James Horan

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Former GAA president John Horan said Option A had very little support and suggested it be withdrawn. File photograph: Inpho

The GAA may consider withdrawing Option A – the proposal for four eight-county “provinces” – from Saturday’s special congress clár. The issue arose at(...)

Mayo manager James Horan has expressed a number of reservations about the propsed Option B for restructuring the football championship. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo manager James Horan has expressed reservations about Option B, the league-based championship format that goes before Saturday’s special congress.(...)

Mayo’s Pédraig O’Hora and Enda Hession celebrate at the final whistle after beating Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There is so much intrigue and speculation about this evening’s gripping All-Ireland final. Well, I think it is going to be a proper game of football.(...)

John O’Mahony: “This is a very young team and James Horan has done a fantastic job in transitioning so quickly.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

By the spring of 2020, John O’Mahony was in the best of spirits and liberated from a working life of two careers, teacher and politician. That year’s (...)

Rob Hennelly kicks the late equalising free which forced extra-time for Mayo in the memorable semi-final victory over Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They have been to this place before, some of them, when they were little more than kids. In 2008, Mayo and Tyrone met in the All-Ireland minor final, (...)

Tyrone’s All-Ireland stats are a tidy won three, lost three; Mayo’s are three, 14. They’ve lost more finals than Dublin, who have 10 times as many All-Irelands. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All-Ireland senior football final: Mayo v Tyrone, Croke Park, Saturday, 5pm – Live on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports Arena The final no one saw comin(...)

Aidan O’Shea celebrates the semi-final win over Dublin when he  was substituted and later reintroduced to the action.  I wouldn’t be surprised if people are talking about him having silenced the doubters afterwards. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There’s an interesting dynamic to this final in that everyone is going for their first All-Ireland success. The only people in the dressing rooms on (...)

Mayo’s Stephen Coen and Paddy Durcan celebrate at the final whistle of the Connacht final. Coen wants a 70 minute performance against Tyrone this weekend. Photograph: Lorraine O’SullivanInpho

The story of the Lucan-MacHale Park midnight shuttle is stitched into the fabric of Mayo’s football story over the last decade. For years, up to a do(...)

Aidan O’Shea can will himself to bend the shape and direction of this All-Ireland final in his favour. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

What can be said about an All-Ireland final involving my home county of Mayo? It felt like they had exhausted all storylines over the past decade but (...)

Mayo’s Alan Dillon in action against Dublin’s John Small during the 2016 All-Ireland final, one of six he played in. ‘I don’t think players or managers take being favourites or underdogs to heart. They’re simply the opinions formulated by bookmakers or analysts.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Alan Dillon can reflect on six All-Ireland finals, more than half of the 10 Mayo have contested since the last win 70 years ago. Saturday is the first(...)

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