Dromid’s O’Sullivans keep focus on big picture

IT certainly wasn’t a typical Tuesday night for Dromid Pearses’ band of brothers; Donal, Declan and Dominic O’Sullivan.

Braving the December chill for their very own photo shoot — organised by competition sponsors AIB at Fossa GAA Club, just outside Killarney — the trio were in demand ahead of their club’s All-Ireland JFC quarter-final against British champions Cú Chulainns. For Donal and Dominic, it was a glimpse into a different world, one their brother, Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan, regularly visits.

But it also served as a reminder of just how important it is for Dromid Pearses to keep their focus ahead of Sunday’s match.

“We have to stay focused on the game because if we don’t, then we could get caught up with the fact that it’s a whole weekend away,” said youngest of the trio Dominic.

“The trip is more for the supporters. If we lose track of what we are there for then we won’t perform on the day.

“It’s a big weekend but we can’t lose sight of what’s at the centre of it all, a football match.”

It’s an opinion corner-back Donal, the oldest of three, agrees with.

“The journey has been a very new experience. We have never even played outside the county before this.”

With Christmas fast approaching, the festive season has the potential to be the best in years in Dromid, depending on the result of Sunday’s match.

“[Cú Chulainns] are a good side. They are British champions. And they beat John Mitchels, who Skellig Rangers only just beat in the All-Ireland final a few years ago, so we know they will be tough to beat.

“The standard in Britain has improved a lot too, with so many lads emigrating over there from Ireland.”

And Donal feels Dromid still have more to offer before they peak.

“After the Munster final win over Kildangan, there have been a few different aspects of our game that we have had to work on.

“In every game we always give it 100% but after every game there are always things that you can work on and improve on. There is no such thing as the finished article in football because you can always improve something.”

An added bonus of Dromid’s fantastic Kerry and Munster junior success has been that both Dominic and Donal get to share big-match experience with four-time All-Ireland winner Declan.

“It’s always nice to play with your brothers, your family and your friends; the people that you have grown up with. It makes it all the more special,” Dominic remarked, while Donal added: “It’s great to share this with Declan. He is well used to the big occasions and we can lean on that experience too.”

But Dromid certainly aren’t a one-man team, as Dominic explained: “We play a real team game where everyone knows the job they are doing and where everyone puts in a huge effort.

“It’s been a panel effort, especially when we beat Kanturk in the semi-final.”

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