Saturday 20 January 2018

The 10 best moments from the '#MayoforSam' campaign

As 'Mayo for Sam' goes global, where is the 'Dublin for Sam' support?

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The words 'Mayo for Sam' have been dominating the online space recently, with stars and fans alike taking to social networking sites to share pictures, videos and messages of support.

Try as you might to ignore it, Mayo supporters are showing that their enthusiasm for the sport never waivers in the face of 63 years without taking home the Sam Maguire cup.

News outlets all over the country have been inundated with submissions from hopeful Mayo fans eager to 'fly the flag' for their county.

Here are 10 of the best moments of the international 'Mayo for Sam' campaign.

1. School in Mayo cover opera song

St. Brendan's College in Belmullet have uploaded a video to YouTube covering the classic song 'Time to Say Goodbye', renaming it 'Time to Say Mayo'. The cover includes the lyrics "62 Years will come to an end, on that whistle" and shows the students taking off their uniform jumpers to reveal Mayo jerseys. (Video above)


2. YouTubers Chris and Dave

The duo released the 'official music video' for their viral hit song 'Mayo for Sam', which has already racked up over 27,000 views.


3. Knock Airport

Knock Airport have been showing their support for Mayo since before the Connacht final, asking celebrites passing through the airport to pose with 'Mayo for Sam' t-shirts and banners.

Best known for thier picture of Chris O' Dowd holding the t-shirt, their Twitter account has also posted pictures of Eastenders actors holding the shirt, and a great photoshop showing the Queen in a green and red coat being handed tickets to the match.

The airport has also created several promotional videos featuring GAA stars, the most viewed of which is the 'outtakes' videos starring Mayo, Donegal and Galway GAA stars.


4. Kiltimagh rally driver Killian Murphy tweets support for Mayo all the way from Australia.

Murphy placed a 'Mayo for Sam' sign in the side of the car door before the race and tweeted a pic.


5. Famous people with Mayo jerseys

Dara O' Brien is the latest celebrity to be photographed with a Mayo jersey or sign, joining Bressie and Home & Away actor John Palmer.


The home and Away actor John Palmer was also asked to spout the catchphrase on camera by quick-thinking fans and even though it's clear he doesn't understand what he's saying, it's still genius.

6. Worldwide support

Mayo supporters who have emigrated to all corners of the globe have taken to posting pictures of themselves in far-flung places sporting a jersey, a sign, or both. From Dubai to Machu Pichu to Co. Wicklow, the pictures give an insight into where Mayo fans hail from, or have emigrated to.

You can see the full gallery here.

Nothing beats this pic though.

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7. Pimped-out cars

Car owners have taken to potentially damaging their cars, all in the name of the Sam Maguire. That's dedication.

And to think, you missed the opportunity to have your very own 'Mayo for Sam'-wagon.


8. This wake-boarding Mayo fan

Surfing in Ireland is hard enough so fair play to this fan for flying the flag (pun intended) during a surfing session off the coast of Achill Island.

9. Mayo for sam signs appearing on TV

As the famous 'Viper' from Hardy Bucks would put it, Mayo have been "shnakin'" onto Tv from the Tour de France to Big Brother, even popping up during soccer matches.


10. The campaign working it's way into news stories

The Irish Examiner reported that "Former millionaire property developer Kevin McGeever said he hopes Mayo finally win the All-Ireland", and Irish TV reported that Joe Brolly thinks Mayo will win.

Honourable mention: Connaught rugby players sing 'The Green and Red of Mayo'

In a show of inter-sport solidarity, Connaught Rugby posted this video to their YouTube page of the team doing a rendition of Sawdoctors' classic, 'The Green and Red of Mayo'.


No pressure, lads.


Where is the Dublin for Sam campaign? Tweet @independent_ie with a picture of you supporting your team for Sam.


With tickets like gold-dust, fans like these will be resorting to hopes of finding a ticket on the ground like this lucky Mayo man in 2012.


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