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  • The 2019 Stena Line Dublin Horse Show gets underway today (Wednesday) at the RDS in Ballsbridge, with five days of top class equestrian action featuring many of the world’s top horses and riders.

    Highlights in the main arena on the opening day include the Speed Stakes, Minerva Stakes and the Sport Ireland Classic, while three more international competitions are up for grabs on Thursday.

    Once again this year, several Young Horse competitions at the Dublin Horse Show are sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland, with new Show Jumping champions set to be crowned in four, five and six-year-old age categories.

    The four-year-old Young Event Horse competition and three-year-old loose Show Jumping performance class at the RDS are also sponsored by Horse Sport Ireland.

  • Mayo can’t be written of just - that’s according to former All -Star with Dublin Coman Goggins.

    James Horan’s side lost to Kerry in their first Super 8 encounter but bounced back last weekend beating Meath in Croke Park.

    They host Donegal in Elvery’s MacHale Park on Saturday the 3rd of August, knowing a win will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.

    Goggins told the AIB GAA podcast he would not be surprised if Mayo came up with a strong performance.


  • Elverys Sports Super League 1/8/19

    Round 10

    Westport United     2   vs    0     Manulla

    Round 14

    Castlebar Celtic         4     vs       2        Ballyheane


  • Andy Moran was on hand at the re-launch of Heiton Buckley in Castlebar today to officially open the new look store and he joined Gerry Glennon in the Midwest Radio cruiser for a chat. 

    The Mayo legend chatted about the past year which ended prematurely for the men in green and red with defeat to Kildare in Newbridge and about the furore that surrounded the #NewbridgeOrNowhere campaign.

    He expressed his regret about missing out on the inaugural "Super 8s" and gave us his pick as to who he thinks will emerge victorious and claim Sam Maguire now that Mayo are out of the picture.

    Listen below to the whole interview as the Ballaghaderreen ace reflected on the dreaded "retirement" word, how the game has changed since he first got the call to pull on the Mayo jersey and more in a wide ranging chat with Gerry.

    Be sure to check out the new look Heiton Buckley store in Castlebar or like their page on Facebook and Twitterfor details of all their great offers!

  • The draw for the first round of the FAI Cup was revealed yesterday as Galway United takes on Collinstown while Sligo rovers face Glebe North in round one of the FAI Cup.

    The two Western sides will both face Dublin opposition in the first round of the competition.

    Galway United face the South Dublin Collinstown side in the first round of the FAI Cup, while Sligo Rovers do battle with Balbriggan side, Glebe North.

    Matches will be played on the weekend of the 11th of August.

  • All dates, kick-off times and locations have now been confirmed for the first round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup first round which will take place across Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th.

    Friday, August 9th

    Glebe North v Sligo Rovers, Market Green, Balbriggan 7.45pm


    Sunday, August 11th

    Collinstown v Galway United, Home Farm FC, Whitehall, 2pm

  • The FAI Cup quarter final draw reveals the opponents for Sligo Rovers and Galway United.

    Galway host Shamrock Rovers at home while UCD face off against Sligo Rovers.

    All the big teams will not face each other until the semi finals should they get past their quarter-final opponents.

    The FAI Cup quarter final draw is

    Galway United v Shamrock Rovers

    Sligo Rovers v UCD

    Waterford v Dundalk

    Crumlin v Bohemians

  • The father of award winning New York Times reporter and Ballina native Declan Walsh wasn’t aware of his son avoiding arrest in Egypt two years ago.

    A US official believed told the New York times that the Trump administration was refusing to intervene - so the US paper asked Irish diplomats to escort the Mayo man to safety.

    Irish officials got Walsh to safety 'within an hour.'

    The New York Times revealed today it had to turn to the Irish Government to help their Cairo Bureau Chief.

    Paddy Walsh is Declan’s father and wasn’t aware of the events of two years ago.

    He told Midwest News that it was comforting to know that his son has the support of Irish Embassy’s abroad.

  • Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness is not being permitted to take part in European election interviews on Midwest Radio.

    The European candidates running in the Midlands-Northwest constituency are being interviewed individually on the Tommy Marren show in the run-up to polling day on Friday.

    However, as Fine Gael has split the constituency among its two candidates -  Mairead McGuinness and Maria Walsh, Ms McGuinness has told Midwest Radio today that she cannot take part in the programme, and has apologised for not being able to do so.

    Meanwhile, Mairead McGuinness claimed the top expenses of Ireland's MEPs during their five-year term in the European Parliament.

    Figures published in the Irish Examiner show that nine of Ireland's eleven MEPs claimed a total of €5.5 million in expenses between 2014 and 2019, while Luke Ming Flanagan and outgoing MEP Brian Crowley refused to answer questions about expenses and allowances.

    Of the 9 MEPs that responded, Mairead McGuinness was the top claimant, receiving over €709,000 in allowances and reimbursements, on top of her salary and monthly staff allowance.

    Elsewhere in the Midlands-Northwest constituency, Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy claimed expenses of over €646,000 since being elected in 2014 - of which €216,000 was for travel, while Independent MEP Marian Harkin, who's retiring from European politics, claimed expenses of just over €590,000 - of which €81,000 was for travel.

    These expenses are on top of their annual salary of €105,000 and a separate monthly budget of almost €25,000 given to pay for personal assistants' wages.

  • Ireland U20 women’s team put in a blistering performance in their second game at the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo on Sunday, to run out resounding 72-58 point winners over Great Britain.


    This game was always going to be a tough test for the Irish team, with plenty of battles between the two sides at this age group over the years, with Great Britain boasting a strong cast that included an extremely on-form Holly Winterburn.


    The Irish were relentless from the start though, with Dayna Finn driving the team forward from the off, finishing out the first half with 17 points and five rebounds to see Ireland into a 42-26 point lead at the break.


    She went on to finish with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a fantastic display.


    The win now sees Ireland top their group unbeaten at European Championships and they wait to hear who they will meet in the next round of the competition, with games in the other groups taking place today.




  • Four men are due in court in Castlebar in Co.Mayo later.

    The four were arrested as part of Operation Thor, a Garda initiative tackling burglaries nationwide.

    The four men in their 20's were arrested alongside a teenage boy aged 15 at a property in Ballinrobe on Friday night.

    They have been charged in connection with a burglary at Claremorris also on Friday night.

    Gardai also found a number of items understood to be linked to recent burglary incidents and they seized a high-powered car and a van.

    They are appealing for information, especially anyone who may have seen a black hatchback type car or noticed any suspicious activity in the south Mayo area.

    The four are due to appear before a special sitting of Castlebar District Court later today.

  • There are 13 Connacht teams taking part in the 2019 Ladies football club 7's in Dublin on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of September.

    There are four teams from Mayo, six from Galway and one apiece from Roscommon, Sligo and Leitrim taking part in the competition.

    Westport ladies have teams playing in both the senior and junior division of the 7's tournament.

    The games on Saturday are taking place in Sylvester' GAA club with the finals set for Croke Park on Sunday the 25th of September.


    Westport            Mayo

    Corofin                 Galway

    Claregalway      Galway

    Annaghdown      Galway

    Claregalway      Galway


    Glenamaddy Williamstown          Galway

    Kilmovee Shamrocks       Mayo

    St. Nathy’s         Sligo


    St Furseys          Galway

    Aughawillan      Leitrim

    Parke Keelogues Crimlin           Mayo

    Westport            Mayo

    St Croans           Roscommon

  • All-Ireland champions Galway lead the way with 14 nominations for the 2019 Camogie All-Stars.

    The final team will be announced at the 16th annual awards banquet, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, in Citywest Hotel on Saturday 19 October.

    This year's winning team will also have the added incentive of the second All-Stars Tour to New York in November to look forward to, where they will be joined by the 2018 winners.

    Galway manager Cathal Murray is nominated for manager of the year after guiding the tribeswomen to glory.

    Galway All-Star nominees

    Goalkeepers: Sarah Healy (Galway)

    Full-back line: Sarah Dervan (Galway), Shauna Healy (Galway), Tara Kenny (Galway),

    Half-back line: Heather Cooney (Galway), Emma Helebert (Galway), Lorraine Ryan (Galway)

    Midfield: Aoife Donohue (Galway) Niamh Kilkenny (Galway),

    Half-forward line: Carrie Dolan (Galway),

    Full-forward line:), Noreen Coen (Galway), Catriona Cormican (Galway), Niamh Hanniffy (Galway), Ailish O'Reilly (Galway),

    Manager of the Year: Cathal Murray (Galway)

  • Sat 24th Aug 2019                                                                               

    Senior Football Championship - Group 1                           Killererin           2-14      1-12      CLG Bhearna    

    Senior Football Championship - Group 3        An Cheathrú Rua       1-6       4-23      Moycullen         

    Senior Football Championship - Group 3  Mountbellew/Moylough    1-14      0-13      Killannin           

    Senior Football Championship - Group 2               St. James' GAA   2-9       4-15      Tuam Stars       

    Senior Football Championship – Group 1               Milltown            1-10      1-12      St Michael's

    Intermediate Football Championship - Group A     Oughterard        0-16      0-16      Kilkerrin-Clonberne       

    Intermediate Football Championship - Group A     Mícheál Breathnach        2-17      1-14      Clifden

    Intermediate Football Championship - Group C     Corofin  0-10      1-12      Oranmore-Maree           

    Intermediate Football Championship - Group C     Kilconly 5-17      1-11      St Gabriel's                   

    Junior B Championship West - Group A                 An Spidéal         3-15      2-12      CLG Oileáin Árann

    Junior A Championship North - Group A      Pádraig Pearses            4-5       3-17      Monivea-Abbey  

    Junior Championship North - Group                      Glenamaddy      1-20      1-12      St Brendan's      

  •  Galway could be set to lose another senior county manager as Kevin Walsh expected to walk away.

    The Irish Independent reports that Walsh is expected to walk away from his role just two weeks after Hurling boss Micheal Donoghue vacated his post.

    It is understood that Walsh has weighed up his position after a disappointing campaign and will step away from the Tribesmen after five years in charge.

    Should the two-time All-Ireland winner walk away it would leave the Galway County board with two senior inter-county positions to fill over the winter season.

    All-Ireland winning hurling manager Donoghue left amid rumours of a poor relations with the Galway county board chiefs and Walsh’s resignation would put even more pressure on the Tribe hierarchy.

  • The most dangerous road in Ireland is a section of the N59 in Co Galway, according to Gamma Location Intelligence.

    The second spot is by Abbey Square Roundabout in Enniscorthy Co Wexford, while the third is at the New Street junction in Longford town.

    Galway has the most locations in the top 20 dangerous roads, with 8 on the list.

  • Galway Minor Footballers name an unchanged side for their All-Ireland final against Cork on Sunday from the one that beat Kerry by 0-14 to 0-13 in the Semi-Final.


    The Galway Minor team to play the Rebels in the All-Ireland Final on Sunday is as follows:


    1- Donie Halleran – Cortoon-Shamrocks

    2- Jonathan McGrath – Caherlistrane

    3- Ruairí King – Clifden

    4- Liam Tevnan – Northern Gaels

    5- Cian Hernon – Bearna

    6 -Ethan Fiorentini – St Michaels

    7 -Kyle O’Neill – Caherlistrane

    8 -James McLaughlin – Maigh Cuilinn

    9 -Daniel O Flaherty – Salthill-Knocknacarra

    10- Evan Nolan – Salthill-Knocknacarra

    11- Warren Seoige – Leitir Mór

    12 -Dylan Brady – Corofin

    13- Nathan Grainger – Claregalway

    14 -Tomo Culhane – Salthill-Knocknacarra

    15- Daniel Cox – Maigh Cuilinn

  • Galway minor hurling boss Brian Hanley praises underage selectors for the county wide reach of his player base.

    After sealing a third consecutive All-Ireland in-a-row against the Cats yesterday, the minor hurling manager believes talk of panelists coming from football strongholds is blown out of proportion.

    On last nights’ Sunday Game Cyril Farrell made note that the All-Ireland champions had players from traditional football clubs due to men from hurling strongholds ‘marrying in.’

    The minor hurling manager says that if a player is good enough, he will be selected for the team irrespective of where in the county he was born.

  • The Galway Minor team to play Kerry in the All-Ireland football Semi-Final on Sunday is as follows…

    1-Donie Halloran

    2-Jonathan McGrath

    3-Ruairí King

    4-Liam Tevnan

    5-Cian Hernon

    6-Ethan Fiorentini

    7-Kyle O’Neill

    8-James McLaughlin

    9-Daniel O’Flaherty

    10-Evan Nolan

    11-Warren Seoige

    12-Dylan Brady

    13-Nathan Grainger

    14-Tomo Culhane

    15-Daniel Cox

  • The Galway minor hurlers held off a battling Clare challenge to progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

    The Tribesmen defeated the Banner on a full-time scoreline of 1-24 to 1-22 in O'Moore Park, Poortlaoise.

    Brian Hanley's side needed to avoid a six point loss to Clare to progress, while the Banner needed a six-point win.

    They will now face Wexford next weekend in the last four of the competition in Croke Park.