• The Mayo News this morning revealed a major fall-out in the Mayo Ladies camp ahead of their first round robin game in the 2018 All Ireland Senior Football Championship against Cavan in Clones on Saturday. Edwin McGreal from the Mayo News Sport team who broke the story joined Midwest Radio this morning to chat about the furore and explain more about the situation. Listen back now.


  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce details of the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme – with 38 clubs from across the country set to benefit.

    This is the 11th year of the Gaelic4Girls initiative, which has proven hugely-successful since its inception in 2008.

    This year, 22 counties are represented among the 38 clubs, and Armagh star Aimee Mackin is on board once again as the official 2019 Gaelic4Girls ambassador.

    The two-time TG4 All Star kick-started her glittering career with the Gaelic4Girls programme at club level with Shane O’Neills, and she’s a huge advocate of the programme.

    Over course of the initiative, Aimee will release videos sharing some of the tips that have helped her to develop into one of the most feared forwards in the game.

    Aimee’s videos were incredibly popular in 2018 and she’s encouraging players to get involved in the various challenges, and share their own footage on social media, using the hashtag #Gaelic4Girls.

    Five clubs from four counties in Connacht will participate in the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme, while Leinster will be represented by 15 clubs from six counties.

    In Munster, all six counties are represented by nine clubs while nine Ulster clubs from six counties will be involved.

    The full list of clubs reads as follows:

    Connacht:Glenamaddy/Williamstown (Galway), Glencar Manorhamilton, St Josephs (Leitrim), Balla (Mayo), Owenmore Gaels (Sligo).

    Leinster: Ballinkillen/Newtown, St Andrews, Mount Leinster Rangers, Éire Óg, Cnoc Arda, Kildavin Clonegal (Carlow), Naomh Marcais (Dublin), Roberstown, Two Mile House, Moorefield, Castledermot (Kildare), St Josephs (Louth), Tullamore (Offaly), Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara, Baile Dubh Tire (Wexford).

    Munster: Banner (Clare), Delanys, St Michaels (Cork), Ballymacelligott (Kerry), Athea, Dromcollogher Broadford (Limerick), Cappawhite (Tipperary), Tramore, Dungarvan (Waterford).

    Ulster:Glenariffe Oisíns (Antrim), Mullaghbawn, Pearse Óg, Highmoss Sarsfields (Armagh), Belturbet (Cavan), Dungloe, Termon (Donegal), Clan na Banna (Down), Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone).

    The selected clubs will attend training evenings in the coming weeks before the programme is rolled out.

    Gaelic4Girls 2019 will culminate with cluster blitz days, where Gaelic4Girls clubs will be paired with each other.

  • Ballinrobe LGFA is one of 16 clubs selected to take part in a nationwide LGFA development programme.

    Club2Gether is an initiative which aims increase retention rates of young women in ladies football.

    The programme touches areas like volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also putting a two-year plan in place.

    Free training will now be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs and they will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.

  • Carnacon are to appeal against the suspensions and fine handed down by the Connacht Council of the LGFA.

    The reigning All-Ireland club champions successfully appealed against their expulsion from the Mayo championship on Tuesday night after eight players - Martha Carter, Marie Corbett, Amy Dowling, Doireann Hughes, Sadhbh Larkin, Fiona McHale, Cora Staunton and Saoirse Walsh - left the county panel over alleged player welfare issues.

    But they were subsequently fined €500 and the eight players were each handed four-week bans.

    Carnacon have confirmed this evening to Midwest sport that they formally lodged their appeal with the LGFA yesterday.

  • Statement from Carnacon Ladies Gaelic Football Club as of 22nd August in response to the decision of Mayo LGFA to remove our Senior team from league and championship football for the 2018 season.

    Understandably, the entire panel, management, club officers, our families and supporters are devastated by the sequence of events which have transpired.

    The Club is in the process of preparing an appeal of this decision to lodge with the Connacht LGFA, so at this point in time we feel it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

    We hope you can understand our position and respect our decision.

    At the end of the day - all our members want is to play football and we hope to get this opportunity again in the not too distant future.

    We would like to thank the general public for their support and goodwill in this unprecedented situation.




  • The Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football Interprovincial team have lost the Mick Talbot Cup final to Munster.

    It finished Munster 4-8 0-9 Connacht.

    Mayo’s representation included Lisa and Sinead Cafferky, Aisling Tarpey, Danielle Caldwell and Nicola O’Malley.

    The wait for Connacht to win the competition goes on for another 20th year having last won in 2000.

    Ulster opted not to send a team leaving three provinces to battle for Interprovincial glory.

  • 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



  • Lidl Ladies NFL 
    Division 3
    Roscommon 1-07 Down 0-08
    Sligo 1-16 Wicklow 0-12 

    Division 4
    Fermanagh 3-09 Leitrim 2-09 

  • Carnacon and Mayo player Cora Staunton has signed a new deal with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

    Staunton is only back from playing with the club about six weeks, in a stint where she enjoyed huge success.

    She confirmed the news at Carnacon’s All-Ireland victory dinner dance last night and this morning the GWSG posted a statement confirming the news also. 

    Cora will link up with the club at the end of the year when her club and county duties have concluded here. 

  • Five Mayo stars are among the TG4 Ladies Football All-Stars of 2016 and 2017 who are en route to Bangkok.

    This is the eighth All-Star tour for the LGFA, with players who won All-Stars in 2016 and 2017 among the group – including Mayo’s Fiona McHale, Sarah Tierney, Martha Carter, Aileen Gilroy, and Sarah Rowe.

    The group will arrive in Bangkok this afternoon local time, and will play an exhibition game on Saturday – St Patrick’s Day – at the Chulalongkorn University Stadium.

    The ladies will also attend a welcome ceremony hosted by the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce, as well as enjoying a river cruise and cookery classes, and will undertake a training session at the Berkeley International School.

    Ladies Gaelic Football Association CEO Helen O’Rourke says the trip is a fitting reward for sporting excellence.


  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the 2018 LGFA Volunteer of the Year award winners.

    Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across eight categories.

    The LGFA scheme, in its second year, recognises winners from 2018, and they are as follows:


    • School Coach of Year – John Kennedy (Glenamaddy, Galway)
    • Youth Coach of the Year – Niamh Fox (Dromin-Athlacca Banogue, Limerick)
    • Journalist of The Year – Darren Kelly (Galway Bay FM)
    • PRO of the Year – Donal Fitzpatrick (Kildare)
    • Committee Officer of The Year – Nora Fealy (Kerry)
    • Coach of The Year – Jess Brennan (Blessington, Wicklow)
    • Overall Volunteer of The Year – Edel Conway (Doonbeg, Clare)
    • Volunteer Hall of Fame – Philip O’Hare (Down & Ulster)


    The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Edel Conway, will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

    Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

    Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

    Edel, from the Doonbeg Ladies Football Club in County Clare, continues to play the sport as well as volunteering in various roles.

    She is the current Club secretary and has held this position for over 13 years.

    Edel, who is described as the backbone of the West Clare Club, has also trained county underage teams and she was a member of the management team when the Banner County won the 2012 Munster and All-Ireland Minor B titles.

    The Volunteer Hall of Fame winner is Philip O’Hare, who is synonymous with Ladies Football in county Down and beyond.

    Philip played an integral part in the formation of the Ulster Council in 1992, and he has held various positions on the provincial body.

    Philip, the first chairperson of the Down county board, was also heavily involved in the formation of the Iveagh Bosco club, and he was team manager when they won three Down Senior titles from 1994-1996.

    LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “It is vitally important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

    “As was the case last year, we received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

    “I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

    “The awards event on Friday, February 22, should be a night to savour and one we are already looking forward to.

    “This night will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”  

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to confirm that Lidl National League Division 1 champions Dublin will play two glamour 2019 regulation fixtures at Croke Park.

    These games will serve as curtain-raisers and ‘double-headers’ alongside Dublin’s male counterparts at the Drumcondra venue.

    Dublin, who are also the reigning TG4 All-Ireland Senior champions, will open the defence of their Lidl NFL Division 1 crown with a fixture at Croke Park against Donegal on Saturday February 2, at 5pm.

    This game will be followed by the meeting of Dublin and Galway in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League at 7pm.

    On Saturday, February 23, Dublin will take on old rivals Mayo in the Lidl NFL at Croke Park, again with a 5pm throw-in time.

    This game will be a repeat of the 2018 Lidl NFL Division 1 final at Parnell Park, which Dublin won to secure a first ever top-flight title.

    Following this latest meeting on February 23, the Dublin and Mayo men’s teams will play in the Allianz NFL at 7pm.  

    Last February, Dublin and Mayo were also involved in a ‘double-header’ at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar, with both games screened LIVE by eir sport.

    The LGFA is also working on securing a number of other ‘double-headers’ - and should be in a position to confirm full details at some point next week.

  • Referees from the West of Ireland have been named for the 2018 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals on 16th September.


    Mayo's Garryowen McMahon, a native of Monaghan, will take charge of the senior final between reigning champions Dublin and Cork at 4pm on Sunday 16th Sept in Croke Park.

    This is a first senior final for McMahon, representing the Davitts club in Mayo.


    Roscommon's Gerry Carmody will be the referee for the All-Ireland Intermediate final between Meath and Tyrone.



  • Mayo Ladies Footballers have been handed a huge boost after being awarded their league points against Kerry, after the Kingdom fielded three ineligible players in their Lidl National League Division 1 clash last month.

    The three are believed to have been from the same club and were subsequently registered after the  Feb 4th encounter.

    At a meeting last night of the LGFA Central Council, Kerry were stripped of the league points and fined €100.

    It means Mayo Ladies are still in the mix for a potential Lidl National League Division one semi-final.

    Mayo are now on 9 points – and in 5th spot on the table -  a point behind Donegal and Galway.

    Mayo have two further home games, facing Donegal next Saturday and Monaghan on Sunday week. Listen back to Mayo Manager Peter Leahy now as he shared his thoughts on the matter with Midwest Radio.


  • Lidl Ladies National Football League
    Division 1 
    Mayo 2-11 Tipperary 0-12 

    Division 4
    Antrim P-P Leitrim 

  • September 22nd 


    Group A

    Knockmore V Westport A

    Carnacon V Moy Davitts

    Group B

    Swinford K V Hollymount

    Louisburgh V Burrishoole



    Group A

    Cill Chomain V Kilmoremoy

    St Brigids V Claremorris

    Group B

    Kilmovee Shamrocks V Charlestown

    Castlebar Mitchels-- BYE



    Group A

    Tuar Mhic Éadiagh V Davitts

    Parke KC V Breaffy

    Group B

    CL McHale Rovers V Ballyhaunis

    St Marys V The Neale

  • The Mayo Ladies Football Manager Peter Leahy has hit out at the LGFA for what he describes as ‘outrageous’ treatment which he was subjected to following a walkout by a number of players last summer.

    Speaking to the Irish Independent, Leahy said that he was appalled that the LGFA didn’t make any contact with him during the period the situation was taking place and believes they missed a huge opportunity.

    He says he believes the governing body shot themselves in the foot by allowing his name to be dragged through the mud and believes it sends a worrying message to other men involved in the ladies game.

    Leahy told the paper that he believes it was a huge opportunity for the LGFA to come out and say we are not going to allow players to slander people without facts.


  • Mayo forward Sarah Rowe has joined Women's AFL club Collingwood in Melbourne. She has become the second Ladies Gaelic footballer to join the WAFL and the second Mayo player after team-mate Cora Staunton to try her luck in the recently formed Women's AFL. Now in its third year, the WAFL has been a massive success and Rowe told Midwest Radio how much she is looking forward to joining up with the club.

    The former underage international soccer star and LGFA All Star nominee in 2017 explained how she sought advice from former Collingwood and Down player Marty Clarke who gave her an insight to the Magpies while she also revealed that she will not be turning her back on Mayo Ladies either, with the 2019 championship campaign very much in her sights. She also revealed how she battled throughout the 2018 campaign with a serious shoulder injury. Listen to the full interview with Midwest Radio below.  

  • The Mayo team to play Westmeath on Sunday March 17th has been named@ 

    Throw in at 2pm

    Venue: Cusack Park, Mullingar 

    Ref: Gavin Corrigan







    Laura Brennan 




    Nicola O Malley




    Roisin Flynn




    Ella Brennan 




    Kathryn Sullivan

    Castlebar Mitchels 



    Ciara McManamon




    Danielle Caldwell

    Castlebar Mitchels 



    Clodagh McManamon




    Dayna Finn




    Sinead Cafferky 

    Kilmovee Shamrocks 



    Tamara O Connor 

    Cill Chomáin



    Niamh Kelly

    Moy Davitts



    Fiona Doherty 

    Moy Davitts



    Rachel Kearns

    C.L. McHale Rovers 



    Grace Kelly 

    Moy Davitts



    Michelle Treacy 




    Ann Sheridan




    Lisa McManamon

    Castlebar Mitchels 



    Siobhan Wilson

    Moy Davitts



    Amy Halligan

    The Neale



    Allanah Duffy




    Louise Dervan 

    Castlebar Mitchels 



    Ciara Whyte




    Emma Needham




    Feena McManamon 




    Maria Reilly




    Roisin Durkin

    Swinford Killasser



    Cliodhna Mac Cabe

    Castlebar Mitchels 



    Natasha Gaughan

    Moy Davitts



    Rebecca Kiernan

    Parke Keelogues Crimlin


  • The 2020 Lidl Ladies National Football League fixtures have been announced, with Mayo having their first three games at home.

    In the opening round of the 2020 National League Division One on 26th January next, Donegal travel to Mayo, followed by Dublin travelling to Mayo in the 2nd round on 2nd Feb and Waterford making the trek to Mayo in round 3 the following week.

    In round 4, Mayo travel to Cork on 23rd Feb.

    Round 5 is a home game for Mayo against Westmeath on 1st March, followed by 2 away games in rounds 6 and 7 - Mayo travel to meet Tipperary on 22nd March and then Galway the following week.

    The Division One final is scheduled for 18 / 19 April.