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.

Statement – Club Plans – V Roscommon, (Replay), Croke Park, Dublin, 07/08/2017, @14:00pm.

Following on from our tense draw against Roscommon last Sunday in the All Ireland Quarter Final, we now move on to the replay on Bank Holiday Monday, 07/08/2017 in Croke Park at 14:00pm. Tickets are now on sale from all the usual outlets. A crowd of 35-40,000 is expected on Monday and we would encourage as many Mayo Supporters who can attend to go along to Croke Park and support this exceptional bunch of players. Mayo’s support was once again brilliant the last day out and if anything the lads deserve even more the next day. One thing that was noted the last day was the fact that there were visibly less flags around the stadium. This was probably down to the fact that Croke Park has introduced stricter security measures and therefore people were afraid to bring flags along. As far as we are aware, it is only large surfer flags that are banned from the stadium and that normal everyday hand waving flags are fine. From looking around the last day, there were only five Mayo flags on the Hill which is in stark contrast to the way it was last year. Don’t be afraid to bring your waving flags along, the stewards will let you take them in. A sea of flags will add to the colour and occasion when our lads take to the field the next day. Also, bring your voices, let’s shout and roar this team over the line.

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Monday 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, 03/08/2017.

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Statement – Club Plans – V Roscommon, Croke Park, Dublin, 30/07/2017, @16:00pm.

Hi folks. Hopefully your heart rates have returned to normal after last Saturday’s rollercoaster game versus Cork. Following that result and Galway’s win over Donegal, Mayo will now play new Connacht champions Roscommon in the All Ireland Quarter Final on Sunday, 30/07/2017 at 16:00pm in Croke Park.

Before I write anything about the next game, I would just like to compliment all of the Mayo supporters who were in Limerick on Saturday evening. You were loud and proud, especially when things were not looking too good on the pitch. The fans let their team know that we are always behind them, no matter what obstacle is in front of us. We will need more of the same the next day, colour, flags and noise, do not be afraid, lets roar our team over the line, they deserve it.

Now onto the next game versus Roscommon. The throw in for this game is at 4pm. This will be proceeded by Kerry V Galway in the first of this years All Ireland Quarter Finals, throw in for that one is at 2pm. Tickets are now available from the usual outlets.  For this game, we intend to set up shop on Hill 16. Due to Croke Park’s new strict health and safety rules, we will not be bringing along Nephin Mor to this game. We apologise for this, we would love to bring it along, but rules are rules and unfortunately we can’t change them. We will have a number of smaller banners and flags at the game, so keep an eye out for those.

An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Sunday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their security 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, 25/07/2017.

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Statement – Club Plans – V Cork, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick, 22/07/2017, @17:00pm.

Hi folks. Apologies for the slightly later than normal post. Following our Round 3A win over Clare in Ennis on the 8th of July, Mayo will now head to Limerick to play Cork in Round 4A of the All Ireland Senior Football Championship. The throw in for this game is at 5pm. This game will be proceeded by Leitrim V Kerry in the All Ireland Junior Football Championship Semi Final. The throw in for the curtain raiser is 3pm. Tickets are on sale from the usual outlets. Due to the size of the Gaelic Grounds, (49,000 capacity), only the Mackey Stand and the North Stand are open for spectators. The Clare End Terrace and the City End Terrace will not be open for this match. The Mackey Stand is the covered stand at the Gaelic Grounds and runs parallel with the Ennis Road. The North Stand is uncovered and access to this is from Parkview Drive. Seats in both stands for this game are unreserved, so if you want a good spot, the advice is to get in early as a crowd of about 15,000 is expected.

As the terrace is not open for this match, we will be gathering in section 219 of the uncovered North Stand. As this stand has bucket seats, we are not sure if we will be able to bring along Nephin Mor as it is much harder to get it unfurled in the stand rather than on the terrace. We’ll decide on the day if we’ll unfurl it or not, depending on a number of factors.

Because of this, we will  bring more hand held flags to Limerick. We will have a number of flags of various sizes to give out before the game, so if you want one, please make yourself known. (We will need these back after the game as they will be used for the next game, whenever that may be). For those of you that already have flags and banners, please bring them along as they will add lots of colour to the occasion.

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

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 19/07/2017.

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Statement – Club Plans – V Clare, Cusack Park, Ennis, County Clare, 08/07/2017, @17:00pm.

Hi folks. Following our extra time win over Derry last Saturday, Mayo will now move on to play Clare in Round 3A of the All Ireland Football Qualifiers. The game will take place in Cusack Park Ennis and will throw in at 5pm.

Cusack Park is a small and compact stadium. Its current capacity is set at 14,864 by the Health and Safety Authorities. (We would recommend that you get your tickets in advance of this game as we cannot say whether tickets will be available on the day or not). The stand holds roughly 2000 people and some of this is uncovered. Across from the stand there is a covered terrace which runs the full length of the field. Behind each goal there is an uncovered terrace, namely the Scoreboard End / Aldi End and the Town End.

We’ll be gathering in the Town End Terrace of the stadium. We will have our flags there and for this game we will have a number of flags to give out to supporters who wish to take part in the display of colour. (The flags have to be returned after the game so that they can be used for the next game, whenever that is). Nephin Mor will also be making an appearance before the game so please feel free to get involved and show our lads on the pitch that we are behind them all the way, no matter what.

We would just like to thank all of the Mayo fans who helped out with the big flag on Saturday. It was much appreciated. The support for the team on Saturday was brilliant, especially when nothing seemed to go right on the pitch. The Mayo fans stood up in all parts of the ground and showed that we are very much behind this team. Well done to all, now let’s raise the decibel and colour levels in Ennis on Saturday.

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

Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 05/07/2017.

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Statement – Club Plans – V Derry, MacHale Park, Castlebar, 01/07/2017, @17:00pm.

Hi folks. As we all know by this stage, Mayo will play Derry in round 2A of the All Ireland Qualifiers this Saturday, 01/07/2017 with a 5pm throw in at Elverys MacHale Park. We need to get behind our team more than ever on Saturday evening, they more than deserve our support. The Galway game was a setback, however we now find ourselves back where we were this time last year and we all know where that led us to in September.  We must remain positive, the ability and desire is still there in this team.

With regard to our plans for Saturday’s game, we will be setting up shop on the Bacon Factory End, (North Terrace for those that prefer it called that), underneath the scoreboard. We will need some volunteers to wave flags before and during the game, so please feel free to contact us in advance if you wish to take part in the display. Please note that the flags must be returned to the club after the game so that we can use them for games down the road.  Nephin Mor will also be in attendance and it is hoped that she will do her rounds before the game starts.

We would encourage as many Mayo fans as possible to bring flags to the game. As well as this, don’t forget to bring your voices. Let’s all together create an atmosphere that will lift our players out on the pitch and carry them over the line to victory.

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

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