In 2000, Offaly reached the All-Ireland Hurling Final where they would play old rivals Kilkenny after a 0-19 to 0-15 victory over Cork in the semi-final. A lot of people had written Offaly out of the reckoning in 2000, suggesting that the great team were in decline, but that year's top scorer, Johnny Dooley, and the legendary Ger Oakley, gave memorably defiant interviews to RTÉ after the semi-final.
Dooley told of the immense hunger in the team and Oakley referenced the hurt of 1999 when Cork had beaten the Faithful men by three points at the semi-final stage. Ger Oakley seemed more than pleased with his own commanding display in midfield as he appeared jubilant and shirtless and said "he's not complaining" about being in yet another All-Ireland Hurling Final.
Offaly went on to ship five goals in an All-Ireland Final defeat to Kilkenny, but this win against Cork was one of the last real glory days of Offaly hurling as a golden generation came to the twilight of their careers.
Offaly haven't featured in an All-Ireland Final since 2000 as the likes of Kilkenny and Tipperary have gone on to dominate.
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