More than seven months have now passed since Mayo played their most recent match in this year’s National League campaign, with all inter-county action mothballed since then due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. County teams all over the country are, however, set to take to the field once more, with the remaining two rounds of League matches scheduled to take place this weekend and next, followed by the strange prospect of a winter Championship.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we look ahead to the return of the inter-county action this weekend, with our focus set squarely on Mayo’s pivotal Division One clash against table-toppers Galway in Tuam. Rob Murphy and I are back anchoring the podcast together after a long absence and we chat about football in the time of the coronavirus, both in terms of the issues this poses for transmission of the virus and the fact that all games will be played behind closed doors but will be available to view either on broadcast TV or online.
Looking ahead to the Galway game on Sunday, Rob gets the views from both sides of the fence as he catches up with Billy Joe Padden and Barry Cullinane. We also hear from Mayo GAA Chairman Liam Moffatt, with whom Rob spoke about the challenges the ongoing pandemic poses for the organisation and funding of GAA activity within the county.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Spotify and Podomatic. 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 panel on the right.
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