Jonny Cooper's Dad Brendan appeared on Joe Duffy's show this afternoon to discuss that wonderful photograph of the pair with Sam Maguire after the final whistle on Saturday.
The photo took many back to 20 September 2014 when Cooper was stabbed and robbed when he was walking down Dorset Street one Friday night. Cooper was stabbed nine times and had wounds in his forehead, neck and eyelid.
The perpetrator Mark Lavelle was on crystal meth and had 62 previous convictions. He had assaulted a taxi driver Thomas Smith the same night and stolen his car.
Two years ago, Brendan first appeared on RTE Radio where he confirmed that Jonny was doing ok and thanked a taxi driver who rushed to Cooper's aid and "probably saved him from a worse fate."
Today, on Liveline, he spoke about that photo.
It was a very surreal moment. As he came over, I was perfectly fine. I was happy. I was thrilled for him, etc. And within a millisecond, things just changed and I just lost it altogether. All I wanted to say to him was, 'well done. Are you okay?' It just took wings from there.
Brendan confirmed that he had played both minor and U21 for Dublin and that one the family's relations played for Cavan in the 1947 All-Ireland in the Polo Grounds.
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