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A few thoughts on Alan Freeman’s departure

Photo: Elverysblog.com When I was composing that post yesterday morning about comings and goings on the panel I’d already heard that Alan Freeman had left. The word wasn’t, however, out then but it was soon after, with the Mayo News (here) breaking the story yesterday evening and there’s further coverage on it this morning – Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, RTÉ. […]

Looking ahead

Photo: jonizquierdo.com I think it really is time to start moving on from Saturday’s events and this week’s issue of the Mayo News (out today, paper and digital format) helps that process considerably. Daniel Carey has a piece on the front page of the sports section of the paper (here), which contains a very brief statement from County Board PRO […]

Where to from here?

Okay, okay – so it proved to be more than yesterday’s news. The Indo has made sure of that, rolling out two follow-on pieces yesterday and another one today. Who knows? Maybe they have a whole week of content pre-cooked and ready to serve up to the nation. But, eventually, the big tent will come down and the circus will […]

Last year’s news

Photo: Irish Examiner So, the gift that keeps giving for the media provides its latest instalment. 5,000 words – all penned by Martin Breheny in today’s Irish Independent – of an in-depth interview with Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly about the events surrounding the heave against them a bit over a year ago. I haven’t read the full interview, I’ve […]

Spending and income both up sharply this year

Photo: datamaticspbo.com The County Convention takes place this Sunday, where Mayo GAA finances will, no doubt, get a good airing. Ahead of this, there’s an interesting report today in The 42 (here) detailing a number of major items in the 2016 accounts, which will be presented at the Convention. As you’ll see from the linked piece, the accounts show a […]

The Dublin dossier

Photo: Joe.ie Going the qualifier route has thrown up all manner of new experiences and new routines. For me, one of them has been to do a post on each of our upcoming opponents in the championship ever since our unexpected Connacht semi-final loss to Galway back in June. At the start this was just to refresh my own memory about […]

Our provincial champion conundrum

Saturday sees us make our sixth successive appearance in the All-Ireland Series, the latest episode in what is an unprecedented period of competitiveness for us in the championship. We’re become used to being still in with a shout for honours come August each year, even if ultimate success remains as elusive as ever for us. When we take the field […]

Lake County lowdown

Photo: RTE A week tomorrow we’re back at Croke Park – for the first time since last September – with Westmeath barring our way to a sixth successive All-Ireland quarter-final appearance. So apart from being Joe Dolan’s birthplace and supposedly one-half (along with Meath) of an ancient fifth Irish province, what’s there to know about the Lake County and their recent […]

The weekend’s action

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 Pearse Stadium. I’d say something […]

All-Stars for Lee and Aidan, YFOTY for Diarmuid

Photo: Gaelicplayers.com The 2015 All-Star bash is currently underway and this year’s All-Star football team was announced a short time ago. For a change, there wasn’t a single surprise in this year’s awards and, as expected, we’ve got two players on the team – Lee Keegan at wing-back and Aidan O’Shea at full-forward. It’s Lee’s third All-Star award, cementing his […]