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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(...)

Mayo’s Robert Hennelly against Dublin. Morgan Treacy/INPHO

There’s a conservatism that runs through the GAA like the Great Atlantic coal seam. For decades, it has been reflected in tactical and personnel switc(...)

Mayo players stand for the national anthem before the All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Kildare in Newbridge which ended their season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This week a year ago, Mayo was bubbling. Both the men’s and women’s senior teams were getting ready for All-Ireland finals. The local papers were fel(...)

Tipperary  captain Brendan Maher during his time with the Adelaide Strikers in Australia whom he joined for two weeks in an episode of the ‘The Toughest Trade’

If you’re buying just one sports book for yourself or your loved ones this Christmas, it will probably be Paul O’Connell’s autobiography The Battle, w(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea: “I’ve never lost to Galway in a competitive game, minor, under-21, senior, so yeah, definitely a change and definitely didn’t see it coming.” Photograph: Inpho.

Aidan O’Shea has denied that Mayo are running out of steam after five years in contention for the All-Ireland. The current All Star was speaking afte(...)

Roscommon’s Ultan Harney in action against Monaghan’s Drew Wylie on the opening day of the league season – the Connacht side’s only defeat. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The draw for this year’s Connacht championship makes a provincial final between holders Mayo and Roscommon a possibility but the rivalry between the c(...)

“There are a lot of similarities in some of the stuff from a strength and conditioning and preparation point of view. Things that jumped out of me compared to our own game is obviously the stop-start nature of the game, but [also] the complete and utter explosiveness of the game, and there’s no wasted energy.”

Mayo centrefielder Aidan O’Shea has expanded on his opposition to the introduction of the mark in football. He was speaking at a media briefing on hi(...)

Dublin defender Philly McMahon celebrates scoring Dublin second goal in the All-Ireland semi-final replay against Mayo last summer. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Everyone remembers the goals in last year’s semi-final replay between Dublin and Mayo, an encounter memorably labelled by RTÉ’s Darragh Moloney as “t(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Well, you can’t be certain. You can’t be certain about . . . nearly everything,” reasons Cillian O’Connor when asked how he can’t be sure that Mayo w(...)

Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor at Croke Park: “It’s a new panel this year again, new management – everyone has a clean slate.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Although it wasn’t a rookie season – he made an isolated starting debut in 2014 – Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor was one of the most notable arrivals on th(...)

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