Like all sports, hurling has its traditional Goliaths who rule the roost and dominate the major honours,

But every Goliath is accompanied by a David and in the 1990s, they emerged from the periphery to challenge the supremacy of the likes of Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary.

Anthony Daly, Michael Duignan and Tom Dempsey joined Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 to reflect on their respective memories in Clare, Offaly and Wexford's rises in the mid 1990s when they fired sliothars from proverbial slingshots over and under the bar en route to glory, while an unlucky Limerick also came close more than once.

"Looking back on it now all these years later, I just think it's brilliant that those great Wexford players and those Clare players and ourselves - whether you won one or two or three - isn't it great that we all got to win [the All-Ireland]," said Duignan.

And for that trio of counties, given that success did not arrive with regularity, the celebrations always went into overdrive, leaving us with many stories to soften even the most stubborn pouts.

"We went on a bit of a razz for five weeks after it and maybe for months after it as well," said Dempsey to chuckles from Daly and Duignan about Wexford's 1996 aftermath.

"About five or six weeks after the All-Ireland, there was still celebrations in Wexford in the Gaelic Bar at about five o'clock in the morning, it was going merrily.

"The guards had said to ourselves, 'We've had enough of it'. And this guy, Brian Morris comes home from Wales. He's from Fishguard (on the Welsh coast), a Welshman and follows Wexford. 

"But Brian stayed over for an extra four or five weeks to celebrate with us and he was coming out of the Gaelic Bar, and it's a true story, and the guards said, 'This is enough.'

"So they came to the door and there was a lock-in and Brian was coming out and the guards said, 'You're just going to have to have go back in'.

"So [the guard] was going to book everybody and put a stop to this and Brian in his best Welsh accent just said, 'Look, guard, I can't go back in. I've had enough!' So he thought the guard was inviting him back in for another few pints!

PJ O'Connell of Clare (R) in 1997

"Things really lost any sort of rationale. But it was the most wonderful time."

Similarly, Daly recalls unique celebrations within the Clare camp after one of their triumphs.

"Even ourselves, we always had the characters," he said.

"No way would the likes of PJ 'Fingers' O'Connell go to the [post-final] banquet. 

"You'd see PJ in the dressing room after the game and you'd see him again around Monday around two o'clock.

"He might make the flight home! I think the second year, we met him around Tuesday afternoon somewhere. You just had lads like that.

"He'd go off. Like, the O'Callaghan's Mills crew would assemble. They had a lad that had migrated to Dublin and opened a bar somewhere on the northside of the city and they used to go there to support their lads and 'Fingers' would head up there after the game and [Ger] Loughnane just accepted that as that was the type of character he was.

"You couldn't have 10 guys doing that but one guy, if that's what suited him, let him off and let him do it." 

Offaly's panel weren't hugely different in the celebration stakes either with Duignan coyly recalling that "some lads were quiet until they weren't quiet.. which is the dangerous one".

"We had great fun but the hurling was magical," he added.

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