Two bit of news, with day-related hooks upon which to hang them.
First is the unveiling today of the special commemorative jersey the senior team will wear in our Connacht Championship preliminary round fixture against New York over in Gaelic Park on Sunday, 5th May.
The game in the Big Apple takes place the day after this year’s Mayo Day – or, more correctly, #MayoDay – and, to mark the occasion, Mayo GAA have partnered with Mayo County Council and Elverys to produce a limited edition retro-style jersey, the design of which was revealed today.
Rather nice it is too, with a distinct nod to the classic Eighties vogue. Indeed it’s not hugely dissimilar to the 1989 final jersey, a replica version of which is my chosen match-day gear for big games in the summer. Well wear with it, lads.
Yesterday was, of course, International Women’s Day, which made it entirely appropriate that it was then the new Mayo LGFA purpose-built gym was officially opened. The facility is located in Swinford, where the ladies county team also play most of their home matches, and, as Jen Murphy has speculated, it could well be the first facility of its kind developed specifically for ladies football anywhere in the country.
It was also Jen Murphy who did the amazing artwork in the gym and you can see what this looks like, as well as getting a peek at the equipment in the facility, here:
The new @Mayo_LGFA gym— Jen Murphy Sketches (@JenJen_Murf) March 9, 2019
Big step in the development of the future of Mayo Ladies. Was a pleasure to come up with a design for the interiors and complete ???
First purpose built @LadiesFootball gym in the country????@SportsJOEdotie @JOEdotie @Herdotie @MrNiallMcGarry pic.twitter.com/7HBx6m4Vvl
Congrats to Mayo LGFA on this hugely impressive move, one that will surely help greatly in the development of ladies football within the county in the years to come.