MacHale Park back open to Mayo hurlers ahead of crunch Derry clash

May 08, 2022

MacHale Park is set to host Saturday's Chisty Ring Cup clash between Mayo and Derry

Mayo GAA has released a statement to confirm that the county’s crucial Christy Ring Cup clash against Derry next Saturday, May 14th will be held at MacHale Park.

It comes after the Mayo senior hurling management expressed its disappointment earlier this week that their team’s homes games would continue to be played in Ballina, with the county grounds in Castlebar closed off as a result of “remedial works”.

The county board stated that the decision was made on the recommendation of the head groundsman at the venue.

Now, a U-turn on the decision has been taken ahead of what is set to be a crunch clash between Mayo and Derry this coming weekend, with the winners set to advance to the Christy Ring Cup final against Kildare.

Mayo county board released the following statement this afternoon:

"The game against Derry was scheduled for James Stephen's Park in Ballina by Croke Park earlier this year due to the extensive resurfacing works carried out at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park,” it read.

"Mayo GAA can now confirm that emergency and recommended remedial works on the playing surface after the Mayo vs. Galway Connacht GAA championship match will be completed ahead of schedule to facilitate this crucial championship match for the Mayo hurlers.

"The recommended rest period after the Connacht GAA football championship match was five to six weeks but a redoubling of efforts from the ground staff at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park now means the pitch will be available for next weekend."

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