Ah the mind and media games have already started ahead of September’s All-Ireland final between the mighty Kerry and the humble, hard-working Dubs (I’m not immune).
This week we heard what we can only presume (or hope) were tall tales from the Tyrone v Kerry game last Sunday before talented Meath referee David Gough was put under the spotlight for having the temerity to live and work in Dublin!
We can only assume that rather than climbing a tree with a set of binoculars, career pilot Jim Gavin will be staging flyovers of Kerry training sessions with an AIG sponsored drone in the coming weeks!
On a serious note, while extremely impressed by Con and Co. in last Saturday’s semi-final, I was sad to see a brilliant Mayo side exit this year’s competition on the end of a drubbing. While many would argue that the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship has become unwatchable at times in recent years, Mayo were always box office, and certainly deserved more for their efforts.
Onwards and upwards, however, and while Kerry agents were feeding coded messages through the media, Dublin were on the charm offensive at a ‘meet and greet’ in Parnell Park on Monday. There were selfies galore with fans young and old and midfield powerhouse Brian Fenton even showed his softer side as he serenaded a birthday girl. Ah bless! No wonder Mr. Brolly loves them!
In deepest, darkest Kerry meanwhile, agent Jack O’Connor was being smuggled up to a safe house near the Dublin border, where his mission will be to soften up the Dubs with his Kildare charges next year, presumably as the mighty Kingdom set about defending their All-Ireland title!