Mayo: Dillon swaps green and red for blue as contest hots up

The former GAA star turned political hopeful has plenty of name-recognition on the ground in his home county, but faces stiff competition for a seat from the likes of rising star Saoirse McHugh

26th January, 2020
Mayo: Dillon swaps green and red for blue as contest hots up
lan Dillon with Laura Shad in The Store of Happiness. Picture: Barry Cronin

As he marches through the centre of Castlebar, it doesn’t take long for Alan Dillon, the first-time Fine Gael candidate and former Mayo football captain, to get recognised.

“You’re not Alan Dillon, are you?” an elderly man says, grasping Dillon’s hand. “Jaysus. Fair play to you. Great to shake your hand because you were a great footballer. We had some great days with you. So you’re making a burst for it?”...

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