Using Barry Moran  as a defensive sweeper against Donegal to negate the influence of Michael Murphy was a bold statement by Mayo’s joint managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

There is an appropriate symmetry in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly being the joint-architects of the innovative tactical plan which has been the most ey(...)

Donegal’s Neil McGee is unable to prevent Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea breaking free to score the opening goal in last Saturday’s  All-Ireland Gaelic Football quarter-final  in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There was a poignant moment at the end of the Mayo-Donegal game on Saturday. I was looking down at the teams coming off the field and Mayo were being (...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York: ‘It will be an honour for me to travel to the west of Ireland and open Ireland’s National Public Novena on August 14th, with Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, in Knock.’  Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

The first transatlantic pilgrimage flight to Knock shrine will touch down in Co Mayo tomorrow. The inaugural Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Ireland We(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, addresses  Catholics at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in   February  2013.  File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

About 200 people are expected to accompany Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, on the first chartered pilgrimage from that archdiocese to (...)

Roscommon’s Dr.Hyde Park has been named as the venue for the Connacht Championship final. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht GAA have announced Roscommon’s Dr. Hyde Park as the venue for this year’s Connacht Football Championship finals, which take place on July 19t(...)

Face-off: Galway captain Gary O’Donnell and Mayo captain Andy Moran will be hoping the Connacht title will lead to Croke Park glory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Mayo manager John Maughan said a few years ago when discussing the impact of the qualifiers on the All-Ireland series that whereas the likes(...)

Galway have not beaten Mayo in the championship since 2008.

Connacht SFC Semi-final Galway v Mayo Pearse Stadium, Sunday 4pm, RTÉ 2 In a way this is the ideal championship opener for Mayo: tough enoug(...)

Galway’s Greg Higgins and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea: Mayo beat Galway by 17 points two years ago, but the gap has been narrowing. Photograph: Inpho

For the first time in a long time, I think Mayo really need to win the Connacht championship. In each of the last few years, they arrived at this week(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy in last year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay. The cornerback admits his side were “very bitter, very sore” over the defeat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Few teams captured the strangely unexpected openings of the Allianz Football League more than Mayo. After rolling over All-Ireland championship Kerry (...)

Kerry’s Pa Kilkenny and Adam Gallagher of Mayo hit the ground in their Allianz Football League Division 1 tussle in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Opening matches in the league rarely become reference points later in the year. It was of historical interest that Kerry have lost all of their openi(...)