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09th Jun 2018

Reception Tom Parsons received walking into Gaelic Grounds will shake your soul

Niall McIntyre

This is what it’s all about.

Mayo fans will travel in their numbers and they’ll travel all over the country. They’ll always make their presence felt and they’ll take over any town or city their team takes them to.

On Saturday afternoon, the green and red army took to Limerick. After a disappointing loss to Galway in their Connacht quarter-final clash recently, Mayo had to rally again, they had to brace themselves for a qualifier run for the third year in a row.

You don’t know this Mayo team, you don’t know Mayo people if you don’t think they’ll be up for the challenge and they proved that even before the Gaelic Grounds showpiece on Saturday.

The Yew County folk travelled in their numbers Shannonside. Just look at the queues outside the turnstiles more than an hour before throw-in.

That Connacht loss was more crushing for Tom Parsons than it was for any other Mayo soul. He suffered a gruesome injury to his knee that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

The GAA world are at their best, however, rallying behind a stricken soul. On Saturday, Tom Parsons arrived to support his teammates in Limerick.

His arrival brought something special as the Mayo fans stood as one, and the Limerick fans stood as one to acclaim his arrival.

The stands shook, that is what it’s all about.

He clearly appreciated that one.

Now it’s time to get down to business, because Tom Parsons will be back soon.


Mayo GAA