Galway hurlers with Aer Lingus cabin crew ahead of their flight to Boston for the AIG Fenway Classic over the weekend. Galway defeated Dublibn in the semi-final but lost to Clare in the final. Photo shows, left to right: Doreen Crotty, Monica Bermejo, Jackie Bailey and Olive Bohan of Aer Lingus with Galway manager Micheál Donoghue, Gearóid McInerney, Cyril Donnellan, Adrian Tuohy and Joe Canning. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland played it too straight in unsuccessful bid for World Cup

Inside Track with John McIntyre IT’S a shame Ireland’s ambitious bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup bit the dust as expected last week. It would have been a marvellous event for the country,...
Liam Mellows' Jack Hastings comes under pressure from Cappataggle’s Michael Broderick and Daniel Nevin during Sunday's senior hurling semi-final at kenny Park. Photo: Enda Noone.

Aki’s solid show as Ireland run riot against limited Springboks

Inside Track with John McIntyre WE have been critical of the players left out of Joe Schmidt’s Irish squads in the past, but you have got to hand it to the New Zealander for taking...
GALWAY DOUBLE: Hurler of the Year, Joe Canning, and Young Hurler of the Year, Conor Whelan, at the PwC All Stars banquet in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Friday night.

Galway’s ‘magnificent seven’ but Harte unlucky not to make team

Inside Track with John McIntyre Ahead of last week’s announcement of the 2017 hurling All Stars, I was concerned that David Burke mightn’t make the line-up. After all, he had been left out of the...
Connacht prop Finlay Bealham, who is pictured taking on Munster's Dave Kilcoyne at the Sportsground last Friday, is also on Ireland Head Coach Joe Schmidt's cold list.

Schmidt’s treatment of Zebo and O’Halloran leaves very bad taste

Inside Track with John McIntyre JOE Schmidt is in the dock on two counts this week. It’s bad enough that the Irish Head Coach has seemingly consigned the French-bound Simon Zebo to the international wilderness,...
Galway football manager Kevin Walsh who faces into a defining season in 2018.

A defining year ahead for Walsh and Galway’s seasoned players

Inside Track with John McIntyre WHEN Galway footballers overcame Mayo for the second year running in the Connacht championship at Pearse Stadium last June, you’d have taken some convincing at the time that the Tribesmen...
Corofin’s Dylan Wall, Jason Leonard, Ciaran McGrath, Kieran Molloy, Martin Farragher and Michael Farragher celebrate with the Frank Fox Cup after defeating Mounhtbellew/Moylough in Sunday's Senior Football Final. Photo: Enda Noone.

Corofin complete ‘drive for five’ with less trouble than expected

Inside Track with John McIntyre COROFIN made a mockery of some pre-match speculation that they were vulnerable against a rising Mountbellew-Moylough outfit in Sunday’s one-sided county football final at Tuam Stadium. In completing a magnificent...


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