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A memorable day for Sligo footballers in Croke Park

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Supporters during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Supporters during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Supporters during the Tailteann Cup Semi-Final match between Sligo and Cavan at Croke Park. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

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Where were you in the long hot summer of 2002? Well this much younger and even crustier hack was lucky enough to be covering a magical year for Sligo’s eternal bright boys in black.

And suddenly, 20 years on, after forking out an obscene €17 for a middling breakfast in the Croke Park Hotel, some of their marvellous memories soothe my salty soul. There is Eamonn O’Hara, a magnificent bounding black stag hanging high on the summer wind-the O’Neill’s clutched tight to his chest driving his county forward as he did for Tourlestrane for years.


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