Connacht three-in-a-row for terrific Tooreen

The hurlers of Tooreen have done it again.

For the third year in a row and for the fourth time in six years, Tooreen this afternoon captured the Connacht Intermediate hurling title. They did so by beating Galway’s Killimor by 0-22 to 1-15 at Athleague in today’s Connacht IHC decider and so once again they get a chance to shoot for All-Ireland success.

Today’s match was a closely fought affair and it was only coming down the closing stretch that the Mayo lads pulled away. They led by a point at half-time but the teams were level with just five minutes of normal time to play. Killimor only added one more point to their tally but Tooreen finished strongly, knocking over five late points to win the game and the Connacht title by four points.

Match report from the Connaught Telegraph is here.

The three-in-a-row Connacht champions now go on to face either Middletown of Armagh or Liatroim Fontenoys of Down in the All-Ireland IHC semi-final. Their Ulster final clash is scheduled to take place next weekend and the All-Ireland semi-final is then slated for mid-December.

Over in Longford today, meanwhile, the women footballers of Charlestown were edged out after a brave battle against Longford Slashers. Their LGFA All-Ireland Intermediate club semi-final ended in a 1-11 to 0-10 victory for the Longford side. Match report on that one from Oisín McGovern is here.

19 thoughts on “Connacht three-in-a-row for terrific Tooreen

  1. Congratulations to a brilliant Tooreen team, beating the intermediate champions of Galway who are the kingpins of hurling in Connacht

  2. It’s easy to underestimate what an achievement this is for Tooreen. Moycullen who Tooreen beat last year did well in the Galway senior championship this year. These are teams that are on a upward trajectory and Tooreen no longer have the element of surprise.
    So well done to a once in a generation team that will set their sights on reaching Croke Park. What an amazing achievement that would be for a small rural club from Mayo!
    We’ll done to all involved in winning 3 in a row!

  3. Longford Slashers are Longford Senior football champions… like Toreen, they play a lower grade when they leave their county ,

  4. Quoted from Maurice Brosnan of the 42
    Padraic Joyce confirms Ian Burke is back in with Galway.
    “He’s in training at the minute, as are eight other fellas who are training since Thursday night. We’ll let them train away.
    “They’re on trial basically until January 1 so we’ll see where they’re at.”

    Joyce in his 4th year already trying out more new players than McStay in his 1st year, I really worry about next year.

  5. Ian Burke and Peter Cooke back amongst others. Kieran molloy will be a big loss but they are strengthening no doubt

  6. @Donniver – “Joyce in his 4th year already trying out more new players than McStay in his 1st year, I really worry about next year” how did you come to that conclusion ?

  7. 1st round of Connacht Senior A schools football championship is on tomorrow Wednesday. Fixtures on Connacht Gaa website, most games around the 12.30pm mark

  8. Great to see Ballinrobe Community school operating in the Top Tier of Connacht schools football along with St Colmans ,St Geralds and Rice College.

  9. I agree oilean acla , don’t see any justified objection re social media commentary other than subtle homophobia .

    Supermac , I don’t think it’s set in stone yet that Cooke will make the dedication re Joyce’s interview anyway .

  10. Going by interviews it seems like Cooke has to go back to the states next week and is meeting with his work to see where he stands for next year. If they allow him to work remotely from home like he’s been doing recently he’ll probably be back in the Galway squad. But if they need him back in the US he won’t be. Joyce said he needs to be based in Ireland as flying back and forth won’t cut it at intercounty level given the demands.

  11. Thank God Croke Park showed some leadership on this ridiculous issue. What happens if some team decides to put a poppy or similar symbol on their jersey. This identity politics rubbish is starting to infest all aspects of life. Can we not concentrate on the football instead of trying to be the first to virtue signal all the time.

  12. Ian Burke and Barry Mc Hugh ( who was fantastic for Mountbellew in club championship) are the two big names returning.
    Cooke will see out Moycullens run and a desicion then..
    Mike Daly still hampered by injuries but will get a shot in the new year.
    All in all its positive from Joyce.
    Has Mc Stay actually given any feedback on new names in with Mayo?

  13. Intetested observer i disagree with you I think the GAA should have allowed the proposal from Mayo GAA to show LGBT + people that they are welcome to watch and participate in Gaelic Games without fear or judgement or anything else. Im sure lots of them are participating already and are probably afraid to come the end of the day its none of anyone’s business who someone falls in love with or dates. Speaking as a straight probably typicailly traditional old fashioned Mayo supporter I say live and let live. Regarding Ian Burke coming back into the Galway panel Galway have always being blessed by good forwards I know they will be missing their first choice midfielder but im afraid they will take some stopping next year

  14. Interested Observer, I think you should read the article fully, Mayo GAA are not trying to be the first to virtue signal or anything like it, they were approached by Peader Gardiner (manager of Mindspace) with the idea which they then presented to the GAA. So the initiative came from a good charitable place which Mayo GAA were good enough to follow up on.

    I don’t know if rainbow numbers on a Jersey for a few games would have any impact or not, but I really don’t see the harm in it, it isnt going to hurt anyone. However if it did help even one person who is struggling feel a little more accepted then wouldn’t it be worth it.

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