"There were no All-Ireland S.H. club championships in the days of Matt Hackett, Bill Cullinane, the Fahys, Connors, Gilmores, Molloys, Egans, Shaughnessys, the Nolans, Burkes, Abbertons.

Yet it was the great hurling skill and prowess of men like Matt Hackett, Willie Fahy, Mickey Burke, Johnny Molloy, Padhraic Nolan, Seamus Cullinane, Paddy Egan, Stephen Francis, Mickey Glynn, Eddie Abberton, Ted Murphy (of the present team) who soldiered down the years to build that great tradition.

It was they who sowed the seeds of ambition in the present squad and made hurling a way of life in the area. All these men and the teams of the past deserve congratulations for keeping the hurling torch alight" (Ref. The Galway Advertiser, June the 5th, 1980)

Misc., and random, from the Archives.
Some of these Images are represntations from 1936.
There are more from 2011, where those Young Club particants, are all grown up now - and have life-long buddies, hopefully.
Others are from 2013, when the Camogie Players rose to Fame.,

A few, are from the Feile and one from the 1980 Hurling Victory.

Admins. can add /delete/ or edit,  through the /images/djmediatools/9-gallery-album      folder.


Currently, we have two exceptional Hurlers,. by the Name of Tom Murphy.

  • Tom Murphy who played with Galway.
  • His Nephew - also Tom, who we have more records for, and instrumental in the success of the Club.
  • First Cousin to Tedeen / Ted Murphy, another Great Hurler.
  • From Kyleougher, Castlegar, County Galway.
  • "Tom Murphy versatile in all sports" Ref. Advertiser Archives, 5th June, 1980 (new window).
  • Castlegar Hurling Club Senior Championship Winning Team of 1973, 1979,
  • On 1980 All-Ireland Club Championship Victory
  • Hurling Coach for Castlegar National School in 2009.



  • Ted Murphy was born in the Claddagh and reared in Two Mile Ditch, Castlegar (new window) where he became one the Greatest Castlegar Hurlers and was honoured in our team of the Century announced in 1998.
  • Educated in Castlegar National School 
  • Ted "cut his teeth" at Senior Hurling level, at a youthful 16 years of age when they overcame Turlough in 1963.
  • A Hurling Powerhouse; an inspiration to those after him. Respected, by those who played against him, and with him.
  • Club President, 2011.
  • "I take my hat off once again to old reliable Ted Murphy, who, I'm told, was playing in liis tenth  S.H. Final and was as solid and dependable as". Ref.Advertiser Archives.

Ted worked with the Galway County Council in the mid 1960's. Many locals were there that time including Paddy Joe Casserly, Sean Casserly, Johnny Maloney, Micheal Cresham, Jim Furey and Tommy Grealish (Junior and Senior, as sub contractors) , to name a few. Jack Murphy sold the quarry in Two Mile Ditch to Roadstone (C.R.H.) and many people left the Council to join Roadstone - Ted was one of those, and worked there for a few decades. He Hurled with Roadstone also, in The Inter-Firms Competitions. 


Listen to Ollie Turner speak about Ted Murphy and Stephen Francis, as they were selected to be on a theoretical Hurling Team of the '60's.

Joe Connolly, is currently the  Irish Culture/ Language Officer (2021)

  • Video
  • All Star accolade for his efforts in 1980. Captain status at 23 years of age.


Podcast - Clayton Hotel, 2018. Joe speaks to Ollie Turner.




  • 1980 - the Famous Joe Speech - Video
  • Joe, passes the Ball to his brother, John
  • Excellent Hurling and local Historical record - He gives us some local History, Neighbours in Ballybrit - a short Bio - Leadership. - his Hurling Colleagues -  the Final and Ballycastle -  the semi final against Blackrock - the everlasting Friendship of Hurling - context, Bord Gáis Energy GAA Legends Virtual Tour. and broadcast in July of 2020,

1980 cup joe connolly