We're starting 2020 on the Mayo News football podcast with a mixture of off-field and on-field action. Our first episode of the year focuses on the Club Stars annual awards banquet, which attracted a bumper attendance to the Knockranny Hotel in Westport on Saturday night, before moving onto MacHale Park in Castlebar yesterday afternoon where Mayo took on Galway in the FBD League semi-final.
This means that our first podcast episode of 2020 features plenty of different voices from the two events. Co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog get the episode going, following which they're joined at the Club Stars event by Ballintubber duo Jason Gibbons and Cillian O'Connor. Edwin McGreal and Ger Flanagan of the Mayo News then review the club Championship season with Rob and John, following which we hear some highlights from the Club Stars event, including special guest Marc Ó Sé and Kilmaine's Oisin Mullin. Rounding off our Club Stars segment, John Casey and Nigel Reape - who were both on the judging panel for the awards - chat with Rob and John about the many difficult calls they had to make in the various awards categories.
Then the focus switches to MacHale Park yesterday and the penalty shootout drama that saw Galway qualify for the FBD League final at Mayo's expense. Rob and John talk us through the key moments in the game, after which Rob catches up with Mayo News columnist Sean Rice. Rounding off the show, we hear some post-match thoughts from Mayo manager James Horan.
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.