Peter Leahy

  • Jason Hill, an AFLW agent and founder of Cross-Coders was not impressed with the comments of Mayo Ladies football manager Peter Leahy on Midwest Sport last Sunday where he said players have to decide whether to commit fully to the Green and Red set-up or to Australian Football League Women’s [AFLW] going forward. 

    The Mayo Boss said that it’s “what’s best for Mayo,” and “there is a time that you should put your county first.”

    During the week Jason Hill responded on saying this news comes as “extremely disappointing,” “disgusting” and “quite an underhand tactic”.

    Jason joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport today.

    Here is the link to the full interview.

  • An agent for the Australian Football Women's League says he's extremely disappointed at comments made by Peter Leahy, in which the Mayo ladies manager said footballers will have to decide whether to commit fully to their county or to the AFLW going forward.

    The Mayo boss told Midwest Radio's Sunday Sports Show that "there's a time you should put your county first".

    Currently players can do both, with the AFLW campaign running from late October until the Grand Final in April before returning home for the tail end of league and championship, but Peter Leahy said players must pick one or the other for 2021.

    AFLW agent and CrossCoders co-founder Jason Hill has described this as "quite an underhand tactic".

    Speaking to The42 from Australia, he said his initial reaction was one of extreme disappointment, and doesn't believe this conversation should have been played out in the media - he says he would rather Mr Leahy dealt directly with the players, or with the clubs in Australia.

    The AFLW agent says the players shouldn't have to make this decision, and no one is forcing them to, apart from the Mayo manager.

    Mr Hill says these girls have put over 20 years into living the dream of playing football for their county and have done everything that's been asked of them.

    He said "now that they've developed themselves - with the help of their counties and clubs- into elite athletes, to be then questioned about their commitment and loyalty when they've worked their hardest just doesn't sit right with me or the CrossCoders as an organisation - to limit opportunities for these girls when there's no real reason for them to be limited".

    Jason Hill also questioned the timing of Peter Leahy's announcement, when no one knows when Gaelic football is coming back.



  • Mayo’s Danielle Caldwell wins the Women’s Gaelic Players Association’s Player of the Month for July.


    The tenacious defender impressed in Mayo’s group games against Tyrone and Donegal throughout the month of July.


    Her manager, Peter Leahy has compared Caldwell to the former Player of the Year Lee Keegan in her ability to nullify opponents.


    The Castlebar woman will be hope for a big performance against Galway at 2pm this Sunday.


    We’ll have live coverage of that match on Midwest radio with thanks to Corrigan’s Stores, Ballintubber.

  • Mayo Ladies manager Peter Leahy calls on the Mayo public to get behind his ladies side as they prepare for an All-Ireland semi-final against Galway.

    Leahy’s charges earned their spot in the last four on Saturday after coming out as three point winners over Armagh.

    With Mayo seniors and minors playing in Croke Park on the same day as the ladies quarter-final there was a small crowd in Pearse Park to celebrate the ladies’ win.

    Peter Leahy calls on Mayo supporters to row in behind his team as they seek revenge by winning one back against Connacht champions Galway.

  • The Mayo Ladies will face Galway as part of a double header in Croke Park at 2pm on Sunday.

    Ladies boss Peter Leahy will be hoping his side can build on their three-point victory over Armagh by getting revenge over the tribeswomen.

    Leahy realises that his team face a difficult task against the Connacht champions and the Mayo boss acknowledged the quality of their local rivals.

    He praised Galway’s success at underage levels as the basis for their recent revival.

    We'll have live coverage of the game on Midwest Radio with thanks to Corrigan's Stores Ballintubber.

  • The Mayo ladies face a do-or-die tie with Donegal in the final round of the All-Ireland group stages.

    With a win over Tyrone in their first outing, a win or a draw will be enough to see Peter Leahy’s women over the line and into the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

    It would also see them top their group and go into the next round on the favourable side of the draw, avoiding Cork and setting up a likely meeting with Cavan.

    The Mayo ladies take on the Ulster champions at half past one on Saturday in Tullamore, with live coverage on TG4.

  • Mayo boss Peter Leahy has made three changes in personnel for tomorrow’s TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC quarter-final clash with Armagh at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford.


    After getting past the challenge of Donegal to qualify for the last eight, Leahy has handed starts to Kathryn Sullivan, Emma Needham and Maria Reilly for this one, with Róisín Flynn, Dayna Finn and Fiona Doherty dropping out of the team that started last time out.


    Mayo, the 2017 Finalists, have their sights set on a semi-final at Croke Park on August 25, with the winners of their tie with Armagh to face off against Galway or Waterford.


     The Mayo team in full is as follows:

    1. Aisling Tarpey
    2. Nicola O’Malley
    3. Danielle Caldwell#
    4. Eilis Ronayne
    5. Kathryn Sullivan
    6. Ciara McManamon
    7. Ciara Whyte
    8. Clodagh McManamon
    9. Emma Needham
    10. Sinead Cafferky
    11. Maria Reilly
    12. Niamh Kelly
    13. Sarah Rowe
    14. Rachel Kearns
    15. Grace Kelly


  • The Mayo Senior Ladies Football Manager says both Tyrone and Armagh are very strong teams.

    Peter Leahy has been giving his reaction to last night’s draw for the Senior Championship.

    Mayo have been pitted against the Ulster sides in Group 4.

    Leahy says the likelihood is they will be playing either Dublin or Donegal in an All-Ireland Semi-Final if they can win their group.

  • Mayo Ladies Manager Peter Leahy has declined to comment on a report this morning that up to ten of his players have walked out ahead of their All Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Cavan on Saturday next.

    The Mayo News today revealed that the Mayo Ladies senior football squad is down ten players.

    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.

    However, responding to Midwest Sport this morning Mr Leahy said he would not be making any comment on the situation at present. His concentration and focus is on Saturday’s clash.

    He added he will make a comment after that.


  • 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.


  • The Mayo Ladies defeated Cavan in their opening Group 4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship encounter on Saturday afternoon in Clones.

    This was a highly entertaining game, which ended with Mayo winning out on a 3-23 to 4-13 scoreline.

    The win was all the more impressive in a week where a large number of players left the squad.

    Mayo manager Peter Leahy addressed that after the game in a prepared statement. He said while it is correct to say the players it is reported have left, have indeed left the panel, it is not correct to say it is all down to the one issue highlighted by some of the players. He said a number of players informed management that they were leaving for purely personal reasons.  

    He said that at no stage was any player ever asked to leave the panel.

    He outlined a timeline for the events that had occurred in the lead up to the game. 

    He said about one hour before a training session in Bekan, on Thursday July 5th, a club secretary called him to say that all eight members of that club were withdrawing from the panel due to player welfare issues. 

    Peter Leahy says he informed the County Board and the other players and they held a full training sessions that night. 

    He said that over the next five days, four more players withdrew from the panel and three of those four informed the liaison officer that they were withdrawing for purely personal reasons and not the reasons quoted by the previous eight, while the fourth player has not communicated a reason for leaving. 

    The Mayo County Board continues to give the players involved any help needed.

    Mr Leahy also paid tribute to the players, his management team and the County Board for their co-operation and the way they have conducted themselves over the past number of days.


  • As the Mayo ladies prepare to meet Donegal in the opening round of the LGFA National Football League this Sunday, manager Peter Leahy will be without a number of the key players from last year.

    Four Mayo players are currently playing in the AFL Women's League in Australia and will miss much of Mayo's League campaign, while Dayna Finn is abroad with basketball commitments.

    Peter Leahy says they will use the National League to try out new players....


  • Mayo ladies manager Peter Leahy is calling on the LGFA -Ladies Gaelic Football Association - to protect the national league, by introducing a rule on player eligibility for those also playing Aussie Rules.

    Mayo has lost four top players to the AFLW ahead of this weekend's National Football League opener against Donegal in Swinford.

    Sarah Rowe, sisters Grace and Niamh Kelly and Aileen Gilroy are among 18 Irish stars who will miss this year's National Football League because they're playing in the AFLW, which also starts this weekend.

    It finishes in mid-April, allowing Irish players to return home in time for championship football, but Peter Leahy believes they should not be allowed to play for their home county, if they've started the season elsewhere.....

  • The Mayo Ladies team to face Donegal shows three changes as Dayna Finn, Ciara Whyte and Fiona Doherty get the nod for Peter Leahy’s side, with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.


    Mayo can top the group with a draw or win, having defeated Tyrone in their last outing.


    If Mayo can remain undefeated in the group then they would enter the All-Ireland quarter finals on the favorable side of the draw, avoiding Cork in the last eight.


    The Mayo Ladies lines out as follows;


    A Tarpey;

    N O’Malley, R Flynn, D Caldwell;

    É Ronayne, Ciara McManamon,C Whyte;

    Clodagh McManamon, D Finn;

    F Doherty, S Cafferky, N Kelly;

    S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly.


  • 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.




  • 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.


    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