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The action in the Mayo League will go on hiatus for at least three weeks following the imposition of the latest government restrictions earlier this week.
GAA president John Horan's interview on The Sunday Game last weekend was watched with eagle eyes by the GAA community across the country, as all waited to hear how the year might pan out.
A decade and a half ago in 2005, it was a so-so year for the Mayo senior footballers. A year after reaching the All Ireland final, they had a league semi-final loss to Armagh in the Spring, which was followed by elimination from the championship at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Kerry, having been beaten by Galway in the provincial decider.
Mayo manager James Horan has made five changes to the team that started their division one win over Meath two weeks ago for this Sunday's clash with Monaghan in Clones.
The hunt for a new manager to take over the Galway senior football panel will be more difficult than many might expect, according to former All Ireland winning captain Ray Silke.
The Greatest Show on Earth - was the tag line used by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 146 years until it shut up shop two years ago and Cecil B. DeMille's 1952 movie about the same institution starring Charlton Heston picked up two Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture.
The nation - or at least the 16 counties that were in the hat anyway - waited with bated breath for last Monday's qualifier draw.
Mayo's losing streak at MacHale Park finally came to an end last Saturday night as James Horan's charges accounted for Roscommon in round one of the NFL - by the slimmest of margins - winning out on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-07.
By the time the ball throws in this Sunday, a total of 1,590 days will have passed since James Horan's last game in charge of Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final replay against Kerry in August 2014 - to this first act of his second coming, when the team takes on Leitrim in the opening round of the FBD League in Carrick-on-Shannon.