Comórtas Peile Ghaeltacht na Gaillimhe
Cluiche Ceannais na Sóisear
Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe 2–9
Micheál Breathnach 1–8
Bhuaigh Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe cluiche ceanais na Soisear in gComórtas Peile Ghaeltacht na Gaillimhe don chéad uair riamh i bPáirc Micheál Breathnach. An Cnoc, san Indreabhán. Sa chéad leath bhí an fhoireann bhaile i gceannas agus níor éirigh le Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe ach cúilín amháin a scoráil. An scór ag leath am na Micheál Breathnach 1–6 Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe 0–1.
Sa dara leath tháinig Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe ar ais agus fuair Pól O Concheanainn cúl o cic éirice thosaigh athbheochan ón bhfoireann go léir. Tháinig cúilíni ó Adrain O Móráin (2), Antaine O Muineacháin (2) chomh maith le cúl iontach ó Derek O Muiri.
Chriochnaigh siad le cúiliní ó Damien O Fathaigh, Niall MacShamhrain agus Adrain O Móráin chun bua stairiúil a dhaingniú.
Bhronn Róisín Ní Shúilleabháin, Rúnaí coiste Aitiúil orn Seasamh O Loideain ar chaptean Bhaile Chláir na Gaillimhe Antaine O Muineacháin. Bhuaigh Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe ar Bhearna sa cluiche leath-ceannais agus ar Mhagh Cuilinn sa chluiche ceathrú ceannais. Bhuaigh siad ar Chearna-Caiseal sa chéad babhta.
Rachaidh an fhoireann seo ar aghaidh go comórtas náisiúnta peile na Gaeltachta i gCloch Cheann Fhaola deireadh seachtaine na cincíse áit a mbeidh féasta breá peile.
Bronnadh na boinn ag teacht le chéile I dTigh Chualáin san Indreabhán tar éis na cluichi. Labhair Micheál O Muineacháin, leas Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chondae na Gaillimhe agus ghabh sé buíochas leis an gcoiste áitiúl as ucht an comórtas a reachtáil.
Baile Chláir na Gaillimhe: Máirtín Mac Diarmada, Micheál Breathnach, Seán Breathnach, Padraic Breathnach, Cionnaith Mac Uait, Risteard O Donnabhain, Gearóid O Maidin, Antaine O Muineacháin (Captaen), Padraic O Conaill, Adrian O Móráin, Damien O Fathaigh, Niall MacShamhrain, Roibeard MacConmara, Séamus O Concheanainn, Derek O Muirí.
Ionadaí: Padraigh Mac Stiofáin do Micheál Breathnach, Pol O Concheannainn do Seamus O Concheanainn agus Micheál De Priondargast do Roibeard Mac Conmara. Nigel O Donnabhainn, Caoimhin MacConmara, Seán O hAogáin, Padraic S O hAogain, Micheál Mac Giolla Leith, Nollaig O Griallais, Micheál Breathnach, Pól O Clochartaigh, Dónal O Conaill, Mairtin O Conaill.
Roghnoiri: Pól O Concheanainn, Val O hAinle, Prionnsias O Móráin.
Comhghairdeas an Chumainn le Padraic O Conaill agus Antaine O Muineacháin a bhuaigh craobh uile—Éireann Roinn III don sraith Ard oideachais le Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál Luimneach.
Baile an Chláir 2–9
A great second half revival to overcome a half-time deficit of 1–6 to 0–1 marked our exciting win over Ml.Breathnach in the final of Comórtas Peil na Gaeltachta at Inverin. We won by 2–9 to 1–8 and now go on to represent Gaeltacht Co. na Gaillimhe in the All-Ireland series in Donegal on May 30th–June 1st next. Earlier, we beat Moycullen by 1–13 to 1–6 and Barna by 1–19 to 1–6.
Inspired mainly by Donal O Curraoin, Ml.Breathnach dominated the first half in which we played poorly, without much purpose or pattern. In the second half, however, we got our act together and team work gradually asserted itself. The introduction of subs Patrick Stephens and Paul Concannon together with the switch of Padraig Walsh outfield and great displays by Anthony Monaghan, Padraig O’Connell and Adrian Moran turned the game in our favour. Points by Adrian Moran (2) and Niall McGovern started the revival and when Derek Murray was fouled in the square, Paul Concannon converted the penalty. Our second goal came from Derek Murray when he pounced on a ball behind the full back line and he took the chance to shoot low to the left corner of the net. Points by Damien Fahy from a pass by Adrian Moran and another by the latter after a fine mid field catch by Padraig Walsh booked us our tickets for Donegal.
Team: M.McDermot, M.Walsh, S.Walsh, P.Walsh, K.Watson, R.Donovan, G.Madden, A.Monaghan (0–4), P.O’Connell, A.Moran (0–1), D.Fahy (0–1), N.McGovern (0–2), R.McNamara, J.Concannon, D.Murray (1–0).
Subs: P.Stephens for M.Walsh, Paul Cancannon for James Concannon.
We convey tributes to the team manager Paul Concannon and selectors Val Hanley and Frank Moran for the success and we thank main sponsors Walter King, Peter Gilooly, GK Development Ltd. and Monaghan’s Garage, Tuam Road, for financial support.
Two late goals by David Walsh including a penalty earned us a well merited draw in this entertaining league game played at The Prairie on Tuesday May 5 last. Both sides were short a few regulars, Paul Francis had to retire injured early on, and the conditions were very wet. It was a spirited performance and a very unusual series of crossbar and upright rebounds in the first half denied Claregalway a clear lead at half time.
Team: P.Kilgannon, A.Flanagan, M.Barry, C.Smith, D.Raftery, T.Moran (0–2), G.Dillon, P.Francis, M.Kelly, D.Watson (0–3, 2 frees), S.Cunniffe (0–1), C.Deeny D.Walsh, (2–3, penalty and 2 frees), B.McGrath. Subs who played: B.Loughlin, L.Goggins.
Féile Peil na nÓg
No luck for Claregalway this year in the Féile which was played at the Leisure Centre on Saturday May 2nd. Corofin won the Group 2 series in a very competitive group that also included Annaghdown. This Group series was due to be played at Corofin but there was a late switch of venue to the Leisure Centre. Special thanks are due to Peter Greally for mowing and rolling the pitch at very short notice.
Cluiche Sinsear Craobh Peile Chonnachta: Mayo v Galway at McHale Park, Castlebar, Sunday May 24th. Bus transport for U16, U14 and U12 players will be arranged. So, have your flags ready, detail later.
Sean O’ Flannagáin, PRO