Sunday 22 April 2018

Martin Breheny: Micko's International Rules snub remains as a massive injustice - shame on those who ignored him

Deciding to have Micko as the subject and narrator was an inspired decision. Photo: Sportsfile
Deciding to have Micko as the subject and narrator was an inspired decision. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Credit where it's due. Loosehorse, who made the Mick O'Dwyer documentary shown on RTé on Monday night, did an outstanding job.

Granted, the topic was so interesting that there was plenty scope to deliver a fascinating programme but it still had to be done properly. Deciding to have Micko as the subject and narrator was an inspired decision.

Far too many documentaries - whether in sport or other areas - opt for the tired old formula where outsiders are dragged in to talk about the subject. In the case of Irish documentaries, it's usually the same 'luvvies' who are wheeled it to pontificate. Whether they knew the person involved well isn't really as issue.

They will talk anyway and you're often left with the feeling that they would have a comment even if the subject were a chief from a remote Indian tribe.

I feared that it might be 'luvvy central' with Micko too but instead the programme-makers went with what the public wanted - the man himself all the way.

They - and the viewers - were rewarded with a superb programme. I admit to a certain bias in Micko's case, having worked with him on his autobiography in 2007, an experience I put down as one of the most rewarding in my 43 years in journalism.

Micko remarked at the end of the programme that he 'had done it all', which is quite true in terms of what he could achieve within his own incredible playing and managerial resources.

However, there's one glaring omission, over which he had no control. It will always rank as a great injustice that he was never appointed International Rules manager. Shame on all those who ignored him.

Irish Independent

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