Andy Moran

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Diarmuid Connolly: would straight away become the best non-injured player ever to be held out of an All-Ireland final starting line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thing to remember about All-Ireland finals is that there is so much we don’t know at this point, even though we know these two teams so well. The (...)

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’s Cora Staunton celebrates the victory over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Last Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final win for Mayo will see the women’s team return to Croke Park for the first time in over a decade, while just a f(...)

Paddy Durcan: you couldn’t ask for a better put-together score under time pressure than his late equalising point in the drawn game against Kerry.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ten days out from the football final, one interesting thing we should look at is the age profile of the two teams. In general, Mayo are old and getti(...)

Alan Brogan and Conal Keaney at the launch of Ireland’s First Family SportsFest at the National Sports Campus. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Alan Brogan’s last act in a Dublin jersey was perfection. The All-Ireland of 2015 was decided when Hill 16 swallowed his soaring late point against K(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins, Séamus O’Shea, Aidan O’Shea,  Colm Boyle and David Clarke close down Paul Geaney of Kerry during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Getting there. It is part of the Mayo DNA. Reek Sunday comes in all sorts of guises. It’s swampy hot on the Jones’ Road for once – actual August weat(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates at the final whistle after beating Kerry in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11 In the middle of all the historic achievement attending Mayo’s advance to a fourth All-Ireland final in six years – a first c(...)

Andy Moran scores a goal against Kerry. But what happens Mayo if he doesn’s excel and score 1-5 this weekend?  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The worry for Mayo is that despite all that, having played pretty decently throughout, going into injury-time they were still a point behind a Kerry (...)

Kerry’s David Moran and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

This magnetic rivalry has become a guessing game. Weigh both teams up collectively or pound for pound and the scales are just about even. It must have(...)

Former Offaly footballer Matt Connor with ex-Kerry star  Jack O’Shea at the inductees event at the GAA Museum Hall of Fame in Croke Park. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Jack O’Shea, Kerry’s outstanding centrefielder of the Mick O’Dwyer era, says he doesn’t expect there to be much change in Saturday’s All-Ireland repla(...)

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