2 NEWBRIDGE OR NOWHERE Newbridge, June 30th
Like any good saga, it started small and then got spectacularly out of hand. Kildare came out of the Monday morning draw against Mayo. Everybody presumed the game would be in Croker. Everybody except Kildare – they’d be turning up in Newbridge as was their right. Cian O’Neill went on the Six-One news and put it up to Croke Park. In between, an Irish Times story had Croke Park telling Kildare they’d play where they were told. Boom went the dynamite. After two days of national outrage, Kildare got their way. Mayo walked into a tsunami on Saturday night. Kildare pulled off their best win in years.