Could Pope Francis have lifted 67-year-old Mayo GAA curse after signing jersey during Knock visit?
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Could Pope Francis have lifted 67-year-old Mayo GAA curse after signing jersey during Knock visit?

MAYO fans are hoping divine intervention – via Pope Francis – could help lift a reputed 67-year curse from the county team.

The pontiff signed a Mayo jersey as he departed the county following his visit to the Knock Shrine.

Twitter has since gone into meltdown that the gesture could finally see Mayo win the All-Ireland again.

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Since their last success in 1951, the Westerners have reached nine finals without success.

Reputedly the team failed to stop celebrating as they passed a funeral cortege on the way home from their 1951 victory, and were cursed to never win the competition again until all members of the side had passed away.

The story has been dismissed as nonsense but true or not, fans are hoping the Pope’s backing could help bring the county some much sought-after silverware.

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It's not the first time Mayo have sought help from on high, after the image of Mary was projected onto the Knock Shrine ahead of their 2017 semi-final against Kerry.

They reached the final after a replay but lost in the decider to Dublin.