Experiences on and off the pitch, early years and UCD

Brian Mullins

We were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Brian Mullins. His name will always be synonymous with a defining era for Gaelic Football in Dublin. Over the course of his career he won four All-Ireland titles, nine Leinster titles, two National League titles and two All-Star awards, and became a hero of Hill 16 for his inspirational displays in the middle of the field.  He managed Derry and his club St Vincent’s to success and was Director of Sport in UCD.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Brian in June 2019. In this episode, we deep dive into some of Brian’s experiences on and off the pitch, his formative experience of summers spent with his cousins in Kerry and Clare, his time playing inter-provincial rugby with Leinster, Kevin Heffernan’s management style and unique personality and his work with UCD and much more.

May one of Dublin’s greatest every players rest in peace.


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1:45 The legacy of Anton O’Toole

4.28 Family background

11:15 Early training and competitions

15:35 Multidisciplinary players

18.50 The context of sport in Ireland in the 1970s

23.30 The transformation of the GAA

34:50 Influential leaders 

41.50 The heritage of the St Vincent’s club

49.27 Team building

58.00 Becoming champions

1.07:30 Major obstacles and defining moments

1:16:00 Retirement

1.18.51 The future of the GAA

1.23.38 More recent projects

1.26.28 Present day