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Vincent Hogan: Dooley left to ponder future after Cork cling on

Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16

Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00

Determination is the name of
the game as Conor Mahon
(left) and Jerry O'Connor
battle it out. Photo: BRENDAN MORAN / SPORTSFILE
Determination is the name of the game as Conor Mahon (left) and Jerry O'Connor battle it out. Photo: BRENDAN MORAN / SPORTSFILE

Like pilot fish drawn to the swell of a hurrying vessel, a clutch of media followed Joe Dooley upstairs into the musty committee room of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

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All around, Cork GAA's living and dead stared out at him from framed pictures. If this was to be Joe's last formal assignment as Offaly hurling manager, he would -- at least -- fulfil it in magisterial company.

Joe smiled. He understands the lust for requiem in this business and, after four years of trying to reignite Offaly as a force, he knew there was space held on a lot of back pages now for the last act of his story.

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