A Cookstown captain climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand for the second time in four years on Saturday evening as the club claimed their second All Ireland title with a comprehensive victory over Kerry side, Finuge, writes Seamus Donnelly.
The Fr Rocks were dominant for long periods using their experience of the Croke Park stage to great advantage.
Cookstown forward, Shea McGarrity was forced off the field early due to an injury but he couldn’t hide his delight after the match.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m lost for words to be honest with you. These men who you have grown up with, you’ve watched when you are younger, to come to Croke Park, it’s just unbelievable.
McGarrity of course has had more than his fair share of success at headquarters and was a key member of the 2010 All Ireland minor winning side.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have been in good teams and I’ve had a bit of success. Everybody pulled together there today.
“They had a couple of men that went off it, it didn’t matter. We had to keep pushing on right to the end and do what we had to do. Words can’t really describe the feeling.”
McGarrity shrugged of the injury that forced his premature withdrawal from the game: “The main thing is the cup’s coming back to Cookstown.
“That was our main aim coming down here, that we would have a cup going back up the road, back through the toll bridge and that’s what happened.”
The wing forward also paid tribute to manager John McKeever who took over the Fr Rocks at the beginning of 2012 and guided them to the title.
“John is an unbelievable man. I don’t know what words I can use to describe him to tell you the truth. He’s given everything to us this year.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s just a deadly man altogether. His training and man management has been unbelievable.”