We’ve all been critical down the years about the official county website, which, although it was one of the first of its kind when it was first launched back in the good old 1990s, has been showing its age in a fairly transparent way in more recent times. It’s good to see, then, that the site has now undergone a comprehensive revamp and that the shiny new updated version has just gone live.
There’s loads of new features on the site and I know that significant work has been put in over the last number of months to get the job done. With our opening championship match of 2010 just around the corner, the timing for the launch of the new website is pretty much spot-on too so well done to County PRO Kevin O’Toole and everyone else who made it all happen.
You’ll probably notice that there are still some glitches here and there on the site and I know that various things are still being tweaked and generally getting knocked into shape. If you spot anything that you think needs sorting out, don’t just moan about it and instead drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you can let me know via the comments here or by sending me an email and I can then point any such comments in the right direction. I know that the clear intention now is to make this a site that we can all be proud of so all constructive criticism will, I’m sure, be gratefully received and acted on.
Although I can’t claim any of the credit for the revamp, I am happy to announce that the county’s results archive, which I’ve been working on for longer than I care to remember, will soon be available on the new Mayo GAA site as well. I’ve always felt that the official site is the real spiritual home for this kind of information and I’m delighted that this is now going to happen, in the process making the Mayo site the first of its kind in the country to have a results archive of this nature. In the fullness of time, hopefully, the archive will encompass a complete record of all league and championship matches the county has played in but there’s still a fair old distance to go before that position is reached.
You’ll notice that the updated site contains a book of condolence where you can sympathise with the family and friends of Adrian Freeman, the talented young Mayo hurler from Aghamore who tragically died in a traffic accident in Australia at the weekend. You could do worse than adding your own name to those who have already been on to express their sympathies in relation to this heartbreaking loss of life.