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Pope’s visit won’t stop club games


Mike Finnerty

THE second round of the Mayo Senior and Intermediate club football championships are set to be played on the weekend of August 25/26 after all — despite the Pope’s visit to Knock on the Saturday of that weekend.
Mayo GAA chiefs had been looking at the possibility of moving all second round games back to September 8/9 to avoid a clash with the Papal visit due to security arrangements that were being put in place for the Pope’s journey from Ireland West Airport Knock to Knock village.
However, County Board officials now feel that movement around that area of East Mayo will not be as restricted as was originally thought, and they are almost certain to give the go-ahead for all club games on Saturday, August 25.
“We’re still in the process of setting up a meeting with the Gardai and the emergency services, but at this stage it looks like we’re going with games on the weekend of August 25 and 26,” Seamus Tuohy, Mayo GAA CCC Chairman told The Mayo News.
“That would be our preferred option. We’ve said from earlier on in the year that we wouldn’t play the second round club championship games until that weekend at the earliest because a lot of club footballers had gone away for the summer.
“I know a lot of lads are gone to America, Breaffy have five lads gone to Vancouver, so we wanted to give clubs a definite date that the club championship would be played.
“What club players are looking for is a schedule that allows them to plan other aspects of their lives.”
Tuohy, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Mayo GAA Board, also said that it was ‘very unlikely’ that the third round of the club championships would be played on the weekend of September 1/2 as the All-Ireland Football Final was being played that Sunday.
Instead, the third round games would be played on the weekend of September 8/9.

Two-week break
THE Mayo Under-20s qualifying for the All-Ireland Final on Sunday, August 5 means that the next round of the Mayo GAA Senior Leagues will be played on the weekend of August 11/12.
There will be no club football matches scheduled in Mayo on the weekends of July 28/29 or August 4/5 as the Mayo GAA Board implement a two-week break for club players and management.
On-field activities will resume on August 11/12 and August 18/19 with a full round of Mayo GAA Senior League matches being played on both weekends.
The County Junior club football championship quarter-finals will also be played on the weekend of August 18/19.

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