It’s here. After what has felt like an eternity the day has, at last, arrived. The Sam Maguire Cup is the prize to be played for today at Croke Park and we’re playing for it.
Today’s All-Ireland final is a daunting test for us, of course it is, but we can be confident that the team is primed and ready for the task. Their aim all year would have been to be here today and here they are.
What a journey it’s been. A madcap march to September, a crazy ride with so many hair-raising twists and turns. Setbacks and recoveries. A championship season like no other for us.
And now we need to take one final step at Croke Park this afternoon. We know the lads are up for it and those of us who are lucky enough to be going to the game need to be up for it too.
We’ve seen time and again this year just how much support counts. We’ve roared them on again and again this summer and now, in cooler autumnal weather, we need to roar like never before.
The prevailing view ahead of today’s final is that Dublin are the best. But, as the old saying goes, to be the best you have to beat the best. That’s our job today in order to grab the glittering crown that awaits.
Are we up for this? For sure we are. Best of luck to Stephen, Cillian, all the players and everyone in the camp today. Mayo for Sam. Up Mayo.