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.
Incredible as it may seem, we’re already into the closing stages of this years National Football League with the 6th round, Tyrone v Mayo taking place this Sunday 26th March at 3pm (live on TG4). We’re on the road again, up to Omagh this Sunday. (Don’t forget that the time changes on Saturday night, forward 1 hour to summertime!).
It’s been 3 years since we were last in Omagh, for the round 2 league match on the 9th of February 2014. The result that day didn’t go our way, losing out by 2 goals, 2-15 to 0-15 on the day. After the rocky road we’ve been travelling in recent weeks we badly need a win in Healy Park this Sunday, and we need plenty of travelling support and colour there too!
Healy Park Tyrone-map
Last time we were in Omagh, Club 51 had a meet up before the match in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh, and we’ll be doing the same again this time from 1pm. It’s a handy spot too for the cuppa tae after the long journey north, or if you fancy, a sandwich or even the spuds! Its only a short walk too out to Healy Park, on the same side of the road.
Hope to see lots of you there on the day and remember, if there was ever a time to let our lads know we are still behind them, now is it – so make yourselves seen and heard. You know the drill – bring the colour and bring the noise and hopefully we’ll have something to cheer about!
The 2017 GAA annual congress this weekend takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th in Croke Park. On the agenda is the election of the new GAA President to take over from Aogán Ó Fearghail next year. There are five candidates in the election to be voted by delegates this weekend, Sean Walsh (Kerry), Martin Skelly (Longford), Frank Burke (Galway), John Horan (Dublin) and Robert Frost (Clare).
There are in total 56 motions before congress to be discussed and debated this year. Motions 24 to 56 have been submitted by the Counties and provinces. Ard Chomhairle have submitted motions 1 to 3. The full list of motions can be viewed here. Some of the main motions to be discussed and voted on by delegates are as follows;
Motion 1: The first motion seeks to adopt a new rule – Rule 1.18 – to the GAA Official Guide that would prohibit players, team management, or match officials involved in a game from betting on the outcome of any aspect of the game concerned. To do so would be ‘discrediting the Association’.
Motion 4: This is the first of three motions from Ard Chomhairle seeking to restructure the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on a three-year experimental basis.
It would introduce a Group Stage for the All-Ireland quarter-final which would see the eight teams divided into two groups of four. This would ensure more high-quality games of Gaelic Football at the height of the season.
The groupings in year one (2018) would be as follows.
Group 1 – Munster provincial winner, Connacht provincial winner, Ulster runner-up or team that defeats them in round 4 of the Qualifiers, Leinster runner-up or team that defeats them in round 4.
Group 2 – Ulster provincial winner, Leinster provincial winner, Munster runner-up or team that defeats them in round 4 for the Qualifiers, Connacht runner-up or team that defeats them in round 4.
The groups in the succeeding years would be determined by Central Council. Each team would play one home match, one away match, and one match at Croke Park.
In the All-Ireland semi-finals, the Group 1 Quarter-Final winner would play the Group 2 Quarter-Final runner-up, and the Group 2 Quarter-Final winner would play the Group 1 Quarter-Final runner-up.
The All-Ireland semi-finals would both be played over the one weekend.
Motion 5: On a three-year experimental basis, this motion seeks to have the All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Finals played in Croke Park on or before the last Sunday in August on dates determined by Central Council. This would free up more time in the GAA calendar for the playing of club matches.
Motion 6: On a three-year experimental basis, this motion seeks to do away with replays in all inter-county championship matches apart from Senior All-Ireland Finals and Provincial Finals. Instead, extra-time would be obligatory. If passed, this motion would ease fixture congestion which can cause serious problems for the scheduling of club as well as inter-county fixtures.
Motion 17: This motion seeks to amend Rule 4.1 – Elective Office. If passed, only a full member who has paid his or her annual Club subscription prior to March 31st in a membership year will be entitled to be nominated for or elected to any elective office in that same membership year.
Motion 49 (Mayo): Another motion proposing a change to the U-21 grade eligibility. This one, if passed, would allow those over 17 years of age and under 21 to compete in the U-21 grade at Inter-County ‘B’ and ‘C’ level.