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These are scarcely believable days for Tyrone football. At their All-Ireland press night in Garvaghey, the management and selected players are seated (...)

Aidan O’Shea can will himself to bend the shape and direction of this All-Ireland final in his favour. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

What can be said about an All-Ireland final involving my home county of Mayo? It felt like they had exhausted all storylines over the past decade but (...)

Mayo’s Alan Dillon in action against Dublin’s John Small during the 2016 All-Ireland final, one of six he played in. ‘I don’t think players or managers take being favourites or underdogs to heart. They’re simply the opinions formulated by bookmakers or analysts.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Alan Dillon can reflect on six All-Ireland finals, more than half of the 10 Mayo have contested since the last win 70 years ago. Saturday is the first(...)

The Tyrone jersey and crest with the evocative red hand. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The evocative red hand against the white background is synonymous with Tyrone GAA, but few realise that the All-Ireland finalists once played in diffe(...)

 Ciarán McDonald at  TEG Cusack Park, in Mullingar, for Mayo’s game against Westmeath in May. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Ciarán McDonald may have parted ways with his intercounty playing days in 2007, but within Mayo’s mind and soul he never really left. There was always(...)

Padraig O’Hora and Enda Hession celebrate Mayo’s extra-time win over Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

This All-Ireland football will conjure up strange new sensations beyond the walls of Croke Park. Imagine the pinging and dinging of all those inter-co(...)

 Tyrone joint manager Brian Dooher: ‘It’s hard to compare teams: teams move on, different players come along, but all you want is teams to give their best, work as hard as they can and that’s what they did.’ Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Everyone has their own particular image of Brian Dooher on the field of play. Relentless certainty, fearless, indefatigable and nothing less than unda(...)

‘You definitely need to be a bit mad so borderline obsession is probably fair’: Mayo boss James Horan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A few days after Mayo’s seismic win over Dublin, a media gathering was hastily convened in MacHale Park. The Castlebar stadium has rarely looked so de(...)

 Colm Cavanagh in action for Tyrone against Dublin in the 2018 All-Ireland final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You only play your first final once. When the anthem ends next Saturday and everybody rubs their hands together, there will be 30 players on the pitch(...)

Hannah Tyrrell on the ball during Dublin’s All-Ireland semi-final win over Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There might have been a few double takes back in May from any one perusing Dublin’s list of scorers from their opening League game of the season again(...)

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