In my opinion one of the hardest questions to answer is what it means to be a Mayo fan.
I think its one question I’ll never be able to fully answer.
I have been a fan of Mayo football now for around 8 years, I’ve experienced joy, nerves, and tears but it every year gone by just makes you realise how much you the game really means to you.
My first match was against Dublin in the All Ireland semi final replay in 2015 and when I look at it now since that day my life changed for the better.
When you first begin as a fan you have no clue of what is going on really but as time goes by its not long till your roaring in McHale Park to cheer on our lads and ladies.
When I first started out I did my research on all the players careers and you grow a connection with them as time goes by, you can never replicate the feeling of goose bumps when a player scores a goal or when the final whistle blows for a victory and its stuff like that shows how much the GAA means in people’s lives.
Ever since I started to go to matches frequently my love Mayo football just grew stronger every match, I would always tell my mum and dad that I AM GOING to a match and I would never take no for an answer, I would plan out the day the night before, make sure I had change for a programme, plan out a strategy on where would be the best place to sit, tell my dad to wait after the final whistle so I could run on the pitch to meet my favourite player Rob Hennelly.
There was days in school I would be more focused on the weekend matches and would not give two hoots on what was being taught in school and my friends knew they were going to get my opinion on the matches even if they didn’t want to hear it.
Ever since the pandemic hit there has been countless of times I’d drive by McHale Park even though i’d be sad, your thankful for the memories that you got a chance to make, when I ran the length of McHale Park just to meet Rob Hennelly, when my dad and I got soaked to the skin when Mayo faced Roscommon or when my dad got a feature on The Sunday Game at Mayo vs Donegal even though he had a worrying face on him.
When I look back on the memories it makes me happy that Mayo football has made such a positive impact on my life and especially the men and women who go to battle every match with pride wearing the jersey.
On of the main reasons I created this blog was to stand up for the mens senior team after the All Ireland 2020 after all the slagging in the media.
I do the individual posts on each player to show my gratitude for their service to Mayo football.
What was just posting to defend the players turned out to be my greatest decision ever, I’ve had message after message telling me how well I’ve been doing and even have had members of the mens team read my work and I’ve achieved so much in only 4 months.
Photo: The 42
If I had to describe what it means to be a woman from County Mayo id just say pure joy.
Many people admit that Mayo fans are the best in the world and its very hard to argue otherwise.
If it wasn’t for the men and women of Mayo football I’d honestly don’t know where I’d be.
The best way I look at the current situation is another day gone is a step closer to getting back to watch matches in McHale park.
Till then I’ll continue to write more pieces to give thanks to our Mayo heroes or even try to come up with an answer to what does if mean to be a Mayo fan ?
Happy Mayo Day 2021 💚❤