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Alan and Bernard Brogan's mother: 'I get cross with Joe Brolly'

Published 02/05/2015 | 18:24

Cooking up a storm: Maria and Bernrad Brogan. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Cooking up a storm: Maria and Bernrad Brogan. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The mum of All-Ireland winning brothers Alan and Bernard Brogan has revealed she "gets cross" with Joe Brolly and other GAA pundits who criticise her sons.

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In an interview with today's 'Irish Independent Weekend' magazine, Maria Brogan says criticism of her sons gets "on my nerves" but concedes "that's the way it is".

Dublin footballers, Bernard Brogan, right and Paul Flynn at the first day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/4/2015
Dublin footballers, Bernard Brogan, right and Paul Flynn at the first day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/4/2015

"I get cross with Joe Brolly when he calls my lads names and tells me they're stupid or useless or whatever. I'm human the same as everybody else and it's hurtful when you hear your child being talked about if they've had a bad day.

"And Joe Brolly and the lads up there are well paid to talk about your child who isn't being paid anything at all. It gets on my nerves, but that's the way it is.

Read more here: Mrs Brogan's boys... feeding All-Ireland winners  

"The boys play because they love it, they do their best when they go out there and I wouldn't ask any more of them.

27 April 2014; Alan Brogan, left, Dublin, celebrate's with his brother Bernard at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
27 April 2014; Alan Brogan, left, Dublin, celebrate's with his brother Bernard at the end of the game. Allianz Football League Division 1 Final, Dublin v Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Bernard Brogan
Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan pictured with the All Blacks' Dan Carter.
Bernard Brogan. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

"We're very proud of them and if everything stopped in the morning it doesn't matter to us, we've had marvellous times."

Maria, who did a joint interview with her son, two-time All-Ireland winner with Dublin Bernard Brogan, also told of how she goes to every match at Croke Park, but can't bring herself to look at the action on the pitch.

"We go to every game. I can't take the pressure or the stress, so I go off walking and chat to the stewards. I see the first half generally and then the last five minutes depending on what's going on.

"When you walk Croke Park there are screens everywhere, so you might glance up at them. I often go up around the concrete stairwells where there's nothing. You'd hear a shout and be wondering whether it's the Hill or the Canal End," she said.

Maria, who originally hails from Listowel and is married to Bernard Snr, who also played for Dublin and won two All-Irelands with the legendary Kevin Heffernan side of the 1970s, also told of how talk about GAA is kept to a minimum at the family dinner table.

"We still don't talk about GAA. You might have a few words about a match but not much. We don't tend to dissect games. The lads know when they've had an off-day so they don't need me discussing it at at the dinner table. When you have football every weekend and all week, it's nice to take a few minutes and talk about something normal."

The pair are participating in Super Valu's 'Good Food Karma' campaign which encourages families to cook and eat together.

Maria and Bernard Brogan are taking part in Super Valu's 'Good Food Karma' campaign. For recipes and cooking tips from the Super Valu 'Good Food Karma' campaign, visit supervalu.ie. Read the full interview in today's 'Weekend' magazine

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