A forgotten hero of the All-Ireland Final 2012

Reporter:

Raymond McGroary

This is a picture taken at Paddy Rooney’s Pub in Havertown Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. The picture was taken just after Donegal were crowned All Ireland champs for the second time

This is a picture taken at Paddy Rooney’s Pub in Havertown Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. The picture was taken just after Donegal were crowned All Ireland champs for the second time

This is a picture taken at Paddy Rooney’s Pub in Havertown Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. The picture was taken just after Donegal were crowned All Ireland champs for the second time.

I arrived there at 8:15am (USA time) on the morning of the final. I wanted to watch the Minor match and was expecting to to have to deal with the throngs of Dublin and Meath fans. What I found there was two Mayo fans and about fifteen Donegal fans. Over the course of the next two hours the crowd swelled to fifteen Mayo people and about 120 ‘Dunnies’.

Read the full story in today’s Donegal Democrat.