The Mayo County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Maigh Eo) or Mayo GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Mayo and the Mayo county teams.

Mayo GAA
Irish:Maigh Eo
The Yew County
The Heather County
The Westerners
Dominant sport:Gaelic football
Ground(s):MacHale Park, Castlebar
County colours:  Green   Red
County teams
NFL:Division 1
NHL:Division 2B
Football Championship:Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship:Christy Ring Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football:Brendan Martin Cup

The county football team was the second from the province of Connacht to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC), following Galway, but the first to appear in the final. Mayo play in the Connacht Senior Football Championship. The team has won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championships; 1936, 1950, 1951 and has acquired a long-term record for reaching eleven All-Ireland SFC finals only to fall at the ultimate hurdle in 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021.[1] Mayo has won the greatest number of National Football League titles consecutively (six, from 1934 to 1939). Mayo was the longest serving team in Division 1 of the National Football League when relegated in 2020, having played there since 1997. In 2021, Mayo gained promotion, at the first attempt, back to Division 1 of the National League.

Governance edit

Mayo clubs

Hurling in Mayo is administered by the Mayo GAA Hurling Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Mayo GAA County Board.

Football edit

Clubs edit

Clubs contest the Mayo Senior Football Championship.

Crossmolina Deel Rovers won the 2000–01 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship.[2][3]

Ballina Stephenites won the 2004–05 All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship.

County team edit

A Mayo flag flying on the day of the 2017 All-Ireland SFC final

The county team won its first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (SFC) in 1936, defeating Laois in the final.

It won a second All-Ireland SFC in 1950, defeating Louth in the final. The team retained the All-Ireland SFC in 1951, defeating Meath in the final.

Mayo did not appear in another All-Ireland SFC final until 1989, losing to Cork.

Since 1989, the team has appeared in (and lost) All-Ireland SFC finals in 1996 (drawn game and reply) , 1997, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016 (drawn game and replay), 2017, 2020 and 2021. Three of those were one-point losses: 2013, 2016 (replay) and 2017.

Mayo scored 21 points to Dublin's nine in the 2016 drawn game but two of the scores were own goals by Mayo players.[4][5][6] In 2020, Mayo conceded the fastest goal in the history of All-Ireland SFC finals, knocking more than twenty seconds off a record which had stood for 58 years.[7] In the 2021 loss, Ryan O'Donoghue hit a penalty against the goalpost and numerous other goal chances were squandered.[8] A curse is said to be upon the Mayo football team.[9]

Hurling edit

Clubs edit

Although not a traditional hurling county, hurling is strong in certain parts of the county especially in the eastern region around Ballyhaunis and Tooreen. Mayo has four senior hurling clubs, each of which competes against the others annually for the TJ Tyrell Mayo Senior Hurling Championship. These four clubs are Tooreen, Ballyhaunis, Castlebar Mitchels and Westport. Tooreen has the most titles, with 26.

Ballyhaunis is the reigning senior champion club; it has six senior titles.

Hurling at underage level is also expanding in Mayo, with ten clubs competing in underage leagues and championships in the county. As well as the four adult sides named above, four other underage clubs have formed in recent years. These clubs are Ballyvary, Moytura, Caiseal Gaels and Claremorris.

County team edit

The four senior clubs (see above) provide players for the Mayo senior hurling panel, which participates in the National Hurling League and the All-Ireland Christy Ring (Tier 2) Cup.

The ten underage clubs (see above) provide players for the Mayo underage hurling development panels. Mayo has development panels at under-14, under-15, under-16 and minor age-groups, and competes in the All-Ireland 'B' competitions each year.

The Mayo under-21 hurling team competes in the Connacht U-21B Hurling Championship each year alongside Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo.

Mayo won the 2016 Nicky Rackard Cup, defeating Armagh by a scoreline of 2–16 to 1–15 at Croke Park.[10]

Ladies' football edit

Camogie edit

Mayo contested the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final of 1959, captained by Josie Ruane from Menulla. Na Brídeoga won the Coiste Chontae an Chláir Shield at Féile na nGael in 2009, Parke (1983) and Ardagh (1988) had previously won divisional honours.

The county hosted the 2007 Máire Ní Chinnéide Cup.[11]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010–2015, "Our Game, Our Passion",[12] Donegal, Kerry, Mayo and Monaghan were to get a total of 14 new clubs by 2015.[13]

Club roll of honour (since 1951) edit

Competition Senior Intermediate Junior U21 Minor Hurling Ladies Senior Football Camogie
1951 Castlebar Mitchels Charlestown Sarsfields Swinford Charlestown Sarsfields St. Mary's (Westport)
1952 Castlebar Mitchels Ardnaree Sarsfields Ballyhaunis Castlebar Mitchels St. Marys (Westport)
1953 Castlebar Mitchels Charlestown Sarsfields Charlestown Sarsfields Ballaghaderreen St. Aodhans (Islandeady)
1954 Castlebar Mitchels Ballintubber Castlebar Mitchels Castlebar Mitchels St. Aodhans (Islandeady)
1955 Ballina Stephenites Crossmolina Deel Rovers Castlebar Mitchels Castlebar Mitchels Manulla
1956 Castlebar Mitchels St Coman's Carras Swinford Manulla
1957 East Mayo Ballyhaunis Ballina Stephenites Belmullet Manulla
1958 Ballyhaunis Ballinrobe Ballina Stephenites Ballina Stephenites Manulla
1959 Castlebar Mitchels Ardnaree Sarsfields Carras Ballina Stephenites Manulla
1960 West Mayo Claremorris Ballina Stephenites Manulla Achill (final played in 1962)
1961 Claremorris Garrymore Ballinrobe Manulla Achill (final played in 1962)
1962 Castlebar Mitchels Crossmolina Deel Rovers Belmullet Westport Newport
1963 Castlebar Mitchels Charlestown Sarsfields Claremorris Moy Slashers Newport/Ballina
1964 Claremorris Hollymount Claremorris Westport Islandeady
1965 Claremorris Garrymore Achill Achill Cong Achill
1966 Ballina Stephenites Burrishoole Breaffy Aghamore Tooreen Castlebar
1967 East Mayo Ballyhaunis Kiltimagh Ballina Stephenites Cong
1968 North Mayo Kilmaine Ballaghaderreen Ballaghaderreen Claremorris Breaffy
1969 Castlebar Mitchels Garrymore Aghamore Claremorris Westport Claremorris
1970 Castlebar Mitchels Aghamore Westport Kiltimagh Kiltimagh Westport Breaffy
1971 Claremorris Ballaghaderreen Ardnaree Sarsfields Claremorris Kiltimagh Claremorris Breaffy
1972 Ballaghaderreen Knockmore Kiltane Ballaghaderreen Claremorris Tooreen Breaffy
1973 Knockmore Kiltane Belmullet Claremorris Carras Ballinrobe
1974 Garrymore Belmullet Islandeady Claremorris Carras Tooreen
1975 Garrymore Islandeady Crossmolina Deel Rovers Charlestown Sarsfields St Gerards (Hollymount) Tooreen Claremorris
1976 Garrymore Ballintubber Parke Ballintubber St Gerards (Hollymount) Ballinrobe Claremorris
1977 Shamrocks Kilmaine Kilmeena Davitts Claremorris Ballinrobe Islandeady
1978 Castlebar Mitchels Kiltimagh Bonniconlon Hollymount Ballinrobe Tooreen Islandeady
1979 Garrymore Ballinrobe Tourmakeady Hollymount Ballina Stephenites Tooreen
1980 Knockmore Crossmolina Deel Rovers Balla Ballina Stephenites The Neale Tooreen
1981 Garrymore Davitts Parke Aghamore Claremorris Tooreen
1982 Garrymore Tourmakeady Carramore Castlebar Mitchels Castlebar Mitchels Tooreen Tourmakeady
1983 Knockmore Parke Achill Castlebar Mitchels Ballina Stephenites Tooreen Cong
1984 Knockmore Mayo Gaels Kilmaine Davitts Crossmolina Deel Rovers Tooreen Tourmakeady
1985 Ballina Stephenites Kilmaine Islandeady Davitts Claremorris Tooreen Hollymount
1986 Castlebar Mitchels Bonniconlon Kilmeena Davitts Castlebar Mitchels Tooreen Hollymount
1987 Ballina Stephenites Swinford Louisburgh Moy Davitts Knockmore Tooreen Hollymount
1988 Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Charlestown Sarsfields Claremorris Charlestown Sarsfields North Mayo Hollymount
1989 Knockmore Hollymount Kilmaine Castlebar Mitchels Balla Tooreen Hollymount
1990 Hollymount Ballintubber Islandeady Ballintubber Kiltimagh Tooreen Hollymount
1991 Hollymount Kiltimagh Achill Charlestown Sarsfields Knockmore Tooreen Hollymount
1992 Knockmore Burrishoole Kilmaine Crossmolina Deel Rovers Crossmolina Deel Rovers Tooreen Hollymount
1993 Castlebar Mitchels Charlestown Sarsfields Kilmeena Knockmore Crossmolina Deel Rovers Tooreen Kiltimagh
1994 Hollymount Swinford Louisburgh Knockmore Castlebar Mitchels Tooreen The Neale
1995 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Louisburgh Achill Ballina Stephenites Claremorris Tooreen The Neale
1996 Knockmore Moy Davitts Breaffy Castlebar Mitchels Claremorris Ballina Stephenites Hollymount
1997 Knockmore Bonniconlon Parke Crossmolina Deel Rovers Swinford Tooreen Hollymount
1998 Ballina Stephenites Mayo Gaels Tourmakeady Moy Davitts Kilmaine Tooreen Carnacon
1999 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Swinford Belmullet Charlestown Sarsfields Ballina Stephenites Tooreen Hollymount
2000 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Ballinrobe Killala Ballinrobe Ballina Stephenites Tooreen Carnacon
2001 Charlestown Sarsfields Kiltimagh Belmullet Ballina Stephenites Ballina Stephenites Belmullet Carnacon
2002 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Ballinrobe Kilmeena Knockmore Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2003 Ballina Stephenites Louisburgh Breaffy Ballaghaderreen Belmullet Tooreen Carnacon
2004 Ballina Stephenites Breaffy Aghamore Ballaghaderreen Ballintubber Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2005 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Castlebar Mitchels Kilcommon Castlebar Mitchels Knockmore Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2006 Crossmolina Deel Rovers Tourmakeady Crossmolina Deel Rovers B' Knockmore Breaffy Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2007 Ballina Stephenites Ballintubber Achill Castelebar Mitchels Castlebar Mitchels Ballina Stephenites Carnacon
2008 Ballaghaderreen Aghamore Killala Ballintubber Knockmore Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2009 Charlestown Sarsfields Westport Kiltimagh Ballintubber Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2010 Ballintubber Tourmakeady Parke Castlebar Mitchels Ballina Stephenites Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2011 Ballintubber Davitts Islandeady Castlebar Mitchels Ballina Stephenites Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2012 Ballaghaderreen Charlestown Sarsfields The Neale Castlebar Mitchels Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2013 Castlebar Mitchels Kiltane Kilcommon Moy Davitts Breaffy Tooreen Carnacon
2014 Ballintubber Ballyhaunis Castlebar Mitchels B' Claremorris Moy Davitts Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2015 Castlebar Mitchels Hollymount-Carramore Ardnaree Sarsfields Aghamore Claremorris Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2016 Castlebar Mitchels Westport Louisburgh Aghamore Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2017 Castlebar Mitchels Moy Davitts Lahardane Westport Balla Tooreen Carnacon
2018 Ballintubber Belmullet Balla Claremorris Westport Tooreen Carnacon
2019 Ballintubber The Neale Castlebar Mitchels B' Westport Knockmore Tooreen Carnacon
2020 Knockmore Balla Kilmaine Unplayed Castlebar Mitchels Ballyhaunis Carnacon
2021 Knockmore Mayo Gaels Kilmeena Unplayed Westport Tooreen Knockmore

Further reading edit

  • Clune, M. A. (1954) Mayo's Football Triumphs. Dublin: Pearse Press
  • Reilly, Terry & Neill, Ivan (1985) The Green Above the Red: a compilation of Mayo's All-Ireland triumphs at all levels. Ballina: Western People

References edit

  1. ^ Heneghan, Conor. "Preview: Kerry v Mayo". Often derided as eternal optimists and held up as the laughing stock of the GAA world [...] Nobody can simply write off what happened at the hands of Sunday's opponents in two All-Ireland finals in the last decade [...] we will see a repeat of the massacres of recent years.
  2. ^ "Jordan takes on Sligo". The Mayo News. 13 November 2007.
  3. ^ "2001: Crossmolina's great odyssey". The Mayo News. 15 April 2020.
  4. ^ "2016 All-Ireland senior final: as it happened". The 42. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Recap: How the All-Ireland football final unfolded". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Late O'Connor point rescues draw for Mayo against Dublin in All-Ireland senior final". The 42. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Rock smashes fastest goal record in All-Ireland SFC final". Hogan Stand. 19 December 2020.
  8. ^ "'Why is he going for the top right hand corner?' — The GAA Hour break down Ryan O'Donoghue's penalty miss". 13 September 2021.
  9. ^ "'Uncovering the truth behind the infamous Mayo curse'". 12 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Feeney hits 1–9 as Mayo secure Nicky Rackard Cup". Irish Independent. 4 June 2016.
  11. ^ 2007 Máire Ní Chinnéide Cup report in Archived 24 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine and Western People Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  13. ^ National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on, pdf download (778k) from download site

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