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# The West's awake

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# The West's awake
Connacht's Bealham hoping for early birthday present against Munster
The Irish international believes the new astroturf surface at the Sportsground will suit his side’s style of play.
# The West's awake
'I’ve never had such a long waiting list': Irish colleges ready for long awaited return
It’s been a long couple of years for Gaeltacht areas without the annual influx of students.
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# The West's awake
'He's an absolute master of the craft' - Why Clare's long-serving boss shows no signs of stopping
A masterful coach, Colm Collins has instilled belief and high standards in Clare’s footballers for years. This evening his eighth championship with the Banner throws in.
# Gael
Joe McDonagh, the man of the people who helped modernise the GAA
It is five years since former GAA president Joe McDonagh died. Today, the competition named in his honour — a fitting legacy — gets under way.
# The West's awake
McShane stretchered off as Galway hand out Harte's heaviest defeat as Tyrone boss
Padraic Joyce’s side romped to a 19-point win over the 13 men of Tyrone.
# The West's awake
Connacht captain Jarrad Butler commits to province with new deal
It’s more positive news for the western province.
# The West's awake
Two-time All-Ireland winner Joyce set to take over Galway senior footballers
Padraic Joyce is to be recommended as the Tribesmen’s new boss.
# The West's awake
Connacht trio named in Barbarians squad for England showdown at Twickenham
Finlay Bealham, Niyi Adeolokun and David Heffernan have been selected for the historic double-header.
# gathering steam
'Winning becomes a habit': Friend feels growing confidence as Connacht go into new Pro14 season
Glasgow Warriors will be a tough opening fixture in Galway fro the new coach.
# The West's awake
'We'd love to get one over them': Connacht can't wait to welcome old foes Gloucester to Galway
The western province had to tackle Gloucester in Kingsholm twice at the end of the 2014/15 season. Can they change their fortunes at the Sportsground?
# Joe McDonagh
New hurling competition to be named after Galway All-Ireland winner and ex-GAA President
McDonagh passed away in May last year.
# The West's awake
A good day for Galway hurling as U21 side joins Leinster and new minor quarter-final system
The motions were passed at Special Congress in Croke Park today.
# The West's awake
Galway into their first FAI Cup quarter-final in seven years after taking Pat's at Inchicore
The Tribesmen scored early and late as the Saints crumbled at home.
# The West's awake
'I don’t think there’s anything worse than someone being patronising' - Galway skipper Cooney
Heather Cooney, sister of Galway senior hurler Conor, is captain of the Tribeswomen as they begin their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie championship campaign later today.
# The West's awake
Rochford's revenge mission, Aidan O'Shea factor, cold Tribesmen - Galway-Mayo talking points
Pearse Stadium is the venue as both counties chase a Connacht final spot on 9 July.
# IQ
Lam says Connacht are looking for reinforcements as injury toll rises
The western province suffered a home defeat to Munster this evening.
# Talking Points
Heffernan makes his mark as Connacht sizzle in win over Ulster
That and more points to ponder after Pat Lam defeated Ulster for the first time.
# rare and wonderful
Connacht bridge 4-year wait to beat Ulster in inter-pro thriller
Ulster went to Galway with five wins from five this season, but came well and truly unstuck.
# Born to Run
A win at last: Pat Lam proud to see Connacht do it their way
The champions’ philosophy was on full display in last night’s bonus point win over Edinburgh.
# The West's awake
Connacht sign new 3-year sponsorship deal with Elverys
The champions will release their new kit later this month.
# The West's awake
Former GAA president and Galway hurling star Joe McDonagh dies
“Galway has lost a hero,” said An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
# The West's awake
Late Loftus point stuns Dublin as Mayo book first All-Ireland U21 final in a decade
There was a dramatic end to this afternoon’s EirGrid All-Ireland U21 football semi-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
# The West's awake
One O'Connor in, the other out as Mayo look to avoid relegation against Down
A win against relegated Down at Elverys MacHale Park should be enough for Stephen Rochford’s men.
# The West's awake
Connacht's five stars: 'We didn't say much at the end, just looked at each other and had a big smile'
New cap Finlay Bealham made it a Connacht quintet helping Ireland to a 58 – 15 win over Italy.
# The West's awake
Green giants! Connacht save their best for last in a historic win over Munster
It’s the first time in 29 years that Connacht have beaten Munster in Thomond Park.
# The West's awake
It was a family affair as the fun began at the Galway Races today
Modem wins the two-mile Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders’ Handicap
# The West's awake
Are Galway's hurlers the real deal or will they fall flat again?
Sunday’s Leinster final against Kilkenny will tell us more about Galway’s championship credentials.
# codebreaker
Connacht have signed Ireland Rugby League convert Api Pewhairangi
The 23-year-old is Irish-qualified through his grandmother.
# front up stitched up
Connacht's injury crisis isn't getting any better, they've sent 3 players for surgery this week
Quinn Roux, Nathan White and Mick Kearney will go under the knife this week.
AS IT HAPPENED
Connacht v Ulster, Pro12
There was more than just inter-provincial pride at stake in Galway.
# The West's awake
Galway's Corofin win back All-Ireland senior club football crown after 17 years
The North Galway club saw off Derry’s Slaughtneil this afternoon.
AS IT HAPPENED
Connacht v Exeter, Challenge Cup
We went minute-by-minute as the western province set out to take over top spot in Pool 2.
# The West's awake
Joe Canning: Connacht's form will inspire Galway hurlers and the rest of the west
Galway are getting ready for their Division 1A league opener against Clare next month.
# Inter-pro
Why you should spend your St Stephen's Day watching inter-provincial rugby
Get yourself out of the house and into some of sport’s great rivalries.
# west by sud-ouest
Blade cuts deep as Connacht claim brilliant win away to Bayonne
The 20-year-old scrum-half scored twice including a late game-changer.
# Recap
Here are all of this week’s Pro12 highlights
It wasn’t just Ireland that witnessed full-blooded derbies this week.
# The West's awake
Muldoon hails effort of Connacht’s young front row after Dragons drama
“Conditions weren’t great, the rugby wasn’t great, but the win was. And that’s all that matters.”
# Convincing
Mayo minors earn All-Ireland football final spot with comfortable win
The seniors will hope for similar success later this afternoon.
# The West's awake
'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'
Barry Cowen reckons Enda Kenny’s plan to abolish the Seanad reminds him of the performance of his county’s footballers.
# glimmer
Connacht given back-row boost for 'Quins trip and secure future of 4 key forwards
It’s good news all round for George Naoupu.