Week 1 Bonus - Gaelic Football - Mayo vs. Dublin

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 26, 2012

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Gaelic Football Semi-Finals - Mayo vs. Dublin

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Sunday, September 2, 2012

This was a special treat. Not only was Declan able to get Trent and Jason tickets for the Notre Dame game, he also got us tickets to the Gaelic Football All-Ireland Semi-Final match between Mayo and Dublin.  This was especially fun, since we went with Declan, our friend Fergal, his wife Farrah, and her sister Audrey.  Declan is a very big Gaelic Football fan from County Louth.  Fergal and his family are all from Mayo.  So, there was a lot of angst, as the Mayo team was a very big underdog against Dublin.  Here is some of the pre-game etiquette we were warned about.

From Fergal:

                This Mayo game is not just a game of football – No no……. Mayo last won an all-Ireland in 1951, then in 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004 (I flew home from OR for this one) & 2006 we have reached & lost in the final. The finest day in Mayo GAA modern times came in 2006 when we beat Dublin in an all-Ireland semi-final after being 7 points down half way through the 2nd half. This game on the 1st Sunday in September is a repeat of that fixture & is the next chapter in Mayo GAA history. I guarantee you are going to witness ~ 70,000 people leave their hearts on the pitch that day.

Now some guidelines to the etiquette of attending a GAA game (especially a Mayo game) after the debacle when we brought the some Americans to a friendly game……..Croke Park is sacred ground, the Ireland Taj Mahal if you will….

-        High Fives are highly embarrassing (especially in my direction).

-        The referee, the players & nobody in attendance "suck" or ahem “blow”.

-        “Brilliant” & “Shi*te” are the accepted adjectives in Croke Park, nothing is “AWESOME”.

-        U.S.A. chants are a “I don't know those Americans offence”, acceptable chants/roars/spontaneous outburst (not woo’s) are as follows…. the traditional - “Up Mayo” or the modern “C’mon Mayo” as loud as you can muster & as often as you can muster.

-        The rules are to be questioned/clarified quietly – e.g. no shouting “Can they handle the ball?”

-        When you buy the match programme (small magazine with team info etc), by the end of the game it must be in tatters from nervous squeezing & involuntary hitting off ones leg in frustration & or delight.

After that what do I expect - a lot of awesome high fives a bit of sucking & blowing to a chorus of U.S.A chants J.

From Declan:

Generally Fergal has done a great job here but just a few more things

1)      Unless you have the print of the programme on the palm of your hands at the end of the game, you have not been squeezing the programme hard enough and this is not acceptable..

2)      I don’t care what Fergal says at the end of his mail, HIGH FIVE’s are definitely out. That was the most horrific experience I ever had at a GAA match. It CANNOT be repeated. No exceptions. None.

3)      Mayo will be underdogs and this could all go horribly wrong so Trent and Jason, be prepared, there could be tears.

4)      Finally, you guessed it Trent, has to be said, Maigh Eo Abú is not French.

I won't go into a huge explanation about Gaelic Football, but as for the match, it was fantastic.  The underdog Mayo team dominated the first half and the beginning of the second half to go ahead by a score of 17-7 at one point.  Dublin came storming back, though, and pretty soon it was an 18-16 game.  Mayo pulled it out 19-16, but not after a lot of programme squeezing and "C'mon Mayos," but NO high fives.

This was a fantastic sporting experience.  Gaelic Football is a fast sport, and it is very fun to watch.  The company was excellent, the weather was beautiful, and the game was exciting.  We couldn't have asked for more.
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