Ballina man Michael Duffy has family around the globe, but on Sunday they will all be cheering on a common cause, rooting for Mayo to finally bring home Sam.
“My brother John and his wife Jenny are in Vancouver and their son Luke is always wearing his Mayo jersey,” Michael explained. “My brother Joe is working in South Korea and another brother Tom is in Leeds.”
Michael, a teacher in Culleen NS in Ballina, decided to write a song and share it on the family Whatsapp group to help the far-flung family members enjoy the excitement of the All Ireland build-up.
“Initially it was just for ourselves but then people said it was good and I should do more with it, so we shared it online.”
Michael is a lifelong rap fan and wrote the lyrics himself, setting them to the beat of a song called ‘The Streets’ by American rapper WC. He enlisted the help of another brother, college student Mark, to perform the song.
He mentions many types of fans in the lyrics, from the GAA stalwarts to the bandwagon-jumpers. But the most important thing for him was to acknowledge the supporters far from home: "A county comes together from all over the world.”
And is he going himself?
“I haven’t got a ticket yet, but I might go up anyway in hope! If I got a ticket I would definitely go.”
If not he’ll stay home and watch it with his family, including one-year-old Cadhla Rose. It would be particularly sweet to share a first Mayo win in 65 years with the next generation.
All together now: “In the name of Mayo, ‘til the day I die, When we beat the Dubs, it’s gonna make me cry.”