The Mayo footballers are preparing for their Connacht SFC semi-final against Galway this weekend with a vengeance, intent on regaining the provincial crown they surrendered to the Tribesmen last year.
Ahead of their match this weekend, in a new video promoting tourism in the county put out by Mayo.ie, star players Aidan O’Shea, Lee Keegan and Colm Boyle feature.
It is interesting to see the passion the players have for the county they represent as they discvover attractions in Mayo such as the Wild Atlantic Way, act as fishermen, waiters and bartenders. Most notably of all in the video, however, is the posing for selfies with loving fans.
Of course, recently O’Shea himself hit the headlines for standing in with fans for selfies while his teammates warmed down after a challenge game against Meath. He was accused of caring more about selfies and photographs than he does about his Mayo team.
While the criticism of the Breaffy clubman was widely condemned as nonsense, O’Shea postponed commenting on the saga until a later date.
Those in defence of the 26-year-old pointed to the fact that the fallout from the incident would have probably been even worse had he turned down the young supporters request for a photograph with their hero.
The taking of selfies with those who look up to them is almost certainly not the reason that the Mayo players have continually fallen short in the quest for Sam Maguire in recent times either. Questioning a footballer’s attitude and desire to win based on his granting of a fan’s wish was widely accepted as lazy and incorrect analysis.
The two-time All Star has still not responded directly to the criticism of his actions following that challenge match but has given an indication that it will not affect him in the slightest.
In the below video, where O’Shea lays bare his love for his county and the people in it, he can be seen posing for selfies with smiling fans (and Lee Keegan). We hope that this is an indirect response to the farcical fuss that was kicked up last month and a stance of defiance from the six-time Connacht SFC winner. The finest way to react to such a criticism is to allow its to fall on deaf ears, as he has appeared to do.
O’Shea was deemed unfit to start Mayo’s championship campaign opener last month by boss Stephen Rochford but appeared off the substitutes bench. He should be in line to start Sunday’s clash with Galway having recovered fully from the injury which was holding him back.
Check out the clip below, where O’Shea, Keegan and Boyle explore the beauties of their native county: