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12 Of The Most Memorable Post-Game Interviews In Irish Sport

12 Of The Most Memorable Post-Game Interviews In Irish Sport

John Giles forever doubted the notion that post-game interviews are worth broadcasting. Who really needs to see phlegmatic managers with glazed eyes and muted tone merely fulfilling their media duties?

Gilesy is wrong, however. While many of them are largely pointless, they do occasionally deliver. And those that do make the multitude of dull ones worth the effort of watching.

This weekend we were given yet another memorable post-game interview; Munster captain Peter O'Mahony taking no prisoners as the effort of his teammates was called into question.

It served to remind us of some of our favourites, and here are 11 of them. Enjoy!

The Best Post-Game Interviews In Irish Sport

Peter O'Mahony is not happy with Reggie Corrigan's suggestion

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The interview that made us revisit the idea of memorable post-match talk, O'Mahony is visibly perplexed here as Reggie Corrigan suggests his Munster teammates may not have given 100% in their defeat to Leinster last weekend. The picture of intensity, Corrigan quickly begins to back-track as O'Mahony struggles with the concept of a Munster XV giving anything but everything - when playing Leinster as well no less.

Trevor Welch gives Jose Mourinho some Custard Creams 

Some outstanding call-back work from TV3's Trevor Welch, here. He was dispatched by his employers to interview Jose Mourinho after his Inter Milan side beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Just as they went live, Mourinho hit peak levels of disinterest by munching on some custard creams as Welch began chatting:

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When Welch was next confronted by Jose - FULLY FOUR YEARS LATER - he decided to give a nod to their previous encounter, and he gave the Special One a packet of custard creams. Mourinho looked slightly confused.

 

Johnny Glynn drops the F-Bomb 

Prior to last year's All-Ireland final, it was still pretty unheard of to drop an F-Bomb after a hurling match in a post-game interview on RTE.

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This swearing has since jumped the shark (sorry, Bubbles) but it reached its peak with Galway's Johnny Glynn after Galway's all-Ireland quarter-final win against Cork. It's an interview just as memorable for the absurd amount of vaseline on his forehead:

The Youtube subtitles have really struggled to work out exactly what Johnny was saying. 

 

Kieran Donaghy calls out Joe Brolly 

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Increasingly, it seems, that this is Joe Brolly's world and inter-county football just happens to exist within in. Brolly exerts an extraordinary influence over the sport, we're not sure of any pundit who is so influential over an entire sport.

In 2014, Brolly wrote that 'the production line' of talent in Kerry had slowed down. The Kingdom promptly went on to win the All-Ireland, with Kieran Donaghy giving one of the most intense post-game interviews of some time on The Sunday Game.

The line, the stare, the walk away...the moment Gaelic football dropped the mic.

 

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Shane Long post-Germany 

Not a whole lot needs to be said. YEEEEEES.

 

The Noel King Saga 

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One of the most bizarre episodes in the recent history of Irish football was Noel King's brief spell in charge following the sacking of Trap and the appointment of Martin O'Neill.

We had no chance of making the 2014 World Cup ahead of a double-header with Germany and Kazakhstan. With virtually nothing else to talk about, much of the media discourse focused on interim manager Noel King, with John Giles and Eamon Dunphy strongly critical of King, claiming he was "out of his depth" in a job he knew he wasn;t going to keep.

It came to a head with a pretty odd interview with Tony O'Donoghue, in which King questioned the interviewer's accuracy, and tried to walk away half-way through. Here's the interview, with the subsequent panel discussion, courtesy of RTE Sport:

 

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Stuey Byrne is very angry, Tony

Shelbourne had just wont he league, but Byrne could not hold back his anger, attacking then-Derry City Stephen Kenny and then just about everyone, of how Shels had been robbed over the Dublin City affair.

 

D'Arcy and Drico's Product Placement 

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Ireland secured a first triple-crown since 1985 at Landsdowne Road in 2004, and as proof of how much had changed in the interim, O'Driscoll spent the post-game interview indulging in some product placement.

George Hook skewered it on RTE afterwards.

 

Getting Ridden #1

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Horse trainer Peter Casey had just guided his first Grade One winner, and was interviewed by Tracey Piggot on RTE afterwards.

His ideas of celebration almost sent Montrose into meltdown.

 

Getting Ridden #2

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Damien Richardson's Cork City lost an FAI Cup tie to Longford Town in dubious circumstances, and Richardson was mightily unimpressed afterwards in the post-match presser.

Featuring the evocative line 'getting ridden rock solid by Dublin':

 

Robbie Keane and Tony O'Donoghue embrace 

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Poor Tony O'Donoghue has had a difficult time on this list, so let's finish with a nicer moment: his embrace with Robbie Keane following the latter's final international cap against Oman.

Michael Conlan doesn't give a fuck:

We saved the best for last.

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Have we forgotten any of the best post-game interviews in Irish sport? Let us know.

 

This article was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated to include new interviews.

See Also: Watch: FAI Release Incredible Alternative Angle Of James McClean Goal

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