The Christmas tree is finally up here in our house and there are only four days to go to the All-Ireland final.
And as the days count down, the build-up continues. In a very different way, of course, but that’s no surprise, given the times that we’re living through.
The coverage in the lead-in to the game is starting to ramp up too. Here’s a small selection which might be of interest to you in this regard.
Let’s start with what is, by any measure, the cream of the crop. Kevin McStay’s column in today’s Irish Times is just superb – it’s here. Do yourself a favour – put on the kettle, make yourself a cuppa and savour this wonderful piece to the full. Kevin will, by the way, be back on the podcast this Thursday too.
There are several pieces with James Horan, arising from the virtual All-Ireland final press conference held the other day. Here they are – Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Mirror, Connaught Telegraph, RTÉ, Sky Sports, GAA.
There’s a great analysis piece on the Don’t Foul blog on our kickouts – here. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t make for very happy reading from our perspective.
If it’s happy reading you’re after, though, you’ll find it hard to top the 32-page All-Ireland final supplement in the Mayo News, which was published in paper and digital variants today.
There’s oodles of preview and analysis stuff in it from all the regulars, columns by the likes of Billy Joe Padden, Seán Rice, Colin Sheridan, Daniel Carey and Anne-Marie Flynn, while even Rob Murphy and I feature in it too. You’ll need more than one mug of tea as you make your way through all that.
UPDATE: the supplement has now been made available free of charge. You can get it here.
And, of course, we’re continuing to crank out more episodes of the podcast ahead of Saturday too. There’ll be another one out tomorrow evening, with regular analyst Billy Joe Padden, so keep an eye out for that.