Thursday 21 November 2019

Code of silence has long history

PRESS paranoia, ie 'whatever you say to the media, say nothing' is now de rigueur among GAA players.

It's not new either, as a glance back at the Kerry-Dublin clashes of the 1970s demonstrates.

In '76, the Irish Independent carried pen-pics which included the players' favourite actors/actresses, singers and movies.

Not all of Dublin's eventual champions were willing to reveal such nuggets and the paper noted that "Tony Hanahoe, Brian Mullins, John McCarthy and Tommy Drumm declined to co-operate, so regretfully we are unable to give the full run-down of their likes/dislikes."

Some of the preferences revealed were instructive.

Jimmy Keaveney's favourite singers were The Wolfe Tones, Bernard Brogan plumped for Helen Reddy and Kevin Moran for Carole King, but the ever independent David Hickey (currently a senior selector) named Elena Souliotis, who was a Greek opera singer tipped to be 'the new Callas.'

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