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For a few years it looked like Colm Boyle might be joining the long list of players who could have been, but never really quite made it. The 26-year-old Davitts defender was part of the All Ireland winning u21 team in 2006 and in 2008 made his championship debut against Sligo, but not long after he was gone off the inter-county scene, probably not to be seen again.
It is a normally a once in a lifetime thing for most people, some get a second chance at it, but for the vast majority it is a one shot deal. Getting to an All Ireland Club final is the most special occasion for anyone involved in a club. It is the pure essence of what the GAA is about, the smallest unit of the organisation, making it all the way to the greatest stage that it possibly can. While the All Ireland senior club championships have been one of the highlights of the GAA calendar for decades now, the introduction of the All Ireland championship at junior and intermediate level has brought the ability to achieve the ultimate to every club in the country which has a rutted field, a run down club house, and puts out a team into championship action every year, against the odds of modern life, the depopulation of rural Ireland, and the mass youth emigration that is currently happening across the isle.
Just like last year Mayo will square off against NUIG in the home final of the FBD League on a Friday night in McHale Park. The prize for the winners, a trip to New York in October to take on the exiles in the away final, should be enough motivation for any amateur player, but both sides have bigger fish to fry in the coming days and weeks, which will be a distraction this evening.
Only 60 minutes separates Davitts from making not a little bit of history, but one that will be remembered for as long as the men from the borderline towns of Ballindine and Irishtown play football. On Sunday in Tullamore, one more win and an All Ireland final beckons for the men in black and red next month.
Two Mayo companies have been recognised for their business success at the Connacht provincial final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards. Six other leading businesses from across Connacht were selected as winners at the awards ceremony which took place at the Clayton Hotel in Galway.