2018 Championship – All Ireland Senior Football Championship – Round Two Qualifier – Mayo V Tipperary, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Saturday 23/06/2018, 17:00pm. (Game Three).

Following Mayo’s win over Limerick in Round One of the All Ireland Qualifiers, we have now been drawn to play against Tipperary in Round Two. The tie is scheduled for Saturday 23rd of June 2018 at Semple Stadium, Thurles. The throw in time is 5pm. Tickets are now on sale from all usual outlets. Season Ticket holders will cost 10 euro. If you are not a season ticket holder, the cost of entry is 15 euro for an adult and 5 euro for a child. Tickets sold are for unreserved seating in both stands. The two stands in Semple Stadium are known as the Old Stand, (Ardan O Coinneain) and the New Stand, (Ardan O Riain). The Old Stand contains the dressing rooms and is located at the same side of the ground as the Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse. The New Stand is on the northern side of the stadium and is accessed via Castlemeadows. Please note that both terraces will not be open on the day of the game.

For this game we’ll be setting up shop in the New Stand, (Ardan O Riain), in sections 117 and 118. These sections are towards the Town End Terrace of the ground. We’ll have a number of flags to give out to supporters who wish to get involved. These flags must be returned after the game so that we can use them for subsequent games. We’ll also have the big surfer flag with us, however we may not use it in the stand as the pillars may get in the way. We’ll seek permission from the stewards to see if we can tie up the flag on the Town End Terrace for the duration of the game.

Finally, safe travel to everyone heading down to Thurles. Please leave home for Thurles in plenty of time as it is a notorious black spot for traffic on match days. Enjoy the game and UP MAYO!

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2018 Championship – All Ireland Senior Football Championship – Round One Qualifier – Mayo V Limerick, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, Saturday 09/06/2018, 18:00pm. (Game Two).

Following a disappointing result in the Connacht Quarter Final against Galway on the 13th of May, Mayo must now focus their attention on Round One of the Qualifiers for the first time since 2010. As you know, we’ve been drawn to face Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday the 9th of June with a throw in time of 6pm.  This is the first time we have played Limerick in the All Ireland Football Championship since 2002. A crowd of around 7,000  is expected in Limerick. Tickets are now on sale from all of the usual outlets. (Centra, SuperValu and Tickets.ie). The Mackey (Covered) Stand and The North (Uncovered) Stand will be open for this game. Seating is unreserved in both stands. Please note that both terraces will not be open on the evening.

Following the Galway game, there was plenty of talk surrounding the levels of atmosphere and colour in MacHale Park, before and during the game. The standard of football on the pitch was poor which did not excite the crowd, but with almost 30,000 people in the ground the atmosphere should have been better. Even during the parade, before a ball was kicked, the crowd was evidently flat. For the first qualifier and subsequent games, (hopefully!), we as supporters need to up our game.

Several people contacted us after the Galway game and have put forward suggestions as to what can be done to improve things in the stands and terraces. People told us that when they started to shout support during the game, they were getting funny stares from people around them. This shouldn’t be the case, if you want to sing and shout at a game you should be able to do so without being judged. If people want to sit in silence and observe, that is their choice and they are perfectly entitled to do that as they have paid good money for their ticket, however judging others when they are only doing their bit to support their team is not fair. The thing with Mayo Supporters is, we have some of the loudest and most vocal supporters out there, however as vocal supporters, we separate ourselves too much when we are at games. If we could get a healthy number together in one section then the noise would travel further, it may even encourage some of those sitting near to join in.

Some people have come up with a suggestion that all the vocal and ‘louder’ Mayo Supporters should congregate in one section of the ground and generate a positive and loud atmosphere at the games going forward. The qualifiers are actually a perfect time to trial something like this. For example, at the Gaelic Grounds the seating in the North Uncovered Stand is unreserved, meaning people can sit where they like.

What we’re suggesting as a group is for people who are not afraid to make a bit of noise during games to congregate in sections 218 and 219 of the North Stand. The Uncovered (North) Stand provides a better view of the pitch than the Mackey Stand, which is fairly cramped by all accounts. If we get good numbers and if it is received positively we can pick sections of other grounds to use going forward. Anyone can join in, this is aimed to be a vocal and positive group who are there to support their team.

On the day, we’ll have several flags to give out to those who wish to get involved, both large and small. These flags have to be returned so that we can use them for the next game. In addition to this we’ll also bring along our large surfer flag. This will be displayed as the team comes out onto the field, it’ll be held aloft for around 2 minutes and then put back into storage. Don’t worry, you won’t miss any of the action on the pitch, the flag will be folded up and stored at the back of the stand so that it does not obstruct anyone’s view. People always worry about this which is totally understandable, however the flag was bought to create a bit of colour as the team comes onto the pitch and also to lift the Mayo Supporters in the stands, it wasn’t bought to block your view of the game! If people wish to get involved, just turn up on the day, or send us a message on Twitter, Facebook or mayoisc2016@gmail.com.

Finally, safe travel to everyone heading down to Limerick. Enjoy the game and UP MAYO!

2018 Championship – Connacht Senior Football Championship Quarter Final, Mayo V Galway, MacHale Park Castlebar, County Mayo, 13/05/2018, 16:00pm. (Game One).

After what has seemed like an eternity of waiting and looking at the calendar, the most anticipated Mayo V Galway clash in some years is just around the corner. After a poor enough league campaign, Mayo go into this game looking to beat Galway for the first time since June 2015. Galway have had a flying start to 2018, they remained unbeaten in the league until the final and are marginally favourites for this tie based on this season’s form so far.

Tickets are currently on sale from all the usual outlets. (Tickets.ie, Centra & Supervalu outlets in County Mayo and County Galway). At the minute, only sideline tickets are available to buy as the remaining main stand tickets will be distributed to season ticket holders, clubs and player’s families. Please note that all seats in the covered stand, (east side of the ground), have reserved seating, i.e. you must only sit in the seat number that is indicated on your ticket. The other three sides of the ground, (MacHale Road Terrace, Bacon Factory End and Albany End), have unreserved seating so you can sit wherever you please. The earlier you get in, the better the spot you will get. The main event will be preceded by the Connacht Junior Football Championship Final, the pairing has yet to be decided for this game.

For this game, MISC are going to set up shop at the Albany End of the Ground. (South Terrace). Tickets for the sideline areas will grant you access to this part of the ground. The plan is to gather on the terrace in advance of the senior game.  We’ll have a number of banners to put up at the back of the terrace as well as a number of large waving flags to give out to people who wish to add some colour to the occasion. If you wish to get involved on the day, send us an email or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. (Details are below). The more people that get involved, the more colour there will be on the day. In addition to this, please feel free to bring along your own flags and banners to the game. Everyone is welcome to join in, so if you want to contribute to a positive and colourful atmosphere, the Albany End is the place to be on the 13th!

As stated above, if you wish to join us on the day and you want to use one of our flags, please send us a message before the game so we know how many flags to bring along. There are three ways to contact us;

-Email: mayoisc2016@gmail.com

-Twitter: @mayoisc2016

-Facebook: Mayo Independent Supporters Club.

As a group, our ethos and values are simple, to support Mayo teams through thick and thin both on and off the field of play. We aim to be positive ambassadors for our county and our teams when at home or on the road. We will not tolerate any thuggish or anti social behaviour from people who wish to get involved with the club. The club is built on one word and that is respect. Respect yourself, your team, the opposition and their supporters as well as the venues you are visiting.

UP MAYO!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club – Competition Three – Rules – 08/04/2018.

-This competition is run by Mayo Independent Supporters Club. Persons directly involved with the club / group are not permitted to enter this competition.

-The prize consists of; 1 X Mayo GAA Tea / Coffee Mug, 1 X 5’ X 3’ Mayo GAA Supporters Flag, 1 X Mayo GAA Keyring, 1 X Mayo GAA Baseball Cap, 1 X Mayo GAA Wristband.

-The opening date for entries is Sunday, 08/04/2018 at 20:30pm.

-The closing date for entries is Sunday, 15/04/2018 at 20:30pm.

-The competition is open to both Facebook and Twitter users.

-The winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter and the Website at 21:30pm on Sunday, 15/04/2018.

-To enter the competition, you must like and share our post on our Facebook Page or retweet and like our post on our Twitter Page. If you are picked as the winner, you will be asked to send us a message with your address so that we can post the prize to you. The prize will be posted on Monday, 16/04/2018. (Date of postage depends on how soon the competition winner sends us their postage details).

-Best of luck!

 

*****Competition Update – Well done to Liz Healy who is the winner of our third competition. Thank you to all that entered, we’ll have some more competitions during the year with more prizes to give away.*****MISC Competition Three Prize Photograph 1 (1)MISC Competition Three Prize Photograph 1 (2)

Mayo Independent Supporters Club – Facebook Page Launch Competition – Rules – 06/01/2018.

Competition Two Prize.jpg-This competition is run by Mayo Independent Supporters Club. Persons directly involved with the club are not permitted to enter this competition.

-The prize consists of; 1 X 2018 Mayo GAA Calendar, 1 X Mayo GAA Towel, 1 X Mayo GAA Hat, 1 X Mayo GAA Water Bottle.

-The opening date for entries is Saturday, 06/01/2018 at 18:00pm.

-The closing date for entries is Sunday, 14/01/2018 at 18:00pm.

-The competition is open to both Facebook and Twitter users.

-The winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter and the Website at 19:30pm on Sunday, 14/01/2018.

-To enter the competition, you must tag a friend and like the post on our Facebook Page or retweet and tag a friend on our Twitter Page. If you are picked as the winner, you will be asked to send us a message with your address so that we can post the prize to you. The prize will be posted on Monday, 15/01/2018.

-Best of luck and we wish you a very happy, healthy, safe and peaceful 2018. UP MAYO!

**Post Update: Congratulations to Tara O’Brien on winning the prize. Thank you to all that entered the competition. We will have more competitions throughout the year. UP MAYO!**

2017 Season – Thank you to all.

Not sure if it’s too soon to be writing this after yesterday’s defeat in the All Ireland Final, I have yet to come across a Mayo fan who is not completely heartbroken about the result. One can only imagine how the players and management are feeling.  That loss was very hard to take, but we dust ourselves down and move forward towards 2018. This team owe us nothing, they have given us some fantastic and memorable days, not just this year but over the last six or so years. They will be back as will we. Yes, we are all hurting now, of course we are, but the pain and sorrow will numb over the next few days and then the talk of next season will return. New hopes, dreams and aspirations will be designed and the eagerness to return to action in the FBD League in January will be there once again. A massive thank you to the Management, Players, County Board, Sponsors and everyone else involved with the Mayo set up in 2017. You have given us memories that will last a lifetime.

Dublin are a fantastic team, credit where it is due. They are now up there with the Galway team of the 60’s and the Kerry team of the 70’s / 80’s. Fair play to them. There is nothing between us and them at the minute apart form a kick or a bounce of a ball. That is why we must keep believing that we can climb those steps and lift Sam Maguire. Fine margins win games like yesterday’s, unfortunately it was not to be for us. Someday those fine margins will fall in our favour, believe.

From looking through yesterday’s match day programme and looking at the age profile of this team, most are only approaching their ‘prime’. Add this in with the more experienced heads and some of the underage talent from our ’13 Minor and ’16 Under 21 All Ireland wins, we are still a serious unit, not one any team would relish playing. Some of the older members of the panel may call it a day, who knows, however I believe that there is more than enough there to finish the job and get us to the promised land.

Going back to the game yesterday, the support was once again fantastic. The colour and noise was brilliant. The singing and chanting from the Mayo fans on the Hill was second to none, something I have never heard before. From looking around the ground, I’d say the split in supporters was close to 2/3 to 1 in favour of Mayo. Credit to all who managed to get their hands on tickets. Huge credit must go to the lads with the pyro on the Hill yesterday. The green and red smoke really added to the atmosphere. About two or three minutes after the final whistle went, two smoke grenades were let off, one green and one red. Everybody stopped for a second in silence, looking over at the smoke, then all of a sudden there was a round of applause from the Mayo supporters in that section of the Hill. It was actually heart breaking to see the green and red smoke go into the sky, as the Mayo fans applauded in silence, there was not a dry eye in sight.  Thanks to everyone who took a flag along as well, the numbers of flags have increased game on game this year, well done to all. We must keep this up next year.

Regarding M.I.S.C., we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us out throughout the year. Your support and enthusiasm has been brilliant and from the bottom of our hearts thank you. We’re only a very small unit in terms of numbers, however next year we intend to grow this even further. We will set up a Facebook page for the group and hopefully this will encourage more people to get involved. We were very limited with what we could do in Croke Park regarding flags and banners, however we will be back out again next year for the League and Championship with more flags and banners. Nephin Mor will also be undergoing surgery over the off season. The plan is to make the flag even bigger, 60ft X 50ft with a 20ft X 20ft crest in the centre. We hope to debut it at one of our league matches next spring.

Thanks for taking the time to read this piece, we will be back, make no question or doubt over that. UP MAYO ALWAYS, NO MATTER WHAT!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 18/09/2017.

(As a side note, our wonderful Mayo Ladies Team will play Dublin in the All Ireland Final next Sunday, 24/09/2017 in Croke Park at 16:00pm. We would encourage as many Mayo fans as possible to make the trip and support this brilliant team. They, like our men’s team deserve all our support. Let’s take the Brendan Martin Cup back across the Shannon for the first time since 2003. Up Mayo!).

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Statement – Club Plans – V Dublin, All Ireland Final, Croke Park, 17/09/2017, @15:30pm.

Right, here we are again, another All Ireland Final to look forward to. Familiar opposition in a familiar location, only this time we are looking for an unfamiliar result. The hunt and scramble for tickets is well and truly underway. If you are lucky enough to get to Croke Park on Sunday, be loud and proud. This group of players have taken us on the most remarkable of journeys this summer, from the highs of beating Kerry and Roscommon in Croke Park, to the lows of losing in a wet and windy Salthill to Galway. This Championship journey of 2017 will live long in the memory, however both the players and the supporters have a mission to finish off on Sunday. The one thing that has been consistent throughout the summer of 2017 is the level of support following this band of warriors. The levels of colour and noise have increased game on game and we need another increase on Sunday, one final push.

If you get a ticket for the final, please bring a flag along to support the team. It cannot be underestimated what a display of colour can do for a team and the atmosphere in general. Let’s turn Croke Park into a sea of green and red on Sunday, the likes of which has not been seen on All Ireland Sunday before.

In addition to this, as always, please bring your voices. From the moment they run out onto the field to the moment the game finishes and hopefully after, cheer, chant, sing and roar our lads over the line. A good rendition of ‘Mayo Mayo’ is simple, but always effective. In addition to this, some inventive Mayo supporters have come up with new and original chants. Stand Up For The Mayo Men, (to the rhythm of Go West, by the Pet Shop Boys) and Boom, Boom, Boom, Let me hear you sing Mayo, Mayo, (to the rhythm of Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers).

If your tickets are for the terraces on Sunday, we would call on Mayo Supporters to group together in the one area. Last year, the stewards ushered the majority of the Mayo supporters to ‘Hill 16 A’. This is the curved section of the Hill, nearest the Cusack Stand. The sections are labelled A1 – A4.

2017 All Ireland Final Rally Call

If you are not lucky enough to get a ticket to the game, Love Castlebar, together with a number of local businesses, have arranged for a giant screen to be erected on Main Street that will show the game. Full details of the event are here: http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/41722-large-screen-to-be-installed-on-main-st-castlebar-for-sunday-s-all-ireland-final

Because of the health and safety restrictions in place at Croke Park, we are severely limited on what we can bring into the ground in terms of large flags and banners. We got confirmation directly from Croke Park some time ago that our giant surfer flag would not be allowed into the stadium. We would also love to be able to bring in flags to give out to people, however this too is deemed a health and safety issue. Because of these restrictions, we are asking all Mayo supporters to bring their own individual flag along to Croke Park on Sunday. Let’s turn the famous old stadium into a sea of green and red flags. The more flags that are there on the day, the better the spectacle of colour will be which will hopefully lift our team on the pitch. If you are reading this, please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours. Tell them to bring a flag along and support the team. At the moment, there is a lot of confusion as to what you can and cannot bring into the ground. Flags with sticks are allowed. The only flags that are not allowed in are surfer ones, like Nephin Mor or flags that are greater than 5 feet X 3 feet, which is the standard flag size.

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Saturday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their rules about what you can bring into the stadium. Please only take what you have to, as Croke Park stewards will be carrying out searches as you enter the stadium. Please also take note of the bags rule, they will only let in bags that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper. The full list of rules is here: https://crokepark.ie/match-day/faq

 

Finally, safe travel to all fans attending the game and UP MAYO!

 

LET’S RAISE THE ROOF OF CROKE PARK ONCE AGAIN!

NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN! IN THIS TOGETHER UNTIL THE END! UP MAYO FOREVER!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 12/09/2017.

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Statement – Club Plans – V Kerry, All Ireland Semi Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin, 26/08/2017, @15:00pm.

Following on from Mayo’s nail biting draw against Kerry in the All Ireland Semi Final, we will now play the replay in Croke Park on Saturday the 26th of August 2017 at 15:00pm. Tickets are now on sale from all usual outlets. Ticket prices have been reduced by five euro for this game. An attendance of around 55,000 is expected on the day. Ticket details are as follows;

Cusack/Davin Stand Adult: €35.00.
Cusack/Davin Stand Juvenile: €5.00 / £5.00.
Student / Senior Citizen Concessions: Purchase full price Cusack / Davin Stand tickets and you can claim a rebate of €10 when you produce appropriate I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand. (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via Block BLOCK D prior to ENTERING THE STADIUM).

Hogan Stand: €35.00.
Terrace: €25.00.
NO CONCESSIONS or JUVENILE TICKETS in the Hogan Stand.

Because of the health and safety restrictions in place at Croke Park, we are severely limited on what we can bring into the ground in terms of large flags and banners. We got confirmation directly from Croke Park that our giant surfer flag would not be allowed into the stadium. We would also love to be able to bring in flags to give out to people, however this too is deemed a health and safety issue. Because of these restrictions, we are asking all Mayo supporters to bring their own individual flag along to Croke Park on Saturday. Let’s turn the famous old stadium into a sea of green and red flags. The more flags that are there on the day, the better the spectacle of colour will be which will hopefully lift our team on the pitch. If you are reading this, please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours. Tell them to bring a flag along and support the team. At the moment, there is a lot of confusion as to what you can and cannot bring into the ground. Flags with sticks are allowed. The only flags that are not allowed in are surfer ones, like Nephin Mor or flags that are greater than 5 feet X 3 feet which is the standard flag size.

 

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Saturday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their rules about what you can bring into the stadium. Please only take what you have to, as Croke Park stewards will be carrying out searches as you enter the stadium. Please also take note of the bags rule, they will only let in bags that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper. The full list of rules is here: https://crokepark.ie/match-day/faq

Finally, safe travel to all fans attending the game and UP MAYO!

LET’S RAISE THE ROOF OF CROKE PARK ONCE AGAIN!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 22/08/2017.

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Mayo Independent Supporters Club – Flag Competition – Rules – 15/08/2017.

-This competition is run by Mayo Independent Supporters Club. Persons directly involved with the club are not permitted to enter this competition.

-The opening date for entries is Tuesday, 15/08/2017 at midday.

-The closing date for entries is Friday, 18/08/2017 at 21:00pm.

-The winner will be announced on Twitter at 22:00pm on Friday, 18/08/2017.

-To enter the competition, you must correctly answer the question as well as re-tweet the original question.

-If you are picked as the winner, you must be able to collect your flag in Dublin on the 20/08/2017 outside Croke Park. Alternatively, if you are unable to do this, we can post the flag to you on Monday morning, 21/08/2017.

Competition One Announcement

Statement – Club Plans – V Kerry, All Ireland Semi Final, Croke Park, Dublin, 20/08/2017, @15:30pm.

Following on from Mayo’s impressive win against Roscommon in the All Ireland Quarter Final replay, we will now play Kerry in the All Ireland Semi Final in Croke Park, on the 20th of August 2017 at 15:30pm. This match will be proceeded by the All Ireland Minor Semi Final between Cavan and Kerry. The throw in for the minor game is at 13:30pm. Tickets are now on sale from all usual outlets. An attendance of around 60,000 is expected on the day.

Because of the health and safety restrictions in place at Croke Park, we are severely limited on what we can bring into the ground in terms of large flags and banners. We got confirmation last week directly from Croke Park that our giant surfer flag would not be allowed into the stadium. We would also love to be able to bring in flags to give out to people, however this too is deemed a health and safety issue. Because of these restrictions, we are asking all Mayo supporters to bring their own individual flag along to Croke Park on Sunday. Let’s turn the famous old stadium into a sea of green and red flags. The more flags that are there on the day, the better the spectacle of colour will be, which in turn will hopefully lift our team on the pitch. If you are reading this, please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours. Tell them to bring a flag along and support the team. At the moment, there is a lot of confusion as to what you can and cannot bring into the ground. Flags with sticks are allowed. The only flags that are not allowed in are surfer ones, like Nephin Mor or flags that are greater than 5 feet X 3 feet which is the standard flag size.

Bring A Flag

Speaking of flags, we will be running a competition over on Twitter to win a custom made Mayo flag. The competition will run from Tuesday the 15th of August through to Friday the 18th of August 2017. All you will have to do to be in with a chance of winning the flag is answer a Mayo GAA related question and re-tweet the original question. A winner will be picked at random on Friday, 18/08/2017. If you enter the competition, you must be able to pick up the flag in Dublin on Sunday before the game. Good luck!

Competition One Announcement

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Sunday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their rules about what you can bring into the stadium. Please only take what you have to, as Croke Park stewards will be carrying out searches as you enter the stadium. Please also take note of the bags rule, they will only let in bags that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper. The full list of rules is here: https://crokepark.ie/match-day/faq

Finally, safe travel to all fans attending the game and UP MAYO!

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 14/08/2017.