Gibbons captures National handball title
Collooney Handball Club's Travis Gibbons was the star of the weekend as he captured his first National title in the boys 17&U grade in Wexford last weekend.

Gibbons paired up with Galway’s Gavin Kelly to defeat Wexford Pair of Jamie Barnes and Jack Whitty in a thrilling and tight final encounter, coming from behind in both games and winning 15-14 and 15-14.  

All the hard work by Collooney Handball Club has paid off and has resulted in a first juvenile national title for the club. Well done Travis and Gavin ??

Last updated 30/05/2023 @ 02:30

Sligo handballers start 2023 on the front foot

After a year of stand out success for Sligo handball in 2022, 2023 has started well with brother and sister duo Cormac and Laura Finn  advancing to All Ireland Handball Semi Finals to take place this weekend.

In the Ladies Junior A grade, Laura plays Aoife Brophy (Laois) in the Semi Final on Saturday in Kingscourt. Laura had impressive wins on route to the final defeating Caragh Kennedy (Roscommon) in the last 16 and Aoife Kelly (Tyrone) in the quarter final. 

Cormac Finn captured the Connacht U21 Title on Sunday in Moycullen defeating Galway's Joe Gallagher in the Semi Final and last year's All Ireland U21 finalist Lorcan Conlon of Mayo in the final. Cormac now faces Joe Devereaux (Wexford) in the Semi Final also in Kingscourt on Saturday. 

If Laura and Cormac are successful in their respective Semi Finals, the Finals will be played this Sunday, also in Kingscourt.

Hard Luck to Josian Oskoz who was defeated in the Silver Masters B Connacht Final to Galway opposition in a tiebreak.

Last updated 01/03/2023 @ 23:49

Gerry Coleman Memorial handball Tournament on Sunday 31st July.
The Gerry Coleman Memorial Tournament will be held in Cully (Curry Co. Sligo) on Sunday 31st July.

This is a tournament in memory of Gerry who dedicated his time to handball in Sligo and surrounding areas.
This will be a 3 Wall doubles tournament with players being assigned partners to ensure evenly matched pairings.

There will be 10 euro entry fee.
Entries by 28th July.
Enter by messaging the Sligo Handball Facebook page or by contacting Michael Finn @ 0863950471 or Simon Kavanagh @ 0860798636

Last updated 19/07/2022 @ 23:59

Sligo juvenile handballers win six Connacht titles

It was a very successful weekend for Sligo Handball in Galway, winning 6 of the 8 Connacht Juvenile B finals they were involved in.

Druncliffe, Castleconnor and Collooney all won Gold in the finals.

Congratulations to Ciaran Corr and Noah Zaharia, Mark Percy, Niall Bourke and Cathal Jones, Rachael Jones, Daniel Slevin, Travis Gibbons and Brian Donegan. Hard luck to Diarmuid Dunleavy and Kyle Sexton who were both defeated in tiebreaks. 

All players played so well and represented their Club and County fantastically 

U11 Boys B Dbls Connacht Final

Ciaran Corr \ Noah Zakaria (Drumcliffe) dft Ryan McDermott \ Cathal Cox  (Lisacul)

15-4 15-13

U11 Boys B Connacht Final

Mark Percy (Drumcliffe) dft Diarmuid Greally (Claregalway) 21-2 21-4

U12 Boys Dbls Connacht Final

Niall Bourke\ Cathal Jones (Castleconnor) dft Joel Finn\ Beau Greaney (Abbeyknockmoy)

15-3,  15-1

U12 Girls Connacht Final

Rachel Jones (Castleconnor) dft Ruth Devane (Abbeyknockmoy)

15-5, 15-1

U12 Connacht Final

Daniel Slevin (Drumcliffe) dft Cian Maloney (Monivea)

15-5, 14-15, 11-4

U16 Boys B Connacht Final

Michael Hynes (Michael Breathnachs) dft Diarmuid Dunleavy (Drumcliffe)

7-15, 15-8, 11-1

U14 Boys B Connacht Final

Ryan Shaughnessy (Abbeyknockmoy) dft Kyle Sexton (Castleconnor)

15-9, 6-15, 11-9

U14 Boys B Dbls Connacht Final

Travis Gibbons/ Brian Donegan (Collooney) dft Donnacha O'Tuairisc \ Aaron Seoighe (Abbeyknockmoy) 15-4, 15-6

Last updated 29/05/2022 @ 21:55

Sligo Handball notes
Connacht GAA Handball held the Annual General Meeting on line last
Wednesday due to Covid 19 restrictioins.It was proposed that the
current executive would remain in place for 2021 and Sligos and
Collooneys David Hannon would remain as Vice-Chairman until next year
, when he will step up to the Chairmans role

Sligo and surrounding area Handball members and players were saddened
to hear the news of the sudden death of  Padraig Maye, Aclare  Co
Sligo last Sunday the 31-01-2021. We would like to express our sincere
sympathy and condolences to his wife of 53 years ,Terry and daughters
Coleen and Erin and extended family and friends.

Padraig was an outstanding and inspiring sportsman and began his
Handball playing career in the alley in his native Kilmactigue parish.

In his youth, won a Hogan Cup All Ireland Colleges GAA medal with St.
Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen in 1957 , playing at corner-forward
while in 3rd year. He was an outstanding athlete, winning All Ireland
junior and senior long jump titles in 1960 while in college in UCD.
Padraig competed in numerous Irish and British Indoor and Outdoor
Masters competitions winning over 170 medals in different events.

Padraig maintained a life long interest in Handball , and won 3 All
Ireland titles. Always a gentleman , he displayed a sporting and
skilful determination in the alley.
In 2000 he won both a Softball Diamond Masters B singles and a Diamond
Masters B doubles , playing with his neighbour , Seamus O Donnell. In
2009 , Padraig teamed up with Paddy Walsh to win his 3rd All Ireland
Handball title , at Ruby Masters A grade.
Padraig continued to play and enjoy a game at every opportunity and
will be fondly remembered in the alleys of Ballymote ,Banada , Bofield
, Castleconnor , Charlestown , Cloonfinish , Collooney , Cully ,
Drumcliffe ,Killasser , his native Kilmactigue  , St Marys ,Swinford
and any alley he attended or played in.
He loved to watch a good handball game and enjoyed recent trips to the
4 Wall Nationals in Aughagower to see the senior players , the Gaffney
Tournament in Ballaghaderreen and the Wall Ball Nationals in Breaffy ,
as well as supporting local tournaments. He always had an encouraging
word or comment ,only pointing out areas for improvement. He will
continue to bring a smile to all Handball players  and sports people
when he is thought of or his name crops up in conversation.
To echo a reading by his wife Terry at his funeral mass , I have
fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Last updated 08/02/2021 @ 09:54

Sligo Handball notes
Sligo GAA Handball would like to extend sympathy to the Quinn family
following the sad passing of Seamus Quinn , late of Enniscrone and

GAA Handball has announced details of the new online regestration
system , details available on the website.

GAA Handball has also announced details of the Covid Support funding
scheme , details available on the  handball website.

Last updated 11/01/2021 @ 09:24