It’s freezing Friday with only a bit over 48 hours to go now ’till the ball is thrown in for Game 1 and there’s a list of things to bring to your attention so here goes.
First up, Joe from the Neale GAA Club has been on to tell me about the ‘Up for the Match’ event that the club is hosting in O’Malley’s Bar in Cross tomorrow (Saturday) night. There’ll be music, dance, interviews with footballing luminaries such as Pat Fallon and Ray Silke as well as food and drink. The event is being run in conjunction with Cancer Care West and I’m told that tickets – priced at a tenner a pop – are selling out fast.
Next comes the welcome news that Galway GAA are laying on a Park and Ride facility for Sunday, which involves parking out at the airport with bus in from there. Those of you who, like me, have all-too-vivid memories of sitting in gridlock for ages trying to get clear of the city after a match in Pearse Stadium may want to avail of this facility, full details on which are available here.
Next up is the Face the Ball championship mini-league, which Mike Kelly kindly sorted out earlier this week before I had the chance to do so. If you want to take part in the fun, just log into your Face the Ball account, join the Football Championship competition, then join the mini-league by entering the code 1GARViTxShva when prompted to do so. There are only six entrants in the mini-league so far but you’ve still got time to join if that rocks your boat.
Next is some news especially for Seanog (MORT IS BACK!!!!!!! That Seanog). He’s not, has no intention of coming back and has no regrets at all at all, according to this piece in today’s Indo. So there.
Elsewhere in the papers, today’s Irish Examiner has interviews with Galway’s Paul Conroy and with Kevin McStay, who, after a bit of arm-twisting reckons we’ll do it on Sunday. That’s also the conclusion reached in RTÉ’s match preview while there’s a more non-committal preview on GAA.ie, though that one does contain the interesting observation that our all-time championship record against the Tribesmen currently stands at 38 wins apiece (with six draws). One more reason – as if one were needed – for our lads to do the business on Sunday.
UPDATE: More pre-match chat, this time in the form of the ever informative and entertaining Mayo News podcast, has just gone live, available here. Thanks to Mayo Maori for the tip-off on this.