Stephen Rochford

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Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after the game:  “It’s not any easier. It’s very difficult losing finals by one point, two points.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Stephen Rochford will spend the month of October deciding whether or not he will return for the third year of his term as Mayo senior football manager(...)

Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Close but no coronation. Despite the absence of a fairytale ending to Mayo’s quest for ‘Sam’ 2017, thousands turned out for the team homecoming in Cas(...)

All-Ireland champions: Dean Rock kicks Dublin’s winning point against Mayo. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile via Getty

Ah, this September song. Dean Rock is weighing up the moment, eyeing the Canal End posts judiciously, taking cognisance of the breeze, of his heartbea(...)

Dublin celebrate after narrowly beating Mayo 1-17 to 1-16  in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Let the ovation ring on. Let it ring across the city tonight and deep into another brilliant All-Ireland autumn for Dublin, one of the finest football(...)

  Chris Barrett challenges PAddy Andrews at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

1. David Clarke Until late on Mayo had won all but one of their kickouts, and he pulled off a terrific save to deny Paul Mannion a goal. Yet Mayo los(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after his side’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Nothing about losing an All-Ireland football final ever gets any easier, and in the emotionally filled aftermath of this one Stephen Rochford is visib(...)

My sense is that Jim Gavin won’t start Diarmuid Connolly  while I would also keep his nemesis  Lee Keegan in reserve as it’s only four or five weeks since he had a serious illness. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relatively rare modern occurrence of the same final for the second year or the crowded history between the counties but I don’t think t(...)

The Mayo senior football team that won the 1951 All-Ireland senior football title against Meath at Croke Park. Pádraig Carney is five in from the right in the front row. Photograph:  The Mayo News

We have walked the desert and wrestled with the mirages. And hope still triumphs. Six and a half decades have passed since 1951, a memory so threadbar(...)

Diarmuid Connolly: would straight away become the best non-injured player ever to be held out of an All-Ireland final starting line-up. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The thing to remember about All-Ireland finals is that there is so much we don’t know at this point, even though we know these two teams so well. The (...)

Andy Moran reacts to a missed chance in last year’s All-Ireland SFC final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In a former life, the heroic lady whose dubious pleasure it is to have her life tangled up in mine – for better, for worse, for richer (ahem) and so o(...)

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