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Have the nerves started to kick in yet? If not, imagine what they’ll be like in a week’s time so now’s the time – while you still have your wits about you – to be making plans for next weekend.
One of these items may well include what to do the night before the game. There’ll be plenty on up here that night, I’m sure, as the faithful once more descend on the city ahead of the weekend’s main event at GAA HQ the following afternoon. You may be planning to sample the delights of Citywest that night – and good luck to you if you are; personally I’m giving that whole side of things, both pre-match and post-match, a wide berth this year – but if a more understated pre-match gathering is what you’re looking for then the ritual (well, it almost feels like a ritual at this stage) Mayo GAA Blog pre-match pints at Bowe’s could be the place for you.
Throw-in will be at nine or so on the night and I’ve no idea who’ll be there but there’s usually a good gathering and the pre-match chat is always on the convivial side. Then it’s off to bed at a reasonable hour so that we’re all ready to lash into the Dubs the following day.