As his side look forward to an All-Ireland semi-final in three weeks, Mayo manager James Horan has said they are very conscious in this strangest of years that they are representing people all around the world.

Horan was speaking in the wake of his side's one-point win over neighbours and rivals Galway at Tuam Stadium yesterday - a result that saw Mayo claim a record 47th Nestor Cup.

Mayo held off a late rally from the Tribesmen to secure the trophy, and set up a meeting with either Cork or Tipperary in Croke Park on Sunday 6 December.

With a direct route to the final four, Horan admitted that it was a "big prize" to secure, but one that could have gone either way.

"They were coming at us," he said, "we got a couple of turnovers at key times that kept us in front.

"A lot of guys, it's their first Connacht final so we are delighted to get through it."

Horan paid tribute to his bench, highlighting the two-point contribution from half-time substitute Bryan Walsh in particular.

"The bench made a big difference for us today in a sticky game," he said. "They were up to the pace of it straight away, which was important.

"There was no goal in the game so it was always going to be tight, so every score was so important to give you a bit of breathing room."

He said that with a break now to the semi-final, his players would enjoy a small bit of down time before preparations for the all-Ireland series begin later in the week.

However, Horan does not expect there to be any hesitancy about his players returning to training.

"It's brilliant, the guys love training together," he said.

"With everything that's going on it's great to have somewhere you can just go out and enjoy what you're doing.

"That's the philosophy we've taken all year, and we'll take a few days off, take a bit of a breather, meet up towards the end of the week and take it from there."

Horan also mentioned the messages he and his panel receive from Mayo supporters both at home and all around the world.

"Some of them have sick relatives, or kids that aren't in a great place or whatever, and them watching us gives them a bit of a kick, even if it's just for an hour or so.

"We're very conscious of that and we try and go out and represent them as well as we can each time we do it."