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Vincent Hogan: The day Rebel band of brothers created a monster

Published 07/08/2010 | 05:00

Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack, supported by Diarmuid O'Sullivan, saves under pressure from Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin during the 2006 All-Ireland hurling final
Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack, supported by Diarmuid O'Sullivan, saves under pressure from Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin during the 2006 All-Ireland hurling final

Maybe it was a sixth sense that detained Cork towards dusk that evening in Croke Park. Diarmuid O'Sullivan told them to go without him, that he would see them back in the Burlington.

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It took him three hours to give the drug-testers their sample, yet the team dropped anchor until he did. Even at season's end, it was in their instinct to articulate themselves as one.

Such gestures can seem grandiose and delusional, yet -- for this Cork team -- they had long become little hymns of faith.

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