Wednesday 26 October 2016

Home truths from Mayo

Published 26/11/2012 | 05:00

As I had expected, I had plenty of comments about the piece last week regarding the unusual fact that the town Ballaghaderreen, home of the Mayo county champions, is actually situated in Co Roscommon.

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Marty Coleman, however, is obviously a stickler on facts and points out that the club was actually founded in 1885 under the name of Faugh-A-Ballaghs and is one of the oldest clubs in the country. Also, Ballaghaderreen was actually transferred to Co Roscommon in 1898 in a dispute over rates with the landlord Charles Strickland.

And thirdly, Marty says that some of their playing talent actually comes from within Co Mayo, around the area of Cloontia/Derrinacartha. Local history and the GAA – how would the country survive without them?

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