James Horan

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Mayo manager James Horan shakes hands with Dublin counterpart  Dessie Farrell after the game. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Dessie Farrell is quiet when he comes in. It’s over. Seven years since Dublin last lost a championship game and here they are. Defeated. That it is Ma(...)

 Tommy Conroy celebrates as Mayo take the lead in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

House on fire. After six years of unbroken domination that at times left the rest of the country in despair, Dublin, All-Ireland champions 2015-2020, (...)

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal during the Connacht final win over Galway. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

I think we could be in for something ferocious and spectacular from the throw-in this evening. And I think it is imperative that Mayo approach tonight(...)

 Dublin’s Kevin McManamon scores his side’s third goal against Mayo in the 2015 semi-final replay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As the Dublin-Mayo rivalry heads into a 10th championship meeting in 10 years, there is valid focus on the strength of the respective benches. This ha(...)

The transition of Mayo under James Horan has been both swift and successful. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When I look at Mayo now, my first thought is that you have to hand it to James Horan. When he came back on board as manager at the end of 2018, everyb(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Oisín Mullen: while some team-mates have struggled for their best form, Kilkenny remains reliable and still takes a lot of stopping on the big day in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The championship has raced by. Suddenly we are in mid-August and the contest has been a straightforward sideshow to establish the usual suspects. Most(...)

Mayo’s Matthew Ruane celebrates after scoring a goal in the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An athlete came to see me once, looking to get something off their chest – something that had been bothering them. The back story was they had entered(...)

Mayo captain Aidan O’Shea at tech repair group Pair Mobile, which is celebrating its 10th birthday. As well as smart phones, they also do repairs on laptops and tablets. They are an Irish, family run business with walk-in stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. They also take posted devices from anywhere in the country. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall

By night-time on Tuesday April 20th, Mayo captain Aidan O’Shea was coming to terms with the realisation that his season was over. A knee injury on the(...)

Aidan O’Shea lifts the Nestor Cup as Mayo celebrate the Connacht final win over Galway at Croke Park. Positioning the towering O’Shea at full forward is the best option for Mayo going forward. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Life has taught me that when it comes to the forensic analysis of Mayo-Galway championship games, the coin flip is best. I did a lot of previewing an(...)

Mayo’s Stephen Coen and Paddy Durcan celebrate at the final whistle of the Connacht SFC Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo keep rolling on, Galway keep rolling over. This Connacht final played out as the ultimate display of the distance between the major warring facti(...)

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