Sunday 19 November 2017

Gallery - Thousands turn out to greet All-Ireland runners-up Mayo in Castlebar

18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football players Brendan Harrison, Aidan O'Shea, Barry Moran and David Drake at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football players Brendan Harrison, Aidan O'Shea, Barry Moran and David Drake at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football Captain Cillian O'Connor spaeking to the fans at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football Manager Stephen Rochford addresses the crowd at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football players Brendan Harrison, Aidan O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor, Donal Vaughan and David Drake at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football Manager Stephen Rochford addresses the crowd at McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo GAA Fans welcome the Mayo Senior Football team back to McHale Park in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
18/09/2017 Mayo Senior Football players including Barry Moran, David Drake, Donal Vaughan, Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Andy Moran and David Clarke on stage in McHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
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Thousands of die-hard fans turned out in McHale Park in Castlebar this afternoon to welcome home vanquished All-Ireland finallists Mayo.

Despite enduring yet another All-Ireland final defeat, the Mayo players honoured their commitment to meet their fans today and a huge crowd was in attendance.

Stephen Rochford and his grief-stricken players addressed the crowd and vowed to return in 2018 to try and bridge the gap to the team of 1951.

"It's not the occasion we wished for. It's difficult for us as a management and players to face into it but we understand that it's essential because we want to show our appreciation for you our supporters, for the role you have played once again this year," Rochford said.

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