"Where's the buzz for them boys?"

April 12, 2018

Cuala's Jake Malone and Colm Cronin celebrate at the final whistle

Former Armagh star Aaron Kernan has criticised the decision to have Cuala playing a Dublin championship game just two weeks after their All-Ireland victory.

The Dalkey club secured their second successive Tommy Moore Cup with victory over Na Piarsaigh on March 24th and got off to a winning start in their county title defence last Saturday by defeating St Brigid's by seven points at Parnell Park.

Kernan - a three-time All-Ireland winner with Crossmaglen Rangers - is familiar with the situation having often lined-out with Armagh days after playing in Croke Park with his club.

"Where's the buzz for them boys?" he asked. "Go out and celebrate for a week and then it's not even as if they're turning up for a league game, it's championship, so when do they get their break?

"How tired are their county players at this stage? They'd love nothing more than to do three in a row but it's a tough ask.

"I guarantee you that there's no break, no team holiday, no getting away from it. That was always my thing, it's a brilliant position to be in when you get to an All-Ireland club final, I wouldn't change it, but if I sit and look back now I never really got the chance to enjoy my All-Ireland wins and that disappoints me."

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