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Cian O'Sullivan Interview: "These Days Won't Last Forever. Take The Example Of Ciaran Whelan"

Cian O'Sullivan Interview: "These Days Won't Last Forever. Take The Example Of Ciaran Whelan"
By Conor Neville Updated

I think it's very important that you enjoy those days.

Now a four-time All-Ireland winner, Cian O'Sullivan was in the Hard Shoulder studio today, reflecting on his career in light of the latest All-Ireland victory.

There are two schools of thought on Dublin's current era of success. One is the Ewan McKenna school of thought which insists that us poor culchies are staring into the abyss of Dublin dominance in perpetuity - unless there is some radical re-organisation of the county game.

The other school of thought, endorsed - at least in public - by nearly all the Dublin players, holds that this is just a golden era and the players need to make hay while it lasts. Because it won't be this way forever.

O'Sullivan told presenter Anthony Moyles that he never forgets how lucky he is to be playing with this Dublin team now.

I always remember my first game, proper game, with Dublin was in 2009. We got beaten by Kerry in a quarter final by 16 points. The infamous startled earwigs from Pat Gilroy. And two years later, we were winning an All-Ireland. Things can change so much in such a short space of time.

I'm very conscious that I'm very lucky to be playing football during these good days. Because they definitely won't last forever.

You take the example of Ciaran Whelan. I think he came on to the panel in '96 and retired in 2010. One of the best players to play for Dublin in the last number of decades and unfortunately didn't win an All-Ireland. It was just unlucky timing for him. So, I'm very conscious of that.

All this talk of Dublin's dominance Three of the four All-Irelands we won by a point.

On the pod, he also talked about:

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  • His feelings in the closing stages of the game
  • The current state of the Leinster championship
  • And whether Jim Gavin really enjoys himself

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Cian joined us in his role as Sure ambassador. Sure is the official statistics partner of the GAA, uncovering the stories behind every move.

Read more: The Gaelic Football Team Of The Year Outside The Two All-Ireland Finalists

 

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