Mayo's epic 2017 journey back to the promised land

From the dark spring days of a poor League campaign, to provincial heartache, qualifier duress and Croke Park replays, Mayo's nine-game journey to Sunday's All-Ireland final has been long and winding. Gaelic football's perennial bridesmaids and the most consistent team of this decade have returned to the final - but their route has been circuitous and drama-filled. Even by Mayo standards.

4 February 2017

Dark Days are Here Again?

After a long winter mulling over their 2016 defeat, Mayo narrowly lose their Allianz League opener at home to Monaghan. On RTÉ's League Sunday, Pat Spillane holds out little hope for the Green and Red in 2017.

4 February 2017
18 May 2017

League Survival and Selfie Preservation

A two-point win at home to Donegal is enough to preserve Mayo's top-flight status but doubts remain about Gaelic football's greatest survivors' ability to rebound once more. And that is before Bernard Flynn mentions selfies (10'30" below)... 

18 May 2017
11 June 2017

Bragging Rights Remain with the Tribe

For the second year running, Galway dump Mayo out of the Connacht Championship at the semi-final stage. Keith Higgins is sent off in the first half but Mayo rally and have a couple of chances to level the match and avoid another qualifier odyssey. But the backdoor beckons.

11 June 2017
July 2017

Qualifier Quest Becomes a Quagmire

Stephen Rochford's side eventually find a way through the Qualifier back door, requiring extra-time to see-off Derry in Castlebar before powering past a game Clare in Ennis and very nearly coming unstuck in extra-time against a much-maligned Cork.


July 2017
7 August 2017

Neighbours Slapped Down, Eventually

Having struggled to a draw against a confident Roscommon, Mayo maintain a proud record of reaching seven successive All-Ireland semi-finals by gutting their Connacht neighbours in the replay. Cillian O'Connor, Andy Moran, Keith Higgins and Kevin McLoughlin all find the net in a one-sided encounter.

7 August 2017
20 August 2017

Rochford Gambles and Doesn't Lose

In one of the stranger moments of an already bizarre campaign, Stephen Rochford details Aidan O'Shea to play full-back against Kerry's Kieran Donaghy. It does not go to plan, with the Kerry full-back having a hand in 2-5 of Kerry's 2-14 total, but Mayo survive to fight another day. Again.


20 August 2017
28 August 2017

And Then There Were Two. Again

As his own beloved Kerry are dispatched of in rather clinical fashion in a semi-final replay, Sunday Game pundit Pat Spillane has to admit that Mayo are live contenders for an All-Ireland title: "Mayo are miles better than last year. They will come, they are not afraid of the Dubs. On the day, Mayo have a chance".


28 August 2017
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