Conor Hayes All-Ireland Legends Tour
On the eve of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Championship Final replay, join former Galway captain Conor Hayes on a very unique guided tour of Croke Park Stadium.
The All-Ireland Legends Tour with Conor Hayes takes place on Saturday 29th September at 2.30pm. This unique guided tour is a must for Galway supporters in Dublin on the weekend of the All-Ireland final replay when the county's hurlers seek to capture its first All-Ireland title since 1988 when Conor lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup as Galway captain.
Conor Hayes enjoyed a ten-year inter-county hurling career with Galway, winning three All-Ireland senior titles in 1980, 1987 and 1988. He was captain of the team when it won back-to-back titles in 1987 & 1988. Three times the recipient of an All-Star Award, Conor also experienced All-Ireland at under-21 level in 1978 and with his club, Kiltormer, in 1991.
Read an exclusive interview with Conor Hayes in advavnce of this weekend's Legends Tour of Croke Park.
After winning an All-Ireland under-21 championship in 1978, Conor made his debut for the Galway senior team in 1979. At the end of that season he experienced the defeat of losing in an All-Ireland final when the Tribesmen were beaten by Kilkenny. The following year he was a member of the Galway team that won the county's first All-Ireland senior title since 1928 - a win that resulted in celebrations that surpassed anything ever seen in Croke Park.
In 1987 Hayes was appointed captain of the Galway team, and the county won its first National Hurling League title in over a decade. In September, the Tribesmen appeared in a third All-Ireland Final in a row. After defeats in 1985 and 1986, the prospect of becoming the first team to lose three consecutive championship deciders weighed heavily on the Galway team as Kilkenny provided the opposition. The game was not a classic by any standard but Galway emerged as victors and Conor won his second All-Ireland medal while he also had the honour of accepting the Liam MacCarthy Cup.This was repeated in 1988 when Conor was again captain of an All-Ireland winning Galway team who defeated Tipperary in the final.
Conor first played with his local club, Kiltormer, in 1977 and won a Galway Senior County Championship that year. He would go on to win four more county titles, as well as three Connacht titles. He captured his fifth and final county winners medal in 1991. Kiltormer’s provincial campaign secured a third Connacht club winners’ medal for Conor and his side then faced Cashel King Cormac’s in the All-Ireland semi-final. A three-game saga which produced two replays has gone into GAA folklore, however, in the end victory went to the Galway side who booked a place in the All-Ireland final. Offaly club Birr were the opponents on that occasion. Kiltormer were well on top in that game and secured a 0-15 to 1-8 victory. It was Hayes's first All-Ireland club winners' medal.
In retirement from playing Hayes continued his involvement with hurling. From 2002 – 2006 he was manager of the Galway senior hurling team, guiding them to a National Hurling League title in 2004. In 2005, the team reached the All-Ireland Hurling Final but where defeated by Cork.
Booking is essential as places are limited
Adult - €15.00
Student/Senior - €10.00
Child - €8.50
Family - €40.00