It’s Tuesday and those of you lucky individuals who will be heading across the Atlantic later in the week are, no doubt, already in the throes of packing and all that. On that topic, have you got your ESTA stuff sorted yet?
I’m only going a bit in that direction myself later today – more on that anon – but with the big occasion over in New York fast approaching I am, I must admit, feeling a bit wistful that I’m missing out on the trip. I’ve known for months, however, that other priorities were going to detain me here at the weekend so that dulls somewhat the sense of disappointment.
Those of us marooned over here, not to mention those of you who may not be able to get into Gaelic Park, will have to do with radio commentary of the game. Both RTÉ and Midwest will be broadcasting it on radio so it’s not as if we’ll be completely cut off from proceedings.
As I mentioned yesterday in the comments, Mayo GAA TV did look at possibility of streaming the match, a fact confirmed by Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane in the Mayo News (paper and digital variants) today. Enquiries were made with the rights holders – RTÉ and Sky – but permission to stream the game wasn’t forthcoming. TG4 hold the rights to show highlights and they’ll be broadcasting a highlights programme on Monday evening at 8pm.
The Mayo News, by the way, is well worth getting a hold of today, as there’s a twelve-page supplement containing loads of news and colour about the New York trip. While the match is, of course, the centrepiece of the weekend, the event involves way more than that, touching on the strong links between the county and New York – they’re neighbouring parishes after all, just with a large body of water between them – as well broader themes about emigration and the yearning for home.
Much of this background colour features in the supplement, as well as plenty of match-day information. There’s also some team news – it looks, for example, as if captain Diarmuid O’Connor and one or two others will be sitting this match out, but James Horan is taking his entire championship panel to New York, as they’re staying on over there for a short training camp afterwards.
Speaking of the panel, the Connaught Telegraph yesterday confirmed details of the 35 players who feature in it. There are no surprises on the list – which is here – as the names of those omitted from the panel following the League were already known, as were details of those on the development panel, some of whom may feature on the panel proper before the summer is out.
New York manager Justin O’Halloran has been generous with the media of late – he’s also, as well as James Horan, on our New York preview episode of the Mayo News football podcast, which is definitely worth a listen – and there are a few pieces with him that you might want to have a look at: Keith Duggan in the Irish Times, John Fallon in the Irish Sun, Ger Flanagan in the Mayo News. There’s also a piece today by Neil Loughran on New York skipper Niall Madine in the Irish News – that’s here.
As I said at the top, I’m heading a bit of the way to New York myself later on today as I’m driving across country, all the way to Rossport in the far northwest of the county for this evening’s podcast live event from Gaelcholáiste Chomáin. This is a new departure for us on the podcast and we’re looking forward to seeing how this very different medium will work out for us. Sure, if nothing else it’s something to do on a damp Tuesday evening.
If you’re in the locality later on then you’re heartily welcome to drop along for the event, which starts at 8pm. We’ll also be streaming it live via Facebook. I’ll stick up a separate post once I get there with a link to the live event so you can, if you want, watch it from here on the blog as well. ‘Till later, then.