League: Mayo Club Football

Mayo Football Final – Breaffy v Knockmore

We have team news and live score updates from the Mayo County football between Breaffy v Knockmore.

Breaffy GAA have long been a big team in the Mayo Senior Football Championship. This has been largely helped by their heavy contingent of county players. The three O’Shea brothers, Rob Hennelly, and the emerging Matthew Ruane are names widely known.

However, they are yet to add a county championship to their CVs. Nonetheless, they have been knocking on the door for a long time. For example, Breaffy have featured in three of the senior championship finals since 2013. The most recent of these was in 2018.

Now, Breaffy are back in the final. Last weekend they saw off a strong Westport team to reach the fixture.

Furthermore, Aiden O’Shea’s team have had to work to get there. This was the second time they met Westport. In the opening round, they suffered a one-point defeat. Yet, they emerged from the group of death by defeating Castlebar Mitchels and Charlestown. Next, they showed severe resilience in beating 2019 finalists Ballaghaderreen at the quarter-final stage.

Breaffy have experience to call on

Aiden O’Shea usually takes the spotlight. Indeed, his form this year is perhaps deserving of it. In spite of this, brother Conor O’Shea has been prolific. Moving between midfield and full-forward, he has been a pest for oppositions. Additionally, Seamus O’Shea’s presence at centre-back brings security to the defence. Now 34, Seamus has not been slowed down by age.

Also, Rob Hennelly in goals has the ability to find any area of the pitch with his kick-outs. In fact, his dead ball expertise have led to some long-range scores when needed. In the engine room, U21 All-Ireland winner Matthew Ruane is showing why he should be considered for the county team.

Peter Ford and Shane Conway are at the helm this year. They have brought a determination to Breaffy that was perhaps absent in previous years.

Knockmore are the opposition for the final. They are no underdogs either. In fact, they dumped back-to-back winners Ballintubber from the competition in the quarter-final. Then, they convincingly overcame a heavily backed Ballina team in the semi-final.

Knockmore last featured in the final in 2016. On that occasion, they came out second best. As a result, they have their wrong to right this year.

Breaffy will be favourites to finally get over the line this year. However, they will be hoping that past demons won’t be back to haunt them.

Mayo SFC Final: Breaffy vs Knockmore, 20th September 15:30. 

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Knockmore GAA

Knockmore is a GAA club based in Mayo and was a relative latecomer to the ranks of the Gaelic Athletic Association. Established in 1958 it wasn’t until 1960 that it was registered.

The clubs rise has being meteoric. The club claimed its first title in 1968 when it won the North Mayo junior championship. Within four years an intermediate title was won before the remarkable achievement of capturing the senior county and provincial championships followed only a year later. Today the club is testament to that early sense of purpose. Since gaining its senior status in 1972 the club has never lost this status and has won 8 county senior titles and 3 senior provincial titles. Since 1971 the club has won 8 Division 1 leagues. We have won divisional and county titles at all age groups; with last year’s U18 team winning the inaugural Connacht Championship.

With our excellent playing and ancillary facilities we cater for teams from U6 to Senior in both boys and ladies football. This year the club will have 4 adult men’s teams-U21, Junior C, Junior B and Senior.

The exploits of our club and its members are not just serving Knockmore but the wider G.A.A. too. The club has 4 players on the current Mayo Senior panel, Kevin Mcloughlin, Shane McHale, Darren McHale and Keith Ruttledge. Colm Reape is on the Mayo U21 panel

Cormac Reape is on the G.A.A. National Youth Committee, Sean McEil is Mayo’s Central Council delegate and their roles shine a light on another strand of the contribution our club makes to the Association as a whole.

As a club we committed to promoting Gaelic Games and we are confident the club will continue to go from strength to strength both on and off the field of play in the years ahead.

Breaffy

Breaffy football team are based in Mayo, they have won many county championships and were last in the final in 2020. 

The late Captain Thomas P. Lyons was for over four decades the pulse of Breaffy G.A.A. Club. He devoted his life to serving the community and in particular the Gaelic Athletic Association. He became involved with the Association in the early 1950’s and was instrumental in acquiring the present grounds from the Land Commission. He led the Club through the following four decades and served over thirty years on the West Mayo Board, and as chairman for fourteen years. He was a member of the Connaught Council from 1969 to 1984, the Central Activities Committee from 1973 to 1976 and the Central Communications Committee from 1980 to 1983. During all this time he remained Chairman of his beloved Breaffy Club.

Origins of the Field

Josiah Browne, a Catholic landowner from Sussex, England, settled in The Neale in 1860 on land purchased from the McMylers. The Breaffy connection is with his son, John, who was granted 200 acres of land there during the period of land confiscation’s of the Cromwellian Settlements at the end of the 17th century. The land was in the townlands of Breaffy, Ballyheane and Barney, and confiscated from Myles, Ulick and William Bourke. The Breaffy GAA Club acquired the playing field from the Irish Land Commission in 1973 at a cost of £336. The sheds cost £85 at public Auction.

Formation of Breaffy GAA

Records show that Breaffy was involved in the GAA as early as 1906. The Connaught Telegraph, in a report of the 14th April, 1906 of a meeting of the County Committee of the GAA, states: “Breaffy was represented by Myles Fahey and Thomas Kenny”. The same paper in its issue of 12th May 1906, states: “At a County Committee meeting held in Castlebar, Breaffy were represented by J.W. Caulfield. Fixtures made included Kilmeena V Breaffy at Westport. The Connaught Telegraph of the 28th May 1906 reported as follows: “Kilmeena V Breaffy – Breaffy team: Cummings (Captain), Golden, Conroy, A. McHale, J. McHale, Kennedy, McGreevy, Browne, Ludden, McHugh, Fahey, Joyce, Barrett, Cannon, McEvilly, Fox. The Breaffy men showed a great lack of practice and appeared to be unaccustomed to one another on the field. They have good material but practice must on no account be overlooked. The final score was in favour of Kilmeena.”
There is also a report in the same paper of the 9th April 1910 of a match in the field of Mr. Jacob Beckett now Known as Spencer Park of a match played in ideal conditions between Castlebar Mitchells and a selection from Breaffy and Keelogues. It was refereed by Mr. John Ryan of the Mayo County Board. Mitchells played with a stiff breeze in the first half and did most of the scoring in spite of a fine performance from Michael Mitchell in goal. The story was reversed in the second half before Mitchells ran out winners:
Breaffy/Keelogues 3-2 (11), Castlebar Mitchell’s 1-12.
The Connaught Telegraph of 5th May 1928 reported on a match at Pigeon Park, Castlebar that was a replay of the 1927 Hurling Championship Final ordered by the County Board between Ballyheane and Westport. Ballyheane put up a fine performance in a spectacular game to secure the medals; Ballyheane 3-1, Westport 1-2. Paddy Rainsford, Castlebar was the referee. Ballyheane: – M. O’Leary, T. O’Grady, N. O’Neill, P. Hanley, P. Kelly, A. O’Malley, M. McCourt, T. O’Sullivan, P. Bourke, M. McCarthy, M. Higgins (Capt.), J. O’Brien, J. McGovern, Jack Connor, J. Kilcourse, Subs. Jim Connor, M. Kilcourse.

The Present Club

Breaffy GAA Club was formed in 1953. The first officers were: Chairman – Paddy Golden, Secretary – Frank Quinn, Treasurer – Bill Ralph. The newly formed team played their first match against Aughagower in the Desmesne, in the field, which is now the club’s old ground. Johnny Golden was the captain, scored the first goal and Bernie King scored the first point. The club won divisional honours in 1955 and 1956 and the minor team won the divisional 9 a side league in 1956. The Connaught Telegraph of 20th March 1954 reports on the Breaffy GAA Club convention. Paddy Golden presided. Bill Ralph, Secretary reported: – ” A GAA club was formed in Breaffy last year, the first in a generation. A few local boys who were keen on the grand old game of Gaelic Football got together and started practising in the evenings and soon others joined their ranks. In our first year we achieved more in a few months than others accomplished in as many years. We defeated Aughagower in our first game at home and then Westport. Breaffy in our first year were winners of the division B grade. Our minors in conjunction with Islandeady defeated Louisburgh in the first round and Mulranny in the second. We lost to Castlebar in the final. We supplied one of the glorious All-Ireland minors in Mick Kennedy.” Officers elected: – Chairman – Paddy Golden, Vice Chairman – Bill Ralph, Secretary – Martin McEllin, Treasurer – Frank Quinn, Team Captain – Mick Kennedy, Vice Captain – Jimmy Barrett.

Claremorris

Claremorris GAA is  based in the town of Claremorris in County Mayo

Belmullet

Belmullet GAA  CLG Béal an Mhuirthead is  located in Belmullet, County Mayo,

Charlestown Sarsfields

Charlestown Sarsfields GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club is siutated in Charlestown, County Mayo,