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We never went away, you know

It is said that you can get used to almost anything. At half-time in the recent semi-final I was talking to two of my three sons (both Dubs) about the likely All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry. It was a pragmatic conversation where I expressed the desire that the Dubs would win that final, just so we could have another […]

Atmosphere is Dublin like a saucepan on the hob

I love my songs about Mayo and this time of year, if the Lord spares us, the demand for them in my music library increases tenfold.  Famous singer/songwriter and long-time pal of The Saw Doctors, Padraig Stevens, has a song called ‘Up Mayo’.  The starting lyrics of it go: “In ainm an Athair, aon athair De, something is starting in […]

State of the final eight

10:49am: “We’re sorry, but we couldn’t find any events” 10.51am: “You are now in line……………1,759 people in front of you” 11.07am: “You are now in line……………689 people in front of you” God, I really hate queuing for Mayo tickets online. Technology and I are not friends at the best of times. Give me a physical ticket put into my hand […]

Football by numbers – the Dublin secret

As we gradually edge our way out of the madness, induced by Covid lockdowns, the mind turns slowly back to football. For years, Mayo GAA has been a passion that has consumed us when the action was underway and that gave us serious withdrawal symptoms when the year’s action was over. Throughout the last twelve months, the radical changes in […]

No hype, no Hill but do we have a hope in hell?

I remember the first time I witnessed Cillian O’Connor in action, I was maybe six or seven and Ballintubber school were facing Killawalla, my school, in a Cumann Na mBunscoil game on our hallowed turf. That team was full of what would become future well-known Ballintubber stars but Cillian stood out a mile. One of the teachers in our school, […]

Crunching the numbers on Cillian O’Connor’s scoring records

I would like to dedicate this article to the memory of my brother-in-law, Eugene Loftus, who passed away one year ago today after living with Motor Neurone Disease for five years. Eugene was an avid follower and contributor to the blog under the handle “Inbetweener”. He also played for Ballina Stephenites and as a selector for the Mayo Under 16s […]

“The tears of your children will be the laughter of mine” – the Mayo v Galway rivalry explained

You could wax lyrical about what the rivalry between Mayo and Galway is and I have done this in the past for this blog. But nothing sums it up better than what I was told in a pub in Liverpool at the start of this year, when the next game on the horizon was a crucial League relegation battle for […]

Overriding the Rossies in unprecedented times

It’s been a while since I put pen to paper for this blog. April to be precise. David Brady’s Laochra Gael had just aired and we faced into an indefinite number of months without sport.  It was a tough slog, we kept ourselves entertained with 5km challenges, zoom quizzes and reruns of Reeling in The Years and Love/Hate. My housemate […]