Tuesday 21 November 2017

Huge upset leaves half of family green with envy

Grainne Cunningham

IT is a game that divides families, but when Croke Park delivers an upset as big as yesterday's, at least half of the household is smiling.

No result from the quarter-final between Cork and Mayo could have truly pleased all the Gallaghers -- even a draw would only have given them temporary relief from family rivalries.

For while they now live in London, Brendan Gallagher is from Mayo and his wife Caroline is from the Rebel County.

The family are GAA supporters and regularly travel over for matches every year, despite the divisions which contests like yesterday's can create.

Perhaps it was destiny that saw Mayo victorious -- with two of the couple's three children opting for the green before the match.

Brendan, Catherine (5) and Patrick (3) were decked out in Mayo colours, while just Caroline and Terry (7) wore the red and white.

The Gallaghers were among a crowd of about 22,000 who saw the rank outsiders defeat the All-Ireland champions with a display of passion, pride and steely possession.

Against all expectations, James Horan's side won a place in the semi-finals -- setting up a clash with Kerry, who beat Limerick yesterday -- when they defeated Cork 1-13 to 2-6.

Match report: Sport

Irish Independent

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