James Horan

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David Moran set the appropriate tone for Kerry in  last weekend’s Super 8s clash with Mayo  via his early feisty exchanges with  Aidan O’Shea. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The big thing to remember about the Super 8s is that it’s relentless. You play your game, you eat your meal, you get on the bus and you go looking to (...)

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(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford and Brendan Harrison of Mayo in the Division One league final in Croke Park in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everything comes back to brass tacks eventually. We can come up with structures and formats and tiers and all the rest of it until we’re blue in the f(...)

Mayo Manager James Horan at the All-Ireland SFC round 4 qualifier between Mayo and Galway at LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What goes around, comes around. Five years ago, give or take, James Horan stepped down as Mayo manager after an All-Ireland extra-time defeat by Kerry(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates his team’s win over Galway in Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 2-13 Galway 1-13 Mayo, the great survivors of qualifier football over the past four years, made up for their only lapse – last year – by reachin(...)

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(...)

Healy Park, Omagh for the clash of Dublin and Tyrone last summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monday’s All-Ireland qualifier round four draw has clarified the picture on the All-Ireland quarter-final group stages, which begin later this month. (...)

Mayo’s Conor Loftus and Aidan Forker of Armagh get involved at half-time during the All-Ireland SFC round-three qualifier at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 2-13 Armagh 1-15 Now or nowhere, and this time instinct and experience stood to Mayo on their home ground, coming first on the bounce and then s(...)

Down’s Conor Poland tackles  Aidan O’Shea  of Mayo during the All-Ireland SFC qualifier at Páirc Esler in  Newry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Down 1-11 Mayo 1-16 It may not have been their Rubicon, but winning a championship game in Ulster can finally be thrown on to Mayo’s resume. More im(...)

James Horan: Mayo manager led  his side to the Allianz Football League title and will expect a sustained championship challenge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Much of the focus of the weekend’s qualifier round two falls on the big Ulster clash between Armagh and Monaghan but Mayo, who have reached All-Irelan(...)

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