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Colm O'Rourke


Colm O’Rourke looks back on the inter-county season

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Kerry's David Clifford and Galway's Shane Walsh shake hands before the All-Ireland final. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Kerry's David Clifford and Galway's Shane Walsh shake hands before the All-Ireland final. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Westmeath's Ray Connellan celebrates with the trophy after his side's victory over Cavan in the Tailteann Cup final at Croke Park. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Westmeath's Ray Connellan celebrates with the trophy after his side's victory over Cavan in the Tailteann Cup final at Croke Park. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Kerry's David Clifford and Galway's Shane Walsh shake hands before the All-Ireland final. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

It seems a lifetime away now, but the straws in the wind for the season were evident from early in the Allianz Football League.

The serious action started in the last weekend of January. Kerry drew in Newbridge with Kildare, Galway gave Meath a hammering and Ulster champions Derry did the same to Down. The big teams for the year were up and running early. Of the last four, only Dublin lost — to Armagh in Croke Park — they were subsequently relegated, but it was only in the Leinster championship that they got going.


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