TAOISEACH Enda Kenny revealed last night that he is going to ask the Pope to help his native Mayo win the All-Ireland football final on Sunday.
Mr Kenny told workers at a financial outsourcing company last night that he intended to raise the matter with Pope Benedict during his meeting with him tomorrow.
"As there is a yearning in us after 61 long years to bring back our long-lost friend Sam Maguire, I intend to ask the Pope for intervention," he said.
And he appealed to workers at the Arvato company for help as well in the match against a highly fancied Donegal team.
Mr Kenny was at the company for the second time in a year to announce a further 100 jobs.
He was present last September when the financial outsourcing company announced it would create 150 new jobs by 2014. The company is now adding another 100 people to its workforce.
He was accompanied by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who said it had been a very good week for jobs with more than 800 announced in Dublin, Limerick and Galway.
"It shows there is great international confidence in Ireland," he said.