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Cesc Fabregas during the match between Everton and Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas during the match between Everton and Chelsea

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Cesc Fabregas during the match between Everton and Chelsea

The Premier League at this time of year doesn't really do it for me.

I figure there's plenty of time to catch up when the GAA season is done with and I fully admit I'm that guy who gets a little annoyed when I see tweets bemoaning Arsenal's missed chances when a classic All-Ireland semi-final is being played out.

So it's against that backdrop that I found myself in Goodison Park last Saturday evening as part of a stag weekend while Kerry and Mayo couldn't be separated by another 70 minutes of football.

And it was spectacular. Everton 3, Chelsea 6 was the kind of game you could only dream of going to see, but it was other aspects of the event that impressed me.

Even with the 'second club' in Liverpool playing, there was a real 'game-day' feel around the city all afternoon. The walk around the old ground, the pubs outside, the passion of the fans, watching three Irish internationals impress against the best players in the world, seeing Cesc Fabregas live... it was all enough to suck you in.

That a true football classic developed was just a bonus.

My friend with free data was still a little overworked with me hounding him for updates from Limerick, but the Premier League won me over all the same.

I'll try to be less hateful when tweets appear about an engrossing first half between Manchester City and Chelsea during the All-Ireland final in a couple of weeks.

Irish Independent