Celebrations at the Aviva.  But we are not a people who do well with being told we’re the best in the world at anything. We all know this to be true.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

It will have occurred to many who take this newspaper of a morning that Saturday night’s stirring victory over New Zealand was, by all the usual measu(...)

Roscommon’s Niall Kilroy, Fintan Cregg and David Murray with Andy Moran of Mayo during  Sunday’s All-Ireland Championship quarter-final. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Rewatching the last 15 minutes of the Roscommon-Mayo game during the week, it quickly became clear that trying to make sense of it all was as pointles(...)

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan catches a ball over the head of Meath’s Mickey Burke. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

What the polar ice cap is to the world’s scientists, the high fetch is to the custodians of the GAA. Gaels have for decades worried and fretted over t(...)

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton lifts the Sam Maguire after the win over Mayo in the All-Ireland SFC Final  replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Spillane spoke for 31 counties. “Ah Jesus, I don’t know what to say to Mayo, honestly.” And what could you say? 1989, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2006, (...)

Rosemary McAuley (centre) and children Sam, Katie, Ciaran and Jennifer McDonald at their home on Broombridge Road, Cabra. Photograph: Alan Betson

Once more unto the breach as the fans of Dublin and Mayo travel to Croke Park with trepidation and hope in equal measure. Once again there is not a (...)

Mayo’s Michael Fitzmaurice tackles Tyrone’s John McGoldrick during the 1989 All-Ireland senior football semi-final. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A semi-final against Tyrone will resonate for Mayo supporters above a certain age. The counties met at this stage of the 1989 All-Ireland championship(...)

Aidan O’Shea of Mayo was the dominant midfielder on show in the quarter-finals. He is some physical specimen and clearly in the best condition of his adult life.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The furore over Seán Cavanagh’s rugby tackle on Saturday night has overshadowed some magnificent midfield performances across all four games.This obvi(...)