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Dunne contract extended as United build for future

Keith Kelly

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Galway United manager Tommy Dunne whose contract with the club has been extended for another two years.

THREE Galway players were celebrating FAI Cup success last weekend, while a fourth city native was the toast of the north-west after guiding Finn Harps back to the Premier Division for the first time in almost a decade.

Daryl Horgan from Knocknacarra and Tuam Road native Stephen O’Donnell (29) were part of the Dundalk side that completed a League and FAI Cup double in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win over Cork City in the FAI Cup.

Horgan (23) – the older brother of Galway United duo Colm (21) and Kevin (18) – has been one of the stand-out performers not only for Dundalk, but in the SSE Airtricity League in 2015, and it was his pass that set-up Richie Towell for the extra-time winner on Sunday. He previously won the First Division with Cork City in 2011, and the League with Dundalk last year.

O’Donnell is captain of the Louth club, and while injury meant he was unable to start Sunday’s decider, he came on near the end of the first-half for the injured Sean Gannon and dominated the midfield sector.

It was the second domestic double of his career, having also won the League and FAI Cup with Bohemian FC in 2008. He also captained Dundalk to the League title last year; and he won the League and Setanta Cup with Shamrock Rovers in 2011.

They were not the first Galway players to enjoy success on Sunday, however, as Barna native Ruth Fahy (27) was a central figure in the Wexford Youths WFC side that completed its own League and Cup double with a penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne Ladies in the curtain raiser to the men’s decider.

Fahy, a former captain of Galway WFC, transferred to the Wexford side during the summer and was tasting success at the second time of asking, having been part of the Salthill Devon side that lost the 2010 decider to Peamount United. After the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, the tie went to penalties and Fahy converted her side’s first spot-kick as the south east club claimed the cup 4-2 on penalties.

Meanwhile, going from the south east to the north west, Finn Harps secured their place in the 2016 Premier Division on Friday night with a 2-1 aggregate win over Limerick FC in the promotion/relegation play-off final under the guidance of manager Ollie Horgan, who hails from Dalysfort Road in Salthill.

Horgan has been teaching in St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny for almost 25 years, and he is a past manager of the Republic of Ireland Senior Schoolboys squad. He is a brother of Martin Horgan, who is the PRO and U-11 to U-18 boys’ officer with Maree/Oranmore FC.

Closer to home, Galway United manager Tommy Dunne has signed a new two-year contract with the club, saying that he had a project to finish with Galway United.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway’s senior panel strongly support the split-season formula

John McIntyre

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Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan who strongly favours a split-season between inter-county and club.

OVER 90% of the Galway senior camogie panel have voted in favour of a split-season between inter-county and club.

And the Tribeswomen will be standing firm with the other 11 senior counties in boycotting the upcoming National League if the Camogie Association doesn’t perform a U-turn on its controversial fixtures calendar.

The plan to run off the club championships between the National League and All-Ireland inter-county campaigns has sparked an outcry among the sport’s elite.

In response to widespread protests, the Camogie Association is currently carrying out a survey among its clubs and members before deciding on a final fixtures template.

Galway camogie captain Sarah Dervan has already nailed her colours to the mast in supporting the split-season formula.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht turn to South Africa for team’s new forwards coach

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South African Dewald Senekai who will be Connacht's new Forwards Coach next season.

A 40 year-old South African is on his way to the Sportsground as Forwards Coach for the start of next season.

With Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy departing the Connacht coaching staff at the end of the current campaign, the province has moved quickly to fill the void.

Already Connacht had moved Peter Wilkins (new Defence Coach), Colm Tucker and Mossy Lawler up through their own coaching ranks, but the need for an outside appointment remained paramount.

Dewald Senekal arrives with extensive coaching experience, most recently serving as Forwards Coach for Stade Francais in the Top 14 after taking over from Paul O’Connell in the role.

From 2017 to 2019 ,he was Joint Head Coach of Grenoble, leading them to promotion from Pro D2 to the Top 14 in his first season.

Senekai began his coaching career in 2015 as Forwards Coach of Bayonne where he finished a long playing career. He also lined out for French sides Toulon and Agen, and South African outfits, the Cheetahs and Lions.

Head Coach Andy Friend is delighted that the South African has signed up with Connacht. “Following an extensive recruitment process, we are thrilled that Dewald is joining the Connacht coaching team.

“He is an extremely impressive individual who will add a lot to the set-up, as well as providing a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas. I know the players will really enjoy working with him and the coaches likewise.

“Our coaching team is now complete with Dewald joining Pete, Mossy, Cullie and myself for the next two years, and we feel very optimistic about what we can achieve both as a group and in the club.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Resurgent Connacht relishing battle with vulnerable Leinster

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Connacht winger Alex Wootton who has recovered from injury and is available for Saturday's Rainbow Cup clash against Leinster at the Sportsground.

By Rob Murphy

TAKE a breath of the fresh air that surrounds the Connacht rugby team right now and you’ll get the unmistakable impression that they are relishing the Rainbow Cup competition.

Leinster arrive in Galway on Saturday evening for round two of the six game end of season tournament, licking their wounds after another Champions Cup semi final heartbreaker, while the westerners are looking for a second straight inter-provincial win.

Now let’s not oversell this. The Rainbow Cup has not gone to plan by any means, with the South African sides pulling out of the hastily arranged tournament at the last minute turning it into a six game rehash of the usual fixture, but for Andy Friend and his management team it has been a case of perfect timing for a group that really were looking for a reset button before breaking up for the summer after a long 12 months.

Two weeks on from the victory over Ulster in Ravenhill, the shouts and chirping from the pitch on College Road in Galway are no doubt that bit louder as they bellow across Bohermore and Lough Atalia. A win can do a lot for the mood of a group of athletes. The defeat to Leicester in the Challenge Cup is a distant memory and the next few weeks are about building confidence and developing new patterns. Friend is enjoying the process.

“We are pushing hard in the last few weeks and that’s a compliment to our coaching staff as well as the players. We are in the middle of three inter-pros and that’s how we are looking at it. Yes it’s the Rainbow Cup as well but first and foremost they are games with a lot to play for anyways.” noted Friend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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