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How the arrival of Davy Fitzgerald triggered rebirth of a rivalry

Wexford legend Dempsey thrilled to see current crop putting it up to Cats

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Sideline stares: Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald are used to competing for honours against each other. Photo: Sportsfile

Sideline stares: Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald are used to competing for honours against each other. Photo: Sportsfile

Sideline stares: Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald are used to competing for honours against each other. Photo: Sportsfile

At its best, Kilkenny-Wexford was a rivalry that carried an innate understanding of drama and timing.

At its worst, it was a procession. For most of the Brian Cody era, Kilkenny laid waste to Wexford (and just about everyone else). Save for the odd glimpse of Wexford flare, it was a contest that seemed to live in the deep recesses of memory only.

But thanks to the introduction of Davy Fitzgerald to the mix, along with the emergence of a talented group that won Leinster U-21 titles from 2013 to '15, the rivalry has been reborn ahead of the latest meeting between the sides at Wexford Park on Sunday.