A Journey which started inauspiciously for Mayo minors with an opening round fixture against Leitrim in Castlebar and gathered momentum against Galway, Roscommon, Westmeath and Monaghan ended in an amazing triumph in Croke Park on Sunday, where Enda Gilvarry’s charges finally ended a 28-year wait since Mayo last won the title.
As a member of that winning team, Gilvarry stood proud, but humble, before the large crowd in the City West Hotel on Sunday night knowing that his minor team had won the day. but you could see could see his heart went out to the senior team who, for the second successive year, were left to ponder on what might have been.
Only a few hours earlier he had watched his minors produce an amazing performance to beat Tyrone and understandably he was still trying to come to terms with the significance of that achievement and the huge support on the day from Mayo fans who turned out early for the curtain raiser.
But his first thoughts were for the senior team and James Horan.