Last year's All-Ireland final received unprecedented interest from the public.

A crowd of 46,286 turned out at Croke Park to watch Dublin defeat Mayo, 4-11 to 0-11, breaking the previous record attendance for the showpiece occasion.

It proved to be the highest attended women’s sporting event of 2017, impressively eclipsing the totals set by the English FA Cup final and the UEFA European Championship final.  

But for Cork’s Doireann O’Sullivan, it was too much to bear.

"I didn’t watch it. We weren’t in Croke Park last year so I had no interest in watching the match.

"That’s probably a poor attitude but when we’re not there, I don’t want to know about it," insisted O’Sullivan before joking. 

"I suppose I found out the result via the media, Twitter, Instagram I don’t know. Maybe RTÉ. That’s what you’re going for, I heard about it on RTÉ.

"I think I have an issue with that, same if we lose a match I never watch it back. No matter how bad I play, if we win I will watch the match, but if we lose I don’t want to know about it."

Cork’s interest in the All-Ireland last season came to a premature end as Mayo clung on to a two-point victory to end their bid to make it seven in a row at the semi-final stage.

This was the Leesiders' first defeat in the competition since the 2010 quarter-final against Tyrone and it meant they would miss out on the final for just the second time since 2004.

"In the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo last year we were extremely disappointed but the better team on the day 100 percent won," added O’Sullivan.

"We didn’t feel we played as best as we could. All you want to do is your best for the girls around you and the management.

"They have sacrificed their whole lives since January putting time into us so you don’t want to leave them down. That disappointment is the worse feeling."

It is a feeling the Mourneabbey forward doesn’t want to experience any time soon as her attentions switch to the job at hand against the reigning champions Dublin this Sunday.

For arguably the first time during her seven years involved with the Cork senior panel, her side will go into the match as underdogs.

And as she is now one of the oldest members of the squad, she is hoping to use her experience to ensure the Brendan Martin Cup returns to Cork for the 12th time in 14 years following a brief stint in the capital.

"I don’t know when that happened," said the 23-year-old.

"We were in the gym one day and Kevin (Tattan, strength and conditioning coach) said to divide up into groups to come up with an exercise so he divided us up according to how long we have been on the panel.  

"When the first years were called half the team ran. The second year and third years there was a few of them but there was only four of us who had been here seven-plus years and I was one of them.

"I don’t know how that happened. It feels like it’s my first year on the panel because it’s as competitive as ever and the drive is still there. Having lost last year we want to win, that’s it.

"When you win in Croke Park in September everyone is buzzing to get back in January I actually think when you’re winning its easier to keep things going especially when there’s competition.

"We have the likes of Saoirse Noonan coming off the bench so if you’re not putting in the work, you’re not long being shipped aside.

"It (the final) is where you want to be and getting a performance on the day would be absolutely massive for us.

"We are a young team, we are underdogs but we’ve worked extremely hard this year so once we give a good account of ourselves the result will take care of itself I think.

"When Eamonn was involved with us he said if you could bottle the feeling when the final whistle goes it would be worth a good bit. There’s nothing compares to (winning) it.

"Any 21st birthday, any night out, any wedding, you do give up a few social events since January but if you get the win its all 100 percent worth it."

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