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It’s that time of year and once again we’re in the slightly giddy position of having an All-Ireland semi-final to look forward to. Three years ago, when we were also facing into an All-Ireland semi against Kerry, the first Mayo GAA Blog pre-match drinks event took place at Bowe’s pub on Fleet Street the night before the game. Undeterred by the result the following day, this informal event has gone on to become somewhat of a staple around big match weekends in the capital for the county .
This means that the next such gathering will take place next Saturday night (the 23rd) in Bowe’s, with a throw-in time of 9pm or after. On this occasion, the event is being held in association with those kindred spirits in Club ’51, a number of whom I’m told are planning on being there on the night.
I’ll be there myself at some stage too but, ensconced as I am for the week on the far side of Dingle, I’ve no idea what time we’ll make it back to the capital on Saturday so I can’t say for sure what hour I’ll make it to Bowe’s. But make it I will and maybe a few of you will too.
By the way, there’s also an official Cairde Mhaigheo pre-match gathering that night in Bad Bob’s, which, if you don’t know the place, is located only a short hop away from Bowe’s – it’s over on Essex Street East in Temple Bar. Those of you who are fond of a bit of a paseo to go with your porter could easily take in both watering holes. Full details on the Cairde Mhaigheo event are here.