The red alerts have all passed, the country’s getting back to normal and last weekend’s slew of postponed football matches have all been re-confirmed for this coming weekend. For us, it’s a must-win basement battle against Kildare at St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge, a match that’s been fixed for Sunday with a 2pm throw-in.
We had a decent fall of snow up here in the capital last week but what fell hereabouts was nothing compared to the volume that dumped down across the Short Grass County. One can only hope that the thaw will have transformed St Conleth’s Park from what it looked like when the above photo was taken (last Thursday) into a surface that’s at least playable.
Edwin McGreal has an informative piece in this week’s Mayo News (here) about Newbridge, including practicalities on tickets and all that. There was a fair old delay getting into the ground the last time we played there – back in 2014 – so the advice to buy your tickets in advance and get to Newbridge as early as possible on Sunday is sensible.
As Ed points out in that piece, though, the capacity of the ground has been increased to around 12,000 (up from under 7,000 the last time we played there) so there shouldn’t be any problems getting into the place. You might, though, have to do with a spot on the terrace but, sure, there are worse trials in life. You’d never know, you might come across Rob and myself on podcasting duties during the match if you do.
That piece by Ed, by the way, also states that both Paddy Durcan and Tom Parsons, along with the now unsuspended Cillian O’Connor, could be in line to start for us on Sunday. The more reinforcements we’re able to call on for this one, the better.