Dempsey level-headed ahead of replay

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

While the Presidental Salute and the “Star of the County Down” echoed through the Cusack Stand players’ tunnel as Kerry and Tyrone lined up ahead of the All Ireland senior final, Ray Dempsey was the coolest man in Croke Park as he picked over what had just unfolded in the minor decider.

Straight off the bat, he was focused on what lay ahead tomorrow in Longford. “Mixed emotions, it was a very tight game and it ended up a draw and we have to go back and do it all again. We have to start now again and prepare from this minute on so we can preform and compete again in next week’s game.”

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Mayo ready for replay

Fri, Sep 26, 2008

Six days on from the titanic struggle in Croke Park where Mayo and Tyrone battled it out in the white heat of competition, both sides will have to do it all over again tomorrow in a quest to claim the Tom Markham Cup. Aidan Walsh’s nerveless injury time free from under the Cusack Stand looked to have sealed the win for Mayo. Only for some late Tyrone pressure and some sloppy play by Mayo allowed Matthew Donnelly to level the game and set us up for a replay.

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Connacht look to shake off opening day blues

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

There is a buzz around Stradey Park these days which Connacht must endure on Saturday when they face Llanelli Scarlets in the Magners League.

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Lots of action on the cycling circut

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Cycling night out

Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers have combined together to have a joint club night out on Friday September 19 at 8pm at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport. The aim is to get as many cycling enthusiasts as possible to come along and enjoy a fun- packed evening of awards and presentations

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Half marathon success for Mayo

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

The AAI National Half Marathon Championships were hosted by Waterford AC at their magnificent base at the Regional Sports centre on Sunday morning. The sun shone, the sky was blue, and the whole county was bedecked in blue and white in a frenzy of anticipation for the hurling final later in the day. Sadly, the white heat of Kilkenny blew them away and the “blues” of disappointment awaited them.. a feeling we know so well.

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Mayo sports stars ready to Run to Africa

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Playing for Life was founded by well-known sportswoman and broadcaster Tracy Piggott following a visit to Ethiopia in 2004. Tracy was determined to set up a project that would use sport as a tool to help young people in some of the world’s poorest places, since sport has always played such a huge part in her own life.

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Castlebar ready for season start

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Training for the U18 team commences on Wednesday September 10 at 7pm in Cloondeash. Training for the U14 team commences on Wednesday September 17 at 7pm in Cloondeash. Subscription for the year is €75 and includes a jacket and polo shirt. New and returning players are welcome.

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We can all learn from Kilkenny’s model - if we want to

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A friend of mine from Ardmore in Waterford had badgered me to try and get a ticket or two for the past few weeks for the All-Ireland hurling final.

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Yellow Rose leads the way

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

There's so much more to yawl racing than meets the eye! That's the verdict of people here generally as the annual Cruinniu Badoiri Acla continues to thrill the local population and visitors alike. This weekend past was no exception for great yawl racing despite “feast to famine” weather conditions which ranged from raging storm to midge friendly calm. Saturday's race in Tonragee (which translates as “back to the wind” ) was cancelled due to too much wind.

Last Sunday morning started with the midges but a light breeze coaxed the yawls out on the water for the first of the two races to be held that day. Michael the Shore in the Yellow Rose was to prove once again that he is fit to take on and beat all comers no matter what the weather conditions. The canny old fox himself Padraic Eoin Patten from Saula once again had to settle for second place to the Yellow Rose in the West Mayo Fishermen's Co-op Race. Michael the Shore from Bunnacurry used his expertise and knowledge of local conditions including geography to outfox even the great Padraic Eoin himself to claim yet another victory for the Yellow Rose. As that great country and western song "The Gambler" says, it’s knowing when to deal your hand of cards a certain way that will ensure success. Finding a shorter route to the finishing line when that route is highly tide-dependent is a high-risk strategy, but can be critical to being first to the finishing line. No one is more familiar with the shallows than Michael the Shore so his gamble paid off when he took a (highly-tide dependent) shortcut! Equally fascinating was the battle for the next placing where superb sailor and yawlman Tom Calvey from Inishbiggle "cooked" the mighty Sean Patten from Belfarsad in San Telmo to come in third with his boat The Mairtin Taidgh. This was no mean achievement as Sean Belfarsad and crew in San Telmo are top-class sailors and are hard beat at any time. This was the very likeable Tom Calvey's first outing this year and proved what a fine sailor he is. In fairness this was very close but there was no doubting on the photos that Inishbiggle Tom was well ahead. Next was able Kevin Cowley and crew in the Mayoman, ahead of the Naoimh Breandain, the Brid Aine, and finally Beagnach Neamh. It was great to see John Dara and Crew competing again on Sunday after their demise a week earlier when their yawl Beagnach Neamh sank. The Lon Dubh also sank on the same day but did not appear because Damian and crew failed to retreive their rudder once the boat was refloated the next day. We await the return of this fine double-ender.

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The manager is always an easy scapegoat

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Justin McCarthy would have had a wry smile on his face last Sunday afternoon. As you all know he resigned from his post as the county team’s hurling manager a number of months ago after a “heave” from his own players. It had become apparent, in the wake of a heavy defeat to Clare in the Munster championship, that some of the players were unhappy with McCarthy. Much was made of Dan Shanahan storming off the field that day and refusing to shake Justin’s hand when substituted. As in that game big Dan was totally anonymous last Sunday, barely touching the ball, until he was rescued from the action or, should that be non-action! I wasn’t too enamoured with the Waterford players at the time as I felt it was another example of player power being exerted, something that has become quite common this year. Remember it was McCarthy who took Waterford to three Munster titles and also to the brink of All-Ireland glory. It wasn’t his fault the players choked when so near the finishing line. They had the perfect excuse last year. The system militated against them, they said, as they had played three consecutive Sundays in a row. The manager is always the easy scapegoat after failures and these players must have felt the need to apportion blame to someone. Justin is obviously a proud man. He walked before it got ugly and, other than issuing a brief statement at the time, he kept his powder dry. I am not sure if he went along to Croke Park last Sunday, but as the game unfolded he would have felt fully justified in having walked from the job when the players had the audacity to question his methods after seven relatively successful years in charge.

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Returning heroes and tight tussles

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

By the time you read this the semi-final pairings for the TF Royal Theatre football championships will have been revealed with the draw taking place late on Thursday evening. But last weekend’s action in the senior championship in McHale Park was an engrosing weekend of football. Saturday started off with Breaffy looking to get one over the experienced heads of Crossmolina in only their second ever quarter final at this grade and ultimately coming up short, while it concluded in a barnstorming game of football, where Ballintubber will be ruing the fact they let a Ballaghaderreen side with posssibly the longest list of mentors ever to grace a programme back into a game.

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O’Loughlin to ignite Olympic fever in Mayo

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Bohola-born Martin Sheridan, who won five gold medals in the Olympics at the turn of the 20th century and Ballina’s Deirdre Gallagher ,who competed in the walking event to fly the flag for Mayo at the Olympic games will be Cong’s David O’Loughlin. The south Mayo man jetted out to the games last Monday and with him went the best wishes of the county and the country.

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