Back home

We’re back home, after an overnight flight from Newark that took not a whole lot more than six hours, with a strong tailwind propelling us rapidly across the Atlantic during the hours of darkness.

It’ll take some time to come down from the high of the trip, which was a long weekend in so many respects. The match on Sunday was only one element of it and, as we discovered when chatting with so many of the Irish people based over there and the Irish-American contingent, the weekend that’s wrapped around the fixture – in particular when the Mayos are in town – is of huge importance over there.

I’ve returned home convinced that the GAA should make sure that New York’s biggest day of the year continues to feature in its fixture calendar. While it’s a major undertaking for the counties to go out there, its value to the Irish community in the US in promoting our games and in strengthening the social and cultural bonds that exist between us is enormous.

For our own part, we were blown away by the whole experience. From the ball game at the Yankees, to our live event at The Joyce, the Midwest gig at Connolly’s, the rescheduled St Patrick’s Day parade on McLean Avenue in the Bronx (to which we were ferried by friend of the podcast, Jimmy Gleeson, whom we got chatting with on the subway back down from the baseball), the hospitality we greatly enjoyed with Bonniconlon’s Ronan Conlon at The Banc, to the sensory overload that was Sunday itself, a day that, for many of us, stretched well into Monday morning.

That and the earthquake and the solar eclipse too. They don’t do things by halves in New York.

Now it’s back to business, with the Connacht Minor football Championship getting underway with an opening round match against Roscommon at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park on Friday evening. We will, of course, have a Final Whistle pod after that game as another Championship campaign gets underway for us.

On we go but, as we do, it’s with very happy memories of an unforgettable weekend across the water. Roll on, 2029!

10 thoughts on “Back home

  1. Tiredness kicks in after 24 hrs or so. Get back to the gym and porridge with berries asap!

  2. Congratulations on your immense podcasts,I certainly believe that we should encourage the games in New York and London,perhaps we need some more help from Croke Park with the timing of the fixtures and of course money for Sligo Letrim,and Roscommon,but I hope that they continue

  3. I usually start to read a lot about the places I’ve returned from – arseways I know, but I find the material more vivid that way!

    Toibin’s Brooklyn (and Long Island due to come out soon), and Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights Big City might do the trick. Adding pictures, ‘Mean Streets’ and probably anything Woody Allen evoke NYC all the way, but I’m sure you have read/seen a ton in any case WJ.

  4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann would be close to the top of my list in that department, Catcol. A truly exceptional novel, winner of the National Book Award.

  5. Can anyone recommend the best book in regards to the history of Mayo GAA, i know there were quite a few released in the past few years. Need some bedtime reading!

  6. There aren’t many to choose from, Bonni! Keith Duggan’s House of Pain would be the obvious place to start (though that only takes the story up to around 2007), while James Laffey’s The Road to ‘51 covers the early years well. The Green Above the Red by Ivan Neill and Terry Reilly (published in the 1980s) is worth a look, while Declan Varley’s recent book, Mayo: a Biography in Nine Lives, tells most of the story too. I’m not sure I’d classify any of these as bedtime reading, though each to their own!

  7. Bonni,apparently will Galway beat Mayo is very good,from someone who follows both Mayo and Galway,I have not read it yet, but he always askes me,,it is on my list

  8. @Corick Bridge: Yes, it’s superb, would highly recommend it.

    @Willie Joe: Is there a suggestion that HQ might axe the annual NY and London championship fixtures? Would be a great shame if so.

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