The County Board’s well attended opening evening at McHale Park earlier on this evening seemed to go very well, if all the photos tweeted by @MayoGAA, @mayo_mick and others are anything to go by. Fair play to James and the lads for giving so generously of their time for the event and well done to the County Board for putting the effort in to make the evening a success.
We’re having our own party day up here tomorrow with an event in the house to mark the small lad’s Communion. My, aren’t the years flying by? The ladies team are, I know, in action just up the road from here in Parnell Park tomorrow afternoon but, given the festivities that are on here, I won’t, I’m afraid, be able to follow their NFL final against Cork at all closely. Still, the best of luck to the girls as they once again do battle at the highest level in this code.
The one other bit of news is that Sligo’s Marty Duffy will ref our Connacht championship preliminary round clash with Galway on Sunday week. We’ve seen a fair bit of Marty on the NFL circuit – most recently against Donegal back at the end of March – but I can’t find any record of his having reffed a Connacht championship match we were involved in (that’s not saying he hasn’t ever done so, just that I can’t find any examples to point to). However, we know enough about Marty to know that he can often be a pernikity so-and-so and this is obviously something the lads will need to bear in mind when putting in place their tactics for Pearse Stadium the next day.