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Lyons player pundit lash off mark

Keith Barr

Published 21/05/2010 | 05:00

ON my way back from the airport after another hugely successful GAA Legends Charity Golf visit to Spain last Saturday, I was listening to an interesting discussion on RTE radio about the marketing of Gaelic games.

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A little worse for wear after my trip, I was knocked over the edge when I heard former Dublin manager Tommy Lyons deliver a right-pointed attack on former players adopting positions as pundits in the papers -- for money no less!

And there's me thinking that Tommy, the former manager, was a professional commentator with RTE. He must do it for nothing.

According to Tommy, players didn't have any problems with journalists, only with former players writing in the papers. I assume he thinks we should only cheerlead.

God forbid that a former player might be well placed to deliver an opinion or a comment on his own county team.

By my reckoning, Tommy's comments can be attributed to the following: Bernard Flynn, Páidí Ó Sé, Peter Canavan, Paul Curran, Benny Tierney, Ciaran Whelan, Bomber Liston, Kevin McStay, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Darragh Ó Sé, John O'Keeffe, Ray Silke and Pat Spillane.

I've no problem taking stick for getting it wrong, but while I'm on a roll, Spillane can also get off his high horse (if it's not surgically attached to his rear end). He had a right cut off the Dublin supporters for not travelling in numbers to Breffni Park for the recent U-21 football final. Well, if he's looking for problems, he needn't look too far. Of the paltry 4,800 that managed to attend Semple Stadium last Sunday, how many were from the Kingdom?

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