Maire O’Callaghan says Cork are ‘getting closer and closer to Dublin’
There was a silence as Ephie Fitzgerald delivered the information he wouldn’t be continuing on as Cork supervisor.
Dublin had just knocked the Rebelettes in the semi-final at Croke Park, and they had lost their boss , off the area.
“I’ve blocked a lot of it outside today but it had been silence,” said Cork midfielder Maire O’Callaghan.
“Afterward (captain) Doireann O’Sullivan only managed to express thanks for a wonderful year. As soon as the direction are coming back, that always happens, even again. There were a couple words as everyone was so upset spoken but the bare minimum.
“It was just a tiny shock for me personally, I understand a few of the women were saying they thought it would happen with (mentor ) James Masters stepping away as well. Nevertheless, it was a lot to consider in.
“We were after losing the match and finding out there was likely to become a percentage of the management team as well, therefore it was a miserable enough dressing area.
“Particularly for the older women, I know we don’t have lots of them , but when you’re attempting to impress new management in the stage, it is harder.”
Fast forward three months and the landscape has shifted radically. Things are searching for Cork football.
The 2016 manager, Fitzgerald, can be back after a meeting with the Cork county board in October from the hot-seat and flipped that depart choice.
And the county back claimed silverware from the club game, when Mourneabbey and Donoughmore were crowned junior champions and senior respectively.
The county appears like on its way back into the very top, and having won 11 All-Irelands between 2005 and 2016, O’Callaghan considers that they reclaimed the Brendan Martin Cup and returned into the table.
Dublin beat in the 2018 decider them and endured the exact identical fate in the final four this time .
However, O’Callaghan knows her county possess all of the correct ingredients to establish an assault on the charges of Mick Bohan in 2020.
“We were probably a bit disappointed with the way we performed in the semi-final against Dublin,” said O’Callaghan.
“We are getting closer and nearer to Dublin because we lost a lot of the bigger guns. Everybody is enthusiastic moving into next year.
“Ephie coming back was great news because everyone is fond of him. When he arrived , he brought a lot. He has been using the audience and we all know he can bring a great deal to the desk.
“It was great to know we were back in good hands.”