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London calls for Mayo News Football Podcast!


FAMILIAR FACEFormer London manager Paul Coggins will be among the special guests when The Mayo News Football Podcast visits Tom Maloney’s Oxford Arms in Camden Town tomorrow (Wednesday). Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

THE rise of The Mayo News Football Podcast this year has been nothing short of meteoric.
In fact, judging by many of the messages we’ve been getting over the last few months, it seems that the show is now as popular in the likes of Geneva as it is in Garrymore!
So to mark the occasion of Mayo qualifying for their fourth All-Ireland final in six seasons, we’re taking our podcast on the road this week — to London to be precise.
Tomorrow evening (Wednesday) a special ‘Over For The Match’ All-Ireland Final preview podcast (in association with Ireland West Airport) will be recorded in Tom Maloney’s Oxford Arms bar in Camden Town.
Tom has been our very generous sponsor of the Football Podcast this summer, so it only seemed fair that we pop over to his famous establishment for a few hours to sample the build-up to Mayo/Dublin on that side of the water!
On behalf of The Mayo News, and our genial co-presenters Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog, we’d like to invite everybody and anybody in London to join us in The Oxford Arms for the occasion.
The rough plan is that we’ll pick the brains of some local London GAA heads, catch up with some Mayo fans, meet some of the Cáirde Mhaigheo London crew, and generally just ‘talk football’ ahead of the big match.
We’re aiming to kick off around 9pm (ish), and everyone is welcome — the more, the merrier!
The reaction to our Football Podcast this summer has been incredible, and has reminded us yet again of the huge passion that Mayo people all around the world have for their county’s footballers.
We’ve been pulling these podcasts together since 2009, but it’s only since this current group of Mayo footballers started to get on a roll five or six years ago that the interest levels have really soared.
Who’d have thought that a gang of us standing and sitting around talking football and shooting the breeze would prove to be such a big hit with Mayo folk at home and abroad?
We can only assume that the county’s footballers going on the greatest pilgrimage since St Patrick climbed The Reek has a lot to do with the explosion in interest this summer!
The build-up to the All-Ireland Final on Sunday week next has also given Messrs Rob Murphy of this parish and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog another opportunity to showcase their skills as podcast presenters-cum-pundits.
The dynamic duo are rapidly becoming the ‘Saint and Greavsie’ of Mayo GAA — a comparison that may be lost on some of our younger readers/listeners!
But one of the secrets of the success behind our Football Podcast, I believe, is that it’s a real team effort.
As well as Rob and John, the likes of Edwin McGreal, Danny Carey, Ger Flanagan and Seán Rice bring great knowledge, insight and humour while we’re also lucky to have a stream of enthusiastic and engaged contributors who pop in every so often to say ‘Up Mayo!’ too.
So, to paraphrase the former Dublin captain, Bryan Cullen: ‘We’ll see ye all in The Oxford Arms!’
PS: To listen to The Mayo News Football Podcast just click on www.mayonews.ie/sports/listen/football-podcast,  download it from iTunes, or visit the Mayo GAA Blog.

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