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Killannin U20s get over the line in extra time against battling Clonbur

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The Clonbur U20 football team which lost out to Killannin in the West Board B Final. Back row, left to right: Seosamh O Corraoin(bainisteoir), Iarla O Cathain, Seamus Mac A Bhearsula, Eoin O Dolain, Darra Mac A Bhearsula, Ronan Mac A Bhearsula, Rian O Shioradain, Seamus O Cadhain, Mairtin O Ciarragain, Cillian MacGiolla Fhaine, Tomas O Morain, Tomas MacEochagain, roghnoir. Front row: Padraig Seoighe, Sean O Cearnaigh, Padraic O Firic, Cian O Cadhain, Padraic O Cathain, Niall O Conamha, Liam O Mochtaigh.

Killannin 3-10

Clonbur 0-17

John O’Sullivan in Clonbur

KILLANNIN’S rising stars edged the West Board U20 B  football final with a hard-earned victory over Clonbur after extra time on Saturday.

A big personal haul of 1-8 from corner forward Cathal Walsh – son of former Galway manager, Kevin – sufficed for Killannin along with a goal apiece from Cian Folan and Sean Seoighe. Their victory was all the more impressive when seen in the context of having to play the final in Clonbur’s home venue due to a lack of available pitches in the county.

Clonbur, led by free scoring corner forward Sean O Cearnaigh, who notched 11 points, eight of which were from frees, were determined and dogged throughout. Their scoring efficiency meant the teams could not be separated in regulation time, with the final whistle sounding with the score 1-8 to 0-11.

On balance, however, Killannin – whose wastfulness in regular time troubled the umpires with a raft of wides – were worthy victors by virtue of their territorial and possessional dominance, factors they finally took advantage of in extra time.

Finals tend to be cagey affairs, with the fear of losing paralysing the attacking intent of teams. However, in a brilliant exhibition of the idealism and fearlessness of youth, both contestants committed to attacking game plans; producing a final that provided a distraction to the bitterly cold November weather for the onlookers camped in the stand.

Encouraged by the vocal crowd on their home turf, Clonbur – with midfielder Ronan Mac A Bhearsula a source of dynamism and forward momentum – started well and were the first to make an impression on the scoreboard. O Cearnaigh, showing the accuracy that notched him such a big personal haul of points, kicked the game’s opening score. The corner forward would add three more points, including two from frees, in the first half and he was joined in the scoring act by Maritin O Ciarragain and Padraic O Cathain, accounting for their seven points at half time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tristan’s Ciúnas nominated for award at Dublin Film Festival

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Tristan Heanue shooting Ciúnas in Connemara.

Connemara filmmaker Tristan Heanue has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival for his short Irish-language film Ciúnas (Silence) which was shot around Connemara. The winner of the award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the festival on Sunday, March 8.

Previous recipients include Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar and John Connors.

Ciúnas won the Físín Script Award at the 2018 Dingle Film Festival and that festival came on board as co-executive producer on the finished short, which Tristan wrote, directed and produced,

The plot centres on a couple embarking on a journey in the midst of a family crisis and it stars Gary Lydon (The Guard, Calvary, Pure Mule, The Clinic) Ally Ní Chiaráin (The Drummer and the Keeper, Michael Inside) and rising star Hazel Doupe (Float Like a Butterfly, Michael Inside, Calm with Horses).

“I’m hugely honoured to be nominated for this award among such an incredible list of Irish talent,” says the Letterfrack man. “I am so happy with how people seem to have connected with the film since we screened at the Galway Film Fleadh last July.”

Ciúnas has already won the Grand Prix at the 64th Cork Film Festival in November, which means it’s now on the Academy Awards longlist for 2021.

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

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Eclectics aim for a musical smorgasbord for all tastes

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Eclectics success…Liam Ó Maonlaí and Me Auld Flower.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

There’s a hint in the name as to what you might expect from the night – and it’s that diversity of styles that helps explain how, right through the second half of 2019, Eclectics emerged as one of Galway’s premier nights for original music.

Curated by David Boland, the showcase gained huge support by prioritising quality and putting artists first. In the Black Gate, Eclectics has a venue that matches its own ethos – it is the city’s most intimate venue not just because of its size but because, invariably, its patrons are intent on listening to the act on stage.

The 2019 programme began and ended with Cavan songstress Lisa O’Neill but it featured a long list of talented Irish musicians in between.

On a Galway scale, local artists including Jack Lee, Maija Sofia and Dead Horse Jive all played headline shows in the latter stages of the year. There were performances too from experienced Irish musicians like John Spillane and Hothouse Flowers’ Liam O Maonlaoi.

Eclectics is a place for artists at the start of their careers as well as those that have long established themselves in the industry. There are no set criteria for the acts David books.

While the venue may lend itself to a quieter sound, the Black Gate hosts musicians from all styles and genres.

Invariably, the shared trait among Eclectics performers is originality. As the name suggests, the showcase champions diversity and authenticity.

Galway’s arts community is one of the best and most vibrant in the country. There is something of a disparity, however, between the number of quality artists we have in the city and the number of venues that encourage their work.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corofin’s history makers return to a heroes’ welcome

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Gary Sice with his daughter Sadhbh after Corofin defeated Kilcoo to win the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship final at Croke Park last Sunday.

Bonfires blazed and hundreds lined the route as the classy Corofin champions made their way home to a rapturous reception on Monday evening following their historic All-Ireland success the previous day.

The stage was set in Dr Duggan Park, as supporters of all ages dressed in their saffron and green colours waited patiently for the team bus to arrive in the village – and when they eventually did, they were greeted by one of the most energetic homecomings ever witnessed.

This was their fifth All-Ireland club success and by far the most special – not just because the side achieved three-in-a-row, but because of the manner in which they pulled away in the first period of extra time.

Many of those loyal Corofin supporters were convinced that the reception might not have been as ecstatic, had they snatched victory in normal time.

Indeed, the huge Corofin support witnessed their side doing what they do best in that opening period as sub Conor Cunningham sneaked a goal from a rebound and heroes Ronan Steede, Dylan Canney, Liam Silke and Gary Sice put daylight between the sides.

Monday’s homecoming began as the team bus crossed the Shannon in Athlone around mid-afternoon and were even treated to a warm welcome in Ballinasloe along the route.

But it was when they arrived at around 6pm in Abbeyknockmoy that the celebrations began in earnest, as players disembarked from the bus with the Andy Merrigan Cup to the delight of the local GAA club and well-wishers.

See full coverage of the homecoming and that historic win in Croke Park – all in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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