Farewell 2016

Image: apanorthstarchapter.org So, what’s left of the old year is now down to a matter of mere hours. Bloody quare year it was too, in so many ways. Plenty of people, myself included, will, I’d say, shed few tears at its passing tonight. From a Mayo GAA point of view it was, of course, a rollercoaster […]

An unbelievable year for David and Fergal

When asked for his thoughts on national television after his man-of-the-match performance in the All-Ireland minor football final win of 2013, David Kenny brought the word ‘Un*******believable’ to the attention of the lexicography department of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sadly the Tooreen man’s slip of the tongue didn’t make the OED cut that year, but […]

Ends and beginnings for the U21s

Photo: @MayoGAA Last night at Breaffy was a proud one for the county’s all-conquering U21 team of 2016. At a celebration event in the hotel, they were presented with their All-Ireland medals and very nice the medals looked too: Here it is, what these lads have worked so hard for on behalf of #mayogaa. pic.twitter.com/hirXRwg8Uf […]

Mayo News football podcast: Christmas special

It’s been a while, more than two months to be exact, but the Mayo News football podcast is back. With Christmas now only days away, it’s time to look back at the football year and look ahead to what 2017 might hold for us. No better place to do that than in the podcast. Rob […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time to take off the vow of silence

With about eight minutes left in the drawn All-Ireland final I espied Maurice Deegan running the line in front of me. I had not passed heed on him prior to that. One of the Dublin backroom team sidled up to him, like a guy starts chatting to you at the bus stop. Deegan smiled as […]

Masters land All-Ireland at last

Photo: @IrishTV As the saying goes, it’s the old dog for the hard road. The Mayo Masters confirmed that adage earlier on today up in Ballinagh when after extra-time in the All-Ireland Masters final replay, with the drawn final three weeks ago having itself gone to extra-time, they finally got the better of a valiant […]

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 […]

Corofin are kings of the west once again

Photo: galwaybayfm.ie Three of this year’s senior club football provincial finals were played this afternoon and so the race for the Andy Merrigan Cup on Patrick’s Day next year is now down to just five runners. Once the Leinster final take place – it’s fixed for Sunday week – the line-up for February’s All-Ireland semi-finals will […]