As the All-Ireland Football final closes in, two former protagonists of the 2011 decider joined us on Off The Ball.
Dublin's Barry Cahill and Kerry's Darran O'Sullivan reminisced about the build-up to that final with Joe Molloy.
The figure of Pat Gilroy loomed large as Cahill shared a few anecdotes from the ex-Dublin manager's time in charge that year.
The 2011 decider was the first experience of an All-Ireland final for that Dublin panel, given that 1995 was the county's most recent appearance at that stage.
So getting a grip of the experience was necessary. One involved staging a mock pre-match parade where Pat Gilroy took up the presidential role.
"We could see the reason for it"
"We actually did a parade. Pat Gilroy pretended to be Mary McAleese as the president, shaking hands and all that," Cahill recalled.
"There were 35 lads on the panel probably training and nobody had experienced a final before. We could see the reason for [the mock parade]. No-one wanted to take the tone of it differently."
Cahill also discussed the culture change as Dublin went from also-rans to soon-to-be perennial champions.
He shared another Pat Gilroy story involving current veteran forward Bernard Brogan.
"I remember after 2009, [Gilroy] called out Bernard for not maybe tracking back players," he said.
"And then the next year, you had great examples of Bernard then who went on to win Footballer of the Year.
"He was putting in as many tackles as any of the defenders. In the 2010 quarter-final, which was a big win for this group against a lot of three-time All-Ireland winners, Bernard was Man-of-the-Match.
"And the interview after the game, he came across so humble and about the team. He couldn't have been any more praise-worthy in terms of his team-mates and the group. Maybe it would have been a slightly different interview two or three years earlier."
You can watch the full chat with Barry Cahill and Darran O'Sullivan above via YouTube.
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