Monaghan’s Conor McManus with Chris Barrett and Brendan Harrison of Mayo during the Allianz  Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 1-18 It’s not even Easter and already Mayo are rising from the dead. Written off just a few weeks ago on a dismal night against th(...)

Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan with Lee Keegan of Mayo. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin 1-12 Mayo 0-7 Oh well. We came armed with stats and catchy intros and promptly scribbled them out - Dublin restoring football’s world order wi(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea claims the ball during the Allianz Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo 1-8 Roscommon 1-7 Ye gads. Mayo and the usual hyper-drama. Roscommon hopped over the border and came desperately close to their first league in (...)

 Australia’s Robbie Tarrant spoils the mark for Aidan O’Shea in the second Test of the international rules series, which ended in two defeats for Ireland. Photograph:   Paul Kane/Getty Images

Australia 53 [0-15-8] Ireland 50 [2-10-8] Australia win series 2-0 The irony is that, as the international series continues to bob above the surface,(...)

Australia’s Nat Fyfe celebrates scoring a goal in Adelaide. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Australia 63 [2-13-12], Ireland 53 [1-13-8] That Russian roulette feeling you get before first tests with no real clues as to which barrel is going t(...)

Dublin’s James McCarthy: he has been  nominated for the Footballer of the Year award. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

The release of the nominations’ list for this year’s PwC football All-Stars reflects Dublin’s historic achievement of a first All-Ireland football thr(...)

  Chris Barrett challenges PAddy Andrews at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. David Clarke Until late on Mayo had won all but one of their kickouts, and he pulled off a terrific save to deny Paul Mannion a goal. Yet Mayo los(...)

Dublin captain  Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland football final win over Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 1-17 Mayo 1-16 It came down, as it almost always does between Dublin and Mayo, to one kick. Dean Rock, 40 metres out from the Davin goal on an(...)

1 David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites) Age: 33 Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 14st 2lbs, 90kg Occupation: Garda The 2016 All Star goalkeeper is arguabl(...)

Mayo’s Paddy Durcan kicking  an  equalising point against Kerry in Croke Park to force a semi-final replay. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

So, what do we mean when we say we think Mayo will win on Sunday? Is it an informed, dispassionate decision having pored over the relevant data, looke(...)

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