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Mighty Quinn still king of Dublin Castle

BIG Niall Quinn was interviewed by Gay Byrne on the telly on Sunday night. The boy done good.

He rose to become chairman of Sunderland, but the thrill of first playing at Croke Park in the Cumann Na mBunscol never left him. Or the memories of travelling with his dad, Billy, all over Ireland to watch hurling on summer Sundays.

Billy was a top Tipp hurler. "He'd be on the sideline watching all my GAA matches for Robert Emmets or the school. If I ever pulled out of a challenge, he wouldn't talk to me for two weeks," smiled Niall.

Billy wasn't a big fan of soccer. Niall's mum, Mary, would smuggle Niall down to play for Manortown.

He was 16 when he played for the Dublin minor hurlers. Training up in O'Toole Park with the great Jimmy Boggan.

He hit the famous 3-5 in the 1983 Leinster final against Wexford as the Dubs won their first Leinster title in 18 years.

But no joy in the All-Ireland final against Galway. He then signed for Arsenal where many an afternoon in north London he'd think of home and all those games for Drimnagh Castle.

On and off the pitch, and no matter what the size of the ball, the Mighty Quinn will always be a king of Dublin Castle.


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