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Joe Brolly Personally Contacted Pádraic Joyce After 'Appalling' Incident In Derry Game

Joe Brolly Personally Contacted Pádraic Joyce After 'Appalling' Incident In Derry Game
Lee Costello
By Lee Costello Updated
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Joe Brolly has taken it upon himself to apologise to Galway "on behalf of Derry" following an incident between the two counties a couple of weeks ago.

During Galway's victory over the Oakleafers in the first round of the group stages, Derry's All-Star defender Gareth McKinless was sent off after stamping on Damien Comer.

Brolly was quick to issue a public apology but has since revealed that he had written to Pádraic Joyce personally, and sent his best wishes to the injured Comer.

The 1993 All-Ireland winner also stressed that this recent run of indiscipline from his his fellow county men, is something that the manager Mickey Harte, should take responsibility for.


In his latest column with the Irish Independent, Brolly goes as far as to claim that the former Tyrone boss simply brushes these incidents under the carpet.

Léigh an scéal seo trí Ghaeilge ar Liathróidí.ie brúigh anseo.

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"After Gareth McKinless was sent off for an outrageous stamp on Damien Comer’s Achilles which has put the Galway man out of action at the height of the championship, Mickey smiled and said that Comer’s reaction to the incident was “theatrical.”

"I was so appalled by this that I contacted Pádraic Joyce that night to apologise as a Derryman for what had been done and to pass on my best wishes to his gallant forward.

"Last Sunday, another sending off. This time it was Ciarán McFaul, who as Lee Keegan rightly said on Sunday night had behaved badly from the moment he was brought on.

"This time, Mickey painted Ciarán as the victim, saying he had been provoked from the moment he had been introduced."

This isn't the first, and certainly won't be the last time that Brolly has taken aim at the three time All-Ireland winning manager, and with a crucial game against Westmeath scheduled for this Saturday, he is no doubt sharpening his knives as we speak.


If Derry were to lose or even draw against the Leinster side, then they will be eliminated from the championship, and their season will have come to an abrupt end - but the aftermath could be an absolute bloodbath.

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