Monday 5 December 2016

If there are life lessons in sport, we learned a lot in that final

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

A Mayo supporter watches the final moments of the Replay. Photo: Sportsfile
A Mayo supporter watches the final moments of the Replay. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo of the great heart, you went so close to winning. Dublin, you made a town out of your city. You can feel the lift all around Dublin this morning. The rest of us, though, bled for Mayo. It was as if our own county had been beaten. And when all the drama gives way to a calm appraisal, the All-Ireland football final of 2016 will go down in history as one of the greatest games ever played.

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I was out looking for him in the wood of the tall trees. I took in the air and brought down the heart rate from runaway train speed. The pace of the game dismantled our brakes.

There he was out walking his dog. Or it was more of a case of the dog walking him. The man's walk was a drawl. It was as if he was following a hearse.

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