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No hard feelings as Alan’s Boys in Blue choose Cork for GAA star’s stag do

Dublin GAA star Alan Brogan is gearing up for his stag party this weekend ahead of his forthcoming marriage to Castleknock beauty Lydia Rock (28).

The 2008 Dublin captain, who will tie the knot with his partner next month, will be joined by more than 20 of his closest friends and family.

Among those helping him celebrate will be his fellow sports star brother Bernard, their All-Ireland-winning father, Bernard Brogan Snr and other members of the sporting clan.

But while the family's allegiances clearly lie with the boys in blue, the Herald can reveal how he has opted to forsake the capital's hotspots and head for Cork instead.

Alan and his team-mates may have lost out to the team from the Rebel County during the semi-final stages of the All Ireland last August, but the lads clearly hold no grudges.

"They are all so well-known when they go out in Dublin, they would just be mobbed so they have decided to go to Cork instead, just for a change," said a source.

"There's about 25 of them all getting a bus down there for the weekend and they're determined to give Alan a really good send-off."

Last weekend saw his other half, Lydia, mark her hen party with more than 25 of her nearest and dearest. Their night started in the Arlington before going to Koh restaurant for dinner and then to Lillie's Bordello to dance the night away.

She is now putting the final touches to her big day, which is taking place on December 29 at Kilronan Castle, in Roscommon, a sister hotel to Lough Rynn, where Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman got hitched last July.

The couple, who have a young son, Jamie (2), have been going out for more than eight years and are one of the best-known couples on the GAA scene.


Lydia has revealed how the people of Roscommon are giving them just as warm a reception as they gave Brian and Amy for their Mohill bash.

"We've just been trying to keep our heads down, so we are organising a few things for our wedding," she said.

"Alan gets a lot of support, not just from Dubs but from all over the country. We were down in Roscommon doing a few things and people from all over were wishing him good luck. It's lovely to know that."