Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin GAA star Alan Brogan reveals his next big gig - brother Bernard's big day

David Kearns

Published 13/09/2016 | 07:44

Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Bernard and Alan Brogan with the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Kerry. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Alan Brogan
Alan Brogan announced special screenings of the eagerly anticipated All Ireland GAA Final between Dublin and Mayo in ODEON Cinemas nationwide on Sunday 18th September. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Dublin Player Alan Brogan and wife Lydia at the Gibson Hotel All Ireland Post Match Banquet at the Gibson Hotel
Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Keira Doyle
Bernard Brogan, left, and Alan Brogan, Dublin, celebrate with former Dublin manager Paul Caffrey after winning 2011 All Ireland

Former GAA star Alan Brogan may have retired from the inter-county game, but the Dubliner is looking forward to lining out alongside his brother for another important event this year.

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The three-time All-Ireland winning footballer will take his place as a groomsman for younger sibling Bernard when he ties the knot this Christmas.

Legend Bernard, who will play in this weekend's All-Ireland clash against Mayo, will marry long-term partner Keira Doyle this Christmas.

"It would be great to have the Sam Maguire there for December," Alan said.

"There hasn't been too much about the wedding but I'm sure it will be the focus again after the weekend."

Alan (34), who retired from the sport last year, is looking forward to taking to the stands for this Sunday's clash.

Despite revealing that RTE had approached him about getting involved in their sporting coverage, he was happy to turn it down for now.

"The media stuff is going well and I am enjoying it, but it does take up time when you're trying to balance a full-time job," Alan said.

Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Keira Doyle
Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan and Keira Doyle

"I've spoke to the lads about television this year but I didn't know where I'd fit it in. Honestly, I want time to be able to go to games [at Croker] with my son Jamie and enjoy it as a fan rather than to be there always working.

"I haven't had the chance to sit in the stands at an All- Ireland final since I was 12."

Asked if he had been approached by RTE for its upcoming Dancing with the Stars, the Herald columnist laughed off speculation that he might be its as-of-yet unannounced sports star.

"It wouldn't quite be my forte," he said.

Alan Brogan announced special screenings of the eagerly anticipated All Ireland GAA Final between Dublin and Mayo in ODEON Cinemas nationwide on Sunday 18th September. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Alan Brogan announced special screenings of the eagerly anticipated All Ireland GAA Final between Dublin and Mayo in ODEON Cinemas nationwide on Sunday 18th September. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Alan said brother Bernard "still had a year or two left in him" before following him into retirement.

"He's focused on the game now, but I think it will come up after the wedding."

Alan was upbeat about Dublin's chance of claiming its 26th All-Ireland Senior football title, saying the Dubs would win but that they would "need to grind Mayo down".

Odeon Cinemas will be holding special screenings of the game nationwide this Sunday.

Tickets are free and are available from its website.

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