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AUDIO Football Podcast #38 The Road to Croker series - P2

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The road to Croker' series on the Mayo News football podcast aims to set the scene ahead of Mayo's appearance at GAA HQ on Sunday week when they take on Munster champions Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final. In this second episode in the series, we're looking back, both on last weekend's action and on the tragic events that took place at Croke Park a century ago, but we're also looking ahead to the big game the weekend after next.

In this podcast episode, host Rob Murphy is joined once again by John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog and by Mike Finnerty, Sports Editor of the Mayo News. They chat about the financial difficulties facing the GAA in the Covid era of behind-closed-doors matches and they touch on possible new Championship structures that might now be considered. The Rackard Cup final last weekend, in which the Mayo hurlers lost out to Donegal, also gets a mention, while Mike talks about his interview with Mayo midfielder Conor Loftus, which will feature in next week's edition of the Mayo News.

Rob then chats with special guest Mick Foley of the Sunday Times, a man very much in demand right now due to his standout work on the Bloody Sunday centenary, through his critically acclaimed book and accompanying podcast series The Bloodied Field. Mick talks about last weekend's centenary commemorations but also considers the impact of more recent seismic happenings involving Tipperary, with the county winning its first Munster senior football title since 1935 to set up a Croke Park date on Sunday week with Mayo.

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.

The Mayo News football podcast now has its own Twitter presence, @MayoPodcast, so if you're a Twitter user you should follow us there to make sure you get the latest podcast-related updates, including new episodes.

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