The team’s pre-final press night was held yesterday evening down in Breaffy and all three nationals this morning have similar quotes from James Horan about Cillian O’Connor and his chances of lining out on the big day. Here they are: Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner.
As you’d expect, all three reports cover much of the same ground – James says he’s being looked after by the experts, he’s doing rehab and the aim is to get him fit to play on the 22nd. In that Indo piece, James confirms that the determining factor in this regard will be the internal match that’ll be played by the squad the weekend before the final. James also stresses in that piece that any decision to play Cillian will be based on medical advice and that if there’s “any risk to the player whatsoever, we wouldn’t entertain it”.
In the course of the Cillian discussion, that Examiner report says that James made a left-of-centre reference to a scene from the film Lethal Weapon which the intrepid Daniel Carey of the Mayo News reckons relates to this. Ouch. Newstalk’s Oisin Langan has also had some fun comparing Mayo with Mel Gibson – here.
Both of those pieces mentioned above in the Indo and the Examiner, by the way, have quotes from James reckoning that Joe McQuillan will be appointed as ref for the final. As well as last year’s semi-final between the two teams, the Cavan official also took charge of this year’s league semi-final between us so there would be a certain logic in giving him this one. It’d make far more sense to do so rather than to give it to Meath’s David Coldrick, who seems to be the other name in the frame for the job.
Final quote from James from this coverage – when asked what he thought about the best game of all time last weekend, he had this to say:
There was a bit of everything in it. There was some good stuff and there was some stuff that maybe wasn’t so good.
Which, as Mister Mayor noted in the comments last night, has to go down as a classic deadpan James Horan quote.
Finally, just to show that we’re not completely partisan where it comes to All-Ireland final songs, here – via Thailand – is one from the other side:
Video: Thai Tims (via YouTube)