Sunday 4 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Dublin GAA's 1st family

Published 09/05/2011 | 11:28

As farewells go, it had an eloquence not often found beyond the pages of fiction. They'd put old Jim Brogan's picture up on the giant screen for a minute's silence beforehand, maybe 40 members of his extended family billeted in a box, courtesy of the GAA. Then the game itself took on a peculiar intimacy.

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Bernard Jnr's point looked to have rescued a draw for Dublin, just when it seemed Down had done enough. He wheeled away from the Hill, pointing towards a soot-black sky in a grandson's simple prayer.

Up in the box, eyes glassed over, the light pouring up from the inside of the stadium like cool air from a fan. Old Jim, they knew, had a smile on his face.

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