On Sunday, Kilcoo will go in search of a first AIB All-Ireland Club Football Championship title when they take on four-time winners Corofin at Croke Park.

Former Armagh and Crossmaglen All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville told RTÉ 2FM's Game On that the Down club have been on a mission to bring All-Ireland success back to the village of Kilcoo.

"They are absolutely football mad and they've been on a mission to get here for some time," he said.

"They've won seven of the last eight Down Championships and they've been on a mission to try and win an Ulster Championship.

"They did that and for me, every single game they've played, they've gotten better and that's a nice position for them to be in."

He also drew comparisons between Kilcoo and his own club and community of Crossmaglen.

"When I was growing up, there were two things in Cross," he said.

"There were the Troubles and there was Gaelic football. 

"And the Troubles went and all we had was Gaelic football. That's sort of all we still have.

The Kilcoo squad before the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final
The Kilcoo squad before the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship semi-final 

"We don't have any other sports. No hurling, no soccer, no rugby, there's no athletics really.

"So it's Gaelic football all the way and it's the exact same thing in Kilcoo and their underage is flourishing.

"They are almost unbeatable. You go to any blitz in Ulster and they're almost unbeatable at underage level. 

"So what they're getting are the fruits of a hell of a lot of labour."

McConville shared an insight into the pressures of trying to deliver success to a Gaelic football mad community.

"It is a little bit claustrophobic because you don't feel as if there is anywhere to go," he said.

"Especially coming up to big games, and God forbid you'll be seen out socialising or any of that sort of thing.

"It's just basically forbidden. It's an unwritten rule. So in that way it can get claustrophobic and you try to get yourself away from it."

But by the end of his career, McConville added that he "embraced" the interest from supporters.

"I think that's the difference when you know things are coming to an end [compared to] when things are starting out," he said.

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