Photo: The Journal
So June is finally here and we can at last start saying that it really is summer. Not that it felt like it yesterday, mind, or that the forecast for the next few days is all that appealing but summer it is and, after the longest spring ever on record, maybe it’ll start to feel that way before too long.
It’s less than two weeks to go now until our Connacht semi-final clash with Galway at Pearse Stadium and, no more than waiting for the weather to pick up, it’s felt like an eternity waiting for this game to come around. The fact that the championship hasn’t really got going at all yet – aside from Ulster – hasn’t, of course, helped but come 4pm on Sunday week I’m sure we’ll all be in full championship mode.
There still isn’t a whole load in terms of news (which in large part is why I’ve been absent more than present from here over the last while) but this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital versions) does have some relevant info on the squad, with Mike Finnerty reporting that Kenneth O’Malley and Mícheál Forde have both been released from the panel inside the last week. Both players saw action in the League, with the former lining out between the sticks in the Derry and Donegal matches while the latter started against Derry and also came on as a sub against Monaghan. According to Mike, the departures mean that the championship squad now stands at 34, a number that includes the still-injured Evan Regan.
Separately, tickets have now gone on sale for the game – full details here. Stand tickets for Pearse Stadium will obviously be scarce so sorting tickets for the game certainly isn’t a job to be long-fingered.