CUP OF JOY Baby Ava McNicholas Gilmore is pictured with her uncle and Moy Davitts player John, and parents Cian and Aileen in MacHale Park last Saturday night.
AT just five days old, Ava McNicholas Gilmore became Moy Davitts’ newest mascot on Saturday last.
The tiny bundle of joy was in MacHale Park on Saturday last when Moy Davitts were victorious over old rivals Kiltimagh, with a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-09.
Ava and new mother Aileen McNicholas were in Castlebar for the Egan Jewellers Intermediate Football Final replay, along with proud father Cian Gilmore.
A diehard Moy Davitts fan, Aileen told The Mayo News there was no way she was missing the final, despite giving birth to her first child on Monday last and leaving hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
“I was at the final on the Sunday and people were saying I shouldn’t be at the game and saying that with the excitement I might ‘go’. I was overdue since October 15,” explained Aileen.
Timing it to perfection, baby Ava arrived at 9.21am on Monday, October 23, weighing 6lbs 12oz and hasn’t given her parents a bit of trouble since.
“She slept the whole way through the game. We watched it in the press box where it was warm and dry. There was no way I was missing the game.”
With last Saturday being very much a family affair with Cian’s brother John part of the team and his other brother Ronan part of the management, Aileen said it was a ‘special moment’ for everyone to have Ava at the game.
“My dad and Cian’s dad were involved in managing the team when Moy Davitts last won it back in 1996. That’s how myself and Cian met. Everyone is saying now she’s the mascot and has to go to every game. She’ll soak up the attention when she grows up,” said Aileen.
Ava will once again make the trip to MacHale Park on Sunday next when her team line out against Michael Glaveys of Roscommon, in the Intermediate Connacht Club Semi-Final.