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  • Gardai are advising motorists heading to Castlebar tomorrow (Sunday) for the big match to arrive in plenty of time with around 28,000 spectators expected at MacHale Park.

    Castlebar Garda Superintendent Joe McKenna says from 1pm until 8pm it will be extremely busy around the County Town.

    All approach roads are expected to be extremely busy and patrons are asked to be patient both before the game and afterwards.

    Superintendent McKenna says people should use the car parks and ensure they have no valuables left on display in their cars.

  • Gardai are advising supporters attending tomorrow evening’s Allianz League game between Mayo and Roscommon in Castlebar to arrive early and not to park on the N5.

    Gardai say a crowd of between 12,000-15,000 is expected at Elverys MacHale Park for the game which throws in at 7pm.

    Gardai are advising those attending to arrive as early as possible and not to park on the N5 road – instead they should use the official car parks in the town and at the Military Barracks.

    If people are intending to walk to the ground they should wear florescent jackets so they are plainly visible.

    Supporters are asked to co-operate with Gardai and stewards on duty for the game.

    They are also advising that tickets are on sale prior to the match at local Super Valu and Centra outlets, at the early bird price of €15, as opposed to €20 on match day.

  • Members of Garrymore GAA sourced 100,000 units of PPE on behalf of Western Care Association during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Over the June Bank Holiday weekend Garrymore GAA senior team are doing a 5KM fun run to raise funds to purchase this PPE.

    The Club is inviting everyone with a Garrymore connection, both locally or anywhere else in the world, to join us in the run. 

    Email videos or pictures of your run to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Gearoid McInerney is expected to return to the Galway hurling team for Sunday's All-Ireland final.

    Mc Inerney missed the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Clare due to a calf injury sustained in the drawn game, but has responded well to treatment and returned to light training last week.

    Galway will be hoping to win the All-Ireland hurling title for the second year running, while it's Limerick first final in 11 years, and they're reporting no injury concerns.

     

  • Ladies All-Ireland Junior Final 
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  • The Gaelic Players Association are reported to have informed their players of the possibility there could be no GAA Championships this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is reported the GPA are set to be asked by the GAA to canvass their members over whether they would be in favour of playing matches behind closed doors if this was the only way of hosting the hurling and football championships.

    The GPA are believed to be in favour of a one month lead in time for their players to prepare for inter-county matches with no club activity for relevant players.

    Later today, the GAA will host a Special Congress where they are expected to sanction a Management Committee to make executive decisions around the calendar.

    Two motions are on the table.

    The first will discuss whether or not to hand over authority to the GAA's management committee.

    Should the first motion be passed then the second would allow the management committee make decisions on competition structures.

  • HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 1 CUP

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    8-15 v 3-17

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    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 2 CUP

    Aghamore

    3-13 v 4-9

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    HOMELAND U14 LEAGUE DIVISION 3 CUP

    Ballintubber

    1-9 v 3-7

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    Balla

    5-9 v 4-10

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    Kilmovee Shamrocks

    5-12 v 3-6

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  • An internal audit of Galway GAA’s financial affairs, which was ordered by the new treasurer Mike Burke, will be completed by St Patrick’s weekend.

    According to today’s Irish Independent, the audit will focus on broader financial administration issues.

    The audit is separate to a report compiled by a three-man committee who last year found anomalies in the manner in which gate receipts were reconciled at various grounds around the county.

    Galway GAA showed a fairly healthy balance sheet at last December’s convention, when a profit, before depreciation, of €418,773 was recorded, which was up from €79,421 the previous year.

    Beyond a lucrative sponsorship deal with Supermacs, considerable debt has built up with the purchase of land for development of a training centre at Mountain South. The sum owed to Central Council is estimated at around €2.6m, on top of ticket money still owed to Croke Park, dating back to 2015.

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    UCC are the first side through to the Fitzgibbon Cup quarter finals following a 2-21 to 1-13 victory over UCD.

    While in in the Sigerson Cup, IT Tralee have thrashed IT Sligo on a 6-20 to 1-9 scoreline.

    Connacht PPS Senior C Football Championship 
    Sancta Maria Louisburgh 4-19 Colaiste Einde 3-08 
    Balla Secondary School 6-17 St Mary's Galway 0-04

     

     

     

  • James Horan has been handed a four year term as Mayo Senior Football manager, after he was ratified at a County Board meeting in Castlebar tonight. 

    It was confirmed at the meeting that Daniel Forde will be trainer, Conor Finn S&C, while James Burke and Martin Barrett on also on the backroom team, while Joe Doyle is operations manager.

    In a statement tonight James Horan said: 

    I am delighted to be involved with Mayo and am really looking forward to getting on the field with the players. All clubs (Senior/Intermediate/Junior) within Mayo will be contacted immediately seeking suggestions of players that may have the potential Technical/Tactical/Physical/Mental attributes required for the Inter-county game.

    There has been a coaching movement in Mayo over last number of years that has been staggering in its progression. In conjunction with Clubs & Divisional Boards we have seen huge advances with clubs across the county driving very high standards. That is something I want to be involved with, and help ensure that progress continues. It is busy but very exciting times in Mayo GAA & I cannot wait to get started.

    Also at tonight's meeting Derek Walsh was reappointed Mayo Senior Hurling manager for 2019. 

     

     

     

     

  • It’s believed James Horan could be appointed Mayo Senior Football manager for a second term later tonight.

    The position of Mayo Senior manager is due to be raised at a meeting of the County Board this evening.

    Horan met with Mayo GAA officials earlier this week to discuss his plans for 2019 and his management team.

    The Mayo Senior Hurling management is also on tonight’s agenda.

     

  • Galway hurling legend Joe Canning is giving away five pairs of boots and three of the most prized jerseys he has collected over his career in support of UNICEF Ireland and Do It For Dan.

    The Galway star has set up a GoFundMe page this week with the target of raising €5,000 for the charities, and has already reached over €7,000.

    Anyone who donates to the campaign could possibly win his Portumna All-Ireland club SHC final jersey from 2008/09, a Galway jersey or a signed All-Star jersey which all come with a pair of boots.

    The five winners will be chosen at random and announced on Joe Canning's Twitter account next weekend.

     

     

     

  • Galway's chances of regaining the All Ireland Hurling Championship have been dealt a double injury blow

    Joe Canning has been ruled out for up to sixteen weeks meaning he will miss the majority of the Senior Hurling Championship

    The Galway County board also confirmed today that Fintan Burke picked up a knee injury while playing for his club and has been ruled out for the season

  • Former Mayo senior football manager John Maughan is calling on the GAA to "pull the curtain down" on this year's championship.

    The Offaly manager says we need some level of certainty now, but he can't see that playing games can be considered safe in 2020.

    While the GAA's management committee is still discussing the rollout plan announced by the Government last Friday evening, John Maughan suggests they look at the bigger picture.

    Speaking to the Irish Times, the Offaly manager said we're heading in the right direction, and containing the spread of Covid-19 reasonably well, but he would not advocate a return to play for any intercounty player, and wouldn't like to see anyone jeopardise a family member by coming back to play football.

    He has echoed the words of Connacht GAA president Gerry McGovern who said "we will not die for a game of football, but we could cause death by playing it".

    John Maughan says Mr McGovern is right - with the hundreds of dressing room environments that would open up, all it would take is one person to cause a bad case or even a fatality.

    Maughan says that while some counties already have a potential return date in the back of their minds, thinking about maybe playing in October, but he said Offaly is not doing that, because he can't see anything happening at intercounty level in 2020, and he can't see why they would chance it with clubs either.

    He's hoping for certainty on the matter, sooner rather than later.

     

     

     

  • Former Mayo manager and current Offaly boss John Maughan doesn’t think we will see an All-Ireland final in December.

    He feels there is a strong possibility there will be a second wave which will bring everything to a standstill again.

    The Crossmolina native says he is really look forward to seeing live action.

    However, he finds it hard to see how authorities will be able to police the crowds going to games.

    If it’s over 200 spectators it will have to be a ticketed affair.

    John Maughan joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport this afternoon.

     

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  • Offaly look set to appoint John Maughan as their new senior football manager.

    He led his native Mayo to three All-Ireland Finals and has also previously been in charge of Clare, Roscommon and Fermanagh.

    He'll succeed Paul Rouse, who opted not to stay on after a spell as interim boss this summer.

    John Maughan will be put forward for ratification after securing the nomination from a selection committee. 

     

  • Following on from the successful 2018 hosting of Feile na nGael hurling by Connacht GAA in the five Connacht counties alongside Westmeath and Longford in which 128 hurling and camogie sides were in action as host sides and welcomed 128 visiting sides attention now moves onto Feile Peil na nOg. One highlight of the weekend was the thousands of supporters and hurlers who were present at the Connacht GAA centre on hurling finals day on June 10th.

    Connacht GAA have been selected by National Feile to host for the second time Feile Peil na nOg in June 2019 with the weekend date to be confirmed in the near future. Games will take place on the Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon with semi finals and finals occurring on the Sunday morning and afternoon.  Connacht GAA previously hosted Feile Peil na nOg in 2014 with 8 boys and 4 girls divisions. Currently 65 teams have expressed an interest.

    As a result Connacht GAA are requesting expressions of interest in Gaelic football Under 14 boys teams as well as LGFA Under 14 teams from Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo to be involved in 2019. One compulsory requirement is that one's club must be willing to host a visiting team.

    To confirm expression of interest clubs must email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 17th.

  • Businessman JP McManus has donated €100,000 to every GAA county board in Ireland, to be divided equally among their local clubs.

    The €3.2million gesture has been made on the back of Limerick’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship win this year

    JP McManus has been a main sponsor of Limerick GAA for years.

    A spokeperson for the GAA has described it as an "incredible gesture".

     

     

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    Mayo football manager James Horan has been handed a double fitness boost ahead of Saturday's crunch Super 8s clash with Donegal in MacHale Park, Castlebar.

    Keith Higgins and Paddy Durcan are both in line to return from injury for the Mayo side.

    Captain Diarmuid O'Connor has also stepped up his recovery from a fractured wrist but he's unlikely to be involved this weekend.

     

     

     

     

  • Mayo's Connacht Championship preparations have been given a timely boost.

    Keith Higgins is back in the panel having spent the League campaign with the county's hurlers.

    Midwest Sport understands that the four-time All Star from Ballyhaunis trained with the football panel yesterday evening for the first time in 2018.

    Mayo begin their Connacht championship with a quarter final against League finalists Galway on May 13th.