Thursday 22 March 2018

Tomás Ó Sé‏ and son fire back at Joe Brolly over Colm Cooper criticism

Former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé‏ and his son Michael hit back at Sunday Independent columnist and GAA pundit Joe Brolly on Tuesday over the Derry man's column regarding Colm Cooper's retirement from inter-county football last week.

In his column Brolly praised Cooper for his skill and his supreme understanding of forward play, highlighting a goal against Kenmare in 2010 in particular to illustrate Cooper's greatness, but the majority of Brolly's column was spent underlining the Kerry great's shortcoming in big games.

Brolly said that Cooper often faltered in All-Ireland finals and that as he 'often pointed out, wasn't a leader in the mould of Peter Canavan or Trevor Giles or Colm O'Rourke. He didn't have that warrior spirit needed to turn games around.'

Ó Sé fired back at Brolly RTE's Allianz League Sunday programme saying that "I normally wouldn't say it but in the article today, you had Canavan up on a pedestal. You cut the legs from under him two years ago.

"I think you open the door every morning, you see what way the wind is and if you go far enough east, you'll end up west. You actually will like."

The Kerry man then followed up his comments on Tuesday morning posing in a picture with his son Michael with a link to Cahair O'Kane's column in The Irish News, in which the writer criticises Brolly over his column for writing Cooper's career off because Ryan McMenamin had  shut him out of the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone.

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