Tuesday 24 October 2017

All-Ireland Final Diary: Mayo fan 'photobombs' the Brogan brothers

Science Ambassador Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain with Dublin footballer and science teacher Stephen Cluxton at the launch of Dublin City of Science 2012 - she is tipping her native Mayo for a breakthrough
Science Ambassador Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain with Dublin footballer and science teacher Stephen Cluxton at the launch of Dublin City of Science 2012 - she is tipping her native Mayo for a breakthrough
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

THOSE Brogan brothers may be smooth operators on and off a pitch but they were no match for wily Mayo fan Lorna Finnegan, who managed to ambush a promotional shot they did recently for sporting charity GOAL.

In social media circles this practice is called 'photobombing' and Finnegan – rabid Mayo fan and the vice-president of welfare in DCU's student union – certainly landed a sneaky and particularly successful one here.

The message is still the same: get behind GOAL's 'Jersey Day' next month.

Most of us haven't been lucky enough to have reason to wear our county jersey to Croker this summer, so this is one last chance to give them an airing before the official closed season.

Wear your jersey with pride in your school, college, company or home on Friday, October 11, contribute what you can to GOAL and you'll be scoring on the double.

CELEBRITY VERDICT

Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain

(Presenter of 'The Science Squad' on RTE 1 (tv) and 'Aoibhinn & Company' on RTE 1 (radio).

"As I child I was more into Irish dancing than GAA but in recent years I've got great respect and admiration for it, especially after managing Kiltimagh in Celebrity Banisteoir, which is about 15 miles from my family home.

"I just couldn't believe how dedicated the players were, even at club level. I'm hoping to God Mayo win and believe they will.

"In past years, if they went behind in a game you wouldn't bet on Mayo to come back, but this year they've looked powerful and have come out really strong in all their second halves.

"It feels like this team is ready for a breakthrough and a new era for Mayo football."

QUIZ QUESTION

With one game to go, who is heading the 2013 championship scoring chart and who else is in the top three?

(Answer below)

NUMBER OF THE DAY

62Years since Mayo last won the All-Ireland football title.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Bearded and exuding the casual menace of a resting lion, he looked like the villain in a Van Damme movie." – Joe Brolly was impressed when he played a charity game with Kieran McGeeney recently, especially on hearing that the ousted Kildare boss does five hours of Jiu Jitsu training a day.

TWEET OF THE DAY

"Just out of the dentist there, he told me my teeth r like a Ferrari at the front and a Lada at the bk. Happy enough, who sees your bk biters!!!" – Ex-Tyrone star Owen Mulligan.

A: Cavan's Martin Dunne with 1-33. Second is Mayo's Cillian O'Connor (6-14). Joint third are Meath's Mickey Newman and Cork's Daniel Goulding (1-27 each).

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