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The little part of Roscommon that will, for GAA purposes, be forever Mayo - Irish Times

John O'Mahony, Fine Gael TD, answers his phone. There's a reporter on the other end. Wants to chat about a piece for the Connacht final. No problem, says Johnno, fire away. “It's about the frontier town of Ballaghaderreen,” you say. “Oh Jesus,” says ...and more »

Kerry gold, Mayo box office & a rising Rossies force -

There was a nice enough game of football between Kerry and Galway with the Kingdom easing into the last four with plenty to spare. Only two yellow cards in a high-stakes game suggests a certain lack of bite. And then we got the rollercoaster that is ...and more »

Praise aplenty after Keegan's midfield deployment -

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford pulled the wool over the eyes of his Roscommon counterpart Kevin McStay by playing Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan at midfield during the first half of their All-Ireland SFC quarter-final on Sunday. Normally a wing-back ...and more »

Roscommon desperate to get to where Mayo have been - Irish Times

Mayo's aversion to anything approaching an easy life endures. More and more, their matches in the 2017 championship feel like those everlasting candles you get on birthday cakes. Regardless of how hard they blow, Mayo seem to find the job of ...and more »

When Roscommon were kings of football - Irish Times

The true gems of Irish pub culture, like Magan's of Killashee or The Three Jolly Pigeons in Tang, are inevitably the most obscure and do little shouting about themselves. The football used in 1943 and '44 featured in Murray's window as part of an ...and more »

Croke Park experience 'money in the bank' for young Roscommon - Irish Times

Kevin McStay has a broadcaster's feel for this stuff. For the drama of it all and the damn little harm there is in giving expression to that. In an RTÉ studio, he might have picked this game apart with a gimlet eye and held its myriad flaws against it ...and more »

GAA weekend that was: Mayo's gruelling summer marathon - Irish Times

Anyone who knows anything about marathon running will tell you it's not the distance that kills, it's the pace. As championship runs go, Mayo are fast entering marathon territory and the only question now is whether or not they can handle the pace ...and more »

Mayo and Roscommon hand it to each other before taking a draw - Irish Times

Mayo 1-12 Roscommon 2-9. Belief can sometimes be a scarce thing in Croke Park and neither of these teams could quite find enough of it in the end, Roscommon and then Mayo staring both victory and defeat in the face before somehow surrendering to both ...and more »

Stephen Rochford and Kevin McStay get their wish -

The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final replay between Roscommon and Mayo will be played on the August Bank Holiday Monday at Croke Park. This is a move that will please Stephen Rochford and Kevin McStay who called on the GAA to fix ...and more »

Croke Park braced for busy weekend as championship hots up - Irish Times

All back to Croker, then. If the football championship is a summer party, we're reaching the point at which the liggers have been moved on and the chosen few who remain are being beckoned into the good room. Eight teams, four games, one weekend. The ...and more »