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Tommy Dunne sacked – Board finally lose patience after poor run of performances

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Galway United manager Tommy Dunne who has been let go by the club

Tommy Dunne has been sacked by Galway United after the board lost patience with a run of form that has seen United’s season peter out from one of promise to a likely 9th place finish in the table.

Legal representatives from both sides met yesterday afternoon and evening to hammer out a deal on the departure, as Dunne still had more than a year left on his contract.

Dunne was United’s fourth-longest serving manager, having presided over 109 games – only Tony Mannion (382 games), Don O’Riordan (162), and John Herrick (146) spent longer at the helm.

However, a run of just one win in eight games – including 4-2 and 5-3 defeats at the hands of Shamrock Rovers and Cork City respectively in the past week – has seen the board decide to remove Dunne, despite him having a contract until the end of the 2017 season.

The Dublin native was appointed as manager – apparently seeing off the challenge of former United captain, John Glynn; and former United manager, Don O’Riordan, to land the job – when United rejoined the league in 2014.

He led them to promotion in that first season in charge; and kept the side in the top-flight last season, as well as leading the club to its a domestic final, the EA Sports Cup final, for the first time in almost 20 years.

Hopes were high that United would push on again this year, and the season started promisingly enough, the side opening with back-to-back wins over St Patrick’s Athletic and Bray Wanderers, before drawing away to Sligo Rovers in a game they should have won; and conceding an injury-time winner away to Derry City.

Results remained solid enough over the next couple of months, with United taking 22 points from their first 15 league games before the mid-season break in June, although they did bow out of the FAI Cup and EA Sports Cup the previous month. However, results since the return to action have been poor, with a return of just 12 points from 13 games with three wins, three draws, and seven defeats.

For more see this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway suffer shock loss to Leitrim but still make semis

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Galway’s Colm Costello who scored seven points in their surprising Connacht Minor Football Championship loss to Leitrim.

Leitrim 3-8

Galway 0-12

Darren Kelly at Carrick-on-Shannon

GALWAY’S minor footballers will attempt to save their season this Friday (Tuam Stadium, 7pm) when they take on Sligo in the Connacht semi-final.

The Tribesmen were 16-point winners when the sides met last month but the form of both teams has shifted dramatically in the interim. The Yeats County put 3-10 up against Mayo in defeat before a comprehensive win against Leitrim and a five-point victory over Roscommon.

For Galway’s young players, a crushing 14-point loss to Mayo was compounded by this shocking defeat to Leitrim last Friday. On paper, it didn’t affect Alan Glynn’s team but after the confident swagger shown in their opening two wins, two demoralising losses have killed their momentum.

Even though this was a dead rubber, Galway were still expected to beat a side that had only one point from their opening three games. Galway also made six changes as hurlers Jack Lonergan and Cillian Trayers were rested while the management also left out top scorer Éanna Monaghan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Local athletes dominate at the Connacht Schools Athletic Finals in Athlone

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Oisin Phelan of HRC Mountbellew competing in the Intermediate boys 400m hurdles at the Connacht Schools Track and Field Championships at TUS Athlone. Photos: Ben McShane/Sportsfile.

IT was a welcome return to tradition as the Connacht Schools Athletics finals were staged in Athlone for the first time since Covid intervened to postpone them since 2019.

The Senior (U19) boys and girls section saw Galway competitors first to strike gold. Representing the newly amalgamated Coláiste Muire Máthair, Galway (CMMG), Liam Murphy overcame his teammate Diarmuid Davoren on his last throw to take the hammer title

Fellow CMMG student Naoise Walsh showed top form to win both the shot putt and discus, finishing ahead of Coláiste Baile Chláir’s Rory Gaughan who took silver in the discus and bronze in the shot, with another CBC student Barry Forde taking the shot putt bronze. In the javelin, CMMG’s Riccardo Cattaneo was third.

On the track, there was further success for the Galway seniors. The windy conditions down the home straight did not make it an easy day for the sprinters, but Jack Kinnane from Calasanctious, Oranmore  took silver in the 100m, while Sean Chuka from St. Enda’s also won silver in the 200m.

Over one lap of the track, the Mannion brothers from Seamount College showed a clean pair of heels to all challengers as David just about beat his brother Stephen to the line in a hotly contested 400m race. Robert Urquhart from Presentation College Athenry (PCA) got his school’s account up and running by coming home third.

Moving into the middle-distance events, Daithi Kilcommins, better known for his exploits with Galway on the football fields,  came third in the 800m for CBC, just edging out Darcy Mbiajeu of CMMG.

Oisin Davis from Presentation Athenry was the convincing winner of the 1500m, finishing six seconds clear of Eoin Killen from St. Joseph’s, Galway. Another PCA student, Thomas Joyce, took bronze in the 5000m while Coláiste Muire Máthair students Mark Bradley and Liam Murphy took second and third places in the 2000m steeplechase.

Also, on the track, Dan Carey from Coláiste Muire Máthair was runner-up in the gruelling 3000m walk, while his teammate Ify Asogu took another gold for his school in the 110m hurdles. Further hurdles success for CMMG came in the form of silver and bronze medals for Hassan Diarrasouba and Riccardo Cattaneo in the 400m event.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Efficient Galway do enough to halt bad run against Dubs

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Galway attacker Brian Concannon comes under strong pressure from Dublin's Paddy Smyth during Saturday's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship encounter at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 0-27

Dublin 0-21

A statistical anomaly – at least in the context of the teams’ respective reputations – was partially righted at Pearse Stadium on Saturday evening.

Despite the overwhelming view that Galway produce better teams and hurlers than Dublin, the results of championship clashes between the counties over the past decade have defied that opinion.

Four wins and a draw from their eight previous meetings with the Tribesmen ensured Dublin would have travelled to Salthill undaunted about what lay ahead. Unlike Kilkenny, they have no great reason for fearing Galway.

Against that background, it was past time for Galway to get the Dublin monkey off their backs and inspired by a vintage second-half display from Conor Whelan, they comfortably turned the tables on Mattie Kenny’s charges to seal their place in the Leinster Final on Saturday evening week.

Unfortunately, for the attendance of over 10,500 this was no classic. Matches against Dublin have often turned into unappealing scraps and Saturday’s round-robin tie was another of them. To compound matters, the very technical officiating of Cork’s Johnny Murphy contributed to the fractured nature of the exchanges.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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