“IT came up at the last Champions committee meeting,” a wryly-grinning John O’Connor details. “What if the All-Ireland was a draw? And I wouldn’t be good on the prognostication because I said that it is highly unlikely.”

An unlikelihood that is now a reality, but O’Connor is upbeat. A quick decision was made to bring the ICW programme forward to avoid a direct clash with the replay and the problem has been dealt with now.