Following Mayo's footballers

Couldn’t have put it better myself

There’s a good article in today Indo, which touches on many of the points I raised last week (as well as last year) on the ludicrously lop-sided and downright unfair nature of the present Championship structure. I assume the piece is written by Martin Breheny – long a critic of the current set-up – but […]

TV3 get down to action right from the throw-in

TV3’s GAA coverage began in confident fashion last night, with the start of its magazine programme Championship Throw-In (yes, they did, after all, deploy the hyphen) ahead of its first weekend of live Championship action this Sunday.  I thought it was an impressive start last night and the programme looks set to become required viewing […]

First bainisteoir departure of the summer in Connacht

The first bainisteoir to step down in Connacht (that’s the GAA’s definition of the province, by the way) since the start of the Championship (oops, hang on, let me check the situation with the Rossies first: no – all clear there, for the moment anyway) is London’s Noel Dunning who today announced that he was […]

Mayo v Sligo: remember the team? No.1 – 1997

With a bit less than four weeks to the Connacht semi-final clash with Sligo, I reckon that – shorn of much else to write about – it’s time for some reminiscence on past clashes with Sligo in the Championship. One a week should do fine and, as I’m confining myself to games I was at, […]

TV3 counting down the days

Not just the days in actual fact but, by the looks of this, the hours, minutes and seconds as well.  You’d have to conclude that they’re keen to get going and when they do so this Sunday, it’s with a tasty Munster hurling clash between Waterford and Clare.  The first football match they’re doing is […]

Sligo clear the first hurdle

I’m down in Mayo for a family funeral tomorrow so this’ll have to be a quick one.  Myself and The Brother drove down from Dublin in blustery conditions this afternoon, the countryside awash with the whitethorn blooming magnificently everywhere and the roads littered with far from blooming magnificent Sunday drivers.  Michael O’Muircheartaigh was giving it […]

Sligo team for Sunday’s London clash named

The Yeats County open their defence of the Connacht title this Sunday in Ruislip, where they face London.  The team for Sunday’s match was named last night and, courtesy of the Sligo GAA website (which, unlike ours, looks like a decent enough site), here it is: SLIGO v London: Philip Greene; Charlie Harrison, Patrick Naughton, […]

Major doubts over International rules

Time is running out for the GAA and the AFL to agree on dates for a resumption of the International Kick the Shite out of the Paddy Rules series. The Aussies apparently want just one match (of 15 rounds, Marquess of Queensbury rules) whereas our lads, for some insane reason, want to give the Aussies […]

Training camp in Portugal next week

The lads are off to the Algarve for a training camp next week, according to this report in the Mayo News. This kind of warm weather training is now almost an obligatory part of the championship build-up for inter-county teams and with a good while still to go to our Connacht championship opener, it should […]

It’s all in the numbers

This coming September, my eldest daughter will swap the co-educational existence she’s had since starting school for a very different girls-only environment as she heads “upstairs” to the senior primary school. For her, that’ll be the end of co-ed, as the local secondary schools are also single-sex ones. Coming from the country, where such structures […]