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Oisin McConville: ‘Hearing Donegal beat Dublin was like hearing Kennedy had been shot'

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Oisin McConville believes the Armagh side he was part of overestimated sides too often 'for the sake of it'. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Oisin McConville believes the Armagh side he was part of overestimated sides too often 'for the sake of it'. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager

Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager

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Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (pictured) and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness will go head to head. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (pictured) and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness will go head to head. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Oisin McConville believes the Armagh side he was part of overestimated sides too often 'for the sake of it'. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Former Armagh star Oisin McConville has said that hearing Donegal beat Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final was “like hearing Kennedy had been shot”.

The former Crossmaglen Rangers star said he didn’t predict an All Ireland Final between Kerry and Donegal.

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Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager

Jim McGuinness, Donegal manager

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In his column for the GAA.ie, the Armagh man revealed the semi-final weekend in August was one of the greatest advertisements for Gaelic football.

“I'm no cheerleader for Gaelic football - I criticise games more often than I praise them - but those two games were as entertaining as any sporting events I've seen in a while,” he wrote.

McConville said he realised how big a story it was when he recived texts from his wife, asking him if he’d seen the game.

“I knew it was something special when I was getting texts about it from my wife Darina on the bus home. Darina's interest in football begins and ends with my own involvement with Crossmaglen, but she was sending texts to me saying "I can't believe what has happened with Donegal...”

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Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (pictured) and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness will go head to head. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (pictured) and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness will go head to head. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice (pictured) and his Donegal counterpart Jim McGuinness will go head to head. Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

McConville also praised Donegal manager Jim McGuinness and Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice.

“There's no doubt that Fitzmaurice and McGuinness are very special managers, as good a pair of young managers as I have ever seen in the game. McGuinness has already done so much in the game that he obviously is the marquee figure, but Fitzmaurice is a gem in the making as well.”

McConville tipped Kerry to triumph in Sunday’s All Ireland final.

“I believe Kerry are going to win on Sunday. Donegal have that special fire from McGuinness, and passion is the word that comes to mind with a lot of what they do. It's more ice than fire with Kerry and Fitzmaurice but the exterior should not fool you, because Kerry will be so intensely motivated to win this game,” he wrote.

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