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‘You want to play against the best’ – Longford star Mickey Quinn’s take on facing the Dubs in Leinster

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Mickey Quinn of Longford battles Kildare's Niall Kelly for the ball during the 2020 O'Byrne Cup. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Mickey Quinn of Longford battles Kildare's Niall Kelly for the ball during the 2020 O'Byrne Cup. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Mickey Quinn of Longford battles Kildare's Niall Kelly for the ball during the 2020 O'Byrne Cup. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

What is the motivation to be a Longford footballer? That question may seem pejorative, until you rephrase it and ask what is the incentive to be a senior footballer from any other Leinster county bar Dublin?

Mickey Quinn knows what it’s like to be diced and sliced by football’s greatest. He was there in 2015 when Longford suffered a record 27-point defeat. He was there three years later when Dublin won by 19 points.


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