All-Ireland Final Countdown – Photographer’s Choice – Stephen McCarthy

Kerry v Dublin - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

On this All-Ireland Football Final week, we are taking a look back at some of the personal favourite pictures of our photographers from finals past. Now it’s the turn of Stephen McCarthy.

Being a Kerryman Kerry v Dublin is the perfect All-Ireland final, so it is probably no surprise that my favourite image comes from their classic in 2011. Unfortunately I haven’t photographed Kerry beating the Dub’s in a final…someday!!!!

This was the 12th time Kerry and Dublin met in an All-Ireland football final and the first since 1985. Kerry had won eight of the previous meetings, and Dublin had won three.

On this day Dublin were victorious by a single point, achieving their first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title since 1995 in what was the first Kerry-Dublin final since 1985.

History was made as the winning point was scored by a goalkeeper, Stephen Cluxton of Dublin, the first time this had ever happened in a final. My image showed the reactions of Dublin supporters on Hill 16 the moment the ball went over the bar and secure the Sam Maguire.

The picture was taken on a remote camera installed in the Hill 16 TV basket. The camera was put in place a number of hours before kick off and gave a unique view of the 82,300 capacity sun drenched Croke Park.

Kerry v Dublin - GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Taken on a Nikon D3 with 14mm f/2.8 lens; the exposure was 1/800sec at f10.0, ISO 800