Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates his club’s victory over Castlebar Mitchels at MacHale Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Peter Ford’s search for a county senior championship in his capacity as manager ended at blustery MacHale Park, Castlebar, where he turned the tables (...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy celebrates scoring a goal during the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 3-16 Mayo 3-13 (aet)A truly extraordinary match in Limerick this evening eventually laid waste to Mayo’s current great quest for the Sam Maguire(...)

James O’Donoghue celebrates scoring Kerry’s goal  during the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Galway  at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10Kerry moved comfortably into the All-Ireland semi-final after weathering a spirited Galway challenge in a highly entertaining Al(...)

Mayo’s Chris Barrett tackles  Eddie Hoare of Galway during the Connacht final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16 Even if the ultimate ambition eludes them, this generation of Mayo footballer’s distinguished an era of remarkable commitment a(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan hits the back of the net after scoring a goal as Cillian O’Connor celebrates setting him up during the Connacht SFC Final at  MacHale Park in Castlebar.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16Mayo strengthened the ties with the 1951 team by becoming the first team to win four Connacht titles in a row since that gilded g(...)

Mayo’s Séamus O’Shea and his brother Aidan O’Shea in action for the county. Séamus has recovered from winter groin surgery to work his way back for this Connacht final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Séamus O’Shea sits back in his chair in the lobby of a Dublin hotel and rummages through a Mayo football life. Sunday will be his 15th championship ga(...)

 Mayo manager James Horan. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Andy Moran and Alan Dillon return to Mayo’s starting 15 for Sunday’s Connacht football final against Galway, two of four changes from their semi-final(...)

Mayo manager James Horan: “I think refs need to be at a semi-professional level.”  Photograph: Inpho

Mayo manager James Horan has called for GAA referees to become semi-professional in an effort to ensure that new rules are implemented properly. Ho(...)

Roscommon’s Cathal Cregg is tracked by Leitrim’s Damian Moran during the Connacht SFC quarter-final at  Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

It is a peculiar day when a football team rattles over 1-18 on a May afternoon, duly wins its first-round championship match and still leaves the fiel(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Tyrone’s Darren McCurry. The versatile Higgins could be the answer to Mayo’s lack of firepower up front as they prepare for another championship year.

This is another piece about the Mayo forwards. Sorry. Has to be done. There might not be wholesale agreement on Mayo being the second best team(...)