This week’s Mayo News contains a call to arms from Ray Dempsey who appeals to Mayo supporters to turn out in numbers for Saturday’s All-Ireland minor semi-final replay with Kerry at Limerick. As I mentioned last night, I’ve decided to answer Ray’s call, given that (a) the team does certainly deserve our support and (b) the switch to Limerick makes it an easier trip for me, even if it makes it even more difficult to get to for everyone travelling from the native soil.
I see that County Board Secretary Sean Feeney lends his weight to the same plea but, unlike Ray, I think he has a bit of a nerve to do so, what with the County Board having virtually ceded home advantage to the Kingdom for Saturday’s rematch. “I would lend my support, and I think they deserve support” says Feeney. I think so too, so much so that I think the County Board should have insisted on a rematch somewhere that’s closer to home for our supporters, not least because we agreed to play this year’s U21 semi-final with Kerry down in Nenagh. So, Sean, I would lend my support to you and your colleagues on the County Board getting up off your collective holes and fighting your corner properly when fixtures such as this are being arranged. As supporters, it’s the least we can expect.
While we’re in plain speaking mode, I loved the bit in Kevin McStay’s column about Johnno’s ongoing agonising over whether or not he’s going to stay on for a third year. Well said, Kev – but do they do group hugs in the army?