Vincent Hogan: Dooley left to ponder future after Cork cling on
Cork 2-17 Offaly 2-16
Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00
Like pilot fish drawn to the swell of a hurrying vessel, a clutch of media followed Joe Dooley upstairs into the musty committee room of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
All around, Cork GAA's living and dead stared out at him from framed pictures. If this was to be Joe's last formal assignment as Offaly hurling manager, he would -- at least -- fulfil it in magisterial company.
Joe smiled. He understands the lust for requiem in this business and, after four years of trying to reignite Offaly as a force, he knew there was space held on a lot of back pages now for the last act of his story.