New Mayo jersey for 2015 announced tonight in Castlebar.
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
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, umbrella and beanie. Photo: @MayoGAA
Three All Stars for Mayo!
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.
Colm Boyle gets his 2nd All Star award.
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.
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.
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.
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 at yesterday morning’s All Star nominations announcement.
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.
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;
Paul Durcan (Donegal), Rory Beggan (Monaghan), Stephen Cluxton (Dublin).
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).
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).
Neil Gallagher (Donegal), Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin), Odhrán MacNiallais (Donegal), Anthony Maher (Kerry), David Moran (Kerry), Séamus O’Shea (Mayo).
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).
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.
We’re delighted to welcome Gerry in Laois to the hot seat this week, where he’s giving the last rallying call to the troops before tomorrow. Read and obey!! Take it away Gerry …
I think by now we have made our feelings pretty clear on the semi-final replay débâcle. Willie Joe summed it up quite succinctly on Tuesday when he observed that in the eyes of the top brass at Croke Park:
“We truly are Children of a Lesser God.”
But that’s the hand we have been dealt. it’s a crappy one, but one we now have to play. I think we must now grab this opportunity to turn adversity into advantage.
The Gaelic Grounds has a capacity of about 50,000 or so, and this game will probably be a sell-out. We easily outnumbered the Kerry fans the last day, about 4-1 by my reckoning. If you don’t believe me, have a look at the crowd photo taken for eircom.ie/gaa and compare the number of Mayo and Kerry jerseys on show. We won’t have this advantage on Saturday, given Limerick’s proximity to Kerry. (You all have your tickets by now, I hope?!) But that doesn’t mean that we can’t own the joint for the evening and turn this into a de facto home game.
We know all our players give everything to the cause. There is no place for passengers on any top-class team, and on Saturday, there will be no place for passengers in the stands either. If you want to come to the match and just sit and observe in silence, may I respectfully suggest that you use your Sky+ or UPC box for that purpose. We are going to Limerick to do a job, and that is to let our lads know that they have the best supporters in the country backing them all the way.
Last Sunday when the chips were down we did ourselves proud, both on the field and in the stands. The colour and raucous noise were a joy to behold and you could see that it gave the lads a lift, and helped them to go that little bit further and get those vital scores. We need to do that again on Saturday evening from before the match even starts, right to the very end.
Bring as much colour as possible. Flags, jerseys, hats, whatever you can find. If you don’t have anything to hand, look in the hot press and see if you can find two pieces of red and green material and stitch them together. We have immense pride in our county colours, so let’s make the Gaelic Grouds a #seaofgreenandred.
(Photo: James Crombie/INPHO)
The smaller ground means we will be closer to the action, so if we can replicate the noise levels from Croke Park last Sunday, we will have this place rocking. Make sure to be in place well before throw-in. When the stadium announcer reads out the Mayo team names, let us roar out our approval in unison, for every single name. As loud as we can, so that they hear it in the dressing rooms. Then before the teams emerge, we start a chant. Bring anything along that will make a bit of noise – horns, bodhrans, whatever. Stamp your feet as you chant. Can you imagine the effect that would have on our lads as they’re coming out of the dressing room? Hearing tens of thousands of feet stamping in unison and the chant “MAYYYY-OH! MAYYYY-OH! MAYYYY-OH!”
And then when they emerge, we raise the roof.
All through the game, we keep going. We cheer not just every score, but every time a Mayo hand touches the ball. Every pass completed, every kick-out secured, every turnover won, every broken ball won, every free won, every Kerry shot blocked, we shake the rafters. (OK, I know there are rafters and a roof on one side of the pitch only, but you know what I mean!) If it’s not going our way, we keep urging our lads on even more. If it looks like the ref is giving a few too many soft frees to Kerry, we get on his case. If you find yourself behind the Kerry bench, roar even louder so that their players can’t hear their instructions.
If you still have any anger or frustration in you from Sunday, this will help you vent it. Don’t worry if you lose your composure and end up looking like Steve Ballmer, because the result will be worth it. We played Kerry up a stick with fourteen men on the field last Sunday and the equivalent of at least two or three more in the stands. Imagine what we could do with our full fifteen and the same again or more from the stands?
And when it’s all over, and everyone is celebrating our third consecutive All-Ireland Final appearance in one of Limerick’s fine hostelries, we sing with one voice:
“You can stick your American Football up your arse, up your arse!”
MAIGH EÓ ABÚ