Michael Darragh Macauley is always a bundle of energy, and is certainly one of the jokers of this Dublin squad, always offering a light-hearted moment to proceedings.
It’s hard to believe nearly six years have passed since the Ballyboden St. Enda’s Clubman scooped the ‘Footballer of the Year’ accolade – his maurauding runs and high fielding just some of his trademark features of that Summer.
There’s been much change in the Dublin squad since he picked up his first All-Ireland Senior medal back in 2011. Paul Flynn the most recent departure, while players like Barry Cahill and Alan Brogan have long since departed – Alan’s brother Bernard, struggling to make the match-day panel, after a cruciate injury in 2018.
But Macauley is feeling as fresh as ever.
“My body is feeling good, Paul was saying his body wasn’t feeling good. Bernard obviously had injuries and he was coming back from last year and bits and pieces,” Macauley states.
“So, as I said, I’ll probably trip on a step coming out of here and be out of the final but that’s the way it goes. I’ve had a clean run of things for the last while and I’m in a decent position.”
He’s delivered three goals in the campaign to date, showing that as well as his high fielding and attacking prowess, he also has a keen eye for a score.
“I think I have another level to be honest, which I need to hit at some stage because we don’t have many matches left.
“But yeah, no, I feel good. I think a lot of this stuff comes down to getting a run with injuries.
“A lot of people don’t see what happens behind the scenes, people have niggles, people wonder why people don’t play.
“It’s usually because they’ve been picking up niggles or haven’t had a good run of training schedules.
“So I haven’t had a scratch. Yeah, all good, feeling good.”
Dublin go for five-in-a-row this weekend. It’s hard to avoid the talk. For year’s it’s always been about Offaly stopping Kerry in 1982, now the tables have turned for the Kingdom.
History and records don’t concern Macauley.
“It’s not something that bothers me individually. I’ve been hearing a different number every year for the last number of years. I believe this number is… five, is it?
“We had this exact same conversation three years ago and you said, ‘You’ll never do two, two, how will you deal with the pressure of two?’ Then it was, ‘Oh, three, three…’ It is what it is. It’s another number.”