The bunting is draped above the streets of Donegal, and along the footpaths below, the people of each town and village in the county are talking about one thing. The Donegal football team, a pack of warriors led by a man mountain rivalled in size only by Errigal.
By Gareth Reynolds
Sunday is fast approaching and with the Red Hand rivals on the horizon, the buzz in Tir Chonaill is at fever-pitch. The usual customs will be rolled out – sandwiches will pack the car boots of those travelling, as will the obligatory flasks of tea.
The county colours don’t end with bunting. Sports stores like Michael Murphy’s Sports in Letterkenny and All Sports in Donegal Town have been supplying fans with their kits. Lots of jerseys are going out the door as the people of Donegal prepare to don the yellow and green for their team.
Families from all over the hills will be picking up supplies for Sunday too. Face paint for the kids, and for any adults in a particularly festive mood.
Those who have bought their tickets will be keeping them safe, and those still searching will take any spot they can in Clones.
No doubt the excitement will peak as referee David Coldrick throws up the ball at 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. Every man woman and child from Donegal, present or not, will be supporting their county.
The minor final features Donegal against Derry, the senior sees Donegal meet Tyrone - 12 noon and 2pm the throw in times.