The rapidly spreading Covid-19 coronavirus has, with astonishing speed, upended much of what had hitherto passed for normal life right around the globe. Sports events have come to a standstill everywhere and, closer to home in the world of Mayo GAA, the fraught issue of whether or not Mayo might be able to avoid the drop from Division One this spring has become rather moot.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we try to make some sense of this much-changed world, one in which all GAA action has been suspended and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog are joined for this episode by Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty to chew the fat on the new reality we're all now living with and what this means for all of us, including for Mayo GAA.
Next we hear a few Mayo voices from around the world who tell us what it's like to cope with life in the shadow of the coronavirus where they're based. Cora Staunton checks in from Sydney, while across the other side of Australia, we hear from former Kilmaine player Alan Burke in Perth. Balla native Colin Sheridan dials in from Beirut in the Lebanon.
In these strange and hugely stressed times, issues around health and well-being are more important than ever. Perfect timing, then, for Rob to catch up with the recently appointed chair of the Mayo GAA health and well-being committee, Niall Dunne to talk about the role he has taken on and the relevance of wellness issues both within the GAA and more widely.
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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