There was something that bit special about the 19th All-Ireland final meeting between Tipperary and Kilkenny, be it Marty Morrissey's spine-tingling opening monologue on RTÉ radio or the fact that the occasionreduced Paul Kimmage to tears.
It was the first Sunday in September, again, but our intrinsic sense of Irishness - perhaps bolstered by 'the year that's in it' amongst other things - seemed almost tangible as throw-in approached. 63 scores later, Tipp were All-Ireland champions.
The men from north Munster followed what must have been a raucous night of celebrations with a traditional trip to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, and the sheer joy on the kids' faces was a sight to behold.
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