“We had a great squad of players but got caught on the hop, but to be fair Dublin were the up and coming team of that time as it is now well documented what a force, they turned out to be in later years.”
“The players now are a lot fitter, but I can honestly say from 1974 to the end of the eighties this country saw the best of Gaelic football in every aspect of the game.”
Not many in Cork would disagree with that sentiment.
Declan Barron won two All-Ireland Minor medals in 1968 and 1969 and followed up with two All-Ireland U21 medals in 1970 and 1971.
In 1972 Barron played a major part in Bantry Blues great run as they were crowned Cork Junior County champions.
He received two football All-Stars awards in 1974 and 1978.
Declan's greatest moment came when he lifted Sam Maguire in 1973.