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He was larger than life as ever, grumpy at times, and a magical man to tell a story – My last meeting with the great Brian Mullins

Charlie Redmond


To have a giant of a man like Brian telling you he’ll be at your shoulder if there’s trouble, well it was comforting and it was great.

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Brian Mullins, who passed away on Friday, was one of the greatest GAA midfielders of all time. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Brian Mullins, who passed away on Friday, was one of the greatest GAA midfielders of all time. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

A young Charlie Redmond (front row, first left) entered the Dublin dressing room which included one of his heroes Brian Mullins (back row, fourth left) as an 19-year-old. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportfile

A young Charlie Redmond (front row, first left) entered the Dublin dressing room which included one of his heroes Brian Mullins (back row, fourth left) as an 19-year-old. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportfile

Dublin's Brian Mullins, left, and Ciarán Duff celebrate with supporters after the final whistle in the All-Ireland semi-final of 1983. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportfile

Dublin's Brian Mullins, left, and Ciarán Duff celebrate with supporters after the final whistle in the All-Ireland semi-final of 1983. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportfile

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Brian Mullins, who passed away on Friday, was one of the greatest GAA midfielders of all time. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

There I was a skinny 19-year-old, just a few months after doing my Leaving Cert, walking into a Dublin football dressing room in the autumn of 1981.

It was a different split season back then, the National League was played before and after Christmas – and here I was being called in to the holy-of-holies, so that I could have a look at what was going on, and so that they could have a look at me.


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