From here until Sunday there’ll be wall-to-wall coverage about the All-Ireland final so here’s what’s on offer today, including some stuff that appeared over the weekend.
In the Irish Independent, there’s a piece from yesterday on Robbie Hennelly, an interview with James Horan and one with Jim Gavin (which you’ll see is a lot like the one with him in the Times). The Indo also has a curmudgeonly let-me-piss-on-both-of-your-parades piece by Uncle Eugene, which may only serve to raise the hackles of both sides’ supporters so you might want to steer clear of that one.
In the Irish Examiner, there’s also an interview with JH, which covers much of the same ground as the one in the Indo. And, yes, there’s also an interview with Jim Gavin, which if you’ve read the other two mentioned above, will land you squarely into déjà vu land.
Elsewhere, over on the Elvery’s Sports Blog, there’s plenty of Mayo-related content, including ten questions with Alan Dillon, Cillian O’Connor, Alan Freeman and Chris Barrett (they’re steadily making their way through the team as you can see), David Brady’s column and a competition which could win you tickets to the final and more.
The Score, meanwhile, provides a handy run-down on what could well be our starting fifteen next Sunday.
There are, I know, a number of ticket final raffles being held over the next few days but my head is starting to get a bit dizzy with the number of them. Suffice to say that there’s sure to be one near you and if you’re still on the hunt I’m sure you’ll be able to find out where and when this is happening.
One event that I know is on and which you might be interested in is the official Mayo GAA Up For the Match event which is being held in association with Cairde Mhaigheo, Mid West Radio and The TF Hotel and takes place in the TF on Thursday evening, throw-in 8.30pm – full details here.
Finally, I’m sure many of you will have seen this astonishing photograph of Galway’s Therese Maher taken by Inpho’s Dan Sheridan just after the final whistle had blown in yesterday’s All-Ireland senior camogie final.
Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
This year was Therese’s seventeenth season playing for her county and yesterday’s final was her sixth, with all five previous ones ending in defeat. Speaking later on yesterday evening, she said that “I don’t think there is any point in coming back up here if you don’t believe you are going to win, irrespective of the team you are playing” and she had this to say about what it meant to come back and finally claim All-Ireland success:
We believed we were going to do it. Our focus was on each game, it wasn’t the bigger picture, an All-Ireland final, it was game-on-game and today for us was just another game, albeit it was a final. We were just taking it as another step on the ladder to get that medal we were looking for, for so long.
As Kevin McStay said during last night’s football final preview on The Sunday Game, the hardest man to beat is the one who keeps coming back so here’s hoping we’ll be reading about similar sentiments to those expressed above from our lads this day week.