SO, this is what midtown Manhattan looks like of a Thursday evening. Rain falling in sheets and traffic backed up as far as the eye can see. There aren’t any Mayo flags to be seen along Park Avenue just yet but the lobby of the Wellington Hotel here looks like McHale Road on Connacht final day!
The good news is that your Mayo News correspondent made the 6.25am flight from Galway to Dublin this morning and everything fell into place from there on in.
Aer Lingus flight EI105 to JFK Airport in New York carried a sizeable number of Mayo supporters from the likes of Westport, Knockmore, Ballintubber, Claremorris, Hollymount, Aghamore and Brickens.
Of course, there was no shortage of debate among them about our chances of having a sustained run in Championship 2009.
The start of Mayo’s summer wouldn’t be complete either without a rumour about Ciaran McDonald! The grapevine was humming last night that Mac D had returned to Mayo training earlier this week. The source? A mischievous texter to Newstalk’s ‘Off The Ball’ sports show on Wednesday night by all accounts.
Our inquiries has discovered there is absolutely no truth to this (or most) stories that do the rounds about Ciaran McDonald and the chances of him wearing a Mayo jersey this season.
The Mayo GAA travelliing party flew over from Shannon Airport on Thursday morning and the team will train today (Friday) at Gaelic Park. Then it’s on to the Mayo GAA Club in New York Dinner Dance tonight where still waters and powerade will be consumed under the watchful eye of team management.
And that’s just us lads at the press table. I’m not sure what the players will be drinking...
PS: The weather forecast for New York on Sunday has promised sunshine and a temperature of around 16 degrees celsius. It should be a day for short-sleeves and sunglasses. Just as well, because, at the moment, it’s raining on our parade!