Mayo and Meath players get acquainted with each other during the 1996 All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Inpho

I have had a week or so of holidays in Ballina. It wasn’t the best timing to return to the fatherland after the controversy of the Dublin-Mayo game. I(...)

Mayo’s Colm McMenamon celebrates with fans after beating Kerry in the 1996 All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photograph: Inpho

It was a different world: before the qualifiers restructured the championship and before the calendar year redefined the season. Yet the 1996 All-Irel(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC Final  replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Spillane spoke for 31 counties. “Ah Jesus, I don’t know what to say to Mayo, honestly.” And what could you say? 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, (...)

Mayo supporter John Dunne outside his home yeaterday at Hawthorn Place in Knocknacarra, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It may be little known in Dublin, but is well-known in the west: Galway is the unofficial capital of Mayo. For decades Eyre Square has been first stop(...)