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Galvin 'loved playing Dubs'

PAUL Galvin describes feeling "like tripping at a rave" in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 All-Ireland final in his new, eponymous autobiography, released this week.

"Waves of noise resounded, ringing in one ear and out the other" Galvin recalls of the moments after Joe McQuillan blew the final whistle on Dublin's dramatic one-point win, a match which transpired to be his last All-Ireland final as a Kerry player.

"We congratulated Dublin and we meant it," Galvin, who admits he "loved playing against the Dubs," ever since his first meeting in Croke Park in the 2004 All-Ireland SFC.

"I like Dublin and Dublin people.

"Guy likes Cluxton and Alan Brogan are too good not to win an All-Ireland."


Yet Galvin also notes how he "got more scores against Dublin than any other team in league and championship," explaining: "I always used the atmosphere as energy. Just like the Dublin players did.

"If you aren't in one way inspired by the atmosphere in Croke Park playing against Dublin you will struggle.

"We embraced it and used it against them."