Mayo Ladies GAA

  • A new supporters' club for Mayo Ladies Football has been announced. 

    The club, Mayo Mban, is an independent group of family, friends and supporters who have come together to help the Green and Red in their quest to win the All-Ireland title.

    In a statement today a spokesperson said: Mayo Mban pride ourselves on transparency and everything we do will be documented fully. We have a committee in place and will be unveiling some very imaginative projects in the coming days and weeks. We would like people in all corners of our great county and in every nook and cranny of the planet to become part of Mayo Mban and help our wonderful footballers climb the steps of the Hogan Stand in September.

    Details of how people can get involved will be released in the coming days.

    Jennifer Murphy (Chair)

    Angela Kearns (Vice Chair)

    Michael Gallagher (Secretary)

    Breda Kelly (Treasurer)

     

  • Mayo ladies football manager Peter Leahy is planning for the new season without all of the 12 players who left the county panel last summer, and has called for his team to be given time to develop.

    Eight players from county champions Carnacon as well as four other players and two mentors left the Mayo squad ten days before their All-Ireland quarter final clash with Cavan in June.

    The controversy contined over the Summer and eventually led to the Mayo County Board attempting to throw Carnacon out of the club championship - that ban was later overturned, and the club went on to claim their 19th county title in a row.

    As a result of the falling out, the 12 players who left the county panel will not form part of Peter Leahy’s inter-county panel in 2019, as he starts his preparation for the national league, which begins against Tipperary on Sunday 3 February.

     

     

     

  • Crossmolina Lahardane MacHale Rovers star player Rachel Kearns picked up her first All Star at the 2019 TG4 Ladies Football All Star awards last night.

    The number 14 was immense all year for Mayo especially in their wins in the All-Ireland series and their narrow loss to Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

    Mayo also won goal of the year for Mayo captain Niamh Kelly’s effort against Galway and Christina Heffernan was awarded a Hall of Fame Award.

  • Ladies Connacht Minor Championship 
    Roscommon 1-15 Mayo 0-12

  • Senior League Results Round 1 

     

    Division 1
    Charlestown 3-07                     Moy Davitts 4-21
    Kilmoremoy 2-07                      Castlebar Mitchels 1-16
    Knockmore 0-17                      Louisburgh 3-04
    Carnacon 1-13                         Hollymount 0-07

     

    Division 2
    Claremorris 1-08               Burrishoole 1-11
    Westport 2-14                Cill Chomain 1-06
    Kilmovee Shamrocks 0-02  St Brigid's 9-12
    Tour Mhic Éadaigh 2-02   Swinford Killasser 5-16

     

    Division 3A
    Parke KC 11-12              Claremorris B  2-05
    Breaffy 2-05                  St Marys 7-07
    Achill bye

     

    Division 3B
    Ballyhaunis 4-08     CL McHale Rovers 2-02
    Kilmeena 2-01       Davitts 7-17
    The Neale bye

  • To raise funds for the Do it for Dan, Sarah Rowe has donated her signed Mayo jersey.

    To be in with a chance to win the jersey you are asked to donate what you can to the campaign.

    You are then asked to Screenshot the receipt & DM to the Mayo LGFA Twitter account.

    Tag three friends to do same in comments below.

    You can make a donation via this link.

    https://www.facebook.com/donate/222797058800407/

  • Mayo’s Sarah Rowe has been named AFLW Irish Player of the year.

    16 Irish women lined out competitively Down Under this season and the AFL Ireland Women’s team tracked their statistics in relation to goals, disposals, kicks, handballs, marks and tackles across each of the six rounds. 

    The Kilmoremoy footballer, who was representing the Collingwood Magpies, came out on top ahead of Aisling McCarthy of Tipperary (Western Bulldogs) and Carnacon’s Cora Staunton (GWS Giants).

    Kilfian’s Aileen Gilroy who plays for North Melbourne came fourth.

    It is a tremendous achievement to see three Mayo players in the top five.

  • Fourteen former players and backroom staff from the Mayo Ladies Senior team have released a statement outlining the reasons behind their departure from the Mayo LGFA squad earlier in the year.

    The twelve players and two backroom members presented a united front in the McWilliam Park Hotel on Monday night to outline their response to several points raised by Mayo manager Peter Leahy in a recent interview. It is the first time the group as a whole have spoken out on the issues which caused the split in the camp after Mayo's defeat to Galway in the Connacht Final in June.

    You can read the statement in full below.

     

     

    To begin we want to acknowledge what a great day Sunday was for ladies football; the crowd, standard of football and we offer congratulations to all six teams involved.  

    We as a group of fourteen people, the twelve players and two members of management who stepped away from the Mayo senior ladies set up in July 2018 would like to address the issues around our actions.  We have remained silent until now and appreciate that this left a space for speculation and rumour; we take responsibility for that. We had always hoped that our story would come out in a respectful, private setting but at this stage feel that we have no choice but to represent ourselves to ease our own conscience and to hopefully close the public discourse on this matter.

    Firstly, we want to be clear that regardless of timing or language or delivery of the message to leave the Mayo set up, all fourteen of us can categorically state that we left for the same reasons.  These reasons were in relation to player welfare issues that we witnessed or experienced in our time with the set up. We would like to be clear to everyone that these were not due to selection issues nor to one or two players.  Everyone involved in county panels, including us twelve players, are hugely competitive and of course want to be playing on the starting fifteen. However, to suggest that any player would encourage or expect a team mate to leave a panel because they were not on a starting fifteen, or indeed, that a player would leave because of such a request, is hugely disrespectful to us all as athletes and people.   

    Secondly, our reasons for stepping away from the Mayo panel were related to player welfare issues that were personal, and were sensitive.  Specifically, a number of players but most notably our captain Sarah Tierney has endured an extremely difficult relationship with the Mayo manager over the 2018 season.  Ultimately our issues related to a lack of communication, being undermined, intimidated, feeling isolated and eventually helpless in the entire situation. The whole experience had a significant impact on our mental health.  We used the terms ‘unhealthy’ and ‘unsafe’ and accept, and take responsibility for the implications of this language but for us, these are relevant terms and stepping away was the right decision. We will be judged for our decision but this was extremely important to us and something we had to take a stand on.  There is now widespread acceptance that player welfare is much more than having a physio, proper strength and conditioning, good pitches. We fought long enough for these basic conditions, and thankfully over the last few years, we have not had an issue with them – and equally in 2018 we had a good set up. Our issues were broader and deeper and dismissing them as ‘feelings’ is extremely unhelpful and careless.  We made a decision for ourselves, as amateur players, who absolutely love our sport, to step away from it. This decision was not taken lightly and our intention was never to cause upset for anyone rather to protect the wellbeing of each other.

    We appreciate that not every player may have experienced or witnessed these issues and also we appreciate that a number of us did not address these fully with the rest of the Mayo panel. Despite this, many of the remaining panel did attend a players meeting on Saturday July 7th and did agree that there were issues at play.  Secondly, an opportunity for all of the departed players and current players to sit down and discuss the situation on Sunday July 8th was ultimately pulled by the county board and others.  In addition, mediation, which was another opportunity for engagement and agreement (even to disagree) was hindered by what we believe was an unfair process.

    At this point, we are completely disillusioned and our attempts to remain dignified after such a significant decision have been undermined. When we raised our issues they were dismissed, when mediation failed we were let go and now we feel we are being portrayed as weak, hysterical, hyper sensitive people when in reality we made a choice for ourselves, and felt strong enough to do so.  What does the reaction say to people who want to ever speak up, who ever want to raise an issue that this is how we handle it? We must be able to tell all players that their opinions, their feelings and their experiences matter. We must be able to listen when they have a problem with structures in place. We must not publicly shame them or indeed ban them from doing what they love before we hear what they have to say properly and before we consider player welfare in its truest sense.  

    We do appreciate that all parties have been affected, especially our fellow team mates.  They have expressed this and now we have too. One of the saddest outcomes of the whole thing is that there has been a serious strain put on friendships.  We were within our rights to walk away from something that we felt was wrong and whatever people may ultimately think, we were pushed to a stage where the right option, the healthy option, was to remove ourselves.  Finally, we have been and will continue to be proud Mayo people. We have been privileged and honoured to represent Mayo and always will only want the best and have the highest expectations for anyone who takes to the field in a Mayo jersey.

    We hope this answers the questions which have been in the public sphere and we as a group hope that this will bring an end to a very tough time in all our lives.  We do not wish to comment any further.

    SIGNED

    Sarah Tierney

    Fiona McHale

    Denise McDonagh

    Shauna Howley

    Marie Corbett

    Cora Staunton

    Elaine Murphy

    Doireann Hughes

    Martha Carter

    Amy Dowling

    Saoirse Walsh

    Sadbh Larkin

    Orla Conlon

    Michael McHale  

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    Statement from the Executive Board of Mayo LGFA

     

    The Executive Board of Mayo LGFA is acutely aware of the critical importance of player welfare. Player wellbeing is fundamental to all coaching and management structures.

    A comprehensive programme is in place to ensure that all Mayo players can train and perform in a safe and supportive environment and all necessary resources have been made available to enable the Mayo Senior Ladies compete with the very best in the country. 

    In the light of media speculation about unspecified 'personal and sensitive' issues, the Board feels it important to state that the senior management team has adhered to all protocols and guidelines set out at the beginning of their tenure.

    The Board has made players and management aware that they have our full support going forward and we will continue to work with all parties to find an amicable resolution.

    Finally, we would call on all Mayo fans to come out and support the team in Saturday's TG4 All-Ireland Qualifier against Cavan and for the remainder of the season.

     

  • Carnacon will be at full strength for their Mayo Ladies Football semi-final against Moy Davitts this Sunday.

    An appeal by Mayo County Board against the leniency of the suspensions given to eight players has been rejected, and the players - Marie Corbett, Amy Dowling, Doireann Hughes, Sadhbh Larkin and Saoirse Walsh, Cora Staunton, Fiona McHale and Martha Carter,will be free to play the last four clash with their rivals this weekend.

    It followed an initial four-week ban being reduced to two-weeks after an appeal by the players to the L-G-F-A's National Appeals Committee.

  • Midwest Sport understands that two more players and a selector have left the Mayo Ladies Senior Football set-up. 

    It comes following the revelation earlier this week that 10 players had left the set-up due to player welfare issues. 

    Mayo play Cavan in the All-Ireland Championship this Saturday at 2.15pm.

  • Up to ten players on the Mayo Ladies senior football squad have walked out ahead of their All Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Cavan on Saturday next.

    That’s according to a front page story in today’s Mayo News.

    Among the players who have withdrawn from the squad are team captain Sarah Tierney, vice captain Fiona McHale and all time leading scorer Cora Staunton.  Team selector Michael McHale has also opted out.

    The Mayo News understands that the players who have left the squad are citing player welfare issues as the reason behind their decision.

    Mayo Ladies GAA Board PRO Susan Rodgers confirmed to the paper that players had left the squad in the last week.

    The team is due to train again tonight before playing Cavan in Clones on Saturday in the first round of the All Ireland Qualifier group stage.

  • We caught up with Fiona McHale and Peter Leahy after Mayo's defeat to Dublin, 3-15 1-10, in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division One Final in Parnell Park, Dublin on Sunday last.

     

     

  • Ladies County Intermediate Football Final 
    Westport 2-07 
    Charlestown 0-05 

  • Westport 2-9 1-11 Kilmovee Shamrocks

  • The Women's Gaelic Players Association has released a statement regarding the controversy involving several members of the 2018 senior football panel and some of the management team. The statement can be read in full below.
     

     

    The WGPA wishes to acknowledge the situation in Mayo Ladies Football at present. We are aware of the issues at hand and are supporting all of the players. We recognise the physical and emotional commitment required to operate at the top level of our games and respect the decision of all individual players regarding their own personal playing experience.

    The players who have stepped away from the panel at this time have issued the following short statement.

    “We have stepped away from the Mayo panel for player welfare issues that are personal and sensitive to the players involved. Out of respect to the girls playing at the weekend and ourselves, we will not be commenting further. We wish the Mayo team well with their game on Saturday.”

    We would now appeal that speculation on the matter comes to an end and that all players are supported on and off the field. The WGPA will continue to work with everyone individually and collectively in the best interests of Mayo Ladies Football.

     

    You can listen back to Ed McGreal of the Mayo News who talked to Midwest Radio Sport this morning about the situation here.

  • Ladies Connacht Senior Football Final
    Kilkerrin/Clonberne 3-04 
    Carnacon 1-08 

    Ladies Connacht Junior Football Final 
    Tourlestrane 3-12
    Naomh Anna Leitir Moir 1-15