The 2014 League season hasn’t yet reached its crescendo, though it will do so this coming weekend, but already our focus is turning sharply in the direction of the championship and our first outing in same in just eleven days time. Okay, it is just the jaunt over to New York we’re talking about here – which we last got to do back in 2009 – and it’s a fixture that’s unlikely – Nicky Joyce, Ross Wherity and Brendan Quigley notwithstanding – to prove to be the same kind of banana skin that tackling London in Ruislip has now become. It is, however, still a championship match – Game One, if you will – and so needs to be approached in this frame of mind.
There’s no word as yet, of course, about members of the playing panel who will and who won’t be taking the transatlantic trip for the Gaelic Park fixture. That’s all next week’s fun when, seeing as we’ll be the only county in championship action that weekend (it doesn’t get going elsewhere for another fortnight after then), we can expect the national papers to be chock-full of the usual regurgitated shite they tend to write about us. We could write it ourselves for them at this stage, in truth.
Ahead of all that, though, anyone planning on making the trip over to New York for the game could do a lot worse than read this excellent primer on the Club ’51 site by Jarlath Coady about the city and its various attractions. If you are heading over, then you’ll also no doubt be interested in the County Board’s plans for a Cairde Mhaigheo get-together in Manhattan on the eve of the match – details here.
Sadly, this is one championship match I’ll be giving a miss to – the photo above, by the way, was one I took from the Empire State Building when we were over there for a family break last Hallowe’en – but I know there are plenty of supporters heading over for what should be a memorable weekend in this city to beat all cities. Providing we bate them, of course.