Two days on from the Galway game, it’s still difficult to think beyond the horrific injury suffered during the match by Tom Parsons. I think many of us – myself included – are concentrating less on the result of the game, and where it leaves us, and more on Tom and the long way back he faces from what happened to him on Sunday.
It’s been hugely uplifting to see all the good wishes that have been pouring in from all over the country and it’s a measure of the man and his popularity as a player that they’ve emanated from far and wide. I’m forever muttering about how coarse, ugly and hostile public discourse – even in the GAA world, between supporters of different counties – has become in the modern world. It’s nice, for once, to be taken aback by the level of positive sentiments being expressed online.
Tom himself is clearly feeling the love. His response this morning, via Twitter, said it all:
Teammates, Opponents, Supporters, and all you GAA people.. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the Messages of support and Best Wishes at a rough time. “My Comeback will be Stronger than my Setback” ?
— Tom Parsons (@TomParsons_8) May 15, 2018
There’s a long, hard road ahead of Tom over the coming months but with that kind of resolve there has to be every hope he will be back, though only when he’s fully recovered and ready for the fray once again. That certainly won’t be this year but at least it sounds like Tom is determined to do what he can to be back at some future point, whenever that may be. As events since Sunday have shown, the good wishes of GAA people everywhere clearly go with him on that road to recovery.
The Mayo GAA Lotto is a practical way of showing your support for Tom and the rest of the team. You can play the Lotto here.