Supporters expected to flock to meet GAA stars
A LARGE crowd of Mayo GAA supporters are expected to turn up at McHale Park, Castlebar on Friday next for a novel ‘open evening’ that will give them a chance to ‘meet and greet’ their heroes.
The one-off event is part of a GAA initiative that has seen County Boards all around the country inviting their fans to come along on Friday evening, May 11 to meet their county’s high-profile footballers, hurlers and managers in the flesh.
The Mayo ‘open evening’ throws-in for the general public at 7.15pm at McHale Park when the county senior football squad, their hurling counterparts, and the Mayo minor footballers will mingle with supporters, and be available for autographs and photographs.
There will also be a number of planned activities taking place with face painting, skills challenges with Mayo GAA coaches, a guided tour of the stadium, and live music all lined up by the local organisers.
The Mayo senior football squad training session, which takes place on Friday at 8pm, will also be open to the general public. This will present Mayo fans with a glorious opportunity to see the players put through their paces by Mayo manager James Horan and team trainer Cian O’Neill.
Mayo panel to be finalised
MEANWHILE, Mayo’s 30-man championship squad is expected to be finalised inside the coming days by James Horan.
Approximately 33 players were part of the National League panel, while a number of new faces also featured in last Sunday’s challenge game defeat to Donegal.
However, with less than seven weeks remaining to Mayo’s Connacht championship opener against London or Leitrim, The Mayo News understands that County Board officials are expecting to learn the make-up of Horan’s championship squad later this week.
Elsewhere, Seamus O’Shea picked up an ankle injury during the course of his club’s first league game of the year last weekend.
The Breaffy midfielder, who has only recently returned to action following a hamstring problem, played the entire game on Saturday evening but found his ankle to be badly swollen afterwards. However, he is expected to be fit for the first round of the Mayo club championship on May 26/27.
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