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Monday 29 May 2017

'We're going to be talking about Dublin unless we change it'

Paul Geaney was at the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2017. The tournament
takes place on February 17-19 at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry and various GAA venues across
the Dingle Peninsula
Paul Geaney was at the launch of the Lidl Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2017. The tournament takes place on February 17-19 at Páidí Ó Sé’s pub in Ventry and various GAA venues across the Dingle Peninsula

It seems that the only thing worse than being haunted by Dublin is listening to everyone telling you how you're being haunted by Dublin.

Paul Geaney was the second Kerry footballer available for media interviews in a week and just like Donnchadh Walsh before him, he didn't so much as attempt to hide the very prominent place Jim Gavin's team currently occupies in their psyche.

Speaking at the launch of this year's Comortas Peile Páidi O Sé, the Dingle forward also stressed that it was incumbent upon Kerry themselves to change the relationship between the counties back to its more traditional arrangement.

"Look," Geaney inhaled.

"Dublin are obviously the best team in the country. They are going for five-in-a-row in the league, which is astonishing as well.

"Until somebody else changes the conversation, until we change the conversation or Tyrone or Mayo or somebody else changes the conversation then we are going to be talking about Dublin.

"That's the nature of the beast."

Geaney, who works in his family's pub in Dingle and is thus exposed to an endless stream of football talk, admits to being "fed up talking about it," on occasion but understands the Kerry public's current preoccupation.

"You get sick of people's opinions that don't match up with what your opinion is sometimes," he explained.

"You are biting your lip because you don't want to really tell people your opinions most of the time."

Endured

"But if people are talking about GAA at the moment it's Dublin who they are talking about.

"If they are talking about football, it's Dublin."

At 26, Geaney has endured a succession of back and shoulder injuries but expects to be involved on Sunday when Kerry begin their League campaign in Letterkenny.

He is certain, however, that ultimately Dublin's domination can be ended. He just hopes Kerry get he chance to do so this year.

"Kerry going for five in a row, the golden years and Offaly beat them.

"Barcelona seemed unbeatable for years, and they ended up getting beaten.

"It's the same with Manchester United."

"The great teams are there to be beaten and eventually, they are beaten.

"Who beats them is the thing and hopefully, it will be us that gets the chance to beat them."

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