Jackie Tyrrell: Cork’s intelligent use of pace will worry Kilkenny

Rebels are not far off being the fastest team there has ever been at intercounty level

Cork’s Jack O’Connor charges through the Dublin defence during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cork’s Jack O’Connor charges through the Dublin defence during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

My routine when I landed into Croke Park was always one of structure and process. I was a creature of habit. I got security from whatever nuggets of familiarity I could find on those big days. They kept me focused. I used them as stepping stones to get me as far as the start of the match.

I would always sit in the same seat in the dressingroom, to the right of Eoin Larkin. After getting a match-day programme from our kitman ‘Rackard’ Cody, I would walk slowly down the corridor and out the tunnel and position myself on one of the allocated seats for the players in the first few rows of the Hogan Stand. I would take in the atmosphere, let it in, absorb it.

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