Following Mayo's footballers

A road well travelled

Enda Kenny launching The Road to 51

Three days after Dublin ended what was generally regarded as a too-long wait for their first All-Ireland title since 1995, I got to see the capital’s newly-minted heroes (and Sam) in the flesh when they turned up en masse at the local clubhouse following a charity game they’d taken part in at Parnell Park earlier […]

Cora to the fore as Carnacon are champs once again

The ladies All-Ireland club championship senior football final took place in Ballymahon earlier today and it resulted in victory for Mayo’s Carnacon who defeated Na Fianna of Dublin by 2-12 to 2-4. RTÉ’s match report on today’s decider is here. The Dublin girls were appearing in their first ever national decider at this level but it must have been a […]

All-Star Andy back in the New Year

Andy Moran 2011

What with all the doom and gloom around the Mayo GAA scene at the minute (not to mention the country as a whole with yet another dose of austerity to hit us in the upcoming budget) it’s good to see that there’s some positive news out there as well at the minute. In this respect, […]

The road to where?

The Dublin Strategic Plan was launched recently amid much fanfare and ontheroad contrasts this development with the fate that befell the Mayo GAA Draft Strategic Action Plan that was produced earlier this year.  Resting on my table waiting to be read and devoured is James Laffey’s excellent book “The Road to 51”. Beside it sits […]

More on the County Board finances

As you’d imagine, there’s a fair bit in the Mayo News today about the County Board finances. This piece by Edwin McGreal covers the discussion that took place at the show-and-tell County Board meeting last week, while this article by the same writer provides some details on the financial outgoings that the Board is now […]

Brigid’s still best in the west

St Brigids_

I had one eye on the TV this afternoon (with the other on the roast chicken) where TG4 had live coverage from Kiltoom of what turned out to be a rather bad-tempered Connacht club final. St Brigid’s of Roscommon had plenty of home support but they had to battle hard to get past Galway’s Corofin […]

We are where we are

McHale Park new stand

This article in yesterday’s Indo lays pretty well bare the dire financial situation currently facing the Mayo GAA County Board. It’s a situation which many knew something about in broad outline before now but it was only at the County Board meeting on Monday night that the full details of the crisis were finally revealed in […]

Reclaiming the lost sons of Mayo

Mayo 1948 All-Ireland final team

As I mentioned the other day, The Road to 51 by James Laffey is being launched later on this evening at an event in the Courthouse Hotel, Ballina. To coincide with the launch, I’m delighted to welcome James into the guest slot where he provides an extract from the book relating to the formation of […]

Des Newton to be ratified as new Roscommon manager

Des Newton

It’s been reported this morning (and thanks to James for providing a heads-up on this development a bit earlier) that Des Newton will shortly be appointed as the new bainisteoir of the Roscommon senior football team in succession to Fergal O’Donnell. The new man, who played senior football with his county in the Eighties and […]

The road to ’51

The Road to 51 Book Cover

It’s the time of year once again for books and there’s one being launched this weekend which is sure to be of great interest to Mayo GAA followers. The Road to 51 by James Laffey, editor of the Western People, tells the story of Mayo’s footballing history from the county’s first appearance in a senior […]