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Mayo ladies back in the game

Cora Staunton and Emma Mullin

Mayo ladies back in the game

Mike Finnerty

The search is on for a new Mayo ladies football manager after the senior team were admitted back into the TG4 All-Ireland senior championship last night.
An appeal from three Mayo clubs (Carnacon, Castlebar and Knockmore) against the county team’s withdrawal from the championship by the County Board was upheld at a Ladies GAA Central Council meeting in Tullamore.
According to a statement from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association this morning (Thursday), the meeting ‘overwhelmingly voted that the Mayo Ladies County Board must enter a team’.
This means that Mayo, who were withdrawn from the championship six weeks ago, will play their first game in the All-Ireland Qualifiers against Kerry on the August Bank Holiday weekend. The game will be televised live on TG4.
However, a new Mayo senior manager will have to be appointed as soon as possible.
Last night’s meeting of the Central Council also decided that two members of the Ladies GAA management committee at Croke Park, along with one executive member of the Mayo Ladies GAA Board, will oversee the appointment.
This saga began in May when the Mayo Ladies GAA Board controversially withdrew their team from the Connacht championship, citing an inability to find a replacement for manager Pat Costello, who resigned after the National League, alleging that some players had undermined his authority.
The Mayo players returned to collective training in Foxford last Friday night, despite not having a trainer or manager.

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