Thursday 27 July 2017

'I headed straight for the high stool, I couldn't give a sh**e about football' - Eamon McGee on 2013 loss to Monaghan

Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Eamon McGee, Donegal. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Donegal v Monaghan, St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Eamon McGee, Donegal. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final, Donegal v Monaghan, St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
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Former Donegal corner back Eamon McGee wrote in his column in the Irish Daily Star on Saturday that he once turned up to a Donegal training session drunk after Donegal's loss to Monaghan in the 2013 Ulster SFC final.

Donegal lost to The Oriel county by six points, with current Monaghan midfielder Kieran Hughes torching McGee for three points.

The All-Ireland winner revealed that former manager Jim McGuinness had told the squad that if they were caught drinking on the Monday after the game that they would be dismissed from the panel.

McGee, who had already been dropped from the Donegal panel four times before over his intercounty career, said that he had disregarded McGuinness' warning and headed straight for the bar stool.

"Jim McGuinness warned us after the game that anyone still drinking on the Monday was out the door," wrote McGee.

"But I was feeling sorry for myself and hit the bottle hard. Monday morning, the normal person goes home, takes it easy for the day, and tries to get the head around going into the qualifiers. Not me.

"The self-pity was still there and I headed straight for the high stool. Couldn't give a sh**e about football or Donegal.

"A recovery session and video analysis had been arranged and my brother Neil and Odhran MacNiallais landed into the pub to collect me.

"I collapsed into the backseat of the car and we headed for Letterkenny. Insanity is supposed to be doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

"Here I am, someone who was dropped from the panel four times by different managers, heading to training full as a frog."

McGee said that he managed to dodge a bullet that day as McGuinness never said a word to him, despite staring at him for a minute.

The real bullet came for Donegal two weeks later when they were thumped by 16 points in the All-Ireland quarter-final by eventual finalists Mayo.

McGee claims that Donegal need more intensity when they face Longford in next weekend's qualifiers, but that Rory Gallagher's side should be able to take the sting of the Tyrone loss out on the Midlanders.

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