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Seven long decades of hope and despair in Mayo since county last welcomed Sam Maguire

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Cullen O’Reilly, of Kiltimagh, was lucky enough to get a ticket for today's All-Ireland Football Final. He was joined in preparing for the big match by some of his friends at St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Photo Conor McKeown

Cullen O’Reilly, of Kiltimagh, was lucky enough to get a ticket for today's All-Ireland Football Final. He was joined in preparing for the big match by some of his friends at St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Photo Conor McKeown

Pat and John McNamara with neighbour Michael Lynch after the Mayo win in 1951

Pat and John McNamara with neighbour Michael Lynch after the Mayo win in 1951

John Muldowney with his family

John Muldowney with his family

Derek Davidson at base camp, Mount Everest

Derek Davidson at base camp, Mount Everest

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Cullen O’Reilly, of Kiltimagh, was lucky enough to get a ticket for today's All-Ireland Football Final. He was joined in preparing for the big match by some of his friends at St Aidan's NS, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. Photo Conor McKeown

We did well and kept it under wraps for four long weeks but now the time has come, writes Eavan Murray as loyal Mayo fans share memories of 70 years in the wilderness.

It’s All-Ireland day, and we’re ready. We’ve never been so ready. Generations of families will today descend on Croke Park. Others will come together at home.


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