The time is ripe for Connacht win at RDS

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Connacht should be heading to their pre-Christmas interprovincial with Leinster in Dublin tonight with momentum and confidence, while also treating this Pro 12 fixture with Leinster as their “international”.

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Christmas fitness boost at Land of the Giants in Claremorris

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

The third annual Land of The Giants Christmas Duathlon in Claremorris takes place on December 27.

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Mayo AC’s Move to Improve series winners announced

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Participants take on the Land of the Giants in last year’s duathlon event.

Mayo Athletic Club’s new Move to Improve series has proven to be very successful in helping its members improve on their fitness levels and race times, according to organisers at the club.

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Communities and clubs called for Operation Transformation 2015

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Walkers set off  at last year’s successful Operation Transformation event in Castlebar.

Mayo Sports Partnership is calling on communities and clubs across the county to help replicate the huge success of last year’s Operation Transformation programme, which encourages people across the county to start off the New Year by boosting their activity levels.

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Michael G Duffy eyes up 2020 Olympic spot in Tokyo

Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Knockmore’s shining equestrian star Michael G Duffy is certainly a man with a plan.

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Teamwork the key for Connacht in Bayonne

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Pat Lam is expected to make a number of changes to Connacht’s travelling squad to France for the second of the back-to-back European Challenge Cup fixtures with Bayonne.

With tough upcoming Pro 12 fixtures against all three provinces, starting with Leinster on Friday week at the RDS, Connacht will need to give some senior players a rest, while giving others an opportunity to play.

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Bulls double up over Ballina

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Celebration time: The Castlebar Women’s Rugby team celebrate winning the Connacht title last weekend.

In the battle of the Mayo sides in division 1a of the Connacht Junior League it was the Bulls from Westport who came out on top for the second time this season, when they faced Ballina in Carrowholly last Sunday. JP Walsh’s side ran out comfortable 16-3 winners over their north Mayo rivals thanks to a try from David Keane, with Seán Tobin kicking the other 11 points from three penalties and converting Keane’s try. Westport put themselves in front early on and went in leading 10-3 at the break thanks to Keane’s five pointer and two kicks from Tobin, Ballina responded with a penalty from James Coppens but it was the only score they would register on the day. The win sees Westport push six points in front of Ballina with three games left for each side before the end of the league season. The win also puts Westport just three points behind third placed Ballinasloe in the race for place in the Irish junior cup next year.

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Westport United left to fly the flag

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

It’s all down to Westport United if the Mayo League are to have an interest in the FAI Junior Cup post Christmas. The aristocrats of Mayo soccer are the last side left in the competition after both Iorras Aontaithe and Ballyhaunis Town bowed out of the competition at the fifth round stage of the competition last week.

The Westport United travelling faithful who have enjoyed many the long trek around the country supporting their team in the FAI Junior Cup, will be staying at home this weekend as New Ross Celtic make the trip from the Sunny South East to the Sportspark in Westport. Westport saw off the challenge of Ballinasloe Town 3-0 in the last round of the competition with Joe Lawless, Pat Fitzgerald and David Cameron all getting in on the scoring act.

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Southern strongmen look to hold out northern raiders

Fri, Dec 12, 2014

When we previewed the semi-finals of this competition, we said that Ballina were going to have to be on the top of their game to take down an impressive looking Breaffy side, and Ballina were just that. Tough, hard-working, and when it came to the crunch holding their nerve in digging out the win. When it looked like their semi-final was heading towards extra-time sub John Moylette kept his cool and put the ball between the posts to book their deserved spot in the final. This Ballina team coming good at u21 this year really should not be that much of a surprise as in 2011, this crop of players picked up the minor A title.

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Sunday show down at convention

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

The annual end of year Mayo GAA County Board convention promises to be one of the more interesting ones with a number of positions up for grabs. The top job as chairman of the board will see current vice-chairman Mike Connelly and former county secretary Sean Feeney battle it out for the top seat in Mayo football. Outgoing chairman Paddy McNicholas has decided to seek a place on the Connacht Council as one of the two Mayo delegates. Outgoing delegate Willie Kelly has served his five year term and cannot run again. His fellow outgoing delegate Padraic Staunton from Moygownagh will be in the race with McNicholas, former Mayo GAA cultural officer Gerry Bourke, and Louisburgh’s Michael O’Malley. The battle among the four men promises to be an intriguing one when the votes are counted.

With Connelly throwing his hat in the ring for the chairman’s position, the vice-chairman’s role is available with Breaffy’s Seamus Tuohy who is currently assistant secretary and Johnny Hopkins in the running.

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Ballyhaunis and Iorras hit the road

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

“It’s a long way to Tipperary” the song goes and on Sunday, Iorras Aontaithe will find out just how long that trek is when they make their way to Celtic Park in Clonmel to take on Clonmel Town at 1pm. The Tipperary side booked their place in the fifth round of the competition thanks to a 4-0 win over north Tipperary outfit Borrisokane. Aidan McGrath scored their first and fourth goals that day, with David McGrath and Tony Scully both finding the net also. In the third round they saw off Two Mile Borris 5-0, with Rosgreen Rangers beaten 4-1 in the second round. Clonmel Town are currently seven games into their Tipperary Southern and District League Premier Division campaign and they have picked up four wins, two draws, and one defeat so far, scoring 24 goals in the process. Barry Ryan, Tony Scully, and Dwayne Burns have all been finding the back of the net with regularity for Clonmel Town this season.

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Celtic pick up a point at Peamount

Fri, Dec 05, 2014

This weekend sees Castlebar Celtic have a bye in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League. Last Sunday they put their eighth point of the season on the board thanks to a 2-2 draw away to Peamount United. The point sees Celtic remain in fifth place in the table, two points in front of Galway WFC in sixth place, and four ahead of the bottom placed Cork City Women’s FC. While Wexford Youths and UCD Waves are well out in front at the top of the table, Celtic will still be eyeing up the chance to reel in both Raheny United and Peamount United who are currently sitting in the two spots above them in the table over the second half of the season.

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