In 2002, Frankie Dolan made headlines when he was caught playing naked pool in a hotel in Derry, a week before Roscommon begin the defence of their Connacht title. At the time various accusations were made by the hotel about the players behaviour and was reported on quite extensively by the national papers.
Speaking about the incident on Dolan touched upon how the incident effected the Roscomman camp and himself personally.
“It ruined the year. it was totally blown out of all proportions. It was the first five pages of national newspapers! It was just a group of lads and a bit of banter.”
“It did have a very negative effect. Mentally on myself and the other lad involved (Nigel Dineen). I had to leave the country at the time. I was more famous for pool then I was playing football.”
“We won that game of pool by the way if you want to finish on a positive though!”
In the open and honest conversation, Frankie also touched upon subjects both high and low. The pool conversation was immediately followed by speaking about a lifetime achievement. In 2013 his club St. Bridgid’s defeated Ballymun Kickhams, with Dolan snatching a last gasp point to claim the crown.
After the game there was an Iconic moment when goalkeeper Shane Curran buried him with a big kiss on the lips after the final whistle.
Laughing about the incident Dolan said “Shane is a showman. He had loads of energy to go messing after the game, I was wrecked with the emotion after winning. He just came out of nowhere, he knew there was a camera there. Shane is never shy for a picture and knew this was his chance to make the papers.”
“He used me!!!! but the memories of that were unbelievable. We were 8 or 9 points down, but we never paniced. We played an All Ireland a few years before that, and that definitely helped us.”
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