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Fallen Kingdom tumbling towards spell in wilderness

Fitzmaurice doing best he can, but new crop nowhere near quality of departed legends

Colm Parkinson

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

Kerry corner-forward Paul Geaney, here taking on Dean Ryan of Clare, made an impressive SFC debut in Ennis. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Kerry corner-forward Paul Geaney, here taking on Dean Ryan of Clare, made an impressive SFC debut in Ennis. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Most genuine Gaelic football fans like Kerry. Some might not like their dominance of All-Ireland titles and some complain about their easier route to Croke Park, but there is not much to dislike about the Kingdom on the playing side of things.

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Who could dislike a county that gave us so many past and living legends of the game and so many memories?

Leaving Ennis on Sunday evening after their laboured Munster semi-final win against Clare, I felt a tinge of sadness. I felt sad because, for the foreseeable future, we'll not see Kerry compete for the All-Ireland title on the third weekend of September.

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