By Patrick Flaherty
Daryl Horgan may be the latest Galway man to try his hand at making a living from football after his heroics for Dundalk this year saw him earn a deserved move to Preston North End – but he is far from the only Galwegian to have made the journey.
Seamus Conneely, who hails from just outside Carraroe, began his career with Galway United in 2007 – but almost a decade later he has found a new home in Lancashire, where he is captain of League 2 side Accrington Stanley, an accomplishment the defender is very proud of.
“Yeah, it’s a great source of pride. The club name stands out. Most football fans in England may not know where it is, but they’ve heard the name Accrington Stanley. But it definitely gives you a real boost being captain of them,” he says.
It hasn’t been all plain sailing however for the man who was born in the UK but resettled to Connemara with his Galway family as a young boy; he has seen many highs and lows during his nine years as a professional footballer.
After a successful spell with his hometown club, Conneely signed with then Championship side Sheffield United in January 2011; he never would play for the first team during his spell at the club and left in May 2012.
Back in Ireland, and with Galway no longer having a team, Conneely moved up the N17 to play with rivals Sligo Rovers.
Conneely won a league and FAI Cup while at the Showgrounds, but his biggest break came in January 2015, when his former Sligo boss John Coleman offered him a second chance to play in England by linking up with him at Accrington Stanley.
“I had a bit of a break with John Coleman coming over and taking the job at Sligo. He was only there a couple of months and he got the Accrington job. So that’s really how I ended up coming to Accrington.
“I’m not sure I would have even come back to England if it wasn’t for that little bit of fortune I had. But you need it along the way and I’ve been able to take mine.”
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Split level home on large site in Drum
This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.
Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.
The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.
On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.
On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms. All rooms are large, bright and spacious.
The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.
The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.
Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear. In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.
Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.
It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.
■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.
Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid
TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.
Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.
The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.
Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.
Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry
GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.
When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.
“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.
“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”
Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.
Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.
“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.
“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was
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