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Minor heroes welcomed home

SOUTH Galway was well represented on this year’s All-Ireland minor hurling title winning panel and it represented itself well for the team’s homecoming too. Despite the miserable weather, hundreds of people ranging from infant to octogenarian, stood in Gort’s Square on Monday night to welcome back their triumphant heroes. From half seven, they trickled onto the street, seeking shelter in doorways and under umbrellas and as dusk fell on the town, the stream of people had swelled to more than 1,500.Like many others present, Phil Madden has no connections with the players on the team. She stood in the rain to honour their achievement and that of the management team.“It is brilliant to win another minor title,” she said, “Mattie Murphy is great. He is so successful in his training.” Bernie Connolly had a more personal interest in enduring the elements. She had travelled to Dublin the day before to watch the game so coming a short distance into The …

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Rosie is relishing role of underdog

KILMIHIL Ladies Football Club secretary Rosie Currane has plenty to think about this week. Wing-back on the Kilmihil team preparing for Saturday’s county final against champions Banner Ladies, Rosie has to plot how she is going to stop the likes of Louise Henchy or Naoimi Carroll from decisively influencing the game.

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’Bridge and Kilmaley reach minor A final

SIXMILEBRIDGE and Kilmaley will contest the minor A hurling championship final following their victories over Clarecastle and Newmarket respectively last Saturday.Beaten finalists last year when they lost out to Inagh-Kilnamona, the ’Bridge have battled back impressively and will go into the final as favourites.  The sides clashed in the early rounds of the championship, when a draw resulted, so another close contest is expected.

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Clondegad manage to hold on

Clondegad 2-6 Kildysart-Coolmeen 1-7 NINE points ahead at halftime, 2-5 to 0-2, Clondegad almost capitulated thereafter before eventually clinching the 2009 U-21B title.They were definitely the better team but that fact didn’t appear to infuse them with a ruthless match-winning ethos. They were left hanging on when the result should have been beyond doubt.Some credit must be given to Kildysart-Coolmeen, who could have dropped the head at the interval. Instead, aided by the breeze and the incline in Cooraclare, they made a match of it. The quality and speed of football wasn’t very high but for a few minutes towards the end, an element of excitement was palpable as the amalgamation closed in on their estuary neighbours.

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