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  • Mayo footballer Sinéad Cafferky is the Croke Park Hotel / LGFA Player of the Month award winner for April.

    The 25-year old, from the Kilmovee Shamrocks Club, won the award for a series of  impressive performances during the Lidl National League Division 1 campaign.

    Sinead scored a total of 5-9 over the course of Mayo’s nine matches, putting in a brilliant performance in the semi-final victory over Cork in April.

    She scored the crucial second half goal that helped to earn Mayo a 1-20 to 3-12 victory.

    Sinead Cafferky returned to the Mayo squad this year following a number of years away from the inter-county scene and her consistent form has been publicly hailed by team manager Peter Leahy.

    Mayo are now preparing for the TG4 Connacht senior final against old rivals Galway on Sunday, June 24.

     

     

     

  • It's yet another huge weekend across a variety of sporting codes in the region this Saturday and Sunday, and looking ahead to the major events, including a preview of the Mayo Junior championship, Michael D McAndrew and Cormac O'Malley give their take on what's ahead for the weekend. Watch the video preview here or check out the audio version below!

    Stay tuned to Midwest Radio this weekend and every weekend for the best sports coverage in the region!

     

  • Armagh forward Aimee Mackin has been crowned TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year for 2020.  

     

    Mackin (23) was voted best in class by her peers, with the Shane O’Neills player fending off stiff competition from Dublin duo Carla Rowe and Sinead Goldrick to claim the coveted individual award.  

     

    Mackin recovered from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained against Cork in 2019 to make a sensational impact during the 2020 Championship.   

     

    She scored 1-6 in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship opener against Tyrone, before a 2-7 haul helped Armagh past Mayo and into a first semi-final appearance since 2015.  

     

    Armagh fell at the penultimate hurdle against eventual champions Dublin, but Mackin lit up Kingspan Breffni with an excellent display, registering 2-4 in defeat to bring her Championship haul to 5-17 from three outings.  

     

    Mackin’s Senior Players’ Player of the Year accolade was confirmed on ‘Peil na mBan – Foirne na Bliana,’ in association with AIG Insurance, which aired on TG4 on Saturday evening.  

     

    And it was a show to remember for Mackin, who was also named on the Senior Team of the Championship, while her sensational second half semi-final goal against Dublin earned the lethal attacker the AIG Cúl na Bliana award.  

     

    An expert TG4 panel selected Mackin’s superb effort as their number one from the 2020 season – ahead of Meath ace Vikki Wall’s terrific solo goal in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final victory over Westmeath, and Áine O’Sullivan’s early strike for Cork in their Senior Final reverse at the hands of Dublin.  

     

    Wall, meanwhile, was named as the TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year following a brilliant season for the Royals.  

     

    The Dunboyne player (22) was the Player of the Match from the Intermediate decider, as Meath, beaten finalists in 2019 and 2018, defeated Leinster rivals Westmeath to secure Senior Championship Football in 2021.  

     

    Wall's Dunboyne clubmate Emma Duggan was also nominated for the Intermediate award, along with Westmeath captain Fiona Claffey.  

     

    The Junior accolade went to Fermanagh’s 20-year-old forward Eimear Smyth for the second successive year.  

     

    Smyth, from the Derrygonnelly Harps club, enjoyed another sparkling season with the Erne County, who atoned for their 2019 Final loss at the hands of Louth by going one better against Wicklow and securing Intermediate Championship football for the coming season.  

     

    Smyth's Fermanagh team-mate Joanne Doonan and Wicklow's Meadhbh Deeney were also nominated for the Junior award.  

     

    Smyth is one of five Fermanagh players named on the Junior Team of the Championship, as selected by the LGFA’s All Star committee.  

     

    Wicklow may have suffered Final defeat but there is some consolation for the Garden County with the presence of seven players on the Junior selection.  

     

    Limerick provide two players to the Junior 15, with Antrim’s Saoirse Tennyson also included.  

     

    On the Intermediate team, Player of the Year Wall makes the grade as one of seven Meath representatives.  

     

    Runners-up Westmeath have four players selected, Clare have two players on the team, with one each for Kildare and Roscommon.  

     

    On the Senior selection, Dublin lead the way with six players included, with beaten finalists Cork providing four players on the chosen 15.  

     

    Armagh’s stunning Championship impact is rewarded with three players named on the selection – including Player of the Year Aimee Mackin and her sister, Blaithin. 

     

    Galway’s 2020 captain Louise Ward and Tipperary’s Aishling Moloney are also listed on the Senior Team of the Championship.  

     

    Junior Team of the Championship 

     

    1. Shauna Murphy – Fermanagh 
    2. Emily Mulhall – Wicklow 
    3. Sarah Jane Winders – Wicklow 
    4. Rebekah Daly – Limerick  
    5. Alanna Conroy – Wicklow 
    6. Saoirse Tennyson – Antrim 
    7. Sarah McCarville – Fermanagh 
    8. Aoife Gorman – Wicklow 
    9. Róisín O’Reilly – Fermanagh 
    10. Áine Cunningham – Limerick 
    11. Laura Hogan – Wicklow 
    12. Aisling Maguire – Fermanagh 
    13. Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh 
    14. Meadhbh Deeney – Wicklow  
    15. Marie Kealy – Wicklow 

     

    County by county breakdown: Wicklow 7, Fermanagh 5, Limerick 2, Antrim 1.  

     

    Intermediate Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Monica McGuirk – Meath  
    2. Rachel Dillon – Westmeath 
    3. Lucy Power – Westmeath 
    4. Emma Troy – Meath  
    5. Róisín Considine – Clare 
    6. Fiona Claffey – Westmeath 
    7. Megan Thynne – Meath  
    8. Jennifer Higgins – Roscommon 
    9. Máire O’Shaughnessy – Meath  
    10. Emma Duggan – Meath  
    11. Vikki Wall – Meath  
    12. Anna Jones – Westmeath  
    13. Stacey Grimes – Meath  
    14. Niamh O’Dea – Clare  
    15. Róisín Byrne – Kildare 

     

    County by county breakdown: Meath 7, Westmeath 4, Clare 2, Kildare 1, Roscommon 1.    

     

    Senior Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Martina O’Brien – Cork 
    2. Martha Byrne – Dublin  
    3. Clodagh McCambridge – Armagh  
    4. Eimear Meaney – Cork  
    5. Melissa Duggan – Cork  
    6. Blaithin Mackin – Armagh  
    7. Sinead Goldrick – Dublin  
    8. Jennifer Dunne – Dublin  
    9. Louise Ward – Galway  
    10. Carla Rowe – Dublin  
    11. Lyndsey Davey – Dublin  
    12. Aimee Mackin – Armagh  
    13. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork  
    14. Aishling Moloney – Tipperary  
    15. Noelle Healy – Dublin  

     

    County by county breakdown: Dublin 6, Cork 4, Armagh 3, Galway 1, Tipperary 1.   

     

    Individual awards:  

     

    TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year – Aimee Mackin – Armagh  

     

    TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year – Vikki Wall – Meath  

     

    TG4 Junior Players’ Player of the Year – Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh  

     

    AIG Cúl na Bliana (1/2/3):  

     

    1. Aimee Mackin – Armagh v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-final) 
    2. Vikki Wall – Meath v Westmeath (TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final) 
    3. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final) 
  • TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-finals

    Roscommon 2-18 Kildare 2-10

    Sligo 2-14 Offaly 2-10

     

     

    TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship semi-finals

    Sligo v Tipperary

    Meath v Roscommon

     

    Last year’s beaten finalists Meath are back in the semi-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship with Roscommon waiting in the last four.

     

    Tipperary had a narrow win over Clare and they will take on Sligo in the second semi-final, with both games taking place at Nowlan Park on 17 August.

     

    Roscommon clashed with Kildare in the first of the quarter-finals on Sunday and having topped Group 4 the Connacht outfit continued their bright form in Kinnegad with a 2-18 to 2-10 success.

     

    Kildare had the wind but the sides were level 2-5 to 1-8 at half-time. Aimee O’Connor scored Roscommon’s goal and although Orlaith Sullivan and Neasa Dooley hit back, Roscommon scored the final four points of the half.

     

    Molly Price scored first for Kildare after the resumption but Roscommon took a two-point advantage before the turning point in the 53rd minute when Jenny Higgins scored the winning goal.

     

    And in the second of the double-header at Kinnegad, Sligo moved into the semi-finals but it was much closer than the 13-point difference earlier in the league.

     

    Ciara Gorman scored the Sligo goal in the first half but that was cancelled out by Marie Byrne and Grainne Egan, with Lauren Boles’ strike decisive in the four-point win for the Yeats county.

  • Roscommon take on Westmeath in the All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate semi-final.

    The Rossies last made it to a final in 2005, while Westmeath will look to earn their first appearance in 9 years.

    Throw-in in Longford is at 1-o'clock.

  • LGFA schools Under 14 Connacht final

     

    Sacred Heart School Westport 6-5

    Ursuline Sligo 3-6

  • The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has led the tributes to Carnacon founder and manager Jimmy Corbett who has passed away.

    Corbett founded the Mayo club in 1986, and oversaw one of the most dominant periods in All Ireland Club Championship history.

    Carnacon were crowned All Ireland champions for the first time in 2002, and then on five more occasions between then and 2017.

    They've also won 20 county championships, and 16 Connacht titles.

    Corbett also helped develop some of the country's finest ever players, including Cora Staunton.

    His loss to Carnacon and Mayo has been described as "incalculable".

  • Sligo LGFA launches fundraising initiative ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary this Saturday in Nowlan Park.

    1st prize is two tickets to the All-Ireland men's football final with overnight accommodation, second prize is a family ticket to the ladies All-Ireland finals in Croke Park, third prize two tickets to the ladies All-Ireland finals and 4th prize is a voucher for the Bush hotel Carrick on Shannon.

    Tickets can be purchased from any senior player, the county board executive and all clubs for €5 per line.

  • Sligo native Michéal Naughton begins his presidency of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association this weekend.

    Naughton, who originally hails from Castleconnor, was elected to the role at last year’s Annual LGFA Congress.

    He previously managed Donegal to an All-Ireland women’s football title in 2010.

  • The 25 clubs who will participate in Lidl Ireland’s new One Good Club™ mental health awareness programme will commence their activities next Monday, March 1st.  

    Lid’s One Good Club™ is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs, developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.  

    Details of the programme were revealed at the 2020 Lidl National Football League launch – with clubs chosen to participate identified following the receipt of over 900 nominations from local communities.  

    The start date for the One Good Club™ programme was delayed due to Covid-19 - but it’s now all systems go.

    The clubs involved include Swinford/Killasser, Annaghadown of Galway, and St. Nathy's Sligo.

    The Lidl Ireland One Good Club™ programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community. The new initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and wellbeing. 

    The programme is championed by four One Good Club™ Ambassadors – Dublin’s Carla Rowe, four-time senior All-Ireland and three-time TG4 All-Star award winner; Galway’s Nicola Ward, 2019 All-Star award winner; Waterford’s Caoimhe McGrath, Division 2 winner in 2019 and Donegal’s Emer Gallagher, full-back on the Ulster Championship winning team in 2019. 

    The One Good Club™ programme forms part of over €4million invested by Lidl since the partnership with the LGFA began in 2016 and for the first time brings together Lidl’s two community partners – the LGFA and Jigsaw. 

  • TG4 has today announced a four-year extension of their sponsorship of the All-Ireland ladies football championships.

    The sponsorship deal will now run until the end of the 2022 campaign.

    TG4 have committed to screening 17 championship fixtures during the 2018 season, beginning on 14 July and running until All-Ireland final day on 16 September, when the junior, intermediate and senior deciders will all be carried live.

    The 2018 TG4 All-Ireland ladies football championships will begin on Sunday with the Group 3 meeting of Clare and Down in Kinnegad.

    Following Lidl’s three-year extension of its sponsorship of the National League, this is the second major sponsorship renewal secured by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association in 2018.

     

     

  • The three candidates for the President-elect of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association are all men.

    Sligo duo Micheál Naughton and Liam McDonagh have been shortlisted alongside Dublin's Dominic Leech.

    The successor to Marie Hickey will be elected at next weekend's Congress in Galway.

  • We caught up with Fiona McHale and Peter Leahy after Mayo's defeat to Dublin, 3-15 1-10, in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division One Final in Parnell Park, Dublin on Sunday last.

     

     

  • Lidl Ladies National Football League
    Division 1 
    Galway 1-08 Cork 0-05 

    Division 3
    Roscommon 4-10 Wicklow 2-06 
    Sligo P-P Meath