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Mayo’s Ryan O’Donoghue and Aidan O’ Shea at the final whistle after the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Mayo’s Ryan O’Donoghue and Aidan O’ Shea at the final whistle after the All-Ireland final. Photo: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Monday morning was overcast and squally in the west of Ireland: an appropriate backdrop to the general emotion in Co Mayo. What is the prevailing feeling for us after the latest All-Ireland final failure?

I think it is probably frustration and resignation edging into anger. We have found yet another county to lose an All-Ireland final to. We might have told ourselves stories in other years when we lost to Dublin to Kerry: ‘oh Galway got Kildare when they made their breakthrough in 1998’. We were up against Kerry, against Dublin, against that oppressive tradition. Those are self-deceptions. In 2012 it was Donegal who eclipsed us. And on Saturday it was Tyrone. This time, Mayo were favourites. It made no difference. The losing sequence continued.

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