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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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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