Following Mayo's footballers

The Blacksod bus

Belmullet

Photo: Irish Emerald Gifts Before the Blacksod bus was the Blacksod bus, it was the Belmullet bus … if you follow me. It left Ballina at six pm sharp and meandered its way through Crossmolina, Corrick, Bangor, Geesala (on Saturdays and Mondays), onwards through the Glen, up Fanny’s hill and into Belmullet. That was until […]

FBD fixture details confirmed

The County Board confirmed yesterday via Twitter the dates, times and venues for our 2015 FBD League campaign, which is now just over the horizon early in the New Year. As was the case this year, we’re bracketed with NUIG, IT Sligo and Roscommon for the coming year’s pre-season round of matches. This time, though, all […]

Beidh la eile, le cúnamh Dé!

I started my campaign on this blog on September 28th last and I have now decided to bring it to a close here also. In concluding I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by a number of people and organisations in supporting my campaign over the last few months. Firstly, I would like to pay […]

Dillon’s decision a timely boost

Alan Dillon

Photo: The Score (Cathal Noonan/Inpho) Alan Dillon’s announcement – on the night that he was named Mayo Club Footballer of the Year – that he intends to stay on with the senior county team for 2015 is a timely boost as a new year of football action beckons. The Ballintubber clubman referenced the many retirement […]

Back-to-back Leinster titles for Vincents

Leinster club final

A dank old day in December isn’t the ideal time of the year to be deciding a match of any importance but today’s Leinster club football final at Navan’s Pairc Tailteann was a contest of considerable significance, both for the silverware that was on offer and the ticket that victory provided to the All-Ireland semi-final in […]

After the Convention

Mike Connelly

Photo: Irishtv.ie There’s been plenty of debate on here since Sunday’s County Convention. I had intended to say something about this yesterday but never got the time to do so. I know it’s a bit late to be arriving to this particular party but I’ve just had a read of the various reports on the […]

Looking back, looking forward

Whatever about the upcoming County Convention, it sure feels like a very becalmed time right now from a Mayo GAA perspective, which, for me is just as well as it’s far from becalmed at the minute from a work point of view. But, then again, there’s only just over a month until the 2015 inter-county […]

Mort’s book largely misses the mark

One Sunday

A few days before the 2012 All-Ireland final, I was at a breakfast event in Croke Park where the two star turns were Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy and our own Conor Mortimer. Both had departed their respective county panels inside the previous twelve months – the former turfed out by Jim McGuinness, the latter of his […]

End of the road for Ballintubber, Vincents advance

Corofin Ballintubber

Photo: Connacht GAA 2014 will go down as a great one for Ballintubber but sadly their year ended in disappointment this afternoon at MacHale Park. Appearing in their first ever Connacht senior club final, the Mayo champions were comprehensively outplayed by Galway champions Corofin, losing on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-7. A nine-point losing margin […]

New jersey available to pre-order

New Mayo jersey

Photo: @Elverys Elvery’s announced yesterday evening that the new county jersey would be available to pre-order from today. And so it is – here. This is only for kids’ sizes and I’m not sure if adult sizes are available to order at this point but sure there’s a while to go yet until they’ll be […]