Quick midweek one as I’ve a fair bit on today. Before dashing off to all that, though, there are two things to bring to your attention this morning, both of which involve some aural diversion.
The first concerns Aidan O’Shea who’s all over the nationals and elsewhere today – Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, Irish Times, RTÉ, The 42, Joe.ie, Hogan Stand – talking about defensive improvements, county amalgamations, a new year of football and his forthcoming American football sojourn. All of these points and more were also covered in an in-depth interview with Aidan on Newstalk’s Off The Ball show last night, which, in case you missed it, is here:
I know, not everyone is enamoured when Aidan (or any other Mayo player) is all over the media in this manner. Indeed, I can already envisage the usual suspects winding their necks out to deliver their predictable who-does-he-think-he-is and why-can’t-he-do-his-talking-on-the-pitch tirades. For my money, though, Aidan is a bright, articulate young man, who is well able to say his piece and – with two All-Star awards under his belt by the age of 25 – someone who is more than capable of backing it up on the field. More power to you, Big Dawg, and good luck in the States.
The second bit of listening for you this morning comes in the form of the very welcome return of the Mayo News podcast, with the first edition of 2016 going live yesterday afternoon. More than the lengthening evenings and the sprouting of the daffodils, this is the one sure-fire piece of evidence we all need that the inter-county football season is back with us once again.
Off with ye now.