Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran: ‘I don’t think there is any chance Aidan O’Shea doesn’t start, and I expect him to have a big game.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Moran is a fund of interesting observations on All-Ireland finals and more specifically Mayo’s role in them. The now retired former Footballer of(...)

Mayo’s Alan Dillon in action against Dublin’s John Small during the 2016 All-Ireland final, one of six he played in. ‘I don’t think players or managers take being favourites or underdogs to heart. They’re simply the opinions formulated by bookmakers or analysts.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Alan Dillon can reflect on six All-Ireland finals, more than half of the 10 Mayo have contested since the last win 70 years ago. Saturday is the first(...)

Limerick’s Cian Lynch celebrates after scoring one of his six points against Cork. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The most disconcerting thing about Cian Lynch is that his primary objective seems to be to help his team-mates to thrive. Every team knows that a key (...)

 Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty celebrates after the final victory over Cork. “There’s no selfishness on our team. The man in the best position gets the ball 99 times out of 100. That’s the way it has to be.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

At the end of the first quarter, Cork were bent double, like a boxer whose opponent had spent the last round working the kidneys. They had responded (...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates at the final whistle of the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2017 All-Ireland final was 42 minutes old and Dublin were a point ahead. They had dominated the exchanges in the seven minutes since half-time. Pa(...)

Tyrone GAA in consultation with Cork Park decided to test the panel of players and the results on Monday prompted the application for a postponement. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone, which was re-fixed for August 21st in response to a request for postponement by Tyrone because of(...)

Fans attending  the Dublin v Kildare Leinster football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A limited number of fans will be accommodated on the Hill 16 terrace at Croke Park for the All-Ireland football semi-finals and for both finals. Spec(...)

Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after Dublin’s win over Tyrone in the 2018 All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Oh no. Not another article about money and the Dubs. Turn the page, Mammy. Make the bad man stop. It’s All-Ireland final day. It’s nearly Christmas we(...)

Cillian O’Connor celebrates after scoring his second of four goals against Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the unexpected joys of lockdown was that I found music again. Like most teenagers, I was nuts about music. But then I lost it. So during the fi(...)

 Kilkenny’s Katie Power can’t hide her disappointment after last year’s All-Ireland final defeat to Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s often talk of how much heartache the male footballers of Mayo have experienced in Croke Park in recent times, but spare a thought for Kilkenny(...)

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