Time for a quick update on what’s being said about us and them as the time continues to tick down remorselessly towards Sunday’s final. Sweet Lord, is it only Tuesday yet?
The only place to start today is the Mayo News, which hit the streets this morning with a 64-page final preview. There’s enough reading in it ’till Christmas but, like a series on Netflix, the best approach is to pig out on it in one go.
The only way to do this, of course, is by getting your hands on the paper or digital variants of the supplement. If you want to nibble on a few morsels first, though, some of this content is online.
Included in this are Billy Joe Padden’s analysis (here and here), Edwin McGreal on the overdue debunking of that tiresome curse nonsense (here), an interview by Anton McNulty with Kevin Kilbane (here) and my own bit of scribbling for the supplement, which is here.
The Mayo News also has a piece by Daniel Carey (here) on the recent County Board discussion about the allocation of tickets for the final. The number of tickets coming the county’s direction is, this report states, the same this year as last. You can be sure that discussions around the county on this issue will also be as animated as they were twelve months ago.
Onto the nationals where pride of place today goes to Jim McGuinness’s column in the Irish Times (here), where, after a good deal of in-depth rumination from afar, Jimmy thinks we’ll be winning matches. Or, rather, a match. Sunday’s final to be precise.
The same paper also has a feature piece on Jim Gavin – here.
Over at the Irish Independent, Colm Keys has a look at who has featured most for us in recent years (here), while the same paper also has a piece (which quotes an interview in the Western People – where, by the way, their final preview has yet to be made available to subscribers of the digital edition) featuring Lee Keegan, who has a few uncharitable things to say about Tyrone’s limp-wristed performance against Dublin. That one is here.
The Irish Examiner, meanwhile, has Mike Quirke’s column (here) and also that John Fogarty piece (here) which has already been linked via the comments. John’s spot-on with his observations on the oftentimes off-message nature of what our pundits have to say at times like this.
The 42 has a piece with Jim Gavin, which starts off with some standard Gavinwaffle (I think that’s a German term) about the balance between work and playing but which then segues nicely into an analysis of the in-built advantages Dublin enjoy, year-in, year-out. That one is here.
Finally, on the RTÉ website the Philip Jordan column is worth a look – here. Like his fellow countyman, Sean Cavanagh, Jordan feels that Dublin will win on Sunday but, unlike the Moy clubman, there’s nothing of the wide-eyed ingenue about his analysis.
That’ll do you for now, I reckon.
Don’t forget that Mayo GAA Lotto are holding a final draw for ten All-Ireland final tickets this Wednesday – play the Lotto here.