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Mayo stand for the national anthem ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

1. Rob Hennelly Rob Hennelly Club: Breaffy. Age: 31. Debut: 2011 v London. Occupation: Marketing manager A potential match-winner fo(...)

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 (...)

Oisín Mullin has not been named in the Mayo team for Saturday’s All-Ireland football semi-final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo have not named Oisín Mullin in their starting 15 to take on Dublin in this evening’s All-Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park. Mullin suffe(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates at the final whistle of the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2017 All-Ireland final was 42 minutes old and Dublin were a point ahead. They had dominated the exchanges in the seven minutes since half-time. Pa(...)

 Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s third goal against Mayo in the 2015 semi-final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As the Dublin-Mayo rivalry heads into a 10th championship meeting in 10 years, there is valid focus on the strength of the respective benches. This ha(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their second goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Meath in July 2019. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players make championships. What has happened to Cillian O’Connor has brought this truth into sharp focus. On the last day of the league, Cillian was (...)

Dublin and Mayo players battle for the ball in the All-Ireland SFC final at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 In the chill of midwinter, the strangeness of the season intensified by the emptiness of the stadium, Dublin’s footballers exte(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire trophy after the victory over Mayo at Croke Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-14 Mayo 0-15 Leave Santa’s sleigh up on its blocks, tell the elves they’re furloughed. Dublin were in no mood for fairytales here as they co(...)

 Sean Kelly is fouled by Eoghan McLaughlin to deny Galway a late goal. Photograph: Inpho

Mayo 0-14 Galway 0-13 When it comes down to it, these counties hold up a mirror to the other. If Galway need to know who they are, then Mayo will pro(...)

Mayo have the players to push out quickly to pressure the opposition ball carrier. Photograph: Inpho

I’m excited by the prospect of the Connacht final because I feel this game could be a circuit breaker; a clear departure from the pattern of play we h(...)

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