JPM asked earlier on if there was any list of pre-final events on over the coming days and I said I was hoping to do something on this as well as putting together a round-up of the various opportunities out there to win All-Ireland final tickets. Here goes.
First up there’s a final preview event being held by Ballina Stephenites at their clubhouse next Saturday evening (throw-in 8.30pm), with the pre-match punditry featuring local heroes Kevin McStay and Liam McHale as well as Eamonn O’Hara while the questions on the night will be posed by Terry Reilly of the Irish Examiner. There’ll be a raffle on the night for two All-Ireland final tickets, which will be restricted to those in attendance on the night. Entry to this event will cost €10 and further info on it is available from Paul Harney on (087) 1352947.
Next, Seamus has been on to let me know that Ballycastle GAA club are also holding a raffle for two final tickets, with the tickets for this on sale in local shops and pubs as well as on the night of the draw. This will take place in Katie Mac’s in the town this coming Saturday (14th). On the same night, Ardagh GAA club are holding a raffle as well for two final tickets, this time in the Broken Jug pub in Ballina.
Tomorrow night week (18th) Ballintubber GAA club are holding a raffle for ten final tickets, with the draw to be held that night at the Carra Lodge, Carnacon – details here. Ballinrobe GAA club are raffling two tickets on the 14th and another two on the 20th – details here. Belmullet GAA club will be raffling four tickets in McDonnell’s pub on the 19th – details here.
Other tickets draws I’ve seen are on: Achill GAA club (four tickets – details here), Crossmolina Deel Rovers GAA club (two tickets – details here), Ardclough GAA club in Kildare (four tickets – details here), Horeswood GAA club in Wexford (details here), Drumcliffe-Rosses Point GAA club in Sligo (details here), Kinsale GAA club in Cork (two tickets – details here). I’m sure there are loads more – feel free to add to the list if you know of any. Also, the GAA have two on offer on their Facebook page which you need to ‘like’ to enter – details here. Needs must and all that. The GAA Match Programme Twitter account (here) have also said they’ll be offering tickets shortly so you might want to follow them to keep tabs on that.
I know I’ve plugged this before but there’s an ‘Up For The Match’ event being held in association with Midwest Radio on Thursday, 19th September in the TF in Castlebar. In addition, RTÉ’s Up For The Match programme have a notice on their Facebook page inviting Dublin and Mayo fans living abroad to send in video messages of support, a selection of which they’ll broadcast on the show the night before the big game. Thanks to Denise for alerting me about this.
Speaking of the diaspora (this is another repeat plug) don’t forget the Cáirde Mhaigheo London race night event at the Oxford Arms, 265 Camden High Street this coming Sunday (16th) from 6pm onwards at which there’ll be chances to win All-Ireland tickets.
Mayo GAA have just announced that there’ll be a Cáirde Mhaigheo pre-match function out in Citywest on the night before the game, admission to which is free – details here. I’m not sure I’ll get to this myself as I think another Bowe’s event might be in order instead – what do you reckon?
There was some discussion in the comments earlier on about the real Willie Joe so you should know that it’ll be the man himself (and not this inferior doppelgänger) who’ll be hosting a Legends tour at the Croke Park museum at 2pm on the day before the final (21st). Booking is essential for this event, full details are here.
That’s about all I’ve come across in terms of pre-match events and the like. There’s not much in the way of news otherwise, aside from today’s announcement that Aidan O’Shea is the winner of the GPA/GAA Football Player of the Month for August. Congrats to Aido on the award – here’s hoping it won’t be the last gong he’ll be collecting this year.
Time for a song to finish, then, and there sure hasn’t been a shortage of them this year as the superb Singing for Sam collection put together by the Mayo News attests. One of my favourites at the minute is this song and video production put together by the teachers and pupils of St Brendan’s College, Belmullet: