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O'Connor returns to action as Ballintubber kick start title defence

Sun, May 24, 2015

Back in action: Cillian O'Connor was back playing football this weekend for his club Ballintubber. Photo: Sportsfile

The first weekend of the Mayo GAA senior championship had a little bit of everything including one side lining up their entire 15 players in their own half for the start of the second half of their game, a heroic struggle between Mayo men Aidan O’Shea and Colm Boyle against each other for the pride of the parish, the return of Cillian O’Connor to action for Ballintubber and late, late fight back from Kiltane to break the hearts of Shrule-Glencorrib who made the long trip to Bangor.

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Mayo battle to avoid the drop

Fri, May 22, 2015

Hurling through: David Kenny will be key to Mayo's chances. Photo: Sportsfile

The Mayo senior hurlers will be hoping to avoid moving one step closer to falling through the trapdoor into the Nicky Rackard Cup for next season when they take on Wicklow in Mullingar tomorrow. JP Coen's side lost out to Kildare in a seesaw encounter in James Stephens Park in Ballina last Saturday, and now have 70 minutes to ensure their Ring Cup status for next season and avoid the relegation/promotion final which will see the losers of this game take on the winners of the Rackard Cup on Saturday June 13 for the right to compete in the Christy Ring Cup next season.

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Nervous times for managers

Fri, May 22, 2015

Pride of the Parish: Barry Leonard and his daughter Kathlyn who made her communion last Sunday morning, before her father won the man-of-the match award in the Connacht Junior Final in Carrick-on-Shannon. The communion mass was brought forward so Barry could make both the mass and the game. Photo: Sportsfile

The Mayo club championship finally gets under way at the weekend and I have no doubt the two most nervous spectators will be Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly especially as the games are on a week later than planned as it will give their county players a week less to get over any niggles or strains picked up to be fit in time to face Galway.

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Local pride and local passions to the fore this weekend

Fri, May 22, 2015

Ballintubber saw of Castlebar Mitchels last year in the senior final, who'll be there this year? Photo: Sportsfile

It's the first round of action in the Mayo senior football championship, with eight games taking place across four groups over the weekend we preview the action in the big games. 

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Sledging a repulsive aspect of our games that must be stopped

Fri, May 22, 2015

Rough and tumble: The Donegal and Tyrone teams leave the field at half time last weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

If you or I went into our workplace this morning, and started giving serious verbal abuse to a work colleague, making snide, mean, degrading and personal comments, we would be in front of our HR manager or line manager or principal by this afternoon, and rightly so. Bullying is totally outlawed in most reasonable places of work. It's a mean spirited act carried out by people often to try to intimidate their victims, to gain some type of psychological advantage over the individuals they are bullying, or to hide their own limitations and inadequacies.

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Two decades on from epic series Garrymore and Charlestown rekindle championship rivalry

Fri, May 22, 2015

Looking for the win: Colm Maye and his Charlestown team-mates will be looking to win in South Mayo on Sunday. Photo: Michael Donnelly

Twenty years on from what was one of the most epic battles in Mayo club championship history, when Garrymore and Charlestown engaged in a four game classic in the county senior quarter-final that the south Mayo men finally won after 300 minutes of football, the sides will kick-start their 2015 championship campaigns against each other in Garrymore on Sunday. That series has gone down in folklore in Mayo football and there is even one man who played in that series for Charlestown still lining out today, with Aidan Higgins back for another year with the east Mayo men.

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Big two meet again as Super League moves through the rounds

Fri, May 22, 2015

Charlestown Athletic v Ballyheane

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Ten things to look out for in the club championship this weekend

Fri, May 22, 2015

1. Almost everyone in matching kit

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Celtic edge Westport in netbusting weekend of action

Mon, May 18, 2015

Hard tackling: Ballyheane's Theron Coghill goes in for the ball against Conn Rangers. Photo: CG

There was no shortage of action in the Westaro Cup this weekend as the first round of games saw 23 goals hit the back of the net over the five games played. The big game of the weekend saw Castlebar Celtic grab the bragging rights over Westport United with a 4-3 win over their old rivals in Celtic Park. It was a thrilling encounter that saw both sides swap the lead on a few occasions and Westport United finish with ten men.

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Mayo fall short against defending champions

Sun, May 17, 2015

Back in action: Keith Higgins was back with the Mayo senior hurlers on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo’s interest in this years Christy Ring Cup came to an end in James Stephens Park on Saturday afternoon, when a storming Kildare second half performance saw the Lilywhites turn around a nine point deficit into a comfortable five point win.

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Freewheeling Mayo claim junior crown

Sun, May 17, 2015

Running for glory: Michéal Forde on the attack for Mayo against Galway. Photo: Sportsfile

The Mayo juniors picked up what the county will hope is the first of a few Connacht titles this year in style in Sunday in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada against Galway. Sean McLoughlin’s side edged out Galway in a free flowing contest that saw both sides play open and attractive attacking football. Killala’s Andrew Farrell struck the all important goal 18 minutes into the first half when he finished from close range after Belmullet’s Eoin O’Donoghue went on a ranging run through the heart of the Galway defence. The wing backs strike for goal came back off the underside of the crossbar into the waiting arms of Farrell who made no mistake when the chance presented itself. Mayo had to deal with the loss of their captain Cathal Freeman who wasn’t able to make the game after picking up an injury in a club game last weekend, but that loss didn’t phase them.

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Coen's charges face tough task against the champions

Fri, May 15, 2015

SCORER IN CHIEF: Mayo will be hoping Kenny Feeney is on top scoring form tomorrow if they are to see off Kildare. Photo: Sportsfile.

There couldn't be a much tougher task for JP Coen's Mayo senior hurlers if they are to have any interest in championship hurling beyond the middle of May tomorrow. James Stephens Park in Ballina will be the venue for the meeting of Coen's side and last year's Christy Ring Cup champions, Kildare, in the winner takes all round 2b clash. Mayo lost out to Derry in Owenbeg a fortnight ago by two points, while Kildare were finally defeated by London in a replay in St Conleth's Park in Newbridge last weekend. Both sides finished level after extra time in the Emerald Grounds in Ruislip the week before, when Mayo were going down to Derry.

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