You know the saying no matter where you are in the world you’ll meet an Irishman…a friend of mine from Galway adds to that by saying “chances are he is a Mayo man”
You may be interested to know how we got our colors green and red?
“it goes back to the very foundation of the GAA itself, and one of the first ever recorded games of football in the county Mayo.
Colonel Maurice Blake of Towerhill was a landlord in South Mayo, and patron of his local football team, Carnacon. When Carnacon played Belcarra in 1887, Colonel Blake saw the chance to make a political point – Blake was a Catholic, and Belcarra were sponsored by a local Protestant, Unionist, family, the Brownes. In the light of this, Colonel Blake insisted that Carnacon line out in strips that featured Green above Red, in reference to Dr Croke’s fear, expressed his famous letter to Michael Cusack, that if the Irish did not stand up to express their nationality, we might all just as well “clap hands for joy at the sight of the Union Jack, and place ‘England’s bloody red’ exultantly above the green.”
And that is why Mayo have always worn the green above the red, and always must, if they are to mean anything at all”