This week in our series of 'Great GAA Speeches', Tomás Mulcahy joined us on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport to reminisce about captaining the Cork hurlers to All-Ireland glory in 1990.

It was the third of his Liam McCarthy Cup wins and three decades on, as he told Jacqui Hurley, "it doesn't seems like thirty years ago" since he made that year's post-match speech.

In the fortnight leading into today's chat, a few figures from around that Cork panel shared a few anecdotes with him including this one from the morning of the final.

A beaming Mulcahy prepares to lift the trophy

"Some events are just incredible because it's only now when you look back over it, you hear a couple of stories coming out," he said.

"There would have been five or six of us that would have went off on that morning for a little walk around behind the Burlington towards the Mespil and around by the canal there and John Fitzgibbon was with us and Dr Con was our character within the team.

"He was our team doctor professionally but then he was called the sixth selector maybe and was just a friend to us all.

Mulcahy shakes hands as he carries the Liam MacCarthy Cup

"But he had actually said to John Fitzgibbon, 'John, if you score a goal today, how are you going to celebrate?'

"And there's John and he did five to 10 yards of a run up the footpath and off up into the air - two legs off the ground and two hands in the air - and he says, 'I'm going to celebrate like [Christy] Ring.'

"We were all laughing and there was a joke about it but Con tells the story that 10 or 15 minutes into the match, I think Ger Fitzgerald was down injured and Con is down attending to him on the far side of the Hill 16 side and as he's walking past, he says to John Fitzgibbon, 'What were you on about this morning with the celebration? You want to be doing something.'

"And before he got back into his seat in the dugout, John Fitzgibbon had two goals scored and he had the celebration like Ring. The pictures show the hurley with the right hand up in the air and the two legs off the ground. It's an amazing scene and it's great to hear memories like that. We chatted about that over the last couple of weeks."

As for his own goal in that same final, Mulcahy admitted that he didn't put as much thought into his celebration because of his experience of performing the "worst celebration ever" four years earlier.

Listen to the full interview here: 

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