Tuesday 22 October 2019

'The best is yet to come for the Rossies' - Paddy Joe Burke believes Cunningham's men are set for even greater days this year

Roscommon captain Enda Smith lifts the trophy following his side's victory during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Roscommon captain Enda Smith lifts the trophy following his side's victory during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Morley

Iconic Roscommon supporter Paddy Joe Burke hoisted the Nestor Cup today after his county's impressive comeback to sink Galway in the Connacht final.

Paddy Joe rose to fame after his serenading and lyrical tribute to his native county's footballers back in April of 2016 as Roscommon made it to the knock-out stages of the league, with his famous speech about Roscommon playing summer football in Croke Park.

"It's April and the Rossies are in Croke Park. Imagine if it was later in the year, with the ice-cream melting and the tar melting and the cuckoo signing and the Rossies in Croke Park," said Burke to RTÉ's Marty Morrissey.

Roscommon GAA posted a video today in which Burke thanks the players and management for winning a second Connacht crown in three years and notes the seismic achievement beating both Mayo and Galway along the way.

"We beat the National League champions, we beat the Connacht champions and we are now the Connacht champions," said Burke with the Nestor Cup in hand.

Burke applauded the historic achievement by Anthony Cunnigham's team and management but believes there are even better days to come in the championship for the Rossies after booking a place in the last eight.

"We're in the Super 8s, we have hope in our hearts, the famous jersey on our backs and the best is yet to come for the Rossies," professed Burke to jubilant cheers.

Roscommon await the winners of Dublin and Meath in Leinster and the two round four qualifier winners in their Super 8s group.

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