A flurry of fixtures for 2024 were confirmed by Mayo GAA today, which help to colour in – and in some cases correct – the outline I sketched yesterday.
There’s only one place to start and that’s the Dome and the FBD League, which nowadays isn’t, of course, a league at all but which is still the traditional bit of pre-season jousting within the province.
London are joining the fun next year, which means there’ll be two quarter-finals and these will be played on the first weekend in January. We’re involved in the first of these: we’re playing London in the Dome on Friday 5th January at 7pm. Roscommon play Sligo in the other quarter-final on the Sunday evening.
Galway – handed an even softer FBD draw than the charitable one they got in next year’s Connacht Championship – play Leitrim in the first FBD semi-final the following weekend. That match is on Friday 12th January and on Saturday 13th the winners of our match against London play the winners of the Sligo/Roscommon match in the other semi-final. The FBD League final is on the weekend after but the date and time for that game hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Staying with the Seniors, the date for our Connacht SFC opener against New York in Gaelic Park has now been confirmed for Sunday 7th April at 3pm (local time), which is 8pm over here. The winners of that one play Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park in the provincial semi-final on Sunday 21st April (time to be confirmed). The Connacht final has been confirmed for Sunday 5th May.
The fixture schedules for next year’s Connacht U20 and U17 Championships, both of which will start with a round-robin phase, were also confirmed today. The U20 matches will be played on Wednesday evenings while it’s Fridays for the U17s. Here are the fixtures (home team listed first for all round-robin matches):
Connacht U20 Championship 2024
- Roscommon v Mayo, Wednesday 20th March
- Mayo v Galway, Wednesday 27th March
- Leitrim v Mayo, Wednesday 3rd April
- Mayo v Sligo, Wednesday 17th April
- Semi-final: Wednesday 24th April
- Final: weekend of 4th/5th May
Connacht U17 Championship 2024
- Mayo v Roscommon, Friday 12th April
- Galway v Mayo, Friday 26th April
- Mayo v Leitrim, Friday 3rd May
- Sligo v Mayo, Friday 10th May
- Semi-final: Friday 17th May
- Final: Friday 24th May