Sunday 23 October 2016

Aidan O'Shea posts poignant message to Mayo fans on Instagram after All-Ireland heartache

Published 10/10/2016 | 21:10

A disappointed Aidan O'Shea of Mayo. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
A disappointed Aidan O'Shea of Mayo. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Aidan O'Shea has vowed to keep striving for the 'ultimate goal' of winning Mayo's first All-Ireland since 1951.

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Mayo once again fell agonisingly short of ending the county's All-Ireland famine but the 26-year-old had a positive message for Mayo fans on Instagram.

He wrote: "“Back to the reality of Life today. Tough Days & more to come but proud to be from Mayo & we as a group will Continue to ‘Chop Wood & Carry water’ in search of our ultimate goal. Thanks for all the messages of support. #mayogaa”

Mayo netminder Robbie Hennelly posted a similar message last week after his blunder that saw him black-carded and and Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly score a decisive penalty.

His Instagram message was heavily criticised by Derry All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly in his Sunday Independent column yesterday.

He wrote: "It was like a celebrity break-up, save for the fact he didn't say he was consciously uncoupling from Mayo. Rob could incorporate this experience into his motivational talks for the GPA and the Web Summit. His strap-line on his Twitter account reads: 'Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'

"I said before the final there were some celebrity losers in this Mayo group. I meant by that that some of them are not serious footballers, fully absorbed in the battle. While that remains the case, the warriors on the team will carry them to finals, but will continue to be beaten by the handicap on the biggest day.

"When a 'keeper's meltdown is turned into a heart-warming PR exercise, it is not hard to see why Mayo didn't win the All-Ireland."

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