London Calling

London Calling

London v Mayo 2016 Championship Opener

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.
London matchday eventsFor further updates and further information or details see: www.londongaa.co.ukfacebook.com/LondonGAA or @LondainGaa. Alternatively, contact London GAA County Board PRO – Declan Flanagan 0044 773 600 9080  or email: pro.london@gaa.ie. For full details and information on tickets and admission, please contact secretary.london@gaa.ie.

London GAA regularly posts updates in the Facebook matchday event: https://www.facebook.com/events/199760367029559/.

Match Day Information

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.

London v Mayo south ruislip station to ruislip gaa grounds

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!

Friday

Maloney’s Pub Willesden – weekend warm-up

“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.

London calling moloneys bar

Saturday 

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.

London v Mayo Big match meet up

Bangor Reunion

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.

London v Mayo Over for the match-Thomas McCurtains

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.

London v Mayo Achill GAA social in Angies bar Willesden

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!

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Sunday

London v Mayo After Party

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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 secretary.london@gaa.ie.
  • 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.
Quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems

Quick update on Croke Park season ticket scanning and attendance problems

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.

Til next time,
The Mayo Club ’51 team

Tickets for London GAA vs Mayo GAA on sale now

Tickets for London GAA vs Mayo GAA on sale now

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!

 

Mayo GAA v London GAA

Cillian O’Connor converts against London in the 2013 Connacht Final in Elverys MacHale Park

 

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Tickets can be bought in the UK from London GAA using the following link:http://londongaa.tickets.ie/.
If you have any questions please contact Mark Gottsche on 07872600074 or email secretary.london@gaa.ie.

UPDATE 29th March:

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!

Monaghan v Mayo – We’re Off To Clones

Monaghan v Mayo – We’re Off To Clones

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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.

Bus 

  • 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.

Car Parks:

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

Monaghan v Mayo Rd 4 Sunday weather 6th march 2016Another 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!

Episode 1 – Tuesday 8th March, 9.55pm, RTE 2
Episode 2 – Tuesday 15th March, 9.55pm RTE 2

View the preview

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2016 Prediction League Week 3

2016 Prediction League Week 3

2016 Prediction League Week 3 Result’s

Allianz league predictions competition

Mayo Club 51 mini league

The 2016 prediction league week 3 results are now in and the battle at the top is fierce! The battle at the bottom however is a different story, with ourselves comfortably in last position with the wooden spoon in our sights!

Mayo Club 51 Leader board — Start Week : 1
Your position: Week 3

Total Week 3 Week 2 Week 1
1 T McG,Knocknagoshel – Kerry 1012 306 308 398
2 Donall OFlatharta,Geraldine Morans – Dublin 1007 325 338 344
3 Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo 980 277 297 406
4 patrick breheny,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 952 277 310 365
5 Seamus Gallagher,Achill – Mayo 948 276 307 365
6 Mayo Magic,Balla – Mayo 928 287 312 329
7 John Fox,Ardnaree – Mayo 903 283 277 343
8 Shane Hegarty,St. Joseph’s/O’Connell Boys – Dublin 898 340 253 305
9 Trevor Naughton,Lahardane Mchales – Mayo 897 272 277 348
10 Six PointsUp,Skerries Harps – Dublin 895 273 276 346
11 Helen Fadian,Achill – Mayo 891 279 295 317
12 Ian McGarry,Palmerstown – Dublin 887 256 258 373
13 Derek Sage,Westport – Mayo 885 285 281 319
14 Niamh Roche,Davitts – Mayo 881 336 274 271
15 Johnny Lynskey,The Neale – Mayo 880 279 273 328
16 Adrian Hession,Tooreen Hurling – Mayo 877 251 299 327
17 Croi nahEireann,St. Mary’s – Westmeath 875 285 253 337
18 Face TheBall,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 871 310 250 311
19 Patrick Boyle,Bohola Moy Davitts – Mayo 866 272 279 315
20 John Caulfield,Eire Og – Roscommon 866 257 220 389
21 Martin Maheady,Killala – Mayo 864 250 270 344
22 John Maloney,Swinford – Mayo 862 251 337 274
23 Ciaran OConnell,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 856 256 260 340
24 Peter Lavelle,Achill – Mayo 851 310 253 288
25 damien Egan,Ballyhaunis – Mayo 848 309 248 291
26 Paul Cunnane,Davitts – Mayo 832 254 309 269
27 kieran cawley,Crossmolina – Mayo 823 199 270 354
28 Joe Gavin,Claremorris – Mayo 821 248 278 295
29 pj hughes,Crossmolina – Mayo 814 321 284 209
30 Garryowen McMahon,Davitts – Mayo 811 251 221 339
31 Brian Turbitt,Swinford – Mayo 808 246 221 341
32 Michael Cuddy,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 803 240 252 311
33 Jason Mcgoldrick,Ballyhaunis – Mayo 799 250 256 293
34 Alan Duggan,Knockmore – Mayo 798 265 232 301
35 SHANE O’NEILL,Derrytresk – Tyrone 794 251 254 289
36 Robert Biggins,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo 785 236 251 298
37 Declan Gilroy,Crossmolina – Mayo 781 221 212 348
38 j Kelly,Eastern Gaels – Mayo 773 257 253 263
39 P Sheridan,Ballina Stephenites – Mayo 772 302 240 230
40 Cian Mortimer,Shrule-Glencorrib – Mayo 768 333 226 209
41 Michael Molloy,Swinford – Mayo 764 242 253 269
42 Jason McTigue,The Neale – Mayo 764 240 233 291
43 Dan MayoGAA,Belmullet – Mayo 758 217 251 290
44 brendan costello,Claremorris – Mayo 753 249 253 251
45 Vincent McHale,Ardagh – Mayo 747 225 199 323
46 Alan Prendergast,Mayo Gaels – Mayo 743 216 257 270
47 Brian Lavelle,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 739 231 219 289
48 Louthand Prouddotcom,Mattock Rangers – Louth 725 214 227 284
49 Patrick Lydon,Tourmakeady – Mayo 719 300 193 226
50 Neil Masterson,Burrishoole – Mayo 718 249 199 270
51 Ben Miles,Kiltimagh – Mayo 718 233 276 209
52 Eamon Monaghan,Garrymore – Mayo 716 202 179 335
53 Mark McWalter,Balla – Mayo 710 194 277 239
54 John Brennan,Claremorris – Mayo 700 125 253 322
55 Devel Mayogaa,Kiltimagh – Mayo 692 229 250 213
56 Malachy Egan,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo 688 250 198 240
57 Mick Hunt,Charlestown Sarsfields – Mayo 681 222 192 267
58 Conor Conway,Annaghdown – Galway 674 125 259 290
59 Darragh Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo 671 241 251 179
60 Mayo Mick,Swinford – Mayo 668 216 220 232
61 Sean Burke,Kilmovee Shamrocks – Mayo 667 203 166 298
62 Eamon Dixon,Belmullet – Mayo 666 250 168 248
63 Roger Milla,Frankfurt Sarsfields – Europe 662 202 194 266
64 Emma McDonagh,Kiltane – Mayo 655 176 229 250
65 AnneMarie Flynn,Ardagh – Mayo 642 125 253 264
66 Joseph Gibbons,The Neale – Mayo 639 212 187 240
67 Lainey Hughes,The Neale – Mayo 623 125 253 245
68 JP McLoughlin,Swinford – Mayo 621 125 253 243
69 Mark Togher,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 617 125 253 239
70 Damien McCallig,Four Masrters, Donegal Town – Donegal 615 176 251 188
71 Jamie Cafferky,Civil Service – Dublin 611 125 253 233
72 Mad MayoMan,Swinford – Mayo 601 196 222 183
73 Cillian Whelan,Castlebar Mitchels – Mayo 587 213 101 273
74 John Moynihan,Ballaghaderreen – Mayo 556 178 167 211
75 MayoClub FiftyOne,Ballyvary Hurling – Mayo 529 181 216 132
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