I’ve mentioned in various posts over the last few days all of the different official, i.e. Cáirde Mhaigheo sponsored, events that are taking place in the run-up to the final. For the sake of clarity and to avoid your having to rummage around for them, here – in chronological order – they are again.
First on the list is a Night at the Dogs event, which is being held in conjunction with Cáirde Mhaigheo and the Mayo Association Galway. This fundraising event takes place at the Galway greyhound stadium tomorrow evening (Friday 9th). Gates open at 6.30pm and the first race starts at 7.52pm. Tickets for the event cost €20 and there’ll be a draw at it for two All-Ireland final tickets.
Next is a race night fundraiser taking place over in London this coming Sunday (11th). This one is on at the Oxford Arms, on Camden High Street in North London, and is being held in association with Cáirde Mhaigheo London. Start-time on Sunday is 6.30pm. There’ll be a raffle at the event for two All-Ireland tickets, a signed Mayo jersey and much more.
On the weekend of the final there are two events on in Citywest Hotel out in Saggart. The first one takes place ahead of the game on the Saturday night and then the traditional post-match banquet will be held at the same venue on the Sunday night.
The pre-match function is being run by Cáirde Mhaigheo in conjunction with the Mayo Associations of Dublin, Galway, Sligo, London, Chicago and New York and it throws in at Citywest at 9pm on the Saturday night. There’s a panel discussion, featuring David Brady, Willie Joe Padden, John Madden, Bernard Flynn and Joe Brolly, live music and a raffle for ten All-Ireland final tickets. Entrance is €10 and the event will also be broadcast live on Mid-West Radio.
The official Mayo GAA post-match team banquet on the Sunday evening also takes place at Citywest. Tables of ten cost €800 or tickets can be purchased individually for €80. Tickets for the afters can be purchased for €20. All tickets can be bought through the office in MacHale Park. Contact Dermot on (094) 925 0487 or (087) 621 9843.
Don’t forget that there are also ten All-Ireland final tickets to be won in next Monday’s Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto. Play the Lotto here.