• The Mayo News this morning revealed a major fall-out in the Mayo Ladies camp ahead of their first round robin game in the 2018 All Ireland Senior Football Championship against Cavan in Clones on Saturday. Edwin McGreal from the Mayo News Sport team who broke the story joined Midwest Radio this morning to chat about the furore and explain more about the situation. Listen back now.


  • The TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship fixtures have been published today.

    The LGFA has confirmed that the 2020 All-Ireland Intermediate and Senior Championship finals will be played at Croke Park on 20th December - the Sunday before Christmas.

    The Junior Championship final will be played on the weekend of the 5/6 December at a venue yet to be confirmed.

    Round one of the Senior and Intermediate championships will be played on the weekend of October 31 / 1 November, with rounds 2 and 3 over the following two weekends.

    In Group 4 of the senior championship , Mayo will take on Tyrone at home on the weekend of the 7 / 8 November, with an away game with Armagh the following weekend.





  • 24 participants have been revealed for the LGFA's second Learn to Lead Female Leadership programme.

    The programme was devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Programme.

    The course will once again be delivered by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR & Media.

    The list of 24 participants includes Veronica Murphy of the Corofin club in Galway, Jacqui Mulligan of Sligo club St Farnan's and Michelle Hughes Walsh of Roscommon Gaels.

    The programme will commence in the coming weeks, and will be delivered over the course of 4 days and 6 evenings to develop skill sets and techniques.



  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce details of the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme – with 38 clubs from across the country set to benefit.

    This is the 11th year of the Gaelic4Girls initiative, which has proven hugely-successful since its inception in 2008.

    This year, 22 counties are represented among the 38 clubs, and Armagh star Aimee Mackin is on board once again as the official 2019 Gaelic4Girls ambassador.

    The two-time TG4 All Star kick-started her glittering career with the Gaelic4Girls programme at club level with Shane O’Neills, and she’s a huge advocate of the programme.

    Over course of the initiative, Aimee will release videos sharing some of the tips that have helped her to develop into one of the most feared forwards in the game.

    Aimee’s videos were incredibly popular in 2018 and she’s encouraging players to get involved in the various challenges, and share their own footage on social media, using the hashtag #Gaelic4Girls.

    Five clubs from four counties in Connacht will participate in the 2019 Gaelic4Girls Programme, while Leinster will be represented by 15 clubs from six counties.

    In Munster, all six counties are represented by nine clubs while nine Ulster clubs from six counties will be involved.

    The full list of clubs reads as follows:

    Connacht:Glenamaddy/Williamstown (Galway), Glencar Manorhamilton, St Josephs (Leitrim), Balla (Mayo), Owenmore Gaels (Sligo).

    Leinster: Ballinkillen/Newtown, St Andrews, Mount Leinster Rangers, Éire Óg, Cnoc Arda, Kildavin Clonegal (Carlow), Naomh Marcais (Dublin), Roberstown, Two Mile House, Moorefield, Castledermot (Kildare), St Josephs (Louth), Tullamore (Offaly), Ballygarrett Réalt na Mara, Baile Dubh Tire (Wexford).

    Munster: Banner (Clare), Delanys, St Michaels (Cork), Ballymacelligott (Kerry), Athea, Dromcollogher Broadford (Limerick), Cappawhite (Tipperary), Tramore, Dungarvan (Waterford).

    Ulster:Glenariffe Oisíns (Antrim), Mullaghbawn, Pearse Óg, Highmoss Sarsfields (Armagh), Belturbet (Cavan), Dungloe, Termon (Donegal), Clan na Banna (Down), Pomeroy Plunketts (Tyrone).

    The selected clubs will attend training evenings in the coming weeks before the programme is rolled out.

    Gaelic4Girls 2019 will culminate with cluster blitz days, where Gaelic4Girls clubs will be paired with each other.

  • The LGFA’s decision to omit the London Ladies Football team from the delayed 2020 Championship because of travel restrictions between Ireland and the UK means the Exiles won’t play a competitive match for a staggering 22 months.

    In a hard-hitting statement released on Wednesday, the London Ladies said the LGFA’s decision ran contrary to promoting women’s sport and compared their predicament of no Championship football with the men’s game in which both the London footballers and hurlers are scheduled to take part in their respective Championships.

    The London Ladies’ main bone of contention is the surprisingly early decision made by the LGFA to not involve the reigning British champions in the All-Ireland JFC semi-finals this year.

    For the past four seasons, London have reached the last four of the All-Ireland series.

    Speaking to Midwest Sport today All-Britain Provincial President and Louisburgh native Patricia Morrison says it was important for the decision to be made early especially with the virus so uncertain in the UK.

    Ms. Morrison says the early decisions from LGFA management has given counties a clear understanding of where they stand.

    She says it gives the London girls a chance to focus on their club championships.

    Patricia joined Michael D. McAndrew on Sunday Sport to talk about this as well as other topics.



  • Ballinrobe LGFA is one of 16 clubs selected to take part in a nationwide LGFA development programme.

    Club2Gether is an initiative which aims increase retention rates of young women in ladies football.

    The programme touches areas like volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, games development and sponsorship and fundraising, while also putting a two-year plan in place.

    Free training will now be provided to officers and coaches in the various clubs and they will also receive resources to assist with building sustainable structures.

  • Carnacon are to appeal against the suspensions and fine handed down by the Connacht Council of the LGFA.

    The reigning All-Ireland club champions successfully appealed against their expulsion from the Mayo championship on Tuesday night after eight players - Martha Carter, Marie Corbett, Amy Dowling, Doireann Hughes, Sadhbh Larkin, Fiona McHale, Cora Staunton and Saoirse Walsh - left the county panel over alleged player welfare issues.

    But they were subsequently fined €500 and the eight players were each handed four-week bans.

    Carnacon have confirmed this evening to Midwest sport that they formally lodged their appeal with the LGFA yesterday.

  • Statement from Carnacon Ladies Gaelic Football Club as of 22nd August in response to the decision of Mayo LGFA to remove our Senior team from league and championship football for the 2018 season.

    Understandably, the entire panel, management, club officers, our families and supporters are devastated by the sequence of events which have transpired.

    The Club is in the process of preparing an appeal of this decision to lodge with the Connacht LGFA, so at this point in time we feel it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

    We hope you can understand our position and respect our decision.

    At the end of the day - all our members want is to play football and we hope to get this opportunity again in the not too distant future.

    We would like to thank the general public for their support and goodwill in this unprecedented situation.




  • The Connacht Ladies Gaelic Football Interprovincial team have lost the Mick Talbot Cup final to Munster.

    It finished Munster 4-8 0-9 Connacht.

    Mayo’s representation included Lisa and Sinead Cafferky, Aisling Tarpey, Danielle Caldwell and Nicola O’Malley.

    The wait for Connacht to win the competition goes on for another 20th year having last won in 2000.

    Ulster opted not to send a team leaving three provinces to battle for Interprovincial glory.

  • THE Gourmet Food Parlour O’Connor Cup All-Stars and Rising Stars have been announced following a mammoth weekend of action at DIT Broombridge, DIT Grangegorman and Abbotstown, where seven winners were confirmed in the GFP Higher Education Championship Finals. 

    The teams were announced via the Ladies HEC Social Media channels on Tuesday evening and GFP O’Connor Cup Champions University of Limerick (UL) were the big winners, with eight players included on the HEC All Star team.

    Defenders Caoimhe McGrath, Shauna Kelly and Louise Ward all pick up HEC All Star awards, with Fiona McHale named at midfield.

    UL, managed by DJ Collins, have nailed down four of the six forward positions, including the entire inside line, with Shauna Howley, Hannah O’Donoghue, captain Eimear Scally and Róisín Howard all included.

    Runners-up UCD have four players on the team – goalkeeper Linda Bruggener, Kate McGrath, Niamh Collins and Áine McDonagh, while Giles Cup winners Ulster University Jordanstown and Lynch Cup Champions TU Dublin (DIT) are also honoured.

    Claragh Connor and ace forward Aimee Mackin make the cut from UUJ, while competition hosts TU Dublin have Niamh McEvoy on the final XV.

    In total, there are four survivors from the 2018 selection, namely Fiona McHale, Shauna Howley, Aimee Mackin and Eimear Scally.  

    The GFP Rising Stars selection recognises the efforts of players in the fourth, fifth and sixth tier competitions.

    GMIT, the Donaghy Cup winners, lead the way with four players on this team, while there are three players each for Moynihan Cup winners Dundalk IT, Moynihan Cup runners-up Letterkenny IT and Lagan Cup winners Ulster University Magee.

    Marino Institute of Education, the beaten Donaghy Cup Finalists, have two players on the list.


    GFP O’Connor Cup All Stars


    1. Linda Bruggener (UCD) – Kerry
    2. Kate McGrath (UCD) – Waterford
    3. Caoimhe McGrath (UL) – Waterford
    4. Claragh Connor (UUJ) – Derry
    5. Shauna Kelly (UL) – Cork
    6. Louise Ward (UL) – Galway
    7. Niamh Collins (UCD) – Dublin
    8. Niamh McEvoy (TU Dublin) – Dublin
    9. Fiona McHale (UL) – Mayo
    10. Shauna Howley (UL) – Mayo
    11. Aimee Mackin (UUJ) – Armagh
    12. Áine McDonagh (UCD) – Galway
    13. Hannah O’Donoghue (UL) – Kerry
    14. Eimear Scally (UL) – Cork
    15. Róisín Howard (UL) – Tipperary


    GFP Rising Stars 2019


    1. Aoife McColgan (Letterkenny IT) – Donegal
    2. Aisling Nee (Letterkenny IT) - Donegal
    3. Caoimhe Magee (UU Magee) – Tyrone
    4. Ailish Noonan (Dundalk IT) – Longford
    5. Colleen McKenna (Dundalk IT) –Armagh
    6. Kate Fitzgibbon (Marino Institute of Education) - Dublin
    7. Shauna Hynes (GMIT) – Galway
    8. Neasa Byrd (Marino Institute of Education) – Cavan
    9. Amy Wharton (GMIT) - Cavan
    10. Emma McMahon (Letterkenny IT) – Clare
    11. Danielle McManus (UU Magee) - Fermanagh
    12. Stacey Grimes (Dundalk IT) – Meath
    13. Andrea Trill (GMIT) – Galway
    14. Bronagh O’Rourke (GMIT) - Leitrim
    15. Niamh Murray (UU Magee) – Armagh



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  • Carnacon and Mayo player Cora Staunton has signed a new deal with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

    Staunton is only back from playing with the club about six weeks, in a stint where she enjoyed huge success.

    She confirmed the news at Carnacon’s All-Ireland victory dinner dance last night and this morning the GWSG posted a statement confirming the news also. 

    Cora will link up with the club at the end of the year when her club and county duties have concluded here. 

  • Five Mayo stars are among the TG4 Ladies Football All-Stars of 2016 and 2017 who are en route to Bangkok.

    This is the eighth All-Star tour for the LGFA, with players who won All-Stars in 2016 and 2017 among the group – including Mayo’s Fiona McHale, Sarah Tierney, Martha Carter, Aileen Gilroy, and Sarah Rowe.

    The group will arrive in Bangkok this afternoon local time, and will play an exhibition game on Saturday – St Patrick’s Day – at the Chulalongkorn University Stadium.

    The ladies will also attend a welcome ceremony hosted by the Irish Thai Chamber of Commerce, as well as enjoying a river cruise and cookery classes, and will undertake a training session at the Berkeley International School.

    Ladies Gaelic Football Association CEO Helen O’Rourke says the trip is a fitting reward for sporting excellence.



    Former Galway footballer and TG4 analyst Máire Ní Bhraonáin has been named as the new presenter of TG4's Ladies Football Championship coverage.

    TG4 will broadcast 9 live games  - including the junior, intermediate and senior finals and Milltown native Máire Ní Bhraonáin will front the Peil na mBan Beo - having worked as an analyst on the programme since 2011.

    She will be joined by three analysts - Cork legend Rena Buckley, Dublin's Sorcha Furlong and Waterford's Michelle Ryan.


  • Last Monday was huge for Galway star Nicola Ward, as she started running for the first time since injuring her knee last year, while it was also her first day at work in Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

    The TG4 All-Star winning defender has been out of action since last November’s All-Ireland Senior Club final defeat to Mourneabbey, but after being forced to defer some of her final year work due to injury, she completed her studies and work experience in Crumlin just as the coronavirus took hold in the country.

    A spell on the sidelines back home in Galway followed, but she has switched base back to Dublin as her new career officially begins.

    “I just finished my degree in nursing five weeks ago, so I have been home since then. There have been a lot of changes in that time,” said Ward, who plays her club football with Galway champions Kilkerrin/Clonberne.

    “I have been lucky to be kept busy up until now with college work and my placement in Crumlin, but I only got that finished up recently and then I had to get all of my registration sorted. But work is good. It’s nice to be back in a routine again. It’s busy but very enjoyable.”

    Ward studied a nursing degree in UCD, which focused on both children’s and general nursing, and after a spell working in St Vincent’s Hospital, she was delighted to be appointed to work in the Crumlin facility treating sick children.

    “Crumlin is different. I wanted to stay working with the kids and part of helping sick kids is you have the responsibility of working with their families too.

    “Working with children it is more mentally tough, but the job is really rewarding. You follow the children through their journey in the hospital, you help them through their sickness and seeing them improve is very satisfying.”

    Ward is also a Lidl Ireland ‘One Good Club’ ambassador and they have partnered up with Jigsaw, a charity that provides mental health information for children and adults working with children.

    Since Jigsaw’s face-to-face services have had to be paused due to the coronavirus, the charity’s online activities have ramped up considerably at www.JigsawOnline.ie.

    “The Covid-19 restrictions can affect the mental health of everyone. Luckily the weather has been good and we have been able to get out, but it still can affect the mental health of people,” said Ward.

    “Jigsaw is an online mental health forum for children, but there is help there too for their parents and guardians. The information is a huge help and it is there for everyone. Keeping Jigsaw’s services alive now is more important than ever.”

    Ward took the first tentative steps back to running earlier this week as she seeks to ramp up her return from the knee injury. Surgery to reattach her damaged knee cartilage was successful, and although her recuperation has been slowed in recent weeks, having the familiar face of her twin sister Louise to work with at home has been a real solace, she says.

    “This is my fifth month since surgery – I had done damage to my cartilage, where it fell off the bone. I had hoped to be back for championship in June and if sport returns later on in the year I’ll be okay. But a lot of it depends on how the running goes for me. Hopefully I have no flare-ups and bad reactions but so far I’m easing back into it nice and slowly.

    “I was doing a bit of ball work in the last few weeks. Myself and Louise were out kicking it back and over to each other – that was all I was able to manage. It is a while since we had that kind of time together. We missed out on that the last while, but we are still keen to get back playing before the end of the year.

    “Louise works as a physiotherapist for an agency so she travels around Galway and a few other counties working with the elderly in nursing homes. The regulations that have been put in place mean that people cannot visit then as much as before, but she is doing some classes through Zoom for her clients.

    “Her exercise classes are being done online now and it’s great to have that technology available. They put her up on TV and her clients can join in.

    “For my injury I have the time to get it right, I won’t have to push myself to get back for what we thought was going to be a June return. Whenever the game returns, I’ll be ready.”


  • Kilmovee Shamrocks are through to the Connacht Ladies Intermediate Football Semi-Final after a two point win over St. Brigid’s.

    It was a fascinating encounter with Shamrocks leading by 4-4 to 1-5 at half time.

    The Mayo Ladies won a final scoreline of 4-09 to 3-10.

  • The LGFA have announced a change of location for this weekend's All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Cork.

    The semi-final will go ahead in Parnell Park in Dublin, rather than in Limerick as originally proposed, with throw-in at 1.30 on Sunday.

     The winners of the Galway V Cork match will face Dublin in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on 20th December.

  • Ladies Gaelic footballers are about to get travelling expenses for the first time from their own association.

    It is understood to be a unique, temporary measure, specifically designed to lessen the additional financial burden on them caused by the Covid-19 restrictions.

    According to the Irish Independent, the LGFA has informed its county boards of the historic development and the offer is for 50 cent per mile travelling expenses and will cover games in the qualifying stages of the TG4 All-Ireland Championships.

    It is not clear yet if the scheme will be extended to the knock-out stages.

    It is believed that the money for it will come from the grant that, in the absence of any gate receipts, the government has given to all four GAA organisations to help them keep this year’s championships on track.

    Just last week Dublin’s three in-a-row ladies football manager Mick Bohan highlighted the fact that female Gaelic players get no travelling expenses, compared to their male counterparts.

    He stressed that inequality had been increased even further because teams cannot use buses to transport squads to matches or challenge games right now.

    Under the Covid-related return to play rules, GAA players have to travel alone in their cars.

    That has increased the costs for female Gaelic players who, according to their union, are already personally shelling out an average of €55 a-week on travelling expenses.







  • The Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2020 LGFA Volunteer of the Year Awards, in association with currentaccount.ie.  


    Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across ten categories, with the scheme now in its fourth year.  


    The award winners will be acknowledged during a special virtual ceremony, which can be viewed live on the LGFA Facebook Page http://bit.ly/2OvUJ2D on Friday evening, February 12th.  


    The event will commence at 7.30pm, with Dáithí Ó Sé performing MC duties.  


    Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey and Mr. Seamus Newcombe, CEO currentaccount.ie, will join Dáithí in studio, with live links to all winners on the night.  


    The 2020 winners are as follows:  


    • Young Volunteer of the Year – Sandra O’Donoghue (Rosscarbery, Cork)  
    • School Coach of the Year – Conor Maguire (Loreto, Cavan) 
    • Club Coach of the Year – Colin Kenny (Naomh Ciaran, Offaly)  
    • Local Journalist of the Year – Ian Cooney (Roscommon Herald)  
    • PRO of the Year (Peter O’Leary, Cork LGFA)  
    • Club Committee Officer of the Year (Helen Clarke, An Caisleán Glas agus Sperrin Óg, Tyrone) 
    • County/Provincial Officer of the Year (Sinead Reel, Armagh LGFA) 
    • International Volunteer of the Year – Clodagh Harris (RAK Ropairí, UAE) 
    • Overall Volunteer of the Year – Mikey Hyland (Shanahoe, Laois)  
    • Volunteer Hall of Fame – Kathleen Kane (St Nathy’s, Sligo) 
  • THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the 2018 LGFA Volunteer of the Year award winners.

    Administrators, coaches and media are among those honoured across eight categories.

    The LGFA scheme, in its second year, recognises winners from 2018, and they are as follows:


    • School Coach of Year – John Kennedy (Glenamaddy, Galway)
    • Youth Coach of the Year – Niamh Fox (Dromin-Athlacca Banogue, Limerick)
    • Journalist of The Year – Darren Kelly (Galway Bay FM)
    • PRO of the Year – Donal Fitzpatrick (Kildare)
    • Committee Officer of The Year – Nora Fealy (Kerry)
    • Coach of The Year – Jess Brennan (Blessington, Wicklow)
    • Overall Volunteer of The Year – Edel Conway (Doonbeg, Clare)
    • Volunteer Hall of Fame – Philip O’Hare (Down & Ulster)


    The Overall Volunteer of the Year, Edel Conway, will receive the Lulu Carroll award, named after the late Lulu Carroll, who was a 2001 All-Ireland senior medallist with Laois.

    Lulu, who passed away in 2007, was a committed servant to Ladies Football at club and county levels, and one of the game’s most popular and well-known figures.

    Lulu, a former All-Star recipient, also won eight Leinster titles with Laois, along with six county senior titles and a provincial crown at club level with Timahoe.

    Edel, from the Doonbeg Ladies Football Club in County Clare, continues to play the sport as well as volunteering in various roles.

    She is the current Club secretary and has held this position for over 13 years.

    Edel, who is described as the backbone of the West Clare Club, has also trained county underage teams and she was a member of the management team when the Banner County won the 2012 Munster and All-Ireland Minor B titles.

    The Volunteer Hall of Fame winner is Philip O’Hare, who is synonymous with Ladies Football in county Down and beyond.

    Philip played an integral part in the formation of the Ulster Council in 1992, and he has held various positions on the provincial body.

    Philip, the first chairperson of the Down county board, was also heavily involved in the formation of the Iveagh Bosco club, and he was team manager when they won three Down Senior titles from 1994-1996.

    LGFA President Marie Hickey commented: “It is vitally important to recognise our volunteers, who undertake sterling work in their local communities on behalf of our Association.

    “As was the case last year, we received a large volume of nominations and whittling them down to settle on winners was an onerous task.

    “I would like to thank everybody who submitted nominations and we congratulate the winners.

    “The awards event on Friday, February 22, should be a night to savour and one we are already looking forward to.

    “This night will serve as a fitting tribute to the work carried out by our volunteers at home and abroad.”