Rebel rising: The story of how Cork turned the ship away from stormy waters

After a long time in the wilderness, Cork are eyeing up a hurling treble this weekend

The Cork  team celebrate their win over Galway in the All-Ireland under-20 final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The Cork team celebrate their win over Galway in the All-Ireland under-20 final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“We have a saying around here: ‘I don’t want to hear about the labour, just show me the baby.’” – Bill Parcells, legendary NFL coach

Sorry now, Bill. This one’s very much about the labour. If you want to check back around tea-time tomorrow, then and only then might there be a baby to take a gander at. And it’s entirely likely that there might not. Either way, the labour ain’t done yet.

“I’d say Limerick are laughing their heads off,” says Kevin O’Donovan, chief executive of Cork GAA. “They’re five years down the road ahead of us. Cork have won no All-Ireland at senior yet and no All-Ireland at minor yet. This is still at a very, very early stage. The self-congratulation stuff, I’m not buying it for a second. We’re not even half-way towards where we want to be.”

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