Tom Parsons

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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’ (...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus with Chris Barrett and Brendan Harrison of Mayo during the Allianz  Football League Division 1 match at  Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 1-18 It’s not even Easter and already Mayo are rising from the dead. Written off just a few weeks ago on a dismal night against th(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins closes in on Dublin’s Dean Rock during last year’s final. Tyrone don’t have the faith that Mayo had last year in their defenders, because they don’t have that calibre of player. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

This week I sat down to watch the 2017 All-Ireland football final. Primarily it was to see if there was anything in Mayo’s performance that could give(...)

Stephen Rochford: was granted a two-year extension to his term as Mayo manager last October, bringing him to the end of 2020. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is still in the process of pulling together a new management team for the 2019 season. The Crossmolina man met with May(...)

Horror of horrors: Mayo footballer Tom Parsons is treated by medical staff after his injury against Galway. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I have developed a habit recently of waking up in the middle of the night in pools of sweat from heatwave-induced horrors. If you thought drink-induc(...)

Lee Keegan at Croke Park for the launch of SuperValu’s #BehindTheBall Campaign:  “Second-best doesn’t get you anywhere, unfortunately. We know that all too well over the past six or seven years.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo’s 2016 Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan has underlined the need for the county to improve its discipline, as the team gets ready to pursue champ(...)

Will  Mayo players spend the next few weeks mourning the loss of Tom Parsons to injury? That’s not how it works. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tom Parsons will be hearing a lot of soothing words this week, so many of them that he’ll be nearly wishing someone would give out to him. Best wishes(...)

  Tom Flynn of Galway and Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during Sunday’s  Connacht  Football Championship quarter-final in  MacHale Park, Castlebar. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sunday in Castlebar in ways replicated last year’s championship meeting between Galway and Mayo in Pearse Stadium: a claustrophobic tight match of inc(...)

Final whistle: Galway’s Eoghan Kerin celebrates his side’s victory over Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-12 It was never a match that could equal the vast hopes and passions of the occasion, with the fault lines along the Mayo-Galway b(...)

Johnny Heaney of Galway celebrates scoring a goal to beat Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo 0-12 Galway 1-12 For the longest time, these two big football counties didn’t know quite know how to take their leave of each other, like neighb(...)

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