They Say Never Meet Your Heroes

We have all heard the saying ” You Should Never Meet Your Heroes ” that sentence doesn’t relate when it relates to the Mayo Footballers.

We often forget that they are just normal people and I’ll forever be thankful for all the memories I’ve made supporting the best county in the world.

As we commence the start of the championship, in today’s post I’d like to look back on the great memories I’ve made meeting my heroes.

Interview with Fergal after Tooreen defeated Ballyhaunis Nov 2021

I remember when I first got into GAA when I first started to get to know the players to me they were celebrities.

I look back on all the interactions I’ve had over the past year and if I had the chance to go back and tell my younger self I’d happily laugh and tell you to jog on.

Meeting Rob after Breaffy was defeated by Ballina Stephenities during club season Sep 2019

Throughout the 2019 season, my dad and I were lucky enough to get to every home game at Mchale Park, and he had strict instructions to stay put after the final whistle so I could meet players.

As ye know the main reason I started writing was to give thanks to the Mayo footballers / stand up for them after the All Ireland Final 2020 against Dublin.

Meeting Paddy Durcan after Mitchells vs Ballaghadreen in Aghamore Oct 2021

From running the length of McHale Park to meet Rob Hennelly, Meeting Ryan O’Donoghue Andy Moran knowing who I was at his book signing, or getting to meet Matthew Ruane after a day at work, I’ll forever be grateful for the amazing encounters I’ve had with players.

There were many times I nearly let the nerves get the better of me but as they say, you have take the opportunity when given.

We all have our passions in life, the things we love and can’t live without.
I always say there’s no Chloe without Mayo GAA and many of you will agree.
It’s only recently I’ve really started thinking about how lucky I am to have such an amazing interest that has mood me into the person I am today.
You all know me as The Girl That Writes about Mayo GAA and if you’ve been following from the start, you know I started this website to give thanks to the men and women who have made such a positive impact in my life.
2015 All Ireland semi-final replay against Dublin was the moment my life changed for the better and I got bit with the GAA love bug, prior to this you’d never see me decked out in oneils gear and I’d do well to name any members of the Mayo panel.

Meeting Andy at his book signing Nov 2021

As we await the start of the championship I want to wish the best of luck to both ladies and mens panel as they begin their championship campaigns.

I’ve no doubt we will be treated to yet another eventful season supporting our players and another great season where were proud to say were from the great county that is Mayo.

Best of luck to our mens panel on 24th April !

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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