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Darin Claasen and Mike McCarthy have been unveiled as the coaching duo in charge of Buccaneers, as the Athlone club gears up for life in Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.
In 1912, the county of Mayo had been through seven challenging decades of continuous population decline. The reasons for such a plummet in numbers were multiple. High infant mortality, disease brought on by poor diet, a demanding lifestyle, and high emigration tested the people of Mayo’s strength to the limit.
It has been a poor couple of weeks for Connacht. Losses to Glasgow and Zebre have been compounded by the nature of the defeats - games which could have been won by the chances created. Now, however, Connacht need to show their true colours, and secure a play-off for next season's Champions Cup.
During the Georgian era, powerful Protestant families owned large tracts of land throughout County Mayo and the province of Connacht. The Castlebar based Bingham family, together with the descendants of Sir Arthur Gore (1685-1742), formed a family compact or oligarchy through marriage and blood whereby political appointments and other influential positions would be secured among themselves. In an era when marriage was determined by the spirit of collateral calculation, the children of Sir Arthur Gore and Elizabeth Annesley would cement the oligarchy.
Connacht, a little more positive on the injury front, face familiar Italian foes Zebre in the Galway Sportsground's final Champions Cup pool fixture this season.
Croke Park on the first Saturday in October will be the defining memory for a lot of Mayo GAA supporters that they take with them into 2017, but while there's still great disappointment that the Mayo senior footballers fell short at the final fence following a fantastic effort, there is still much to celebrate coming out of 2017.
Buccaneers and Galwegians have the Ulster Bank League limelight all to themselves this weekend when they square up in a floodlit Connacht derby at Dubarry Park on Friday night, kick off at 7.30pm.
Connacht look to finish off a good week for the province when they face their Pro 12 interprovincial rivals Leinster at the RDS on Saturday (5.15pm).
Connacht will need to take another step up in their Pro 12 title defence when they host unbeaten Ulster at the Galway Sportsground tomorrow evening (7.35pm).