On we go, ever closer to the big day. And still it’s deathly quiet, an All-Ireland final build-up like no other we’ve been involved in. It’s midweek now and the nervousness is, for sure, starting to build but the lead-in to this final hasn’t seen either county lose the run of themselves. Neither of us will either ahead of Sunday.
But there is stuff on and material being written so let’s pass some time sifting through what’s in today’s catch.
First up, I’ve been asked by Mike Kelly to give a mention to the Up for the Match All-Ireland final special being hosted by CRC FM tomorrow night (Thursday). The event takes place at Hog’s Heaven in Castlebar, 9-11pm.
The event will be hosted by Mike Kelly and Jimmy Blake and special guests on the night will include Cora Staunton, John Maughan, Tervor Mortimer, Willie Joe Padden, John Melvin, Noel Byrne and Billy Fitzpatrick. There’ll also be live music, finger food and a raffle for spot prizes, including an All-Ireland final ticket.
Proceedings on the night – to which entry is free – will be broadcast live on CRC 102.9 FM. The live broadcast will also be accessible over the internet, using the TuneIn Radio app.
Talking of events, don’t forget that the Cairde Mhaigheo/Mayo Association Galway official Mayo GAA fundraiser Race Night is on tonight (Wednesday) in Ward’s Bar & Hotel, Salthill. Further details on that event are here.
And talking of tickets – as it’s the topic you can be sure everyone is talking about right now – remember that tonight the final Mayo GAA Lotto draw for tickets ahead of Sunday will be held. Ten tickets are included in tonight’s draw and you need to play before 10pm to be in with a chance to win. Play the Lotto here.
Right, onto the coverage that’s out there today.
Let’s start with RTÉ, which this morning carried audio on its 7.30 and 8.30 sports bulletins from the two managers. A piece on what both men had to say is here.
RTÉ also have a piece by Declan Whooley which examines how ourselves and Dublin deal with restarts.
The 42 have an interview feature with Stephen Rochford – here.
Onto the nationals where the coverage is starting to bulk out a bit.
In the Irish Examiner there’s a piece by John Fogarty with Stephen Rochford (here) and ones by Brendan O’Brien, in which he chats with former Dublin goalkeeper John O’Leary about the current incumbent Stephen Cluxton (here) and with Colm Cooper (here) who reckons Sunday is nicely set up for a Green and Red ambush. The same paper has Kieran Shannon’s column, which also in part relates to the Dublin ‘keeper, discussing as it does the characteristics that make a great captain.
In the Irish Independent there’s a piece with Stephen Rochford by Colm Keys (here) and one in which Alan Brogan says he wants to see a re-match of Lee Keegan on Diarmuid Connolly (here). I’d say there’s little or no chance of that happening this time round, to be honest. Liam Kelly has a piece with the Gooch (here) which covers much the same ground as the one in the Examiner, while Donnchadh Boyle catches up with Ciaran Kilkenny (here).
Onto the Irish Times, where Darragh Ó Sé’s column – here – is the main attraction. Boiled down to its bare bones, he reckons that Dublin’s bench will give them the edge at the finish by three or four points. We shall see.
That’s it for now as regards the written word but there’ll be a new episode of the Mayo News football podcast online later tonight so stay tuned for that.