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Colm O'Rourke: Regrets tend to linger if you fail to strike while the iron is hot

Big decisions and big mistakes will haunt Dublin and Kildare when the dust settles, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 05/09/2010 | 05:00

T his year's All-Ireland football semi-finals provided marvellous entertainment, and when you add in minor games of great attacking quality, the 145,000 supporters who paid in over the two Sundays would not have had as much enjoyment at another sports occasion anywhere in the world.

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Perhaps enjoyment is the wrong word to use for close to 100,000 of those supporters who came from Dublin and Kildare. The disappointment of losing made the short trip home a sad affair. It also tempers the mood of the counties. Dublin after the semi-final defeat was a quiet town while Kildare was probably likewise last Sunday night.

It is this which makes football and hurling different. People take defeat for their county in a big match very badly. A big win is good for a county and it's good for business too; restaurants, hotels and pubs benefit from a win. When teams lose, people tend to go home quicker and socialise less.

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