Fermanagh 1-7, Mayo 0-12: rain, mud and two points

The weather forecast was right: it rained all day in Clones yesterday. The forecasts about the match were right too, but we had to fight hard enough in the rain and the muck to grind out the two-point win. The playing conditions were woeful, on a heavy, leaden pitch where the ball refused to bounce […]

Team and previews for tomorrow

Well, the team has finally been announced for tomorrow’s clash with Fermanagh in Clones. Despite all the talk about expected absentees, the only three missing are DB, KoN and, of course, Ronan McG. The team is: K O’Malley; L O’Malley, J Kilcullen, K Higgins; E Devenney, BJ Padden, P Gardiner; P Harte, J Nallen; A […]

Injuries mount ahead of Fermanagh match

It looks as if we’ll be forced to field a much-changed side for the NFL clash with Fermanagh up in Clones on Sunday. David Brady and Kevin O’Neill are definitely out, along with the unfortunate Ronan McGarritty, but our problems don’t end there. The Mayo News reports that Enda Devenney and Aidan Campbell are both […]

Ronan’s cancer scare confirmed

The bad news about Ronan is covered in the national media today, where it’s been confirmed that he’s suffering from testicular cancer. As the Indo reports, Ronan isn’t the first high-profile GAA player to contract this problem, with Kildare’s Dermot Earley and Cork’s Joe Deane both having successfully recovered from it in the recent past. […]

Ronan McGarritty withdraws from panel due to illness

It was announced by John O’Mahony on Mid-West Radio this evening that Ronan McGarritty has withdrawn from the Mayo senior panel due to a serious illness. Rumours had been circulating earlier in the day to this effect, although with no names being mentioned. The condition is understood to be serious, though not life-threatening, and there […]

We have been warned!

There was an article by Ian O’Riordan in yesterday’s Irish Times (I’ve linked it but it’s premium content so you’ll only be able to see it if you subscribe to ireland.com) which was ostensibly about this weekend’s Sigerson finals but was, in reality, an interview with current Kerry captain, Bryan Sheehan, about the Kingdom’s prospects […]

Brady and O’Neill crocked

The news on David Brady and Kevin O’Neill isn’t great and it looks as if we’ll have to do without both of them for a few matches. Speaking after the game, Johnno told the Western People that DB’s calf injury was “severe enough” and that he’d be out for a few weeks. He confirmed that […]

Mayo 1-10, Limerick 0-7: early scores prove decisive

Mayo secured two valuable league points yesterday at Castlebar but their six-point win over Limerick was anything but convincing. The visitors kicked ten wides and twice hit the posts late on so the winning margin flattered us somewhat. It’s worth noting that while the 1-10 we scored yesterday was good enough for a win, the […]

Tomorrow’s match against Limerick

I’m posting this far later than I’d intended to but I got caught up watching the rugby. What a performance that was, one that – unlike the France game – did justice to the marvellous surroundings in Croker. Anyway, back to the more prosaic location of Castlebar tomorrow where the lads face a crunch match […]

Mayo calling

This post is a first on two fronts, i.e. it’s the first (and hopefully not the last) that I’ve done while physically located in Mayo. As a consequence, it’s also the first time I’ve tried to post using GPRS. So far, although far slower than 3Mbps broadband, it’s okay but let’s not tempt fate. First, […]