There’s now a welter of stuff out there about Sunday’s Connacht semi-final clash with Roscommon so, as we count down the hours until throw-in and it becomes increasingly difficult to concentrate on other things, here’s a one-stop-shop of the content that you might want to graze on.
Starting with today’s nationals, the Irish Independent has a nice, long piece by Christy O’Connor paying homage to Alan Dillon and the same paper also has a piece containing quotes from Liam McHale who reckons that the lack of competition in Connacht could come back to bite us in the arse later in the year. Tell us something we don’t know, Big Lad.
Over at the Irish Examiner, Mike Finnerty has an interview with Aidan O’Shea, who talks about John Evans (an old friend of the O’Shea family in Kerry) and his own new life based back home in the old sod. Today’s Examiner also has an interview by Terry Reilly with Roscommon’s 1991 hero Derek Duggan and if you haven’t yet seen John Fogarty’s thoughtful analysis from yesterday on how we’ve shed our nice guy image then you should really have a read of that too.
Speaking of John Evans, Hogan Stand have an article about the Roscommon manager which is worth a look.
Elsewhere, RTÉ have their match preview up – surprise, surprise, they reckon we’ll do it. So does Mike Kelly, who has guested here betimes, in his preview on his blog. And so too, by the way, do all of you who have responded so far to the poll here on the site, with 92% of respondents reckoning we’ll either win well or not-so-well.
The Mayo News, meanwhile, has a battery of stuff that’s worth delving into, if you haven’t already done so. There’s an opinion piece by columnist Noel Connelly, there’s an overview on the game by Edwin McGreal, there’s Sean Rice’s take on Sunday’s contest (this column also includes a nice tribute to the late Mick Mulderrig) and there’s a lovely feature piece by Willie McHugh on the late and very great Dermot Earley.
The Mayo News also, of course, has its now legendary pre-match podcast, which on this occasion was recorded at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence and where Rob, Ed and Mike were joined by John Tobin and a wonderfully deadpan John Prenty. It’s pretty much required listening.
Staying with the locals, there’s a match preview from earlier this week in the Connaught Telegraph (which concludes we’ll win) while, from the other side of the fence, there’s also a preview of the game in the Roscommon Herald (which reckons they’ll lose).
That’s your lot for now.