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'Jimmy' fails to score visa in time for Donegal's All-Ireland decider

County’s adopted anthem for next Sunday’s championship decider will be performed solo as one half of duo fails in bid to make trip.

FORMER REVS FRONTMAN Rory Gallagher will tour his native Donegal in the coming days in the build-up to the county’s first All-Ireland final in 20 years.

But the Kilcar native will have to sing his YouTube hit ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ without the Senegalese native who helped make the tribute to county boss Jim McGuinness so popular.

Lanzarote-based musician Gallagher released the footage of himself and his friend, known as Senegal Jimmy, before the All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Cork last month.

Hundreds of thousands of hits later and the pair were set to represent the county on RTÉ’s Up For The Match on Saturday night. Gallagher has today revealed that visa problems have scuppered those plans however, despite the intervention of a former government minister.

“After lengthly discussions with Pat the Cope unfortunately with the time frame being too short it was NOT POSSIBLE to obtain a visa in time for Senegal Jimmy to come to Ireland next week,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“Jimmy flew to Madrid to the Embassy of Senegal in hope of being able to do the paperwork from there but was advised he has to return to Senegal to obtain the Visa required. Jimmy hopes to get to Donegal by mid October and hopefully the celebration might be still going??!

“I am totally gutted but would like to thank Pat the Cope for all the effort and everything would have been fine on the Irish side but unfortunately red tape wins again!” he added.

Donegal face Mayo in the All-Ireland showpiece on Sunday. Here’s the song:

YouTube: kilcardope

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