Tuesday 25 October 2016

Tomás Ó Sé: Precious memories as curtain finally falls on my family's proud ties with Kingdom jersey

Published 15/10/2016 | 19:00

It struck me this week that maybe the best part of playing football with my brothers across the years had little enough to do with the games themselves.

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One memory I will always cherish is that of the three of us hopping into a car at Ard an Bhóthair, my late father calling after the other two to 'mind' me in case I might get sent off. The three of us would talk about anything and everything in the car. Just never football.

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Looking back, it was an environment of fairly black humour. If anyone sat in and listened, they'd probably have been left wondering 'Are these guys getting ready for a game or a murdering spree?'

With Marc's retirement, those memories came back to me with a real fondness. You know I won All-Ireland medals with my two brothers. I won Allstars with my two brothers. We saw the world together. We had a ball.

Marc and I both finished with 88 Championship appearances to our names and I'd swear the hoor hung around specifically so he'd catch me up. What can I say about him?

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He was the best corner-back I've seen, maybe typified by that famous dummy. It was his calling-card, but I remember one night being injured at training and standing next to Páidí. He wasn't conscious of me at all.

Next thing, Marc - still just a young buck - gets the ball at corner-back. And Páidí's talking to himself. 'Watch this fella now, watch this fella now,' he says 'he'll have to give a f.....g dummy!' And what does Marc do? Throws his big, flash dummy.

He was the most skilful footballer in our house but Darragh and I would be proud enough of what we achieved too. A lot of people ask me which one of us was the best? And my answer, delivered with a wink admittedly, would be 'I've often been told I couldn't do Marc's or Darragh's job, but I'd also say they couldn't have done mine!'

I think it's fair to say that the three of us gave the county everything we had. And more. That's what I'm most proud of .

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