Its been a hectic couple of months for the Mayo team and supporters. We haven’t done the Face the ball prediction league update in a while, so here’s the latest table standings after the weekends action in Croke Park.
The Mayo players and supporters are taking the scenic route back to Croke Park again this year. Clare are the next obstacle on that route for us this weekend. The Clare v Mayo Rd 3 qualifier throws in at 5pm in Cusack Park Ennis. As always we’d advise all supporters intending to travel on Saturday to leave early!
Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets and online (tickets have sold out online as of Thursday 6th). We’d advise to get your tickets early. Although its not expected to sell out, the ground is restricted to about 14,800. Most likely there will be a ticket van selling tickets on the day outside Cusack Park. Season ticket holders are reminded that you will not need to print your tickets for this match, you will need to bring your season ticket cards. The stand is unreserved seating but there is a very limited number of seats in it, certainly not enough to accommodate all the Mayo season ticket holders even.. Its also worth noting that anyone over 5′ 6″ might be a little uncomfortable as the legroom is a little *tight*!
Most Mayo fans will be fairly familiar with Cusack park. Its handy enough to get to, just of the motorway. We’d advise leaving early though, we hear that there has been serious hold ups in Tuam in the past week. With the new bypass nearly completed, they are now tying in with the existing main road which is now causing major delay’s around Tuam.
We are waiting for confirmation on bus’s travelling to the match on Saturday. We will add them here as we get confirmation. If you know of any other match bus’s, let us know and we’ll add then to the list.
TMG Transport : Bus departing Swinford. Contact Michael Griffin 087 4458766
As most fans know, parking is fairly restricted around Cusack Park. We’d advise to be weary of where you park near the ground, as Gardai have on previous occasions issued parking tickets to match goers. There is a tesco and Aldi beside the pitch (pay & display) but from experience, there were stewards on the gates not allowing match goers parking. Clare County Council have kindly offered free parking at their office’s on Saturday for fans. https://twitter.com/ClareCoCo/status/882569611455205376
Clare Co Co offer free parking for Gaa fans.
Other car parks in Ennis (note: free €1.30 per hour 9.30 – 5.30 Sat)
Woodquay car park
Parnell St car park
Abby St car park
Cornmarket car park
Lower Market St car park
Bring The Colour – Bring The Noise
We can’t say this enough! There is nothing to beat the colour and atmosphere you’ll get with flags and banners and the Mayo Roar on championship day. There has been a huge increase in the amount of colour and flags at Mayo match’s in recent years which is brilliant to see. Don’t forget to bring your flags on Sunday and let’s TURN Cusack Park GREEN AND RED. There will be a large 60ft x 30ft flag display on the town end terrace by Mayo Independent Supporters Club, details here.
Mayo Independent Supporters Club flag at the Mayo v Derry rd 2 qualifier in MacHale Park.
David Gavin Emergency Fund Collection
This Saturday at Half Time during the Mayo v Clare game in Ennis, friends and family members will be holding a collection to continue the fight to find Gav and bring him home to where he belongs.
Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship Semi Final
The countdown to the Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship semi final match in Salthill is on. The Mayo team for the match was named on Thursday morning here. The match is scheduled for throw in at 4 pm and keeping an eye on proceedings from the middle of the pitch will be referee Joe Mc Quillan. It has been a rather quiet and subdued built up to the match this week. If you haven’t already heard the Mayo News podcast, you really should, that will really get the blood pumping! Listen to the podcast here. Interestingly, this will be Andy Moran’s 150th appearance in the Green & Red Jersey for Mayo!
Galway v Mayo Preview
Our U-17’s will begin proceedings at the earlier time of 1.30 throw in, also against Galway. We need to get as big a crowd as possible in to support the u-17’s, get there early if you can! Earlier this morning Mayo and Galway have named their teams for the U17 Connacht Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Pearse Stadium at 1.30pm, a game which acts as a curtain-raiser to the big clash between the same two counties in the senior match. Both teams named here.
Mayo Association Galway Pre match get together
The Mayo Association in Galway will be holding a pre match get together on Saturday night in Wards Hotel in Salthill. Join up with fellow Mayo supporters from 9pm in Wards. You’d never know who might pop in! For more information visit their facebook page.
Pearse Stadium isn’t the biggest in the world, so if you haven’t got your hands on tickets yet, it might not be a bad plan to do so in advance. There is no stand tickets on sale (at time of writing), but terrace tickets are still available on Tickets.ie, and in selected Centra and Supervalu outlets around the county. Tickets for the stand (if they become available will be €25, terrace €20 & juveniles €5. There will also be group pass’s available through your local club. All ticketing details are on the Connacht GAA website here. There may also be tickets available at the gate, but get there early.
Season Tickets: Reminder that season ticket holders will need to print out their tickets for this fixture from their online accounts. Your season ticket card will not be accepted at the turnstiles. Entry for season ticket holders is through stiles 47 to 62.
If this is your car, leave early. Like, on Wednesday. (Pic: Balls.ie)
Getting There And Parking
Make no mistake about it, driving and parking on match day in Salthill is a bit of a dose. Here are some ways you can avoid the headaches of parking and tailbacks.
Arrive early and support our U-17’s. (See above.)
Road Race: There will be race taking place around Tuam on Sunday morning which could affect traffic. The “Brian McNamara Memorial race details are here. There will be plenty of Marshall’s on route as they are expecting a large volume of match traffic.
Traffic Management Plan: Galway GAA have implemented a comprehensive traffic management plan in conjunction with the Gardai as there is a large match attendance expected. Bus Eireann will operate an increase public transport service between Eyre Square and Salthill and GAA clubs are organising private buses also to the match. This will include priority to all traffic on the Threadneedle, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Seamus Quirke Road, Quincentenary Bridge, Headford Road and Bothar na Dtreabh as per attached map. Galway City Council will monitor our Traffic Control System and the Gardaí will direct traffic at all primary junction along this route. All Supporters and patrons are advised to use this route to and from the stadium and to avoid the city centre.
Use the Park and Ride services if available.
Car Parks: Coláiste Éinde on Threadneedle Road, St. Mary’s College on St. Mary’s Road, the Galway Technical Institute on Fr. Griffin Road, are all within walking distance of Pearse Stadium. Various other public and private carparks are also available, throughout the city and are adjacent to the public bus services to Salthill.
Bus Eireann are running their regular City Sunday service, from outside the AIB Bank, Eyre Square, commencing at 10am. Passengers wishing to travel from the east side of the city can use the Bus Eireann regular 409 Parkmore service, which operates every 30 minutes on Sundays, from Parkmore via Dublin Road. It can be boarded at all bus stops along the Dublin Road, from the Castlegar Community Centre into Eyre Square, for connection to the Salthill buses.
Bring Your Flags – Bring The Noise!
We can’t say this enough! There is nothing to beat the colour and atmosphere you’ll get with flags and banners and the Mayo Roar on championship day. There has been a huge increase in the amount of colour and flags at Mayo match’s in recent years. Don’t forget to bring your flags on Sunday and let’s TURN PEARSE Stadium GREEN AND RED. There will be a large 60ft x 30ft flag display on the terrace by Mayo Independent Supporters Club, details here. They will be gathering in the eastern terrace, (Rockbarton Road), directly behind the goal, join them if you can, with as many flags as possible!
Our Route 51 flag is back on its world travels again! The flag’s last destination was at the World games in Abu Dhabi. The Route 51 flag has since made its way over to the O’Connors (no relation, we think, to Cillian & Diarmuid!) in Florida. Thanks to Jane, Peggy and Tim for taking part and for sending in these photos to us with the message below!
“Greetings to the entire Mayo Club 51 family from Tim, Jane and Peggy O’Connor as we proudly display the Mayo Club 51 flag on the beach in Venice Florida! Our sincere best wishes to everyone in Mayo over 4000+ miles away. Please cheer for us at the games and know always that we are bringing the colour and the noise all the way from Venice Florida!”
Maigh Eo Abú
Jane, Peggy & Tim O’Connor flying the Route 51 flag at Venice Beach Florida. 07/05/17
Want to take part?
If you would like to take part in Route 51, all you need to do is get in touch with us and we’ll add you to the list and organise to get the flag to you. If you have family or friends in any part of the world, then let them know about Route 51.
The 2017 Connacht Championship begins for Mayo this Sunday
The 2017 Connacht Championship begins for Mayo this Sunday against Sligo in MacHale Park. Sligo’s opening match of this years championship took place in Gaelic Park in the Bronx New York last Sunday week. The trip to the Bronx can be somewhat of a bannana skin, as Roscommon very nearly found out last year. Sligo however, seemed to have travelled very much prepared for New York. There was some speculation before this match that, should New York come out winners against Sligo, then Mayo would have to travel to New York. This however was never the case, as whoever won that match would have had to travel to MacHale park to play Mayo.
We are now well into the countdown to Sunday’s match against Sligo. The last time we met Sligo in the championship, was the 2015 Connacht final in Hyde Park. Willie Joe over on Mayo GAA Blog has all the stat’s on all our recent meetings with Sligo, well worth a look! Also, if you haven’t already done so, An Spailpín Fánach 2017 Mayo Championship preview is very much well worth a read! ( “So; another light-hearted and carefree Championship in store for the sweet county Mayo, the finest county in Ireland.” )
So, onto match day itself. All season ticket holders should have received emails this morning regarding their season tickets. As usual entry is by stiles 1 – 8 for season tickets to be recorded. Self scanning will be in operation as usual. Match tickets will be on sale from all the usual Centra & SuperValu outlets this week. There will also be ticket stiles open on match day.
Season Ticket email
Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship – Mayo v Sligo – Sunday May 21st 2017
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The 2017 Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship continues on Sunday May 21st with Mayo taking on Sligo at Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar.
To attend this fixture you simply need to attend the venue and scan your Season Ticket card at the “self-scan” turnstile(s). Instructions on how to use the “self-scan” turnstiles can be viewed below.
Season Ticket holders will be seated in the Covered Stand and unreserved seating will be in operation on the day.
Sunday May 21st – Elverys MacHale Park
Mayo v Sligo – 2.00pm
In order to have your attendance recorded at the fixture you must scan your card and enter via the Season Ticket Turnstile(s).
There is no charge for this fixture, “Pay and Play” will commence for your County’s next game in the Championship.
Please note that full fixture & ticketing information for Season Ticket holders will be published on the Official GAA website throughout the Championship. Click HERE for this information.
GAA Ticket Office
Mayo Fans @ Mayo v Derry. Mayo Club 51 new flags.
Bring The Colour – Bring The Noise
As always,we are asking all Mayo fans to “Bring the Colour & Bring the Noise”. Lets make MacHale a “Mayo GAA fortress” on Sunday. The Mayo U-17’s will be playing Sligo at 11.45.
Championship Podcasts Are Back
The lads are back as well with the championship podcast, Have a listen here to Rob & Willie Joe. Also interviewed in the podcast are Mayo GAA’s cptain Cillian O’Connor and manager Stephen Rochford, along with Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty.