“We’ve got James McCarthy back on the pitch, Eoin Murchan, Jonny Cooper, Diarmuid Connolly’s back training with us, Rob McDaid is back, Peadar Byrne Ó Cofaigh is with the U20s, Darren Gavin’s coming back this week as well so there’s a whole host of players who are returning to play and then there is the squad themselves.”
Mayo will have to manage without their injured captain Diarmuid O’Connor for tomorrow evening’s do-or-die All-Ireland SFC Qualifier against Armagh in Castlebar, but the true cost of his absence may not be felt until later in the All-Ireland series.
Just how far can Mayo’s Ballintubber go based on this resilient performance? That debate is for another day after they dug out a one-point win against Tourlestrane, the Sligo champions, in this low-scoring yet thoroughly absorbing Connacht GAA Club SFC quarter-final.
Back in the day when hitchhiking students were a common sight across Ireland, Cormac Sheil attached little significance to the spins home from school he received from sean-nós singer Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin.