Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final between Mayo and Dublin draws ever nearer and while many Mayo supporters will have their own memories of previous seismic clashes between the counties from their vantage point of looking in from the outside, we don't often get any insights about what those games were like from the point of view of those taking part.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we hear from Seamus O'Shea, one of the recently retired cohort of players who was central to so many of those great Mayo/Dublin matches over the past decade. Rob Murphy hosts the episode and, along with Seamie, he's also joined by Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News.
Seamie starts by reflecting on his new life outside inter-county football and his surprise at how caught up in the game he became when watching the Connacht final a few weeks back.
The talk then moves to Saturday's big game, focusing on the loss through injury of Cillian O'Connor, with Seamie explaining how he feels the team will have adapted to that new reality. He then goes on to reflect on what it was like to face Dublin in those big all-or-nothing clashes in recent years before assessing Dublin's strengths and weaknesses this year.
Concluding this episode we hear about Seamie's plans to find a quiet corner in Croke Park so he can watch Saturday evening's match on his own and we also hear about his love for the NBA.
This episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website as well as on the Mayo GAA Blog.
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The Mayo News football podcast is produced and edited by Ger Duffy Media. The show is sponsored by Ceramic City and Swinford Motors, two fine Mayo businesses with whom we're proud to be associated this year