Today, the country has taken a breath and looked back on an absorbing All-Ireland Football Final yesterday. Sam Maguire will winter by the Liffey once again, as a late Dean Rock free ensured that Dublin completed an historic three-in-a-row.
For Mayo, and indeed every other county, it is very much a case of going back to the drawing board as they plot for 2018.
The betting odds have already been released for next season, and as expected, the Boys in Blue are heavily fancied to push on and claim a fourth consecutive title.
Kerry are second favourites, buoyed by their minor teams in recent seasons. The Kingdom have completed a remarkable four-in-a-row at the grade, and adding David Clifford amongst others may give Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s charges an impetus to push on and build upon their League title this season.
Mayo are priced at 5/1 to end what will be a 67-year wait, as they look to bounce back from All-Ireland final heartbreak once again.
Tyrone looked impressive this season in their run to the All-Ireland semi-final, but met a Dublin storm in the final four. With Mickey Harte ratified as manager once again, the Red Hand will be keen to push on.
The chasing pack of Galway, Donegal and Cork are the only ones given a realistic chance outside of the so-called ‘big four’ next season.