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  • Ger Cafferkey has announced his retirement from the inter-county game.

    He is the second Mayo player, after Andy Moran, to retire after the 2019 season.

    The Mayo full back made over 100 appearances for his county, collected 6 Connacht medals and was named an All Star in 2012. 

    Ger made his debut under John O'Mahoney against New York in 2009 but enjoyed his best days during James Horan's first stint as manager.

    Ballina Stephenite's Michael Kilkenny has thanked the iconic Mayo number three for his dedication and service to both his club and county.

     

  • Mayo and Ballina Stephenites star Evan Regan is set to face an extended spell on the sidelines after he sustained a facial bone fracture and concussion in an incident in Saturday night's Allianz League Round Two clash with Kerry in MacHale Park.

    Full forward Regan was helped off the field after he was taken out by a Kerry defender in the 44th minute of Mayo's loss to the Kingdom and it has been confirmed to Midwest Radio that he is recieving treatment with specialists this week. It has yet to be confirmed how long the forward will be absent for, but it will be a blow to Stephen Rochford's plans with the Ballina man having started and performed well in the final FBD league game and both NFL games so far this season. 

    In a cruel twist of fate, the injury came just two days after the third anniversary of Regan breaking his collarbone in a league game also against Kerry which ruled him out for the rest of that season's league campaign.

    Meanwhile Regan's Ballina team-mate Ger Cafferkey is the only other injury concern from Saturday night ahead of this weekend's clash with Galway. The defender is being monitored for a hamstring injury and a decision will be made on his availability later in the week. 

  • Almost 14,000 euro in LEADER funding has been secured for Ballina Fringe Festival.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says the funding is for the purchase of audio and sound equipment, and for marketing and printing, for the Ballina Fringe Festival, which is the only arts festival in North Mayo. The total cost of the project is €18,000.

     She says the fringe festival attracts regional, national and international visitors to Ballina and its hinterland, supporting the extension of the local season and fostering collaboration between the arts and tourism sectors locally.

    The funding has been secured through Minister Michael Ring’s department for Rural and Community Development.