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Set the Sky box: Galvin has plenty to say tonight

Kerryman Paul Galvin does not mince his words in a revealing RTÉ documentary.

Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

CONTROVERSIAL KERRY FOOTBALLER Paul Galvin will speak with refreshing frankness in an RTÉ documentary tonight.

The former Footballer of the Year sets his sights on the Kingdom’s provincial rivals Cork, the Sunday Game experts and the GAA’s disciplinary system.

The Irish Examiner’s John Fogarty reports that the Finuge man ‘blames the Cork camp for contributing to the case against him following his sending off with Eoin Cadogan in last February’s National League Division One game in Páirc Uí Rinn, which saw both players pick up red cards but Galvin incur a eight-week suspension for a similar red card offence in the space of 48 weeks.’

Shown speaking before Cork’s triumph last September, Galvin said:

I don’t know what this obsession with Cork and winning All-Irelands is.

If they’re good enough to win it they would have won one by now. I’m getting sick of it. You’d swear they were the team that beat us in the final last year.

Tyrone are a great team, Kerry are a great team but I don’t think until a team goes and wins a couple of All-Irelands you can call them a great team. They’ve lost two All-Irelands (finals). I’ve lost two All-Irelands. We’ll see. If they’re good enough to win one, they’ll win it.

And Galvin blasts the Central Competitions Control Committee process that was sparked by the Páirc Uí Rinn incident.

I was reported for striking; I didn’t strike anybody. The guy (Cadogan) on the Cork side got reported for striking as well but he didn’t strike me either.

You watch the video of that game you can see clearly before that incident (Kieran) Donaghy and Donncha (Walsh) tackle him, he (Cadogan) gets a bang on his mouth, he holds his mouth.

A couple of minutes later, there’s a doctor on the field treating him for a mouth injury and the inference was there that it was me (who caused it). He was treated for his tooth long before that happened.

I thought I behaved responsibly in Cork. I tried to get him off me as quickly as I could and just get away from the situation because here I am, 30 years old, in front of the stand in Páirc Uí Rinn in February in a league game and I’m on the ground grappling with a guy.

Straight away, the minute it happened, I was like ‘Oh no, I do not need this to be happening now’ so I just tried to get away from him as quickly as I could.

But admirably he later admitts the second fish-hook incident with Cadogan in the Munster SFC semi-final replay in Páirc Uí Chaoimh was all of his own making: “I’m completely brain-dead”.

And of the panellists on RTÉ’s weekend GAA highlights show, he shows little respect. The Sunday Game couch seats “three or four of them (analysts) you can throw a blanket over… they’ve two All-Ireland medals between them all”.

Read more in today’s Irish Examiner

Watch Galvin’s Late Late Show interview

Galvinised will air tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

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