Conor Loftus

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Mayo’s Conor Loftus reacts to a missed chance as Dublin’s James McCarthy and Mick Fitzsimons look on at Croke Park. Just before half-time Loftus conceded possession via a quick sideline ball and within seconds Ciarán Kilkenny extended Dublin’s lead at the other end.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

We’re some load of straw-clutchers at the back of it all. Here and there since Saturday night, I’ve heard it said that the final showed Dublin are the(...)

Dublin and Mayo players battle for the ball in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 In the chill of midwinter, the strangeness of the season intensified by the emptiness of the stadium, Dublin’s footballers exte(...)

Aidan O’Shea can play a vital role in Mayo’s kick-out strategy as they look to gain an advantage against Brian Fenton and James McCarthy . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What do Mayo need to do? What can James Horan try? I suppose it’s a question that will be going through the minds of thousands of nervous Mayo support(...)

1. David Clarke Club: Ballina Stephenites Age: 37 Height: 6’ 2” Weight: 14st Occupation: Garda The best shot-stopper in the country but, with the pa(...)

Mayo have the players to push out quickly to pressure the opposition ball carrier. Photograph: Inpho

I’m excited by the prospect of the Connacht final because I feel this game could be a circuit breaker; a clear departure from the pattern of play we h(...)

Mayo’s Conor Loftus celebrates a goal against Galway in the recent league win at Tuam Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo’s decision to play Conor Loftus at midfield is one of the most unusual since the return of intercounty football last month.  James Horan’s (...)

Aidan O’Shea on the ball during Mayo’s thrashing of Galway. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Galway 0-17 Mayo 3-23 It would have been a day for Mayo to lock the gates and make their old enemies watch - had there been anyone inside to watch. A(...)

Mayo’s James McCormack battles for possession during the FBD Connacht Senior Football League semi-final against Galway at  Elvery’s MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Mayo 1-17 Galway 1-17 (Galway win 3-2 on penalties) Penalties were needed for the second year running before a verdict could be reached between Mayo (...)

Mayo’s Darren Coen in action against Roscommon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Somewhere along the way last Christmas, Mickey Conroy got talking to Donie Vaughan. Of all the Mayo old boys who have gone about their lives on dry la(...)

Cillian O’Connor is set to start for Mayo against Galway on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cillian O’Connor is set to make his first start of the year as Mayo take on Galway in Saturday evening’s huge qualifier clash in Limerick. 27-year-ol(...)

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