Up Mayo, Up Mayo, let everybody know - says TR Dallas!
Legendary Westmeath country and western artist, TR Dallas, is hoping that the words “Up Mayo, Up Mayo, let everybody know” will be heard ringing out all the way from New York to Singapore, and everywhere in between, as the Mayo footballers prepare to face Tyrone in the All-Ireland football final in Croke Park on Saturday week, September 11.
TR (aka Tom Allen) from Moate admits to having written the catchy tune “a couple of years ago” but says he decided to “give it a lash again” in advance of this year’s final.
He is hoping that the song might bring “a bit of good luck” to the county, who have, remarkably, appeared in 10 All-Ireland finals since winning their last title in 1951, and have lost them all.
TR is hoping that the release of his song “Up Mayo” may be the catalyst for the Sam Maguire Cup to finally return to the county after an absence of 70 years!
“I know a lot of Mayo people all over the world, and God, they are so passionate about their football so it would be a wonderful occasion to see them lift the Sam Maguire Cup” says TR, who adds that the midlands is “full of Mayo people, they are in every town and village in Ireland, as well as being in every country around the world”.
The country and western star says Mayo have been “knocking on the door” for so long that nobody could begrudge them an All-Ireland title.
“I mean no disrespect to Tyrone when I say that, but they have tasted All-Ireland success in the last few years and I think they will give Mayo a very good game and they will be tough opponents."
The catchy little tune penned by TR, with his trademark accordion accompaniment, has a memorable chorus which is tailor-made to be sung by passionate Mayo people and their supporters wherever the green and red is worn in bars, pubs and clubs all over the world.
It goes like this:
“Up Mayo, Up Mayo, let everybody know, they’re the greatest team in Connaught and to Dublin now they go.
To collect the Sam Maguire and then to bring it home, to its new home in the West in the county of Mayo.”