The Mayo News has confirmed today (here) that Mayo’s Connacht SFC trip to New York next year is definitely going ahead. Doubts had been cast on the trip some time ago, mainly due to the rocketing costs involved, but the Connacht Council have now confirmed that next year’s fixture will go ahead as planned at Gaelic Park.
No date has yet been set, however, for the fixture, nor will one be – according to that report linked above – until after the GAA’s Special Congress in October. It’s after this that the Master Fixtures List for 2024 will be put together and so only then that the date for the New York game will be confirmed.
One of the items on the agenda for that Special Congress, by the way, will be whether or not the League finals will be retained next year. If they are and if we once again qualify for the Division One decider, then it’s likely, if next year’s fixtures follow this year’s schedule, that we’d be playing in Gaelic Park the weekend after contesting the League final in Croke Park.
Kevin McStay mentioned this possible fixture congestion when Rob chatted with him on the podcast recently, noting wryly that Mayo GAA had, in their wisdom, voted to support the retention of the League finals when this comes before Special Congress in October. That’s one more reason, perhaps, for us to pull our punches a bit next spring, though it’s really the county’s off-field contingent rather than the on-field lads who should be helping us avoid such an potential fixtures jam.