The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship is the premier “knockout” competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. The series of games are organized by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months with the All-Ireland Football Final being played on the third or fourth Sunday in September in Croke Park, Dublin. The prize for the winning team is the Sam Maguire Cup. Every county in Ireland participates in the Championship (except Kilkenny) so the competition is much more open than the Hurling Championship. Kerry and Dublin are among the most successful football teams. Kerry defeated Cork in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
Ambrose Rogers(Down) Graham Canty(Cork) are the biggest doubts to start the final in what has been a fascinating season on the GAA All-Ireland hurling and football final circuit and there’s one more big day to come when Cork and Down clash in the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final in Croke Park on Sunday (3.30).
It will be a first ever All-Ireland final meeting between Cork and Down – indeed they have only met once before in the championship back in 1994 when Down won a semi-final by five points. Cork are seeking their 7th All-Ireland senior title – and their first since 1990 –while Down are seeking their 6th and their first since 1994. Down have the distinction of having won all five finals they reached in 1960-61-68-91-94.
Cork have appeared in four finals since winning their last one in 1990 but lost in 1993-99-2007-2009.
Cork fans will be delighted to hear that their captain Graham Canty took part in his first full training session in weeks last night. Bantry Blues Canty has only had light training since the early August win over Roscommon in the quarter-final and limped off in the semi-final win over Dublin. He now looks set to lead his side in Croke Park for the third time in four years, but luckily for Canty he does no have to play Kerry who is the only team to beat the Rebels in the last seven years.
Portions of this article were excerpted from Sports News Ireland and from Wikipedia
Interested in watching the game at a local Irish Pub?
If you’re interested in watching this game, a great place to go is the Fastnet Pub in Newport, RI – Imagine a full Irish breakfast and the All Ireland Final. There might be a cover charge (approx. $10 depending on whether or not the bar has to pay for the broadcast).
Time Difference between USA and Ireland: Remember, the game is being played in Ireland in the early afternoon, which means it’ll be broadcast over here in the morning (9 AM or 10 AM) so call the bar ahead of time to verify what time they’ll be screening it. Make sure to get there early – the place will be busy. Come hungry for a great breakfast.
Newport, RI 02840 (Map & Directions)