Supporters club guided by a Faithful warrior
UP IN Ruislip on Friday afternoon Kevin Kelly, from Clara, Co Offaly, was already fairly shattered.
He went to London "for a wedding 25 years ago and never went home!" Kevin ran his own pubs in Clapham, Wandsworth and Croydon and is now general manager of London GAA's HQ.
He also took on the chairmanship of their supporters' club this summer. They had just 25 members, but he's signed up to four times that since early June.
He organised 'Mad for Sam', an 'Up for the Match'-style programme filmed by Mayo company Irishtv.ie which went out live on Setanta last Thursday night – GAA president Liam O'Neill and ex-Mayo players Willie Joe Padden (pictured), Pat Holmes and Colm McMenamin flew over to take part.
Kevin also put together the London Legends v Mayo Legends match on the back pitch in Castlebar on Saturday night.
And he's arranged the weekend's big fundraising function in the Welcome Inn, at which popular London/Irish band and team supporters 'The Biblecode Sundays' were playing.
Kevin had also bought a 'half-and-half' Connacht final jersey (one half London, the other Mayo) which he hoped to get both teams to sign, with the intention of raffling it off at the London board's Christmas dinner-dance to raise further funds.