Although it maybe an annual conversation here in Ireland, over in the UK little or nothing is known of the Mayo curse.
However, after the Chicago Cubs finally claimed the World Series following a 108-year wait and Ireland overcame the All Blacks for the first time in their history, people are now beginning to look to other stories of sporting drought.
Yet unlike many other teams, Mayo’s barren run cannot be attributed to a lack of talent for they have produced some quality footballers over the years, or rotten luck, but a curse.
As we all know, the curse was placed upon the county’s footballers after the bus carrying the 1951 All Ireland winning team passed a funeral in the town of Foxford without paying their respects. As a result, the priest officiating at the funeral placed a curse on Mayo, condemning the county to a losing streak until the last member of the 1951 side had died.
As much as people were sceptical of such a curse ever existing, Mayo have failed to lift the Sam Maguire on each occasion they have reached the final since.
Consequently, the story of the mayo curse is gaining international attention, after Colin Murray detailed the tale on Countdown this week. After holding the studio captivated while regaling the colourful story, host Nick Hewer simply responded by describing the curse as “quite chilling”.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena