I’ve been out of the jurisdiction over the last twenty-four hours and a bit and, in the meantime, there’s been a noticeable gear-change in relation to media focus on Sunday’s upcoming All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tyrone. Some of this coverage glut has been discussed here already (and apologies to those of you who posted comments containing links to this kind of content only to see them languishing in moderation limbo for a while – anything with a link in it automatically gets snared in moderation for anti-spam reasons and I wasn’t networked all the time while I was away) but, as much for my own catching-up purposes as anything else, here’s a selection of what’s been said by whom over the last day or so.
The nationals, having moved on at last from Sunday’s hurling semi-final, had a fair bit of stuff to wade through. Pride of place in this respect, for my money, goes to Darragh Ó Sé’s weekly column in today’s Irish Times, which he devotes mainly to talking about us and where he concludes that we’re perfectly primed to ‘do a number’ on Tyrone this Sunday. In my more optimistic moments, I’d tend to agree with the Kerryman, and would dearly love to see this number turning out to be another double-digit one.
The same paper has an interview piece with Keith Higgins and a piece where Mickey Harte talks a load of old balls about not sending out his teams to play in a cynical fashion. Sorry, Mickey, the cynic in me isn’t buying the line you’re peddling there.
The Irish Independent has a similar Mickey Harte piece (I like their headline on that one) and it also has an interview piece with Andy Moran, who points to David Clarke’s save from Colm McFadden in the first half of last year’s All-Ireland final – an intervention that prevented a third Donegal goal after only ten minutes of the game – as being the key turning point that has set the team on the road to where they now are.
Over at the Irish Examiner, meanwhile, John Fogarty has an article on the brothers-in-arms situation at midfield next Sunday, where our two O’Shea siblings come face-to-face with their two Cavanaghs.
RTÉ have some quotes from an interview piece they did with James Horan, an article that also has a Soundcloud thingy with a podcast from where I assume the quotes emanate. NewsTalk have a similar article cum podcast containing quotes from James, with their audio content culled from yesterday Evening’s Off The Ball radio show.
Speaking of audio, the Mayo News pre-match podcast is also available, this one featuring Pat Holmes and Sean Rice, as well as regulars Mike Finnerty, Danny Carey and host Rob Murphy (Ed’s on his holliers but will, I’m reliably informed, be jetting back in time for throw-in next Sunday).
The Mayo News also has interview pieces with Andy Moran and Keith Higgins (which cover much of the same ground as the articles featuring the players mentioned above), a feature on minor star Diarmuid O’Connor (Cillian’s kid brother) and Sean Rice’s column. There’s loads more in the paper itself, which is available either in hard copy or in digital format.
That’s about it in terms of making up for lost ground. Both teams are due to be announced at some stage tomorrow so I guess the build-up to Sunday will take on further momentum at that stage.