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The Dublin selector who famously captained Leitrim to beat Mayo

Declan Darcy has happy memories of facing Mayo on the playing fields.

Declan Darcy captaining Leitrim in 1994.
Declan Darcy captaining Leitrim in 1994.
Image: INPHO/Tom Honan

TOMORROW HE IS a selector with Dublin as they bid to land the Sam Maguire Cup.

Standing in Declan Darcy’s way is a county that he has happy memories of facing on the playing fields.

Darcy had a stint in Dublin colours but his inter-county football days began with Leitrim.

And in 1994, he lead them to their glorious Connacht final triumph against Mayo as they won out by 0-12 to 2-4.

“I was so young, I didn’t take stock of it,” recalls Darcy. “A little bit of that was me too, I was such a lunatic about football.

“All I wanted to do was play in Croke Park. I didn’t really embrace the whole importance of the day, I was just so happy to get to play there.

“I was from Dublin, playing for Leitrim and there was all this mass hysteria going on and, when I came back up to road to Dublin there wasn’t one, maybe two, who knew what was after happening (in Connacht final)

“It was a strange contrast. If Mayo win the next day and there’s fellas living in Dublin all the partying will be going on in Mayo, they’ll miss that.”

Here’s a look back at that famous game.

YouTube: Cathal Comerton

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