Kerry beating Dublin‘It’s like poking the bear. In some ways, the rest of the country might regret this.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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‘You said it!’ That will, most likely, be the collective reflection from many a fan of the Dubs, as they listened to a sports panel on the Today programme that included Damian Lawlor, presenter of RTE’s GAA Podcast, Cliona Foley, Sports journalist, and Garry MacDonncha, Commentator with TG4.

The particular headline came courtesy of Cliona Foley and, in fairness, all three members of the panel were in agreement about how Dublin fans and team could, or perhaps should, react to yesterday’s defeat to Kerry. It will be difficult to swallow, as it ends Dublin’s four-year reign as Division 1 football champions and a phenomenal unbeaten streak that has lasted 36 games.

‘I think it’s fantastic for the championship going forward that Dublin have been beaten,’ said Damian Lawlor, reflecting on that unbeaten run. ‘The monkey’s off the back.’

Garry MacDonncha chipped in, ‘Can I venture that it was a good result for both teams yesterday?’ To which Cliona Foley replied, ‘That is a great result for Dublin. If there was any complacency coming in, now that’s gone.’

Presenter, Sean O’Rourke, also brought up a question raised in today’s Examiner, where Oisín McConville proposed that maybe Dublin were going soft. Garry MacDonncha, in fairness, was keen to credit the players from the kingdom.

‘There was something about Kerry yesterday, there was a hunger in them. Tactically, they got it right as well. But there was a real intensity to them.’

But, a word of warning for the rest of the country, from Cliona Foley, again citing the Examiner’s Oisín McConville.

‘It’s like poking the bear. In some ways, the rest of the country might regret this.’

For fans of golf, and perhaps for fans of fairytales, the team also revisited the memorable performance of Sergio Garcia at Augusta this weekend. A one-time teenage prodigy, he had participated in 73 major tournaments prior to this weekend’s Masters tournament and come away empty-handed each time. Now, his first major victory. None other than the Masters.

To listen to the full sports review, click here.

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