(Photo – Galway GAA)

The annual County under 14 Feile Competitions begin tonight (Wednesday, 11th April) with action taking place throughout the county up until next Sunday. 

Young squads across Galway will go in search of silverware but also the opportunity to take part in the annual National Event which takes place in Connacht in June.

Craughwell are the defending champions after beating Turloughmore in the 2017 Final.  Ardrahan were victors against Meelick/Eyrecourt in the Justin Cheevers Cup Final.  Annaghdown prevailed over Mountbellew/Moylough to win the Toddie Byrne Shield.

Sixteen teams will take part in the Toddie Byrne Cup in four groups by four.  Games take place Wednesday and Friday evening followed by the third round on Saturday morning.  The four group winners qualify for Saturday evening’s semi-finals.  The finals take place in Kenny Park on Sunday.

The Cup is named after Kinvara man Toddie Byrne who was one of the founding members of the Galway Juvenile Board in 1965.  And the board honoured Toddie’s memory by naming this prestigous competition after him in 2011.

The same format will apply for the Justin Cheevers Cup with 16 teams competing for four semi-final places.  Justin Cheevers played for Craughwell and was just 17 years old when he died in 1990.  The competition for B and B1 clubs is named in his memory.

There will be nine clubs competing in the Toddie Byrne Shield with two groups deciding Sunday’s finalists.  The participating teams in each section are named below.  For a full list of all group fixtures, click the Galway GAA website page HERE.


Toddie Byrne Cup


Group A: Kilnadeema/Leitrim, Killimordaly, Ardrahan, Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry

Group B: Ballinasloe, Tommy Larkins, Sarsfields, Oranmore/Maree

Group C: Sylane, Turloughmore, Michael Cusacks, Loughrea

Group D: Craughwell, Clarinbridge, Castlegar, Athenry

Semi-Finals (Saturday, 14th April) – Kenny Park: Winner C vs Winner B (5.30pm), Winner A vs Winner D (6.30pm)

Final – Sunday, 15th April – 2pm Kenny Park 


Justin Cheevers Cup 


Group A: Kinvara, Meelick/Eyrecourt, Ahascragh/Fohenagh, Mountbellew/Moylough

Group B: Carnmore, Cappataggle, Ballinderreen, Rahoon/Newcastle

Group C: Cois Fharraige, Salthill/Knocknacarra, Liam Mellows, Gort

Group D: Kilconieron, Moycullen, Mullagh/Kiltormer, St. Thomas

Semi-Finals (Saturday, 14th April) – Craughwell: Winner B vs Winner D (5.30pm), Winner A vs Winner C (6.30pm)

Final – Sunday, 15th April – 1pm Kenny Park 


Toddie Byrne Shield (13-a-side)


Group A: Padraig Pearses, Portumna, Ballygar, Skehana, Killimor

Group B: Micheal Breathnach, Tuam, Annaghdown, Abbeyknockmoy

Final – Sunday, 15th April (Winner A vs Winner B) – 12pm Kenny Park