Even in the depths of this long, long, perma-frozen inter-county closed season, the good old Mayo News is still bulging at its online seams with GAA-related news. Here’s a brief summary of what they have to say with the usual handy links thrown in for good measure.
First up, there’s confirmation of the rumour I’d already heard from my Clare sources that Liam McHale is set to follow in John Maughan’s footsteps by packing his bermudas and heading off to prowl the sideline down in the Banner County. The Clare County Board is meeting this evening to ratify a new football management team and Liam, along with the former Clare footballer Colm Clancy, is part of Micheál McDermott’s proposed ticket for this particular gig. McDermott is currently jefe of the celebrated Kilmurry-Ibrickane club and it would appear that he’s a shoo-in for the county job. Liam is quoted as saying that he sees this role as a stepping stone to his ultimate goal of becoming Mayo manager at some future point. A few more steps would be needed, though, before he can consider himself to be a credible candidate for that position, I reckon. He’s also hoping, by the way, to continue managing the Stephenites next year.
Next, here are all the match reports from last weekend’s provincial club action. The Voice of Experience got to party on down with the Kiltimagh lads in Charlestown, Mike Finnerty was in Kiltoom to see the Sarsfields eke out their extra-time win over Castlerea and Michael Duffy was at McHale Park to watch Westport easing their way into the intermediate provincial decider, where, incidentally they’ll face Galway’s Leitir Mór in Tuam Stadium next weekend.
What else is there? Mike Finnerty reports that Our Kev is going to be the Guest of Honour at the Club Stars bash in Westport at the end of the month. And Daniel Carey tells us that a good time was had by all at the recent County GAA Forum. And that’s about the height of it, hombres.
Oh, before I forget: Mayo Mick left a comment on the site earlier on to say that season tickets for 2010 are now on sale. He’s right, you know: they are and here’s where you need to head to if you want to buy one. Thanks for the heads-up, Mick.