So, what’s left of the old year is now down to a matter of mere hours. Bloody quare year it was too, in so many ways. Plenty of people, myself included, will, I’d say, shed few tears at its passing tonight.
From a Mayo GAA point of view it was, of course, a rollercoaster one. From the high of Ennis and that unforgettable U21 All-Ireland triumph to the low of blowing the Connacht six-in-a- row quest by losing to Galway in Castlebar before picking ourselves up and going again, eventually going toe-to-toe into early October with Dublin, only to come up agonisingly short yet again.
We’ve had the weeks of introspection since then but in a matter of days it’s all set to start all over again. Personally I’m not at all ready for it – this latest All-Ireland defeat cut deeper and hurt a hell of a lot worse than any of the others – so it’s just as well I’m only on the outside looking in.
I know many of you are roaring for road once more, even looking for details of player lists for the FBD (some details on that courtesy of Ed McGreal here). More power to you.
Another year, another new beginning and all that. Happy New Year one and all.