The man in the red suit is already planning his annual global itinerary but ahead of his arrival down the chimney Mayo supporters all over the world are gearing up for the county's involvement in a novel Christmas All-Ireland final. Once again it's mighty Dublin who stand in Mayo's way in the battle for Sam but, for Mayo's fans, another final offers the tantalising hope that this one might be The One.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we throw in the ball on a new series we've called 'The Final Countdown', which will run up to Saturday week's All-Ireland decider. Between now and then we'll be back with regular episodes of the podcast, featuring a variety of different voices, as we get ever closer to the big day.
Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog helm this first episode in the series and they begin by reflecting on Mayo's improbable journey to this year's final and by discussing the county's phenomenal consistency over the last decade. Mike Finnerty then meets up with Mayo News columnist Seán Rice, a man who has seen Mayo in action for several decades and who now looks forward to the county's appearance in yet another All-Ireland final.
After that it's back to Rob and John who consider the record-shattering exploits of Cillian O'Connor, whose 4-9 personal tally in Sunday's semi-final was the highest score ever recorded by a player in a Championship match. We then end the show with a segment of the interview Cillian did with Billy Joe Padden on the podcast back in May this year.
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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