TALK of the Leinster semi-final against Kildare was off limits for Bernard Brogan as the Dublin management looked to keep the 'hype machine' in check, writeswWRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.
They might be facing the Lilywhites on Sunday, but the Footballer of the Year was under orders not to stoke any fires or provide any material for Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney to pin to the dressing-room wall.
With Sunday's game off limits, the forward was left to discuss his weekend, which consisted of watching the Dublin hurlers, going to see Take That at Croke Park and learning from Rory McIlroy at Congressional.
Brogan reckons he and his team-mates can learn from the new US Open champion. They've had plenty of big-day collapses to match his US Masters meltdown, and Brogan reckons Pat Gilroy's men can take note.
"I'm delighted for him after the torment of the Masters. To see him bounce back like that was unbelievable and shows the mental strength that he has," he said, speaking at the launch of the 'Infections in Sport' booklet at the Aviva Stadium.
"I would take a lot from it like. The Dubs have been down a lot of times in the past and he showed mentally that he can come back and get the victory, so I'd be taking a lot from that there on the mental side of it. I'm delighted for him, delighted for an Irish guy to win such an illustrious competition."
As for the hurlers, Brogan was impressed with what he saw and is backing them to beat Kilkenny. And in particular, he likes what he has seen from his old team-mate Conal Keaney.
"He's taking a big role in the team, he's a leader with the hurlers," he said.
"For a lad who didn't have a hurl in his hand for long periods over the last six or seven years, he looks like he has been playing it every day.
"He's flying and he's really getting on dirty ball, catching puck-outs and he's really stepping up. He has made a huge difference to them."