Right, here we are again, another All Ireland Final to look forward to. Familiar opposition in a familiar location, only this time we are looking for an unfamiliar result. The hunt and scramble for tickets is well and truly underway. If you are lucky enough to get to Croke Park on Sunday, be loud and proud. This group of players have taken us on the most remarkable of journeys this summer, from the highs of beating Kerry and Roscommon in Croke Park, to the lows of losing in a wet and windy Salthill to Galway. This Championship journey of 2017 will live long in the memory, however both the players and the supporters have a mission to finish off on Sunday. The one thing that has been consistent throughout the summer of 2017 is the level of support following this band of warriors. The levels of colour and noise have increased game on game and we need another increase on Sunday, one final push.
If you get a ticket for the final, please bring a flag along to support the team. It cannot be underestimated what a display of colour can do for a team and the atmosphere in general. Let’s turn Croke Park into a sea of green and red on Sunday, the likes of which has not been seen on All Ireland Sunday before.
In addition to this, as always, please bring your voices. From the moment they run out onto the field to the moment the game finishes and hopefully after, cheer, chant, sing and roar our lads over the line. A good rendition of ‘Mayo Mayo’ is simple, but always effective. In addition to this, some inventive Mayo supporters have come up with new and original chants. Stand Up For The Mayo Men, (to the rhythm of Go West, by the Pet Shop Boys) and Boom, Boom, Boom, Let me hear you sing Mayo, Mayo, (to the rhythm of Boom Boom Boom by the Outhere Brothers).
If your tickets are for the terraces on Sunday, we would call on Mayo Supporters to group together in the one area. Last year, the stewards ushered the majority of the Mayo supporters to ‘Hill 16 A’. This is the curved section of the Hill, nearest the Cusack Stand. The sections are labelled A1 – A4.
If you are not lucky enough to get a ticket to the game, Love Castlebar, together with a number of local businesses, have arranged for a giant screen to be erected on Main Street that will show the game. Full details of the event are here: http://midwestradio.ie/index.php/news/41722-large-screen-to-be-installed-on-main-st-castlebar-for-sunday-s-all-ireland-final
Because of the health and safety restrictions in place at Croke Park, we are severely limited on what we can bring into the ground in terms of large flags and banners. We got confirmation directly from Croke Park some time ago that our giant surfer flag would not be allowed into the stadium. We would also love to be able to bring in flags to give out to people, however this too is deemed a health and safety issue. Because of these restrictions, we are asking all Mayo supporters to bring their own individual flag along to Croke Park on Sunday. Let’s turn the famous old stadium into a sea of green and red flags. The more flags that are there on the day, the better the spectacle of colour will be which will hopefully lift our team on the pitch. If you are reading this, please spread the word to your friends, family and neighbours. Tell them to bring a flag along and support the team. At the moment, there is a lot of confusion as to what you can and cannot bring into the ground. Flags with sticks are allowed. The only flags that are not allowed in are surfer ones, like Nephin Mor or flags that are greater than 5 feet X 3 feet, which is the standard flag size.
An important piece of information for all fans heading to Croke Park on Saturday is the fact that Croke Park have tightened their rules about what you can bring into the stadium. Please only take what you have to, as Croke Park stewards will be carrying out searches as you enter the stadium. Please also take note of the bags rule, they will only let in bags that are smaller than an A4 piece of paper. The full list of rules is here: https://crokepark.ie/match-day/faq
Finally, safe travel to all fans attending the game and UP MAYO!
LET’S RAISE THE ROOF OF CROKE PARK ONCE AGAIN!
NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN! IN THIS TOGETHER UNTIL THE END! UP MAYO FOREVER!
Mayo Independent Supporters Club, 12/09/2017.