WATCH: 'We don't want pity' - Cillian O'Connor's hair-raising speech will warm the hearts of every Mayo fan
Mayo captain Cillian O'Connor has reassured his supporters that the All-Ireland runners-up will be re-energised by memories of their fans incredible support.
Mayo's incredible journey through the summer fell agonisingly short at the final hurdle and the wait to bring Sam Maguire back across the Shannon will enter a 67th year in 2018.
O'Connor came within the width of the post from giving Mayo a one-point lead in injury time before Dean Rock slotted a 40-yard free-kick to give the Dubs a third All-Ireland title in a row.
The Mayo team and supporters gathered at the Citywest Hotel last night and O'Connor delivered a speech which will give renewed hope that the gap to the team of '51 will finally be bridged next year.
"Unfortunately, this is not the speech I had anticipated making tonight," he said.
"The day didn't go as I planned so I feel a little unprepared.
"There is very little I can say to soften or reduce the sadness in all of us.
"Defeat has visited us once again and as I said here last year about fighting the good fight and hanging in there, well today we did that, all year long we did that and for years we've done that but what's more moving forward is that we're going to continue to fight the good fight."
He paid a special tribute to his 34 teammates who he soldiered with this year.
"I couldn't be prouder of my teammates. Through countless hours away from the television cameras, away from the television screens at matches or training, not one of the 35 lads ever flinched, they never thought about throwing in the towel, they never give in and today we have to admit that Dublin are worthy champions because they overcame great men," he added.
"Those boys don't know the meaning of the word no, they represent our county with pride every time they take to the field. We are very lucky to be blessed with boys like that."
The 25-year-old had a special message for the incredible Mayo supporters who have followed his side through thick and thin.
"You probably feel like you have to feel sorry for us or pity us. We don't want sympathy, we don't want anyone's pity, we're so lucky every day we get to pull that crest on to our chest.
"It's a privilege so don't give us any pity or sympathy
"We remember today, tonight and over the coming weeks and months. We remember the roars from the stands in Castlebar, in Galway, in Ennis, in Limerick and in Croke Park five times this year. Those roars will keep us going in the winter of this year.
"We may be down tonight but we're not going anywhere."
Enjoy the speech in full below: