Jack McCaffrey had been struck down with food poisoning in the week leading up to the All-Ireland final (no Kerry hotels have been implicated in this happenstance).
Former Dublin boss Pillar Caffrey revealed yesterday that he had even been on a drip for 24 hours and had a gastric bag for three days leading up to the game.
It now transpires that a Meath man, in the person of legendary former manager Sean Boylan, was crucial in readying him for the final. Speaking to Darren Cleary of 98FM, he credits Boylan's herbal remedies for getting him fit for the game.
McCaffrey's father Noel, an All-Star winner with Dublin back in 1988, is a good friend of former Meath midfielder Gerry McEntee. The Meath legend was struck down with a similar ailment during the height of his playing career and Boylan's herbal remedies worked wonders.
Gerry McEntee went through something similar back in the day, he’d be a good friend of my father. Sean Boylan who sells herbal remedies and he got some stuff for me that worked a treat.
So sixteen years after guiding Meath to their last All-Ireland, Sean Boylan is still exerting an influence over All-Ireland success. We've already seen how influential he was in DCU regaining the Sigerson Cup earlier this year. McCaffrey, for his own part, admitted that he would have to buy Boylan a pint in the near future.
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