Sunday 25 February 2018

'I gritted my teeth, thinking, Joe Brolly, you f**kin' bo***x' - Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy was not impressed with Joe Brolly in 2014
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Kerry legend Kieran Donaghy has revealed how he used 'another man's spite' as the driving force behind his All-Ireland winning effort.

After the Kingdom's 2014 All-Ireland triumph, Donaghy famously roared into a camera: "What ya think of that Joe Brolly?'.

In his new autobiography entitled What Do You Think of That?, the 33-year-old revealed the level of anger he felt toward the Derry All-Ireland winner.

That fury stemmed from two articles penned by the outspoken pundit where he claimed "Kerry's conveyor belt had stalled".

The other column came with the headline: "Catch a fallen star, put him in your pocket'.

Donaghy claimed he pinned both articles on the wall of his converted gym as he battled back from a groin injury.

The 2006 Footballer of the Year wrote: "Many the time that summer that article got me up in the morning and I'd be there, gritting my teeth, thinking, Joe Brolly, you f**kin' bo***x, I'll show you if it's the last thing I do.

"Brolly made it personal, about how I was a two-year wonder, how soft I'd become and had believed my own hype and no longer had any right to be called 'Star'.

"Not knowing it was a nickname I was given when I couldn't make my school team.

"Not knowing or overlooking the work I had done to get back for the 2009 All-Ireland final after beating his beloved Derry earlier that year in the league final."

Donaghy also revealed how he got into Aidan O'Shea's head after Kerry and Mayo's drawn All-Ireland semi-final in 2014.

He was brought on late on in the game and made a beeline for the Breaffy man after the game.

"I haven't forgotten his goading of David Moran.

"Aidan is more high profile and higher profile than his brother who just made the last catch of the game, but when I clasped his hand , I looked him dead in the eye. 'Well done Seamus'.

"He looks back confused as if to say, 'I'm Aidan'.

"But, I've already moved on, I've to get ready for Limerick."

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