In a world of Dublin dominance, it's hard to imagine any other team in Leinster ever getting a look in again. But the achievements of a Leinster team of the past will get a lot of airing in 2019. Will anybody be able to do to Dublin in 2019 what Offaly did to Kerry in 1982?
Seamus Darby stopping Kerry's five-in-a-row is probably the most famous All-Ireland final of all time, and when you listen to the characters involved, or watch the footage from the time, it's easy to see why.
Players of the Faithful, a documentary about the extraordinary Offaly team of the early 80s that culminated in the 1982 All-Ireland title was broadcast on RTE Two last night and anyone watching with a connection to the midlands county couldn't help but be moved. In fact, any GAA person who saw the show seemed to absolutely love the trip down memory lane.
That was just superb, would move you to tears as an Offaly man. I almost feel sorry for those of you that aren’t from our great little county. 😉 #1982 #PlayersoftheFaithful
— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) December 28, 2018
— Daithi regan (@daithi_regan) December 28, 2018
So proud of Dad and all of the Offaly lads. Well done!! Great programme. Very emotional!! #PlayersoftheFaithful
— Sarah Lowry (@Saybobsuz781513) December 28, 2018
— John O Connor (@johnoconnor1355) December 29, 2018
Hate watching that goal still think Charlie might save it😫😫 No one was close to Kerry after four in a row yet Offaly were sniffing and they went at Kerry and believed!! Interesting stat Kerry forwards not scoring goals in 81...”every empire eventually crumbles”.Great show #1982
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) December 28, 2018
As a young reporter in #Kerry, I was sent to Offaly by The Kerryman newspaper to do the pre-Match interviews. #Offaly weren’t cocky, but they weren’t afraid either! It was some achievement! #1982 #PlayersoftheFaithful
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) December 28, 2018
Well, that RTE documentary on the Offaly 1982 All-Ireland win was just lovely. #1982
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) December 28, 2018
Matt Connor. Talent. Tragedy. Such a brilliant footballer. Offaly story, nicely told by RTE. Lovely documentary pic.twitter.com/2k1Y8nFr5R
— Thomas Niblock (@thomasniblock) December 28, 2018
It was the 2-9 Matt Connor got in the semi-final loss to Kerry in 1980 that was probably his best performance on a big stage for Offaly. I was nine and couldn't believe another player could do that to Kerry, One of the absolute greatest of my time #gaa #PlayersoftheFaithful
— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) December 29, 2018
Watching Players of the Faithful - whatever about anything else. Those Offaly, Kerry, and Dublin jerseys of the 80s... wow😍 Just Wow.
— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) December 28, 2018
You can watch Players of the Faithful on the RTE Player now.