On the 16th of September 1990, Cork's footballers ran out on the Croke Park pitch chasing immortality. The Rebel county hurlers, watching on from the Hogan stand in suits, had won an unlikely All-Ireland a fortnight earlier, their thrilling final victory over Galway capped a hugely fun come-from-nowhere season. Now, if Billy Morgan's footballers could overcome their rivals in Meath, they'd secure sporting history for the county, a senior All-Ireland double of titles. It's an achievement that hadn't been made in a century and hasn't been matched since.
After hitting a historically low ebb the previous year, the hurlers arrived with a bang led by a hurling fanatic priest. Fr Michael O'Brien built a team by plucking players from relative obscurity, coaking old stars back into action and trusting young guns to make a name for themselves.
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Date of Publication: 10/09/2019