Iceland’s answer to Puff the Magic Dragon may be responsible for detaining the Fat Controller and his Herrin Choker charges over on the other side of the Atlantic but it seems that a more prosaic obstacle, in the shape of the GAA’s bureaucratic goons, has caused the abandonment of our lads’ planned training sojourn in the Algarve next week.
As this report in the Mayo News explains, the proposed trip fell foul of rules brought in by the GAA all of two years ago, which prohibit such trips except during the 13 days prior to a senior championship game. It might have been an idea to read the rules before booking the tickets, I suppose, but I see that the lads have been offered a week in Westport instead. If the rain holds off and the mercury rises a bit more, they mightn’t even notice the difference.
By the way, that Mayo News report also confirms where Friday evening’s challenge match with Donegal will be held. The match is set to take place at Glenfin GAA club, which is located between Ballybofey and Glenties. Throw-in at Glenfin, where they’re officially opening new facilities at the ground on Friday, is set for 7.30 pm.