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Donegal senior player Dermot "The Brick" Molloy pictured with his father John "The Block" Molloy

Donegal senior player Dermot "The Brick" Molloy pictured with his father John "The Block" Molloy

Children from Scoil Iosagain in Buncrana Co-Donegal singing and dancing their support for the two Donegal GAA teams in Sundays All Ireland Final. The entire school dressed in Donegal colours took part in Thursdays big event in the playground. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin

Children from Scoil Iosagain in Buncrana Co-Donegal singing and dancing their support for the two Donegal GAA teams in Sundays All Ireland Final. The entire school dressed in Donegal colours took part in Thursdays big event in the playground. Pictures Margaret McLaughlin

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Donegal senior player Dermot "The Brick" Molloy pictured with his father John "The Block" Molloy

DONEGAL'S players have continued their normal routine despite the All-Ireland clash with Kerry on Sunday.

Dermot 'The Brick' Molloy was wearing his Donegal socks out working on a building site with his father this week.

And it gave proud dad John 'The Block' Molloy a chance to explain the family nicknames.

"Some people outside of Glenties and Donegal think Dermot got the nickname because he's hard to get past on the football pitch but it's just that when I was playing for Naomh Conaill there was another John Molloy.

"His family are in the food business so he got the nickname 'Bacon' and I got 'Block' because I'm in the building trade, so when Dermot came along he got 'Brick'."

Dermot didn't want to say too much, preferring to focus on the task ahead, adding: "I'm just working away here with my dad and everything's grand. The whole county is just looking forward to the final now."

The county's other stars are continuing to work too.

Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher could be found this week working at their newly opened sports store.

And captain Murphy revealed that he beat Kerry hundreds of times when he was growing up.

"When I was out playing football as a wee lad in our imaginary games we always played against Kerry," said Murphy.

"Of course we won those games. A final against Kerry is special for every footballer no matter where you come from."

In a panel of players from all backgrounds, there are quite a few teachers.

One of them, St Eunan's club man Rory Kavanagh, teaches at Scoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny.

"Rory has been in teaching 6th class as normal," said proud principal Paraig Cannon.

Irish Independent