It’s still only mid-April so there’s a bit to go yet until this rather strange lacuna in the GAA’s calendar is dealt with. Unlike other years, there’s no U21 championship action to fill the gap between spring and summer and while, in some counties, club matches are being played this month – there’s a full round of league matches on home soil this weekend, the way – in other places there’s little or nothing going on. At least the weather’s showing signs of picking up.
One inter-county fixture that has been confirmed for this weekend is the LGFA NFL Division One semi-final. In a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, the Mayo ladies take on Cork in this one, with the match fixed for St Brendan’s Park in Birr this coming Sunday (throw-in 3pm). The Division Two semi-final between Cavan and Waterford is the curtain-raiser at Birr and throw-in there is 1pm. More details on this weekend’s LGFA action here.
Another match already fixed is the Christy Ring Cup first round tie in Group 1 between our lads and Wicklow. That game is scheduled for Aughrim on Saturday, 12th May, with a 3pm throw-in. Balls.ie had a feature the other day with the Mayo hurlers’ captain Cathal Freeman and that’s here.
Cathal is, of course, a Tooreen clubman, while allows me to segue neatly onto belated congratulations aimed squarely towards my own native parish. Last weekend the Aghamore GAA club won two All-Ireland titles at the Scór Sinsir finals at IT Sligo, scooping the honours in both the Ballad Group and Set Dancing disciplines. Style on them.
Finally, just to let you know that a new episode of the Mayo News football podcast will be ready to go shortly. The main item in this episode is an in-depth interview by Mike Finnerty with Alan Dillon, which will be well worth a listen. The new episode will be online tomorrow morning and will be available via the usual methods, including here on the site. Stay tuned for that.