The GAA’s 125th anniversary celebrations are apparently being given the Pat the Plank treatment tomorrow night in the form of a Late Late Show special (RTE 1, throw-in 9.30 pm). The late, great Joe Dolan had one of these the other week but sadly he wasn’t around to milk all the adulation. Nickey Brennan and all the other GAA bigwigs won’t, I trust, make the same mistake ahead of the show at Montrose tomorrow night.
My spies tell me that there will be at least one Mayo connection to tomorrow night’s TV extravaganza. This is in the form of an appearance by the Cill Aodhain Choral Society from sweet Kiltimagh, who will be sharing the bill with Aclare crooner, Tommy Fleming. I’m not sure if Kiltimagh’s own Big Tom Byrne will be in their ranks – I think not as, if I’m not mistaken, the same man kept his singing to the football field.
It promises to be a good night’s entertainment, Pat Kenny’s wooden stewardship notwithstanding, and the show is an appropriate way to kick-start the Association’s anniversary celebrations. Will there by an All-Ireland medal for everyone in the audience? On second thoughts, seeing as the audience will be made up entirely of GAA greats from down the years, a good number of them will already have All-Ireland medals of their own at home.