Patrick McBrearty at the launch of the AIB GAA Club Championships this week.
Patrick McBrearty said winning the Donegal Senior Championship final with Kilcar on Sunday would be up there with winning the All Ireland in 2012.
The Kilcar marksman has also spoken of the respect held in the dressing room for new manager Martin McHugh who has guided the club to a first senior final in 23 years.
“Martin has been great. He has been there, he has done that, he has won an All-Ireland with Donegal and he won four county titles as a player with Kilcar so there is a lot of respect for him within the dressing room,” McBrearty said
“He has brought more knowledge and confidence to the team as well. His brother James is there too and that has been a big boost as well.”
McBrearty was speaking to the 42.ie during this week’s launch of the AIB GAA Club Championships.
The forward was born in August 1993, the same year that Kilcar last contested a Donegal senior final, defeating Killybegs in the decider.
“Well, I think 23 years is too long for Kilcar to not even be in a final, never mind win one,” said McBrearty.
“There’s a lot of hype about Kilcar,” he added
“I think that has been the situation for Kilcar for the last six years, everyone has been expecting us to win it. I suppose with every year which passes that you don’t win it, there is added pressure.
“It is not easy playing for Kilcar and Donegal because over the last few years, there have been a few years there where it has been tough.”
McBrearty is one of a number of players in the side with inter-county experience, not only at senior level.
“I just think the team has more maturity all round and I think that is a big plus,” he said.
“Definitely people perceived Kilcar with being small and probably still do.
“We probably were too small in areas. We got a strength and conditioning coach in and we got a few lads bulked up which I think helped a lot. We just go out and try and play football every day.
“There are a lot of guys there from 25 down who have won a lot, through minors and U21’s.
“I think you get used to winning and we had the hunger to win more but for everyone on the team this is their first county final, so there is a real buzz around the town.”
The question is, will the South Donegal town be welcoming home the Dr. Maguire Cup on Sunday evening?
“It would be up there with the All-Ireland in 2012 definitely,” said. McBrearty.
“Kilcar has 900 people or whatever living in it and football is the only thing there, so there’s a great buzz around.”