Girly Girl Gone GAA Mad

In life, all of us go through phases of interest as we go through the journey of finding out who we are as people.I’ve gone through a lot of things in my twenty years on earth but of all my transition from a girly girl to GAA mad was the best change I’ve ever gone through.When I was younger if you would have told me that I would fall in love with GAA and be writing about Mayo football, I would have laughed straight in your face and told you that you were crazy but as they say, it’s amazing how people change. Growing up you would always find me wearing pink or cheetah print and would never see me decked out in Mayo gear.Throughout the years society has struggled with accepting that women love sport and there’s no doubt I have had my fair share of struggles over the years.Even though my new persona was struggling to be accepted, I never let others stop me from spreading my love for the crazy world of GAA.One main thing I never escaped was people hoping to get me “rowdy” so they could laugh at my reaction.

When I was in fifth year as I was walking to my morning Irish class when a group of lads in the year above me yelled in the corridor “Rob Hennelly is shite”, faster forward three years later three of those lads now follow this page.Most people my age prefer to be dancing the night away in a nightclub with a pint in their hand and mine would consist of standing or sitting in the freezing cold watching Mayo play in McHale Park.Most of the time I tried to hide who I was in order to fit in, in a society where I didn’t feel comfortable.Even to this day, most people’s Instagram feeds are pictures on a night out, mine are my pictures going to matches.I was just so frustrated as to why my interest had to have me being seen as an “outsider” just because I share my love for my interests. I remember when I created this page and when I was thinking of a name “The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA” was the first thing that popped into my head. At first, I thought cringe! but now I look at it as hey I am the girl that writes about Mayo GAA and I’m bloody proud of it.

2015 was the year I changed for the better, my sister offered to bring me to the Mayo vs Dublin All – Ireland Semi-Final, and I suppose from that match I fell in love with the crazy thing that is Mayo GAA.I always say without Mayo football there is no Chloe Lynch, those who know me personally will always see me wearing my Mayo gear and never without an Elvery’s bag in my hand.Whenever there is a Mayo match at the weekend I’m like an animal waiting for its prey scouting out who I can talk to and share my opinion about that match.If you have been following this blog for long you know how this website was created but for those who don’t, after the 2020 All-Ireland Final I simply had enough of all that negative comments towards our lads and I decided to make the blog and have my say.As I said before without those lads there’s no Chloe and I use this website as my way of giving back.

Looking back on the last few years I’m proud I didn’t let people stop me from being who I was.For example, I had my English teacher tell me I wasn’t good at English and now I’m a GAA journalist, people made fun of my love for Mayo football now I can say that Mayo footballers have read my work.The fact that people come up to me and say “Hey your doing a great job, keep it up” like how is this real.If you had told 10-year-old Chloe, she would be who she is today she would again laugh and wouldn’t take any notice, and now my goal is to take over from Joanne Cantwell on The Sunday Game. It’s gas how things can change over time. 

I said before my goal is to give back to the Mayo footballers but it’s also to show other girls like me I CAN DO THIS.For me seeing the likes of Jacqui Hurley, Angelina Nugent, I saw that they could do it so I thought why can’t I.If I had one wish I would do anything to go back in time and tell the Chloe who was struggling thinking she had no friends, feeling she was never going to fit that it will be okay.Only into my second year in this crazy industry, I want to make the Chloe in the right of the above picture proud.I think I prove why its so important to never listen to people doubting your capabilities when you’re passionate about something.Although younger Chloe would be shocked, this Chloe writing this piece today is proud of what the future will hold.If your reading this piece I ask you never throw shade at the girl who say loves cooking- she could be the next Nevin Maguire, never diss the lad who never misses a training session- he could be lifting Sam Maguire one day.When your passionate about something your possibilities are endless and you should never let people stop you from doing what you love.

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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