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Timely look-back at a brilliant life

TG4 re-showed the profile they did on Dermot Earley. It was brilliant television.

The last word, as it often does, fell to Micheal O Muircheartaigh.

"It was a pity Dermot never won an All-Ireland senior football medal, but at the end of the day, people talk about good players and not All-Ireland medals."

Dermot's life was an inspiration. There was always a lesson there for the learning.

Back in 1966 he played for Roscommon at Minor, U-21, Junior and Senior level.

He asked Galway's Pat Donnellan what it took to make him (Pat) such a fabulous footballer. Pat replied with one word -- dedication. "I never forgot that," recalled Dermot.

Dermot played his last game against Mayo in 1985. Willie Jo Padden and the Mayo players carried him off the pitch.

It was a gesture that was worth ten All-Ireland medals.