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

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.

o 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.

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