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Ninety-four-year-old Tom McNicholas, the last surviving member of Mayo’s All-Ireland-winning panel of 1936, takes a stroll down memory lane with Seán Rice.
The sun rising over Lough Carra preludes the history of Ballintubber GAA Club in a DVD launched by Kilmaine man Jonathan Mullin of RTÉ in Corley’s on Friday night.
It was not the classic we expected, but the laurels rest deservedly with Ballintubber. From the beginning they controlled this U-21 ‘A’ final at Mayo Abbey.
FOOTBALL It was a gathering of old Gaels, old friends, old neighbours, old work colleagues, all united in the interest of Divided Loyalties, Dan O’Neill’s autobiography.
Whatever disappointment greeted Ballaghaderreen’s defeat in the Connacht semi-final was eased by the success of their U-21s in winning the county B championship at Islandeady on Sunday.
We had greater expectations for Ballaghaderreen in the All-Ireland club championship than the calamity that befell them in the first round on Sunday against Eastern Harps. It was a disappointing end to their season.
They have been wrestling with the Interprovincial question for decades. New dates, new venues, new sponsors – nothing has rekindled the interest that once attracted thousands to Croke Park for the Railway Cup finals on St Patrick’s Day.
The ink won’t be dry on the page when the gasps of incredulity begin. Most of the evergreens have failed to make the nominations for this year’s Mayo News Club Stars.
In weathering Charlestown’s sizzling recovery, Ballaghaderreen exorcised the demons of self-doubt that had threatened to spoil their hopes of a long-awaited senior title.
Their physical attributes outstrip all others. Individually, their skills stand comparison with the best. Why, then, have Ballaghaderreen not blossomed in recent years?
With almost seismic authority, Ballaghaderreen have crashed back onto the championship scene ... and the tremors will have reached all the way to Charlestown and Crossmolina.