There’s usually a more leisurely lead-in to Christmas here on the blog but in this strangest of years it’s coming hot-foot just after the All-Ireland final. But that’s the kind of year it’s been.
It is Christmas, though, so it’s time to pull the shutters down here for a little while. Well, until I collate the MOTM poll numbers to get the shortlist for our Player of the Year and stick the poll up on that. I’ll leave that particular job, however, until the period between Christmas and New Year.
It has, of course, been a year like no other for all of us. That’s been the case here on the blog, though not in the way I’d expected. This time last year, as I prepared for a fundamental change in my working life, I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to keep this place running any longer. As well as that, all the rancour that had occurred in the weeks beforehand made me question whether or not I really had it in me to soldier on at all.
Twelve months on, though, even if life in a wider sense is still in a state of flux for all of us, the blog has hit calmer waters. It’s been a good distraction for me too in these crazy times, as I hope it has been for all of you too.
Before signing off, I’d like to thank a few people, namely Darragh, Fergal and Kevin for the very welcome guest posts, Peadar and Jane for the graphics and Michael for all the work he does on the background keeping the site stable with its features up to date.
Thanks too to everyone who has interacted with us on the podcast. This was a new, Covid-era feature and it worked very well so we’re hoping to do more in this line next year.
Thanks, of course, as well to all the players and backroom teams – both at club and inter-county level – who have given us plenty to talk about over the last number of months. The on-field action certainly helped to raise spirits everywhere and the fact that, at inter-county level, we were involved right up to last Saturday night’s final meant we had something positive to focus on in these dark times. Thanks to everyone who made this happen.
Finally, thanks to all of you who have contributed to the lively, informed and reasoned debate which, Covid or no Covid, has kept going here all year long. I’ve learned loads from the many wise comments that have been posted, as I’m sure others have too.
I hope you all have a happy and relaxing Christmas. It’s the least all of us deserve this year. Up Mayo.