Mayo ladies will compete in All-Ireland football championship

The hunt is on for a new Mayo Ladies senior football manager after the westerners were last night given the go-ahead to take part in the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Championship.

The Mayo girls have been allowed to compete for All-Ireland honours, despite not taking part in the Connacht Championship following the resignation of Pat Costello.

Costello quit as Mayo manager on April 19, believing that his position was no longer tenable. He felt he was being constantly undermined by certain players within the panel.

Subsequently efforts by the players to train in the absence of a manager were halted by the Mayo County Board who cited insurance issues.

However, after a meeting between Mayo officials and the Ladies Football President Pat Quill and Director General Helen O'Rourke, the players were permitted to return to collective training last Friday night at Foxford.

At last night's meeting in Dublin, the Ladies Football Central Council overwhelmingly backed appeals from three Mayo clubs, Castlebar, Carnacon and Knockmore, to allow Mayo re-enter this year's Championship.

The appeals had initially come before Connacht Council a few weeks ago, but were ruled out of order as the clubs failed to properly reference their appeals with the necessary rules.

The Connacht Championship final between Sligo and Galway had been put on hold pending the outcome of the appeals, and will now take place at a Sligo venue at a date to be announced.

While Mayo will not contest the provincial title this year, they have been reinstated for the All-Ireland qualifier series which means a date with Kerry over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Last night's meeting also ruled that two members of the national Ladies Football management committee, along with one executive member of the Mayo Ladies GAA Board, will oversee the appointment of Costello's successor.

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