Posts Tagged ‘SPORTS’

Starting the Bike Week: Tour de Merlin Woods

Starting the Bike Week

Meeting point at Doughiska Park on Sat 14th June at 2pm

Aer Lingus Hurling Festival

This is going to be the first ever International Hurling Festival. And it is taking place from next Wednesday (18th) until Saturday (21st)

The best teams from USA, South America, Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Australia will be playing here and hosted in Loughrea, Gort, Ballinasloe and Galway West.

The tournament will feature 16 International teams competing in four groups of four, with the eventual winners crowned in Pearse Stadium (Salthill). In support of The Gathering, Aer Lingus want to bring hurling fans from all over the world home to celebrate our national game in what promises to be one of the most unique and exciting sporting events of 2013.

Here you have the schedule for the first day, the rest of it you can find it using this link


Qualifying games will take place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September and entry to all these matches is free of charge

The final will take place in Pearse Stadium on Saturday the 21st of September and tickets are just 5 Euros (free entry for all Under 18)

Check all the information here

Galway Kenya Run

When: Saturday 14 September 2013

Where: at the Regional Sports Centre, Dangan, Galway, which is situated just 2 miles from the City centre on the N59 Road to Moycullen / Oughterard. And Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Admission: Admission to the track is free (you can give some donation for the charities). Admission to the Hall is €10, with all proceeds going to the designated charities.


The idea behind this day is to honour Brother Colm O’Connell for his missionary work and for his role in developing Kenyan athletics to the level it has achieved today.

The highlight of the Track will undoubtedly be the opportunity to witness David Rudisha in action. He has confirmed he will run a Fun Celebrity 800m.

In addition to other races, there will be an Elite Mile – and it is hoped the first sub 4-minute mile to be run in Galway will take place on the day.

Times of the events:

13:00 – 15:30: All members of the public are invited to run, walk or crawl a timed 800m. How far behind David Rudisha’s incredible world record of 1:40.91 would you be?

A few relays teams (4x 200m and 8 x 100m) will also try to better David Rudisha’s time – can they even come close? Those wishing to run 800m will have an option to do so every 10 minutes from 13:00 until 15:30, don’t forget your running shoes

16.00: Celebrity 800m featuring David Rudisha.

16.20: Elite Mile Race – possibility of sub 4-minute mile in Galway for first time.

18.30: ‘Questions and Answers’ session with Brother Colm O’Connell and David Rudisha will take place at Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway. Places are limited, but it is possible to reserve tickets

For more information you can visit the website  of the event.

To watch and to take part

It feels like this week they agree to celebrate the sport. Here’s a list of some of the events taking place in County Galway.

International Galway Canoe Polo Open

1st to 2nd June

Its first international competition with teams from all over Europe.

Spiddal Currach & Hooker Regatta

1st to 2nd June

Sea racing, family events and music.

Clifden Sky Road 10 K Challenge

2nd June

Run (or walk) for charity. Entrace €20

Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon Festival

2nd June

The race takes place in the Gort surroundings.

Don’t get too tired!


Fuchsia leggins, big yellow sunglasses, big hair decorated with colorful hairbands…a bit too tacky? Think that it’ll be only for a bit of fun for this year’s Roundstone Bay 8km. “Retro running” is the theme for the 2013 race, so leave your shyness at home and let your imagination fly…or run, in this case.

The categories will be classified as follows:

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male Overall
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female Overall
  • 1st Male Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60
  • 1st Female Over 40, Over 50 and Over 60
  • Top GAA team (First 4 runners times from each club will score)

Not only the race will take place; there’ll be a DJ before and after the race and also later on in the evening the band Silver Circus will be playing classic hits from now and always at the Shamrock Bar , or if you’d rather prefer some trad music in any of the local pubs you won’t have to walk too much as they’re fairly close to each other so you won’t have to suffer if you’re in your night out high heels.

And now the best part…Roundstone is a beautiful village in the coast of Connemara, belongs to County Galway and it’s about 77km north-west of Galway city. If the luck is over this side of the country and the sun shines you’ll be amazed of the breathtaking scenery around you. Walk around the seaside contemplating the turquoise beach (i mean it) is such a pleasure that it would be a shame not to give it a chance to drive up to this secret pearl of the Irish west coast…and maybe go for a deep in these georgeus waters before taking a stroll around the pictoresque village.

Roundstone is a little paradise…you won’t be dissapointed!

Start Time for the race is 1.00pm on Saturday 18th May 2013.

Registration is €20

Roundstone Bay 8km

Get in shape!

For the next two weeks, here’s something that’ll help you keep fit…or just have a good time trying something different, both in Connemara so you’ll have the perfect scenery as a background!




The first one is The Connemara Adventure Challenge. The race will include trial/ mountain running, kayaking and cycling, through 31 km open to all levels.

Connemara Adventure Challenge- The Gathering

May 11th




The next sports event is very similar as it’s a triathlon and consists of swim, cycle and run, and it takes place at Spiddal beach, Connemara roads for cycling and running around the pier and village.

Sprint: 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run

Olympic: 1500 m swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run.

Galway Triathlon Spiddal

18th May 2013



Connacht v Ulster…the winner takes it all

You wouldn’t be the only one who watch a rugby match without knowing its rules. It’s just something you have to do while staying in Ireland. And what a better chance to do it when the local team is playing.


It doesn’t  matter if it rains or snows, you wouldn’t notice none of this because you’ll be too busy trying to follow the game, understand the rules and guessing who is who in the pitch.

Add to all that a refreshing drink (usually a pint of usual Irish stuff but it’s up to you to decide) that can spicy up your first time at a rugby match. Otherwise everybody’s welcome, newers and regulars, nationals or foreigners, men and women…Come on girls, would you let pass the opportunity to watch really tough guys playing live…?


Don’t wait for too long to get your ticket, from Monday on sale, from €5 up to €3

Sportsground, College Road, Galway

Friday 19 April, at 19.45.

Tickets at and

Remember, it’s not compulsory…you only have to.