Wednesday 13 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Galvin's mean deeds continue to outshine undoubted greatness

Kerry star can show true genius by swapping rage for passion, writes Colm O'Rourke

Another volcanic eruption, this time it has not come from Iceland, but closer to home in Kerry. And, of course, Paul Galvin is involved. A man who sails close to the wind, not just some of the time, but all the time. A hero to many in Kerry, something quite different in Cork. A really brilliant footballer who spoils his greatness with some mean deeds.

Galvin's popularity with the general public is the very thing that gets him into trouble, that hint of danger that lurks close to the surface and sets him apart as a footballer. With the bravery to win breaks at midfield, the stamina, toughness, self-confidence and scoring power comes the other side, the knowledge that the next big blow-up may be only a few seconds away.

So the GAA's biggest box-office attraction is the best player for Kerry, while at the same time a disaster for referees and administrators. Hard to square that circle.

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