Enda says Mayo will topple the mighty Dubs
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny predicted that his native Mayo will derail the Dublin juggernaut in the All-Ireland football final – but he thinks the hurling is simply too close to call.
Mr Kenny, speaking in Cork, refused to be drawn on whether he believes the Rebels or the Banner County will lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup on Sunday.
But he said Mayo was on a mission against Dublin to bring the Sam Maguire Cup back across the Shannon.
"There is a want in the people of the west of Ireland. It is 62 years now since we had our long-lost visitor (Sam Maguire Cup) come back," he said.
"I think if you asked the Mayo team where they would want to be, it would be in Croke Park meeting the Dubs. This is going to be one whale of a game.
"The Mayo people tell me that the trains have left Seattle, San Francisco and the trains and planes are leaving Sydney. They are coming back to bring Sam home."
He dismissed the critics who predicted further Croke Park heartbreak for Mayo after Dublin's scintillating victory over Kerry.
"We have the greatest respect for the Dubs . . . in defeating Kerry. Level after 69 minutes, it was a brilliant game.
I just hope that (in the final) football will be the winner," he said.
"Nobody would begrudge our team to win an All-Ireland but they have to do it on the pitch."