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Pendulum swinging towards Kerry – especially if Con O'Callaghan and James McCarthy don't line out for Dublin

Tommy Conlon


Winner of big two’s clash will be hot favourites but Derry and Galway are increasingly looking like legitimate heavyweight contenders

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Dublin's Con O'Callaghan is in a race against time to be fit to face Kerry

Dublin's Con O'Callaghan is in a race against time to be fit to face Kerry

Jack O'Connor

Jack O'Connor

Padraic Joyce

Padraic Joyce

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher

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Dublin's Con O'Callaghan is in a race against time to be fit to face Kerry

The notion that it’s wide open is plausible enough, even allowing for the natural impulse to ratchet up the excitement by making a case for all four teams left in the race.

That impulse is pretty much a universal desire in every sport for an egalitarian spread of contenders rather than just the predictable handful of favourites. The same desire is a reliably recurring theme in the GAA championships every season. More often than not it is thwarted by the reality that there is usually one or two aforementioned favourites in pole position from first game to last.


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