We turn from visitors to hosts this weekend, with both our Senior football teams playing their Dublin counterparts, both of which are, coincidentally, the reigning All-Ireland champions. Our hurlers get their League campaign underway as well, also with a home match.
The lads are in action first in what’s arguably the match of the weekend. Their National League Round 2 clash with Dublin takes place at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park on Saturday evening, with throw-in under the lights set for 7.30pm.
Fergal Kelly of Longford is the ref for this one and the match is being shown live on RTÉ2. The link for tickets is here.
The county’s women footballers take on Dublin at James Stephens Park the following day. I’ve no idea why this isn’t being played as part of a double-header on Saturday – I know the ladies team are using Ballina as their home venue this year but surely it would have made more sense to give them greater exposure in front of what’s likely to be a big attendance at MacHale Park?
Anyway, the match is going ahead in Ballina on Sunday, where throw-in is 2pm. Galway’s Shane Curley is the ref and the link for tickets is here.
The hurlers are also in action on Sunday, with their National Hurling League Division 3A campaign getting underway with an opening round match against Armagh at MacHale Park. That game gets underway at 1pm and the link for tickets is here.
By the way, there’s a good piece by John Harrington on the GAA’s website (here) about how the county’s hurlers are hoping to bounce back this year following a very disappointing year in 2023.
The best of luck to all three Mayo teams in action this weekend.