From Rio to Rovers there’s been plenty highlights

Fri, Dec 30, 2016

In August all of Mayo were rooting behind one man, when Castlebar's Nicholas Quinn became the first Mayoman since 2008 to take part in the Olympic Games. The 23-year-old student won his heat in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:11.67 but just missed out a place in the next round of the competition. He also took part in the 100m butterfly finishing fourth in his heat. The young Castlebar man returned to the county town to a hero's welcome after his efforts in Rio.

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Mayo beat Santry to stay top of the table

Fri, Dec 02, 2016

Mayo Volleyball Club made the journey to north Dublin to face second place Santry in a battle for top spot. Santry who are playing in division two after being relegated from the top tier last season therefore provided an unknown quantity as they benefited from the experience of playing sides in a higher division week in week out.

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Boxing is the winner as young fighters are taken out of comfort zone

Fri, Nov 25, 2016

A team selection from Mayo’s Boxing Development Unit clashed with their Donegal counterparts in St Anne’s boxing club Westport. Designed to take our young prospects out of their comfort zone, these inter-county tests produce some extraordinary performances.

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Ardagh/Crossmolina host successful tournament

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Under the guidance of coaches Tony Davis and Lawrence Colhoun the Ardagh/Crossmolina club has become renowned for producing young boxers of high technical calibre. So no surprise when last Friday evening, the north Mayo faithful packed the Lahardane community centre to enjoy the finest boxing fare. Setting the tone and the pattern, young Cathal Davis laid the night’s foundation with his solid performance.

Amy Blake took on a top Tyrone opponent but made it look easy with a mesmerisingly relaxed display, while Jack McHale’s pace blitzed his opponent out of contention. Michaela Murphy against Sienna McAndrew was a closer encounter. The two traded like dockers throughout this contest and both should be credited for tenacity, but it was Murphy’s hand that deserved to be raised. Patrick McAndrew's bout with Sligo’s Cathal Myers was perhaps the toughest fight of the night. McAndrew appeared to be conceding advantages in all departments, age, weight, and certainly experience, but he did not appear to be fazed as he took the fight to Myers with gusto and it made for a terrific spectacle. McAndrew initially found his target easily with his jab and long crosses but midway through the second round the tide turned. Myers adapted and began to use feints to force McAndrew to commit, opening the way for his own backhand and hook combinations. Myers throws a beautiful overhand right and going into the third he began timing McAndrew’s attacks to land some convincing shots. This was not his day but McAndrew has huge heart and should take much from this contest. The best bout of the night was Matthew Davis versus Sligo’s Thomas Myers. There was nothing between them and the judges had their work cut out, but Davis just seemed to have the edge. In the third that was confirmed when, going into the final minute, he found the target with a big right hand that wobbled Myers and let the judges off the hook.

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Five out of five for Mayo Volleyballers

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Mayo claimed a 3-1 victory away to Newbridge Cheetahs last Saturday afternoon thus cementing their position at the summit of division two. The win takes their tally to an impressive five games out of five in this their maiden season.

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Celine is the queen of swing

Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Celine King, Castlebar, won gold at the IUKL World Kettlebell Lifting Championships in Kazakhstan over the Halloween weekend. Celine is a member of the Irish International Kettlebell team. The 12 strong Irish team brought home eight golds, two silver and a bronze from Kazakhstan.

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Ballina and Ballyhaunis serve up great contests

Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Since beloved coach Brian O’Donnell’s untimely death in 2014, Ballina Boxing Club has honoured his memory with this annual showpiece.This year, boxers from Mayo, Kildare, and Tyrone were invited and each gave terrific performances befitting the occasion. The technical highlight was a light-fly (49kg) contest between Martin McDonagh and Willie Casey (Athy).

From the outset Casey’s tactic was to box off the backfoot and intercept or counter McDonagh’s pressing forays. Initially it worked and might have prevailed against a lesser boxer but McDonagh’s effective combination of deft movement, subtle feints, and accurate shots to head and body secured him a good win. Also on the bill was unfinished business from the Connacht U23 Championships. Ballina’s Eric Batiuk faced Geesala’s Darren Timlin in the light-welter (64kg) final. From the first bell Timlin’s footwork and accuracy with both hands foiled Batiuk’s constant attempts to shorten range. It was not one sided, Batiuk had opportunities, especially as both tired in the third and he might have had more success if he had taken some risks earlier, but credit should go to new Connacht Champion, Darren Timlin on a sublime performance.

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Quinn bows out doing his country proud

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Castlebar swimmer, Nicholas Quinn's Olympic hopes came to an end on Tuesday evening in the pool in Rio in agonising fashion. The University of Edinburgh student missed out on a place in the semifinal of the 200m breaststroke by 0.41 of a second. Quinn finished in a time of 2:11.67, his fastest morning swim ever and second fastest 200m breaststroke swim to date. He needed a time of 2:11.24, equal to his personal best in the heat which would have seen him through to the semifinal. Quinn had gone into the Olympics ranked 27th in the world and finished in 19th place in the games.

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Swimming in the fast lane

Fri, Aug 05, 2016

Eight years on from Mayo's last Olympian, cyclist David O'Loughlin who raced in the 4km Pursuit event in Beijing and 20 years on from Ballina's Deirdre Gallagher's 23rd place finish in the 10k race walk in Atlanta 1996, Mayo's newest Olympian will dive into action tomorrow afternoon.

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Mighty Moran claims Moonraker top spot

Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Another chapter of the Alan Moran Magical Forest Rally show was screened at a sun kissed Ballyvourney on Saturday last. The young Foxford man was delighted to kick start his forest season at round two of the 2016 Valvoline Motorsport Ireland National Forest Rally Championship, the Moonraker Forest Rally, in Cork.

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Quinn is going for gold this summer

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Castlebar's Nicholas Quinn will join Fiona Doyle, Shane Ryan and diver Oliver Dingley in going forward for selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games having gone under the FINA (International Swimming Federation) Olympic A time in Eindhoven on Sunday last. Quinn swam an impressive 2:11.24 in the 200m breaststroke, almost half a second under the qualification time of 2:11.66. The Castlebar native who trains and studies at the University of Edinburgh progressed to Sunday’s final in 2:13.27, just off his personal best of 2:13.04, but a commanding performance in the final saw him smash that time to claim gold and a ticket to Rio.

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Castlebar's Nicholas Quinn makes Olympic time in Eindhoven

Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Castlebar's Nicholas Quinn will join Fiona Doyle, Shane Ryan and Oliver Dingley in going forward for selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games having gone under the FINA (International Swimming Federation) Olympic A time in Eindhoven tonight.

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