Let’s hope Mayo manage more than one point in each half against Dublin this time
If Dublin win the final, we promise not to write a headline like “Dublin’s hollow victory”
Brian O’Driscoll @BrianODriscoll
Brilliant line in the IT today ‘...if Kerry could sue a scoreline for libel, the damages would be immense’.
Colm Keaveney TD @Colm_Keaveney
Dublin, Kerry. Today’s game was academic. Mayo will crush Dublin into a pulp in the final. So enjoy Coppers tonight folks.The end in nigh!
Dara O Briain @daraobriain
Holy Jesus. Just watched the Dublin-Kerry match. What an epic. One of the best football games I’ve seen in years.
TOO LATE NOW BUT . . .
Kerry to lead at half-time, Dublin to win: 4/1
Dublin to win by 7 points: 14/1
OULU ELKS Up and running
Imagine how much training intercounty managers would inflict on their squads if there were 24 hours of continuous daylight here.
Of course, in Oulu, northern Finland, they also have very little daylight at all during the winter so it would make the off-season training ban a little easier to enforce. Perhaps, anyway.
The European County Board alerted September Road last week to one of the newest GAA clubs in the world, and certainly the most northerly.
The Oulu Elks are up and running, and have already claimed some column inches in the Finnish press.
The Irish Festival of Oulu (located at 65 degrees North) takes place in the first week of October, and Helsinki GAA club are scheduled to visit.
That’s Oulu’s closest club, just 540km flight away.
When it comes to cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, only three (all in Russia) are closer to the North Pole.
When someone in Norilsk, Murmansk or Novy Urengoy forms a GAA club, we’ll let you know.
LOMAN O’LOINGSIGH gets 11 correct
Séamus Durack and John McMahon of Clare, Mick Jacob of Wexford and Gary Kirby of Limerick didn’t make the recently selected ‘Stars of the 80s’ team.
But they should have.
That is, according to Loman O’Loingsigh of Kiltipper Road, Dublin.
The team, selected by GAA pundits, consists of the best players from that era who never claimed an All-Ireland senior medal – and they will be honoured at half-time of next Sunday’s All-Ireland decider.
Eleven of Loman’s team matched the official team and that’s enough for him to win a pair of tickets for the clash between Cork and Clare.
Congratulations to him.
The winner of the football competition will be
announced closer that final.
For the record, here’s the official hurling team.
Tommy Quaid (Limerick)
John Galvin (Waterford), Leonard Enright (Limerick), Dessie Donnelly (Antrim)
Ger Loughnane (Clare), Seán Stack (Clare), Terence McNaughton (Antrim)
Mossy Walsh (Waterford), Pat Critchley (Laois)
Johnny Callinan (Clare), Martin Quigley (Wexford), Paddy Kelly (Limerick)
David Kilcoyne (Westmeath), PJ Cuddy (Laois), Jim Greene (Waterford)
SECRET WEAPON FOR MONAGHAN
The Monaghan women’s football team have had a secret weapon at their games this summer. Well, he’s not so much a secret, and less a weapon than a mascot really.
Pajo the calf was at Breffni Park on Saturday for the victory over Galway, but how are they going to get him in Croke Park for the women’s final?
Maybe he’ll be allowed in with the caterers?