Route ’51 at the GAA World Games

Route ’51 at the GAA World Games

Mayo and Club ’51 were well represented at the GAA World Games in Abu Dhabi  last weekend.

Marie Sweeney from Bangor along with her mother Pauline and Imelda Mullarkey (who won the shield with New York ladies) were flying the flag as it continues its way across the globe.


They are pictured here under the arch with two members of the South African Gaels team who had visited Castlebar and attended the Monaghan game the weekend before.

Please get in touch with us if you live near one of the worlds great wonders and would like to be preserved forever behind a glass frame with the Club ’51 flag outside the Eiffel Tower in Paris , Taipei 101 in Taiwan or the Big Banana in Coffs’ Harbour.

Route ’51 in the Middle East

Route ’51 in the Middle East

Route ’51 winds a circuitous route around the globe and wherever green and red is worn then our Club 51 flag is in danger of making an appearance.

Marie Sweeney from Bangor took her footballing skills to Sharjah the capital city of the Emirate of Sharjah and whilst participating in the Ladies GAA tournament at the famous Sharjah Wanderers Sports club she managed to gather other Mayo ladies around to pose with the flag.

Pictured above, front row: Lorraine O’Malley, Ballinrobe (Sister of Kenneth), Lisa Dillon, Ballintubber (sister of Alan). Back row: Cliodhna Healy, Achill, Siobhan Lacken, Knockmore, Elaine Lily, Aghamore and Marie Sweeney, Kiltane (sister of Mikey).

Route ’51 continues through the Gulf States and the flag will next be appearing at the GAA World Cup in the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Where it goes after that is up to you – our members, readers and Mayo fans. Get in touch whether you are in Brindisi, Brisbane or Ballinamuck and we will see that the flag makes its way to you.

Club 51 in China

Club 51 in China

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Damien Kelly, Boffeenaun, Ballina & the flag in Tiananmen Square with General Mao & the Forbidden City in the background.

Route 51 just got a little bit longer. We sent Damien Kelly from Bofeenaun to China to get us these iconic photos at Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall*. Mayo people overseas who wish to have a photo with our flag in some exotic place preserved for all time on this site please get in touch with us.

Many Thanks to Damien and to Tanya Culleton.

*Damien may have had other reasons for making this trip.

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Damien Kelly, Boffeenaun, Ballina & the flag on the Great Wall of China.

Route 51 Flag Lands in Calgary Canada

Route 51 Flag Lands in Calgary Canada

Last week the Mayo Club 51 Route 51 flag landed in Calgary, Canada. Thanks to Mary Lynn for sending us these great photos from Lake Louise, Calgary. Photographed here is Shane Lynn from Keenagh and Luke Maloney, formerly from Crossmolina, now living in Calgary. What a stunning view of the Rockies in the background!

Mayo fans at Lake Louise Calgary Canada

Shane Lynn, Keenagh and Luke Maloney, formerly Crossmolina, now living in Calgary Canada pictured here at Lake Louise, Calgary.

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L-R: Michael Lynn, Luke Maloney, Shane and Gary Lynn.

Photographed above is Michael Lynn, Luke Maloney, Shane and Gary Lynn at the top of Sulphur Mountain, Banff Alberta, Canada, 2451 metres above sea level. In the background again you can see some stunning views of the Rocky mountains.

The Route ’51 flag has now traveled a total of  20,548.81 KM to date! View the Route ’51 map and read our Route 51 posts to track the journey so far. The flag is now away on its travels again to some other exotic part of the world to meet with some other far-flung Mayo natives. Who will be the next fans to have their photo taken with it?

If you’re living abroad or travelling abroad to visit family or friends and would like to help us make history by adding to the long list of locations around the world,  just get in contact with us!

Route 51 Flag Lands In Frankfurt

Route 51 Flag Lands In Frankfurt

The Route 51 flag lands in Frankfurt Germany. Route 51 branched on to the Autobahn last week as the Club ’51 flag flew proudly outside the European Central Bank. Niall Merriman from Charlestown brought the umbrella his mother Carmel made for him before the ’89 final. The Brett family, Paul , Lisa and Dylan from Castlebar are also based in Frankfurt as is Robert Bashford from Bangor. The flag will now make its way to the next destination. Keep checking in on www.mayoclub51/route-51 to see where the flag arrives to next. To date the Mayo Club 51 flag has travelled 12954.28 KM!

Route 51 flag at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt

Niall Merriman from Charlestown, The Brett family, Paul, Lisa and Dylan from Castlebar and Robert Bashford from Bangor outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

FAO Expats – All aboard Route ’51!

FAO Expats – All aboard Route ’51!

We have always said that there was no formal membership process for Club ’51 – simply acknowledging our existence makes you a member (and once you’re a member you can never, ever leave)!


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So we thought it’d be fun to reach out to all our members around the world with this new project. In the last few years, Ireland has fallen on some tough times. This led to mass emigration and that didn’t exclude the folk from our soft and craggy boglands! Personally, I can count the people in my year from school left in Castlebar on my two hands, and there were over 100 people in my year in St. Gerald’s. But such is life and the result of this is massive chunks of Mayo people being placed all over the world. We thought it’d be fun to reach out to those good people and send our soon-to-be famous Club ’51 flag on a long journey around the globe – hence Route ’51!

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The journey started in Castlebar after the Derry game and made it’s way to Dublin a week later. After that, it made its way to the famous Edinburgh Castle for its first trip abroad and next on the list is New York City! Then, we are posting it off to our good friend, Robert Bashford, in Neu Isenburg in Germany.

Mayo Fans at McHale Park

Route ’51 starts its long journey in MacHale Park


Mayo fans at Croke Park

In Croker.


Mayo fans at Edingburgh Castle

Dublin native and adopted Club ’51er, Grainne Cleary, at Edinburgh Castle. Route ’51’s first stop abroad.

So we’ve got the ball rolling and now we want to hear from all of you abroad. If you want to get in on this, send us a message and give us a postal address. Whether it’s you, your friends or your family abroad, if you think they’d like to be involved, tell them about this and then tell us. We will get the flag to you, you will then get your photo taken with the flag (preferably at a famous landmark, but it’s not essential) and you will write yourself into history for eternity! You can send us said photo via this site, Facebook or Twitter and every photo should be accompanied by information on who is in the photo and where and when it was taken. We’ll keep this going until the flag is inevitably lost in some faraway land.


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