Connacht Rugby feature in Irish Independent souvenir edition

first_imgFormer Connacht Team manager John Fallon’s article on Connacht Rugby that features in this week’s Souvenir Edition THE TEAM WHICH REFUSED TO DIEBy JOHN FALLONThe former All-Star footballer surveyed the line of giddy schoolchildren queuing along the side of the pitch, copybooks, biros and pencils in hand, waiting to get the autographs of players they didn’t know and had never heard of.Seamus McHugh, the principal of the nearby Claran national school in Headford in north Co Galway, had captained Galway in the ill-fated 1983 All-Ireland final against Dublin and won two All-Stars in a lengthy career with the county before going on to play in the International Rules against Australia.Connacht Rugby, who a few months earlier in 2003 had come within the stroke of a pen of being disbanded, had decamped to Headford to train for the day and the kids, in high spirits with summer holidays looming, had spilled out from their classrooms in their dozens to the pitch used by Corrib RFC which had been leased from the Presentation Sisters.Andrew Farley, a tanned and blond Australian 6’5” second row who had just arrived in Galway, picked up a ball on the halfway line and sent it looping with one hand in a massive arc in the air before it dropped with a bang on the roof of the Connacht kit van 30 or 40 metres away.The kids whooped and hollered! Michael Bradley, the newly-installed coach, picked up a hurley and sent a tennis ball flying past ears and straight in through the open window of the van. More hurrahing and squealing from the kids. The circus had come to town!The kids in the line for autographs greeted the players like heroes, not having a clue who they were or who they were playing for, but they were clearly impressed by the show.“I reckon ye’ll be awful dangerous if you ever win anything,” said the teacher and former All-Star. “I’m just wondering why we never came here with the Galway footballers, or why don’t we even do it now? I can see where ye are trying to go and good luck to ye. But it might be a long road,” added McHugh.The trip to Headford, which included a visit to The Anglers Rest in Headford which had provided the dressing rooms, food and everything else for Corrib RFC, was part of several made in that summer of 2003 in a bid to win the hearts and souls of clubs and communities in Connacht.A few months earlier 2,000 people — several hundred more than a regular home attendance — had marched on the IRFU offices in a bid to stop the cash-strapped organisation from wiping them out.Behind the scenes it was often a bitter battle and many lengthy friendships fell by the wayside. Friendships inside the province were also tested and, in some cases, fractured.When the dust settled, head coach Steph Nel and a host of players had departed. The province had been saved, but the team wasn’t.Michael Bradley, former Irish scrum-half and captain, was summoned from Scotland where he was involved with the Irish U-21s and told to decamp from Cork to Galway and take on perhaps the hardest job in Irish rugby.He set about the task with gusto, one by one players were added to the squad. I was in my second year as team manager and in the aftermath of the dust settling on the threat of extinction Gerry Kelly, the chief executive, sat down one day and we struggled to get far into double figures when looking at a squad for the following season.The IRFU, in fairness, parked the unseemly row and threw their shoulder to the wheel, maybe not with the fervour which some in Connacht were looking for, but it was better than pulling the wheels off the cart.Bradley knew that we needed to spread the gospel if we were to grow the numbers, so visits to Monivea, Tuam, Ballina, Sligo, Castlebar and elsewhere were organised for the squad to train there, while some of the matches were switched to Dubarry Park in Athlone.Bradley himself spent a lot of winter evenings in the car heading out to clubs; in time players followed him and bit-by-bit the building blocks were put in place.Progress was actually swift in the 2003-04 season, a great run in the Challenge Cup leading to a first ever semi-final berth against Harlequins. The games were over two legs, a 31-22 loss in The Stoop led to hopes that the tie was winnable.Connacht were back marching again. College Road was closed to traffic for the second leg, the fans gathered at the team hotel at the Radisson and marched up the hill to a packed Sportsground. Giddiness was in the air, the sense of expectation overwhelming.We came within a few metres of winning the tie, making a mess of a lineout in the dying moments in the right corner when we were just four points adrift. We lost the tie 49-45 and another dozen years would pass before Connacht would get past a semi-final.There were a lot of tears shed in the dressing room that day, actually there were probably even more shed in the toilets and quiet corners of the building and stadium. It was utter devastation. To be so close and to come up so short. Weeks and weeks of preparation, on and off the field, had gone into this tie. We were devastated, the groundsman John Holland as upset as the captain Andrew Farley. It was an awful day.The tears were not confined to the home changing room. Across the corridor Gavin Duffy was in bits. He had grown up in Ballina, was Connacht to the backbone but had departed for London a year earlier when it looked like his home province was done for. He knew what the loss meant to Connacht, celebrating reaching his first European final — which they won — would have to wait for another day.Outside the Connacht clubhouse his father Tony, a stalwart of Ballina RFC, had tears of joy and despair, obviously delighted to see his son perform so well in such exalted company as Will Greenwood, Jason Leonard and Tony Diprose, but also hurting badly for a side he loved.Fast forward 12 years, you come out the media exit at the back of the West Stand in Murrayfield and there, in the midst of the hundreds of delirious Connacht supporters, are Tony and Gavin Duffy. Father and son, covered in green, celebrating together. The two of them, fervent GAA supporters as well, sharing a day which the county footballers have never managed to deliver for them or thousands of families in every corner of Mayo for the past six decades.They weren’t the only family celebrating in Murrayfield last Saturday evening. Maurice Buckley from Roscommon, with that ridiculous mix of joy and sadness which only sport can deliver at the same time, was thrilled that Connacht had finally broken through, but obviously heart-broken that his son Denis, such a key member of the team all season, missed the biggest day through injury.Fourteen years ago I approached Maurice, asking him to do his bit for Connacht Rugby. It was coming up to my first game as team manager for Connacht and we were taking on Bristol Shoguns in a pre-season friendly at the Sportsground.Someone had gone through a checklist and spotted we needed a mascot. I had noticed a young lad from Roscommon throwing a rugby ball around the mobile home park and asked his dad would he do the honours?There were about 150-200 people in the Sportsground that Wednesday afternoon when we played Bristol Shoguns. The young lad from Roscommon led them out, got his replica jersey and €50 in an account which sponsors Bank of Ireland opened for him. He was thrilled and his dad was even more chuffed.Just over nine years later the mascot was back in the Sportsground, but this time running out to play against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup and last Saturday Denis Buckley was part of the greatest day ever for Connacht.The mantra from all involved in Connacht when the IRFU threat was most active in that dark and horrible winter of 2002-03 was the absolute need to keep the team alive and maybe, just maybe, it might some day open out and blossom.But never, never, in our wildest dreams could we see a day when Leinster would be floored at the home of Scottish rugby and a hurler from a townland outside Portumna would collect and carry home the trophy awarded to the best team in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy.The kids from Claran national school in Headford have grown up since the day Connacht visited them in 2003.They probably didn’t notice but among the players whose autograph they sought that day was a fresh-faced and quiet lad from Portumna called John Muldoon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Sign Out-half Andrew Deegan

first_imgConnacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the signing of Andrew Deegan from Super Rugby side New South Wales Waratahs. The 22-year-old out-half, who has been capped by the Australia U20s and Australia Schoolboys, has represented the Waratahs, the NSW Country Eagles and Randwick. Born in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, Deegan attended famed rugby nursery St Joseph’s College in Hunter’s Hill. After impressing for the school’s senior XV, he was selected for the Australian Schoolboys side in 2013 before helping the New South Wales U20s to back-to-back Championships in 2013 and 2014. Deegan graduated to the senior ranks with Randwick in 2014 before progressing to the Australia U20s in 2015. Last year saw the young playmaker score 194 points for Randwick, including five tries in 18 games, and he also helped the NSW Country Eagles to the 2016 NRC finals and was the top points scorer in the Shute Shield.Commenting on the new signing, Assistant Coach Nigel Carolan said: “Andrew is a very highly-rated young player who has already gained a lot of experience in Australia. He has huge potential and we are delighted to welcome him to the province.”Speaking on his move to the Sportsground, Deegan said: “I am really excited to get the opportunity to join Connacht and have only heard great things about the club, the community, and how supportive the fans are. I am delighted to become a part of that and I hope I can add to the success Connacht have enjoyed in recent times”.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Green Army Beat Spain And Are Going To The World Cup Final!

first_imgLONDON – Vitality Women’s Hockey World CupIndia – IrelandPhoto: Ireland celebrating the win.COPYRIGHT WORLDSPORTPICS ANTONELLA GARELLO BONINI Ireland 1(O’Flanagan) Spain 1 (Magaz) Vitality Hockey World Cup, London Penalty Shootout:Ireland 3 (Pinder x2, Watkins)Spain 2 (Oliva, Riera)center_img The Green Army have beaten Spain in a penalty shootout to secure their place in the World Cup Final.It was the dream start for the Green Army as Katie Mullan sent the ball into the circle and won the first penalty corner of the game. Shirley McCay swept the ball from the top of the circle and Anna O’Flanagan slipped her marker and deflected past Maria Ruiz to give her side the lead in the 3rd minute. The pace and precision of the Green Army didn’t let up and Gillian Pinder won her side’s second penalty corner before the end of the first quarter. A straight strike from the top by Ali Meeke was well saved by Maria Ruiz as O’Flanagan lurked in front looking for another deflection. Julia Pons sent a deflection at the other end just past the post as Spain settled into the game, likewise Carola Salvatella sent an unconventional shot just wide. The Green Army defence continued their impenetrable form with Shirley McCay and Hannah Matthews frustrating the Spanish forward line and limiting any further clear cut chances. Ireland ended the half the better of the two sides with Deidre Duke sending a reverse strike inches wide and then combining with Nikki Evans to win Ireland’s third penalty corner. Matthews sweep from the top was saved by Ruiz and Ireland went in at half time holding their 1-0 lead.It took just 2 minutes into the second half for Mullan to win her sides 4th penalty corner but the variation didn’t quite come off as McCay sent the ball to the right looking for Mullan on the post. 2 minutes later and it looked like Spain had their first penalty corner but a smart referral by Matthews saw the ball was lifted high and the Green Army won the free out. Spain began to up the pressure as the half progressed and got their equaliser in the 39th minute from a ball crossed in to Alicia Magaz who scored from close range. The stats show that Spain had 21 circle entries as they chased the winner with Lucia Jimenez sending her shot over the crossbar. Mullan won her side a penalty corner in the final 2 minutes but Zoe Wilson’s sweep was saved off the line by Rocio Gutierrez and the sides were destined for a shoot-out.It was Pinder who was the hero as she scored her first shot and then her second in sudden death in  the 6th round. In between those two vital moments though Watkins scored in the 5th round and Ayeisha McFerran was unbeatable in 4 of Spain’s attempts. Pinder’s second goal secured the 3-2 victory and put the Green Army in their first ever World Cup Final!Graham Shaw, head coach said “This performance was testament to the character and belief in our team. It was warm out there, and I thought we looked the stronger side in the final minutes, and that’s down to the fitness of this team and how hard they work. This is just amazing and hopefully this will be a changing moment in our sport. I could not be more proud of this team, they deserve every bit of this”.Starting: N Evans, K Mullan (Captain), S McCay, G Pinder, R Upton, A McFerran, C Watkins, L Colvin, H Matthews, A O’Flanagan, Z WilsonSubs: G O’Flanagan, Y O’Byrne, M Frazer, E Tice, N Daly, D Duke, A Meeke Ireland’s Pool B Vitality Hockey World Cup Fixtures:Ireland 3vs1 USA 21/7/18 6pmIreland 1vs0 India 26/7/18 2pmIreland 0vs1 England 29/7/18 7pmQuarter Final Ireland 0vs0 India (3-1 in shootout) 2/8/18 6pmSemi Final Ireland 1vs1 Spain. Shootout: Ireland 3v2 Spain 4/8/18 2pmWorld Cup Final Ireland vs Netherlands or Australia 5/8/18 4:30pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Corofin are Londis Kilmacud Sevens Champions

first_imgLondis Kilmacud Crokes Football Sevens Corofin (Galway) 4-9 St Galls (Antrim) 1-8 By Cóilín Duffy Corofin claimed their fourth Londis Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Senior Football Sevens title, thanks to a strong second half display in the final at Glenalbyn on Saturday evening.Having lost their opening game to St Mary’s Saggart, the Galway side bounced back, to take silverware against seven-time champions St Galls.In a frantic opening half, with a score produced every 30 seconds, Corofin led by 2-4 to 1-5 at half-time, with goals from captain Jason Leonard, and midfielder Kieran Molloy.Michael Pollock was outstanding for Galls throughout the tournament and delivered their only goal of the final in the opening half.The sides were well matched early on the restart, but St Galls final score of the game came four minutes into the half from John McCaffrey.Corofin dug in, scoring 2-2 unanswered, including goals from Ciaran Brady and Londis Player of the Tournament Dylan McHugh, on the way to a 10-point win.After the game Corofin captain Jason Leonard received the Cup from Dublin GAA Chairman Sean Shanley.Scorers for Corofin: M Farragher, B Power (1f) 0-3 each; J Leonard, K Molloy, D McHugh, C Brady 1-0 each; D Canney 0-2; D Silke 0-1.Scorers for St Galls: M Pollock 1-3, (1f); K Niblock, M Kelly, E McCabe, C Stinton, J McCaffrey 0-1 each.COROFIN: B Power, D McHugh, C Brady, K Molloy, J Leonard, M Farragher, D Wall. Subs R Mahon, D Silke, D Canney.ST GALLS: E McCabe, S O’Hagan, C Brady, M Kelly, J McCaffrey, K Niblock, C Stinton. Subs: T O’Neill, C Burke, M Pollock.REFEREE: Noel Hand (Louth)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Galway Bay Sailing Club Celebrates Fifty Years This Year

first_imgThis year, The club will be celebrating fifty years of existence and they begin their celebrations with a Coffee Morning in the Salthill Hotel. One of the founding members of Galway Bay Sailing Club, Pierce Purcell, joined John Mulligan in studio to talk about the club and their celebrations. An Article from the Connacht Sentinel dated March 31st 1970. A report from the Connacht Sentinel dated June 2nd 1970. The club has played host to many successful Regional and National Regattas with racing taking place against the backdrop of beautiful Galway Bay. Each season brings numerous opportunities for sailing and they also offer sailing to non-members every Friday evening during the summer.  print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img From humble surroundings at Ard Na Cregg, the old home of Galway Corinthians RFC to their wonderful surroundings at Renville, Galway Bay Sailing Club have provided a wonderful opportunity for people to get out on the water and enjoy the sea whether they are seasoned sailors or first time triers who have never gone out before. last_img read more

Statement from the Board of Basketball Ireland

first_imgAmong measures being taken by Basketball Ireland is a framework for new training plans and competition formats for the sport, should they be required. Basketball Ireland are in continuous conversations with all constituents on matters that may be of concern to them to ensure that we can all work together and get back on the courts as soon as possible. In a statement the Board of Basketball Ireland said: “First and foremost, the Board of Basketball Ireland would like to thank all of the frontline workers who have been working so tirelessly to help Ireland battle this pandemic. Many of these workers are members of the basketball community, and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to them for all of their work. As we all know, these are very strange times and the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. The Board would like to reassure all Basketball Ireland members that we are working hard with Sport Ireland on Return to Sport protocols. Last week, the government issued a detailed Roadmap for Reopening, outlining their proposed plan for getting life and sport back to normal. Phase 5 of this roadmap, which currently begins on August 10th, details the return of close physical contact sports, and that spectators can begin to attend live sporting events in accordance. The Board is now using these guidelines to plan for a return to basketball, and this plan will comply fully with all government and HSE guidelines. As such, the Board recognises that Basketball Ireland prides itself on being an innovative organisation, and we are already putting a framework in place for new training plans and competition formats, should these need to be activated as the situation continues to change. We would like to thank all of our members for complying with the guidelines to date, and we also recognise that it is important for players and officials of all ages to know a date for return to competition, so that clubs can begin to prepare. We will provide this as soon as possible. We look forward to getting everyone back on the court in a safe and secure manner and cannot wait to see you all courtside as soon as possible.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Board of Basketball Ireland is liaising with the Executive and Sport Ireland and will issue a return date to competition as soon as possible, to allow clubs to begin preparations. Basketball is part of phase 5 of the government’s recently published roadmap.last_img read more

Roscommon And District League Publish Fixtures For The Remainder Of The Season

first_imgThe Roscommon and District League have published their fixtures for the first five weeks of the remainder of their season with the first round of those games taking place on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of July. The Fixtures are: RDFL proposed fixtures return week 118th-19th July 2020Saturday 18th July 2020Premier DivisionSt Peters FCVCastlerea Celtic7.30pm Shiven RoversVSkyvalley Rovers7.30pm First DivisionDunmoreVCloonfad Utd.7pm Rahara RoversVDysart7pm Sunday 19th July 2020Premier DivisionSt John’s AthlVMoore Utd11am First DivisionCP AjaxVBallaghaderreen2pm Second DivisionBoyle Celtic BVMoore Utd B.2pm St John’s Athl BVCloonfad Utd B2pm Ballaghaderreen BVRoscommon Utd. B2pm Skyvalley Rovers BVManor Utd2pm 22nd- 26th JulyFixtures Wednesday 22nd July 2020Norios First Division CupCastlerea CelticVCam Celtic7.30pm Roscommon Utd.VDunmore7.30pm CP AjaxVCloonfad7.30pm KF Autos Second Division CupCloonfad Utd. BVBallymoe B7.30pm Friday 24th July 2020Second Division LeagueBallaghaderreen BVSt Johns Athl B7.30pm Skyvalley Rovers BVMoore Utd B7.30pm Saturday 25th July 2020Premier Division LeagueBoyle CelticVSkyvalley Rovers7.30pm BallymoeVMoore Utd7.30pm Sunday 26th July 2020Connacht CupSt BernardsVSt Peters FC2pm BallyglassVBallinasloe Town2pm Castlerea CelticVConn Rangers2pm Connacht ShieldBallaghaderreenVMervue B2pm First Division LeagueDysartVCP Ajax2pm Roscommon Utd.VCastlerea Celtic B11am Cloonfad Utd..VRahara Rovers11am Second Division LeagueRoscommon Utd BVSt Cuans2pm Boyle Celtic BVBallinasloe Town B2pm Manor UtdVGlen Celtic2pm Fixtures Wednesday 29th July 2020KF Autos Second Division CupSt CuansVSt Johns Athl B7.30pm Skyvalley Rovers BVBoyle Celtic B7.30pm Moore Utd BVManor Utd7.30pm Fixtures Friday 31st July 2020Premier LeagueSkyvalley RoversVSt John’s Athl7.30pm Moore UtdVBoyle Celtic7.30pm First Division LeagueBallaghaderreenVCam Celtic7.30pm Castlerea Celtic BVCloonfad Utd.7.30pm Fixtures Sunday 2nd August 2020Second Division LeagueSkyvalley Rovers BVBoyle Celtic B2pm Cloonfad Utd. BVSt. Cuans2pm Ballaghaderreen BVBallymoe B11am Moore Utd BVGlen Celtic2pm Manor UtdVBallinasloe Town B2pm Fixtures Monday 3rd August 2020Hanleys Quarries Premier Division CupSkyvalley RoversVBallymoe12md Ballinasloe TownVSt John’s Athl12md Moore UtdVbye  St Peters FCVMoylough 7912md First Division LeagueBallaghaderreenVRahara Rovers12md Castlerea Celtic BVDysart12md Roscommon Utd.VCP Ajax12md Cloonfad UtdVCam Celtic12md Fixtures Wednesday 5th August 2020KF Autos Second Division CupBallinasloe Town BVBallaghaderreen B7.30pm St. Cuans/ St. Johns BVGlen Celtic7.30pm Syvalley B/ Boyle BVCloonfad B/ Ballymoe B7.30pm Moore/ ManorVRoscommon United7.30pm Fixtures Friday 7th August 2020Hanleys Quarries Premier Divisional CupSemi FinalVSemi Final7.30pm Semi FinalVSemi Final7.30pm First Division LeagueBallaghaderreenVCastlerea Celtic B7.30pm Roscommon Utd.VCam Celtic7.30pm Fixtures Saturday 8th AugustSecond Division LeagueMoore Utd BVBallinasloe Town B7.30pm Fixtures Sunday 9th AugustConnacht Cup and ShieldJoe’s Bar Challenge Cup Round 2Rahara RoversVShiven Rovers2pm Norios First Division CupSemi FinalVSemi Final2pm Semi FinalVSemi Final2pm Due to Connacht Cup and Shield competition being on Sunday 9th some of the above fixtures may be subject to change.Wednesday 12th AugustJoe’s Bar Challenge Cup Round 2St Peters FCVSt Cuans Utd.7.30pm First Division LeagueBallaghaderreenVCloonfad Utd7.30pm KF Autos Second Division CupSemi FinalVSemi Final7.30pm Semi FinalVSemi Final7.30pm Fixtures Sunday 16th August 2020Hanleys Quarries Premier Division CupFinalVFinal  KF Autos Second Division CupFinalVFinal  Fixtures Sunday 16th AugustFirst Division LeagueDysartVBallaghaderreen2pm The draw for the Joe’s bar RDFL Challenge Cup round 3 was recently held and will be played out along with any back games and Play-offs in the remaining weeks available to us from Wednesday 19th August until Sunday the 13th September.Fixtures will be forwarded for these remaining weeks in due course.Best of luck to all teams.Joe’s Bar Challenge Cup Round 2Ballymoe BVCP AjaxSkyvalley Rovers AVBallaghaderreenMoore Utd. AVSt PetersFC / St Cuans Utd.Boyle Celtic BVGlen CelticBallymoe AVCastlerea Celtic ARahara Rovers/ Shiven RoversVCloonfad ABallinasloe Town AVBoyle Celtic AMoylough ‘79 bye.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Calling all Galway GAA Clubs – Kellogg launches nationwide competition with prizes worth…

first_imgAt a time when fundraising has been limited, this provides GAA clubs with an incredible opportunity to claim great prizes through a simple mechanic. In order to nominate your club, all that is required is to pick up a promotional box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies or Bran Flakes. Using the unique on-pack code, log on to kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/competition and nominate the club of choice. Kellogg understands how vital these funds are to clubs across the country and as result, they have updated the entry requirements to allow all nominations into the final draw to win one of three cash prizes – €25,000, €10,000 or €5,000. Previously, only clubs with 1,000 nominations would be entered into the final draw. Former Donegal GAA star and TG4 Cúl Camps TV show coach, Kevin Cassidy was on hand, with his children Aoife, Nia and Fionn, to launch the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps on-pack competition. Kellogg, now in its ninth year sponsoring the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps, has launched the nationwide on-pack promotion for all GAA clubs across the country to be in with a chance to win prizes worth €40,000 – their biggest on-pack prize offering ever. For more information, go to kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/competition. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** From Ballinasloe to Barna, all Galway GAA clubs are in with a chance of claiming incredible prizes as part of Kellogg’s sponsorship of the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl camps. Former Donegal GAA star and TG4 Cúl Camps TV show coach, Kevin Cassidy was on hand, with his children Aoife, Nia and Fionn, to launch the on-pack competition. Kellogg, now in its ninth year sponsoring the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps, has launched the nationwide on-pack promotion for all GAA clubs across the country to be in with a chance to win prizes worth €40,000 – their biggest on-pack prize offering ever.center_img Cassidy is currently one of a number of GAA stars appearing on the GAA Cúl Camp television show on TG4 as part of this year’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. The television show offers a new way for children across the country to get involved in this year’s Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps if they are unable to attend a camp in person. The show is already underway on TG4 with record viewers and airs daily at 10.25am with a repeat show at 5.15pm, ensuring nobody misses out on the mix of drills, skills, games, nutrition and wellness. The innovative addition to this year’s camps ensures that everyone can get involved as the show will be available on the TG4 player.  The show will continue to air until Friday, July 17th ahead of the return of camps on July 20th. To date, 57,801 children booked to attend a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp this summer. The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are taking place in July and August with limited capacity still remaining on some camps – check out gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps for the most up-to-date information.Another first for Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps this year, is that the highly sought-after kits will be available to purchase directly from the Cúl Camps website for those unable to attend a camp this year. The newly designed kit is priced at €35 (excluding postage & packing) and contains a zip top, jersey and a backpack.Ruth Hughes, Kellogg’s Market Head of Ireland said “We’re immensely proud to offer communities across the country the chance to win some much-needed funds for their clubs during these difficult times. The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps have become a staple of Irish summers and we’re delighted to partner with TG4 and the GAA on the innovative TV show before the camps return later this month with strict health and safety measures in place.”GAA Cúl Camps co-ordinator Charlie Harrison added “There has been a huge amount of work and effort gone into making the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps happen this year and we are very grateful to Kellogg’s for their continued support. The amazing Kellogg competition, the physical camp offering and the TG4 show ensures everyone can get involved from collecting codes from cereal boxes to rounding up the family for some daily exercise.”For more information on the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps visit gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.   print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

‘Spurs fan’ Mike Dean goes from hero to villain with penalty calls

first_imgMIKE DEAN appeared to prove he isn’t a Tottenham fan as some Arsenal fans had suggested by awarding the Gunners an early penalty in the North London derby – but his good work was quickly undone when he pointed to the spot at the other end.Much of the talk before the North London Derby was surrounding the appointment of Dean, 50, for the game.6 Jan Vertonghen gave a penalty after handling the ball inside the boxCredit: Reuters6 Referee Mike Dean done brilliant to spot the handball by the Spurs defenderCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut he did brilliantly to spot Jan Vertonghen’s handball in a crowded 18-yard box with just nine minutes on the clock.As the Arsenal free-kick came in, Shkodran Mustafi looked set to have a free header towards Hugo Lloris’ goal but was denied by the raised arm of the Belgian centre-back who deflected it away.But Dean was not fooled and pointed to the spot.Arsenal fans were initially critical of Dean being in charge – so much so that he was booed when his name was announced before kick-off.6 Arsenal took the lead in just the tenth minute at the Emirates6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dispatched the penalty past Hugo LlorisCredit: Getty Images – GettyLATEST ARSENAL NEWSSTILL GOT IT!Philip jokes with soldier about weight at ceremony 3 years after retirementSTAR POWERMeghan ‘needs to be admired’ & Kate is ‘the peacemaker’ according to star signsHEIR WE AREInside Prince Charles’ study full of family snaps & a sweet tribute to CamillaROOM WITH A VIEWInside Camilla’s living room with family pics & painting of Prince CharlesCHEEKY CHARLIECharles & Camilla’s ‘secret’ relationship is ‘fun, naughty & spontaneous’Not your queenWhy will Camilla not be Queen when Prince Charles is King?He once appeared to “celebrate” a Spurs goal at White Hart Lane and was accused of making “massive mistakes” in previous Gunners games.But with Arsenal fans beginning to forgive the referee, he soon returned to his role as the villain by awarding Spurs a penalty after Rob Holding was judged to have fouled Son Heung-min.Replays clearly showed that Son dived.Harry Kane dispatched the spot-kick into the bottom left corner to put Tottenham ahead as Bernd Leno dived the wrong way.6 Son wasn’t touched by HoldingCredit: AFP or licensors6 Tottenham celebrate after Kane converted the penalty to make it 2-1Credit: ReutersMOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPremier League Round-Up: Watch all the highlights from Friday and Saturday’s gameslast_img read more

Jenas leads reaction to ‘beautiful’ Alli goal in Spurs’ cup win over Arsenal

first_imgOn Twitter, the ex-England international added: “That’s just ridiculous.”Alli’s contribution was later overshadowed after a bottle thrown from an Arsenal fan struck him on the head.The Gunners, Metropolitan Police and The Football Association are all investigating the incident which is the latest intervention from a supporter in recent weeks.Pochettino was relieved that Alli was left unhurt and called on Arsenal to take action against the offending supporter.4 Alli restrained himself after being hit by a bottle in the second halfCredit: ReutersHe told the media: “I saw it and it was lucky that it wasn’t a big issue.”We play a derby and we hate each other in a good way but it is in a bad way when you go to damage some people or an opponent. It is only one stupid person who made a mistake.”I respect the Arsenal fans. For one [fan], you cannot talk about everyone.“I hope that Arsenal take responsibility and, through the cameras, they can identify [who it was] because it wasn’t a problem but it could have been a big problem, some big issue and how are we going to fix it?”Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsenal must be ‘so grateful’ to Dele Alli after his non-reaction to bottle-throwing incident That’s just ridiculous @dele_official 🙌🏽— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) December 19, 2018 JERMAINE JENAS led the celebrations as Dele Alli’s chipped finish secured Tottenham’s place in the Carabao Cup semi-finals at the expense of Arsenal.The England midfielder doubled Spurs’ lead at The Emirates Stadium with a delightful goal after Harry Kane’s through pass, to confirm the 2-0 win.4 Jenas was in high spirits as Tottenham booked their semi-final placeVictory sets up a two-legged last four clash with Chelsea for a place in the final at Wembley as Mauricio Pochettino eyes his first major trophy.It was Tottenham’s first win at Arsenal since 2010 and came after Unai Emery’s side came from behind to prevail 4-2 in their Premier League encounter earlier this month.And the extra special result was particularly enjoyed by Jenas, who documented his reaction during a flurry of posts to his Instagram story.The BBC and BT Pundit made over 200 appearances for Tottenham during eight seasons at the club and was part of the last squad to win a major trophy, when they scooped the Carabao Cup in 2008.4 Alli’s brilliance was the highlight of the 2-0 winSon Heung-Min put the visitors into a half-time lead which was cemented thanks to Alli’s cute finish just prior to the hour mark after substitute Kane’s chipped pass – which followed his assist in the weekend win over Burnley.Jenas reacted: “Man like Dele. Another assist from H [Kane], another assist.”It’s beautiful, stop it. You can’t keep giving assists like this Harry, oh my God. Oh my God.”Additional footage captured during 22-year-old Alli’s goal showed Jenas running around in celebration and shouting “what a f***ing goal that is”.4 Jenas was part of the last Tottenham squad to win a major trophyCredit: Action Images – Reuterslast_img read more