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Tom takes his leave

It’s said that bad news comes in threes. If so there was some inevitability to the announcement today that Tom Parsons has become the third Mayo player in as many days to announce his retirement from the inter-county game. Tom’s decision to call time on his days as a Mayo player isn’t enormously surprising, even if his most recent appearance […]

Happy Christmas

There’s usually a more leisurely lead-in to Christmas here on the blog but in this strangest of years it’s coming hot-foot just after the All-Ireland final. But that’s the kind of year it’s been. It is Christmas, though, so it’s time to pull the shutters down here for a little while. Well, until I collate the MOTM poll numbers to […]

All-Ireland final review – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E50

Less than a week before Christmas in an eerily empty Croke Park, Mayo battled hard in this Covid-era All-Ireland final but ultimately they came up five points short against perennial champions Dublin. In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we bring you the story of this year’s decider and how it was won … and lost. Rob Murphy […]

The Final Countdown VI – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E49

For the past two weeks we’ve been running ‘The Final Countdown’ series on the Mayo News football podcast and now, less than 24 hours out from throw-in in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park, the series reaches its conclusion with this final episode. Mindful of the fact that Mayo supporters everywhere are all confined to barracks this year, in this […]

The day before

It’s one of the shortest days of the year, with a hesitant dawn only now starting to break up here in the capital shortly before 8.30. It’s nearly Christmas, it’s nearly All-Ireland football final day. In a year of unprecedented upheaval of people all over the world, the lead-in to this year’s All-Ireland final – to say nothing of when […]

The final countdown V – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E48

‘The Final Countdown’ series is almost complete on the Mayo News football podcast ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland final between Mayo and Dublin. Almost but not quite! Kevin McStay’s wonderfully evocative column in the Irish Times earlier in the week really hit a chord with Mayo supporters and in this episode we’re delighted to welcome Kevin back onto the podcast for […]

It’s as if we’re all in America for this one

It’s been said countless time already but this truly is a year like no other. For Mayo supporters, this Championship campaign has certainly been a unique one. While the players have had to cope with all the Covid protocols and the odd experience of contesting high-octane knockout matches behind closed doors, at least they’re directly involved. They get to be […]

The final countdown IV – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E47

There are just three days to go now until Mayo lock horns with five-in-a-row champions Dublin in this year’s Covid-era All-Ireland final. Despite the unprecedented backdrop to Saturday’s decider, with the game set to be played behind closed doors at Croke Park, the pre-match excitement continues to mount. That’s also the case on the Mayo News football podcast where ‘The Final Countdown’ series […]

Final build-up continues

The Christmas tree is finally up here in our house and there are only four days to go to the All-Ireland final. And as the days count down, the build-up continues. In a very different way, of course, but that’s no surprise, given the times that we’re living through. The coverage in the lead-in to the game is starting to […]

Supporters’ input needed for the podcast

Christmas or no Christmas it’s foot to the boards this week on the Mayo News football podcast. Our first episode of the week went online last night and we have three more to come – tomorrow, Thursday and Friday – ahead of Saturday’s big match. For the Friday episode we’re looking to gather some audio input from Mayo supporters. We […]