Photo: Mayo Mick
The battle doesn’t start for real until Maurice Deegan throws the ball in at 3.30pm on Sunday in Croke Park but earlier today a group of intrepid Swinford lads – led by the redoubtable Mayo Mick, whose match-day photographs frequently grace this site – decided it was time to get hostilities going. There were no half-measures in what they did either.
Mick left a cryptic comment on the site yesterday evening to the effect that he was heading off on what he described as a kind of “secret mission”. I questioned at the time if this might mean he would be heading for enemy territory, thinking that maybe he might perhaps be planning a smash and grab operation in Kincasslagh to relieve Daniel O’Donnell of one of his tea cosies.
But Mick had a loftier target in sight and this afternoon he and his compadres planked a fine, big Mayo flag on the summit of Mount Errigal. As they did so, they also managed to swap two hurling final replay tickets for two football ones with an accommodating fellow-climber. Now that’s what you call a result.
And just in case this surgical strike by the Swinford SEALs gets up the noses of any Donegal lads, it’s worth bearing in mind that it was only a case of setting the record straight as last week Donegal TD Joe McHugh had the temerity to plant a Donegal flag on the top of the Reek. Today’s response obviously sends a very clear signal to the lads from the hills we’re more than ready to go toe-to-toe with them at HQ on Sunday.