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Galway Bay fm 2013 Sports Awards Winners

Sports Personality of the Year


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Kevin Thornton, Annette Clarke, Suzanne Corcoran, Sean Conroy, Judy Greene (awards sponsor), Nigel Forde, Gary Manogue, Therese Maher, John Monroe




(1) Paul Conroy (Gaelic Football)

Paul plays with the St. James’ club in Galway city and was an outstanding performer in Galway’s midfield this year, starring in their qualifier wins over Waterford, Tipperary, and Armagh. He is Galway’s only All-star nominee and was also part of the Irish international rules squad last month.

 (2) Therese Maher (Camogie) **Overall Winner**

Therese is a native of Athenry, and in September she ended her astonishing thirteen-year wait for a senior All-Ireland medal as she starred in Galway’s All-Ireland final win over Kilkenny at Croke Park. Therese was named player of the match and just won her fifth All-star award.

(3) Annette Clarke (Ladies Football)

Annette Clarke has had an astonishing year, and was crucial to Galway regaining their Connacht title against Mayo earlier this year. The midfielder won Galway’s only 2013 All-star award and captained her club Kilkerrin/Clonberne to their first ever senior club title last month after defeating Corofin in a replay.

(4) Kevin Thornton (Triathlon)

In June Salthill native Kevin Thornton made history when he became European champion at the AG European Triathlon championships in Turkey. Kevin took gold in the 25-29 age bracket at the event in Alanya, coming home first in a field of 32 athletes in a time of 1.52:53, a time which saw him crowned overall champion. 

(5) John Monroe (Horse Racing)

John Monroe was the toast of punters on the final day of the Galway September meeting at Ballybrit thanks to the exploits of the city stable’s consistent flagbearer, Muzak. The popular grey raised the roof at his home course when achieving the biggest success of his career by comfortably taking the featured €26,000 Guinness Handicap Chase.

(6) David Forde (Soccer)

Bohermore native David Forde has made himself first choice Republic of Ireland goalkeeper after making his international debut against Northern Ireland in 2011. Since the retirement of Shay Given, the Milwall stopper has been outstanding, particularly in the recent World Cup qualifier defeat to Germany where he was named man of the match.

(7) Suzanne Corcoran (Golf)

Portumna Golf Club’s Suzanne Corcoran captured the Irish Ladies senior championship title in July at Woodenbridge Golf club, was part of the Irish team that won the Gold Medal at the European Senior Ladies Team Championships in Slovenia in September and rounded off a superb year so far by playing her part in Ireland retaining their Senior Ladies Home International title last month after notching wins against Scotland and Wales and a draw with England on the final day at Llandudno Golf Club.

(8) Gary Manogue (Kickboxing)

Gary “Slick” Manogue of the Black Dragon kickboxing club is the current IKF European Super Welterweight champion. The Castlepark man has won All Ireland, 5 Nations, and European Titles. His fight record to date is 26 fights, 25 wins with 12 KO’s. He is currently ranked at No. 1 in the World by the International Kickboxing Federation.


Young Sports Personality of the Year

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Ailish O’Reilly, Kieran Molloy, Alanna Lally, Dylan Curley, Pat Hoban, Judy Greene, Cathal Daniels, Brian Molloy, David O’Sullivan, Brian Mulkerrins, Paul Duffy


(1) Kieran Molloy (Boxing)

Kieran Molloy of Oughterard came away from the AIBA World Junior Championships in Kiev earlier this year with a bronze medal, and at 14 was one of the youngest competitors at the event. He may well have gone on to win gold only for a freak knee twist meant he could not continue just 1 minute and 27 seconds into his semi-final bout.

(2) Martin Mulkerrins (Handball)

Last year at 19 years of age Martin entered the Intermediate Championships where he won the All-Ireland title which qualified him to contest at senior level. He then won the Connacht Senior Championships and became the first Galway man to do so since 1997 on top of his All-Ireland under-21 singles success.

(3) Robbie Henshaw (Rugby)

Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw has had a remarkable year, starring for the province in their Por-12 and Heineken Cup campaigns which earned him his first senior call for Ireland. Henshaw made his firs senior Irish appearance against the USA in June and also came off the bench against Canada days later.

(4) Alanna Lally (Athletics)

Alanna Lally of Galway city Harriers has a frightening record already. She is the schools 300m and 800m Connacht champion, 800m All-Ireland schools champion, National League track and field 800m champion, 800m Tailteann games champion, and is now ranked 5th overall in Europe following her exploits at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine.  

(5) Dylan Curley (Motorsport)

15 year-old Dylan Curley from Oranmore won the Junior Ginetta Ireland Championship at Mondello Park in September after leading the 12 round championship from start to finish. He also won the Allied Irish Cup for being the fastest Irish Junior, becoming only the second ever Galway driver after Mattie McNamara in 1973 to achieve the feat.

(6) David O’Sullivan (Swimmming)

In August David O’Sullivan swam a 100-meter butterfly in a time of 56.20 seconds – breaking his own Connacht junior and senior record. He has also swam in the 200metre heats at the European junior championships in Poland, qualifying for the semis after a new personal best of 2.03.05 seconds; Won three Irish senior caps during the year at age 17; Qualified for
European juniors where he came 15th in overall, European Short course and
US open – Plus he set new Connacht records in all Three events

(7) Michael Duffy (Equestran)

Turloughmore man Michael Duffy is an international showjumper and he is the current Irish National Champion, winning the title in 2012 at just 17 years of age. He has competed at shows such as the CSIO5* Dublin Horse Show, and CSI-W 4* in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

(8) Ailish O’Reilly (Camogie & Basketball) **Overall Winner**

Ailish O’Reilly was part of the Galway Senior Camogie team that won Senior All Ireland title, scoring the only goal in the final. Ailish won her first All Star Award this month and she also plays basketball with the NUIG Mystics where she received the Female young player of the year award for the National League earlier this year.  

(9) Cathal Daniels (Eventing)

17 year-old Cathal Daniels from Kylebrack won a Gold Medal at the European  Junior Eventing Team Chamionships at Haras De Jardy in France in September 2013 riding “Rioghan Rua”. The pressure was on to jump clear in order to win gold and this was an amazing achievement as “Rioghan Rua” was the youngest horse in the competition.

(10) Pat Hoban (Soccer)

Pat Hoban made his League of Ireland debut for Mervue United in 2009 and after a brief spell with Bristol City he signed for Dundalk in December 2012. He has starred at Oriel Park this year, scoring 13 goals. He has been named on the Airtricity League Premier Division team of the year and has been nominated for both the young and senior player of the year awards. 

 (11) Brian Molloy (Hurling)

Kilmadeema-Leitrim clubman Brian Molloy starred in their intermediate hurling county final win over Cappataggle scoring 8 points; and was also named man of the match. He was an
instrumental member of the Galway minor hurling team which suffered defeat in the All-Ireland final against Waterford.


Team of the Year

Overall Winners –

Representing Galway’s Un21 Footballers

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Alan Flynn, Cathal Mulryan, Tom Healy, Eoin Walsh, Shane WAlsh, Damien Comer, James Shaughnessy, Fiontan O’Curraoin, GBFM’s head of sport Ollie Turner


(1) Corinthians Rugby

In April of this year Corinthians’ win over University College Cork guaranteed their promotion to Division 1B next season, sparking wild celebrations. Corinthians finest hour was sealed when they defeated the Cork outfit on their home turf 17-14. The blue black and white men scored a whopping 72 tries during the campaign. 

(2) Galway Minor Ladies Football

After achieving All-Ireland glory at under-16 level in 2012, virtually the same panel went on to repeat their feat at minor level as they defeated Dublin 3-13 to 2-14 in a thrilling replay in Mullingar. Led by Daniel Moynihan, players such as Nicola and Louise Ward were called into the Galway senior panel after the win.

(3) Galway Senior Camogie

This year Galway finally ended their 17-year wait for a senior All-Ireland camogie title when they defeated Kilkenny 1-9 to 0-7 at Croke Park. Captained by Lorraine Ryan, Galway overcame bogey side Wexford comfortably in the semi-final and clinched the O’Duffy cup to spark a wave of emotional celebration.

(4) Ballinasloe GAA Football

Ballinasloe won last years’ Galway junior football against Clifden in a replay in what was perhaps the game of the year, but few could have predicted what was to follow. The men from east Galway found themselves at Croke Park on All-Ireland final day, where they overcame Kerry side Kenmare 0-14 to 0-10.

(5) St. Thomas’ GAA Football

St. Thomas’ also remarkably went all the way to All-Ireland glory after winning their first ever Galway senior title against Loughrea in 2012. A tricky All-Ireland semi-final saw them dispose of champions Loughgiel Shamrocks after a replay, and their dreams came true on St. Patrick’s day when they overcame Offaly sideKilcormac-Killoughey at Croke Park.

(6) Galway U21 Football  **Overall Winners**

Galway secured their second All-Ireland under-21 title in three years as they defeated Cork in an unforgettable night at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick back in May. After overcoming Kildare in the All-Ireland semi-final, Alan Flynn’s men done it again as they brushed the favourites aside 1-14 to 1-11.

(7) Claregalway U14 Football

The Claregalway Under-14’s claimed All-Ireland football Féile glory as they overcame Bellaghy of Derry at Celtic Park in Derry City in June on an impressive scoreline of 4-5 to 1-6 in the Division One decider. Victories over Lavey, St. Paul’s and Magherafelt set them on their way to the final which they won so convincingly

(8) Mervue United Seniors

Mervue United have endured a remarkable season in this years’ Airtricity League first Division, as a third place finish saw them earn a promotion playoff with Longford Town which they cruely lost in penalties. Johnny Glynn’s men went on a seven-game winning run at the end of the campaign during which they only conceded a single goal.


Coach of the Year


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Alan Flynn, Tony Ward, Stephen Molloy, Depty Mayor of County Galway Eileen Mannion, Phil Pretorious, John Burke, Johnny Glynn






(1) John Burke (St. Thomas’ Hurling)

John Burke led his club to All-Ireland glory last march after rebuilding their fortunes in recent years. John had six of his sons on the panel, as the Toms defied all the odds to go all the way following their historic 2012 county final win over Loughrea.  


(2) Tony Ward (Camogie)  **Overall Winner**

New Inn and Sarsfields man Tony Ward finally achieved what he and his players had been longing for – in no one but two All-titles. Before the senior showdown, Ward led Galway’s intermediates to glory against Wexford, and within hours done it all over again when the senior side defeated Kilkenny. On Sat 2nd Nov Tony received ‘Manager of the Year’ at the Camogie All Star Awards

(3) Johnny Glynn (Mervue United Soccer)

Although Johnny Glynn will always be remembered for his winning goal for Galway United in the 1991 FAI Cup final, this year he has really announced himself as a talented manager after leading Mervue United to a third place finish in the League of Ireland first division against all the odds.

(4) Phil Pretorious (Corinthians)

The arrival of Phil Pretorius to Corinthians proved key to their promotion to Division 1B. The incredibly qualified Springbok has coached at inter-varisity, Currie Cup and Super 14 level over the past two decades. Dr. Pretorious isn’t just head coach of the first team, he’s also Director of Rugby at the club.

(5) Stephen Molloy (Boxing)

Stephen Molloy of Oughterard boxing club has been an integral part of the sport in the west and beyond, coaching the Irish team at the world junior championships in Ukraine earlier this year. Stephen is a key factor in why athletes like his son Kieran are tipped to compete at the Olympic games in years to come.

(6) Alan Flynn (U21 Football)

Tuam native Alan Flynn led the Galway Under-21’s to the All-Ireland title earlier this year and had the young tribesmen playing football how it should be played. He also led his own club Tuam Stars to the Galway county final in 2011 only to lose out against Corofin, and is part of Alan Mulholland’s management team for the Galway senior squad.

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