Most of you who have been following me know that I created this website to be a positive support for our men’s senior panel after the All Ireland defeat to Dublin in 2020.
This year’s league win against Sligo was my first match being a ‘journalist’ and had me thinking about the transition from just watching the game to actually working through them.
To be honest, when I created this brand I never thought it would blow up the way it did and just kept going to see would anything come out of it, Overall it has really helped me simply just be me.
Throughout my school years even though people knew I was GAA and football crazy I was always too scared to be proud of it because it was expected to be ‘normal’. Fast forward ten years later I’m typing this today and will proudly scream from the rooftops “IM THE GIRL THAT WRITES ABOUT MAYO GAA”.
Growing up English was never considered one of my strong points at school but I was good at personal writing.
I wouldn’t be able to write you a decent essay about whatever poem we were studying at the time but let me write an essay about Mayo GAA and I was away with it.
We all know in the media industry you have to start somewhere and as they say, I had to take things into my own hands and get my feet up and running.
Before I was writing I always remember watching Michael Lyster on the Sunday Game and thought wouldn’t it be a class job to do one day.
For every sports reporter out there covering GAA is the dream and I say to everyone that I meet, I’ll be taking over from Joanne Cantwell one day, if your going to dream why not dream big.
I knew for sure I had the love for the sport but didn’t believe in myself that I could do it.
No matter if your Jacqui Hurley, Joanne Cantwell, or Joe Brolly your always going to be biased towards your own county and it was scary at first thinking will no one take me seriously because I love my county.
The difference between watching the game crossing every part of your body too nervously holding your clipboard making sure you don’t miss a beat during the game.
Whenever I meet players like every GAA fan I do be completely starstruck and struggle to form a sentence, but when I’m in journalist mode I’m away with it.
When I think of how things started it was because of my love as a fan.
I like to think I’ve grown up with the Mayo footballers and over the years, As ye all know my favourite player is Rob Hennelly and when I first started following him I was 13/14, I’m turning 21 in four months.
When the lads were getting the abuse I remember saying you have a voice use it and I like to think that’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learned since I’ve stepped into this crazy world of GAA Journalism.
It may only be my second year in this industry but as they say, it’s only the beginning.
I used to be that overly obsessed fan in school, never fitted in to now sharing my love for Mayo GAA with the whole county.
I would do anything to go back a few years and tell that 14-year-old that everything was going to be ok.
If you had told me I would be showing Willie Joe Padden the article I did on him, interviewing Fergal Boland after a game, getting a sit-down interview with Brendan Harrison how on earth did I manage that.
The journey from fan to journalist has been some rollercoaster so far but as we know with Mayo football the journey can go anywhere.
Watch this space