Happy St Brigid’s Day all. I know we were all taught in school that today’s the first day of spring, which of course it isn’t – not in the meteorological sense – but the days are getting longer and spring is indeed on the way.
The first day in February is also significant from the perspective of the blog. It was then, back in the mists of time – well before we knew what it felt like to be consistently competitive – in February 2007, that the blog first saw the light of day. What a journey we’ve all been on since then.
There’s not a whole pile going on at the minute, truth be told. Covid’s shifting sands have rendered pointless making any firm plans for the year and not just from a footballing point of view either. For now, we’re all in a holding pattern, even if falling infection rates and the rising vaccination numbers provide at least some hope for the coming months.
Two stories are worthy of mention, one to do with football and the other related to hurling.
On the football front, there was widespread welcome to the announcement the other day that Michael Moyles had been named as the new manager of the Mayo LGFA team.
It has the lookings of a smart appointment alright. A new start is clearly needed for Mayo LGFA and the Crossmolina man was quick to confirm that this is what it’ll be under his watch, as this piece in The 42 confirms. The best of luck to Michael and his backroom team as they embark on what we all hope will be a bright new era for the Mayo ladies team.
The county’s hurling manager Derek Walsh was also the recipient of good news over the last few days. This came by way of confirmation from Keith Higgins that he will, indeed, be making himself available for selection with the hurlers now that he’s called time on his inter-county football career.
The news represents a major boost for the hurlers. Narrowly beaten in last year’s Rackard Cup final it’s not hard to imagine the team operating at a higher level with a player of Keith’s abilities in their ranks on a full-time basis. More power to you Keith and here’s hoping for a positive year for the hurlers, whenever the action gets going once again.