Three Irish sports heroes have featured in a video to celebrate their home county as part of the latest Wild Atlantic Way promotion.
GAA footballers Aidan O’Shea, Colm Boyle and Lee Keegan all play for Mayo and discuss what being from the Heather County is all about.
O’Shea said: “We got a real connection of what being from Mayo is about and what we represent and how we impact on people’s lives.”
Keegan says he could have gone into a different sport but knew he made the right choice when he heard the passionate support of Mayo’s Gaelic football fans.
He said: “I actually was a rugby player for years, it took me a lot of convincing to play football to be honest. I always knew of the Mayo passion and the fanatic fans that come with it. I could see straight away that I picked the right sport.”
Boyle agreed, saying: “Football is a huge part of growing up for the people of Mayo, it’s their passion. It’s in their blood.”
The video sees the stars travel the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo towards the small town of Belmullet. There is plenty of striking scenery including the rugged coastline.
O’Shea said: “We came up by the Wild Atlantic Way – something that I’d recommend anyone to do. It’s rugged, it’s colourful, it’s just got everything you could want.”
They spend a bit of time fishing, and also talk about other activities such as surfing, before meeting up with locals and signing autographs in a Belmullet pub.
This helps to remind the guys how much the Mayo locals look up to them as members of the county’s favourite sports team.
Keegan said: “The views, the people, the love that’s within the county – it’s magical.”
Take a look at the video below.
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling