Mayo manager James Horan with Aidan O’Shea after Mayo defeated Galway in this year’s Connacht senior football  final. Mayo now face Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-finals at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph:  Donall Farmer

There is managerial pressure and then there is managing Mayo. By rights, James Horan should cut an ashen figure, having guided Mayo to the past two Al(...)

IT has been the year of the goalkeeper, with shot stoppers dominating events in Brazil for the past month while on Gaelic fields, the importance of th(...)

Delighted Mayo manager James Horan with Aidan O’Shea at the end of the Connacht SFC  final against Galway  at MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The history boys march on. For the fourth successive summer, Mayo emerge from the western theatre unbeaten and with the grand prize on all minds. They(...)

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(...)

Galway’s Shane Walsh in action against Sligo’s Neil Ewing during the Connacht semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

An attendance of 31,000 descended upon Tuam when Galway hosted Mayo in the Connacht final of 1999. Derided in the early part of the decade as the sick(...)

 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 (left) and Gavin Duffy (centre) along with Mayo players at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We were delighted to welcome David Gillick in to us on the Irish Times Second Captains Podcast on Monday, to talk about his decision to retire from in(...)

 Joe Canning celebrates scoring a late penalty. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea lose out to Roscommon’s Cathal Shine in Sunday’s Connacht football championship semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.

I was watching the Mayo players on Sunday with full sympathy for the situation they found themselves in. When your year is all about winning the All-I(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and Neil Collins of Roscommon in action during the Connacht SFC semi-final at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 0-13 Roscommon 1-9: So Mayo eventually found a way past the proverbial blanket and bus – then survived the thunder and crashing of a Roscommon go(...)