So the dial has shifted again since Sunday.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I found it quite satisfying yesterday – with TV and radio all focused on Level 5 – to let my mind wander back to thoughts about the game against Galway.
I did, I admit, express doubts in advance of the game on Sunday about the advisability of inter-county games resuming at all, in particular at a time when Covid infections are rising so rapidly. Maybe it was the sugar-rush high from the win but I think it’s beyond doubt that the return of inter-county action has the capability to provide an entertaining distraction for everyone, at precisely the time when such a diversion is really needed.
Well, for Mayo supporters, that’s certainly the case if we can keep producing performances like the one in Tuam.
This coming Sunday we welcome Tyrone to a hushed and empty MacHale Park. Throw-in is 2pm and Fermanagh’s Niall Cullen is the ref. I don’t think we’ve seen too much of him but he did take charge of Westport’s IFC All-Ireland final match in 2017 so at least the Covies on the team will be on nodding terms with him.
As I mentioned earlier on in the comments, TG4 announced today that, as well as providing full deferred coverage on Sunday of our must-win match with the Red Hand County, they’re also going to stream it live on the TG4 Player.
Connacht GAA are also planning on getting in on the streaming act. They announced yesterday (here) that they’ll be streaming all the upcoming Connacht Minor football Championship games, starting with the meeting of Galway and Leitrim this coming Friday.
We’re paired with Sligo on the other side of the draw and that semi-final is scheduled for Thursday 29th October (throw-in 7.30pm). All the matches in this year’s Connacht MFC will be played at the Connacht Centre of Excellence.
That’s if they’re played at all. The Level 5 restrictions announced last night contained an exemption for Senior inter-county games so it’s not 100% clear what the story is for Minor. Hopefully it’ll be confirmed that these matches are going ahead.
UPDATE: After some initial confusion earlier on today, the GAA have now confirmed that, from midnight tonight, all Minor and U20 games are “paused” until further notice.
Definitely going ahead this weekend are the opening clashes in the hurling Championships. For us, this means the Nicky Rackard Cup and in the first Round on Saturday we’re set to take on Monaghan at O’Neill Park in Clontibret. That game throws in at the Monaghan venue at 2pm on Saturday.
To end, two snippets looking back to Sunday.
The first concerns Aidan O’Shea who, it was announced today, was voted GAA Footballer of the Week for his display against Galway. Congrats to him.
The second relates to Ciara Buckley, whose Memories thru a lens Facebook page has featured loads of great action shots involving Mayo teams in recent years. Ciara’s main focus is hurling – she’s the county’s hurling PRO – but plenty of football games have featured in her portfolio too.
Last Sunday Ciara captured an outstanding action shot of Aidan O’Shea in orbit, a photograph that went viral and ended up as the feature picture on the front page of the sports supplement in the Irish Examiner on Monday. The same paper has a nice piece today on Ciara and her famous photo – that’s here.