Sunday 21 December 2014

Take that, Joe ... Brolly gets rugby-tackled as Dubs achieve charity Goal with the fans

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 26/09/2013 | 08:27

Kevin McMenamin and Joe Brolly in action during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match. Parnell Park, Dublin.
Philly McMahon in action during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match.
John Costello in action during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match. Parnell Park, Dublin.
Joe Brolly in action during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match. Parnell Park, Dublin.
25 Sept 2013; Dublin fan during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Caroline Quinn
Mick Deegan in action during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match.
Kevin McMenamin lifts Philly McMahon for the line out at start of match. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Dublin squad line out before the match.
Dublin footballer Jack McCaffrey with fans.
Diarmuid Connolly signs autographs for fans.
Kevin McMenamin signs autographs for fans.
Ciaran Kilkenny with fan Evan Brady Brown, 6, from Raheny. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Michael Darragh MacAuley with Aisling Coone and son Oisin, 4. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Michael Darragh MacAuley poses for photos with fans. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Paul Flynn signs autographs for fans. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Denis Bastick stands in goals for the penalty shootout. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Coinneach Farrell, 9, from Drogheda, kicks a penalty against Dublin's Shane Supple. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Paul Flynn with kids selected for the penalty shootout; Coinneach Farrell, 9, from Drogheda, and Hannah Howard, 11, from Swords. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Johnny Cooper signs autographs for fans. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Jack McCaffrey fan Rebecca Gary, 13, from Finglas. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Abbie McCarthy, 12, left, and Katie McHugh, from Donnycarney, during the Dublin Footballers Challenge match. Parnell Park, Dublin. (All pics Caroline Quinn)
Johnny Cooper signs autographs for fans.

ALL-Ireland heroes Dublin were back in action last night just days after bringing Sam home.

But there was a more fun to be had on this occasion as stars of Sunday's game, including Paul Flynn and James McCarthy, were joined by some familiar faces.

Former All-Star Alan Brogan, ex-Derry player Joe Brolly, selector Mick Deegan and Dublin County Board chief John Costello donned their football boots for the special charity match in aid of charity Goal.

And while it has been years since Brolly has taken to the field, the lads did not take pity on him.

Super-sub Kevin McManamon made sure to get a tackle in on the outspoken GAA critic and the team still had plenty of energy despite their week of celebrations.

The black eye defender Philly McMahon sustained in Sunday's victory had even shrunk a bit.

After the mock game, which lasted 20 minutes, players mixed with the young fans who had turned out at Parnell Park.

After handing his number 10 jersey to Dublin girl Amy McNally, Paul Flynn signed tops and posed for photos, while fellow forward Ciaran Kilkenny chatted to Raheny native Evan Brady Browne (6).

That's a lot more civilised than the tackle on poor old Brolly.

(The Herald)

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