Anyone who is feeling optimistic about our chances of a serious run at the All-Ireland should note that ticket packages covering our quarter-final and possible semi-final ties are now available for online purchase (here). It’s a good offer – €65 per adult and only €5 per chiseller for a ticket that covers the two games – and with the strong possibility of it being a Mayo/Dublin semi-final, buying now could (if 2006 was anything to go by) save a whole load of time and effort later trying to get your hands on a standalone semi-final ticket.
I know, I know, we could go wallop at the quarter-final stage, in which case you’ll have paid over the odds to see another Mayo loss at Croke Park and so could be left with a ticket that you don’t really want for the penultimate round. Those of us who, for our sins, are raising little Dubs do have that to fall back on, although PJ did point out to me earlier on that our half of the draw could conceivably end up as a Kerry/Galway clash, which, if such a scenario came to pass, I couldn’t see too many of us beating at path to get to. But, hey, this isn’t the time for any kind of defeatist talk: we’re heading for the semis and, as a result, this package offer is, quite literally, the ticket. Have at it.