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)

  • The All-Ireland senior camogie final takes centre stage at Croke Park later this afternoon.

    Galway and Kilkenny will meet in a repeat of the league final earlier this year.

    Ann Downey's Kilkenny are hoping to avoid a third successive defeat in the decider.

    Throw-in is at 4.15pm in that last game of today's triple-header at HQ.

    At 2-o'clock Galway and Westmeath meet in the Intermediate final.

  • 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.

  • The Galway minor hurlers held off a battling Clare challenge to progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

    The Tribesmen defeated the Banner on a full-time scoreline of 1-24 to 1-22 in O'Moore Park, Poortlaoise.

    Brian Hanley's side needed to avoid a six point loss to Clare to progress, while the Banner needed a six-point win.

    They will now face Wexford next weekend in the last four of the competition in Croke Park.

  • The Galway minor hurlers will take on Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-finals as part of a double-bill with the Wexford Tipperary All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park.

    The young westerners are hoping to book an All-Ireland final date with the winners of Kilkenny and Limerick as they continue their push for three All-Irelands in-a-row.

    The game throws in at half past one on Sunday and there will be live coverage on TG4.

  • Mayo manager James Horan is not concerned by the quick turnaround his side faces against Dublin this weekend.

    Dublin effectively rested many of their key men last weekend in their surreal Super 8's clash with Tyrone.

    Mayo have played seven championship games so far this season as they traversed the qualifiers and the Super 8's.

    Horan disregarded suggestions that Jim Gavin's charges will be fresher than his side on Saturday evening.

    After the Donegal game he said their focus was on tweaking improvements in their performance ahead of the Dublin match.

  • 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 make the trip to Croke Park on Sunday to take on Meath in Round 2 of the Super 8's.

    A defeat to Kerry last weekend means Mayo need a win on Sunday if they are to have any hope of making the All Ireland semi-finals. Following that loss the team named shows three changes with Eoin O'Donoghue, Seamus O'Shea and Ciaran Treacy all getting the nod to start. Chris Barrett, Kevin McLoughlin & James Carr are the players to miss out.

    1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites
    2. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    4. Eoin O'Donoghue - Belmullet
    5. Lee Keegan - Westport
    6. Colm Boyle - Davitts
    7. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis
    8. Donal Vaughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    9. Seamus O’Shea - Breaffy
    10. Fionn McDonagh - Westport
    11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy(C)
    12. Ciaran Treacy - Ballina Stephenites
    13. Cillian O'Connor - Ballintubber
    14. Darren Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    15. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole
  • Mayo have named 2 changes in their side to take on Dublin this evening - with Kevin McLoughlin and Fergal Boland coming into the half-forward line to replace Jason Doherty and Keith Higgins.

    Keith Higgins received a black card in last weekend's Super 8 win over Donegal, while Jason Doherty has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the 2nd half of last Saturday's game.

    Mayo: Robert Hennelly, Chris Barrett, Brendan Harrison, Stephen Coen, Lee Keegan,  Colm Boyle, Patrick Durcan, Aidan O'Shea, Seamus O’Shea, Fionn McDonagh, Kevin McLoughlin, Fergal Boland, Cillian O'Connor, Darren Coen, James Carr.

    Midwest Radio will bring you live coverage of both the Mayo minor and senior matches at Croke Park this afternoon, while our live coverage gets underway at 1pm with full commentary  of the Mayo ladies All-Ireland quarter-final match against Armagh in Longford.


  • 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.


  • The Mayo senior footballers will play Dublin at 5pm next Saturday after the boys in blue defeated Tyrone 1-16 to 0-13.

    Tyrone will face Kerry the following day in GAA HQ in the other semi-final.

    Mayo's game will be preceded by the minor match, as Tomas Morley's men take on Cork at 3pm in Croker.

    The following day the Galway and Kerry footballers serve as the curtain raiser for the senior game.

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