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Munster offers a chance for the rest, but as ever, Cork versus Kerry is the only show in town

Get the job done at Páirc Uí Chaoimh next month and the sky's the limit for one of these great opponents, with a more accommodating roadmap to Croke Park and this winter's All-Ireland decider

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Cork captain Ian Maguire

Cork captain Ian Maguire

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Cork captain Ian Maguire

In a media briefing earlier this month, Cork manager Ronan McCarthy was eager to address the elephant in the room.

A week before the return of the league and his side are just a point from promotion back to Division 2.

But McCarthy wasn't pretending they didn't have at least one eye on what was coming down the track. Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in a straight knock-out Munster Championship was still a month away, but it was at the forefront of his mind.