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Anyone got a breakdown of clubs in Galway/Mayo/Roscommon or even playing numbers?

Not many big populated towns in Mayo and very little hurling as competition.

Outside of Dublin, Cork & Kerry then I reckon Mayo have the biggest playing numbers.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 17/05/2022 10:03:27    2418002

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Replying To TheBishop:  "Anyone got a breakdown of clubs in Galway/Mayo/Roscommon or even playing numbers?

Not many big populated towns in Mayo and very little hurling as competition.

Outside of Dublin, Cork & Kerry then I reckon Mayo have the biggest playing numbers."
Could be right there but not sure how you get a breakdown of playing numbers for men's football. Plenty of clubs for sure. Definitely football is more dominant than hurling, wouldn't be many hurlers I think that don't play club football. In case James Horan I'll mention Fergal Boland again! Castlebar and Ballina the only towns more than 10K population.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6648 - 17/05/2022 10:19:21    2418009

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Replying To The_DOC:  "Mayo lads using population is hillarious, ye'd know ye have no competition for football.

1st off you can eliminate 35-50% of Galway clubs because their all hurling.

Then look at the populations hubs (Galway / Tuam / Ballinasloe / Loughrea and Oranmore) - your massivley competing with soccer and rugby in towns.

Its a very poor way to look at overall football dominance in terms of population alone - yes it helps but its only one factor"
You mention Tuam and Ballinasloe competing with soccer and rugby. You think those sports aren't played in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport etc? Westport for example was always a big soccer town and Ballina is huge with rugby.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10977 - 17/05/2022 11:08:10    2418036

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By my count ( dont take these figures for absolute but they are close) 47 clubs play adult level championship football in Mayo , 44 in Galway , 28 in Roscommon.
Those figures are a fair enough reflection of the relative resources in terms of playing population, with Galway and Mayo at similar levels, and Roscommon a little bit behind. I will accept that Galway do have a few super sized clubs that offsets the 47/44 differential e.g. Corofin with 5 adult teams and a good few other clubs with 3 or more teams.
That brings up a separate but interesting point , I may be wrong, but i get the impression that there are very few clubs in Mayo with third teams and is surprising to me for such a football fanatical county that this is not the case. Please correct me if i'm wrong about that but in Galway some relatively small sized clubs have 3rd teams, Milltown, Caherlistrane, Killanin, Kilkerrin / Clonberne, Mountbellew, Caltra etc as well as larger ones like Claregalway, Salthill , Oranmore , Barna, Annaghdown, Moycullen, Tuam Stars, St Michaels and the aforementioned Corofin.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 397 - 17/05/2022 12:19:03    2418081

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Replying To anotheralias:  "By my count ( dont take these figures for absolute but they are close) 47 clubs play adult level championship football in Mayo , 44 in Galway , 28 in Roscommon.
Those figures are a fair enough reflection of the relative resources in terms of playing population, with Galway and Mayo at similar levels, and Roscommon a little bit behind. I will accept that Galway do have a few super sized clubs that offsets the 47/44 differential e.g. Corofin with 5 adult teams and a good few other clubs with 3 or more teams.
That brings up a separate but interesting point , I may be wrong, but i get the impression that there are very few clubs in Mayo with third teams and is surprising to me for such a football fanatical county that this is not the case. Please correct me if i'm wrong about that but in Galway some relatively small sized clubs have 3rd teams, Milltown, Caherlistrane, Killanin, Kilkerrin / Clonberne, Mountbellew, Caltra etc as well as larger ones like Claregalway, Salthill , Oranmore , Barna, Annaghdown, Moycullen, Tuam Stars, St Michaels and the aforementioned Corofin."
Correction 46 clubs in Mayo ( i forgot to discount Castlebar B) when counting the intermediate clubs.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 397 - 17/05/2022 12:35:44    2418091

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Replying To yew_tree:  "You mention Tuam and Ballinasloe competing with soccer and rugby. You think those sports aren't played in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport etc? Westport for example was always a big soccer town and Ballina is huge with rugby."
Yeah I agree but Castlbar Westport and Ballina are your top/main three - Im saying in Galway soccer and rubgy reaches far beyond 3 towns

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 653 - 17/05/2022 15:24:19    2418174

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Replying To yew_tree:  "You mention Tuam and Ballinasloe competing with soccer and rugby. You think those sports aren't played in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport etc? Westport for example was always a big soccer town and Ballina is huge with rugby."
Anyway, my main point (however badly made) is like if you drew a line from Ballina down to Cong and said right everything east of this is all hurling so consider Mayo clubs like Ballinrobe, Stephenites, Ball, Charlestown, Claremorris, Swinford/Moy Davidts etc et are all huring - no interest in football and dont contribute to senior teams (Ciaran Mc Donald now a famous hurler!)

- thats hat happens in Galway!

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 653 - 17/05/2022 15:28:18    2418176

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Replying To The_DOC:  "Yeah I agree but Castlbar Westport and Ballina are your top/main three - Im saying in Galway soccer and rubgy reaches far beyond 3 towns"
Soccer is played in every part of Mayo, not just 3 towns, and at every age group. Ballyheane are the current super league champions and they would be in the Breaffy/Ballintubber catchment area. Rugby is also big in Ballinrobe and Ballyhaunis.

No doubt of course that the hurling area is much smaller than Galway.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 337 - 17/05/2022 15:53:35    2418179

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Replying To The_DOC:  "Anyway, my main point (however badly made) is like if you drew a line from Ballina down to Cong and said right everything east of this is all hurling so consider Mayo clubs like Ballinrobe, Stephenites, Ball, Charlestown, Claremorris, Swinford/Moy Davidts etc et are all huring - no interest in football and dont contribute to senior teams (Ciaran Mc Donald now a famous hurler!)

- thats hat happens in Galway!"
Claremorris have a soccer and rugby team and now a hurling team (which is great). Ballinrobe have a rugby and soccer team. Every Mayo town has multiple sports. Gaelic football is obviously number one but don't tell me they are any less crazy about football in Tuam, Cliften, Corofin etc.

I don't have the registered player numbers for Gaelic football but I would imagine they are roughly the same in Mayo and Galway.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10977 - 17/05/2022 18:13:55    2418227

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Replying To MayoDan:  "Soccer is played in every part of Mayo, not just 3 towns, and at every age group. Ballyheane are the current super league champions and they would be in the Breaffy/Ballintubber catchment area. Rugby is also big in Ballinrobe and Ballyhaunis.

No doubt of course that the hurling area is much smaller than Galway."
St Colmans college in Claremorris have recently setup a hurling team, as have Claremorris GAA and Moytura GAA..a new hurling club covering the Ballinrobe/Neale/Cong south mayo area. Great to see in my opinion. The opinion that Mayo is exclusively football is rubbish. While Gaelic football is king it's far from the only sport.

Our soccer scene get more column space in the local spacer than GAA in other counties from what I've seen.

We have four lads in our team who play soccer too.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10977 - 17/05/2022 20:34:11    2418257

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How did this page get taken over by how many other sports are played in Mayo other than gaelic football? Go back to your own page to debate it and get ready for the qualifiers while ye are at it!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 2735 - 18/05/2022 13:24:27    2418383

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Hope my fellow maroon and white posters here are rallying the troops, urging the footballers on the ditch, the couch keyboard warriors and the lads still wearing the Tommy Varden jersey since 98 and 01 to book their tickets for Pearse, get off their backsides and roar on this generation. They're working very hard and they deserve to see some old style Galway football support to come out of the woodwork.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 669 - 18/05/2022 13:37:48    2418395

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This is worse then Mayo people wearing Mayo jerseys in Galway :) Give over about clubs in Mayo . We are trying to talk about the Connacht Final hear. If there was a how to lose an All Ireland Thread im sure the Mayo views would be welcomed !

In all seriousness I think the connacht final could be a cracker , its a big big game for both teams. With the easy side of the draw in Qfinal aswel and possible Derry/ Donegal semi .

Roscommon have a nice balance this year , and i think the matchups will be crucial , but its an advantage that Galway had the tough game against Mayo . Rossies last real battle was against Derry in the league ( the league final was way to loose)

Will Gleeson or Flaherty start in Goals? Will Paul or Patrick Kelly start? these are the questions , not talking about Claremorris starting a hurling team ( Fairplay to them but thats a Mayo GAA issue) Although the Mayo hurlers at least win cups in Croke Park

puckemhard (Galway) - Posts: 222 - 18/05/2022 14:03:16    2418404

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Replying To yew_tree:  "St Colmans college in Claremorris have recently setup a hurling team, as have Claremorris GAA and Moytura GAA..a new hurling club covering the Ballinrobe/Neale/Cong south mayo area. Great to see in my opinion. The opinion that Mayo is exclusively football is rubbish. While Gaelic football is king it's far from the only sport.

Our soccer scene get more column space in the local spacer than GAA in other counties from what I've seen.

We have four lads in our team who play soccer too."
Who are the four out of curiosity?

tribesman123 (Galway) - Posts: 27 - 18/05/2022 14:35:53    2418419

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Replying To tribesman123:  "Who are the four out of curiosity?"
They can't play football with their clubs let alone soccer.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1410 - 18/05/2022 14:51:56    2418429

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Replying To tribesman123:  "Who are the four out of curiosity?"
I'm not going to name four of my fellow club mates in a pubic forum. They aren't county players. Anyway best of luck in the Connacht final. Should be a good close game.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10977 - 18/05/2022 15:05:21    2418445

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Replying To puckemhard:  "This is worse then Mayo people wearing Mayo jerseys in Galway :) Give over about clubs in Mayo . We are trying to talk about the Connacht Final hear. If there was a how to lose an All Ireland Thread im sure the Mayo views would be welcomed !

In all seriousness I think the connacht final could be a cracker , its a big big game for both teams. With the easy side of the draw in Qfinal aswel and possible Derry/ Donegal semi .

Roscommon have a nice balance this year , and i think the matchups will be crucial , but its an advantage that Galway had the tough game against Mayo . Rossies last real battle was against Derry in the league ( the league final was way to loose)

Will Gleeson or Flaherty start in Goals? Will Paul or Patrick Kelly start? these are the questions , not talking about Claremorris starting a hurling team ( Fairplay to them but thats a Mayo GAA issue) Although the Mayo hurlers at least win cups in Croke Park"
Neither Donegal or Derry might not get that far. I wouldnt write off Tyrone, Mayo with their experience and habit of reaching the last 4 over the last decade.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2852 - 18/05/2022 16:41:17    2418495

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Replying To yew_tree:  "I'm not going to name four of my fellow club mates in a pubic forum. They aren't county players. Anyway best of luck in the Connacht final. Should be a good close game."
Oh only 4 lads? Jeez it's a wonder ye field a soccer team at all.....
Never heard such pure *****, 4 lads in a whole club off playing soccer, we're awful struggling now lads might not be able to field a team.
We're clearly going on about the seniors and you make a bait comment as if you know what you're talking about, sheesh.

systematic (Galway) - Posts: 50 - 18/05/2022 16:44:05    2418497

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Replying To systematic:  "Oh only 4 lads? Jeez it's a wonder ye field a soccer team at all.....
Never heard such pure *****, 4 lads in a whole club off playing soccer, we're awful struggling now lads might not be able to field a team.
We're clearly going on about the seniors and you make a bait comment as if you know what you're talking about, sheesh."
A 'bait' comment nonetheless !!!

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6648 - 18/05/2022 18:18:07    2418519

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Leave poor Yew Tree alone! He's sound and his views balanced.
Now, back to the big one - the showdown in Pearse. Think Patrick Kelly would be brilliant to throw into the mix for kickouts / restarts in modern parlance, as the Rossies seemingly planning on dominating the skies for the day. Hearing they're gonna clean us in the air and mess up our attacking plans with brutal physicality!! The last thing they want is a Galway playing with confidence and a swagger. They want us fearing making mistakes and minding ourselves. Let's go at them with full throttle attacking, flowing football.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 669 - 18/05/2022 20:15:55    2418536

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