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Difficulty of achieving a three in-a-row in Ulster is what makes it so special to savour

Difficulty of achieving a three in-a-row in Ulster is what makes it so special to savour, writes Colm Keys

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Talk of Donegal, and the conversation
always turns to the inspirational Michael
Murphy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Talk of Donegal, and the conversation always turns to the inspirational Michael Murphy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Talk of Donegal, and the conversation always turns to the inspirational Michael Murphy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

It hardly requires evidence to support the claim that Ulster is, and has been, the most difficult province to win a football title in.

If an exhibit is required, though, look no further than the dearth of counties that have managed to put together a coveted three in-a-row.

Cavan did it copiously in the first half of the last century, their vice-like grip on northern affairs churning out several, until their last between 1947 and '49.