Bernard and Alan Brogan claimed their third All-Ireland medal yesterday. That's impressive enough in itself but when you consider that they're only now catching up with their father, it's almost reaching Ó Sé levels of sporting dynasty. The third All-Ireland win for each of the brothers now equals the number won by Bernard Brogan senior during the Heffernan era of Dublin football.
However, things were touch and go as to whether Brogan Snr would get to witness the momentous occasion after being hospitalised for the past few days.
Thankfully for the Brogans, he was there to see it happen and, speaking after the game yesterday, Bernard Jnr spoke about his relief at seeing his father in good spirits at Croke Park.
My dad hadn’t been well at all during the week. The knees of a footballer back in the 70′s, his legs have been blown up and he was struggling during the week. Like always, he just wished us well.
That gave us a lot of solace, looking at him and the battles he’s gone through during the week. He was in and out of hospital with joint pain. He’d be going mad if he couldn’t make the big day.
It was a special day for the Brogan family considering that Alan's future with Dublin was in doubt at the beginning of the season. But his decision to return proved fruitful when he entered the fray in the concluding minutes to notch over the insurance point for Dublin to the delight of the Dublin supporters.