Dublin legend Alan Brogan speaks out on the never ending rhetoric of Dublin’s success being built on finances

Alan Brogan
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You’re probably tired of hearing the debate trundle on. Particularly if you’re of a Dublin persuasion. But day after day, more and more people are damning the success of the current Dublin Senior Football panel. And attributing it to money and not the talent of the team and it’s management.

Not Alan Brogan. The former forward and now columnist for the Herald has this week given his two cents worth on the subject. Someone who spent thirteen years in a senior blue jersey, three of that under current manager Jim Gavin. We certainly take his valued opinion on board.

“I’m aware of the high funding levels to the Dublin County Board” he writes, “and I’m not ignorant about Dublin’s ability to generate significant commercial income.

“But tell me how government or central GAA funding to the Dublin County Board makes Stephen Cluxton the footballer he is?”

It’s an argument that so many of us agree with and echo. But why is this argument not getting a voice in the main media arena?

“I’ve seen Stephen spend countless hours, literally countless, practicing his kicking. Just him, a load of balls and a field for him to develop and perfect his incredible range of kick-outs.”

Where the money is used, and not used

The main goal for the Dublin County Board was to increase the number of people participating in Gaelic Games. To help regrow the sports, and create a blueprint, that we’re now enjoying the benefits of. And Alan agrees.

“Dublin are well funded for the purposes of increasing the spread and participation of Gaelic games at grassroots level to as many areas and as many people in the country’s biggest population centre as possible.”

“If you think that would be better spent elsewhere, fine.”

“But I can’t accept that money is the overriding factor, I’ve seen it firsthand on the inside how the success has been delivered.”

“We worked slavishly hard to win those All-Irelands and it’s an insult to the guys that played, the management teams and the players support networks to attribute our success to money.”

“The rhetoric in certain areas over the last few days that money is the overriding factor in Dublin’s recent success is fundamentally flawed.”