Saturday 24 February 2018

One major excuse gone – but a few more to go!

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

VERY much related to the final is a letter I got this week from a 78-year-old Mayo follower who told me about the infamous clerical ban after the 1951 All-Ireland homecoming that was deemed to put a curse on Mayo until every member of that team had passed away.

This man was there in Foxford when the alleged events took place and he is certain that not alone was there no curse, there was not even a funeral there that day.

"All four Foxford priests were present in the town that evening and I knew them all personally. None of them were cursing anybody," the man writes.

So that's one Mayo excuse for 62 years of All-Ireland failure gone by the board. Now if only Mayo people could get rid of a few more!

But as I wrote earlier this year, there has been a complete re-assessment by Mayo people about their teams in the past few years, a much more realistic attitude, which is admirable.

And after beating three All-Ireland champions in successive years and losing a final by one point, the supporters are entitled to be hopeful for the future – realistically, of course.

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