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Biggest Club Hurling Rivalry In Galway

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Question :What is the biggest rivalry in Galway going back the years? The one that stands out above all others.
From the roll of honour it looks like Tuam -Corofin - is this true? Or are there more enduring rivalries that could take this claim?

Also would there be a hurling rivalry in the county that people would talk about above all others?
It doesnt necessarily have to be a present day rivalry - more over the years

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 17/04/2019 20:21:16    2179359

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Loughrea and Mulla

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 139 - 17/04/2019 21:18:00    2179371

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Loughrea and Mullagh have serious hate for one another

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 139 - 17/04/2019 21:18:44    2179372

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Replying To tribesman125:  "Loughrea and Mullagh have serious hate for one another"
All you have to do is Google both and YouTube will tell you how much they like each other!!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 18/04/2019 08:39:00    2179399

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Turloughmore and castlegar have had many battles over the years
and would be old rivals

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1045 - 18/04/2019 14:20:55    2179447

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I guess every regional area has their rivals....
City. ...... Castlegar & Liam Mellows
North Galway. .... Turloughmore & Athenry
South Galway. .... Gort & St.Thomas'. Clairnbridge & Ardrahan. Ballindereen & Kinvara
East Galway.... Sarsfields & Killimordaly. Mullagh & Loughrea. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry & Kilnadeemna/Leitrim .

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 18/04/2019 17:22:23    2179473

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I guess every regional area has their rivals....
City. ...... Castlegar & Liam Mellows
North Galway. .... Turloughmore & Athenry
South Galway. .... Gort & St.Thomas'. Clairnbridge & Ardrahan. Ballindereen & Kinvara
East Galway.... Sarsfields & Killimordaly. Mullagh & Loughrea. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry & Kilnadeemna/Leitrim .

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 18/04/2019 17:23:17    2179474

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Replying To katser:  "I guess every regional area has their rivals....
City. ...... Castlegar & Liam Mellows
North Galway. .... Turloughmore & Athenry
South Galway. .... Gort & St.Thomas'. Clairnbridge & Ardrahan. Ballindereen & Kinvara
East Galway.... Sarsfields & Killimordaly. Mullagh & Loughrea. Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry & Kilnadeemna/Leitrim ."
But of all the ones down the years that really stand out would loughrea portumna or maybe loughrea-mullagh be the ones people would point to.
For example in clare a lot of clubs have a rivalry with clarecastle as it has a lot of neighbours but the rivalry with newmarket would still be seen as the biggest most storied even though it hasnt really been a fierce rivalry for 30 years

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 18/04/2019 19:07:34    2179486

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Castlegar and kitomer had a fairly tasty rivalry during the eighties and gort and cashel also

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 40 - 18/04/2019 22:51:17    2179518

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Replying To Scealta:  "But of all the ones down the years that really stand out would loughrea portumna or maybe loughrea-mullagh be the ones people would point to.
For example in clare a lot of clubs have a rivalry with clarecastle as it has a lot of neighbours but the rivalry with newmarket would still be seen as the biggest most storied even though it hasnt really been a fierce rivalry for 30 years"
Every team that played Loughrea during this time had a rivalry with them. They brought a very confrontational approach to games with some very narky players.

SamandLiamSoon (Galway) - Posts: 441 - 18/04/2019 23:13:53    2179522

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Replying To SamandLiamSoon:  "Every team that played Loughrea during this time had a rivalry with them. They brought a very confrontational approach to games with some very narky players."
Loughrea would be a bit like Tipp (in the intercounty sense) in that many hurling clubs border them or are close enough to them e.g. St. Thomas's, Sarsfields, Kilnadeema-Leitrim, Cappataggle, Mullagh, Craughwell, Gort, Portumna, Ardrahan, Athenry, Killimordaly, Tommy Larkins, TAD, Kilconieron etc. Therefore fierce local rivalries are inevitable.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2259 - 19/04/2019 13:37:58    2179567

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Two games spring to mind... '06 Final Portumna v Loughrea and '09 Semi Final Mullagh v Loughrea where things really got out of hand with lots of bitterness, Nastyness and Conterversy!!!!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 19/04/2019 14:59:08    2179577

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Would the consensus be Loughrea - Portumna or Loughrea- Mullagh then?
Maybe best answered by someone in their 50s or 60s who would have seen all these rivalries to make a call

In the football I take it its corofin tuam?

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 19/04/2019 17:08:59    2179591

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Replying To katser:  "Two games spring to mind... '06 Final Portumna v Loughrea and '09 Semi Final Mullagh v Loughrea where things really got out of hand with lots of bitterness, Nastyness and Conterversy!!!!"
Or even controversy!!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2259 - 19/04/2019 20:02:24    2179608

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Replying To tommy k:  "Or even controversy!!"
That's correct there was always lots of that !!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 19/04/2019 22:54:53    2179628

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Portumna Loughrea is the big one of this century. Mullagh were never a threat and never won anything, don't think they even got to a county final. Cant consider the biggest rivalry to involve a team of no consequence. Looking back further there hasn't been to many of note, when Cashel were going well they were out on there own, same with Sarsfields (Carnmore rivalry was of some note but noting like Portunma Loughrea), Athenry came along then and no one could compete with them, and then Portumna. The current scenario where competition is increased and 5 different winners the past 6 years should be perfect for a big rivalry to fester but I cant pinpoint one currently that really captures the concept. Maybe because the county team have been going so well it has quelled any prospect of a bad rivalry to develop.

clare_sparrow (Galway) - Posts: 263 - 21/04/2019 07:50:48    2179707

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Replying To Scealta:  "Question :What is the biggest rivalry in Galway going back the years? The one that stands out above all others.
From the roll of honour it looks like Tuam -Corofin - is this true? Or are there more enduring rivalries that could take this claim?

Also would there be a hurling rivalry in the county that people would talk about above all others?
It doesnt necessarily have to be a present day rivalry - more over the years"
There isnt really any great rivalry between Corofin and Tuam Stars.Tuam have been fairly poor since Corofin have become the dominant force in Galway football and when Tuam were dominant Corofin were poor. Games between these neighbours have always been keenly contested but there has never been anything nasty. Both sides tend to play open football and focus on the ball with skill being the order of the day. What a pity it is that football is not better in Tuam. Hopefully for Galway football they will be back soon. Tuam is very much the home of Galway football.

crafty (Galway) - Posts: 147 - 21/04/2019 14:31:42    2179743

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Replying To clare_sparrow:  "Portumna Loughrea is the big one of this century. Mullagh were never a threat and never won anything, don't think they even got to a county final. Cant consider the biggest rivalry to involve a team of no consequence. Looking back further there hasn't been to many of note, when Cashel were going well they were out on there own, same with Sarsfields (Carnmore rivalry was of some note but noting like Portunma Loughrea), Athenry came along then and no one could compete with them, and then Portumna. The current scenario where competition is increased and 5 different winners the past 6 years should be perfect for a big rivalry to fester but I cant pinpoint one currently that really captures the concept. Maybe because the county team have been going so well it has quelled any prospect of a bad rivalry to develop."
I hear what you're saying but I suppose the question is trickier than you'd think. The best way of putting it would be 'what is the most storied rivalry in Galway?'
So it really doesnt matter what era or decade so long as people still point to that one in terms of the intensity or excitement it generated. Maybe loughrea-portumna fits the bill over the last 50 years-

Scealta (Clare) - Posts: 17 - 22/04/2019 22:19:22    2179851

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Replying To Scealta:  "I hear what you're saying but I suppose the question is trickier than you'd think. The best way of putting it would be 'what is the most storied rivalry in Galway?'
So it really doesnt matter what era or decade so long as people still point to that one in terms of the intensity or excitement it generated. Maybe loughrea-portumna fits the bill over the last 50 years-"
There was nothing exciting about the Portumna v Loughrea rivalry.... they met in 5 County Finals and Portumna hammered them in 4 out of the 5 Finals!!

katser (Galway) - Posts: 737 - 23/04/2019 08:55:09    2179869

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