Then there were two

Photo: Western People (David Farrell Photography) The county club football championship moved another step closer to its conclusion yesterday and now there are just two contenders left in the race for the Moclair Cup. It was confirmed yesterday that the final will be held under the lights at MacHale Park this coming Saturday evening, where […]

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 […]

Player of the Year award – the nominees

For the last two years there’s been an end-of-season poll run here on the site to identify the Mayo Player of the Year. Cillian O’Connor was voted as the winner of this accolade in 2014 and his brother Diarmuid won it last year. With the year’s action now over, it’s time to think about who should be […]

Paddy Durcan our MOTM from yesterday

Photo: MichaelMaye.com The votes are in and counted in our final Man of the Match poll for 2016 and, by a wide margin, our top performer in yesterday’s pulsating All-Ireland final replay was, by popular acclaim, Paddy Durcan. The dashing Castlebar Mitchels wing-back secured 41% of the vote for what was, by any measure, a […]

Dublin 1-15 Mayo 1-14: so close yet again

Another one and this one I truly believe will be the hardest of the lot to live with. We’ve lost another All-Ireland final and this time we did so in what appears to have been an avoidable manner. Even now I can’t fully comprehend how we did so. The decision to play Robbie Hennelly rather […]

Turning towards the replay

The nights are closing in rapidly now and the first grass frost is, so I heard on the radio earlier on, due one of the nights. October is but around the corner and still this enthralling championship season goes on. You have a choice this morning about whether or not you want to focus on stuff […]

Cillian O’Connor our MOTM from yesterday

Photo: Irish Independent (Sportsfile/Daire Brennan) Okay, the poll’s closed and the votes are in for the second-last Mayo GAA Blog Man of the Match award of the year. Like the match itself, the poll was a close-run thing but, unlike yesterday’s All-Ireland decider against Dublin at Croke Park, this one didn’t end in stalemate. Top of […]

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 […]

Poll: Dublin or Kerry?

This particular debate is already up and running, I know, but it’d be no harm to provide a numerical angle to the discussion. The game’s two heavyweights clash in the second of this year’s All-Ireland football semi-finals with this sell-out fixture down for decision at Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 3.30pm). One of them will emerge […]

Postpone next weekend’s club matches

Photo: MichaelMaye.com A debate has begun to bubble up – here and elsewhere – about the planned round of club championship matches fixed for this coming weekend. There are valid arguments to be advanced on both sides of this debate – and I have sympathy with both – so I think it might be helpful […]