Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Kenny tips Sam Maguire win for Mayo

Enda Kenny said a win in the All-Ireland Championship for Mayo would be 'emotional'
Enda Kenny said a win in the All-Ireland Championship for Mayo would be 'emotional'

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has predicted his home county Mayo will win the All-Ireland football championship.

The county is hoping this Sunday's clash will bring to an end a 62-year wait for the Sam Maguire trophy on Sunday when they take on Dublin at Croke Park.

"I would say to the Dubs - our people have been leaving Seattle, San Francisco and Sydney. They are coming back because we are going to bring Sam home," the Taoiseach said.

Mr Kenny said a victory for Mayo would be an emotional moment.

"Jim Galvin (Dublin manager) has produced a great team. The Dublin supporters are brilliant and the team is strong, fast and well conditioned, and well capable of winning," Mr Kenny said.

"I think our team in the green and red are in a different state this year. I think the advantage is they have lost last year and they have learned from that."

Build-up to the anticipated final has been rife with talk about a curse on the team which has grown into folklore over the decades.

The piseog, which has been dismissed by players and churchmen, was rumoured to have been put on the last victorious Mayo team for failing to pay their respects at a funeral on their return home to the county.

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