Mayo followers within the US line up within the rain at eight a.m. to get tickets for the conflict in New York
Mayo fans queued in the rain outside Gaelic Park in the Bronx this morning before 8 a.m. to get tickets to the Connacht SFC duel against New York.
A crowd in excess of 6,000 is expected for the clash (2:15 p.m. US time / 7:15 p.m. Irish time) but is believed to have traveled more than Mayo’s.
Fans and players have to endure wet conditions throughout the day, but that did little to dampen the mood of the thousands who have traveled.
Mayo devotees took over Times Square in their colors on Saturday night, delivering multiple displays of green and red, much to the confusion of locals.
Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny was one of the guest speakers at a fundraising dinner near Wall Street on Friday night at which ten tables cost 25,000 euros each. Over 350 attended the Mayo GAA event.
“America’s Mayo diaspora is roughly two million people, and New York’s participation in the Connacht SFC is a great way for them to socialize,” said Kenny.
Spectators in the protected area of the booth await the match between NY Development Squad and Allentown, Philadelphia, at 9 a.m. in a skidding exhibition game before the match between New York and Mayo. Image: sports file
“I played for Longford here at Gaelic Park in 1974 and it’s always good to come back,” he added.
New York is aiming for its first championship win on attempt 21, but league champions Mayo has taken effect and will be staying for a mini training camp during the week.
New York manager Justin O’Halloran said they have prepared well and look forward to giving a good report on themselves.
“We know the quality of the team we’re up against. Her form in the league was excellent. We hope for a good start and try to build from there, ”said the Cavan native.
The New York-Mayo clash at 2:15 p.m. local time is the culmination of a festival day in Gaelic Park that includes development games with teams from Philadelphia, Charlotte, and the New York area.
“It’s a big day for the GAA in New York and indeed for the Irish community,” said Larry McGrath, chairman of the New York GAA.