MAYFIELD fans are painting the town red and white as the countdown to this weekend's AIB All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship gets well underway.
The local side will take on Kilkenny club Mooncoin in a historic showdown on the hallowed turf of Croke Park this Saturday.
By the impressive display of flags and bunting it is clear to see that the parish is well and truly behind the boys, and yesterday some of the team's youngest fans got together to show their heroes some love.
Junior and senior classes at St Patrick's Infant School, Gardiner's Hill, held a Valentine's themed Red and White Day, making headbands and pop poms to wave this weekend.
“There was plenty of excitement between the upcoming match and Valentine's Day which made for a great red and white day in the school,” said Deputy Principal Margaret McCarthy.
“We are fully behind Mayfield GAA and hope that they bring the cup back on Saturday “Many of our children attend the MayfieldGAA club themselves and there is great support for hurling and football locally.” Ms McCarthy added that the local success has created great local interest in sport with the wider community coming together to cheer on the team.
“We are a health promoting school and are always working to promote physical activity.
“Having an occasion like this does great work to encourage sport locally.”
Mayfield are hoping to become the fourth Cork team to land this very prestigious title with Fr O’Neill’s, Dripsey and Meelin the previous winners.
Cork teams have a good record against Kilkenny opponents in finals with Dripsey defeating Tullogher-Rosbercon in 2009 and Meelin beating John Locke’s in the 2011 final.
Throw in for Saturday's game is 3pm, with a dedicated train leaving Cork at 8.30am. For details, drop into the club or see www.mayfieldgaa.ie.