Out of the West and into the Pale . . . to break the great footballing curse
As you read this, the invasion will be well under way. All through the night, buses, trains and planes from the West will have penetrated the Pale's furthest reaches as Mayo's green and red army march forth on another quest for Ireland's most elusive treasure.
Like many country folk who only visit the Big Smoke on an All-Ireland weekend, residents of the Heather County will be instantly recognisable today by an overly cautious walk, eyes on permanent peel for pickpockets, and perpetually grim faces transformed only by encountering relatives from Westport on O'Connell Bridge.
All conversations will be anchored around two topics - the shameful loss of Clerys and the scandalous price of everything.