After another heartbreaking All-Ireland defeat for the county this year, there was the slight consolation for the people of Mayo that their cult hero Andy Moran went on to claim the Footballer of The Year award for 2017.
Mayo came up short against Dublin for the second consecutive year with the Sam Maguire Cup on the line in Croke Park after recovering brilliantly through the back door qualifiers throughout the summer after a shock loss in the Connacht championship.
Moral victories are not enough to ease the agony of Stephen Rochford and his players during the long winter months anymore. In saying that, this year’s loss in particular felt even more gut-wrenching than any of those in the years previous, given how exceptionally they put it up to the phenomenal Dubs.
The Mayo performance had every neutral, not to mind Mayo folk, on the edge of their seat throughout the 17th September showdown. By the the time the final whistle went, even the biggest sceptic would have been questioning themselves. Is the infamous ‘curse’ a real thing?
One shining light out of Mayo’s season was the stellar displays of Andy Moran.
The 34-year-old excelled throughout 2017 and was justly recognised for his brilliance at last Friday night’s All-Star awards. Rochford’s side collected six All-Star awards on the night including Moran.
When he was announced as the Footballer of The Year, the Convention Centre in Dublin erupted into cheers of joy and applause.
Check out this piece put together by PWC, who sponsored this year’s awards, where we get to know the man behind the fantastic footballer:
Football, fitness and family. PwC GAA/GPA Footballer of the Year, Andy Moran, reflects on his career to date and his journey to the #PwCAllStars
Posted by PwC Ireland Careers on Wednesday, November 8, 2017