Alan Dillon

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Kerry selector Donie Buckley: 'He’d always talk about initial contact – when you go into the tackle you should be turning the player or slowing him down.' Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The standout achievements by Kerry in the drawn All-Ireland final was the tactical clamp that prevented Dublin flooding into their customary scoring z(...)

Former Offaly star Sean Lowry in action for Mayo: “Mayo always had that doubt. Behind that swagger there was doubt all the time.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Some blame the ‘curse’; others say it’s simply misfortune; many claim it’s a concoction of both, blended together through decades of heartbreak. It’s(...)

Mayo’s Darren Coen in action against Roscommon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Somewhere along the way last Christmas, Mickey Conroy got talking to Donie Vaughan. Of all the Mayo old boys who have gone about their lives on dry la(...)

Corofin’s Micheal Lundy and Ciaran McGrath lift the trophy. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Corofin (Galway) 2-10 Ballintubber (Mayo) 1-9 Corofin bagged their third Connacht title on the bounce, but not before they underwent a stiff examinat(...)

Corofin are favoured to defeat  Ballintubber in the Connacht SFC by the expected return of new All Star Ian Burke (above) as well as his cousin Daithí. Photograph: Inpho

SUNDAY AIB Club SFC Connacht final Ballintubber (Mayo) v Corofin (Galway), MacHale Park, Castlebar, 2.0 (Live, TG4) The All-Ireland champions will (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits St Laurence O’Toole girls’ national school in Seville Place, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael’s future in the post-Enda era was much discussed at the Mayo GAA senior players’ inaugural Christmas lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. The bal(...)

Alan Dillon celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in 2012. He served the county with great distinction over a long career.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news earlier this week was of retirements and returns. For Wicklow’s James Stafford, he apparently couldn’t say “no” to his new manager John Evans(...)

Alan Dillon captained Mayo to the Connacht title in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo’s elusive quest for Sam Maguire will go on in 2018, but without the services of former All-Star forward Alan Dillon, after he confirmed his retir(...)

In a word . . . Mayo

It is a mantra of mine that some of the best writing in this newspaper is in the sports section. And not alone at the weekends. Indeed the article I s(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

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