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Game day – it’s all we want for Christmas

This is it – for the fifth time in this incredible decade for us, we’re back in the All-Ireland final, which, in this unprecedented year, takes place this evening, less than a week out from Christmas Day. I’ve been thinking over the last few days about the dream-like quality of this hugely weird Championship campaign. One minute, the lads are […]

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 […]

Unchanged teams named for the final

We’ve named our team for tomorrow evening’s All-Ireland final against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 5pm). Here it is: Mayo (All-Ireland SFC final v Dublin, 19/12/2020): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Oisín Mullin (Kilmaine), Chris Barrett (Clontarf), Lee Keegan (Westport); Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport); Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Mattie Ruane (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), […]

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 […]

The final countdown III – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E46

The Final Countdown to Saturday’s All-Ireland decider is now on in earnest and as the build-up continues we’ve got another Mayo News football podcast episode for you to enjoy. Rob Murphy and I introduce this episode and our two special guests bring you two very different perspectives ahead of Saturday’s final. First we hear from Sheila O’Shea, mother of Mayo captain Aidan, […]

Let’s discuss Dublin

Right, the hurling is over and done with and we’re now just six days away from the football final. It’s time to start counting down in earnest to Saturday evening’s decider, so let’s start with a bit of a gawk at the opposition. They need no introduction, to us or anyone else, at this stage. Five-in-a-row All-Ireland champions, which is […]

Thursday round-up

The days are ticking down rapidly ahead of Saturday week’s All-Ireland final. Very rapidly, in fact, because it’s already Thursday and so there are only nine days to go to the big day. I meant to do this round-up before now but I didn’t get to it, with the net result that it’s now a longer list of things. Ready […]