It’s here. Dawn hasn’t yet broken but like many of you, I suspect, I’ve done all the sleeping I’m going to do ahead of the 2012 All-Ireland final. It’s just under nine hours until throw-in and although Croke Park and its environs are still quiet and empty now, it won’t be long before this calm prelude gives way to a tumult of colour and noise.
It’s the biggest day of the year in Gaelic football and once more our lads are right at the heart of it, once again going for glory. There really isn’t anything else to say at this stage but to wish them all the best for the day that lies ahead for them and to assure them that those of us who comprise the county’s 16th man at HQ today will be with the lads every step of the way, as will all those thousands of Mayo supporters at home and abroad who, although not there at Croke Park, will still be following the action and willing the team on.
Days in Gaelic football don’t come any bigger than this. We know we’ve got a team capable of big things on the biggest day of all. We can do it, of course we can.