It’s been a long interregnum, it’s been an even longer dark night of the soul but, at last, on this first morning of what meteorologists call winter we can finally begin to cast off all that negative baggage and start to look forward with confidence about what the future might hold for us.
It’s been a tough time and not just over the last few months either, though they’ve been the roughest of the lot. The air has at times seemed thick with all the claims and accusations that have been flying about. But while it will take time – that great healer – for some of that emotion to subside, it’s important that all of us who have an interest in the well-being of Mayo GAA are prepared to put all that to one side and that we unite fully and unequivocally behind Stephen Rochford and his team.
As the Good Book says, a house divided cannot stand. Our house has been riven with division for far too long but this lack of a unity of purpose has only served to ensure that the thing we all desire, though maddeningly almost within our grasp, becomes harder for us to attain.
But now we have the chance to start afresh. And it’s vital we all see this opportunity for what it is and grasp it. Management, players, County Board, supporters – we all need to be singing off the same hymn sheet, with all of our focus aimed in the same direction. Divided and we’re trying to match the best without ever being able to give our best. Who can say how far we’ll climb if we’ve got true unity of purpose?
The shortest day of the year is now only three weeks away. But the darkest hour comes just before the dawn. Following last night’s ratification of the new management team what could now be dawning for us as we head into the lengthening days of the New Year may well be truly great, but only if we can all recognise we’re on the same side and that we’re prepared to play our part in a renewed push for glory. No more rancour, no more division – it’s time to move ahead together under the one banner. A Green and Red one. Up Mayo.