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Enda McNulty: Hype got to Dublin
01 Sep 2014 17:05
Former All-Ireland winner and sports psychologist Enda McNulty has suggested that the “hype machine” that surrounded Dublin was an important factor in their SFC semi-final loss to Donegal.
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Speaking on RTÉ’s Today programme, McNulty said that Donegal had got their approach to the game right from a psychological point of view, and that Dublin got it wrong. He suggested that hype had been a factor in Dublin’s undoing.
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“We have to also take into account here the hype machine that was in place around the Dublin team over the past 24 months, maybe even 48 months. Everyone spoke about [...] this was an unbeatable team.”
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The former Armagh star said that while a lot of people were backing Dublin strongly to defend their All-Ireland crown, history over the past 30 years should have suggested how difficult a task was in store for Jim Gavin’s men.
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“It’s incredibly difficult to back the All-Ireland up, and it’s even more difficult in Dublin, because the hype around this Dublin team over the past three months was phenomenal; I’ve never seen the likes of it.
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“There was some of the Dublin party saying this was like an All Blacks team.
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"Now, I was part of the Ireland back-room staff when they played against the All Blacks [...] Even the All Blacks are fallible. So if the All Blacks are fallible, why then are the Dublin team not fallible?”
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