From 2011 until the end of the decade in 2020 we were privileged to watch the greatest team of all time.
8 All Irelands, 10 Leinsters, 5 National Leagues but a mere 2 O’Byrne Cups … perhaps the sole disappointment of the decade.
We witnessed some great performances, team and individual, and some titanic battles. Mayo were probably to the fore but we crossed swords with Kerry too, the one time football kingpins. We also battled Donegal, Tyrone, Monaghan and Galway and a few others.
But what were your top 5 in the Championship?
Is the epic 2011 semifinal against an obstinately negative Donegal in there? The 2016 semi against Kerry when we overcame 10 mins of madness? The 2013 final when Sam returned despite huge handicaps down the home straight? The 2019 replay when the gallant efforts of Kerry and Conor Lane couldn’t stop us from clinching the 5? The 2018 final against Tyrone when we finally could enjoy the closing stages? 2020 when six was clinched against Mayo with a masterful performance of game management? Maybe the 2011 Final when Sam came home after 16 years … and has hardly left since. Or perhaps you are a masochist and enjoyed 2014? The 2013 semi final v Kerry and that crushing finale? The 2015 semi final replay v Mayo with another crushing finale? Or the 2017 final v Mayo when even flying GPS’s couldn’t derail the magic three in a row. The 2016 Final replay with Cormac’s cameo? Singing in the rain and 3 in a row over Kerry in 2015?
Let’ s have them …