Saturday 24 February 2018

Eugene McGee: Celebrate... and the party's over

Celebrating All-Ireland final success is an admirable trait in the GAA which few other sports can match. It represents the high point of the relationship between the GAA and the people because the stars of All-Ireland final day are transformed overnight into iconic figures yet they retain their commitment to their clubs to an extraordinary degree.

But while celebrating in itself may be a fine thing, the trick nowadays is to celebrate wisely. It is hardly a coincidence that the Dublin footballers have won the All-Ireland nine times in the past 90 odd years yet they have only retained their title once in that period, in 1976/77.

They failed to retain the title in 1984, 1996 and this year and there is little doubt the extended aftermath of an All-Ireland success poses problems for a lot of players.

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