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Favourite All Ireland Champions

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Outside of your own county which All Ireland Champions did you admire or have a soft spot for?

Mine would be that Down team of early 90's. Their was an air of excitement everytime Linden & McCartan got the ball.

JDF (Galway) - Posts: 313 - 16/04/2018 14:41:05    2093300


I will answer this when they split Dublin in two and so I can say Dublin

witnof (Dublin) - Posts: 1450 - 16/04/2018 16:30:55    2093339


Kerry four in a row team of late 70s / eary eighties....

Jack O'Shea, Mikey Sheey, Eoin Liston,. Pat Spillane, Ogie Moran, Ger Power, Paudie O'Se were all my heroes as a chisler.

TearsIn85 (Monaghan) - Posts: 83 - 16/04/2018 16:55:17    2093344


Outside of my own county, hmm... I quite liked the serious talented Galway team from 1998. Michael Donnellan, Sean Og De Paor, Ja Fallon, Kevin Walsh and a young Padraig Joyce just some of the classy operators in John O'Mahony's side. Then I hated them after they tore us asunder in the 2001 final;/ I still have A Year Til Sunday on video at home!

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 294 - 16/04/2018 17:11:16    2093349


The Bohs fan in me makes it the Down team of the early 90s. Can't resist the red and black!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12576 - 16/04/2018 17:23:18    2093352


Replying To MesAmis:  "The Bohs fan in me makes it the Down team of the early 90s. Can't resist the red and black!"
The sea of red and black on Hill 16 in 1991:(

Toney (Meath) - Posts: 294 - 16/04/2018 17:28:45    2093355


Replying To Toney:  "The sea of red and black on Hill 16 in 1991:("
Ah yeah they broke my young heart too in 94. Collins saving the peno from Charlie!

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12576 - 16/04/2018 18:21:11    2093363


The dubs of the seventies,,brought the gaa to another level.great players ,Cullen,docherty,Mullins,mc Carthage,brogan,and the great jimmy keaveny,no strength and conditioning for those boys

Tipptipp (Tipperary) - Posts: 56 - 16/04/2018 18:59:06    2093370


The cork teams of 89/90 , great football team and should have won more but for great Ulster and Meath teams.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 9335 - 16/04/2018 19:36:26    2093380


Armagh in 2002....the scenes at the end were unreal. Pure joy and elation. Hope to experience it myself someday.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9821 - 16/04/2018 19:50:28    2093382


Down 90s. Galway 98/01. Offaly 80s. Kerry, Dublin 80s and 70s respectively. The latter two gave me a dream of playing and achieving the same thing with Meath (of course I never achieved that) but in 1987 I was with my late dad, who I had heard all the stories from 49 onwards who had brought me many years previous to my first visit to Croke Park lifting me over the stiles. That was some day and night, and Monday and night in the now gone beachmount hotel. I still have bob O'Malley empty can of lager that he had handed me from bus (it was half full at time) Jesus it feels like only yesterday.

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 15912 - 16/04/2018 20:09:05    2093390


Tyrone 2005 success was my favourite. Played Dublin X 2, Cavan X 2, Armagh X 3 and Kerry in the Final...10 games...I think Stevie O'Neill was footballer of the year as well.

jacktheDub (Dublin) - Posts: 804 - 16/04/2018 21:12:44    2093403


Easy, Kerry 75-82

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7611 - 16/04/2018 21:13:18    2093406


Clare 1995-1998 - legends all over the pitch, an even bigger one on the sideline, epic matches and controversies every second week during summers where the sun actually shone!!!
Being a kid from a hurling area of north Kerry you felt they represented you a little too and they made you believe that maybe, just maybe, a Kerry team could dare to dream of a Munster hurling title some day!

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 4847 - 16/04/2018 21:36:32    2093410


Offaly hurlers '94/'98

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1285 - 16/04/2018 23:40:46    2093431


First All-Ireland champions I saw live were Cork in 1973. A team that were easy on the eye and played great football taking it to their opponents They were a one off but they blitzed Kerry( 5 goals), Tyrone(5 goals) and Galway(3 goals). A young Jimmy Barry Murphy was leading defences a merry dance and I do not understand how they failed to follow this up.

Byanthon (Tyrone) - Posts: 1598 - 17/04/2018 09:03:05    2093446


Wexford 1996 there's still lads in Cavan thinking about them Yellow Bellies!

ramor101 (Cavan) - Posts: 286 - 17/04/2018 09:05:34    2093447


The Clare hurlers from 1995-1999 what a team, full of leaders and led by the great Ger Lock!

The Kerry footballers from 2000-2010 with the O Sé's, Daragh Ó Cinnéide, MF Russel, Gooch, Seamie Moynahan et al - class

The_DOC (Galway) - Posts: 579 - 17/04/2018 09:17:31    2093448


Tyrone of the 00s (current Dub team close) and Clare of the 90s

Breffni39 (Cavan) - Posts: 11556 - 17/04/2018 10:08:28    2093458


Replying To Breffni39:  "Tyrone of the 00s (current Dub team close) and Clare of the 90s"
Football Down 1991. The hill that day had serious colour. Meath in the eighties an inspiration that some day Galway could win Sam. Although the finals the Royals won were somewhat dour affairs their never say die attitude very admirable.

Hurling Offaly in the nineties. 100% natural ability. Clare also in the 1995-99 period brought the game to a new level.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1634 - 17/04/2018 10:20:12    2093461