Two years ago today I began my journey into the world of GAA journalism and it’s safe to say it was the best decision of my life.
Two years have gone by and to be honest with you, I didn’t think I’d be sitting here reflecting on an amazing two years.
After the All Ireland Final 2020 Mayo vs Dublin, I decided to show my support for our Mayo lads after seeing the abuse they were getting online and within five minutes, The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA was born.
I’ll be honest, I never thought I would still be doing this two years later and I remember saying to myself last year, how was I going to double the great 2021 I had but in my opinion, I trebled it.
Where do I start trying to sum up the past amazing two years, many happy memories made and doubters I got to prove on.
Prior to 2020 like many, I was a big supporter of Mayo football but not as big as I have become over the last two years.
I started the new year with a change and The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA became Chloe Lynch GAA Journalist, I remember being on the rocks if I should go with the change or not because to everyone I was The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA but my good friend Jason Howley convinced me to make the change and looking back now I’m forever grateful that I took that chance.
2022 was the year I finally got to Mayo games since the pandemic began as I was either working over restrictions were in place, Mayo vs Donegal in Sligo in late January was my first match back and it was my first match back as a GAA Journalist.
It was a cold and windy day but it didn’t stop our lads from pulling out the win, if you’ve ever met me before you know how happy I do be when someone asks ” Are you the girl that writes about mayo ?” and the Donegal match was the first where I got to experience my first bit of “fame”, whilst us supporters were making our way out of Markievicz Park three people stopped me altogether and I don’t want this to sound stuck up but it was such a class feeling to be recognised.
As the months went by, I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing players and made memories that will last a lifetime.
No matter how long I’ve been writing, the one thing I will always find surreal is the fact that members of the Mayo men’s and ladies panel know who I am.
When I got to meet Tommy, Ryan, and Eoghan Mc Laughlin in Elverys in June whilst I was chatting to Ryan Tommy comes over “Chloe isn’t it, I see your stuff on Twitter” I nearly conked.
Looking back two years ago today when you think of why I created this page it makes me be like wow where would I be without the Mayo GAA footballers?
In the words of my mum ” If you didn’t have GAA you’d probably crack up” and when I think about this statement it’s very hard to disagree.
2022 was the year when people got to recognise me out and about and even gave radio a go and got to advertise my website on the Jennifer Zamparelli show, if you have been following me for sometime you know that interactions make my day.
From customers at work, fellow Mayo fans at matches, the players themselves, I never would thought I’d be fortunate enough to say that members of the Mayo panel actually know who I am.
The reason I do what I do is because of the men in the picture above.
Us Mayo fans go on quite a journey supporting our lads and I wouldn’t want to change it for the world.
Without Mayo GAA in my life it’s safe to say I’d be one boring person.
All I wish to do with my writing is to give thanks to the group of lads that have made such a positive impact in my life.
As I celebrate two amazing years I would like to thank everyone that has supported me over the past two years.
Without the readers there would be no website and I’m forever thankful for everyone that has liked/shared my work.
Heres to an amazing two years, I can’t wait to see what year three brings.