Mayo News editor Mike Finnerty is back in the chair for this episode, where he's joined by Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden and Colm Keys of the Irish Independent. Billy Joe and Colm reflect back on Mayo’s win over Westmeath and describe in fascinating detail how and why Paddy Durcan is not just one of Mayo’s most important players but is also one of the best half-backs in the game. Colm explains why Paddy didn’t win an All Star last year while he and Billy Joe also reflect on Cillian O’Connor’s current form.
Mike then catches up with Marty Clarke, whom he met last weekend at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh for the Down/Meath game, to hear his views about how the season is shaping up, what Down made of their opening round defeat to Mayo and his views on the return of spectators to matches in the North this weekend.
Back with our panel, the lens is widened as Colm puts forward the case for why he thinks it will be a Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland final this year. He also brings us up to speed on when supporters across the island might be back at grounds watching games again and he outlines why the GAA needs to take action in relation to so many inter-county managers not releasing details of starting teams before games, or squad lists before competitions.
Turning the focus towards this coming Sunday, Billy Joe and Colm - who is, of course, a Meath man and so is well positioned to provide plenty of background detail on Andy McEntee's side - set the scene ahead of Mayo’s third round match against the Royals on Sunday, with a place in the Division Two semi-finals already assured for both teams.
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