The GAA GPA All Star Tour to Boston takes place this weekend.
Aidan and Seamus O’Shea with Robbie Hennelly from Mayo. (Photo: Sportsfile © Pat Murphy)
The 2014 GAA/GPA football All Stars left Dublin Airport on Thursday last for the All Star tour to Boston. The match will take place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton Boston at 1.30 pm (local time). Former Mayo manager James Horan takes over as the 2014 team manager due to Jim McGuinness being unable to travel. Jim Gavin will be the 2017 team manager.
There are 7 Mayo players on this year’s GAA GPA All Star tour to Boston. Aidan O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Rob Hennelly & Seamus O’Shea are on this years team. The curtain raiser for the match will be an u-12’s selection from the Shannon Gaels club in New York taking on a selection form Boston.
Ian Galvin the New York manager said recently;
“We are really looking forward to the game. I’m delighted to get the opportunity to get the players together. We have a lot of new lads and there’s been a good turnover of players. It’s a huge honor for our players to be able to show their abilities before the best players in Ireland and I’m sure it will be a well contested game against Boston.”
The 2014 All Star Tour Players are as follows:
Aidan O’Shea, Mayo; Bernard Brogan, Dublin; Cian O’Sullivan, Dublin; Cillian O’Connor, Mayo; Colin O’Riordan, Tipperary; Colin Walshe, Monaghan; Colm Boyle, Mayo; Conor McManus, Monaghan; David Moran, Kerry; Donnchadh Walsh, Kerry; Drew Wylie, Monaghan; Fionn Fitzgerald, Kerry; James O’Donoghue, Kerry; Keith Higgins, Mayo; Killian Clarke, Cavan; Lee Keegan, Mayo; Martin Dunne, Cavan; Michael Darragh Macauley, Dublin; Michael Murphy, Donegal; Neil Gallagher, Donegal; Neil McGee, Donegal; Paul Flynn, Dublin; Paul Durcan, Donegal;Paddy McBrearty, Donegal; Rob Hennelly, Mayo; Rory O’Carroll, Dublin; Ryan McHugh, Donegal; Seamus O’Shea, Mayo; Sean Cavanagh, Tyrone; Shane Walsh, Galway; Tony Kernan, Armagh.
The New York team:
Gavin Joyce (Cavan), Ger McCartan (Kerry), Kieran O’Connor (Kerry), Ronan McGinley (Cavan), Keith Scally (Westmeath), Lee Kelly (Rockland), Mike Jim Fitzgerald (Kerry), Brian Connor (Leitrim), Keith O’Connor (Cork), Colm Maginn (Cavan), Sean Dalton (Cavan), JJ Mathews (Longford), Gary O’Driscoll (Kerry, Captain), Luke Loughlin (Westmeath), Jer O’Sullivan (Kerry), Tommy Warburton (Cavan), Richey Morgan (Armagh), Michael Hallissey (Armagh), Liam Deane (Barnabas), Shane Hogan (Barnabas), Ciaran Hughes (Leitrim), Mickey Leneghan (Cork), Ross Wherity (Kerry), Damian McCaughey (Manhattan Gaels), Keith Quinn (Leitrim), Jason Kelly (Offaly), Dermot Mullen (Cork).
The Boston team:
Eoin Connolly (Connemara Gaels), Paddy Coakley (McAnespies), Colin Mc Carron (Donegal), Sean Doherty (Donegal), Shane Kelly (Shannon Blues), Damien Doolin (Connemara Gaels), David Clifford (Shannon Blues), Sean Connelly (Connemara Gaels), Garry Brilly (Wolfe Tones), Pat McNicholas (Connemara Gaels), Conor Mullen (Shannon Blues), Niall Gallen (Mc Anespies), Paudie Kenneally (Christophers), Collie Donnelly (McAnespies), Pat Murray (Shannon Blues), Ian Whelan (Kerry), Noel Graham (Connemara Gaels), Matt Smith (Donegal), Gareth O’Neill (McAnespies), Mike O’Brien (Wolfe Tones), Coleman Mulkerins (Connemara Gaels), Cormac Joyce-Power (Wolfe Tones), Robbie Croft (Kerry), Conor Fitzgerald (Shannon Blues), Ciaran Mc Devitt (Donegal), Sean Moriarty (Shannon Blues), Joey Fitzpatrick (Kerry), Dan Kenneally (Christophers), Dan McCabe (Wolfe Tones), Shane Kavanagh (Shannon Blues), Joe O’Shea (Kerry), Mark Dunphy (Donegal).
Full All Star tour details.
As a little something to brighten up the dark and rainy evenings as we count down the days to the FBD League, it’s competition time in Club ’51 HQ. The crew have teamed up with the fantastic team over at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris to offer you the chance of winning a one-night stay with breakfast in Mayo’s finest luxury 4 star hotel!
Known by many as the “Nashville of the West” due to its hectic entertainment and social dancing programme, the McWilliam Park is conveniently located on the N17 main route Sligo – Galway in Claremorris, Co Mayo, close to Westport, Castlebar, and Ballina, and is just 15 minutes from the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. They have the works down there – sumptuous rooms, a leisure centre with pool, complimentary wifi and free parking and lovely friendly staff to pamper you.
So what are you waiting for? We’re trying out a fancy new competition gizmo to give everyone as many chances as possible to win, so take yourself down the page and get your entries in – complete each step to be in with extra chances to win! You can enter every day, too, so be sure and come back tomorrow. Winner will be announced on Saturday 29th November. Get entering and the best of luck to you all!
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The Club Championship Connacht Final – MacHale Park, Sunday 23rd November
The club Championship Connacht final between Ballintubber (Mayo) and Corofin (Galway) throws in at 2pm this Sunday the 23rd November in Elverys MacHale Park. Ballintubber are bidding to win their first ever Connacht Club Championship against the more experienced Corofin, themselves five-time provincial and one-time All-Ireland winners It promises to be an intriguing encounter with Ballintubber showing fine form over their last few games and a calm, clinical confidence that belies their inexperience at this level.
The O’Connor brothers from Ballintubber.
The three O’Connor brothers Padraig, Diarmuid and Cillian will be looking to replicate the sharp-shooting form of previous games, with roving Ruaidhri in the half back-line. The formidable combination of midfield maestros Stevie Broderick and Jason Gibbons will be aiming to drive the team from the middle, and of course the experience of county stalwart Alan Dillon combined with his relentless workrate will mean that Ballintubber, having effectively dispatched St. Brigids of Roscommon in a thrilling display two weeks ago should have no lack of self-belief when taking to the field on Sunday, despite Corofin’s status as favourites.
The Galway side meanwhile are fresh from a 35-point annihilation of Leitrim’s plucky Aughawillan, with Galway senior Michael Lundy finding the net three times. This comes off the back of decisive rather one-sided wins in Galway versus Milltown and Salthill-Knocknacarra. It remains to be seen whether Corofin’s confidence off the back of such a run of emphatic victories will trump Ballintubber’s battle-hardened run to the final, but we’re sure as hell looking forward to finding out.
Sunday, 2pm, MacHale Park Castlebar – dig out your red jumpers and be there to cheer on our county champions in what has the potential to be a thrilling battle. Here’s how to get here.
Tickets- General Information
All patrons attending the Connacht GAA Club Football Championship Final may purchase their tickets in advance of the game.
Adult Tickets may be purchased through;
- Connacht GAA Centre, Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – 094-9630335. (Credit Card bookings accepted)
- Selected SuperValu & Centra stores in Mayo and Galway.
Centra Balla Mayo
Centra Belmullet Mayo
Centra Ballindine Mayo
Centra Crossmolina Mayo
Centra Newport Mayo
Centra Castlebar Mayo
SuperValu Claremorris Mayo
SuperValu Kiltimagh Mayo
SuperValu Castlebar Mayo
SuperValu Ballina Mayo
SuperValu Achill Mayo
SuperValu Ballinrobe Mayo
SuperValu Westport Mayo
Student & OAP tickets can be purchased on the Day. Free admission for all Juveniles. Tickets will be on sale at the venue from 12.45pm on the day of the game and supporters are advised to arrive early – gates are open from 1pm. View the Connacht GAA website for further details.
We hope too that the Connacht Council will ensure adequate staffing at the ticket booths and turnstiles in MacHale Park to prevent a repeat of the queues that snaked around the car park in Castlebar with minutes til throw-in two weeks ago, and also that they remember to bring a sufficient amount of programmes this time!
The very best of luck to the lads on Sunday from all at Club ’51- we’re hoping there won’t be cow milked within those 17 square miles until Monday morning. Baile An Tobair agus Maigh Eo Abú!
New Mayo jersey for 2015 announced tonight in Castlebar.
The official Cáirde Mhaigh Eo 2015 launch was held in the Sportlann in Castlebar. Also at the launch the new Mayo jersey for 2015 was announced. Back at the beginning of October Mayo GAA announced there would be a new Mayo jersey for 2015. They announced on Twitter that they were asking for Mayo supporters input into deciding the new design;
The new jersey will be available in all Elverys stores to purchase in December. At the jersey launch tonight Pat Rowland announced that Elverys sponsorship of Mayo GAA will continue in 2015 and has been extended until 2020. Dr Sean Moffatt was announced as Mayo GAA Medical Director with Liam Moffatt being appointed Lead Physio under the player management programme.
Cáirde Mhaigheo 2015 Season Ticket Launched
The Cáirde Mhaigheo 2015 season ticket was also launched this evening. The Cáirde ticket is now incorporated into the Croke Park season ticket but still with extra benefits. For full details visit our Cáirde Mhaigheo season ticket page and our Croke Park season ticket page. Existing & new Cáirde season ticket holders will have to sign up for a new account, as everything will be done online from now on (the same as existing Croke Park season ticket holders)
For anyone renewing or having difficulty, or anyone with no e-mail address or computer access, Mayo GAA will be there to help. You can complete the application form and return it to MacHale Park, Moneen Castlebar. Phone 094 92 50487 Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6pm. Mayo GAA will be there as much as possible to help with the 2015 season ticket applications;
If you are unable to renew on line you have the following options.
- Call to the County Board Office (9.30 to 6.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5.00 on Fridays) where the application will be completed on your behalf.
- Complete the attached application form and return by post to “The Secretary, Mayo GAA, ElverysMacHale Park, Moneen, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
- Complete the attached application form and return by email to email@example.com
- Call the County Board Office at 094 92 50487 and the application can be completed over the phone (9.30 to 6.00 Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5.00 on Fridays)
- We will have open-evenings at the following locations during November
North Mayo – Kiltane GAA Club Tuesday 11thof November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
East Mayo – Kiltimagh Park Hotel Wednesday 12thof November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
South Mayo – Claremorris Thursday the 13th of November 2014, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
West Mayo and All Areas – ElverysMacHale Park Saturday 15th of November 2014, 10am to 4pm
In December and January Membership cards will be dispatched to your home address by post.
Once all membership cards have been dispatched we will be in touch by text/email regarding collection dates for the “All Season Jackets, Umbrellas and Beanies” which all members will be entitled to in 2015. These will be available for collection in ElverysMacHale Park and in Divisional venues to be advised early in 2015.
As in 2014 your membership card will be used to gain access at all Allianz National Football League venues where Mayo Senior Team participate in 2015.
In the lead up to Championship 2015 we will be sending out information regarding access to ticketing and we will provide dedicated phone support in the week leading up to each game.
2015 Cairde Mhaigheo season ticket jacket, umbrella and beanie. Photo: @MayoGAA
Three All Stars for Mayo!
2014 Mayo All Stars Keith Higgins, Cillian O’Connor and Colm Boyle. Photo: Sportsfile/Paul Mohan.
There were 6 All Star nominations for Mayo announced earlier this month. The six nominees for Mayo were; Full Back, Keith Higgins; Half Back, Colm Boyle & Lee Keegan; Midfield, Seamus O’Shea; Half Forward, Aidan O’Shea; Full Forward, Cillian O’Connor.
Keith Higgins received his 3rd All Star.
Colm Boyle gets his 2nd All Star award.
Cillian O’Connor who is the highest scorer in the Championship this year with a tally of 5-36 and young player of the year in 2011 and 2012 was awarded his first All Star – the first of many, we predict.
In other news, Mayo are handsomely represented on the Compromise Rules team selected by Paul Earley to travel to Perth next month to represent Ireland. Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Kevin McLoughlin and Aidan O’Shea are the Mayo delegates on the 25-man panel, and they will be joined by fellow Mayoman Pearse Hanley who is currently lighting up the AFL with Brisbane Lions. Congrats to all the lads on their achievements over the past week.