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After six months of inactivity on the playing field, the Galway senior footballers, under the stewardship of Padraic Joyce, will begin their 2021 season in Killarney against Kerry on Saturday (3pm).
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.
Galway will take on Mayo in this year’s Connacht Senior Football Championship final on Sunday in Pearse Stadium, Salthill (1.30pm) with a place in the All-Ireland semi-final at stake.
Padraic Joyce’s Galway will move straight into the Connacht final after Sligo were forced to withdraw from the championship campaign due to Covid-19.
Padraic Joyce’s Galway side suffered a disappointing defeat in a blustery Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Second half goals from Seán Bugler and Con O'Callaghan were the difference at Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Dublin inflicted Galway's second defeat in as many games.
In a year like no other, Mayo put in a performance far above anything they had been able to muster in their previous five outings in the league before the action was called to a halt in early Spring.
Where were we when we left off?
The penultimate round of the national league will be played on Sunday as Galway take on fierce rivals Mayo in Tuam Stadium behind closed doors.