It’s the day before the big match and, like the rest of you I’m sure, it’s becoming difficult to think about anything else but Croke Park and what awaits for our hopes and dreams there tomorrow.
Our time down here in the Kingdom is drawing rapidly to a close and we’ll be returning to base later on. There’s been very little match chat here this week – I haven’t exactly made it my business to seek out such conversations over the past few days – but I’d say the locals are quietly confident ahead of tomorrow, as we should be too. From my perusal of this week’s edition of The Kerryman, it appears that (a) Eamonn Fitzmaurice is a tactical genius, (b) their forwards, especially James O’Donoghue, are out of this world and (c) Keith Higgins is the man we’ll put on the Killarney wunderkind. We shall see.
We’ll be on the road ourselves in a few hours, roads that’ll no doubt be much busier due to the rail strike. I know the Kerry crowd get a hard time (from me on occasion) about the size of the support they bring to HQ for matches other than the final itself but, in all fairness like, it is a bloody long way to Croke Park from here – 230 miles or so, I reckon – and, unlike that pathetic Cork shower, they will actually have a bit of support there tomorrow.
If you’re on the road yourself today, or tomorrow morning, take it handy. If you’re still wondering how, in the absence of the train, you’re going to make it to the capital then check out this very useful post from Club ’51 on alternative transport arrangements for the weekend, including special car parking deals above in Dublin (see, I’m talking like the Kerrymen at this stage).
If you’re staying above tonight and planning to stick your head into Bowe’s at some point, a number of the Club ’51 people will be there, as I will too at some point. If past such events are anything to go by, one or two others are likely to show up there as well. If so, might see some of you there then. Safe travelling in the meantime.