The Covid-19 pandemic remains a central feature in all of our lives right now, pushing so many other things - sport included - to the margins. In this so strangely altered world, the Mayo News football podcast has been pushed out of its comfort zone too but we haven't been pushed completely off the agenda either.
In this latest episode of the podcast, we take stock on where things stand two weeks after the current restrictions on work and travel came into effect. Hosts Rob Murphy, John Gunnigan and Mike Finnerty reassemble - though only in a virtual sense - to survey what the new normal is coming to mean for them, for Mayo GAA and for life in general.
The Chair of the Mayo GAA Health and Well-being committee, Niall Dunne, had some wise words to say on the last episode of the podcast and Niall is back again in this episode, where, in conversation with Rob, he has more sound advice and guidance on how best to mind your mental health in these worrying times.
Then we hear from Billy Joe Padden who tells us how plunging back the decades in the archives of the World Cup is helping to keep him sane these days.
Next we check back in with Mayo natives Alan Burke in Perth and Colin Sheridan in Beirut to get an international perspective on a crisis that has gripped the whole globe.
Finally, we welcome onto the show our special guest for this episode, Tooreen and Mayo hurler Cathal Freeman, whose marathon running exploits on Sunday provided a rare and very welcome positive news story for both local and national media. Cathal's back garden run has raised €60,000 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and the purchase of PPE equipment for HSE health workers and he chats to Rob about the how the idea was formed and how he feels having completed the impressive feat.
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 GAA Blog.
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