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Galway county hurling team

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The Galway county hurling team represents Galway in hurling and is governed by Galway GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship and the National Hurling League. It formerly competed in the abolished Connacht Senior Hurling Championship, winning the last title in 1999.

Galway's home ground is Pearse Stadium, Salthill. The team's manager is Henry Shefflin.

The team last won the Leinster Senior Championship in 2018, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2017 and the National League in 2021.

The team is nicknamed the Tribesmen.[1][2]

Colours and crest

Kit evolution

c. 2014


Padraig Mannion in action for Galway in their recent win over All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny in the 2015 Allianz Hurling League.
Padraig Mannion in action for Galway in their recent win over All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny in the 2015 Allianz Hurling League.

Early years and 'curse'

Galway were runners up in the very first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, losing to Tipperary in the 1887 final. The team did not reach another final in the competition until the 1923 Championship. In the 1923 final, Galway defeated Limerick, to become champions for the first time in their history. The team made it to the final four more times in that decade, appearing in 1924, 1925, 1928 and 1929 deciders, but lost on each occasion.

Galway continued to come up short in the Championship, and by the time the team lost three finals in a decade being runners up in 1953, 1955 and again in 1958, it had been 35 years since their only triumph. Like many counties that had previously experienced success before enduring a lengthy spell without titles, Galway became the subject of rumours of a curse, as has also happened to Mayo in football and Clare in hurling. In 1969 Connacht reached the final of the interprovincial Railway Cup for the first time in ten years with a team drawn primarily from Galway, and held Munster to a draw before being beaten in the replay, and this boosted the game in the county. However, a disastrous All-Ireland campaign followed for Galway, with the team losing to London in the 1969 championship and the following year Connacht lost at home to Ulster in the preliminary round of the 1970 Railway Cup, running up 20 wides. By the time the Galway hurlers were heavily beaten in 1975 and 1979 finals the curse was part of folklore.

1980s success

In 1980 Castlegar won the All-Ireland Club Championship, while Connacht beat Munster in that year's Railway Cup final, bringing a measure of success back to Galway. In the 1980 championship, the team was managed by Cyril Farrell. Due to the lack of competition for Galway in Connacht, the team's first match of the season came against Kildare in the quarter-final round, a game which Galway won comfortably on a score of 5–15 to 1–11. From there the team faced Offaly, the Leinster champions, in the semi-final. Galway overcame Offaly by two points on a scoreline of 4–9 to 3–10 to qualify for the decider. Galway faced Limerick in the final. Galway came out on top in a close game that saw five goals scored to win the All-Ireland by 2-15 to 3-9. Captain Joe Connolly became the first Galway man to lift the Liam MacCarthy since Mick Kenny in 1923.

Galway entered the 1981 championship as champions, and played their first game on 19 July against Antrim in the quarter-final, winning by 6-23 to 3-11. Galway progressed to the semi-finals where they met their opponents from the previous year's final, Limerick. A hard fought game between the two finished level at 1-08 to 0-11, with Galway the goal-scoring team. The replay saw Galway come out as five point winners, qualifying for the decider on a final score of 4-16 to 2-17. In the final, Galway met Leinster champions Offaly. Despite having beaten the Faithful County in the previous year's semi-final, Galway failed to retain their title, being three point losers on a score of 2-12 to 0-15.

Galway returned to the final in the 1985 championship, beating Cork to qualify. In the final, the team again met Offaly, and were beaten by their eastern neighbors by 2-11 to 1-12. Galway were again runners up in the 1986 final, when they were beaten by Cork.

The 1987 championship saw Galway qualify for their third final in a row. Still managed by Farrell, Galway overcame Tipperary by 3-20 to 2-17 to make it to the decider. Captained by Conor Hayes and inspired by the young Joe Cooney, who scored five points on the day, Galway defeated Kilkenny by 1-12 to 0-09 in the final. Cooney was named Hurler of the Year for his performances at the age of just 22.

In 1988, Galway opened the defence of their title against London on 16 July, beating the Exiles comfortably by 4-30 to 2-08 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals they came up against Offaly, a team that had repeatedly stumbled against during the decade, but came out as winners by 3-18 to 3-11. The win over Offaly set up a meeting with Tipperary in the 1988 final. Galway beat the Premier County by 1-15 to 0-14 to win their fourth ever All-Ireland. This was also the first time Galway had managed to retain their title.

Post-1980s struggles

The youth and skill of the team which won All-Ireland Championships in 1987 and 1988 was suggestive of more to come. John Commins penalty and race back to the line was one of the great images indicating the spirit of the team. Galway were narrowly beaten by Tipperary in a controversial 1989 semi-final and Cork in the final of 1990, while the brilliance of the 1993 final defeat by Kilkenny is sometimes forgotten because of the drama that ensued in the following years.

For the 2009 Hurling Championship, Galway played in the Leinster Championship, starting a trial period of three years there.

In May 2010, Galway won their ninth National Hurling League with a 2–22 to 1–17 win against Cork at Semple Stadium.[4]

Galway opened their 2010 Championship campaign against Wexford. Despite a second half surge by Wexford, Galway still won by 11 points. Galway then went on to play Offaly. The Faithful county gave Galway a strong scare in the Semi-Final. On 20 June, Offaly and Galway drew 3-16 to 2-19. Six days later, the Tribesman beat Offaly in the replay to propel them into their first Leinster Final ever. In the final, Kilkenny won their 20th Championship game in a row, beating Galway by a scoreline of 1-19 to 1-12. Even though they lost, Galway were given an automatic All-Ireland Quarterfinal birth. In that All-Ireland Quarterfinal match, the Tribesman squared up against Tipperary. In a closely contested match all the way through, Galway fell short of the semi-finals again, losing 3-17 to 3-16. Tipperary went on to upset Kilkenny, who were looking for their fifth championship in a row, in the 2010 All-Ireland Final.

Expectations were high in 2011, as many thought that Galway were ready to take the next step and possibly participate in an All-Ireland Final. The League started with great success as Galway won 4 of the first 5 matches including a victory over Kilkenny. But, they dropped the last two giving everyone a sour taste. The Championship brought new life and hope to the supporters of Galway who saw the opportunity at hand for the season. After a Leinster Quarter-final win over Westmeath, Galway took on Dublin and played one of their worst games in recent memory. Besides an early goal by Joe Canning, Galway never seemed to be in the game at all. A decent Dublin team rolled through them. But, Galway erased the bad feelings from Leinster Semi-final exit over the next month. In two qualifying matches, Galway knocked out Clare and Cork handily, propelling them into the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland and a match with Munster runners up, Waterford. Waterford had two weeks earlier been beaten by Tipperary by seven goals. It wasn't known whether Galway would be in the All-Ireland, but coming up against Waterford, at such a low ebb, seemed to be at least a ticket to the semi-final, but, that wasn't the case. Waterford absolutely hammered Galway 2-23 to 2-13. Serious questions were being raised about the coaching, selection, squad of players, and overall mindset of Galway hurling.

New hope in the Cunningham era

Anthony Cunningham, who had just recently led to Galway U-21s to an All-Ireland, was brought up to manage the Senior team. Mattie Coleman and Tom Helebert were picked to help Cunningham. Many expected 2012 to be a rebuilding year for Galway hurling. Many thought that the team was a few years away from contention yet and needed to do a lot of growing. The League was not kind to Galway. They barely saved their status in Division One by having to go a replay in a relegation play-off match with Dublin.

Galway reached a Leinster Final against Kilkenny after wins over Westmeath and Offaly. Still, many felt that Kilkenny would easily beat Galway. But, it wasn't to be. Galway produced a massive upset, beating Galway lifted their first Bob O'Keefe Cup ever. The road didn't stop there. After a slow first half, Galway held off a strong Cork team in the All-Ireland Semi-final. Galway were matched with Kilkenny again for the All-Ireland final. Joe Canning's 10th-minute goal got Galway rolling and they led by 5 at half time: 1-9 to 0-7. Kilkenny, however, were able to fight back. A Henry Shefflin point taken from the penalty spot separated the sides late in the game but, with 30 seconds left, Davy Glennon was fouled and Joe Canning scored from the free putting the All-Ireland Hurling Final to a replay for the first time in 53 years. In the replay however, Kilkenny overpowered Galway, with a final score of 3-22 to 3-11.

A 2012 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship winners' medal was later sold on eBay for €570.[5]

Current squad

Team as per Galway vs Waterford in the All-Ireland SHC qualifiers, 24 July 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Darach Fahy Goalkeeper Ardrahan
2 Shane Cooney Right Corner Back St Thomas'
3 Gearóid McInerney Full Back Oranmore-Maree
4 Darren Morrissey Left Corner Back Sarsfields
5 Pádraic Mannion (c) Right Half Back Ahascragh-Fohenagh
6 Daithí Burke Centre Back Turloughmore
7 Aidan Harte Left Half Back Gort
8 Seán Loftus Midfield Turloughmore
9 Cathal Mannion Midfield Ahascragh-Fohenagh
10 Joseph Cooney Right Half Forward Sarsfields
11 Conor Whelan Centre Forward Kinvara
12 Conor Cooney Left Half Forward St Thomas'
13 Seán Linnane Right Corner Forward Turloughmore
14 Joe CanningRET Full Forward Portumna
15 Brian Concannon Left Corner Forward Killimordaly
No. Player Position Club
16 Mark Fahy Substitute Turloughmore
17 Jack Fitzpatrick Substitute Killimordaly
18 T.J. Brennan Substitute Clarinbridge
19 Adrian Tuohey Substitute Beagh
20 Fintan Burke Substitute St Thomas'
21 David Burke Substitute St Thomas'
22 Johnny Coen Substitute Loughrea
23 Niall Burke Substitute Oranmore-Maree
24 Evan Niland Substitute Clarinbridge
25 Jason Flynn Substitute Tommy Larkin's
26 Kevin Cooney Substitute Sarsfields

RET Player has since retired from the county team.
INJ Player has had an injury which has affected recent involvement with the county team.
WD Player has since withdrawn from the county team due to a non-injury issue.

Current management team


Notable players

All Stars: 96

1971: John Connolly
1975: Niall McInerney, Sean Silke, Iggy Clarke
1976: Joe McDonagh, Frank Burke
1977: P. J. Molloy
1978: Iggy Clarke
1979: Iggy Clarke, John Connolly, Frank Burke
1980: Niall McInerney, Jimmy Cooney, Sean Silke, Iggy Clarke, Joe Connolly, Bernie Forde
1981: Jimmy Cooney, Steve Mahon
1983: Noel Lane
1984: Noel Lane
1985: Seamus Coen, Sylvie Linnane, Pete Finnerty, Brendan Lynskey, Joe Cooney
1986: Conor Hayes, Sylvie Linnane, Pete Finnerty, Tony Keady, Joe Cooney
1987: Conor Hayes, Ollie Kilkenny, Pete Finnerty, Steve Mahon, Michael McGrath, Joe Cooney
1988: John Commins, Sylvie Linnane, Conor Hayes, Pete Finnerty, Tony Keady, Martin Naughton, Michael McGrath
1989: John Commins, Sean Treacy, Michael Coleman, Joe Cooney, Éanna Ryan
1990: Pete Finnerty, Michael Coleman, Joe Cooney
1991: Sean Treacy
1993: Pádraig Kelly, Pat Malone, Joe Rabbitte
1995: Michael Coleman
1996: Tom Helebert
1997: Kevin Broderick
2000: Joe Rabbitte
2001: Ollie Canning, Liam Hodgins, Kevin Broderick, Eugene Cloonan
2003: Ollie Canning
2005: Ollie Canning, Derek Hardiman, Ger Farragher, Damien Hayes
2008: Joe Canning
2009: Ollie Canning, Joe Canning
2010: Damien Hayes
2012: Fergal Moore, David Collins, Iarla Tannian, Damien Hayes, Joe Canning, David Burke
2015: Colm Callanan, Daithí Burke, David Burke, Cathal Mannion
2016: Daithí Burke, David Burke
2017: Padraic Mannion, Daithí Burke, Gearóid McInerney, David Burke, Joe Canning, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney
2018: Daithí Burke, Padraic Mannion, Joe Canning
2020: Daithí Burke


See also


  1. ^ "John Mullane: Galway will be Limerick's biggest challengers over the summer". RTÉ. 17 May 2021. The Tribesmen started their Allianz Hurling League campaign with a comprehensive 30-point win over Westmeath last weekend, and followed it up by inflicting a first defeat on Limerick since July 2019 yesterday.
  2. ^ "Galway issue statement of intent as Tribesmen hand Limerick first defeat since July 2019". Irish Independent. 16 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Galway launch new jersey". Hogan Stand. 22 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Galway 2–22 Cork 1–17". RTÉ Sport. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 2 May 2010. Archived from the original on 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Galway Board to investigate sale of Leinster winner's medal on eBay". RTÉ Sport. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Galway far too powerful for Cork in Intermediate final". Irish Examiner. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Galway justify their All-Ireland favouritism with clinical Leinster final victory over Wexford". Irish Independent. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Galway hold off Kilkenny in second-half thriller and are crowned Leinster champions". The 42. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Leinster IHC final: Tribe see off Model to take". Hogan Stand. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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