Big scores around the clubs last weekend

Fri, Jun 02, 2017

The good summer weather brought large numbers out to the golf clubs around the county last weekend.

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From the peloton....Day Seven

Sun, May 28, 2017

No stage is predictable in the Rás, and stage 7 was no different. The stage started in Donegal town in what was dismal conditions. Pouring rain, grey clouds, wind and a 167 kilometre trek to Ardee faced the field ahead of the long awaited finish in Skerries on Sunday. A day that was soaked with disappointment for me, the bunch split in half early on in the stage and I was foolish enough to be on the wrong side of the split. You must definitely cannot turn off in this sport, a split second can change your race. I started towards the back thinking I would make my way up throughout the 167 kilometre stage, but the race exploded in the first 10 kilometres. A mistake I will take on the chin. My legs are in bits, to be honest. The fatigue has set in, 7 days of flat out racing has got to them, like everyone else in the field. Nobody here is fresh, these stages are real hard and we’re created to produce the best rider in the race, which of right now, is James Gullen of the Birtish pro team, JLT Condor. A real strong team, but I suspect a charge for yellow from the Australian team. We take to Skerries for stage 8, the final race of this year’s Rás. The last stage is by no means easy. We have a number of climbs to tackle before we get welcomed into Skerries to a presumed massive crowd in the north Dublin city town. The fearsome ‘Black Hills’ will need to be tackled 3 times on the circuit before the finish line in the centre of the scenic Skerries. A course I think might suit me, but we will see. One last stage, I’ll give it everything left I have in my tank.

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From the peloton....Day Six

Thu, May 25, 2017

The hilliest of all the stages of the race, with a whopping 7 categorised climbs on the course, and plenty of heated wind to hurt every man in the field. The stage started as every Rás stage does, incredibly fast. Every stage I’ve been in so far there has been a crash, and I saw a real nasty one today, two riders hit against each other, one headed for the ditch, the other into the air and landed on his back side and slid for about 10 meters, it must have felt like an eternity for him. I saw the crash on the edge of my eye, about 2 meters away from me, we were going about 60 kmph. Anyway, back to the stage. I felt good during the stage, and when we hit the main climb of the day, the fearsome Glengesh, I felt good and pressed on. I got into a rhythm, and found myself in a strong group of riders.

The Australian team tore the race to pieces on the climb, and Cameron Meyer (winner of grand tour stages and former world champion) was clearly in good form, dancing away on the peddles. We descended off Glengesh, and I was with some top riders, but on one of the sharp bends, I overcooked it and on the heated, slippery tarmac I lost about 10 meters within seconds. I was marginally behind the leaders but never got back to them. The professional teams were on the front driving the race. I was never going to get them back, as I myself would need to go faster than 2 or 3 pro teams, which was mission impossible.

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From the peloton....Day Three

Wed, May 24, 2017

Fast. That’s the only word that can describe Tuesday's 149km trek from Newport to Bundoran. The stage started with speeds exceeding 60 kmph, and at time hitting well over 70kmph. Narrow roads from Newport to Glenhest and onto Ballina meant that it was difficult to move up in the peloton.

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From the peloton....Day Two

Tue, May 23, 2017

Country roads took us home to Mayo in yesterday's second stage of the An Post Rás, an important stage for the Mayo men and for all rider’s in the race. The early stages in this year’s race isn’t going to be where you win the race, but it can definitely be where you lose it. Over 190 riders on a main road fighting to be near to the front of the peloton can often lead to crashes.

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From the peloton....Day One

Mon, May 22, 2017

In the first of his An Post Rás tour diaries Jason Prendergast from Team iTap brings us into the heart of stage of one of the race.

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Mayo cyclists ready to put their bodies to the test on Rás

Fri, May 19, 2017

The An Post Rás is an annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland. The race is Ireland's number one cycling event and will take place from Sunday, May 21, to Sunday, May 28. The An Post Rás is Ireland’s only UCI (professional) bike race. The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.

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Clubs bask in summer sun

Fri, May 12, 2017

Balla

Mark Killeen with a round of 52 was the gents' winner of last weekend's strokeplay competition. He finished five strokes ahead of Pat Kilgallon in second place. Ronan Murphy won the gross prize, with Richie Murphy finishing in third. The ladies' strokeplay competition was claimed by Patricia Conwell who had a round of 54, she finished one stroke in front of Mary Gillard in second place, with Mary B O'Donnell coming home in third place and Geraldine O'Malley winning the gross prize. The timesheets for the Junior and Senior Scratch Cup, the Broderick Cup and the O’Brien Cup are on the notice board. Please fill in your name if you are interested in participating in all or any of these cup competitions before May 21.

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Mayo travels east to secure national success

Fri, May 12, 2017

Mayo Community Games is a very proud voluntary body which has made a huge contribution to the games since they were formed in 1973. Once you entered the Sports Ireland National Sports Campus in Dublin for the National Community Games May Festival it was very clear that Mayo was truly represented by the wonderful colour of flags and Mayo tracksuits everywhere. Mayo Community Games was involved in swimming, table tennis, futsal, marathon, mixed distance relay, gymnastics, quiz, and soccer. The Mayo participants' first visit to the campus yielded tremendous success with five sets of gold medals, three sets of silver, one set of bronze, and a set of fourth place medals. Eight individual medals were successfully secured with two gold, two bronze, and one fourth place making their way back to Mayo.

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Lam demands a redeeming display to sign off Pro 12 season

Fri, May 05, 2017

nd on Saturday with coach Pat Lam urging his players to redeem themselves after their worst performance in three years.

Their 12th defeat this season came at the hands of title-chasing Scarlets last Saturday evening in the final fixture at the Sportsground, and Lam says this week it is all about producing a suitable response worthy of title-holders in this final championship fixture.

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Mayo finish season unbeaten as they claim league title

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Mayo Volleyball Club today finished their maiden season with a clean sweep of victories to claim the national division two title. Their 14th and final game resulted in a 3-0 win against Aer Lingus - completing a fine season devoid of blemish.

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