Catching up

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve been off the map for the last few days, which was due to sad family reasons back at home in the west. Sometimes, football-related stuff has to take a back seat.

I should maybe add in parenthesis that absences of this kind serve to demonstrate the downside of, as well as the inevitable unsustainability inherent in, my keeping the lights on and the engine running in this place on a solo basis. That, though, is one for discussion some other time.

Back in the here and now, it’s a big weekend on the football front, what with the U21 Connacht final against Roscommon in Markievicz Park tomorrow evening (throw-in 6pm) and our Round 7 NFL meeting with Down at MacHale Park on Sunday afternoon (throw-in 2pm). I’m not going to get to either of these matches, I’m afraid, so what I’ll have to report on both of them will be of the second-hand variety. Hopefully it’ll be good second-hand news about both.

There doesn’t seem to be any word yet on the U21 team but the senior team for Sunday was announced earlier on tonight – details here. For the latter, we’ve made four changes from the Roscommon game, three of them of the enforced variety. David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Shane Nally and Cillian O’Connor come in for Robbie Hennelly, Ger Cafferkey, Donal Vaughan and Diarmuid O’Connor.

Best of luck to both the U21s and the seniors this weekend.

53 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. I’m very sorry to hear that Willie Joe. Sad times puts things in perspective.

    It’s a testament to you how steady the blog runs, and it’s going from strength to strength all the time. You’ve created that environment – not an easy thing to do.

    Best wishes.

  2. Sorry to hear about your troubles Willie Joe, sympathies to you and your family.
    I hope that everything will be okay, take care and mind yourself.
    Again thanks for all your great work on this site.

  3. Sorry to hear of your family bereavement Willie Joe, my sympathies to you and yours at this very sad time.

  4. Sorry Willie Joe, I was unaware that you had suffered a bereavement in your family. I am very sorry to hear this sad news, I hope that all those that feel sorrow or suffer in the shadow of the life that has left ye find comfort and healing in the months and years ahead.
    God bless
    Gamechanger 10

  5. Deepest sympathies to you and your family Willie Joe may God give you comfort and strength

  6. Just would like to add my name to the above sincere comments.

    Solas na bhflaithis di.

  7. Condolences WJ, and you always know that there are many here who would support you in keeping this show on the road.

  8. Really sorry for your loss,it makes football a very small part of our lives overall,take care our thoughts are with you and other members of your family,god bless

  9. Sorry to hear of your sad news there Willie Joe. Everybody on here is with ya fella.

  10. sorry to hear your sad news. Weeks like this you should forget about us and close down your site for a time.

  11. Sincere sympathy to you WJ and all your family. Hope life returns to normal for you all as soon as possible.

  12. Thanks all for the kind words. There are others far closer to this sad event than me but I’m happy to accept your words of support on their behalf. Much appreciated.

  13. Sad occasions do put and should put sporting occasions into perspective.

    Sincere condolences to you and yours .

  14. Noelncf – I think they said on the radio that James Carr (not Corr) is from Ardagh. Anne-Marie can, I’m sure, confirm that one with some pride!

  15. Deepest sympathy Willie Joe. I’m familiar with all the family connections here in East Mayo. You and your family are very much in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  16. I can indeed confirm that with pride, WJ.

    My deepest condolences to you and to your family on your loss – my thoughts are with you all. Take care of yourselves over the next while.

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