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Friday 25 May 2018

From Charles Darwin to Viktor E. Frankl - Diarmuid Connolly reveals the words hanging in the Dublin dressingroom

Dublin celebrate in the dressingroom after Sunday's game with Viktor E. Frankl words in teh background
Dublin celebrate in the dressingroom after Sunday's game with Viktor E. Frankl words in teh background
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Most inter-county sides use sports psychology and All-Ireland champions Dublin are no different.

The use of banners of uplifting quotes in sport has gone on for decades and is a popular tool today.

Diarmuid Connolly's Instagram post from the victorious Dublin dressingroom revealed the large poster with motivational words from renowned 20th century neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl.

The quote comes from his 1946 work 'Man's Search for Meaning' and it perfectly reflects the calculated and pragmatic appraoch developed under Jim Gavin.

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It reads: "Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."

A similar Twitter post from Connolly after their 2016 triumph over Mayo revealed that the words used on the walls of Croke Park came from Charles Darwin.

It read: "There can be no doubt that a tribe including many members who, from possessing in a high degree the spirit of patriotism, fidelity, obedience, courage, and sympathy, were always ready to give aid to each other and to sacrifice themselves for the common good, would be victorious over most other tribes; and this would be natural selection."

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