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Colm O'Rourke: Galvin's mean deeds continue to outshine undoubted greatness

Kerry star can show true genius by swapping rage for passion, writes Colm O'Rourke

Published 20/06/2010 | 05:00

Another volcanic eruption, this time it has not come from Iceland, but closer to home in Kerry. And, of course, Paul Galvin is involved. A man who sails close to the wind, not just some of the time, but all the time. A hero to many in Kerry, something quite different in Cork. A really brilliant footballer who spoils his greatness with some mean deeds.

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Galvin's popularity with the general public is the very thing that gets him into trouble, that hint of danger that lurks close to the surface and sets him apart as a footballer. With the bravery to win breaks at midfield, the stamina, toughness, self-confidence and scoring power comes the other side, the knowledge that the next big blow-up may be only a few seconds away.

So the GAA's biggest box-office attraction is the best player for Kerry, while at the same time a disaster for referees and administrators. Hard to square that circle.

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