Whatever about the upcoming County Convention, it sure feels like a very becalmed time right now from a Mayo GAA perspective, which, for me is just as well as it’s far from becalmed at the minute from a work point of view. But, then again, there’s only just over a month until the 2015 inter-county season gets going (sort of) with our Round 1 FBD match against NUIG.
There were two pieces in the papers over the last few days to break the tedium, one looking back and the other facing ahead, one conjuring up feelings of wistfulness and what might have been, the other whetting the appetite for what lies ahead in the new year.
The first was an interview with James Horan, which took place around the All-Stars match in Boston at the weekend and which got wide coverage yesterday – Irish Independent, Irish Times, Irish Examiner. The bit that got the headlines was what James had to say about paying managers but the more expansive piece in the Indo includes some reflections from him about his time in the hot seat.
The second is a very upbeat interview in today’s Irish Independent with Cillian O’Connor (which has already been mentioned in the comments). This is unashamedly forward-looking, which is very much as it should be and which, for me at least, gave me a bit of a shot in the arm when thinking about 2015. Tomorrow is another day and all that.