Colm Boyle

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Colm Boyle has become the latest Mayo stalwart to confirm his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Colm Boyle has retired, and another great from the last decade of football is gone. He leaves with four All Star awards, a record for Mayo which he sh(...)

Mayo’s Eoghan McLaughlin lies on the ground after a challenge  from Dublin’s John Small during the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

When your opponent is favourite to win an All-Ireland semi-final there is a reckoning that goes on in your head. Logic assures you that the other team(...)

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(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and Aidan O’Shea celebrate after winning the Connacht title last year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Castlebar hasn’t provided Mayo with many home comforts of late, from the run of league defeats they’ve suffered there – seven in the last 10 games – t(...)

Dublin manager Dessie Farrell has faced numerous challenges in 2020. Photograph: Inpho

At the end of 2019, there would have been no shortage of takers for the idea of Dublin as six-in-a-row champions but thanks to stirrings in China 12 m(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo contest a high ball during the 2012 semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In a fast crowded decade, it is the game that has somehow fallen through time. Nobody talks about Mayo-Dublin 2012, which is a shame. It was signific(...)

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(...)

Mayo’s  Cillian O’Connor receives  his PwC GAA/GPA Football Player of the Month award at Ballintubber GAA Club.  Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor, readying himself for a fifth All-Ireland final (sixth, including the 2016 replay), took time out to receive his PwC GAA/GPA F(...)

David Power: The Tipp manager’s call to bring in the likes of Paddy Christie was an astute move. The players delivered an historic Munster title but  the management too deserve huge credit. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dara Ó Cinnéide is a very bright lad, one of the brightest I ever played with – although that might not be saying a whole pile. Paddy Bawn Brosnan on(...)

James Horan: “We don’t see it as young and old at this stage. The guys are training together, whoever does well plays. That is where we are at.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

If the last thing James Horan could have imagined in his second coming as Mayo football manager was the prospect of all All-Ireland semi-final against(...)

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