FahyU14 B1 Hurling Championship, Venue: Kenny Park, (Shield Final), St Thomas V Sylane 18:30, Ref: Conor QuinlanU14 C1 Hurling Championship, Venue: Skehana, (Shield Semi Final), Skehana V Clifden 15:00, Ref: TBCJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Carnmore, (Round 4), Liam Mellows V Athenry 15:00, Ref: Sean MoranJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Loughrea, (Round 4), Turloughmore V Meelick-Eyrecourt 16:30, Ref: Ronan StankardJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 4), Bearna-Na Forbacha V Sarsfields 16:30, Ref: Conor QuinlanJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 2, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 4), Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Salthill-Knocknacarra 15:00, Ref: Paschal SheehanJunior A Hurling Championship – Group 3, Venue: Carnmore, (Round 4), Michael Breathnach V Kinvara 16:30, Ref: David StauntonJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 3, Venue: Kilconieron, (Round 3), Kilconieron V Carnmore 12:00, Ref: Kevin EganJunior B Hurling Championship – Group 3, Venue: Cregg, (Round 3), Annaghdown V Oranmore-Maree 12:00, Ref: Adrian MooneyUnder 12 Hurling League – Group 1, Venue: Clarinbridge, (Round 3), Clarinbridge V Turloughmore 11:00, Ref: Ronan StankardCar Parts Warehouse Division 5 (West), Venue: Killannin, (Round 5), Killanin V Moycullen 18:30, Ref: Tom NallyCar Parts Warehouse Division 6 (West), Venue: Crestwood, (Round 5), Fr Griffins/ire g V An Spideal 18:30, Ref: Frank KinneenTue 06 Jun U14 Football Division 1 North, Venue: St Brendan’s Loughrea, (Round 5), Loughrea V Mountbellew/Moylough 19:00, Ref: John RosneyU14 A Hurling Championship, Venue: Duggan Park , (Shield Final), Clarinbridge V Sarsfields 19:30, Ref: Darragh KellyU14 C1 Hurling Championship, Venue: Duggan Park , (Cup Final), Four Roads V Sarsfields 18:30, Ref: Brian KeonWed 07 Jun Under 12 Hurling League – Group 4, Venue: Woodford, (Round 4), Tommy Larkins V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 18:45, Ref: Derek KellyCar Parts Warehouse Division 5 (West), Venue: Indreabhn, (Round 5), Michael Breathnach V An Cheathru Rua 20:00, Ref: Ciarain O ConaireCar Parts Warehouse Division 6 (West), Venue: The Prairie, (Round 5), Salthill-Knocknacarra V Barna 20:00, Ref: Alan Carrprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Fri June 2ndSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 1, Venue: Kenny Park, (Round 3), Liam Mellows V Craughwell 19:00, Ref: Gerry Donoghue
Louganis, who performed the winning Olympic double off the 3m and 10m diving boards at the 1984 and 1988 Games, has been a regular addition to the judging panel for the series. Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis has been named as the new sports director for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series replacing his former Olympic rival Nki Stajkovic following his premature death in February. Now, as sports director, Louganis has the potential to steer cliff diving to even greater heights with the sport’s governing body having proposed the discipline’s inclusion for the next Olympics in Tokyo, 2020.“I am thrilled to be working even more closely with the Red Bull Cliff Diving family, one of the most supportive and creative teams I’ve had the pleasure to be associated with,” he said.“Interacting with this extraordinarily talented and elite group of athletes as a judge was already something I cherished but being able to continue the work of my dear friend, the extraordinary Niki Stajkovic, is both humbling and an honour. I look forward to the 2017 season as we continue to strengthen awareness of cliff diving as the important and pure sport it is.”As well as winning quadruple, Olympic gold during his illustrious career, American Louganis is also a five-time world champion.Louganis arrives in Ireland this June ahead of the inaugural stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Poll Na Péist (Serpent’s Lair) on Inis Mór, June 24th. The world’s elite male and female cliff divers will return for the third time to the island for a dramatic competition opener.The Irish stop at Inis Mór of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is now SOLD OUT but will be broadcast live on Red Bull TV on 24th June.For more media content and images, please visit the Red Bull Content Pool#RedBullCliffDiving2017 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series CalendarJune 24 – Inis Mór, IrelandJuly 9 – São Miguel, Azores, PortugalJuly 23 – Polignano a Mare, ItalySeptember 3 – Texas, USASeptember 16 – Mostar, Bosnia and HerzegovinaOctober 21 – Lago Ranco, ChileFor a taster of what to expect on 24th June, click hereprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Galway v Offaly leinster senior hurling championship semi final 2017 in Portlaoise. Picture: Joe Keane Galway booked their place in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final with a comprehensive 0-33 to 1-11 win over Offaly in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Commentary from Sean Walsh, Conor Hayes and Niall Canavan Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/LEINSTER%20SENIOR%20HURLING%20SEMI%20FINAL%202017%20GALWAY%20V%20OFFALY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Galway will play Wexford in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final on Sunday 9th July in Croke Park at 4pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
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Then Barry spoke to JeanneAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Jeannie%20Sampier%20Green%20sod%20Ireland.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. As part of the planning permission for the development they were required to plant a shelter bed around the perimeter. Followed by KevinAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Kevin%20fitzgearld%20BOSTON%20SCIENTIFIC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. In 2011 Claregalway GAA club purchased twenty acres of land in Knockdoemore, on which they have now developed 3 full size playing pitches, a state of the art club house and a walk way around the perimeter of their grounds. This development not only caters for the hundreds of Ladies and gentlemen, adults and children members but also for various organisations that are active in the Claregalway area. On a daily basis groups such as the Clare River Harriers Athletics Club, Claregalway Scouts and the local Foroige club can be seen making full use of the amenities. Mike Laffey of Claregalway Scouts and Sheila Fahy from Clare River Harriers spoke about the importance of Knockdoemore park for their respective organisations and Jeanne Sampie who gave the view of Greensod Ireland who have been educating local school children about the impact the project will have on the bee population.First up was Mike LaffeyAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Mike%20laffey%20claregalway%20scouts.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Finally Barry spoke with Mary Collins and Kevin Fitzpatrick of the event sponsor Boston Scientific. Mary and Kevin outlined why the team in Galway felt this was a project they felt they could align to and Kevin also outlined how proud the are of the impact.Boston Scientific Galway are of the impact the organisation has on the economic life of the City and its surrounding areas.Mary spoke first to BarryAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Mary%20collins%20BOSTON%20SCIENTIFIC.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. On Tuesday our own Barry Cullinane went along to the launch of a the Claregalway GAA club Plantathon where he spoke to a number of people including Tony Clarke, retired regional manager with Coillte, who along with Sean Flanagan, retired Teagasc manager is overseeing the project. Tony spoke about the species of trees and hedging being planted as well as the importance of the plantation to the local wildlife that may have been disturbed during the development of the lands in Knockdoemore.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Tony%20clarke%20project%20coordinater.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Barry also spoke with John Morrin, Claregalway Chairman who gave all the details of how the community is coming together for this project and how the people of the area can support the effort.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/John%20morrin%20claregalway%20chairman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. The local Clubs who use the 20 acre Knockdoemore Park, located between Claregalway and Lackagh are clubbing together in a bid to plant their boundaries and walkway areas in trees, hedging and shrubs before Mothers Day. The “Clubbing together” efforts of the Sporting and Community Groups involved received a timely boost this week with the news that Galway Based Medical Company, Boston Scientific are to be the main sponsor of the initiative.The organisers are seeking local support too and in return for a contribution of €100 for a business pack, €20 for a Family Planting or €10 per individual , a tree and or hedging plants will be planted in your name. Your name will be listed on a register which will be located in the club house, as well as being listed on the www.Plantathon.com website. You can also book your tree and have it planted in your mother’s name before Mothers Day by going online on www.plantathon.com or you can come to the sales desks to pre – purchase trees which will be open at the Knockdoemore Clubhouse from 11 -2 pm this Saturday 3rd March.Pictured at the launch of the project were Sheila Fahy Clare River Harriers, John Morrin Claregalway GAA Club, Eilis McEvoy Claregalway Scouts with Mary Collins and Kevin Fitzgerald of Boston Scientific. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Claregalway GAA club Plantathon takes place on National Tree Planting Week (March 4th – 11th) Patrons who wish to support the project can contribute €20 per family or €10 per individual to purchase a tree. For more information you can contact a member of the committee of visit www.plantathon.com The local Clubs who use the 20 acre Knockdoemore Park, located between Claregalway and Lackagh are clubbing together in a bid to plant their boundaries and walkway areas in trees, hedging and shrubs before Mothers Day. The “Clubbing together” efforts of the Sporting and Community Groupsinvolved received a timely boost this week with the news that Galway Based Medical Company, Boston Scientific are to be the main sponsor of the initiative.The organisers are seeking local support too and in return for a contribution of €100 for a business pack, €20 for a Family Planting or €10 per individual , a tree and or hedging plants will be planted in your name .Your name will be listed on a register which will be located in the club house, as well as being listed on the www.Plantathon.com website. You can also book your tree and have it planted in your mother’s name before Mothers Dayby going online on www.plantathon.com or you can come to the sales desks to pre purchase trees which will be open at the Knockdoemore Clubhouse from; 11 -2 pm this Saturday 3 RD March.Pictured at the launch of the project were members of the many groups involved with Kevin Fitzgerald and Mary Collins of Boston Scientific. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy.
The Junior 16 Eight were: Aoibhinn Mc Phillips (Cox), Isabella Gannon (Stk), Elise Carney Frazier, Ellen Ford, Amy O’Gorman, Kate Hume, Lanah Acton, Emma Ryder and Rachel Dempsey (Bow).The Jes Scullers won the Women’s Junior 18 in Caoileann Nic Donncha, Junior 16 in Amy O’Gorman and Junior 15 in Kate Hume.In addition the Jes Boys won the Junior 18 Men’s coxed four. They were: Niall Martin (Cox), Sam Reidy (Stk), Mark Ryder, Caoimhin Conway and Thomas Hume (Bow) and the Junior 14 Double Scull with Tom Maye and Felix O’Neill.A great day for the Jes was topped off with further wins in the girls Junior 16, 15 and 14 Coxed Quads crews and they are as follows:Under 16: Kate Ryan (Cox), Isabella Gannon (Stk), Ellen Ford, Kate Hume and Amy O’GormanUnder 15 crew: Charlotte Conneely (Cox), Tara O’Neill (Stk), Rachel Dempsey, Sadbh Mannion and Sarah Trench;Under 14 crew Aoibhinn Mc Phillips (Cox), Molly Molloy (Stk), Ella O’Flynn, Caoimhe Thornton and Emma Madden.And also wins in the girls Junior 16 and junior 15 Double ScullsUnder 16 crew: Lanah Acton and Amy O’GormanUnder 15 crew Sarah Trench and Charlotte Conneely.This was great result for the Jes Rowing and is a tribute to all rowers, coaches and supporters with thirteen outright events won.The club are now looking forward to the Cork Regatta next weekend.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Girls Junior 18 Eights were: Aoibheann Mc Phillips (Cox), Isabella Gannon (Stk), Elise Carney Frazier, Caoileann Nic Donncha, Ciara Walsh, Roisin Gavin, Roisin McGrath, Ellen Forde and Hazel McNamara (Bow). Colaiste Iognaid Rowing Club i.e Jes Rowing Club had a very successful day at Galway Regatta winning three eights events including the famous Anderson Trophy for Junior 18 Mens eights and the Jes Girls crews won the Junior 18 Eights.
I’ve Got Your Back: Debra Coffey, Co. Clare, Norma Carty, Wexford and Claire McLoughlin, Galway pictured at the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim for Cancer Care West.Photo : Murtography Each swimmer needs a boat to follow and track their swim, organisers are again this year asking any boat owner to get in contact with the hope they can volunteer their services on the day. The most suitable boat type is a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat ) fitted with an outboard engine and we are again asking people to help support the swimmers in this year’s swim across the Bay, “explained Ciaran Oliver of Galway Bay Boat Tours.Ciaran went onto say, ‘ideally we are looking for Ribs and small motor boats, but any other suitable pleasure craft between 5 and 8 metres would be considered. However we are urging people to get in touch and we can then pull together resources from what we have and ensure that this swim is again a safety success.”The swim which is now sold out will see close to 130 swimmers taking part this year it is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims. Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres….if you swim straight.This year there will be 65 solo swimmers and 65 relay swimmers taking part in teams of 2,3 and 4 swimmers. Since the swim began 13 years ago, 569 people have swum the Bay and this year again it will be a mixture of swimmers who have completed the swim every year and complete novices.Last year’s swim raised €108,000 for Cancer Care West and we are hoping to beat that this year. The monies raised will help fund the expansion of our support services for cancer patients including a counselling service for children and a dedicated gym rehabilitation space for cancer patients.The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim will take place on Saturday July 21st. People are invited to go down to Blackrock diving tower, Salthill to welcome the swimmers home from 12 Noon.To volunteer or for more details check out http://www.galwaybayswim.com/ or on www.facebook.com/galwaybayswim Now in its 13th year, the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West returns to the waters of Galway Bay this July. Safety is a priority for the swim, each year the event reaches out to the maritime community in the west to support the swim through boat support. The annual Galway Bay Swim which will take place on Saturday 21st July is looking for volunteers and boats to assist in this year’s race. I’ve Got Your Back: Debra Coffey, Co. Clare, Norma Carty, Wexford and Claire McLoughlin, Galway pictured at the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim for Cancer Care West. Photo : Murtographyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
A huge performances Paul Kelly saw him lead by example, finishing the game with 11 rebounds, 16 points and eight assists, with Cork’s David Murray also rounding off a superb display finishing on 19 rebounds, 16 points and six assists. Ireland Under 18 men’s fixtures – FIBA European Championship(Note: All times listed are Irish times) Saturday, July 28thClassification Games Tuesday, July 24thGroup GamesMonaco v Ireland, 13.30 Moycullen basketball star Paul Kelly was one of the shining lights for the Ireland Under 18 men’s team this afternoon as they drove home to an 84-69 point win over Malta this afternoon in their opening group game at the FIBA Under 18 Men’s European Championship Division C in Kosovo. Monday, July 23rdGroup GamesIreland v Armenia, 18.30 Ireland Under 18 men’s Results – FIBA European Championship Sunday, July 22ndGroup GamesMalta 69-84 Ireland It wasn’t an easy game at all for the Irish though, with a tough match-up in the form of a very small and pacey Malta side, whose outside shooting presence caused huge trouble for the Irish early on. Malta’s Nicholas Formosa hit three big three-pointers in the opening minutes to send them into an early lead, and as the Irish struggled to settle, Malta continued to punish them at the other end, stretching the lead out as the clock ticked on. The boys in green finally found their rhythm in the latter stages of the quarter, and big scores from Kelly, James Connaire and Eoin McCann saw the margin closed back to just three points at the end of the first (17-21).A tough and gritty second quarter followed. Eoin Nelson made a huge impact off the bench, collecting some big rebounds and finishing in style and suddenly, it was back to a one-point game. Nate Moore drained two huge threes to put Ireland ahead for the first time, and a three from captain Darragh O’Sullivan saw Ireland lead 37-33 going in at half time.The intensity remained high in the third, with Murray proving to be a big leader for the Irish as Malta launched a comeback. They retook the lead with just four minutes to play, before Murray tied the game up with a great open look under the boards. Paul Kelly took over the reins of the game, driving home two huge scores, and again, O’Sullivan was on hand to add another score to edge ahead 61-55 going into the last.A superb fourth quarter followed, with Kelly and Murray shining bright. Huge displays from Nelson, McCann and Liston helped to stretch Ireland’s lead and they punished Malta ruthlessly under the boards. Some superb link up and great transition play saw them push ahead to run out deserving 84-69 point winners in the end.Speaking afterwards, head coach Paul Kelleher stated: “We know we can play better, it wasn’t the performance that we wanted but a win is a win and I think we finished the game really well. Malta was a bad match up for us, they were all guards which stretched us out a little bit. They had some really good shooters who were hot and we didn’t close them down early enough.“It was a different intensity for the boys today, but that’s the first day out done now and we’re really happy with the result and hopefully we will keep building as we go on.”Games continue in Kosovo tomorrow, with Ireland facing Armenia at 6.30pm Irish time. Thursday, July 26thGroup GamesIreland v Moldova, 13.30 Friday, July 27thClassification Games IRELAND: Paul Kelly (16), Jay Kavanagh (2), Nathan Moore (9), James Connaire (9), Cillian O’Driscoll, David Murray (16), Eoin McCann (10), Darragh O’Sullivan (7), Oisin Rice, Conor Liston (2), Matt Harper (7), Eoin Nelson (6). Sunday, July 29thClassification GamesThe Ireland Under 18 men’s team 2018:Cillian O’Driscoll, Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Malahide BCConor Liston, Belvedere College, Tolka RoversDarragh O’Sullivan, Colaiste Choilm, Neptune BCDavid Murray, Presentation Brothers, Neptune BCEoin McCann, Mount Temple, KUBS BCEoin Nelson, Oatlands College, UCD MarianJames Connaire, St. Joseph’s, The Bish, Moycullen BCJay Kavanagh, De La Salle, Waterford VikingsMatt Harper, Templeogue College, Templeogue BCNate Moore, Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick LionsOisin Rice, Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Dublin LionsPaul Kelly, St. Mary’s, Moycullen BCprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email