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I know you should never be wishing time away, but is there any way the clock could tick a bit faster from now until Sunday? Sweet Mother of Jesus, it’s only Thursday yet and so there’s plenty more waiting round and building up and all that to be done before we finally get to Sunday. Are we there yet?
I’ve almost had my fill with build-up stuff at this stage as well. It’s oozing out from everywhere now and there’s no peace to be had at all at all. No point fighting it, I guess – it is All-Ireland week after all.
A quick gallop through the nationals, then, starting once more with the Irish Examiner where there’s a piece with former Mayo coach Cian O’Neill who says he’ll be rooting for us on Sunday, a piece by Terry Reilly on Robbie Hennelly and another piece by Terry about the county’s 1936 trainer Dick Hearns (there’s a companion audio piece to this from the RTÉ Archives where Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh interviews 1936 captain Seamus O’Malley about the amount of training that was done for the 1936 campaign). Terry also has a piece on team selection in which he says we’re set to name an unchanged team for Sunday. That announcement is expected at some point this evening.
The Irish Times has Darragh Ó Sé’s column, which, to be honest, I found to be a bit lazy-minded and hackneyed. You can put up with the almost obligatory stage-Kerryman bit on All-Ireland week but an analysis that focuses mainly on (a) our supposed deficiencies in the forwards and (b) their superdooperdooper bench leaves me a bit underwhelmed. Judge for yourselves.
The same paper has pieces on James Horan and Dublin selector Declan Darcy. It also has those gobby quotes from Liam McHale that have already been discussed in the comments – which The Score has too – and which I’d agree aren’t exactly helpful. There are times when former players need to keep their big traps shut and this was one of those times.
The Irish Independent doesn’t seem to have anything about us today (not the online version anyway) so I think we can skirt over that one today.
Elsewhere, Emmet Ryan of Action81.com has finished his three-part preview of the final – here’s the final piece in this triptych. An Spailpín Fánach has also penned his final review and he also has a great piece on Dublin and Dubliners. Mike Kelly also has a final preview.
Tired of words? Then this rather nice and information-bursting infographic (for that’s what it’s called) on the final might of interest. Thanks to Brian for pointing me in the direction of this.
Want some video? Here’s an official GAA one on both managers.
Don’t want words, pictures, videos or audio? Time, then, to get out on the bike or walk the dog or something like that. Are we there yet?