Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor reacts to a missed goal chance during the qualifier defeat to Kildare in Newbridge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

July dawns and for the first time in eight years, being a Mayo football supporter means you’re looking backwards instead of forwards. This Monday mor(...)

  Tom Flynn of Galway and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during Sunday’s  Connacht  Football Championship quarter-final in  MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sunday in Castlebar in ways replicated last year’s championship meeting between Galway and Mayo in Pearse Stadium: a claustrophobic tight match of inc(...)

Final whistle: Galway’s Eoghan Kerin celebrates his side’s victory over Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-12 It was never a match that could equal the vast hopes and passions of the occasion, with the fault lines along the Mayo-Galway b(...)

Johnny Heaney of Galway celebrates scoring a goal to beat Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-12 For the longest time, these two big football counties didn’t know quite know how to take their leave of each other, like neighb(...)

Mayo’s Aiden O’Shea  with Johnny Heaney, Sean Kelly, Declan Kyne and Barry McHugh of Galway during their   Division One clash at Pearse Stadium, Galway, in February. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

 Connacht SFC quarter-final: Mayo v Galway Sunday, MacHale Park, Castlebar, 4pm Down the track it comes. There’s nothing like a big first-roun(...)

In action for the Mayo Under-21s in 2016, Eoin O’Donoghue will make his senior championship debut on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Championship debutant Eoin O’Donoghue has been named in Mayo’s starting XV for Sunday’s Connacht quarter-final against Galway. Stephen Rochford has r(...)

Mayo goalkeeper Rob Hennelly is unable to keep out Paul Mannion’s early goal. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Dublin 2-10 If ever you saw a four-point hiding, this was it. Dublin stretched their record against Mayo under Jim Gavin to 10 wins from 13(...)

Tempers flare in the closing stages of the Allianz Football League Division One game between Galway and Mayo at   Pearse Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wild West The increasingly evident friction between Mayo and Galway came to the fore again on Sunday with an on-field melee and three red cards in th(...)

 Mayo’s Eoin O’Donoghue and Kerry’s Shane Enright scuffle. Photograph; John McVitty/Inpho

Kerry 1-15 Mayo 2-9 Sometimes it’s good to stir the hornets net. Kerry’s youngsters came to Castlebar, shot the lights out, bullied venerable Mayo na(...)

David Clifford scored 4-4 in the All-Ireland minor final win over Derry. Photograph: Inpho

David Clifford hasn’t played senior football for Kerry yet, but he is already expected to stop Dublin from winning four, and definitely five, All-Irel(...)

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