A fifth All-Ireland winners medal with Kerry would be the sweetest of them all for Paul Galvin after the devastation of 2011.
The 33-year-old was a sub on the team that let slip a 1-10 to 0-9 lead on Dublin with just six minutes remaining and the pain of that loss, according to Galvin, was far more intense than the joy of any of his previous four All-Ireland successes.
“I think you’d have to go a long way to find a defeat like it in terms of any All-Ireland final,” said Galvin. “On a personal level, I just divorced myself from it fairly quickly, because from my experience of All-Ireland defeats in the past, they can leave a bit of residue, they’re tough to take.
“But that one, I just cut it like, I just cut it away fairly quickly.
“Trying to figure it out and mulling on it wouldn’t do you any good.”
Despite hammering Tipperary last weekend and the expectation that they’ll comfortably overcome Waterford this Saturday too, opinions are divided on Kerry’s All-Ireland credentials. For Galvin, the desire to dull the memory of 2011 is strong, however, and, if he could do so, he says it would be the greatest triumph of his career.
“I think it probably would, yeah,” he agreed. “Any All-Ireland final defeat is sore but the manner of that one would make any possible win in the future dwarf anything else.”
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