Following Mayo's footballers

Old year, new year

Frozen ball

2009 is almost done and, once again, it’s time to stop ruminating about what might have been in the year that’s dying on us and instead to start turning our thoughts to what might be over the course of the one that’s about to be born.  So, no more blubbering into your beers about the […]

Happy Christmas one and all

Christmas tree

Well, here it is once again folks and once again I’m reaching for the corkscrew to open a rather nice Christmas bottle of red wine and proceed to get more than a little mellow by the fireside.  But before I do (and having brought to your attention the match report on and the post-match quotes […]

When we were kings

1950 Sam

I know it’s a bit late in the day to be discussing New Year’s resolutions for 2009 but better late than never. I had a few for this year, i.e. start learning the piano (check), buy a bicycle (check) and climb the Reek (check). But, aside from writing that great post-modern novel (Colum McCann has, […]

All-Ireland glory for Mayo Masters

Hearty congratulations to the county’s over-40s, who did the business down in Abbeylara earlier this afternoon.  They beat Tyrone in the All-Ireland Masters final by 1-8 to 0-7 to claim a third All-Ireland title in four years.  The only details I have on the game is this pithy notice on Midwest but if I see […]

One last chance to win an All-Ireland this year

The Festive Season is almost upon us but there’s still one final chance for us to end the year with a national title in the sack, as the county’s over-40 team faces Tyrone in the All-Ireland Masters Final at Abbeylara, Longford, this coming Saturday (19th) where throw-in set for 1 pm.  My thanks to Mayo […]

Donal Og and Dessie

Donal Og

There’s just nine days left now until the day itself and Santie is already heading for the runway so the pre-Christmas chaos is about to become, well, a bit more chaotic, certainly in these parts.  Which means that I’ve only got time to talk about two more books I’ve read – an old one and […]

Hurling All-Stars in Argentina

tony brown, eoin mcgrath

The 2008 and 2009 hurling All-Stars are currently in Argentina, the lucky sods, and Lauren has been on to let me know about some online content relating to the tour (and to give me the photo opposite of Eoin McGrath and Tony Brown, which was taken at Dublin airport before the lads headed off). As […]

Bumper Christmas edition of Into the West out now

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The latest edition of the GAA Connacht Council’s bi-monthly magazine, Into the West, is out now – available from here. It’s a monster issue too, running to all of 88 pages, with loads of match reports from around the province as well as a number of feature articles. This is the fifth edition of the […]

Something to take your mind off the Budget

Budget

Just in case you thought that I’d jumped ship ahead of the budget or something, you may rest assured that it was instead just a bit of R&R down in what proved to be a rather wet part of Clare over the last few days.  It hardly let up at all while we were down […]

Feeney’s annual sounding-off + change of date for Sligo clash

Sean Feeney

Like the Late, Late Toy Show, the appearance of all these temporary skating rinks, hairshirt budgets and the return of Operation Freeflow, County Secretary Sean Feeney’s annual pronouncements have become part of the jolly pre-Yuletide landscape.  The Indo has a piece this morning summarising (in a scrupulously fair manner, no doubt – this is the […]