1 Year On – The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA

 


A year ago, today I came up with the idea to make a blog.

After the All Ireland Final 2020, I was angered by how the Mayo panel were being treated so I decided to use my voice to stick up for the men that have made such a positive impact on my life.

In the space of a year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had my work read by the likes of James Horan, Fergal Boland, Rob Hennelly, Padraig O’Hora, a sentence I didn’t believe I would be able to say after just one year.

One of my main goals whilst doing this blog was to give back to the panel who make Mayo GAA what it is today.

I always say there would be no Chloe Lynch without Mayo GAA and if you asked anyone how they would describe me they would simply say “She’s Mayo mad!”

I often say the best way I describe myself would be “girls my age shop at boohoo, I shop at Elverys”

Throughout my years in school my love for sport wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but others’ opinions didn’t stop me blabbing on about my love for GAA.

Whenever there was a Mayo match at the weekend, I would have my thoughts ready about the game and would be on the search to find someone that would listen to my opinions.

For many years society has struggled to accept that women can love sports, when I created the blog ‘The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA’ was the first thing that popped into my head, As time went by it felt “cringy” but I now luck at it as now I’m the Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA and I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.

During the rest period of GAA last season I said to myself I had to keep my momentum and keep writing until GAA resumed.
My goal for this blog was to give thanks to Mayo players and I wanted everyone to feel individually valued so I decided to write about players individually.
My first piece was about my favourite player Rob Hennelly and it was the start of something great.
I didn’t expect to be here today and be able to say I’ve had members of the Mayo panel read my work in just one year and I really do have to pinch myself and realise I’m not dreaming.
When I got the opportunity to interview Brendan Harrison, I showed him the article I did about him on my laptop and he said his sister showed it to him and he said when he was not at his best dealing with his injuries wondering if he would play for Mayo again, he read my piece and it lifted his spirits,
Like that just meant so much.
When Matthew and Padraig sent those messages shown above I’m like no thank you because everyone of those lads have made such a positive impact in my life and I will never be able to thank them enough.
When I was deciding the name for this blog I remember just going with the first thing that came into my head, at first I was cringed out by it but now I’m looking at is as this is who I am, I am The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA and why would I want to change it.
Even though I say my goal is to thank players its also to be an advocate for women in sports.
Anyone who knew me in school always knew how mad I was about football and GAA but my gender and passion put together didn’t make me your normal classmate.
I remember walking down one morning to my Irish class and a group of lads shouted to me “Rob Hennelly is shite” and recently I was purchasing the new Mayo training gear and I asked the worker to get me the green and red half zipped but I was getting directed to the pink one, would ye to that if I was a male?. 
I did a post about the females in this industry that have influenced me and its without the likes of Angelina Nugent, Jacqui Hurley etc being the voice, I wouldn’t think I could do it.
One thing for sure I’ll never be able to thank everyone for their support over the last year 
The first year may be over but I look forward to seeing what the future holds
And as always Maigh Eo Abú 💚❤


Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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