According to the Irish Times yesterday, Dublin are trying to get our league match with them – which is currently scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 20th March – shifted to the evening of Friday 18th. On the face of it, this makes some sense given that the Saturday evening appears to be ruled out because of the Ireland-England Six Nations tie at Lansdowne Road and, Horslips or not Horslips, if it goes ahead on the Sunday, there’s likely to be even fewer punters at it than the 23,000 that pitched up there last Saturday night to see the Dublin-Kerry match.
I’m not sure who has the final say in all of this but I guess if our side don’t want it, then it’ll go ahead on the Sunday as planned. There may be further complications in terms of TV coverage and stuff but I wouldn’t have thought that the GAA High Command would have any religious objection to a Friday night match at Croker. Well, if they’re happy to see Jedward on the bill on a Saturday night, they can hardly set their faces against a Friday night game now can they?
If the switch does go ahead, I might have a problem getting to it as our U7s (including the small lad) are due to go into battle for the first time that evening but I assume that’d have to be rescheduled as many of those involved will have tickets for all of the Spring Series. For what it’s worth, though, my hunch is that the match won’t be shifted from the Sunday.
In other news, in case you missed it here are the details of the draw for the Senior, Intermediate and Junior club championships.
Finally, the Mayo News is reporting that the Strategic Action Plan is item number 11 (of 12) on the clár at tomorrow evening’s meeting of the County Board and that neither Liam Horan nor any other members of the steering committee have been invited to the meeting to present their report. Sean Rice has a good piece in the Mayo News on the Plan where he posits an obvious but very relevant question: if this does not work, what will? Those charged with voting on the Plan tomorrow night would do well to think deeply on this question before they cast their ballots.