Christmas Eve is almost upon us, with the big day itself coming down the tracks straight after with what feels like almost indecent haste. Are we ever really ready for Christmas? Does it matter if we’re not? It’ll soon be over for another year.
At Christmas every year, there’s always time to look back on the year that’s sliding inexorably towards completion. From a Mayo GAA one it was another year of highs and lows, with the National League title win at Croke Park the obvious high, while our failure – yet again – to get to the Connacht final was a clear blow, one that sent us hurtling down an insanely busy schedule of games. With injuries mounting from one match to the next, it was no surprise that it ultimately proved too much for us.
But that’s the year that’s fading into the past. A new one is waiting to be born in a few days and the story is has to tell us over the coming months is one that’s as yet untold.
But let’s leave thoughts about what’s up ahead aside for now. In this lull between one year and the other, it’s good to relax and concentrate on issues of more importance at this special time.
Thanks everyone for spending time here over the last twelve months. It’s been a tough year in many respects on the blog – without doubt, the toughest from my point of view – but it’s the support of and contribution by the decent majority that helps to ensure that the show goes on.
And, in that vein, this Christmas I’d like to pay particular thanks to those who stepped in and helped shoulder the burden over the last number of months. Special thanks to Cian Mortimer, who handled from end to end the match report for the Roscommon game, Tom McLoughlin, who became a regular guest contributor over the summer and did the match reports for the Meath and Donegal games, and Darragh Berry, who chipped in regularly with guest pieces during the year. Thanks too to Michael Maye, whose IT skills behind the scenes continues to ensure that this place stays in one piece from that perspective.
Happy Christmas all, here’s hoping it’s a good one.