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Cowen shuns glamour of Croker for camogie ... and a ciggie

FORMER Taoiseach Brian Cowen was supporting his native Offaly at a camogie match in Kildare over the weekend.

In stark contrast to his predecessor Bertie Ahern and successor Enda Kenny, who enjoyed the comforts of Croke Park yesterday, the last Fianna Fail Taoiseach was left standing outside the fence in Clane.

Wearing a blue V-neck jumper, Mr Cowen arrived with a friend to the Dublin/Offaly Junior A camogie championship final 20 minutes late.

He opted not to join the bulk of Offaly supporters in the stand and was instead seen smoking and leaning along the boundary fence near a corner-flag.

Meanwhile, Mr Ahern joked with Mr Kenny and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte at Croke Park before throw-in at yesterday's All-Ireland senior football semi-final between Mayo and Tyrone.

Mr Cowen wasn't so lucky back in Clane, as Dublin beat his native Offaly on a 1-13 to 0-9 scoreline.