Monday 19 November 2018

'Quite mealy-mouthed and quite small' - Paul Galvin responds to Páraic Duffy's Gooch testimonial comments

Colm Cooper, left, and Paul Galvin during their Kerry days
Colm Cooper, left, and Paul Galvin during their Kerry days

Paul Galvin has sprung to the defence of his former team-mate Colm Cooper following Páraic Duffy's criticism of the Kerry legend's testimonial dinner earlier this week.

Speaking on the Sean O'Rourke Show on RTE Radio this week, GAA Director-General Duffy said it was "against the ethos of the GAA to run a dinner where the individual benefits".

While Cooper has confirmed that over half of the profit from the night later this month will go to charity - Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin and Kerry Cancer Support Group - the subject remains a hot source of debate.

Galvin was defiant in his support for Cooper when he spoke on Off The Ball last night.

"He's (Duffy) done a great job and the GAA's in great health and nobody can fault how he has managed his role and his position," said Galvin.

"I'm not sure he realises how his comments came off yesterday. I just thought they were quite mealy-mouthed and quite small to say that we can't have a situation where an individual profits from the GAA and where clubs don't profit. That doesn't seem right to me.

"At the end of the day, he is giving some money to his club anyway as it turns out. But it doesn't change anything for me. I'm going along. I support him fully. I don't see why he's been criticised in the manner that he has been."

Despite heavy criticism in some quarters, Cooper has stood firm and the event goes ahead on October 27 in Dublin with 15 tables sold at €5k apiece.

"You've got to realise the Gooch is a tough guy and he's got a tough mentality. He's smart as well so he's able to see the wood from the trees. Her is able to deal with the criticism," added Galvin.

"I was one of the people who was out in Santry to visit Gooch when his leg was in two halves almost. There's a side to it to where I just think people from the outside can comment and say what they like but they don't know what it's like to go through a career and what you put into your career. And then to be told at the end of it you can't do this kind of a thing, it doesn't seem right to me."

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