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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Bernard Brogan - I'd consider opening a bar

Bernard Brogan
Bernard Brogan

Dublin football star Bernard Brogan hasn't ruled out opening his own bar like the Leinster rugby lads, but said he has no plans right now.

"My dad has a bar but you never know, if I had a look around and the right opportunity came up I might go for it," he told the Herald.

"But not right now anyway. The rugby guys know their stuff and The Bridge looks like a serious place.

"I'll have to head down and meet them for a pint once the football finishes."

Brogan is keeping busy over the winter months with work and training with his club team, St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh.

"I'm playing with the club now for the next few weeks and hopefully that goes well," he said.

"My company, Legacy, is heavily-involved in sports sponsorship and marketing, so I'll be working hard on that over the next few months before Christmas.

"So it's all go, no rest really, but I'll sneak a holiday in there at some point because we don't get away during the summer."

Brogan was speaking at the launch of the Sky Living for Sports scheme 2015.

He is an athlete mentor for the scheme which uses sport stars and the skills learned through sport to help young people build confidence and develop life skills.

Each school that signs up to participate in the initiative is in with the chance to win a GAA masterclass with Bernard.

"I think it's important for kids, especially in this day and age when it's so easy for them to not get up and not get active and not play sports," he said.

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"I think an initiative like this where you have sports stars, people like Katie Taylor and Mark Rohan, who when they go into a school kids will listen up, they take notice and they'll buy into what they say.

"The more guys that get involved, the more schools we can go to and the more kids we can meet, so that's why I got involved."

Brogan is really looking forward to visiting as many schools as possible as part of the scheme.

"That's our initiative now - we've asked schools to put in their application and we'll try and get out to visit as many of them as we can," he said.

"And then there's a competition where I'm going to do a full day's GAA master-class in a school in January."

Brogan had a very active childhood, and he wants to share that message with the younger generation.

"I was very lucky in my upbringing in that I was sports-mad - if I wasn't playing gaelic I was playing soccer or I was swimming, I was doing something," he said.

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