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 […]

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 […]

End of the road for Castlebar

Photo: RTÉ It’s been six weekends in a row of championship action for Castlebar Mitchels but this afternoon at MacHale Park marked the end of the road for them. It took extra-time in today’s Connacht SFC semi-final before Galway champions Corofin eventually emerged as the winners on a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-14. I wasn’t there […]

Lee Keegan is our Player of the Year

Photo: GAA.ie I think it’s safe enough to conclude the poll on this one: ever since voting opened last week it was clear where the result was headed. So, over a thousand votes later it’s time to confirm that we have a result in the 2016 Mayo GAA Blog Player of the Year poll and […]

Stand up for the boys in green and red

‘The Auld Triangle’ is normally a song I sing with great passion on drunken nights out and family occasions where a sing-song has erupted. The Dubliners, Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey – many have given it a blast and, as an avid music lover, I will gladly listen to any rendition that is put before me. […]

Mayo News football podcast: final replay review

It’s Tuesday and so you should be a bit of the way down the road to recovery at this stage. Given that, your constitution might well be strong enough to digest the final Mayo News football podcast of this championship campaign. This was another match-day one, with a mix of content recorded before, during and after […]

The worst is almost over

Photo: MichaelMaye.com It won’t, sadly, change the outcome but it’s still good to realise that, more than 48 hours on from the final whistle in this year’s All-Ireland final replay, the worst bit of the aftermath is all but behind us. The awful, inconsolable finality of the match’s end, the sad trek out of the […]