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This January competition is to remain indoors in John Prentys dome at the Connacht GAA Centre. Under current restrictions only 300 supporters will be allowed to attend each game. Surely the common sense approach was to move games outdoors where no such restrictions are in place?

Anyway the fixture list


Tuesday 4th January

Leitrim v Sligo

Semi Finals

Friday 7th January

Mayo v Galway

Saturday 8th January

Leitrim or Sligo v Roscommon

Final: Friday 14th January

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 470 - 09/12/2021 15:35:39    2392213

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Sure they need to show that the dome is useful for something other than an odd school training session? A complete white elephant. The proper pitches are all around it.

PierreBezuhov (UK) - Posts: 136 - 09/12/2021 17:49:00    2392231

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "Sure they need to show that the dome is useful for something other than an odd school training session? A complete white elephant. The proper pitches are all around it."
Why is it a white elephant? We're getting more extreme rain and storms every year. An indoor facility will always be in demand.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 277 - 10/12/2021 14:01:24    2392304

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A ego trip by John Prenty when common sense option is to play these games outdoors.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2610 - 10/12/2021 15:42:05    2392326

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "A ego trip by John Prenty when common sense option is to play these games outdoors."
Situated in a bog in Mayo...
Should be up in the main county of the West...Galway City outskirts.. accessibility for all..

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 589 - 11/12/2021 09:35:01    2392367

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Could well turn out to be a white elephant but the dome is only open about 18 months and it's use has been hampered by COVID restrictions.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6311 - 11/12/2021 10:41:39    2392371

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A waste of money if ever there was one.
And the €10m soccer/rugger rent should have been used to improve facilities in the 5 Counties not wasted on the whole Bekan egotrip.

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 79 - 11/12/2021 11:26:07    2392375

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What is it for? Who is it for?

PierreBezuhov (UK) - Posts: 136 - 11/12/2021 11:45:29    2392381

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "What is it for? Who is it for?"
It is for playing Gaelic games. It is open to any team and has been used 5 or 6 days a week since Covid restrictions were eased. The COE in Bekan is a brilliant facility that loads of clubs make use of for training especially.

Why would something like this be considered a white elephant in the GAA, yet building massive stadiums that only sell out once a year is common place.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 277 - 11/12/2021 12:35:35    2392386

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Replying To MayoDan:  "It is for playing Gaelic games. It is open to any team and has been used 5 or 6 days a week since Covid restrictions were eased. The COE in Bekan is a brilliant facility that loads of clubs make use of for training especially.

Why would something like this be considered a white elephant in the GAA, yet building massive stadiums that only sell out once a year is common place."
You are right It is a brialliant facility. But it is time to call it what is is and thats the Mayo Center of excellence, all funded by the Connaught Council. How delegates from Galway, Roscommon Sligo and Leitrim voted for this whole Bekan thing I'll never understand. The four counties are nearly broke trying to fund their own centers of excellence and Mayo's is built by the Connaught council. By the way has any of the other provinces a center of excellence?

seventyniner (Galway) - Posts: 20 - 11/12/2021 15:14:44    2392400

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Replying To seventyniner:  "You are right It is a brialliant facility. But it is time to call it what is is and thats the Mayo Center of excellence, all funded by the Connaught Council. How delegates from Galway, Roscommon Sligo and Leitrim voted for this whole Bekan thing I'll never understand. The four counties are nearly broke trying to fund their own centers of excellence and Mayo's is built by the Connaught council. By the way has any of the other provinces a center of excellence?"
Mayo don't train there mate and are trying to get their own centre of excellence of the ground. It's a very heavily used facility. We tried to get our club in at one stage this year but it was booked out.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10842 - 11/12/2021 15:27:01    2392404

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Mayo don't train there mate and are trying to get their own centre of excellence of the ground. It's a very heavily used facility. We tried to get our club in at one stage this year but it was booked out."
Mayo have used Bekan to train.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1117 - 11/12/2021 17:49:16    2392426

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Replying To seventyniner:  "You are right It is a brialliant facility. But it is time to call it what is is and thats the Mayo Center of excellence, all funded by the Connaught Council. How delegates from Galway, Roscommon Sligo and Leitrim voted for this whole Bekan thing I'll never understand. The four counties are nearly broke trying to fund their own centers of excellence and Mayo's is built by the Connaught council. By the way has any of the other provinces a center of excellence?"
It's close enough for loads of Roscommon and Galway clubs to use as well. I know Cill Chomain were training there during the Mayo junior championship this year, an hour and a half drive. Pretty sure every Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon club are closer to Bekan than that.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 277 - 11/12/2021 18:11:15    2392431

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Replying To moc.dna:  "Mayo have used Bekan to train."
Maybe on a few occasions but it's not the Mayo training base as some are making out. Mayo actually had a session in Leitrim last year due to no pitch being available in the county including Bekan. Mayo have probably trained in UL and Athlone more than Bekan.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10842 - 11/12/2021 18:54:29    2392441

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Replying To MayoDan:  "It's close enough for loads of Roscommon and Galway clubs to use as well. I know Cill Chomain were training there during the Mayo junior championship this year, an hour and a half drive. Pretty sure every Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon club are closer to Bekan than that."
Pretty sure they are not

reffingmad (Roscommon) - Posts: 258 - 11/12/2021 20:21:20    2392473

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Replying To reffingmad:  "Pretty sure they are not"
Which ones are not? Genuine question.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 277 - 11/12/2021 21:05:54    2392485

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Replying To reffingmad:  "Pretty sure they are not"
Leitrim maybe not, but most Roscommon and Sligo clubs are probably less than than an hour and thirty six minutes drive to the Centre of Excellence.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6311 - 11/12/2021 21:06:12    2392486

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Maybe on a few occasions but it's not the Mayo training base as some are making out. Mayo actually had a session in Leitrim last year due to no pitch being available in the county including Bekan. Mayo have probably trained in UL and Athlone more than Bekan."
It's in prentys front garden practically but now known as the NUIG dome... Couldn't make it up... I suppose they have to add the Galway element to attract teams outside Mayo to use it..

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 589 - 11/12/2021 21:19:54    2392489

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Replying To Belclare:  "It's in prentys front garden practically but now known as the NUIG dome... Couldn't make it up... I suppose they have to add the Galway element to attract teams outside Mayo to use it.."
'practically'. Prenty's front garden is just up the road from my homeplace, between the school and the GAA pitch. You're never happy unless you're whinging about something.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6311 - 11/12/2021 21:35:52    2392491

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Replying To Belclare:  "It's in prentys front garden practically but now known as the NUIG dome... Couldn't make it up... I suppose they have to add the Galway element to attract teams outside Mayo to use it.."
Whatever you think Belclare. Your the sourest most bitter poster here and have been for years. Happy Christmas.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10842 - 12/12/2021 10:47:38    2392515

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