I’m only gradually getting up to pace myself ahead of Sunday’s Connacht final but I’ve been aided in doing so by the volume of stuff that’s out there about the big game. You may have seen some, or indeed most, of this already but in case you haven’t here, in no particular order, is some of the build-up stuff that’s online about the MacHale Park showdown.
There are various pieces with players – Colm Boyle in the Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent (both from Tuesday), Keith Higgins in the Indo (Wednesday) and also in this week’s Mayo News and Seamus O’Shea in today’s Irish Times. Yesterday’s Irish Examiner also had a piece with James Horan and the GAA website has a feature on Cillian O’Connor.
The Galway lads are also getting a bit of coverage, with Fiontán Ó Curraoin in yesterday’s Irish Examiner and Gary O’Donnell in today’s Irish Independent. The same paper also had a piece on Wednesday about the Galway midfielders Fiontán Ó Curraoin and Tom Flynn.
Yesterday’s Irish Examiner also has that downright annoying piece that’s already been mentioned in the comments, featuring a number of ill-chosen blabbermouth remarks from Liam McHale about the “parallels, uncanny and unavoidable” between Sunday’s final and the first round clash between the counties back in 1998. This piece is a load of arse at so many levels but my favourite bit was when Big Mac said “the drive simply wasn’t there” in the team against Roscommon and then went on to name-check Andy Moran in saying how difficult it was to come back. I could ask if he was in Hyde Park but I seem to recall him being in the press box just behind where our seats were that day.
While we’re on the subject of irritating pieces, Martin Breheny also had his crayons and colouring book out in yesterday’s Indo. As has already been pointed out in the comments, the Galwayman conveniently forgot to include in his list of upset results one of the greatest, the 1999 dethroning of the then All-Ireland champions in Tuam.
At the other end of the literary spectrum, An Spailpín Fánach has a great piece on Sunday’s contest, where he makes the point that every championship encounter between ourselves and the neighbours is different.
If you’ve had your fill from all that reading, then the always entertaining and informative Mayo News podcast is well worth a listen and in the same vein it’s also worth checking out the video preview on the game hosted by the Mayo Advertiser.
That’ll do for now, I think.