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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Click here to see Gerry’s update on Connacht Squash Clubs
The Irish Nationals will take place on 10 -
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
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.
Full results here on Tournament Software. Pictures on Facebook.
Complete results available here.
Pictures available on the Connacht Squash Facebook pages (see link at top).
The Connacht Senior Open was played at Galway Lawn Tennis Club on 18-
Brian Byrne with a world PSA ranking of 168 ovecame a determined challenge by Stevie Richardson to take the Connacht Senion Open A-
Full results here on Tournament Software.
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.
Full results here.
There are significant changes to the Junior Guidelines for 2016-
Click here to read them.
We earnestly request every club in Connacht to send at least one rep to the AGM. We need to hear your thoughts and ideas.
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.
The calendar of Connacht events now contains details of the 2016-
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.
Follow the qualifications and results here.
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-
Connacht Squash wish to thank all those players who came to support the tournament.
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-
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-
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-
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.
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-
B League: Winners: Galway B (12/5); Runners-
Sincere thanks to CBE for their continued sponsorship of the Connacht League.
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.
Arthur Gaskin defeated Brian Byrne 3-
Laura Mylotte the top seed overcame two of the upcoming Irish women players, Sophie O’Rourke (3-
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-
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.
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.
A total of 46 juniors entered and played in the tournament.
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-
Tournament Director: David Noone (083-
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.
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.
Connacht Squash thanks all those players who travelled to the Tournament from Dublin and other distant locations.
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!
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.
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.
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-
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)
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.
The first matches of the 2015-
Registration of all league team members with Irish Squash is required for insurance purposes.
Everyone who played in the Connacht inter provincial team last season is welcome to come. Contact David Noone (083-
The result was a comprehensive 4/0 win for the GLTC team of Andre Davies, Pat Hanley, Cormac McMahon and Dave Lalor.
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.
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-
See how the Irish Players did at the European Masters Individual here.
Irish Squash Calendar 2015-
See the calendar pages on this site for the details of 2015-
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 -
Follow Brian’s progress here.
New Irish Squash Board 2015-
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 -
Madeline Perry who recently announced her retirement from the WSA World tour defeated world #20 Nicollete Fernandes (Guyana) 11-
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-
See complete reports of both finals at squashsite.
CBE Connacht League -
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 -
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 -
Madeline Perry, the most successful female Irish squash player of all-
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 -
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.
Michael Craig defeated Jami Aijanen 11-
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-
GillenMarkets Irish Open (PSA/WSA) takes place the following week 20th -
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-
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-
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-
In an absolutely enthralling Men’s A final, Brian lost 3-
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).
Brian will also relinquish his position as League Secretary which is being taken on by Tony Quigley (087-
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 -
Jack Davies (GLTC) was runner-
CBE Connacht Squash League 2014-
The league is sponsored by the CBE group based in Claremorris (www.cbe.ie).
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-
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-
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).
Connacht Squash AGM
See new Committee for 2014-
Connacht Junior Open at GLTC on 27 -
85 juniors played in 9 events in the Connacht Junior Open held at Galway Lawn Tennis Club over the weekend of 27 -
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-
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-
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.
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