Thursday 22 February 2018

Brothers in arms: Aidan and Seamus O'Shea sum up Mayo's unbreakable spirit with poignant post-match photo

17 September 2017; A dejected Aidan O'Shea, right, and his brother Séamus of Mayo after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; A dejected Aidan O'Shea, right, and his brother Séamus of Mayo after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

It was an emotional scene at the final whistle yesterday after Mayo missed out on an All-Ireland title in the most agonising of circumstances.

Another one point defeat in the decider for Stephen Rochford's men, for the second year in succession, was all the more hard to take because of how well Mayo had performed on the day, arguably outplaying the Dublin team who claimed three in-a-row.

There were some heartbreaking photos after the game, but also some uplifting ones that highlight exactly why Mayo are able to keep coming back.

The O'Shea brothers were there for each other at the final whistle, comforting each other after another near miss and showing the bond between, not just two brothers, but team-mates who continue to soldier on in pursuit of the ultimate prize.

Here are some of the most poignant photos following yesterday's dramatic encounter.

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17 September 2017; A dejected Aidan O'Shea, right, and his brother Séamus of Mayo after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; A dejected Aidan O'Shea, right, and his brother Séamus of Mayo after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Mayo manager Stephen Rochford, left, with Aidan O'Shea after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; A dejected Aidan O'Shea of Mayo with his daughter Caragh after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Lee Keegan of Mayo is consoled by Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; A dejected Jason Doherty of Mayo after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; A dejected Andy Moran of Mayo with his daughter Charlotte after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
17 September 2017; Mayo manager Stephen Rochford following his side's defeat in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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