Right, we’re good to go: I popped into town a bit earlier on to let the good people at Bowe’s know that they can expect a #seaofgreenandred to pitch up at their door on Fleet Street (the bit of it that lies between Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street) the night before the All-Ireland. Now that I’ve told them, you’ve no choice but to turn up – right?
For those of you who are more recent visitors to the site, there’s been a tradition for some time of holding an informal Mayo GAA Blog gathering of supporters at Bowe’s pub the night before big matches involving us. It’s been a while, though, since the last one – from memory, this would have been the meet-up held before the drawn match against Kerry two years ago. There should really have been one the night before the Tipp match last month but I wasn’t in the jurisdiction then.
The best Bowe’s session we had was definitely the one before the 2013 final. The pub – a lovely, old Victorian-era establishment, the first hostelry in the capital, incidentally, where I ever had a pint, way back in December 1980 – was jammed to the rafters all evening. It was great to meet and chat with so many people that night. The day after didn’t go according to plan, of course, but that was then and now we’re back and on the hunt for glory once again.
So if you’re at a loose end around town on the 17th and think you haven’t talked half enough about our chances the day after then Bowe’s could well be the place for you. Throw-in is 9pm or thereabouts. See you there.
Don’t forget that there are ten All-Ireland final tickets to be won in next Monday’s Mayo GAA Players Welfare Lotto. Play the Lotto here.