Mayo football

  • RTÉ will televise a remote presentation of the 2020 All Star awards this Saturday night, in line with Covid-19 restrictions.

    The All-Star hurling team and the Footballer and Hurler of the Year winners will be revealed during the show, with the football All-Stars being announced to the media on Friday morning.

    Mayo's Cillian O'Connor is shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award, along with Dublin duo Brian Fenton and Ciaran Kilkenny.

    Mayo trio Tommy Conroy, Eoghan MacLaughlin and Oisin Mullin will battle it for Young Footballer of the Year.

    Limerick is expected to dominate the All-Star hurling team, after winning a second Liam MacCarthy Cup in three years, likewise, six-in-a-row champions Dublin in the football.

    The All-Star awards will be broadcast on RTE One television on Saturday evening at.635pm.


  • The new 11 million euro Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar opened to the public yesterday.

    The complex, built by Mayo county council, comprises of an eight-lane competitive 25 meter swimming pool, a learning pool, a gym and aerobics studios, steam room, sauna and general purpose rooms.

    The new complex is set in front of Lough Lannagh, and adjacent to Lough Lannagh village, Castlebar Boxing club and Tennis club, and to the fore of the proposed new Mayo GAA pitches development.

    Mayo Footballer Andy Moran is the man at the helm of the new gym in the Leisure Complex, while accomplished swimmer David O’Malley is the Manager of the new swimming pool.

    The new complex is opening in phased stages – with the swimming pool area opening yesterday, the yoga and pilates facilities will open on Monday next and the new state of the art gym will open from Friday next.

    Andy Moran says the new Leisure Complex is located in an expanding Sporting hub in Castlebar and he believes it will offer unrivalled sporting facilities in the province

  • Barry Moran is to retire from inter-county football. The Castlebar Mitchels clubman is due to take up a position with his job for two years and has decided to retire from the inter-county scene. However he will remain on playing with Castlebar Mitchels for the next while.

    Moran made his inter-county debut for Mayo in 2005 against Roscommon.

  • Irish Rail have announced extra services on the Westport-Dublin line this Sunday, as Mayo football fans make their way to Croke Park for the Allianz National Football League Division One final between Mayo and Kerry.

    An additional morning train will leave Westport at 8.20am on Sunday morning, serving Castlebar, Claremorris and Ballyhaunis, and an additional evening train will leave Heuston Station in Dublin at 7.20pm Sunday evening, after the match which has a 4pm throw-in.



  • Stephen Rochford has resigned as manager of the Mayo Senior football team.

    He confirmed in a statement yesterday evening that he was stepping down.

    Following Mayo's early exit from this year's championship, he had indicated that he would be staying on.

    However, three members of his management team - Donie Buckley, Tony McEntee and  Peter Burke - did step down.

    Over the weekend it emerged that Stephen had planned to bring in former Mayo player Peter Ford, who had previously managed Galway and Sligo, and Shane Conway into his new management team.

    It is understood that at a meeting of the Mayo County Board's Executive committee on Sunday, members didn't endorse Rochford's new management team.

    At about 6pm yesterday Stephen issued his statement.

    "After a meeting of the Mayo GAA Board's Executive Committee last night (Sun) , held to discuss the management team I had assembled to manage Mayo senior men's team in 2019, the board issued a statement saying they wished to meet the management team and me about our structure and plans.

    "It was apparent from what transpired at that meeting that the desired level of support for me as manager was not forthcoming from the Executive Committee. This disappoints me greatly.

    "Accordingly, I see no value in meeting with the officers of the board and I am resigning my position as Mayo manager. I thank all those who supported me during the past three years, two of which saw Mayo come so close to winning the All-Ireland title.

    "Like all Mayo people, I enjoyed the good days when the team won and suffered the disappointments when the results didn't go our way. It was a great privilege to manage the Mayo team.

    "The 2018 season was a disappointing one for all involved, and for our supporters. However, I had every confidence that our new backroom team had the capacity to build on the progress of previous years and drive the team on in 2019.

    "In particular, I thank the players, backroom team, spouses and partners, family members, our team sponsors Intersport  Elverys, the county board, the clubs and the Mayo supporters worldwide who turned out in huge numbers to support us during the three years and who lent financial backing to the team.

    "A special word of thanks to my wife, Laura, and our children, and both our families, for their support and forbearance at all times.

    "I wish all who will wear the Mayo jersey in 2019 and beyond every success and I look forward to supporting the footballing fortunes of the county."

     Speaking to Newstalk last night about the manager’s decision to step down, former Mayo midfielder David Brady said Stephen owed nothing to Mayo football.

  • Two Mayo players who picked up injuries in Sunday’s Allianz League clash with Tyrone are still undergoing assessment on those injuries.

    A spokesperson for Mayo GAA told Midwest Sport that Lee Keegan will get specialist opinion and medical imaging on a shoulder injury to assess the extent of the damage picked up.

    Meanwhile Cillian O’Connor will undergo further assessment on his hamstring injury.

    Mayo face a crucial away clash against Donegal on Sunday, where a loss would relegate them to Division Two.










    August   Moy Villa






    August   Michael Gibbons, Westport Utd ‘B’







    Super League     Brendan Lavelle, Ballina Town

    Premier League Joe Slevin, Swinford

    League One       Padraig Folan, Westport Utd ‘B’

    League Two      John Judge (Snr), Moy Villa

  • In Round 4 of the Allianz Football League this weekend, Mayo host All-Ireland champions Dublin at Elvery’s MacHale Park, Castlebar on Saturday evening – that game has a 7pm throw-in time with live commentary here on Midwest Radio.

    Paddy Neilan from Roscommon has been confirmed as the referee for that Division One game.

    Also in Division 1, Galway travel to Tralee on Sunday to take on Kerry at 2.30.

    In Division Two, Roscommon are away to Louth, with a 2pm throw-in time in Drogheda,

    In Div 3, Sligo are away to Westmeath at 2pm Sunday and in Division 4, Carrick-on-Shannon is the venue for the meeting of Leitrim and Limerick – also at 2pm.

    In Round 4 of the Allianz Hurling League, Mayo host Wicklow on Sunday in Ballina at 2pm and we’ll have live commentary of that match here on Midwest Radio.

  • Mayo footballer Sinéad Cafferky is the Croke Park Hotel / LGFA Player of the Month award winner for April.

    The 25-year old, from the Kilmovee Shamrocks Club, won the award for a series of  impressive performances during the Lidl National League Division 1 campaign.

    Sinead scored a total of 5-9 over the course of Mayo’s nine matches, putting in a brilliant performance in the semi-final victory over Cork in April.

    She scored the crucial second half goal that helped to earn Mayo a 1-20 to 3-12 victory.

    Sinead Cafferky returned to the Mayo squad this year following a number of years away from the inter-county scene and her consistent form has been publicly hailed by team manager Peter Leahy.

    Mayo are now preparing for the TG4 Connacht senior final against old rivals Galway on Sunday, June 24.




  • Mayo's Tom Parsons has today confirmed his retirement from Inter-county football.

    He made the first of his 84 senior appearances in the national football league against Derry in 2008, and his championship debut four months later against Sligo.

    Tom played his 36th and final championship game against Tipperary last month in Croke Park.

    He broke into the senior squad while still an U21 player in 2008 and went on to enjoy a stellar career with Mayo.

    Over the course of his senior career, he won three Connacht titles, one national football league and received two All-Star nominations.

    At U21 level he claimed three Connacht titles in 2007, 2008 and as captain in 2009.

    Tom also represented his country in the 2008 International rules series.

    He also claimed club honours with his club Charlestown Sarsfields, winning both Mayo senior and intermediate county titles, along with a Connacht club title in 2012.

    In a statement, Tom Parsons says " Today, it’s time to say good-bye and announce my retirement from Mayo football. Since 2008, it has been a privilege to play for Mayo and our amazing Gaelic games. It has been a journey that has filled my life with joy, passion, some-heartache, resilience and meaning. An experience that I’ll cherish forever.

     To teammates past & present, it’s been an honour to battle alongside you, your never give-in attitude for our county and the game is infectious – all I can say is Respect. To the GAA community, county boards, coaches, management and backroom teams, thank you for every ounce of support and encouragement along the way, you give so much for the development of others, that’s is what life is all about.

     I’ll be forever grateful to my club Charlestown Sarsfields’, who inspired & helped me grow as a player from grassroots to the current day and to the GPA for their continued support on and off the pitch. Thanks to my amazing company Jacobs for the support and flexibility to help me play the game I love.

     To Mum, Dad and family you left no stone unturned to support me on the journey, thank you so much for the constant voice of encouragement in football and in life.

     Finally, to my wife Carol, for all the support, guidance and care in the best and toughest of times, thank you for sharing in my dream to play for Mayo. Our beautiful boy and I are blessed to have you in our lives.

     To the resilient people of Mayo, I can still hear your voices ringing in my ears from the stands of McHale Park to Croker, you are what make our games special. It’s been an absolute honour to represent you.

     Maigh Eo Abu

  • Mayo manager Stephen Rochford admitted his team lost discipline during yesterday's Division 1 defeat to Galway.

    The manager said he was very disappointed, “but we lost our discipline and that's something we have to look at."

    Commenting on the incident that resulted in Cillian O'Connor being shown a red card, which means he will be suspended for the upcoming Dublin clash, Rochford said he had no qualms with referee Anthony Nolan's decision.