Owen Mulligan is one of the true characters to come out of the GAA in recent years. If his bleached blonde hair didn't make him stand out enough, his incredible ability to regularly send defenders and goalkeepers out for a hot dog greatly endeared him to Tyrone fans in particular. It was also the way he seemed to play with a true love of the game and a rather mischievous demeanour: his famous double hand-pass dummy goal against Dublin in 2005 is one of the most famous scores in Croke Park, and the sight of him laughing as he allowed Peter Canavan to slot the winning free against Armagh that same year is another sight that stands out.
One incident from that infamous All-Ireland quarter-final replay against the Dubs that is perhaps less well-documented is the moment when a dog ran onto the field at Croke Park. Mulligan scooped the wayward canine up, much to the amusement of co-commentator Martin Carney, and unfussily handed it to the referee. It's an incident covered in TG4's Laochra Gael on Mulligan - to be aired on 17th May. Mulligan offered this take on the incident:
I don't know where the dog came outta. I put the hand out, and the dog came over to me like. And the story goes, it wasn't the only dog I puck up in Dublin that night!