Gavin Duffy meets Billy Joe – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E19

Billy Joe Padden’s interviewing skills have been a major feature here on the Mayo News football podcast in recent months and in this episode he’s back with another special guest.

This time, Billy Joe sits down for an in-depth discussion with Mayo GAA and Connacht Rugby star Gavin Duffy. The Ballina native enjoyed a varied sporting career, mainly in rugby where he was capped ten times for Ireland and played for both Connacht and English side Harlequins but also in Gaelic football. In fact, Gavin’s involvement with Mayo bookended his playing career, as he was a midfielder on the Mayo Minor team that reached the All-Ireland final in 1999 and then, in 2014, he earned a surprising call-up from James Horan to the Senior county panel.

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 on the Mayo GAA Blog.

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11 thoughts on “Gavin Duffy meets Billy Joe – Mayo News football podcast 2020 E19

  1. If it’s half as good as the Maughan episode we are in for a treat. Billy Joe is a top class interviewer, can’t wait to listen.

  2. Yes excellent interview well done to all.
    Observing Covid 19 regulations in particular social distancing at matches is concern and we could have a very abrupt ending to season.
    There seems to be an attitude that anyone will be admitted to those games.
    I think Mayo GAA Tv could highlight supporters responsibilities or we will all be without football. It’s not something that can be wiped under the carpet. Time to get strict.

  3. Seriously worrying comments from the County Secretary tonight in interview with Irish Examiner Sport. One comment sticks out ‘we haven’t two ha’pennies to rub together’. No Centre of Excellence at Lough Lannagh (as reported in Western People earlier today). The 9 million debt on McHale Park and the clubs strangled with “levies”. So it seems after 10 amazing years on the road this is where we are now…

  4. BazHam/Goagain/Tubberman – I had to put the comments here on the site into lockdown before Christmas when it became clear that it was not possible to have a reasoned debate on this issue and because of the attendant legal peril. I’ve no wish to have to do the same thing again so if you want to conduct a rerun of that debate you’ll have to find somewhere else to do this because it’s not happening here.

  5. You can’t really blame the county board for being broke this year. Their income streams have just dried up completely since early March. Now they have to somehow refund season ticket money.

    I think it was the westmeath chairman I saw saying they’re in danger of not having any county teams in 2021, unless crowd numbers at club games are increased.

  6. About 6 weeks ago there was €40 million allocated by the government to GAA and FAI to help get over Covid crisis.
    Have the GAA got their share yet?
    Where exactly is the money going/gone

  7. Good to hear Gavin Duffy on the podcast. He was a great footballer for Mayo at minor. It’s an awful pity he didn’t play in 2014 for the seniors. Could have been that extra bit of special we were missing to win Sam. I’m sure we would have won Sam if he played. He would have done a great job. @Willie Joe just wondering when you and Rob are doing the mayo club championship special podcast? Would love to hear what ye are thinking about how club football is shaping up. Thanks.

  8. Great podcast lads. Great to hear Gavin tell his story. I remember his contribution as a minor 20 years. I have to agree with other comments, BJ is a great man on the interview.

  9. Turfmanmayo….gavin is a very good sportsman, but he wasnt as strong as others involved in ’14. He played club with Salthill throughout that period and was a good player but county standard, not so sure. It’s hard when you’ve been out of the game to rediscover…look at Cian Hanley and to a lesser extent Gary Boylan. Two excellent minors but their reintroduction to senior will take time. Fortunately for both, time is on their side.

    The ‘missing piece’ for Mayo during the last decade was without question, that lad from Ballaghadereen who opted to go to Australia instead. Anyway.. it’s best to look forward….

  10. great to hear two guys talk so competently and, without ego, about their sporting past. Gavin was a real superstar at nearly everything he turned his hand to as a youngfella, but never was there a hint of it going to his head. He’s a credit to his parents and The Quay, top man. The insights into his time with the Mayo camp after he retired from rugby are superb, brilliant insights and I loved the way Billy Joe just let him off. Superb lads, well done!

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