Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mayo have been through enough

Most heads say Dublin but a million hearts hope Westerners end their relationship with grief

Published 21/09/2013 | 05:00

1996: Noel Connelly, 7, David Brady, front, John Casey, 14, and James Nallen after losing to Meath
1996: Noel Connelly, 7, David Brady, front, John Casey, 14, and James Nallen after losing to Meath
2006: Keith Higgins after losing to Kerry
2004: Ciaran McDonald after losing to Kerry
2012:Aidan O’Shea after losing to Donegal
Kerry’s Pa Laide goes past Noel Connelly during Mayo’s All-Ireland final defeat in 1997

Con Houlihan was a wonderful student of disappointment, drawn regularly to quoting Hemingway's line about aspiring fishermen and how enthusiasm was not enough.

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And Con would be in his element now watching Mayo, those great undergraduates of the condition, come spilling east again to wrestle with a story that seems almost too much to inflict on the human heart. It surely isn't prejudice to express a hope that James Horan's team might get over the line tomorrow.

It is no more than the declaration of a conscience.

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