New regional tennis centre for Castlebar

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Over the past number of months, many people have been wondering what exactly has been happening adjacent to Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, with sights of heavy machinery taking away mounds and mounds of earth. The big hill, which once graced the area there, is no longer to be seen, but in its place the brand new Connacht Regional Tennis Centre is being constructed. This is just phase One of a multi million-euro project for Castlebar Tennis Club. Castlebar firm of David O’Malley and Associates has designed the complete project.

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Hurling and Football Past and Present GAA Stars Line Up for the Connacht Final of the FBD GAA All-Ir

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Organisers will be able to start allocating tee off times for the FBD GAA Golf Challenge All-Ireland final from this weekend as the Connacht final takes place on Friday and the provincial stage of the competition draws to a close.

Connacht already has a presence in the final following Roscommon GAA Club’s success in the New York leg. Lismore of Waterford, Cavan Gaels of Ulster and St Brigid’s of Leinster won their respective provincial crowns and the Chicago leg, which takes a match play format, has reached semi-final stage.

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Soccer schools buzzing for the summer

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

The Ireland Senior Team Manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, together with his assistants, Liam Brady and Marco Tardelli, dropped in to see the 160 children taking part in the National Irish Bank FAI Summer Soccer School in Milebush Park, Castlebar last month. Also in attendance were National Irish Bank's Castlebar Branch Manager, Michael Dwyer and Austin Sweeney, Head of Personal, North West Region.

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An Lon Dubh excels in yawl race but the Ole Fox has his revenge

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

The cat is among the pigeons in Achill these days thanks to a truly exciting series of yawl races in Derreens, Achill over the weekend. Indeed everyone agrees that there’s no better location for yawl racing than Derreens where many scores of people watched the weekend races from the Achill and Curraun shores. The panoramic view for spectators was only equalled by the thrills experienced by those who watched the yawls battle it out to be first to the finishing line in the annual Cruinniu Badoiri Acla.

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Mayo should stick with O’Mahony

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

Despite another sickening one-point defeat last weekend to Tyrone in round three of the qualifiers there is not much point in Mayo changing their current management team. What purpose would it serve? John O’Mahony took on the job for three years and it is impossible to see much benefit to the Mayo county board or the team’s loyal supporters in changing horses mid-race. If O’Mahony was the best man for the job two years ago - it is difficult to see how he is not the best man for the job now.

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Swinford 8k a huge success

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

There was a good atmosphere on the streets of Swinford on Sunday for the annual road race. Swinford AC organised the fourth race in the 2008 Mayo Road Race League and provided a warm welcome for the participants in the 8k and the children's race which preceded it. Joe McNulty and his team of enthusiastic supporters in this young and successful club made sure the event was a huge success. The streets in the start and finish areas were cordoned off and traffic free, which enhanced the safety and enjoyment of all. This race has gained in popularity and stature and is now a key event in the Western athletics calendar. The main race had over 130 runners from 20-plus athletics clubs.

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Soccer Fixtures

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

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gaa Fixtures

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

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Puke football and poor crowds

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

A well known former inter-county footballer, whose name escapes me at the time of writing, coined the phrase “puke football”! He was referring to the ugly defensive style of play that became de rigueur in Ulster counties in the early noughties. Regrettably that phrase was very much in my mind as I watched some appalling fare in Croke Park last weekend. Teams are just so reluctant to kick the ball these days for fear of giving it back to the opposition. We are consequently presented with a game of handball with practically no creativity and most teams packing their defences for fear of getting caught out by a long kick into a porous defence. Perhaps it is time to look at the “off side” rule in Gaelic football?!

I went to Dublin with so much expectation of a good display of football over two days. Sadly, with the exception of the second half of the Kerry v Monaghan game on Sunday it was poor fare. Saturday’s first game, involving Down and Wexford, was extremely poor. When both teams took to the field shortly after a downpour of heavy rain, I was slightly concerned that we might see a lot of slipping and sliding on what can become a treacherous surface in such conditions. I noticed Wexford’s best player, Mattie Ford, undergoing a late fitness test with the team physio as his colleagues carried on with a tidy warm up routine on the other side of the field. Mattie had his hamstring heavily bandaged. Things weren’t looking too good for the Wexford outfit. This prompted me to have a wager on Down minus two points at even money. I honestly thought Down would swagger through a team that got such a hiding from Dublin in the Leinster final. I couldn’t, therefore, believe how poor Down were in this, the first of four games over the weekend at HQ. Mattie, with his heavily bandaged hamstring, kicked a total of seven points over the 70 minutes, reinforcing just how good he really is. Losing my money so early wasn’t a good start for me either!

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All Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-final

Fri, Aug 08, 2008

With the senior side bowing out of the championship in Croke Park last weekend, Ray Dempsey’s minor side will be looking to build on their Connacht championship win over Roscommon when they take on Monaghan on Saturday in Longford in the All Ireland quarter-final. Dempsey was able to mastermind Mayo’s first Connacht minor title in seven years thanks to a narrow win over a battling Roscommon side in Castlebar back in July and this Sunday’s game against the runners up in the Ulster Championship could send Mayo back to Croke Park. While they rode their luck at times in the Connacht final especially in the first half when Roscommon kicked themselves out of the game with some poor shooting, Mayo never let their opponents superiority on the field during the opening half get to them and kept plugging away before they took off on in the second half. Dempsey knows it’s going to be a big ask on Saturday and there is a lot of pressure on his side. “It’s nice to be here but as each game goes by the pressure builds up on you and your team. But this is where we want to be and that’s what comes with it.”

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Yawl Fever Breaks out in Achill

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

The legendary Yellow Rose is the new frontrunner in the Cumann Badoiri Acla Yawl racing season which started two weeks ago in Clare Island. This weekend saw Michael the Shore-Patten from Bunnacurry, Achill skipper his late father Sean's famous 26 footer yawl to two great victories in Mulranny, winning both the Mulranny Old Great Southern Hotel Regatta Cup and the Park Inn Hotel Cup in great style. Weather conditions for yawl racing in both Clare Island and Mulranny were good, though the first race in Mulranny was confined to one lap due to the light breeze, which soon picked up for the second race. Michael The Shore in the Yellow Rose has been the one to watch this year. He started the yawl season in fine form with a number two placing in the Clare Island Yawl Race just two weeks ago. He was beaten to the post by a fine perfromance by the well experienced and celebrated Sean Patten Belfarsad and crew in San Telmo who had a stunning victory in Clare Island just the week before. But Michael TheShore was not to be outdone in Mulranny where he robbed Beagnach Neamh of silver in the first race, and then went on to storm ahead of San Telmo in the second Mulranny race. John Dara O'Malley in Beagnach Neamh had to settle for third place on this outing.

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Mayo athletes hit the road in Balla and Swinford

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

A warm welcome awaits in Swinford for all who make the trip for the fourth race in the 2008 Mayo AC Road Race series. Swinford AC host the Swinford 8km Road Race on Sunday, August 3 at 5pm and it promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Swinford AC are one of the most progressive, ambitious and successful juvenile athletics clubs in the west and undoubtedly this race will be run with the same level of enthusiasm and efficiency as all their club activities to date.

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