1943 Connacht Semi Final

In the 1930’s the Kiltimagh Young Men’s Society had carried out extensive work on the club’s playing area and their efforts were rewarded in 1943, when Kiltimagh was selected as the venue for the Connacht semi-final between Mayo and Galway to be played on June 20th.

The advertisement for the match urged all to “Come and see a thrilling contest in ideal conditions.” Unfortunately that advert couldn’t have been more wrong as there was torrential rain for days before the big match and on the day iself playing conditions were impossible.

The game was more akin to water polo than gaelic football and there was little for the small crowd of about 300 to enthuse about.

Many of the supporters who acquired seating accommodation found their seats sinking into the ground.

There is a story told that anyone ordering a drink in any of the local pubs for weeks afterwards were offered a free ham sandwich such were the preparations made to feed the thousands of spectators that had been expected. For the record Galway won the match by 3-6 to 1-5.