Not Just A Football County

Every Mayo fan across the county always have the mind set on Mayo’s hunt for Sam Maguire but for me personally I’ve gotten to realise that Mayo isn’t just a football mad county.

In late 2021 my good friend Adrian Hession GPO Mayo hurling gave me the opportunity to go to what was my first ever hurling match Tooreen vs Ballyhaunis.

I remember thinking I’ll be bored out of my mind, how will I entertain myself throughout the match but ended up falling in love with what was known to me as an unknown world.

I went to the match with just the intention on completing a match report but little did I know how amazing world of Mayo hurling really is.

Photo:Ciara Buckley

When the final whistle blew in Ballyhaunis I felt the joy as if I had been following the lads for years and I remember looking around at the joy on everyone’s face and realised how amazing the GAA actually is.
We normally see Tooreen as simply a small village in Mayo but as Shane Boland said “You don’t realise how many people actually live in the village”.
As I left each match, I was counting down until I go to see the lads back in action again.
Here’s me thinking how could I love Mayo GAA more than I already do and then I fell in love with Mayo hurling.

Photo:RTE

As I was always focused on Mayo’s hunt for Sam Maguire when I discovered hurling, I was annoyed I nearly missed out on the brilliant hurling scene in Mayo.
When you start to become interested in something new no matter the topic, you want to find out as much information possible, I was introduced to the likes of Shane Boland, Sean Regan, Cathal Freeman and I’ve become proud of the amazing footballers and hurlers we get to have represent Mayo.
When I attended the match between Tooreen and Moycullin having been to previous matches I had goose bumps as if I was attending an All Ireland final.
Sitting in between both fans, in the mix of all the action even though I hadn’t been following the lads for a long time it felt as if I had been for years.
The roar of delight when Sean Regan scored that goal and the adrenaline rush when the final whistle was blown made me quite emotional realising the magic I had just seen.

Photo:Tooreen Hurlers

As Tooreen prepare to face Naas this Sunday If your a Mayo fan who’s not really interested in hurling, I can guarantee you wont be disappointed if you take a chance like I did and see great lads like Tooreen putting their heart and soul on the pitch every time.
Wishing the best of luck to Ray and the panel ahead of Sunday and hopefully we will get to see the blue and white decked out in Croker 💙

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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