2017 Allianz Prediction League Week 4

2017 Allianz Prediction League Week 4

2017 Allianz Prediction League Week 4 Results

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The 2017 Allianz Prediction League week 4 results table has now been updated. There are 92 competitors in this years Mayo Club 51 predictions mini league. If you have not already entered, its not too late. To enter our mini league just enter this code,  wynlvZyqaFxy If you have not registered for the Allianz Predictions league, details on how to do so are here. Here’s some other mini leagues if you’d like to join them. Your 1 set of predictions updates all the mini leagues you have entered automatically. Mayo GAA Blog mini league,  RqinmBMZKkpl 

Mayo Club 51 Leader board — Week : 4

Your position:
Rank Name Total W4 W3 W2 W1
1 Ian  McGarry
St. Brendans, Dublin
991 336 238 229 188
2 Diarmaid  Eagney
Ballyhaunis, Mayo
978 288 220 198 272
3 Declan  Gilroy
Crossmolina, Mayo
974 288 240 223 223
4 Fintan  Byrne
Ballyhaunis, Mayo
946 292 220 163 271
5 Niamh  Breheny
Westport, Mayo
946 285 248 254 159
6 Sean  Cunney
Loughrea, Galway
944 316 154 230 244
7 Alan  Prendergast
Mayo Gaels, Mayo
938 244 162 222 310
8 brendan  costello
Claremorris, Mayo
924 316 159 272 177
9 Declan  Rynne
Wellington GAA, New Zealand
920 290 210 228 192
10 Ciaran  OConnell
Charlestown Sarsfields, Mayo
918 317 210 175 216
11 Roger  Milla
Frankfurt Sarsfields, Europe
916 260 320 160 176
12 Donall  OFlatharta
Geraldine Morans, Dublin
908 284 209 230 185
13 Seamus  Gallagher
Achill, Mayo
902 233 211 227 231
14 Ciaran  Farrell
Charlestown Sarsfields, Mayo
901 293 237 177 194
15 Declan  Leonard
Aghamore, Mayo
900 267 237 186 210
Dromore, Tyrone
899 298 209 202 190
17 Mayo  Magic
Balla, Mayo
896 296 181 153 266
18 T  McG
Knocknagoshel, Kerry
895 320 209 171 195
19 Croi  nahEireann
St. Mary’s, Westmeath
888 265 254 156 213
20 Enda  McGearty
Garrymore, Mayo
881 321 137 183 240
21 Michael  Gallagher
Ballycroy, Mayo
876 268 238 181 189
22 Paul  Cunnane
Davitts, Mayo
873 317 234 145 177
23 Mairtin  Flannery
Ballycastle, Mayo
866 320 212 125 209
24 Caoimghin  McLoughlin
Swinford, Mayo
864 234 296 164 170
25 Jonathan  Walsh
Mayo Gaels, Mayo
858 216 207 250 185
26 Sean  McHugh
Achill, Mayo
856 261 209 201 185
27 Tom  Sweeney
Kiltane, Mayo
854 242 236 183 193
28 Paul  Biggins
Hollymount, Mayo
852 301 180 206 165
29 Chris  Jennings
Aghamore, Mayo
850 317 218 129 186
30 Damien  Keane
Claremorris, Mayo
847 271 202 181 193
31 MayoClub  FiftyOne
Ballyvary Hurling, Mayo
847 239 205 216 187
32 Seamus  Conroy
Breaffy, Mayo
837 252 210 149 226
33 Mac  Danger
Knockmore, Mayo
836 233 196 202 205
34 John  Maloney
Swinford, Mayo
832 272 202 122 236
35 Mick  Hunt
Charlestown Sarsfields, Mayo
831 262 227 147 195
36 Michael  Molloy
Swinford, Mayo
828 261 239 158 170
37 Rebecca  Ruane
Breaffy, Mayo
828 218 237 227 146
38 Tom  Brett
Balla, Mayo
826 236 205 158 227
Derrytresk, Tyrone
824 273 210 144 197
40 Joe  Gavin
Claremorris, Mayo
821 270 205 158 188
41 Emma  McDonagh
Kiltane, Mayo
821 205 209 134 273
42 Sean  Cafferkey
Achill, Mayo
818 285 157 176 200
43 AnneMarie  Flynn
Ardagh, Mayo
817 224 128 192 273
44 Ball  Hopper
Firies, Kerry
811 257 221 156 177
45 Dinny  Breen
Round Towers, Kildare
803 209 209 156 229
46 Breege  Kelly
Breaffy, Mayo
803 197 258 175 173
47 Cillian  Whelan
Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo
797 287 161 157 192
48 Tomas  Colleran
Ballaghaderreen, Mayo
794 260 155 185 194
49 John  Caulfield
Eire Og, Roscommon
794 242 155 228 169
50 Brian  Lavelle
Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo
789 262 264 124 139
51 Shane  Hegarty
St. Joseph’s/O’Connell Boys, Dublin
784 218 205 177 184
52 Mark  Togher
Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo
780 184 214 152 230
53 Mark  Hughes
Craughwell, Galway
774 228 178 139 229
54 Ronan  Gaughan
Kiltane, Mayo
773 231 135 171 236
55 Mike  Murray
Burrishoole, Mayo
769 263 215 211 80
56 Ben  Miles
Kiltimagh, Mayo
769 260 208 156 145
57 Seamus  Walsh
Austin Stacks, Kerry
769 251 212 107 199
58 Pebblesmeller  
Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo
764 269 185 148 162
59 Jason  McTigue
The Neale, Mayo
761 210 205 165 181
60 John  Kelly
Eastern Gaels, Mayo
759 291 156 202 110
61 Colm  Govin
Mayo Gaels, Mayo
759 290 131 177 161
62 kieran  cawley
Crossmolina, Mayo
758 245 207 157 149
63 Mick  Conlon
Wolfe Tones, Meath
750 263 206 162 119
64 Alan  Duggan
Knockmore, Mayo
749 235 205 149 160
65 Mark  McWalter
Balla, Mayo
745 174 208 130 233
66 Adrian  Moran
Shrule-Glencorrib, Mayo
743 205 177 171 190
67 Catriona  Mullahey
Mayo Gaels, Mayo
740 261 127 161 191
68 Stephen  Sweeney
Kiltane, Mayo
739 237 205 157 140
69 Mayo  Mick
Swinford, Mayo
738 191 210 153 184
70 Tony  Mac
Clann na Gael, Roscommon
737 244 149 149 195
71 Louis  G
Ballinteer St Johns, Dublin
736 181 187 163 205
72 Trevor  Naughton
Maynooth, Kildare
730 130 205 160 235
73 Mad  MayoMan
Swinford, Mayo
727 130 242 171 184
74 Neil  Masterson
Burrishoole, Mayo
718 214 156 129 219
75 Edmund  Fallon
Balla, Mayo
717 283 187 98 149
76 Garryowen  McMahon
Davitts, Mayo
710 249 108 177 176
77 Greg  Rogers
Salthill – Knocknacarra, Galway
699 268 159 175 97
78 pj  hughes
Crossmolina, Mayo
696 241 177 144 134
79 Jane  O’Connor
Westport, Mayo
692 174 242 175 101
80 Declan  Ruane
Breaffy, Mayo
686 232 155 162 137
81 Keith  Hennelly
The Neale, Mayo
682 130 205 171 176
82 Aidan  Ruane
Breaffy, Mayo
648 102 173 177 196
83 Paul  McNamara
Achill, Mayo
641 236 70 138 197
84 Mark  Cannon
Westport, Mayo
621 207 181 96 137
85 Diarmuid  Clarke
Charlestown Sarsfields, Mayo
619 130 103 171 215
86 Paul  Melvin
Bonniconlon, Mayo
596 130 103 171 192
87 Martin  McNamara
Achill, Mayo
580 263 123 80 114
88 Fergal  DeBurca
Cill Chomain, Mayo
576 130 103 171 172
89 max  Mcgonagle
Sean Mac Cumhaills, Ballybofey, Donegal
571 130 103 171 167
90 Niamh  Roche
Davitts, Mayo
511 130 103 86 192
91 Ciaran  Ruane
Breaffy, Mayo
418 54 136 85 143
92 Micheal  Braonain
Round Towers – Clondalkin, Dublin
404 130 103 171
Tralee, Here We Come!

Tralee, Here We Come!

We’re on the road again – Tralee, here we come!

Tralee here we come

Mayo car green and red ford fiesta

If this is your car and you haven’t left already … well, you’ll probably miss the game (Pic: Balls.ie)

It’s time to check those tyres and top up that engine oil, Tralee here we come! We’re back on the road again for our first road trip of the 2017 National Football league campaign following the Green & Red. After the disappointing loss against Monaghan last weekend, it’s time to dust ourselves off, pack up the car and get ready to head for Tralee. The last time we played Kerry in their back yard was in the 1st round of the 2015 campaign at Fitzgearld Stadium in Killarney, where we bet Kerry 2-11 to 0-10 in front of 8,123 spectators. The last time we played Kerry in Austin Stacks in Tralee was in the 7th round of the 2012 league campaign. We drew with Kerry that day 1-12 apiece. Can we do better this weekend?

Club ’51 will also be making the trip south to this stunning part of the country (don’t tell them we said that!) and will be aiming to claim a significant proportion of Austin Stack Park for the green and red. Anecdotally, it appears that the Mayo faithful are hitting the road in huge numbers this weekend, so if you’re looking for a place to lay your head, get on it ASAP otherwise you’ll be kipping in the back of the car.


Getting There

It’s a fair trek down to the Kingdom! It’s roughly 273Km from MacHale Park to Austin Stacks Park in Tralee, which takes about 4 hours.  We haven’t heard of any supporters buses travelling to the game as of yet apart from the usuals which are fully booked. Most people are making a weekend of it, some even travelling down to Tralee on Friday, so as to be well “refreshed” for the match on Saturday evening!

In typical Irish Mammy style we recommend leaving early (5am should do it) and please be careful on the roads folks, temperatures are set to drop during the weekend and the roads could be icy.

tralee here we come, machale park to tralee map


Please note that there is very limited parking around Austin Stack Park. Please respect the residences & businesses in the surrounding area. Kerry County Council have offered free parking in the Car Park adjacent to The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, which is walking distance of the venue. Sound enough of them. 


  • All patrons traveling to Austin Stack Park Tralee for the event are advised to arrive early as a large crowd is expected. Patrons are asked to obey the instructions of stewards & Gardai.
  • Admission is €15 and entry to the stand will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Tickets can be bought in advance in selected SuperValu and Centra outlets up til midnight tonight (Friday 10th) at a discount of 20%. Tickets can also be bought at full price on the day at the ticket vans positioned outside the ground.
  • Usual Concession for Students and OAPs applies. Under 16s go free!
  • Designated Gates will be in operation for Season Ticket holders – bring your card and get it scanned (make sure to keep an eye on the screen to ensure your card scans properly and check that your attendance has been updated after the game.
  • Stiles will open at 5pm and additional stiles will be open at both the John Mitchels and Horans end of the Ground.


Club ’51 Meet-Up

In what is now becoming a time-honoured, revered and legendary tradition, Club ’51 will be assembling before the game in a local hostelry to mingle, give out about the weather and unanimously agree that Mayo is just as nice a spot as Kerry, we just don’t need to go on about it all the time.

We’ll be congregating at Paddy Macs Bar at the Mall from early afternoon, as we have it on good authority that it’s a good spot to watch the sports and apparently there are some other games involving balls (odd-shaped ones) happening this weekend too.

For later in the night there are plenty of local hostelries in Tralee to choose from. We hear that Séan Ógs on High Street is a good spot for some traditional Irish music sessions. Baily’s Corner on Castle St is another well known sports bar in Tralee, and both of these are on the way out to the pitch from town.  Always looking out for ye, we are.

Bring The ColourBring The Noise

It might only be the second game in the League, but it marks the start of an another long road for this team, so let’s row in behind them and just like in Croke Park last September and October, be the 16th man again.

Bring a flag, claim the stand and make them wonder in Kerry if they took a wrong turn and ended up on MacHale Road.

And most of all stand tall and be proud of the green and red – our colours – and all they stand for as we look to the year ahead.


2016 Mayo GAA Convention

2016 Mayo GAA Convention

2016 Mayo GAA Convention Held in McWilliam Park Hotel

2016 mayo gaa conventionThe 2016 Mayo GAA convention was held in the McWilliam Park hotel in Claremorris on Sunday the 4th of December. One of the most notable points highlighted at convention was the cost of running Mayo GAA in 2016. A whopping €1.6 million was spent running all the Mayo GAA teams, nearly double the figure for 2015. It is also noted however that income from various sources increased 44% on last year. Mayo GAA’s income for 2016 stood at €3,076,988 and total expenditure was €2,989,659, recording a surplus of €87,329 for the year, downs slightly from last year’s €94,979.

The large increase in expenses for 2016 was very much to be expected, due to the huge success of our teams this year. The seniors reached the All Ireland final which had to go to a replay. Our U-21’s won the All Ireland down in Ennis last April. Our Junior team also reached an All Ireland but sadly lost. And our minor footballers reached an All Ireland quarter final. Our hurlers reached the Nicky Rackard cup final also and our U-21 hurlers contested the B hurling final. All in all, a pretty successful year for Mayo GAA which would be the envy of many a county!










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Mayo v Tipperary: A History

Mayo v Tipperary: A History

On Sunday, we will take part in our 6th successive All-Ireland Football Semi-Final. That is truly remarkable, especially when you consider the last season we didn’t make the last 4. That year was 2010 after we lost to Sligo and Longford within a couple of weeks to put an end to a pretty awful campaign. I don’t think anybody leaving Pearse Park that day believed 6 consecutive semi-finals was even remotely possible, but here we are.

This time, we are looking forward to a match-up with Tipperary. This is one of the rarest pairings in Championship history. In fact, we have only played them 3 times: 2002, 1922 and 1919. And while our history with them is a relatively small one, it is not to say it isn’t a remarkable one. With 2002 being a relatively recent encounter, it’s easy to remember what went down. For information on the 1919 and 1922 games I had to dust down the old research hat from my college days. I ventured to the Castlebar Library and delved into their fantastic microfilm collections of both the Mayo News and the Connaught Telegraph. To compliment this, I had another read of James Laffey’s absolutely fantastic The Road to ’51. The research that went into his work must have been immense and it resulted in a most wonderful story of Mayo football through the ages. I’d recommend it to not only Mayo fans, but historians and Irish history enthusiasts also. If you take anything from this post, let it be that you go and get a copy of this book.


The last time we met Tipp was in the in the 2002 Championship. It was a 4th Round Qualifier and it took place in Cusack Park, Ennis. 2002 was the closest Tipp have come to a Munster title in many a year, bringing Cork to a replay after finishing level in Thurles. Cork ran out comfortable winners in the replay in Pairc Ui Caoimh, winning by a margin of 1-23 to 0-7. That condemned Tipp to a showdown with ourselves just 7 days later. We had just overcome the Rossies and Limerick in the qualifiers in Castlebar and Hyde Park respectively after Galway had knocked us out of Connacht. I didn’t make the journey to the Tipp game myself, for reasons that I can’t remember, but I do remember sitting in the living room at home listening to it on the radio with my brother. I can’t quite remember what station it was, but it wasn’t Mid West, because some madman was commentating. It was great craic listening to it and, fortunately, we ran out 0-21 to 1-14 winners. We went on to lose to Cork in the Quarter Final by 1-16 to 1-10, but, if memory serves, that was an even more comfortable win for the Rebels than the scoreline may suggest. There are some snaps of our game v Tipp here.

The team and scorers that day can be found on the excellent MayoGaaBlog results archive here.

P Burke; K Mortimer, D Heaney, P Coyne; N Connelly, A Roche, A Higgins; D Tiernan, D Brady (0-4); C McManamon (0-1), T Mortimer (0-2), J Gill (0-1, free); S Carolan (0-3), B Maloney (0-1), J Horan (0-5, three frees). Subs: J Nallen for Roche (inj 38 mins); C McDonald (0-4, two frees) for Gill (41 mins); M McNicholas for Tiernan (58 mins); R Connelly (64 mins) for K Mortimer S Fitzmaurice for McManamon (68 mins).

On the comments section on our Facebook page, Mike Gallagher shared this brilliant footage with us.


Picture: Inpho

You have to venture back another few years for our next nearest clash with the men from Munster. 80 years, in fact, where we took them in in the 1920 All-Ireland Football Semi-Final. If the maths don’t seem to quite add up there, it’s because they don’t. We played out our 1920 All-Ireland Semi-Final in May 1922. It wasn’t uncommon for the Championship to get backed up like that back in the day, and it’s easy to understand why considering the War of Independence was ongoing. Mayo won Connacht in 1920 after beating Sligo in the final by 2-3 to 1-4 in Castlerea in front of just 2,000 people. That game took place on 22nd August 1920, while Tipp’s journey through Munster was much more fragmented. They played Clare in a Quarter Final in June 1920. That game ended in a draw and the replay was played in the following August. The semi-final and final, against Waterford and Kerry respectively, took place in February and April 1922. Both Ulster and Leinster were played out by August 1920 where Cavan and Dublin emerged, and they took each other on in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in September 1920. Dublin had to wait until our Semi-Final Clash with Tipp in 1922.

Mayo lost the game by 1-5 to 1-0 in front of a Croke Park crowd of 13,000-14,0000 according to estimates published in the Connaught Telegraph on 13/05/1922. The Mayo News  (18/05/1922) put that estimate between 15,000 and 17,000. Either way, it was, at the time, a hell of a journey for Mayo and Tipp fans alike. The two papers published a near identical match report, in which they bemoaned Mayo’s incapability in front of goal throughout the game. There was only a single point scored in the second half, by Tipp, in a game that was marred by a number of stoppages and a strong breeze which blew towards the “Cloniffe goal”, where Hill ’16 stands today. That was all she wrote for our 1920 Championship campaign. Tipperary went on to win the Championship, beating Dublin in the final in their first meeting after the Bloody Sunday massacre on 21 November 1920. It was rumoured that Dublin were caught cold by a battle hardened Tipperary team, as Dublin were unhappy at the gap of 2 years between their semi-final and their final. And Tomas O’Se reckons Kerry have it hard waiting a few weeks. The cheek!

You only have to go back a couple more years to get to our next encounter but, of course, it’s not as straight forward as that! The year is 1919. The Championship is 1918. Again, it’s the semi-final stage. Tipp were Munster Champions for the first time since 1904 (eh, that is to say, the 1902 Munster Championship). My head hurts typing this, but alas I’ll truck on! We had beaten Galway in the Connacht Final at some stage in 1918, and we took on Tipp in mid-January 1919. It’s hard to fathom an All-Ireland Semi-Final in the depths of January, but these were strange times indeed, and it seemed that playing and finishing a Championship in that Championship’s year was incredibly rare! James Laffey mentions that the 1918 Championship was largely fragmented by the outbreak of a deadly flu in Ireland, the now infamous “Spanish Flu” epidemic that ravaged the country. Sadly, it claimed hundreds of victims in Mayo and more across the country.

The Connaught Telegraph (18/01/1919) reported that the game took place in front of “several thousand spectators”. The Mayo News estimated that the crowd was in and around the 4,000 mark. It was reported that both teams we understrength and that, while the football wasn’t the most attractive, the contest itself was a good one. We lost this one by a single, last-minute point. The final score 2-2 to 1-4 in Tipp’s favour. There’s no shame in a defeat like that, considering the County Board were actually uncertain as to whether they could field a team in the days leading up to the game.

But the drama didn’t end there! In the same issue of The Mayo News (18/01/1919), there was a strongly worded letter that was addressed to the editor of the Irish Independent.

Sir, – On behalf of the Mayo football team, I wish to protest against the partiality displayed by the referee towards Tipperary in Sunday’s match at Croke Park. It was evident from the start of the game that his sympathies were with Tipperary, as was shown time and again by the storm of protest from neutral spectators with regards to his decisions. I now wish to issue, through the medium of your columns, a challenge to Tipperary to meet Mayo again, at a time and place to be fixed by the Central Council for any charitable object to be decided by the Central Council, preferably for the dependants of the Irish interned prisoners. For a fair, honourable and impartial referee, may I suggest the name Mr. Dunphy, Abbeyleix.


Secretary, Mayo County Board; G.A.A., Fleming’s Hotel, Gardiner’s Place, Dublin.

I’ll bet any money that that ref was from Meath.

It doesn’t look as if Tipp took the bait on this one, because we assume they knew they were wrong and were, frankly, just too scared to take us on in a replay that we would have inevitably won. Add that to Galway’s theft of our All-Ireland title in 1925, that brings our real tally to 5.

MayoNews Jan 18 1919

We were also due to play them in 1922 for the 1921 All-Ireland Championship Semi-Final, but we received a walk-over, as tensions were high during the Civil War. Mayo actually agreed to reschedule the fixture after Tipperary had withdrawn, but a few days before the new date, Tipp had to, once again, concede the fixture. In the leadup to that game, we claimed the Connacht title by beating Roscommon by 0-24 to 0-1 in the first round, Galway in the semi-final and overcoming the Rossies in the final. Go ahead, read that again. Yep, we beat Roscommon twice in Connacht that year, and nobody seems to really know why! We lost the All-Ireland Final well that year to Dublin on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-2.


Pic: Taken from James Laffey’s Road to 51. As outlined in the original caption, it is unclear as to why we were wearing Green and White jersies, but I’d love to get my hands on one of these. The picture is just too faint to make out the crest design, too. But this is a great image of a Mayo team from a very turbulent time in Mayo, and Irish, history.

So that is the extent of our history with Tipperary in Championship football. Most of it was nestled in the period 1918 to 1922, which was, easily, modern Ireland’s most turbulent period, suffering a flu outbreak, a War of Independence and a bloody Civil War, which led to the scheduling maze that I outlined above.

In summary, our history with Tipperary in the Championship:

  • 1918 All-Ireland Semi-Final, played in January 1919. Lost 2-2 to 1-4
  • 1920 All-Ireland Semi-Final, played in May 1922. Lost 1-5 to 1-0
  • 1921 All-Ireland Semi-Final, scheduled to be played in April 1922. Mayo receive walkover
  • 2002 All-Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers, Round 4, played in December 2004. Won 0-21 to 1-14 (of course, this game was played on time, but it would have been mad if this really happened!)


So, it’s quite clear, we owe Tipp, big time, for that horrible injustice in 1919! That’s the real one that got away.  No prizes for guessing what match report will be stuck up in our dressing room wall this Sunday.

H’on lads!


Mayo v Tyrone: A History

Mayo v Tyrone: A History

Our Championship history with Tyrone is brief. In fact, our first ever meeting in the Championship was in that famous day in 1989. And there’s good news: They’ve never beaten us in the All-Ireland series!

1989 – All Ireland Semi-Final

Our first ever meeting in the Championship came in August 1989. It was 38 years after our last All-Ireland Final appearance, and at the time, it was a relatively rare All-Ireland semi-final appearance as well. We overcame the Red Hand men that day on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-6 in what was, in truth, a fairly dour affair. It was a little before yours truly’s time (I was 1) so I can only imagine the emotion that day. Sadly, we went on to lose to an excellent Cork side in the final, but it was a famous day which provided us with one of the most iconic Mayo football images of all time.


Photo: http: //spailpin.blogspot.ie/2006/02/green-above-red.html


2004 – All-Ireland Quarter Final

When the Qualifiers first emerged in 2001, it opened everything up in the sense that games between certain teams weren’t so rare anymore. 2004 was a year to remember for us in many ways: We had overcome Galway and the Rossies to capture our first Connacht Title in 5 years, we reached an All-Ireland Final for the first time in 7 years, and, perhaps the highlight, we dethroned one of the best All-Ireland Champions the country had known.

Tyrone were hot favourites going into the game despite being pipped in Ulster by bitter rivals Armagh. That day in Croker will go down, for me, as one of the greatest ever days. When you think back to that Tyrone side, it really does put into perspective what our lads achieved that day. Even a fantastic goal from Stephen O’Neill couldn’t stop a relentless Mayo, who went on to finish the game 0-16 to 1-9. David Brady led with a fantastic performance and 3 points from play, with the likes of Alan Dillon showing why he had earned an All-Star that year.

In an incredible day at HQ, Fermanagh also knocked 2002 Champions, Armagh, out of the Championship, setting up a date with ourselves, which we ultimately won after a replay.


2008 – Round 3 Qualifier

A frustrating day at the office. From our point of view, one we should definitely have closed out, but lost out by a single point. The frustration started on the Monday, when it was announced that they would be bringing us to Croke Park for a Qualifier, which was unheard of at the time. That meant I couldn’t make the trip and had to watch the game on a tiny TV in the canteen at work. It’s ok, though, because at the final whistle, a work colleague of mine, seeing how upset I was at losing by the minimum, decided to calm the whole situation down by explaining to me that it was “only football”. That’s exactly what I needed to hear.

Conor Mortimer got the only goal of the game but it wasn’t enough to get us into the All-Ireland series that year. Although we led for most of the game, we were slowly but surely clawed back by the Ulster men. Even more frustratingly, Tyrone went on to win a 3rd All-Ireland in 6 years after a phenomenal All-Ireland series where they hammered Dublin, comfortably overcame Wexford and beat Kerry in a roller coaster final (Brian Dooher, remember him?).



2013 – All-Ireland Semi-Final

We had just annihilated the 2012 All-Ireland champions, Donegal, in the previous round. For a change, we were favourites against a Tyrone side who had slogged it through a long, tough Qualifier campaign, beating Offaly, Roscommon, Kildare and Meath before they put Ulster Champions, Monaghan, out in the Quarter-Final. Remember that day? The day Joe Brolly, bizarrely, questioned Sean Cavanagh’s gender? Aye, that one.

Tyrone with momentum are a dangerous side indeed, something we hope to replicate on Saturday. But in 2013 we were Connacht Champions for the 3rd straight year and aiming to get back into an All-Ireland Final. A sticky first half ended with a brace of fantastic Chris Barrett points which was the catalyst for us to go on and ultimately win the game comfortably. And that was without Cillian, too, as he had gone off in the first half after aggravating that infamous shoulder injury. Alan Freeman stepped up to kick 1-4 in a 1-16 to 0-13 point win. There are very few decent clips from that day online, so just enjoy Chris Barrett’s contribution again!


So there you have it – a very brief synopsis of our previous encounters with Tyrone in Championship football. Much like 1989 and 2004, we are travelling up as underdogs, although only very slightly. It’s a massive day for Mayo football, and if you are making the journey east, do your best to get in and shout on the Junior lads in their All-Ireland Final against Kerry. That game throws in at 2pm.

I’m not usually one for the whole “best supporters in the world” lark that players frequently come out with, in all sports world-wide. In fact, I’m usually quite cynical about it. But Andy’s latest one is on the button for me:

“We’re Mayo and we’re in this together.”

Go book your train or bus ticket, right now.

H’on lads!

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!


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


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!



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 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.
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