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Fierce hunger to become greats spurred on the Dubs: McCarthy


By Declan Bogue

It was a sore-looking James McCarthy who faced the press at Dublin's Gibson Hotel the morning after they secured an historic third All-Ireland title in succession.

And he revealed that all the pre-match talk of Mayo being the hungrier of the two teams provided all the motivation that this Dublin squad required.

"We have massive hunger in our team as well, people don't realise that," the Ballymun Kickhams man insisted.

"Obviously Mayo were chasing their first All-Ireland in so many years, but when you get the first one it gives you belief first of all, and it also makes you feel how good it is to do it so you do all you can to get there again and again.

"You don't want to be known as the team that won just one or two. You want to be known as one of the really great teams."

McCarthy knows a thing or two about that, given his father John was one of their stars of the '70s and won three All-Ireland titles himself.

Now McCarthy belongs to a Dublin team in the conversation about which is the greatest side of all time, and certainly on a par with the fabled Kerry teams.

"I suppose our biggest strength, without sounding clichéd about it, is that we're a very tight group who came through those tough losses earlier on," he added.

"I always knew we would be fairly strong and competitive each year. I knew from under-age level that we had players there, and it was just a matter of knitting it together and having brilliant management."

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