One Sunday is the memoirs of Conor Mortimer. He was the most exciting and misunderstood footballer in Mayo’s fight to win a first All-Ireland since 1951. No footballer in Mayo has ever scored more for the county.
No Mayo footballer has ever shown more courage. Conor Mortimer was defiant in being his own man in the famous green and red jersey. His bleached blond hair marked him out. He was never afraid to make the game personal – never more so than in his goal-scoring tribute to Michael Jackson that endeared and enraged the Mayo faithful.
But throughout his career Conor Mortimer put the team first and always – and kept secret the pain he experienced for a full decade as he refused to miss one season and have surgery on severed ligaments in his left knee.
He starred for Mayo for 10 years, and despite his horrific injury he led the team to All-Ireland finals in 2004 and 2006 – both of which ended in gut-wrenching defeats.
But in 2006, Conor Mortimer was the county’s leading scorer – and his genius led to him being selected as an all Star at the end of the year. Now, in the memoir of his life as a Mayo footballer, which ended controversially in 2012, Mortimer tells the story of a team and a county.
One Sunday is a penetrating account of the day of the 2006 All-Ireland final, bringing readers for the first time ever on a 24 hours journey with a football team and all of its characters. their joys and heartaches, and their dreams of lifting Sam!
Mayo met Kerry on that Sunday in September in a game which, very quickly, became one of the craziest and most shocking All-Ireland finals in modern times.
It was one more Sunday.
But One Sunday which now has its story told like no Sunday has ever been told before.