We left home at ten to 12 this morning and the trip to Dublin has been fantastic. Arrived here at the Skylon Hotel at half past three and the place is buzzing, there’s a huge Donegal contingent here, as you’d expect in a hotel owned by 1992 Donegal manager, Brian McEniff.
Saw Tony Boyle in the lobby and he looks fit enough to start tomorrow!
Michael Daly, Democrat Editor, writes from Dublin
The journey up was interesting, the people in Bundoran have nothing to learn about marketing as we saw banners depicting a photo of Charley Pride in a Donegal jersey wishing Donegal good luck. Charley play a big concert in Bundoran, so the PR people know what they are at, the signs looked great.
We flicked around on the radio and picked up on 2FM’s show where Benny Tierney of Armagh and David Brady of Mayo were giving their views.
David tipped Mayo, another curse on them as David has got it wrong when he opted for Kerry and Cork, so hopefully he will be consistent!
Mind you, Mayo have sent the Taoiseach to Rome and word is he asked to Pope to sort out the other famous curse that has seen Mayo sides fail to win an All Ireland for more than 60 years. We’ll see!
Armagh man Benny Tierney tipped Donegal and reckons they are one of the fittest teams he has ever seen, however, he did warn that in 2002 when Armagh upset the odds, they went into that final as outsiders.
As we got nearer to Dublin the number of Donegal flags outside houses and pubs was running into the hundreds, many GAA clubs putting up signs wishing Donegal well which is really sporting and should be recognised by Donegal.
By the time we hit the outskirts of Dublin RTÉ Radio 1 was giving Adrian Sweeney and Declan Bonner huge airtime and both spoke really well. Later the same show featured Donegal Democrat columnist, Manus Boyle and Brendan Devenney who promises to be in good form over in the Harcourt tonight.
Many Donegal fans are at the 7s in Kilmacud and we are hoping to go out to Tallaght shortly to see some of the 1992 stars from Donegal and Dublin play in a charity match.
I’m not actually sure where the pitch is, so if anyone who can help, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Later tonight looking forward to going to Up for the Match out in Donnybrook, I’m told that should be a great show - some great guests lined up!
For those on the road or coming up tomorrow, one piece of advice. Slow down, take it handy. We had one lunatic with a DL reg who did their best to scare the life out of us on the M3, but other than that everyone is taking it easy.
It’s lovely here this evening, sun shining and Donegal and Mayo fans arriving in droves. The Dubs are happy to see us and they are hoping to beat Meath in the minor match. I’m presdiciting a double D celebration, Dublin and Donegal, let’s see if that holds up!
Finally, when I logged on here in the hotel I saw a photo in my inbox from Louise Greene in Brisbane. If my website skills hold up it should be viewing with this story.
However, it reminded me of all the people who are far from home and looking forward to tomorrow, among them our daughter, Sarah, who like so many from Ballyshannon, Ballintra and elsewhere in Donegal is in Perth, thinking of home and the big game. She tells me that a famous Perth night spot now has a Donegal coloured car right in the middle of the dance floor area and will be packed tomorrow night for a special screening of the game.
By the way, if you have photos from across the world, be sure and send them to me at email@example.com and we will put them up as quickly as we can.