What The Game Means To Me

I often say that Mayo GAA is simply magic, you can never fully describe what it truly means to be a Mayo supporter, you fully support the men and women who deck out in the green and red jersey each game and your proud to say your from County Mayo.
Its not that long ago when if you would have said to me that there was a Mayo match on at the weekend, I wouldn’t give two hoots, its amazing how people change.
It was the year 2015 when I became the GAA mad woman I am today and when I realised what the game means to me.

Photo: RTE

One thing I’ll always think is you can never describe the feeling say when a goal is scored that was  desperately needed or we got a detrimental win, I feel its extra special when its from Mayo because everyone knows the struggle over the past 70 years and your thinking each day gone by is that one step closer.
As all Mayo fans know matchday is a great day , you try your hardest to try and beat the heavy traffic that will be expected, you try and find the turnstile with the shortest queue, you get goose bumps at the part of the national anthem when everyone screams ‘Cmon Mayo’ and you know its game time.
During recent times I look back at all the great memories I’ve made going to games, when my dad got on tv during Mayo vs Donegal 2019 with a worried look on his face while I stood up to show my support or When I made my dad wait in the stands for half an hour when I ran the length of McHale Park so I could get Rob Hennelly to sign my jersey.
Its a no brainer to the GAA world that Mayo fans really are some of best in the world, whenever I see little kids or even adults meet members of the panel, to describe the joy that you can see on their face just sums up the powerful relationship between fans and players.
My personal favourite interaction for me was when after two years of trying to meet Rob Hennelly I was so shocked I could barely get a word out of me.
In the first picture above you can see the Mayo players that I have met so far, (a lot more will be added to the list when matches with fans resume).
In those pictures you simply see a girl who although was so nervous, was one of the happiest girls in the county.
Each fans has their favourite player who makes the fan experience even more better and for the future stars of GAA its the player you aspire to be like one day.
While many fan favourites are Aidan O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor, Lee Keegan, mine is goalkeeper Rob Hennelly, I’m lucky enough to own one of Hennelly’s shirts which I wear to every match to show my support.
Photo: The Irish Times
As a new season of the GAA soon approaches us, I cannot wait to go through another season supporting our men and women.
The GAA world can bring you the best days of your life but there can also be some difficult ones as well, its so important that we continue to show our continued support for our players.
One of the reasons I created this blog was to show support in my own unique way, When I write a post about one specific player my main goal is to simply say thank you and make them feel even more valued then they were before.
I have fully supported the Mayo teams for 7 years now and I don’t think I could ever fully thank the members of the panel for making me fall in love with the crazy world of GAA but especially the crazy world of Mayo GAA.
The happiness that the sport and players bring to their county is just so powerful and when fans are allowed  back in stadiums I cant wait to get the goose bumps or that feeling when you know the long wait is finally over and we can all get back to realizing what the game means to us.
photo: The 42

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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