Donegal’s hopes of Sam set in stone

One man believes that Donegal will lift Sam Maguire again this year, and he’s even written it in stone.

Donegal’s hopes of Sam set in stone

In fact, farmer Anthony Barrett has spent two months building a huge stone version of the famous All-Ireland trophy and placed it on his land.

The cup, which stands more than 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, has become a local tourist attraction for people from miles around.

It took four tonnes of cement and a huge steel girder to keep the cup in place, and Anthony reckons it weighs at least 20 tonnes.

Anthony (56), from Newtowncunningham, believes he will be putting the green and yellow ribbons of Donegal on his stone cup come Sunday after they beat Dublin.

“I have a lot of time for the Dubs and I think they are a great bunch of fellas who play a lovely brand of football. But I think it’s destiny that Donegal will beat them and go on to win Sam. I have the ribbons ready and they will go on the cup on Sunday afternoon,” he said.

The Donegal team are due to visit Barrett’s farm at Newtown to see the amazing stone cup but Anthony says he is prepared to wait until before the All-Ireland final.

He admits that some of his neighbours think he is “stone mad” but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“A lot of people come and see the cup and it’s a great talking point. Of course some of them think I’m stone mad.

“I have no training in stonework but I just started it one day and decided to keep going, with another lad helping me. I’m a big GAA fan and I just thought it would look nice on the land. A lot of people said it would never stay up but like Donegal on Sunday, it’ll still be standing after the final whistle.”.

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