The day has arrived – Bank Holiday Sunday with both our minors and our seniors facing into All-Ireland quarter-final clashes at Croke Park today. It’s the start of the so-called business end of the championship season and, once more, we’re right in the thick of things. Under James Horan’s tenure, our sporadic involvement at this stage of the championship has been transformed to ever-present status and under Enda Gilvarry’s watch the minors’ fortunes have soared skywards too. It’s an era to be savoured and amidst all the talk about September only mattering for us now, it’s important to enjoy to the full every day of it.
This particular day doesn’t look hectic so far weatherwise. It’s still spitting rain out there here on the Northside and it could well be still doing so by the time the ball is thrown in for the minor match at midday, though Met Eireann are stubbornly holding to their prediction that it’ll clear in the afternoon. I’m still thinking, though, that it might be a day for the winter issue Cairde Mhaigheo jacket. Croke Park can be a miserable cold place on days like this.
But, whatever about the conditions, I’m hoping for good things today. Nothing comes easy at the quarter-final stage, nor should we be expecting this to be the case. We’ve every reason to be confident about the outcome today but reason too not to be shouting anything from the rooftops, until we’re in our seats and the action gets underway. Once it does, the lads have their job to do and we have ours and hopefully we’ll all be smiling at the end of the day.
Here’s to the right result in both matches, and good luck too to Galway in the one in between, here’s to another decisive step along this long and well-travelled road. Up Mayo!