Conor Loftus

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September’s All-Ireland provided a breath-taking  spectacle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Football is the wallpaper of Irish sporting life. On the first available Saturday of January, Kildare and Longford were facing off in the O’Byrne Cup (...)

Mayo supporters stuck with their team, and travelled with them through 10 games this year. Other counties could experience something similar next year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The proposal to split the last eight teams left in the All-Ireland senior football championship into two groups of four teams instead of playing four (...)

Paddy Durcan equalises for Mayo and takes the All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry to a replay. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

10 Andy Moran’s goal v Kerry All-Ireland semi-final replay, Croke Park, August 26th The moment at which Mayo became a different proposition. Five p(...)

Twins Clara  and Maria Harrington from  Westport flying the flag for Mayo ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football final against Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Mealey

When Dutchman Dirk Schonkeren sculpted a milk chocolate version of the Sam Maguire Cup, he never expected it would become a rotating window display ov(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

You can be certain Jim Gavin has an idea of where he wants to go and who he wants to use already when his main men like Cluxton, O’Sullivan and Connolly finally move on. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The list of genuine insights rationed out by Jim Gavin for public consumption is notoriously and deliberately a short one. We are used it by now and h(...)

Mayo’s Conor Loftus is closed down by  Martin McMahon and Dean Ryan of Clare during the Round 3A football qualifier at Cusack Park in Ennis. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Clare 0-13 Mayo 2-14 Mayo showed their ruthless streak when the O’Connor brothers struck for two goals inside two minutes to kill this qualifying ti(...)

Paul Geaney scores a goal for Kerry in the Munster SFC Final against Cork at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sitting in the crowd in Killarney on Sunday, it was very obvious just how much of a running game football has become. In Kerry, we’d like you to think(...)

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