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New manager is ‘unmasked’ in seven minutes


Edwin McGreal

Had Kevin McStay walked into last night’s County Board meeting in the Dr Mickey Loftus room, there’s no guarantee everyone would recognise him.
In wishing him well, Garrymore GAA delegate John Farragher admitted as much.
He recalled meeting McStay in MacHale Park before but not recognising him.
In his defence, the new Mayo manager was wearing a mask.
It was symbolic of the whole mood around the county yesterday (Monday).
Who was going to be unmasked as the new Mayo manager?
There was an expectation that the name would slip out before the meeting, but all day passed and no word emerged.
In the modern world, when we expect our information immediately, if not sooner, this was too much for many Mayo fans to bear.
Nobody knew with any level of certainty and the waiting was driving people crazy.
Before the meeting, there was no word from club delegates, many of whom would hear the grass grow.
At 7.33pm Mayo GAA Chairperson Séamus Tuohy walked into the room with a smile and people waited with baited breath. It turned out they’d have to wait a few minutes longer.
Séamus Tuohy asked Assistant Treasurer Michael Diskin to give an update on the Mayo GAA development draw. It was as if Tuohy was toying with everyone in the room.
Diskin dutifully obliged, but we’re not sure how attentive people were.
Then, at 7.38pm, the chairman turned the discussion towards the ‘eagerly awaited’ main item. Two minutes later, at 7.40pm, he confirmed that the name the top table were ‘recommending’ was Kevin McStay.
There were a few comments from the floor, a few more details from the chairman, and at 7.45pm McStay was ratified with a warm round of applause.
After two days of secrecy and fans going out of their mind, the new Mayo manager had finally been unmasked.

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