SEAN RICE The disappointment is being tucked to the back of the memory. The mortifying moments in the immediate aftermath of defeat have passed.
SEAN RICE It’s a familiar script, a traditional result, the ritual slaying of a dream. And the pain gets no easier.
SEAN RICE Lodged somewhere in our subconscious is the picture of tearful 10-years-old Fergal Owens taken after Mayo’s defeat by Kerry in the All-Ireland final two years ago.