I’m down in Mayo for a very brief visit and when we made a pit stop in Ballyhaunis yesterday afternoon, you couldn’t help but notice all the red and black flags festooned around the town. While these colours are more readily associated with Down, they’re also those of Ballyhaunis and the reason they were flying was because yesterday afternoon the town’s hurlers were taking part in the senior county final.
The flags won’t be coming down in any hurry either as the Red and Black had it pretty much all their own way at McHale Park yesterday, where they beat Westport by 1-19 to 1-6 to claim the TJ Tyrell Cup for the fourth year in a row, their eighth title in all. The west Mayo lads, managed by former county bainisteoir Martin Brennan, had caused an upset at the semi-final stage when they edged out Tooreen by a single point but it looks as if yesterday’s decider was a step too far for them.
In the Minor A Hurling final, which was also played yesterday, Tooreen beat Castlebar by 1-12 to 0-9.