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
ST Account: *****
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.
If this is your car and you haven’t left already … well, you’ll probably miss the game (Pic: Balls.ie)
It’s time to check those tyres and top up that engine oil, Tralee here we come! We’re back on the road again for our first road trip of the 2017 National Football league campaign following the Green & Red. After the disappointing loss against Monaghan last weekend, it’s time to dust ourselves off, pack up the car and get ready to head for Tralee. The last time we played Kerry in their back yard was in the 1st round of the 2015 campaign at Fitzgearld Stadium in Killarney, where we bet Kerry 2-11 to 0-10 in front of 8,123 spectators. The last time we played Kerry in Austin Stacks in Tralee was in the 7th round of the 2012 league campaign. We drew with Kerry that day 1-12 apiece. Can we do better this weekend?
Club ’51 will also be making the trip south to this stunning part of the country (don’t tell them we said that!) and will be aiming to claim a significant proportion of Austin Stack Park for the green and red. Anecdotally, it appears that the Mayo faithful are hitting the road in huge numbers this weekend, so if you’re looking for a place to lay your head, get on it ASAP otherwise you’ll be kipping in the back of the car.
It’s a fair trek down to the Kingdom! It’s roughly 273Km from MacHale Park to Austin Stacks Park in Tralee, which takes about 4 hours. We haven’t heard of any supporters buses travelling to the game as of yet apart from the usuals which are fully booked. Most people are making a weekend of it, some even travelling down to Tralee on Friday, so as to be well “refreshed” for the match on Saturday evening!
In typical Irish Mammy style we recommend leaving early (5am should do it) and please be careful on the roads folks, temperatures are set to drop during the weekend and the roads could be icy.
Please note that there is very limitedparking around Austin Stack Park. Please respect the residences & businesses in the surrounding area. Kerry County Council have offered free parking in the Car Park adjacent to The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, which is walking distance of the venue. Sound enough of them.
All patrons traveling to Austin Stack Park Tralee for the event are advised to arrive early as a large crowd is expected. Patrons are asked to obey the instructions of stewards & Gardai.
Admission is €15 and entry to the stand will be on a first come first served basis.
Tickets can be bought in advance in selected SuperValu and Centra outlets up til midnight tonight (Friday 10th) at a discount of 20%. Tickets can also be bought at full price on the day at the ticket vans positioned outside the ground.
Usual Concession for Students and OAPs applies. Under 16s go free!
Designated Gates will be in operation for Season Ticket holders – bring your card and get it scanned (make sure to keep an eye on the screen to ensure your card scans properly and check that your attendance has been updated after the game.
Stiles will open at 5pm and additional stiles will be open at both the John Mitchels and Horans end of the Ground.
Club ’51 Meet-Up
In what is now becoming a time-honoured, revered and legendary tradition, Club ’51 will be assembling before the game in a local hostelry to mingle, give out about the weather and unanimously agree that Mayo is just as nice a spot as Kerry, we just don’t need to go on about it all the time.
We’ll be congregating at Paddy Macs Bar at the Mall from early afternoon, as we have it on good authority that it’s a good spot to watch the sports and apparently there are some other games involving balls (odd-shaped ones) happening this weekend too.
For later in the night there are plenty of local hostelries in Tralee to choose from. We hear that Séan Ógs on High Street is a good spot for some traditional Irish music sessions. Baily’s Corner on Castle St is another well known sports bar in Tralee, and both of these are on the way out to the pitch from town. Always looking out for ye, we are.
Bring The Colour – Bring The Noise
It might only be the second game in the League, but it marks the start of an another long road for this team, so let’s row in behind them and just like in Croke Park last September and October, be the 16th man again.
Bring a flag, claim the stand and make them wonder in Kerry if they took a wrong turn and ended up on MacHale Road.
And most of all stand tall and be proud of the green and red – our colours – and all they stand for as we look to the year ahead.