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Watch: Sensational Midwest Radio Commentary Of 2017 All-Ireland Final

Watch: Sensational Midwest Radio Commentary Of 2017 All-Ireland Final
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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It seemed almost inevitable that it would happen when the pots were lined up by the GAA for the All-Ireland football quarter-final draw, and it has transpired - we will have a rematch between Dublin and Mayo.

Incredibly, it will be the 11th time in as many years that these two counties will face off in the football championship, marking yet another chapter in a gripping saga.

It has become one of the GAA's greatest modern rivalries, but it has been one-sided at times.

After Mayo's victories in the 2006 and 2012 semi-finals, it would be quite some time before they next got the better of Dublin, and they lost out in the All-Ireland final on four separate occasions to the Dubs.

The 2017 decider is regarded by many as an all-time classic, with nail-biting tension until the end as Dean Rock's free in the depths of added time tipped the scales in Dublin's favour.

READ HERE: Ranking The Dublin v Mayo Championship Games Of The Past Decade

Mayo's wait for an All-Ireland went on - and continues to do so - and 2017 was the fourth time in five seasons that they had been vanquished by the Dubs. It remains arguably the most heartbreaking of their series of defeats.


With the sides set to renew their rivalry this weekend, there is no better time to look back on some of the finest commentary ever produced in this country, as Midwest Radio nailed a perfect balance of comedy and pain.

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GAA: Midwest Radio commentary of 2017 All-Ireland final


Martin Carney was part of the Midwest Radio commentary team for the 2017 All-Ireland final, and the ex-Mayo footballer allowed his full feelings to come through as part of the broadcast.


The sensational clip below of the closing minutes epitomises the pain of the defeat for Mayo, as Carney and his co-commentator lament Dublin's keep-ball tactics and cynicism in seeing out their third All-Ireland triumph in a row.

Oh, this is just cruel, what do we have to do? What do we have to do, these lads have given everything!



I've seen heartbreak but this absolutely surpasses any heartbreak I've seen. It's so, so, so awful.

Segments of the commentary are quite eloquent, and sum up the pain of the then-66 year wait for an All-Ireland for Mayo.

There is also some well deserved praise for an excellent Mayo team that were unfortunate to come up against Dublin in their prime, with Carney bemoaning the fact that the team's efforts were not adequately reflected with silverware.


Some other segments, however, veer over the other side, and tip fully into comedy.

Highlights include the declaration of Dublin's keep ball tactics as "sadism at its finest," and the lead commentator's decision to liken it to "getting an awful injection, and it's just not stopping, it just keeps on going."

The description of the defeat as "Groundhog Day" is an apt one for Mayo, but they were to finally break the spell and get the better of Dublin in the 2021 All-Ireland semi-final.


As they meet again this weekend, hopes will be high that an ever-improving Mayo team can catch Dublin on the hop and that, perhaps, Midwest Radio's GAA commentary will be a happier affair on Sunday afternoon.

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