Mayo v Westmeath – Calling All Mayo Fans, We’re back to Croke Park
Our Round 4 Qualifier match with Westmeath brings us back to Croke Park next Saturday the 30th July, which is a little earlier than a lot of us would origninally have bargained for. But it’s the route we had to take, and we face our 3rd game in 4 weeks on Saturday after ours wins against Fermanagh and Kildare. We are part of a triple header on the day with our match throwing in at 6pm (live on Sky Sports). Cork will be doing battle with Donegal before us at 4pm while the minors of Cork and Donegal will be the opening match of the day at 2pm. It will be our first meeting against the Lake County men since our league clash with them in a wet Mullingar in 2014, which we won narrowly. Our last championship affair came in 2001 our Qualifier debut in Dr. Hyde Park, where we succumbed to the Leinster men after extra time by a single point.
Q-Park: Park for up to 24 hours on match-day in Q-Park Clerys. Or park in Q-Park Usher’s Quay.
Park Rite: All day parking on event days is available at Park Rite locations across the city centre for €5 for match day patrons upon production of your match ticket. Locations and pre-booking here.
Clonliffe College: The Clonliffe College car park is situated 5 minutes from Croke Park Stadium. Parking is available for just €10 on match days. The car park has 2000 spaces, including 100 disabled spaces and is accessible via Drumcondra Road Lower. Pre-book the car park here.
We’ve been told that the quays in Dublin will be closed on Saturday. If you normally use this route to Croke Park we’d advise an alternative route on Saturday.
Dublin’s north and south quays will be closed to eastbound and westbound traffic at O’Connell bridge from 8pm on Friday July 29th until 6am on Tuesday August 2nd. The closure will be to facilitate essential Luas Cross City construction works over the weekend. Diversions will be in place.
Here are some bus companies that will be travelling to the match on Sunday. If you know of any more, please let us know and we will add them in here. Call to book your seat in advance if you haven’t already, we don’t want to see any of you lot thumbing up the N5!
Gillespie Coaches 085 7646523 €25 Call for details.
Barrett Coaches 097 83544 Call for details.
Irish Rail have announced extra services to Dublin to cover the All-Ireland Rd 4B qualifier on Saturday 30th July. There will be three extra trains with one departing from Ballina and the other two from Westport. Booking on www.irishrail.ie is essential to secure your train ticket.
The following additional services have been added to accommodate supporters travelling to/from the match:
Special Train 1
Arrive Heuston 14:30
Special Train 2
Arrive Heuston 14:45
Return trains depart Heuston station at 20:50hrs to Westport and at 21:10hrs to Ballina.
Bring the Colour, Bring the Noise!
As we always say, bring the colour, bring the noise! We want to see a “Sea Of Green & Red” again as always in Croke Park on Saturday evening. It really does make a difference. The team do take notice when the Mayo supporters get behind them at a match. Andy Moran, when interviewed after the Fermanagh match in Castlebar, said this,
“I thought the support was excellent. It was great to see so many here today but we’re Mayo, we’re in this together, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from the supporters.” – Andy Moran interviewed in the Western People.
The Green & Red of Mayo in Croke Park (Pic-Sportsfile)
Match tickets will be available at all usual outlets before the match. There will also be tickets available to purchase from the Croke Park ticket office on Dorset Street and the North Circular Road offices. Season Tickets holders will have received an email earlier in the week regarding opt-outs. If any Season Ticket holders haven’t already done so, now is the time to set up your group seating, details on how to are here.
Stephen Rochford interview after Mayo v Kildare match
Well, after a topsy-turvy league and what seems like an endless winter it’s finally Championship time! And it’s an away fixture with a difference once again this year as we travel back to Ruislip to take on London GAA once again in the Connacht Senior Football Championship quarter-final. Mayo fans the world over will be hoping to avoid a repeat of events the last time we made that journey, which left us all wiping the sweat from our brows and breathing sighs of relief after a narrow escape following extra time.
Apart from “London Calling”, “Any tickets?” will be the tune on many supporters’ lips with the game now officially – and predictably – sold out. With no tickets available on the gate, there will undoubtedly be quite a few disappointed supporters who have booked flights and accomodation to London but may not get entry to the ground, with all 3,000 tickets being sold in advance. For further updates and further information or details see: www.londongaa.co.uk, facebook.com/LondonGAA or@LondainGaa. Alternatively, contact London GAA County Board PRO – Declan Flanagan 0044 773 600 9080 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full details and information on tickets and admission, please contact email@example.com.
Date: Sunday 29th May 2016 | Venue: IRISH TV GAA GROUNDS RUISLIP | Throw in: 3pm | Gates Open: 11am
Match Programme £5 The game is all-ticket and is officially sold out (19th May)
Getting to Irish TV Grounds Ruislip
Travelling by Tube
One of the handiest ways to get to Ruislip from any part of London is on the tube. Get on the Central Line and head for Ruislip, South Ruislip station is the nearest to the ground, ( about 10 minute walk). There is also a bus stop outside the ground, called the “Polish War Memorial” stop. We’d recommend getting a London “Oyster Card” if you plan on doing a bit of travelling around London. Especially if you travel to the outer zones 1-7, you’ll save a lot of dosh with the Oyster card! You can pick up an Oyster card at any tube station and it can be topped up at any newsagents, unused credit remains on the card indefinitely which is handy.
Travelling by bus
The E7 BUS route stops outside the ground. As an alternative you could take a central line train to Ealing Broadway and catch the E7 directly to the Irish TV GAA Grounds.(Polish War Memorial Bus stop) The E7 Bus runs every 20m on a Sunday until 8pm, then every 30m. You can also take the Metropolitan Line to Ruislip and then take the E7 bus from just outside the station to the Grounds.
Travelling by taxi
You are advised to exit your taxi / cab at South Ruislip Station and continue your journey to the ground on foot and return for pick up after match. Taxis /Cabs are prohibited from dropping off or picking up passengers at the ground between 12pm and 8pm.
The Social Scene – What’s on in London for travelling fans?
As always there will be lots of social events planned around the weekend. You have the week ahead to put in some training!
“Moloney’s Bar Would like to wish a warm welcome to the Mayo Club ’51 and all Mayo Supporters on Friday 27th May. To get the party started we have DJ Barry from 8:30pm until late!” There will be two precious tickets to the London Vs Mayo game raffled off with all proceeds going to the Roisin Tansey Foundation.
Mayo News, Mayo Club 51 & Cáirde Mhaigheo ‘Big Match Meet-Up’ – Oxford Arms Camden
Ourselves, along with The Mayo News Sport and Cáirde Mhaigheo (Mayo and London) will be getting the Saturday proceedings underway with a warm-up gathering and chat in the Oxford Arms, Camden Town. We’re looking forward to availing of Tom’s hospitality and getting the pre-match chat underway. The chat will be recorded for broadcast on MidWest Radio on Sunday before the game. All are welcome to come along and join in the craic before hitting the town for the night.
The Bangor Reunion are holding a fundraiser in St. Anthony’s Club, Edgware, (HA8 9AN). On Saturday the 28th May 2016 at 8:30pm. Music on the night is by Seamus Moore and tickets are £10 at the door. All visiting supporters and Mayo people living in London are welcome. See the Bangor Reunion facebook page
Thomas McCurtains “Over For The Match”
Thomas McCurtains GAA club in East London proudly presents ‘Over for the Match’ in O’Neills, Leytsonstone – a night of discussion, fun and entertainment. The crew will be joined by some very special guests and GAA icons to talk about the future of London GAA, the match itself and of course have a sneaky look ahead to the rest of the Championship. There will be some great prizes to be won on the night! Tickets are £10 on the door. More info: “Over for the match” event page.
Achill GAA Social
Achill GAA will host a social evening in in Angies Bar, Willesden NW2 5SJ starting at 8pm. This will be an evening of music, culture and craic for all travelling to the match and for all Achill /Mayo people in the London area and beyond. There will be top prizes on the night; with a signed Mayo Jersey, match tickets and much more to be given away. Tickets for the social are available from any Achill GAA official, by sending a PM to their facebook page, or in advance from Angies Willesden. All processed raised will go towards Achill GAA Community Development project.
Irish TV Live Broadcast
IRISH TV are broadcasting LIVE for two hours from the IRISH TV football grounds in Ruislip on Saturday evening. The live preview show will be presented by well-known GAA commentator Brendan Hennessy, with IRISH TV London presenter Ian McDonnell from Balla in Mayo and will comprise a mix of chat, music, entertainment and interviews with some legendary GAA figures as well as a match preview. The good news is that there will be tickets available at the door. People wishing to attend are asked to be there before 7.30 as the show goes live at 8pm. Irish TV will also be raffling of some much sought after match tickets for all those present in the audience, make sure to get there early!
London v Mayo After Party
So there you have it – plenty to choose from over the weekend and of course there’s a thing or two to see in London as well. Safe travels to those of you heading across and to those of you already there, have the kettle on!
The journey begins again – MAIGH EO ABÚ!
Important Patrons Notice /Match Day Regulations
Patrons are encouraged to arrive as early as possible before throw in.
Admission by ticket only. Please retain your match ticket all times.
Please co-operate with our stewards and match day volunteers in the leading up to the grounds and within the grounds.Our intention is to ensure that supporters enjoy the match in safety and comfort so please follow all safety instructions.
Bringing alcohol into the grounds is prohibited. If found on person it will be confiscated.
Strictly no parking allowed within the grounds or adjacent roads. You are encouraged to use public transport where possible.Limited disabled parking is available within in the grounds.You may apply for a pass by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refreshments, Food, and plenty of entertainment available within the grounds.
For patrons arriving to attend the After Match Party (5pm) A ground admission fee of £5 will apply.
A quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems
Here’s a quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems. Due to an unprecedented amount of emails and messages over the course of the past 36 hours or so, we wanted to post a quick update on our quest to work with the GAA season ticket office to resolve the problems some of you have been having with your season ticket attendance records. (This is not our first time in this situation – the problem hasn’t gone away you know!)
A short synopsis: Basically lots of you contacted us after the Dublin game either by email, Facebook or Twitter to say that you or a family member had attended the game and scanned your season ticket at the gates, only for your attendance not to register on your record. Upon notifying the season ticket office, most of you were told that as no problems had been reported from the venue on the day, your attendance records would not be manually updated. As the numbers contacting us rose, we started to make a list, and after a few days decided to contact the Croke Park office directly with the names and season ticket numbers of those who were happy to provide them – 21 in total at the time (there have been many more since) – to see if we could intervene on your behalf and show that despite their claims that no issues had been reported from the venue, there clearly was a problem.
We had previously experienced problems (see here for details) and so could understand the position of the office and their reluctance to manually update records after games. However we felt that those who had contacted us were genuine, had attended the game and scanned their tickets in good faith, and ultimately, deserved to be treated fairly in return for their investment in the season ticket (at a cost of €99 per adult and €20 per juvenile).
What followed was a very frustrating exchange of emails, where the season ticket office refused to engaged and repeatedly told us they could not discuss individual accounts with us (at no stage did we ask them to). Ultimately, we got nowhere and the tone of the replies from the season ticket office became more and more irate. They were adamant that each complaint was assessed on a case-by-case basis, and so we had little choice but to advise the people on our list to keep following up with them individually.
On Wednesday on MidWest Radio Paul Claffey read out a letter on his show from a lady who had experienced the same problem, and we followed up with an email to the station last night. Tommy Marren yesterday devoted a substantial portion of his show to the problem – you can listen back on the link below. We have since been contacted by a number of other supporters with the same problem. MidWest Radio will be following this up again next week and are looking for more supporters to speak on air – please contact us with your details if you are willing to go on air and we will put you in touch.
We unfortunately feel we’ve reached the end of the road with the season ticket office – they have made it clear that they will not engage with us further. We are however currently seeking legal advice on the matter and will, with permission, keep a record of the many people who have contacted us with problems and produce it should it be needed at a later stage. If you have been affected by this problem, we would urge you to continue following up with the season ticket office directly. Other avenues of complaint include the following:
There are a couple of things we wish to point out:
Firstly, we feel strongly that the volunteers and stewards at the turnstiles in Elverys MacHale Park do everything in their power to ensure that things run smoothly on match days. This is not the fault or responsibility of any of the people who give their time so generously. Nor is this issue within the control of Mayo GAA, as they are not responsible for attendance records.
Secondly, the season ticket office has in the past explained that fraudulent scanning of tickets is a problem. The bottom line is this: if you turn up on match days with a handful of tickets in your back pocket to give to strangers to get them scanned, you are part of the problem and your behaviour is affecting genuine supporters. Yes, you can hand over your ticket to a friend if you can’t make a game, but the season ticket scheme is a loyalty scheme, designed to reward supporters who genuinely attend games with access to an All-Ireland ticket, should their county reach the final. Your abuse of the system just means that other people have to spend their free time arguing with the season ticket office when they could be doing far more fun things like say, tweezing out their toenails or sticking pins in their eyes. Just saying.
Thirdly, we hear that those fancy Cairde Mhaigheo tickets do not depend on an attendance record to access an All-Ireland ticket should we in Mayo be lucky enough to need one. Yes, they are more expensive, but they also entitle you to entry to club championship games and some sexy Mayo GAA clobber. So y’know, something to think about for next year!
We’ll be back with an update in due course.
Update 19th April 2016
Rob from Mayo Club 51 was interviewed on the Tommy Marren show on Mid west radio with an update on the issues regarding the problems with scanning season tickets. Also in the interview, Tommy reads out a statement from Alan Milton from Croke Park.
In other news – six weeks to London – the countdown is on! Keep an eye on London GAA’s Facebook page for updates on tickets, which we believe are scarcer than feathers on a fish ….
Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane was interviewed on the Tommy Marren show on Tuesday 19th April regarding the situation with the London v Mayo ticket scarcity for Mayo fans.
While most Mayo eyes are firmly on Dr. Hyde Park for Sunday’s crunch showdown with Roscommon, the Championship is already in sight. This year, Mayo GAA travel to Ruislip, the ground of London GAA to kick off their Connacht Championship campaign on Sunday 29th May 2016.
London GAA ticketing arrangments
This year for the first time, the fixture will be all-ticket, and tickets have now just gone on sale. Only adult tickets are available online, and according to London GAA tickets for adults, OAPs and students will be available at Ruislip on the day. However demand is likely to be huge. If the crowd of Mayo supporters that travelled to New York in 2014 is anything to by, there’s likely to be a massive contingent crossing the Irish sea, and of course the occasion will be a huge draw for many of Irish diaspora across the UK.
So if you’re planning on heading over, we would strongly recommend that you book your tickets now. Tickets booked during the week and have already arrived in the post!
Cillian O’Connor converts against London in the 2013 Connacht Final in Elverys MacHale Park
Tickets are currently unavailable online, however we have been informed by Club London GAA that additional tickets will be going on sale online later this week. Tickets will be available from Ruislip from Monday 4th April.
Roscommon vs. Mayo this Sunday
In the meantime, Mayo have a do-or-die fixture this Sunday against Roscommon in Dr. Hyde Park in Round 6 of the Allianz National Football league. Throw-in is at the later time of 3.30pm. Lose, and it’s almost certain relegation to Division 2 for next year, and Roscommon under Fergal O’Donnell and Mayo’s own Kevin McStay have been blazing a trail through Division 1 this year, racking up scores left right and centre. They would be only too delighted to relegate this Mayo team who have been struggling in the League thus far.
Some practicalities – be aware that the Roscommon Easter Parade is taking place at 12.30 and traffic is likely to be heavy. Seating will also be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and the weather is not promised favourable, so if you want to get into the stand get on the road early.
While the arguments could be made that Mayo’s focus justifiably lies elsewhere, and that we have been playing catch-up after a delayed start and a plague of injuries, no-one one wants to see this team lose their status as the longest serving team in the top flight.
It’s the first time this year that the sixteenth man will be needed – we are going into a dogfight, against a well-supported, highly confident team on their home patch, so we as supporters will need to make ourselves count on Sunday. We can’t kick points, but we can let these lads who have given us so many incredible days out know that we are backing them all the way.
We are therefore appealing to every man, woman and child to make some noise and bring a flag on Sunday and let’s revive the famous “Mayo Roar”.
Bring the colour, bring the noise and let’s together get the job done. Maigh Eo Abú!
The fourth round of the 2016 Allianz Football League brings us to Clones this Sunday for the Monaghan v Mayo clash. This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.
Traffic and Parking in Clones
This match was originally scheduled for Castleblaney, but due to the large attendance expected, it was moved to Clones last week. Thankfully for us Mayo supporters travelling, it makes the journey to Monaghan a little shorter by about 40 minutes.
There are a few different routes to Clones. A quick search on Google Maps will give you a good idea but it looks like a drive of about 2 and a half hours lies ahead. For those of us who traveled to Breffni to see the Mitchels in their historic All-Ireland semi-final a few weeks back, then there’s the option of a familiar route. If you do choose to take the route via Cavan, just be careful on the road between Edgeworthstown and Cavan – it is absolutely appalling.
Barrett’s Coaches will be running their customary bus service from Mayo on the day – call 097 83544 to book your seat. We’ll post further information on buses as we get it.
After talking to a couple of Farney faithfuls, and a Donegal fan who would be fairly familiar with Clones after their frequent Ulster Final appearances in the last 5 years, they suggested that the best thing to do was to turn the car towards home and park on the side of the road. Otherwise, we’ll be waiting a while to get out, (as we believe happened a good few Donegal & Mayo fans last Sunday in Ballybofey!).
Super Value car park – Fermanagh St
On street parking – “head the car for home”
Pre Match Meet Up
Pre match meet up in the Creighton hotel on Fermanagh St. The match is at 2.30 so there’ll be time for the dinner before hand.
Get in Early
Another bit of solid advice afforded to us by our Monaghan counterparts was to get into the ground early, particularly if the weather is bad. Getting into the stand will be ideal but the first 10-15 rows, apparently, will leave you open to the elements so if you want to stay dry, get in in good time. Hopefully, that won’t be an issue and we get the same kind of weather as we had in Ballybofey last week.
We don’t need to remind you at this point to bring the colour and bring the noise. The Mayo travelling support is quite simply, second to none and we know this Sunday will again be no exception. Weather wise its predicted to be dry with bright spells, but again bitter cold, turning wet and windy. We want to see plenty of those Mayo Bobble Hats and beanies on show!
The Toughest Trade
We got a proper sneak peak at how Aidan O’Shea got on in the States a couple of weeks back training with an American Football team. The results of that experiment will be aired on RTE, Part 1 on the 9th March, and we’ll also see how former Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Roberto Wallace got on during his stint at Breaffy!