Following Mayo's footballers

Self-scanners at MacHale Park on Sunday

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I’m all for technological progress (without it, I guess, we’d all be still living in caves scratching our posteriors with the jawbone of an ass, or whatever that metaphor is supposed to be) and so I can only applaud the latest piece of hi-tech wizardry that season ticket holders are going to encounter at the […]

Five changes for Sunday

The team to play Monaghan on Sunday was named a little while ago. Here it is: Mayo (NFL Division One v Monaghan, 1/3/2015): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Kevin Keane (Westport), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan […]

Monaghan match approaching

Full time in Iniskeen

The week is pushing on and we’re getting ever closer to Sunday’s National Football League Division One meeting with Monaghan at MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm). There’s no word as yet about teams for Sunday – it’ll be tomorrow or Friday, I guess, before we’ve full details there – and without that I suppose we’re all at […]

Money, money, money

Money

Photo: wallpaperscraft.com As has already been mentioned in the comments, the Mayo News has a story this week – here – on the rescheduling of the MacHale Park debt. It’s a bit of financial engineering that will save the County Board €200k in annual repayments, with the monthly bill falling from around €48k to close […]

Update on senior panel

As has already been flagged in the comments, the County Board have this evening issued an update on the senior county panel, both in relation to players currently unavailable due to injury and those who have been released back to their clubs. The County Board’s update is here. Looking first at the list of players […]

Rory Hickey the ref for next Sunday

Rory Hickey

Photo: Clare Champion After a three-week gap, the League is back on this day week, with Monaghan coming to town for the first time since we entertained them at MacHale Park back in late March 2010. That’s not the most recent time we played them – that was up in Iniskeen, the ground with those […]

Comebacks, setbacks and a first appearance

Players

I know I’m a bit late coming to this one but it’s a quiet time – with a week and a half still to go before the Monaghan match – so maybe it’s worth giving it a brief mention all the same. The Mayo News (paper and digital edition) has a bit this week about that challenge […]

Vinnies dethroned by slick Corofin

Vinnies Corofin full-time

I was at O’Connor Park in Tullamore – which, by the way, has got to be the finest mid-sized GAA ground in the country – this afternoon, hoping to see my local club St Vincents make it through to a second successive All-Ireland club final. On a day that had more than a hint of spring […]

Throwing off the blanket

Blanket on MacHale Park

Photo: @ColmGannon One of the main talking points coming out of MacHale Park on Sunday last was the use of the blanket defence by Tyrone. Those of us who have had the game of Gaelic football in our veins for several decades just can’t warm to the use of the blanket defence, especially when it […]

Club semi-finals on this Saturday

I know the rest of you may not be overly exercised about this Saturday’s All-Ireland senior club semi-finals but the excitement is building in this corner of the capital where our local club St Vincents are preparing to do battle with Galway’s Corofin at O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday (throw-in 2pm).  On the same day, […]