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The nation - or at least the 16 counties that were in the hat anyway - waited with bated breath for last Monday's qualifier draw.
JINX LENNON, the agit-punk, performance poet, singer-songwriter is back, and as confrontational and challenging as ever, with his new album, Grow A Pair, and a show at the Róisín Dubh.
The Galway senior footballers are on the road this weekend when they face Fermanagh in Brewster Park (2pm) on Sunday.
Was it a penalty? Probably not looking at the replays, but Aidan O’Shea has been fouled and dragged down enough times in his inter-county career and not gotten a free he deserved, some day a break was going to have to go his way.
They may be one of only two counties to have never claimed a provincial title alongside Wicklow in the football championship, and their pedigree may not be as strong as other counties, but as they showed on their route to the All Ireland quarterfinal stages last year, this Fermanagh side are only worried about writing their own history. The man on the sideline guiding them, Pete McGrath, has been there and done it all before, guiding his native Down to two senior and one minor All Ireland titles in the past. In his last meeting with a Mayo side he was in charge of a Down u21 team that saw off Mayo in an All Ireland semifinal in 2009 in Longford, there are plenty familiar Mayo faces from that team no part of this year's set up and they do not want to see McGrath smiling at full time again at the end of a championship encounter.
It's time for the talking to be done on the pitch. Leaving MacHale Park after Mayo's lethargic performance against Galway, disillusioned and bewildered, I now find myself with a nervous excitement as Mayo have to navigate their way to Croke Park via the qualifier route. Who knows where it will take us. It's a new experience for some of the team and an experience some of the others have only been through once (the nightmare loss to Longford in 2010), which brings its own pressure, lose and you're out. Defeat will mean it will be the first time in six years Mayo won't be making the trip east to play in Croke Park. To coin a phrase from Sir Alex Ferguson “it's squeaky bum time”.
Mayo have been drawn to play Fermanagh on July 9 in their first qualifier appearance since 2010. It does pose the toughest draw they could have got however home advantage should make them overwhelming favourites. Fermanagh have two seriously good forwards in Tomas Corrigan and Sean Quigley, and their midfielder and captain Eoin Donnelly is an inspirational player for his county but we are dealing with a seasoned Mayo team who should be more than capable of dealing with their threat, Naturally Fermanagh folk are gutted as an away trip to Mayo was the last thing they wanted. It really was the nightmare draw for the Ernesiders. Incidentally Mayo are priced at 1/12 to prevail while you can get 7/1 on Fermanagh. I’m mystified at such short odds on Mayo.