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Some things from the club weekend


EYES ON THE BALLKnockmore’s Keith Ruttledge tries to get away from Ballintubber’s Brian Murphy during Saturday’s Mayo SFC clash in Ballintubber. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Wishing Tony Gaughan a speedy recovery

KILTANE’S Tony Gaughan has been one of the best club footballers of his generation. He sustained a bad double leg break on Sunday. Now in his mid 30s, one hopes it won’t be his last time in the blue and gold. He did not lack for medical expertise when he went down either, not much more could be done to help. His namesake and corner-back Seán Gaughan is a medical doctor, both physios were on hand, Kiltane sub’ James Monaghan is a first responder while Breaffy clubman Philip Beirne is a nursing tutor.
An ambulance arrived after ten minutes and members of both clubs visited him on Sunday night. The hope of all football people in the county will be that Gaughan is able to make a full recovery and return to football. - Edwin McGreal

Freeman flys in for Aghamore
FORMER Mayo senior star Alan Freeman was a surprise addition to the Aghamore XV last Saturday. Only last April, Freeman produced a man of the match display against Westport before he headed off to Dubai where he had taken up a new job.
But, while few in the county were aware of his return before last Saturday, word had spread around Ballina like wildfire after he was spotted in Dublin Airport by an eagle-eyed snapchatter from North Mayo midweek.
It’s still unclear whether ‘Freezer’ will be staying around for the third round in two weeks time but, either way, no-one can argue that he hasn’t gone above and beyond the call of duty for his club. - Ger Flanagan

Garry’ offer a warm welcome
ACROSS the landscape there’s the continuous hope of broadband coming soon and Mayo winning next year’s All-Ireland. But the GAA club is still the beating rural pulse. Nowhere epitomises this better than Garrymore. They’ve long been the trailblazers in organisation and presentation. They paint walls brighter, mark manicured pitches whiter and umpires coats are compulsory attire.
They’ve long since invoked and activated gender balance too. On all matches days a meitheál of women take ownership of the clubhouse kitchen. They ply all-comers with well-filled sandwiches and niceties washed down by copious mugs of tea. And they’ve the welcoming word for everyone. They are the unsung volunteers in Garrymore and most other clubs. - Willie McHugh

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