The Lead Story: Meeting the fans on ‘Road to Croker’


Before I begin, let me just say that technology is fantastic. It obviously plays a huge role in bringing this newspaper to readers right across Roscommon and further afield. I’m a big fan of technology.

  Right. Now that that’s out of the way, let me just say that the most enjoyable part of this job is not playing around with Photoshop (sorry Devaney!) or sifting through emails. It’s the simple act of jumping in the car and going out to meet people. Whether it’s Creggs, Loughglynn, Knockcroghery or Ballaghaderreen, it’s always a pleasure to sit down with real people in the flesh.

  Our ‘Road to Croker’ feature was a rather simple (but very effective) idea, albeit one which also involved the use of technology and the impressive skills of Andrew Fox and Emma Healy. It was great fun and it seemed to go down well with fans across the county.

  It was terrific meeting up with people like Canon Liam Devine, the Hesters and Mick Jordan in Loughglynn or John Murray, John Caulfield, David O’Connor and the Roscommon, Galway and Mayo fans in Murray’s in Knockcroghery. It was also great craic refereeing Roscommon and Mayo fans in Ballaghaderreen!

  At the end of the day, the essence of Gaelic football is not Sky Sports, Sunday Game pundits or corporate packages in Croke Park. It’s the local communities and parishes that have been there long before any of those modern trimmings and will continue to be there regardless of what’s trending on Twitter or anywhere else.

  The Roscommon People prides itself in being right at the heart of the community and it was a real pleasure to offer a platform for football fans across the county so thanks for having us!