This poignant picture of Johnny Cooper and his dad in tears sums up the Dublin hero's incredible journey
Published 02/10/2016 | 09:47
Two years ago, Brendan Cooper went out of his way to track down a taxi driver who came to the aid of his son Johnny after he was stabbed in the city centre.
Johnny had been out socialising with friends after watching his club Na Fianna play Templeogue Synge Street and was making his way home when he was set upon by the lone assailant at 5am.
He was brutally slashed in the face and neck and a taxi driver pulled over and came to his aid.
"A passing taxi driver came on the scene as the assailant was running off and very kindly he stopped and helped Jonny by calling the ambulance," Brendan Cooper told Sean O'Rourke on RTE radio at the time.
"We are very grateful to that taxi driver. I have yet to speak to him but I have his name and number and I will be making contact with him because we very much appreciate the action he took and it probably saved him from a worse fate."
Cooper watched Kerry win the 2014 All Ireland final from his hospital bed and it was a worrying time for dad Brendan who was quick to praise the incredible support his family received at the tfime.
“Myself, the family and Jonny himself are bowled over by the support he has received. It’s been very, very heartening to know that there is a lot of people out there who want to express their best wishes for his speedy recovery. It has been unbelievable."
Those anxious few weeks were a world away for both Brendan and Johnny in Croke Park yesterday however as our images show.
Our photographer Damien Eagers captured this magical picture of Brendan in tears as he celebrates yesterday's victory with his son Johnny.
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