I said before Christmas that there was some work underway on putting together a publication which details all of the county’s league and championship results for the last sixty years. Regular readers here will know that I’ve been gathering this information and putting it online in a results archive on the site here over the past eighteen months or so but I was delighted when Donal O’Donoghue contacted me before Christmas to say that he had teamed up with Mick Byrne in Castlebar to produce a book containing all these results and a whole load more, such as yearly match and scorer statistics, player appearance records for the sixty years and the top fifty scorers over this period. By the way, here’s a quick question for you on that: name the top five scorers (in all competitions at senior level) for the county between 1950 and 2009? And in the correct order.
As I’ve mentioned before, Donal also collected some of the results and team details from the 1950s that I’ve got on the site here and he also did a load of painstaking double-checking of my records, finding more than a few errors in the process too, I might add. As a result (pardon the pun), the information on teams and scorers and so on contained in the book, which is entitled Mayo: sixty years of thrills and spills, represents an accurate and comprehensive record of every senior match of note that the county has played in over the last sixty years.
Interested? Of course you are but before I tell you how to get a copy, I should also point out that Mick and Donal are donating the entire proceeds raised from sales of the book to the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and so this means the two lads are absorbing the full cost of publication themselves. In these straitened times we live in, such generosity of spirit – for what is truly a very worthy cause – is more than a little uplifting.
The book costs €7 and Donal tells me that he’s hopeful it’ll be available on the day of the Galway game at McHale Park (possibly inside the ground but he’s not 100% sure about that at the moment – if I hear anything definite on that score, I’ll post details here). Mick Byrne will, as well as pulling pints, also be selling copies in his pub on Main Street in Castlebar, Castle Books on Castle Street in the town will have it, as will Easons in Castlebar and Ballina and Elverys in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport, Claremorris and Sligo. If anyone located further afield is interested in getting a copy, the easiest thing for now is to drop me an email here and I’ll make sure the lads get it and get back to you with details on how to order. Donal is also looking at other options, such as possibly making it available over eBay, and if I get any information on this I’ll provide details here on the site.
I’m delighted to see that this initiative has come to fruition and Mick and Donal deserve great credit for making it all happen. Here’s hoping that well-thumbed copies of the book will be sitting proudly on the bookshelves of all true Mayo GAA nuts in the not-too-distant future.