We’re just a few short hours away now from the end of 2020. A strange bloody year it’s been too and I don’t think too many will weep at its passing, even if an uncertain 2021 lies ahead.
From a football perspective, though, it was a positive year for us. Sure, we got relegated and, yes, we lost yet another All-Ireland final but we won Connacht for the first time in five years and several new players were brought through to the Senior ranks, lads who are capable of back-boning the county team for the next decade.
There’s a debate to be had, of course, about what the next decade holds for the inter-county scene at a wider level, in light of Dublin’s overwhelming dominance, which looks to be a fixed position in the scheme of things at this stage. That debate hasn’t even begun as yet but begin it will have to if there’s to be any hope for the inter-county game over the longer term. That’s one for another day, though, as tonight we can look back on a decent year for us in this weirdest of times.
Goodbye, then, 2020 – you won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Stay safe, all. Up Mayo.