Horan keeps faith with same starting team

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

See you Sunday: Donal Vaughan in action against James Loughrey in the league. Photo:Sportsfile

James Horan has made no changes from the team that defeated Galway in the Connacht final for Sunday's All Ireland quarter-final against Cork.

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Big turn out for Balla 10k

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

It was a glorious sunny evening with a welcome breeze for the 22nd running of the Balla races. The Balla 10k is the most keenly anticipated in the Mayo calendar and the tough course has provided challenges for all comers and all levels over the years. It was the third race in Mayo AC Move2Improve Series sponsored by C&C Cellular. Freddy Keron-Sittuk from Raheny Shamrock AC returned to retain the title he won last year and was the clear winner in a time of 33.01, though well outside his 2013 course record. Clubmate Ian Conroy was second and with Bernard Roe fourth their clubmate David Grange also finished well as Raheny Shamrocks also took the team prize.

In his prolific career John Byrne has often featured at the forefront of Balla 10k finishers and he came home third in a time of 34.09. Norah Newcombe (Ballina AC) was the clear winner of the women's race and finished ninth overall in a time of 37.24. Following her return to her native Ballina she will be a leading contender at races in the west. Colette Tuohy displayed formidable consistency to claim second place in 39.37, ahead of Sarah Syron who is back to form with a string of excellent 10k times. Ann McDonnell ran a stormer and was delighted with her personal best of 45.41 and won in the over 35 category. Angela O'Connor continues to perform at the top level with a great time of 41.58 to win the over 45 category from Chris Gallagher second place in a time of 44.34. O’Connor, Tuohy, and Syron combined to win the women's team prize for Mayo AC.

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Tynan flies ‘Sky’ high in Mayo

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

Martin Tynan from Monaghan beat all challengers to claim victory on Mayo and District Motorsport Club’s Loose Surface Autocross on Sunday. Driving a Mitsubishi Evo 8, he had to do it the hard way, coming from behind on the final run to beat local favourite Derek Deane.

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MMA takes centre stage in Castlebar this weekend

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

It is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the world and now MMA is coming west. A major MMA event is taking place in the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, on Sunday August 3, with some of the top competitors in the county coming to town to do battle for the inaugural West Cage Fighting Championships. This is an opportunity for fans of the sport to witness firsthand the spectacle of an all-out, full-scale MMA event. There will be 10 fights over the course of the night, with each contest being decided over three, three-minute, rounds.

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Minors ready for High Noon showdown

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

Leading light: Mayo minor captain Cian Hanley will be hoping to spearhead his teams challenge on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile.

It’s going to be a long day for Mayo supporters in Croke Park on Sunday, with the action getting under way at 12 noon when Enda Gilvarry’s Mayo minors take on the defeated Ulster finalists Armagh in GAA headquarters.

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Captains’ prizes still swinging into action around Mayo

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

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Last weekend’s stableford competition which was sponsored by McEllin Plant Hire was won by Richard Murphy with a score of 38pts. Paraic Cuffe finished in second place with Frank Larkin in third. The ladies’ competition was won by Patricia Conwell with a score of 39pts, with Mary Fahy finishing in second place and Geraldine O’Malley coming home in third place. The annual open week classic competition will continue over the weekend until Bank Holiday Monday. Teams of four cost €40 for entry.

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Day of double delights for Mayo supporters

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

As we expected Cork are our opponents for Sunday’s All-Ireland Quarter final which promises to be a great day out for Mayo Fans albeit a long day. The minors take centre stage at 12 noon followed by the seniors at 4pm. I have heard rumblings as to why the Mayo senior game couldn’t be on at 2pm, so Mayo fans wouldn’t have to spend the best part of six hours in Croke Parke. It would have been the correct course of action, imagine someone from Belmullet going to support the minors, leaving at 7am on Sunday morning and probably not getting home until the early hours. I don’t envy them, however beggars can’t be choosers and we should be delighted the minors are getting at least one game at headquarters. Last year the minor quarter final against Westmeath was played on bank holiday Monday in Tullamore, most Mayo fans won’t be present for the start of the minor game anyway as happened in Castlebar for the Connacht Final. I personally can’t wait and will watch every second of every game.

Rebels put an end to my Mayo days

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Mayo look to cork rebels challenge

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

The flying Doc: Mayo’s Jason Doherty will be looking to fire Mayo to victory on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile.

Mayo head to Croke Park on Sunday for their fourth All Ireland quarter-final on the bounce since James Horan first took charge of the side. An achievement that any inter-county manager would be proud of, but in Mayo all that matters to some supporters is getting over the finishing line in first place in late September.

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Elite eight pairings made

Fri, Aug 01, 2014

The draws for the Mayo GAA senior, intermediate and junior championship quarter-final and semi-final stages were made in Elverys MacHale Park this week.

In the senior championship Castlebar Mitchels will take on Aghamore and the winners will face who ever wins between Garrymore and Charlestown in the final four. On the other side of the draw Ballaghaderreen play Ballintubber and the winners will square off against whoever comes out of the tie between Breaffy and Knockmore in the semi-final.

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O’Shea ready to rule Croker again

Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Ready to rumble again: Aidan O'Shea is looking forward to getting back to Croke Park. Photo: Sportsfile

When the kids file on to the field at the full-time whistle after any Mayo game, he’s the one that most of them flock towards and he’s invariably the last one to make his way to the dressing room after signing jerseys and posing for photographs, fresh after the battle. Being marked out for stardom in the GAA since he was a minor sensation is something that Aidan O’Shea has had to live with for the past number of years and at the age of 24, he’s in his sixth season as a main stay in the Mayo team and he admits that in his break-out year of 2009 it came a little to easy for him.

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Tight battle expected in Sunday showdown

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

After 13 games in the Welcome Inn Hotel Premier A Division, they cannot be separated on points, but come Sunday either Conn Rangers or Swinford FC will be heading home with a piece of silverware for the winter when they meet in the Westaro Cup final. Both sides are competing in one of the tightest league races seen in recent years as they battle for the title promotion to the Elverys Sports Super League with Westport United B (who even if they win the league cannot get promoted) and Ballyglass. The current league table has Westport out in front with 29 points, the three other sides locked together on 28 points with five games to go in the league.

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Gallagher breaks personal best in Belfast

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Claremorris native Aine Gallagher (Mayo AC) took part in the fifth Energia Belfast 24-hour event last weekend. The event incorporated a 12-hour women's race. Aine was first to finish and completed a distance of 105k in the 12 hours - a personal best along with being a track record and a Irish record. Aine is no stranger to the ultra zone, as she has competed previously at Energia events and completed the Connemara Ultra marathon.

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