I’m not long back in, with plenty of red wine coursing through my veins, but before I turn in I’d just like to add my voice to those expressing thanks and best wishes to Pat and Noel for doing the right thing earlier this evening.
Walking away can’t have been easy for them but in doing so they’ve shown great humility and it’s abundantly clear that they’ve also put the interests of Mayo GAA above their own personal ambitions. It takes people of special character to be big enough to recognise this bigger picture and Pat and Noel deserve great credit for having done so.
Focus will now obviously turn to what happens next but that’s not of concern tonight. What is – and what deserves to be saluted – is the fact that two proud Mayomen have done the right thing, the honourable thing, and have walked away from their positions with their heads held high. They deserve our profound thanks for all they did since taking up the reins this time last year and our thanks too for stepping down in the dignified way they did earlier on tonight.