Kate and I attended the All-Ireland football semi-finals in Croke Park yesterday to see the replay between Cork and Kerry, and the meeting of Tyrone and Wexford. Kate was decked out in her Wexford jersey and I bought two mini-scarves for us outside the ground - €2 each! We had seats in the upper tier of the Hogan Stand and an excellent view of the pitch.
The Kerry vs Cork match was very exciting with plenty of excellent scores and good football to watch. Like last week, Kerry built up a big lead and squandered it only to win out at the end - as the Irish Times put it Kerry survive stormy passage. In the end it was Kerry 3-14, Cork 2-13. The better team won, but Cork did make a match of it.
In the second game we were of course up for Wexford even though Tyrone were hot favourites to win. Despite Wexford scoring the first point, Tyrone powered ahead scoring points almost at will racking up a lead of nine points after 25 minutes. It looked ominous for Wexford with memories of the 23 point beating by Dublin still on the mind. However, they dug deep and came back to within two points with 20 minutes to go. However, Tyrone showed us what they were made of winning by a flattering six points in the end and snuffed out the Wexford dream - final score Tyrone 0-23, Wexford 1-14.
Claire, Kate, Vicki, and I took Roma out for dinner to Valparaiso restaurant in Monkstown to celebrate her birthday. Lucky me - out to dinner with four beautiful girls!