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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits St Laurence O’Toole girls’ national school in Seville Place, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fine Gael’s future in the post-Enda era was much discussed at the Mayo GAA senior players’ inaugural Christmas lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. The bal(...)

Alan Dillon celebrates Mayo’s win over Dublin in 2012. He served the county with great distinction over a long career.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The news earlier this week was of retirements and returns. For Wicklow’s James Stafford, he apparently couldn’t say “no” to his new manager John Evans(...)

Alan Dillon captained Mayo to the Connacht title in 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo’s elusive quest for Sam Maguire will go on in 2018, but without the services of former All-Star forward Alan Dillon, after he confirmed his retir(...)

In a word . . . Mayo

It is a mantra of mine that some of the best writing in this newspaper is in the sports section. And not alone at the weekends. Indeed the article I s(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

Donal Vaughan celebrates scoring his  goal against Donegal in 2013. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the giddy aftermath of their team’s overwhelming win in the quarter-final replay against Roscommon, Mayo minds instantly travelled to one day of co(...)

A Mayo fan in the last few seconds of the All Ireland as Mayo were beaten by Dublin in the All Ireland at Croke Park Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It could be that chocolate Sam Maguire cup made by a Castlebar confectioner or Jimmy Lawlor’s artwork on a Kilmeena gable wall – if there were points (...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor misses a late free to level the score. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robert Hennelly 3 Disastrous selection. His floating kick outs gifted Dublin at least three points, contributed to Lee Keegan’s black card while hi(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring the equalising point late in injury time against Dublin in the drawn All-Ireland final at Croke Park. The score was a measure of O’Connor’s class and coolness under pressure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Even as Cillian O’Connor fell into the rhythm of his kicking style in the last seconds of the All-Ireland final against Dublin, with Mayo in desperate(...)

Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford leaves the field after the game on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford dismissed suggestions that there was anything deliberate or premeditated in the incident which saw numerous players coll(...)

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