The GAA have this afternoon confirmed the dates and times for next weekend’s Round 4 qualifier ties – details here. As has been well trailed in advance our match against Galway has been fixed for the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday evening with a 7pm throw-in. The game will be preceded by the Connacht LGFA final replay between the two counties, with that game throwing in at 4pm.
This is a sensible decision. While much closer, Hyde Park has a far smaller capacity, in particular for seating, and with a motorway connection Limerick is an easy enough drive for supporters of both counties. This is one venue choice about which there should be no complaining from our point of view.
It’s also a venue we know very well at this stage. While the wider world might solely link us to the Gaelic Grounds by virtue of that fateful evening in 2014 we’ve played there twice since in the Championship. We beat Cork there after extra-time in a Round 4 qualifier match in 2017 and we eased to victory over Limerick in the bright summer sunshine at the venue in Round 1 last year.
So, while it’s not exactly a home-from-home for us it’s not a journey into the unknown for us either. Hopefully it’s a trip for which a huge Mayo following will gather for this totemic knockout meeting with the neighbours.