Keith Duggan House of Pain: Through the Rooms of Mayo Football


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No Gaelic Athletic Association football county has endured more anguish and disappointment in the quest for the Sam Maguire Cup than Mayo. Over half a century has passed since Mayo were the All-Ireland football champions. That year, 1951, has become a bright and poignant touchstone, and while the county has subsequently produced some outstanding football players and achieved many days of glory, the grand prize has eluded them ever since.

In the bleak 1970's, Mayo failed to win even a provincial championship. In 1996, they suffered a soul-wrenching defeat against Meath followed by a series of numbing September losses to Kerry. With such a record, Mayo supporters might be forgiven for thinking the gods enjoy toying with them.

Five All-Ireland final losses sum up a modern period of near-glory and ultimate despair. But for all that, there is an abiding magnificence to Mayo football. They keep pressing and have never compromised the open, often flamboyant style of play for which the county has been celebrated. And the Mayo public, always among the most passionate crowds in Ireland, keep the faith that 2007 will be the year.

After a season when cult hero John O'Mahony finally returned to manage his native county, award-winning sportswriter Keith Duggan presents an unforgettable portrait of the great characters that make Mayo unique. Containing many memorable anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories about the quest for success, this biography will delight Mayo supporters and general sports fans alike.

About the Author

Keith Duggan is a sportswriter for the Irish Times for eight years and the author of The Lifelong Season.

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