“On the bus as we made our way back to Offaly, I was delighted with the way I had brought other forwards such as Brendan Lowry (father of golfer Shane) and Matt Connor into play. We pulled into the Cashel Kings Hotel in Tipperary for food. We had our meal and got back into the bus for the rest of the journey back.
“I was an unused sub in 71 when Offaly won for the first time, but I played in the 72 replay against Kerry when Paddy Fenning’s goal sealed the two-in-a-row for us. I played until 76. That year I was captain. but was taken off against Meath in the Leinster championship. I was in my mid-20s but I was out in the cold until ’82 after that.”
“We go down to Kerry functions and they come up to ours. In 1992 — 10 years after that game — we all went down to play in a charity match and we got an amazing reception from the Kerry people. That’s the best currency the GAA gives us, friendships.”