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Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, as closely marked as he was by Keith Higgins last week, still won 22 possessions. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Venues don’t actually matter a toss in championship football, and once that ball is thrown in at the Gaelic Grounds this evening, the only thing the p(...)

Mayo’s  Andy Moran has been more influential coming off the bench. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Having started with what he described as the “bizarre” decision to stage this evening’s All-Ireland football semi-final replay in Limerick’s Gaelic(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

By half-time, yesterday’s GAA All-Ireland football semi-final had proceeded in conformity with the dampish-squib nature of this year’s football champi(...)

Mayo retain 13 players who started the semi-final between the counties three years ago. Just four Kerry players remain from that day. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Iinpho

Over the past 10 years Mayo have become formidable at winning All-Ireland semi-finals: just one defeat in five outings. The big prize continues to elu(...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran in action against Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé, the latter is one of the Kingdom’s few decorated stars from their victorious era. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Given that Irish Rail have decided that all roads lead to Dublin tomorrow, it’s as well that there’s enough fuel in the plots and plans of Mayo and Ke(...)

Mayo manager James Horan shakes hands with  Cork’s Colm O’Neill at the end of the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It always amazes me when a team gets annoyed at the end of close games like this, over whether or not more time should have been played. The only pers(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackled by Tomás Clancy, which resulted in the  Cork player receiving a black card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15Mayo came through this with gasping room only to spare. A game that took a while to ignite developed into a barn-burner by the end,(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor enjoys the big occasions at Croke Park. “We have had two huge disappointments there but we have had some of our best performances there too.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In January of 2011, Cillian O’Connor wrote down a brief set of personal goals for the football year ahead. He had just graduated from minor ranks but (...)

Mayo’s Chris Barrett tackles  Eddie Hoare of Galway during the Connacht final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16 Even if the ultimate ambition eludes them, this generation of Mayo footballer’s distinguished an era of remarkable commitment a(...)

Mayo’s Lee Keegan hits the back of the net after scoring a goal as Cillian O’Connor celebrates setting him up during the Connacht SFC Final at  MacHale Park in Castlebar.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo 3-14 Galway 0-16Mayo strengthened the ties with the 1951 team by becoming the first team to win four Connacht titles in a row since that gilded g(...)

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