Saturday, September 05, 2015

Loving Croke Park and the GAA

September, football, sunshine, 82,000 people, Croke Park - it must be All-Ireland time again! Following last week's dramatic draw between Mayo and Dublin in the semi-final, Roma and I went to the replay today. Roma was hoping for a Mayo win, as usual I had divided loyalties, though I did get a reminder from my Mum this morning that I was born in Dublin. I wore my Wicklow jersey anyway (with Mayo and Dublin colours around my neck).

When Mayo went four points up in the second half I thought they might do it, but a purple patch of three goals for the Dubs saw them win easily in the end. The best team won, and for Mayo another year goes by until the next opportunity to banish "The Curse". Roma's cousins Finn and Eamonn Mongey were players on the last Mayo team to win the All-Ireland in 1951. Since then they travel in hope every year, but today they were second best to a rampant Dublin team. 

Another Kerry vs Dublin final beckons - the two best teams in the country look set to entertain us in two weeks time. Can't wait!".

The last Mayo Team to win the All-Ireland in 1951.
Image source: Film Ireland.

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