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Home and A-Mayo Famous Home and Away stars back Mayo for All-Ireland football final

Claremorris woman Sarah McHugh took the internet by storm this week when she uploaded some photos of the cast of Home and Away wearing Mayo jerseys.

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Ray Meagher who plays Alf Stewart

Ray Meagher who plays Alf Stewart

Ray Meagher who plays Alf Stewart

Mayo fans from all over the globe are showing their support ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland Final, including some familiar faces from Home and Away.

The 2021 All-Ireland Football Final between Mayo and Tyrone takes place in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon, and while the infamous Mayo Curse may still ruin their chance to finally take home the Sam Mguire, the team has won the hearts of Australia’s fictitious Summer Bay.

Claremorris woman Sarah McHugh took the internet by storm this week when she uploaded some photos of the cast of Home and Away wearing Mayo jerseys.

The team is now officially backed by soap veteran Ray Meagher (who plays Alf Stewart), as well as Lynne McGranger (Irene Roberts), Courtney Miller (Bella Nixon), James Stewart (Justin Morgan), Shane Withington (John Palmer), Patrick O’Connor (Dean Thompson), Kawakawa Fox-Reo (Nikau Parata), and Sophie Dillman (Ziggy Astoni).

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Shane Withington

Shane Withington

Shane Withington

Sarah explained that she first told the cast about Mayo’s underdog story a few years ago while she was backpacking Down Under.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, the Mayo native said: “Being a huge Home and Away fan, of course I went to Palm Beach to watch the filming.

“When they heard my Irish accent they just couldn't have been nicer. I was actually wearing my Mayo top for the visit and they started asking me about Mayo. They had already heard about the ‘Mayo4Sam’ campaign.

“When we told them we were backpackers, they invited me and my friends Orla and Marie to join them for lunch and I told them all about our devastating final experiences over the years.

“Many of them, including Ray, have been following Mayo’s fortunes ever since.”

She continued, saying that a crew member got in touch with her when Mayo beat Dublin in the semi-finals.

“He got in touch with me two weeks ago when the Summer Bay crew heard that Mayo had finally beaten Dublin. Ray was 'stoked', he is very hopeful Mayo will do it this year.

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“The goal was to get 15 of the stars — a full team — kitted out in the Mayo top but Sydney went into lockdown and we had to settle for 11.

“They were delighted when they heard that there has been such interest in the photos. They have all been converted to big Mayo supporters.”

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