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.

     

  • AIL Division 2C
    Ballina RFC 37-20 Bruff 

  • AIL Division 2C 
    Ballina 45-28 Bangor 

  • Ballinrobe Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run event) will cause some traffic disruption around the streets of Ballinrobe on Friday February 8th from 6-8pm especially at The Lakeside Sports and fitness centre, Station Road, Ballinrobe and again on Saturday Feb 9th from 8-10am, where participants will be registering.

    Event day:

    On Saturday Feb 9th hundreds of participants will be gathering in Abbey St from 9am with the event start  proper at 10am at the top of Bridge St, running down towards  High st, Carnlecka Rd onto the Cloongowla Rd back to Abbey St from 10am to 10.40am.

    The cycle will take the Claremorris Rd out of town proceeding towards  Robeen and onto the Cloongowla rd regathering at Abbey st.

    The final run will take the participants down through Brewery court and up onto Creagh Rd and onto The Bowers Riverside Walk finishing at Abbey St from 10.50 to 12 noon.

    Please can all motorists slow down and allow 1.5m when passing either runners or cyclists. 

     

  • Bonniconlon’s David Walsh and Sligo’s Jonathan Dolan have captured the Men’s Irish Senior Badminton Doubles title today.

    David and Jonathan teamed up for the doubles and booked their place in the final earlier after overcoming the number 1 seeds in their semi-final – Josh McGee and Paul Reynolds.

    Earlier Jonathan also captured the singles title.

  • (Photo credit: Golffile - GUI)

    Castlebar’s Jim McGovern was elected President of the Golfing Union of Ireland at the Union’s Annual General Meeting held at Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort in County Meath on Saturday.

    He becomes the 71st President of the Union and speaking afterwards he said: “I’m looking forward to serving the Union as an ambassador, meeting new people and listening to people to find out their views on how golf can be improved.

    “I hope that our teams and our players will have a good year. I’m really looking forward to watching our amateur players contesting and winning. We have got off to a great start with Conor Purcell winning the Australian Amateur Championship.”

    McGovern assumes the presidency after years of dedicated voluntary service within the game. After retiring from teaching, he served his club as Honorary Secretary for seven years up until 2006. He was elected to the Connacht Provincial Council in 2004, serving as Honorary Secretary for the Branch from 2010 to 2013 before taking over as Chairman in 2014.

    He succeeds John Moloughney in the role.

  • Oliver Kelleher Masters Cup Semi-Finals

    Claremorris 8-3 Westport Utd
    Achill Rovers 3-5 Castlebar Celtic 

  • Castlebar Celtic

    Bryan Mannion 2, Peter Bourke 1

    3 - 5

    Claremorris

    David Grant 2, Michael Mullins 1, Pauric Ring 1, Mick Mullee 1

  • Division 2—Round 9

    Swinford ‘C’

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  • 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.

  • FAI Schools Minor B Girls National Cup Semi-Final 
    Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny 3-2 St Patrick's College Lacken Cross AET 

  • THE Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup All-Stars and Rising Stars have been announced following a mammoth weekend of action at DIT Broombridge, DIT Grangegorman and Abbotstown, where seven winners were confirmed in the GFP Higher Education Championship Finals. 

    The teams were announced via the Ladies HEC Social Media channels on Tuesday evening and GFP O’Connor Cup Champions University of Limerick (UL) were the big winners, with eight players included on the HEC All Star team.

    Defenders Caoimhe McGrath, Shauna Kelly and Louise Ward all pick up HEC All Star awards, with Fiona McHale named at midfield.

    UL, managed by DJ Collins, have nailed down four of the six forward positions, including the entire inside line, with Shauna Howley, Hannah O’Donoghue, captain Eimear Scally and Róisín Howard all included.

    Runners-up UCD have four players on the team – goalkeeper Linda Bruggener, Kate McGrath, Niamh Collins and Áine McDonagh, while Giles Cup winners Ulster University Jordanstown and Lynch Cup Champions TU Dublin (DIT) are also honoured.

    Claragh Connor and ace forward Aimee Mackin make the cut from UUJ, while competition hosts TU Dublin have Niamh McEvoy on the final XV.

    In total, there are four survivors from the 2018 selection, namely Fiona McHale, Shauna Howley, Aimee Mackin and Eimear Scally.  

    The GFP Rising Stars selection recognises the efforts of players in the fourth, fifth and sixth tier competitions.

    GMIT, the Donaghy Cup winners, lead the way with four players on this team, while there are three players each for Moynihan Cup winners Dundalk IT, Moynihan Cup runners-up Letterkenny IT and Lagan Cup winners Ulster University Magee.

    Marino Institute of Education, the beaten Donaghy Cup Finalists, have two players on the list.

     

    GFP O’Connor Cup All Stars

     

    1. Linda Bruggener (UCD) – Kerry
    2. Kate McGrath (UCD) – Waterford
    3. Caoimhe McGrath (UL) – Waterford
    4. Claragh Connor (UUJ) – Derry
    5. Shauna Kelly (UL) – Cork
    6. Louise Ward (UL) – Galway
    7. Niamh Collins (UCD) – Dublin
    8. Niamh McEvoy (TU Dublin) – Dublin
    9. Fiona McHale (UL) – Mayo
    10. Shauna Howley (UL) – Mayo
    11. Aimee Mackin (UUJ) – Armagh
    12. Áine McDonagh (UCD) – Galway
    13. Hannah O’Donoghue (UL) – Kerry
    14. Eimear Scally (UL) – Cork
    15. Róisín Howard (UL) – Tipperary

     

    GFP Rising Stars 2019

     

    1. Aoife McColgan (Letterkenny IT) – Donegal
    2. Aisling Nee (Letterkenny IT) - Donegal
    3. Caoimhe Magee (UU Magee) – Tyrone
    4. Ailish Noonan (Dundalk IT) – Longford
    5. Colleen McKenna (Dundalk IT) –Armagh
    6. Kate Fitzgibbon (Marino Institute of Education) - Dublin
    7. Shauna Hynes (GMIT) – Galway
    8. Neasa Byrd (Marino Institute of Education) – Cavan
    9. Amy Wharton (GMIT) - Cavan
    10. Emma McMahon (Letterkenny IT) – Clare
    11. Danielle McManus (UU Magee) - Fermanagh
    12. Stacey Grimes (Dundalk IT) – Meath
    13. Andrea Trill (GMIT) – Galway
    14. Bronagh O’Rourke (GMIT) - Leitrim
    15. Niamh Murray (UU Magee) – Armagh

     

     

  • Both Connacht GAA Post Primary Schools Senior A Round 1 games due to take place today have been postponed due to frozen pitches. New dates will be announced on Monday.

  • Allianz Hurling League
    Divisiion 2A 
    Mayo 0-17 Meath 0-17 

    Division 1B 
    Galway 1-27 Laois 2-15 

    Division 3A 
    Roscommon 3-18 Louth 1-11 

    Division 3B 
    Sligo 2-14 Fermanagh 1-16 
    Cavan 2-09 Leitrim 1-11 

     

  • Irish Show Jumping development team manager Michael Blake has named a five man squad for the first Longines FEI Nations Cup competition of the 2019 season, which takes place next Sunday February 17th at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Florida, USA as part of the 2019 Palm Beach Masters Series.

    Six teams, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and USA will line-out, in what is the only qualifier to be held in the U.S. for the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, next Autumn.

    The Irish squad for the Wellinton Nations Cup is as follows:

    Mayo’s Cormac Hanleywith VDL Cartello– owned by Heathman Farm LLC
    Offaly’s Darragh Kenny with Babalou 41– owned by Jack Snyder
    Limerick’s Paul O’Shea with Skara Glen’s Machu Picchu – owned by Machu Picchu Partners LLC
    Down’s Conor Swailwith Rubens LS La Silla – owned by Rose Hill Farm
    Cork’s Shane Sweetnam with Indra van de Oude Heihoef – owned by The Blue Buckle Group

    Ireland will be led by development team manager Michael Blake, who has handed a first senior Nations Cup call up to 21-year-old Cormac Hanley from Claremorris Co Mayo

    “I think we have a very strong squad for this first Nations Cup of the season and I am confident we can do a good job. Cormac Hanley makes his first appearance on a senior Nations Cup squad after some very good recent performances and he adds a mix of youth to what is an experienced squad. There are some very strong teams in action, including the USA who have included four of their World Equestrian Games team and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great competition,” commented Blake.

    Ireland, as a European Nation, will not be eligible for league points in Wellington. Their first points-scoring outing under team manager Rodrigo Pessoa in Europe Division 1 will come at La Baule in France on May 19th.

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

     

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             Castlebar Celtic

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    Merville Utd/Achill Rovers (March 11th)

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                  Renmore

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                  St Peters FC

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    Ballisodare Utd/West Utd

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            Boyle Celtic/St Bernards

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

     

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                 Kilkerrin Utd

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  • TP Brennan Connacht Cup Fixtures 2018/2019

    Round: Last 16

    Date: Sunday 10th March 2019 K.O. – 2pm

     

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    Corrib Rangers

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    NUI Galway

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    Merville Utd

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    Manulla FC

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    Strand Celtic

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    Ballina Town

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    West Coast Utd

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    Boyle Celtic

     

     

    All Cup & Shield Games decided on the day if still a draw after full time plus one period of extra time (10 minutes e/w) FIFA Rules on Penalty’s to apply. Any Club/Team forfeiting a fixture will be removed from the competition and disciplinary action will follow.

     

    TP Brennan Connacht Shield Fixtures 2018/2019

    Round: Last 16

    Date: Sunday 10th March 2019 K.O. – 2pm

     

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    Ballinasloe Town B

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    Mervue Utd B

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    Roscommon Utd

     

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    East Utd

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    Bearna Na Forbacha

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    Real Tubber

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    Knocknacarra

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    Cartron Utd

     

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    Kinvara Utd

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    Glen Celtic

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    St Bernards B

     

  • MICK Bohan’s Dublin team for Saturday evening’s Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 clash with Mayo at Croke Park (5.0) shows seven changes to the selection that lined out against Tipperary in round 2 of the competition.

    And Bohan’s options are boosted considerably with the return of the last two Senior Players’ Player of the Year winners – team captain Sinéad Aherne and Noelle Healy – to the squad, along with six-time All Star Sinead Goldrick.

    Aherne, Healy and Goldrick all feature in a Dublin matchday squad for the first time in 2019, while Bohan has shuffled his pack from the start for a repeat of last year’s Division 1 League final clash with visitors Mayo.

    Goalkeeper Rachel Fleming, who made her Dublin senior debut against Tipperary, is replaced by regular netminder and All Star Ciara Trant, while there are six alterations further out the field.

    Niamh Collins, Emma McDonagh, Lucy Collins, Hannah O’Neill, Oonagh Whyte and Niamh McEvoy are named in the starting line-up, ahead of Rachel Ruddy, Kate Fitzgibbon, Sarah Fagan, Jennifer Dunne, Carla Rowe and Siobhan Killeen.

    Dublin are chasing a second successive victory in 2019 Lidl National League while Mayo are hoping to bounce back from defeat to Donegal last time out.

    Mayo boss Peter Leahy has named an unchanged team as Mayo prepare for their first visit to Croke Park since the 2017 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final.

    Dublin:C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, E McDonagh; A Kane, S McGrath, L Magee; L Collins, O Carey; N Owens, S Woods, H O’Neill; O Whyte, L Davey, N McEvoy.

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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. 

  • SFAI Subway U-12 Inter League Fixtures Saturday 23rd February 2019 

     

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    RDYSL

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    Longford

     

     

     

                  SFAI Skechers U-13 National Final Fixture Sunday 24th February 2019  e

     

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