With the extremely long lead-in to this year's All-Ireland final, Mayo have the luxury of getting a close-up view of the delayed semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone, the winners of which will meet James Horan's team in the Sam Maguire decider on 11th September.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we preview Saturday's game, from a Mayo angle. Rob Murphy hosts the show and he's joined by two guests with deep knowledge of the respective teams - Tralee-based Ballinrobe native Maurice Horan, who once managed the Limerick footballers and who has his finger on the pulse of Kerry GAA, and GAA journalist and writer Declan Bogue, who has followed closely the fortunes of Tyrone GAA for several years.
Covid provides an all-pervasive backdrop to Saturday's semi-final and Declan shines a light on what's been a crazy few weeks for the O'Neill County as they've grappled with a serious outbreak of the infection within their ranks. Maurice, meanwhile, fills us in on the cautious optimism he has detected among the Kingdom faithful in recent weeks.
The lads look back at the great Tyrone/Kerry rivalry of the Noughties and how it largely fizzled out over the following decade, as Kerry asserted their dominance and memories of those landmark All-Ireland wins by Tyrone began to fade. Declan and Maurice then provide their thoughts on Mayo's win over Dublin and they assess the county's potential for going one step further in next month's decider.
In a wide-ranging chat featuring plenty of anecdotes, we also hear a story about the hidden link between Fermanagh and Mayo, one that not many people would know about.
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