Inter-county fixtures for 2017

Image: Openclipart.org The GAA released their 2017 Master Fixtures Schedule yesterday and, from this, Mayo GAA have today published the full list of fixtures involving the county for next year. This includes football and hurling, senior, junior and underage. The whole lot, in other words, and it’s all here. I haven’t yet transcribed these fixtures across […]

Meath prove a bridge too far for brave hurlers

Photo: @MayoGAA It wasn’t to be for the county’s U21 hurlers in their All-Ireland B final against Meath at Semple Stadium this afternoon. They put up a brave fight against very strong opposition but had no answer when the young Royals turned up the heat in the final ten minutes. Meath, who’d lost the final […]

U21 hurlers bidding for glory tomorrow

Photo: Western People It’s big ball stuff on a wall-to-wall basis right now but it’d be remiss not to give a mention to the county’s U21 hurlers who have a huge day ahead of them tomorrow. This comes in the form of the All-Ireland U21 B final against Meath at the cathedral of hurling, Semple Stadium […]

Injuries now the main focus + Diarmuid’s U21 award

Photo: Irish Times With the London match out of the way, the sole focus now for Stephen Rochford and his charges is the Connacht semi-final against Galway at MacHale Park on the evening of 18th June (throw-in 7pm). In one sense, it’s a match that can’t come soon enough – as it’s only then that […]

Under the radar

The recent success of the Mayo U21s ushered in the end of a long winter and the dawn of a promising summer. One of the contributors to the blog asked if those U21s were the first from Mayo since 1950/51 to have won two All-Ireland winners’ medals. Sometimes I am sad at the lack of […]

Ends and beginnings

Photo: @MayoGAA We’re all, I guess, coming down gently at this stage off the high from Ennis and the giddy experience of seeing a Mayo team barnstorm its way to an All-Ireland victory. What’s rare is beautiful, they say, but at the same time it’s a feeling a man could get used to, given half […]

All-Ireland winning match reports

Photo: @MayoGAA Mayo Day has given way to May Day and for the first time in what feels like a generation there’s a touch of warmth to the air today. Summer’s on the way. And we’re the U21 All-Ireland champions. On the way back from Limerick in 2014, it was our great misfortune to end […]

Champions 

So, it truly was Mayo Day. And what an evening it was at Cusack Park in Ennis, one where the county’s U21 team swept to All-Ireland victory thanks to a five-goal haul that saw them beat Cork on a scoreline of 5-7 to 1-14. They did so in front of a raucous, partisan Mayo crowd […]

Let’s make it our day in Ennis

Photo: @MayoDotIE It’s Mayo Day – or, to be precise, #MayoDay – and down in Ennis later on today the county’s U21s have the chance to make it our day in a very tangible sense.  It’s an opportunity for All-Ireland glory that we need to grab with both hands and, if we do, a fifth Clarke […]

The calm before the final

It’s the day before our All-Ireland U21 football final against Cork but it’s deathly quiet out there. It doesn’t really feel like the day before a big game but maybe maybe that’s because today’s still a weekday and because it’s an underage final – the last underage match at county level that many of the […]