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Kerry’s wall in the head has come tumbling down, now watch them fly against Galway

Damian Stack


Dublin loomed large in the Kingdom’s psyche for the best part of a decade, beating them was a form of liberation

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Kerry players Adrian Spillane and Shane Ryan, 1, celebrate after a first victory over Dublin in thirteen years Photo Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kerry players Adrian Spillane and Shane Ryan, 1, celebrate after a first victory over Dublin in thirteen years Photo Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Kerry players Adrian Spillane and Shane Ryan, 1, celebrate after a first victory over Dublin in thirteen years Photo Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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When Germany united after almost fifty years’ separation in the early 1990s, it wasn’t as if a switch was flicked and every difference between the two sides – the old socialist east and the capitalist west – disappeared overnight. It took time to integrate the east into the western economic and political order. It made for quite a lot of economic and social pain.

Even with a real commitment on the part of the federal government to make the process as painless as possible, it still bred inequalities, resentments, disenchantment.


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