Monday 19 February 2018

Theatrical football display has us dreaming of a sequel

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy

Diarmuid Lyng

Last Saturday afternoon, I saw Enda Walsh's 'Ballyturk' in Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Starring Cillian Murphy, it was a frenetic, maddening 90 minutes of theatre that made a woman beside me faint and left me feeling nauseous, reeling and eventually inspired. Many around me left the theatre scratching their heads.

The next day, I sat in Croke Park and watched Kerry and Mayo play out an unbelievable 70 minutes of football. The tension was so unbearable, one of our Mayo-born Newstalk colleagues had to leave Croker during the Kingdom's comeback. But after all the drama, to watch Bryan Sheehan's free die in the soft breeze, proceeded immediately by the final whistle I was again left to ponder what it all meant.

Both teams managed to lose the match even though it finished a draw. Kerry headed home relieved even though they spurned two makeable kicks to win the game. Mayo's best half of football this summer came without one of their best players.

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