Matthew Ruane

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Dublin’s Brian Fenton with Aidan O’Shea and Seamus O’Shea of Mayo at their All-Ireland SFC semi-final match at  Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

I found myself in Dublin early on Saturday morning. It was a hectic week for Mayo supporters. The Super 8s did their job in the sense that the four be(...)

Croke Park, Sunday: as Kerry and Tyrone warmed up to an atmosphere more fitting for a league semi-final, the general pall around the place felt like a pretty straightforward reaction to Dublin’s awesome second half the previous night. Photograph: Tommy Dickson: ©INPHO

Mad the things you find in an idle hour. Hopping over a few lily pads online during the week, this column came across a news story in The Irish Times (...)

Mayo are an older team now than when they last met Dublin in the 2017 final. It would appear as if this is the greatest team of all time they are playing. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And then there were four. Kerry-Tyrone has its own recent history and edge and I am sure it will produce a worthy finalist on Sunday. But I think it i(...)

  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(...)

Diarmuid O’Connor is back in contention for Mayo as they take on Donegal in Saturday’s crucial Super 8s clash in Castlebar. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

SATURDAY Mayo v Donegal, MacHale Park, Castlebar, 6.0 (live on Sky Sport Arena) On the one hand there is no available data to support the idea that (...)

Despite crucifying defeats and outlandish ill-luck and decision making, the Green and Red have been ignoring the writers and naysayers, prophesying their demise since 2014.

Football won’t end this Mayo team. Physiology will. That and old age. The 2011 All Ireland semi-finals heralded a new age in football. Jim McGuinness (...)

Rian O’Neill scores a goal for Armagh in the victory over Monaghan at Clones. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Echoes of the past in Castlebar this Saturday. The later rounds of the All-Ireland football qualifiers are no longer simply about staying afloat but c(...)

Cillian O’Connor is expected to make his Mayo return against Down. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland qualifiers, round two [Extra time if necessary and winner on the day] SATURDAY Antrim v Kildare, Corrigan Park, 3pm – One of those qual(...)

Matthew Ruane will miss the Mayo’s qualifier against Down. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo midfielder Matthew Ruane will miss Mayo’s round two qualifier clash with Down in Newry following a broken collarbone sustained in training on Fri(...)

Mayo celebrate their league final win in Croke Park. It was a deserved success and long-time observers were impressed by the game management that conclusively saw off Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“The biggest thing is that it endorses and reinforces the work that we are doing on the training field. It’s a bit of tin and I’m sure in five weeks’ (...)

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