We may not be in the All-Ireland final this year (although our house here in the capital has officially declared for the Dubs) but I’m sure there’ll be plenty out there who might be interested in getting a ticket or two for Croke Park on Sunday week. If you are, then you might want to give Club Mayo Dublin’s ticket raffle a whirl – they’ve got two stand tickets for the final to give away and tickets for the draw are priced at a tenner each. If you want to take part, you need to do so online – details here – and the draw for the tickets will be held on the evening of Thursday 15th at Jury’s Croke Park Hotel.
The same night, Kiltimagh GAA are hosting a table quiz in the Park Hotel, which is in support of the Mayo GAA Person of the Year. Throw-in for this event is set for 9pm and further details on it are here.
The latest issue of the Connacht GAA magazine Into the West has hit the streets and the pdf version of same is available here.
The Mayo News has reports about two storm-in-a-teacup controversies, which blew up within the county over the last few days. The first concerns the non-switching-on of the McHale Park lights last Thursday night during the second half of the minor hurling county final while the second relates to Crossmolina’s no-show in Ballintubber for a league match on Sunday.
In relation to the former, I think the quote from the PRO of the Mayo Hurling Board, Luke Fitzmaurice, to the effect that “requests were made to have the lights switched on when it became clear that darkness was closing in rapidly” kinda sums up what happened – fail to prepare, prepare to fail and all that.
In relation to the latter, it appears that, John Maughan’s army training notwithstanding, he sent his troops into battle at the wrong location but, even then, you’d wonder why the Cross lads couldn’t have been contacted on their mobiles to be given directions to where the match was actually being held.