Corcaigh Abú wrote: O'Gara, who has all the look and bearing and menace of a common Dublin street thug,
As an exile, in the home of the Sam Maguire, I have as a result of being active in a club in these parts met O'Gara at medal presentations for the underage section, himself and Kevin McManamon have always without fail turned up for these things and always been great with the kids and stayed long after the time that they were asked to show for. I certainly wouldn't describe the guy as a thug.
That said his actions yesterday were without a doubt worthy of a red card and I certainly won't defend him on that.
Dublin certainly seemed to get every break going yesterday. You would have to have a heart of stone not to feel sorry for Mayo at this stage. I used to always compare them with our 2010 side but while I and many here think 'ifs and buts' that our side could have had more I ask how many in Mayo would settle for one at this stage. Sport can be cruel and this Mayo side has gotten more than it's fair share. As I said to a Dub last night, it could get worse for them too, How so? said my friend, I said picture the scene 12 months from now, Mayo having beaten Dublin in the semi (that's where they could/should clash next year) face Kerry (the 3rd best side in the country) and 'well' I said, 'you know the rest', 'Yeah' he said 'that'd be typical alright wouldn't it'