Reflections: Off the Ball look back at 1982

Offaly halt Kerry's quest for five-in-a-row and Ireland win the Triple Crown

BY Simon Maguire 18:17 Saturday 1 July 2017, 18:17 1 Jul 2017

The Offaly team celebrate. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Every Saturday, Off the Ball's "Reflections" series looks back at the big stories and glorious moments of a certain year.

1982 saw Mick O'Dwyer's Kerry looking for five All-Ireland titles in-a-row only for Offaly to ruin the party.

Eugene Magee masterminded the shock defeat and he told Dave McIntyre: "It's difficult for the younger generation especially to remember. 

"In 13 years there, in 1974 through '86,  Kerry won eight All-Ireland's and Dublin won four and Offaly won one. Nobody else was anywhere near it. It was an extraordinary time. People talk about the domination of Dublin now which is correct but it pales into insignificance compared to that. 

The Offaly team and fans celebrate. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

"The whole of Ireland were only interested in Kerry and Dublin and nobody else. We managed to sneak in there. We played in five Leinster finals in-a-row which I don't think had ever happened to Offaly before and we won the middle three.

"So, it was a gradual process. It's often mentioned that the progress of the Offaly team in '82 started off in the first round of the Leinster Championship and each round, after we advance one place, it took five years until we could do that."

McGee went on to describe the days leading up to that famous win and the full podcast is available below.

1982 also saw Ireland win rugby's Triple Crown and Ollie Campbell reflected on the famous day. 

Ollie Campbell, Phil Orr and Willie Duggan of Ireland. Image: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

It was "only the fifth Triple Crown in Ireland's History," he said, Adding: "And also it was the first Triple Crown that Ireland had won in Lansdowne Road - the oldest international rugby ground in the world."

Ireland headed into that tournament on a woeful run of form as Campbell recalled: "Leading into 1982, believe it or believe it the previous eight games going into that Championship of 1982, we had lost seven and drawn one!" 

Campbell went on to discuss his rivalry with Tony Ward and the full episode can heard heard here:


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