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Just over a year ago a screeching halt was called on life as we knew it and with it the action on the sporting field.
Mayo forward Diarmuid O’Connor believes the defending Connacht champions have the depth of talent in the squad to thrive, despite the retirement of some of their most experienced players in the off-season.
Mayo went looking to create their own Fairytale of Croke Park the week before Christmas, but unlike those children’s fables there was no happy ending.
Mayo have had some rotten luck in All Ireland finals in recent years. They’ve pushed Dublin to the pin of their collar on numerous occasions and seen things just tilt against them.
The number on the back of a shirt means relatively little these days in the game, with match-ups between different individuals taking players all over the park.
Mayo rattled home 5-20 to see off Tipperary with ease and book their place in another All Ireland final - but they left Croke Park with plenty to work on as the Munster champions hit the back of the Mayo net three times and if they had taken the two early goal chances that presented themselves it could have been a very different game.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Galway have only themselves to blame for their one-point defeat to rivals Mayo in Sunday’s Connacht Final, according to manager Padraig Joyce, who said that his team were heartbroken, but were just not clinical enough when it mattered.
It was a day for grit and determination in a city more known for the flair and flavour of the arts and when it came to the crunch Mayo had that bit more of battle hardness than their hosts on the shore of Galway Bay.
It is five years since Mayo competed for the Nestor Cup while playing on the day it was to be handed out - the 2015 Connacht Final win over Sligo was Mayo's fifth in succession as they made Connacht their play-thing for half a decade.