Tuesday 22 October 2019

Offaly hero Darby knows five-in-a-row talk can drive people mad

Seamus Darby. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Seamus Darby. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

If Dublin get to an All-Ireland final later this year, Seamus Darby expects the phone to start hopping with requests for interviews.

The man who halted the last 'Drive for Five' in football will be quizzed on the secrets of how to stop an irresistible force. "If Dublin get to the All-Ireland final - and I think they will - there'll be a phonecall or two alright, yeah," he said.

At this stage he's well used to the attention his 1982 heroics, where his late goal earned Offaly an historic All-Ireland title, have earned him. However that's not to say it has always sat well with him.

"It doesn't, if you want the truth," Darby said. "I don't mind somebody who knows what they're talking about but I don't like when I go into a pub and somebody is there mouthing and talking s***e and half-jarred and doesn't know what he's talking about. It's hard to listen to that. I'd be inclined to move away."

Darby is one of a number of hurlers and footballers to get the 'Laochra Gael' treatment as part of the hugely popular TG4 series along with the likes of Jackie Tyrrell, Rena Buckley, Kieran Duff and Colm 'Gooch' Cooper.

And in that show - which airs next Wednesday at 9.30pm - he details the aftermath of the goal, not all of which was positive.

"I didn't do too much wrong, really," he recalled. "I suppose people thought I went mad drinking but I celebrated the same as everybody else did. I celebrated and I was presenting medals and I did all that thing and I would have done it without scoring the goal if I was asked.

"Everybody's different and if you win an All-Ireland the way we won it or say, for instance, if Mayo were to beat Dublin, who would be like ourselves hungry to win and can you imagine some fella doing what happened me or scoring a goal he's going to be f******g here, there and everywhere. It all settles down in time.

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"Now, the problem I made was I made a business decision that went totally against me and I just couldn't see it going totally so bad as it did. My biggest problem was I had a very good property that was paid and I put it up as collateral against it and lost the whole f******g lot.

"I didn't have a bad time after it. Sure, it was a great time. I had a bad time after it business-wise."

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