Sunday Life

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Bond of brothers

Unity is strength. And this is being vividly underlined more and more within that elite band of teams for whom success appears to have become a way of life over the course of the past decade.

Parochialism has in turn been an asset and a hindrance within the GAA down through the decades — an asset at club level when the world can begin and end at the parish boundary and a hindrance at inter-county level when a failure to see the bigger picture and set aside internecine squabbling can have devastating side effects.

It is no secret that some of the more successful county teams boast a bond that is the envy of many club sides, even though the latter units can contain a smattering of brothers, a ration of cousins and a fusion of in-laws that might suggest an impregnable solidarity.

But petty differences, molehills that can become mountains and an almost incestuous desire to claim dubious bragging rights can gnaw at a team’s morale and ultimately prove their downfall.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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