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John O’Dowd: Cillian Burke’s star turn brightened a dull afternoon for many a Kerry fan

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The Milltown/Castlemaine man had a star-making turn off the bench against Derry on Sunday afternoon

Cillian Burke of Kerry, left, celebrates with teammate Diarmuid O’Connor after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

When addressing Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final between Kerry and Derry, you simply have to discuss the elephant in the room first. Yes, it was a dreadfully boring game of football. Yes, it would have encouraged the viewer to consider watching paint dry instead.

Yes, the real winners on the day were the Football Review Committee of Jim Gavin, Éamonn Fitzmaurice, and the others among the group who are coming up with ways of making Gaelic football more interesting and exciting. Their suggestions have only been enhanced after the weekend.

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