The AIB All Ireland Club Championship semi-finals take place this Saturday and there are enough tales and subplots to fuel a lifetime’s worth of storytelling.
Gweedore has been coming to terms with the loss of five young local men in a tragic road accident and will see Saturday’s game against the reigning champions Corofin as a mix of release and remembrance.
Travel south from Leitrim to Thurles and you find the second game pitching the aristocrats of Dr Crokes in Killarney against perhaps the smallest GAA team in the country, with the longest name, Mullinalaghta St Columba’s from the lesser seen heartland of the Longford / Cavan borders.
Each of the games will last 60 minutes but will deliver the kind of elemental excitement and fervour that will keep a town going for many years.
The timing of the competition allows space for the teams to celebrate the winning of their respective Provincial Championships before Christmas before knuckling down to preparing for what will be for many the highlight of their sporting lives.
Being there would be fantastic, watching the games on TG4 a fine alternative but if neither is an option you could do worse than following them on the different AIB Social media accounts which will deliver a master class once more on how to get the best of the medium focused on the best of the club games.