Colin Sheridan: Time to do what’s best for Mayo

Colin Sheridan: Time to do what’s best for Mayo

It’s one of the most meme-worthy moments in recent cinema, when, in the movie Gone Girl, Ben Affleck’s character poses awkwardly beside a poster of his ...

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Colin Sheridan: How Gavin avoided all unnecessary attention with the same quiet control he did that melee in Tralee

Colin Sheridan: How Gavin avoided all unnecessary attention with the same quiet control he did that melee in Tralee

What will be telling is just departed Dublin manager Jim Gavin next step. Does he withdraw from public life, J D Salinger-style, never to practice his hard-to-define ...

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They’re a different breed up in Mayo

They’re a different breed up in Mayo

For all the strangeness marinating Mayo football at the moment, there was nothing more bizarre than the sight of a herd of four-legged animals heading for the Sportlann, ...

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‘Ireland are a lot like Mayo have been the last few years’

‘Ireland are a lot like Mayo have been the last few years’

It’s a long way from the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa to Tuam Stadium in the heartland of North Galway, especially if you go via The Twickenham ...

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Croke Park may have more geniuses on show than an M.I.T. fire drill

Croke Park may have more geniuses on show than an M.I.T. fire drill

Genius, we have long known, is subjective and wears many faces. Whether it’s Messi riding tackles, Steve Smith knocking another century in the Old Trafford ...

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Second half memorable for countless instances of herculean bravery

Second half memorable for countless instances of herculean bravery

Maybe more than a Kerry victory to save the game from the evil empire, maybe more than a phenomenal Dublin team winning a historic five in a row, Gaelic football ...

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Defining characteristic of Moran’s stellar career was reinvention

Defining characteristic of Moran’s stellar career was reinvention

The legend goes that, upon his release from 27 years imprisonment, the first words Nelson Mandela uttered as he shielded his eyes from the hot South African sun ...

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Prepare to be spoken down to

Prepare to be spoken down to

“The 10 thought about finding grass, but instead chose to offload to a one-out runner..."

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This was blue blood territory and it was box office

This was blue blood territory and it was box office

The craic started early this weekend. Long before a sliotar was pucked in Croke Park, there was pulling and hooking and sideline cutting aplenty around the capital. ...

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At half-time, even the most cynical Mayo fan must have felt their blood pressure rise

At half-time, even the most cynical Mayo fan must have felt their blood pressure rise

As the hawks patrolled the skies above Croke Park on Saturday evening, Mayo folk averted their gaze from the carcass of their rollercoaster season, and looked west, ...

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Mayo sail east. Imperfect, stubborn, and defiant

Mayo sail east. Imperfect, stubborn, and defiant

Imagine trying to convince somebody that, after 68 years of trial and epic failure, the prize they crave so badly will never be theirs, always beyond them.

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Floating ideas on Ireland’s migrant culture

Floating ideas on Ireland’s migrant culture

Jason Deans’ exhibition in Cobh touches on Brexit and emigration, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Hurlers appear more humble, and utterly infatuated with their sport

Hurlers appear more humble, and utterly infatuated with their sport

Colin Sheridan With the sporting summer we’ve so far had — Irish cricketers storming Lord’s, young Irish soccer players dazzling in Europe, young ...

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Ready for the Fall campaign

Ready for the Fall campaign

Are you a Gaelic football fan who is interested in American politics, but doesn’t want to listen to a 90-minute New Yorker podcast in order to sound hip at ...

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'It was as if that aging Face App technology was superimposed over the Mayo team'

'It was as if that aging Face App technology was superimposed over the Mayo team'

Little House on the Prairie is not an obvious starting point for a Super 8s allegory, but of all the virtues required by those who read and write about Mayo football, ...

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Body of work allows artist cope with grief of losing her son

Body of work allows artist cope with grief of losing her son

Dearbhail Connon worked intermittently following her son’s death, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Galway in danger of becoming Gaelic footballing equivalent of the Fyre Festival — all promise, no product

Galway in danger of becoming Gaelic footballing equivalent of the Fyre Festival — all promise, no product

Three Sundays ago, at the midpoint of a Connacht SFC final nobody was loving too much, you could have forgiven Galway manager Kevin Walsh a micro-breath of presumptuous ...

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Mayo were back... until a very Mayo thing happened

Mayo were back... until a very Mayo thing happened

Not so very long ago, Mayo footballers took to the stage like Beyoncé; all angel wings, backing singers and brass bands.

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Turbulence a given in flight of their lives, but Dublin have Gavin in the cockpit

Turbulence a given in flight of their lives, but Dublin have Gavin in the cockpit

If you stepped aboard a flight today, and you heard Jim Gavin introduce himself as the captain from the cockpit, you would feel immediately reassured.

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Longing returns and history also beckons

Longing returns and history also beckons

Longing — wrote Don DeLilo in his opus Underworld — on a large scale, makes history.

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With none available, he built a training pitch beside his house

With none available, he built a training pitch beside his house

Long before the ethos of the GAA club became a marketing stick to gently beat us over the head with, one man from a small parish in West Mayo had a vision of how ...

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Mayo look set to continue to frustrate and delight in equal measure

Mayo look set to continue to frustrate and delight in equal measure

When the time comes for the movie to be made about Mayo football, the first words you will see with the opening credits will read “Loosely based on actual ...

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