Vincent's clash gave Mull' belief, says Brady
Rian Brady has identified Mullinalaghta's previous battle with a Dublin superpower as one of the key building blocks in their historic climb to the Leinster club summit.
Two years ago, fresh from ending their 66-year Longford SFC famine, St Columba's pushed St Vincent's most of the way in a provincial semi-final. Even in eventual seven-point defeat, the midland minnows were given a shot of self-belief.
"It started with the first (Longford) championship we won," explained Brady, whose 0-4 haul proved crucial in Sunday's famous win over Kilmacud Crokes.
"Before that, I think we were lacking a bit of belief in ourselves. Then we had a decent run in Leinster, put it up to Vincent's - I suppose we kind of believed it then.
"We managed to win the three-in-a-row this year and just took it one game at a time and we knew if we played to the best of our ability and really put our shoulder to the wheel, that we could get a result."
The Longford forward emphatically endorsed the assessment of manager Mickey Graham that it was his greatest day in football.
As for the pivotal role played by Cavan's incoming boss, Brady added: "Before he came, we were building and getting closer but he was definitely the man to get us over the line. He gave us that belief.
"He was a good player himself, knows exactly what we need and gets on with everyone very well.
"He fitted absolutely perfectly into the club and we've had fantastic results. I know he has the Cavan job and they're probably looking for him back - but he'll have to stay a little bit longer."
All thoughts of Dr Crokes, their daunting All-Ireland semi-final opponents in February, can wait. "Anything's possible," Brady ventured.
"There's always big upsets in club football but we won't think about that for a while. We'll enjoy this and then we'll get back into it."