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The score required to win: Dublin v Mayo previewed

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There is nothing I can tell the readership of this blog about the Mayo attack that they don’t already know. So I won’t try. Instead we will review the Dublin attack, pitting their returns so far this year against those of the Mayo defence, and see if we can arrive at a score that Mayo […]

Thursday’s coverage

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Morning all. It’s Thursday and there’s plenty more coverage out there in the run-up to Sunday’s big game. Some of it relates to our team announcement last night but I’m not going to bother linking to those articles as they just relay information you’ve already seen. On our team selection, I think the one thing […]

Team for Sunday named

We’ve just named our starting fifteen for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm) and here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland SFC semi-final, 30/8/2015): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown […]

The build-up continues

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It’s Wednesday and the strangest ever build-up I can recall to a big match involving us continues apace. Sunday’s tragic event has cast a very understandable and rather profound shadow over everything to do with football (and more besides) in the county and it’s just not possible, nor is it appropriate, to continue on as if […]

Thoughts turning towards Sunday

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That awful tragedy on Sunday night has, I think, fairly much knocked the stuffing out of many people. The utter senselessness of accidental death at such a tender age is beyond comprehension and at a time like this words are less than useless. As others have said, Darragh’s death also places Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final into […]

Darragh Doherty RIP

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Photo: Laois Nationalist It’s now been confirmed that the young man who tragically lost his life in that road traffic accident near Ballinrobe last night was former Mayo minor star Darragh Doherty from Kilmaine. Darragh was corner-forward on the team that claimed the Tom Markham Cup in 2013 and he lit up that All-Ireland winning […]

Kerry navigate past tricky Tyrone test

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And then there were three. Whoever wins next Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between ourselves and Dublin will have to face defending champions Kerry in next month’s decider. Kerry didn’t have things all their own way at a rain-soaked Croke Park this afternoon but they showed plenty of guts and determination to fend off Tyrone’s late burst and […]

Home thoughts from abroad

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My grandfather was a gentleman and a great character. A sharp, dry wit, and for someone that never touched a drop of alcohol in his life, was the centre of attention at many a late night music session well into his nineties. He never really held more than a passing interest in football – his […]

Fallout from Kevin Keane’s appeal continues

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Photo: Irish Examiner That piece by Sean Moran in this morning’s Irish Times is interesting, stating as it does that the Croke Park suits are reportedly furious that Kevin Keane’s appeal the other night was successful. Kevin wasn’t, of course, the only player to get off the hook at the CHC meeting on Wednesday night […]

Making it up as they go along

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Photo: Balls.ie It was a funny old night, as well as a long one, at the Central Hearings Committee last night. It was also a fruitful one if you were appealing anything, with Tyrone succeeding on the double as they had Conor Meyler’s black card from the Monaghan game nullified and, of course, Tiernan McCann’s kangaroo court […]