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It’s Friday evening and a weekend borrowed from summer appears to be stretching ahead of us, which is a nice enough prospect. Galway claiming the Liam McCarthy on Sunday – which RTÉ reckons they’ll do – would make it a great weekend and would, I reckon, embolden us further as we hatch our own plans for All-Ireland glory.
The Donegal lads are still on the ropes PR-wise, with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce forced to go public with an apology for the ructions they caused earlier in the week about where the homecoming should take place. Local Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh, meanwhile, has issued a public appeal to Letterkenny Town Council to spend some cash decorating roundabouts in the town in the Donegal colours. Without a trace of irony, Jimmy reckons that this use of taxpayers’ money would be a great opportunity to “show off our town”. I wouldn’t worry about that, Jimmy, if I were you – sure haven’t the Chamber made a holy show of the town already?
Anyway, enough about the opposition. On our side of the fence there are two articles today that are worth mentioning. The first is John Maughan’s column in the Mayo Advertiser in which the man who brought us to within an inch of the All-Ireland back in ’96 pays handsome tribute to James and the lads. The second is Noel Connelly’s column in the Mayo News where the captain from 1996/7 looks at the key factors that led to our win last Sunday and then goes on to provide an interesting insight into the rarified atmosphere that the players are currently inhabiting and what it feels like.
Speaking of the Mayo News, the lads have done their semi-final review podcast, which is available here. I have to confess that I haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet myself but you know and I know that it’s always worth a listen to. In this edition Mike Finnerty, Seán Rice, Daniel Carey and Edwin McGreal chew the fat over last Sunday’s epic win and look ahead to the final.
Finally, the County Board have announced that a fundraising concert featuring a host of country music luminaries is set to take place at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris on Tuesday week (18th) where the doors will open at 7pm and where throw-in is set for 8pm. Admission is €20 and there’ll be a raffle where prizes will include tickets for the final, signed jerseys and footballs. Michael Commins will act as maître d for the event.