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The ‘tunnel of love’ and the case of the missing Garda cap – Dublin and Kildare’s legendary row of 1993

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Dublin's Pat Gilroy in a tussle for possession with Denis O'Connell of Kildare during the 1993 Leinster Football Final in Croke Park. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Dublin's Pat Gilroy in a tussle for possession with Denis O'Connell of Kildare during the 1993 Leinster Football Final in Croke Park. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Dublin's Pat Gilroy in a tussle for possession with Denis O'Connell of Kildare during the 1993 Leinster Football Final in Croke Park. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

The chapter in Dessie Farrell’s book is titled ‘Tunnel of Love’ and it contains detail gory enough to make even the most ebullient cheerleader of 1990s football wince.

It’s 1993. Dublin have returned to a Leinster final. They are scarred and edgy after the crushing disappointments of losing an All-Ireland final to Donegal in ’92 and an epic Leinster quarter-final in four parts to Meath the previous summer.


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