Jim McGuinness: Mayo must believe that they are the county that can bring down an empire

Magnitude of what may be about to unfold only adds to the intrigue

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal in the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal in the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An athlete came to see me once, looking to get something off their chest – something that had been bothering them. The back story was they had entered the New York marathon, planned meticulously and for a year their life was geared towards this.

They did everything right from the moment they got there until the start of the race when they were composed, in the shape of their life and ready to go for the best time they had run.

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