Club Championship Connacht Final

Club Championship Connacht Final

The Club Championship Connacht Final  – MacHale Park, Sunday 23rd November

The club Championship Connacht final between Ballintubber (Mayo) and Corofin (Galway) throws in at 2pm this Sunday the 23rd November in Elverys MacHale Park. Ballintubber are bidding to win their first ever Connacht Club Championship against the more experienced Corofin, themselves five-time provincial and one-time All-Ireland winners  It promises to be an intriguing encounter with Ballintubber showing fine form over their last few games and a calm, clinical confidence that belies their inexperience at this level.

Connacht club championship

The O’Connor brothers from Ballintubber.

The three O’Connor brothers Padraig, Diarmuid and Cillian will be looking to replicate the sharp-shooting form of previous games, with roving Ruaidhri  in the half back-line.  The formidable combination of midfield maestros Stevie Broderick and Jason Gibbons will be aiming to drive the team from the middle, and of course the experience of county stalwart Alan Dillon combined with his relentless workrate will mean that Ballintubber, having effectively dispatched St. Brigids of Roscommon in a thrilling display two weeks ago should have no lack of self-belief when taking to the field  on Sunday, despite Corofin’s status as favourites.

The Galway side meanwhile are fresh from a 35-point annihilation of Leitrim’s plucky Aughawillan, with Galway senior Michael Lundy finding the net three times. This comes off the back of decisive rather one-sided wins in Galway versus Milltown and Salthill-Knocknacarra. It remains to be seen whether Corofin’s confidence off the back of such a run of emphatic victories will trump Ballintubber’s battle-hardened run to the final, but we’re sure as hell looking forward to finding out.

Sunday, 2pm, MacHale Park Castlebar – dig out your red jumpers and be there to cheer on our county champions in what has the potential to be a thrilling battle. Here’s how to get here.

Tickets- General Information

All patrons attending the Connacht GAA Club Football Championship Final may purchase their tickets in advance of the game.
Adult Tickets may be purchased through;

  • Connacht GAA Centre, Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – 094-9630335. (Credit Card bookings accepted)
  • Selected SuperValu & Centra stores in Mayo and Galway.

Mayo
Centra Balla Mayo
Centra Belmullet Mayo
Centra Ballindine Mayo
Centra Crossmolina Mayo
Centra Newport Mayo
Centra Castlebar Mayo
SuperValu Claremorris Mayo
SuperValu Kiltimagh Mayo
SuperValu Castlebar Mayo
SuperValu Ballina Mayo
SuperValu Achill Mayo
SuperValu Ballinrobe Mayo
SuperValu Westport Mayo
SuperValu Ballaghaderreen

Student & OAP tickets can be purchased on the Day. Free admission for all Juveniles. Tickets will be on sale at the venue from 12.45pm on the day of the game and supporters are advised to arrive early – gates are open from 1pm. View the Connacht GAA website for further details.

We hope too that the Connacht Council will ensure adequate staffing at the ticket booths and turnstiles in MacHale Park to prevent a repeat of the queues that snaked around the car park in Castlebar with minutes til throw-in two weeks ago, and also that they remember to bring a sufficient amount of programmes this time!

The very best of luck to the lads on Sunday from all at Club ’51- we’re hoping there won’t be cow milked within those 17 square miles until Monday morning. Baile An Tobair agus Maigh Eo Abú!

 

New Mayo Jersey For 2015 Announced

New Mayo Jersey For 2015 Announced

New Mayo jersey for 2015 announced tonight in Castlebar.

new Mayo jersey 2015

Photos: @MayoGAA

The official Cáirde Mhaigh Eo 2015 launch was held in the Sportlann in Castlebar. Also at the launch the new Mayo jersey for 2015 was announced. Back at the beginning of October Mayo GAA announced there would be a new Mayo jersey for 2015. They announced on Twitter that they were asking for Mayo supporters input into deciding the new design;

The new jersey will be available in all Elverys stores to purchase in December. At the jersey launch tonight Pat Rowland announced that Elverys sponsorship of Mayo GAA will continue in 2015 and has been extended until 2020. Dr Sean Moffatt was announced as Mayo GAA Medical Director with Liam Moffatt being appointed Lead Physio under the player management programme.

Cáirde Mhaigheo 2015 Season Ticket Launched

cairde mhaigheo season ticket 2015The Cáirde Mhaigheo 2015 season ticket was also launched this evening. The Cáirde ticket is now incorporated into the Croke Park season ticket but still with extra benefits. For full details visit our Cáirde Mhaigheo season ticket page and our Croke Park season ticket page. Existing & new Cáirde season ticket holders will have to sign up for a new account, as everything will be done online from now on (the same as existing Croke Park season ticket holders)

For anyone renewing or having difficulty, or anyone with no e-mail address or computer access, Mayo GAA will be there to help. You can complete the application form and return it to MacHale Park, Moneen Castlebar. Phone 094 92 50487 Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm. Mayo GAA will be there as much as possible to help with the 2015 season ticket applications;

If you are unable to renew on line you have the following options.

  • Call to the County Board Office (9.30 to 6.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5.00 on Fridays) where the application will be completed on your behalf.
  • Complete the attached application form and return by post to “The Secretary, Mayo GAA, ElverysMacHale Park, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
  • Complete the attached application form and return by email to secretary@mayogaa.com
  • Call the County Board Office at 094 92 50487 and the application can be completed over the phone (9.30 to 6.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5.00 on Fridays)
  • We will have open-evenings at the following locations during November

North Mayo – Kiltane GAA Club Tuesday 11thof November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
East Mayo – Kiltimagh Park Hotel Wednesday 12thof November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
South Mayo – Claremorris Thursday the 13th of November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
West Mayo and All Areas – ElverysMacHale Park Saturday 15th of November 2014, 10am to 4pm

In December and January Membership cards will be dispatched to your home address by post.
Once all membership cards have been dispatched we will be in touch by text/email regarding collection dates for the “All Season Jackets, Umbrellas and Beanies” which all members will be entitled to in 2015. These will be available for collection in ElverysMacHale Park and in Divisional venues to be advised early in 2015.
As in 2014 your membership card will be used to gain access at all Allianz National Football League venues where Mayo Senior Team participate in 2015.
In the lead up to Championship 2015 we will be sending out information regarding access to ticketing and we will provide dedicated phone support in the week leading up to each game.
2015 Cairde Mhaigheo season ticket jacket

2015 Cairde Mhaigheo season ticket jacket, umbrella and beanie. Photo: @MayoGAA

 

Three All Stars for Mayo

Three All Stars for Mayo

Three All Stars for Mayo!

3 all stars for mayo 2014

2014 Mayo All Stars Keith Higgins, Cillian O’Connor and Colm Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile/Paul Mohan.

 There were 6 All Star nominations for Mayo announced earlier this month. The six nominees for Mayo were; Full Back, Keith Higgins; Half Back, Colm Boyle & Lee Keegan; Midfield, Seamus O’Shea; Half Forward, Aidan O’Shea; Full Forward, Cillian O’Connor.

Keith Higgins received his 3rd All Star.

Keith Higgins Mayo

Colm Boyle gets his 2nd All Star award.Colm Boyle Mayo

Cillian O’Connor who is the highest scorer in the Championship this year with a tally of 5-36 and young player of the year in 2011 and 2012 was awarded his first All Star – the first of many, we predict.

Cillian O Connor Mayo

In other news, Mayo are handsomely represented on the Compromise Rules team selected by Paul Earley to travel to Perth next month to represent Ireland. Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Kevin McLoughlin and Aidan O’Shea are the Mayo delegates on the 25-man panel, and they will be joined by fellow Mayoman Pearse Hanley who is currently lighting up the AFL with Brisbane Lions. Congrats to all the lads on their achievements over the past week.

2015 GAA Championship Draw

2015 GAA Championship Draw

The 2015 GAA Championship draw has been made.

The 2014 GAA Championship has barely even finished, but already the 2015 draw has been made and we are looking forward once again.

Before a name was pulled in Connacht, we already knew of two definite fixtures. Galway will travel to Gaelic Park in New York for the preliminary round on the “B” side of the draw, and Roscommon will travel to the Emerald Grounds in Ruislip to play London in the quarter final on the “A” side of the draw. Leitrim will get to play the winners of New York and Galway in the other quarter final. It’s safe to say that anyone who made it to the Big Apple in May of this year will be looking on in envy at the Tribesmen as they get set to make the trip Stateside.

Sligo are into the semi-final, playing the winners of London & Roscommon on the “A” side of the draw and the mighty Green and Red will get to play the winners of New York/Galway/Leitrim in the other semi-final. Venues, dates and times are yet to be confirmed by the Provincial Fixture Planning committee, but as soon as we know, we’ll update our 2015 fixtures page, do make sure to check back.

2015 connacht gaa championship draw

If you’re in the same frame of mind as us, you’ll still have a bit of a mental hangover after what can only be described as a bruising season. As the long nights draw in, the heady days of Championship football seem a long way away, but the FBD league is only weeks away. Nothing like a chilly January night under lights in MacHale Park to whet the appetite for the promise of the year ahead!

There was lots of discussion on social media during the draw last night about the logic of holding the draw so soon after the 2014 championship draws to a close – why not hold it in the new year and make a bigger deal of it? Are the GAA missing a trick here?

The fact that only certain draws are made on such a platform is also a talking point:

A very fair point too – if the GAA is serious about promoting these competitions, they need to start putting their money where their mouth is. Speaking from a Mayo point of view, our hurlers put in a serious amount of effort each year, for little reward (and very small crowds!). So as supporters, it would be good for us to recognise that and get behind them a little more too.

In the meantime we have the County Championship Final to look forward to next Sunday week and after that we can all get behind the lads from Achill, Ballyhaunis and Ballintubber/Mitchels in their respective Connacht Championships.

Anyway, the full 2015 GAA Championship draw is here. We go again…

 

6 All Star Nominations For Mayo

6 All Star Nominations For Mayo

6 All Star nominations for Mayo at yesterday morning’s All Star nominations announcement.

2014 GAA all stars

Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

A total of six Mayo GAA players were nominated in this years All Star nominations which were announced this morning. The six nominees for Mayo are; Full Back, Keith Higgins; Half Back, Colm Boyle & Lee Keegan; Midfield, Seamus O’Shea; Half Forward, Aidan O’Shea; Full Forward, Cillian O’Connor. Last year 2013 we had 4 All Stars for Mayo Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea, Keith Higgins and Colm Boyle.

mayo gaa all stars 2013

The 2014 All Star Awards will be presented at a banquet in the convention centre in Dublin on Friday the 24th of October. The full list of the All Star nominations from gaa.ie are as follows;

Goalkeepers;

Paul Durcan (Donegal), Rory Beggan (Monaghan), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin).

Full Backs;

Fionn Fitzgerald (Kerry), Keith Higgins (Mayo), Éamonn McGee (Donegal), Neil McGee (Donegal), Andy Mallon (Armagh), Rory O’Carroll (Dublin), Philip McMahon (Dublin), Paul Murphy (Kerry), Drew Wylie (Monaghan).

Half Backs;

Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry), Peter Crowley (Kerry), James McCarthy (Dublin), Frank McGlynn (Donegal), Dessie Mone (Monaghan), Jonny Cooper (Dublin), Colin O’Riordan (Tipperary), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Lee Keegan (Mayo).

Midfield;

Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin), Odhrán MacNiallais (Donegal), Anthony Maher (Kerry), David Moran (Kerry), Séamus O’Shea (Mayo).

Half Forwards;

Johnny Buckley (Kerry), Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin), Paul Flynn (Dublin), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Ryan McHugh (Donegal), Michael Murphy (Donegal), Donnchadh Walsh (Kerry), Shane Walsh (Galway), Mark Lynch (Derry).

Full Forwards;

Kieran Donaghy (Kerry), Paul Geaney (Kerry), Conor McManus (Monaghan), Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), James O’Donoghue (Kerry), Brian Hurley (Cork), Kevin McManamon (Dublin), Tony Kernan (Armagh), Paddy McBrearty (Donegal).

Young Player of The Year:

Ryan McHugh (Donegal)
Shane Walsh (Galway)
Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

Player of The Year;

James O’Donoghue (Kerry)
Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)
Neil McGee (Donegal)

It’s fair to say that there is some stiff competition for places, particularly in the half-forward line which is looking particularly crowded with the inclusion of regular full-forward Michael Murphy. And as always, the selection is sure to generate plenty of discussion over the next couple weeks. Best of luck to the six lads on the night – if it was up to us, they’d all be getting gongs.

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