Even in sports, all good things must come to an end and for Aidan O’Mahony that day was September 21, 2014.
No, it wasn’t the day that he’d retire, or even the last time O’Mahony would hold GAA silverware.
But, it was the final time the legendary Kingdom defender would climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift Gaelic Football’s richest prize.
It was a rare occasion where Kerry went into a final as underdogs, as Jim McGuinness’ well-drilled Donegal outfit stood in the way. But, goals from Paul Geaney and Kieran Donaghy shut the doubters up and the Sam Maguire Cup made the familiar trip down south to Killarney yet again.
One of Kerry’s keys to victory that day was the stellar man-marking job O’Mahony did on Donegal’s talismanic forward Michael Murphy, who had been in unstoppable form throughout the 2014 season leading into the final.
O’Mahony stuck to his task with a dogged determination that day and his inspirational performance was a huge factor in the outcome of game.
We’re lucky enough to have the Rathmore native in our stable this year as a Paddy Power News columnist and ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry, we sat down with him to reminisce about the last time his beloved county won the All-Ireland.
For O’Mahony a lot of things came full circle that day and he was quick to praise the role his club played in his trophy-laden career. It’s not every day you win your fifth All-Ireland title you know, but for Aidan the memories are still crystal clear.
Michael Murphy may not want to relive it, but you can watch O’Mahony’s memories of the day below: