Clare v Mayo Rd 3 Qualifier

Clare v Mayo Rd 3 Qualifier

Clare v Mayo Rd 3 Qualifier Cusack Park Ennis

The Mayo players and supporters are taking the scenic route back to Croke Park again this year. Clare are the next obstacle on that route for us this weekend. The Clare v Mayo Rd 3 qualifier throws in at 5pm in Cusack Park Ennis. As always we’d advise all supporters intending to travel on Saturday to leave early!

Tickets

Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets and online  (tickets have sold out online as of Thursday 6th). We’d advise to get your tickets early. Although its not expected to sell out, the ground is restricted to about 14,800. Most likely there will be a ticket van selling tickets on the day outside Cusack Park. Season ticket holders are reminded that you will not need to print your tickets for this match, you will need to bring your season ticket cards. The stand is unreserved seating but there is a very limited number of seats in it, certainly not enough to accommodate all the Mayo season ticket holders even.. Its also worth noting that anyone over 5′ 6″ might be a little uncomfortable as the legroom is a little *tight*!

Getting There

Most Mayo fans will be fairly familiar with Cusack park. Its handy enough to get to, just of the motorway. We’d advise leaving early though, we hear that there has been serious hold ups in Tuam in the past week. With the new bypass nearly completed, they are now tying in with the existing main road which is now causing major delay’s around Tuam.

Bus’s 

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(Pic: independent.ie)

We are waiting for confirmation on bus’s travelling to the match on Saturday. We will add them here as we get confirmation. If you know of any other match bus’s, let us know and we’ll add then to the list.

  • TMG Transport : Bus departing Swinford. Contact Michael Griffin 087 4458766

Parking

As most fans know, parking is fairly restricted around Cusack Park. We’d advise to be weary of where you park near the ground, as Gardai have on previous occasions issued parking tickets to match goers. There is a tesco and Aldi beside the pitch (pay & display) but from experience, there were stewards on the gates not allowing match goers parking. Clare County Council have kindly offered free parking at their office’s on Saturday for fans. https://twitter.com/ClareCoCo/status/882569611455205376

 

 

Clare county council offer free parking for Mayo fans

Clare Co Co offer free parking for Gaa fans.

Other car parks in Ennis (note: free €1.30 per hour 9.30 – 5.30 Sat)

  • Woodquay car park
  • Parnell St car park
  • Abby St car park
  • Cornmarket car park
  • Lower Market St car park

Bring The ColourBring The Noise

We can’t say this enough! There is nothing to beat the colour and atmosphere you’ll get with flags and banners and the Mayo Roar on championship day. There has been a huge increase in the amount of colour and flags at Mayo match’s in recent years which is brilliant to see. Don’t forget to bring your flags on Sunday and let’s TURN Cusack Park GREEN AND RED. There will be a large 60ft x 30ft flag display on the town end terrace by Mayo Independent Supporters Club, details here.

Mayo flags at Mayo v Derry in MacHale Park Castlebar

Mayo Independent Supporters Club flag at the Mayo v Derry rd 2 qualifier in MacHale Park.

David Gavin Emergency Fund Collection

This Saturday at Half Time during the Mayo v Clare game in Ennis, friends and family members will be holding a collection to continue the fight to find Gav and bring him home to where he belongs.

Please support!!!

David Gavin emergency fund collection

Pic: Breaffy GAA

Mayo v Westmeath-Calling All Mayo Fans

Mayo v Westmeath-Calling All Mayo Fans

Mayo v Westmeath – Calling All Mayo Fans, We’re back to Croke Park

Mayo GAA crestwestmeath gaa crestOur 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.

Parking

  • Mater Car Park: Pre booking is necessary here
  • 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.

Traffic Update:

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.

Buses

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(Photo: independent.ie)

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!

  • Corduff Coach’s Westport 9AM > Castlebar 9.30 > Swinford 10AM.
  • Gillespie Coaches 085 7646523 €25 Call for details.
  • Barrett Coaches 097 83544 Call for details.

Trains

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 1mayo v westmeath special trains

  • 11:15hrs Westport
  • 11:27hrs Castlebar
  • 11:46hrs Claremorris
  • 12:00hrs Ballyhaunis
  • 12:52hrs Athlone
  • Arrive Heuston 14:30

Special Train 2

  • 11:25hrs Ballina
  • 11:35hrs Foxford
  • 12:03hrs Claremorris
  • 12:18hrs Ballyhaunis
  • 13:09hrs Athlone
  • 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.

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The Green & Red of Mayo in Croke Park (Pic-Sportsfile)

Match Tickets

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
The Malaysian Mayo Car

The Malaysian Mayo Car

 

 

Pat Gorham from Belmullet has taken his skills to the other side of the world but when he cruises down the streets of Kuala Lumpur there is no doubt where he is from.

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Check out his Aston Martin Rapide adorned in the Mayo colours as we await the throw in versus the Dubs.

It’s parked outside Healy Macs Pub in Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur and could be there for a few days if we win this evening.

Surely good enough for the Malaysian Grand Prix

Surely good enough for the Malaysian Grand Prix

 

Top Mayo Semi Final Moment Poll

Top Mayo Semi Final Moment Poll

Vote on our top 10 Mayo Semi Final moment

vote in our poll

After Sunday we may have to do a new part 3 to add a few moments to our great semi-final moments.

While you are catching your breath and preparing for Saturday please select a moment from MayoMarks selection in part 1 or Bobby’s selection in part 2 and vote in our poll.

And once again we are begging anyone with footage of the Kerry game in 1996 to get in touch on mayoclub51@gmail.com

Pat and Noel, new Mayo GAA managers 2014

The scene on the sideline at about 6.30 next Saturday

 

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green and red Mayo car

How do these lads get in every post ?

Top 10 Mayo Semi-Final Moments (Part 2 of 2)

Top 10 Mayo Semi-Final Moments (Part 2 of 2)

Top 10 Mayo Semi-Final Moments (Part 2 of 2)

The second post of our semi-final special series … this time delving a little bit deeper into the archives. Enjoy! 

Ciaran McDonald vs Offaly 1997

Needless to say this maestro hits the list twice , he served us long and he served us well. We really had a good team in 97 and Mac was just 22 but already a star. His point here just sums him up , he flicked it up in full flight with the right , solo’d with the left , dummied, left a few Offaly men on their rear ends and then pointed from the tightest of angles. McDonald a shot – McDonald a point.

David Brady vs Fermanagh 2004

DB was a man who spent a lot of time on the bench in the green and red  but you could never doubt his commitment and he is a joy to listen to on Newstalk when talking about his beloved Mayo. This was a monster point at a tipping point when we had let Fermanagh  back into the game and needed scores.

 

Padraig Brogan vs Dublin 1985

This was the beginning of the modern era for Mayo football. We drew with a brilliant but perhaps ageing Dubs team and although we lost the replay Padraig Brogan left us with one of the great memories. Sadly we were to lose Padraig as well as he faded away and then took up with Donegal. He even came back to Mayo again but we can only wonder what might have been had we had him at his peak.

But we have this wonder goal , a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Pick that one out O’Leary.

 

Willie Joe Padden vs Tyrone 1989

Neither a goal nor a point but rather an injury. After a head injury had to be treated Willie Joe re-entered the fray with a bandage that made him look like a Viking about to lay waste to a village . Or at least that’s how it felt to me at the age of 14.  Wille Joe is our iconic player , no matter where I go in Ireland or abroad his name is mentioned with reverence. This was his iconic moment.

James Horan Vs Kerry 1996

Not a bit of footage is available for this goal so if you don’t remember it you’ll just have to trust me , it was class.  The result itself was seismic. We hadn’t beaten Kerry since 1951 and we haven’t beaten them since. Due to this fact Kerry fans have removed all traces of highlights of this match from the internet. Contact us at  mayoclub51@gmail.com if you have this one in any format. We wont be able to enjoy Horan’s goal because of the RTE eejits who didn’t film it but we could at least share a bit more of the game than the below link*

EDIT: A massive thanks to Nodlag O’Neill-Forde, who since this post has sent us on some footage of the All-Ireland Semi-Final of 1996! Thanks Nodlag!

So there you have it. Here’s to making more magic semi-final memories on Sunday! 

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