The Mayo Curse myth remains intact after Tyrone won the All-Ireland Football Championship title. County Mayo’s hopes of winning their first title since 1951 were dashed yesterday when they lost to Tyrone.
Mayo hasn’t won the Gaelic football final in 70 years since they beat County Meath. Legend has it that a curse was cast on the team by a rabid priest after they apparently failed to pay their respects at the funeral they celebrated on their journey home from the victory. The story goes that the team would no longer win under the curse until all members of that team died, as the Observer reported last week.
One member of the 1951 winning team is still alive – 94-year-old Paddy Prendergast – so the curse theoretically persists, which has sparked great interest in the game.
Despite County Mayo’s small population of 130,000, the team has reached the final 10 times since 1951. But to no avail.
Their grief continued as the team lost to Tyrone 2-14 to 0-15 in the final at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin – the first time Tyrone had beaten Mayo in the past 13 years.
Tyrone fans were elated as their team lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time since 2008. Northern Ireland Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill was among those who took to Twitter to speak out their joy.
“Absolutely on the moon… what a performance. You have brought so much joy to our county after a difficult year, ”she tweeted. “In a time of uncertainty, they gave the people of Tyrone hope, positivity and a reason to be optimistic. I am immensely proud of all the players, the management and those who played a part in this incredible result. “