Following Mayo's footballers

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 […]

Waiting and dreaming

Photo: @OkcabRonan One day closer and I dunno about the rest of you but this lead-in sure seems to be a long one. The four-week gap between our semi-final and Sunday week’s final is the longest interval we’ve had between games this summer – London to Galway was three weeks, then it was another three-week gap […]

Fit and ready

Photo: @Officialgaa We got our All-Ireland final press gathering out of the way last night, nice and early well ahead of the big day itself. Much of what was said by those wheeled out to meet and greet the Fourth Estate won’t see the light of day until the week of the final but there’s a […]

On and off the road

I thought I’d got away with it there: it was only last night, by which time we’d returned to base here in Dublin, that anyone first remarked about my absence from the site. But absent I was, having spent a few activity-laden days down in Mayo with the laptop switched off. It was only a […]

Connacht championship launch

Photo: Connacht GAA There I was yesterday tap-tapping away wondering about when the Connacht championship launch might be happening when at about the same time the lads were out in their finery over in Bekan, the rushes tickling their bare legs as they formally set in motion the 2016 battle for the Nestor Cup. The launch […]

Stephen’s Christmas call for patience

Photo: Irish Independent (Sportsfile/David Maher) Speaking to Mike Finnerty in this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants), new manager Stephen Rochford has called for “a little bit of patience” from supporters ahead of the start of a new year of football action. He’s not asking for too much tolerance from the terraces either, saying that […]

Writing their own history

Photo: Mayo News (Sportsfile/David Maher) Two days into the job, Stephen Rochford yesterday evening at MacHale Park held his first formal media briefing where, apart from letting the photographers get a few initial snaps of him in the Mayo kit (including the one above), he got to set out his stall on his aims as […]

First interviews with the new manager

Stephen Rochford has been a busy man on his first day as manager of the Mayo senior football team. I was listening to the interview he did on Newstalk’s Off The Ball programme a bit earlier on this evening and I was well impressed with how he came across on it. Judge for yourself, here it […]

This feels like a new start for us

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

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 […]