Dublin’s Michael Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon,Tomas Brady, John Small and Paul Flynn foul Colm Boyle of Mayo resulting in a late penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What compels them? What is it about Mayo that requires them to take these grand, dramatic days to the brink of oblivion before they can summon the ins(...)

Aidan O’Shea shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton after the All-Ireland semi-final ends all square at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the end, Aidan O’Shea had earned the ultimate accolade. Booed and scorned by the Hill, their dudgeon high after the latest collision between himsel(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee can’t stop Aidan O’Shea of Mayo claim the ball on his way to scoring the opening goal Photo:INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo 2-13 Donegal 0-11  The remorseless application of all they have picked up in four previous years on the road, losing by fine margins,(...)

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

Sligo 2-11 Mayo 6-25 There comes a point on a day like this when numbers start to lose their meaning. Still, for what it’s worth and to satisfy the re(...)

Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring Mayo’s opener during their Connacht Championship win over Galway in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

MAYO 1-15 GALWAY 2-8 It was tighter and better contested than recent instalments of the rivalry but in the end this Connacht football semi-final in Pe(...)

Mick Foley: “I’m teaching full-time at the moment [in Maynooth post-primary school] and I’m also now doing a course outside of teaching.”  Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kildare will have to do without former All Star full-back Mick Foley for the 2015 season; in fact it’s unlikely he will appear again in the white of K(...)

“Delight” as Eamon O’Hara begins his managerial career in Mayo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Sligo footballer Eamon O’Hara is the latest ex-player to announce the start of his managerial career, he has been confirmed as the new manager (...)

Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

KD: You managed Ballintubber to the Mayo intermediate championship before the senior final in 2007. Do you remember that day?JH: Yeah. Against Kiltima(...)

James Horan: has shaped a highly skilled and physically impressive team which, it seems, has limitless heart. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two very significant developments took place many miles away from last weekend’s thunderous All-Ireland football semi-finals, both of which instantly (...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)