So it’s the end of another year of inter-county action for us. For months now – in reality since the start of the League campaign at the beginning of February – it’s been a case of moving on from match to match, always with an eye to the next one, as the tapestry of the long inter-county season gradually unfolded. But now, with a sharp suddenness, our inter-county year is over.
On the Monday morning after a game – win, lose or draw – I’d normally be ploughing through the match reports and analysis pieces. Not today, though – it’s all still a bit on the raw side for my liking. I’ll have to face the reports at some point, of course, as I need to gather up the various links for the results section. Once I’ve done this, the 2015 list can then be added to the archive, taking its place with the 114 years of results that are already there. It’s all part of our history now.
I’m not going to go back over Saturday’s match again now either but I can see the debate is still going on in the comments about it and about wider issues relating to where we go from here. It’s great to see so many people still so engaged and enthused about what we need to do to ensure that we give ourselves the best chance of success in the future.
Things will obviously start to quieten down a bit here over the next while. Although the flame will dim over the coming months, it won’t ever go out entirely. Indeed, once the immediate pain from Saturday’s loss begins to subside (a week or so and the worst of it will be well absorbed) I’m sure it won’t be long before the sense of anticipation about 2016 and all it might hold for us will start to build.
We’ll keep coming back, of course we will. Up Mayo.