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'I wasn't expecting that out here!' - Galway player strikes gold in New York raffle

Tom Fahy won return flights from New York to Dublin, match tickets and accommodation for All-Ireland final weekend

It was a good weekend for Tom Fahy in New York
It was a good weekend for Tom Fahy in New York
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

TOM FAHY WAS in for a big surprise when he came off the pitch following Galway’s comfortable Connacht SFC victory over New York in the Big Apple on Sunday. 

Fahy, an unused substitute in the 16-point victory over the Exiles, had just completed the post-match warmdown at Gaelic Park when he learned that he had scooped top prize in a fundraising raffle run by local GAA supporters.

The Killererin clubman, nicknamed ‘Jaffa’, was stunned when the news was broken to him by a Galway Bay FM reporter present at the game that his name had come out of the hat.

Fahy paid $100 for the chance to win a brilliant package consisting of return flights from New York to attend the All-Ireland senior football final next September, complete with two Hogan Stand tickets for the game and a two-night stay in the capital.

Kevin Conlon and Tom Fahy Tom Fahy struck gold in New York Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Fahy gasped: “It’s mighty! It’s a surprise! I wasn’t expecting that out here now!”

We’re sure that Fahy will find a good home for the tickets and accommodation but who knows what will happen with the Aer Lingus flights!

Meanwhile, Galway’s scoring hero Damien Comer stepped into the starting line-up after a bug swept the camp and finished with 1-4.

Comer wasn’t listed to start and he revealed afterwards that he risked the wrath of his local dentist by lining out, following recent work on a mouth problem.

“I did my full training on Tuesday night but I could understand why I wasn’t starting.

Damien Comer is interviewed after the game Damien Comer speaks to a reporter after Galway's victory in New York Source: Andy Marlin/INPHO

“I would have loved to have gotten the nod straight away coming back from injury but I wouldn’t have been up to full fitness.

“My teeth are still trying to settle back in – I don’t think my dentist will be too happy but I took that chance and now we’re up against Leitrim in two weeks.”

Galway recovered from a sluggish start to record a comfortable win against New York. 

And Comer admitted to Galway Bay FM: “We always knew it was going to be tough and the first 15 minutes showed it.

“We kicked stupidly and misplaced some kick-passes early on, which we normally wouldn’t do.

“The pressure was on to come out here and perform but we eventually broke them down and it’s good to get over this stepping stone.”

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