Sam Maguire

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The €19.06 million ticket was won in Castlebar, Co Mayo on Saturday night. Photograph: The Irish Times

Castlebar’s status as the luckiest town in Europe continues following the announcement that the largest ever Irish Lotto prize has been won there. Th(...)

Paddy McGrath celebrates with Sam Maguire in 2012. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal’s All-Ireland winning defender Paddy McGrath has retired from intercounty football. Speaking to the Donegal News, the 32-year-old confirmed (...)

Kevin McManamon lifts Sam Maguire in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin’s eight-time All-Ireland winner Kevin McManamon has announced his retirement from intercounty football aged 34. McManamon spent 12 years with (...)

Proposal B is completely bonkers. It is absurd in the extreme, arguably the worst collective idea since the governmental tax on children’s shoes in the early 1980s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Somewhere in the Billy Connolly comedy archives is a sketch where he claims that Mexican food is always the same dish, just folded differently. “That’(...)

Roscommon showed us in 2017 the joy that comes with winning a provincial title. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s late October, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and normally GA championship draws. That usually provides a focus on the following year, w(...)

Tyrone’s Ulster Championship victory was surely a springboard to All-Ireland success. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

We tend to sleepwalk into things in life. If the current All-Ireland football championships proposals are passed, then very soon the big summer jambor(...)

Darren McCurry finishes for Tyrone’s second goal after Conor McKenna draws the defence and provides the astute pass. When the chance came and the right thing had to be done, all that practice and training clicked into place and they buried Mayo without having to even think about it. Photograph: Jams Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland finals are merciless occasions. They don’t care who you are or what you’ve been through or how far you’ve come. They are over so quickly t(...)

Tyrone’s Darren McCurry ’s  scores his side’s second goal during the victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tyrone 2-14 Mayo 0-15 For all the historical portents and yearning around Mayo, the 2021 All-Ireland football title was not decided by anything more (...)

Dermot Flanagan in action for Mayo against Roscommon in the 1989 Connacht final. ‘When I played in the finals in 1989, 1996 and ’97, I had no knowledge of this ‘myth’ as it was never referred to by any of the members of that team or anyone else.’ Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

When Dermot Flanagan dismisses the Mayo ‘curse,’ as having the same basis in reality as “a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow”, he does so with some (...)

The long-suffering Mayo fans will be hoping the 70-year wait for Sam Maguire will end on Saturday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The intense build-up to Saturday’s All-Ireland final between Mayo and Tyrone has included some familiar curiosity about the Mayo mind. Our colourful s(...)

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