Mayo Masters (All-Ireland Finalists) play the Sligo Masters for the Ruddy Cup in the Rice College pitch tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 pm. The Cup was donated by Bríd Ruddy (Clew Bay Hotel) in honour of her late husband Brian, who passed away suddenly in 1978. A native of Tubbercurry, Brian played minor football with Sligo prior to his arrival in Westport in 1959 where, on meeting and marrying Bríd, they established the Clew Bay Hotel, a business still thriving to this day under the management of his daughter Maria and her husband Darren, on James Street, Westport.
An ardent GAA and Mayo supporter, the Cup was played for on an annual basis between his native Sligo and Mayo until it lapsed around 1994. Michael Gavin, a regular member of the Mayo squad in the 70's and 80's, captained the Mayo team that won the cup in 1979.
Its revival should mark the beginning of a new era of Masters football and hopefully will become an annual tournament fixture between Mayo and Sligo.
Kilmeena will be well represented tomorrow when once again, Mayo team captain Pat Mulchrone, will lead his players onto the pitch in the grounds of Rice College. He will be accompanied by Declan Ryan, Kieran Hastings, Darren Madden and James Prenty, familiar names around the Kilmeena GAA dressing rooms.
They deserve your support.