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 Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly in action against Tyrone last weekend. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly has been named in Dublin’s matchday 26 for Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo. Connolly made his first appearance since(...)

  Mayo manager James Horan celebrates at the final  whistle following the victory over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Minutes after the final whistle, the Mayo clans began to make the usual plans for an August visit to Dublin. Lodgings to secure, vintage Padden and Mc(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores a goal past Meath’s substitute goalkeeper Marcus Brennan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 2-17 Meath 0-14 Hard to know how many more of these Mayo have in them. On a different day against a better team, there’s no guarantee they’d hav(...)

Lee Keegan rues a missed chance. Keegan,   Diarmuid O’Connor and Kevin McLoughlin all missed routine opportunities – the exact  sort you never see a Dublin player miss. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Greta Thunberg needn’t worry herself. Saturday night in Castlebar was a reminder that some things are hardy enough to survive the worst of whatever th(...)

Roscommon’s Andrew Glennon celebrates with supporters  after the Connacht SFC semi-final victory over Mayo at   MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 0-17 Roscommon 2-12 On a weekend when the green wave swept through the country in a political upheaval, another force of nature erupted at MacHa(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Matthew Queenan of New York in action. Photograph: Andy Marlin/Inpho

Mayo 1-22 New York 0-4 Mayo’s visit to Gaelic Park on Sunday was a Bronx tale in two parts: one on the field and the other of it. While the newly cr(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus with Chris Barrett and Brendan Harrison of Mayo during the Allianz  Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 1-18 It’s not even Easter and already Mayo are rising from the dead. Written off just a few weeks ago on a dismal night against th(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Andy Moran: the veteran Mayo forward still has the ability to  pose a threat to Galway’s defence in the Connacht SFC semi-final at Salthill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Connacht SFC semi-final: Galway v Mayo, Pearse Stadium, Sunday 4.0 Live, RTÉ 1 Here’s a match with profound implications for the winners and losers a(...)

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