Almost a quarter of a century has passed, since the footballers and hurlers from the Rebel County, did the All Ireland double in 1990.
In such a competitive era, it was an immense achievement by Cork to land both titles, and particularly satisfying for dual players Teddy McCarthy and Denis Walsh, who were key members of both panels. Back then it was possible to combine the two disciplines, but future generations learned that it was very difficult to make the grade in both sports.
Brian Corcoran, another Cork man, went close in later years, while over the past couple of seasons, Aidan Walsh has lined out for both teams. Wexford, Limerick, Derry and Offaly have all had their dual players in recent times, but in truth, only three Irish counties have realistic prospects of achieving the double. In no particular order, these counties are Dublin, Cork and Galway.
After winning both the Leinster football and hurling championships in 2013, Dublin appear to have genuine prospects of breaking the curse, and claiming All Ireland honours in both codes this season. The footballers are hot favourites to win the title and few would bet against them at the present time. Anthony Daly will have to work a little harder if the hurlers are to follow suit, but after beating Kilkenny in the provincial semi final, they will fear no one this season.
Galway have threatened to win a hurling title for a few years now, and perhaps 2012 was their best chance. The Tribesmen drew with Kilkenny in the final, but were well beaten in the replay. After a defeat by Dublin in Leinster this year, they have plenty to prove if they are to get back to the decider. The footballers have surprised many pundits, having recovered from a heavy defeat by Mayo. It may be asking too much to go all the way in 2012, but they are a work in progress and getting there slowly.
Cork have a similar chance in both football and hurling. Favourites for neither, but still in with realistic prospects of reaching the latter stages. The footballers are arguably the forgotten team of the championship, having shown glimpses of what they are capable of, in the second half of the Munster Final.
If the long gap to 1990 is to be bridged, Dublin have to be the county to do so. A small double on such an outcome will keep punters interested for the next two months.