Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship Semi Final

Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship Semi Final

Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship Semi Final

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The countdown to the Galway v Mayo 2017 Connacht Championship semi final match in Salthill is on. The Mayo team for the match was named on Thursday morning here. The match is scheduled for throw in at 4 pm and keeping an eye on proceedings from the middle of the pitch will be referee Joe Mc Quillan. It has been a rather quiet and subdued built up to the match this week. If you haven’t already heard the Mayo News podcast, you really should, that will really get the blood pumping! Listen to the podcast here. Interestingly, this will be Andy Moran’s 150th appearance in the Green & Red Jersey for Mayo!

Galway v Mayo Preview

Our U-17’s will begin proceedings at the earlier time of 1.30 throw in, also against Galway. We need to get as big a crowd as possible in to support the u-17’s, get there early if you can! Earlier this morning Mayo and Galway have named their teams for the U17 Connacht Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Pearse Stadium at 1.30pm, a game which acts as a curtain-raiser to the big clash between the same two counties in the senior match. Both teams named here.

Mayo Association Galway Pre match get together

The Mayo Association in Galway will be holding a pre match get together on Saturday night in Wards Hotel in Salthill. Join up with fellow Mayo supporters from 9pm in Wards. You’d never know who might pop in! For more information visit their facebook page.

Ticketing Details

Pearse Stadium seating plan for season ticket holders

(Pic: ticketmaster.ie)

Pearse Stadium isn’t the biggest in the world, so if you haven’t got your hands on tickets yet, it might not be a bad plan to do so in advance. There is no stand tickets on sale (at time of writing),  but terrace tickets are still available on Tickets.ie, and in selected Centra and Supervalu outlets around the county. Tickets for the stand (if they become available will be €25, terrace €20 & juveniles €5. There will also be group pass’s available through your local club. All ticketing details are on the Connacht GAA website here. There may also be tickets available at the gate, but get there early.

Season Tickets: Reminder that season ticket holders will need to print out their tickets for this fixture from their online accounts. Your season ticket card will not be accepted at the turnstiles. Entry for season ticket holders is through stiles 47 to 62.

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If this is your car, leave early. Like, on Wednesday. (Pic: Balls.ie)

Getting There And Parking

Make no mistake about it, driving and parking on match day in Salthill is a bit of a dose. Here are some ways you can avoid the headaches of parking and tailbacks.

  • Arrive early and support our U-17’s. (See above.)
  • Road Race: There will be race taking place around Tuam on Sunday morning which could affect traffic. The “Brian McNamara Memorial race details are here. There will be plenty of Marshall’s on route as they are expecting a large volume of match traffic.
  • Traffic Management Plan: Galway GAA have implemented a comprehensive traffic management plan in conjunction with the Gardai as there is a large match attendance expected. Bus Eireann will operate an increase public transport service between Eyre Square and Salthill and GAA clubs are organising private buses also to the match. This will include priority to all traffic on the Threadneedle, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Seamus Quirke Road, Quincentenary Bridge, Headford Road and Bothar na Dtreabh as per attached map. Galway City Council will monitor our Traffic Control System and the Gardaí will direct traffic at all primary junction along this route. All Supporters and patrons are advised to use this route to and from the stadium and to avoid the city centre.
  • Use the Park and Ride services if available.
  • Car Parks: Coláiste Éinde on Threadneedle Road, St. Mary’s College on St. Mary’s Road, the Galway Technical Institute on Fr. Griffin Road,  are all within walking distance of Pearse Stadium. Various other public and private carparks are also available, throughout the city and are adjacent to the public bus services to Salthill.
  • Bus Eireann are running their regular City Sunday service, from outside the AIB Bank, Eyre Square, commencing at 10am. Passengers wishing to travel from the east side of the city can use the Bus Eireann regular 409 Parkmore service, which operates every 30 minutes on Sundays, from Parkmore via Dublin Road. It can be boarded at all bus stops along the Dublin Road, from the Castlegar Community Centre into Eyre Square, for connection to the Salthill buses.

Bring Your FlagsBring 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. Don’t forget to bring your flags on Sunday and let’s TURN PEARSE Stadium GREEN AND RED. There will be a large 60ft x 30ft flag display on the terrace by Mayo Independent Supporters Club, details here. They will be gathering in the eastern terrace, (Rockbarton Road), directly behind the goal, join them if you can, with as many flags as possible!

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2017 Connacht Championship Begins For Mayo

2017 Connacht Championship Begins For Mayo

The 2017 Connacht Championship begins for Mayo this Sunday

Mayo GAA crestSligo GAA crestThe 2017 Connacht Championship begins for Mayo this Sunday against Sligo in MacHale Park. Sligo’s opening match of this years championship took place in Gaelic Park in the Bronx New York last Sunday week. The trip to the Bronx can be somewhat of a bannana skin, as Roscommon very nearly found out last year. Sligo however, seemed to have travelled very much prepared for New York. There was some speculation before this match that, should New York come out winners against Sligo, then Mayo would have to travel to New York. This however was never the case, as whoever won that match would have had to travel to MacHale park to play Mayo.

We are now well into the countdown to Sunday’s match against Sligo. The last time we met Sligo in the championship, was the 2015 Connacht final in Hyde Park. Willie Joe over on Mayo GAA Blog has all the stat’s on all our recent meetings with Sligo, well worth a look! Also, if you haven’t already done so, An Spailpín Fánach 2017 Mayo Championship preview is very much well worth a read! ( “So; another light-hearted and carefree Championship in store for the sweet county Mayo, the finest county in Ireland.” )

Season Tickets

So, onto match day itself. All season ticket holders should have received emails this morning regarding their season tickets. As usual entry is by stiles 1 – 8 for season tickets to be recorded. Self scanning will be in operation as usual. Match tickets will be on sale from all the usual Centra & SuperValu outlets this week. There will also be ticket stiles open on match day.

Season Ticket email

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship – Mayo v Sligo – Sunday May 21st 2017

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The 2017 Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship continues on Sunday May 21st with Mayo taking on Sligo at Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar.

To attend this fixture you simply need to attend the venue and scan your Season Ticket card at the “self-scan” turnstile(s). Instructions on how to use the “self-scan” turnstiles can be viewed below.

Season Ticket holders will be seated in the Covered Stand and unreserved seating will be in operation on the day. 

Fixture Details:

Sunday May 21st – Elverys MacHale Park

Mayo v Sligo – 2.00pm

In order to have your attendance recorded at the fixture you must scan your card and enter via the Season Ticket Turnstile(s).

There is no charge for this fixture, “Pay and Play” will commence for your County’s next game in the Championship.

Please note that full fixture & ticketing information for Season Ticket holders will be published on the Official GAA website throughout the Championship. Click HERE for this information.

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Mayo Fans @ Mayo v Derry. Mayo Club 51 new flags.

Bring The Colour – Bring The Noise

As always,we are asking all Mayo fans to “Bring the Colour & Bring the Noise”. Lets make MacHale a “Mayo GAA fortress” on Sunday. The Mayo U-17’s will be playing Sligo at 11.45.

Championship Podcasts Are Back

The lads are back as well with the championship podcast, Have a listen here to Rob & Willie Joe. Also interviewed in the podcast are Mayo GAA’s cptain Cillian O’Connor and manager Stephen Rochford, along with Connacht GAA secretary John Prenty.

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.
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:https://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!

The Drive For Five In the Hyde

The Drive For Five In the Hyde

drive for 5 Mayo Connacht titlesWell here we are again, and not before time! The Championship is of course what we all live for, but jaysus, the breaks between games can feel like decades rather than weeks. But anyway it’s Connacht Final weekend again, and as usual the crew at Club ’51 have pulled together (nearly) everything you need to know (and loads of stuff you probably don’t) before you pack the sandwiches and rain gear and head for the Drive for Five in the Hyde.

2015 Connacht final Mayo v Sligo programme cover

Programme cover for the Big Game via (@ConnachtGAA)

The Game

4 in a row connacht finals 2014Throw-in is at 4pm. We are playing Sligo. We are going for our fifth Connacht title in a row, for the second time in our history, a feat we have not managed for over 100 years. But you knew all that already. The minor game between Sligo and Galway throws in at 2pm. If the thrashing Galway doled out to our boys is anything to go by, Sligo will want to be on top form, cos the men in maroon are gooood. This will be worth getting in early for.

The Venue

We were going to write a small ode to Dr. Hyde Park here, but we didn’t, because none of us could think of a single good thing to say about the place. Apart from the fact that the graveyard in the next field is our favourite part. Anyway, we’re going to the Hyde, which despite being only the third-best ground available, it is by far the best choice to promote harmony among all three sets of supporters, who will unite in shared misery while standing in the lengthy queues for the portaloos.

(Of course this is tongue in cheek, because logistically the venue probably does make more sense than Galway (we won’t mention our own all-seater stadium with excellent access lying idle), but on that note, it’s worth mentioning that on foot of a number of queries we got here from Mayo supporters, we emailed Connacht GAA last week with what we thought were some fairly reasonable questions about how exactly the venue for the game was decided, why season ticket holders could not be accommodated this year, what work had been done in Hyde Park to rendering it safe for the game and why no stand tickets were available for public purchase. Needless to say, we’re still waiting for a reply. Sorry about that folks. But the main thing now is that there is a big game to be won, so on we trot.)

Just to note that if you’re a season ticket holder, you will not have a seat in the stand this time, so bring waterproof clothing and sunblock (it is 372 times more likely to rain over Hyde Park than it is over the rest of Roscommon, but you’ll still get sunburnt) and if you have a delicate backside, bring a cushion for the concrete slab you’ll be sitting on. If you’re lucky enough to have a stand ticket, try not to be too smug. If you’re on the terraces, bring a brolly and a canoe. Oh, and no matter where you are sitting, it’d be no harm to  stick a bog roll in your bag, just in case.  But the craic will be mighty, which is the main thing.

Gates open at 1pm on Sunday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ALERT! Holders of tickets for the stand and the seated area  will ONLY be permitted to enter Dr Hyde Park from the entrance on the Golf Links Road. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN ADVANCE.

2015 Connacht final Hyde Park access routes map

Map via @MayoGAA

Ticket Competition

Tickets are in short supply, but we are giving away two tickets to the Connacht final with thanks to Elverys – head on over to our Facebook page to enter. Be quick – entry closes at lunchtime tomorrow!

Getting there 

Use public transport if you can. Roscommon Town, in fairness to it is well serviced by bus and train. Be sure and wave as you pass to all the Rossies sadly looking out their windows at the happy Mayo, Sligo and Galway fans making their way to Dr. Hyde Park. But the thought of that All-Ireland they are going to win soon will no doubt be some consolation. (We know, we’re going to hell. See you there.)

Train 

Irish Rail are putting on an additional service from Westport to accommodate supporters travelling to the match. If you’re from near Ballina or Foxford, you’ll have to get the regular train and spend an hour waiting for the connection in Manulla junction.  The train will serve all Mayo stops before arriving in Ros.

2015 Connacht final special train timetable

Patrons are advised to book online as priority will be given to online bookings.

Buses

2015 Connacht final bus details from Achill 

From Mayo: To book a seat from Keel, Achill Sound, Mulranny or Newport phone Michael on 0857689844. The bus departs from lovely Keel at 10am.

NOTE: If anyone knows of any other bus services departing from elsewhere in the county, please let us know and we’ll add them in.

UPDATE: From Dublin: We’ve been told that The Premier Coaches service due to leave from Central Bank at 10.30am) and Liffey Valley at 10.45am) has been cancelled due to a lack of demand. 

Car

If you’re driving, leave early to avail of parking facilities and to avoid unnecessary swearing while stuck in traffic.

Those of you travelling from the Sligo direction are advised to travel to Dr Hyde Park via the N4 to Carrick on Shannon, R368 to Strokestown via Elphin, N5 eastbound to Scramogue Cross turning right on the R371 for Ballyleague /Lanesboro, turning right on to the N63 to Roscommon Town.

Patrons travelling from Mayo are advised to travel to Dr Hyde Park via the N5 to Tulsk , turning right at Tulsk on the N61 to Roscommon Town. Mayo Patrons may also utilise the N60 to Roscommon Town via Castlerea. All supporters are advised to allow time for traffic delays.

As always, we like to promote car pooling where possible, so if you’re stuck for a lift or if you can offer a lift please get in touch and we’ll do our best to sort you out (it’s also in the unwritten contract to contribute some petrol money!).

Traffic Diversions

Two traffic diversions will be implemented as required, the first diversion will operate via the L1808/0 on the N60 to N61 with traffic turning left on to the N61 travelling to Colteige Cross turning right on to the L1805/0 crossing the N63 travelling via Kilteevan on the L1806 to the N61 at Carrageen’s for traffic travelling east. This diversion will operate in reverse for travelling west.

The second diversion will operate from the Donamon junction L1629/0 with the N60 to the junction of the L1818/0 turning left into the village of Castlecoote and into Roscommon Town via the R366. This diversion will operate in reverse for travelling west. All diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

(If you’re like us, none of this actually will mean anything to you until you get there, so we’ll just refer you to our earlier advice – leave early).

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The customary car shot. We’ve a special prize for anyone with a set of wheels to rival this mean machine

Parking 

According to the Garda Traffic Management Plan there are 18 unsupervised car parks available in the vicinity of Dr Hyde Park. (Approx 2000 spaces). No traffic will be permitted to leave the car park at Hyde Park for a period after the games, in order to allow foot patrons leave the area safely, and no Traffic will be permitted to enter Roscommon Town for one hour post match.  Parking restrictions will operate on the N61 on the west & east bound sides of the carriageway and also on both sides of the Circular Road in its entirety.  Illegally parked vehicles will be impounded, towed to a Garda compound in Roscommon town or clamped and will be liable to a fine of €130.00. Or you’ll just be mortified by the PA in Hyde Park calling out your car reg.

There are special needs parking facilities on the public streets within the environs of Dr Hyde Park. Special needs parking is also available at Dr Hyde Park Entrance via vehicle entrance 2 on the Athlone Road (N61).

End of Game Crowd Movement:
Due to a crowd management plan on the Athlone Road/County Home Road in the vicinity of the Dr. Hyde Park, patrons leaving the Covered Stand and seated Stand areas of the stadium are requested by the Gardaí to use routes other than Athlone Road as they depart Dr Hyde Park. This is for Health & Safety and ease of movement reasons.

If we manage the Five In A Row, leaving the venue in a conga line is optional but desirable.

The Supporters – that’s YOU

Sunday is a special day. We know it’s fair to say that Mayo supporters’ attentions might be focused on the All-Ireland series, but it’s an absolutely massive day for Sligo fans having two teams in the final and for ourselves, going for the five in a row is something to be  proud of –  never mind that ould “sure Connacht isn’t competitive” ráiméis; there have been games along the way that have been damn hard won –  and it’s a testament to our team and management that we have managed this level of consistency. Five would be sweet!

As always, we are asking every person or at least every family to bring the colour, bring the noise and make a Sea of Green and Red. Every single person can contribute to the atmosphere by joining in a chant or bringing a flag to the game. Your effort counts!

Season ticket supporters: Club 51 will be gathering in the back row of the sideline seats right in front of the stand – if you are sitting in this area, please bring a flag to fly during the parade and join us for a bit of craic, to make some noise and to get behind the lads.

Here’s to the Five in a Row, and to more of these golden days ahead.

MAIGH EO ABÚ!

PS: Don’t forget about the pre-Connacht final hike starting from Newport tomorrow – all are welcome, and all details are here.

Galway v Mayo 2015 – your essential guide!

Galway v Mayo 2015 – your essential guide!

It’s nearly time, it’s nearly time! Has 10 weeks ever felt so long? But finally the Mayo team has been named and we are just 48 hours from throw-in in the 2015 Connacht Senior Football Championship.

Before you start decorating the car, making the sandwiches and ironing the jersey for Galway v Mayo 2015, here is your customary list of Things Worth Knowing Before You Leave The House, courtesy of Club ’51.

First things first – Our Hurlers Need You!

 

The football is what we’re all talking about, but our senior hurlers are also playing on Sunday, in an absolutely crucial game as they take on Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard/Christy Ring promotion/relegation play-off before the football. If we win, we stay in the Christy Ring, if Roscommon win, we go down. This is a huge game for our hurlers, who are lining out without one of their best players, Keith Higgins who is of course captaining the footballers.

UPDATE: Throw-in is at 1.30pm (not 1.45pm as previously thought) in Pearse Stadium –  let’s try and get a decent crowd in there to get behind our lads who put in a serious amount of effort every year with limited resources and support to wear the Green and Red. (And there is the added bonus of a prospective win over the Rossies – never a bad thing, right?)

Ticketing Details

Pearse Stadium isn’t the biggest in the world, so if you haven’t got your hands on tickets yet, it might not be a bad plan to do so in advance. The stand is sold out, but terrace tickets are still available on Tickets.ie, and in selected Centra and Supervalu outlets around the county. All ticketing details are on the Connacht GAA website here. There will also be tickets available at the gate, but get there early.

The Night Before

For those of you making a weekend of it (or indeed those of you exiled in the City of the Tribes) the Mayo Association Galway are holding a social event on Saturday evening in Ward’s Hotel, Lwr. Salthill, Galway, throwing in at 8.30pm.

According to P.J. King, Chairperson, Muintir Mhaigh Eo Gaillimh:

“It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and a chance to meet up with some former Mayo GAA greats who, will be recalling past battles and giving their opinion on next week’s contest.”

Host for the night will be proprietor of Ward’s Hotel and legendary Moygownagh man, Anthony Finnerty, who will be busy on the barbeque for the evening. Come prepared or a late night and an early morning!

Getting There And Parking

Make no mistake about it, driving and parking on matchday in Salthill is a bit of a dose. Here are some ways you can avoid the headaches of parking and tailbacks.

  • Arrive early and go to the hurling. (See above.)
  • Use the Park and Ride services. Galway County GAA are operating this service once again from Carnmore Airport Carpark, starting at 12 noon and will run every half hour. The return costs are €4 per Adult and €3 per Child, with a Family Bus Ticket for two parents and two children (under 16) at €10. Those buses will travel on the City Bus Lanes. Patrons will be dropped off at the Western Distributor Roundabout, within walking distance of Pearse Stadium and collected back at the Roundabout after the Football Game, from 5.30 p.m.
  • Car Parks: Coláiste Éinde on Threadneedle Road, St. Mary’s College on St. Mary’s Road, the Galway Technical Institute on Fr. Griffin Road,  are all within walking distance of Pearse Stadium. Various other public and private carparks are also available, throughout the city and are adjacent to the public bus services to Salthill.
  • Bus Eireann are running their regular City Sunday service, from outside the AIB Bank, Eyre Square, commencing at 10am. Passengers wishing to travel from the east side of the city can use the Bus Eireann regular 409 Parkmore service, which operates every 30 minutes on Sundays, from Parkmore via Dublin Road. It can be boarded at all bus stops along the Dublin Road, from the Castlegar Community Centre into Eyre Square, for connection to the Salthill buses.
  • Walk the Prom with Mindspace Mayo. As part of the Mayo GAA collaboration with the HSE’s #LittleThings campaign, why not join the 2.5km walk along the Prom, leaving from the Claddagh Hall at 1pm to Pearse Stadium? Leave your car in town, get some fresh air and exercise and guess what? You’ll be there just in time for the hurling! 

 

    • The Radisson Blu Hotel are offering free parking for the day to anyone who has lunch in the hotel beforehand. You can contact them on 091538300.
      Radisson free parking
    • There will be some road closures in place, including Dr. Mannix Road in Salthill near the ground (we’ll update this post with more info when we have it).

    Club ’51 Meet-Up

    We know this is the part you’ve all been waiting for, don’t deny it. In fairness, it’s the best part of the day really.

    Club ’51 will be doing what most other Mayo supporters in Salthill will be doing and congregating at Ward’s Hotel on Sunday morning before the games. We’ll be there from about 12pm so if you’re about,  be sure and call in for the chats and the craic. More than likely, we’ll be found there afterwards too, hopefully celebrating an emphatic victory,  as opposed to drowning our sorrows.

    Ward’s Hotel is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Pearse Stadium:

    Discounts on the Day

    We have it on good authority that a number of restaurants, shops, cafés and bars will be offering discounts on Sunday from 12pm, so keep your eyes peeled. We’ll add any details here as we get them.

    Wear Sunscreen

    Do not do what we did in Salthill in 2009. Just do not. The weather is promised good, so lash on the Factor 30 for the love of god. You don’t want to end up looking like this lad, do you?

    sunburn

    Bring Your Flags

    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.

    The Galway supporter’s club is giving out free Galway flags outside Pearse Stadium on Sunday.We’d love to do that, but we don’t have the resources so please bring your own flags on Sunday and let’s TURN PEARSE GREEN AND RED.

    mayo flags

    Galway 2020

    Keep an eye out for these guys on your travels. Galway 2020 is the group behind the campaign to get Galway to be the designated European Capital of Culture in 2020. As you’d expect, with such a strong Mayo contingent in the city, there’s a strong Mayo presence in the team involved in putting together the bid. In an effort to get the West of Ireland involved,  they will be out on the streets on Sunday promoting their #IBackGalway campaign. Be sure and say hello. Mind you, this could get confusing … remember, on Sunday, until 5.30pm you are really only backing MAYO. 

    Enjoy The Day!

    We don’t need to tell you this, twice, we’re sure. Maigh Eo Abú!

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