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'I Can Tell You There Were A Few Fucks And Blinds Directed At Tomás'

'I Can Tell You There Were A Few Fucks And Blinds Directed At Tomás'

After last year's National League final, an 11-point win for the Dubs against Kerry, Tomás Ó Sé wrote in his Irish Independent column that he drove home that evening 'asking uncomfortable questions'.

Dublin's superiority had the five-time All-Ireland winner 'depressed'. He knew if he was going to address truthfully what had happened on the Croke Park pitch that day, he would have to be critical of former teammates - including his own brother.

Tomás wrote that his brother Marc, along with Aidan O'Mahony and Fionn Fitzgerald had not been 'at the races'. He added that O'Mahony was not suited to the sweeper role in which he was being deployed by Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

In an interview with Michael Clifford for the Irish Mail on Sunday, Marc Ó Sé - who has been recuited by the paper as a columnist - said that his brother's assessment of his performance that day led to some angry words being directed at his older sibling.

I can tell you there were a few fucks and blinds directed at Tomás. I rang him and I said 'What's going on here?' He explained to me that he was on the other side now and he explained that he has a job to do too.

To be fair to him, he did not sit on the fence and he said what he believed in and there has to be great credit given to him for that. Other fellows might side step that issue when there was a brother involved and look, although I hardly thought it at the time, in hindsight it was good punditry.

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Tomás's column became the talk of the Kingdom in the following days. Eventually, Tomás would acknowledge that he should not have written those critical words.

I was still the fellow with the egg on my face. It was tough, you know, but of course the whole county thought it was great craic, and Tomás was the topic of every conversation... 'Jeez, did you see what he wrote about the brother.'

In a way it took a bit away from the game which might not have been a bad thing, but it was still eating away with me. I had it out with him and I said that he shouldn't have done it and he agreed after but sure the damage was done at that stage and he knew that too.

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PJ Browne
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