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20th Sep 2016

PICS: Unseen images of Aidan O’Shea clashing with a Dublin player on the pitch after their tunnel row

Paul Moore

There was bad blood before the throw-in.

Prior to the start of the All-Ireland final, there was some confusion as Dublin and Mayo players ran onto the Croke Park together at the same time.

As you can see below, The Dubs were supposed to be the first team out on the pitch at 2.56pm, according to the timetable that Croke Park officials adhere to. Jim Gavin’s men didn’t step foot on the pitch until 3.02pm though and they may be fined for this.


While the scenes of both players clashing weren’t as tumultuous as the famous ‘Mill on the Hill’ of 2006, John Casey of Midwest Radio said that things got very heated in the tunnel between both sets of players.

“Aidan O’Shea and Kevin McManamon were swinging at each other going across the pitch, there was elbows flying and a fracas in the tunnel, players going for each other. Anyone not in the stands missed a great start” Casey said.

Here’s the images of Aidan O’Shea clashing with a Dubs player (we think it’s Denis Bastick) that the cameras didn’t dwell on.

 The GAA have confirmed that they are investigating the incident.