There is a steady build up to Sunday’s All Ireland final in Galway, where Padraig Joyce’s men are aiming to lift Sam Maguire for the first time in 21 years.

As temperatures soared this week, players and officials at Mountbellew Moylough were getting into pre-match mode.

The current county senior football champions have five players on the Galway squad and excitement has been building, as the clock ticks towards throw in.

Club Chairman Pat Donnellan says it has been a glorious few months for all concerned.

"It’s very sweet to be there at all and, I suppose, to be there maybe against the odds is a little bit sweeter," he said.

"But the people that know football in Galway and have been involved for years, they’re not that surprised.

"We’re delighted to be there but we know we’ve been there, or thereabouts, for a number of years."

Mr Donnellan says the impact of Galway’s success on the young members playing ladies football, hurling, camogie and football, cannot be overstated.

And the inspiration being drawn from the summer Championship run is evident among hundreds of children playing around the grounds in Mountbellew.

Young players at Mountbellew Moylough GAA Club

Michelle Kelly's brother Patrick is involved this Sunday.

She travelled home from Abu Dhabi for the business end of the season and arrived to find her homeplace "buzzing" with energy.

When she speaks about her sibling's first brush with Galway success, the passage of time becomes starkly apparent.

Baby Patrick was photographed sitting in the cup after the team's last title win in 2001.

For some, it seems like only yesterday that Galway defeated a fancied Meath team, weeks after the 11 September, 2001 attacks in the US.

But for others, including many on the panel, that was in their earliest infancy or before they were even born.

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Whatever their age, supporters are hoping that this bunch of players can weave another image onto the county's proud footballing tapestry.

Ballinasloe man Joe Kelly has been following those on-pitch exploits for decades.

Taking a break from overseeing operations at the town's official supporters shop, he explains how, man for man, Galway are well placed to face down a Kerry challenge.

Joe Kelly outside the Galway supporters shop in Ballinasloe

Mr Kelly has campaigned to ensure All Ireland competing teams stop in Ballinasloe on all homeward journeys.

He says he’s been given "cast iron guarantees" that this will happen on Monday, "win, lose or draw".

As well as selling all manner of Galway-related paraphernalia, the shop has a wheelie bin placed outside.

Locals are being encouraged to fill it with money for the team’s training fund.

Elsewhere in the town, residents at St Brendan's Terrace have transformed their cul-de-sac into a shrine to the county team.

With maroon and white bunting strung from every angle, locals have spent days erecting flags and signs ahead of a planned pre-match street party this Saturday.

St Brendan's Terrace in Ballinasloe

One of the residents, Des Keighery, says while there is effort involved in the undertaking, it's done with a sense of love for Galway football.

He says the town has a proud history of support and is keen that it is passed on through the generations.

In terms of the possible result, a cautious optimism abounds.

Nobody is underestimating the task facing the team against Kerry.

But supporters feel Galway have the potential to prevail, in what many predict will be a tight, closely contested affair.

Ticket pressures are said to have eased slightly by virtue of the fact that just one game is down for decision in Croke Park.

Galway's minor team saw off Mayo in Hyde Park, Roscommon, a fortnight ago, to win that competition.

But the search for many will continue right up to throw in.

For those who don't make the journey, a ticket only event will be held at the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top at Fisheries Field.

The match will be shown on a big screen, with free tickets limited to two per person.

The event, being staged in conjunction with the City Council, comes as the Arts Festival winds down and the annual Galway Races get underway.

A Galway football win on Sunday would be the icing on what's been a bumper summer in the city so far.