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Davy Fitzgerald: ‘Do you think we’re a dirty team?

Davy Fitzgerald was oh so careful with his words.

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Limerick prove spring form counts for little in May

The criticism in the wake of Limerick’s most disappointing league campaign wasn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Nerveless Cian Lynch Limerick’s X Factor

When the guns fell silent yesterday in Thurles, TJ Ryan hit the fourth estate with the perfect exit line: “I’d say ye’ll be writing deep into the night, lads.”

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Red card decisions by Colm Lyons were correct

The two live TV games yesterday were boosted by impressive performances by both referees who applied the rules consistently.

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Monaghan pip battling Cavan

Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-15: LOGIC and basic biology tell us that there will come a time when Cavan’s burgeoning youth will overtake Monaghan’s grizzled vets, but that was postponed yesterday thanks to the nous and experience of Malachy O’Rourke’s wily old soldiers.

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Clare survive gut-check as Cork date looms

Clare 0-15 Limerick 0-13: THERE were but fleeting mentions of Cork.

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Malachy O’Rourke hails stylish Conor McManus performance

Malachy O’Rourke has no doubt but that Conor McManus is among Gaelic football’s most lethal marksman and no-one who saw the Clontibret attacker perform in Cavan yesterday would be of a mind to disagree.

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London bid farewell to Ruislip with lacklustre loss to Roscommon

Roscommon 1-14 London 0-10: Ruislip hosted its final championship match before redevelopment yesterday but the dilapidated old ground went out with a whimper as Roscommon coasted past their London hosts and into a Connacht semi-final.

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Conor Neville: Joe Brolly steals Henry Shefflin’s  thunder

THE punditry boom in the GAA keeps getting boomier.

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Kildare reel in Meath to set up clash with Kerry

Kildare found themselves away from home and eight points down for the second Saturday in a row at Trim two days ago, but yet again the Christy Ring Cup champions dug themselves out of a hole to record a 3-23 to 2-18 win over Meath and set up a semi-final meeting with Kerry at Newbridge on Saturday.

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13-man Carlow retain Liam MacCarthy status

Carlow 2-18 Antrim 1-11: Carlow’s 10-point victory over visitors Antrim at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday in this final round robin Leinster SHC tie saw the Barrowsiders retain their Liam MacCarthy Cup status while condemning the Saffrons to the Christy Ring Cup for 2016.

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Cheddar Plunkett joy as Cha Dwyer goal turns tide for Laois

Laois 1-20 Westmeath 1-17: A second half goal from Cha Dwyer sparked a stirring Laois comeback as they ran out three-point winners over Westmeath in O’Moore Park.

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Clare can beef up options for Cork

Selection headaches aplenty for the Clare management ahead of their Munster semi-final date with Cork on June 14, and you certainly won’t hear coach Ephie Fitzgerald complaining.

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Willie Griffin plays captain’s part as Limerick march on

Limerick 3-14 Clare 2-15: Willie Griffin played a captain’s part in Thurles as Limerick’s intermediate hurlers got a memorable day off to a winning start.

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Gavin O’Mahony: Seanie Tobin sending off very harsh

Limerick centre-back Gavin O’Mahony blasted the sending off of team-mate Seanie Tobin, claiming that players expect contact when a substitute is introduced.

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Drab Limerick and Clare encounter finally bursts into life

Clare 2-15 Limerick 1-19: The margins were fine in Thurles even if the hurling wasn’t.

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Clare management confront Munster Council officials over injury-time mix-up

There was a stormy confrontation outside the referees’ room in Semple Stadium yesterday with Clare management confronting Munster Council officials seeking an explanation for the amount of injury time played at the end of yesterday’s Clare-Limerick Munster Championship game.

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RTÉ to take no further action on Joe Brolly

RTÉ won’t be taking any further action after Joe Brolly apologised for his derogatory comment about commentator Marty Morrissey on The Sunday Game Live yesterday.

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Cillian O’Connor makes comeback after injury

Mayo’s chances of Connacht Championship success this summer received a big boost yesterday when All Star forward Cillian O’Connor made his first competitive appearance for 11 weeks.

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Bryan Sheehan’s dead ball accuracy key for South Kerry

South Kerry 0-16 Kilcummin 1-8: The dead ball accuracy of Bryan Sheehan proved crucial as South Kerry secured a winning start in this Kerry Senior Football Championship first round tie in Kilcummin yesterday.

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Conor Keane’s goal gives Legion the extra push

Legion 1-13 Mid Kerry 0-14 (AET): It took extra time to determine the winners of this Kerry SFC first-round tie in Killorglin, with Legion showing admirable pluck after a slow start to edge Mid Kerry.

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John Moynihan fires Rathmore win

Rathmore 2-8 Kerins O’Rahillys 2-5: John Moynihan’s goal two minutes from time was the gamebreaker as Rathmore edged out Kerins O’Rahillys in a high-intensity Kerry SFC first-round clash at Austin Stack Park on Saturday.

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Mike Frank Russell on target as Laune Rangers edge out West Kerry

Laune Rangers 1-14 West Kerry 0-16 (AET): Laune Rangers, inspired by Mike Frank Russell and captain Shane McSweeney, edged out West Kerry in this epic county championship battle at JP O’Sullivan Park, Killorglin, yesterday.

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Austin Stacks progress but fail to impress

Austin Stacks 1-13 St Michael’s/Foilmore 2-6: Champions Austin Stacks opened their Kerry SFC title defence with a laboured victory over St Michael’s/Foilmore at Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday night.

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Stephen O’Brien shines as Kenmare get act together

Kenmare District 5-15 St Brendan’s District 0-8: This time last year Kenmare’s no-show was making the headlines in the opening round of the Kerry SFC, but yesterday it was their first-half demolition job on a weak St Brendan’s District side that caught the eye.

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Adam Barry fires crucial goal as St Kieran’s overpower Feale Rangers

St Kieran’s 2-10 Feale Rangers 0-8: St Kieran’s blew pitiful Feale Rangers aside in this one-sided Kerry Senior Football Championship tie in Cordal on Saturday night.

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Cracking Dr Crokes outgun tame Shannon Rangers

Shannon Rangers 0-9 Dr Crokes 2-16: It was all so easy for Dr Crokes who had 13 points to spare over last year’s semi-finalists Shannon Rangers in this Kerry SFC first round tie at Tarbert on Saturday evening.

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Paul Geaney grabs extra-time draw for Dingle

Milltown-Castlemaine 1-13 Dingle 1-13 (AET): There was stalemate in Milltown in this Kerry SFC first-round game as the hosts recovered from five points down with 15 minutes left of normal time, to claw themselves back into contention.

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Charleville get into gear in second-half

Charleville 3-14 Argideen Rangers 2-10: After a relatively poor first half performance, hot favourites Charleville finally pulled away to secure a comfortable Cork IHC victory over gutsy Argideen Rangers at Coachford last night.

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Watergrasshill climb back to shock Cloyne

Watergrasshill 1-16 Cloyne 2-11: “We won with pure heart and determination,” was the verdict of Watergrasshill manager John O’Regan after his side battled back from eight points down to snatch victory at the death over a fancied Cloyne in the Cork Premier IHC on Saturday.

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Darren McCarthy inspires Ballymartle to victory over Glen Rovers

Ballymartle 2-19 Glen Rovers 0-23: Ballymartle’s Darren McCarthy sent a “pick me” message to Cork senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy on Saturday night as he inspired the Riverstick club during a stunning second-half revival against the famed Glen Rovers in round one of the Cork SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn.

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Ballina stay in contention with Kilruane MacDonaghs scalp

Ballina produced the shock of a busy weekend of Tipp hurling action with a 2-17 to 2-14 win over a very fancied Kilruane MacDonaghs in the North senior hurling championship at Puckane.

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All-Ireland champs Corofin win despite Shane Maughan’s double strike

Two goals from penalties by Salthill/Knocknacarra’s Shane Maughan couldn’t prevent All-Ireland champions Corofin win on their return to the Galway SFC.

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Douglas get there with late rush

Douglas 1-14 St Finbarr’s 0-9: The meeting of these city rivals at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday failed to live up to its pre-match billing as a tantalising first round Cork SHC derby. A contest that lacked any real intensity saw Douglas up the ante in the final quarter with a rush of scores to run out deserving winners.

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Erin’s Own never look back after early goals

Erin’s Own 2-22 Carrigtwohill 0-16: Erin’s Own looked comfortable winners throughout this Cork SHC first-round tie in Lisgoold on Saturday night.

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Blarney’s goals too much for Kilworth

Blarney 2-13 Kilworth 0-15: Two heavyweights every year in the Cork Premier IHC went head to head in the second of the double headers in the Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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Shane Crowley joy as rampant O’Donovan Rossa crush Clonakilty

O’Donovan Rossa 2-15 Clonakilty 0-10: A West Cork senior football championship game usually produces plenty of fireworks, but this one at Rosscarbery yesterday fizzled out and faded quickly as O’Donovan Rossa crushed a hugely disappointing Clonakilty.

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Liam Coleman stars as Fermoy stroll to victory

Fermoy 2-15 Valley Rovers 1-9: Fermoy began life in the higher grade with a fully merited nine point win over Valley Rovers in the Cork Premier IHC at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday.

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Dara Ó Cinnéide: A long way for Clare from here

There should be no shortage of native passion as Clare take on Limerick in the opening round of the Munster Senior Football Championship this evening.

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Paudie O’Brien says Davy Fitzgerald raised bar for all at Limerick IT

Anthony Daly wrote in these pages yesterday about how the emblems on their chests can be all that separates Clare and Limerick, but there are an increasing number of occasions when even their jerseys are spun from the same wool.

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VIDEO: Championship Preview: A look forward to this year’s Hurling Championship

LET’S START WITH DEREK McGRATH’S WATERFORD....

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9 things that make the Munster hurling championship the greatest

TOM SEMPLE’S FIELD

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Louis Mulqueen: ‘This is hell for leather, blood and guts, full-blooded Munster championship’

Tomorrow, Clare and Limerick cross swords, a term used advisedly. Louis Mulqueen will be in the Banner management team, and he’s also realistic about what to expect so early in the summer.

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Clare ready to emerge from bunch

Colm Collins and Ephie Fitzgerald are putting shape and purpose on Clare’s football ambitions. An interesting test awaits tonight.

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Shannonside rivals must embrace the fear

Clare/Limerick manager Davy Fitzgerald/ TJ Ryan was under increasing pressure last night in the wake of last Sunday’s Munster championship exit. 

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Life’s a bench in twilight zone

They are the benchwarmers. The twilight-zoners. The panel-fillers. The cliche we hear on the Hogan steps: Everybody from one to 35 played their part. Is there truth in it? Or even comfort?

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Cavan men target net profits

It was bound to happen. Just as all good things must come to an end, so too must the bad ones and so it was that Brendan Fitzpatrick on March 28 ended a barren goal streak in the league for Cavan that stretched back to last spring.

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Gay Sheerin says Roscommon won’t settle for second

There are no half measures for Roscommon this summer: Gay Sheerin says his side are setting their sights on a Connacht title.

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Martin Carroll: Exile feeling completely at home in heart of London

You’d have done well to spot Martin Carroll at MacHale Park on London’s afternoon of history back in July 2013.

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Treaty boss Ryan names three newcomers for clash with Clare

Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has given three debuts for Sunday’s Munster SHC quarter-final clash with Clare in Semple Stadium (throw-in 4pm).

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Limerick boss still has sleepless nights before major games

Limerick’s TJ Ryan believes he is now better prepared for the rigours of managing his native county through an All-Ireland championship campaign than was the case a year ago.

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Waterford's Ned Power makes a spectacular leap to grab the sliotar from the clutches of Cork maestro Christy Ring during the 1962 Munster SHC semi-final in Thurles.

Championship Preview: Go on someone. Make our day

Twenty years ago, Loughnane’s Clare emerged from nowhere to set the summer alight. Are we there again, waiting for a bolter to win the All Ireland, a team to come from the clouds and cut a swathe through a mediocre field?

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Video: Clare's Colin Ryan looks ahead to Sunday's clash with Limerick

Michael Moynihan caught up with the Banner midfielder at the launch of the Munster senior championships at Blackrock Castle.

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Championship Preview: Life’s a bench in twilight zone

They are the benchwarmers. The twilight-zoners. The panel-fillers. The cliche we hear on the Hogan steps: everybody from one to 35 played their part. Is there truth in it? Or even comfort?

 

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Championship Preview: Is juice worth the squeeze?

The former Dublin attacker on the win-at-all-costs debate that has moved beyond cynically killing a goal-scoring opportunity for the opposition.

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The Cork team that played Kilkenny in the 1931 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Eudie Coughlan scoredCork's equaliser "while he lay in a kneeling position on the ground". Ref. 762A 100

Championship Preview: The 10 most important hurling matches. Ever

Someday someone will do a feature, perhaps even a book on the 10 greatest hurling matches ever played.

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Clare taking on Dublin earlier this year

Seoirse Bulfin says Clare don’t dwell on negatives

Seoirse Bulfin spent a dozen years on the sideline with Davy Fitzgerald in Limerick Institute of Technology, so when Fitzgerald took Waterford over, he brought Bulfin along. Now Bulfin coaches Clare, another Fitzgerald-managed side.

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Championship Preview: Clare and Limerick? The only differences between us are those little idiosyncrasies, those unique emblems, which distinguish us all as our own separate little tribe in the wider hurling family.

Clare and Limerick? The only differences between us are those little idiosyncrasies, those unique emblems, which distinguish us all as our own separate little tribe in the wider hurling family.

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Championship Preview: The 40-song Championship playlist

From Wexford hurlers’ adoption of Kenny Rogers’ "The Gambler" to the Kerry camp’s penchant for upbeat dance music last year, music is as welcome in inter-county dressing rooms and team coaches as it was when each Tyrone player was asked to contribute one song to a team CD in the early 2000s. But what if there were tunes inspired by them? Here we provide our own alternative.

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ONE FOR THE FUTURE: Henry Shefflin signs a hurley for seven-year-old Neill Byrne, after the 2014 AIB Leinster Club SHC final between BallyhaleShamrocks and Kilcormac Killoughey, at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Picture: David Maher / Sportsfile

Championship Preview: Getting to grips with Hurling

BIGGEST hurling story of 2015, thus far? No question there: Henry Shefflin’s retirement.

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Championship Preview: Something new and shiny for 2015

Is that the new thing now? Each season, inter-county management search for the extra inch. Rule-makers strive for the perfect rule And players do whatever it takes to win (in comfortable socks, of course). Here’s a few innovations for the Championship. Sort of.

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Championship Preview: "There’s no honour going into a post office on Wednesday to collect €188"

A natural born word-shaker, Liam Dunne isn’t taking prisoners in his crusade to take Wexford hurling somewhere it hasn’t been in a while. If there’s a more forthright manager parading the touchline this summer, he hasn’t emerged yet. John Fogarty took notes. Lots of them.

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Championship Preview: Things will get better, more competitive, in Leinster. Won’t they?

Dublin have won nine of the last ten Leinster football titles, five of the last seven U21 and four of the last six provincial minor titles. Now for the bad news....

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Championship Preview: Living and learning with New Zealand’s rugby winners

On a recent trip to New Zealand former Cork player Conor McCarthy got up close with some of the country’s best rugby players and coaches. So how does the GAA compare...?

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Bonner blasts ‘toxic’ abuse of young Donegal star

Tyrone officials last night declined to comment on the allegations by Donegal minor football manager Declan Bonner that two of their players mocked Donegal captain Micheál Carroll about his father Francie’s death during Sunday’s Ulster clash in Donegal.

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Limerick set for seasonal adjustment

Try this one on for size: Limerick — hurling’s best championship team? Bear with us. Name a team, any other team, who has undermined their league form come business time as much as the county this decade.

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John Evans says budding stars lost to US ‘experience’

Roscommon football manager John Evans sought to strengthen his squad in the wake of their Division 2 league success, but he admits the lure of America robbed him of a sprinkling of the county’s emerging talent.

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The letter, the pillows, the contract

1. Eamonn Fitzmaurice and the letters

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Brudair: Give basement teams a ‘B’ championship

Limerick football manager John Brudair is in favour of the Treaty men ditching the All-Ireland championship in favour of a B competition.

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Longford’s Michael Quinn warns that GAA sledging is worse than Aussie Rules

Former Aussie Rules player Michael Quinn says he was called ‘milk bottle’ and ’pasty’ by rival AFL players but claimed sledging is still worse in the GAA.

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Championship Preview: John Evans and the footballers of tomorrow

Never mind this September. Who’ll be football top dogs at the end of 2018? And does John Evans know something the rest of us don’t?

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Kerry's James O'Donoghue walks out to receive his Footballer of the Year award at the 2014 GAA GPA All-Star Awards. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Championship hopes are bunched without a second banana

Behind every star turn, there’s the no. 1 number two — the best sidekick, supporting act, partner in crime — except in the Kingdom, of course, writes Larry Ryan

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Silence is golden: Dubs captain appreciates Ger Cunningham’s player-driven approach

Joint captain Peter Kelly has admitted the silence in Dublin’s dressing-room after Anthony Daly left has taken a long time to get used to.

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Young gay people need to feel valued

As a primary school teacher and parent, I am strongly supporting a yes vote today.

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Championship Preview: I am the captain - Kieran Donaghy, Kerry

The big issue is making sure the appetite isn’t sated:

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Paidi Ó Sé played in the '85 final

Championship Preview: Will the 2015 Championship see us go back to the future?

It’s not just Marty McFly and Doc Brown who make a connection between 1985 and 2015. Like it was 30 years ago, Dublin and Kerry enter the football championship as the two favourites; Kerry as reigning kingpins and Dublin as the winners of the previous year. 

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