Dara O'Cinneide - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

DARA OCINNEIDE: Donegal and Kerry's Gaeltacht connection

It was the Conamara man who got me thinking about it after the second day of a seismic weekend of football at the tail end of last month.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: Heroic Mayo deserve another crack

Where to start with that great big beast of a game? Best to start at the finish, and in the frantic moments that preceded it.

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Paul Murphy, Kerry, in action against Michael Conroy, Mayo. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

DARA OCINNEIDE: Moment of destiny for Mayo’s bid to continue pilgrimage

The fact it’s Kerry providing the opposition in Croke Park is a huge motivating factor for Mayo to show their maturity andreadiness for battle

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DARA OCINNEIDE: Discipline and humility keep driving Dublin

It’s only when you observe inevitable wars of attrition, such as that we seem destined for in the first quarter-final at Croke Park this evening, that you fully appreciate what this Dublin team have brought to the game these past two seasons.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: Meathness not enough to derail Dublin

Of all the commodities Meath need to bring to the game in Croke Park tomorrow, their Meathness is by far the most important.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: We need a shock to the system

The format and fairness of the All-Ireland Football Championship comes into sharp focus on weekends such as this.

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