And so it begins again

I love procrastinating. In the run up to Christmas I had exams galore to study for and assignments by the score to finish off. Instead of doing something remotely academic with my time, I turned my attention completely to something else. I am currently doing a Masters in Journalism in NUIG and 60% of one […]

U21 match against Derry is OFF

As the bush telegraph here on the site had already signalled earlier on today, it’s now been confirmed officially that tomorrow’s U21 North-West Cup match against Derry is off, due to the Oakleafers’ withdrawal from the tournament. Here’s the official confirmation of the cancellation: Due to the withdrawal of @Doiregaa from the U21 North West […]

Site stats update

One of my New Year’s jobs early every January is to have a look back on the traffic numbers for the site for the previous twelve months and to see how these compare with previous years. It’s that time of year again so here’s the end-2016 update. I first began gathering traffic data (using StatCounter) a […]

Fresh faces in the frame for the FBD

Photo: MichaelMaye.com With the 2016 senior panel flying out to South Africa today for a 10-day break (no, before you ask I’m not sure where in that country they’re headed but, wherever it is they’re going, the weather in that part of the world looks a good bit better than here right now), the county’s […]

Hello 2017

The sun’s up and shining, a bright blue sky out there on the first day of 2017. Last year and all that happened – as well as all that didn’t happen – is over with, a new year of new possibilities lies undiscovered before us. It’s a significant year for the blog too because a month […]

Farewell 2016

Image: apanorthstarchapter.org So, what’s left of the old year is now down to a matter of mere hours. Bloody quare year it was too, in so many ways. Plenty of people, myself included, will, I’d say, shed few tears at its passing tonight. From a Mayo GAA point of view it was, of course, a rollercoaster […]

An unbelievable year for David and Fergal

When asked for his thoughts on national television after his man-of-the-match performance in the All-Ireland minor football final win of 2013, David Kenny brought the word ‘Un*******believable’ to the attention of the lexicography department of the Oxford English Dictionary. Sadly the Tooreen man’s slip of the tongue didn’t make the OED cut that year, but […]

Happy Christmas

It’s gone midnight and so it’s already Christmas Eve, possibly my favourite day of the whole festive period. With less than 24 hours to go now to the big day itself, it’s definitely time to call a halt to proceedings here and put the feet up for a while. Twelve months ago I noted that […]

Ends and beginnings for the U21s

Photo: @MayoGAA Last night at Breaffy was a proud one for the county’s all-conquering U21 team of 2016. At a celebration event in the hotel, they were presented with their All-Ireland medals and very nice the medals looked too: Here it is, what these lads have worked so hard for on behalf of #mayogaa. pic.twitter.com/hirXRwg8Uf […]

Further expansion of the results archive

I had intended to do this update a few days ago. But then all hell broke lose on that other matter (with the Indo still manfully doing their best, six days on, to keep that flame alight) so this issue, also a historical one but with involving considerably less blood on the carpet, had to […]