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More reports on yesterday’s game

Two more reports on yesterday’s game to check out, if you haven’t already done so: this one from the redoubtable Spailpín and this detailed one from No One Shouted Stop! The latter has my sympathy in relation to the traffic as, given my short trip back to the metropolis from Newbridge, yesterday was an easy […]

Kildare 2-8 Mayo 2-14: slow start, slow finish but big win secured in between

In some respects, this was a bit of an odd one. We won by six but it should have been double that, we were played off the park in the opening ten minutes but then outscored our hosts by 2-9 to 0-3 over the remainder of the half, we did enough to secure the points […]

Yesterday’s results

With Tyrone’s match against Donegal last night getting washed out by the weather (it’s been refixed for a different venue this afternoon), the only other Division 1 match on last night was the clash of Laois and Kerry at O’Moore Park. The visitors won by four points (match report here) and, if our Division 1 […]

Kildare previews

There’s all shades of opinion in the previews for tomorrow’s clash with Kildare but the majority favour us.  (Aside on majorities: hopefully the majority in Zimbabwe will vote out that shyster Mugabe today and, more to the point, that any such vote is upheld.  Anyone interested in the destruction of that country under Mugabe should […]

Evolving towards a championship side?

Johnno and his colleagues appear to be inching ever closer to the kind of team we’re likely to see facing Sligo (or London) at McHale Park on the 22nd of June. The side named for Sunday’s clash with Kildare shows just two changes from the previous one that started against Kerry but, if you compare […]

Boyle and Parsons get starting places for Kildare clash

The team for Sunday’s NFL clash with Kildare has been announced (on the official Mayo GAA website). Here it is: David Clarke; Tom Cunniffe, Kieran Conroy, Colm Boyle; David Heaney, Trevor Howley, Keith Higgins; Ronan McGarritty, Tom Parsons; James Gill, Alan Dillon, Trevor Mortimor; Conor Mortimor, Austin O’Malley, Andy Moran. Not surprisingly, it’s a case […]

Kildare clashes

Kildare aren’t a county we’ve met all that much down the years and so there’s no real kind of rivalry between us. They do, of course, have a Dermot Earley playing for them but not in the primrose and blue so it’s difficult to get agitated about seeing even this iconic moniker within the opposition’s […]

County board hit with €5,000 fine for missile-throwing incident

The county board are apparently somewhat shocked at the severity of the fine handed out to them by the Croke Park beaks over the  St. Paddy’s Spoon affair.  I dunno: 5k doesn’t sound like a whole load to me in this post-Celtic Tiger Rip-off Ireland era and,  once a fine was mentioned, it was always […]

Patrick was a gentleman, he came from decent people

You know that old Christy Moore song, don’t you? Of course you do, it goes like this: “Patrick was a gentleman, he came from decent people/Built a church in Dublin town and on it put a steeple” etc. etc. (Moore, C, The Iron Behind the Velvet, Tara Records 1978). Well, it looks as if they […]

Why Dublin won’t win the All-Ireland this year

There was a little cameo during yesterday’s televised match between Dublin and Monaghan which illuminated clearly why Dublin are unlikely this year to end their long(ish) wait for an All-Ireland. It occurred just after Mark Vaughan had correctly been sent off for a crude challenge on Monaghan’s Damien Freeman (the Indo’s report today captured perfectly […]