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Dublin County Secretary Blasts Darragh O'Sé Over Comments On Diarmuid Connolly

Dublin County Secretary Blasts Darragh O'Sé Over Comments On Diarmuid Connolly
By Conor Neville
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As in most years, Dublin county board secretary John Costello has delivered a bullish annual report taking aim at his county's many enemies and detractors.

Last year, he slammed the proposal that Dublin be financially hobbled in order to help equalise the championship and curb their dominance.

He joked that several commentators just about stopped short of advocating a 'King Herod solution which would cap the number of young males allowed in any household'.

This year, he has issues with the commentary on the team themselves.

He seems unhappy that pundits are lauding the Dubs too much for their pace and power rather than their abundant skill (this really does come under the category of 'first world problems' in GAA terms).

He also blasted Darragh O'Sé for his Irish Times column in June in where he advised other players to wind up Diarmuid Connolly in the hope of provoking a response.


O'Sé suggested that opposition players might be wise to try 'pulling his tail' and engage in a touch of 'don't-ask-don't-tell off the ball stuff. See if his temper is as reformed as they say'.


Costello addressed those comments in his report.

Of course, you could argue ‘the ball was throw-in’ very early in the summer ahead of any potential Dublin v Kerry clash. In a pre-championship preview, legendary Kerry footballer, Darragh Ó Sé, as good as placed a target on the back of one of our most outstanding footballers, Diarmuid Connolly.

In my opinion, some of the content was mean-spirited and the choice of language was somewhat inflammatory.

And money cropped up again.

Costello isn't happy that the Dubs only received an extra €15,000 from Croke Park for their appearance in the All-Ireland semi-final replay.

He pointed out that teams who had been involved in All-Ireland final replays in previous years had received 'additional holiday grants of €50,000 and the receipts from the semi-final replay would, I estimate, be comparable'.


[Irish Independent]

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