I haven’t all that much to say about yesterday’s league final, which we watched on TG4 from here in Mayo. Anguished howls emanating from my little Dub ricocheted around the ancestral home for a few minutes after the final whistle sounded but as soon as the jelly and ice cream appeared, all was well with the world again.
The result certainly takes the shine of Dublin’s sparkling spring campaign and they must now head into the summer with all manner of doubts ringing around in their heads. We know all too well what it’s like to be labelled as perennial chokers and the sad truth is that until they win a game that counts, it’s the first catcall they’ll hear being hurled at them. Welcome to the club, lads.
Cork’s win yesterday wasn’t just noteworthy for the fact that it involved the overturning of an eight-point deficit (when did that last occur in a league or championship final, I wonder?) as it also enabled the Langers to equal an achievement that, up ’till yesterday, was ours alone.
The last (and only previous) county to win the NFL, the All-Ireland and then the NFL again was us back in 1936-7 and, of course, no county has ever won an NFL-Championship Double-Double in successive years. Not even Kerry. Which is one more reason why the Cork-Kerry sub-plot to dish ear’s championship could prove even more compelling than ever.