Fourteen of Fitzgerald’s squad have been double-jobbing with the county U21s this summer and they will seek to secure a second All-Ireland berth this Saturday when they come up against Galway in Semple Stadium. Cunningham knows something about such a scenario, having enjoyed similar runs in 1982 when the Cork seniors lost out to Kilkenny in one decider before his U21 side accounted for Galway in Birr a week later.
“It hasn’t been [a hindrance for Clare] up to now,” said the Bord Gáis Energy Sports Ambassador. “It has been great for them. I know they have built on the success of the U21 team and it has given them great momentum.
“It certainly didn’t show in the Munster final. They were very impressive and 14 of that panel trained with the senior team. It will be a good game against Galway, given some of the talent they have brought to Croke Park the last few years as well.”
Cunningham, who confirmed there were no injury concerns to arise out of last week’s club games, also found fault with the notion that Cork’s tradition would be a factor on September 8.
“From talking to some of the lads I deal with in UCC at Freshers level from outside of Cork they don’t fear Cork because they have beaten them at underage level at U14, U16 and minor and U21s. They don’t have that tradition of losing to Cork some counties might have had years ago.”