International Rules Series

International Rules Series

Paul Earley has named his team for the upcoming International Rules Series in Australia next month.

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Paul Earley the Irish International Rules Series manager has named his team to play Australia next month. There are five Mayo natives named on the team, including Pearse Hanley who is currently playing for Brisbane Lions. The Irish manager speaking to this week has admitted that he had to make some difficult calls. He beleives that he has the strongest team possible travelling to play Australia next month. The first test is to be played in Perth on Saturday the 22nd of November.

There are four Mayo players travelling to Australia with the 25 man squad. The 4 Mayo players included in the International Rules Series team are Colm Boyle, Lee Keegan, Kevin Mc Loughlan and Aidan O’Shea. From an initial training panel of 38 the final touring team of 25 was picked after a final training session  in Croke Park last week. The 2014 Irish International rules series team are as follows;

Colm Begley (Laois), Colm Boyle (Mayo), Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone), Cathal Cregg (Roscommon), Mattie Donnelly (Tyrone), Finian Hanley (Galway), Pearse Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Darren Hughes (Monaghan), Lee Keegan (Mayo), James McCarthy (Dublin), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Neil McGee (Donegal), Chrissy McKaigue (Derry), Kevin McKernan (Down), Kevin McLoughlin (Mayo), Conor McManus (Monaghan), David Moran (Kerry), Niall Morgan (Tyrone), Ross Munnelly (Laois), Michael Murphy (Donegal, captain), Colm O’Neill (Cork), Pádraig O’Neill (Kildare), Paddy O’Rourke (Meath), Aidan O’Shea (Mayo), Aidan Walsh (Cork, vice-captain).

The Irish team are due to fly out to Australia on the 12th of November. The international rules series this year will only be one test, instead of two tests as in previous years. This will make it all the more difficult on the Irish team, as well as the fact of having to travel and the intense heat there. The Irish team will get to play a warm up game against a Victorian Football League All Star team at the Sandringham VFL Grounds on Sunday, November 16. The one test series will be played at the Patterson Stadium in Perth (formerly the Subiaco Oval and the current home of AFL sides Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles) on November 22.

International rules series Subiaco Oval 2014

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Previous meetings between Ireland and Australia 

  • Series : Ireland 9, Australia 8.
  • Test matchs  38 : Ireland 20, Australia 16. ( 2 draws )
  •  Aggregate score : Ireland 2,116 – Australia 1,978.

For match day information visit Patersons Stadium website, (formally the Subiaco Oval stadium) and the home of AFL sides Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles.

2014 All Ireland Masters Football Final

2014 All Ireland Masters Football Final

The 2014 All Ireland Masters Football final between Mayo and Galway takes place this Saturday.

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Stephen Joyce Galway selector, Ruaidhri O’ Connor Irish TV presenter, and Kenneth Mortimer at press launch recently.

The All Ireland Masters football final between Mayo and Galway is set for this Saturday at the Clonberne Community Sports Field in Galway. Throw in is scheduled for 3.30 and will be shown live on Irish TV, channel 191 on Sky. This will be Galways 3rd All Ireland Masters football final on the run, while Mayo last won the Masters in 2009. The Gaelic Masters Association promotes itself as a competitive inter-county tournament for footballers over the age of 40.

The GAA has in recent years distanced itself from the Masters football tournament, it used to promote the game in the past. Player insurance seems to be the major stumbling block therefore it’s not covered by the GAA insurance, or the GAA player injury scheme. All the match’s are played on community pitch’s none have been played on official GAA grounds.

The GAA does still promote a masters’ competition, albeit less competitive, under its social and recreational games initiative.

“This will showcase the phenomenal interest and passion that Gaelic players still have in playing our native games despite their age,” said chairperson of the Gaelic Masters Association, James Breslin.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the effort and work of the Gaelic Masters Association and to encourage more counties to get involved with the competition.”

2014 gaelic masters finalThe Mayo Masters have to date played Tyrone, winning on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-05. Mayo then beat Leitrim 3-14 to 1-04. Mayo again met Leitrim in the Masters football semi final this time winning by 1-06 to Leitrim 0-07 to secure a place in the final.

The Mayo v Galway final will be preceded by the Shield final between Cavan and Tyrone with throw in at 2pm.

Result : Galway 0-07, Mayo 0-06.

Mayo team ; 1 Martin Conway (Westport) 2 John Crean (Ardnaree) 3 Declan Ryan (Kilmeena) 4 John Pat Sheridan ( Burrishoole) 5 Gary Ruane (Bohola Moy Davitts) 6 Kenny Mortimor (Shrule/Glencorrib) 7 Pat Mulchrone (Kilmeena) 8 Noel Ryan ( Killala) 9 Brian Hughs (Bohola Moy Davitts 10 Darren Madden (Kilmeena) 11 Pat Fallon (Barna) 12 Anthony Mc Garry (Ballina Stephenites) 13 Noel Stagg (Hollymount/Carramore) 14 John Flannery (Balla) 15 Pat Clark (Bohola Moy Davitts)

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!

Route 51

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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