The Mayo jersey signed by the Pope was the brainchild of a Sligo woman.
Audrey Elliott from Ballincar is a member of the marketing team at Ireland West Airport where Pope Francis made his way to and from a papal visit to Knock Shrine.
Audrey’s list of celebrities to throw their support behind the Mayo 4 Sam campaign previously included the likes of Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and ex-Norway international and Blackburn Rovers star Morten Gamst Pedersen, but her latest efforts will perhaps provide some divine intervention for the nation’s long-suffering runners-up in their bid to rid themselves of their infamous All-Ireland curse.
“I have done it previously for celebrities who have come through the airport. I would normally hand them a t-shirt to sign and maybe get a photo of them holding it and put it up on our social media sites,” she explained.
“On this occasion I thought about it for a couple of days, I didn’t tell many people I was thinking about it because I didn’t really want it to be known before, I was just chancing it because if he said no it would have been a disaster, so it was just great that he took the time to sign it.”
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