It was down on the pitch at Cusack Park in Ennis where Rob Murphy, Mike Finnerty and I were recording the post-match bit of the Mayo News football podcast that the notion of doing an All-Ireland preview edition over in London first came up.
Back then, in early July with our having just successfully negotiated Round 3A of the qualifiers, the notion was still little more than an idle thought. But the idea took root that day and now we’re ready to bring it to fruition.
As regular listeners will know, we’ve followed the Mayo GAA story closely on the podcast all this year. Now that the county is once more back in the All-Ireland final we’re looking to do a few extra bits and pieces to mark the occasion.
All this year, the Oxford Arms in Camden Town over in London (Prop: T Maloney, Bohola) have been the sponsors of the podcast. In light of this and also bearing in mind the way in which the large Mayo diaspora have taken the podcast to their hearts it makes perfect sense to host a special Over for the Match All-Ireland final preview event in London, at which we’ll also record a podcast episode. The event will take place at the Oxford Arms and is being held in association with Ireland West Airport.
For me personally there’s an enormous thrill in being involved in the event. This is because, two decades and more ago, I was that London-based emigrant myself and most of the time I was there I lived in that part of the city, barely half an hour’s stroll away from Camden Town. I still have strong links with London and every time I go back, it still feels – at least in part – as if I’m going home. I didn’t, then, have to be asked twice if I wanted to be involved in this gig.
So, the plan is as follows. The venue is the Oxford Arms, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU, and the idea will be to have a live event, compered by Mike Finnerty and also involving Rob and myself as well as a number of London-based Mayo people. The live chat will be coupled with a podcast recording, which will then be made available online afterwards in the usual way. The event will take place this day week, Wednesday 6th September, with throw-in set for 9pm (ish).
We’ll be lining up some special guests for the event and we’re looking forward to meeting up with Mayo fans over there next week, including the Cairde Mhaigh Eo London fraternity. If you know of anyone who has a story or two worth telling and who might be happy to take part in the event on the night, please get in touch, either via the comments here on the blog or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re hoping to see a big Mayo crowd there for the event so, if you’re in London or its environs, please spread the word. Take it away, Joey …