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 […]

Old photos: recognise any of the faces?

Pat was onto me back in the summer letting me know about two old team photographs he had, dating back to the Fifties, and he was wondering if any of the blog’s readers might be able to put names to the faces in the two line-ups. With the championship just then cranking up, I said it […]

Willie Casey RIP

Photo: Western People/Ronnie Naylor (from The Green Above The Red) As has already been noted here on the site, the death occurred on Saturday morning of Ballina Stephenites and Mayo stalwart Willie Casey. An unused substitute at the age of nineteen in the 1951 All-Ireland final (he’s on the extreme left in the front row, […]

Mayo, God help us!

I was sitting in the world’s largest shopping mall, surrounded by people from every corner of the world, speaking a multitude of tongues and all I could think about was a field in North Dublin city. I said to myself: “I don’t care what it takes, but I’ll be in Dublin on the third Sunday […]

Greg Maher RIP

Photo: Mayo GAA Year Book 1989 It was enormously sad to learn earlier on today about the death of former Mayo GAA player Greg Maher. The shock of this sad news was amplified by its occurrence so close to the big day up ahead for the county on Sunday. Claremorris native Greg Maher knew plenty about big […]

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 […]

Another million racked up

Source: Statcounter A few minutes ago the hit count (i.e. page views) so far in 2016 went above the million mark. Last year – when a total of 2.1 million page views were recorded – this level wasn’t reached until near the end of July. It’s perhaps safe to assume, then, that the high watermark for 2015 will […]

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 […]

A few reminders

Thursday tends to be a bit of a quieter day here, even in this congested period where there’s a match on every weekend. It’s worthwhile, then, to fill the void with a few quick reminders. First, this coming weekend sees James Horan’s Sporting Excellence conference taking place at Breaffy Resort. The event starts on Saturday […]

Sporting Excellence Conference tickets – the result

Thanks everyone who entered the competition to win tickets to the Sporting Excellence Conference at Breaffy House Resort on 11-13 March next. Every single person who responded (and apologies to all those I didn’t get back to via email – all your entries did, indeed, go into the draw) did so with the correct answer, […]