Keith Higgins

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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(...)

Paddy Durcan: you couldn’t ask for a better put-together score under time pressure than his late equalising point in the drawn game against Kerry.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ten days out from the football final, one interesting thing we should look at is the age profile of the two teams. In general, Mayo are old and getti(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates at the final whistle after beating Kerry in their All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dublin 2-17 Tyrone 0-11 In the middle of all the historic achievement attending Mayo’s advance to a fourth All-Ireland final in six years – a first c(...)

Stephen Rochford: the Mayo manager has been subjected to a barrage of criticism for putting O’Shea on Donaghy. But Kerry’s full-forward line were restricted to just  0-5 from play. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It has been a ghoulish week for coverage of Gaelic football. For the second successive championship summer, Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford has been w(...)

Andy Moran: was a joy to watch. His movement and game intelligence was exemplary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpo

We waited all summer for this game and it didn’t disappoint. After a low-key All-Ireland championship spread over five months, the season spins around(...)

Neither fish nor fowl: Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea marks Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sometimes you can be too clever for your own good. There’s no harm in it and certainly no shame. The problem arises when you do it a second time, know(...)

Mayo’s Andy Moran scores his side’s opening goal despite Johnny Buckley’s attempt to block. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Kerry 2-14 Mayo 2-14 There was a lot of history repeating itself in Croke Park on Sunday. For the fourth year running, Mayo have ended up in a tight(...)

 Kerry fans with a flag supporting Kieran Donaghy in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three years ago, as you perused your All-Ireland football semi-final match programme, a name might have caught your eye on the Kerry subs’ bench. Numb(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates after Cillian O’Connor scored his side’s fourth goal against Roscommon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was away on holiday for the first game between Mayo and Roscommon so I made sure to come up to Croke Park for the replay, thinking there’d be a grea(...)

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final replay, Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

So now there’s a big four, apparently. Or maybe it’s still a big three, only Mayo were in it all along and people were claiming bigger things than Tyr(...)

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