Most of the Mayo supporters who made their way across the Atlantic for last weekend’s Connacht championship opener against New York have now arrived back home. They’ve taken with them memories of an enormously enjoyable weekend in the Big Apple, where the county’s presence there was felt right across the city.
In this latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast we wrap up the New York trip and seek to put it in the wider context of transatlantic connections between the western shores of Ireland and North America’s eastern seaboard.
Co-hosts Rob Murphy and I review the weekend’s events from our different perspectives at opposite ends of the Atlantic Ocean. Rob, still Stateside, then catches up with Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty and Mayo News columnist Anne-Marie Flynn for some final reflections on the trip before they head home.
Next we hear from Inisturk native Danny O’Toole, whose father Michael is still known to take to the currach when making his way to the mainland for Mayo matches.
Ending our New York odyssey on the podcast, we widen the lens out to consider more profound themes of emigration and the strong connections that exist between Mayo and North America. We do this from different standpoints on opposite ends of the Atlantic.
Rob and I are joined by Ciaran O’Hara at the poignant Tuke Memorial Garden in Blacksod, from where so many Irish emigrants bade a final farewell to their native shore. Rob and Ciaran then move across the Atlantic to the equally evocative Irish Hunger Memorial in Manhattan, where, with the Mayo Day celebrations in full swing, they talk about the destinations Irish emigrants reached and how their efforts there helped to shape the New World.
Finally, Rob speaks with Professor Christine Kinealy of Quinnipiac University who considers the Irish post-Famine experience and the way in which the links to home prevail for so many Irish Americans down successive generations.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the right.
The Mayo News football podcast’s championship coverage this summer is proudly sponsored by J Streicher. “When it absolutely, positively has to be financed on Wall Street.” Visit our website at www.jstreicher.eu.