For the men and women of this Connemara parish, it marks one of the biggest days in their history. They go into battle in the All Ireland intermediate semi-final against Cookstown of Tyrone, the club where Eoghan Mulligan plays his football. It will be a big day for the club to send out a signal to how far they have come as a parish and a club. I’m sure they are dreaming of making their way back to Croke Park once again after they played an All Ireland Gaeltacht final some 35 years ago there. O’Fátharta, the manager of the team lined out for the Connemara boys that day.
Now, 35 years on their look to make it to the big stage once more. Last Sunday 3 of the parishes players lined out for Galway in the FBD League, I felt it was risky move because some seven days later they where to play an Ireland semi final and if Breathnach, goalkeeper Eoin Ó Conghaile and midfielder Antaine ‘Toto’ Ó Griofa where to get injured it would surely scupper their hopes. Thankfully the men came through the game and now they have a full, fit squad to choose from bar one man Colm MacDonnachdha. One can only imagine how the Leitir Mor supporters in Tuam on Sunday where like, hoping and praying that the boys would not pick up any knocks and as the Naomh Anna Leitir Mor manager said “People thought I was crazy” and those people did have a point. Then again, you cant stand in one young lads way in playing for his county so it is understandable.
What ever happens it has been a long road for Leitir Mor at this stage who have come through having the underdog tag well since beating St. James in the county final and beating Westport in the Connacht final, in both ocassions being the underdog. I wish them well and I hope we can see a Galway representive in the All Ireland final in Febuary. If you would like to go along and support the lads on Sunday, it is taking place in Pearse Park in Longford at 2:30pm.
Go n-éirí linn!