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Vincent Hogan: Rebels rise to conquer their fear of fear itself

Cowardly Lion: "Alright, I'll go in there Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards. I'll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I'm going in there. There's only one thing I want you fellows to do."
Scarecrow: "What's that?"
Cowardly Lion: "Talk me out of it!"

Published 20/09/2010 | 05:00

That thing clawing at Cork windpipes in Croke Park yesterday wasn't anything complex or mysterious.

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Fear of fear itself is as unremarkable as the common cold. But if it gets under the skin, it brings down entire armies. Somehow, the build-up to this final became a study of that condition. An exploration of the mind.

Cork -- we reasoned -- had everything going for them, bar a reliable thermostat in the head. Down were polar opposites. A team with obvious inadequacies, but the confidence of an advancing German squadron.

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