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The possibility of having a Mayo League team in action in the League of Ireland in the next few years is one of the major aims of the new five year plan for the league that was launched last Saturday. The plan's executive summary outlined the steps to such a possability happening, stating: "We want to provide a pathway for our elite players and coaches to progress to the top of the domestic game. The Mayo Football League believes that a Mayo representative team should play in the SSE Airtricity U17 League by 2017, the U19 League by 2019, and shortly afterwards the Mayo Football League will apply to join the First Division of SSE Airtricity League."
Long-time Athlone Town supporter, Joe Cassidy, is embarking on an interesting fundraiser for the Midlanders ahead of the SSE Airtricity League First Division season.
With the SSE Airtricity League First Division only six weeks away, Athlone Town manager Alan Mathews is busy preparing for the new campaign.
When Gary Cunningham was appointed Westport Utd captain at the start of the season it was a huge moment in his career, and considering that he is the last line of their defence on Sunday there is added responsibility on his broad shoulders. There is also a new manager among them with the successful duo of James Fahy and Kieran Mulchrone stepping aside, leaving the reins to John Brennan.
With Galway United's SSE Airtricity League premier division status secured for 2016, manager Tommy Dunne believes the club can develop significantly next year.
The Mayo League will kick-off their Oscar Traynor Trophy campaign on Sunday when the Roscommon League come to Milebush for a game that will kick-off at 2pm. It has been a number of years since the Mayo League made a dent in this competition and this year they are being managed by former League of Ireland star and international footballer, Joseph N'Do.
In ancient times, Galway was known as Streamstown because the lower Galway River divided into many streams, thus creating a system of islands. The area was known as ‘Tír Oileáin’, the land of islands. Two place names survive from that period, Tirellan and Terryland.