Mayo will play Tyrone in the All-Ireland final on Saturday afternoon, hoping to break a 70-year wait.
The infamous ‘Mayo curse’ would fit right in on the greatest daytime drama.
Where else would you find a successful team unintentionally interrupting a funeral procession, being cursed by a priest, and then losing the next 12 All-Ireland finals they reach?
The GAA has a large following in Australia, mainly to the large number of Irish immigration, and Summer Bay is a hub for the sport.
At the very least, it is for Mayo.
Sarah McHugh, an Irish lady living in Australia, managed to persuade a handful of the soap’s stars, notably Ray Meagher (Alf Stewart), Shane Withington (John Palmer), and Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts), to back the Connacht champions!
The photos, which come courtesy of The Green and Red of Mayo, reveal that a large portion of the cast will be at Croke Park on Saturday.
Andy Dillon, a former Mayo great, has predicted that Mayo will be favourites to break their drought.
“A four-week break helps Mayo with certain ailments that they have, while they will also have gotten a lot of the formalities that come with playing in a final out of the way that little sooner,” he wrote in his column for the Irish Mirror. Tyrone might be in for a logistical headache in that regard.
Four weeks, on the other hand, is a long run-in in terms of training and a challenging one for a manager.
Tyrone just must concentrate on recuperation and honing their abilities so soon after such a big game. The players won’t have time to congratulate themselves on their performance against Kerry. Those who did not perform well must also go on with their lives; they cannot sit about moping.