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What is the Mayo curse? All the details on what has apparently been stopping Mayo from winning an All-Ireland for over 60 years

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 13/09/2017 Cormac O'Shea
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Mayo head into this year's All-Ireland final against Dublin hoping to win their first All-Ireland title since 1951, despite reaching the final eight times since 1989.

Of course Mayo's misfortune is not due to any football shortcomings but instead down to a curse that has been over the team during their entire barren run.

The story of the curse dates back to that last All-Ireland win in 1951.

Lee Keegan will be hoping to break the curse on Sunday © Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images Lee Keegan will be hoping to break the curse on Sunday

The Mayo panel were travelling back to the west from Dublin along with the Sam Maguire after beating Meath.

Apparently the team, who were travelling in the back of a truck, passed a funeral in the town of Foxford without paying their respects and stopping.

The curse was then put on them that they would not win an Alll-Ireland again until every member of that team was dead. It is believed a priest or a woman put the curse on them.

Whether or not you believe that curse is true, they are without an All-Ireland win since.

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Two members of the panel are still alive today, Dr Padraig Carney who lives in the US and Paddy Prendergast who lives in Kerry.

So if that is to be believed it is going to be a good day again on Sunday for the Dubs, not because they are a far superior team but because Mayo are cursed.

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