Although neither of the two principal characters in this particular soap opera have said anything in public since they both spilled the beans to the Indo earlier in the week, there are a few more reports on the Mac and Johnno affair that are worthy of a mention.
Ray Silke takes Mac’s side of the argument in his piece in this week’s Mayo Advertiser and the fact that Silke was O’Mahony’s captain when Galway captured Sam in 1998 hasn’t been lost on observers, notably those keen ones on gaaboard.com. I was also slightly surprised to see that John Maughan’s weekly column didn’t appear in the same paper esta semana and it appears that Silke, who normally writes for the sister Galway publication, was put into bat instead. Maybe John M is keeping his powder dry for another occasion though the opportunity to get his own back on The Deputy, who of course wasn’t slow to give his tuppence worth about what Maughan should and shouldn’t be doing when the latter had the bainisteoir’s bib on him, must be at least a little bit tempting at this stage. When he does eventually break his silence on the issue, I’d say it’ll be worth reading.
Keith Duggan could write about Mayo’s footballing misfortunes in his sleep at this stage and his article in today’s Times (premium content unfortunately, though I see it’s now been posted on that thread at gaaboard.com) is, as you’d expect from the writer in question, an even-handed and eloquent account of the saga. It’s difficult not to concur with his closing sentence where he says that if Mac’s footballing days for the county are over, then “the game itself will suffer most of all”. That’s true, I’m sure, though most of the regret that will be felt at his passing will be for ourselves alone to bear.