It's been a long and winding road this summer for the Mayo football team and its supporters but it's a road that reached its end at Croke Park on Saturday evening
After a year's absence, Mayo are back in an All-Ireland semi-final. It's the county's eighth time to make the championship final four inside the last five years, with James Horan having now successfully guided the Green and Red this far no fewer than five times.
Words on a podcast description can hardly do justice to what transpired in MacHale Park on Saturday evening
Mayo return to action this weekend in round three of the Super 8s after a one week break that must have felt like a month for all involved. Donegal come to town in a winner takes all tussle at MacHale Park with a place in the semi final at stake
One home win stands between Mayo and a place in the All Ireland semi finals after Sunday’s action in Croke Park.
The Super 8s don't allow much time for looking back at the match just played, with the next one approaching rapidly almost as soon as full-time has been called on the one that preceded it
The sun shone brightly in Killarney and the crowds thronged to Fitzgerald Stadium where a sell-out crowd came to witness the Super 8s clash between Kerry and Mayo
The Mayo/Galway rivalry is one in which all the momentum has been in Galway's favour in recent years but on Saturday night at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick the tide at last began to turn
As soon as Monday morning's Round 4 qualifier draw paired Mayo against their age-old rivals Galway the countdown began to what promises to be a shuddering showdown encounter
Qualifier matches with Mayo always seem to be rollercoaster experiences and this was certainly the case with Saturday evening's gripping Round 3 tussle against Armagh
With the Round 2 qualifier win over Down last weekend now boxed away the next challenge facing Mayo comes in the form of another Ulster county, with Armagh rolling into Castlebar on Saturday evening
Mayo hit the road at the start of another qualifier campaign this weekend, with a large travelling contingent from the county descending on Newry on Saturday night for a Round 2 knockout clash against Down