Croke Park

  • Kildare GAA have released the following statement this evening regarding Saturday's Rd 3 Qualifier against Mayo that was provisionally due to be played in Croke Park.

    Kildare GAA would like to explain the chain of events that has led to the
    CCCC announcing Croke Park as the venue for the All-Ireland SFC Round 3
    Qualifier between Kildare and Mayo, and to state that the team will not be
    in attendance, as the game should be taking place at our county grounds, St
    Conleth’s Park.

    It was with great delight that we greeted a home fixture in this morning’s
    draw, a fantastic reward for the loyal supporters who have travelled to
    Owenbeg and Longford for the team’s recent Qualifier successes. It is an
    attractive proposition too for team management, players, sponsors, the
    business people of Newbridge and surrounding areas, and all of the
    stakeholders of Kildare GAA.

    As soon as the draw was made, we were in contact with
    Newbridge Garda Síochána immediately and they were happy with the
    fixture going ahead, their only request being that it throw in at 7pm,
    given the influx of people to the area due to the Irish Derby taking place
    at Curragh Racecourse at 5.15pm.

    Having received the backing of the Gardai, we sent an email to the
    CCCC advising them that we would have no difficulty in hosting the fixture
    as an all-ticket affair and were already putting plans in place to do so.

    We informed the CCCC of the advice surrounding the 7pm throw-in, and
    advised them that the Management Committee of Kildare GAA, on behalf of our
    loyal supporters, respectfully expected that the CCCC would fix the game
    for Saturday, June 30th, at St Conleth’s Park for 7pm and we had no issue with adhering to the criteria for St Conleths Park as previously agreed with the National Facilities/Health & Safety committee

    We were asked to provide an alternative venue, an invitation we declined
    because Kildare are entitled to the home venue as per the draw, and were in the
    position to do so within all criteria of health and safety, and to the
    satisfaction of An Garda Síochána.

    The Management Committee of Kildare GAA has been in constant contact with
    Kildare Senior Football Manager Cian O’Neill. We are all on the same page,
    adamant that the game take place in Newbridge as the draw dictates.

    When notification arrived that the game was fixed for Croke Park, we
    informed the CCC that we would not be fulfilling that fixture, because it
    was a home draw for St Conleth’s Park.

    This decision does not make sense to us, as we have already hosted
    attractive Division 1 fixtures this year.

    There is also the concern as to the implications were Kildare to qualify
    for the so-called Super 8s series. The major selling point of this format
    was that each team would have one major home fixture. Does this now mean
    that we in Kildare would be denied that right, were we to qualify?

    We are not attempting to do anything that contravenes health and safety
    regulations. We can cater for the
    fixture St Conleth’s Park and it will not cause undue congestion in Newbridge.

    As the management committee of Kildare GAA, we have a responsibility to our
    team management, players, supporters, sponsors, businesses and every stakeholder
    in Kildare GAA to insist that we be allowed fulfil the home fixture we are
    entitled to.

    And we are making it clear that we will not play this game in Croke Park.
    St Conleth’s Park is perfectly capable of hosting the tie on an all-ticket
    basis, Newbridge is perfectly capable of dealing with the number of
    supporters that will attend.

    The Management Committee of Kildare GAA.

  • Corofin GAA

    Corofin will look to secure an All-Ireland Final place this weekend when they come up against the Leinster Champions.

    The Connacht Kingpins face Moorefield of Kildare on Saturday at 2pm in Tullamore.

    The 2015 All-Ireland Champions will be hopeful of securing a date in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Allianz Football League
    Division 1 Final 
    Dublin 0-18 
    Galway 0-14 

  • Eight teenage entrepreneurs from three Mayo schools will represent the county at the Student Enterprise Programme national finals in Croke Park next month.

    Every September, students are encouraged to research, set up and run their own real-world business under this initiative, with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and the Local Enterprise Offices nationally.


    20 secondary schools in Mayo took part in the Student Enterprise Progrmame this year, with 50 teams making it to the county finals in Castlebar recently, where the winning teams in the junior, intermediate and senior category were chosen.

    In the Junior category, Máirtín Maloney from St Tiernan's College, Crossmolina will represent Mayo at the national finals with his business, the Nephin Turf Company which creates souvenirs and gifts crafted from turf.

    In the Intermediate category, Anne Murphy and Áine Killeen from Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina will represent Mayo with their business, which created a fireproof pouch for storing electrical devices when charging for long periods of time.

    Students from St Mary's Convent in Ballina will represent Mayo in the Senior category with their business - Worry Bear Co - which sells cuddly bears with a dedicated pocket where a child can place a worry note before going to sleep, to minimise anxiety and worry among young children.

    The award for Mayo's Most Enterprising School was presented to Grace Downes, the teacher responsible for guiding the senior winners at St Mary's Convent, Ballina throughout the Student Enterprise Programme.

    John Magee of the Local Enterprise Office in Mayo has congratulated the students from Ballina and Crossmolina who won the county awards.

    They will now compete against hundreds of others student enterpreneurs from across the country at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Programme in Croke Par, Dublin on 3rd May.




    Delegates from around the world are arriving for the GAA's Annual Congress, which gets underway at Croke Park this evening.


    It will be Director General Paraic Duffy's final Congress before retirement.


    The prohibition of sponsorship from betting companies and the definition of a melee are among the motions for debate.

  • Upcoming Fixtures
    09.02.2019 (Sat) AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Final Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:45 Kilcummin v Naomh Éanna TG4 (Online) (Ciarraí) (Aontroim) Referee: TBC (E.T. if Necessary)

    AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Junior Club Championship
    Final Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:00 Beaufort v Easkey TG4 (Online) (Ciarraí) (Sligeach) Referee: TBC (E.T. if Necessary)

    10.02.2019 (Sun) AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Final Páirc an Chrócaigh 15:15 Charleville v Oranmore-Maree TG4 (Online) (Corcaigh) v (Gaillimh) Referee: TBC (E.T. if Necessary)

    AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Junior Club Championship
    Final Páirc an Chrócaigh 13:30 Castleblayney Hurling v Dunnamaggin TG4 (Online) (Muineachán) (Cill Chainnigh) Referee: TBC (E.T. if Necessary)

  • Galway County Board has paid Croke Park 390,000 euro for All-Ireland Final tickets in 2015.

    RTE is reporting that Galway treasurer Michael Burke told a County Board meeting on Tuesday night that the outstanding sum has been paid to GAA HQ.

    Galway were beaten by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling Final that year and have since contested two finals, and won one of those in 2017.

    The treasurer also told the meeting that the County Board had to write off around 100,000 in bad debt, sums that were owed to them, but that could no longer be collected for various reasons.

    The news came as delegates await the publication of an internal audit report, commissioned by the treasurer, that has been completed for some months and has been seen by senior GAA officials in Croke Park.

    The report hasn’t yet been made public, as it has been the subject of legal correspondence.

    Croke Park have commissioned Mazars, the international auditing and corporate financing company, to conduct a full audit of Galway GAA and they have been working in Galway for a number of weeks. They are expected to report their findings in the next couple of weeks.

  • Kildare are reportedly refusing to move their third round qualifier with Mayo to Croke Park.

    GAA officials today announced a double-header at H-Q for Saturday, with that game preceded by the all-Ulster clash of Cavan and Tyrone.

    But it's been reported that the Kildare County Board are refusing to concede home advantage and want the game played in Newbridge.

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to confirm that Lidl National League Division 1 champions Dublin will play two glamour 2019 regulation fixtures at Croke Park.

    These games will serve as curtain-raisers and ‘double-headers’ alongside Dublin’s male counterparts at the Drumcondra venue.

    Dublin, who are also the reigning TG4 All-Ireland Senior champions, will open the defence of their Lidl NFL Division 1 crown with a fixture at Croke Park against Donegal on Saturday February 2, at 5pm.

    This game will be followed by the meeting of Dublin and Galway in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League at 7pm.

    On Saturday, February 23, Dublin will take on old rivals Mayo in the Lidl NFL at Croke Park, again with a 5pm throw-in time.

    This game will be a repeat of the 2018 Lidl NFL Division 1 final at Parnell Park, which Dublin won to secure a first ever top-flight title.

    Following this latest meeting on February 23, the Dublin and Mayo men’s teams will play in the Allianz NFL at 7pm.  

    Last February, Dublin and Mayo were also involved in a ‘double-header’ at Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar, with both games screened LIVE by eir sport.

    The LGFA is also working on securing a number of other ‘double-headers’ - and should be in a position to confirm full details at some point next week.

  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the list of clubs who will feature at Croke Park on TG4 All-Ireland Finals Sunday, September 16.

    Each year, a select group of clubs is selected from the huge amount of entries to be part of the big day.

    This year, 16 clubs from 13 counties will be amongst those lucky enough to be involved in the action as part of the half-time exhibition games, officials for those games, or as Ball Girls for the TG4 All-Ireland Finals.

    St Sylvesters (Dublin), Templemore (Tipperary), St John Bosco (Down), Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow), St Marys, Killererin (Galway) and Kilmovee Shamrocks (Mayo) are the six lucky Under-10 clubs that will play at half-time in one of the three TG4 All-Ireland Finals.

    The huge tradition of having our Gaelic4Mothers&Others clubs represented at half-time in the TG4 All-Ireland Finals also continues as we look forward to welcoming Moy Davitts (Mayo), Cashel (Longford), Erin Go Bragh (Dublin), Inch Rovers (Cork), Moylagh (Meath) and Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone) to take part in the exhibition games.

    The officials for the exhibition games will come from the Under-14 groups from Robert Emmets (Donegal), Naomh Éanna (Antrim) and Walterstown (Meath).

    Sligo will provide the Ball Girls for all three of the TG4 All-Ireland Finals, in the junior, intermediate and senior grades, as St John’s were the lucky winners of this honour.

    All 16 clubs can now begin making their plans for September 16th as they will be part of the action at Croke Park on TG4 All Ireland Finals day.

    The six TG4 All-Ireland Finalists will be confirmed over the next two weekends, with the first Intermediate semi-final down for decision next Saturday in Ballyshannon, when Tyrone and Sligo meet.

    A week later, it’s Roscommon against Meath in the second semi-final, while the senior semi-finals (Cork v Donegal and Dublin v Galway) are also scheduled.

    On Sunday, August 26, the junior finalists will be revealed as Limerick take on London and Derry play Louth.

    2018 TG4 All Ireland Finals Half Time Exhibition Games





    St Sylvesters






    St John Bosco



    Mount Leinster Rangers



    St Mary’s, Killererin



    Kilmovee Shamrocks






    Moy Davitts






    Erin Go Bragh



    Inch Rovers






    Pomeroy Plunketts



    U-14 Officials



    Robert Emmets



    Naomh Éanna






    U-14 Ball Girls

    St John’s



  • Mayo face Kildare on Sunday in the U20 All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Following wins over Leitrim, Roscommon & Derry Sunday's final will see the Connacht & Leinster champions go head to head. Manger Mike Solan names an unchanged team from that win over Derry in the semi-finals. Throw-in on Sunday is 1.15pm:


    1. Patrick O Malley - Westport
    2. Johnny Maughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    3. Brian O Malley - Westport
    4. John Cunnane - Ballyhaunis
    5. Paul Lambert - Westport
    6. Cathal Horan - Kilmovee
    7. Oisin McLaughlin - Westport
    8. Evan O Brien - Ballinrobe
    9. Jordan Flynn - Crossmolina Deel Rovers
    10. Nathan Moran - Hollymount/Carramore
    11. Ryan O Donoghue - Belmullet(Captain)
    12. Tommy Conroy - The Neale
    13. Conor Diskin - Claremorris
    14. Ross Egan - Aghamore
    15. Colm Moran - Westport

  • The 2018 Croke Park Charity Challenge was launched today, and will see a Mayo team - managed by Senator John O''Mahony and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny - taking on a Cork team managed by Rebels legend Billy Morgan and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

    The charity challenge takes place in Croke Park on 23rd October, with some legends of the game, as well as stars from other sports, coming together to raise funds for Self Help Africa.

    The Mayo and Cork teams will comprise fans, players and members of the media, and companies or individuals can buy a place on a team for €3,000.

    The event is being organised by former Galway hurling star Alan Kerins who says the proceeds will support Self Help Africa to continue with its life-changing work in rural Africa.


  • AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Final 
    Moy 1-10 
    Michael Glaveys 0-07 

  • A number of Mayo individuals and groups have been nominated for the 2018 All Ireland Community & Council Awards.

    The awards are hosted annually by the Local Authority Members Association and IPB Insurance, and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Croke Park Stadium this evening ( Saturday).

    Flying the flag for Co Mayo at this evening’s awards ceremony are the Westport 250 festival and Crossmolina St Patrick’s Day Committeee for the St Patrick’s night festival – they’re both shortlisted in the Best Arts & Culture Initiative.

    In the Best Community-Based Initiative, Mayo Community Futures and the School Warden Lollicops scheme in Mayo and Kildare are shortlisted.

    “Its for Girls” Mayo is nominated in the category of Best Community Health Initiative.

    John Cooney and Seamus Jordan of the Crossmolina Festival committee are nominated for the Community Volunteer of the Year award, and in the Best Tourism Initiative category, Wild Mayo Development & Promotional campaign has been nominated.

    RTE’s Marty Morrissey will present the awards to the winners in the Croke Park Stadium later this evening.

  • Tyrone referee Sean Hurson will be the man in the middle for Mayo and Kerry's opening Super 8's clash in Fitzgerald Stadium, at 4 o'clock on Sunday.

    The Red Hand official refereed the division two final between Donegal and Meath earlier in the year and will officiate the match between James Horan and Peter Keane's men.

    Kerry will look to avenge two league losses to Mayo this year in Tralee and in Croke Park in the league final, while Mayo will look to continue their momentum from the qualifiers and come one step closer to an All-Ireland semi-final place.

    Mayo will play Meath in Croke Park on the following weekend and will host Donegal at home in the final round of the last eight competition.

    You can follow the game live on Midwest Radio, with live commentary from Michael D. McAndrew and Martin Carney with thanks to JJ Burke Car sales Ballinrobe.

  • All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior A Final 
    St Ronan's College Lurgan 1-10 
    Rice College Westport 1-09 


  • Allianz Football League 
    Division 2 Final 
    Roscommon 4-16 
    Cavan 4-12 

  • SWINFORD GAA Club will begin the 2018 Mayo GAA League season in Division 1D of the league.

    Midwest Radio Sport can confirm that the club saw their appeal against a deduction of points by the Mayo Co Board for fielding an illegal player against Bonniconlon dismissed by the Dispute Resolutions Authority last night.

    The final verdict brings to an end several months of boardroom wrangling after Bonniconlon lodged an objection to the use of an illegal player by Swinford in their final league game of the 2017 Division 1C campaign. When the North Mayo club had their appeal upheld by the County Board, Swinford brought an appeal to the Connacht GAA Council. 

    The Connacht GAA Board ruled in favour of Swinford but on further examination by the Central Appeals Committee in Croke Park, this ruling was dismissed. Swinford's final port of call was the DRA but after several weeks of scrutiny and oral hearings with officials from Bonniconlon, Swinford, Mayo GAA and Connacht GAA, the DRA ruled in favour of Bonniconlon and upheld the original decision of Mayo GAA to award the points to them.

    That all means that Bonniconlon finish the 2017 Division 1C season on ten points while Swinford end on six points and thus are relegated to Division 1D. Louisburgh and Castlebar Mitchels both finished the campaign on eight points and were awaiting the outcome of the DRA ruling to see where they stood. According to Mayo GAA league rules, when two teams finish level on points, their final placing will be decided by the head-to-head result. Louisburgh defeated Mitchels B in June of 2017 but the fate of the two teams has yet to be confirmed officially. 

    With an end in sight to the situation however it does appear that the final league placings for 2017 will be confirmed very shortly, with the 2018 fixtures to come.

    Below is the a part of the verdict as delivered by the DRA which Midwest Radio has managed to get a copy of.



    The within application relates to the awarding by the Third Named

    Respondent (Mayo CCC) of a Mayo Senior League Division 1C football fixture

    which took place on 22 October 2017 on foot of an objection by the Fourth

    Named Respondent (Bonniconlon).


    Interestingly, Mayo GAA have divided the League into Division 1A, 1B, 1C,

    1D, 1E and 1F. The reason for using this lettered and numbered terminology is

    not to stigmatise those clubs in the lowered tiers of the division. Also, a club

    (as was the case here) with more than one team would then nominate players

    to play in the upper tiers of the division which must include at least twelve

    players from the previous year’s championship.


    On Sunday 23rd September 2017, the Claimant Club played Burrishoole in a

    Division 1C game and a player from the Claimant’s Club received a red card.

    The penalty as in normal course was a one match suspension in the same code

    and at the same level, applicable to the next game in the same competition. This

    sanction was accepted and not queried by the player. He was not one of the

    nominated players.


    On Sunday 15th October 2017, the Claimant played Ardnaree in a Division 1E

    game and that player did not play. However, he did play the following Division

    1C game on the 22nd October 2017 against Bonniconlon believing he had

    already served his suspension. The Claimant won that game by a point and an

    objection was lodged by Bonniconlon to Mayo CCC. The Tribunal did not hear

    evidence from the player and the facts here in relation to serving his suspension

    in Division 1E game is merely a presumption on our part.


    The Claimant appealed the Mayo CCC decision dated 6 November 2017 to the

    Second Respondent - Coiste Eisteachta Chonnacht (Connacht HC). Following



    a hearing on 21 November 2017, Connacht HC upheld the Claimant’s appeal.

    Thereafter, the Fourth Respondent - Mhuinne Chonaillain (Bonniconlon)

    successfully appealed the matter to An Lár Choiste Achomhairc (CAC). The

    Claimant has identified the CAC decision dated 15 December 2017 as the sole

    disputed decision.


    When the hearing commenced the Tribunal reserved its position on the initial

    jurisdictional point by the CAC pending further discussions between members

    of the Tribunal and by agreement and to facilitate the parties it proceeded to

    hear the substantive issues. We now set out our decision in relation to that

    preliminary jurisdictional issue and as a result, the latter substantive issue is

    largely irrelevant.



    The appeal by the fourth named Respondent, Bonniconlon before the CAC was

    on three grounds inter alia(1) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule

    7.11(o) T.O. 2017 (2) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule 7.10(d)(1) by

    ruling the objection out of order under Rule 7.10(e)(1) in circumstances where

    this was not raised by the Claimant at the objection hearing before the Mayo

    CCC or Connacht HC (3) Connacht HC had erred and misapplied Rule 7.11(p).

    This is our numbering for ease of reference.



    The CAC upheld the appeal on one ground, that is number (2) above and

    simply put, they had no jurisdiction in the matter considering this argument

    was not previously raised by the Claimant either before the Mayo CCC or

    Connacht HC.

    It was accepted on behalf of the Claimant that they did not raise the ‘deeming

    of the objection in order’ under Rule 7.10(e)(1) either before the Mayo CCC or



    Connacht HC but did raise Rule 7.10(d)(1) and by implication that would have

    included Rule 7.10(e)(1) and therefore, no prejudice occurs.


    However, to succeed under Rule 7.10(d)(1) one must first challenge the

    substance of the decision by the Mayo CCC which was made under Rule

    7.10(e)(1) deeming the objection in order and unfortunately this was not done

    by the Claimant.




    The Tribunal finds that it has no jurisdiction to hear this dispute and dismisses

    the claim.

    Rule 7.13(d) is very clear that no member or unit shall refer a matter for

    Arbitration until all available avenues of Appeal under the Rules have been

    exhausted. In this instance, this did not occur.


    Whilst one would have sympathy for the Claimant given their impressive

    arguments before us on the vagueness in the suspension as outlined against the

    player concerned (which coincidentally as an aside, it may have been read in

    favour of the player) it nevertheless would create a very unhelpful precedent

    to allow points of arguments before us to proceed where they were not

    previously adjudicated by those other Units of the Association. This is a well-

    established Rule of Law. As such, previous arguments before the Units must

    be exhaustively adjudicated on.




    The Tribunal recommends that where Match Suspension based disciplinary

    sanctions are being proposed/imposed on players that such notices indicate

    clearly to what specific game(s)/league division a suspension arises i.e. in what

    code, at what level and in what competition.

    This is the unanimous decision of the Tribunal

  • All of Ireland’s 26 dioceses will open the 9th World Meeting of Families simultaneously with a special liturgical ceremony today and with the ringing of bells in each of the 26 diocesan cathedrals across the island.  Family-friendly festivals are also taking place.

    The WMOF Pastoral Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to Friday, while the Festival of Families will be celebrated in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. 

    Pope Francis will join the WMOF celebrations when he visits Ireland on Saturday.  WMOF will culminate with the closing Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday. 

    Today’s opening liturgy in each cathedral will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer.  Entitled Le chéile le Críost (Together with Christ). The ceremonies will involve singing and praying hymns, psalms and canticles, burning incense and praying for the entire human family and all are welcome.