The County Board announced earlier on this evening via Twitter that the 2015 Cairde Mhaigh Eo ticket will be formally launched tomorrow night, as will the new Mayo jersey. I’ve no further information on this launch, I’m afraid, as the County Board haven’t, as far as I can see, yet shared this information with the wider world.
They have, though, provided information on how to renew your Cairde Mhaigh Eo ticket, full details here. For the first time, it’ll now be possible to do this online (or “on-line” as they touchingly call it – who says the 20th century is over, eh?) but more old-fashioned options are still available too.
The cost of membership for 2015 is still set at €200 and in the brochure that’s been issued (“on-line” – here it is) the perks of membership are set out, including a new jacket, beanie hat and umbrella, as well as the usual match entry benefits. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’ll definitely be renewing my membership for next year.
The main drawback, from what I can see, from the new arrangements is that the 60% attendance rule to qualify for the right to buy an All-Ireland final ticket (should we ever pass that way again, sigh) will now apply to Cairde members in the way that it has always done for Croke Park season ticket holders. I guess, though, this just means that hard core supporters will have to make sure they walk the walk and not just talk the talk for as many games as possible next year.
One significant quibble I’d have with this announcement is that there’s been no direct communication (not so far at any rate, certainly not to this Cairde Mhaigh Eo member) about it with existing members. The Board has in its possession details of all current members, including their postal addresses, email addresses and mobile numbers and so it shouldn’t have proved beyond their capabilities to contact members directly to let them know of this development. As I pointed out the other week, however, the County Board have much to learn about effective communication with their support base.
And while they’re at it, they may as well let everyone know where and at what time this launch is taking place tomorrow night.
UPDATE: The launch is set to take place at the Sportlann this evening (Saturday) starting at 7pm – details on the agenda for the event are here. It appears to be an invite-only job and it would appear that the invite has not been extended to existing Cairde Mhaigh Eo members. Thanks to Mayo Mick for the heads-up on this.