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