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Roy Keane pictured in Dublin last September

Roy Keane pictured in Dublin last September

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Roy Keane pictured in Dublin last September

It was early September last year and Roy Keane was in Dublin with Gary Neville for a gig at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, talking about their Manchester United glory years. 

At the Marker Hotel, alongside the theatre, I was introduced to Keane a few hours before he went on stage. I’d never spoken to him before, but we got talking over a coffee. It was a chat, not an interview — that much was made clear. Very definitely not an interview.

The previous weekend, Dublin and Kerry had played out a draw in the All-Ireland football final. Had I been to the game, he asked? I told him I’d spent the day at Temple Street Hospital with my four-year-old after she’d broken her arm at the playground.