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Refereeing Course

In conjunction with Irish Squash a Club Grade Referee (World Squash Level 1) Course was run back in May. As a result 4 new referees became available to the province. Further courses will be run later in the year at whatever venue suits the majority and this will be advertised in the new season. The charge for the course will be €20 (includes a copy of the rules and the assessments) and you will be able sign up on the Irish Squash Refereeing Page nearer the date. Meanwhile this is what is involved:

Course Description: As Club Grade Referees (World Squash Level 1) successful participants will be qualified to referee internal matches in their clubs and league matches between clubs. With added experience Club Grade Referees (Level 1 World Squash) can progress to Tournament Grade Referee (Level 2 W.S.).

Dominick Egan, Fergal Hynes, Lisa Murray and Aidan Power from Connacht qualified from the May course.

Masters Home Internationals 2019 coming to Galway this coming weekend.

This years Masters Home Internationals were played in Galway Lawn Tennis Club on 3-4 May 2019.

Overall a very successful tournament with great squash and great crowds and a packed galllery on Court 1.

England pipped Ireland in in the Men O-35 category. This was the final match on Saturday evening and the intensity was something to behold with every point contested in every rally.


Men O-35: 1, England; 2, Ireland; 3, Wales; 4, Scotland.

Men O-55: 1, England; 2, Wales; 3, Scotland; 4, Ireland.

Men O 75:  1, Scotland; 2, England; 3, Wales; 4, Ireland.

Women O-55: 1, England; 2, Scotland; 3, Ireland; 4, Wales.

Connacht League Results (30th March)

Well done to league winners:

A section - Ballina

B section - Galway3

C section - Killala

Womens section - Galway

Complete results  here.

Refereeing Courses

A refereeing course will be held in each of the provinces over April or May with a view to increasing the number of Club Grade Referees. For more information or or to sign up for the course check out

New Dates for the West of Ireland Open

By request the dates for the West of Ireland Open have changed to May 17 -19 with the pro event being held the same week May 15 - 18.

Connacht Players at the Senior National Championships 2019

In the Mens A final, Arthur Gaskin defeated Brian Byrne (Connacht) 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8.

The Mens O35 final was an all Connacht affair with Niall Rooney defeating Rory Gillagan 11-8, 11-8, 11-8.

In the Mens O40, John Hurley defeated Keith Moran in the second round with Keith having to retire.

In the Womens O35 final Siobhan Parker defeated Ciara Cullen 11-6, 11-0, 7-11, 7-11, 11-4.

Connacht Squash Club Tournament at GLTC on 8-9 February 2019.

The tournament will take place on Friday and Saturday 8-9 February 2019.

Nine teams of five players each will participate. There are teams from Galway, Westport, Loughrea and Ballinrobe.

The A section has 5 teams, and the B section has 4 teams.

Click here for full details of schedule.

Great players come to play in the PSA West of Ireland Open

Ali Farag who won the PSA West of Ireland open in 2015 has just defeated world number 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy in the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2019 (3/2) and will become the new world number 1 when the March rankings are published. Ali subsequently went on to defeat Lucas Serme in the final of the Gillen Markets Irish Open 2015.

Ali graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Connacht Senior Closed 1-3 March 2019 at GLTC

Connacht Junior Closed 5-6 January 2019 at Sligo Lawn Tennis Club.

Results here.

Brian Byrne of Claremorris wins Leinster Senior Open

Brian Byrne defeated Steve Richardson 11/8, 11/3, 13/15, 11/6 to win the Leinster Senior Open.

Connacht Masters Open 2018 on 30th Nov - 1st December 2018 at GLTC

Full results available at

A total of 70 players actually played in the various divisons and we had some great matches and fabulous squash.

Sincere thanks to all who turned up and played to make it such a successful tournament.

Connacht winners include John Rooney in the O35 Men, James Barrett in the O45B Men and Siophan Parker in the O35 Ladies.

John Dullaghan of Belfast Boat Club won the Men’s O45 and so retained the Michael Devanney Perpetual Cup.

Connacht Squash League

The Connacht Squash League is now up and running.

We have a ladies league this year.

Full details here.

Connacht Senior Open 2018 on 16th - 18th November at GLTC

Online entry now open at

Entry closes on Tuesday 13th November.

Leinster Masters Open 2018  on 2nd - 3rd November (Fitzwilliam LTC)

Entry is now open for the Leinster Masters Open.

Online entry and details on Tournament Software here.

Online entry closes on Sunday 28th October.

Connacht Junior Open 2018 September 29-30 Galway Lawn Tennis Club

Complete results here

Masters Home Internationals 2019 coming to Galway

This years Masters Home Internationals will be played in Galway Lawn Tennis Club on 3-4 May 2019.

Connacht Squash AGM

Hi, the Connacht Squash AGM is planned for next Tuesday 18th Sept at 7:30 pm in Claremorris Squash/GAA club.

Look forward to seeing you there and pass word to anyone else in your club who may be interested. 

CBE Connacht League Division A final won by Donal O’Shea

The final of the CBE Connacht League Division A final was played on Thursday 26th April at GLTC.

Donal O’Shea defeated Niall Brennan 3/1 (9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6). Great to see two of our young players in the final

Picture shows Niall Brennan (left) and Donal O’Shea (right)

West of Ireland Open 2018

The West of Ireland Open 2018 takes place at Galway Lawn Tennis Club from Friday 20th April to Sunday 22nd April.

Online entry here.

There is also an opportunity to see world class professional squash players here at GLTC during the week from April 16th -April 19th.

It is sure to be a week of top quality Squash. Supporters and Spectators are most welcome!

Masters’ Interprovincial Champioships 2018

The 2018 Masters Interprovincial Championships wiere held at Galway Lawn Tennis Club on April 6th and 7th.

All four provinces fielded teams in the Ladies, Men O45, Men O55 and Men O65 sections.


Connacht Ladies were unlucky in Loosing to Munster as the outcome went to the final game of the final match.

Click here to see report by Ciarán Roche.

Connacht Players perform well at the Irish Masters

In the O70 final, Ciaran Roche (L) defeated Frank Fahey (C) in a marathon match, 15/10, 9/15, 10/15, 19/17, 15/12.

In the O65 final Kyran Hurley (L) defeated Pat Hanley (C) 3/0.

In the 055, Dave Lalor (C) defeated Peter Murphy (C) 3/1 in the 3-4 playoff to take third place.

CBE Connacht League update 14/3/2018

In the north division  Ballina 2 have won the division.

In the southern division Ballinrobe have topped the group with Galway 1 getting second spot by a single point ahead of Galway 3.

The semi final pairings are:

Ballinrobe at home v Ballina 1

Ballina 2 at home v Galway 1

For B league results click here.

For A league results click here.

Semii finals of A league at 6.45 p.m. On Wednesday 21st  March on Court 1 at GLTC.

Irish Senior Nationals 2018 (9-11 February Fitzwilliam LTC)

Big Connacht success of the weekend was Keith Moran who defeated Dara O’Flynn (3/0) to take the Mens O-40 title.

Once again Arthur Gaskin overcame Brian Byrne (3/0) to take the Senior A title.

Conor O’Shea defeated Niall Brennan (3/0) to win the A/B playoff.

David Noone finished 8th in the Mens A.

In a most enjoyable match, Sophie O’Rourke had a great win (3/1) over #2 seed Breanne Flynn to take the Womens A title. She becomes the youngest ever winner of this even.

Full results here.

CBE Connacht league Section A update 3/2/2018

Click here for results.

4 matches still to play to be completed by 16 Feb.

Final details to follow.

CBE Connacht League Update 22/1/2018

Click here for results of A and B leagues. Click on tab at bottom of sheet to see desired results.

Please ensure that results are sent to Tony Quigley promptly - this is not happening.

Dates of revised league fixtures and the teams are now on the League page.

Connacht Masters’ Open 2017 at Galway Lawn Tennis Club 1st - 2nd December 2017

Ressults for all sections available here.

Steve Richardson defeats Gordon Harpur (3/1) to take the Connacht Senior Open 2017

All results here.

Connacht League 2017-2018.

Significant changes have been made to the format of the Connacht League for 2017 2018.

Click here to view them. The rules are available on the league pages.

Irish Squash Affiliation Fees 2017-2018

Irish Squash Affiliation fees are now due. Rates are as follows: Adult League/Competition Members €25; Adult Recreational Member €15; Student Members €10; Junior Members €5 (reduced from €10); Family Membership €50; Overseas Members €20; Associate (Non-playing) members €10.

The fee should be paid via the Club squash captain.

Connacht Squash AGM

The Connacht Squash AGM is planned for Tuesday 19th Sept at 7:30 p.m. in Claremorris squash/GAA club.

Look forward to see you there and pass word to anyone else in your club who may be interested. 

Every Connacht club should send at least one rep.

Connacht Junior Open 16th - 17th September at Galway Lawn Tennis Club

Results here

Irish Squash Calendar 2017/2018

Click here to view and download it.

See Connacht events on the Connacht Page in the Calendar.

Coaching and Coaches

The details of Connacht Coaches are currently being updated. Details of the current status are on the Coaching page.

These will be updated as soon as the data are sent to me by the various clubs.

It is now a legal requirement on all coaches to get themselves Garda vetted before they can coach.

Andre Davies (GLTC) helps Ireland to retain the O40’s Home International title

Andre while earning his first Irish cap had a 100% record winning all his matches.

Congratulations to Andre from all in Connacht Squash.

For comprehensive report of all the matches click here.

Donal O’Shea (GLTC) helps Ireland to silver in the European U17 Championships

In the recent European Junior Championships, Ireland took the silver metal in the U17 group having lost to England in the final. This is the best position ever achieved by an Irish U17 team, a great result and a tribute to all involved in Junior squash.

The U15’s had some outstanding performances and finished in 6th place.

Youssef Soliman defeats Jens Schoor to take the 2017 Garavan’s West of Ireland Open

In an exciting final watched by a packed gallery, third seed Youssef Soliman defeated fifth seed Jens Schoor to win the final of the 2017 Garavan’s West of Ireland Open and claim his fourth PSA victory on a score of 3/1 (11/4, 7/11, 11/3, 11/9). Both players played some scintillating squash but the higher ranked Soliman dealt with everything that Schoor threw at him..

In the A final, Conor O’Hare defeated local player David Noone 12/10, 11/4, 11/8.

For full details and reports of all PSA matches, click here.

Draws and results for A and B sections here.  

Already looking forward to next year when we hope that most of the players will return!

Senior Interprovincials Friday 24th March - Saturday 25th March 2017

Galway Lawn Tennis played host to the Irish Squash Senior Nationals over the weekend, March 24th and 25th. Players got to experience the greatly improved courts and some great matches took place in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ events. Unfortunately the event was missing a ladies section and no Ulster representation at any level. The absence of any Ulster teams, resulted in just one tie taking place per session, this severely dampened the atmosphere  and was a great shame.

Results A: 1. Leinster; 2. Connacht; 3. Munster

Results B:  1. Leinster; 2 Munster; 3; Connacht

Results of all matches here.

Niall Rooney defeats Conor O’Shea to win the 2017 Connacht Closed at GLTC

After an absence of some years due to an unfortunate series of serious injuries, Niall Rooney returned to the Connacht Closed and defeated Conor O’Shea 3/1 to win the Men’s A. The younger O’Shea’s power play enabled him to take the first game 5/11. In subsequent games, Rooney changed his strategy and cleverly using the width of the court repeatedly found O’Shea out of position to win vital points. The final score in what was a most entertaining match was 5/11, 11/9, 11/3, 11/8. Plate winner was Paddy Quinn.

In the Men’s B, Peter Murphy’s higher level of skill and greater range of shots enabled him to defeat James Barrett on a score of 11/5, 11/4, 11/9.

The great comeback of the tournament was by Fergal Hynes in the Men’s B where having gone 2/0 down, he fought back to defeat Robert Reilly 10/12, 7/11, 13/11, 11/2, 11/8 to take 5th place and the Plate.

In the Men’s C Przemek Hofman defeated local man Dominic Egan 11/9, 11/3, 11/8 to take the C title. Ronan O’Connor was the plate winner.

Full results via Tournament Software here.

Galway defeat Loughrea to take the  CBE Connacht League Division A Title

Final took place at 7.30 p.m. in Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesday 28th February 2017.

In a number of very tight matches, Galway managed to come out on top to win the title 11/4.

An excellent evening of squash was followed by pizza and tea in the bar with the presentations by Aidan Power, President of Connacht Squash.

Pictures will appear later on the Connacht Squash Facebook pagtes.

Ballina claim the CBE Connacht League Division B Title

The final was between Westport and Ballina and the destination of the title went down to the last match with Ballina needing to win one game to win the title. Finding himself 2/0 down and 10/8 down in the third set, Clive Gilmartin turned things around and won the set 13/11 to send the Ballina contingent home happy.

In a tight contest in the  3rd/4th playoff, Sligo defeated Galway2 6/5 with Tony Quigley defeating Petr Chyna 3/2 in the last match to secure third place for Sligo.

Thanks to CBE for sponsoring the tournament and to Tony Quigley for running it.

Willie Hosey rolls back the years to take the Men’s O40 title in the Nationals

In what was a wonderful display of squash and sportsmanship by both players, Willie Hosey defeated Dara O’Flynn (3/1) to take the Men’s O40 title in Fitzwilliam. The match was the highlight of the finals on Sunday. Once again, Arthur Gaskin defeated Brian Byrne (3/0) to retain the Men’s A title. Rory Gilligan (Connacht) was defeated by Nigel Peyton (3/0) in the Men’s O35 final. In the ladies A final, Hannah Craig defeated Sophie O’Rourke (3/0) to take her first ladies A title.

Other Connacht players to feature include Keith Moran (9th in Men’s A), Donal O’Shea (7th in Men’s B), Andre Davies (7th in Men O40), Roisin O’Shea (7th in Ladies A.

CBE League Reaching a Climax

Final results and finishing positions here.

Final in Ballina on Saturday 18th February with third and fourth place playoff at 2 p.m. and final at 3.30 p.m.

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Gerry Galvin’s update on Connacht Squash Clubs

Click here to see Gerry’s update on Connacht Squash Clubs

Irish Nationals 2017 - 10 - 12 February in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club

The Irish Nationals will take place on 10 - 12 February in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.

This is the most important event on the Irish Squash calendar as it is where our top players compete to become the national champion (men’s and ladies), the most prestigious title in Irish Squash. Divisions are:

Senior Men, Senior Ladies, Senior Men (B Section), Men Over 35, Men Over 40, Ladies Over 40

Irish Junior wins British U13 Championship

British open champion BU13, Irish lad Denis Gilevskiy from Bray, Co Wicklow. Beat number 1 seed in the first match. Lost only one game on route to final which he won 3/0. Read all about it here. Congratulation from all in Connacht Squash.

Connacht Junior Closed 2017 - Saturday January 7th at Galway Lawn Tennis Club

Full results here on Tournament Software. Pictures on Facebook.

Connacht Masters Open 2016 (+O35 and O40) Galway Lawn Tennis Club December 2-3 2016

Complete results available here.

Pictures available on the Connacht Squash Facebook pages (see link at top).

Brian Byrne wins Connacht Senior Open

The Connacht Senior Open was played at Galway Lawn Tennis Club on 18-20 November.

Brian Byrne with a world PSA ranking of 168 ovecame a determined challenge by Stevie Richardson to take the Connacht Senion Open A-Final on a score of 11/7, 9/11, 11/8, 11/6. In the semi-finals he overcame Conor O’Hare 7/11, 11/9, 12/10, 11/7 in a very close match characterised by long energy sapping rallies. Brian Byrne overcame the local squash coach David Noone on a score of 11/9, 11/6, 11/6. Despite the gap in experience, Noone put up a plucky resistance and made Byrne fight for every point.

The B-Final between Lucas Rosa and Przemek Hofman was not played.

Full results here on Tournament Software.

CBE Connacht Squash Leagues 2016-2017

Both A and B Leagues start on the week beginning 6th November.

Details available on the league pages (teams and contacts will be added as they become available).

Connacht Squash express their sincere thanks for the continued support of CBE for the leagues.

Connacht Junior Open 2016 at Galway Lawn Tennis Club Sept. 17 - 18

Full results here.

Junior Guideline Changes

There are significant changes to the Junior Guidelines for 2016-2017.

Click here to read them.

Connacht Squash AGM at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 15th September in Claremorris GAA.

We earnestly request every club in Connacht to send at least one rep to the AGM. We need to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Gillen Markets West Wood Squash Invitation Saturday 1st October.

Details here. David Noone (Galway LTC) is playing.

Watch the players battle it out on the squash court in an exciting ‘Timed’ format; each match consists of 3 x 10 minute games (30 minutes per match.

Match times 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00.

Social event after.

Connacht Events 2016-2017

The calendar of Connacht events now contains details of the 2016-2017 events. Connacht will host the Senior Interpros in the coming season. The complete 2016-2017 Irish Squash calendar can be viewed/downloaded here.

Connacht Schools feature in All Ireland Schools

In the Girls U15, Ballyhaunis Community School secured 3rd place. This school has not featured previously.

In the Boys U15, St. Colmans Claremorris secured 2nd place.

In the Boys U19, St. Colmans Claremorris secured 3rd place.

GILLENMARKETS IRISH SQUASH OPEN 2015 18-23 April at Fitzwilliam LTC

Follow the qualifications and results here.

Brian Byrne wins 2016 West of Ireland Open at GLTC

See entries and results here.

No doubt seduced by tales of their famous 118 minute encounter in the Nationals, a packed gallery on Court 2 waited in anticipation of a repeat performance by  Bryan Byrne and Sean Conroy in the slightly late final. Sadly, this was not to be. Conroy raced into a 4-0 lead in the first game and Byrne never subsequently managed to establish a lead and despite getting to 10 all, Conroy took the first game on a score of 12-10. However, even at this stage those of us experienced in squash noticed that Conroy continually rubbed his back and suspected an injury of some kind. This was confirmed in the second game when Conroy visibly winced when hitting difficult shots and by the end of the game he was only going through the motions and Byrne took the game on a score of 11-3. It was not a surprise to see Conroy concede the match. We all wish Sean a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action again next week at the Irish Open. Rory Byrne showing the benefits of consistently playing  at a higher level of competition in Leinster defeated local player David Noone 11-4, 14-12, 14-12 to take the #3 spot.

Connacht Squash wish to thank all those players who came to support the tournament.

Connacht win Senior Interprovincial Championsip

For the second time in the history of the prestigious annual Interprovincial Championships, Connacht's men were crowned winners. 

Munster Squash hosted the event and put on a great show in Limerick Lawn Tennis Club, thanks to Martin MacDonald and his team. Connacht were represented by Brian Byrne (Claremorris), David Noone (Galway), Keith Moran (Sligo), Rory Gilligan (Galway), Kevin Davey (Sligo) and super sub Niall Brennan (Galway).

Friday's match against a Leinster team with a strong mix of talented youth and experience proved to be the toughest test. Connacht were off to a bad start and quickly found themselves trailing 2-0 in matches, our young substitute Niall Brennan and Kevin Davey both beaten by very strong opponents. This left the trio of Brian, Keith and David needing to win. Brian is no stranger to pressure and Ireland's no.2 player ran off a routine 3-0 win. Keith faced one of Ireland's and Europe's finest junior players, Conor Moran, of Dublin. A tough match but a battle hardened Moran was too tough and prevailed a 3-1 winner. Down to the wire to decided the tie, two matches all. David Noone was up against Luke Logan and got off to a bad start, falling behind 2-0.. A big push from the Galway player and at 2-2 in games, 9-9 in points it was anyones match. David dug deep and his experience proved vital, securing a 3-2 win, Connacht 3, Leinster 2. 

Saturday morning, Connacht now at full strength with Rory Gilligan at no.4, were looking strong. A great start with Kevin and Rory both winning 3-1. Only one more win needed and Brian crusied to a 3-0 victory. Keith and David finished off the tie, both winning 3-0, Connacht 5, Munster 0. 

Ulster next, always formidable opponents. Kevin was first up, taking on Adrian Leeson of Belfast. As close as they get but Adrian was able to close out the 5th game, Connacht trailing 1-0. Rory and Brian stepping up and converting two 3-0 wins, just one more win needed from either Keith or David. Going on two courts at the same time, not knowing the others result forced the best out of both players, both winning. Connacht 4, Ulster 1.

A fantastic tournament, great hosts, great food and great celebrations on Saturday night. Connacht host the event next year, a lot to live up to but hopefully will retain the title for the first time.  

CBE Connacht Leagues - Final Results

The finals and the 3rd/4th place playoffs took place on Saturday 26th March in Sligo Lawn Tennis Club.

A League: Winners: Galway A (10/3); Runners-up: Westport A.  3rd Ballina A (10/7); 4th Westport A

B League: Winners: Galway B (12/5); Runners-up Ballina B. 3rd Westport B (W/O); 4th Claremorris B.

Sincere thanks to CBE for their continued sponsorship of the Connacht League.

Junior Interprovincial Championships on Saturday/Sunday 19-20 March at GLTC

Results here. Pictures on Connacht Squash facebook page.

GLTC host Irish Universities Squash Championship on 4-5 March

The Irish Universities 2016 squash championships were held in GLTC on Friday and Saturday 4th and 5th June with well over one hundred squash players involved. The tournament was organised by the NUIG Squash Club with assistance from Edwin Brennan. Some great squash and a level of enthusiasm that will not be encountered at any other tournament in Ireland.

Brian Byrne (Connacht and Claremorris) fails to win the National Senior Championship

But Laura Mylotte wins her second National Senior Championship

Arthur Gaskin defeated Brian Byrne 3-0 to win the national senior championship at Fitzwilliam this afternoon. However the real drama was yesterday evening when Brian defeated Sean Conroy in a epic (118 min) 5 set match by 17-15 in the fifth. Those of us privileged to be present will remember it for ever. The players were given a standing ovation as they came off the court. Both players suffered severe cramp towards the end and the exertions of the previous evening could not but have affected Brian in today’s final. For photographs of the Connacht finalists, click on the link at the top of this page (Photographs by Helen Reapy).

Laura Mylotte the top seed overcame two of the upcoming Irish women players, Sophie O’Rourke (3-1) in the semi-final and Hannah Craig (3-1) in the final to gain her second senior championship. Despite the best efforts of Hanna, Laura powered to victory and had too much power, skill and experience for the younger player. It was much the same in the semi-final. A great victory for the Connacht player now based in Manchester and she is pictured with her proud mother Anita on the facebook page.

Other notable Connacht performances include Paddy Quinn (4th in the Men O35), David Noone (7th in the A) and Róisín O’Shea (9th in the Women O35), Keith Moran,  Niall Rooney, Rory Gilligan, Andre Davies, Conor O’Shea and Aidan Sharkey. Well done to all of them.

From a nostalgic point of view, the performance of Willie Hosey, now well into his fifties, competing in the Men’s O40 and only loosing to David Ayerst (3-1) in the final is noteworthy. Full results here.

Neil O’Sullivan RIP

Connacht Squash wishes to pass on its condolences to the family of the late Neil O’Sullivan (Sunday’s Well in Cork) who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday 14th February after a brief illness. He played in most of the recent Connacht Squash Masters Open tournaments and it was always a pleasure to have him visit us and play. A perfect gentleman on and off the court. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Click here for more details of Neil’s life and interests.

Squash Coaching and Development

I have put up relevant abstracts from the IS board meeting of 16 January in the Irish Squash News pages. Those involved in coaching and squash development are advised to read them.

Connacht Junior Closed Saturday 13 February 2016 at Galway Lawn Tennis Club

A total of 46 juniors entered and played in the tournament.

Results here.

Top ten health benefits of playing squash

Click here to see them. Squash is not a contact sport so concussion is not a risk. All juniors must wear eye protection on court. Squash is a life-long game and is played from 8 to 80 years of age.

Irish Junior Squash Nationals 5-7 February 2016 at Galway Lawn Tennis Club

Tournament Director: David Noone (083-1867604 and

Full ressults available on Tournament Software here.

View the fab Tournament Poster here.

Total entries over 90.

Niall Brennan (Boys U15) was the more successful of the Connacht players loosing only one match to Gavin L’Estrange. H won two five setters against Dylan O’Donovan and Alex Smith to take 5th place overall. Donal O’Shea (Boys U17) finished 7th and will still be able to play in this category next year. Conor Galvin of Westport on his first outing in the Boys U15 category finished in 12th place.

Gilligan and Lalor prevail in Connacht Senior Squash Closed

Despite the relatively poor entry, the tournament produced some excellent squash with a number of very tight and exciting matches.

Rory Gilligan defeated Kevin Davey 3/0 to take the A final rather comfortably. This was Rory’s seventh final, loosing all previous six, four of them to Niall Rooney and last year’s to local player, David Noone, who was absent due to to his coaching responsibilities with the Irish junior teams. Our congratulations go to Rory who has been a great supporter of the tournament over the years.

The B final was a very close affair in which Dave Lalor more than matched the younger James Barrett in skill and stamina to win the match 3/0. A really great win for Dave who plays on Connacht and Irish Masters’ teams.

Full results with be available later on Tournament Software here.  Pictures here.

Connacht Squash thanks all those players who travelled to the Tournament from Dublin and other distant locations.

Results update for CBE Connacht League 2015-2016

League results have been updated to reflect current position now that Round 1 is complete. (See league pages).

Very tight at the top with it all to play for in both the A and B section!

Leinster Junior Open report compliments of Gerry Galvin (Westport)

Another busy weekend of Squash at Mount Pleasant LTC. The Leinster Junior open kicked off early on Saturday morning at MPLTC , our Connaught juniors were represented by Donal O Se, Niall Brennan,  Eoghan Roe from Galway. From Westport we had Travis Harrison , Dylan Galvin and Conor Galvin. They all played 3 games on day 1 and some played 2 on Sunday. They were up against the cream of the country plus UK. Thanks to David Noone who travelled up to support and advise the Connaught lads. Also big thanks to Andrew Gillespie and his crew who staged an excellent competition at MPLTC. Not forgetting all the parents who travelled up and stayed over. These competitions are stepping stone to our emerging junior talent from Connaught. The excellent coaching input of David Noone and Brian Byrne is reflected in the performances this weekend. We will do it all again soon. Full details of the results are available here.

A new page has been added under the HOME page containing Irish Squash News of interest to Connacht Squash.

It is sometimes difficult to obtain Irish Squash news as the minutes of Board Meetings are not widely circulated even in abbreviated form. This page currently contains the 2015/2016 criteria for selection for Irish teams and a coaching update from October 2015.

Connacht Squash takes this opportunity to wish all Connacht Squash players a very happy Christmas. Special thanks to coaches, those who assisted in running the tournaments and those assisting in running and playing in the league and of course our sponsors.

Connacht Senior Open Tour 5 on 11- 13 December 2015 in Galway Lawn Tennis Club.

Results here.

Steve Richardson’s greater experience and variety of shots was just too much a hurdle for local hero David Noone who battled gamely throughout the final.

Further down the fileld there were great matches between Stephen Hearst and Niall Rooney with Niall coming out on top. Kevin Moore and Patrick Quinn had a tight five-set match with Kevin coming out on top. Another five-set match between Rory Gilligan and Patrick McNeice with Patrick’s greater fitness telling in the end to ensure his victory. Yet another enthralling five-set match between local junior Donal O’Shea and Gerry Callanan with the result in doubt up until the last couple of points which Donal won to defeat the experienced Gerry. A great match to watch.

Connacht Masters’ Open + O35/O40 at GLTC on 27/28 November 2015

Full results available on Tournament Software. Overall a great tournament with a high quality entry and some great matches. Highlight of the weekend has to be the Men’s O45 final between Brian Lalor and David Cassidy with Brian retaining the title and getting his name on the Michael Devanney Perpetual Cup for the second time, only the second person to achieve this (Eddie Murphy was the first). Lots of pictures on the Connacht Squash Facebook pages(see link at top of this page)

Madeline Perry Testimonial

Following her retirement from professional squash, the board of Irish Squash is organising a testimonial for Madeline Perry at 4 pm  on Saturday 21st November in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. Madeline will play world #4 Allision Waters. This will be followed by a doubles match involving Brian Byrne (Claremorris and Connacht). Full details here.

CBE Connacht League 2015-2016 is up and running

The first matches of the 2015-2016 CBE Connacht Sqush league have now been played. Check the league pages on this site for rules, contacts, panels and results. Results will be added as soon as they are sent to me.

Registration of all league team members with Irish Squash is required for insurance purposes.

Connacht Squash Junior squash squad training session in Galway on Sat 7th Nov at 10am.

Everyone who played in the Connacht inter provincial team last season is welcome to come. Contact David Noone (083-1867604) for more information or with details of any other junior players who have potential to play for Connacht this season. There is no charge.

CBE Connacht League A final between GLTC and Loughrea at GLTC on 12th October at 7.30 p.m.

The result was a comprehensive 4/0 win for the GLTC team of Andre Davies, Pat Hanley, Cormac McMahon and Dave Lalor.

Connacht Squash AGM on Thursday 1st October

The Annual General Meeting of Connacht Squash will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 1st October in the Claremorris GAA Complex.

All clubs are requested to send at least one delegate.

All clubs are entitled to have one representative on the committee.

Connacht Squash Junior Open 2015 at GLTC on 26 - 27 September 2015

Full details including Draws on Tournament Software here.

A total of 93 players have entered in 10 events and it looks live 5 of the them will have 16-draws.

See how the Irish Players did at the European Masters Individual here.

Irish Squash Calendar 2015-2016 now available

See the calendar pages on this site for the details of 2015-2016 Connacht events.

Brian Byrne joins the PSA Tour

Brian who is deputy head of a National School in Claremorris has taken a year out to play on the PSA circuit. He is currently playing in the Madeira International 2015 at Canico, Madeira (Portugal) which runs 21 - 25 July. Brian won his two qualifying matches and now meets the #1 seed Alejandro Garbi in the first round. He has found the heat difficult. He will now also have to get used to being away from his family in Claremorris for extended periods.

Follow Brian’s progress  here.

New Irish Squash Board 2015-2016

Check out the new board here.

Anita Mylotte is the Women Representative and Andre Davies is the Connacht representative on the Board.

GLTC Squash one day Open on Saturday 13th June

Details and online entry here.

Events: Boys U11, Girls U11, Boys U13, Girls U13, Boys U15, Girls U15, Boys U17, Girls U17

Contact: David Noone (0831867604 or

Entry closes at 11.59 pm on Monday 8th June.

Congratulations to GLTC Squash Coach David Noone on his appointment as joint manager of the Irish U15 and U17 Teams at the European Championships.

The U17s finished fourth while the U15s finished third. An excellent result.

Madeline Perry goes out on a high - wins sixth and last GillenMarkets Irish Open title

Madeline Perry who recently announced her retirement from the WSA World tour defeated world #20 Nicollete Fernandes (Guyana) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 to take her sixth Irish Open title. She was really determined from the start, put relentless pressure on Nicollete and rarely allowed her to settle. She had a better variety of shots and played some delightful squash. At the end of the match she was awarded a well-deserved standing ovation.

The men’s final was between Ali Farag of Egypt who won the Garavan’s West of Ireland Open the previous week and Lucas Serme of France. Playing in front of the Egyptian lady ambassador and a large Egyptian contingent, the young Egyptian player overcame Lucas Serme of France in an 81 minute five-set thriller. This was one of the best squash matches I have seen in recent years with both players playing an incredible array of shots not often seen - real exhibition stuff.  We only get to see matches of this quality and those seen in Galway last week as a result of the generous sponsorship of people like Paul Garavan and Rory Gilllen who make it possible to attract highly ranked squash players to our shores. Sincere thanks to both of them.

See complete reports of both finals at squashsite.

CBE Connacht League - Galway B defeat Ballina B to take the B title.

Galway B defeated Ballina B to take the B title in Sligo on 25th May. The Tie went to the wire with the decision depending on the last match which David Murphy won to have the title winging its way to GLTC.

In the A league Galway are due to play Loughrea on May 7 in Claremorris (Postponed indefinitely).

Garavan’ Bar Paddy Whack Walsh West of Ireland Open - April 16, 17, 18, 19 GLTC

In today’s final, Ali Farag (Egypt) defeated James Earls (England) to take the Paddy Whack Walsh trophy (3/1)

A Tournament that had everything, great squash, upsets, tension and excitement. Surely the best ever West of Ireland Open!

See Andre Davies’ and David Noone’s incisive reports and the results of the PSA matches at Squashsite.

Results for the non PSA sections here. In the final of the A section, Rory Byrne defeated Keith Moran.

Congratulations to Andre Davies (Tournament Director) and his team including Jim Hynes and David Noone for organising and running such a wonderful tournament. Sincere thanks to Paul Garavan of Garavans Bar for sponsoring the event. Our hearts go out to Paul whose father Charles (‘Charlie’) passed away during the tournament. Charlie was a well known squash player himself and played in GLTC for many years. May he rest in peace.

Sincere thanks to Joe Ruddy who refereed all the PSA matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mayo Junior Squash Closed Sunday 12th April

30 juniors from Mayo took part in the Mayo Junior Squash Closed on Sunday 12th April at the Westport Sports Park .
U11 winner Conor Walsh      U11 runner up Sean Cusack
U13 winner Conor Galvin      U13 runner up Ray Walsh
U15 winner Adam Barrett     U15 runner up Dylan Galvin
U17 winner Travis Harrison   U17 runner up Stephen Walsh .
Big thanks to all involved .

Madeline Perry to retire - farewell appearance at Gillen Markets Irish Open

Madeline Perry, the most successful female Irish squash player of all-time, will make her farewell WSA World Tour appearance at the Gillen Markets Irish Open later this month in Dublin.

A full-time professional since 1999, 38-year-old Perry has enjoyed a distinguished career in the sport, winning 11 WSA Tour titles from 27 final appearances and celebrating a career-high world No.3 ranking in 2011. The Australian Open champion in 2010 in Canberra - where she upset both the second and third seeds en-route to the WSA World Series title - the Banbridge-born star has won the prestigious Irish Open trophy five times, twice finishing as runner-up.

With more than 120 caps for Ireland, Perry has competed for her country in eight successive biennial World Team Championships and in February won a record 15th Irish National title. Irish Squash link is here.

Junior Squash in Egypt - why are they so good?

Read all about it here.

Two Irish players in top five at European U19 Squash Championships on at present in Prague.

Ireland were 5th in the team event.

Draw here. Details of team and updates on Irish Squash site.

Michael Craig defeated Jami Aijanen 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 to take third place and the bronze medal while David Ryan defeated Patrick Rooney to take fifth place.

Congratulations to both of them for a great performance and sincere thanks to their coaches and families who support them.

In an enthralling 107 minute final, George Parker (England) defeated Spaniard Edmon Lopez-Moller (who defeated Michael Craig in the semi-final) 3-2 (10/12, 14/12, 10/12, 13/11, 11/3). Match was marred by an injury to Lopez-Moller towards the end of the fourth game which clearly impacted adversely on him.

GillenMarkets Irish Open (PSA/WSA) takes place the following week 20th - 25th April in Fitzwilliam

Vets Interprovincials took place in Fitzwilliam on Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th April

See the tournament report and pictures with the compliments of Brian McNally (Tournament organiser).

Congratulations to Pat Hanley (Men O60) and Frank Fahey (Men O70) Irish Champions

At the recent Irish Masters’ Open in Fitzwilliam, Pat Hanley claimed the Men’s O60 title with a magnificent overall display. In the final he overcame the #1 seed, Frank Donnelly 3-2. In the men’s O70 category, Frank Fahey of Ballina Stephenites won all his matches to claim the title. Both men will now claim places on the Irish teams and Connacht Squash wish them every success.

Stoppages in Squash and the Olympics by Ian McKenzie (Squash Player Magazine)

Squash may well have been included in the Olympics by now if the best  players in the world could play the game without running into each other all the time.

You may think that comment a bit strong, but that was certainly the feedback from the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. After all, what other sports

have so many replays? Read the full article here.

Helen Reapy joint manager of National U13 and U15 teams.

Ireland’s Under 13 and 15 team played in the 5 Nations tournament in Edinburgh from 13th – 15th of March. They played France, Wales, England and Scotland and were managed by Helen Reapy from Claremorris, Co. Mayo and David Rosenberg from Belfast and coached by Paul Bell and Hadrian Stiff.

The U15′s had a super tournament and finished in 2nd place behind England with the U13′s coming 3rd behind England and France. Unfortunately Connacht were not represented on either team. Now that David Noone is coaching, we look forward to being represented next year. Onwards and upwards!

Irish Junior Interprovicials in Cork on March 21-22

Connacht teams are here. The teams include players from Westport, Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Galway.

Irish Masters Open 2015 (Friday March 20 to Sunday March 22) (Fitzwilliam)

Entry for the Irish Masters’ Open is now open. Entry closes on Sunday 15 March.

Connacht Junior Closed Saturday 28 February Galway Lawn Tennis Club

A total of 46 players from the Connacht Clubs competed in the tournament. Most clubs were represented. As can be seen from the results, there were many close matches. Congratulations to the winners and all who participated.

Results can be seen here.

Brian Byrne and Aisling Blake take runner-up spots in Irish Senior Open with Laura Mylotte taking third and Fiona Power fifth in the Ladies. Full results here.

In an absolutely enthralling Men’s A final, Brian lost 3-1 to Arthur Gaskin, a full-time professional player and currently ranked 85 in the world. With a bit of luck Brian at 8/5 up and one all could have taken the third game for a 2/1 lead and who knows what might have happened.  In the ladies final, Madeline Perry had a convincing 3-0 win over Aisling Blake to take her fifteenth national title. Aisling never really got to grips with the match and Madeline gave her no opportunity to get into it with an absolutely ruthless exhibition of power squash. Laura Mylotte defeated Hannah Craig 3-0 to take third place and Fiona Power defeated Niamh Maher 3-0 to take fifth place.

Connacht Players successful in Ulster Masters

In the O60 final  Pat Hanley defeated Jim O’Callaghan 9/4, 7/9, 9/6, 9/3.

In the O55 final, Dave Lalor lost to Martin McDonnell 9/4, 9/6, 5/9, 7/9, 2/9.

In the O60 plate, Gerry Fahy defeated John O’Shaughnessy 9/0, 9/7, 9/4.

Congratulation to all.

CBE Connacht League

Round 1 now complete and Round 2 is in progress. Points can be seen in the league pages.

David Noone joins Galway Lawn Tennis Club  as head coach

Galway Lawn Tennis Club are delighted to announce the appointment of David Noone as head coach.

David has extensive coaching experience in Canada and New Zealand.

See the GLTC coaching page for full details.

Brian Mahon resigns as President of Connacht Squash

At the Connacht Squash meeting on Saturday 31st January, Brian Mahon announced his retirement as President of Connacht Squash due to pressure of work (he is a School Principal and in common with most School Principals has a greatly increased workload due to cutbacks in support).

The Vice-president, Aidan Power will now take over as President ( and 086-0797179).

Brian will also relinquish his position as League Secretary which is being taken on by Tony Quigley (087-2579933). Tony will shortly be contacting the League Captains.

Connacht Squash wishes to express its appreciation to Brian for his great work over the recent months.

Full details of the League and the contact details of the A and B captains in the various clubs can be found in the League page of this site.

Connacht Senior Closed 30th and 31st January at Galway Lawn Tennis Club.

Full results here.   Pictures here.

In the A final local player David Noone defeated Rory Gilligan 3/1. A really good final with some great rallies. However, the superior fitness of Noone enabled him to use the court extremely well and he gradually wore down Gilligan who seemed to tire towards the end of the third game.

The B final was a father and son affair with father Andre Davies overcoming son Jack in a close encounter on a score of 3/2.

Overall a very enjoyable tournament and thanks to David Noone and his team for organising it.

44 players compete in Fun Tournament for Juniors on Saturday 17 January at GLTC

Despite the treacherous  road conditions, a total of 44 Juniors (beginners, improvers & experienced) travelled to Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday 17 January to participate in the ‘Fun Tournament’ . Clubs from Westport, Ballinrobe, Galway and Thurles (south Connacht) participated. There were 7 sections in all, each one extremely hard fought. Several players showed great promise and have a good future in squash. While the more experienced players captured most of the prizes, all the players were winners.  The level of sportsmanship was a joy to behold.

Thanks to GLTC for providing the facilities and  the parents who transported the players and looked after them.

Special thanks to Andre Davies, Edwin Brennan, David Noone (all GLTC) and Brian Mahon (President of Connacht Squash) who gave up the day to run the event.

It is hoped to run the next ‘One Day Fun Tournament’ in Westport next month. Watch this space. Click here for pictures.

Leinster Junior Open (10 - 11 January)

Jack Davies (GLTC) was runner-up in the Boys U-19 while Donal O’Shea (GLTC) finished up in 4th Place in the Boys U-15. Well done to both.

CBE Connacht Squash League 2014-2015 is underway

The 2014-2015 Connacht Squash League has now started.

The league is sponsored by the CBE group based in Claremorris (

CBE is a world leader in EPoS technology and one of Europe’s most successful retail technology companies.

For full details of the league, go to the league pages on this site.

Brian Byrne wins Connacht Senior Men’s Title in Sligo (5-7 December 2014)
Brian won the Connacht Senior Open in Sigo. Its his FIFTH Senior men's title in a row.
Brian was ranked at 2 and defeateded Derek Ryan the number one seed in the final on a score of 9/11, 9/11, 11/1, 11/5 and 11/8. Its an amazing achievement by Brian having recently won the Curragh Open, The Ulster Open, The Munster Open, The Leinster Open and now the Connacht Open. Brian plays from the  Claremorris Squash Club and needless to say all are delighted for Brian and are incredibly proud of him. Well Done Brian!!

Irish Team finish in 8th Place in the WSF Women’s Team Championships in Niagara

Well done to the Irish team who were seeded 8th. They had a magnificant win agains New Zealand to get into the quarter finals. They then came up against USA and #2 seeds England. Injuries to Madeline Perry and Laura Mylotte did not help. Great to see two Connacht players Aisling Blake and Laura Mylotte on the team. Fourth team member was Breanne Flynn

Connacht Squash Meeting

A meeting of Connacht Squash  took place at 2 p.m. on Saturday 29 November in GLTC.

By all accounts a really excellent meeting with a good attendance with many new initiatives planned to raise the profile of squash and get more people playing.

I have added a development page to this site to deal with this and will populate it soon as progress is made.

Next meeting takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday 21 January in Galway Lawn Tennis Club

Connacht Masters’ Open 2014 November 28-29 2014

A great weekend of squash with the maximum number of entries we can cater for.

Click here to view the complete results (Click on Draws and then select your group).

Pictures here.

Connacht Squash AGM

See new Committee for 2014-2014

Connacht Junior Open at GLTC on 27 - 28 September

85 juniors played in 9 events in the Connacht Junior Open held at Galway Lawn Tennis Club over the weekend of 27 - 28 September.

For full results for all events click  here.

For pictures click here.

Squash Court Temperature

I am often asked “what temperature a squash court should be and are there any rules about this”.

The answer is to be found on the WSF website under Q&A. The answer is:

The WSF specification for a squash court states that courts must be between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, with an ideal range of 15 to 20 degrees.

Fiona Power wins the Girls U19 National title.

Fiona defeated Lorraine Mooney from Claremorris 3-0 in the semi-final before moving  on to face long time Dublin-based rival

Griffin Gillanders. The pair had a very close  battle in the final, but the Galway star was in flying form and emerged the

victor on a score line of 3-1.The new Irish number one will now go on to represent Ireland at the European team and

individual championships which will be held in  Finland this April. Congratulations from Connacht Squash.

Irish Squash visited Connacht on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Paul Nugent and Aideen Ward represented Irish Squash. Meeting took place in the bar of GLTC. Reps from GLTC, Westport and

Loughrea squash clubs attended. Overall it was a good meeting with a frank exchange of views by all sides. Both Irish Squash

and the clubs now have a better understanding of their respective roles. Issues discussed included Club Development, Coaching, development of young players, how to get more young player into squash, how to get proficient juniors up to the next level. The idea that Irish Squash might develop a toolkit for clubs was also mooted. Overall a succesful experience. Thanks to Paul and Aideen for making the visit, the first by Irish Squash in about three years. We look forward to seeing them again.

Revised Rules of Singles Squash

On October 23, 2013 the Annual General Meeting of the World Squash Federation approved a revised version of the Rules of Squash. These updated Rules will come into effect on 1st January 2014. While most of the changes are minor, players are advised to read the updated rules. Click here to download a copy.

Visit one of our squash clubs and find out what squash is all about. Perhaps try a game?

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Rules of Squash

2014 Singles Rules

All are advised to read them.

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