Following Mayo's footballers

Club championship on this weekend

Are we there yet? The long and winding road to Salthill on 14th June is, I’m afraid, still more than three weeks away. It’s so far away, in fact, that the short-term focus this weekend switches to the club championship, where action takes place at both senior and intermediate level. Club action on home turf is […]

The weekend’s action

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Photo: @ConnachtGAA So, it’s off and running once more, the real action of the summer has begun. Today saw two matches of interest from our point of view – both played in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon – while further North, up in Ballybofey, the nation was treated to a fine display of pulling, […]

Provincial championship preview

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So here we are again. The beginning of the real football and when the summer crowds come forth expecting the League cobwebs to be blown away and the wheat to truly be separated from the chaff. At the end of it all will be another champion county standing alone with everyone else lost in their […]

Championship prediction mini-league 2015: the official launch

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This was a job I’d meant to do before now but all this inactivity got to me and I think I’d have forgotten to do it altogether if Sean hadn’t prompted me in the comments yesterday. So, having got a prod to do so, may I present to you the 2015 championship prediction mini-league, hosted […]

Poll: who’ll nab Nestor?

Connacht championship launch

Photo: Connacht GAA After what has seemed like an age of inactivity, the 2015 championship finally rolls into action this coming weekend, with opening round SFC ties taking place in three provinces, the pick of which is obviously the one in Ballybofey on Sunday between Donegal and Tyrone. Closer to home, the race for the […]

Sledging

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”. Oh yeah? Well, let me tell you that as a child growing up, as a young man and as a tax serf in later life, words often left me completely bereft. Ireland in recent years has been convulsed with scandal after scandal. Clerical abuse, unmarried […]

Tonight’s open night at MacHale Park

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Image: @MayoGAA A very popular addition to the GAA’s annual calendar in recent years is the open night that each county hosts, where supporters young and old can get up close and personal with their heroes. Tonight’s the night for the Mayo GAA one, with the event getting underway at MacHale Park at 6pm this […]

Cillian an injury doubt for semi-final

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Photo: GAA.ie They say that no news is often good news and in this long build-up to our Connacht semi-final on 14th June – most likely against Galway in Salthill – there’s been little in the way of news out of the squad. This evening, however, this piece appeared in The 42 (formerly The Score – […]

Juniors dethrone the Magpies

The Mayo Juniors took the field as underdogs against reigning Connacht champions Sligo at Ballina this evening but they emerged from the contest as fairly convincing winners, dethroning the Magpies on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. The home side’s starting team showed two changes from that which was announced in advance, with Darren McHugh […]

Juniors take on Sligo tomorrow evening

It’s still over six weeks until the seniors make their first appearance in this year’s championship but the county Junior team are in action tomorrow evening (Wednesday) when they face Sligo in the Connacht semi-final. The clash against the Yeats County takes place at James Stephens Park, Ballina, where throw-in is 7.30pm and details of the […]