Conor Loftus

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Darren McCurry finishes for Tyrone’s second goal after Conor McKenna draws the defence and provides the astute pass. When the chance came and the right thing had to be done, all that practice and training clicked into place and they buried Mayo without having to even think about it. Photograph: Jams Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland finals are merciless occasions. They don’t care who you are or what you’ve been through or how far you’ve come. They are over so quickly t(...)

Tyrone’s Darren McCurry ’s  scores his side’s second goal during the victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone 2-14 Mayo 0-15 For all the historical portents and yearning around Mayo, the 2021 All-Ireland football title was not decided by anything more (...)

Mayo stand for the national anthem ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

1. Rob Hennelly Rob Hennelly Club: Breaffy. Age: 31. Debut: 2011 v London. Occupation: Marketing manager A potential match-winner fo(...)

Oisín Mullin has not been named in the Mayo team for Saturday’s All-Ireland football semi-final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo have not named Oisín Mullin in their starting 15 to take on Dublin in this evening’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Mullin suffe(...)

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(...)

Aidan O’Shea lifts the Nestor Cup as Mayo celebrate the Connacht final win over Galway at Croke Park. Positioning the towering O’Shea at full forward is the best option for Mayo going forward. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Life has taught me that when it comes to the forensic analysis of Mayo-Galway championship games, the coin flip is best. I did a lot of previewing an(...)

 Aidan O’Shea celebrates after the game. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

When he finished his speech on the steps of the Hogan Stand, Aidan O’Shea put down the microphone and grabbed the Nestor Cup to bring it to his teamma(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan celebrates with his daughter Lile in the JJ Nestor Cup after the win over Galway in the Connacht SFC Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo 2-14 Galway 2-8 An old story told in a different style still came to a familiar conclusion at Croke Park with James Horan’s latest championship (...)

In Mayo’s two Connacht Championship games so far, Ryan O’Donoghue has had 16 shots and scored 1-11. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

On Sunday, for the first time in 12 years, Mayo will play a championship match in Croke Park without Cillian O’Connor in the line-up. It hasn’t happe(...)

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(...)

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