Mayo homecoming plans draw Dubs ire, but the Boys in Blue are no strangers to jumping the gun
Details of Mayo’s plan for their victorious homecoming have been published.
Stephen Rochford’s charges are planning an open top bus parade through the main street of Castlebar next Monday to celebrate their victory over Dublin in the 2017 All Ireland SFC final.
The only problem is Mayo have yet to secure an RSVP from the guest of honour, Sam Maguire.
Details of their homecoming plan sent some Dublin fans into a frenzy on twitter, but Mayo are not the only team to tempt fate.
Dublin had a wide array of merchandise to celebrate their All Ireland victory in 1992... the problem is they lost the final to Donegal that year.
not a great pic but pint glass here to add to the collection pic.twitter.com/vfRaqyZn1u— connorj (@connorj67) September 13, 2017
No Eamonn he has one of these beauties. Old skool pic.twitter.com/xHa2OWiNxy— Vinnie Murphy (@Vinniedub14) September 13, 2017
Good times!!! 😁I hope you have one of these souvenirs Aodhan! pic.twitter.com/aeqx8mvzpp— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) September 13, 2017
The Irish Independent detailed Mayo's plan should they emerge victorious from the All Ireland final.
One fan fumed: "Talk about premature.. win it first and then plan."
Dublin City Council are also making provisions for a homecoming event. They are banking on an event in Merrion Square on the Monday having decided not to show this Sunday's All Ireland football final on a big screen in Smithfield.
The €40,000 cost of putting it on, and poor turnout from bad weather for the last two years likely played a part in DCC's decision to cancel plans to screen the game to instead concentrate efforts on the homecoming event.
MAYO'S MONDAY PLAN
4.52pm: Mayo Team arrive at Castlebar Train Station
6pm : McHale Park reception
7.30/8pm: Team leave McHale Park
8-9pm: Open top bus through main street Castlebar
9-10pm: Arrive Breaffy House Resort
The team will not be allowed to stop anywhere in town after they leave McHale Park
There will be motorbike escort and Castlebar town band through main street at traffic lights at Heaton’s shop. Extra motorbike escorts will meet the bus and bring straight to Breaffy Resort. Team will be escorted to front door of Breaffy House Hotel.
Sergeant Dave Tiernan is sergeant in charge of operation for the night. There will be helicopter, horse mounted and motor bike support to monitor traffic to Breaffy Resort and assist as required.
Breaffy Ballroom - Breaffy House Hotel - Strictly private for Mayo team/backroom and officials
Event: Mayo senior team All-Ireland final after-match celebrations
Arrival time Breaffy House: 9pm approximately
Breaffy Events Arena – Breaffy Woods Hotel - Supporters
Event: Mayo senior team All-Ireland final supporters after match celebrations
Arrival time 9 pm approximately till late
Entertainment : DJ Tommy Elliott with Concorde Band