A county winning both the All-Ireland Senior Football and Hurling Championships in the same year. It was unheard of in modern Gaelic games. Many considered it impossible. Yet, in 1990, Cork achieved just that.
Adrian Russell’s The Double: How Cork Made GAA History details this remarkable journey, with extensive interviews from those at the centre of this piece of sporting history.
Billy Morgan and Larry Tompkins, amongst others, recount the footballers’ efforts to keep Kerry down in Munster, as well as their run-ins with bitter rivals Meath.
Key members of the hurling panel like Tomas Mulcahy, Mark Foley and coach Gerald McCarthy remember the hurlers’ tumultuous road to success, from their shock 1989 defeat to lowly Waterford up to the classic ‘donkeys don’t win derbies’ Munster final against Tipperary in 1990 and beyond.
Full of insight into these remarkable teams, as well as powerful and often humorous anecdotes, The Double captures an unparalleled year of success for Cork GAA.
Published by Mercier Press, The Double: How Cork Made GAA History, is available nationwide from today (Wednesday).
Join author Adrian Russell for a Dublin launch of the book at Dubray Books, Grafton Street on September 18 (6.30pm) and at the Cork launch which will take palce at Eason, Patrick Street on September 19 (6.30pm).Tweet