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Leinster football used to be the gift that kept on giving - until Dublin's all-conquering dominance

Leinster football used to be the gift that kept on giving. It was unpredictable, exciting. There were no guarantees. Those days are long gone, consumed by Dublin's all-conquering dominance

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Dessie Farrell

Dessie Farrell

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Dessie Farrell

It has been the longest year ever for GAA nostalgia. Last Sunday night - on the precarious cusp of an inter-county resumption - eir Sport pressed the rewind button 23 years, all the way back to the 1997 Leinster senior football final.

To a time when Leinster football was the poster boy for glorious unpredictability; an era when six different counties would share the eight titles contested between 1997 and 2004.

Even Dublin fans, you suspect, would welcome even a morsel of that mayhem. Just to puncture the tedium of another double-digit cakewalk.