Following Mayo's footballers

Breaffy topple Tubber


Photo: @MayoGAA There’s been so much action on this sporting days of days, which within the county saw the destination of the senior hurling title decided as well as the finalists in the senior football championship identified. Hurling first, where Ballyhaunis clinched back-to-back senior hurling titles titles on their home turf by beating near neighbours Tooreen […]

Tomorrow’s matches


Photo: Tomorrow is set to bring with it a virtual tsunami of sporting action, with two massive matches for the national teams in the rugby and the soccer as well as a welter of club football and hurling contests around the country. Sure, even in our own household there’s hockey, football and soccer matches to […]



Jose Mourinho fascinates me. Never a player of note, Jose started out as Bobby Robson’s translator at Barcelona. The rest is history. Like most ultra successful people, Jose has the bully’s streak. His great achievements come, often, tainted with cheapness. His treatment of the Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro smacked of chauvinistic boorishness. His undoubted brilliance […]

Poll: who’ll win the county championship?


Photo: Mayo GAA Okay, let’s keep the focus with the on-field stuff for a bit longer. This year’s county senior football championship is now down to the last four, with the semi-finals going ahead this coming Sunday (October 11th) and the Moclair Cup decider then taking place on, as far as I know, October 25th. […]

The weekend’s action


Photo: @MayoGAA The focus has been on off-field stuff all week so it’s time, I think, for a quick post about some on-field action that was on over the past two days. Let’s start with the Mayo Masters, who had another good win yesterday. This one was a Round 8 fixture away to Longford, which was […]

Pat and Noel do the honourable thing

Pat and Noel

Photo: I’m not long back in, with plenty of red wine coursing through my veins, but before I turn in I’d just like to add my voice to those expressing thanks and best wishes to Pat and Noel for doing the right thing earlier this evening. Walking away can’t have been easy for them […]

No white smoke from crisis talks

Where the fog are we

Tonight’s review meeting between County Board officials and players at MacHale Park has broken up without any comment from either side. As this report in the Mayo News confirms, around 30 players attended the meeting with the County Board reps, which lasted no more than ten minutes. That piece states that the players made no […]

Seven All-Star nominees for us


Photo: GAA Time for some light relief, I reckon. The list of nominees – 45 in all – for this year’s GAA/GPA Football All-Stars was released overnight and we’ve seven players on the list. Chris Barrett, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Tom Parsons, Diarmuid O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor all make this year’s shortlist. In […]

Digging in?

Noel and Pat

Photo: As you can imagine, our dirty linen is draped in full view of the nation this morning, with plenty of coverage about the crisis that has engulfed Noel and Pat’s management of the county team. Perhaps the most significant piece is this one by Colm Keys in the Irish Independent where – confirming what Marty […]

A bad place for sure

Mike Connelly Vincent Neary

Photo: Connaught Telegraph (Alison Laredo) I spent some time earlier on trying to put together a considered piece on the crisis that erupted into the open inside the last 24 hours but, having since watched the RTÉ News item and then Vincent Neary’s frankly embarrassing interview on Newstalk’s Off The Ball programme, I can see that now […]