SKGAA Newsletter 11/04/18

November 8, 2018

A chairde,

Lots of news this week and good results across the board with wins for the senior footballers, Junior A camogie team, U16 hurling and Ladies Football teams and many more. The Prairie is receieving its treatment this week so it should be open again from the weekend on fingers crossed. Again our thanks for your continued patience and support. This Friday alone, the club has been fixed for 6 matches at a home venue and without the possibility of playing 8pm throw in games for another few weeks it is simply impossible to accomodate all these games so a huge thanks to club secretary Alan Hassett who does a fantastic job juggling all of these issues. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Ladies Football table Quiz tomorrow evening in Sheridans. 

More information below:

There are 2 important pieces of information we wish to bring to your attention.

1. The Club have been allocated a number of tickets for the Ed Sheeran concerts on the Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of May in Pearce Stadium. Approximately 50 are now available to be used in an open draw for club members to buy at face value (much like the draws for the All Ireland tickets). To be within a chance of securing a ticket leave your name and the night you would prefer to attend (either Saturday or Sunday) with James in the office. If two members of your family are members you may leave two names etc… The draw will take place on Friday the 20th of April so all submissions must be in by then. Reminder you must be fully registered with the club in 2018 for your your name to be entered into the draw.  

To facilitate the running of the concert, SKGAA Executive Committee have formalised a deal with Aiken Promotion through Galway County Board that will see the Árus and the Prairie used around the time of the concert. The Árus will be closed from Monday the 7th of May to Monday the 14th inclusive and the Prairie will be closed from the 3rd of May to the 17th of May inclusive (with the possibility of a few more days closure afterwards depending on weather.) SKGAA Executive Committee have worked extremely hard over the past 6 months to put a deal in place that will be of huge benefit to the club. This agreement was passed at our monthly meeting on Monday the 9th of April. The club is satisfied (finally) that its needs have been met and that everything will be returned exactly as expected following the concert. The County Board have agreed to accommodate us with fixtures as much as possible but again we would ask for people's understanding when dealing with this for the 2 week period involved.  


2. Health and Wellbeing

As part of the club's Health and Wellbeing Initiatives, we have organised a trip to Croke Park Museum on the 5th of May. All the details are in the flyer below but here's a quick breakdown:

– Bus leaves the Árus at 9am on Saturday the 5th of May.

– The cost is 35euro for OAP's and 40 euro for anybody else.

– The cost includes the bus, lunch and a guided tour all taking place at Croke Park.

– People will have a chance to look around the museum themselves after the tour.

– The bus will stop once on the way up and once on the way back.  

– The trip is open to anyone at all, not just members or OAP's but we are targeting our Life Members and Retired Members of the Community in particular as a social outing. 

– To book a place just call James in the office on 091527333 or call into him in the Árus.

– Places are limited so please book your place early to guarentee your space.

– If you know of anyone who might be interested in this trip, please let them know. 




A note to all member that Direct Debits are no longer being run. If you were previously registered on Direct Debit, you will no longer be registered or insured and you need to register online at:

If you are experiencimg any difficulty, you can ring the offices of myclubfinances and ask to speak to Mary on 091506048.

SKGAA Golf Society

Results from SKGaa Golf Society outing to Connemara sponsored by Gerard O Brien Electrical

1st Alan Mulholland 39 pts off 8

2nd Stanley Porter 38 pts off 9

3rd Michael O hUigunn 36 pts off 16

F9 Aidan Mc Namara 20 pts off 8 (BD)

B9 Philip Duffy 19 pts off 17

Nearest Pin Philip Duffy

Longest Paul Hickey

Next outing is this Saturday in Portumna sponsored by Gerard Allen and company accountants. For time sheet contact Michael O Flaterty 0861700913 or Ger Mulholland 0861283674


Míle buíochas to John Donohue, John Burke, Frank McCann and Willie Madden for all their help with Cappagh Pitch over the weekend and to Conor Quinlan and john Donohue who did a lot of necessary jobs around the Árus around the weekend. 


Anyone with old gear lying around Please return to the James in the office any evening.

 To Include Helmets, Hurling Sticks, Footballs or Bollards ‘

We can recycle all these items.

The club would like to pass their condolonces on to Junior A hurler Mikey collins and his family follwing the death of Mikey's grandmother Nora Collins of Milford County Cork.

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On the Field

Adult Football

The seniors began their Division 1 campaign with a 2 point victory over Oughterard in very tough conditions last Saturday. The team started slowly playing against a very defensive home opposition but gradually got into the game. It was great to see Gary Cox back for another season, and he played extremely well. a special mention to Shane Kelly who made his long awaited come back after a torid time with injury and has also been drafted into the Galway U20 panel. Final score 0-9 to 0-7. Next up in St. James at home on Sunday evening.

Both Junior teams are in action this weekend with the Juniors playing their first Division 5 game at home vs Killanin on Friday evening at 7pm TBC and the Junior A's away to Spiddal on saturday evening at 7pm. 

The minors play Moycullen on Wednesday evening and a win will see them qualify for the league final fixed for next Wednesday vs Barna in Pearse Stadium. 

Keep an eye on social media for updated times and venues.

The U20s are awaiting the fixture for the West Board Final where they will play Moycullen. The winners will go on to play Mounbellew Moylough in the County Final.  Mountbellew Moylough overcame Claregalway at the weekend after extra time in the North Board decider.


Adult Hurling

Junior Hurlers play a Challenge Match v Castlegar at Castlegar Pitch this Sunday at 5pm. Please support.

Training takes place tonight, Wednesday at 7pm.

Minor Hurling: 

The Minor Championship Match which had been scheduled to take place on Sunday v Ballygar has been changed. Please keep a close eye on Facebook page and Twitter in case it is played this weekend at short notice. No information on the reschedule for this fixture is known as of now. 

Support is pivotal for this team this year as it is the first time that SK have played Minor A Hurling in the History of the Club. 

Juvenile Hurling

Nursery Hurling is now going outdoors from this Friday and new kids welcome.. time is 5:45pm 5 and venue is Cappagh Park.

U8 Hurling 

U8s Street League kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday in Cappagh.  Training moves out doors on Fridays from 5:45 in Cappagh, alongside U6s and u10s.

U10 Hurling 

U10 street leagues starts at 7pm in Cappagh on Wednesday. We're also training each Friday from now on at 6pm in Cappagh.

U12/U11 Hurling 

Training outdoors on Mondays 6-7pm and Fridays 7-8pm, both in Cappagh Park. 

U12s had challenge game vs Moycullen in Cappagh Park on Sunday morning. All the panel had a good runout. Check out our Facebook page for photos.

U14 Hurling 

The Galway Féile starts this Wednesday evening with an away fixture to Cois Fharraige in An Spidáel  at 6:15 pm .

Our 2nd game is on Friday evening at 6:30pm in the Prairie against Liam Mellows.  

The last Group game in back in An Spidáel against Gort at 12 noon Saturday.  

Best of luck to all the players and Management.  And please come along and support the team .

U16 Hurling 

On Monday we had a comprehensive 5:15 to 2:07 win over Padraig Pearses. This was all the more satisfying because we lost our last two clashes with Pearses. This puts us joint top of the B1 championship along with Killimor. We have a short break in matches now and our next outing will be against Sylane on Thursday 26th April.

Update: Schools  Transition Year work experience programme resumes this week after Easter break, with hurling / camogie coaching in Gael Scoil Mhic Amhlaigh and Scoil Einne


Long evenings signal the start of the  annual SKGAA camogie and hurling street leagues that will commence  this evening Wednesday in Cappagh and continue for next four weeks. This is really enjoyable club event played in a great spirit with children playing with and against siblings, relations, friends and maybe enemies. Many parents get involved mentoring for first time which all adds to the atmosphere the games are played in. Girls up to and including U11  are eligible to take part. Contact your childs relevant mentor to take part.


U10s resume training this Thursday at 6pm.


U11s play first game in county U12 competition this Thursday away to Castlegar .


The U12 competition commenced last week with the SKGAA girls putting in a determined performance against a stronger Liam Mellowes team in Cappagh .Next match is away to Carnmore on Thursday 19th April, throw in 6.30pm .Training –  Thurs 6-7pm & Sun 9-10 Cappagh.


U14s play last group game in championship , rescheduled from last weekend due to weather, against Kinvarra at home (tbc) this Sunday at 11am. As part of fundraising for Féile there will be a raffle in the next few weeks for two tickets to Ed Sheeran . Tickets will be €5 each.


U16s train 6.30 to 8.00 in St Endas and Saturday 9.30 to 11.00 in Cappagh. League matches for this team  will be starting shortly.


SK Juniors secured their first win in the Junior A league beating Cois Fharraige 5-12 to 2-05 in Cappagh on Sunday morning last. The team put in a strong performance showing improvement from their first game. Next match is against St. Colemans away next Sunday evening.


Finally, please lend you support to Ladies Gaelic table quiz to be held this Thursday 12th April in Sheridans.


Juvenile Football

All systems go as every team back training and season in full swing.


U6s -u10s training times as follows.

U6s wed scoil einde indoor 6-7 

U7 Tues Mcgraths park 6-7.

U8 tues Mcgraths park 6-7.

U9 tues Mcgraths park 7-8.

U10 tues 6-7 cappagh and sun 10-11 Cappagh.


U11s & same as above 

A lot of leagues starting this weekend so best of luck to all teams and players and coaches. U11 competing in 12B & u12 both start city league this Sunday v Barna in Cappagh.


U13 play in U14B will play second league game against St Michael’s next Tuesday  17th (venue TBD). Scheduled game was postponed due to weather and pitch conditions.

U14a continue to get ready for feile weekend April 20th/21st 

fixtures as follows 

Friday 20 th April  Barna vs Salthill.  in Barna 7 pm.     Sat 21 st.  Salthill vs Moycullen in Killannin @11.40 am    Sat21 st  Killannin vs Salthill in Killannin @1 pm.b  team you have 2 games in Milltown on April Saturday 21 st   @12 noon  vs Milltown and 1 pm.  Vs. northern gaels.

U16A to play first game of the season against Barna next Tuesday  17th in Furbo. Previous game against St Michael's was postponed due to weather and pitch conditions.  It is hoped that this game Will be played before the Junior cert break in May.

U16B playing Claregalway away this Friday and Oranmore at home next Tuesday. U15 starts at beginning of May.

Ladies Football

SKGAA Ladies football are holding a table quiz in Sheridan's, on April 12th @ 8.30pm. Get the date out to everyone involved, parents etc. Spot prizes and sponsors welcome. All funds raised are for Ladies football.

Well done to Saoirse Flynn who was was part of the Galway Minor Panel who defeated Mayo at the weekend 3-11 to 2-8. 

Salthill Ladies Football Training (Junior/u18/u16) Every Wednesday Evening 7.30 to 8.30 St Endas. Every Saturday 3 to 4 also in St Endas until the end of April.


SK U16 Girls Football Update Tues 10/4/18

   Letterfrack and The Inagh Valley never looked so good as the Victorious SK U16 girls coasted back to The City having lowered the local Grainne Mhaols Girls Banner with a fine 6-4[22 pts] to 2-9[15 pts] victory in Game 3 of the 2018 Div 2 league.

   Great credit is due to the Girls that travelled out West and took on Grainne Mhaols on their home pitch. County Star Emma Madden again gave an outstanding performance and was superbly backed up by all the other Girls who dug in and demonstrated to the opposition that they were not just out for a site seeing Sunday drive.

  Grainne Mhaols started with a Double marker tactic on SK full forward Emma Madden. It worked for a while but eventually Emma struck for four goals with sublime balls being fed inside by the Girls outfield. 

   SK turned over well ahead at halftime but Grainne Mhaols closed the gap to just 2 points with approx. 15 Min's to go. SK girls again dug in and worked very hard for the final Qtr to finish Stronger than G.Mhaols. 

   Great credit goes to the Girls and Selectors for devising and implementing counter measure tactics to offset the Double marker on County Player Emma Madden.

  Next Up is 1/4 Final planned for weekend of 14/15th April. Watch this space as the play offs unfold.

 Again Many Thanks to the Supporters, Parents, 1st Aider, Selectors, Umpires and The Mum that volunteered to wash the Fantastic new Jerseys. 

u12 – U12a girls football team had a great victory over Corofin in the league on Monday eve. The score finished 5-2 to 4-3. Well done to all the players!!

u10 – girls back training (skipathon/Kickathon) in Arus 7-8pm this Wednesday. Please bring collection card and money.

u6/u8 – Football training for U8 & U6 girls will begin on Wednesday 11/04/18 at 6pm in McGraths Field. Help from parents with coaching would be greatly appreciated.


Coaching Corner

Another great Hurling/Camogie Academy is running in the Arus this week, with over 80 players, aged 9 to 14, taking part – in spite of the weather! 

A big shout out to our own young club coaches, drawn from our minor and adult hurling and camogie teams, who are working hard all week with our next generation of players: Matthew Keane, Siobhán  Divilly, Eimear Kelly, Sarah Keane, Ailbhe O'Grady, Ronan McGuinness. 

In addition, three coaches from our current Transition Year Work Experience Programme are developing their coaching skills further by helping out: Brian Palmer, Eoin O'Neill and Diarmuid Munroe. Delighted also to have had coaches from around the county, including county under 21 star Evan Niland and Galway's own Gerry Spelman and Michael Gallagher. A big thank you to Clodagh Cox and Joe Maguire for help with the administration, to Clem Garvey, to John Donohue and James Molloy for facilitating access to the Prairie and the Arus and finally, to all the coaches and parents who organised the kids to attend. A true club effort!  

Birthdays in the Árus

Don't forget the Árus is the number 1 venue for children's birthday parties. Contact James in the office on 09152733 to book yours today.

Keep up to date with news on and .

Also you can follow SKGAA on Twitter @skgaa and Instagram #skgaa


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