Connacht GAA

  • The opportunities are limitless for the new the multi-million euro Air Dome now in place at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan.

    That’s according to Connacht Council CEO John Prenty who says yesterday was an incredible day as the dome was inflated which took just over four hours.

    The development at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence will include state-of-the-art 4G playing surfaces, a running track and a multitude of training facilities.

    In recent days a team of engineers have been pulling the inflatable covering over the site.

    Work on filling it with air began yesterday morning and was completed by early afternoon.

    John Prenty says that as well as sporting events the Dome will stage conferences, concerts, trade exhibitions and will hold up to ten thousand people.

    Midwest Radio Sports Editor Michael D McAndrew had the honour of getting a sneak preview inside the Dome today and got the tour of the state of the art facility.

    There will also be some incredible drone footage on our social media channels later today from the facility.

  • Connacht GAA are hoping to open the new €3 million Air Dome at the Centre of Excellence in Bekan by December.

    Work is due to get underway on the facility in early July.

    The dome will measure 150 metres and 100 metres and will be 26 metres at its highest point.

    The venue, which will seat in excess of 600 people, will host matches during poor weather conditions, as well as holding conferences and exhibitions.

    €2.1 million has already been allocated to the project by the Department of Community & Rural Development,


  • Connacht Intermediate Club Football Final 
    An Spideal 1-14
    Fuerty 0-16


  • The Connacht Senior Football Championship match between London and Roscommon which was scheduled for May 3rd, has been called off.

    The GAA are targeting mid June for a return to action, with a two week lead in time necessary to allow players build requisite fitness.

    Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran told Off the Ball we can't be certain about dates.

  • Connacht Post Primary Schools

    Senior A League


    Summerhill College 3-07 Ballinrobe Community School 0-13

  • Ballintubber and Corofin will go to battle this Sunday afternoon in Tuam Stadium in the Connacht Club Senior Football semi-final.

    Corfoin overcame Tuam Stars yesterday in their County Final replay with an 0-11 0-08 victory.

    Ballintubber saw off Glencar Manorhamilton 1-11 to 0-09 in their Quarter Final.

    Sunday’s game throws in at 2pm and will be live on Midwest Radio Sport.

    Elsewhere, Padraig Pearses will meet Tir Chonall Gaels in the other semi-final in Ruislip at 2pm also on Sunday.

  • Connacht Senior Club Football Semi-Finals
    Ballintubber 3-11 Aughawillian 1-08
    Corofin 4-22 Clann na nGael 0-07 

    Connacht Intermediate Semi-Final 
    Fuerty 2-12 Shamrock Gaels 0-06

    Connacht Junior Club Football Semi-Final 
    Clonbur 1-12 Kilglass Gaels 0-12 


  • Ballintubber and Corofin will meet again in this year’s Connacht Club Championship following the Mayo side’s five point win over Glencar Manorhamilton.


    The Mayo Champions were in control in the second half but at the break only led by a point.


    A well worked Ballintubber goal at the start of the second half finished by Alan Plunkett put them firmly in the driving seat.


    A big turning point six minutes in to the second half was the sending off of Killian McGriskin for a second bookable offence following a hefty challenge on Michael Plunkett.


    The Mayo Champions won out 1-11 to 0-09.


    Ballintubber will now march on to meet Corfin next Sunday in Tuam.


    Corofin defeated Tuam Stars 0-11 to 0-08 in the Galway County Final replay today.


    Elsewhere, Padraig Pearses had a 3-07 to 0-06 win over Tourlestrane to set up a Connacht SFC Semi-Final with Tir Chonnaill Gaels.

  • Today’s Colleran C Final between Our Lady’s Belmullet & St. Gerald’s Castlebar has been postponed.

    The final will be re-scheduled for Early May.

  • Connacht Intermediate Football Championship 
    Preliminary Round 
    Shamrock Gaels 2-11 
    Fenagh 2-10

    Connacht Junior Club Football Championship 
    Preliminary Round
    Easkey 2-17 
    Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher 1-09 


  • Tickets for Sunday’s FBD Insurance Connacht GAA Senior Football League meeting of Leitrim and Mayo, Sunday 6th January in Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, (Throw in 1.30pm) are now on sale. Supporters intending on travelling to game are advised to purchase tickets in advance to avoid delays on the day, as a big crowd is expected


    Ticket Details:

    General Admission €10

    Concession(Students & OAP’s) €5

    Juveniles Free of charge


    General Information

    Tickets can be purchased through selected SuperValu & Centra stores



  • Connacht GAA have announced that Mezzino Student Accommodation have come on board as the main sponsor of all our Post Primary Schools Competitions for the next five years.

    Mezzino have state of the art accommodation complexes in both Galway and Dublin. In Galway the accommodation is located at Westwood, a 5 minute walk from NUIG and a 15 minute bus from GMIT.

    This is a totally modern brand new development with ultrafast broadband, private on-site gym, cinema room as well as study and gaming lounges. In Dublin the location is Highfield House, with the exact same amenities available and a location within walking distance of all the major colleges in the city.

    As part of the Sponsorship agreement, anyone who books their Mezzino Student Accommodation through Connacht GAA’s affiliate link will receive a €250 Supermarket voucher to use as they please. There are very limited places available for the 2020/2021 academic year so click the link to learn more.

  • Connacht GAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathal Cregg as the new Connacht GAA Provincial Games Development Manager in succession to John Tobin.

    Cathal has worked as Head Strength & Conditioning Officer with Connacht GAA for the past 5 years having previously qualified with a Sport Science Degree and a Research Masters in Exercise Physiology  from Dublin City University and is currently finishing his PhD. 

    He is a member of the Western Gaels GAA club in Roscommon and has been part of the Roscommon Senior Inter-County football team since 2006. He has represented Connacht on many occasions since 2007 winning an Interprovincal title in 2014, played for Ireland in the 2014 International Rules Series in Australia, won two Sigerson cups with DCU and a freshers All-Ireland with NUIG.

  • The Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Committee has had to make the difficult decision to cancel all Post Primary Schools competitions for the remainder of the current school year due to the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic.  

    In the wake of this week's extension of Level 5 restriction into April, provincial officials have made the decision to scrub the remainder of the season.

  • Connacht GAA has confirmed their full fixture list for the 2019 championships.

    As expected Mayo will travel to face New York on Sunday May 5th in Gaelic Park in the Senior Championship.

    The other Quarter Final between London and Galway is also fixed for that day in Ruislip.

    Meanwhile Roscommon will entertain Leitrim on Sunday May 12th in Dr Hyde Park.

    The first of the semi-finals will pit the winners of London/Galway against Sligo and that will be played on Sunday May 19th in Markievicz Park.

    The second last four clash is the meeting of the winners of Mayo/New York v the winners of Roscommon/Leitrim on Sunday May 26th in MacHale Park of Carrick-on-Shannon.

    The Connacht Final is down for June 16th.

    The Connacht U20 Football Championship will get underway on Wednesday June 26th with the meeting of Leitrim and Roscommon in Carrick-on-Shannon. The semi-finals are on Wednesday July 3rd as Galway face the winners of that game and Mayo take on Sligo in MacHale Park.

    The final is down for Wednesday July 10th.

    The Connacht Junior Football Championship gets underway on Sunday May 12th with the meeting of Roscommon and Leitrim in Hyde Park.

    The semi-finals see Sligo face Galway on Sunday May 19th in Markievicz Park and on Sunday May 25th it’s the meeting of Mayo and the winners of Roscommon and Leitrim.

    In the Connacht U17 Football Championship, Round 1 games are down for Friday May 17th, Round 2 on Friday May 24th, Round 3 on Friday May 31st, Round 4 on Friday June 14th and Round 5 on Friday June 21st.

    The semi-finals will take place on Wednesday June 26th, with the Finals – A & B – down for Friday July 5th.


  • The  €3 million Air Dome project at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan will be completed in early September.

    Construction on the Air Dome in Bekan commenced last October but was halted in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Work on the facility, which will be the largest indoor sports facility of its kind in the world, recommenced last week after the country moved into phase 1 of the restrictions being eased.

    The dome will be 150m x 100m and 26m high with a full size pitch, gym, testing area and office space inside. It will complement the provincial body’s existing facilities in Bekan.

    Connacht GAA Secretary John Prenty is optimistic the pitches will be completed by next month with the entire project set to be finished in September.

  • Connacht Intermediate Football Semi-Final 
    Spiddal 0-13
    Belmullet 0-09 

    Connacht Junior Semi-Final 
    Easkey 3-07 
    Balla 0-9

    Connacht Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final 
    Tooreen 0-18 
    St Gabriel's 1-13

  • There's mixed reaction to the GAA's decision to move the Connacht senior football final to Croke Park.

    Connacht GAA announced last night that the Mayo V Galway provincial final would be moved to the Dublin stadium, to avail of the extra capacity.

    It's expected  up to 18,000 spectators will be allowed into Croke Park on Sunday week, whereas MacHale Park in Castlebar would have been restricted to 3,500 capacity, if the game was played there as originally planned.

    It's the first time a Connacht football final is being played outside the province.

    However, there's been some criticism of the decision on social media, with Mayo fans outlining concerns about the extra expense involved in travelling to Dublin, and the loss of revenue for Castlebar.

    Speaking with Midwest News in the past few minutes, Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty said the decision was made last night, as only about 2,500 tickets would be available to distribute to clubs across Mayo and Galway, so it was decided that the fairest thing to do would be to move the match to Croke Park, so that everyone who wants to attend can do so.

    He told Midwest News that the decision is all down to attendance...

  • The GAA have confirmed that all under-20 and minor inter-county competitions will be paused after tonight.

    The decision has been made in light of the government's decision to move to level 5 of the Covid-19 restrictions which do not come into effect until midnight.

    This evening's Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U20 hurling fixtures will proceed but the EirGrid under-20 football final between Dublin and Galway scheduled to take place on Saturday has been postponed.

    The Connacht Minor Championship which was due to begin this Friday evening between Galway & Leitrim has also been called to a halt.

    Connacht GAA Secretary John Prenty told Midwest Radio's Lunchtime Sport Programme that the news will come as a disappointment for everyone involved but they have to abide by the advice of the Government and NPHET.

    He says the games are paused at the moment but is hopeful the competitions will get finished eventually.

    Elsewhere, Down have been promoted to Division Two of the Allianz Football League.

    The GAA confirmed that Longford's home match against Cork in Division Three has been cancelled after the hosts conceded the game.



  • Connacht GAA Secretary John Prenty and Provincial Games Manager Cathal Cregg will host a webinar this evening as they introduce the world's largest sports air dome at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence.

    With a completion date of September 2020, the Dome's full-size pitch, gym, running track and large-scale events potential are a game-changer for school, club and county teams as well as businesses and community groups.

    People can learn more about this event by logging onto Connacht GAA’s Facebook Page at 6.30pm this evening.