Denis Ring’s side face the Tribe on Sunday week in Croke Park, ahead of the Waterford-Galway senior clash. It’s Cork’s first final appearance since 2007, while they haven’t lifted the title since Tomás O’Leary captained a team featuring John Gardiner, Kieran ‘Fraggie’ Murphy and Setanta Ó hAilpín in 2001.
Meanwhile, three-in-a-row seeking Glen Rovers will have near neighbours Na Piarsaigh to contend with in the fourth round of the SHC, if they can overcome Cork IT in their third round replay on Sunday night.
It’s an exciting prospect for all northside supporters but the champions will certainly not be looking beyond the formidable challenge of the students for the time being.
There could be an all East Cork showdown on the cards too if Killeagh, the story of the championship so far after their defeat of Douglas last weekend, can beat Carbery. A win against the divisional side would pit them against Sarsfields in round four and that game would be hugely appealing for all fans in the barony.