Mayo Sport

  • Badminton, once a thriving sport in Mayo, is being reformed. After a long break the Mayo Badminton Association is organising a new league in which beginners are invited to take part.

    In the 1980's badminton was flourishing all over the country and Mayo was no different. Every village had a club and at least one team participating in the Mayo Leagues. There were four divisions with up to eight teams in each division. Clubs were spread all over the county from Tourmakeady to
    Belmullet and Ballina to Barnacarroll.

    At its peak there were 18 registered clubs in Mayo but due to a variety of reasons interest in the sport at an adult level weaned. However the adult clubs in Ballina, Castlebar, Crossmolina and Westport managed to survive and indeed Ballina went on to win several provincial and All-Ireland titles both as a club and as individuals.

    Surprisingly, those days could be about to return as badminton has begun to make a comeback around the county. After a long break of over ten years the Mayo Badminton Association have decided to try to get clubs involved in a Mayo league and as a first step have organised a beginners or also known as a graded H league. 

    There are four clubs in this league: Ballina, Crossmolina, Crimlin and Straide. The games are played on a home and away basis. The league commenced back in November, to date it has been a success with lots of close matches, super hospitality and new friends made. With two rounds to go it is still all to play for as there is still no clear winner of the league. The winners of this league will go on to represent Mayo in the Connacht Finals.

    The Association hosts a social badminton evening every season where members and non-members of the various clubs meet play badminton and get together over a buffet. There are juvenile mayo championships held each year at under 11,13,15 and 17 age groups and several juvenile players have gone on to successfully compete in competitions all over Ireland.

    Due to the success of the league this season the Mayo Badminton Association will be looking to organise a league again next season. The door is opened for any club to enter for next season and there is help and support available to anyone wishing to set up a juvenile or adult club in the future. If you require any more details about existing clubs or the setting up of new clubs please don¹t hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Claremorris Squash Club Junior Players made their own club history by winning two Connacht Junior Close titles and one Plate title at the one event at the Connacht Junior Close in Galway over the weekend..

    Leah Bane won the Girls U -15 Title and Nina Wallace won the Girls U-13 Title. Mark Noonan won the Boys U-11 Plate Title. It was one of the biggest Connacht Junior Close events in recent years with 72 children from all over Connacht competing.
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    Claremorris Squash Club had 6 players competing and all had a great day out.

  • T P Brennan ConnachtCup Quarter Final Fixtures Sunday 4th March 2018

     

    Home

     

    Away

    1

             Castlebar Celtic

    v

    Merville Utd/Achill Rovers (March 11th)

    2

                  Renmore

    v

    Carbury FC

    3

                  St Peters FC

    v

    Ballisodare Utd/West Utd

    4

            Boyle Celtic/St Bernards

    v

    Mervue Utd

     

    T P Brennan ConnachtShield Quarter Final Fixtures Sunday 4th March 2018

     

    Home

     

    Away

    1

            Colemanstown Utd

    v

    Corrib Celtic B

    2

                 Hudson Bay FC

    v

    Swinford

    3

                 Real Tubber

    v

    West Coast Utd

    4

                 Kilkerrin Utd

    v

    Manulla B

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    The fixtures have been confirmed for the National U15 SSE Airtricity League. 

    Mayo League will be in Group 2 and will be away to Athlone Town in their opening game on Sunday March 25th, at home to Sligo Rovers on April 8th, at home to UCD on April 15th, away to Bray Wanderers on Arpil 22nd, at home to Longford Town on April 29th. 

    Mayo will travel to face Shamrock Rovers on May 13th, entertain Cabinteely on May 20th, Athlone Town on May 27th, travel to face Sligo Rovers on July 1st, UCD on July 8th, entertain Bray Wanderers on July 15th and are away to Longford Town on July 22nd. 

    The last two round robin fixtures see Mayo entertain Shamrock Rovers on July 29th and away to Cabinteely on August 12th. 

  • Westport United FC is delighted to announce that John Russell has been appointed as the new manager of the club’s Super League team. John’s recent coaching background is of the highest calibre, and he is the current FAI Regional Development Officer for Sligo and John has vast experience of playing the game at elite national level, having played football in the League of Ireland for the last 15 years for Galway Utd, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Sligo Rovers with noteworthy success, having won two FAI Cups, a League title, a League Cup and the Setanta Sports Cup. His footballing talents at underage also earned him recognition at an international level where he has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Schoolboys and U.19 level.

    Since starting to work on his coaching badges, he holds coaching qualifications in UEFA

    Elite A Youth Licence, UEFA A Licence Coach, Level 2 Coach Education Tutor with Coaching Ireland and Level 2 Child Welfare Tutor. John is well noted for his meticulous preparation and possesses excellent organisational and implementation skills to ensure his teams are rehearsed in the finer points of the game.

    When asked what it means to managing such a prestigious junior football club such as

    Westport United, John Russell stated ‘I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to manage Westport United Football Club. It is an impressive club with great history and I look forward to working with all the players and staff. The season is nearly upon us so we will be busy over the next few weeks getting the players ready for the start of what will hopefully be an exciting year.’

    Club Chairman, Myles Staunton welcomed the appointment of John Russell, saying ‘As a progressive football club, Westport United is delighted to secure the services of John Russell as manager of our Super League side and his credentials tick all the boxes as we look to take our flagship team to the next level. Everyone here is looking forward to working with John who will bring a fresh voice and different ideas to the dressing room and we are looking forward to some very exciting times ahead at United Park under John’s stewardship.’  The appointment of someone of John’s calibre and experience reflects the club’s ambition to take the Super League team to the next level in terms of Connaught and the FAI Junior competitions.  There is no reason why a club like Westport United should not be competing at the end game of such competitions.

    Everyone at Westport United FC is excited that John will bring a level of professionalism to the role, which will hopefully bring our club to the next level with the players looking forward to working under him and we are sure that John will have no doubt that he will receive a great Westport welcome by our loyal supporters who give him their full support.

    I would like to thank the club’s selection committee, Stephen Duffy (Chairman), Padraig Burns, Ray McLoughlin and Michael McDonagh and the contribution of Michael McDonnell, the Club’s Vice Chairman for undertaking a thorough selection process resulting in an excellent appointment, which has been ratified by the club committee.

    Finally, I would like to thank the Castlecourt Hotel for their loyal and ongoing sponsorship of the Super League team which is much appreciated.

  • Conditions were perfect for the return of the Mayo Stages Rally to Achill Island. After the success of last year’s event, Clerk of the Course Trevor O’Connell and his team rose to the occasion to make an every bigger and more spectacular event. With the addition of a new stage this year the first round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship and opening round of the Sligo Pallets Border Championship kicked off in style. Declan Boyle & James O’Reilly took the lead from early on and held on to it. Following close by in second place was Josh Moffett who had Keith Moriarty on the notes. Antrim’s Desi Henry and Liam Moynihan took 3rd, with last year’s winner Joseph McGonigle & Ciaran Geaney coming in 4th. In 5th place was Niall Maguire and his navigator Enda Sherry; next up were Aidan Wray and Kieran McGrath in a Mitsubishi Evo 10, they took 6th place. Stuart Darcy and Keith McCarthy in an eye catching Darrian T9 were 7th. Just out of the workshop with their brand new Ford Fiesta R5, Brendan Cumiskey and Stephen McAule were delighted with its performance and came 8th. Following closely in 9th place were Chris Armstrong who had Chris Melly on the notes. Donagh Kelly and picked up a puncture after stage 3 and limped his way back from 46th on one occasion to finish in 10th place.
    Closer to home, Mayo & District Motorsport Club member had a mixed day. James McGreal & Chris Mitchell, had a good day out in their Mitsubishi Evo 6, the duo came 2nd in class 15 and 43rd overall. James & Chris were the first Mayo crew home and were proud recipients of the Margaret McGreal Award.
    Crossmolina’s Stephen Gallagher with Mark Taheny on the notes had a fantastic first day out in their Honda Civic, they led their class for most of the afternoon. They came 1st in class 1 and came 44th overall.
    John Duffy & John Egan in their Honda Integra were in flying form, they had little to correct at either service and came 1st in class 3 and were 46th overall. Derek Bolton & Ronan Moore had a steady start in their Subaru Impreza and they maintained their position during the day to take 3rd in class 15 and 49th overall. Ronan Denning & Karl Egan had a great start in their Citroen C2R2, despite some electronic issues after the second loop, they recovered to take 1st in class 2 and 50th overall.
    Belcarra brothers, Colm Connor & James Connor came 6th in class 11F and 51st overall in their Toyota Corolla. They picked up the 1st place Mayo Club award. Martin Cawley & Kenneth Langan had a good day out in their Peugeot 205; despite leaking fuel after stage 3 that their crew sorted in service, which brought them home in 2nd place in class 10 and 55th overall – their best finish yet to date.
    Barry Cuffe & Stephen McGing came 6th in class 11R in their Ford Escort Mk 2 and were 59th overall. Despite some problems with a wheel bearing on the road section between stage 1 and 2, they rejoined on Rally 2 after the first loop, they took home the 2nd place Mayo Club award. Trisha Greavy was flying the flag on behalf of the ladies, coming 9th in class 11F and 60th overall in her Honda Civic with her brother Brendan Greavy on the notes, they took 3rd place in the Mayo Club awards. Gordon Nimo & Kerrill Dempsey were out for their first trip in their Supermacs sponsored Ford Fiesta. They came 10th in class 11F and 61st overall. Achill men Brian Lavelle & Daniel Kilbane in a class 11F Honda Civic had issues after the first loop and rejoined the event on Rally 2 for the final loop. They fought hard to finish in 62nd place and 11th in class 11F. Another Achill man - Peter McManamon with John McCarthy on the notes in their Peugeot 205 GTI had a good day out on home soil, they came 3rd in class 10 and 64th overall, after finishing under rally 2 rules. In the Juniors Noel Murphy & John Burke in their Honda Civic EK4 came 7th in class 16.
    A number of club members were not so lucky on the day. Tony Langdon and Chrystal Culkeen were unfortunate when towards the end of stage 1, their Honda Integra lost its sump; they subsequently lost reverse & 5th gear so weren’t able to rejoin on Rally 2. Shane Buckley & Lorcan Moore’s day came to an early end when they went out on their second trip around the scenic Atlantic Drive in their Honda Civic, however Shane took home the Eddie O’Hora award for the fastest Mayo & District member on Stage 1.

    Margaret McGreal Award – Highest placed Mayo & District crew – James McGreal & Chris Mitchell
    Eddie O’Hora Award – Fastest Mayo & District on stage 1 – (2wheel drive modified on) Shane Buckley
    Robert Masterson Award – highest placed driver in class 13 - Mickey Conlon, Monaghan
    Bob Kelly Perpetual Award - Fastest Rear Wheel Drive (finisher) - Stuart Darcy, Donegal

  • Division 1 

    Kilmoremoy 3-09 Louisburgh 3-18

    Charlestown 1-05 Knockmore 4-12

    Hollymount 0-07 Castlebar Mitchels 2-06

    Carnacon 7-13       Moy Davitts 3-08


    Division 2

    St Brigids 3-08 Cill Chomain 4-15 
     

    Div 3A

    Claremorris B 2-06 Breaffy 1-08

     

     

    DIV 3B

    Davitts 4-12 The Neale 2-14

           

     

  • Mayo Football League
    Monthly Award Winners - August 

    Team of the Month (Sponsored by Hastings Insurance Brokers)
    Ballyhaunis Town 

    Manager of the Month 
    John Conway/Philip Devers Ballina Town B 

    Footballer of the Month (Sponsored by the Sheepwalk Bar Swinford)
    Superleague - Jackson deSilva Manulla
    Premier League - Gary Higgins Ballyhaunis Town 
    League One - Jason Muldoon Ballina Town B 
    League Two - Niall Kitching Claremorris B 

    Young Footballer of the Month (Sponsored by Oliver Kelleher)
    Eoin Prendergast Conn Rangers 

  • Elverys Sports Super League—Round 16

    Manulla

    0  v  3

    Claremorris

    Westport Utd

    2  v  0

    Castlebar Celtic

     

    Castlecourt Hotel Premier League—Round 16

    Fahy Rovers

    2  v  2

    Ballyhaunis Town

    Ballyglass ‘B’

    2  v  2

    Achill Rovers

    Swinford

    4  v  3

    Glenhest Rovers

     

     

     

     

  • Elverys Sports Super League—Round 3

    Ballina Town

    5 v 2

    Claremorris

    Kiltimagh Knock Utd

    0 v 2

    Westport Utd

     

    Castlecourt Hotel Premier League—Round 3

    Glenhest Rovers

    2 v 1

    Snugboro Utd

     


    League One—Round 2

    Manulla ‘B’

    2 v 0

    Partry Athletic

    Castlebar Celtic ‘B’

    3 v 4

    Killala

     

  • Elverys Sports Super League—Round 5

    Ballyglass

    4  v  3

    Claremorris

    Iorras Aontaithe

    1  v  4

    Ballina Town

     

    Castlecourt Hotel Premier League—Round 5

    Glenhest Rovers

    4  v  1

    Westport Utd ‘B’

    Achill Rovers

    1  v  1

    Bangor Hibs

    Conn Rangers

    1  v  2

    Fahy Rovers

     

    Tonra Cup—Round 1

    Crossmolina

    4  v  1

    Castlebar Celtic ‘B’

    Killala

    3  v  0

    Mulranny Utd

     

    Killeen Sports Ground League Two—Round 5

    Hollister

    4  v  3

    Ballina Utd

    Newport Town

    1  v  4

    Claremorris ‘B’

     

  • This Saturday evening 17th February marks the official launch of the Óstán Oileán Acla / Connacht Print & Signs Mayo Stages Rally 2018.  The launch will take place at Óstán Oileán Acla, Achill starting at 6pm.

    The Mayo Stages Rally is one of the largest annual sporting events in the county, attracting thousands of visitors every March and Mayo & District Motorsport Club are looking forward to another successful event.   The 2017 event which was also held in Achill gained much praise from competitors and spectators alike on the challenging nature of the roads, the scenic beauty and the warm welcome; Mayo & District Motorsport Club are delighted to return to Achill once more for another exciting event.

    This year the Mayo Stages Rally is the opening round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship in addition to also being the opening round of the Sligo Pallets Border Rally Championship.  Saturday evening will be a great opportunity for the event sponsors to meet with club members and the local community and in keeping with past launches there will be a static rally car display at the hotel and local and national competitors will be in attendance.  This promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening and all are welcome.

  • Mayo Volleyball Club have defeated Garda 3-0 in St. Louis Community School.

    Claremorris native Edel Nolan had an inspiring display with numerous impenetrable shots which the away side could not deal with. Mayo's early onslaught delivered a commanding 25-12 win in the first set.

    Garda showed much defensive improvement in the next set. This, coupled with the fact that the home side missed 5 serves provided a much closer game. Midway through the set Mayo exploited the weakness in Garda's defence behind the middle block and pushed ahead to win the set 25-17.

    In the third set there was much tit for tat scoring between both sides. At the latter stage however the red and green made switches. The combination of Edel Nolan and Jackie Prendergast's hitting with Orla Casby and Hilde Kneblewski stellar defended made the difference in the end as Mayo won the set 25-21 and the game 3-0. 

    That is now 2 league wins in 3 for Mayo who's next outing is a home game against Santry on Saturday November 24th at 1pm.

     

  • Co Down’s Conor Swail has taken runner-up spot in today’s (Sunday) four-star Grand Prix at Arezzo in Italy to take home just over €11,000. Thirteen combinations made it through to the jump-off including Mayo’s Cameron Hanley who briefly held the lead with Quirex before eventually finishing fifth.

    Swail took over top spot with a clear in 40.71 with the nine-year-old Domino van de Valhoeve but was overtaken by Italian home favourite Bruno Chimirri and Tower Mouche who collected the winners prize with a time of 40.27.

    Earlier in Arezzo, Meath’s Alexander Butler scored a victory in the 1m45 ranking class. Riding the 11-year-old gelding Theoreme du Desir, he produced the fastest clear of 64.83 seconds to take the top prize of just over €6,000.

    Across the Atlantic, Offaly’s Darragh Kenny and Cassini Z grabbed a place on the podium and a cheque for €45,000 in Saturday night’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Miami Beach in Florida, USA.

    Meanwhile Irish Youth riders completed a remarkable weekend in Belgium by winning both the Junior and Pony Grand Prix’s. Wexford’s Harry Allen stormed to victory in the Junior (U18) Grand Prix at Opglabbeek. He was the sole Irish representative in a 13-horse jump-off and riding the nine-year-old gelding Dis Moi Tout de Clairbois, he jumped clear in 41.03 to finish over two seconds ahead of Belgian runner-up Max Sebrechts with Cacacha van het Schaeck.

    The later Pony Grand Prix saw Irish riders fill the top two places. Kilkenny’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy took the winners trophy with the Barbara O’Reilly-Hyland-owned Rock Dee Jay. Drawn third to go in a 10 horse jump-off, they posted what proved an unbeatable clear in 35.98. Tipperary’s Max Wachman and the Coolmore Showjumping-owned Aughnashammer completed an Irish 1-2 by finishing second with a clear in 36.67. Francis Derwin was first to go in the jump-off for Ireland with Rincoola Babog (ISH) and they produced the fastest time of the second round (34.13) but one fence down saw them finish ninth.

    The three Irish riders, along with Tom Wachman, were part of Gary Marshall’s team that won the Pony Nations Cup on Saturday at the same venue
  • Round 1

    Kiltimagh Knock Utd

    6  v  3

    Mulranny Utd

    Straide & Foxford Utd

    3  v  0

    Westport Utd

    Ballyhaunis Town

    2  v  8

    Castlebar Celtic

    Manulla ‘B’

    4  v  9

    Swinford

    Fahy Rovers

    2  v  8

    Manulla

    Byes: Ballina Town,  Conn Rangers,  Swinford ‘B’

  • Revised Fixtures from 8th September 2018

    DATE

    FIXTURES

    Sat 8th/Sun 9th September

    Super League Round 16

    Premier League Round 16

    League Two Round 15

     

    Sat 15th/Sun 16th September

    Super League Round 17

    Premier League Round 17

     

    F.A.I. Junior Cup Rd 1 (Clubs not involved in this rd)

    Sun 23rd September

    Connacht Cup Preliminary Round

     

    Premier Lge Round 15—Bangor Hibs v Glenhest Rovers

    Sunday 30th September

    F.A.I. Junior Cup Round 2

     

    Sunday 7th October

    Connacht Gold Premier Cup Final in Solar 21 Park

    Ballyhaunis Town v Snugboro Utd

     

    Ward Interprovincial Cup

    Sunday 14th October

    Super League Round 18

    Premier League Round 18

     

    Sunday 21st October

    F.A.I. Junior Cup Round 3

     

    Sunday 28th October

    Connacht Gold Super Cup Final in Solar 21 Park

    Ballina Town v Castlebar Celtic

     

    Connacht Cup Round 1

    Sunday 4th November

    Free at the moment

     

    Sunday 11th November

    F.A.I. Junior Cup Round 4

     

    Sunday 18th November

    Free at the moment

     

    Sunday 25th November

    Connacht Cup Round 2----Connacht Shield Round 1

     

    Sunday 2nd December

    F.A.I. Junior Cup Round 5

     

    Note:  Oscar Traynor fixtures not included.

     

    Mayo Football League Presentation Dinner—Saturday 19th January 2019 in Castlecourt Hotel

  • Jnr B Group 3 Play Off

    Eastern Gaels

    2-3

    v

    0-12

    Aghamore

    Mayo Snr League Division 2

    Kilmaine

    1-11

    v

    1-9

    Ballinrobe

    Bohola Moy Davitts 

    3-11

     

    4-23

    Ballaghaderreen

    Mayo Snr League Division 3

    Lahardane

    2-11

    v

    0-17

    Ballyhaunis

    Mayo Snr League Division 4

    Ballina Stephenites

    1-12

    v

    6-17

    Westport GAA

    Ballintubber

    0-12

    v

    2-12

    Castlebar Mitchels

    Charlestown Sarsfields

    0-14

    v

    2-10

    Killala

    Cill Chomain

    5-15

    v

    5-5

    Tuar Mhic Éadaigh

    Kilmovee Shamrocks

    1-9

    v

    4-10

    Davitts

    Mayo Snr League Division 5

    Ardnaree

    5-15

    v

    0-11

    Ballycroy

    Claremorris

    3-13

    v

    5-13

    Kiltimagh

    Homeland Under 16 A Championship Cup

    Castlebar Mitchels

    2-14

    v

    1-6

    Kilmeena

    Homeland Under 16 B Championship Cup

    Béal an Mhuirthead

    4-19

    v

    4-4

    The Neale

    Homeland Under 16 D Championship Cup 2018

    Erris St. Pats

    2-6

    v

    1-11

    Ardmoy MacHales

     

  • IT Sligo FC first team has won the Rustlers CFAI Plate Final after beating GMIT Galway 3 – 1.

    Michael Guilfoyle from Foxford, Gary Higgins from Ballyhaunis, and Darren Murray from Balla, and the rest of squad were in high spirits after the match which took place yesterday on Tuesday, 06 March.

    The team will also play against Limerick IT in the Rustlers Division 1 Final next Monday, 12 March at the FAI headquarters in Abbottstown, Dublin.

    A win in the upcoming match will see IT Sligo FC return to the College & Universities Football Premier League.

    The team made the Division 1 final after beating Blanchardstown IT 5 – 4 on penalties after a 1 – 1 extra time draw in the semi-final playoff.

    Many of IT Sligo’s players in the squad, including Gary Higgins, are on the Institute’s Sports Scholarship Programme which helps talented student athletes reach their sporting potential.

    Up to 20 new scholarships and bursaries are awarded each year under the scheme and students who are rewarded scholarships receive mentoring support, training guidance and other value-added support.

    The overall aim of the scheme is to recruit, manage and develop players/athletes with exceptional ability to position IT Sligo as a premier centre of sporting performance.