Killimordaly hurling club, formed in 1912, has had a great tradition of competing at the highest level of competition in Galway club hurling. In the late sixties increased focus was put on under age development in the club. It did not take long for the club to start reaping the rewards of this development and in 1972 the club achieved its first U-14 county final win. Players such as Michael Earls, Pascal Ryan and John Ryan, U-21 All Ireland winners in 1978, were to the fore during this first trophy winning campaign. This U-14 team went on to represent both club and county in Killimordaly’s first foray into the National Feile competition. The Feile was held in Moycarkey in Tipperary. Agonisingly the team were defeated in the semi-final of the competition by a local team from Nenagh. This team had success again two years later by going on to win the East Galway U-16 title in 1976. They defeated Kiltormer in the final 5-9 to 0-2.
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Killimordaly are the Minor County Champions after a brave performance from the team!
2015 had great success with the U-12s team winning the Group 2 County final and the U-14s team runners up in the A1 championship. The Killimordaly U-15 team were victorious in their Championship with victory over Liam Mellows in the final. The Killimordaly U-21 team were narrowly beaten by Kilconiron in the county final.
The minor team reached the County B final but were unfortunately defeated.
U14 team and U16 team. Killimordaly’s tradition of competing at the highest level at the U-14 age group was continued on in 2014 and this squad of players won the championship and had the privilege of representing Galway at the Feile in Derry. More success in 2014 came from the U-16 team who won the B county championship.
in 2011 the Killimordaly U-10 team were victors in the East Galway U-10 A Championship. This was followed up with winning the U-14 championship in the same year. This U-14 team saw the emergence of three players that have since made a big impact on the current senior squad and who also have picked up winning All Ireland minor medals with Galway in 2015, Brian Concannon, Dean Earls and Jack Fitspatrick.
2007 saw a Killimordaly team win an U-21 B Championship. This team was made up of a wide spread of players that had success at different levels through the 2000’s. Players included Conor McDonagh and Declan Connolly who won an U-21 All Ireland with Galway in 2011 and Paul Madden All Ireland minor winner in 2004 and U-21 All Ireland winner in 2005 and 2007.
Success returned at the end of the 1990’s for an U-14 team yet again. This time led by Eamonn Daly and his management team which included the ever present Frank Burk as a selector. This 1998 U-14 team defeated Pádraig Pearse's in a closely fought match in Kenny Park which saw all of Killimordaly’s scores coming from Eanna Ryan. Eanna has gone on to represent Galway at senior level and also won an All-Ireland U-21 medal with Galway in 2005. Niall Earls and Paul Madden were also members of this U-14 team and the 2005 All Ireland winning U-21 Galway panel. Into the 2000’s and Killimordaly success began at U-12 level. With the guidance of the management team which included long serving Killimordaly senior goal keeper Paul Kilkenny and Aidan Spellman the 2004 U-12 team saw the emergence of some of bright stars that are now making waves as senior hurlers with the club. These include Paul and Shane Concannon, Alan Lawless, Conor McDonagh and Darragh Cooney. Darragh went on to win a Minor All Ireland with Galway in 2011. 2004 continued to be a good year with victory again at U-14 level.
1996 saw the U-12 team lose out to Mullagh in the final of this competition. On the day of the final held in Craughwell the Killimordaly and Mullagh jerseys were too similar for the match to take place. To let the match come to pass Killimordaly wore a set of Athenry jerseys while Mullagh togged out in a Craughwell strip.
Players that would be integral to the senior Killimordaly team in years to come were learning their trade at underage level during this period. Noel and Paul Cooney, Michael Haverty, Tomas Broderick, Tom Monaghan and Eamonn Burke to name but a few, were involved in underage teams during this period. Tom Monaghan was part of the Galway All Ireland minor winning team in 1983 and the U-21 team of 1986. The great work done at underage level within the club culminated in a Galway senior club title in 1986. Killimordaly had many players from this period that went on to represent Galway at senior level, most notably Tony Keady, Eanna Ryan, Michael Earls, Michael Haverty, Tom Monaghan and Paul Cooney. Tony Keady and Eanna Ryan both won All Stars as senior players during their hurling careers.
Legendary hurler Tony Keady won an U-21 All Ireland with Galway in 1983.
Back Row – Michael Finn, Cathal Duffy, Pat Fahy ,Seamus Skehill, Eamon Burke, Brendan Hardiman, Frankie Earls, Paul Earls, Paul Cooney Tom Broderick Front Row – Richard Haverty, Dermot Earls, Cyril Kelly, Noel Finn, Mark Monaghan, Niall Cannon, John Mitchell, Tom Fahy, Joe Staunton
Back Row – Tom Monaghan, Kevin Connors, Paul Cannon, Reggie Concannon, Joseph Creaven, Joe Hardiman, Thomas Melody, Pat Earls Front Row – Timmy Greaney, Eamon Burke, Cathal Duffy, Noel Cooney, Eamon Daly, Richie Haverty, Cyril Noone
Killimordaly East Galway U-16 Champions 1976 Back Row – Michael Skehill, Paddy Mitchel, John Skehill, John Creavan, Sean Murphy, Kieran Fergus, Padraig McCormack. Front Row – John Ryan, Kevin Jordan, Bernie Tierney, Michael Earls, Pascal Ryan, John Coen, Michael Murrohy, Absent: Tommy Ryan Agonisingly Mullagh stopped Killimordaly’s drive for five U-14 championship wins in a row by beating them at the semi-final stage of 1976’s championship. Killimordaly gained the upper hand over Mullagh later that year, driven on by Noel Earls’s great display of hurling Killimordaly defeated Mullagh in the final of the Connacht Tribune sponsored Bicycles competition where each player received the famous bicycle! This underage age success paved the way for more underage achievement throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s.
The 1972 U-14 team set the tone for the rest of this decade at U-14 level which Killimordaly dominated. The club won the U-14 title four times in a row from 1972 -1975 and again in 1978, representing Galway in the Feile na nGael each time.
The success at underage level in Killimordaly is a result of the time, hard work and effort put in by those involved in the hurling club. A huge effort goes on behind the scenes in terms of coaching and training. All our coaches, managers, selectors and trainers from our under 6’s all the way up are hugely motivated to help the players within the club be the best they can be. Through the 1970’s and 1980’s Enda Ryan, Ned Burke, Johnny Earls, Tommy Hardiman, Bill Creavan and Frank Burke were always involved in underage hurling in the club. The 1990’s saw people like Michael Earls, Tom Monaghan, Christy Daly, John Daly, Brendan Mitchell, Ray Coen, Tim Skehill and Tim Hansberry become involved with the training of teams. Now into the 2000’s and beyond a new crop of enthusiastic coaches, mentors and managers have stepped up within the club. They put a massive effort into the underage development in Killimordaly. These include Tomas Broderick, Seamus Coen, Pat McDonagh, Ray Coen, Frank Noone, Brendan Tierney, Eamonn Daly, Noel E Earls, Clement Earls, Paul Finn, David Tierney and Sean Whiriskey. Killimordaly has had many great Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasures down through the years that have brought the club to where it is now. The administration within the club over the years has always supported all levels of juvenile hurling.