Sunday 22 September 2019

Mullinalaghta miracle shows others that 'dreams can come true'


Midfielder John Keegan. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Midfielder John Keegan. Photo: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Mullinalaghta's fairytale run to Leinster Club SFC success with the slaying of Dublin giants Kilmacud Crokes will give hope to all GAA sides that "dreams do come true", according to midfielder John Keegan.

Mickey Graham's Longford champions, a half-parish on the Cavan border with just 114 adult club members, produced one of the biggest shocks in GAA history on Sunday in O'Connor Park and Keegan feels they have shown other clubs, both small and large, that anything is possible with the right application.

"Everybody around the country will take some belief from this. This will be the bones of every club manager's team talk at the beginning of the year when he's setting out his stall," Keegan said yesterday.

"They'll say, 'If Mullinalaghta can achieve it and there's only 400 people there, it just shows that if you make the sacrifices, sometimes you can get the rewards' and thankfully we're that feel-good story this morning.

"Maybe other clubs will look around now and say that as well and the GAA will be delighted with this story. It gives that belief to the smaller clubs around the country that dreams do come true and that smaller clubs can compete at this elite level."

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