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reigning supreme Reaction to Tyrone's All-Ireland final win as Mayo's hopes are dashed again

Tyrone captain Hampsey said: “It’s time to leave Croker and bring Sam back to Tyrone.”

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Cathal McShane of Tyrone celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland SFC final win over Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cathal McShane of Tyrone celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland SFC final win over Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cathal McShane of Tyrone celebrates with the Sam Maguire Cup after the All-Ireland SFC final win over Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Tyrone crushed Mayo’s dreams of winning their first All-Ireland senior football title in 70 years as they reigned supreme with a comfortable win to lift Sam Maguire in Croke Park.

The Red Hand cruised to a five point victory in front a crowd of just over 40,000 fans this evening, thanks to two goals in the second half with a final score of 2-14 to 0-15.

There was heartbreak for Mayo, who failed to live up to the favourites tag as Tyrone overcame a Covid outbreak in their camp earlier this summer to finish the campaign strongly.

Tyrone captain Padraig Hampsey was met with raucous applause as he told fans: “It’s time to leave Croker and bring Sam back to Tyrone.”

Over the course of a gracious victory speech, Hampsey paid tribute to his county and to final opponents Mayo.

“I am delighted to be standing here today in the company and on behalf of the Tyrone people and the Tyrone team,” he said.

“To win the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is a privilege and an honour that is inspired by past generations of Tyrone people who have worked so hard to get us here.

“To our GAA, officials and stewards, you made this day possible. We wouldn’t be here without you. To all the clubs, our sponsors and you the supporters, to my fellow players; what can I say? It’s been my privilege to train with you all year. You have risen to the challenge and done it with good spirit. You honour yourselves, your families, your clubs, your county and the GAA. You are true champions.

“To our families and employers, who are also champions today. Thank you, this victory is for you.

He added: “We can’t forget Mayo. No other county provides more inspiration to us than Mayo. It’s been our privilege and honour to share this field with you so thank-you for that.”

Tyrone GAA legend Peter Canavan celebrated the win his son Darragh who came on as a sub.

“Being a parent is the most stressful of the lot,” Canavan who his now an analyst for Sky Sports, told the broadcaster before the game.

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Former Tyrone captain Peter Canavan celebrates with son Darragh Canavan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Tyrone captain Peter Canavan celebrates with son Darragh Canavan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Tyrone captain Peter Canavan celebrates with son Darragh Canavan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

“I can worry all I want but it’s not going to make any difference. You have to have faith,” he said.

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Meanwhile, politicians and personalities took to social media to congratulate Tyrone’s heroes.

Former UTV political editor Ken Reid joked: “There will not be a child washed in Tyrone tonight. Brilliant!”

Comedian Dara Ó Briain said Tyrone “defended brilliantly”.

He added: “[Tyrone] took their chances when they got them. People already muttering about curses in this pub in London; Mayo just had too many wides. Nothing supernatural about it.”

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald posted: “Brilliant win Tyrone. Worthy All-Ireland champions. Commiserations to Mayo.”

“Absolutely over the moon. Sam is coming back to Tyrone after 13 years… You have brought so much joy to our county after a difficult year,” said Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

She also took time to congratulate her neighbour, saying: “Particularly delighted for my neighbour Padraic Hampsey, a fantastic captain… Tír Eoghain abú!”

Former UUP leader Mike Nesbitt posted: “Congratulations Tyrone GAA, fourth Senior Football Championship was hardwon.”

Former world snooker champion and Coalisland man, Dennis Taylor, said: “Absolutely brilliant from all the @TyroneGAALive boys. Enjoy the celebrations. Tyrone fans superb.”

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Coalisland man Dennis Taylor said Tyrone fans were 'superb'

Coalisland man Dennis Taylor said Tyrone fans were 'superb'

Coalisland man Dennis Taylor said Tyrone fans were 'superb'

Despite magician Keith Barry predicting that Mayo would win, joking that he had cast a spell to lift the dreaded curse, it was not to be.

Among those celebrating was country music star Cliona Hagan who watched the game at home in her native Tyrone and toasted her team with a glass of red wine.

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Cliona toasted Tyrone's win with a glass of red wine

Cliona toasted Tyrone's win with a glass of red wine

Cliona toasted Tyrone's win with a glass of red wine

“I’m so delighted,” she told the Sunday World.

“I watched it at home here in Tyrone with my family, we’ve got our red and white on and we’re absolutely over the moon being huge supporters. When Tyrone got one of the goals I jumped up with excitement in the room and took half of the chandelier down in the room.”

“The excitement is just unbelievable. I have huge sympathy for Mayo, though, because they were fantastic as well, but I’m so happy that Sam is coming home to Tyrone. I’m going to celebrate now with a glass of red wine,” she added.

Mayo went into today’s showdown hoping to win their first All-Ireland Senior Football title since 1951 after they overcame Dublin in the semi-final.

The Ulstermen had only lost one final in the past quarter-century – a 2018 loss to Dublin. They had beaten Kerry in a tough semi-final, which had to be pushed back just four weeks ago after Tyrone stated they would not be able to field a team due to an outbreak of Covid 19 in their camp.

After a tight first-half in Croke Park, it all started to unravel for Mayo. A missed penalty and then Cathal McShane’s goal, which put Tyrone four clear in the 46th minute before Darren McCurry palmed the ball into the net for Tyrone’s second goal.

For Mayo it will be difficult to avoid references to the so-called curse that, while often dismissed, has overshadowed the incredible playing achievements of the team winning back-to-back All-Ireland titles in 1950 and 1951 as well as James Horan’s men.

While several different versions of the curse story exist, the one oft-repeated account is that of the team arriving back to the county on their victorious homecoming journey by bus or on the back of a lorry.

The ill-fated journey saw the team allegedly failing to show due respect to a funeral, resulting in a curse that Mayo would not win another All-Ireland until every member of the team had passed away.

As it happens, just two players from that victory 70 years ago are still alive: Paddy Prendergast and Mick Loftus.

For Tyrone, who had defeated Kerry in their rearranged last four clash a fortnight ago, they had not as long to wait, having won the All-Ireland three times, in 2003, 2005 and most recently in 2008.

Before the game it was obvious that Mayo had definitely won the ticket battle, although there was a huge group of Tyrone fans in Hill 16.

Niamh Taggart from Coalisland, Tyrone, predicted her county would beat Mayo 2-16 to 1-17.

She travelled down to Dublin with her best friend Cara Devlin and her mother and sister Margaret and Emma Devlin.

“We are from Coalisland where Padraig Hampsey is from and we are really hoping that he is taking Sam back to Cool Island,” he said.

“We will have a big party and celebrate, we will go back home up the road.”

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