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Fionnuala Colton with a painting of her brother Paul McGirr, who played on the Tyrone minor squad. Photograph: Ronan McGrade

He could have been one of the Tyrone footballing greats, but Paul McGirr died in 1997 after an accidental collision on the pitch in an Ulster minor fo(...)

Tyrone’s All-Ireland stats are a tidy won three, lost three; Mayo’s are three, 14. They’ve lost more finals than Dublin, who have 10 times as many All-Irelands. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All-Ireland senior football final: Mayo v Tyrone, Croke Park, Saturday, 5pm – Live on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports Arena The final no one saw comin(...)

Mayo fan Niall Moran, who flew from London, at Knock airport. ‘I promised I’d come over if we beat Dublin, so that’s exactly what I did,’ he said.  Photograph: David O’Connor

The Marian Shrine at Knock has seen many penitents over the years, but it was the nearby Ireland West Airport yesterday that saw the arrival of the la(...)

Dermot Flanagan in action for Mayo against Roscommon in the 1989 Connacht final. ‘When I played in the finals in 1989, 1996 and ’97, I had no knowledge of this ‘myth’ as it was never referred to by any of the members of that team or anyone else.’ Photograph: James Meehan/Inpho

When Dermot Flanagan dismisses the Mayo ‘curse,’ as having the same basis in reality as “a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow”, he does so with some (...)

Feargal Logan: “My thinking is, let’s get the head down and see if we can win this, because I have been that soldier that came out the wrong end and it is not easy rectified.” Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Given his wealth of experience and lofty reputation in the legal practice of mediation – including in sporting disputes – it is little wonder Feargal (...)

The long-suffering Mayo fans will be hoping the 70-year wait for Sam Maguire will end on Saturday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The intense build-up to Saturday’s All-Ireland final between Mayo and Tyrone has included some familiar curiosity about the Mayo mind. Our colourful s(...)

“I visited the sculpture of Cúchullain and Ferdia, depicted after their epic fight at the river ford for which the town is named”

In Ardee for a 5k road-race last Saturday, I visited the sculpture of Cúchullain and Ferdia, depicted after their epic fight at the river ford for whi(...)

 Former Mayo footballer Andy Moran: ‘I don’t think there is any chance Aidan O’Shea doesn’t start, and I expect him to have a big game.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Andy Moran is a fund of interesting observations on All-Ireland finals and more specifically Mayo’s role in them. The now retired former Footballer of(...)

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Fáilte Ireland has announced funding of €9 million to build outdoor dining spaces across Ireland over the next six months. As the summer draws to a c(...)

Aidan O’Shea celebrates the semi-final win over Dublin when he  was substituted and later reintroduced to the action.  I wouldn’t be surprised if people are talking about him having silenced the doubters afterwards. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There’s an interesting dynamic to this final in that everyone is going for their first All-Ireland success. The only people in the dressing rooms on (...)

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