Shane Curran, right, and Damien Kelleher celebrate St Brigid’s victory over Ballymun Kickhams in the All-Ireland senior club football final at Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1971 is celebrated as a year of rare vintages – the prized Petrus in Bordeaux, the Brora single malt from the Douglas Laing distillery and, in the (...)

The newly appointed Mayo management team of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

A turbulent meeting of the Mayo County Board tonight ended with the official ratification of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly as the new senior football (...)

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes, pictured here after leading Mayo to the under-21 All-Ireland title in 2006, will replace James Horan as joint managers of the senior team. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo have decided to go with joint managers to replace James Horan with Noel Connolly and Pat Holmes having been put forward by the interview committe(...)

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 (...)

Mayo’s Tom Cunniffe battling with Kerry’s Michael Geaney last week. Cunniffe could be assigned a different role today. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In considering his county’s prospects days prior to that thrilling draw against Kerry, Liam McHale hit upon an aspect of Mayo’s play that has been giv(...)

Mayo retain 13 players who started the semi-final between the counties three years ago. Just four Kerry players remain from that day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Iinpho

Over the past 10 years Mayo have become formidable at winning All-Ireland semi-finals: just one defeat in five outings. The big prize continues to elu(...)

Like the joke about the depressive economist, who forecast 10 of the last three recessions, apostles of black card Armageddon got yet another glimpse (...)

Croke Park broke new ground by staging the first floodlit All-Ireland final on an almost magical evening when David Fitzgerald’s Clare hurlers erupted through the twilight to capture a memorable replay victory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

When it has acquired a bit of sepia in time to come, 2013 will be remembered as an extraordinary year for the GAA. A century after its purchase, Croke(...)

As a player Jim Gavin flew under the radar but as manager it looks like he might hit the heights of success. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“In the flying school, you have to be very precise with time – there’s no clock five minutes fast. But my wife does that, which kind of irritates me a(...)

Donal Vaughan will line out for Mayo in Sunday’s Connacht final. Photograph:James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo come into Sunday’s Connacht final without both their goalkeepers, forcing Rob Hennelly’s recall to the panel and insertion straight into James Ho(...)