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This feels like a new start for us

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It’s been a long interregnum, it’s been an even longer dark night of the soul but, at last, on this first morning of what meteorologists call winter we can finally begin to cast off all that negative baggage and start to look forward with confidence about what the future might hold for us. It’s been a tough […]

OFFICIAL: Stephen Rochford confirmed as new Mayo manager

Stephen Rochford

Photo: The 42 It’s official, folks – the County Board confirmed a few minutes ago that Stephen Rochford has this evening been formally ratified by the County Board as the new Mayo manager. Stephen has been appointed to the position for an initial three-year term, to be reviewed annually. Stephen’s management team has also been […]

Rochford’s appointment set to be ratified tonight

Stephen Rochford

Photo: Hogan Stand (Inpho/James Crombie) Both the Western People (Anthony Hennigan) and the Mayo News have tweeted this morning that Stephen Rochford’s appointment as Mayo manager is set to be confirmed at a meeting of the County Board tonight. The original plan, as reported last week, was for this to happen tomorrow night but the […]

Rochy’s backroom team coming together

Stephen Rochford

Photo: Ahead of his meeting with County Board officials at the weekend and his likely ratification next Tuesday as the new Mayo manager, it looks like Stephen Rochford has is busily firming up the details of his proposed backroom team. Tony Leen in the Irish Examiner tweeted last night to confirm earlier reports from a […]

College GAA players need an intervention. Now!

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Player burnout is a serious issue amongst young GAA players and the cohort of players most in danger of this affliction are college going inter-county players! There are a number of factors that contribute to this. Number one on this list is the sheer number of teams that they play for at this age. Take […]

Rochford’s appointment likely to be confirmed next week

Stephen Rochford

Photo: Connacht Tribune The Mayo News (paper and digital versions) is reporting today that the appointment of Stephen Rochford as the new Mayo manager is expected to be formally ratified by the County Board at its next meeting this night week (1st December). Ahead of this, the mediation process being undertaken by Martin Conroy is […]

Castlebar regain Connacht crown in style

Castlebar Connacht champions

Photo: Inpho Photography They may have gone into this afternoon’s Connacht SFC club final at Tuam Stadium against Corofin as underdogs but a hugely committed performance by Castlebar Mitchels saw them dethrone the defending Connacht and All-Ireland champions, claim the Shane McGettigan Cup for the second time in three years and end the day as the new […]

Johnno’s book is worth a look

John OMahony book

Photo: Sportsfile John O’Mahony has always brought out contradictory emotions in me. So I have to admit that it was with some trepidation that I recently sat down to read his autobiography O’Mahony: Keeping the Faith. It’s not difficult to pinpoint why conflicting sentiments might be held by Mayo GAA supporters in relation to Johnno. […]

Dates for the diary

2016 diary

Photo: I’ve just seen confirmation of match-related dates for next year so diaries at the ready, folks, as here they are. First off the FBD (which, I know, you’re all waiting on with bated breath), where in Section A, our three-match January schedule is as follows: Round 1: MAYO v NUIG, MacHale Park, 3rd […]

The weekend’s action

Holly Carra

Photo: @mayonewssport I was otherwise engaged pretty much all day yesterday so it’s only now that I’m getting around to mentioning the day’s wet and windy club action. It’s action worth discussing, however, as it saw two county clubs capturing Connacht silverware. You’re always safe enough conferring the sobriquet ‘windswept’ on a match that takes place at […]