Home is where the heart is
Some Kiltane fans are travelling huge distances to be in Croke Park next Sunday
I BOOKED the flight home when Shane Lindsay scored the goal in the first half of the semi-final! I have been home for the All-Ireland finals with Mayo playing, and I would know some of the lads on the Mayo team but this time it’s going to be different. It’s different when you know the whole team, it’s lads you grew up with, went to the discos with, schemed at school with, got drunk with, to name a few things!
I’ve been living in Chicago for the last 11 years where I am the owner of AG Coyle Concrete.
Despite being overseas I’m kept well up to date, my father Gerry would keep me updated as to results of the games and I would always keep in touch with what’s going on by reading the reports in The Mayo News or by tuning in to listen to Midwest to the great Mike Finnerty and Billy Fitz’. Nowadays on Twitter I’m kept right up to speed on everything.
This year I have to say Martin Barrett has done a great job with the lads, he gave them the kick up the behind they needed! However, we can’t forget about the people that have put in the hard work at underage down through the years, and in the national schools.
When Pat Joe Gaughan makes his way up those famous steps to lift the cup, that’s the moment when all of the work that these people have put in will be all worthwhile.
Also at this time, I would like to remember the great club people that will be looking down on us on Sunday. Three of my own good friends come to mind, the great John Noel Carey, David Sweeney and Pat Moran.
Living: Sharjah, UAE
I’m in the UAE for the past 18 months teaching in an International school. As we have similar holidays to schools at home I get home for Summer and Christmas. I came to the UAE to work and I’m delighted that I did but when your looking at Facebook, getting texts or listening to Midwest on match days, there’s only one place that I would rather be.
My two brothers, Stephen and Mikie, are playing on the team on Sunday so there was no decision to be made really. After hearing the final whistle on Midwest on January 26 I booked my ticket home. I was not going to miss this one for anything!
Growing up all five of us played with Kiltane and would be dying for training sessions or matches. The craic was always mighty.
Kiltane is a big part of all our lives and to have the boys playing in Croke Park on Sunday makes me so proud. If they lift the cup, I think it will be a moment that we will all cherish forever. Nothing else in our footballing lives will come close!
To be heading home to see all these boys playing in Croke Park in an All-Ireland final is a complete privilege. I am very excited and nervous but I have every faith in them.
Wishing ye all the very best of luck on Sunday lads and, hopefully, Monday ye’ll be walking across the ’Corrick bridge with the cup!
From: Mount Jubilee
Living: New York
FOOTBALL is a huge part of my life and that’s because of Kiltane. I came out to New York because of football and I got to play in Croke Park with Mayo and with New York and it all started with Kiltane.
I remember the twins, Darragh and Cathal Carey, coming home from the hospital and I was in their sitting room! It’s mad to think that they are running out for Kiltane now in Croke Park for an All-Ireland Final. My best friend, Sinéad Carey, is their sister. I watched them grow up.
Whenever I go home I go down to the pitch and have a walk around and think back on all the games and the hard training sessions there.
There’s great hunger and passion around the club. People involved in the club and the players are all good people and keep the club going strong.
It was very hard to listen to the semi-final. I was jumping around the apartment listening to it on Midwest! It was a great commentary and I almost felt as if I was there. When Shane Lindsay, my neighbour and someone I grew up with, scored the goal I nearly jumped out the window of the apartment with excitement! I made sure though that I wouldn’t be listening for the final, I couldn’t put myself through that, I’d have to be home.
I’m 100 per cent confident in them. If they keep it tight at the back and take their chances up front when they come, they’ll be fine. They’re very level-headed players. They are going to have great support. Anyone I talked to in Kiltane is going.