The Chronicle



FORMER Essendon star Conor McKenna has helped his Irish county Tyrone claim the biggest prize in Gaelic football, the All-Ireland Championsh­ip.

McKenna played 79 games in six seasons for the Bombers before returning home to Ireland last year, following a difficult period of homesickne­ss.

On Saturday he helped Tyrone claim its fourth title and its first since 2008, defeating Mayo 2-14 to 0-15, who were trying to claim their first title since 1951.

McKenna becomes the fourth man to win an All-Ireland after playing in the AFL, following Dermot McNicholl, Brian Stynes (the brother of Jim) and Sydney premiershi­p star Tadhg Kennelly.

Carlton player Ciaran Sheehan and ex-Saint and Swan Tommy Walsh, won an All-Ireland before playing at AFL level.

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