Saturday 24 February 2018

House of Pain can be kicked into history

Mayo fans have been stalked by the Curse for 66 years, but all bad things have to come to an end, writes life-long fan Tom Rowley

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: Daithi Moran at Newport National School, Co Mayo, getting ready for today’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final. Photo: Mark Condren
THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY: Daithi Moran at Newport National School, Co Mayo, getting ready for today’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final. Photo: Mark Condren

Tom Rowley

Over a lifetime following Mayo football, two odd, revealing moments stand out.

The first was last year when I went to the funeral of someone I had been at national school with. As the coffin was carried out of the church a friend nudged me and said: "We'll have to be careful, they're starting to take them off our shelf now. Jaysus, I'm worried, will we ever live to see Sam back in Mayo?"

And that was when it dawned on me what he meant.

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